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11 August 2017

Jolly Foul Play by Robin Stevens (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

I have an enormous amount of NetGalley ARCs waiting for me right now ... but Hazel Wong is my spirit animal and I need to spend some quality time with her, Daisy and the rest of my Deepdean girls.
The last two books saw Daisy and Hazel off campus, but they're back in Jolly Foul Play and the school has been commandeered, as it were, by a nasty group of Big Girls. When the head of the group, who also happens to be the school's Head Girl, dies at a Guy Fawkes Night celebration, the Detective Society jumps into action.
This time, Daisy and Hazel have accepted help from their friends and suite-mates, Lavinia, Kitty and Beanie. Oh, and Hazel is also secretly corresponding with a boy detective they met in First Class Murder and is enlisting his aide, as well. It's all so delightfully scandalous!

As always, Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings is at Rose City Reader
This week my "56" comes from page 56 of the UK paperback.

08 August 2017

The Punch Escrow by Tal M Klein (Teaser Tuesday & Tuesday Intro)

As a general rule, if Felicia Day recommends something I'll give it a shot. Such was the case when I was offered Tal M Klein's The Punch Escrow. I wasn't sure that it really sounded like it would be "my thing," but .... Felicia .... so I said yes and I am so flipping happy that I did.
No, it's not "my thing." I daresay it's not like anything I've read in a very long time. That, my friends, is a very good thing. And, for at least the first 44%, so is this book.

As per usual, "First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" from Bibliophile by the Sea is on vacation ... but I'm used to doing these two together so I'm just going to stick with it. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read. I know I have more than a line or two. Be impressed I didn't just screenshot the whole page to post.

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"An alt-futuristic hard-science thriller with twists and turns you'll never see coming. I couldn't put it down." —Felicia Day, founder of Geek & Sundry

It’s the year 2147. Advancements in nanotechnology have enabled us to control aging. We’ve genetically engineered mosquitoes to feast on carbon fumes instead of blood, ending air pollution. And teleportation has become the ideal mode of transportation, offered exclusively by International Transport—a secretive firm headquartered in New York City. Their slogan: Departure... Arrival... Delight!

Joel Byram, our smartass protagonist, is an everyday twenty-fifth century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980’s new wave—an extremely obscure genre, and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems—until he’s accidentally duplicated while teleporting. 

Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves in a world that now has two of him.

05 August 2017

Cover Reveal! Vivian Conroy's Lady Alkmene # 4!

 

I have known about the fourth Lady Alkmene Callender book since the first part of May and it has been absolutely killing me not to have my hands on it. The third book was released way back in November 2016 and I've had a giant hole in my life every since. Vivian Conroy has made up for a little with the introduction of the Cornish Castle series and by sending devious little teases, but I need Jake and Alkmene.

We're still a couple of months away from the October release of Fatal Masquerade, but today I can finally share with all of you what Vivian sent to me last week.

Are you ready???

Are you sure???


How gorgeous is that cover?

I saw it and immediately started to freak out.


Whoever HQ Digital has doing the covers for this series definitely deserves all the kudos for this one. There is absolutely nothing I would change and it makes me want October to get here even faster! (Even the missing Jake is okay since he's never been on a cover. Maybe though .... just a glimpse at some point? Please???)


04 August 2017

If You Could See Me Now by Keris Stainton (Book Beginnings & Friday 56)

I know .... I'm supposedly on a self-imposed ban of sappy .... but I couldn't help myself with this one once I went to see what the 56% would have. After all, I don't necessarily have to read something to tease it, right? 

And then the strangest thing happened.

I wanted to sap.

Without knowing anything about who he is or who she is? The quote I pulled for the Friday 56 was enough to make me want to dive into Keris Stainton's If You Could See Me Now head first. I just wish I had made the decision a few hours earlier because I'm so incredibly anxious to see where it's all going and likely won't be willing to sleep until it's finished. 

It's that good.

No ... it's not good ... it's splendiferous. It's everything that I've needed without realizing it. It's making me sap again.

As always, Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice & Book Beginnings is at Rose City Reader
This week my "56" comes from the 56% mark of the ebook.

01 August 2017

Crazy Stupid Love by Cassie Rocca (Tuesday Intro & Teaser Tuesday)

As per usual, "First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" from Bibliophile by the Sea is on vacation ... but I'm used to doing these two together so I'm just going to stick with it. "Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read. I know I have more than a line or two. Be impressed I didn't just screenshot the whole page to post.


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Crazy Stupid Love is Cassie Rocca's follow-up to A New York Love Story, which I read back in December.  This time the main focus is on Clover's friend Zoe ... but for me it was really more about her best friend Eric. It's a classic unrequited love story.
He's loved her forever.
She's pretty oblivious.
Been there, done that ... may actually be doing it now.
It was quite similar in general feel and pacing to ANYLS, and I got to see Clover and Cade again which was awesome ... but I couldn't find myself as into this one. Maybe it hit a little too close to home with the Eric similarities while also feeling a little too "yeah ... right ... never going to happen" all at the same time.
I think maybe I'll go back to serial killers for a while.