I’m joinin’ in with Kimberly of Caffeinated Reviewer on this Sunday to talk about anything new, to share what books have been read &/or have come in, and a heads up on what’s coming up next.
I’m also linking up with It’s Monday! What are you reading? hosted by Kathryn of The Book Date later on today. Kathryn took over this weekly, Monday meme from Shelia of Book Journey who had taken it over from J Kayne Book Blog. This meme is not just about adult books either. If you read picture and chapter books, juvenile fiction, or even YA, they count as well. Jen Vincent of Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee of Unleashing Readers give this Monday, book post link up a kid-focus.
And we are back! It’s been quiet this week as our ohana flew off to the beautiful island of Oahu to holiday with my parents. They had brought the girls back three summers ago. My mum showed me the photos and all we thought was what a difference three years can be. E and I haven’t been back since the teen was three years old.
More on our trip in another post. This is just a teaser.
During our vacation, I got my reading on. I didn’t have time to wind up sock yarn before we left and I didn’t want to bring my shawl since I knew it’d be warm, so I mainly read on the five hour plane rides.
Beneath this Mask (Beneath #1) and Beneath this Ink (Beneath #2) by Meghan March
Can I tell you how glad I am to have given this author’s work a whirl? I don’t remember what attracted me to this series but possibly the mention of ink ꉂ (′ ॢꇴ ॢ‵๑)) (would love to have a tatt one day, but dunno if I’d be able to take the pain).
I’m reviewing both at once because I pretty much have the same thoughts about these two books:
Solid. Sometimes I don’t quite like how a storyline lays out; in these situations, they may start out pretty good or average and then fizzle down to what? Uh ok. But the plots of these two installments were easy to follow and were enjoyable. I have to say I enjoyed book one’s more than two’s. Two grew on me as I got deeper into the story and then it kind of had a twist out of nowhere. However, I love how it ended and how it had an epilogue to sum things up.
It was all about the characters for me. Most of them have been through some tough times, but underneath little insecurities existed. These endeared them to me. Also the conversations between the couples were entertaining, making me LOL sometimes. I loved their interactions together.
I checked out the second book before we left Oahu to make sure I had something to read on the plane and becaue I wanted to continue the series. I currently checked out book three today. Four stars each.
Murder Past Due (Cat in the Stacks Mystery, #1) by Miranda James
This is a popular cozy mystery series. I wanted to stop being curious about it so I checked out this first installment.
I was at first surprised that the main character of this book was male as most are female when written by a female author. I enjoyed the plot. All aspects of it and the characters were related and relevant. Several red herrings were thrown out as many had motive for murdering the victim.
I liked the presence of Diesel, the Maine Coon, but I’m not sure yet how this series is named after him. He was more of a supporting character. Because this is just the first installment, it’ll be interesting to see how involved the cat’s role will be in further books. Three stars.
Stars of Fortune (The Guardians Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts
The covers of this series have caught my eye many times, making me curious about it. I’ve had iffy feelings about the author’s past trilogies but curiousity won out.
It was creative how these six people were brought together to start the storyline. Definitely unusual but understandable for a paranormal romance. I liked how the plot moved and didn’t waste much time in getting the group together. The setting in Greece was enjoyable, a place I’d love to visit.
An interesting mix of magical powers in this group. They all meshed together well and reminded me of a puzzle of interlocking pieces. I liked the focus on the first couple. Simple beginnings between them to an easy, but winding hill to solidity.
I don’t know if I’m in a rush to read book two. The appetite of my curiosity has been whetted. In truth, I am more of a fan of Nora Roberts’s single hardcovers. Three stars.
We are enjoying a lazy Sunday home. Mortimer has been jumping up on my lap now and then and purring while I give her neck massages. The teen has discovered a fourth season of Queer Eye on Netflix so I’m off to watch with the dames. Enjoy the rest of your day. Happy reading to you. TTYS.