To Helvetica and Back Review

To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery, #1)

Title: To Helvetica and Back

Author: Paige Shelton

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 304 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

The New York Times bestselling author of the Farmers’ Market Mysteries and the Country Cooking School Mysteries introduces readers to Star City, Utah, and a little shop called the Rescued Word…

Star City is known for its slopes and its powder. But nestled in the valley of this ski resort town is a side street full of shops that specialize in the simple charms of earlier eras. One of those shops is the Rescued Word, where Chester Henry and his adult granddaughter Clare lovingly repair old typewriters and restore old books. Who ever thought their quaint store would hold the key to some modern-day trouble?

When a stranger to town demands they turn over an antique Underwood typewriter they’re repairing for a customer, Clare fears she may need to be rescued. A call to the police scares the man off, but later Clare finds his dead body in the back alley. What about a dusty old typewriter could possibly be worth killing for?”


my review

This was another book that Berkley sent me when they asked me a few questions about why I like cozy mysteries.

It was my first book by Paige Shelton and it was pretty good.

Again all the right things for a cozy mystery. The characters were pretty likeable which I always like in a book. It was also book related which is always a bonus.

My only issue with it is I really know nothing about typewriters. Since I don’t have that type of passion, all the talk about different typewriters and all that was a little lost for me. Took away from the book.

The mystery was pretty good though and I was really happy that I was able to figure out the killer myself! I’m getting better at that.

Overall not a bad book and I am looking up more books by the author.

 

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Stealing Snow Review

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)

Title: Stealing Snow

Author: Danielle Paige

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Bloombury

Pages: 375 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

First kisses sometimes wake slumbering princesses, undo spells, and spark happily ever afters.

Mine broke Bale.

Seventeen-year-old Snow has spent her life locked in Whittaker Psychiatric—but she isn’t crazy. And that’s not the worst of it. Her very first kiss proves anything but innocent…when Bale, her only love, turns violent.

Despite Snow knowing that Bale would never truly hurt her, he is taken away—dashing her last hope for any sort of future in the mental ward she calls home. With nowhere else to turn, Snow finds herself drawn to a strange new orderly who whispers secrets in the night about a mysterious past and a kingdom that’s hers for the taking—if only she can find her way past the iron gates to the Tree that has been haunting her dreams.

Beyond the Tree lies Algid, a land far away from the real world, frozen by a ruthless king. And there too await the River Witch, a village boy named Kai, the charming thief Jagger, and a prophecy that Snow will save them all.”


my review

I had mixed feelings about this book. Being someone who absolutely loves mental health any book that even mentions the word psychiatric or anything mental health related, I’m reading it.

That’s good and bad. It’s good because I’m automatically going to like it more than other books, if done right. But when books misprotray mental health, or make it fit the stigma surrounding mental health, it’s bad. Very bad. Mind you I understand that all the books I read are fiction. They are completely made up. So because of that I don’t get very serious about it, just annoyed.

This book had so much potential to be absolutely amazing. But it fell short. I really didn’t like how they book protrayed the workers in the Pyshciatric Hospital. I get that it’s fiction, and in reality some kids/youth do view the workers the way Snow viewed the workers at her hospital. But they made the workers sound like monsters. I didnt’ like it.

Then it really didn’t focus on the mental health at all. In fact throughout the entire book all I could think of was The Chronicles of Narnia. I am not a fan of Chronicles of Narnia. I could point out so many similarites. It also reminded me of Alice in Wonderland and Harry Potter all in one book.

I’ve said it before, when a book reminds me of such classic tales, but is not original enough, I’m not too fond.

But the story was good enough that I kept reading the book and overall thought it was good. It’s just those things took away from it.

High Heels Mystery #5 – 9 Review

Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels, #5)

Title: Mayhem in High Heels

Author: Gemma Halliday

Release Date: December 1, 2008

Publisher: Gemma Halliday

Pages: 242 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

Again like I did with the Hannah Swensen Mysteries. There are simply too many here for me review individually so I’ll just post a picture. You can click the picture and it will bring you over to goodreads.

Mayhem in High Heels (High Heels, #5)  Fearless in High Heels (High Heels, #6)  Danger in High Heels (High Heels, #7)  Deadly in High Heels (High Heels, #9)


my review

This series. If you read one cozy mystery series, read this!

This series is absolutely hilarious. I don’t mean the kind of funny you think of in books where you’re like hmm that was amusing. I mean this one will literally make you laugh out loud and get looks because you’re laughing at your book.

It’s a mix of cozy mystery, crime, chick lit, romance and good fiction. The plot is always good. The characters are what makes this book though. Maddie is absolutely hilarious. She’s so relatable. She’s so well written. Her friends are well written.

EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS SERIES IS AMAZING! Yes I had to use all caps. It’s that good.

 

Hannah Swensen Mystery #4-9

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)

Title: Lemon Meringue Pie Murder

Author: Joanne Fluke

Release Date: February 1, 2004

Publisher: Kensington

Pages: 352 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating3star


goodreadssynopsis

Ok so I have read quite a few of these and instead of reviewing them all separately I’m going to just group it all together under this one. The more I keep up with the blog the easier it will be for me to review every single one. But for now I’ll show the covers of all of them. If you click on them it should send you to a link with the goodreads synopsis.

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)  Fudge Cupcake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #5)  Sugar Cookie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #6)  Peach Cobbler Murder (Hannah Swensen, #7)  Cherry Cheesecake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #8)  Key Lime Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #9)


my review

I honestly have a love hate relationship with these books.

I can’t stop reading them, I love them. But sometimes some of the stuff is so annoying! Let me explain.

I love the covers. They are adorable. I love the titles because they are all baking and food related what’s not to love?

The mysteries are always really good! The plots are always amusing and make you want to read. The characters are so amazing that it feels like you’re watching a tv show. They are all around pleasant reads. Definitely good enough that I keep reading them. I will say out of the ones mentioned above Key Lime Pie Murder was my least favourite and Peach Cobbler Murder was my favourite!

Now onto the two things that annoy me about this series. The boys. How on earth is she dating two guys at once?! Hannah is not only dating the two guys, but they both know about each other! Their dating is so unrealistic and old school that it honestly makes me laugh so hard. Yet at the same time …. I need to know which one!

The other thing that annoys me is Hannah’s age but how she acts. She’s supposed to be 30 but wow sometimes I just shake my head. No cell phone, no computer, no kissing boys … what?!?! but I guess that is accurate with a cozy mystery, they are meant to be really reserved. But realistically I’m sure we all want to see Hannah just go a bit crazy with the boys!

Passenger Review

Passenger (Passenger, #1)

Title: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5, 2016

Publisher: Disney – Hyperion

Pages: 486 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating4star


goodreadssynopsis

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.”


my review

Let’s be realistic. The only reason I wanted this book was because of that cover. It’s absolutely gorgeous. I had also been seeing it everywehre on IG.

I’m glad that I got it and read it. It turned out to be amazing.

I have always been interested in really olden day type books. So the fact that this was time travel absolutely thrilled me. I love that it jumped from modern day to all different type of dates. The jumps were always done really well and you could feel yourself transported each time. The way each period was described was absolutely perfect.

I loved the characters. They were all so well developed. You always knew who was talking or thinking because they all have very distinct styles I loved that it was through different perspectives and that certain characters had secrets.

I also loooveed the romance between Etta and Nicholas. How hot is Nicholas?

The plot was really good too. It was never confusing with all the different time travel. Everything weaved in wonderfully. The ending had a great shocker!

What more is there to ask for? A gorgeous cover, amazing setting, plot and characters mixed with a great love story!

Ripped From The Pages Review

Ripped From the Pages (A Bibliophile Mystery, #9)

Title: Ripped From the Pages

Author: Kate Carlisle

Release Date: June 2, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 294 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating3star


goodreadssynopsis

When book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright temporarily relocates to her parents’ place in Northern California, she finds that wooden barrels aren’t the only things buried in the wine caves of Sonoma….

Excited to explore the secrets of wine country, Brooklyn attends an excavation of the caves hidden deep under her parents’ commune—and the findings are explosive. A room is unearthed, and it contains a treasure trove of artwork, rare books, a chest of jewelry…and a perfectly mummified body.

A closer examination of the murdered man’s possessions reveals a valuable first edition of Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hidden in the book is a secret map that unveils an even greater hoard of treasures brought to California by French winemakers fleeing the Nazi invasion with the commune leader’s grandfather, Anton, among them.

As reporters and art appraisers flock to Sonoma to see the precious bounty, questions begin to rise—did Anton hide these items to protect them, or did he steal them for himself? Who is the mysterious man left for dead inside the cave? But not all crime is buried in the past. When a new presence threatens the town’s peace, Brooklyn decides to do a little excavating of her own and solve the mystery of the treasure before anyone else is written off.…  ”


my review Last summer when I recieved a bunch of books from Berkley, this was one of them.

I loved the idea of this book. I mean look at that cover, how bookish does it look? amazing!

Then the idea of a character who loves books as well. What’s not to love?

The characters. Again maybe it’s because I read the 9th book in the series instead of the very beginning but I could not get into the characters at all. I didn’t understand their relationships with one another. I didn’t understand why their dialogue was so blah. But to be fair, I’m sure if I read from the beginning I would have loved it.

It was still a decent read because it had the elements of a cozy mystery that I do like. The small town feel. They go exploring in caves which I thought was pretty cool. It did remind me a lot of sims. I don’t know if any of you have played sims before, but the one where you can go exploring the catacombs and what not. All I could think about was the characters in the caves as sim characters.

The plot was good too. The mystery was something I have not read in a cozy mystery before. It was more ancient and trying to figure out a really old unsolved mystery.

The plot and setting make up for the lack of character depth.

April 2017 Review

I know I know I’m late again. But work has slowed down for the next few months for me so I should be able to upkeep this way better. Once I’m done this post I’m going to try to catch up on a bunch of reviews and then all should be well! Does anyone else struggle to upkeep their blog?


I Read these in April:

Caraval (Caraval, #1)  Re-Vamped! (My Sister the Vampire, #3)  Tell Me Three Things  Tales from a Not-So-Fabulous Life (Dork Diaries, #1)  The Enchantress Returns (The Land of Stories, #2)  Tempest in a Teapot (Teapot Collector Mystery, #1)  Chance of a Ghost (Haunted Guesthouse Mystery, #4)  Infinityglass (Hourglass, #3)  Yarn to Go (Yarn Retreat Mystery, #1)


Currently Reading:

Blue is for Nightmares (Blue is for Nightmares, #1)  Gone With the Witch (A Wishcraft Mystery, #6)


Favourite Book This Month:

Tell Me Three Things