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The Grave's a Fine and Private Place

The Grave's a Fine and Private Place: A Flavia de Luce Novel - Alan Bradley

Flavia is back and I can't get enough of it. She is a little melancholy but who could really blame her. Her life seems to finally go back to normal (well, her normal) when she finds a dead body while on vacation. In a town famous for previous murders Flavia just might end up solving more crimes than attempted too.

 

I was bit wary when I started to read this latest installment based on what had happened in the previous book. I wondered if everything would change. Thankfully for both Flavia and the reader's sake things didn't change all that much. If anything I loved the fact that Flavia and Dogger teamed up to solve the murder. I can't wait to see if they team up more in the future.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Artemis

Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I loved Andy Weir's previous book The Martian so when I found out about Artemis I immediately went to Netgalley to request it. This book follows Jasmine (Jazz) Bashara who is a porter (and also a smuggler) in Artemis the only city on the moon. Jazz is struggling to make ends meet when someone comes to her with a highly illegal task to do but with a reward too good to pass down. Jazz finds herself pulled into something way bigger and more dangerous than she thought it was.

 

Jazz was a bit of a mystery to me at first. I was really curious to see how she became a lowly porter. Once her past was laid out I was a bit disappointed. I think that is when I started to like Jazz less and less. She was definitely funny at times but her attitude could be a bit annoying especially since she only had herself to blame for the position she was in.

 

Sometimes I felt that this was a bit bogged down in too much discussion about pressure and chemicals mixing, basically in science. It is understandable that there would be some discussion about that but it got to be a bit much at times for me.

 

Overall I did enjoy this book and will definitely be reading more from Andy Weir.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Flight Attendant

The Flight Attendant: A Novel - Chris Bohjalian

Chris Bohjalian is an author that I can't count on to entertain me with a good story so I requested his latest book when I saw it on Netgalley. The description made it seem like something that I'd really enjoy.

 

This follows Cassie, a flight attendant who wakes up one morning after a one night stand next to a dead body. She can't really remember what happened and must piece it together.

 

I can't really say that I liked Cassie at all. The way she clung to drinking even though it was clearly destroying her life made the book a little less enjoyable. She makes it very hard to like her. As she is not likeable it made the book seem to drag on to me. Quite frankly I just got tired of reading about her.

 

There was some action and some twists that unfolded towards the end but I feel like some of the action should have come sooner. I would have rather had a little more action and a little less of Cassie bumbling around.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Highlander is All That

The Highlander Is All That (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina York

I was invited by the publisher to read this book and I am glad that I was. I read the previous book in the series (but honestly didn't remember what happened in it) but I feel as though it is not necessary to read the previous books in order to understand what is happening.

 

This book follows sisters Anne and Elizabeth as they are sponsored by their Duke cousin this season in order to find husbands. Anne, due to a previous heartbreak, does not want to get married. Elizabeth is not happy with her suitors. Their lives turn upside down when their cousin sends two of his friends, Hamish and Ranald, in his place to protect and escort the girls.

 

I definitely enjoyed reading about Elizabeth and Hamish more than Anne and Ranald. Anne just seemed a bit too stubborn and a bit too reserved for me. I did enjoy that the story switched between the four main characters as I feel if it would have concentrated on just one of the couples then the book would have seemed too short and would have fell flat.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Scandalous Flirt

The Scandalous Flirt (Cinderella Sisterhood Series) - Olivia Drake

Usually I am wary at picking up a book that is in the middle of a series that I have not read before. I always fear that I will feel lost and not know what is going on. Luckily that was not the case with this book as I did not feel lost or that I was missing anything. 

 

In the beginning I definitely liked Rory way more than I liked Lucas. While they both had their struggles, (Rory being banished from London after a scandal with a lover and Lucas dealing with debts) Rory seemed to have grown more and become stronger than Lucas. Lucas was just a plain jerk in the beginning and I feared that he would be like that throughout the book. Luckily the more that I read the more I began to like him.

 

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed this book. I did enjoy that this was not dominated with steamy scenes but instead you really got to know the characters. Don't get me wrong there were some great steamy moments between Rory and Lucas.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Bride Who Got Lucky

The Bride Who Got Lucky (The Cavensham Heiresses) - Janna MacGregor

I was invited by the publisher to read this book. When I got the invitation I had been feeling down in the dumps and thought what better way to cheer up then reading a romance novel. After reading the book I am definitely feeling better.

 

This book follows Nick and Emma. Both of them are really stubborn and never want to bee married; Nick because he doesn't want to let anyone in after his father basically disowned him, and Emma because she doesn't want a man to control her. I tended to like Nick more than Emma as Emma started to get annoying in the second half.

 

Nick and Emma's relationship grows throughout the book and grows especially fast after they are forced to marry. Their marriage seemed to be working until something threatens to tear them apart. Ultimately, of course, I loved where they ended up at the end.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Cold As Ice

Cold As Ice - Julie Mulhern

This is by far my favorite series published by Henery Press (I'm sure I've already said that a million times). I can't get enough of it and luckily enough I never have to wait too long for the next book of the series.

 

Ellison is back once again and to no one's surprise she finds another dead body. This time though not only is she caught up in the investigation as to who killed the dead person she also must find out just what is happening at the bank that is the inheritance left to her daughter from her late husband. 

 

Ellison's sense of humor is always a bright spot in this series. I also really enjoy the relationships she has with her friends and family. Any interaction between Ellison and her mother usually has me laughing. 

 

I was a teeny bit disappointed when it was revealed who the murderer was. I really wasn't extremely impressed with the reveal. What I did enjoy (surprisingly enough) was Ellison's discussion with Anarchy. That left me interested in seeing just what happens next in Ellison's life.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Breaching the Contract

Breaching the Contract (The Conflict of Interest Series Book 1) - Chantal Fernando

I was invited by the publisher (through Netgalley) to read this book. I was a fan of some of Chantal Fernando's previous books so I was excited to read the start of this new series. While the book had some great steamy scenes I feel like this was way too short and because of that the characters felt underdeveloped. I don't feel like we even learned all that much about Kat and Tristan and I didn't read enough about them to feel compelled to keep reading. I would consider continuing this series if the characters are more developed and the plot is not rushed. 

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Bones to Pick

Bones To Pick - Linda Lovely

I am always up for starting a new series from Henery Press. This book was a great start to the series and had everything that I love about Henery Press' books.

 

Brie Hooker is a vegan chef who finds herself living on her Aunt's goat cheese farm after her aunt is accused of murder. She, with the help of some friends (even some hunky friends who vie for her attention), must clear her Aunt's name while helping to keep the farm afloat.

 

I liked that while Brie is vegan it doesn't really dominate the story. She does get a bit annoying about it when talking about all the cholesterol in cheese but it didn't make me like the story any less. What made me really love the story was her relationships with Andy and Paint. While they both vied for her attention they were both able to remain best friends.

 

I really look forward to reading more of this series (and seeing what happens between Brie, Andy, and Paint). Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Paris Spy

The Paris Spy - Susan Elia MacNeal

I cannot get enough of this series so when I saw this latest installment on Netgalley I just had to request it. No matter what is happening in my life I am always up for reading about Maggie Hope. This time Maggie is in Paris trying to find a spy that she believes might have been compromised and also trying to find her half-sister Elise.

 

While this was was not as dark as some previous books in the series this is still pretty dark and filled with heartbreak for Maggie and readers. As with the other books in the series this follows not only Maggie but other characters. You really grow close to the agents in Paris the more that you read and can't help but feel despair at what happens to certain characters.

 

One of my favorite parts of this book was the growing relationship between Maggie and her sister. They were able to really bond in this book and I hope their relationship gets a chance to grow even further in the future.

 

I was not expecting the ending and it has left me dying to know what happens next.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Room for Doubt

Room For Doubt (A Carol Childs Mystery) (Volume 4) - Nancy Cole Silverman

After the last book in this series I wasn't sure if I was going to continue reading this series. I ultimately decided to give this book a try and I am glad that I did. Carol is back with a really interesting mystery surrounding a death that police have ruled a suicide. Carol's investigation with the help of pesky but hunky PI Chase will lead her to discover covered up murders that just might lead her to a group of women determined to get justice.

 

I was glad that Carol didn't seem too over her head in the investigation in this book. Her decisions and behavior (especially towards the end) really surprised me. I have to admit that I didn't like the relationship between her and Chase or at least what it became. I liked it better when she was annoyed with him.

 

While the plot at times seemed a bit far-fetched I still really enjoyed this book. I look forward to reading more from this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

The Secrets She Keeps

The Secrets She Keeps - Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham is definitely one of my favorite authors. When I saw that he had a new standalone novel coming out I jumped at the chance to read it. I always feel like I read his books too fast and this was no exception.

 

This book was advertised as being a suspenseful novel but while I definitely enjoyed it I can't see that there was actually much suspense in the book. That wasn't too much of a problem to me because I was still dying to know what happened to the characters.

 

I liked the pace of the plot before the baby was kidnapped. After the kidnapping it seemed too drag just a bit. I was satisfied with the events at the end.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Fatal Facade

Fatal Facade (An Allison Campbell Mystery) (Volume 4) - Wendy Tyson

It feels like forever since I read the previous book in this series. I didn't have any problem remembering who the characters were in the beginning of this book. The plot seemed like it would be interesting when I first started this but the more that I read this the more I became bored with this. The plot dragged on until I felt like this was going nowhere. The few deaths that were thrown in couldn't even save this for me. Allison's strained relationship with Jason also caused me to not enjoy this. I don't see myself continuing on with this series anymore. 

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Watching the Detectives

Watching the Detectives - Julie Mulhern

I'm starting to think that this series could never disappoint me. I cannot tell you what you I felt when I saw that there was a new book in this series. Needless to say I enjoyed this one as much as I have the others in the series.

 

Ellison is such a great character to follow. I love her sense of humor and how strong a woman she has become. She also can't help but find dead bodies which provides endless annoyance for her mother and ends up putting Ellison in danger.

 

I figured out what the first deceased character had been doing that caused her to be killed a little before it was revealed but I was still wrong about who killed her. Ellison and I were both surprised in the end.

 

The end with Ellison and Anarchy left me with hope for a future romance between them. But then again I've been hoping for a couple of books now.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Ivy Get Your Gun

Ivy Get Your Gun (An Ivy Meadows Mystery) (Volume 4) - Cindy Brown

I had a hard time getting through this latest installment in the series. For the first half of the book I didn't really care about what was going on. Once the second half of the book rolled around I was definitely more interested in the book. Usually I've been a big fan of Ivy but for this one I wasn't. She seemed especially bad with her P.I. skills in this one and I wasn't a big fan of her relationship with Matt in this book. I am still interested in seeing what happens next in this series.

 

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the galley.

Cocoa Beach

Cocoa Beach: A Novel - Beatriz Williams

I would recommend reading A Certain Age by Beatriz Williams before reading this book. You will understand more about Virginia's past if you read that book. This isn't necessarily a sequel to that book it just follows Virginia after the events of A Certain Age.

Virginia in A Certain Age held somewhat of a mystery about her so getting this expanded view into her life was great. You finally get to see how she met her husband and what led her to move back in with her father and sister.

 

In not sure that I enjoyed the back and forth between when Virginia first met Simon and the present day. I think I would have liked it more in chronological order. I did enjoy when a chapter ended with a letter from Simon to Virginia.

 

Towards the middle of the book the plot seemed to drag a bit and I became a little bit bored. I enjoyed when the book picked up towards the end and everything was revealed. I have to say that this was not my favorite one of Beatriz Williams' novels but it was still good.

 

I received this book from a  Librarything Early Reviewers giveaway. My review is not affected by that.