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August 25, 2016

Liked It: An Untimely Frost by Penny Richards @KensingtonBooks #historical #mystery

Series: Lilly Long 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: July 26, 2016
Publisher: Kensington
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Mystery

In 1881 Chicago, the idea of a female detective is virtually unheard of. But when famed crime buster Allan Pinkerton opens his agency's doors to a handful of women, one intrepid actress with her own troubled past is driven to defy convention and take on a new and dangerous role...

Since the age of eleven, when her mother was murdered, the life of the theater is all Lilly Long has known. Now twenty-two, she has blossomed into an accomplished Shakespearean actress. But after her innocence--and her savings--are taken from her by a seductive scoundrel, Lilly vows to leave the stage, enter the real world, and save others from a similar fate. Following in the footsteps of the country's first female detective, Lilly persuades Allan Pinkerton to take her on.

Lilly's acting skills are a perfect fit for her real-life role as a Pinkerton operative. But her first case is a baptism by fire as she is sent to the small town of Vandalia to solve the mystery of a pastor who disappeared with his family--and the church's funds. When Lilly arrives, she finds the mere mention of the reverend's name provokes enmity or suspicious silence. Shadowed by a second Pinkerton agent with an agenda of his own, Lilly begins to uncover Vandalia's sordid secrets. But she'll have to deliver the performance of a lifetime to survive the final act of this drama.

AN UNTIMELY FROST by Penny Richards is the first of a new historical sleuthing series set in Chicago during the late 19th century. Lilly Long is an unlikely heroine in that she's an actress by trade, quite naive, and recently scorned no thanks to her handsome but double-dealing husband. Reeling from the demise of her marriage, Lilly applied for the position private investigator with Pinkerton, an established and quite popular detective agency, with the hopes of finding her husband and/or help other women like herself find justice after being taken advantage of by men. 

August 24, 2016

Shelley Loved: United by Melissa Landers

Series: Alienated # 3
Format: Hardcover | 300 pages
Release Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: EverAfter
Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult | Science Fiction

After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be―days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other’s arms.

But the vacation is short-lived.

The treaty between Earth and L’eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all. The Aribol, mysterious guardians charged with maintaining interstellar peace, deem the alliance a threat to the galaxy. They order a separation of the races, decreeing humans and L’eihrs must return to their own planets within the month or face extinction. In fact, they already have agents in place on Earth, ready to begin.

With the clock ticking, Aelyx and Cara assemble a team of colonists and race back to Earth, where they unite with old friends to solve the mystery of who the Aribol are, what they want, and the real reason the alliance has provoked them. As tensions build to a full-scale war, Aelyx and Cara must fight harder than ever―not just for their future, but for the survival of both their worlds.

UNITED is the third and final installment in author Melissa Landers Alienated trilogy. Landers once again alternates narratives between Cara Sweeney, and Aelyx from the planet L'eihr. Several years ago, Aliens arrived from the planet L'eihr and made first contact with Earth. In an effort to open up dialogue and form an alliance between the two worlds, the L'eihr's offered to help cure Cara Sweeney's mother of cancer. Chosen by the L'eihr's as part of LEAP (L'eihr Exchange Ambassador Program), Cara found herself looking at a future that is bright and full of possibilities.

August 20, 2016

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [214]: Giveaway + The Empress

BB&B (Bought, Borrowed and Bagged) is a weekly meme, inspired my The Story Siren and Pop Culture Junkie, where we share with you the books that we have bought, borrowed or bagged (won or gifted) plus a recap of the previous week's reviews, upcoming reviews, on going events and book movie or television news. 

BB&B is an homage Barron's Books & Baubles from Karen Marie Moning's smash hit series, Fever. 

August 18, 2016

Cherry Popped! Karma Girl by @Jennifer_Estep + Unraveled #UrbanFantasy #superheroes

Karma Girl, Bigtime 1, by Jennifer Estep
Superhero Chick-Lit | May 1, 2007 | Berkley | Purchased

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I've been catching up on all the superhero movies I missed this year so I decided to complement my binge with Jennifer Estep's Bigtimr series featuring superheroes! 

The blurb is spot on in that KARMA GIRL is a chick-lit meets comic lit in this super fun fantasy series debut. Carmen Cole is as feisty, clever, anda little annoying as our dear Lois Lane. You gotta love/hate a girl who's mission in life is to expose the identities of both superheroes and villains right? Girls got a knack for it which led her to possibly the most high profile assignment and that is to uncover the identities of the Fearless Five, a la Avengers and Justice League. 

Carmen's investigative style was exhilarating at first, can't help but get an ego boost from being successful at uncovering all these heroes and villains real identities... Until things went sideways and Carmen found herself mortally threatened by the ubervillains called the Terrible Triad. 

I love KARMA GIRL! It was obvious who the key playeres are and I still got a kick over the many twists and turns like the story took like how Carmen thwarted the bad guys, landed the hero, and in turn became a superhero herself.

JEstep is such a masterful fantasy writer, she can make anything pop to psychedelic life with a bit of her glitter. KARMA GIRL is light yet heavy in action, sexy, while still managing to be touching. I definitely recommend this series to y'all, it's fast paced, a quick read, and an exciting superhero series!