Thursday, April 16, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [62]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.

Favorite Book Featured (ex. Fantastic Beasts)





I ordered Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as well as Quidditch Through the Ages and enjoyed both of the reads. I think the one that I would love to have the most though is Hogwarts, A History. Hermione quotes this book so much and has a lot of valuable information about the school through reading it. I would just love it if we could have one of these available to read!

What would your book be?






Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ARC Review: Inhuman Interest (Story by Tess Cooper #1) by Eric Turowski


Published: April 14th 2015 by Booktrope
Genre: Supernatural, thriller
Format: ebook
Source: provided for honest review
Goodreads Summary

Thirteen words in a want-ad turn Tess Cooper’s world upside down after she signs on as a paranormal research assistant to the mysterious Davin Egypt. He reveals a world of grave robbing, clockworks artifacts in blue amber, antique revolvers that fire strange ammo, and powerful forces beyond human comprehension.

As ancient occult energies threaten to destroy her city, Tess must use her journalistic instincts to stay one step ahead of the public works director, Drew Dawson, whose agenda seems bent on destruction rather than maintenance. And possibly murder, but will anyone believe her?

Yeah, right. When garbage trucks fly.

If Tess teams up with the hunky police lieutenant, Kirk Gunther, and the pale, oddball Mr. Egypt, they might be able to save the city in time. That is, if Egypt even wants to. And if Tess overcomes her phobias long enough to do battle in Granddad’s 1983 Subaru Brat.


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"The one from the want ads?" Granddad worked the chaw around in his mouth. "Seems kinda hinky to me. Just remember what I always taught you. If he gets out of hand --"

"I Know, I know. Go for the eyes, but kick him in the balls."

He smiled, "That's my girl."


The Good


Tess Cooper is a well written protagonist. She's a reporter who does what she thinks is right despite the cost. While doing so, she tends to stumble upon life threatening situations.

She ends up meeting Davin, Egypt a expert in the occult. She also meets Lieutenant Gunther who seems to take a special interest in her. While Supernatural things happen in the book, you never feel like you're in a fantasy world. It feels very real.

The Bad


I was hoping for a bit more action I guess as most of the supernatural occurrences happen off screen so to speak. I would have liked to see a bit more happen in real time instead of the main characters trying to figure out what happened most of the time.

The Romance


Tess and the Lieutenant do strike up a bit of a romance while she briefly ponders what it would be like to date Davin.

Conclusion


Overall, Inhuman Interest was enjoyable. To be honest, it felt like an episode of the x-files. If you like a bit of the occult mixed with mystery and investigation all wrapped up with a bit of bad luck, then you’ll enjoy this book. Plus, I really love the granddad in the story. He was my favorite character.




Excerpts

"Jesus please us, Tess, this is an 1855 Taylor Fladgate tawny port." The old man gazed up at me in disbelief.
"You're not supposed to drink with the meds you take."
"Hell with that. This is a three thousand dollar wine. Your new boss must be loaded."

My breath caught in my throat. If life were a movie, I'd hold out on Gunther, investigate on my own, not only bringing the perpetrator to justice, but getting the exclusive as well. But life isn't
a movie. Hell, my life wouldn't even make for a decent sit-com. "Did you say tortured to death?"
"We're speculating. We haven't found her arms yet."

I glanced up at him. "You couldn't find a fleeing fugitive in a garbage truck." It was not a metaphor.

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [115]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.







Friday, April 10, 2015

When life's kicking your butt...how about a theme song? [16]


My friend Robyn from robgirlbooks tasked us with coming up with a theme song each month, and I love it! Music is a VERY big part of my life.

This month is Blogger's Choice. I'm all about feeling good and new beginnings right now as I just went through a break up so my choice is:

Best Day of My Life by American Authors




This is Zane's pick - The Man by Aloe Blacc:






What is your choice this month??

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Harry Potter Moment of the Week [61]


This is a meme hosted by Uncorked Thoughts and Lunar Rainbows.The idea is to share a favorite moment, magical item, character, spell, quote, object from the books, films or J.K.Rowling herself! Click the links to the blogs to see how to join up &  upcoming topics.

What would your Animagus be?



This one is another hard one. My favorite animal is a penguin, but they can't survive in certain climates and my other favorite, a monkey, would just be very out of place roaming around. I would want to be something that could blend with ease. I'm going to go with an owl. They are all over the place in the Potterverse,

What would your animagus be?






Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday Cover Scramble [114]



Let's have some fun! I am going to post covers on here every Sunday that are scrambled up graphically, making it hard to tell what cover it is. I would like your guesses on what cover you think I've posted. I won't answer you until I'm posting the next one to let you know if you are right, allowing others to guess as well. Some will be hard, and others may be easy. Let me know in the comments if you'd like some more hints and I'll offer some more if no one guesses it correctly.


I am pulling covers off the Most Popular Page on Goodreads.






Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sidekick Showcase [95] - Comedic Relief


Sidekick Showcase is a monthly bookish meme, hosted here by Jaclyn at JC's Book Haven. There are many secondary characters that are as great as the primaries. In some cases, the sidekicks actually steal the show and you like them better than the heroine or hero. Maybe they didn't have enough page time for how great they were. Anyone can play along! I will post my Sidekicks on the first Saturday of the month, then whichever day during the month that you would like to post yours, you can put your link in on my page. Just do the following:

• Choose a sidekick *or someone other than the hero or heroine* that you would like to put in the spotlight that fits in the month's topic
• Share a picture (if you can) and information about the character
• Give the title and author of a book the character can be found in
• Please don't include too many spoilers when describing why the character is such a great sidekick
• The day of your post, click the 'Sidekicks' link in my header and enter the link for your post. Here, you can also see anyone else that posted during the month to visit their Sidekick Showcase's as well.

Topic ideas for April are: April fool’s day - joker, prankster, comedic relief, outrageous, goofball



My choice is The Halfling Regis aka Rumblebelly
from The Icewind Dale Trilogy, The Legacy of the Drow Series, The Paths of Darkness Series, The Hunter's Blakes Trilogy by R.A. Salvatore

 (He is in others but this is as far as I have read so far.)

At first you get to know Regis for carving scrimshaw out of the bones of knucklehead trout, and looking for the most prosperous life possible while doing the least amount of work.

As you get to know him better you see he is also notorious for using his ruby pendant to manipulate the thoughts of others. He likes to get them to see things "his way", which has gotten him into trouble as often as it has gotten him out of it.

The trouble normally comes when the power of the ruby is broken. He felt that unlike the other Companions of the Hall, he was not a hero, and relied on them heavily. You might say he took advantage of them keep his hide in one piece. Though after being kidnapped and tortured he starts to come into his own. At one point while Bruenor Battlehammer is on his deathbed, Regis becomes the steward of Mithril Hall, and eventually finds a way to save Bruenor's life.


Quotes:


"Really, you should ask before you steal me away! This perfectly marvelous cat had caught me the juiciest meal!"


"I like my belly and intend to keep it, thank you. I may even add some more to it!"



"I decided that I could not let Bruenor run off into trouble without me being there to pull him out."