Monday, March 19, 2018

TTT - Books on my Spring TBR

The top 10 weekly meme used to be hosted by The Broke and the Bookish but starting this week, they are handing over the reins to ThatArtsyReaderGirl who can be found HERE.  Each week she will focus on lists which cover various topics related to books and reading. 

I feel like I am all the time doing TBRs - either on the blog, in my head or in my planner.  So today, I'm just going to focus on 10 new releases this spring I know I wanna read.  

Unbury Carol - Josh Malerman (4/10/18)

Pick and Chews - Linda O. Johnston (05/08/18)

The Past is Never - Tiffany Quay Tyson (03/20/18)

Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman (03/27/18)

The Devil You Know - Mike Carey (03/27/18)

Zombie Abbey - Lauren Baratz-Logsted (04/03/28)

Bluff - Michael Kardos (04/03/18)

Taste of Wrath - Matt Wallace (04/10/18)

Evangeline of the Bayou - Jan Eldredge (05/01/18)

Sorority - Genevieve Sly Crane (05/01/18)

How It Happened - Michael Koryta (05/15/18)

Witchmark - C.L. Polk (06/19/18)

So there you have it - not 10 but 12 books I want to read this Spring.  I've given you some dogs, some horror, some thrillers, some "weird."  I think that's pretty much everything you've come to expect from me.

What books made it to your spring TBR????

Sneaking Out Blog Tour

Sneaking Out
Chuck Vance
Published by: Dunemere Books
Publication date: March 6th 2018
Genres: Mystery, Young Adult
Could you sleep next to a murderer?
Luke Chase—yes, that Luke Chase, a modern hero ripped from the headlines—didn’t mean to get caught up in Mrs. Heckler’s murder. He just wanted to hook up with the hot new British girl at St. Benedict’s, and if that meant sneaking out to the woods after hours, then so be it. But little did he know someone would end up dead right next to their rendezvous spot, and his best friend and roommate Oscar Weymouth would go down for it. With suspects aplenty and a past that’s anything but innocent, Luke Chase reluctantly calls on his famous survival skills to find the true killer.
For fans of “A Study in Charlotte” and boarding school lit, “Sneaking Out” (book one in the “Chased” series) immerses readers in the privileged prep school world, with a mystery that exposes the dark side of life on a residential high school campus.

MY THOUGHTS:  I really like books set at boarding schools (or any other schools for that matter) and I also love mysteries, so "Sneaking Out" was a pretty good fit for me.  Luke Chase attends St. Benedict's school and one evening, while sneaking out to meet a girl, stumbles upon the body of one of the teachers, Mrs. Heckler.  Luke's friend Oscar is accused of the death so Luke takes it upon himself to prove Oscar's innocence. 

I really liked Luke's character and he is a very loyal friend to Oscar, wanting nothing more than to find out Mrs. Heckler's real killer.  The book itself is fast paced and I wasn't able to easily guess the perpetrator, which is always a good thing.  However, be aware, there is a cliffhanger at the end of the book which really has me wondering how long fans will have to wait for the next installment.

Author Bio:
Chuck Vance is a pseudonym for a bestselling writer of both adult mysteries and novels for young adults. Vance attended boarding school in Connecticut and graduated from Columbia University. Vance has lived in New York, Moscow, London, Paris and Los Angeles and is frequently on the move.


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Go Herd!

So my Alma Mater has made it to the next round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.  Not only have they not been there is 31 years, they were the underdogs in the first round and ended up being a upset shocker.  The next hurdle is another WV team - the Mountaineers.  Now a lot of Mountaineer fans refuse to acknowledge that there is more than one university in the state and for that reason alone, please help me cheer on my Thundering Herd!  The games is on at 9:45pm tonight and even if I won't be able to watch it all, nothing would please me more than to wake up in the morning and learn we advanced.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Stacking the Shelves (152)/Sunday Post

Stacking the Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves or TBR piles, may it be physical or virtual.  This means you can include books you buy in a physical store, online, books you borrow from the library or friends, review books, gifts and of course, ebooks! The original meme was started over at Tynga's Reviews. And it now has a new co-host where individuals can link up as well - Marlene from Reading Reality.  Clicking on the book (or title) should take you to the Goodreads page.  I'm also now linking up with the Sunday Post which is hosted by Kimberly@Caffeinated Book Reviewer

So I admit that I once again grabbed a few free books from Kindle.  But I definitely see a trend this week in that they all had really interesting tag lines or blurbs.  Just goes to prove sometimes it's all in the marketing.  First up is "KYMIERA:Purity" which states "The story of a teenage girl who's turning into an monster - literally." Who could resist that?  Then you have "Holes in the Ground" which teases "Some secrets have teeth."  Finally, "Grand Theft Octo" has TENTACLES so I had to grab it since it was free.  

I bought a physical book at Walmart.  I had pretty much decided to grab it for my Kindle but when I saw it in person, I had to snatch it up - it's so pretty.

And last but not least, a few review copies.  First up is "Read Herring Hunt" which is the second of the Mystery Bookshop Series.  "The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle" is one I've been seeing around although I admit I am confused because in some countries it's "The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle."  And finally, "True Storm" is the last in a series I'm really enjoying.

Oh and I almost forgot, I had requested this from my library and it just came in Thursday -
"Pride and Prometheus."

So what did you add to your stacks this week????

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Weekly Reads (3/16/18)

It's been an exhausting week at The Farm.  Mr. Barb has been going to training an hour and a half away all week and I'm glad today's the last day because I think he's about ready to give out.  Plus it messes with the boys when he is not there when they get up.  Funny how they get used to routine as well.  He gets home about the same time so at least that has been good.

Some of my favorite TV shows have ended for this season so I'm gonna have to find something new to watch.  "This Is Us" went out with a sob - sometimes I don't know why I continually watch such a depressing show. "Bellevue" finished up and honestly, with how it ended, I'm kind of wondering if it was just a limited run thing.  I really enjoyed it but Anna Paquin was still Sookie, all the way to the end.  Even Mr. Barb, who just caught bits and pieces kept calling her Sookie.  At least "Santa Clarita Diet - Season 2" starts on Netflix towards the end of next week - YEA!

I'm kind of struggling with "The Hunger" right now which is sad because so many of my blogging buddies have loved it.  I'm just over 40% in so I guess there's still time for redemption.  I need to start "Sneaking Out" for a blog tour coming up and I hope to dig into "Revival" this coming week as well.

Hope you all have a wonderful St. Patrick's Day and a beautiful week!!  Any fun plans reading or otherwise???

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Dark Glitter Blog Tour

Dark Glitter
C.M. Stunich & Tate James
Publication date: January 24th 2018
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Thriller
Ciarah O’Rourke was born into torture.
A human spirit reincarnated in the body of an ancient fae goddess, she’s spent the last five years in iron shackles, her mind poisoned with magic for secrets she doesn’t know.

Waking up in a dirty alley with no memory of her escape, Ciarah finds herself in the hands of The Wild Hunt Motorcycle Club–a ruthless and violent group of bikers with faerie blood in their veins.
Arlo. Reece. Killian.
Three men drenched in death, sin, and old magic.
From their clubhouse in the middle of the Louisiana bayou, they’ll offer Ciarah the keys to unlock her memories and control the veil between worlds. But even her knights can’t erase the twisted scars that remind her they aren’t the only ones who hunt.
When The Wild Hunt rides, the souls of the dead join their parade.
All that’s missing now is their queen.

The girl I'd been fucking was now fast asleep and drooling all da hell over my pillow. I stared at her for a couple o' moments, smoking my cigarette, and then stepped out into the hall and shut the door to da damn room. 

 “You aren't leaving another one in dere for me to clean up, are you brother?” asked Donal as I made my way into the common room and paused, staring the vice president of the club down for a long moment. He was my superior so it woulda been prudent to look away, sure, but I was a dumbass on a good day, me. 

 “I'm just on my way to see Meme,” I said with a shrug, and heard Donal cursing under his breath. 

 “I'd just as soon eat her as I'd feed the bitch!” he called after me as I stepped outside, boots loud against the wood of the dock. An eerie fog hung over the water, broken up by clusters of Spanish moss and gnarled oak limbs. 

 I cracked open the old freezer next to the building's grubby exterior and pulled out a container of chicken, popping the lid and grabbing a raw leg. 

 “'Ey Meme!” I shouted, tossing the container back into the freezer and grabbing a bag of marshmallows to take wit' me. “Come 'ere, girl!” 

 I moved down da length of the dock and paused, knowing I looked like a fuckin' asshole and not carin' one bit. I made quacking sounds to try and draw da gator to the dock and then tossed a few 'mallows out there for her to munch on. Whenever I tried to bring girls out 'ere to impress 'em with da gators, they always asked me how I knew da damn things liked marshmallows. But what kind o' stupid question is that? Everybody know gators like marshmallows. 

 After a few moments, I saw her, gliding through the water toward me, her dark green head just barely visible in the fog. If I wasn't fae, I probably wouldn't come out here alone in the dark like dis. Meme was small for a gator, but there were others out dere in the swamp—I knew because the club often used 'em to dispose of bodies. 

 “Hey girl, where you been?” I asked, using the pole at the end of the dock to hook the chicken leg to. I dangled it out over the water and watched as Meme lifted her long, ugly snout out to grab hold of it. With a crunch of bone, she disappeared under the dark waters again. 

 I stood there for a few, takin' drags on my smoke, when the sound of a car drew my attention back toward the hard packed dirt of the parking lot. We didn't exactly get a lot o' visitors out 'ere in da bayou. 

 “Looks like even if we stay outta trouble, trouble finds us, eh, Meme?” I tossed a handful of marshmallows into the water and headed up the length of the dock and back inside. I stepped in through the rickety old screen door just in time to see Caley dragging this thin, frail wisp of a girl into the common room. 

 “She's got iron in her side, I think,” Caley was saying as she helped the girl into one of da old couches. I saw right away that there was blood—fae blood, sure—but the stink o' iron was unmistakable.

 “And you brought her here, why?” Donal was asking, looking more annoyed than anything else as he stroked a hand down the dark, thick length of his beard. 

 “Arlo said Fionn needed to see her,” Caley began, ruffling up her hair and lookin' like she was in serious need of a nap or some shit. I just hoped all this raucous didn't wake da girl I left in the dorm room. 

 “Well, Fionn ain't here,” I said, moving over to stand next to the wilting fae on the club's couch. Her skin was a pale blue, almost white, but she was clearly still entertainin' some sort of broken glamour. I could smell it on 'er almost as bad as I could smell da iron. Who knew what she'd look like without it? I wouldn't be gettin' human girls for my bed if I wasn't wearin' one, that's for damn sure. 

 “I found her outside the diner,” Caley said, huffing out a breath and wiping sweaty palms on her uniform. “I don't think 'Lo knew she was fae or else he wouldn't have suggested I take her to the hospital …” 

 “You took her to da damn hospital?” Donal roared and then closed his eyes for a long moment. “May da goddess help you, you stupid girl.” 

 “The glamour's faded a lot since I got her there,” Caley said defensively, wrapping her arms around herself. Guess the girl couldn't help herself—she was half-human after all. “She wasn't this color and she didn't smell this bad until after …” She paused and leaned in close to Donal and me. “Someone is missing this girl bad. That iron in her side, it's got a dampening spell. That, and when she used her magic, I could feel it—some sort of signal went out.”

 I turned my attention back to the frail, wispy thing sitting on the couch. 

 When she looked up at me, her eyes had the force of a goddamn train. I felt like I was just waiting for the collision, that I was looking at somethin' powerful, something old. And those eyes, like two sapphires, dark and thick wit' magic … I could damn near drown in 'em. 

 “Get yourself under control, brudder,” Donal mumbled, flicking me in the crotch. That's when I realized that I was holding onto a rock-hard cock inside my jeans. Over this frail thing? I'd break da girl if I tried to fuck her. The hell was wrong with me? “And call your daddy.”

“He's my president same as he is yours,” I snarled under my breath, turning away from the girl before I could think too hard about the rapid beating of my heart or the thickening of my cock. No way, no hell.

I was not gettin' mixed up with a woman as troublesome as all that. 

I made enough trouble all on my own.

Author Bio:
Tate James was born and raised in the Land of the Long White Cloud (New Zealand) but now lives in Australia with her husband, baby and furbaby.
She is a lover of books, red wine, cats and coffee and is not a morning person. She is a bit too sarcastic and swears too much for polite society and definitely tells too many dirty jokes.
Author links:
Website / Facebook / Instagram
C.M. Stunich is a self-admitted bibliophile with a love for exotic teas and a whole host of characters who live full time inside the strange, swirling vortex of her thoughts. Some folks might call this crazy, but Caitlin Morgan doesn’t mind – especially considering she has to write biographies in the third person. Oh, and half the host of characters in her head are searing hot bad boys with dirty mouths and skillful hands (among other things). If being crazy means hanging out with them everyday, C.M. has decided to have herself committed.
She hates tapioca pudding, loves to binge on cheesy horror movies, and is a slave to many cats. When she’s not vacuuming fur off of her couch, C.M. can be found with her nose buried in a book or her eyes glued to a computer screen. She’s the author of over thirty novels – romance, new adult, fantasy, and young adult included. Please, come and join her inside her crazy. There’s a heck of a lot to do there.
Oh, and Caitlin loves to chat (incessantly), so feel free to e-mail her, send her a Facebook message, or put up smoke signals. She’s already looking forward to it.
Author links:
Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter


A Dog In a Cape Fighting Zombies - Yes Please!

TITLE: Dead of Winter - Good Boy (Dead of Winter #1)
AUTHOR: Kyle Starks, Gabo, Erica Henderson (illustrator)
PUBLISHING DATE: April 17, 2018

FROM GOODREADS: Air Bud meets The Walking Dead! 

From the tabletop smash hit comes this new comic series starring your favorite characters from Plaid Hat Games' DEAD OF WINTER, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After).

In the pantheon of superheroes, none are more loveable and loyal than everyone's favorite good ol' dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV show stunt dog turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and otherwise? Collects issues #1-4 from the "Good Good Dog" storyline from DEAD OF WINTER!

MY THOUGHTS: "Dead of Winter" was a super quick graphic novel which I managed to read in one setting. It follows a group of survivors stuck in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. And no matter how tough or rough the situation, Sparky, who used to have his own show prior to the outbreak, always manages to show up and save these stupid peoples' behinds.

I found the artwork in "Dead of Winter" very enjoyable. It was a lot of black and white, probably because it's set during the winter, with other bright colors thrown in. Sparky appears to be a golden retriever or a lab and is always wearing a red cape, as we all know must heroes should.

"Dead of Winter" touts itself as a spin-off comic from a game I've not heard of. However, it does stand on its own and at times, was quite humorous because it tends to make fun of some well-known zombie tropes. If you enjoy graphic novels, zombie or dogs, you've no excuse for picking this one up.