They Call It Puppy Love 2020–Sign-Up Post

A month-long reading challenge to read at least one book with a dog or cat as a major character

“They Call It Puppy Love” challenge has begun.  Barb @ Booker T’s Farm is hosting this reading challenge again. It’s the third year for the challenge and I’m excited to participate again.

Rules

  • Make a sign up post and link it below and in the Rafflecopter.
  • Read at least one book with a dog (or a cat – even though Cass tried to nix this one).  You can also read many more and as always I encourage you to do so. 
  • Do a wrap-up post with a link.

Optional

  • Share the giveaway on Twitter
  • Participate in the new Fictional Dog tag I’ll be creating and link your post.

Some books I’m hoping to read this February

  • Blind Search by Paula Munier (I’ve saved this book just for this reading challenge and I started it Feb 2!)
  • A Hundred Pieces of Me by Lucy Dillon
  • Riley Mack & the Other Known Troublemakers by Christ Grabenstein
  • Hello Love by Karen McQuestion
  • Cold Noses and Warm Hearts: Beloved Dog Stories by Great Authors, edited by Laurie Morrow and Corey Ford

At the end of the challenge, Barb will give away a $10.00 Amazon GC or a book up to $10.00 in value from Book Depository (that way the challenge is open to individuals outside of the US as well). 

For more information and to join the challenge go to Booker T’s Farm for the sign-up page.

Review: Slayer by Kiersten White

A fantasy set in the “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” Universe

Slayer

by Kiersten White

Narrator: Madeleine Maby

Genre: YA Fantasy

Setting: Buffy Universe

Source: Audiobook, Library

Publishing Date: 2019

404 pages (12 hours)

Synopsis: Into every generation a Slayer is born…

Nina and her twin sister, Artemis, are far from normal. It’s hard to be when you grow up at the Watcher’s Academy, which is a bit different from your average boarding school. Here teens are trained as guides for Slayers—girls gifted with supernatural strength to fight the forces of darkness. But while Nina’s mother is a prominent member of the Watcher’s Council, Nina has never embraced the violent Watcher lifestyle. Instead she follows her instincts to heal, carving out a place for herself as the school medic.

Until the day Nina’s life changes forever.

Thanks to Buffy, the famous (and infamous) Slayer that Nina’s father died protecting, Nina is not only the newest Chosen One—she’s the last Slayer, ever. Period.

As Nina hones her skills with her Watcher-in-training, Leo, there’s plenty to keep her occupied: a monster fighting ring, a demon who eats happiness, a shadowy figure that keeps popping up in Nina’s dreams…

But it’s not until bodies start turning up that Nina’s new powers will truly be tested—because someone she loves might be next.

One thing is clear: Being Chosen is easy. Making choices is hard.

My Thoughts

Before I started the book I hadn’t realized the book was actually in the Buffy universe. That was something I really enjoyed. I liked the glimpses we got of Buffy and I liked that this book is mostly from the Watchers point of view. The book starts after the TV series ends, I think. (I haven’t watched any Buffy for a long time.) Might need to re-watch some of it since I really did enjoy it.

I thought this book had lots of promise. A watcher becomes a slayer! That sounds so great. I also liked the idea of hearing from the watcher side of things.

Too much angst

This book was a little too angsty for me. That’s why I don’t enjoy YA books very much anymore. I must confess I’m tired of all the teenage angst most of them have. I don’t mind reading about young protagonists, but I want some of the second-guessing themselves, constantly changing their mind and worrying about how they look all the time as well as the forbidden lovers trope kept to a minimum. This had a little too much of all that for me especially at the end. (However, this is more my problem than the book’s problem! But it is why I don’t read many young adult books.)

Characters don’t listen

I was also irritated when Nina wouldn’t listen to people. Sometimes you need to go your own way or follow your instincts, but if Nina had listened more and thought about things she wouldn’t have made some of the choices she did. Artemis, her twin sister, also irritated me by not listening to people—especially not listening to Nina whom she was supposed to love so much and whom Artemis had spent her life protecting. That was really irritating.

Bottom line

I listened to the audiobook and I thought the narrator did a good job. However, I probably won’t continue reading this series. It’s just not the series for me.

My Rating: B-
Narrator Rating: B+

Review: Doggirl by Robin Brande

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Series: None

Genre: Young Adult, Dogs

Setting: High School

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2011

251 pages

Synopsis: I BELIEVE IN SIGNS. 
And this one said: “Dog trainer needed immediately. Must provide own dog.” 
I snatched the paper off the announcement board before anyone else could see it. 
BECAUSE IT’S ABOUT TIME. 

Meet Riley Case: An expert with dogs, lousy with people. She’s been keeping a low profile at her high school–well, except for that incident with the birds–but when the chance comes to use her talents as a dog trainer to help the drama department win a national competition, she knows she can’t stay in the shadows any longer. 

Funny and tender, with plenty for any animal-lover to love, DOGGIRL and her dogs will steal your heart.

My thoughts

I loved this story about a high school girl who trains her three dogs. After she finishes college she wants to train dogs for movies. She gets her first job for the dogs in a school play.

I heard once that people know what they want to be by the time they’re ten years old. I’ve known since I was four.

My parents brought home the movie Babe, and forget it, that was it. I’ve watched it like 8,000 times now. The pig, the dogs, the duck, the sheep–someone had to teach each and every one of them how to perform all those tricks.

Riley is a great character. She doesn’t really understand people, but she understands and loves animals–especially dogs and they love her. The dogs in this book are wonderful. I would love to know all of them! I don’t read many young adult books, but reading this book made me happy.

Fig, Jack and Heidi

The dogs in the book–a Great Pyrenees named Fig; a Border Collie named Jack; and a Dachshund named Heidi–stole the show for me. I’d love to meet dogs like them. Fig has actually saved Riley’s life a couple of times. Jack knows the meaning of many words

If you like dogs, or school plays or just want to read a story that will make you happy you should read Doggirl.

My Rating: A-

Have you read this book or any books by this author?

Reading Challenges

  • 52 books in 52 weeks hosted by the mommymannegren.com blog — A teen as the main character
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog
  • They Call It Puppy Love Challenge hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm (February challenge)

Sunday Post: Spring is coming…haha!

Sunday-Post

Kimberly hosts the Sunday Post each week. I like to take part because it gives me an opportunity to look back at last week and forward to next week in both my personal life and my blog and book life! I also love to see what other people are doing and what books everyone is reading.

Personal life

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We’re having another round of very cold weather…-5 when I got up this Sunday morning and a wind chill of -16. Supposed to be even colder tonight. At least we only got a smidgen of snow–most of it went south of us this time.

Cribbage

My husband and I have stayed in a lot this week since it’s cold and we still have snow on the ground still. (And we both were tired of usual activities.) So we decided to play cribbage Saturday night. We hadn’t played cribbage for a while. We even had to review the rules again! My husband almost always wins, but I was 30 points ahead going into the final lap so I thought I had a good chance. But, no, it was not to be–he won that game and the second game we played. 😦 But we had lots of fun and lots of laughs.

Daughters in Illinois and Indiana and then Chicago and orchids and St. Patrick’s Day…Oh, My!

At the end of the week we’re going to visit our two daughters–one in Illinois and one in Indiana. All sorts of fun in both places and then the next weekend we’re driving to Chicago to visit my husband’s sister. She has all sorts of great things planned for us–10,000 orchids at the botanical gardens, a Choir of Men concert and St. Patrick’s Day on Sunday and since we’re in Chicago I’m sure that is going factor into our activities…lol.

Travelling cats

Our two cats are travelling with us and then vacationing with our Illinois daughter! We’ve had a couple of bad experiences with two different pet sitters. Once when I’d asked the pet sitter not to open any closed doors we found one of our cats in a room (supposedly closed) when we arrived home. She is my cat who often hides and sometimes a stranger ( aka pet sitter) may not see her at all. She wasn’t closed in the room too long since there were no messes, but I couldn’t trust that pet sitter or that company after that. Our cats ride quite well in a cat carrier in the car so that is our best choice at the moment.

Blog life

I wrapped-up the Puppy Love challenge by reading six books and reviewing two of them during February. I also posted a review of Splintered Silence I read in December about two Marine veterans–a dog handler and her K-9 dog–both injured by an IED and suffering from PTSD.

I read seven books and reviewed four books in February–not a very good record, but at least I did that much! February was a busy month with various appointments, snow, cold and my daughter visiting for a week.

Recent posts
Next week
  • March 2017 books on my list
  • Review
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Review
  • Sunday Post

My books

What I’m reading
  • Exit Strategy by Martha Wells
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik (book had to go back to library a couple of weeks ago–I’m on hold again!)
What I read recently
  • Scavenger Alliance by Janet Edwards
  • Doggirl by Robin Brande
Books I got recently

Doggirl by Robin Brande

Gabriel & Mr. Death by Susan J. Kroupa

Old Bones by Cynthia by Harrod-Eagles

Next of Kin by James Tucker (Amazon Prime free read)

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee (Audiobook)

The Coroner by Jennifer Graeser Dornbush (Audiobook)

Exit Strategy by Martha Wells (library)

Watcher in the Woods by Kelly Armstrong (library)

What have you been doing? What are your plans next week?

They Call It Puppy Love Challenge Wrap-up

Barb @ Booker T’s Farm hosted They Call It Puppy Love Challenge during the month of February.

The challenge was lots of fun. I read six books about and enjoyed them all. It was fun finding different books featuring dogs.

The books:

Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts by Lucy Dillon (my rating: A-) — Women’s Fiction

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima (my rating: B+) — Mystery, police procedural

Rescue Me, Maybe by Jackie Bouchard (my rating: B+) — Women’s Fiction

Soldier Dogs by Maria Goodavage ((my rating: B+) — Nonfiction

Fractured Truth by Susan Furlong (my rating: B+) — Mystery, police procedural

Doggirl by Robin Brande (my rating: A-) — Young Adult

I reviewed two of the books and show links to my reviews. I’ve added the ratings I gave each book after I read it. I’m working on reviews for the other books and hope to post them in the next couple of weeks.

Have you read any of these books? Did you take part in the challenge? What books did you read? Did you enjoy them?

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 have to be a dog lover to be fascinated by the idea that a dog-the cousin of that furry guy begging for scraps under your table-could be one of the heroes who helped execute the most vital and high-tech military mission of the new millennium.

Now Maria Goodavage, editor and featured writer for one of the world’s most widely read dog blogs, tells heartwarming stories of modern soldier dogs and the amazing bonds that develop between them and their handlers. Beyond tales of training, operations, retirement, and adoption into the families of fallen soldiers, Goodavage talks to leading dog-cognition experts about why dogs like nothing more than to be on a mission with a handler they trust, no matter how deadly the IEDs they are sniffing, nor how far they must parachute or rappel from aircraft into enemy territory.

“Military working dogs live for love and praise from their handlers,” says Ron Aiello, president of the United States War Dogs Association and a former marine scout dog handler. “The work is all a big game, and then they get that pet, that praise. They would do anything for their handler.” This is an unprecedented window into the world of these adventurous, loving warriors. 

My thoughts

Such a good book about these hero dogs and their handlers. I’ve always been fascinated by them since I read books about dogs used in Vietnam by the military when I was a young adult. And it always broke my heart that the dogs used in Vietnam weren’t brought back home to the U.S. Most were euthanized. Today most dogs come back to the U.S. after their tours of duty overseas. I am disappointed, however, that the government still considers dogs as equipment. That affects so many things when it comes to the dogs. For example, dogs can’t officially receive any commendations for their work.

Deployments

I like the author talks about these dogs in a matter-of-fact way giving scientific information about dogs and specifically military dogs. However, she also talks about the things which make these dogs so special to their handlers and their units. Dogs deployed with units help the morale of the unit. Many dogs seem to know when a person needs extra attention and they spread their affection around.

Handlers and their dogs form a very special bond especially when they deploy together. In fact, many handlers prefer to be deployed even though it’s dangerous, because they get to spend more time with their dogs. Many dogs sleep with their handlers which isn’t allowed when dog and handler are in the States. The dog has to stay in a kennel and dogs might be assigned a different handler when they come back to the States. This is hard for both the dog and handler.

Well-researched book

The author obviously did lots of research for this book–telling about the history of military dogs, for example. She visited many military facilities to find out about the dogs, their training and their stories. She met many handlers, kennel managers, dog and handler instructors and many others during her time working on the book. She creates a fascinating picture of these dogs.

I won’t lie–Ms. Goodavage tells us some heartbreaking stories about both dogs, handlers, other soldiers, but she also tells stories about the heroism of these dogs, their handlers and other soldiers. And she tells about the dogs who retire and are adopted by civilians or often by their handler.

Should the military use dogs?

Some people may feel dogs shouldn’t be used for such dangerous work as IED detection, but dogs save many lives including sometimes lives of the people living where they’re deployed. The author also talks about the training the dogs get and that these are high energy dogs who love to work. They’re proud of their work and their reward which is almost always a Kong toy. When they do their job their greatest joy is to play with their Kong and receive the praise of their handler.

A good narrator

I listened to the audio version of the book and liked the narrator–Nicole Vilencia–a lot. She sounds like she could have written the book herself–that she knew all this information and was telling me about it. I recommend this book if you’re interested in dogs especially working, military dogs.

My Rating: B+

Narrator Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Reading Challenges

  • 52 books in 52 weeks hosted by the mommymannegren.com blog — Military Related: Fiction or Nonfiction
  • The Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog
  • They Call It Puppy Love Challenge hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm (February challenge)

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, she gamely takes up the challenge of running the kennel. And as Rachel starts finding new homes for the abandoned strays, it turns out that it might not just be the dogs that need rescuing.

Opening sentences:

When February started, Rachel Fielding had a middling-to-glamorous career doing PR for Internet companies, a boyfriend who regularly bought her flowers and dressed better than she did, a cleaner, and a skin-age three years younger than her actual age, which was thirty-nine.

By the second week, however, she had, in one simple maneuver, managed to lose the love of her life, her Chiswick flat and her job.

My thoughts

This is an author whom Barb @ Booker T’s Farm recommended. I grabbed this book when it was on sale and I’m so glad I did. I love it–the rescue dogs, the setting in England and interesting, fun characters (including dogs). I wanted to meet these people and dogs and have them for friends!  The book has Rachel’s POV, but also several other people’s POVs. I enjoyed learning more about these characters and how they interact with Rachel’s world and the dogs’ worlds.

They Call It Puppy Love Challenge

I’m participating in “They Call It Puppy Love” Challenge during February. The challenge is hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm. I was so happy to sign up for this challenge since I’m enjoying reading books about dogs. I’ve saved some books for this challenge so you’ll see me reading lots of dog books this month!

Rachel

Rachel lost her boyfriend, apartment and job all at the same time and is distraught–especially about her ex-boyfriend of ten years. At about the same time she learns she’s the executor of her Aunt Dot’s estate and that she has inherited her aunt’s house, land, border collie and rescue kennel. That’s overwhelming for Rachel along with everything else. She’s never had a dog and knows nothing about dogs let alone a rescue kennel. Rachel’s from London and she’s not a “dog person!” However, Rachel tries to fulfill her obligations. She loved her aunt, but discovers she really didn’t know a lot about her after she moves into the house.

Rachel also finds out the kennel needs to take in some money and can’t survive with just rescue dogs. The vet–George–who is quite gruff and plainspoken tells her the kennels are also meant to have paying customers who board their dogs. Rachel slowly learns more about dogs and about rescue dogs. And about walking dogs and cleaning kennels and feeding dogs. Slowly some of the rescue dogs are given permanent homes. Rachel begins making friends including Natalie who is a marketing pro. Together Natalie and Rachel begin working on plans for the rescue dogs and to make the kennels profitable. I really like that we get  stories of other people in this book, too.

Gem

Gem is a wonderful dog. When I was younger I always wanted a collie especially after I read the Albert Payson Terhune books about his collies. (I read lots of dog books when I was a teenager!) I found a copy of Lad: A Dog–the first book in the series at a used bookstore a few months ago and plan to read it again one of these days. Anyway, Gem was Aunt Dot’s dog and is missing Dot, but he’s a typical intelligent herding dog who helps during dog walks by herding the rescue dogs who don’t know about walking on a leash. He also provides solace to Rachel when Rachel takes him for solitary walks and indulges in her once a day crying. He is just what Rachel needs even if she doesn’t know it.

Romance

There are relationships at various stages of romance in this book. I like that the romances don’t take over the story. I like romances that are part of the daily life people live. I love that Rachel starts out a mess and grows and changes during this book.

Rescue dogs

We meet so many wonderful rescue dogs in this book. We learn about the heartbreak these dogs suffer if they’re abandoned by their owners. It’s especially bad when the dog is just abandoned on a street or out in the country. They sometimes doesn’t survive that. We get to know the quirks and characters of the rescue dogs and meet some of the people who adopt them.

Bottom line

A really good book especially if you like dogs!

My Rating: A-

Have you read any books by this author?

Awards

Romantic Novel of the Year (RoNa’s) Award (2010)

Reading Challenges

  • The Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog
  • They Call It Puppy Love Challenge hosted by Barb @ Booker T’s Farm (February challenge)

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 20,000 people aboard a spaceship bound for a new planet set to be colonized. The journey is over a century long but luckily, everyone is in stasis, so they’ll be safe and sound asleep during the trip. Everyone that is, except for Zero, whose pod has malfunctioned, waking him up a hundred years early. His initial excitement in roaming the ship alone quickly turns to a heart-stopping interstellar adventure when a family of space pirates show up, trying to hijack the ship and take the colonizers hostage. With everyone he knows fast asleep, it’s up to Zero to think fast and find a way to stop them–all on his own.

My thoughts

This is a fun adventure story. I think it’s more middle grade book than young adult (which is how some people on Goodreads describe it). It’s important to remember this is a middle grade book so some suspension of disbelief is needed. I didn’t have a problem because the story is so much fun. Zero is such a courageous, adventurous character.

Spaceship to new planet

Zero is 12-years-old and travelling with his family to a new planet. Everyone will be in stasis during the voyage since the trip will take about 100 years. Zero is super adventurous so before he and his family are scheduled to sleep he escapes his family and enjoys the zero gravity by flying through the spaceship exploring various parts of the ship. He meets the ship’s pilot who will guide the ship through the solar system the first few weeks of the trip so they avoid collisions with asteroids. And he even meets the ship’s AI. The AI will help the pilot guide the ship. After meeting them Zero realizes he needs to quickly head back to the part of the ship where his family is scheduled to sleep. When he gets back he discovers his two brothers are already asleep and his parents are beginning to worry about him. They enter their pods and soon sleep.

When Zero wakes up he’s excited to talk to his family and see the new planet. However, when he leaves his sleep pod neither his family nor anyone else near them is awake. He remembers the ship AI and talks to it. The ship AI tells him they’re only weeks into the trip and it thinks his pod must have malfunctioned somehow. They are approaching the Kuiper Belt at the edge of the Solar System. After that the ship goes into its hyper drive which a human can’t survive. At that time even the ship’s pilot goes into a sleep pod so he can survive and wake up to guide the ship to their new planet.

Zero quickly discovers the ship’s pilot is missing and there’s no one to pilot the ship through the asteroids of the Kuiper Belt. He also discovers the AI has some holes in its memory. The AI tells Zero he will have to help pilot the ship to avoid asteroids since the AI isn’t programmed to do that. Just after he helps the ship avoid an asteroid, Zero sees something else headed toward them. It turns out it’s a spaceship filled with space pirates! When Zero finds that out he realizes he has to save the ship and all the people on it. Zero is very innovative as he wages guerrilla warfare against the pirates! There’s excitement throughout the rest of the story. Several of the pirates are bad people, but I think this wouldn’t be a problem for most kids. Maybe because Zero is such an intrepid opponent.

Narration

I loved the full cast narration. Really fun to listen to.

Bottom line

I think this would be a great audio for a family to listen to on a road trip. I think my kids would have loved this when they were younger and I’d guess even kids as young as about 8-years-old as well as many adults will enjoy this. I’d love to listen to more Zero G stories about his adventures on their new planetary home.

My Rating: A-

Narrator Ratings: A-

Have you read any books by this author?

Reading Challenges

  • 52 books in 52 weeks hosted by the mommymannegren.com blog (a children’s book–I’m interpreting that as middle grade book)
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog

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 mutilated body found perched above the raging waters of Mercy Falls. The victim is Eddie Jacoby, a Chicago businessman negotiating an unpopular contract between his management firm and the local Indian casino. Sparks fly when the wealthy Jacoby family hires a beautiful private investigator to consult on the case. But once Cork discovers an old and passionate tie between one of the Jacoby sons and his own wife, Jo, he begins to suspect that dark, personal motives lurk behind recent events. Murder, greed, sex, and jealousy hide around every corner in this maze of danger. But somewhere beneath the turbulent Mercy Falls lies the truth — and Cork is determined to find it….

My thoughts

This book was like riding a roller coaster…just when I thought the mystery was solved and it was winding up something more happens and I’m chugging back up a hill again and then racing down the other side. This happened to me several times and I’m still not sure the mystery is completely solved!

Once again sheriff

Cork is the sheriff of Tamarack County again and he has changed some of the department policies. As the book opens one of his deputies is questioning why the sheriff has changed the policy that he ride along on most calls to the reservation. A few minutes later they come under sniper fire and are fighting for their lives. And so begins a book full of twists and turns. I’m not going to say too much more about the book except that this is a great series and I think Mercy Falls is my favorite so far! There’s a lot of suspense as the story rolls along and Cork and the other law enforcement officers try to figure out why everything happens. Is everything connected, and, if so, how’s it connected?

A good listen

I listened to the audiobook and even though it’s over 11 hours long I listened to almost all of it in a day! The narrator is David Chandler and I think he does a good job. I’ve listened to several of the books in this series that he narrates and he makes the characters come alive in my imagination.

Bottom line

I have taken my time reading these books over the last couple of years, because I like them so much. It’s hard when I run out of books in a series even if it just means waiting for a year or so for the next one. However, as soon as I ended this book I had to go and get the next in the series since Mercy Falls ends on a bit of a cliffhanger!

My Rating: A-

Narrator Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Awards

  • Barry Award Nominee for Best Novel (2006)
  • Anthony Award for Best Novel (2006)

Reading Challenges

  • 52 books in 52 weeks hosted by the mommymannegren.com blog — An audiobook
  • The Backlist Reader Challenge hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard
  • Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge hosted by Stormi @ Books, Movies, Reviews! Oh My! & Barb @ Book T’s Farm
  • Library Love Challenge hosted by the Angel’s Guilty Pleasures blog
  • Review Writing Challenge hosted by Shari @ Delighted Reader blog

Reading Challenges–2019

I’ve signed up for a number of reading challenges this year:

I have written sign-up posts for all the reading challenges except 52 Books in 52 Weeks, Des Moines Public Library Reading Challenge and Goodreads Reading Challenge. They didn’t require sign-up posts.

52 Books in 52 Weeks (hosted by Liz @ Mommy Mannegren)

This reading challenge has 52 categories and participants choose books to read that fit each category. It should be lots of fun since there are some great categories!

Des Moines Public Library Reading Challenge

This challenge is hosted by my local library and I’m very excited to participate! There are 12 topics and the idea is to read a book which fits the topic each month. They can be read in any order.

Goodreads Reading Challenge

I have challenged myself to read 95 books this year.

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I’m working on pages for each challenge for my blog. I will keep track of each book I read that matches one of my challenges and when I review a book I will add a link to the review on my blog.