Book Review: The Girl From Blind River by Gale Massey

The Girl from Blind River by Gale Massey

The Girl From Blind River
by Gale Massey

Jamie Elders desperately wants to escape her small town, and her family’s reputation as criminals. Unfortunately, she makes a poor decision, and winds up in debt to her uncle. Since she is now in debt to him, he expects her to follow his demands. One night, those demands include disposing of a dead man. With Jamie’s future on the line, she must decide to be a criminal, or follow the law.

A debut novel by Gale Massey. Well developed characters in an interesting story. Jamie is 19-years-old, and dreams of playing poker professionally. She grew up around card games, and has a knack for it. The story has a lot to do with poker, which I found fun to read.

Jamie makes plenty of bad decisions, as do other characters in this book, but I kept cheering for her. She has a heartbreaking backstory, but stayed smart and strong.

I received an ARC of this book from Crooked Lane Books in exchange for an honest review. This book is expected to be published in July 2018.

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Book Review: Savannah Sleuth by Alan Chaput

Savannah Sleuth by Alan Chaput

Savannah Sleuth
by Alan Chaput

Patricia is a wealthy woman living in Savannah, who, along with her friends, spends her days helping rescue abused women. Patricia’s mother dies unexpectedly, so Patricia and her friends investigate.

The 1st book in the Vigilantes for Justice series. An entertaining new series. This story had the main mystery about Patricia’s mother, but also included a secret society that helps protect the city, a homeless man looking for his father, and family drama. A lot going on in this fairly short book.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author.

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Book Review: Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

Murder at the Mushroom Festival by Janet Finsilver

Murder at the Mushroom Festival
by Janet Finsilver

Kelly, the manager at Redwood Cove B&B, is happy to host a cooking class during the Mushroom Festival. Visitors are arriving to the festival, and plenty of mushroom related activities are on the schedule. During festival week, a local newspaper reporter is found shot dead. Kelly and some sleuthing seniors look into who is behind his death.

The 4th book in the Kelly Jackson Mystery series. This is the first book in the series that I have read, but I plan on reading the first three too. A cute cozy mystery with a charming bed and breakfast in a small town.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke

Raspberry Danish Murder by Joanne Fluke

Raspberry Danish Murder
by Joanne Fluke

Hannah’s husband Ross is missing. She’s worried about him, so she throws herself into her work. Ross’s coworker P.K. is filling in for Ross, using his office and driving his car. When P.K. dies mysteriously, Hannah looks into his death to determine if it was related to Ross’s disappearance. Along the way, Hannah learns some new things about her husband.

The 22nd book in the Hannah Swensen series. These cozy mysteries are light and entertaining. A fast read that’s good for fans of cozies. Plus, recipes are included for the mouthwatering treats they mention in the story.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington Books and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Flight Season by Marie Marquardt

Flight Season
by Marie Marquardt

Vivi, TJ, and Ángel. Each has a story to tell.

A sweet and emotional coming-of-age story. Told through alternating points of view, the three characters tell their story. Vivi has returned home for the summer after her first year away at college. It was a tough year for Vivi because her father died, plus she struggled academically. She hopes to get back on track by working as a hospital intern for the summer. TJ works hard at a hospital during the day and a restaurant at night. He dreams of becoming a nurse, but feels obligated to work in his family’s restaurant business. Ángel is sick. Very sick.

Vivi the hospital intern, TJ the nursing student, and Ángel the patient. A story about finding friendship, love, and following dreams.

I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

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Reading Challenge: Popsugar 2018

Booksshelves

One of my favorite reading challenges is the one by Popsugar. I’ve participated in it the last few years, and, of course, wanted to do it again this year. This year’s challenge has 40 prompts, with an additional 10 prompts for the advanced option. Since I read a lot, I’m working on all 50 prompts. Below is the list of prompts, followed by the book I read. I will update this list as I continue to work on the challenge.

To see what I’m reading, find me on Goodreads.

1. A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
2. True crime –
3. The next book in a series you started – 16th Seduction by James Patterson
4. A book involving a heist –
5. Nordic noir –
6. A novel based on a real person – Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
7. A book set in a country that fascinates you – Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
8. A book with a time of day in the title –
9. A book about a villain or antihero –
10. A book about death or grief –
11. A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
12. A book with an LGBTQ+ protagonist –
13. A book that is also a stage play or musical –
14. A book by an author of a different ethnicity than you – When the Dragon Roars by Nesly Clerge
15. A book about feminism –
16. A book about mental health – Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
17. A book you borrowed or that was given to you as a gift –
18. A book by two authors – Haunted by James Patterson and James O. Born
19. A book about or involving a sport –
20. A book by a local author –
21. A book with your favorite color in the title –
22. A book with alliteration in the title –
23. A book about time travel –
24. A book with a weather element in the title –
25. A book set at sea –
26. A book with an animal in the title –
27. A book set on a different planet –
28. A book with song lyrics in the titles –
29. A book about or set in Halloween –
30. A book with characters who are twins –
31. A book mentioned in another book –
32. A book from a celebrity book club –
33. A childhood classic you’ve never read – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
34. A book that’s published in 2018 – Friends and Other Liars by Kaela Coble
35. A past Goodreads Choice Awards winner –
36. A book set in the decade you were born –
37. A book you meant to read in 2017 but didn’t get to – Daisy Miller and Other Stories by Henry James
38. A book with an ugly cover –
39. A book that involves a bookstore or a library – Color Me Murder by Krista Davis
40. You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 PopSugar Reading Challenges – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Advanced
41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school –
42. A cyberpunk book –
43. A book that was being read by a stranger in a public place –
44. A book tied to your ancestry –
45. A book with a fruit or vegetable in the title –
46. An allegory –
47. A book by an author with the same first or last name as you –
48. A microhistory –
49. A book about a problem facing society today –
50. A book recommended by someone else taking the PopSugar Reading Challenge –

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Book Review: Color Me Murder by Krista Davis

Color Me Murder by Krista Davis

Color Me Murder
by Krista Davis

Florrie Fox manages the Color Me Read bookshop. She has wanted to move closer to the bookshop, but hasn’t been able to find anything she liked, or could afford. When her boss, Professor John Maxwell, offers his carriage house to her, she can’t resist. Unfortunately, Maxwell’s nephew Delbert had his eye on the carriage house. Delbert is not a likable guy, so when he goes missing nobody is too upset, but then Florrie discovers Delbert’s body in a trap door area in the bookshop. Maxwell is the obvious suspect, but Florrie doesn’t believe her boss to be capable of murder.

The first book in the Pen & Ink series. A cozy mystery with a likable cast of characters. I love the setting of the bookshop and carriage house in historic Georgetown, Washinton, D.C.

The story is told from Florrie’s point of view as she looks into Delbert’s demise. The mystery was light, as is normal in cozy mysteries. The police latch on to their main suspect, Maxwell, and Florrie goes around talking to people to find the real killer.

I read this book based on the cover. True story. Fortunately, I also really enjoyed it. A cozy mystery with humor and a little romance. I look forward to reading more of this series.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Pawprints & Predicaments by Bethany Blake

Pawprints & Predicaments
by Bethany Blake

Daphne, and other locals in Sylvan Creek, are not too happy with Lauren, a TV producer. Lauren is working on a show that features the pet-friendly town, but she is harsh and controlling. At the Winterfest’s first-ever polar bear plunge, Lauren is killed. Amateur sleuth Daphne sets out to find who killed Lauren.

The 3rd book in the Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery series. I have not read the previous two books, but I enjoyed this book and will keep an eye out for others by Bethany Blake.

A cozy mystery for dog lovers. The mystery part was good and kept me interested. The characters and setting were delightful. Sylvan Creek is very pet-friendly, especially to dogs. Most characters have a dog in this everyone knows everyone, and their dog, town. As a nice bonus, recipes for pet treats are included in the back of the book.

I received a digital copy of this book from Kensington and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Reading Update: March 2018

Library books

I continued to read a lot in March. My book list for March included both physical and ebooks, plus plenty of audiobooks. I made some headway toward my 2018 reading goals, and hope to finish at least one reading challenge before summer. Really, I would like to finish three reading challenges before summer.

For more info on what I’m reading, click over to my Goodreads account.

March Books:

physical books:
1. Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
2. My Lai 4 by Seymour Hersh
3. Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
4. Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling
5. Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
6. The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
7. A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
8. The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
9. He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt
10. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter
11. Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke
12. Candy for Christmas by Joanne Fluke
13. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
14. The Pearl by John Steinbeck

ebooks:
15. Lords of St. Thomas by Jackson Ellis
16. The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery
17. Spoiled Rotten Murder by Traci Tyne Hilton
18. Killer Honeymoon by Traci Tyne Hilton
19. Gone to Green by Judy Christie
20. Killer Calling by Taci Tyne Hilton
21. Yesterday’s News by R. G. Belsky
22. Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley
23. The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
24. Annabel by Lauren Oliver
25. Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
26. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
27. Hana by Lauren Oliver
28. Raven by Lauren Oliver
29. The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
30. When the Serpent Bites by Nesly Clerge
31. Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
32. Soldier On by J. D. Wynne

audiobooks:
33. O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
34. P is for Peril by Sue Grafton
35. M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
36. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
37. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman
38. Q is for Quarry by Sue Grafton
39. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
40. Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
41. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
42. The Girls by Emma Cline
43. Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
44. Being Jazz by Jazz Jennings
45. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
46. Dubliners by James Joyce
47. After You by Jojo Moyes

graphic novels:
48. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North
49. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True by Ryan North
50. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by
51. Goldie Vance, Volume 1 by Hope Larson
52. Goldie Vance, Volume 2 by Hope Larson
53. Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson
54. Lumberjanes, Vol. 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
55. Lumberjanes, Vol. 6: Sink or Swim by Shannon Watters
56. Lumberjanes, Vol. 7: A Bird’s-Eye View by Shannon Watters
57. March: Book One by John Lewis
58. March: Book Two by John Lewis
59. March: Book Three by John Lews
60. The Ghost, The Owl by Franco
61. Batman: The Killing Joke by Alan Moore
62. Blankets by Craig Thompson

Reading Challenges:
Status as of 3/31/18 shown in italics. The listed books were read in March.

Goodreads 2018 Reading Challenge125/250

Popsugar 2018 Reading Challenge8/50
A book made into a movie you’ve already seen – Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
A book set in a country that fascinates you – Lost Books and Old Bones by Paige Shelton
A book with a female author who uses a male pseudonym – The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
A childhood classic you’ve never read – Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
You favorite prompt from the 2015, 2016, 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

A-Z Challenge19/26
A – Anansi Boys by Neil Gailman
B – Beignets and Broomsticks by J. R. Ripley
C – Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith
D – Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
E – The Echo Killing by Christi Daughtery
F – The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian
G – The Girls by Emma Cline
H – The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
K – Killer Calling by Taci Tyne Hilton
L – The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine
M – M is for Malice by Sue Grafton
N – The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
O – O is for Outlaw by Sue Grafton
Q – The Questionable Behavior of Dahlia Moss by Max Wirestone
S – Spirit Hunters by Ellen Oh
T – Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell
W – The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
Y – Yesterday’s News by R. G. Belsky

Color Challenge0/15

Genre Bingo Challenge14/24
Short stories or novella – The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Graphic Novel – Blankets by Craig Thompson

Modern Mrs. Darcy Challenge3/12
A classic you’ve been meaning to read – Dubliners by James Joyce
A memoir, biography, or book of creative nonfiction – Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling

Read Harder5/24
A book published posthumously – A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway
A comic written or illustrated by a person of color – March: Book One by John Lewis
A comic that isn’t published by Marvel, DC, or Image – Lumberjanes, Vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson

Gilmore Girls Reading Challenge: Season 5 – 18/25, Season 6 – 17/25, Season 7 – 12/25, A Year in the Life – 12/20
Season 5 books – My Lai 4 by Seymour Hersh, A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway, He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt, The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer
Season 6 books – Matisse the Master by Hilary Spurling, The New Way Things Work by David Macauley

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Hilarious Books38/100
Senselessness by Horacio Castellanos Moya
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Bookriot’s 100 Must-Read Books About Monsters31/100

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Book Review: Soldier On by J. D. Wynne

Soldier On by J. D. Wynne

Soldier On
by J. D. Wynne

Molly is a young woman in the Army reserves. She wants to be a doctor, and joins the reserves to pay for medical school. After 9/11 strikes, she is working alongside active duty troops to guard prisoners in Afghanistan. During her time in Afghanistan, she works long hours, shares camaraderie with other female soldiers, and falls for a guy.

This story is told from Molly’s point of view, with some parts of the book written as diary entries. I kind of wish the entire book had been diary entries. Maybe it would have flowed a little better. Sometimes the perspective switched from first to third person, making it a choppy read.

Molly is a likable character. She works hard, has a sense of humor, stands strong, and seems real. She is young and doing a very difficult job. She is away from her family and friends, which can be very lonely. Molly is friendly and works at making her time there bearable, which makes it hard to read when tragedy strikes.

This read a little like a YA book. The main character is nineteen, and everything is from her point of view. A good read for young women interested in the military.

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

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