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It’s Monday! What are you reading? December 3, 2012

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This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

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Title: Cat Bearing Gifts

Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

A car crash, a missing treasure, a dead thief, and a suspicious blond divorcee have feline P.I. Joe Grey and his four-legged cohorts clawing for justice in this lively entry in the beloved, award-winning mystery series by Shirley Rousseau Murphy. “Joe Grey and Dulcie aren’t your ordinary feline detectives. Murphy’s raised the stakes of the feline sleuth genre.” (“Kirkus Reviews”) “Cat Bearing Gifts A Joe Grey Mystery” by Shirley Rousseau Murphy brings back the beloved furry team just in time for the holidays.

I’m REALLY enjoying this book, except I haven’t had time to read! I’ve been so busy! It’s killing me! I think this is the best book of the series. Can you believe it’s the eighteenth of the series? You’d think the series would get stale or repetitive. Maybe it’s because I love the characters so much, but I never get tired of reading about them.

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Title: Cold Days

Author: Jim Butcher

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

HARRY DRESDEN LIVES!!!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad. Because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard.

He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill.

Guess which Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own…

His soul.

This was just released the other week. I can’t wait to get to it. My friend Kate got this for me as an early Christmas present. This book will be number fourteen in the Harry Dresden series. I adore this series. The gritty adventure. The magic. The action! It’s always a treat to read a Jim Butcher book.

It’ll probably take me awhile to read this one since I’ll be busy this week as well. I’m still hoping I can squeeze in some reading time!

What recent releases are you excited about?

Stacking the Shelves (25) December 1, 2012

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Oxford Whispers byMarion Croslydon

Wide Awake by Danielle Lanzarotta

Triangle: False Mirror by D.G. Speirs

The  Cloud Roads by Martha Wells

Royal Flush by Scott Bartlett

Demon Kissed by H.M. Ward

The Pale Hand of God by S.M. White

Red Madrassa by Terah Edun

Wow! I got a lot of books this week! It didn’t feel like it was a lot at the time.  I actually bought books this book, but I did get one book that was free. Oxford Whispers was free. It has a Voodoo twist in the heart of Oxford. I thought that was intriguing. The rest of the books I bought were all under three dollars. I think I can afford that!

Wide Awake is a young adult paranormal romance. Kayla starts seeing ghosts and finds that Hunter can see them too. It leads to all kinds of wild shennanigans that I can’t even begin to understand having not read the book. I’ve seen mention of “The Fallen” which make me believe there are angels? But there’s also an Academy? So we shall see.

Triangle: False Mirror looks Really Good! Two people end up with Talents through personal tragedy. Now they’re chasing a killer and that chase leads them on an adventure with even more serious ramifications. The super secret organization Triangle is after the same killer and the killer is after Triangle’s deadliest weapon.

It’s been likened to a Joss Whedon/CW show hybrid. It’s supposed to be a rowdy adventure story and I can’t wait to read it. I paid the most for it out of all my books but I think it should be worth it. If it’s not I’m going to hurl my Kindle across the room against the wall and curse the author to the nine shades of hell.

Well. Maybe not.

I found out about the next book from one of the blogs I read. I should have made a not of which blog, but I’m a terrible person and I read too many blogs thus I forgot. The Cloud Roads is about winged shape-shifters. One in particular that has had to live among other species his whole life and has grown up wary and distrustful as a  result. When he’s finally united with his own species he has a hard time connecting with them because he can’t let his guard down due to his distrustful nature. Little does he know, he plays an important part in a power struggle within the colony. He also doesn’t know that his species face extinction.

Demon Kissed is about a demon caller that resits the urge because her mother couldn’t and that sent her into hell. Unfortunately due to dire financial straits, she’s forced to start demon calling to stay afloat. There’s also a romance element. She falls in love with “the enemy”.   I hope it doesn’t come off too forced or too tawdry. We’ll just have to see.

Royal Flush is a book submission, as are The Pale Hand of God and Red Madrassa. The three books couldn’t be any more different though. Royal Flush is a fantasy comedy. It’s about an incompetent Kind and his fiddler as they stave off  a siege while the King tries to steal away the fiddler’s girlfriend. I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I’d like a comedy but I read a sample and I enjoyed it.

The Pale Hand of God is a dark fantasy adventure about a warrior in a prison city fighting for his freedom.The Red Madrassa is a young adult fantasy adventure that has a complicated plot. Click on the link to find out more. It looks really good and I enjoyed the sample I read.

Phew! That was a lot of books! I hope you enjoyed hearing about them. Maybe you’ll decide to get one yourself! Maybe you’ll wait until I review them. 😉

Either way, that does it for this week’s Stacking the Shelves. See you next week and have a great weekend!

Throwback Thursday (21) November 29, 2012

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books. While the spotlight is always on the new releases, Throwback Thursday features a book published five or more years ago.

Title: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Author: Laurie R. King

Original Publication Date: 1994

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Long retired, Sherlock Holmes quietly pursues his study of honeybee behavior on the Sussex Downs. He never imagines he would encounter anyone whose intellect matched his own, much less an audacious teenage girl with a penchant for detection. Miss Mary Russell becomes Holmes’ pupil and quickly hones her talent for deduction, disguises and danger. But when an elusive villain enters the picture, their partnership is put to a real test.

This was another recommendation by my mother. She was attracted to the books because of the Sherlock Holmes slant. I liked it because it had an “audacious teenage girl.” Mary Russell is just about my favorite female mystery novel character. She’s smart and resourceful. She’s charismatic and she can impress the great Sherlock Holmes.

I also like how King handles the romance between Russell and Holmes. It’s never overly emotional or full of gushing frivolity. There may be a certain twinkle to the eye, but it’s not lewd. It’s handled with dignity and decorum as befits the great Holmes.  It’s also a partnership. Holmes is never a dictator to Russell. He treats her as an equal in intellect. He even teaches her how to disguise herself so she can tail suspects.

There are instances of misunderstanding, as in every relationship. But they’re handled between two thinking adults with conversation and communication after tempers have cooled. Holmes never treats her like an infant despite her youth. That’s what I like the most in this book.

It’s a very good read and because it doesn’t take place in our own time, it’s practically timeless. If you like mysteries this one is worth picking up!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? November 26, 2012

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This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

Title: Cat Telling Tales

Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn, bringing a rash of foreclosures in which many residents are abandoning their family pets. While feline P. I. Joe Grey’s human friends join together to care for the starving cats, a fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless. The body of his alcoholic guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins, causing Joe to wonder if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman or if something more sinister occurred.

Meanwhile, Debbie Kraft descends uninvited on the Damens’ home with her two children, claiming that her ex-husband has left her with no money and nowhere else to go. But when Joe learns that the victim of the fire was Debbie’s estranged mother and that Debbie is not broke at all but carrying plenty of cash, his fur is on end with suspicion.

As Debbie’s abandoned tomcat follows her all the way down the coast from Oregon with his own clues to add to the mix, Joe learns that Debbie’s Realtor ex-husband may be involved in a number of intricate real estate scams. Furthermore, his sales partner may be missing, and while Joe and his pals prowl through the dead woman’s house, they discover that her reclusive neighbor has disappeared as well.

But it’s not until Debbie’s tomcat arrives that Joe and his feline detective pals find the biggest clue of all: a grave that the cops have missed. And as the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, tortoiseshell Kit sees her own dreams coming true in the handsome new cat with whom she might share her life’s adventures.

Title: Cat Bearing Gifts

Author; Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From the Publisher:

The confusing events that early fall in Molena Point began perhaps with the return of Kate Osborne, the beguiling blond divorcée arriving in California richer than sin and with a story as strange as the melodies spun by a modern Pied Piper to mesmerize the unwary. Or maybe the strangeness started with the old faded photograph of a child from a half-century past, and the memories she awakened in the old yellow tomcat. Perhaps that was the beginning of the odd occurrences that stirred through the coastal village, setting the five cats off on new paths. . . . 
On the way home from visiting their friend Kate Osborne in San Francisco, tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw, are hurt in a terrible car crash on a winding coastal road. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two dangerous men steal the Greenlaws’ town car, making off with a secret hoard of jewels and gold—a gift bestowed from Kate’s newfound treasure—carefully hidden inside its doors. As paramedics rush the Greenlaws to the emergency room, a badly shaken Kit hides from hungry coyotes in the forested hills above the highway, waiting for Joe, Pan, and their human companions, Ryan and Clyde Damen, to rescue her.

Back home in Molena Point, yellow tomcat Misto, discovering a faded photograph of a child living fifty years ago, becomes lost in his memories of that past century—while Joe Grey and his tabby lady prowl an abandoned stone cottage where they’ve discovered two rough-looking men hiding. The cats smell mildewed money, and soon smell human blood, too, and they wonder: Could these unsettling incidents be tied to the injury of the Greenlaws and to the theft of their car and treasure? Could they be, as well, part of the larger mystery involving the very source of the cats’ magical powers?

Misto and his unfailing memory might provide some answers, but his feline detective efforts are nearly derailed when Misto’s son, Pan, the bold red tomcat, led on by the Greenlaws’ exotic treasure and by his taste for adventure, drives a painful wedge between himself and Kit, just when their romance feels so filled with joy.

But Kit is busy with other matters, too, as she follows the two housebreakers, one badly injured and the other eager to end his partner’s misery, as they make off with more wealth than even they realize. Though the cats know more than the thieves about the unique items stolen, their investigation is still in trouble. Only slowly, and after two sudden murders, do they at last claw their way to the truth, examining more intently the source of the gold and jewels, understanding more clearly, as well, the secrets of the moldering treasury bills—the mystery of their source, generations past, when Misto lived another life.

Title: Lost

Author: Pandora Richardson

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Amelia Jones is a 25 year-old virgin, werewolf and Private Detective who is prone to make rash decisions. Amelia has been lying to her parents about her finances and now has a mountain of bills and is facing eviction.

After a chance encounter with a wealthy heiress, Amelia is hired to go undercover to catch her client’s attractive, much younger husband cheating. Unfortunately, being a virgin with primal passions on a mission to seduce a man isn’t necessarily the best way to maintain emotional stability and Amelia must remain in control. Amelia has to decide whether the allure of money and risking her secrets is better than asking her parents for help.

I’m not actually reading a book right now. Right now I’m reading over samples of book submissions, kind of auditioning which books I want to review. I did read Cat Telling Tales last week though. That means I’ll be able to read Cat Bearing Gifts this week. I’m really enjoying the Joe Grey books. Can you believe there are nineteen of them and  Murphy is still going strong?

Lost is a book submission that I’ll read after I’m done with the Joe Grey books. It looks really good and I enjoyed the sample I read of it. It looks like I have some good books to read this week which is good because I have a cold. The weather here can’t make up its mind which always plays havoc on my system. I need something good to read while I rest! These are the perfect types of books to read while I’m sick too.

As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

It's Monday! What are you reading? November 26, 2012

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This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

Title: Cat Telling Tales

Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Even the bright seaside village of Molena Point has been hit hard by the economic downturn, bringing a rash of foreclosures in which many residents are abandoning their family pets. While feline P. I. Joe Grey’s human friends join together to care for the starving cats, a fire leaves a twelve-year-old boy homeless. The body of his alcoholic guardian is discovered in the smoldering ruins, causing Joe to wonder if escape was really impossible for the elderly woman or if something more sinister occurred.

Meanwhile, Debbie Kraft descends uninvited on the Damens’ home with her two children, claiming that her ex-husband has left her with no money and nowhere else to go. But when Joe learns that the victim of the fire was Debbie’s estranged mother and that Debbie is not broke at all but carrying plenty of cash, his fur is on end with suspicion.

As Debbie’s abandoned tomcat follows her all the way down the coast from Oregon with his own clues to add to the mix, Joe learns that Debbie’s Realtor ex-husband may be involved in a number of intricate real estate scams. Furthermore, his sales partner may be missing, and while Joe and his pals prowl through the dead woman’s house, they discover that her reclusive neighbor has disappeared as well.

But it’s not until Debbie’s tomcat arrives that Joe and his feline detective pals find the biggest clue of all: a grave that the cops have missed. And as the pieces of the puzzle begin to come together, tortoiseshell Kit sees her own dreams coming true in the handsome new cat with whom she might share her life’s adventures.

Title: Cat Bearing Gifts

Author; Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From the Publisher:

The confusing events that early fall in Molena Point began perhaps with the return of Kate Osborne, the beguiling blond divorcée arriving in California richer than sin and with a story as strange as the melodies spun by a modern Pied Piper to mesmerize the unwary. Or maybe the strangeness started with the old faded photograph of a child from a half-century past, and the memories she awakened in the old yellow tomcat. Perhaps that was the beginning of the odd occurrences that stirred through the coastal village, setting the five cats off on new paths. . . . 
On the way home from visiting their friend Kate Osborne in San Francisco, tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw, are hurt in a terrible car crash on a winding coastal road. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two dangerous men steal the Greenlaws’ town car, making off with a secret hoard of jewels and gold—a gift bestowed from Kate’s newfound treasure—carefully hidden inside its doors. As paramedics rush the Greenlaws to the emergency room, a badly shaken Kit hides from hungry coyotes in the forested hills above the highway, waiting for Joe, Pan, and their human companions, Ryan and Clyde Damen, to rescue her.

Back home in Molena Point, yellow tomcat Misto, discovering a faded photograph of a child living fifty years ago, becomes lost in his memories of that past century—while Joe Grey and his tabby lady prowl an abandoned stone cottage where they’ve discovered two rough-looking men hiding. The cats smell mildewed money, and soon smell human blood, too, and they wonder: Could these unsettling incidents be tied to the injury of the Greenlaws and to the theft of their car and treasure? Could they be, as well, part of the larger mystery involving the very source of the cats’ magical powers?

Misto and his unfailing memory might provide some answers, but his feline detective efforts are nearly derailed when Misto’s son, Pan, the bold red tomcat, led on by the Greenlaws’ exotic treasure and by his taste for adventure, drives a painful wedge between himself and Kit, just when their romance feels so filled with joy.

But Kit is busy with other matters, too, as she follows the two housebreakers, one badly injured and the other eager to end his partner’s misery, as they make off with more wealth than even they realize. Though the cats know more than the thieves about the unique items stolen, their investigation is still in trouble. Only slowly, and after two sudden murders, do they at last claw their way to the truth, examining more intently the source of the gold and jewels, understanding more clearly, as well, the secrets of the moldering treasury bills—the mystery of their source, generations past, when Misto lived another life.

Title: Lost

Author: Pandora Richardson

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Amelia Jones is a 25 year-old virgin, werewolf and Private Detective who is prone to make rash decisions. Amelia has been lying to her parents about her finances and now has a mountain of bills and is facing eviction.

After a chance encounter with a wealthy heiress, Amelia is hired to go undercover to catch her client’s attractive, much younger husband cheating. Unfortunately, being a virgin with primal passions on a mission to seduce a man isn’t necessarily the best way to maintain emotional stability and Amelia must remain in control. Amelia has to decide whether the allure of money and risking her secrets is better than asking her parents for help.

I’m not actually reading a book right now. Right now I’m reading over samples of book submissions, kind of auditioning which books I want to review. I did read Cat Telling Tales last week though. That means I’ll be able to read Cat Bearing Gifts this week. I’m really enjoying the Joe Grey books. Can you believe there are nineteen of them and  Murphy is still going strong?

Lost is a book submission that I’ll read after I’m done with the Joe Grey books. It looks really good and I enjoyed the sample I read of it. It looks like I have some good books to read this week which is good because I have a cold. The weather here can’t make up its mind which always plays havoc on my system. I need something good to read while I rest! These are the perfect types of books to read while I’m sick too.

As always, thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a great week and I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Stacking the Shelves (24) November 24, 2012

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TyngaReviews.com and is a book haul post to show off everything you purchased or received for review

Believe by Lisa Alfonso

The Emergence by Devin K. Smyth

Cat Bearing Gifts by Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Virtually True by Adam Penenberg

The Cloud Seeders by James Zerndt

I got quite a few more books this week then I did last week. I guess I had more luck! Believe is a dystopian story about two teenagers who rebel against the social and institutional norm. The Emergence is a book submission that looks promising. It’s about an eleven-year-boy who find himself and his cat in a post-apocalyptic world trying to survive without the aid of any adults. I’ve already mentioned Cat Bearing Gifts in my Monday post.  To briefly go over it, it’s a cozy mystery with talking cats.

Virtually True is a dsytopian about a journalist written by a journalist. It takes place in a  corporate war ravaged world. The Cloud Seeders is the only other book I bought besides the cozy mystery. It’s another dystopian (I love my dystopians!) that takes place in a world where water is scarce and where people don’t look to the sky for rain. There are water police and neighbors are encouraged to make sure others conserve their water. Two teenagers go on a search for their parents across the country.

I was particularly interested in reading this book as I remember hearing a staggering statistic about our country over the summer. Something like over 50% of the states were experiencing drought of some kind. I know my state had extreme drought on the Big Island where the farms are. Water is so precious. This book promises to be really fascinating, I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

Those are the books I got this week! I think I got a nice little haul. I hope everyone in the U.S. had a Happy Thanksgiving! I also hope everyone had a safe Black Friday. There’s one last thing I should mention, Jennifer Armentrout is hosting a giveaway for her book Opal. Details here. Aloha!

It's Monday! What are you reading? (27) November 19, 2012

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This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

I thought this book would get me out of my reading slump and it kind of did, but I’ve been really busy! I just haven’t had time to read. My weekend was jam-packed. Plus I was too sick to read last week. Hopefully I’ll be better this week. Although I feel like I’m still recovering from the weekend, it might take me a bit to get back into the groove of things.
I am really enjoying Days of Blood and Starlight. Some of the story is told in emails back and forth between Zuze and Karou and I’m really getting a kick out of Zuze. In fact I think she’s stealing the show.

Title: Cat Bearing Gifts

Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From the Publisher:

The confusing events that early fall in Molena Point began perhaps with the return of Kate Osborne, the beguiling blond divorcée arriving in California richer than sin and with a story as strange as the melodies spun by a modern Pied Piper to mesmerize the unwary. Or maybe the strangeness started with the old faded photograph of a child from a half-century past, and the memories she awakened in the old yellow tomcat. Perhaps that was the beginning of the odd occurrences that stirred through the coastal village, setting the five cats off on new paths. . . .
On the way home from visiting their friend Kate Osborne in San Francisco, tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw, are hurt in a terrible car crash on a winding coastal road. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two dangerous men steal the Greenlaws’ town car, making off with a secret hoard of jewels and gold—a gift bestowed from Kate’s newfound treasure—carefully hidden inside its doors. As paramedics rush the Greenlaws to the emergency room, a badly shaken Kit hides from hungry coyotes in the forested hills above the highway, waiting for Joe, Pan, and their human companions, Ryan and Clyde Damen, to rescue her.

Back home in Molena Point, yellow tomcat Misto, discovering a faded photograph of a child living fifty years ago, becomes lost in his memories of that past century—while Joe Grey and his tabby lady prowl an abandoned stone cottage where they’ve discovered two rough-looking men hiding. The cats smell mildewed money, and soon smell human blood, too, and they wonder: Could these unsettling incidents be tied to the injury of the Greenlaws and to the theft of their car and treasure? Could they be, as well, part of the larger mystery involving the very source of the cats’ magical powers?

Misto and his unfailing memory might provide some answers, but his feline detective efforts are nearly derailed when Misto’s son, Pan, the bold red tomcat, led on by the Greenlaws’ exotic treasure and by his taste for adventure, drives a painful wedge between himself and Kit, just when their romance feels so filled with joy.

But Kit is busy with other matters, too, as she follows the two housebreakers, one badly injured and the other eager to end his partner’s misery, as they make off with more wealth than even they realize. Though the cats know more than the thieves about the unique items stolen, their investigation is still in trouble. Only slowly, and after two sudden murders, do they at last claw their way to the truth, examining more intently the source of the gold and jewels, understanding more clearly, as well, the secrets of the moldering treasury bills—the mystery of their source, generations past, when Misto lived another life.

I’ve been reading Joe Grey books forever so I have to read the newest when it comes out this week. In fact, it comes out tomorrow. This is one of the few mystery series I actually read. The cats aren’t too cute just because they talk. They retain their dignity and their catlike nature. Cats aren’t very cute all the time when you get right down to it. They’re ruthless and predatory. Rousseau manages to convey that while still maintaining their compassionate and quirky, endearing sides. That’s why I appreciate this series so much. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

I also hope I can get through two books this week. I was such a prolific reader earlier this year. What happened to me?

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans!

It’s Monday! What are you reading? (27) November 19, 2012

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This Monday meme is held by the The Book Journey. Feel free to join in and tell us what you’re reading!

Title: Days of Blood and Starlight

Author: Laini Taylor

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a world free of bloodshed and war.

This is not that world.

Art student and monster’s apprentice Karou finally has the answers she has always sought. She knows who she is—and what she is. But with this knowledge comes another truth she would give anything to undo: She loved the enemy and he betrayed her, and a world suffered for it.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Karou must decide how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, Days of Blood & Starlight finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life.

While Karou and her allies build a monstrous army in a land of dust and starlight, Akiva wages a different sort of battle: a battle for redemption. For hope.

But can any hope be salvaged from the ashes of their broken dream?

I thought this book would get me out of my reading slump and it kind of did, but I’ve been really busy! I just haven’t had time to read. My weekend was jam-packed. Plus I was too sick to read last week. Hopefully I’ll be better this week. Although I feel like I’m still recovering from the weekend, it might take me a bit to get back into the groove of things.
I am really enjoying Days of Blood and Starlight. Some of the story is told in emails back and forth between Zuze and Karou and I’m really getting a kick out of Zuze. In fact I think she’s stealing the show.

Title: Cat Bearing Gifts

Author: Shirley Rousseau Murphy

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From the Publisher:

The confusing events that early fall in Molena Point began perhaps with the return of Kate Osborne, the beguiling blond divorcée arriving in California richer than sin and with a story as strange as the melodies spun by a modern Pied Piper to mesmerize the unwary. Or maybe the strangeness started with the old faded photograph of a child from a half-century past, and the memories she awakened in the old yellow tomcat. Perhaps that was the beginning of the odd occurrences that stirred through the coastal village, setting the five cats off on new paths. . . .
On the way home from visiting their friend Kate Osborne in San Francisco, tortoiseshell Kit and her elderly housemates, Lucinda and Pedric Greenlaw, are hurt in a terrible car crash on a winding coastal road. The accident is terrifying enough, but then two dangerous men steal the Greenlaws’ town car, making off with a secret hoard of jewels and gold—a gift bestowed from Kate’s newfound treasure—carefully hidden inside its doors. As paramedics rush the Greenlaws to the emergency room, a badly shaken Kit hides from hungry coyotes in the forested hills above the highway, waiting for Joe, Pan, and their human companions, Ryan and Clyde Damen, to rescue her.

Back home in Molena Point, yellow tomcat Misto, discovering a faded photograph of a child living fifty years ago, becomes lost in his memories of that past century—while Joe Grey and his tabby lady prowl an abandoned stone cottage where they’ve discovered two rough-looking men hiding. The cats smell mildewed money, and soon smell human blood, too, and they wonder: Could these unsettling incidents be tied to the injury of the Greenlaws and to the theft of their car and treasure? Could they be, as well, part of the larger mystery involving the very source of the cats’ magical powers?

Misto and his unfailing memory might provide some answers, but his feline detective efforts are nearly derailed when Misto’s son, Pan, the bold red tomcat, led on by the Greenlaws’ exotic treasure and by his taste for adventure, drives a painful wedge between himself and Kit, just when their romance feels so filled with joy.

But Kit is busy with other matters, too, as she follows the two housebreakers, one badly injured and the other eager to end his partner’s misery, as they make off with more wealth than even they realize. Though the cats know more than the thieves about the unique items stolen, their investigation is still in trouble. Only slowly, and after two sudden murders, do they at last claw their way to the truth, examining more intently the source of the gold and jewels, understanding more clearly, as well, the secrets of the moldering treasury bills—the mystery of their source, generations past, when Misto lived another life.

I’ve been reading Joe Grey books forever so I have to read the newest when it comes out this week. In fact, it comes out tomorrow. This is one of the few mystery series I actually read. The cats aren’t too cute just because they talk. They retain their dignity and their catlike nature. Cats aren’t very cute all the time when you get right down to it. They’re ruthless and predatory. Rousseau manages to convey that while still maintaining their compassionate and quirky, endearing sides. That’s why I appreciate this series so much. I’m really looking forward to reading this book and I hope it doesn’t disappoint.

I also hope I can get through two books this week. I was such a prolific reader earlier this year. What happened to me?

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving to all the Americans!

Stacking the Shelves (23) November 17, 2012

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Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by TyngaReviews.com and is a book haul post to show off everything you purchased or received for review

River Marked by Patricia Briggs

Drawn by Marie Lamba

Books have been scarce this week. I picked up River Marked by Patricia Briggs because I noticed the price went down from the original new release price it was at. At least I think it did. I don’t really remember. I’m pretty sure it was at a higher price or I would have gotten it sooner! I love Mercy Thompson because she’s so unique as a shape-shifting coyote. She’s also so spunky and independent. I hope she doesn’t turn into a co-dependent female now that she’s got a boyfriend.

Drawn was a free book. It’s about a girl who starts seeing a man in her sketches dressed in medieval clothes. She has to decide for herself whether to believe in the history books or what her heart tells her about him when he starts appearing to her in real life. The history books say that he’s a murderer. Her heart tells her otherwise. This book appealed to me because it has an artist. The love story also sounds haunting and compelling. I can’t wait to read it.

Those are the two books I got this week! I think I got good ones. That’s it for this week’s Stacking the Shelves! See you next for another edition! Have a great weekend!

Throwback Thursday (20) November 15, 2012

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Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books.

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.

Here’s how it works:
1. Pick any book released more than 5 years ago. Adult, YA, Children’s; doesn’t matter. Any great book will do.
2. Write up a short summary of the book (include the title, author, and cover art) and an explanation of why you love it. Make sure to link back to The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books in your post.
3. Link up your post at The Housework Can Wait or Never Too Fond of Books.
4. Visit as many blogs as you can, reminisce about books you loved, and discover some “new” books for your TBR list!

Title: Wicked: The Life and Time of the Wicked Witch of the West

Author: Gregory Maguire

Original Publication Date: December 5, 2000

Available at: Amazon Kindle Barnes and Noble

From Goodreads:

When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? And what is the true nature of evil?

Gregory Maguire creates a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again. “Wicked” is about a land where animals talk and strive to be treated like first-class citizens, Munchkinlanders seek the comfort of middle-class stability and the Tin Man becomes a victim of domestic violence. And then there is the little green-skinned girl named Elphaba, who will grow up to be the infamous Wicked Witch of the West, a smart, prickly and misunderstood creature who challenges all our preconceived notions about the nature of good and evil.

I was enchanted with Elphaba in Wicked. She was spunky and so different from any other heroine that I ever read about. I loved learning how she developed into the “Wicked Witch of the East”. This is another book I keep meaning to pick up again. I have a whole TBR list book of rereads!