Saturday, September 23, 2017

Cozy Review: Crime of Passion Fruit

* Book 6 in the Bakeshop Mystery series *
Carlos calls Jules asking her to fill in for a few weeks aboard the ship in between pastry chefs. At first, she says no, but then Carlos offers her mother and the professor a free vacation. After scrambling to make sure everything's covered at Torte, the three of them leave for a vacation.

Jules enjoys returning to the ship, although not the long days. Her staff's amazing and they whip some thousands of desserts. Early one morning on a walk about the deck, Jules spots a body in the pool. It's the same woman she's been seeing in odd places all over the ship. The professor takes on the case, asking questions about the ship and seeing what Jules might be able to overhear.

With more people acting suspiciously, Jules isn't sure what to make of the crew. They certainly have their secrets. Could one of them committed murder?
My Thoughts: I really love this series - it makes my mouth water and it makes me want to whip up a delicious sweet. I loved seeing Jules on the ship for the first time. It helped me understand more about her former life. I liked learning more about the ship and the way things work. I loved being in the kitchen with the chefs. I loved the personal moments with Jules and her mother and the professor. I enjoyed seeing more of Carlos. While I enjoyed the variation on the setting, I'm eager to get back to Torte. I can't wait for the next book in the series out in January. 

Cover Thoughts: Charming
Source: My library
Library Recommendation: A winner of a series perfect for public libraries, especially those who gobble up foodie books. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

Adult Review: On Second Thought

Two sisters' lives change on the same night. What's supposed to be a celebration of Eric being cancer free turns into a tragedy. Kate's husband of four months dies in a freak accident. Eric, who was about to propose to Ainsley, takes it as a sign and breaks up with her.

After spending eleven years with Eric, Ainsley is blindsided. Since their neither the house nor the finances are in her name, she's in serious trouble. Not knowing where to turn, she shows up at Kate's door.

Kate's been dealing with her own grief. She didn't get enough time with her husband; they were still learning about each other. She's living in a house that isn't hers and she's lonely.

Even thought Kate and Ainsley aren't close, they need each other now more than ever. 
My Thoughts: I Loved this book. It's sent in the same town as If You Only Knew, so it was nice to see some old favorite characters. I enjoyed the relationship between the sisters. Being 10 years apart and half siblings, it's easy to see why they were never close. But I love how they lean on each other through their tough times and get to know each other better. I felt terrible for Ainsley dealing with all the fallout from her Eric's choices. There were times I wanted to smack her, but that worked itself out. I enjoyed her moments at work, her being late and her talking back to the boss. I felt bad for Kate as she dealt with grief, knowing her grief wasn't as much as other people in her husband's live who had known him longer. I loved the humor and the sweet moments. Most of all I loved the journey from the ashes to the phoenix and I think it was even sweeter because they helped each other. Another fantastic book from Kristan Higgins that I devoured. 

Cover Thoughts: Subtle, but effective
Source: Purchased
Library Recommendation: Public Libraries: Grab this one immediately for your adult fiction section if you don't have it already.
Where I Read This: I saved it for vacation reading, poolside in Vegas.


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Review: Day of the Duchess

* Book 3 in the Scandal and Scoundrel series *
Seraphina returns to London to obtain a divorce. She's spent the last three years in Boston without her husband. Now she's opening a tavern in London and needs to be free in order to properly own it. She's determined to become a free woman; she's liked answering to no one.

For the last three years the Duke of Haven has chased down every lead of his wife's whereabouts. But he has yet to find her. Until she walks into his life and demands a divorce. Luckily, he has the summer to woo her, under the pretense of needing her help to find him another wife.

They can't talk about their past without yelling at each other, but is it possible for them to move forward?
My Thoughts: I loved this book. I loved Seraphina and her strength. I'm sorry for all the heart ache she endured. I loved her independent streak and how she wasn't taking no for an answer. I loved her times with her sisters, they added humor to the story. I loved her cameo in book one and how this book changed my opinion of that scene (and of the Hero). This one is an emotional reader given the character's backstory. I'm happy how it all turned out, but it was heart wrenching to read. I can't wait for the next book and to read more about the American! Sarah MacLean writes another amazing story that I didn't want to put down. 

Cover Thoughts: Love it! She's obviously in charge.
Source: BEA 17 book
Library Recommendation: A must have for public library romance sections

Where I Read this Book: I saved this book to read while hiking in the Grand Canyon. And it was the perfect book to bring.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Picture Book Review: Fruits in Suits


Even fruits like to jump in the water

Another fun read from Vegetables in Underwear - this one chats about different kids of suits from dress suits to bathing suits (mostly bathing suits). I loved the different fruits showing off various types of suits. Funny and entertaining with great illustrations that readers will want to pour over.  I also liked the end papers with the fruits labeled - great for learning about different types of fruits.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR List

This week's topic is our Fall TBR list: September, October, and November books. Fall is such a big publishing time (October really). And it's my favorite time of year because of Holiday Romances!!! Which I could use some suggestions on your favorites! Let me know.
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

Middle Grade
CICI's Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-In-TrainingNightfall (Keeper of the Lost Cities, #6)The Vanderbeekers of 141st StreetNo Place Like HomeLittler Women: A Modern Retelling

YA 
Love, Life, and the ListShadow GirlEver the Brave (A Clash of Kingdoms #2)The Chaos of Standing StillRenegades (Renegades, #1)
Here We Are NowThe Glass Spare (The Glass Spare, #1)Calling My NameDear MartinForest of a Thousand Lanterns (Rise of the Empress, #1)
Among the Red StarsThere's Someone Inside Your HouseJane, UnlimitedWarcross (Warcross, #1)Tower of Dawn (Throne of Glass, #6)
Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)The Big F

Adult
Moonlight Over Manhattan (From Manhattan with Love, #6)Now That You Mention ItIt's Hard Out Here for a Duke (Keeping Up with the Cavendishes, #4)Lilac Lane (Chesapeake Shores #14)Second Chance Girl (Happily Inc, #2)
Barking Up the Wrong TreeAsking for Truffle (A Southern Chocolate Shop Mystery #1)Every Breath You Take (Under Suspicion, #5)

Holiday Romances: 
Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay, #4.5)Pride and Prejudice and MistletoeSugar Pine Trail (Haven Point, #7)Chasing Christmas Eve (Heartbreaker Bay, #4)Merry and Bright

Monday, September 18, 2017

Review: Love and Gelato

Lina's mom died, leaving Lina alone in the world with one wish. She wants Lina to go to Italy - just like she did as a teen. She hopes that Lina will fall in love with the country.


When Lina arrives, she's staying with the father she's never known. He works in a cemetery. Lina can't wrap her head around living in a cemetery, especially so soon after losing her mother. Plus, she's curious as to why she's never known about her father.


When her mother's friend gives her a diary, Lina starts learning about the past and her mother's choices. What she learns will change Everything.

My Thoughts: I'd been wanting to read this book forever after hearing so many great things about it, but it's always checked out at my library. I went to check the shelf before I left for vacation, but it wasn't there. But luckily I checked the return cart and there it was!

And it didn't disappoint, I couldn't put this book down. I lost myself in the pages of Italy - the sights, the relationships, and of course the gelato. I loved Lina trying to navigate life after her mother's death, especially in a new country. I loved reading her mother's journals and discovering the truth about the past. I love how that changed everything and yet it didn't. 

Cover Thoughts: Perfection
Source: My Library

Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your library if you don't already have it.



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Upcoming Review: Prince in Disguise

Dylan isn't thrilled at giving up her winter vacation to spend it in Scotland for her sister's reality TV show wedding. She hates being on camera, but she has no choice.

Scotland is freezing. Dusty's almost mother-in-law isn't thrilled with her son's choice for a bride. But, Dylan enjoys her time with the equally shy groomsman Jamie.

Together, they vow to get through this wedding. But when they begin to have moments of their own, Dylan wants to keep new relationship away from the cameras. But of course...everything is fair game in this mansion.
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this book- for the setting, for the behind the scenes look at Reality TV, for the sister relationships, and for the romance. I loved exploring the old home, especially the secret passage ways. I loved the moments between Dylan and Jamie. I really loved the moments between Kit and Heaven - they added some humor to the book. Their banter was highly entertaining. The ending was sweet. 

Cover Thoughts: Cute
Source: BEA Arc
Release Date: December 19, 2017

While you're waiting for this one, read Something Real (also about reality TV)
Library Recommendation: Great for high school libraries and public libraries! Grab this one for your reality TV loving teens!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Review: Serenity Harbor

 * Book 6 in the Haven Point series *
Katrina is home for her sister's wedding and then she's headed back to Columbia to figure out the adoption process. Her family and friends haven't adjusted to her maturing since they saw her last. They're having a hard time with the new her. But Katrina isn't giving up.

While witnessing an epic meltdown of a child, she steps in to help calm him down. Milo's newly found relative (half brother) begs her to take a temporary job helping out with Milo until permanent help can arrive. At first Katrina isn't interested, but the money is too good to pass up.

The more time she spends with Milo and his brother, the more she falls for both of them. But being home is just temporary and she's not sure she wants to risk her heart.
My Thoughts: I love this series and seeing how favorite characters. I really enjoyed Katrina's story. I too fell for Milo. I loved the moments between Milo and Katrina - they were very sweet. I loved watching Milo progress once he felt comfortable in his new life. I enjoyed the romance and I'm eagerly looking forward to returning to Haven Point soon.

Cover Thoughts: Gorgeous
Source: Book sent for Review
Review will go up on Fresh Fiction
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your romance section at your public library! And if you don't have this series, be sure to get the others too! 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Upcoming Review: Magic Misfits

Carter is a magician with morals he didn't inherit from his uncle. After a particularly heinous act, Carter realizes he's better off on his one. He runs away for a chance for a better life.

Off the train, he spots a carnival in town. But Carter's disappointed with the tricks until he meets an intriguing man. His magic is different; he's different.

Carter shows up at his magic shop. He discovers how much he likes Mr. Vernon and meets his daughter and her friends. Instantly Carter wishes to befriend the bunch. They all have their magic specialties.

Once they learn of an evil plot by the end of the carnival, they vow to take him down. Can they use magic to trick another magician?
My Thoughts: I had a hard time getting into this book (mostly  because the narrator would talk to the reader, thus pulling me out of the story). But once Carter met Mr. Vernon and showed up at the magic shop, I was hooked. I love how Mr. Vernon and Carter talked about magic and how Mr. Vernon tried to convince the boy that there really was magic in the world (just maybe not the way, he thought it would be.) I like how Carter learn that magic isn't always used as his uncle uses it. My heart ached for him - for the way he grew up and for his beliefs. But now that he's met Mr. Vernon and found friends, I think his outlook on the world will change. I loved the theme of friendship and family. I really liked the climax and the ending of this book. I'm eagerly waiting the next book in the series.

I really liked the magic tricks displayed in the book.

Cover Thoughts: Fantastic
Source: ARC from BEA
Release Date: November 21st 2017 
Library Recommendation: Grab this one for your Elementary School Libraries and your Public School Libraries! And maybe also a book on magic tricks. I have a feeling you might get asked about those after handing this book off to readers.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Picture Book Review: Shark Lady


Eugenie Clark became fascinated with sharks at the age of 9. She wanted to study them and prove they weren't as dangerous as everyone thought. 
A nonfiction picture book about a daring woman, perfect for feminist reading. I love that she didn't take no for an answer. I love that she searched out knowledge. Great for STEAM reading. Loved the illustrations. 

A fantastic book to pour over and share with others.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books from 2008

This week's topic is books you loved the year you started blogging. I started this blog in the fall of 2008. Before that, i was talking about books on MySpace (remember that?). I cringe at my early posts, but I leave them because they show me how far I've come as a blogger (hopefully). So here are books I read and loved that year!
meme from The Broke and the Bookish 

I wrote about it twice (my favorite books I read in 2008 - not necessarily books from 2008 and most entertaining books read in 2008) I'm not sure why I made two different posts. But one seems more genre oriented than the other. 

I will add:
I Heart You, You Haunt MePicture PerfectThe Year My Sister Got Lucky
Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)The Devil's Breath (Danger Zone, #1)Wake (Wake, #1)