Saturday, March 31, 2012

April Reads

April reads are adult books and this month ,since I have finished the last two months stacks, I will finish the adult books.

TITLE : Immoral

AUTHOR :Brian Freeman

SUMMARY : Lieutenant Jonathan Stride is suffering from an ugly case of déjà vu. For the second time in a year, a beautiful teenage girl has disappeared off the streets of Duluth, Minnesota--gone without a trace, like a bitter gust off Lake Superior. The two victims couldn't be more different. First it was Kerry McGrath, bubbly, sweet sixteen. And now Rachel Deese, strange, sexually charged, a wild child. The media hounds Stride to catch a serial killer, and as the search carries him from the icy stillness of the northern woods to the erotic heat of Las Vegas, he must decide which facts are real and which are illusions. And Stride finds his own life changed forever by the secrets he uncovers. Secrets that stretch across time in a web of lies, death, and illicit desire. Secrets that are chillingly…immoral.

SIDENOTES: I did start this in January but because of illness in the family I was forced to abandon it. I will finish it this time around.


TITLE: Charm City
AUTHOR : Laura Lippman

SUMMARY: As a practiced reporter until her newspaper went to that great pressroom in the sky, P.I. Tess Monaghan knows and loves every inch of her native Baltimore, even the parts being slobbered on by the sad-sack greyhound she's minding for her uncle. It's a quirky city where baseball reigns, but lately homicide seems to be the second most popular local sport. Business tycoon "Wink" Wynkowski is trying to change all that by bringing pro basketball back to town, and everybody's rooting for him; until a devastating, muckraking expose of his lurid past appears on the front page of the Baltimore Beacon-Light. It's a surprise even to the Blight's editors, who thought they'd killed the piece. Instead, the piece killed Wink, who's found in his garage with the car running.

Now the Blight wants to nail the unknown computer hacker who planted the lethal story, and the assignment is right up the alley of a former newshound like Tess. But it doesn't take long for her to discover deeper, darker secrets, and to realize that this situation is really more about whacking than hacking. It's just murder in Baltimore these days, and Tess Monaghan herself might be next on the list.

SIDENOTES: I read the first in the series years ago. This has been sitting on my shelf for what seems like forever. Finally it made it way to my read pile.

TITLE: Darker Than Night
AUTHOR: John Lutz

A killer dubbed "The Night Prowler" has turned the city that doesn't sleep into a town kept awake by terror. Unseen, he enters couples' homes. Unsuspected, he lingers until the perfect moment arrives. He leaves "gifts" for his victims - before taking their lives. Enter ex-homicide cop Frank Quinn, still reeling in the wake of an elaborate setup that ended his career. For Quinn, this isn't just any job - it's a last chance to salvage his reputation. As the investigation proceeds, the murderer loses no time stalking new prey: a loan officer and her high-earning husband; a couple who made a killing in the stock market; a pretty actress and her prosperous lover. With the body count rising, it's up to Quinn to unlock the mystery of a madman's past and end his bloody reign. Quinn's got his work cut out - because in a city the size of New York, anyone of eight million faces could be that of a killer or his next target.

SIDENOTES: I have read several of this authors works and loved them. This is a new series I have been wanting to start


TITLE : Deep Freeze

AUTHOR : Thom Racina

SUMMARY: Sub zero temperatures slice across the beaches of Santa Monica. A blinding blizzard whips through Hollywood. Swimming pools turn to solid blocks of ice. Roads are impassible. Cars have been abandoned. And as night falls, so does hope...

 SIDE NOTES: Okay this book has been sitting on my book shelf for years and I want to read it because I have enjoyed other books by this author. I have seen very mixed reviews about this book and I am hoping for the best.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Want Wednesday

That time of week again. Wednesday mid week and the last week of the Children book month. I am glad to be reading adult books next month. Almost all set with the books. Since I have over 400 books to pick four from. Okay, here are the last Want books for this week.

TITLE:  See You at Harry's
AUTHOR: Jo Knowles

SUMMARY: Twelve-year-old Fern feels invisible. It seems as though everyone in her family has better things to do than pay attention to her: Mom (when she's not meditating) helps Dad run the family restaurant; Sarah is taking a gap year after high school; and Holden pretends that Mom and Dad and everyone else doesn't know he's gay, even as he fends off bullies at school. Then there's Charlie: three years old, a "surprise" baby, the center of everyone's world. He's devoted to Fern, but he's annoying, too, always getting his way, always dirty, always commanding attention. If it wasn't for Ran, Fern's calm and positive best friend, there'd be nowhere to turn. Ran's mantra, "All will be well," is soothing in a way that nothing else seems to be. And when Ran says it, Fern can almost believe it's true. But then tragedy strikes- and Fern feels not only more alone than ever, but also responsible for the accident that has wrenched her family apart. All will not be well. Or at least all will never be the same.


SIDE NOTES: I wanted to read more dramatic books with my daughter. I am her step mother but I want to start opening the communication lines with her so she feels like she can talk to me about anything. My kids biological mother is very neglectful and I want my kids to feel like they can talk to me about it. I think reading books with more of a family dynamic will help.


TITLE : The Paradise Trap
AUTHOR: Catherine Jinks

SUMMARY : A  boy . . . a witch . . . and a totally sinister paradise: that’s what Marcus gets when his mom rents a scuzzy trailer and parks it near a dirty, noisy beach. Some vacation! Marcus would rather play video games anyway, but when he discovers a staircase underneath the trailer, it looks as if he may be in for some kind of multilevel, multiplayer experience controlled by a complete nightmare of a witch. It’s just like a game—except it’s all too real.

RELEASE DATE: April 24th

SIDE NOTES : This looks like a fun book and I have read the reviews and they have been good so we will try this.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Update Monday # 10

Doing good almost have my reviews for the book I have read ready to post. I have been sitting down with my kids and talking about the books we have read more and more so the reviews are going to start being longer and more detailed as to the points of the books we like and why, what we think of the characters. I want my children's opinions to be voiced more on the books they read. I think that will make this blog stand apart from other so book that I read with my kids will have 2 reviews one from me (adult) one from the age range the books intended for. My reads will only have one review.

Okay, with that out of the way I am going to see "The Hunger Game" today so I will post my thoughts and my sons thoughts on the movie tonight. I am hoping it is as good as the book.

      Ok how do I say this without sounding like I am being too harsh. The movie was good but the book was amazing.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Watch for Wednesday

Well it is Wednesday again and I have some books I can't wait to read. I am staying with the children's book theme again.

TITLE: Sleuth or dare :Partners in Crime
AUTHOR: Kim Harrington

When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up with a great idea: a detective agency! Darcy loves mysteries, and Norah likes helping people, so it's a perfect fit.

But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it's up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Unfortunately, there's someone else out there who doesn't want the two detectives stirring up any trouble. . . .

With the help of hidden clues, spy gadgets, and trusted friends, can Darcy and Norah crack the case in time?


SIDE NOTES:  Since my daughter likes mysteries I saw this and thought she may like it.


Confectionately Yours #1: Save the Cupcake!


SIDE NOTE Wanted to mix up the reading subjects to keep things interesting

Monday, March 19, 2012

Update Monday # 9

Monday again, the best thing about today is the weather. This past week has been wonderful. I have finished my reading for the month. I started reading for the next month. I did not expect to finish so early. I have also started my Christmas Presents for people. I cross stitch and have decided to make everyone Christmas ornaments. I may even do a give away of them if I have enough, with a book of course. Right now I am reading

I read the first one in the series. I must admit it has been years since I read it but I did like it or I would not have bought the second one. I am also looking forward to making a dent in my tbr pile. Then I will have room for more books YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Ok I know if your like me you go to the bookstore just for fun. My husband has FYE and I have B&N. It just works. I also bought something I told myself I would wait for but could not.

I got this for my Kindle now I have to work it into my TBR pile. I got ahead of myself and have the books all picked out for several months to come but I may have to add this one. Well let me get back to reading have a great day and see you on Wednesday.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Watch For it Wednesday

 Well once again it is Wednesday and as you know this is when I look for book to read in the future for me and the my kids.  So I have been doing children's books this month for my daughter. I also am waiting for "The Hunger Games" the movie. OK here are the books this week hope you enjoy.

 TITLE: The Emerald Atlas
AUTHOR: John Stephens

SUMMARY: Kate, Michael, and Emma have been in one orphanage after another for the last ten years, passed along like lost baggage.

Yet these unwanted children are more remarkable than they could possibly imagine. Ripped from their parents as babies, they are being protected from a horrible evil of devastating power, an evil they know nothing about.

Until now.

Before long, Kate, Michael, and Emma are on a journey to dangerous and secret corners of the world...a journey of allies and enemies, of magic and mayhem. And—if an ancient prophesy is correct—what they do can change history, and it is up to them to set things right.

SIDE NOTES: This looks like a good book and I do love series. I also like the idea that these children hold their destiny in their hands. May be some lessons learned along the way.

RELEASE DATE: April 24th (paperback)


TITLE: The Tail of Emily Windsnap      AUTHOR : Liz Kessler                           SUMMARY :

For as long as she can remember, twelve-year-old Emily Windsnap has lived on a boat. And, oddly enough, for just as long, her mother has seemed anxious to keep her away from the water. But when Mom finally agrees to let her take swimming lessons, Emily makes a startling discovery - about her own identity, the mysterious father she's never met, and the thrilling possibilities and perils shimmering deep below the water's surface. With a sure sense of suspense and richly imaginative details, first-time author Liz Kessler lures us into a glorious undersea world where mermaids study shipwrecks at school and Neptune rules with an iron trident - an enchanting fantasy about family secrets, loyal friendship, and the convention-defying power of love.

 SIDE NOTES : Sorry about this one it is not a new book but I really like the description of this book and though it deserved a spot on the list.


TITLE: Saranormal : Ghost town            AUTHOR: Phoebe Rivers                       SUMMARY:                                          
Sara Collins is a normal twelve-year-old girl with an abnormal secret: She is psychic. She’s had her abilities for as long as she can remember, but she doesn’t like to talk about them. She hopes that if she ignores them, they might go away. Sara wants nothing more than to have a normal life, and to her, “normal” doesn’t include anything paranormal.
But Sara’s life is about to be turned upside down, because she’s moving across the country with her dad to an old shore town in New Jersey. A shore town with a lot of history…and more than its fair share of ghosts roaming around. As Sara tries to settle into her new home, she discovers that for the first time, the ghosts around her can communicate with her. One ghost in particular desperately needs something from her and won’t leave her alone. Sara wants to help, but she’s scared. Can Sara put her fear aside and help the spirit? Will doing so put her in jeopardy?
Meanwhile, Sara meets a great local girl named Lily Randazzo, and against all odds, really bonds with her. Sara has made a true friend for the first time in her life. Maybe New Jersey isn’t so bad after all….


SIDE NOTES: I want to read this to change things up been reading books my daughter want and I know she will never pick this thinking it is a horror book. I think it will teach values and about real friendship.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Update Monday # 8

Hi, well way ahead of the reading I have to do this month and really happy about it. May add in another book just to keep reading. I have been reluctant to use the Kindle. I wonder am I the only one who fears the teck age. I mean a book. I love books everything about them. It is tough to give that up. I started a facebook page for the broad minded books. Trying to get it up and running. I got more books of course.

more when I read them

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Watch for it Wednesday

Ok since it is tween (or childrens book) month that is what I am looking at here we go

Title : Wilma Tenderfoot: The Case of the Putrid Poison

Author: Emma Kennedy

SUMMARY: Wilma Tenderfoot has realized her dream of becoming an apprentice detective to the famous Theodore Goodman, and she's one step closer to finding out what happened to her parents. Now a new case has sprung up--actors at the Valiant Vaudeville Theatre are being poisoned one by one. Wilma is ready to put her skills to the test, but right in the middle of the investigation, Theodore disappears! Wilma must solve the case on her own (with her dog, Pickle, of course.) Can she discover who the poisoner is before she is the next target?

SIDENOTES : My daughter has told me she like mysteries the most so we are going to be looking into getting mysteries. We will also mix in some other books too.


TITLE: Real Mermaids Don't Hold Thier Breath

AUTHOR Helene Boudereau

SUMMARY: Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: It's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing.
Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird?

SIDENOTES: I have the first book in this series. We have not read it yet but we plan to soon.



TITLE: Spellbound: The Book of Elsewhere
AUTHOR : Jacqueline West

SUMMARY:With no way into the McMartin house's magical paintings, and its three guardian cats reluctant to help, Olive's friend Morton is still trapped inside Elsewhere. So when Rutherford, the new oddball kid next door mentions a grimoire--a spellbook--Olive sees a glint of hope. If she can find the McMartins' spellbook, maybe she can help Morton escape Elsewhere for good. Unless, that is, the book finds Olive first. The house isn't the only one keeping secrets anymore . . .

SIDENOTES: Again we have the first in the series and we will be reading it.


So those are the books I am waiting for hope you enjoy

Monday, March 5, 2012

Update Monday # 7

Been reading a ton this week. Also started a facebook page for the blog. I also got a gift from my hubby. He got me a Kindle. I don't know if that is a hint that I should not buy any more books. Like that will ever happen. I like books and everything about them the feel of them in my hands. The crack of the spine. MMMMMMMMMMMM. I know I am not the only person that feels that way.

I also got some new books. Here they are just the covers will go into more detail when I read them.