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19 August 2018

Inky Edition of the Sunday Post


The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news - A post to recap the past week on my blog. Showcase books and things I may have received. Share a bit of news about myself and what to expect on my blog in the upcoming week. 



Everyday Life:

After taking my son to the airport (he spent the week in Cancun relaxing on the beach), my husband and I spent the day in Denver. We visited the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, it has been years since I’ve been there. The mummies and dinosaur exhibits are still my favorites.

After the museum we had a wonderful lunch at one of Bryan’s favorite Mexican restaurants. We also visited a couple of local book stores. I could have spent more time browsing, but I think Bryan was ready to get home. We had a great time and it was wonderful spending time with my husband.

This week was fairly relaxing, I was able to catch on some documentaries on Netflix’s. Hopefully this evening I can watch To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Tomorrow is our 30th Anniversary, it’s hard to believe that we’ve been married that many years. It seems like time went by quickly, here’s hoping for many more years together.



What I am currently reading/listening to:

I’m really enjoying this, I always love a good Princess book. The second book, His True Queen (Smoke & Mirrors Duet #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas, is sitting in my cart at B&N.


Her father is The King of England. She is The Controversial Princess.

 Regarded as down to earth by the press and rebellious by The King, Princess Adeline refuses to bow to the royal expectations her title carries. She knows better than anyone that the united front of the royal family is nothing but smoke and mirrors - lies and secrets masked by power and privilege. She wants no part of it, and she will never surrender to The King’s demand to marry a man she does not love. But despite Adeline’s determination to retain her free will, she remains deeply unfulfilled, feeling caged and suffocated.

 That is until she meets Josh Jameson. Drawn in by his confidence, Adeline is soon captivated by the scandalously sexy American actor. His ability to penetrate her defenses overwhelms her - his touch is pure fire, and his allure overpowering. Nothing has ever made her feel so alive in a world where she’s otherwise slowly drowning. However, while Josh may be Hollywood royalty, he’s not actual royalty, and Adeline knows The King and his advisors will do everything in their power to keep them apart. 

But Josh Jameson becomes the princess’s ultimate vice. And although she bows to no one, she bows to him.


What I read/listened to this past week:



Beyond Reach (Grant County #6) by Karin Slaughter
A five-star read for me. Oh, my goodness, the very last page, what an ending. Throughout the series I didn’t care for Lena, but in this book when she protected Sara at her uncle’s house, I liked her a little more.

It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
I listened to this on audiobook format, the narrator January LaVoy kept the story interesting. The first half was a little slow and boring, the second half was when it all came together and became interesting. The ending wasn’t very surprising, I figured it out early on.

The Kept Woman (Will Trent #8) by Karin Slaughter
This is a re-read for me.  When I purchased it in 2017, I had no idea that it was part of a series. I spent the last couple of months binge reading two of Karin Slaughter’s series. The first time reading The Kept Woman, Karin Slaughter did a fantastic job giving backstory of the characters and I didn’t feel lost at all. Now, I’m happy that I read all the previous books in the series. This time while reading it Will, Sara, Faith and Amanda have become favorites, and Angie I’m patiently waiting for her die!



Stacking the Shelves:

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I have added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I include books I buy in a store or online, books I borrow from friends or the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks.

You can find my full post at the link below:



Last week on the blog:

Saturday - Stacking the Shelves #48


Thank you for visiting and I have a lovely week ahead.
Jovita


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18 August 2018

Stacking the Shelves #48

Stacking the Shelves is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews and co-hosted by Reading Reality. It’s all about sharing the latest books I've added to my shelves; may it be physical or virtual. I include books I borrow from the library, audiobooks, gifts and of course eBooks. All book title links will direct you to Goodreads.

This week I visited two different book stores in Denver and didn't purchase any books (gasp). After my book buying ban I made the decision to be more selective on which physical books I would add to my shelves. Today I’m sharing the following:


eBooks added to Kindle:


Pitch Please (There's No Crying in Baseball #1) by Lani Lynn Vale
This book wasn’t for me, I really should have dnf’ed it. The couple had almost no meaningful conversations with each other. Honestly, I didn’t care for the writing and after reading it I was surprised by the numerous 5-star ratings. Thank goodness I didn’t pay full price for it!

Rush (Gods #2) by Samantha Towle
It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time by Kylie Scott

Books/Audiobooks I borrowed from the library: 



Baby Teeth by Zoje Stage
Beyond Reach (Grant County #6) by Karin Slaughter
A five-star read for me. Oh, my goodness, the very last page, what an ending. Throughout the series I didn’t care for Lena, but in this book when she protected Sara at her uncle’s house, I liked her a little more.

It's Always the Husband by Michele Campbell
I listened to this on audiobook format, the narrator January LaVoy kept the story interesting. The first half was a little slow and boring, the second half was when it all came together and became interesting. The ending wasn’t very surprising, I figured it out early on.

Have you read any of the books I have listed? I would like to hear what you thought of them. 

Until next week, happy reading.


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17 August 2018

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Paperback, 1st US edition, 323 pages
Published June 5th, 2018 by Berkley
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases--a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with, and way less experience in the dating department than the average thirty-year-old.

 It doesn't help that Stella has Asperger's and French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. Her conclusion: she needs lots of practice--with a professional. Which is why she hires escort Michael Phan. The Vietnamese and Swedish stunner can't afford to turn down Stella's offer, and agrees to help her check off all the boxes on her lesson plan--from foreplay to more-than-missionary position...

 Before long, Stella not only learns to appreciate his kisses, but crave all of the other things he's making her feel. Their no-nonsense partnership starts making a strange kind of sense. And the pattern that emerges will convince Stella that love is the best kind of logic...

My thoughts…

When I started seeing The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang almost everywhere, I didn’t plan on reading it until much later. You know how it is when you give into book hype, then the feeling of disappointment comes when you finished reading because it was awful. With this book, the disappointment did come. But, only because the story ended, this book was perfect! What a fantastic debut by Helen Hoang.

“All the things that make you different make you perfect.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient
Stella is so much better with numbers and statistics than with people. She has Asperger’s, a high-functioning form of Autism that makes her a little awkward when it comes to relationships, sex, and certain social situations. At her mother’s urging (she wants grandchildren), Stella is ready to move onto the next phase of her life and pursue a relationship. Stella is a professional who makes ample money, so why not hire a professional to teach her how to become comfortable with physical intimacy.

Stella hires Michael, a gorgeous escort to help her along. When he meets Stella, Michael is surprised someone like her would need to hire an escort. Michael is a good decent guy who only escorts on Friday nights to help his family financially. Michael is kind to Stella, he's patient and considerate to her situation. What begins as a friendship slowly turns into something more.

“I don't want just a night or a week or a month with you. I want you all the time. I like you better than calculus, and math is the only thing that unites the universe.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

This book was so easy to love along with the characters. Stella is strong and smart, educated and awkward in social situations, how could I not absolutely love her. Stella and Michael learn so much more than what’s in the lesson plan. They learn about each other, and they both like it very much.
The Kiss Quotient has become one of my favorite romance reads this year. I’m looking forward to reading the next book by Helen Hoang.

“This crusade to fix herself was ending right now. She wasn't broken. She saw and interacted with the world in a different way, but that was her. She could change her actions, change her words, change her appearance, but she couldn't change the root of herself. At her core, she would always be autistic. People called it a disorder, but it didn't feel like one. To her, it was simply the way she was.”
Helen Hoang, The Kiss Quotient

Happy Reading -J


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15 August 2018

A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter


A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter
Series: Grant County #3
Deborah Hazlett - Narrator
Audiobook, Duration: 12:12:29
Published August 2nd, 2006 by BBC Audiobooks America
⭐⭐⭐

Sara Linton, medical examiner in the small town of Heartsdale, GA, is called out to an apparent suicide on the local college campus. The mutilated body offers few clues - and the college authorities are eager to avoid a scandal - but for Sara and police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, things don't add up. As Jeffrey pursues the sadistic killer, he discovers that ex-police detective Lena Adams, now a security guard on campus, may be in possession of crucial information. But bruised and angered by her expulsion from the force, Lena seems barely capable of protecting herself, let alone saving the next victim…

My thoughts…

Dr. Sarah Linton is called to the scene of an apparent student suicide and allows her pregnant sister, Tessa, to accompany her. While Sara is examining the victim, Tessa, wonders from the car and is brutally attacked in the woods. What happens next sets off a series of tragic and mysterious events that calls into question whether the dead student was a suicide.

Lena, ex-detective, works for the nearby college as a security guard and is trying terribly to conduct her own investigation. Lena becomes involved in another death on-campus, while starting an abusive relationship with another student (who happens to have an extensive rap sheet). Lena is a mess and can’t get it together, she is working for a man she despises, drinking too much, and becoming self-destructive. Jeffrey doesn't help matters where she is concerned, she is rude and argumentative towards him.

A Faint Cold Fear had a different feel from the previous books in the series. It started good and then it became more focused on the characters than it was on the murder, which I had mixed feelings about. I’m going through the entire series with these characters and of course I want to read about them, I just felt it was too much in one book. I do like reading from Sara and Jeffrey’s viewpoint, but those two need to get on the same page with their relationship. It saddened me when Sara’s family shut her out after Tessa was attacked. Lena’s viewpoint drove me insane. She made so many mistakes in this book and is turning into a character that I dislike. This book wasn’t my favorite, but I will continue with the series.

Happy Reading -J 



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14 August 2018

The Outsider by Stephen King


The Outsider by Stephen King
Series: Finders Keepers #4
Hardcover, 561 pages
Published May 22nd, 2018 by Scribner
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

An unspeakable crime. A confounding investigation. At a time when the King brand has never been stronger, he has delivered one of his most unsettling and compulsively readable stories.

An eleven-year-old boy’s violated corpse is found in a town park. Eyewitnesses and fingerprints point unmistakably to one of Flint City’s most popular citizens. He is Terry Maitland, Little League coach, English teacher, husband, and father of two girls. Detective Ralph Anderson, whose son Maitland once coached, orders a quick and very public arrest. Maitland has an alibi, but Anderson and the district attorney soon add DNA evidence to go with the fingerprints and witnesses. Their case seems ironclad.

As the investigation expands and horrifying answers begin to emerge, King’s propulsive story kicks into high gear, generating strong tension and almost unbearable suspense. Terry Maitland seems like a nice guy, but is he wearing another face? When the answer comes, it will shock you as only Stephen King can.

My thoughts…

This is only the second book by Stephen King that I have read and once again it did not disappoint.

A young boy has been brutally murdered, and all the evidence points directly to the Little League Coach Terry Maitland. This is shocking because Terry is a happily married family man and all-around good guy. His coaching of youth sports has made him one of the most respected persons in town. There has never been the slightest hint of any kind of criminal behavior from Terry. Detective Ralph Anderson is particularly outraged and makes the fateful decision to arrest Terry in public, in front of his family, friends and his Little League team, creating a media sensation.

Almost immediately after, new evidence comes to light showing that Terry was seen on camera hundreds of miles away at the exact moment the murder took place. Terry has an iron clad alibi that makes it impossible for him to be the murderer. As the investigation begins to unfold, doubts and alternative evidence make Ralph question Terry’s guilt. How could a man be in two places at once? I was once in four states at one time, Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, I visited Four Corners Monument. I wouldn’t post the picture because I’m on all fours and it’s not pretty.

The action and suspense picked up right at the beginning of The Outsider. Then about two-thirds into the story it seemed to gradually slow and at times I found that it dragged a bit. Don’t get me wrong, the story still held my interest, but it wasn’t as gripping as the beginning. If you’re a Stephen King fan or not, I think you would enjoy The Outsider. Other reviewers have mentioned that The Outsider is a classic King novel.

Happy Reading -J




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13 August 2018

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones


Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda Jones
Series: Charley Davidson #3
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published January 31st, 2012
by St. Martin's Press
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she's drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil's son just won't give up?

My thoughts…

In Third Grave Dead Ahead, there is a new case with a missing person that Charley is hired to find. While she is working the missing person case, she is also looking for Reyes's dead dad. We also meet the biker gang that owns the asylum, that brought us some new and interesting characters. Charley is going to get a guardian angel in the form of a dead person, she is told that she will indirectly be involved with this person's death. Adding to all the drama and near-death incidents, Charley’s dad is trying to force her into a new profession. I can’t leave out the dead little girl holding a knife that follows Charley around.

While all this is going on, Charley is extremely sleep deprived. She is trying her best to stay awake to avoid Reyes, who is visiting her in her sleep. Reyes is furious that Charley bound his incorporeal self to his human body, leaving him vulnerable to his Satan father and demons.
“At first, I could lie about my lack of sleep and she'd fall for it, but she started suspecting insomnia when I began seeing purple elephants in the air vents at the office. I knew I shouldn't have asked her about them. I thought maybe she'd redecorated.”
Darynda Jones, Third Grave Dead Ahead
Once again, this book is packed with all kinds of action and drama. The sarcasm and wit of Charley is wonderful, her banter with the dead and living is hilarious. I found this series to be fast paced, filled with plenty of humor and mystery, it is pure entertainment and I love it.
“An integral part of any best friend's job is to immediately clear your computer history if you die.”
Darynda Jones, Third Grave Dead Ahead
“Holy shit, are you positive?""As a pregnancy test a month after prom.”
Darynda Jones, Third Grave Dead Ahead
Happy Reading -J



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10 August 2018

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
Hardcover, 327 pages
Published May 9th, 2017
by Viking - Pamela Dorman Books
⭐⭐⭐

No one’s ever told Eleanor that life should be better than fine.
 
Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she’s thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy.

 But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office. When she and Raymond together save Sammy, an elderly gentleman who has fallen on the sidewalk, the three become the kinds of friends who rescue one another from the lives of isolation they have each been living. And it is Raymond’s big heart that will ultimately help Eleanor find the way to repair her own profoundly damaged one.  

Soon to be a major motion picture produced by Reese Witherspoon, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the smart, warm, and uplifting story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . .

 The only way to survive is to open your heart.

My thoughts…

Eleanor is a little bit peculiar. She's very intelligent and well-spoken with impeccable grammar but she lacks the ability to filter what she says. She will tell you exactly what she's thinking, which leads to very awkward situations.

Eleanor is comfortable with her routines, she keeps a precise schedule every day while at work. It's saddened me when her coworkers were talking negatively about her when she was nearby, but Eleanor is unaware of it. On the weekends she drinks Vodka waiting for Monday to come again. No one comes to visit, and she doesn't go anywhere. Eleanor’s life is sad. Eleanor decides she wants to find the man of her dreams and tries to reinvent herself, which leads to some very funny moments.

When her computer at work stops working she meets Raymond from IT. Raymond is intrigued by Eleanor, but she's just not interested. I enjoyed her friendship with Raymond and how it progressed. This is not a romantic book, but there are hints that a relationship between Eleanor and Raymond will eventually grow into romance, this is a book about Eleanor finding herself.

Overall, I liked Eleanor, she is a great and complex character. I didn’t care for her relationship with her mother or the ‘phone calls’ from her mother. Gail Honeyman did a wonderful job bringing Eleanor into a well-loved character.

“If someone asks you how you are, you are meant to say FINE. You are not meant to say that you cried yourself to sleep last night because you hadn't spoken to another person for two consecutive days. FINE is what you say.”
Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Happy Reading -J  



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