Scorched Eggs Review

Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club, #6)

Title: Scorched Eggs

Author: Laura Childs

Release Date: December 2, 2014

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 320 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In Laura Childs’s New York Times bestselling mystery series, Suzanne, Petra, and Toni—co-owners of the Cackleberry Club Café—are equally good at serving up breakfast and serving up justice. This time they turn up the heat on a deadly firebug…

As Suzanne is getting her hair colored at Root 66, she’s stunned to witness the County Services office next door suddenly go up in flames. Concerned neighbors throng the streets, and the fire department does their best. Unfortunately, their best isn’t enough to save longtime civil service worker—and friend to the Cackleberry Club—Hannah Venable.

Soon enough, it’s discovered that an accelerant was used to fan the flames. Someone set the fire on purpose—was Hannah the intended victim? Suzanne, Petra, and Toni vow to smoke out the culprit.

Unfortunately, the list of suspects is as varied as the Cackleberry Club’s menu. When Suzanne finds a possible connection between the fire and the nearby Prairie Star Casino, she comes to realize that the arsonist wanted something very big and bad kept secret. And if the ladies aren’t careful, they may be the ones gambling with their lives…”

my review

Another book from Berkley Publishing that I didn’t get around to until this summer.

I was a little hesitant to read this one because I had read the first Tea Mystery book by Laura Childs and it just didn’t do it for me. There wasn’t anything bad about the book I just didn’t find myself wanting to continue the series.

This series is way different. I liked it enough to want to continue with the series.

What made this book so enjoyable was the characters. They are all so well thought out and have so much personality that it makes the story enjoyable to read.


Murder, Plainly Read Review


Title: Murder, Plainly Read

Author: Isabella Alan

Release Date: October 6, 2015

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Cozy Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In the latest from the author of”Murder, Served Simply, a”n Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock s got this mystery covered With so much to do between running her shop and spending time with her new boyfriend, it s amazing Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library’s annual book sale. Luckily she s working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina. And she certainly might be ruined after Belier is found dead in her bookmobile. Now Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver if she hopes to prove Austina s innocence before the real killer books it INCLUDES QUILTING TIPS”

my review

Another book that I recieved from Berkley Publishing last summer and finally got around to.

I was actually pleasently surprised by this one. I didn’t think I would like it because I have no interest in Quilting. But the writing and setting were so good that I found myself enjoying it quite a bit.

I love how distinct the Amish world and the “every day” world were written. You could always tell which part the main characters were in. The talking styles and everything about the characters aligned with the setting.

The actual mystery was really good as well and well thought out.

Also there was a library in it, how could you not enjoy it? great book!

A Useful Woman Review

A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)

Title: A Useful Woman

Author: Darcie Wilde

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Publisher: Berkley

Pages: 357 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


Inspired by the novels of Jane Austen, this new mystery series set in 19th-century London introduces the charming and resourceful Rosalind Thorne, a woman privy to the secrets of high society—including who among the ton is capable of murder…

The daughter of a baronet and minor heiress, Rosalind Thorne was nearly ruined after her father abandoned the family. To survive in the only world she knew, she began to manage the affairs of some of London society’s most influential women, who have come to rely on her wit and discretion.

So, when artistocratic wastrel Jasper Aimesworth is found dead in London’s most exclusive ballroom, Almack’s, Rosalind must use her skills and connections to uncover the killer from a list of suspects that includes Almack’s powerful patronesses and her former suitor Devon Winterbourne, now Lord Casselmaine.

Torn between her old love and a growing attraction to a compelling Bow Street runner, Rosalind must not only unravel the mysteries surrounding Jasper’s death, but the mysteries of her own heart as well…”

my review

I recieved this book from Berkley Publishing last summer and finally got around to it since I’m on a mission to finish all my books I have bought at home.

This was a pretty good book. Rosalind reminded me of Georgie from the Royal Spyness books which is never a bad thing. I love when characters have so much personality and are hilarious.

The overall mystery was well thought out and written as well. A great book!

The Conspiracy of Us Review


Title: The Conspiracy of Us

Author: Maggie Hall

Release Date: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Putnam Juvenille

Pages: 330 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


A fast-paced international escapade, laced with adrenaline, glamour, and romance–perfect for fans of Ally Carter

Avery West’s newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead.

To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle—beautiful, volatile Stellan and mysterious, magnetic Jack. But as the clues expose a stunning conspiracy that might plunge the world into World War 3, she discovers that both boys are hiding secrets of their own. Now she will have to choose not only between freedom and family–but between the boy who might help her save the world, and the one she’s falling in love with.”

my review

I’m a sucker for a book with a dress on a cover. So lets just go ahead and assume any book that has a dress on the cover …. was a cover buy!

I actually ended up really enjoying this book. I love the whole YA which guy is she going to go for kind of thing.

Also it’s just a really cool spy book!

The characters are well written, its a fast paced book with lots of twists and turns but it makes you feel for the characters. Excellent read

A Curious Beginning Review

A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)

Title: A Curious Beginning

Author: Deanna Raybourn

Release Date: July 12, 2016

Publisher: Berkley Books

Pages: 368 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


In her thrilling new series, Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian England…and introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell. 

London, 1887. After burying her spinster aunt, orphaned Veronica Speedwell is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiry—and the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as with fending off admirers, Veronica intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.

But fate has other plans when Veronica thwarts her own attempted abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron, who offers her sanctuary in the care of his friend Stoker, a reclusive and bad-tempered natural historian. But before the baron can reveal what he knows of the plot against her, he is found murdered—leaving Veronica and Stoker on the run from an elusive assailant as wary partners in search of the villainous truth.”

my review

This was another book sent to me by Berkley Publishing. I love the cover on this. Absolutely gorgeous.

The story is really good but I think what makes this book is the characters. They are amazing! Veronica is hilarious and once again another strong leading female. Her interactions with others are just priceless. You will laugh out loud.

When she meets Stoker the book just explodes with greatness! <— that sounds cheesy but seriously so good! Their banter and interactions with each other is basicaly what is making me need to read the rest of this series ASAP.

A great historical mystery book!


Murder on Astory Place Review

Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)

Title: Murder on Astor Place

Author: Victoria Thompson

Release Date: September 1, 2009

Publisher:  Berkley Publishing

Pages: 278 pages

Genre: Mystery

My Rating: 3star


The first Gaslight mystery, newly repackaged.

After a routine delivery, midwife Sarah Brandt visits her patient in a rooming house and discovers that another boarder, a young girl, has been killed. At the request of Sergeant Frank Malloy, she searches the girl’s room, and discovers that the victim is from one of the most prominent families in New York and the sister of an old friend. The powerful family, fearful of scandal, refuses to permit an investigation. But with Malloy’s help, Sarah begins a dangerous quest to bring the killer to justice, before death claims another victim.”

my review

I recieved this book from Berkley Pub! I am a fan of mystery, cozy mystery and historical books! This book was good. Its a great historical mystery. The main character is a very strong female lead. The whole book has a creepy vibe to it which is just great, matches the cover. I would definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy historical mysteries.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World Review

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Title: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Author: Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Marvel Press

Pages: 324 pages

Genre: Comic/YA/Tween

My Rating: 4star


WHO RUNS THE WORLD? SQUIRRELS! Fourteen-year-old Doreen Green moved from sunny California to the suburbs of New Jersey. She must start at a new school, make new friends, and continue to hide her tail. Yep, Doreen has the powers of . . . a squirrel! After failing at several attempts to find her new BFF, Doreen feels lonely and trapped, liked a caged animal. Then one day Doreen uses her extraordinary powers to stop a group of troublemakers from causing mischief in the neighborhood, and her whole life changes. Everyone at school is talking about it! Doreen contemplates becoming a full-fledged Super Hero. And thus, Squirrel Girl is born! She saves cats from trees, keeps the sidewalks clean, and dissuades vandalism. All is well until a real-life Super Villain steps out of the shadows and declares Squirrel Girl his archenemy. Can Doreen balance being a teenager and a Super Hero? Or will she go . . . NUTS?

my review

Anyone who knows me in person knows I love squirrels. Like really. I play with them in my backyard. One little one will even sit on my lap.

So when I saw something called Squirrel Girl … how could I not?!

I loved this book!! Squirrel Girl is just a normal friendly girl who is completely oblivious to social situations. I love it! She talks to and plays with squirrels … because she’s half squirrel!

Like every superhero comic she has another side to her and that’s squirrel girl. Where she puts on a hoodie and lets her tail run frree while she you know, saves the world. How amazing!

Three Dark Crowns Review

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)

Title: Three Dark Crowns

Author: Kendare Blake

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Publisher: HarperTeen

Pages: 398 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 4star


When kingdom come, there will be one.

In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born—three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins.

The last queen standing gets the crown. ”

my review

Oh goodness this book!

So it started off a bit confusing for me. Just trying to understand who all the characters were and the initial world building was very overwhelming. This may just be me though. Its part of the reason I’m hit or miss with fantasy books. If they make it too complicated it takes away from the plot for me.

But that was just the beginning of the book, after that it was so clear and easy to follow. Turned out to be amazing.

The plot is exactly as the goodreads synopsis explains. Which is good because it made for a fantastic story.

We follow each of the triplets in their preparation for the big night when they are finally allowed to go and find each other to kill each other for the crown. During this there’s a bunch of love affairs and trials and triumphs. Some of it is really graphic and gross … think GOT style. But it never ever takes away from the story.

The best part of this whole book is the ending. Literally the very last paragaph. It just blows your mind. I mean you totally can see it once it’s been revealed, but wowwww! So good!


Frostfire Review

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)

Title: Frostfire

Author: Amanda Hocking

Release Date: January 6, 2015

Publisher: St. Martins Griffin

Pages: 321 pages

Genre: YA

My Rating: 3star


Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who’s determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She’s not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process?”

my review

I’ll be honest I bought this book purely because I love winter and snow and well … look at that cover. i was really surprised though I really enjoyed the book and now need to go get the rest.

The book follows Bryn who is a tracker. She is responsible of bringing back changelings to her world. During one of her latest missions she encounters the guy she was crushing on as a kid before something tragic happened to her and her family.

This book reminds me a lot of the Vampire Academy books. I LOOOVVVEEE the Vampire Academy books so the comparison is great. Also the tension between Ridley and Bryn … HOT!

It was a face paced book which made for a quick and easy read, but very enjoyable!


August 2017 Wrap Up

Another great reading month! I’ve had a lot of time but that lots of time to read will be gone for the next ten months. Which is completely ok because I’m excited for what’s in store for me 🙂 24 books … that’s almost one every day of the month! I’m even more excited about it because at the beginning of summer I had set out to read all the books I had bought and stored at home. I had a huge list of 65 books! I can say that at the end of this month I officially have only 8 left! Now I guess it’s really 11 because during this month I may have broken my no buying book ban and treated myself to three books … but those are a reward for myself I swear! hahah. I was also sent some amazing books from Berkley Publishing! See anything you’ve read? You want to read? thoughts?

Books I read this month:

The Rome Affair  Sophomore Year Is Greek to Me  Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book  Vanilla Beaned (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #8)  The Museum of Intangible Things  Caramel Crush (Cupcake Bakery Mystery, #9)  Dreamology  Olive and Let Die (Greek to Me Mystery #2)  Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1)  Tea for Three (A Tea Shop Mystery, #1-3)  If You Find Me  On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)  Off Balance: A Memoir  Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery, #13)  Knit to Be Tied (A Knitting Mystery, #14)  Scorched Eggs (Cackleberry Club, #6)  Murder, Plainly Read (Amish Quilt Shop Mystery #4)  A Useful Woman (Rosalind Thorne Mysteries #1)  The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us, #1)  A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)  Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)  The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World  Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  Rest in Peach (Georgia Peach Mystery #2)

Favourite Books This Month: *there were a lot this month*

Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns, #1)  Sense of Deception (Psychic Eye Mystery, #13)  Off Balance: A Memoir  On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)  If You Find Me  Dreamology

Books I bought this month:

Daughter of the Burning City  I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France, #1)  A Grave Prediction (A Psychic Eye Mystery, #14)

Books I recieved this month from Berkley:

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)  Murder on Astor Place (Gaslight Mystery, #1)  A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwell, #1)  A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)  The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)

Books I plan to read in September (I rarely stick to TBR lists …. and I won’t have as much time):

Frostfire (Kanin Chronicles, #1)  Plum Pudding Murder (Hannah Swensen, #12)  Apple Turnover Murder (Hannah Swensen, #13)  Devil's Food Cake Murder (Hannah Swensen, #14)  Cinnamon Roll Murder (Hannah Swensen, #15)  A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1)  The Anatomist's Wife (Lady Darby Mystery, #1)  Once Upon a Dream: A Twisted Tale  Beauty and the Beast Novelization (Disney)  These Shallow Graves