Livia Lone by: Barry Eisler


Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

Stalking Jack the Ripper by: Kerri Maniscalco


Book #68 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This is Kerri’s first book and it is the first YA title under the JIMMY Patterson imprint from Hachette Book Group.  This is listed as the first in the  Stalking Jack the Ripper series and I’m not sure how that is going to work.  This was a well written book and tied itself up very nicely in the end.  I’m curious to read the synopsis and title for book 2 when it is released.

Anyway, this book follows Audrey Rose Wadsworth who would rather be autopsying humans then learning how to be a proper lady and finding a husband.  She has taken to sneaking out of her house and helping her Uncle when he has bodies that need dissecting.  When a series of murders occur and there is a commonality among them, Audrey Rose is determined to find out who is behind these killings.  She doesn’t hesitate to get involved in the search for the killer and put herself into harm’s way.  She is literally Stalking Jack the Ripper.

There are some true descriptions in this book and obviously fictional details as well. This was an enjoyable, fast paced read.  I gave it to my daughter to read when she has the chance.

I give this book 4 crowns.


Timeless by: Gail Carriger


Book #67 for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks

This is the 5th book in the Parasol Protectorate series.  I listened to it on audio after I enjoyed the 4th book on audio.

In this last book of the series, we follow Alexia and her crazy crew to Egypt to try and uncover the mystery of the spreading of the God-Breaker Plague.  This book takes place about 3 years after the last one.  It was humorous and intriguing in it’s own way.  I will not go into detail about this book but it was a decent ending to this series.  I thoroughly enjoyed the audio books and would highly recommend them.

I gave this book 4 crowns.


Unhinged by: A.G. Howard


The is the second book in the Splintered series.  I am trying to find this series in hardback copies, as I only own the first.  I listened to this book on audio as well.  Firstly, look at this cover!  Gorgeous!

So without going into too much detail, this second book mostly takes place on earth as opposed to in Wonderland like the first book.  Some of the Wonderland creatures have made it to Alyssa’s world and she must decide what to do.  She is torn between remaining in her world and returning to Wonderland or some combination of both.  She has been keeping her secrets from family and friends and once again, she has to figure out what to do and who who to trust.

Yes, the love triangle still exists, but it is not one that is a turn-off like they usually are.  I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to see what happens next.

I give this book 5 crowns.


Blood on the Tracks by: Barbara Nickless


Synopsis from the publisher through Netgalley:

A young woman is found brutally murdered, and the main suspect is the victim’s fiancé, a hideously scarred Iraq War vet known as the Burned Man. But railroad police Special Agent Sydney Rose Parnell, brought in by the Denver Major Crimes unit to help investigate, can’t shake the feeling that larger forces are behind this apparent crime of passion.

In the depths of an icy winter, Parnell and her K9 partner, Clyde―both haunted by their time in Iraq―descend into the underground world of a savage gang of rail riders. There, they uncover a wide-reaching conspiracy and a series of shocking crimes. Crimes that threaten everything Parnell holds dear.

As the search for the truth puts her directly in the path of the killer, Parnell must struggle with a deadly question: Can she fight monsters without becoming one herself?

My Review:

I don’t normally read books about people who have come home from war and are messed up from it.  Suffering from PTSD is such a serious issue and I just can’t get into fictionalized stories about it.  For some reason, however, this book attracted my attention. I requested it from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and received an E-ARC.

This was an interesting mystery.  It was sad to read about veterans who come back messed up from their experiences but the story was well written.  It definitely kept my interest.  I loved the relationship between the main character Sydney Rose and her K9 partner Clyde.  It was touching to read about their love for one another.  The relationships between the other characters and Sydney were realistic as well.  Everything was most definitely not all sunshine and flowers between them and it was almost refreshing to read that.  Not all books have to have such happy endings with all parties.

I just noticed on Goodreads that this is listed as Sydney Rose Parnell #1, so I would be interested to read the next book to see what happens.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Cookbook Review: Big Bad Breakfast by: John Currence



From the James Beard Award winner, Top Chef Masters contestant, and acclaimed author comes this fun, festive, and highly caffeinated ode to the joys and rituals of the Southern breakfast, with over 125 recipes inspired by the author’s popular restaurant in Oxford, Mississippi.

John Currence is one of the most celebrated and well-loved chefs in the South. Among his string of highly successful restaurants in Oxford, Mississippi, Big Bad Breakfast holds a special place in diners’ hearts: It is a gathering place where people from all walks come together to share the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Southerners know how to do breakfast right, and Currence has elevated it to an art form: dishes like Banana-Pecan Coffee Cake, Spicy Boudin and Poached Eggs, and Oyster Pot Pie are comforting, soulful, and packed with real Southern flavor. Big Bad Breakfast is full of delicious recipes that will make the day ahead that much better–not to mention stories of the wonderful characters who fill the restaurant every morning, and a meditation on why the Southern breakfast is one of America’s most valuable culinary contributions.

My Review:

John Currence’s resume is impressive and this cookbook is gorgeous.  My family and I LOVE breakfast.  One of our favorite things to do is to have breakfast for dinner and sometimes we need ideas to spice it up.  This is the perfect cookbook to do just that.

Not only does it contain some “basic” dishes like pancakes and french toast but it includes elevated versions of these classics.  I was also excited to see a section on condiments and cocktails.  Delicious!  The photographs that are included in this book add to the anticipation!  I can’t wait for Breakfast!

I give this cookbook 5 crowns.




300 Things I Hope By: Iain S. Thomas Illustrator: Carla Kreuser


Description form Goodreads:

From the creator of I Wrote This For You, comes a collection of 300 things that the author, Iain S. Thomas, and artist, Carla Kreuser, truly and sincerely hope for you – from hoping that you always have a pen, to hoping that you’re never lonely, and everything in-between. This collection of hope will move you and remind you of what’s important in life as you live it. Or at least, that’s what they hope.

My Review:

This is a very cute book that would be perfect as a stocking -stuffer for Christmas, a Hanukkah gift or a just because present.  Each page contains one sentence of things that are hoped for.  It is a spirit lifter and something that makes you smile.  The illustrations are simply drawn and if you wanted, you could color them in (whether or not that was the intention).

I gave this book 4 crowns.