Monthly Archives: September 2014

Conduits by Jennifer Loring

Conduits by Jennifer Loring

4 out of 5 Stars

A Rorschach of electromagnetic waves, nothing more than than pareidolia despite their determination to resolve into faces, into whispers, Raudive voices riding the electronic spectrum. And if she stared long enough, she could almost see….
Not that one. Please, not that.

This was a freaky little book. It’s unbelievable how much the author packed into just a few short pages!
It reminded me of the tone of the Ring movie but it’s completely fresh and new.
One thing though, don’t read it at night when you are home by yourself! Note to self…that was dumb.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley/DarkFuse in exchange for an honest review.

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Thieving Forest by Martha Conway

Thieving Forest by Martha Conway

Four out of Five Stars

Susanna and her four sisters have recently lost their parents to Swamp fever. They decide to continue their small store that is attached to their house out in the wilderness. Then the sisters are taken in an attack from a group of Potawatomi as Susanna hides.
After the abduction Susanna takes off after her sisters and their abductors.

The story takes Susanna to a weird Missionary village where she stays for a few months and then into the Black Swamp.

That Black Swamp and all that Susanna does to survive made me so appreciate my warm room and cup of coffee in my hand as I was reading. I actually felt her hunger pains as the book brought what she was going through to life.

The author also does a amazing job on telling each sisters story and how their fates play out.

I received an arc copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney. I just can’t even tell you how much I love this character. I think he may just be on the list of my favorite male characters ever. The dude is stranded on Mars..with no one. Does he cry? Well only sometimes. Does he fight against the planet from hell? Heck yes!

Everywhere I go, I’m the first. Step outside the rover? First guy to every be there! Climb a hill? First guy to climb that hill! Kick a rock? That rock hadn’t moved in a million years!

I did get lost in some of the science of this book..but who cares? I might have learned something. If I ever get trapped on Mars I would probably die in 2.5 seconds. I do have confirmation on something that my husband tells me constantly. Duct tape fixes everything!


Mark Watney is full of snark and is probably the smartest character I’ve even had the pleasure of reading in a novel. He does find himself trapped with Disco music and bad seventies TV. One of the comments he makes is that women don’t line up for botanist/nerds.

Dude…so start the line behind me please!

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for books..in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much!

The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

The Nourished Kitchen by Jennifer McGruther

This cookbook is flipping beautiful. Jennifer McGruther does a wonderful job of making simple foods look wonderful. She practices a traditional food lifestyle and I’ve followed her blog for awhile now. Traditional foods take time to make so don’t expect completely simple here.
The taste and the way you feel completely make up for it.

I admit that I’ve slipped some from eating this way so when I saw her cookbook up on blogging for books I grabbed it. Hoping it would kickstart my bottom into getting back to what I know works.

Now I’m craving homemade sauerkraut. *Goes to look for my crock*

The only thing about traditional foods that I don’t care for is kombucha. I just can’t get into that taste. (Pickled vinegar piss)

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from blogging for books.

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams

I recently read the third book in this series and I loved it enough that I had to go back and read the others. This book is the first in the Keye Street series and I hope it’s going to be a long set of books.
I adore this main character. She is tough without ever coming off as conceited. If nothing else she knows her weaknesses all to well.

And the degrees: criminology from GA Southern, doctoral studies at GA State in developmental psychology. And none of it, even with eight years at the Bureau, would earn me a real position with a law enforcement agency in this country. Not now. Drinking had changed all that. It entered my records as it tore away at my life and discredited me professionally forever. I couldn’t even jump on the expert witness gravy train. Expert testimony requires an expert who can’t be discredited on the stand. That’s so not me. My closet is full of bones.

Keye had been part of the FBI’s behavioral analysis before her sins caught up with her. Now she is bounty hunter/private investigator in lovely Atlanta with her cat White Trash.

The cast of characters in these books immediately became some of my favorites. I can’t wait to see how these books go. They are thrillers and involve rape and serial killers, but the author mixes in humor when you least expect it.
This girl feed a FBI analyst pot brownies..that’s how much awesomeness she is.

I think the only thing that bugged me with this book and it wasn’t enough that I didn’t love it was the fact that we don’t need to know the sexual orientation of everyone in the story.

All in all 4.5 stars for this book. I’m glad I have the next one ready to go.

 

Divinity by Michelle L Johnson

Divinity by Michelle L. Johnson

Julia saves an infant from a burning car to discover that she is the daughter of archangel Gabriel.
She finds out that the angels have been watching over her for her lifetime. She was abused as a child by her step-brother..the answer for that? She had to suffer to learn about humanity. Yeah..ok

There is a ton of info dumping in this book. Then you have the creep archangels watching her every move.

Don’t let her get attached to some one! That is the kiss of death in this book. We can’t have any attachments to the humans!

I have no clue why I finished this book.

There were a couple of parts that I enjoyed. Her relationship with her boyfriend wasn’t horrible.
Then there was the explanation of the other angels children that have walked on earth. Including one of my heroes.

It just couldn’t save the rest of this mess.

The story jumped around and that ending? Let’s just drop off the story in the middle of nowhere. That works..NOT!!

I think I need an award for making it through this. I’m gonna go eat a cookie.

I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.