Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Review: Snared by Jennifer Estep

Snared is the 16th installment in the elemental assassin series by Jennifer Estep.

Gin Blanco has her hands busy. If it's not tracking down members of The Circle and trying to find out more about it and them, then it is acting on redeemed favors chasing down a missing girl on the mean streets of Ashland.

The first member of The Circle that Gin is pursuing is Damian Rivera. He is the most accessible member she has found thus far. He is a drunk, generally reprehensible, and appears to have little security. Gin sneaks onto his property to see what she can learn. His head of security seems to be more of a threat than Damian. Bruce Porter is for a minimum very alert.

The next day, Jade, a minor boss in Ashland, comes to Gin to collect on her promise of a favor. Since Gin considers Jade a friend, the favor is freely given. One of Jade's girls is missing.

In the course of the investigation, Gin becomes aware of the fact that there appears to be a killer on the loose in Ashland. But there is something different about this one. And the hunter becomes the prey.

The book is well written. The characters are like old friends. There is enough backstory given to enjoy the book, but it would be better if the reader was already familiar with the main characters. I liked that what was revealed in the book as it seemed to give Gin more depth as well as her nemesis, Hugh Tucker.

It's a good mystery, well plotted. I had my suspicions as to who the killer was, but there was a nice little twist involved.

Overall, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's well worth the read. And it's better if you've been reading the series. The series has lasted to 16 installments and Jennifer Estep still manages to keep Gin and her friends fresh.

Snared became available April 25, 2017 from Pocket Books.

Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book via NetGalley. This review includes my own honest opinions and is given freely.

Waiting on Wednesday #185: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

From beloved author Alice Hoffman comes the spellbinding prequel to her bestseller, Practical Magic.

Find your magic.

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man.

Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the sixties, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique. Difficult Franny, with skin as pale as milk and blood red hair, shy and beautiful Jet, who can read other people’s thoughts, and charismatic Vincent, who began looking for trouble on the day he could walk.

From the start, Susanna sets down rules for her children: No walking in the moonlight, no red shoes, no wearing black, no cats, no crows, no candles, no books about magic. And most importantly, never, ever, fall in love. But when her children visit their Aunt Isabelle, in the small Massachusetts town where the Owens family has been blamed for everything that has ever gone wrong, they uncover family secrets and begin to understand the truth of who they are. Back in New York City, each begins a risky journey as they try to escape the family curse.

The Owens children cannot escape love even if they try, just as they cannot escape the pains of the human heart. The two beautiful sisters will grow up to be the revered, and sometimes feared, aunts in Practical Magic, while Vincent, their beloved brother, will leave an unexpected legacy. Thrilling and exquisite, real and fantastical, The Rules of Magic is a story about the power of love reminding us that the only remedy for being human is to be true to yourself.


Why am I waiting on this one? It's the prequel to Practical Magic. And it's an Alice Hoffman book. I loved the aunts in Practical Magic. I look forward to reading what lead up to them living their lives the way they do in that book. The Rules of Magic is due out October 10, 2017 from Simon and Schuster.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Review: The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox

No sooner have the Librarians returned from their most recent adventure than the main clippings book and their individual books give off alerts. There are 3 large blind rodents in one woman's kitchen. A woman in England wakes up inside a giant pumpkin and must fight her way out. And a man atop a cherry picker trimming trees is blown out of it by a freak wind and lands on a trampoline in a neighboring back yard.

It isn't long before the Librarians reach the conclusion that all of the alerts are related to Mother Goose Rhymes. Jenkins laments that the Mother Goose Treaty must have somehow been broken. The original book was divided into 3 parts - one part for each branch of the family to diffuse its power. Now someone is seeking to reassemble the book and possibly end the world as we know it. With Flynn missing, it's up to Baird, Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone, with Jenkins support, to put things to rights once again.

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox is the second book in The Librarians series. The adventures continue on the page in the same way they would in the television series. This makes an excellent television tie-in book. The characters are true to themselves. Events are similar to what you would expect from watching the television show.

The mystery is broken into 4 parts. Each has its own twists and turns based on Mother Goose rhymes. Still, there is an overall arc that brings the mysteries together. All parts must be solved before there will be peace again.

There are 4 points of view- one for each of the Librarians and Baird. It's not hard to follow as each section is clearly labeled at the beginning as to who will be relating the story.

It is readable without being familiar with the series. There is sufficient backstory given. However, you will enjoy it more if you know the characters and their quirks already.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a very readable mystery. I enjoyed the Mother Goose rhyme background to it as I enjoy other retellings and things relating to fairy tales and the like. And it is a good tie-in for the television series. I recommend it most for people who enjoy the series. Others would like it, but perhaps not quite as much.

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by Greg Cox is due out April 25, 2017 from Tor Books.

Disclaimer: I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Waiting on Wednesday #184: Bibliomysteries edited by Otto Penzler


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.


Synopsis from Goodreads:
If you open your dictionary, you will discover that there is no such word as “bibliomystery.” However, most mystery readers know that the word refers to a mystery story that involves the world of books: a bookshop, a rare volume, a library, a collector, or a bookseller.

The stories in this unique collection were commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop. They were written by some of the mystery genre’s most distinguished authors. Tough guys like Ken Bruen, Reed Farrel Coleman, Loren D. Estleman, and Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins. Bestsellers like Nelson DeMille, Anne Perry, and Jeffery Deaver. Edgar winners such as C. J. Box, Thomas H. Cook, and Laura Lippman.

Here you will discover Sigmund Freud dealing with an unwelcome visitor; Columbo confronting a murderous bookseller; a Mexican cartel kingpin with a fatal weakness for rare books; and deadly secrets deep in the London Library; plus books with hidden messages, beguiling booksellers, crafty collectors, and a magical library that is guaranteed to enchant you. The stories have been published in seven languages—one has sold more than 250,000 copies as an e-book (“The Book Case” by Nelson DeMille)—and another won the Edgar Allan Poe Award as the Best Short Story of the Year (“The Caxton Lending Library and Book Depository” by John Connolly).

Who knew literature could be so lethal!
 


Why am I waiting on this one? It's another book-themed collection of short stories. This time instead of being only about libraries and librarians like Paula Guran's collection Ex Libris I recently featured, the stories are all about the world of books in general: bookstores, books, libraries, collectors or booksellers. I love stories about books, bookstores, and libraries. And the editor has won awards in the field of mystery books. Bibliomysteries is due out August 8, 2017 from Pegasus Books. It was previously published in a book club edition in 2013.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: Snared by Jennifer Estep


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

"Be careful, darling," Jo-Jo murmured. "I'm seeing storm clouds ahead for you. Some very dark, nasty ones. Swirling around and around, trying to consume you, trying to drown out all your light..."
~56% through on my Kindle
Snared is #16 in the Elemental Assassin series by Jennifer Estep. It's due out April 25, 2017 from Pocket Books.
What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!
Disclaimer: The quotation comes from an ARC of the book and may appear differently in the final copy.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #183: Indigo (a novel) by Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden and more


"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event which had been hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. I'm now linking up with "Can't Wait Wednesday" hosted over at Wishful Endings.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Investigative reporter Nora Hesper spends her nights cloaked in shadows. As Indigo, she's become an urban myth, a brutal vigilante who can forge darkness into weapons and travel across the city by slipping from one patch of shadow to another. Her primary focus both as Nora and as Indigo has become a murderous criminal cult called the Children of Phonos. Children are being murdered in New York, and Nora is determined to make it stop, even if that means Indigo must eliminate every member. But in the aftermath of a bloody battle, a dying cultist makes claims that cause Indigo to question her own origin and memories.

Nora's parents were killed when she was nineteen years old. She took the life insurance money and went off to explore the world, leading to her becoming a student of meditation and strange magic in a mountaintop monastery in Nepal...a history that many would realize sounds suspiciously like the origins of several comic book characters. As Nora starts to pick apart her memory, it begins to unravel. Her parents are dead, but the rest is a series of lies. Where did she get the power inside her?

In a brilliant collaboration by New York Times and critically acclaimed coauthors Charlaine Harris, Christopher Golden, Kelley Armstrong, Jonathan Maberry, Kat Richardson, Seanan McGuire, Tim Lebbon, Cherie Priest, James Moore, and Mark Morris join forces to bring you a crime-solving novel like you've never read before.


Why am I waiting on this one? I'm curious to see how they pull this off with so many co-authors. And it has an interesting plot line. Sounds like it leans toward a mix of mystery and urban fantasy which I enjoy. It's due out June 20, 2017 from St. Martin's Press.

What book are you waiting on this week? Share it or a link in the comments so we can check it out and maybe add it to our TBR lists. Thanks for coming by and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Teaser Tuesday: You Are Here by Jenny Lawson


Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by The Purplebooker.
Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
 Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
 BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title and author so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

I don't believe in radical anything. I suspect I'm too lazy to be radical. I could possibly get behind radical ambivalence. Maybe.
~p. 108
You Are Here by Jenny Lawson was published March 7, 2017 from Flatiron Books. It's sort of a nonfiction, self-help, coloring book.
What's your teaser this week? Share it or a link in the comments. Are you enjoying your book? Let us know! Happy Reading!