Friday, June 28, 2013

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Hey Y'all,

I forgot to mention this Wednesday, but I'm participating in the Clarion West's Write-A-Thon.

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It's a great cause because it helps them to fund their fabulous workshops and my goal is to raise $150 for them. So if you'd like to donate, here's the link to my page. Anyone who donates $20 or more I'll name a character after you in my current WIP, The Descendants. It's a YA fantasy story based on the descendants of the Greek prophet Cassandra.

Anyway, today I'm reviewing an audiobook from my local library, Beauty Queens by Libba Bray.

On to the review! 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

Hey Y'all,

Phew! GRE is DONE.

If you follow me on Twitter you may already know this, but in case you don't, I did it! I made the scores I needed to apply to UK! Which is extremely lucky because I didn't have any back up.

So Monday I submitted my application and now it's just a waiting game.

*bites nails*


*bites nails some more*

Seriously though, It shouldn't be too terribly long of a wait since I applied for Fall admission and the deadline for Fall applicants is 7/1/13. I'll let y'all know the outcome when I find out. In the meantime, please keep your fingers crossed for me!

Anyway, so today I'm reviewing a book received from Netgalley, Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead.

On to the review! 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Whitney & The Wonderful GRE Cave.

Hey Y'all,

So I was planning to post my review of Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead today but I've had a some major things come up in the last week and a half. The first was a family emergency and my dad was admitted to the hospital for a few days. I'm happy to say he's doing great now and we had a lovely Father's Day celebration yesterday.

The other thing that I've been working on for the last week and a half is cramming for the GRE. Why, you ask? Well, I've decided to apply for the University of Kentucky's Master of Library Science program! In all honesty I don't know why I haven't applied before now, it looks like a great quality program that's affordable too.

So, that's what I'm up to right now. I take my GRE on Saturday, 6/22 so I should be able to start posting again by next Wednesday, 6/26. For now though it is back to the GRE cave for more studying!

Wish me luck!


Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Review - The Last Kind Word by David Housewright

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book provided by Netgalley called The Last Kind Word by David Housewright.

The Last Kind Word is another in Housewright's McKenzie series. Millionaire and unofficial PI Mac McKenzie goes undercover as a favor to St. Paul PD with a gang of gunrunners in hopes that he can lead the police to some stolen weapons.

Tightly plotted and much in the same vein of John Sandford's Lucas Davenport Series, The Last Kind Word is a fast moving story that will have readers biting their nails as McKenzie jumps through hurdle after hurdle. Not to worry though, the book comes to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion. I'd definitely recommend this book.

4/5 Stars.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Review - Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book from Netgalley called Blood Orange by Karen Keskinen.

Blood Orange is the story of PI Jaymie Zarlin who normally deals with finding missing people, but finds herself drawn into a murder investigation of local teenager Lili Molina. Faced with the police's mishandling of the case, she works tirelessly to uncover the truth of what happened to Lili. Jaymie's search for the killer leads her into the hornet's nest of Santa Barbara's rich & poor.

I couldn't help but (favorably) draw comparisons of Veronica Mars to Blood Orange. Both include a feisty female PI in a community that features both the 1% and the 99% sharing the same city. That said, Karen Keskinen hit the nail on the head with Blood Orange. It was an exciting, page turning, twist filled story. I can't wait to read the next Jaymie Zarlin book. Highly recommend this debut by Karen Keskinen.

4/5 Stars

Friday, June 7, 2013

Review - At Any Cost by Cara Ellison

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book from Netgalley called At Any Cost by Cara Ellison.

At Any Cost is the story of First Daughter Fallon Hughes and Tom Bishop, the Secret Service agent assigned to protect her. A young lawyer with no social life? Sounds like a bodyguard's dream protectee! That is, until one of Fallon's clients commits suicide and she's not convinced. Drawn into a conspiracy theory and rising sexual tension, Fallon and Tom must expose the plot before they wind up dead.

I'm a sucker for a book with political intrigue, so I liked the story. It moved along at a fast pace and the characters were interesting, though slightly predictable. I'd recommend it to those looking for a quick & light thriller.

3/5 stars.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Review - The First Lie by Diane Chamberlain

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a short story from Netgalley, The First Lie by Diane Chamberlain.

The First Lie is a short prequel to Chamberlain's upcoming Necessary Lies and is the story of Ivy Hart, a 13 year old in 1958 North Carolina. Ivy lives in a small house on a generous farmer's property with her grandmother and pregnant 15 year old sister, Ella May. Intrigue abounds over just who is the father of Ella May's baby and why she's keeping quiet on the subject.

At 35 pages, The First Lie is a great teaser before Necessary Lies. It's just enough to whet the reader's appetite. Also, as a Southerner, I'm always on high alert for forced sounding Southern dialect - but no such problems here! I'm looking forward to finding out just what dark family secrets the Harts are hiding.

4/5 Stars

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Review - Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone

Hey Y'all,

Today I'm reviewing a book from Netgalley called Good As Gone by Douglas Corleone.

Good As Gone is the story of former U.S. Marshall Simon Fisk who now retrieves children kidnapped by an estranged parent and taken to foreign countries. Fisk's one rule is that he won't work stranger abductions, having lost his daughter years ago in an unsolved case. However that is about to change, because to avoid a prison sentence in France, Fisk accepts a job searching for 6 year old Lindsay Sorkin. His search sends him through multiple countries and straight into a dangerous international scheme. 

Douglas Corleone knocked it out of the park with this book. From the first chapter to the last pages it kept me rooted to the spot until I finished. I would highly recommend this book for those looking for a nail biting thriller with heart and I look forward to reading other books by the author! 

5/5 Stars