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.

February 21, 2017

Shelley's Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

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:

My Top 10 Books I Loved More Than
I thought I would - This was a very hard list for me to come up with. I read so many books, that I had to sift through all the one's I've read over the last several months.

*Clicking on the cover takes you to Goodreads*

10. Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

9. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

8. The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

7. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

February 16, 2017

Loved It: Marry Me, Baby by Elisabeth Staab

Series: Evergreen Grove 4.5
Format: Mobi
Release Date: February 1, 2016 
Publisher: Self
Source: Author
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Dante Ramos will win at love if it's the last thing he does...

Since I retired from boxing, I’m fighting to keep my life off the damn ropes.

Lately, one thing after another’s falling apart. First there’s the road-trip on Valentine’s weekend that coulda gotten me and my girl both killed. Then came the unspoken secrets that keep putting so much distance between us.

My love for Michelle is everything that keeps me human. I can feel her slipping away. I’ve got one last shot. A desperate proposal.

And it’s all about to go wrong.

MARRY ME, BABY by Elisabeth Staab is the perfect (post) Valentine read. Dante and Michelle's love story told in Acts of Creation is possibly the most heart-wrenching one in the series. These two fought each other, fought for each other, went against expectations, and managed to remain together, stronger than ever. I'm not surprised that EStaab chose this couple to treat us fans with something special for Valentine's Day. 

From the title alone, you can tell what the novella is about. Dante and Michelle are still in the midst of tying up loose ends. I commend Michelle for staying strong because Dante needed someone to lean on and she proved to be one rock-solid wall for him. It's so sweet to read Dante's inner musings about how much he appreciates Michelle and all the ways he loves her which didn't go unnoticed. As for the proposal, I love how heartfelt it is. There are no grand gestures of any kind, it's so romantic in its unromantic way, if that makes sense. It's every bit, Dante and Michelle, in that it's all heart and the expected pizazz is unnecessary. MARRY ME, BABY gave me the warm fuzzies and totally made my Valentine's Day better. Of course, the candy helped too. 

Talk Supe

February 15, 2017

Wednesday Wants

Putting our own spin on the classic
Waiting on Wednesday
hosted by Breaking The Spine

Here are our most anticipated releases for
February 21-March 7
(cover arts linked to Goodreads)

It's quite the mix of genres. Lala Pettibone's Act Two sounds like a chick-lit with substance so I'm hoping that it'll have me laughing out loud.
Souljacker... well what can I say? It's a new series by Galenorn, how could I possibly skip that?!
And finally, The Illusionist's Apprentice's setting is a huge draw for me: Harry Houdini in 1926?! Yes please! I hope that it'll give me feels like that movie, The Prestige

Talk Supe

February 12, 2017

Loved It: A Study in Scarlet by Sherry Thomas

Series: Lady Sherlock 1
Format: Paperback
Release Date: October 18, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical Mystery

USA Today bestselling author Sherry Thomas turns the story of the renowned Sherlock Holmes upside down…

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

I'm sure a lot of you have either heard or have had the pleasure of reading Sherry Thomas' A STUDY IN SCARLET, the debut novel in her new historical mystery series, Lady Sherlock. I'm sure you've also seen rave reviews for it, endless praises, and a variety of critiques. Allow me to add my bit to the pile, I promise I'll make it short and sweet.

February 10, 2017

Bought, Borrowed & Bagged [228]: The White Princess

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, ongoing 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. 

February 4, 2017

Liked It: Killing Kate by Alex Lake

Series: Standalone
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Harper
Source: Publisher
Genre: Suspense Thriller

A serial killer is stalking your home town.
He has a type: all his victims look the same.
And they all look like you.

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence. Or maybe not.

She becomes convinced she is being watched, followed even. Is she next? And could her mild-mannered ex-boyfriend really be a deranged murderer?

Or is the truth something far more sinister?

KILLING KATE by Alex Lake is a dark, engaging, easy thriller. Aside from the murders, the predominant storyline concerns Kate and Phil's recent break-up which drove the plot. A big chunk of the tale is about how these two exes are trying to move on from their relationship in different fashions which complicated the mystery giving us readers a good whodunnit puzzle to solve.

February 1, 2017

Loved It: A Perilous Undertaking by Deanna Raybourn

Series: Veronica Speedwell 2
Format: eGalley
Release Date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Berkley
Source: Publisher
Genre: Historical | Mystery

Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries...
London, 1887...Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangman's noose in a week's time if Veronica cannot find the real killer.

But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderer a ruthless villain who not only took Artemisia s life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime.

From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed.

Oh! Vernica Speedwell, how I've missed you, your butterflies, and your trusty carpet bag!