Hello all! It’s the end of the month which naturally means we are all scrambling to show off what we have read, and share/spread the joy of the amazing books we’ve devoured this month! I am going to do something a little bit different this month, I’m going to post the books I read with links to reviews if I wrote them, the books I bought this month, as well as what I plan on MAYBE reading in September!
Title: Candy Corn Murder
Author: Leslie Meier
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“Halloween is coming to Tinker’s Cove, Maine, and local reporter Lucy Stone is covering the town’s annual Giant Pumpkin Fest for the Pennysaver. There’s the pumpkin-boat regatta, the children’s Halloween party, the pumpkin weigh-in…even a contest where home-built catapults hurl pumpkins at an old Dodge! But not everything goes quite as planned…Lucy’s getting very annoyed that her husband Bill and his friend Evan have been working seemingly nonstop on their potentially prize-winning pumpkin catapult. But when the day of the big contest arrives, Evan is nowhere to be found…until a catapulted pumpkin busts open the trunk of the Dodge. Amid the pumpkin gore is a very deceased Evan, bashed in the head and placed in the trunk by someone long before the contest started.
Bill is on the hook for the Halloween homicide—he was the last one to see Evan—so Lucy knows she’s got some serious sleuthing to do. The crime’s trail seems to always circle back to Country Cousins, the town’s once-quaint general store that’s now become a big Internet player. Though the store’s founder, Old Sam Miller, is long gone, his son Tom and grandson Trey now run the hugely successful company. But whispered rumors say things aren’t going well, and Lucy finds that this case may have something to do with an unsolved, decades-old Miller family mystery…
With each new lead pointing her in a different direction, Lucy sees that time is quickly running out. If she wants to spook the real killer, she’ll have to step into an old ghost story…”
I liked this book, it was so festive.
The first thing I kept thinking of during the first chapter was “pumpkin spice season is upon us!”. The book starts in early September (which is what it currently is … well almost), so I really liked that. They described how it feels like it’s the end of the summer, that pumpkins were starting to grow, the mania of Halloween festivals, finding costumes, decorating. All that fun stuff that make the start of Fall so exciting!
I love all the characters in this series (I often read Meier’s festive books).
The mystery was well thought out and great as well, which is essential to a good cozy mystery. My only thing that for me was a little hard, was that the mystery didn’t start until about halfway through the book.
I think that if it was someone’s first time reading the series, they would have a hard time because they won’t know about all the characters, etc.
Other than that if you want a super Halloween/Fall festive fun mystery, this is for you!
I was tagged by the amazing Calliope over at Calliope the Book Goddess to do a reading habits tag 🙂 (I’m slowly getting to all the tags <3) Which of our habits are the same? Different?
Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
I like reading all over the place. I am the pure image of those comics all over the internet about different reading positions. I like to read in bed, on the couch, in the backyard catching some sun, at the kitchen table, at my desk in my room. You name it, I read in it.
Bookmark or random piece of paper?
I like bookmarks. I went through a bit of a bookmark spree a while ago and made a bunch of crocheted bookmarks that have bows on them! Super cute. The only time I use a random piece of paper is if it’s a library book. I never know what people do with library books so I don’t want my bookmarks getting dirty.
Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop at the end of a chapter/a certain amount of pages?
I usually like stopping at a certain place, or the end of a chapter. Even a page break ro start of a new paragraph. Unfortunately though life isn’t always like that so I’m ok when I have to stop in the midddle of anywhere.
Do you eat or drink while reading?
I don’t like to eat while I read. Actually if it’s a fruit I’m good munching on some good fruit and reading. I also love to have a huge cup of tea while I read.
Multitasking: music or TV while reading?
Nope I like pure silence. I mean I don’t mind the background noise but I can’t multitask like that anymore.
One book at a time or several at once?
It’s always been one book at a time except for lately (mostly this month) I’ve been reading more than one book at a time. For larger books such as the Game of Thrones series it’s hard to read just that.
Reading at home or everywhere?
I can read anywhere. I generally read at home. I’m good with reading at work during breaks as well.
Reading out loud or silently in your head?
Silently. I hate reading out loud.
Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
Nope. Although sometimes if a book is really not getting my attention I will skim certain parts.
Breaking the spine or keeping it new?
Keeping it as new as possible. I hate cracking the spines 😦
Do you write in your books?
nooooo way!! lol
If you feel like doing this tag I tag you 🙂 I also tag
Nicole @ Awayinneverland
Christina @ Tiny Obsessions
Rae @ bookmarkchronicles
Title: Summer at Tiffany’s
Author: Karen Swan
Release Date: May 1, 2015
Pages: 466 pages
Genre: Chick Lit/Women’s Fiction
“Everyone knows Cassie and Henry are meant to be together. Even Cassie’s ex-husband Gil knows it. She’s got a smile on her face and a Tiffanys ring on her finger and all that’s needed is a date to get to the ‘I do’s.’ Only, Cassie’s Vintage Catering business is booked for every Ascot for the next five years, she won’t commit to a mortgage on a place together and she’s spending more time helping her friend Suzy plan other people’s weddings than her own. In fact, her girlfriends are beginning to wonder whether her year of independence, spent getting over the breakdown of her marriage, wasn’t just a little too successful.
Suzy and Henry’s wild and younger cousin, Gem, has no such hesitations. Love has gathered her into its embrace and she’s heading to the aisle at a sprint, determined to marry her new man in the Cornish church where her parents were wed. But Cassie notices fault-lines in the relationship no-one else appears to see and her friendly advice to think twice spectacularly backfires, leaving her own relationship hanging in the balance.
As Henry departs for a jade mine hunt in Africa, Cassie commits to a summer in Cornwall to try to make amends to Gem. She tells herself everyone has to be allowed to make their own mistakes, but when news comes that Henry’s disappeared, she realizes she’s made one of her own – and that a happy ending and Happy Ever After aren’t necessarily one and the same.”
This book definitely didn’t disappoint. This is my second Karen Swan book, however I think I might have to start adding more of her books to my list.
It was just such a good story. So much drama, but drama that is like real life. Nothing seems way out there, it is all so realistic. The characters are so likeable.
I found myself annoyed with Cassie many times throughout the book, I kinda wanted to just tell her YOU”RE BEING SO STUPID! But she finally came to her senses!
I felt like the ending was rushed a tiny bit though. It definitely left room for there to be a third one in this series. I found myself wanting to know more of what happened in the end. I can’t say what questions I have because then it would spoil the book.
So here is my second WWW Wednesday hosted by Sam (click link to check out her blog).
Currently Reading: I’m currently reading Summer at Tiffany’s by Karen Swan. After reading Christmas at Tiffany’s I was so excited when I saw that they made a sequel. Im a little sad that I don’t remember Christmas at Tiffany’s anymore but it’s slowly coming back to me as I read this one. I’ve been slacking with the reading lately (maybe a slump because I’ve read so many books this month)
Recently Finished: I feel like I’ve read a lot of books since last Wednesday. I read Shoes to Die For by Laura Levine, The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy, A Fatal Slip by Meg London and The Duff by Kody Keplinger.
What I’m Reading Next: This again always seems to change based on what library books come in etc. But here’s an idea of what I will be reading next. Which have you read? Any favorites I should be excited for?
Title: The Duff
Author: Kody Keplinger
Release Date: January 13, 2015 (this edition)
Pages: 320 pages
“Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper may not be the prettiest girl in her high school, but she has a loyal group of friends, a biting wit, and a spot-on BS detector. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. But things aren’t so great at home and Bianca, desperate for a distraction, ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.”
I went into it last night thinking ah I might as well give this one a try right now because it’s on my e reader and easier to read in bed than a novel that has like 400 pages.
So I started reading it and then I was like OMG I CAN”T STOP READING!
I devoured it half last night, woke up this morning and finished it in pretty much one sitting.
This book was high school drama to the max. Something I hate in real life, but seem to be a sucker for in books.
The story seemed familiar in the sense that most girls have gone through that stage in life. Where they go for the bad boy, knowing the bad boy is all wrong.
I even know some people who have used the bad boys to escape problems 😉
Ok I seem to not even be reviewing here but rather than rambling.
All in all this was a great book. I think a few times I got annoyed with how hypocritical the main character was, but it worked for her. Each character worked so well, and was written so amazingly that you could totally picture everything that was happening.
There were swoon worthy moments, moments that make you cringe, moments that give you hope, moments that disappoint you, moment’s you’re rooting for the main character, and moment’s you want to hit the main character for being so stupid.
In other words a fantastic read, go pick it up!
Title: A Fatal Slip
Author: Meg London
Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Berkley Prime Crime
Pages: 304 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
For Valentine’s Day, Emma Taylor and her aunt Arabella have organized a special evening for men only to shop for their sweethearts in the Sweet Nothings lingerie shop, complete with champagne and hors d’oeuvres. But when a former valentine shows up, Aunt Arabella is not her usual bubbly self.
Art dealer Hugh Granger is still a charmer, though. He invites the women to a ball he’s having to celebrate his birthday and his return to Paris, Tennessee. But when Granger is pushed from the balcony, it paints a sinister picture for Aunt Arabella, who gets framed… for her old flame’s murder. ”
I really have to stop doing that.
This was a pretty decent mystery. I couldn’t for the life of me figure out who the killer was. The characters are all likeable. It has the small town charm that I love in cozy mysteries.
However for some reason I just coulnd’t connect with this book. I think that’s why I gave it two stars instead of three.
It was a well written cozy mystery, but it just wasn’t for me.
I do think though that fans of cozy mysteries will enjoy this story if they are into fashion, art and Paris 🙂
Title: The Last of the Firedrakes
Author: Farah Oomerbhoy
Release Date: August 15, 2015
Publisher: Wise Inc
Pages: 488 pages
Genre: YA Fantasy
“16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way. Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever.”
This book was interesting.
I will start off with what I liked. All in all it was a good story. Great suspense. Very easy to follow which I like in a Fantasy novel where things can become confusing with all the different worlds.
The world that is created is fantastic and the story captivating.
I also loved some of the wisdom and quotes from this book. I’ll share my favorite one (page 74)
“When difficulties come, we must see them as what they are – opportunities and a new path to discover your potential. How will you ever know the magnitude of courage you are capable of if you’ve never experienced the hopelessness of fear?”
That’s such a good quote!
My only bit of criticism for this book is that there are some similarities to Harry Potter. For example she lives with her aunt, uncle and girl cousin, all of whom don’t like her. She doesn’t know her real parents. She was left in an alley. That’s pretty much it.
I would definitely recommend this book to others.
Title: Shoes To Die For
Author: Laura Levine
Release Date: 2005
Publisher: Kensington Books
Pages: 273 pages
Genre: Cozy Mystery
“If clothes make the man, then what do Jaine Austen’s elastic-waist pants and T-shirts make her? A fashion nightmare, according to her neighbor, Lance. She doesn’t expect Lance–who works in the designer shoe department at Nieman Marcus–to understand…which is how she ends up visiting his favorite boutique, Passions. While the couture is definitely not for Jaine, the staff’s gossip is. Tiny orange-haired clerk Becky starts complaining about her co-worker Giselle–a.k.a. “Frenchie”– a brittle blonde who, when she’s not making fun of customers behind their backs, adds extra-marital notches to her Chanel belt. Though Jaine doesn’t land a new look, she does land a new job when Passions’ owner gives her a chance to write their new magazine ads.
But when Jaine arrives the next morning to pitch her ideas, she finds Frenchie pitched over, stabbed in the neck by one of her own stilettos. Now all Jaine has to do is figure out who hated Frenchie the most, in a case of death by designer knock-off…”
While the book is hilarious and the characters amazing, the actual plot is really good. From reading the reviews of this book and the synopsis it’s easy to disregard this book as a good mystery. When you actually read it, it’s actually a fantastic mystery.
You have Jaine investigating murder and the messes she gets into are so ridiculous but in a good way, yet it doesn’t take away from the mystery. I was so convinced it had been this one character as the killer, and I had a secondary character that I suspected. I was so excited that the two people I thought were the killers, one actually was!
Ok back to how hilarious this book is. Jaine is that typical “chick lit” romantic comedy clumsy girl who the guy always ends up falling for. Even though she is single and there’s not even a prospect for love. The dialogue from her character at one point or another we can all relate to.
I would totally recommend this book to anyone who likes chick lit, romantic comedies, or a good mystery with other great components.
Now I leave you with one of my favorite quotes from this book (Page 17).
“How am I supposed to get into this?” I asked, waving it out the dressing room door.
“It’s spandex,” Lance said. “It stretches.”
Somehow I managed to squeeze myself into it. And for the first time in my life I knew what it felt like to be a sausage.