Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday Fun- July 15th, 2017

Wow, I did it again. I neglected this poor blog for three years. Well, time to try again. I am currently participating in the summer reading program for adults at my library, so I have a slew of new-to-me books out. 


This is just a fraction of the books, as more came available after I took this picture.

I thought I would start in again with the different book parties I used to be involved with.

I am going to be sharing with 3 different book memes on Fridays: Friday Finds, Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56. So, let's get started. 

Friday Finds

(FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).)

As you can see, I have a lot of books on my TBR list. This week I will share the four that are currently waiting for me that aren't in the library book box.


It's been a few years since I've read anything by Julie Klassen. I remember how much I enjoyed Lady of Milkweed Manor, and I decided I would try another one of her books. In this book a young lady named Mariah is banished from her home and has to live in an abandoned gatehouse on a distant relatives estate. We don't know what she did wrong at the beginning of the story, but she is supporting herself by secretly writing books. Quite intriguing. 


I had taken I Am Number Four out of the library a while ago, but never had time to read it. The librarian mentioned that it was on her list of series she wanted to read, but she hadn't gotten to it yet. So, I decided to try it again. I was reading it in the van while the children played outside, and I have to say, it hooked me right away. The main premise of the book is that their are some aliens living among us who have come to Earth to escape enemies who destroyed their people. They have to live apart from one another so the charm protecting them will keep them safe. However, the first three have been killed by the enemies who found them, and now they are after Number Four.


The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell, was one of the books on display in the children's room of the library. Yes, this is how they get me every time. It looked like a book I would enjoy, so I grabbed it up. It is about a couple of children, twins, who discover that the land of fairy tales is actually real. Well, I love the tv show Once Upon a Time, and other movies like this, so I knew I had to try this book.


Yes, I am reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This is not the first time. I found it at the library because my daughter is reading our copy, so I can include it in my Friday Finds, right? 

On to:
Book Beginnings on Fridays


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.)

Here are my book beginnings:

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

"The end of the only life I've ever known, thought Mariah Aubrey, looking back through the carriage window at the shrinking figures of her mother and sister. Nineteen-year-old Julia stood in the foreground shoulders heaving as she wept."

The first question that pops into my mind is, what happened to end her life as she knew it. Knowing the story of Lady of Milkweed Manor and the fact that this book takes place in the early 1800's, I figure it has to be something that probably wouldn't be that big of a deal in this day and age, but back then had earned her the disgrace of her family. I am quite curious as to find out what she did wrong.

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

"The door starts shaking, it's a flimsy thing made of bamboo shoots held together with tattered lengths of twine. The shake is subtle and stops almost immediately."

Well, it seems something bad is about to happen. This is the prologue, so it occurred to me that this probably wasn't happening to the main character of the story, but to the one before, Number Three. I was quite anxious to find out what was going to happen. I didn't have long to wait. 

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

"The dungeon was a miserable place. Light was scarce and flickered from the torches bolted to the stone walls."

Well, this sounds like a charming place to visit. However, the title of the prologue is "The Queens' Visit" so I had to wonder why the queen was visiting this dank place. 

Now for:
The Friday 56


The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice.
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here are my Friday 56 selections. 

The Girl in the Gatehouse by Julie Klassen

"A budding tremble of hope, of eagerness and pride, was growing within him. He could see himself here. Could imagine himself master of a grand estate like this."

I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

"He sighs and shakes his head. 'Don't do anything stupid. I'll be right here at the end of the day.'"

The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer

"' I've never met a person I didn't learn something from!' Grandma said, 'Even the most monotonous people will surprise you. Remember that.'"

Friday, June 20, 2014

Friday Fun- June 20th 2014

I am going to be sharing with 3 different book memes on Fridays: Friday Finds, Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56. So, let's get started.
(FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). )

I have several new books that I have found and placed on my TBR list, they are sort of taking the place of some of the others that I never got to and have made their way back to the library.




I am really enjoying Lis Wiehl's other books, and I thought these sounded like something I would enjoy as well.






(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.)

My book beginning is from Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl.

"'Come on, Jalapeno!' Katie Converse jerked the dog's leash. Reluctantly, the black Lab mix lifted his nose and followed her. Katie wanted to hurry, but everything seemed to invite Jalapeno to stop, sniff, and lift his leg. And there was no time for that now. Not today."

You have to wonder what it is she is in such a hurry. By reading the synopsis of the book, the reader knows that Katie is going to disappear. What is going to happen to her and why?



The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice.
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56. 

I will also be sharing my Friday 56 from Face of Betrayal by Lis Wiehl

"But this time Jerry seemed to think he knew. 'It's the Katie Converse thing. People are eating that up,' he said. Last night's program delivered a 9.7 household rating and a 15 percent share in the metered-market overnights."

Friday, May 16, 2014

Friday Fun- May 16th 2014

I am going to be sharing with 3 different book memes on Fridays: Friday Finds, Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56. So, let's get started.
(FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). )

There is only one new book that I haven't mentioned yet, which I am not sure I am going to be reading. It is The Maze Runner by James Dashner.



(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.)

My book beginning is from Allegiant by Veronica Roth.

"I pace in our cell in Erudite headquarters, her words echoing in my mind: My name will be Edith Prior, and there is much I am happy to forget."

Once again Tris finds herself captive. Why does it seem there is always someone in authority out to get her? I am wondering how long it will be before we learn more about Edith Prior and why this society of factions was really created in the first place. I am eager to get to the bottom of it.



The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice.
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56. 

Seeing as I haven't gotten that far in Allegiant, I am going to share my Friday 56 from Insurgent.

"People rush into the hallway, wearing gray and black and yellow and red. Peter surges toward me in a half crouch, and punches me in the stomach. I hunch over, but the pain doesn't stop me-I let out something between a groan and a scream, and launch myself at him, my left elbow pulled back near my mouth so that I can slam it into his face."

Thursday, May 15, 2014

W...W...W...Wednesdays for May 14th 2014


To start this off, here is how you play along with W...W... W... Wednesdays, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What am I currently reading?

I am still reviewing The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. This is the second book I have read by this author, though I am having a harder time getting into the story. Plus, it has been way to easy to put it aside to read other books, like Insurgent and Allegiant, plus the A Matter of Trust which I reviewed last week.



I haven't finished Wake Up Missing by Kate Messner yet. Once again, too easy to put down so I can pick up the others.


I have also picked up another book that I was supposed to review a while ago. I just remembered about it and will be trying to get it finished. It is Storm Warning by Billy Graham

I am currently reading Allegiant, the third book in the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. I have heard that it is not as good as the other two, which has me worried a bit, but I will give it a fair shot. I didn't like Mockingjay very much either the first time I read it. After a second reading I liked it more.

What did I recently finish reading?

I did not plan to be able to say I finished reading Insurgent by Veronica Roth this week. I was 9th in the queue and suddenly I received an email notification on Saturday that it was available. We put everything aside to go grab my book, and I spent the rest of the day reading the book. I will be writing my review soon, but needless to say, it was a fast moving, can't put this down book. Not quite as good as Divergent, but I enjoyed it.



What do I think I will read next?

Now that I have read Insurgent and am reading Allegiant, I no longer have them on my TBR list. The problem is, the books I planned on reading by Ted Dekker are now being put on the back burner as I have the Triple Thread series from Lis Wiehl available to me. I am hoping they will be as good as A Matter of Trust.





Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Teaser Tuesday: Allegiant

It is time for:


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.

Here are the rules:
  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share 2 "teaser" sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS (make sure that what you share doesn't give too much away! You don't want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR lists if they like your teasers!
I did not think I was going to be reading the next books in the Divergent series any time soon as I was 9th in the queue for Insurgent. Needless to say, I was thrilled when I got the email on Saturday saying that the book was in at the library. Of course I picked up Allegiant, the third book in the series, while I had a chance; didn't need that one to disappear on me. I have already finished Insurgent and have started in on Allegiant, so that is the book I will be sharing today.

Here is my teaser:

"I close my eyes. The faction bowls are printed on my eyelids, tipped on their sides, their contents in a pile on the street. The symbols of our old way of life, destroyed-a man dead, others injured-and for what?"

p. 38 Allegiant by Veronica Roth



Friday, May 9, 2014

Friday Fun- May 9th 2014

I know Friday is almost over, but I finally got a chance to concentrate on getting this post up. I am going to be sharing with 3 different book memes on Fridays: Friday Finds, Book Beginnings on Friday and The Friday 56. So, let's get started.
(FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased). )

After finishing A Matter of Trust by Lis Wiehl in 2 days, I put the 4 books of her Triple Threat Series on hold.



I can't wait for the library to get them in!


(Please join Gilion Dumas for Book Beginnings every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.)

My book beginning is from The Dancing Master by Julie Klassen. I have been having a hard time getting into this book, which is a bit disappointing seeing as I devoured her first book. The book is set in 1815 England. We find Alec Valcourt moving his mother and sister from London to Devonshire to get a new start. This ends up being harder than he thought, seeing as he hoped to continue on as a dancing master but dancing has been forbidden in his new town. 

From the prologue: "We observed the first of May as we always did. We dressed somberly and rode in the black barouche from Buckleigh Manor into Beaworthy. It was tradition, my mother said. But I knew she had another reason for visiting the village on that particular day."


The Friday 56 is hosted over at Freda's Voice.
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

Here is my Friday 56. 

Seeing as I have The Dancing Master right here beside me, I will grab my excerpt from here.

"Julie eyes him shrewdly. 'And what is it you do when you are not prowling about the woods, Mr. Valcourt?'
'I...' He hesitated, uncertain he ought to mention his profession.
He was saved from answering by the hearty greetings of Sir Herbert and Lady Allen."

Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Matter of Trust: A Mia Quinn Mystery {a book review}



A Matter of Trust, by Lis Wiehl, is the first in a series featuring Mia Quinn, who works in the District Prosecutors office, prosecuting violent crimes. The book begins with Mia overhearing the murder of her friend Colleen who also works in the same office. So, of course, a huge concern is that she herself may not be safe, may be targeted for death, especially because 5 years earlier another prosecutor had been killed in exactly the same way as Colleen.

Mia is a widow, trying hard to raise her teenage son and 4 year old daughter after her husband died recently, leaving her with mountains of debt. She struggles with trying to find a balance in her home life and her two new cases at work, finding her friend and co-worker's murderer, plus trying to prove that a suicide of another teenager was brought about by the criminal actions of other teens. While she is investigating these teens, her own son is drawing further away from her as she demands too much from him.
Mia partners with Detective Charlie Carlson, who she distrusts because of actions he made a while back that caused someone she was prosecuting to walk free. How can she trust him to help bring Colleen's murderer to justice? They need to work together well, trying to cull the list of suspects, which instead of growing smaller seems to grow larger as the story develops. Was Colleen's murder related to her co-worker's? Was the killer gunning for prosecutors? Was there a more intimate or personal reason behind the murder?

The story is told in third person from multiple points of view, the main ones being Mia and Charlie, though at times we are seeing the story centered around her son Gabe and others. The characters were well developed and I really got to feel that I know them.

This story leaves the reader guessing until the end, which I loved. Just when you think you know what is going on, the author throws in another twist. Though some stories have twists that are awkward and not quite believable, Lis Wiehl has done a wonderful job of pulling the story together. She herself is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former federal prosecutor, so she knows her "stuff" and makes sure her reader does as well.

The author did include some current controversial topics, which made me wonder at first if she was just trying to push her believes on the reader, but I was pleased to find that that was not the case.

I am looking forward to the next book in the series. A Matter of Trust was my first introduction to this author and I have already put all the books of another one of her series, The Triple Threat Series) on hold at the library.