Saturday, August 6, 2016




When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


"Tale as old as time, True as it can be, Barely even friends, Then somebody bends, Unexpectedly"

This is the second book I have read this week that is a Beauty and the Beast re-telling.  I have been one happy reader.  That song has been going through my mind for like three days now.    I have had this book on my audible for way too long.  Why did I wait so long?  I don't even know!  I LOVED this book.

When Feyre kills a wolf, she has to pay the price for it.  She is taken from her father and sisters to live in the faerie land with Tamlin. 

Feyre only knows the stories she has been told her whole life about the faerie lands.  It's all nightmares and horrible creatures. 

While living with Tamlin, Feyre learns there is fare more to this beautifully, broken world than the stories told.  Dark creatures are about, but only at the hand of another High Fae who is determined to take over all of the faerie lands.

Feyre and Tamlin become friends.  Feyre longs to get back to her family, but as time passes she doesn't ache for them like she use to.  She finds herself drawn to Tamlin and he in return finds she is far more intriguing than just some human.

When Tamlin realizes that Feyre's life is in far more danger being with him, than it would be if she returned to the human world, he sends Feyre away.  Of course, the story only gets better from this point on.

Fighting for the one you love is always a good story for me.  Finding out that there is more to an individual than what meets the eye is always so fantastic as well.  

This world is beautiful, complex, and full of interesting characters.  Maas is such a fantastic author.  Just amazing.  I cannot wait to see what the next installment of this story brings!

Source:  I bought this book for myself.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.




Sarah J. Maas

Sarah J. Maas is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series (Queen of Shadows, Book 4, will be out in September 2015), as well as the A Court of Thorns and Roses series (out 5/5/15).

Sarah lives in Bucks County, PA, and over the years, she has developed an unhealthy appreciation for Disney movies and bad pop music. She adores fairy tales and ballet, drinks too much tea, and watches an ungodly amount of TV. When she's not busy writing, she can be found exploring the historic and beautiful Pennsylvania countryside with her husband and canine companion.

Friday, August 5, 2016


Welcome to my stop for this awesome book!


Jane Eyre meets Beauty and the Beast. 

When Lucy Pickett arrives at Blackwell Manor to tend to her ailing cousin, Kate, she finds more than she bargained for. A restless ghost roams the hallways, werewolves have been reported in the area, and vampires lurk across the Scottish border. Lord Miles himself is clearly hiding a secret. He is brash and inhospitable, and does not take kindly to visitors—even one as smart and attractive as Miss Pickett. He is unsettled by the mysterious deaths of his new wife, Clara, and his sister, Marie. Working together, Miles and Lucy attempt to restore peace to Blackwell Manor. But can Lucy solve the mystery of Miles? Can she love the man—beast and all?


I love re-tellings so much, when they are done well.  This one is done well.  Different!  Plus, this is Beauty and the Beast.  Does it get any better than that?  Not in my opinion.  This is one of my all time favorite fairy tales.  What better story than seeing beyond what's outside and seeing what really matters.

This story is just that.  Lucy arrives at the Blackwell Manor and has heard all the horror stories of the Lord of the manor.  Not having met him yet, she only had to go off what every one else had told her about him.

Lucy was not there for the Lord of the manor though.  She was there for her cousin Kate.  Who is as close to her as a sister.  Kate had been ill since being married and going to the Blackwell manor.  Lucy is determined to find out what is ailing her and won't give up until she does.

Lucy finds that there is more going on in the manor than meets the eye.  There is so much to this story.  There are 'bots' that take care of the manor.  There are forces outside of the "real" world that are in the manor.  Miles Blackwell, Lord of the manor is not just a man.  

Lucy, is a lovable and funny character from the very beginning.  She is spunky, and one hard headed woman who knows what she wants.  Love her.

There are so many elements to this book that just made me happy.  I love the world that Allen brings to life in this book.  I love the characters!  Each one brings a new spin to the book.  There are so many wonderful, cryptic, interesting, fantastic things happening.  It was exciting to read, and kept me interested from beginning to end, with a love story to boot.  It doesn't get much better than that.

Source:  I was given this book as part of a tour, in return for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book.





Nancy Campbell Allen

Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of twelve published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loves to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.


Thursday, August 4, 2016


The Eye Collector Audiobook
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Ready or not, here he comes.... It's the same each time. A woman's body is found with a ticking stopwatch clutched in her dead hand.
A distraught father must find his child before the boy suffocates - and the killer takes his left eye.
Alexander Zorbach, a washed-up cop turned journalist, has reported all three of the Eye Collector's murders. But this is different. His wallet has been found next to the corpse, and now he's a suspect. The Eye Collector wants Zorbach to play.
Zorbach has exactly 45 hours, seven minutes to save a little boy's life. And the countdown has started....


Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock......Time is running out for Zorbach.  He is on the hunt for the eye collector who has brought him into his sick game of kidnapping and murder.

Zorbach, doesn't know what hit him.  He is all of the sudden the prime suspect in a kidnapping case.  He gets a visit from a blind lady who seems to see the past.  Little does he know that she has also been brought into this bizarre game of hide and seek.

This book starts at the end, and works it's way to the beginning.  It was a very interesting concept.  I have really enjoyed Fitzek's writing.  Fitzek only has a few that have been translated into English, but they have all been very good.    

There is a lot going on in this story, and it kept me on the end of my seat the whole time.  I know I say this all the time, but I was sure who the "murderer" was the whole time.....I am happy to say I was wrong...  I was surprised.  I did not see the end coming the way it did.

If you like creepy, exciting, edge of your seat books, you will enjoy this one.  Fitzek is an awesome author.  His writing is beautiful, and the narrator makes the story really come to life.





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Sebastian Fitzek was born in Berlin in 1971. After going to law school and being promoted to LL.D., he decided against a juridical profession for a creative occupation in the media. After the traineeship at a private radio station he switched to the competition as head of entertainment and became chief editor later on, thereafter becoming an independent executive consultant and format developer for numerous media companies in Europe. He lives in Berlin and is currently working in the programme management of a major capital radio station.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016




When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen...

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

There’s a lot Jean hasn’t said over the years about the crime her husband was suspected of committing. She was too busy being the perfect wife, standing by her man while living with the accusing glares and the anonymous harassment.

Now there’s no reason to stay quiet. There are people who want to hear her story. They want to know what it was like living with that man. She can tell them that there were secrets. There always are in a marriage.

The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…


What a great debut novel for Barton.  I bought this audio book for myself after reading about it on a new release blog page of a fellow blogger.  

I enjoyed this book from the very beginning to the very end.  I enjoyed Barton's writing, and the story she brought to life in this book.

Jean thought her life with her husband was perfect.  Then, little things started happening, and Jean was forced to face a life she did not want.  Jean's husband was a the front of an investigation regarding a missing child.  Then, as if Jean's life hadn't gotten out of control enough her husband dies.  Right in front of Jean.

I thought I knew who the "bad" guy was the whole time, and then something would happen that made me rethink who it might be.  Barton did a great job of keeping me on my toes and guessing "who done it".  I was not expecting the ending at all.  

Jean's life is full of reporters, and investigators now.  Her life is being pulled into a million different directions, and she is forced to face things in her past, or her husbands past.  Life isn't quite what she wanted.

Pick this one won't regret it.





Fiona Barton The Widow
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My career has taken some surprising twists and turns over the years. I have been a journalist - senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at The Mail on Sunday, where I won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards, gave up my job to volunteer in Sri Lanka and since 2008, have trained and worked with exiled and threatened journalists all over the world.
But through it all, a story was cooking in my head.
The worm of this book infected me long ago when, as a national newspaper journalist covering notorious crimes and trials, I found myself wondering what the wives of those accused really knew – or allowed themselves to know.
It took the liberation of my career change to turn that fascination into a tale of a missing child, narrated by the wife of the man suspected of the crime, the detective leading the hunt, the journalist covering the case and the mother of the victim.
Much to my astonishment and delight, The Widow is available now in the UK, and around the world in the coming months.
However, the sudden silence of my characters feels like a reproach and I am currently working on a second book.
My husband and I are living the good life in south-west France, where I am writing in bed, early in the morning when the only distraction is our cockerel, Sparky, crowing.