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Friday, September 22, 2017

Goodreads Summer 2017 Scavenger - Endangered Species: Wrap-up Post



Timeframe: June 21 - September 20, 2017


20/20 books completed

Critically Endangered:
✔1. Amur Leopard
* Read a stand-alone book (not part of a series) - or - read a book with a husband and wife as the main characters.




Read a stand-alone book (not part of a series)

✔2. Black Rhino 
* Read a book with a primarily black cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book where a murder occurs.





Read a book with a primarily black cover






✔3. Bornean Orangutan 
* Read a book set on an island - or - read a book with the letters N-B-O found in the title, in that order.




Read a book set on an island (St. Lucia)

✔4. Hawksbill Turtle 
* Read a book with some sort of fish or water scene on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book with a character whose FIRST name starts with a letter in TURTLE (tell us the name).




Read a book with a character whose FIRST name starts with a letter in TURTLE [E = Eva]

✔5. Mountain Gorilla 
* Read a book set in the mountains or with a mountain showing on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a Series Book #8 OR #13 (tell us the series).




Read a book set in the mountains or with a mountain showing on the cover [set in the mountains on the Pacific Crest Trail]

✔6. Saola - 
* Read a book whose title starts with a letter in SAOLA (disregard, A, An, The) - or - read a book with some sort of significant discovery in the plot (without revealing too much, tell us about the discovery).




Read a book whose title starts with a letter in SAOLA (A=Alice)

✔7. Vaquita - 
* Read a book originally published in 1958 or earlier - or - read a book with a fisherman or a scene where someone goes fishing.




Read a book originally published in 1958 or earlier [first published 1904]

Endangered:
✔8. African Wild Dog 
* Read a book with a total # of pages ending in "0" (tell us how many) - or - read a book with some sort of predator in the story.




Read a book with some sort of predator in the story [serial killer]

✔9. Asian Elephant 
* Read a book with MYTHOLOGY or FANTASY on the main genre page - or - read a book set in Asia. (Use this list to help.)




Read a book with MYTHOLOGY or FANTASY on the main genre page [FANTASY is on the main genre page]

✔10. Bengal Tiger -
* Read a book set in the 1970's - or - read a book where a character injures or kills an animal.




Read a book where a character injures or kills an animal [a cat is drowned]

✔11. Black-Footed Ferret 
* Read a book a book by an author who has a significant gap in his/her publication history; tell us the years involved (ex: P.J. Tracy published books in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, then not again until 2010) - or - read a book that has at least 300 pages (tell us how many).




Read a book that has at least 300 pages [459 pages]

✔12. Blue Whale 
* Read a book with a color word in the title or author's name - or - read a book with some sort of loud noise significant to the plot (thunder, explosion, even screams, etc.).




Read a book with a color word in the title (rose)

✔13. Chimpanzee 
* Read a book with some sort of leafy tree on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book involving cousins in some way (tell us how).




Read a book involving cousins in some way (two cousins go on a vacation together with their families)

✔14. Red Panda 
* Read a book with a predominantly red cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book whose title starts with P (including A, An, The).




Read a book whose title starts with P

✔15. Snow Leopard 
* Read a book set in a cold climate - or - read a book with snow in the title or on the cover (show us the cover).




Read a book with snow in the title or on the cover [snow on the cover]






Vulnerable:
✔16. Giant Panda 
* Read Book #26 or #84 on your TBR, sorted in whatever method you choose - or - read a book with a character or author who is from China.




Read Book #26 or #84 on your TBR, sorted in whatever method you choose [#84]


✔17. Giant Tortoise
* Read a book that is the last in a series (or is the last published so far) - or - read a book with a character or author named George (can be first or last name - reasonable similarities accepted, such as Georgie or Jorge).



The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel (The Book of Ivy, Book #2) - 8 Aug 2017

Read a book that is the last in the series (or is the last published so far)

✔18. Great White Shark
* Read a book with teeth on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book that took you a long time to read (at least a week).




Read a book that took you a long time to read (at least a week)

✔19. Hippopotamus
* Read a book with some sort of water on the cover that's large enough for a hippo (like a river, lake, or ocean) - or - read a book with the number 8 in the original publication YEAR (tell us the year.




Read a book with the number 8 in the original publication year [2008]

✔20. Marine Iguana
* Read a book with a fence on the cover (show us the cover) - or - read a book with an author whose first or last name starts with M or I.




Read a book with an author whose first or last name starts with M or I (M=Masterton)


Thursday, September 21, 2017

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Hide from Evil by Jami Alden @jamialden @ForeverRomance

SERIES: Dead Wrong, Book #2
AUTHOR: Jami Alden
PUBLISHER: Forever Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: November 1, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 398 pages
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780446572798
Like a chess master, he carefully weighs his next move . . . advancing slowly until he is sure he can capture his helpless pawn. For in his mind, there's no way to . . .

Hide From Evil

Sean Flynn should feel lucky he's alive. But a betrayal by a close friend-and two years on death row-has left him feeling only numb. When his conviction was overturned, Sean retreated to a quiet woodland cabin, far away from prying eyes. There, he believed, the past couldn't come back to haunt him . . . until she showed up.

Overcome with guilt, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater can't forgive herself for convicting an innocent man. But when another brutal murder reveals chilling, new facts about his case, she must turn to Sean for help. She's ready to face his anger, but the desire in his eyes ignites a need she's never felt before. Shadowed by danger, Sean and Krista uncover a twisted maze of deception and betrayal-all under the dangerous gaze of a cunning mastermind who will do whatever it takes to keep his evil secrets safe.

MY REVIEW:

It’s been approximately one year since I read the first one in this series, Beg for Mercy. Though not as good as its predecessor, I still really enjoyed it and already bought the next book in the series!

Krista Slater was the prosecuting attorney who wrongly convicted Sean Flynn, and he narrowly escaped execution. Those events took place in the earlier book, 
Beg for Mercy. At the outset of the second book in the series, Krista still can’t let it go and is determined to get to the bottom of the case. She even hires a private investigator at her own cost to find out more details about the real serial killer, Nate Brewster, and the prostitution ring that was being run out of the high-end nightclub. When another man is killed that has ties to both Nate and Sean, Krista reaches out to Sean for his help. He wants nothing to do with her! He wants to stay out of it, but Krista won’t give up. She even resorts to sabotaging her own car, hoping that Sean will let her stay with him while her car is being repaired. Sean planned to take her to a local bed and breakfast to stay for the night, but the owner has closed for the season and he is forced to let Krista stay with him. On the way back to his rural cabin, they are nearly run off the road. Someone is out to kill them, and Sean is forced to work with Krista to uncover the truth to save them both.

The story was fast-paced, and the majority of the events happened over several days. I have to admit that I wasn’t as crazy for Krista’s and Sean’s relationship as I was about Megan’s and Cole’s in the first book. With Megan and Cole, they were old flames and their relationship was rekindled. With Krista and Sean, it was more a case of enemies to lovers and it felt too rushed for me. I can’t deny the chemistry and passion that Alden put into their relationship, but it was too "instalove" for my liking. I would have preferred that there was a trust built between them first, or at least a repair in their relationship. My favourite character in the story is Sean’s buddy, Ibarra. I loved all his high-tech gadgetry and how eager he was to help Sean, no questions asked. I want to know more about Ibarra, and I hope that Alden features him in his own story in the series! For now, I’m looking forward to continuing with the next book in the series, Run from Fear.


MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it in your TBR if you enjoy steamy Romantic Suspense!

This book qualifies as:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Blood Fury by J.R. Ward @JRWard1 ‏#ballentinebooks

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa @ Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.


Here is this week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

TITLE: Blood Fury
SERIES: Black Dagger Legacy, Book #3
AUTHOR: J.R. Ward
PUBLISHER: Ballentine Books
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: January 9, 2018
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 432 pages
GENRE: Paranormal Romance
ISBN: 9780425286579
A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match—until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody—and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with an erotic connection that is unparalleled—and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love . . . and cost Saxton everything?

Novo is tough as nails, and I love her! I think Peyton is a bit of a spoiled you-know-what, but Novo is the type of woman who won't put up with anyone's $hit so I'm sure she will put Peyton in his place! I'm also totally stoked that Saxton will feature in the secondary storyline! I can't wait to see what's going to happen.



What are you waiting on? Please leave a comment in the section below. If you participate in this meme, please leave a link so I can visit your blog!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List #TopTenTuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR List

Oh, wow, where do I start? LOL! Here are a few selections from my TBR mountain:


Merry and Bright
by Debbie Macomber
**I just love Macomber's Christmas books!


The Salt Line
by Holly Goodard Jones


Stung
by Bethany Wiggins
(Stung, Book #1)

by Brodi Ashton
(Everneath, Book #3)
**This is the last book in the series!

by Anne Bishop
(The Others, Book #2)
**I seriously need to catch up on this series!

by Patricia Briggs
(Mercy Thompson, Book #4)
**Ditto for this one!

by Diane Setterfield

by Caroline Kepnes

by Nicci French
(Frieda Klein, Book #3)
**Here's another series that I've fallen behind on and haven't read in ages!

by Ruta Sepetys

by Martha Brooks
**This book is set here locally, and I'm interested in the setting (Tuberculosis Sanitorium during WWII)

by Carol Wyer
(DI Robyn Carter, Book #1)

by Liane Moriarty

So, what books are on your Fall TBR? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf. I really enjoy this series, and it's a good choice for September is for Sequels and RIPXII!

TITLE: Afraid to Die
SERIES: To Die, Book #4
AUTHOR: Lisa Jackson
PUBLISHER: Zebra
PUBLICATION DATE: June 12, 2012
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 416 pages
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9781420118506
Afraid to Scream
Others may dread the chill of winter, but he relishes it. The way the frigid water preserves his victims, the feel of their icy skin beneath his fingers... And soon the world will see their beauty—and his vengeance.

Afraid to Run
The town of Grizzly Falls is on edge in the wake of a serial killer, and Detective Selena Alvarez is no exception. That case was solved, but a new nightmare is about to unfold. There are two victims so far—their bodies found frozen solid and deliberately displayed. Both are women she knew. And each wears a piece of Selena’s jewelry…

Afraid to Die
Selena’s partner, Detective Regan Pescoli, and the entire department are on the case, as is P.I. Dylan O’Keefe—a man Selena got too close to once before. But this killer already knows too much about Selena’s secret terror, her flaws, and the past she’s tried to outrun. And soon he’ll show her that she has every reason to be afraid…

I am taking this nine-week course with a group of people, which features DVD Study sessions and a Participant Guide with study questions (homework!) for discussion each week. I'm looking forward to this! I've heard the book is great.

TITLE: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
PUBLISHER: Zondervan
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 1992
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 314 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help
ISBN: 9780310585909
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

I'm listening to:

I have this paperback on my dusty bookshelf. However, given that it's 1,116 pages long, I decided to borrow the audiobook from the library. I know it's crazy long at almost 45 hrs, but at least I'd get through more listening in a day than reading. It will probably take me at least three weeks to get through. This is another good pick for RIPXII!

TITLE: It
AUTHOR: Stephen King
NARRATOR: Steven Weber
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audiobooks
PUBLICATION DATE: March 9, 2010 (first published 1986)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 44 hrs and 57 mins
GENRE: Horror
They were just kids when the first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them back to Derry to face the nightmare without an end, and the evil without a name.


I just finished:

NARRATOR: Bernadette Dunne
PUBLISHER: Random House Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: March 20, 2012
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 13 hrs and 6 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Autobiography/Memoir, Travel
A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again.

At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone.

Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.


SERIES: Dead Wrong, Book #2
AUTHOR: Jami Alden
PUBLISHER: Forever Romance
PUBLICATION DATE: November 1, 2011
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 398 pages
GENRE: Romantic Suspense
ISBN: 9780446572798
Like a chess master, he carefully weighs his next move . . . advancing slowly until he is sure he can capture his helpless pawn. For in his mind, there's no way to . . .

Hide From Evil

Sean Flynn should feel lucky he's alive. But a betrayal by a close friend-and two years on death row-has left him feeling only numb. When his conviction was overturned, Sean retreated to a quiet woodland cabin, far away from prying eyes. There, he believed, the past couldn't come back to haunt him . . . until she showed up.

Overcome with guilt, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Krista Slater can't forgive herself for convicting an innocent man. But when another brutal murder reveals chilling, new facts about his case, she must turn to Sean for help. She's ready to face his anger, but the desire in his eyes ignites a need she's never felt before. Shadowed by danger, Sean and Krista uncover a twisted maze of deception and betrayal-all under the dangerous gaze of a cunning mastermind who will do whatever it takes to keep his evil secrets safe.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!
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