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Book 12 in the 2014 booklist: Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Haunted on Bourbon Street by Deanna Chase

Finished: April 22

This book started out cheesy and stayed that way through the whole book. If you are into paranormal romance, then perhaps this series is for you.

I read the first 2 books in this series, but dropped it after that.

This series has witches, ghosts and magic to go along with romance and friendship. I thought the ghost angle was cool when I first read it, but looking back, it really was kind of cheesy.

On our new scale I give this book a 2.

Not something I’m dieing to read again, or just jumping up to recommend to my friends.

Amanda Ellen

Book 9 in the 2014 booklist: The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison

Friday, November 11th, 2016

The Silent Wife by A. S. A. Harrison
Finished: March 28
This book was meh. I give it a 3. It might have gotten a higher rating if the ending didn’t suck so badly.
This book’s publisher summary compares it to “Gone Girl”, and I don’t see it near the same or even in the same ballpark. It seems like the author had those intentions when setting out to write this book, but still managed to come up just short.

If you like books that keep you guessing and leave you confused, then give this book a read. I know it won’t make my “Must re-read” list.


Book 3 from the 2014 Booklist: Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Finished: January 22, 2014
Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld

This was a book suggestion from our favorite book junkie, RO!!
It’s the first in a trilogy that I admit was better than I expected!

I was always intrigued with the phrases that RO would throw out randomly on her Twitter and Facebook.

“Barking Spiders” or “Stupid clankers.” Just to name a couple. 🙂

When she even went as far as to change her name on Facebook once to Darren Sharp, that is when I had to ask what series or book had her so enthralled that she could be so influenced.

That would be this series, the Leviathan trilogy by Scott Westerfeld.
I had known for some time that Scott Westerfeld is like her most favorite author ever, but I never thought I would read any of his stuff since he’s a young adult writer, and I am always all about the dark, gloomy, and murder kinds of books. haha

But I gave it a shot because the first one showed up in another Audible sale.

Then Taylor and I were hooked, just like RO. Having to follow Darren Sharp, the Perspicacious loris, Alec and the rest of the crew.

The eggs always fascinated me, what could the Darwinists be hatching? What kind of machinery would the clankers come up with next?

And what about Constantinople, would that be the key to everything?

It’s a young adult story, but it’s a fun one… even for those of us who are old souls and a little bit of a curmudgeon.

Thanks RO!!

TaTa for Now,
Amanda Ellen

Book 2 from the 2014 Booklist: Don’t Scream by Wendy Corsi Staub

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Finished: January 15, 2014
Don’t Scream by Wendy Corsi

Don’t Tell A Soul. . .

In a remote, heavily wooded area near the Berkshires of Massachusetts, Rachel Lorant died on her birthday. But she didn’t die alone. That night, her four sorority sisters make a solemn, trembling pledge. They will never reveal what has just happened in those woods – ever. Instead, they will take their terrible secret to their graves.

Don’t Think About The Past. . .

Now, ten years later, their secret is coming back to haunt them as each receives a card in the mail from Rachel: “Happy Birthday to Me. xoxo R.” It’s clear that someone knows what happened that night. Someone is stalking them and sending mysterious, chilling gifts that only they can understand – deadly warnings of what is to come. For the sins of the past have come back with a vengeance, and a killer will see that they all pay in blood.

And Whatever You Do – Don’t Scream. . .

Brynn Costello has never felt such pure fear. She didn’t want any part in what happened so long ago, but now, the mother of two will do anything to stay alive and protect her family – even if it means matching wits with a killer she can’t see…a twisted psychopath who is closer than she thinks and who is saving her death for last.

I admit, I took horrible notes on this book, and my memory fails me slightly on the ending…
but do I remember some of the important parts.

This was an Audible sale book, and I remember when I read the above description that it was kind of a “I know What You Did Last Summer” type of thing.
Which is of course why I bought it… I was hoping it would be good and be a slasher type as well.

It did not disappoint, I was very pleased with the twist and turns this author threw at me, and I even have it on my books I will reread… because some of the scenes… the birthday party.. oh my!

HAHA, I really suggest that you grab this book if you want a little mystery, a little betrayal, and a whole lot of messed up…

It was a very good book.

TaTa for Now,
Amanda Ellen

Book30 in the 2013 Booklist: Lightning by Dean Koontz

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Lightning By Dean Koontz

Finished: November 5

This was a book I snagged on the Daily Deals that Audible has started to do recently. The publishers summary seemed interesting enough, and I like a lot of Dean Koontz’s books so I thought of giving it a try.
Glad I did, while this book was not OMG fabulous, it was rather interesting.
This book is centered around WWII and time travel. Very different, and not what I was expecting.

A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere – the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery.
Years later – after another bolt of lightning – the stranger returned, again to save Laura from tragedy. Was he the guardian angel he seemed? The devil in disguise? Or the master of a haunting destiny beyond time and space?

I love the Ackerson Twins and many of the characters in this book I just love!
Congratulations Mr. Koontz, this was a very good book!

Amanda Ellen

Book 24 in the 2013 Booklist: Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 2 by Denise Swanson

Thursday, December 12th, 2013

Nickeled-and-Dimed to Death: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 2 by Denise Swanson
Finished: July 13

This was book 2 in a series I picked up on through an Audible sale. I really enjoyed it, obviously I did, or I wouldn’t be talking about book 2 waiting to see if there will be a book 3! 
More hunky Jakeness in this one! Not as much perhaps as the first, but boy does he make me swoon!
We also get some Noah, *rolls eyes*, he tries too hard.
I love these characters, Boon and Poppy seem like they could be my best friends!

Dev’s five-and-dime may be doing well, but her love life is in turmoil. She’s torn between Deputy U.S. Marshal Jake Del Vecchio, who is on an undercover assignment, and her ex-beau Noah Underwood, the local doctor from a high-society family. So she welcomes the distraction when Elise Whitmore offers her a great deal on antique chocolate molds that would be perfect for her Easter gift baskets. But do the molds actually belong to Elise’s soon-to-be ex-husband? In buying them, has Dev committed a felony?
When Elise is found shot to death, the mystery deepens – and Dev’s good friend Boone, who discovered the body, is taken into custody. With the help of her best buds, Dev must clear Boone’s name and find the real killer. Good thing that when it comes to amateur sleuths, they broke the mold with Dev Sinclair.

Jealousy, it will get you every time, I tell ya!

Amanda Ellen

Book 22 in the 2013 Booklist: Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1 by Denise Swanson

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Little Shop of Homicide: A Devereaux’s Dime Store Mystery, Book 1 by Denise Swanson
Finished: June 25
“Loved, loved, loved this book!”
That was my first note I made about this book upon completion. I loved it so much in fact, that once I finished it I grabbed the next book in the series. I was sad to realize it was a series in its infancy, and only had 2 books. I really hope the author continues on, because I fell in love with this series! This is another good ol’ found it on Audible sale book. I am starting to notice a trend here, I am really being pleasantly surprised with how much I am loving the books I pick up at random on Audible sales! This is your somewhat typical “who done it” book, but the combination of the author’s writing style and the narrator I became more involved in the characters individually and as a group more than the plot itself. I felt as if I had known the characters for a long time by the time I went on to book 2, almost as if this were my favorite TV show I had been watching for years. I won’t give much away about the plot of the book, because the summary on Audible doesn’t either, but I will warn you, the narrator is probably a love or hate her type of narrator. Just so happens I loved her after a little while, so I encourage you to not give up on her too soon!
Dev Sinclair is the happy new owner of the old-fashioned shop in her small Missouri town. But if she doesn’t focus on finding the killer of her ex’s fiance, this five-and-dime owner may find herself serving 25 to life.

That’s all folks!
Amanda Ellen

Book 20 in the 2013 Booklist: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn A Signature Performance by Elijah Wood by Mark Twain
Finished: June 6
This is a classic that I read portions of in an American Literature class I took a few years ago. I really enjoyed the way the professor explained the text then, which made me enjoy what I read of it. So, when I found this book on Audible, on sale I believe, I grabbed it up. I am really glad I did, the narrator was most excellent, and I still enjoyed the whole story, from start to finish!
If you are easily offended, I don’t suggest reading this book. There is offensive language used, and is not good for all readers. If you on the other hand, can handle a little harsh language, then this book is great! Many parts of this book kept me laughing. I highly suggest this to anyone who wants to take a chance on the classics, because this version of Huck Finn is great!
So, go grab this and tell me you didn’t like it, I challnege you!

I grabbed Tom Sawyer because apparently you need to read it before Huck Finn, but I haven’t gotten to read it yet. I only hope it is as good as Huck Finn.

Amanda Ellen

Book 3 in the 2013 Book List: Area 51 by Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Area 51 by Bob Mayer, Robert Doherty

finished: February 5
Ok, so I’ve been lazy and a little sick so I am just slightly behind on posting completed books.
Here’s the first one…
This book was a grab from an Audible sale. The publishers summary sounded great so I thought I’d give it a try for $5.
Let me tell you, the book is ok, not great. It is a little strange, but I managed to get past it. I mean, after all, it is a fictional book about Area 51!
It is a part of a drawn out series which I do not think I am inclined to continue. I had my curiosity satisfied by the one book, and think I’ll return to my more normal reading selections.
It puts an interesting spin on some history, but honestly, I did not see the need for a whole series. Maybe one day my curiosity will arise again and I might check out book 2.
But yeah, if you like aliens and government conspiracies, then certainly check out this book. The narrator was ok, he narrated a book I read last year that had something to do with ghosts. That was a better book than this one! lol
Also, I am not sure what the deal is with the author, it sounds like it is 1 author that uses 2 names on one book. Kinda weird if you ask me! lol
Anyways, that’s it for this one…

Amanda Ellen