Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Can't Wait Wednesday (116)

Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: When the Krakau came to Earth, they planned to invite humanity into a growing alliance of sentient species.

This would have worked out better for all involved if they hadn’t arrived after a mutated plague wiped out half the planet, turned the rest into shambling, near-unstoppable animals, and basically destroyed human civilization. You know—your standard apocalypse.

The Krakau’s first impulse was to turn their ships around and go home. After all, it’s hard to establish diplomatic relations with mindless savages who eat your diplomats.

Their second impulse was to try to fix us.

A century later, human beings might not be what they once were, but at least they’re no longer trying to eat everyone. Mostly.

Marion “Mops” Adamopoulos is surprisingly bright (for a human). As a Lieutenant on the Earth Mercenary Corps Ship Pufferfish, she’s in charge of the Shipboard Hygiene and Sanitation team. When a bioweapon attack by an alien race wipes out the Krakau command crew and reverts the rest of the humans to their feral state, only Mops and her team are left with their minds intact.

Escaping the attacking aliens—not to mention her shambling crewmates—is only the beginning. Sure, Mops and her assortment of space janitors and plumbers can clean the ship, but flying the damn thing is another matter. As they struggle to keep the Pufferfish functioning and find a cure for their crew, they stumble onto a conspiracy that could threaten the entire alliance.

A conspiracy born from the truth of what happened on Earth all those years ago…

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  This sounds weird...and fun...which I totally enjoy in books from time to time.  Plus, I've read most of Jim C. Hines' Magic Ex Libris series and I enjoyed it as well.


So I've Been Thinking and I Need Input....

So, I've been thinking I have quite a few dog books I'd like to read so I'm thinking about doing a challenge/read-a-thon/something next year to remedy that.  Basically I'm looking at a February "They Call It Puppy Love" read-a-thon.  Basically people could sign up and for every dog related title/cover/etc, they could link a review and at the end I would have a drawing for $10.00 Book Depository Give-Away (an entry per review).  Would anyone be interested?  I want it as stress-free as possible, but also would like to have a few pals to read along with.  Just post a comment if you think this idea would "fly" and then if so, I can do some planning.

Thanks for any input you can provide!!!

Monday, July 24, 2017

TTT - My Latest Dog-Related Book Finds

This top 10 weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and can be found HERE.  Each week they focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

This meme is actually on hiatus for a few weeks but a few bloggers are doing their own topics for a while and I've missed this post so I decided this week to share with you my latest book discoveries featuring dogs.  Some of these have already been released and some are up and coming.

Dog Drama (Allie Babcock Mystery #6) - Leslie O'Kane.  Nope I haven't read the other books in this series but how could I resist this cover.  This one was just released a few weeks ago.

Special Agent (Classified K-9 Unit 3#) - Valerie Hansen.  I don't read romance very often but I'm tempted just because look at the boxer on the cover!!!!  And it has dogs so it can't be all that bad right?

Blood Red, White and Blue (Mary McGill Dog Mystery #3) - Katheleen Delaney.  I own the first in this series but need to get this second.  These are sooooo expensive when they first come out and this one was released earlier this month.  I mean seriously, $25.00 for a Kindle edition?????

Barking Up the Wrong Tree and Every Dog Has His Day (Bluff Point Romance #2 and #3) - Jenn McKinlay.  I loved the first one in this series and can't wait for these two. They are great light reads and lots of fun.  I've said it before though, I think the dog on the third one resembles a baby goat.  Yes, I'm slightly crazy.

Gin & Tonic Mysteries - L.A. Kornetsky.  I've had my eye on these ones for awhile.  I think there's a total of 4 so far in the series.

Checked - Cynthia Kadohata.  This one will be featured soon on Can't Wait Wednesday but I can't wait to get to this one.

The Grace of Dogs - Andrew Root.  I just bought this one a few days ago.  Look how happy the puppy looks (doesn't take much to excite me).

Chester and Gus - Cammie McGovern. I might have grabbed this one too.  What can I say?  It was a moment of weakness.

The Returns #1 and #2 - M.K. Clinton.  This is about people who die too early and come back to Earth as dogs.  Sound like fun reads to me.

Trigger Yappy (Roundup Crew Mystery #2) - Diana Orgain.  Yep, I have the first but haven't read it. This came out in December.  

So there you have it.  Hope all my dog loving friends find something which catches their eyes!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Final Girls - What a Disappointment...WAIT! Maybe Xanax and Grape Soda Will Help.

TITLE: Final Girls
AUTHOR: Riley Sager
PUBLISHING DATE: July 11, 2017

FROM GOODREADS: Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls. Lisa, who lost nine sorority sisters to a college dropout's knife; Sam, who went up against the Sack Man during her shift at the Nightlight Inn; and now Quincy, who ran bleeding through the woods to escape Pine Cottage and the man she refers to only as Him. The three girls are all attempting to put their nightmares behind them, and, with that, one another. Despite the media's attempts, they never meet.

Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. She has a caring almost-fiancĂ©, Jeff; a popular baking blog; a beautiful apartment; and a therapeutic presence in Coop, the police officer who saved her life all those years ago. Her memory won’t even allow her to recall the events of that night; the past is in the past.

That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy's doorstep. Blowing through Quincy's life like a whirlwind, Sam seems intent on making Quincy relive the past, with increasingly dire consequences, all of which makes Quincy question why Sam is really seeking her out. And when new details about Lisa's death come to light, Quincy's life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam's truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

MY THOUGHTS:  So I commented prior to actually completing this review that perhaps I needed a Xanax and some grape soda before writing it. Well, I decided to skip that plan but definitely apologize to anyone who has already read this because you've probably grown really tired of that phrase since you heard it a thousand times in the book. At least that's how I feel. I went into "Final Girls" pumped and ready to find my next favorite horror writer. I mean come on, there's a blurb on the cover from Stephen King. Surely my favorite author wouldn't mislead me? Well, sorry Stephen, this is one book which can "float on" with Pennywise. I wanted to love "Final Girls" and thanks to all the hype and all the 5/5 reviews, I knew the book was packed full of excitement and twists and turns and I couldn't wait to see how it all panned out. The problem was, that promise set me up for failure. All the time I was reading I kept imagining where all the twists could lead and unfortunately, I think some of my scenarios interested me more than the reality of the book.

"Final Girls" tells the tale of Quincy Carpenter, a young woman who ten years ago escaped the massacre of her college pals while camping in a Pine Woods cottage. Riley has blacked out a lot of what happened, but was basically labeled a "final girl" by the media, along with Lisa and Sam, who also survived similar fates. And if you need help understanding the concept of a final girl, don't worry, the author explained it over and over again throughout the book. Riley lives with her public defender boyfriend and insists her life is going well, despite drinking too much and downing the previously mentioned Xanax and grape soda on a regular basis. Early on in the book, one of the other two girls, Lisa, is murdered, and the third elusive girl, Sam, literally shows up on Riley's sidewalk. What happens next is a train wreck which for me went on and on (and on and on), to determine what happened to Lisa and if Riley and Sam are the next intended casualties.

The main problem for me with the book is that I didn't connect with any of the characters. Riley was a mess which was made worse because she was always justifying she was okay. Sam is all over the place and I wouldn't trust her as far as I could throw her. Jeff, the boyfriend is unlikable and I don't know why he put up with Riley and vice versa - maybe they did deserve each other. Coop, Riley's savior cop had potential and at the end, I still probably liked him the best of all which is saying a lot. I think I would have liked Lisa but since we learn she died practically in chapter one, the reader never gets to know her very well. So see, not a great cast of characters. Also, the actual twist feel flat for me and I spent a lot of time wishing everyone would just die.

I don't mean for this review to come across so harsh. I know lots of people love this book and in the end, my expectations were probably just too much. I should know better than to allow the hype to suck me in. I wouldn't actually tell people not to read it. I mean, come on, this book is plastered everywhere so it's hard to ignore. However, if any of my comments seem like things that might prevent you from enjoying a book, do yourself a favor and borrow it from the library so you don't actually pay for it or perhaps skip it altogether. I might be interested in reading Sager's next effort, or since it's actually a pen name for an already established writer, maybe some of his past stuff. Right now, I'm just not sure.

I received this book from Netgalley and the published in exchange for an honest review.


Friday, July 21, 2017

Stacking the Shelves (120) / Sunday Post - I Hit the Library!!!!

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book ReviewerI'm hoping to discover some new blogs to love.

This week I managed to hit both of my local libraries - like I needed more stuff to read.  However, it seems like at the closest one, all my holds came in at one and I have better luck finding graphic novels at the other one.  I had to grab "Lumberjanes Vol. 3" and "Vol. 4" because I'm anxious to continue this series.  "Ravina The Witch?" was a total impulse grab based on the cover. I had put a request in for "Roar," "The Disappearances," and "The White Road of the Moon" and they all came in the same week.  

Next I obtained a few digital books from Amazon.  Stormi recommended "Engaged in Trouble" to me so it was a #StormiMadeMeDoIt purchase.  Both "The Summer Job" and "In the Eye of Hugo" were on sale for $0.99 so I grabbed them.

Finally I was thrilled to receive the following for review.  I was really intrigued by the cover and synopsis of "Sparked."  Many might remember I featured "House of Ash" on my Can't Wait Wednesday feature this past week and two days later received approval on Netgalley.  I've wanted "Berserker" since I first saw it being talked about on BookTube and "Creatures of Will & Temper" is set in Victorian London and features demons and cults so it immediately caught my attention.  

So, have you read any of these?  And what exciting things did you add to your shelves this week???

A-Z Survey Tag

This book tag was created by Perpetual Page Turner and here is the link to the original post.  However, I saw it over at Chuckles Book Cave.  I thought it looked fun so I decided to give it a go!

A - Author You've Read The Most Books From:
It has to be Stephen King.  A close second is probably Charlaine Harris since I read all the Sookie Stackhouse books.

B - Best Sequel Ever:
Off the top of my head I'm going to say Stephen King's "Doctor Sleep."  I know lots of people didn't like it but I loved "The Shining" so much I was just glad this book came along.  For the record though, I don't think "The Shining" needed a sequel.

C - Currently Reading: 
The Coven (The Crystal Coast Series #1) by Chrissy Lessey

D - Drink of Choice While Reading:
Corona (from a bottle)

E - E Book or Physical Book:

F- Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Dated in High School:
I don't do book boyfriends so I'm changing this to a pet I would have had in high school - Smooshie from Renee George's Barkside of the Moon series.

G - Glad You Gave This Book a Chance:
"Mad" by Chloe Esposito

H - Hidden Gem:
"Dead & Breakfast" by Stuart R. West

I - Important Moment in Your Bookish Life:
Probably creating this blog because I've met some really great people.

J - Just Finished
"Final Girls" by Riley Sager

K - Kind of Books You Won't Read:
I don't like to say won't but I will say that books which are strictly romance rarely catch my attention unless there's a dog on the cover.

L - Longest Book You've Read:
"Under the Dome" by Stephen King (1074 pages)

M - Major Book Hangover:
Don't really get them enough for them to stand out and remember them.  Maybe "The Most Beautiful" by Mayte Garcia because after reading it, I only missed Prince more.

N - Number of Bookcases You Own: 
5 but need to order 4 more for room renovation.

O - One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
"Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott (3 times)

P - Preferred Place to Read:
At the end of the couch snuggling with my boxers

Q - Quote that Inspires You:
"When all else fails, give up and go to the library."  Stephen King from "11/22/63"

R- Reading Regret:
None really but I'd have to say reading really over-hyped books and being disappointed.  Two that stick out are "Final Girls" and "The 5th Wave."

S - Series You Started and Need to Finish:
Tons - Right now I'm thinking the Undead series by Maryjanice Davidson or the InCryptid series by Seanan McGuire.

T - Three of Your All-Time Favorite Books:
"The Art of Racing in the Rain," "The Shining," and "What Dreams May Come."

U - Unapologetic Fangirl/Fanguy For:
Any book with a cute dog on the cover!  Also, books about Prince.

V - Very Excited For This Release: 
"A Treacherous Curse" by Deanna Raybourn (Veronica Speedwell #3)

W - Worst Bookish Habit:
Buying books based on covers alone.

X - X Marks the Spot (27th book from top left of shelf):
"Change of Season: A Memoir" by John Oates

Y - Your Latest Book Purchase:
"Because You Love to Hate Me" and "The Hell-Hound of Baskersville - Warlock Holmes #2)

Z - Snatcher Book That Kept You Up Late:
"The Marsh King's Daughter" by Karen Dionne

So there you go.  Anyone who wants to do this - you're tagged!  Just let me know so I can check out your answers.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Weekly Reads (07/21/17)

So it's been an extremely hot week here at The Farm.  Seriously hot! Like bring on Fall hot.  At least it was cooler Saturday before Hades set in and it was a nice evening to have a cookout and a surprise cake for Grandpa.  Some extended family members showed up at his house, Mr. Barb grilled, everyone had a really nice time and Grandpa had a lot of fun.

We haven't really found many movies to watch so luckily some of our summer series have started back up.  Both Game of Thrones and The Strain started last Sunday and I am thrilled to be watching both of them again.  If you haven't checked out The Strain, I definitely recommend it and heck, everyone's heard about Game of Thrones.

This weekend I'm planning on trying to stay cool and keep the pups comfortable.  Mr. Barb has been able to walk the the past two morning before going to work so it's not been too bad on them but there have been a couple of run-ins with a loose pitbull roaming the neighborhood.  Don't get me wrong - I'm not anti pitbull and would actually love to have one some day.  I think it's all about the owner's and how they are raised.  However, this one had broke his leash and was running around the hood and literally charged at my dogs before Mr. Barb ushered them all back in the door.  I won't tolerate any animal risking the safety of mine - pitbull or chihuahua.  The Humane Society wasn't really concerned since no one was bitten (sad, but true) and luckily before I raised too much hell someone came driving through the neighborhood looking for it.  I'm keeping my eye out though.

Here's what up next on the reading stack.  Hopefully I can make some good progress.  I really went overboard with library books this week (which you'll see in my haul tomorrow) so I need to knock some of these out of the way.  Looks like I will be having a very supernatural reading week!

So what are your plans this week?  Been doing anything fun?  Hope all our readers are staying cool and safe!