Friday, April 29, 2016

Giant Days, Volume Two, 128 pages

Lisa beat me to buying the only copy of this at our local comic book store, but she was nice enough to loan it to me after she read it. I really like this series of comics. It's delightful, funny and well-done.

The Hell-Fire Club: The Story of the Amorous Knights of Wycombe by Donald McCormick, 208 pages

I saw this book as a paperback in an used bookstore but didn't want to pay $10 for it, so I requested it as an inter-library loan. I knew a little about the Hell-Fire Club because of the torrid historical romances I read as a teenager, so I was interested in learning more. This was dry, boring and basically went with the premise that rumors of the wild debauchery of the Hell-Fire members were played up, and they were just some somewhat horny guys who got together to play and drink. The book was a major disappointment as I was hoping for some salacious history.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, 319 pages

This had been on my "going-to-read" list for months and months and I finally got around to it. It was touching and sweet, and I totally hated the ending because of the "feels", lol. It was a very good book, I'd have to know someone pretty well before I'd recommend it though.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

What Angels Fear by C.S. Harris, 341 pages

We had books 2, 3, and 4 come in as donations but book one was no where to be found and I was really interested in reading this 1811 murder mystery. This was really interesting and I am definitely going to continue with the series.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Lumberjanes, Volume Three A Terrible Plan, 112 pages

Volume Three was fun. I loved the story Tailypo, I told my siblings one growing up called Tailybone that was almost identical.

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson, 329 pages

I'd read the author's first book "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" and enjoyed it so much that I made my husband read it. His other option was listening to me basically tell him every story from it. But there was no way I was going to miss another book from her. This deals more with her daily fight against the struggles of her mental illness. I really appreciate how open she is with it, and love her sense of humor. I would love to have her as a friend, knowing we wouldn't get together much because we would both rather sit at home in our pajamas and think about going out, instead of actually going out.

Styx and Stones by Carola Dunn, 232 pages

Another fun murder mystery from Carola Dunn. I always enjoy these.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Giant Days by Allison, Treiman and Cogar, 128 pages

I was excited to when my Comics and Cocktails book club announced this as April's book. I'd read a few pages of it in another graphic novel and was intrigued. It was an outstanding read. It hit every note perfectly, from story to character development to artwork. Now to buy Volume 2!

Snobs by Julian Fellowes, 265 pages

I admit I picked this up just because I like the television programs the author has done but this was an interesting look into the class system that still exists in England. A fascinating read for an Anglophile.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs, 458 pages

The conclusion to the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children. This was a satisfying wrap up to this trilogy.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Beauty by Jeremy Haun, Jason Hurley and John Rauch, 164 pages

Since I frequent Hurley's Heroes and am in a graphic novel book club with Jeremy and Jason, I pretty much had to buy this book. But it's an outstanding premise, with fantastic artwork. Imagine a STD that makes you beautiful. How would society change? And is it worth the cost if it ended up killing you?

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, 452 pages

Amy Gumm is transported to Oz, but for this girl from Kansas, it's not like the story she knows. Dorothy has returned and is mining all the magic for herself. And her loyal friends have been turned into dark versions that are terrorizing Oz. The only answer is killing Dorothy to save Oz.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Fight Like a Girl, Volume One Learning Curve, 128 pages

I liked the graphic novel, just wish it had another issue in it instead of 50 pages of ads. Interested in seeing where it goes in the next volume.

Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez, 293 pages

Set in the years before the Civil War, it follows a slave woman who is taken on vacation with her slave master to Ohio. Very well done.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Showcase Presents Wonder Woman Volume Four, 520 pages

Working my way through old Wonder Womans collected into one book. This finished up just before Diana gives up her powers in the 1960s. This volume had all the hooky villains and the sickening sweet romance between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor.

The Average Girl by Angelina Goode, 215 pages

A fun, fast read I enjoyed while Samantha was in voice and dance lessons. Olivia Fowler's job is helping everyday people enjoy a "chance" encounter with the celebrity of their choice. But when a chance encounter has her falling into the arms of superstar Alexander Young, she must choose between her job or falling into his sexy arms.
This was light-hearted and sweet, and lots of fun.

Killer Reunion by G.A. McKevett, 307 pages

It was interesting to see more of Savannah's family and her interactions with them. I would like to see more with her mom. As always, I'm totally jealous of the support system Savannah's created for herself. A great read, but I would recommend starting at the beginning if you haven't read any of the Savannah Reid mysteries.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs, 396 pages

I had to re-read the first 2 books in the Miss Peregrine's series so I could read the 3rd one. Very creepy and well-done. I can't wait to see the movie.

The House of the Stone by Amy Ewing, 65 pages

A novella e-book telling Raven's story from The Jewel series. Great story, I just have to wait until October for the last in the trilogy. Ugh!

Monday, April 11, 2016

The Bullet by Mary Louise Kelly, 357 pages

A woman goes in for a MRI and discovers that there's a bullet lodged in her neck. This discovery sets off a chain of events that will keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Very well done, I would like to read more by this author.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Legends and Lies Great Mysteries of the American West by Dale Walker, 320 pages

This was on Teresa's amazing Western display this month. It featured mysteries surrounding the lives and deaths of some of the Old West's biggest characters.

The Map by William Ritter, 60 pages

A e-novella featuring Jackaby and Rook. This one was completely filled with more fantastical creatures and adventures. I can't wait to read more in this great series. Very Sherlock meets Dr. Who.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

A Thousand Naked Strangers by Kevin Hazzard, 261 pages

An interesting look at an EMS/Medic's experiences working an ambulance in Atlanta. I love career based memoirs like this.

The Vatican Princess by C. W. Gortner, 382 pages

I love getting to review wonderful historical fiction novels like this for NightOwl. A wonderful look at the often maligned Lucrezia Borgia.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

The Perfectly Proper Paranormal Museum by Kirsten Weiss, 277 pages

A fun, new start to what will hopefully be an ongoing series. The characters were interesting, there is plenty to be developed in the future and I want to see more with the haunted artifacts in the museum.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Dead in the Water by Carola Dunn, 249 pages

This series is outstanding but this wasn't my favorite in the series so far. It had a LOT of terms for rowing that I just wasn't familiar with. But still really entertaining. I can't wait until Daisy and her policeman get married.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye, 422 pages

A homage to Jane Eyre and governesses in English literature, but reimagined and stronger.