June 2017 Wrap Up

On time yay!


Books I read this month:

A Potion to Die For (A Magic Potion Mystery, #1)  Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)  Wedding Cake Killer (A Fresh-Baked Mystery, #7)  P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)  Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery #3)  The Harvard Medical School Guide to a Good Night's Sleep  All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)  The Fatal Funnel Cake (A Fresh-Baked Mystery, #8)  Here Today, Gone Tamale (A Taste of Texas Mystery #1)  A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)


Favourite book this month:

P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)  A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)


Books I bought this month (ok and in May):

A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses, #2)  Ashes to Ashes (Burn for Burn, #3)  The Love That Split the World  Dreamology  The Museum of Intangible Things  The Rome Affair  Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)  These Shallow Graves

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!

Stalking Jack the Ripper Review

Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)

Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: Jimmy Patterson

Pages: 326 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


goodreadssynopsis

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.”


my review

I have such mixed feelings about this book. I originally gave it three stars when I just finished reading it. But then when I thought back on it, I decided to give it four stars.

When I first started reading it I was so disappointed. I thought I was going to DNF it which was really upsetting me because I don’t generally buy hardcover books unless I absolutely can’t wait for softcover. This was one of those cases where I absolutely needed to read this book ASAP. A lot of it had to do with the fact that the cover is gorgeous and it was old England which is one of my weaknesses. I however made a big big mistake. I honestly didn’t know who Jack the Ripper was. I think if you don’t know anything about him, you’ll be in for a bit of a surprise! Not such a great surprise! I don’t do gore, but let me tell you, Jack the Ripper is all about gore. Nasty nasty gore. There were parts of this book that I absolutely struggled to get through. It was making my stomach turn, but I had to keep reading.

Once I got past the gore parts which was the beginning half of the book, the book was absolutely amazing. I think what makes this book the best is that ending!! WOW!

So if you can handle the gore of books, I would say read this, it’s such a good book!

2016 Wrap Up

So this is a bit late, but I figure better late than never!

I don’t really know how to wrap up my reading in 2016. I definitely didn’t read as many books as I had wanted to. With work and just a bunch of other things going on I didn’t get a lot of reading done compared to oher years.

I read 65 books and a total of 23 114 pages.

I’ll just post what my best books of 2016 were, so the books I gave 5 stars to. I don’t often give books 5 stars.

Dangerous Girls  Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)  Tiny Pretty Things (Tiny Pretty Things, #1)  Yoga Girl    The Crown (The Selection, #5)  Love & Gelato  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

December 2016 Wrap Up

Sooooo I had high hopes for my December reading … but life is always so busy! I got a decent amount of reading done. The books I read this month were longer than most other books so there’s that.  But still not as much blogging as I would have liked. Maybe I should make a resolution and try to upkeep better! any tips? The books I did read were fantastic though!!

So lets see what December brought for me!


I read these in December:

The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)  Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers,#1)

Christmas Under the Stars  Zodiac (Zodiac, #1)


Currently Reading:

I’m going into the new year with no book started! Fresh book choosing happens tomorrow 🙂


Favorite Book this Month:

Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4)


Books I bought this Month (or got as a gift since it was Christmas):

Snow Like Ashes (Snow Like Ashes, #1)  Stalking Jack the Ripper (Stalking Jack the Ripper, #1)  Three Dark Crowns  Sleigh Bells in the Snow (O'Neil Brothers,#1)

Berry the Hatchet Review

Berry the Hatchet (Cranberry Cove #2)Title: Berry the Hatchet

Author: Peg Cochran

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 293 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


goodreadssynopsis

“Cranberry farm owner Monica Albertson is once again bogged down in murder in the second Cranberry Cove mystery from national bestselling author Peg Cochran.

The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk—an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year.

But it’s the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica’s mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it’s discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it’s up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice.”


my reviewI received this book from Berkley Publishing as a thank you after they reached out to me about finding out why I liked cozy mysteries so much.

As someone who loves the winter this book was an absolute delight.

This book had all the good qualities of a great cozy mystery. It had the cutest little town, as many cozy mysteries do. Think of Gilmore Girls and Stars Hallow, this book totally had that feel. It had the main character who obviously loved to bake, and just everything about it was great.

I loved the little bit of drama between Monica’s mother and stepmother. At first it felt a bit like Cinderella just with the whole step mother thing happening. So that added to the appeal to me.

If you’re looking for a good cozy mystery with a nice winter and Christmas vibe, I would totally recommend this book.

Update

Hey everyone I just wanted to give an update. I am definitely reading again, and keeping up with my bookstagram which is super exciting for me!

But now I want to take my blog further. So if you have any tags you’d like to tag me in, I’d love to do it while I’m figuring out things to blog about. Send those tags my way!

As for reviews I am not sure I can successfully post reviews on books I’ve read months ago. So I’m going to start with reviews of the most recent books I have read. If I feel I can give a short and sweet review on books I’ve read a while ago I will go ahead and do that.

November TBR

I am starting to blog more and really dive back into all things book related. While I try to figure out the direction I’d like to go with this blog, I’m coming up with random posts. Feel free to tag me in Tag Posts and I’ll participate when I have the chance.

It’s almost winter and while we don’t seem to get snow like we used to, there is something about winter that just makes me so happy. With that happiness comes a lot of reading! So I’ve for the first time in forever actually created a TBR list. I thought I’d share it. With work and life who knows if I will get to all of these books, but at least it’s there and motivation for me to read them all! Have you read any of these? Any comments? Which are must reads?


Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)  Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1)  Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3)  Passenger (Passenger, #1)  The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy, #1)  Signs Point to Yes  A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird, #1)  A Premonition of Murder (Dream Club Mystery #3)  Seeds of Deception (Orchard #10)

 

October 2016 Wrap Up

Hi everyone!!! I am so sorry for my absence I have had so much going on but I am back!!! So here is my October Wrap Up. I honestly havent been reading much because work has started up for me again and I’ve been super busy, I didn’t read a single book in September!

I also havent had a chance to blog about this so I will within this post 🙂 I was contacted by the amazing Berkley Publishing company over the summer 🙂 They wanted my input on some cozy mysteries and in exchange they sent me some amazing books for review and pictures up on my IG. If you guys aren’t following me on my IG you totally should!

So at the end of this post you can also see all the wonderful books that were sent to me. I am definitely looking forward to reading them all.


I read these this month:

Love & Gelato  The PMS Murder (A Jaine Austen Mystery #5)  Playing With Fire (Saranormal, #9)  The Last Star (The 5th Wave, #3)  Berry the Hatchet (Cranberry Cove #2)  Heist Society (Heist Society, #1)


Currently Reading:

The Siren


Favourite Read This Month:

Love & Gelato


Books I Bought This Month:

Stealing Snow (Stealing Snow, #1)   Seeds of Deception (Orchard #10)  All Fall Down (Embassy Row, #1)   Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)


Books Berkley Sent Me:

Berry the Hatchet (Cranberry Cove #2)  Éclair and Present Danger (Emergency Dessert Squad Mystery #1)  Moss Hysteria (A Flower Shop Mystery #18)  A Likely Story (Library Lover's Mystery, #6)  Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery, #14)  A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)  Here Today, Gone Tamale (A Taste of Texas Mystery #1)  Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #8)  Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club, #6)  To Helvetica and Back (A Dangerous Type Mystery #1)  Hearse and Gardens (Hamptons Home & Garden Mysteries #2)  Death al Dente (Food Lovers' Village Mystery, #1)  Newlywed Dead (Perfect Proposals Mystery #3)  Murder, Plainly Read (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #4)  Ripped From the Pages (A Bibliophile Mystery, #9)  A Premonition of Murder (Dream Club Mystery #3)