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Dead As A Doornail by Charlaine Harris Book Review

Jason is about to turn into a panther for the first time. Calvin has agreed to help him with the transition. Everything turns out fine until Calvin gets shot in the chest. It turns out that a few weres and shifters have been shot. One was even killed. There are many people that seem to think that Jason may be the one shooting them. They think he’s trying to get revenge for being turned into a panther against his will.

This book was all over the place! I was impressed and intimidated. I also do not remember reading this the first time around at all. I’m beginning to think it’s because I read the series so long ago and I’ve read so many books since then. Either way, I’m really enjoying reading the series. It’s been an absolutely amazing ride for me. There were a few parts in this particular book that I felt were a little too rushed over.

Sookie seems to have really come into her skin in this one. She’s fully standing up for herself. She’s completely sarcastic. I do feel like there’s a bit of pent up aggression and agitation that she should probably find a healthy way to get out. Eric and Sam will always be two of my favorite characters in this series. For two completely different reasons. I never really cared for Bill. I always thought his attitude was rude and selfish.

This book, like the rest of the series, was narrated by Johanna Parker. She did just as amazing job on this book as she did the rest. If I close my eyes as I listen, it will be like I’m actually there observing through Sookie’s eyes. I know that I could get that while reading too. I get that. It’s just that she completely throws herself into the story. It’s almost like she literally becomes part of the story. It’s amazing. It’s inspiring!

I don’t really remember the series from the first time around. That’s okay though. I’m really enjoying it this time around. It’s been an amazing ride. I can’t believe I’m practically halfway through the series now. I’m not quite halfway, but I’m almost there. I am at a point where I’m excited to power through the series, but I also don’t want the series to end!

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Jane Austen's Dragons Book 3 Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Series Tour: Jane Austen’s Dragons by Maria Grace

Author: Maria Grace

Narrator: Benjamin Fife

Length: 9 hours 40 minutes

Series: Jane Austen’s Dragons, Book 3

Publisher: Maria Grace

Released: Jan. 31, 2020

Genre: Epic Fantasy

Elizabeth Bennet thought she was prepared to do anything to make the Dragon Conclave accept her beloved young dragon Pemberley into the Blue Order, but she had not anticipated it would leave her banished from her ancestral home and betrothed to none other than Mr. Darcy. But before Elizabeth and Darcy wed, they must find a dangerous rogue dragon before it provokes a war amongst the dragons and brings the fragile peace between dragons and mankind to a catastrophic end. Nothing written in the annals of dragon lore has prepared Elizabeth to manage a dragon not governed by the Blue Order. Dragons have always loved her, but this one finds her arrogant, selfish and insensitive to others. With only her instincts to guide her, she must convince the rogue of her good intentions before the Blue Order loses patience and decides on more drastic measures. Called away to the other side of the kingdom, trying to settle the dragons’ unrest, Darcy learns the nature of the force poisoning the rogue dragon against Elizabeth. One nearer and dearer than they could have imagined. Can Elizabeth and Darcy convince with rogue dragon to cooperate before darker forces turn it against them, without destroying the fragile bonds uniting the couple?
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Five time BRAG Medallion Honoree and #1 best selling Historical Fantasy author, Maria Grace has her PhD in Educational Psychology and is a 16-year veteran of the university classroom where she taught courses in human growth and development, learning, test development and counseling. None of which have anything to do with her undergraduate studies in economics/sociology/managerial studies/behavior sciences. She pretends to be a mild-mannered writer/cat-lady, but most of her vacations require helmets and waivers or historical costumes, usually not at the same time. She writes gaslamp fantasy, historical romance and non-fiction to help justify her research addiction.
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Benjamin Fife has always had a passion for learning. With a mind that remembers all sorts of numbers and useless trivia, he regularly wins local radio shows and enjoys confusing people with sci-fi quotes. Fife grew up in Southeast Idaho. He attended college at Idaho State University, where he met his future wife in their music theory class. They have been married nearly 20 years and now have six children and a whole menagerie of animals. When their oldest daughter was three or four years old they started reading aloud from novels every night at bedtime, and have continued the tradition ever since. The family loves exploring various worlds and topics through Fife’s wonderful reading skills, which get better every year. They all have his Christmas Carol voices memorized (and the older kids are known to quote along with portions), since he has read it to them every December. Benjamin enjoys all kinds of sci-fi and fantasy – both books and shows, is an extreme eclectic music lover, and prefers his chocolate to be of the 90% cocoa variety. Above all, he loves to be with his family. He loves recording audio books, and is delighted to tell people, “I’ve finally found what I want to be when I grow up!”
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Behind-the-Scenes with Narrator Benjamin Fife
I got into narrating because I love literature. I personally have listened to or read the complete works of Charles Dickens. I love Austen too. I was first introduced to Pride and Prejudice nearly 20 years ago about 3 months before I met my wife. I was spending time with a longtime friend who was getting over a bad breakup. Watch this movie with me–said she. I didn’t realize it was a 6 hour production. As you might guess, I fell hard for her while we watched it over the next week, one installment at a time. She still thought of me as just a friend. She prophetically said that come 2 months later I’d meet some cute freshman & I’d be just as happy as Lizzy & Darcy at the end of it all. Now two decades down the road, she married the guy she had broken up with, I wed that adorable freshman, and both marriages now boast 6 kids apiece. Starting when my oldest was about 6, we started taking turns picking what book to read as a family every night. With a handful of exceptions, I’ve been the voice for all the books ranging from Jane Eyre to Hank the Cowdog; from Lord of the Rings to Louis Lamour. I had often thought about turning my passion for reading aloud into more than that. In February of 2018, I dove in. As I’ve looked for books to audition for and connected with authors, I’ve loved what I’ve learned from each book & each writer in the production process. But there is no other book or series that has brought me as much satisfaction to voice as Maria Grace’s Jane Austen’s Dragons.
The Road to Becoming a Dragon Narrator
Earlier this year when I saw Pemberley up for audition, I had to try! I adore Austen & I adore dragons! What could be better? When I auditioned, I did 2 takes for Maria – one with a “straight read,” and one with “effects.” I’ve used a little bit of effects on my voice in previous books, but by volunteering to not only voice each dragon differently, but then alter the audio to a more ‘size appropriate’ voice, I was jumping in with both feet. (I had a sense this was going to be a big, complicated project from the get go, but I really didn’t fully realize it until we got started on it all!-mg) Let me give you a rundown of the whole Audiobook production process:
  1. Find a Title/Author you want to work with
  2. Read the audition material & plan your characterizations, accents etc
  3. Record the Audition (click to have a listen!)
  4. Edit the Audition
  5. Get selected for the book
  6. Read the whole book & plan characterizations, accents, etc again.
  7. Communicate with the author about their wishes.
  8. Record the whole thing, redoing any line you make any kind of error on. And sometimes that means 5 times. Not often ,but sometimes, there’s a tongue twister (You try saying “the courtship twas by your world rules” in a thick Scottish accent complete with rolled r’s– not from Maria’s book.
  9. Listen to the whole thing and edit out any outtakes, errors, mouth noises, dog barking, wife scaring the *&% out of you in the middle of a chapter, etc…
  10. Master the file so it can pass muster for QC of an audio book
  11. Send it to the author/publisher to listen to.
  12. Fix any additional errors and performance issues to the satisfaction of the author & yourself.
  13. Repeat the last 4 steps as many times as needed.
  14. Send it to Audible to sell
  15. Promote the heck out of it.
So it’s a bit of a production to begin with. You add in needing a different effect for a dozen different characters & you can imagine what that does. Still, I love it. Maria & I both hope you love what I’ve done to bring her world to life. Midway through production on Pemberly, I messaged Maria to ask if she could send me the whole series so my family could read it too. My wife & 2 oldest daughters had it finished before I had a chance to finish recording Pemberley. Maria’s writing is superb. I love how true she is to the original characters, while changing it up enough to make it a delightfully new story. Some of my favorite moments in the series are when she takes Austen’s original dialogue, or sometimes back narration & gives it to a different character to say. In book 1 (Pemberley), she sticks pretty close to Austen’s original plot fairly closely up to Netherfield ball. In the remainder of the series, there are similarities to the original, but the plot veers off course considerably. I loved it. When Maria got my initial recording of Pemberly’s voice at the end of book 1, Maria thought it sounded like Audrey II (Little Shop of Horrors). I wasn’t very sure about the voice I had selected either, so I had no problem redoing it for her. Now what we’re going for is a little closer to Littlefoot (Land Before Time). When she initially released a preview of the Pemberley audiobook on her website, one of her followers thought I was Richard Armitage (North & South, Thorin Oakenshield from Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit). As an Idahoan who has never even left North America, I was flattered. I guess I must be doing something right. In the middle of recording Chapter 8 of Longbourn, I heard a vague tapping at the window of my recording booth. I was in the middle of a rather fraught with emotion section & I thought in the back of my head vaguely that I’ll push through to a good stopping place & see what it was. Then I glanced up. It was 9:30 at night, dark outside, and a pair of eyes were staring at me in the window. I uttered a cry of terror quite possibly unlike any other shriek I have ever uttered. Once my non-primal brain woke back up, I realized it was that adorable freshman I fell in love with peeking in at me & I started laughing in a breathy-recovering-from-terror kind of way. And now its recorded for posterity complete with my love’s delightful giggle as she entered my booth to make sure I wasn’t dead. I took a ten minute break with her, sprayed my throat with some magic stuff & finished the rest of the chapter. Never a dull moment. In producing Longbourn, voicing a conversation of Fairy Dragons & getting their voices to pass muster with both myself & Maria is somewhat maddening. Senseless little bits of fluff. Some of my other favorite things are reading the reviews on the audiobooks for Pemberly on Audible and finding out I’m now one of someones 3 favorite narrators. Aww, thanks. My very favorite dragons to voice in the series are Walker, Longbourn (even though he’s a brat) Drew, Cait & Rosings, and Chudleigh. It also might interest listeners to know that for Lady Catherine, Rosings & Cait, I use the exact same voice & similar inflections & then speed them up or slow them down for the character. In looking forward to more books in the Jane Austen’s Dragons series, I’m excited that Maria is branching out to Persuasion & Northanger Abbey. I can’t wait to see what she does! I’d still love it if she expanded the universe even more – you know, Victor Hugo’s Dragons… Jack London’s Dragons… But she can only write so fast. 🙁 I also love the idea that Pemberly is still alive & kicking today. My theory is that she runs the Westminster Dog show with whoever her current keeper is. Thank you so much Maria for letting me be a part of this universe you’ve created, and thank you readers & listeners for all your feedback on our audiobooks. I hope you love Jane Austen’s Dragons as much as I do! Top 10 List
Narrator Benjamin Fife’s ‘Top 10 Reasons to Listen to This Series’
  1. Dragons
  2. Jane Austen
  3. The writing is Great – Maria Grace knows her stuff & has researched it.
  4. With 62 ratings on Audible so far, it’s sitting at 4.7.
  5. You want to hear my performance for all the different dragon species.
  6. The 2 ish somewhat negative reviews are such that you just have to hear for yourself to decide if they’re right.
  7. You love Pride & Prejudice, but there were some things that you just wanted to yell at the characters. The Dragons do that for you.
  8. Because It’s either this, or Moby Dick. Drat the File & Drat the Bone!
  9. You just finished listening to the Mueller Report & want to listen to a book that doesn’t have the word “Redacted” anywhere in it.
  10. Because it’s AWESOME!!!
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Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin Book Review

Something awful happens to Jade. She goes to a party celebrating her 16th birthday when she’s drugged and violated. What people don’t realize is that she’s Wiccan. She and her clan vow revenge on the boys who turned a night that should have been magical into a nightmare. One person at a time.

I found this book very disturbing in many ways. I liked the story. I really did, but it was disturbing on so many levels. It’s like reading a horror novel from the killer’s point of view. Something I’m not really used to. In ways, it’s like Cruel Intentions, but the main character isn’t really horrible. I mean she is, but it’s understandable as to why she is. I’m not saying what happens is justified. I’m just saying that I understand it.

Jade is a force of nature. She’s terrifying. I wouldn’t wish her wrath on my worst enemy. There are several questions I have. Like where are her parents for over half of this stuff that goes down? How is she always able to stay the night at people’s houses with no questions asked at all? Also, why were some of the characters faded so much into the background? I kind of forgot who was who now and then.

This book was narrated by Emily Lawrence. She did a pretty amazing job. I almost turned this book in and just read the book on my Kindle, but her narration had me hooked. I actually think it may have amplified the creep factor up to like 20. I’m not sure if I’ve ever listened to her books before. The name does sound familiar. Either way, I’d definitely listen to other narrations done by her.

While I enjoyed this book, I found it way over the top. It was a little too creepy for my taste. Also, I found that some places were rushed over a little too much. I also didn’t really care too much for the ending. I guess I expected a little more. I’m still glad that I got a chance to read it. It’s unique. I will say that. I won’t be re-reading it.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Hangover

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme that was originally created by The Broke and the Bookish but was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic: Books That Gave You A Hangover

I read a lot. It’s no Secret. But not every book I read sticks with me. When they do, I will most likely re-read them many times.

My picks include series. I count having a book hangover with a series as one because if I counted them individually all ten would go to the same series.

  1. Twisted World: Amazing trilogy! I found out later that the author has multiple series in this book and that wasn’t the first. I intend to read or listen to them all. This particular one takes place in Georgia. It’s awesome!
  2. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children: It’s an amazing series! I haven’t read the 4th and 5th book yet. I will. I own the first 4 in physical books and all 5 on audio. The movie was pretty incredible too!
  3. The Queen’s Poisoner: I can’t even begin to explain how intense and incredible this series is! It’s amazing!
  4. Stalking Jack The Ripper: I absolutely adore Audrey Rose. I’m sad there’s only four books in this series. I could have kept reading books in this series and not get tired! I felt like I became part of the story!
  5. The Golden Compass: This trilogy is deep. I read it for the first time in high school and it stuck with me. I fell in love with it! I wound up re-reading it recently.
  6. The Help: The first book starts out really cringy, but it gets really good about 1/4 of the way through. The rest of the trilogy is jam packed and emotionally involving. I loved it! Way more than I thought I would!
  7. Wake’s Dream: I think Solomon is the main reason I loved this series as much as I did. I mean all the characters are amazing and witty. They were vivid that it was hard to imagine that they were just characters in a novel.
  8. Shattered Dreams: This trilogy is so emotionally involving. I just can’t even begin to explain it. I got my fiance’s now ex sister-in-law into it. She devoured the entire trilogy in a very short time. So did I. It’s more impressive for her because she has children. (First book is free on all platforms I believe.)
  9. Dream Student: This series!!!! The girl’s dreams are vivid and clear. She can predict things before they happen. She uses it to help solve some very intense mysteries!
  10. House Of Night: Out of all the books and series, this one has stuck with me the most. I fell in love with all the characters. I’ve read most of the books in the series at least 2-3 times. And I can promise that I will read them all at least once more before its said and done.

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Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie Book Review

Agnus has the perfect life. Her husband is a successful producer. She’s launching her own career as a writer. Then things start unraveling. It starts with a trickle that turns into a downpour. Her husband doesn’t show up at her book launch party. If that isn’t enough, she comes home to find that she’s been locked out of and barred from her home. From there, things just get more and more overwhelming.

I found this book absolutely hilarious! For those who are expecting something more serious, this book won’t be for them. It’s full of satire. I feel like it’s meant to be a parody of sorts. I found the book very fast-paced, but easy to get into and understand. I had many “wow” moments. I knew when I saw the cover and title that I’d love it. It wasn’t what I expected, but it’s still worth a read. For those who love books with a lot of comic relief, this book is definitely worth it!

I’m going to start with the obvious here. Agnus. She’s just amazingly quirky. She has this ability to let almost anything slide off her. She just keeps going. That is until you try to come between her and her daughter. Then, it’s on. Her sister Finn was pretty hilarious as well! I have to say she and the daughter were my favorite two characters in the entire book. I was sad I didn’t get to see more of the daughter and the husband. All of the characters in this book were AMAZING.

This book was narrated by Amy McFadden. One of my all-time favorite narrators of all time! She’s amazing! Once I found out she narrated it, I knew it would be worth listening to! So I jumped at the opportunity to get it on audio. Not that actually reading it isn’t worth it. It’s just that when you love a narrator, you want to hear them read it!

While this may not be a serious book, it’s definitely worth the read. It’s full of drama and chaos. It’s also full of all kinds of references to pop culture. Some of which are taken way out of context. Which makes it even more hilarious. I enjoyed this book more than I can even explain!

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Chemical Reaction Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Blog Tour: Chemical Attraction by Christina Thompson

Author: Christina Thompson

Narrator: Gary Bennett

Length: 10 hours 3 minutes

Publisher: 48fourteen

Released: Dec. 26, 2019

Genre: Romantic Thriller

 
Working in nanotechnology, Madeline Pierce, a dedicated scientist, has pain in her heart from an abusive relationship. She hides in her research. Charismatic yet brooding, Joe Roberts searches for an instant chemistry with his soulmate, the one person who will love him for his faults not in spite of them. Dr. Pierce teams up with Agent Roberts to uncover a criminal network within her medical research facility in West Michigan. Feeling an undeniable attraction, they struggle to stay professional while they determine the degree of company involvement. In the nearby farming town, animals violently attack the residents. Someone is experimenting outside the laboratory. Are human test subjects next? With the help of Joe’s sister Eva, a physician assistant at the local hospital, and her husband Chief Matt Connor, Joe and Madeline hunt for this new bio-weapon before the death toll rises in this gripping third book of The Chemical Attraction Series.
Christina Thompson has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Nazareth College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a certified massage therapist from the Health Enrichment Center’s School of Therapeutic Massage in Lapeer, Michigan. She also has a Diploma in Traditional Chinese Acupuncture from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in Racine, Wisconsin. Her background in biology gave her a love of science and an insight into the physical realm of the body. Her holistic understanding of Traditional Chinese medicine taught her that the mind and spirit affect the body in powerful ways. As a former holistic practitioner with over 20 years of knowledge, experience, and service, Christina now enjoys writing about the physical science, the emotional workings of our mind and heart, and the spiritual energy that taps into our passions. She is the author of the romantic thrillers in The Chemical Attraction Series, which include Their Rigid Rules, The Kindred Code, Chemical Attraction, Chemical Reaction, and an anthology of short stories, Searching for Her. She has also written the romantic adventures, The Trucker’s Cat and The Garden Collection.
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Narrator Gary Bennett is a SAG-AFTRA audiobook narrator. He was born and raised in California and then in Bozeman, Montana, and is the oldest of 4 children. He now calls the greater Seattle area his home, and he’s a huge fan of the Seattle Seahawks He’s always been passionate about not just telling a story, but telling it well! From reading bedtime stories with his children to performing in front of the microphone, bringing a story truly to life is one of his greatest joys. Gary has pursued his career in audiobook narration with zeal, investing in not only personal coaching from some of the best in the field, but in also some of the best equipment for his professional home-based studio. There are few things he enjoys more than stepping into his StudioBricks home studio and recording his favorite books! Gary is also a licensed electrical engineer and a private pilot, loves to listen to and play music and is an avid outdoor enthusiast.
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  I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Christina Thompson. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it. https://willowwritesandreads.com/2020/02/16/chemical-attraction-by-christina-thompson-book-review/ Guest Post Hello Everyone! I’m Christina Thompson, the author of Chemical Attraction, a romantic thriller. I’m joining you today to promote Chemical Attraction’s Audiobook narrated by Gary Bennett. I’ve had many jobs over the years … math tutor, lab animal caretaker, biology assistant, massage therapist, acupuncturist, wife, and mother. I’ve added parts of these experiences to my stories. The worst job I had as a teen was de-tasseling corn in the stifling hot fields and unending rows of corn. In Chemical Attraction, high school senior David Connor and his buddies have that job. Why? I thought my misery would love their company. As a parent/writer, I wanted my children/characters to know what it was like to do a job I had…even if those children are my fictional ones. What’s the WORST job you’ve ever had? Thanks for stopping by. You can find the audiobook of Chemical Attraction on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Chemical-Attraction-Book/dp/B0833H7YSV/ Learn more about Author Christina Thompson at ChristinaKThompson.com, Instagram.com/christinakthompson, and Facebook.com/TheChemicalAttractionSeries Learn more about Narrator Gary Bennett at GaryBennettReads.com, Instagram.com/theactualgcb, Twitter.com/TheActualGCB, and Facebook.com/GaryBennettNarrator   Giveaway
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The Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 3 Audiobook Blog Tour

Audiobook Series Tour: The Anna Blanc Mysteries by Jennifer Kincheloe

Author: Jennifer Kincheloe

Narrator: Moira Quirk

Length: 11 hours 42 minutes

Series: Anna Blanc Mysteries, Book 3

Released: Dec. 2, 2019

Publisher: Jennifer Kincheloe

Genre: Historical Fiction Mystery

Los Angeles, 1908. Anna Blanc is a former so-so socialite, a flailing police matron, and a killer detective. Ex-heiress Anna Blanc is precariously employed by the Los Angeles Police Department, reforming delinquent children and minding lady jailbirds. What she really wants is to hunt criminals and be alone with Detective Joe Singer – both no-nos that could get her fired. On a lover’s tryst in Griffith Park, Anna and Joe discover the body of a young gambler. Anna can’t resist. She’s on the case. As her murder investigation stalls, and her police matron duties start piling up, strange floral arrangements begin arriving from an unknown admirer. Following the petals leads Anna to another crime, one close to home. Suddenly pitted against Joe, Anna must examine her loyalties and solve the crimes, even if it means losing the man she loves.
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Jennifer has been a block layer, a nurse’s aid, a fragrance model, and on the research faculty at UCLA, where she spent 11 years conducting studies to inform health policy. A native of Southern California, she now lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband and two teenagers. She’s currently writing book three in the Anna Blanc Mystery series. Book two, THE WOMAN IN THE CAMPHOR TRUNK, is coming out in Fall of 2017 from Seventh Street Books.
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Narrator Bio Moira grew up in teeny-tiny Rutland, England’s smallest county, which is fitting as she never managed to make it past five feet herself. Moira’s work spans the pantheon of the voiceover world: plays for BBC radio, plays for NPR, video games, commercials, television promos, podcasts, cartoons, movies and award winning audiobooks. She’s won Multiple Audie Awards, Earphone Awards, as well as Audible’s prestigious Book-of-the-Year Award. She has lately set foot in front of the camera again, appearing in “Pretty: the Series” and the Emmy-winning “Dirty Work.”
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Weekly Reading And Blog Schedule

I’m trying something new. Starting today. Going to include these in the Writing Diary category. I figured writing reviews counts. I’m hoping this will help keep me more organized. Also hoping it will help me reduce over-scheduling. We will see! Hope you enjoy!

Monday:

Nothing Scheduled

Tuesday:

Opaque by Calix Leigh-Reign
Been There, Married That by Gigi Levangie
Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin
Buy Yourself the F*king Lilies by Tara Shuster
The Body In Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe
Chemical Attraction by Christina Thompson

Wednesday:

Netherfield by Maria Grace

Thursday:

Nothing Scheduled

Friday:

Dear Wallflower by Sara Secora
Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury

Saturday:

Nothing Scheduled

Sunday:

Nothing Scheduled

Personal books I plan to read this week:

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Out Of The Dark by Gregg Hurwitz
Fate Of Wizardoms by Jeffrey L. Kohanek
Photgoraphy Basics
The History Of Photography
Definitely Dead by Charlaine Harris
Digital Photography For Dummies
Loom Knitting Primer
Mastering Calligraphy
A Year In The Life Of Downtown Abbey

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Winterdream by Chantal Gadoury Book Review

It’s Christmas Eve. Clara is enjoying the Christmas Ball that her parents always put together. This one is different because her best friend has gotten engaged. She knows that soon becoming engaged will be expected of her as well. The night is interrupted by a dramatic entrance by her great uncle. He gives her a gift that changes everything. It leads her to a whole new world where everybody is counting on her to break a spell.

I have to be honest, I have never actually read The Nutcracker. If it was read to me, I was too young to remember it fully. I did see it every year in theatre as a child. It was and will always remain one of my favorite plays of all time. I loved the story. I loved the rendition. I was ecstatic to find out that this was a retelling! I was curious to see where they would take the story. I could cry with happiness! The beginning starts out almost entirely like the original story. I stress almost.

Clara was a beautiful soul. She was born into aristocracy, but she remained humble and kind. It was beautiful. She was actually a refreshing change to a character I’ve endured recently, but that’s for another place and time. I loved all the characters in the book. Even the ones that were not that great. I mean they are the biggest reason we read these stories. We enjoy the conflict! They bring the conflict! Also, I will never look at a Nutcracker the same way. We have a collection here.

This book was narrated by Anne Marie Lewis. She did a very impressive job for the most part. There were times she made some of the people sound a bit robotic and stiff. I think for some of them that were done on purpose. I can’t be sure. I especially think she designed the Prince’s voice to sound like that as he was a Nutcracker. Either way, I really enjoyed her narration!

I feel like I should have had some anxieties going into this story. Especially since it’s retelling one of my favorite plays of all time. I didn’t. I was more thrilled than anything. I mean I’m constantly seeing Disney Princess retellings. I would love to see retellings from other stories as well! This was told so beautifully. It’s hard not to just want to listen to the very end!

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The Body In Griffith Park by Jennifer Kincheloe Book Review

Anna has finally decided to marry Joe. She wants to marry him on her own terms. That’s about the only thing going right for her at the moment. Her father still wants nothing to do with her. The chief of police is starting to crack down on her job performance. To add a cherry to the top of the storm that’s festering around her, some unknown person is sending her flowers and gifts to her desk every day. She makes a discovery that turns her world upside down.

I really enjoyed the story. Despite my frustrations with the main character. The story itself was amazing. It was full of intrigue and moments that threw me. It’s amazing how many things everybody was juggling while still maintaining a healthy social life. It intrigued me. It does show that it’s possible. If people could figure out how to do it in the early 1900s, I can figure out how to do it now. There were a few things that I wish were drawn out a bit more.

I haven’t ever liked Anna. I mean I respect the fact that she’s brilliant. It’s amazing how she deduces things so easily that others couldn’t see at all. In today’s time, she’d be a valuable asset to any of the law enforcement units. She would be respected and revered. I get that. I do. It doesn’t change the fact that she’s so spoiled and selfish. She doesn’t bother to see things from anybody else’s point of view but her own. She’s a royal brat! I really enjoyed Joe, but he had flaws too. His lack of willingness to stand up for himself. He did the right thing, but he still let Anna make him feel bad! I still adore his character so much.

This book was narrated by Moira Quirk. The first two books in the series were narrated by her. She does a fantastic job. She gave Anna even more dramatic flair than the story originally did. Which is amazing. It takes a real talent for the narrator to fully become the characters they are narrating. She’s one of the few that has that talent. I will be listening to other audiobooks by her.

I really enjoyed this book. I may not have really cared for Anna, but that’s a personal thing. It has no reflection on the book itself. The whole series was amazing. I was thinking this was a trilogy at first, but it seems like there may be more books that will be a part of this story. If there is, I’m completely down with that idea. I will read every book that has to do with this series. I enjoyed the three very much.

The Secret Life Of Anna Blanc
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk

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