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Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Review: Heartstone by Elle Katharine White

Heartstone by Elle Katharine White Series: Heartstone #1 Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Dragons Source: Ebook, Library Publishing Date: 2017 352 pages Synopsis: A debut historical fantasy that recasts Jane Austen’s beloved Pride & Prejudice in an imaginative world of wyverns, dragons, and the warriors who fight alongside them against the monsters that threaten the kingdom: gryphons, direwolves, lamias, banshees, and lindworms. They say a Rider in possession of a good blade must be in want of a monster to […]

Posted March 28, 2019 by Jan in 2018, B, book rating, reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullett

Review: Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullett

Single Malt Murder by Melinda Mullett Series: Whiskey Business Mystery #1 Genre: Mystery, Cozy Setting: Scotland Source: Audiobook, purchased Narrator: Gemma Dawson Publishing Date: 2017 278 pages Synopsis: When Abi inherits her uncle’s quaint and storied single malt distillery, she finds herself immersed in a competitive high-stakes business that elicits deep passions and prejudices. An award-winning photojournalist, Abi has no trouble capturing the perfect shot—but making the perfect shot is another matter.When she starts to receive disturbing, anonymous threats, […]

Posted March 23, 2019 by Jan in 2018, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, reviews / 2 Comments

Review: The Clincher by Lisa Preston

Review: The Clincher by Lisa Preston

The Clincher by Lisa Preston Series: Horseshoer Mystery #1 Genre:  Mystery Setting: Central Oregon, United States Source: Ebook, Library Publishing Date: November 2018 288 pages Synopsis: Clinching is the technique used to bend a driven horseshoe nail to hold the shoe to a hoof. Rainy Dale is The Clincher, a twenty-something high school-dropout turned farrier (horseshoer) who is haunted by a secret she carries. Estranged from her California d-list actress momma and her ranch hand Texas […]

Posted March 8, 2019 by Jan in 2018, B+, book rating, reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage

Review: Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage Series: None Genre: Nonfiction, Dogs Source: Audiobook, purchased Narrator: Nicole Vilencia Publishing Date: 2012 304 pages Synopsis: People all over the world have been riveted by the story of Cairo, the Belgian Malinois who was a part of the Navy SEAL team that led the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound. A dog’s natural intelligence, physical abilities, and pure loyalty contribute more to our military efforts than ever before. You don’t […]

Posted February 15, 2019 by Jan in 2019, Audiobooks, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

Review: Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon Series: None Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance Setting: England Source: Ebook, purchased Publishing Date: 2009 449 pages Synopsis: Thirty-nine year old Rachel is having a really bad year. After losing her job and breaking up with her boyfriend, Rachel has inherited her late aunt’s house, her beloved border collie, and a crowded rescue kennel, despite the fact that she knows almost nothing about dogs. Still, considering her limited options, […]

Posted February 14, 2019 by Jan in 2019, A-, book rating, books, Reading Challenges, reviews / 3 Comments

Review: Zero G by Dan Wells

Review: Zero G by Dan Wells

Zero G by Dan Wells Series: None Genre: Middle Grade Science Fiction Setting: On board a spaceship Source: Audiobook (Free monthly member selection from Audible) (4 hours, 8 minutes) Narrators: Emily Woo,  Margaret Ying Drake, Josh Hurley, Allyson Johnson, David Shih, Eddy Lee, Jennifer Van Dyck, Betsy Hogg, Chelsea Spack, Polly Lee  Publishing Date: 2018 Synopsis: It’s one kid versus an entire band of space pirates in this cosmic middle grade caper from New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells. Zero is just one of […]

Posted February 9, 2019 by Jan in 2019, A-, Audiobooks, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

Review: Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong

Splintered Silence by Susan Furlong Series: Bone Gap Travellers #1 Genre: Mystery Setting: Tennessee Source: Ebook, purchased Publishing Date: 2017 288 pages Synopsis: After an IED explosion abruptly ends her tour of duty, Brynn arrives stateside with PTSD and her canine partner Wilco–both of them bearing the scars of battle. With a mix of affection, curiosity, and misgivings, she goes back to Bone Gap, Tennessee, and the insular culture she’d hoped to escape by enlisting in […]

Posted February 7, 2019 by Jan in 2018, 2019, B+, book rating, reviews / 4 Comments

Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington

Review: Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington

Feeding the Dragon by Sharon Washington Series: None Genre: Nonfiction, Memoir Setting: New York City Source: Audiobook, (Sep 2018 Free Audible Original Member Benefit) Narrator: Sharon Washington (1 hour, 18 minutes) Publishing Date: 2018 Synopsis: Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch […]

Posted January 31, 2019 by Jan in 2018, B+, book rating, reviews / 2 Comments

Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger

Review: Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger

Mercy Falls by William Kent Kreuger Series: Cork O’Connor #5 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Minnesota and Chicago Source: Audiobook, Library; 11 hours, 32 minutes Narrator: David Chandler Publishing Date: 2005 434 pages Synopsis: Back in the saddle as sheriff of Tamarack County, Cork O’Connor is lured to the nearby Ojibwe reservation on what appears to be a routine call — only to become the target of sniper fire. Soon after, he’s called to investigate a […]

Posted January 26, 2019 by Jan in 2019, A-, B+, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews / 8 Comments

Review: Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn

Review: Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn

Lost Lake by Emily Littlejohn Series: Detective Gemma Monroe #3 Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural Setting: Colorado Source: Ebook, Library Publishing Date: 2018 320 pages Synopsis: On a bright Saturday in early spring, Detective Gemma Monroe responds to a missing person call at Lost Lake, near the small town of Cedar Valley, Colorado. With its sapphire waters and abundance of wildflowers, the lake is a popular camping destination in the summer. But for now, ice still grips […]

Posted January 18, 2019 by Jan in 2019, book rating, Reading Challenges, reviews / 3 Comments