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June 19, 2017

Suped Up: Crown of Stars by Sophie Jaff

Series: Nightsong Trilogy 2
Format: eGalley via Edelweiss
Release Date:  June 7, 2017
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks
Source: Publisher
Recommended By: Books of Love
Genre: Dark Fantasy | Horror

Rumors of witchcraft have haunted Margaret ever since she was born. A strange, dark-eyed child, she was feared and then shunned by her medieval English village after her mother’s brutal murder. When her father remarries, Margaret—now a young woman—realizes that she must leave the village for good.

Hundreds of years later, as fall comes to Manhattan, Katherine Emerson prays her horrific summer is over. She survived a killer’s attack, but her roommate Andrea was not so lucky and now Katherine is raising Andrea’s son, Lucas. However, the rest of her world is in ruins: the man she loves has left her and she’s pregnant with his child. She accepts she’ll be a single mother—until he insists on doing “the right thing”, which means taking her and Lucas with him to London for his new job. Katherine hopes that maybe she too can start over.

But starting over doesn’t mean that the disturbing and dangerous encounters with strangers will end. As Katherine begins to fall apart, Margaret’s fight to survive in a hostile world reveals she has inherited her mother’s extraordinary gifts—but will she use them for good or evil? Can Margaret change the destiny of Katherine and her unborn child? And what will happen if she succeeds?



Nightsong Trilogy by Sophie Jaff is one of those series that deserves more attention and readership. I know a lot of you here are dark fantasy fans like me, we love myths that delve into the supernatural occult adorned with rich backstories, an interesting cast of characters, and a plot set in unassuming familiar places. Nightsong Trilogy touches on witchcraft, biblical myths, reincarnation, and serial killer themes that make for an unusual yet totally enthralling story. 

June 15, 2017

.@GizmosReviews Loved: Badlands by @MelLenhardt @OrbitBooks #Historical #Fiction #Western

Series: Laura Elliston 3
Format: E-Galley
Release Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: Redhook-Orbit
Source: NetGalley
Genre: Fiction | Historical | Western

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in the conclusion to Melissa Lenhardt's fast-paced historical series

Laura's worst fears have been realized: Kindle has been taken into custody and she is once again on the run. The noose awaits her in New York, but Laura is realizing that there are some things worse than death. Finally running out of places to hide, it may be time for Dr. Catherine Bennett to face her past.




BADLANDS is the third and final installment in author Melissa Lenhardt's Laura Elliston trilogy. If you've read my first two reviews of Sawbones and Badlands, you know that this trilogy is centered around Dr. Catherine Bennett aka Laura Elliston. Bennett was accused of murdering a very well off patient at the start of this trilogy. Facing the distinct possibility of being hanged on sight because the deck was stacked against her by rich and powerful men, she chose to flee to Texas and later changed her name to Laura Elliston. Laura's journey has been anything but easy. 

June 6, 2017

Suped Up: The Party by Robyn Harding

Series: Standalone (?)
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary | Literary Fiction

Librarian's note: An alternate cover edition can be found here

In this stunning and provocative domestic drama about a sweet sixteen birthday party that goes horribly awry, a wealthy family in San Francisco finds their picture-perfect life unraveling, their darkest secrets revealed, and their friends turned to enemies.

One invitation. A lifetime of regrets.

Sweet sixteen. It’s an exciting coming of age, a milestone, and a rite of passage. Jeff and Kim Sanders plan on throwing a party for their daughter, Hannah—a sweet girl with good grades and nice friends. Rather than an extravagant, indulgent affair, they invite four girls over for pizza, cake, movies, and a sleepover. What could possibly go wrong?

But things do go wrong, horrifically so. After a tragic accident occurs, Jeff and Kim’s flawless life in a wealthy San Francisco suburb suddenly begins to come apart. In the ugly aftermath, friends become enemies, dark secrets are revealed in the Sanders’ marriage, and the truth about their perfect daughter, Hannah, is exposed.

Harkening to Herman Koch’s The Dinner, Christos Tsiolkas’s The Slap, and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies, The Party takes us behind the façade of the picture-perfect family, exposing the lies, betrayals, and moral lapses that neighbors don’t see—and the secrets that children and parents keep from themselves and each other.




THE PARTY by Robyn Harding took me by surprise. After reading the first few chapters I though I'll be witness to yet another entertaining suburban melodrama featuring a bored housewife and her seemingly perfect family. 

Well I did get that, but what I wasn't expecting is how THE PARTY got me by the balls from the get-go. Things did indeed take such a horrific turn after an accident happened in an otherwise wholesome and harmless Sweet Sixteen sleepover. 

June 5, 2017

Shelley Loved: Blood Oath by Melissa Lenhardt

Series: Laura Elliston 2
Format: E-Galley | 368 pages
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Redhook | Orbit
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical | Western

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this action-packed follow up to Sawbones.

Laura Elliston and William Kindle are on the run -- from the Army and from every miscreant in the West eager to claim the $500 bounty for Laura's capture as their own. But the danger isn't just from those pursuing them. Laura and Kindle have demons of their own and a past that won't stay dead. Exhausted, scared, scarred and surrounded by enemies, neither realize the greatest danger is yet to come.



BLOOD OATH is the second installment in author Melissa Lenhardt's Laura Elliston series. As you may have learned from reading my review for Sawbones, Lenhardt doesn't go easy on her characters. She doesn't give them easy ways out. She knows that the late 19th century was filled with unhappy Confederate soldiers, uncouth and unsavory bounty hunters looking to make their fortunes, and renegade Indians who massacred Whites, and Whites who in turn, massacred Indians. 

May 30, 2017

Suped up: Spectacle by Rachel Vincent

Series: Menagerie 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 30, 2017
Publisher: MIRA
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Sci-Fi | Fantasy

In this riveting sequel to New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent's acclaimed novel Menagerie, Delilah Marlow will discover that there is no crueler cage than the confines of the human mind…

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife." Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle, any wish can be granted—for the right price.

But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle. Beneath the beauty and brutality of life in the collection lie much darker truths, and no one is more determined than Delilah to strip the masks from the human monsters and drag all dark things into the light.




Fuck. Warning: SPECTACLE by Rachel Vincent can and will elicit a visceral reaction from you, my fellow readers.

May 24, 2017

Loved It: Sin Eater by Jennifer Harlow

Series: F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation
Format: Mobi
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Devil on the Left Books
Source: Author
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The long anticipated installment of the best-selling and critically acclaimed F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad series is finally here…

CLASSIFIED: The Exiled F.R.E.A.K.

What’s a F.R.E.A.K. to do after all her hopes and dreams literally died in front of her? Telekinetic Beatrice Alexander went from flying around the country in a private jet, saving innocent lives from monstrous threats to living in her grandmother’s house, playing video games and drinking too much. Directionless, hiding from her problems and trauma, she will do anything not to confront her deadly actions that fateful night in North Carolina three months before. Any distraction will do.

Enter Lord Connor McInnis.

Drawn to the sexy, powerful ruler of San Diego, Beatrice soon loses herself in the passion and luxury of the vampire’s world. But when she finds herself caught in the middle of a centuries old vampire rivalry, Beatrice must decide: how far is she willing to go for those she loves…and for herself?




It's been a while since I've read book 4 of Jennifer Harlow's F.R.E.A.K.S. Squad Investigation series and I don't recall any of the books being as dark and angst-ridden as SIN EATER. Without giving away too much of the plot, High Moon (book 4) ended tragically which explains why Beatrice Alexander is such a hot mess and hard to like for the most part.  

May 22, 2017

Shelley Loved: Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt

Series: Laura Elliston 1
Format: Kindle E-Book | 432 pages
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: Redhook
Source: Amazon
Genre: Historical | Westerns

Outlander meets post-Civil War unrest in this fast-paced historical debut.


When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long.




SAWBONES is the first installment in author Melissa Lenhardt's Laura Elliston trilogy. This is a series that is set in 1871 and it begins in NYC where Dr. Catherine Bennett has struggled for years to gain a foothold in a male dominated world. She's fought tooth and nail and has done things that no male would ever dream of doing. After being attacked by an unknown assailant, Catherine learns from her best friend James that she is being accused of killing one of her patients.

James, who may be her only friend outside of her maid, and a madam at a whore house, suggests strongly that she leave NYC, which she does alongside her maid Maureen O'Reilly. As Catherine & Maureen make their way to Texas, she learns that the west is desperate for doctors and that there is a $500 reward for her capture hanging over her head. Catherine, now Laura Elliston, joins a wagon train heading for Colorado, and that, my friends, is where things get really dicey, really ugly, and especially dark.

May 19, 2017

Shelley Liked: If I Run by Terri Blackstock

Series: If I Run 1
Format: Paperback | 305 pages
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Publisher
Genre: Mystery | Suspense
Casey knows the truth.

But it won’t set her free.
Casey Cox’s DNA is all over the crime scene. There’s no use talking to police; they have failed her abysmally before. She has to flee before she’s arrested . . . or worse. The truth doesn’t matter anymore.

But what is the truth? That’s the question haunting Dylan Roberts, the war-weary veteran hired to find Casey. PTSD has marked him damaged goods, but bringing Casey back can redeem him. Though the crime scene seems to tell the whole story, details of the murder aren’t adding up. Casey Cox doesn’t fit the profile of a killer. But are Dylan’s skewed perceptions keeping him from being objective? If she isn’t guilty, why did she run?

Unraveling her past and the evidence that condemns her will take more time than he has, but as Dylan’s damaged soul intersects with hers, he is faced with two choices. The girl who occupies his every thought is a psychopathic killer . . . or a selfless hero. And the truth could be the most deadly weapon yet.




IF I RUN is the first installment in new to me author Teri Blackstock's If I Run trilogy. The story follows two characters: Casey Cox and Dylan Roberts. The author actually alternatives narratives between the two, and it's in the first person format. Casey is a woman who is between a rock and a hart place. After discovering her best friend Brent Pace dead, she chooses to run, instead of facing the justice system. Dylan, an army veteran with PTSD, is hired by Brent's parents to track Casey down and bring her back to face justice.

What's pretty obvious to me is that Casey did the correct thing when she decided to run and not look back. Without going into spoiler-y territory, Casey's past plays a huge role in what happens in this book. Casey is far from stupid in fact, she's quite smart at most of the things she does here. I say most, because Casey is the sort of person who doesn't like to turn a blind eye to injustices she sees even if her actions could come back to haunt her. After all, she's on the run. She is supposed to keep her head down while she tries to figure out a way to save herself.

May 16, 2017

Loved It: Owl and the Electric Samurai by Kristi Charish

Series: The Adventures of Owl 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 8, 2017
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Urban Fantasy
The third exciting novel starring the unforgettable antiquities thief Owl—a modern-day “Indiana Jane” who reluctantly navigates the hidden supernatural world. From the pen of rising urban fantasy star Kristi Charish (Owl and the Japanese Circus) and for fans of Kim Harrison, Jim Butcher, Jennifer Estep, Jenn Bennett, and fantasy lovers everywhere.

The International Archaeology Association (IAA) is responsible for keeping all things supernatural under wraps. They’re also responsible for ruining the promising archaeology career of Alix Hiboux, better known as Owl.

Needless to say, Owl’s still a little sore about that.

Just to keep Owl’s life lively, the IAA has opened a bounty on the two designers of World Quest, the online RPG that is much, much more than it seems. Owl needs to locate the notorious gaming duo before the other mercenaries do. But finding the gamers won’t be easy since every clue points to them hiding out in the legendary lost city of Shangri-La. Not to mention that the last time Owl and the game designers spoke, their conversation didn’t exactly end on the best note…

Meanwhile, undercurrents of supernatural politics are running amok in Tokyo, dragging Owl and her friends into a deadly game of wits with an opponent who calls himself the Electric Samurai. The cost of losing? All-out civil war between two powerful supernatural factions.



If you like:

  • NON-STOP ACTION: Kristi Charish's The Adventure of Owl series is packed. You'll be breathless from all the running, hair splitting near-misses, and formidable foes Owl continues to encounter for three books so far. OWL AND THE ELECTRIC SAMURAI is just a thrilling as the others as Owl tries to out maneuver elves, game masters, mercenaries, and a naga among other things. And if I don't know any better, I think Captain bestowed some of his lives to Owl. She's had that many close encounters and if not for her quick thinking, my favorite antiquities thief won't be alive anymore; 

May 12, 2017

Liked It: Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

Series: Crazy Rich Asians 3
Format: eGalley
Release Date: May 23, 2017
Publisher: Doubleday
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Contemporary | Asian Literature

Kevin Kwan, bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians and China Rich Girlfriend, is back with an uproarious new novel of a family riven by fortune, an ex-wife driven psychotic with jealousy, a battle royal fought through couture gown sabotage, and the heir to one of Asia's greatest fortunes locked out of his inheritance.

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside--but he's not alone. It seems the entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe, ostensibly to care for their matriarch but truly to stake claim on the massive fortune that Su Yi controls. With each family member secretly fantasizing about getting the keys to Tyersall Park--a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore--the place becomes a hotbed of intrigue and Nicholas finds himself blocked from entering the premises. As relatives claw over heirlooms, Astrid Leong is at the center of her own storm, desperately in love with her old sweetheart Charlie Wu, but tormented by his ex-wife--a woman hell bent on destroying Astrid's reputation and relationship. Meanwhile Kitty Pong, married to billionaire Jack Bing, finds a formidable opponent in his fashionista daughter, Colette. A sweeping novel that takes us from the elegantly appointed mansions of Manila to the secluded private islands in the Sulu Sea, from a schoolyard kidnapping to a gold-leaf dancefloor spattered with blood, Kevin Kwan's gloriously wicked new novel reveals the long-buried secrets and rich people problems of Asia's most privileged families.




Shout-out to Joy of Joyousreads for putting Kevin Kwan on my radar. Happy to meet an Asian author who tells it like it is. 

RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS is the third in the Crazy Rich Asians book series. I haven't read the first two so I don't know if there's an overarching plot arc, I do know based on the blurbs of the books that the series has a permanent cast of characters and RICH PEOPLE PROBLEMS is a continuation of the Young family saga. Despite jumping into the series late not to mention the dizzying cast of characters and their connections, I managed to follow the story well because KKwan provided back stories and updates on long standing feuds and relationships. 

May 9, 2017

Shelley Liked: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

Series: The Black Witch Chronicles 1
Format: E-Galley | 601 pages
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy

A new Black Witch will rise…her powers vast beyond imagining.

Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.

When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother's legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.

As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she's been taught to hate and fear.




THE BLACK WITCH is the first installment in author Laurie Foster's The Black Witch Chronicles. THE BLACK WITCH is the authors debut novel, while Wandfasted (The Black Witch prequel, July 1, 2017, Harlequin TEEN) will be her first e-book novella. This is a story that features 17-year old Elloren Gardner. Elloren is a Gardnerian who lives in a place called Halfix. Her family has one of the strongest mage blood lines in the entire country. But, Elloren apparently doesn't have the same affinity for magic as others, including her younger brother.

Elloren does have some interesting quirks but it doesn't make her a bad character. She has led a sheltered life thanks to her Uncle. Which has therefore created a foundation on how she sees the other races like Fae, Lupines, Urisks, and Icarals. Her Aunt is one of the more underhanded individuals you will meet in the story. Is it Elloren's fault that she was sheltered for years by her uncle, and not allowed to see what the other races are capable of? No. The most fascinating part of her character is that she can tell the kind of tree wood came from with a touch. She also has a green finger in that things she plants, have a tendency of doing a whole lot better than others. 

May 3, 2017

Tiffany Reisz, You Wicked Mistress!



Oh Tiffany Reisz, the world of romance novels wouldn't be the same without you! More importantly, WHAT HAS YOUR WICKED BRAIN AND PEN (or keyboard) DONE TO ME!!! 

This review is overdue but as always, the words are taken out of my brain post-reading a TReisz novel. In this case it's a double dead kind of situation as I read THE BOURBON THIEF and THE NIGHT MARK back to back. My digital floor is cluttered with crumpled pieces of e-paper what with the number of drafts I wrote before I finally managed to organize a coherent string of thoughts for this post that should've gone live a month ago.

April 25, 2017

*Top Ten Tuesday* Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Feature:

Top 10 Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT
Want to Read a Book!

1. BDSM - While others may like the kinky, I like my sex vanilla. Does that make me strange? 

2. Rape - As a survivor of rape, I do not care to have it reminded to me when I pick up a book and the author has crossed the line into sexual assault. This is my pet peeve with movies and TV shows as well. We, as a society, scream about rape culture, but we don't scream at writers or authors who can't find another way to tell their stories.

3. Overly involved synopsis' - I mean synopsis' that are overly explicit. Those that pretty much tell you EVERYTHING that is going to happen in a book. Why would I want to read a book when I already know what is going to happen?   

4. Typos, No Editing, Screwed up Formatting - You know the books right? Where you receive a copy from NetGalley, or Edelweiss and there are so many glaring errors, you wonder if the finished copy is going to fix them all. I understand that these are ARC's and that they are uncorrected versions. But, how do you read a book when there are so many run on sentences?

5. Books that feature politics, religion, and other issues that don't appeal to me. I've burned myself out on politics in real life. I don't want to read about politics in books, or be subjected being screwed at because I may have a different take on the issue. Some religion is OK, as long as we don't get into a shouting match about who is right, and who is wrong.

6. Books that are longer than 600 pages. Ok, yes I have read books from Sarah Maas that are longer, but I only have patience for so many before I flip through to get to the good parts. I am really comfortable with books in the 200-350 page range.

7. Love Triangles - Possibly the devil's own doing. Some love them, some hate them. I am in the later category. For years now, authors have chosen to go down this path. I know there is nothing we, as readers can do about it. But still....

8. Series that end without any resolution. Want to turn me off from reading a book from the author again? Do this! The character is hanging on for their lives. But, because of publishers, or what have you, we never find out what happened next. This happens to TV programs all the time. It's unfair to those who have infested time in finding out how things will be wrapped up

9. Books written by Politicians. Nope. You can waste your money if you like, I would rather spend my money on something else that appeals to me. Why would I want to give my money to a politician who is already making more money than I will in my entire life time? 

10. Use of stock models over and over again. I love to see originality. I don't like to see covers being used over and over again by several different authors. I think this happens mostly in Indie authors. Could you call it stealing, or is it just pure laziness?



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April 21, 2017

Loved It: Snared by Jennifer Estep

Series: Elemental Assassin 16
Format: ARC
Release Date: April 25, 2017
Publisher: Pocket Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

If you don’t know Gin “the Spider” Blanco, you don’t know dangerous female heroines.

Irony 101—The Spider herself snared in someone else’s web…

Another week, another few clues trickling in about the Circle, the mysterious group that supposedly runs the city’s underworld. Gathering intel on my hidden enemies is a painstaking process, but a more immediate mystery has popped up on my radar: a missing girl.

My search for the girl begins on the mean streets of Ashland, but with all the killers and crooks in this city, I’m not holding out much hope that she’s still alive.

A series of clues leads me down an increasingly dark, dangerous path, and I realize that the missing girl is really just the first thread in this web of evil. As an assassin, I’m used to facing down the worst of the worst, but nothing prepares me for this new, terrifying enemy—one who strikes from the shadows and is determined to make me the next victim.




Reading Jennifer Estep is the equivalent of having a chilled glass of martini on a hot Summer night. It's refreshing, exciting, and the buzz Gin Blanco gives you is distinct and will make you come back for more. 

So it's killer v killer in SNARED. There's a serial killer in Ashland aptly named Dollmaker because he makes up his victims before brutally killing them. Although this appears to be an episodic part at first glance, this whole mess led Gin a small step closer to the Circle. 

April 18, 2017

The Graveyard Queen by Amanda Stevens


Amanda Stevens
The Graveyard Queen 4-6
Urban Fantasy | Horror
MIRA | Goodreads




Say it isn't so. Please tell me that we haven't seen the last of The Graveyard Queen series! I binge read the last three books for a week and I want more! There are so many things that went on in this story arc that I'm sure I'm not the only reader who thinks (or hopes) that the Amelia Gray is far from done!

THE VISITOR, THE SINNER, and THE AWAKENING is a new plot arc concerning an old and dangerous group called The Congè. Each book builds up the tension, the sense of foreboding while each investigation and experience caused Amelia's powers to grow.

April 11, 2017

I'm Back with my Genre Mash-up



Has it been three weeks since I’ve been away? It feels like forever! It's been busy several weeks for me and things have never been this good in a long time. And with all these happy changes that have been going on in my life, my mood readings have become more severe. I did a lot of genre hopping, unsure of what kind of story will appeal to me not to mention finding the time to read has also been a big challenge. Still, I’m happy that I’ve managed to squeeze in a few titles despite my busy schedule and all. Anyways, let me brass-tack my reading pile: 

Let me kick this off by saying that if you haven’t read The Others, not only are you missing out, I’m also begging you to pick up Written in Red! Anne Bishop simply wove a magical and truly unique world with this one. Everything about The Others is inspired, memorable, and truly enthralling. Each installment is a gem which is why it was a blow to this clueless reader that ETCHED IN BONE is the last of the Lakeside Courtyard arc. Part of me is happy that it ended on such a high note while the other part of me is dead curious about Meg and Simon’s relationship. These two is one of the cutest couple that I’ve come across with and I’m dying to know how they’re going to make their relationship work considering they’re essentially two different species. If you’ve read the series, you’ll understand that this couple goes beyond the usual were/shifter-human pair-up. Anyway, I’m happy that ABishop isn’t done with this world. Needless to say, I’m dying to get my hands on Lake Silence (2018), a new arc featuring new characters set in a human town. I just can’t get enough of this world and I’m sure I’m not alone in saying, KEEP IT COMING!


March 29, 2017

Shelley's Review - Chaos Choreography by Seanan McGuire #Urban Fantasy @seananmcguire @dawbooks

Series: InCryptid # 5
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Release Date: March 1, 2016
Publisher: DAW
Source: Library
Genre: Urban Fantasy

The fifth book in New York Times-bestselling Seanan McGuire's witty urban fantasy InCryptid series about a family of cryptozoologists who act as a buffer between humans and the magical creatures living in secret around us.

Destiny, Noun: 

   1. The inevitable or irresistible course of events.
   2. The inescapable future.
   3. See also “Screwed.”

Verity Price is back on the West Coast and getting back into the swing of the family business: cryptozoology. She's rescuing cryptids from bad situations, protecting them from monster-hunters, and generally risking life and limb for the greater good, with her ex-Covenant partner/husband, Dominic, by her side. Her ballroom dance career is behind her...or so she thinks. 


When Verity gets the call from the producers of Dance or Die, the reality show she almost won several years before, she finds the lure of a comeback impossible to resist, and she and Dominic are off to L.A. for one last shot at the big time.


Of course, nothing is that simple. When two of her fellow contestants turn up dead, Verity will need every ally she can find—and a couple she wasn't looking for—in order to navigate the complicated steps of both the tango and a murder investigation without blowing her cover. It doesn't help that her official family backup is her grandmother, Alice Price-Healy, who thinks "subtle" is something that happens to other people.

Winning this competition may have just become a matter of life and death.





Chaos Choreography is the fifth installment in author Seanan McGuire's InCrypid series. When last we read about Verity Price in Midnight Blue-Light Special, she had left just Manhattan behind along with her paramour Dominic de Luca. 6 months later, Dominic and Verity, who are now married after a quickie stop in Vegas, are back in Portland, Oregon at the secretive survival ranch where the Price-Healy's have been holed up keeping out of sight and out of mind of the dreaded Covenant of St. George who believes they are traitors to the cause. 

The Price-Healy's are Cryptozoologists. What is a cryptozoologist you ask? Cryptozoology is the study of creatures whose existence has yet to be—or else cannot entirely be—proved or disproved by science. These creatures, known collectively as cryptids, include examples like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, Dragons, Plesiosaurs, Boogeymen, and the Himalayan Yeti. The Price family stands up for those who follow the law, and put down any who step out of line.

3 years ago, Valerie Pryor aka Verity Price, came in second place in a dance competition known as Dance or Die. Verity has dreamed about becoming a professional dancer all her life, but after her year in Manhattan dealing with the Covenant, and discovering something wonderful that was once thought extinct, Verity has leaned towards becoming a cryptozoologist full time. Then one phone call changes everything. The producers of Dance or Die have invited Valerie back to compete against the top four finalists from the previous (5) seasons. Think of Dance or Die as So, You Think You Can Dance? 

There's so much to talk about with this book. First, I have to guide your attention to the Aeslin Mice. They are freaking amazing and adorable and if someone doesn't send me one right now, I'm going to take my toys and go home. Right. Anyway! The Aeslin Mice are the Price-Healy family historians. They remember everything that ever happened to the family. They celebrate almost everything, including cheese and cake. They have slick names for all of the Price-Healy's. In Verity's case, she is called The Arboreal Priestess. 

“Breanna Kelly, meet Alice Price-Healy. Grandma, meet Breanna. No one is shooting, stabbing or immolating anyone in this hotel room."

"Please," added Dominic. "I have to sleep here."

"HAIL!" Rejoiced the mice. "HAIL THE LACK OF STABBING, SHOOTING AND FLAME!” 

Second, McGuire introduces readers to the enigma of the Price-Healy family. The reason why the family has been labeled as traitors by the Covenant and why they have to be careful to not bring too much attention to themselves. Meet Grandmother Alice Price-Healy. She doesn't age like you or me. She can actually pass as Verity's sister. She has tattoos which are really spells woven into her skin. Plus, she is a multidimensional traveler who has spent years looking for her missing husband. Alice is the most dangerous person in four dimensions. She is known to carry grenades with her, and she is one of the more brilliant characters that McGuire has created.

As Verity, Dominic, Alice, and a supporting case of characters work to find out what is happening to those who have been eliminated from the show and stopping an even bigger catastrophe from happening, things get rather interesting and choices are made that will have a severe impact on the rest of this series. If you love cliffhanger endings, well you get one that will blow your mind away. If you don't, well you get one anyway that will blow your mind away and push you towards reading the next book in the series called Magic for Nothing which features Verity's younger sister Antimony. 

Haven't read this series yet? You should. If you've been reading the authors October Daye series, then you know McGuire can write some really entertaining, as well as twisted storylines. Her characters are as fun to read about, as they are badass. I dare say that Verity is my favorite character in this series which is why I skipped over her older brother Alex's two books. I was able to pick up this book without having to figure how what happened in Alex's books, or if they would have any impact on this storyline. Also, if you love swoon worthy Italian men, well, Dominic will definitely make a lasting impression.




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March 21, 2017

#Top Ten Tuesday - Shelley's Top Ten Authors I Would LOVE to Meet!


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

This weeks Feature:

AUTHORS I WOULD LOVE TO MEET!

10. Jenna Black author of Fairiewalker, Morgan Kingsley, & Nikki Glass

9. Chloe Neill author Chicagoland Vampires, The Dark Elite, and Devil's Isle

8. Faith Hunter author of Jane Yellowrock, and Soulwood

7. Anne Bishop author of The Others, The Black Jewels

6. Darynda Jones author of Charley Davidson

5. Kelley Armstrong author of Darkest Powers, Women of the Otherworld, Cainsville, & more

4.Ilona Andrews author of Kate Daniels

3. Patricia Briggs author of Mercy Thompson

2. Gini Koch author of Katherine "Kitty" Katt

1. Jennifer Estep author of Elemental Assassin, Mythos Academy, Black Blade & Big Time


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March 14, 2017

See You In A Bit!



Hey Supies! 

I know I've disappeared into the ether yet again but there's a valid explanation for my absence.
I'm in the middle of a transition, moving into a new house and a new job. 
I'm not very adaptive to change but I have to say I'm pretty excited for this one!
I'll be back in 3-4 weeks, Shelley will pop up once in a while, and I'll be on Twitter and Instagram. 

If you're getting hit by the snowstorm, stay safe and warm! 
If you're not, stay healthy, happy, and safe. 
See you around!











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March 6, 2017

Liked It: Duke of my Heart by Kelly Bowen

Series: Season for Scandal 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: Januray 26, 2016
Publisher: Forever
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Historical Romance

Scandal can be handled...

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl—quite inconveniently deceased—tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

Miss Moore treats the crisis as though it were no more serious than a cup of spilt tea on an expensive rug. As though this sort of thing happened on the job every day. Max has never in all his life met a woman with such nerve. Her dark eyes are too wide, her mouth is too full, her cheekbones too sharp. Yet together, she's somehow...flawless. It's just like his love for her, imperfect, unexpected—yet absolutely true.





I've read a lot of rave reviews for Kelly Bowen's Season for Scandal Series last year and I made sure to grab the series for when I'm in a mood for some good historical romance.

I finally managed to read DUKE OF MY HEART, the first in the series which to me felt like a Regency version of the hit TV show, Scandal with Ivory Moore as the period's very own Olivia Pope. Our cunning and resourceful handler was hired by the Duke of Aldridge's, Captain Maximus Harcourt, aunt when his sister goes missing after the death of her lover who died tied up in her bed on the night of ball. 

March 2, 2017

Liked It: Souljacker by Yasmine Galenorn

Series: Lily Bound 1 
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: Diversion Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley 
Genre: Urban Fantasy


Lily O'Connell, a succubus, has put her unique talents to work. She owns Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle. When a client turns up dead in her club, and she hears the news that the Souljacker--an old tattoo-artist friend-turned-vampire, who was institutionalized years before--has escaped to reclaim his "artwork," Lily knows she's next on his list. With one of his tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn, Lily hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to track the vampire down before he tracks her. But she didn't expect to fall for Archer-and they say a succubus who falls in love will destroy the heart of the one she seeks to claim.




And Yasmine Galenorn has given us yet another promising urban fantasy series featuring a persistent female protagonist, succubus, Lily Bound. SOULJACKER is the introductory installment and I think fans of the genre will be pleased with Lily O'Connell & Co., including Galenorn's fan base, won't be disappointed. 

February 28, 2017

Loved It: Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs

Series: Mercy Thompson 10
Format: eGalley
Release Date: March 7, 2017
Publisher: ACE Books
Source: Publisher
Genre: Urban Fantasy

In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy's bond with the pack and her mate is broken, she'll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe...

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise.




Mercedes Thompson-Hauptman is a badass!

I know it's been said before and it will continuously be said about our favorite coyote shifter. Mercy, the most underestimated yet the most powerful supernatural in Patricia Briggs' universe not by strength, but by connection, finds herself neck deep in vampire politics in the middle of Eastern Europe.