Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Fellow blogger Tessa and I had the pleasure of meeting Mrs. Caine at a book signing at our favorite indie bookstore Murder by the Book. Rachel Caine was a lot of fun and answered questions and personalized every one's books.
Marilyn's house is haunted but not by the actress. Jamie encounters strange entities in the garden she believes are children trapped between two planes. Jamie is determined to help these children and find out what happened to them and to prove her worth in the supernatural world.
In No Humans Involved we read about the relationship with Jamie and Jeremy and get a little better insight to Jamie. She is very self-conscience and awkward and constantly looking for approval and reassurance.
No Humans Involved has a pretty good storyline. You get a better understanding of how non-supernaturals fit into the supernatural world. There isn't a lot of action but enough to keep it interesting.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
I know, Tessa and I have been MIA for a few weeks but y'all know how it is. One thing lead to another and before I knew it I had neglected the blog for 3 weeks.
Anyway, both Tessa and I were able to find the time to read Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Its a fabulous book but, I think its better for a potential reader to begin the book without any preconceived ideas so, I'm not going to give a review. Just know that it has an original storyline with a beautifully written setting.
Tessa and I loved the book so much we decided to attend a signing at our favorite indie book store, Murder by the Book. We had a wonderful time and learned that Night Circus has been optioned for a movie so be on the look out.
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Although The Reading Grove primarily shares reviews on books falling into the realms of Mystery or Sci-Fi/Fantasy, we do hold an appreciation for literature from a variety of categories. That got us thinking, what is your favorite genre of book? Take our poll at the bottom of the page.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Did you know zombies are the new vampires? My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland is the first in the new series White Trash Zombie and is the first zombie book I have read. It wasn't too gruesome and had lots of mystery. Angel isn't a mindless flesh-eating machine, although, it seems to take her awhile to figure things out that are pretty apparent to the reader. My Life as a White Trash Zombie is a good start to a new series and I can't wait for the next installment.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
A friend asked me to read this book and after we both read it we would go watch the movie. I have to say this book is predictable and not very interesting. It lacks dimension and depth. It starts very slow, somewhere in the middle it picks up, but ends on a very flat note. There are so many directions a book about racism and oppression can go but Kathryn Sockett stayed very benign. Kathryn Sockett even has the nerve to compare one of the main characters to Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird.
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Rather than summarize Ink Flamingos by Karen E. Olson (which co-blogger Tessa has already done here) I am just going to go right into my review.
Ink Flamingos has a great story line and Karen E. Olson does a fantastic job of keeping the reader in suspense. Brett’s emotional state in Ink Flamingos, as well as her confusion as to why she is being stalked is well written. I really enjoy this series. That was until I found out Ink Flamingos was the
last book in the Tattoo Shop Mystery series.
I first thought the rumor of the end of the series could not be true. A Tattoo Shop Mystery series is only four books long! Karen wouldn’t do that to me! So I frantically went to Karen Olson’s blog were she confirms the end of the series. When I read that she was “done with the series” frankly, I was
pissed. How can she hook me with wonderful characters and imagery just to release me? Karen, catch and release is cruel!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
The Night Huntress Series was on my wish list for quite a long time. Boy was that a mistake. I should have started this series a long time ago. There are currently five books in this series, Halfway to the Grave, One Foot in the Grave, At Graves End, Destined for an Early Grave, and This Side of the Grave. Once I started the series I couldn't put it down. I was able to read one right after the other. All the characters in the Night Huntress Series are brilliant. There is even an appearance from Vlad the Impaler. I am impatiently awaiting One Grave at a Time due out August 30, 2011.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
- Goldy Bear Culinary Mysteries, by Diane Mott Davidson
- Coffeehouse Mysteries, by Cleo Coyle
- A Mystery A La Mode Series, by Wendy Lyn Watson
- Cupcake Bakery Mysteries, by Jenn McKinlay
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Abby Cooper is a civilian profiler for the FBI who uses her psychic abilities to help catch the bad guys. In Vision Impossible Abby is recruited by the CIA to help recover highly classified military software that can capture an image of a persons aura.
Vision Impossible is the ninth book in the Psychic Eye Mystery series. Wow! I can't believe its already been that many. I love this series. Vision Impossible doesn't showcase Abby's special skills very much but its packed with action. I hope there are many more Psychic Eye Mysteries to come.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
A Discovery of Witches is the first book in the All Souls Trilogy. Co-blogger Tessa has also reviewed A Discovery of Witches (See Tessa's review). I completely agree with her review. This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let go. Its got a little bit of everything; witches, vampires, demons, romance, suspense, history. You name its in there. If you don't read this book you are missing out.
Thursday, July 7, 2011
Let me start by saying that I love the Ghost Hunter Mystery Series. They give me goosebumps and have me looking over my shoulder when I read them.
That being said, I was supremely disappointed in Ghouls, Ghouls, Ghouls. It felt like a Scooby-Doo Mystery. I didn't get the chills I usually do when I read a Ghost Hunter Mystery. Gilley, M.J.'s sidekick, has become ridiculous and I kept waiting for M.J. to ask him if he wanted a Scooby Snack.
Monday, July 4, 2011
And if Abby isn't stressed out enough, Mad Mo (Abby's mother) is at it again and you'll be knocked over by a feather when you read what she is crafting now.
I liked Acts of Violets. Kate Collins is quite witty and I always have a giggle when reading A Flower Shop Mystery. Abby is solo for the most part on this case and being a competent female she makes quick work of finding the real killer. Although Marco and Abby haven't actually verbalized their feelings for each other the relationship is progressing nicely.
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Vampires and shifters have been outed to the general public. Now its time to deal with the repercussions. To make matters worse, a drug used by vampires is circulating the vampire houses that lowers their inhibitions making them aggressive and dangerous. Merit needs to calm the natives, find out where the vampire drugs are coming from and decided what to do about Ethan.
Ethan is the Master of Merit's house. Their relationship has run hot and cold from the beginning. As far as Merit is concerned the last time Ethan broke her heart was the last time. But Ethan is persistent and Merit's resolve is wavering.
Hard Bitten was excellent. There was a twist at the end I was not expecting. I can't wait to read Drink Deep due out November 1st to find out what happens next.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
ARE YOU READY TO RUMBLE??? A vampire run gym opens in Morganville and Shane can't wait to join for martial arts training. But the more time Shane spends at the gym the weirder he acts. When Clarie decides to go check things out she discovers that humans are pitted against vampires in mixed martial arts style fighting. You would think with vampire strength humans would be no match but something isn't right. Shane is unusually strong and very aggressive. Is it roid-rage or something else?
Bite Club is not my favorite in the series. While there is a lot of action and you get a better understanding of Shane it is still missing something. This makes me sad because I don't think there are many books left in the series.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
However, work must go on and she is needed to retrieve a letter that is believed to be written by Jack the Ripper. The job seems easy and would provide a much needed distraction. Who would have thought the letter contains a portal that releases zombies, cholera, typhus and possibly Jack the Ripper himself. Anything that can go wrong does as the pack attempts to close the portal and set the city of Toronto right.
Broken is not the best of the Women of the Otherworld series but still worth the read.
Mages, Vampires, Clairvoyants - Oh My! In quick succession this year, I have knocked out the first three books in Karen Chance's fast-paced fantasy series starring clairvoyant Cassandra Palmer. Having spent her childhood living in the world of vampires Palmer finds herself in hiding from those who once protected her. The first three books in the series, Touch the Dark, Claimed by Shadow, and Embrace the Night, focus on events surrounding Palmer's reentry into the supernatural community. Her growing powers make her a target to...well, pretty much everyone. With the help of war mages, fey, vampires, and even stars of Greek mythology, Ms. Chance welcomes her readers into a world where the possibilities seem endless. Fans of Kim Harrison, Kelly Armstrong, Jeaniene Frost, and the early years of Laurell Hamilton will really enjoy this series.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
http://www.coffeehousemystery.com/. Murder by Mocha is set for release on August 2, 2011.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Brett Kavanaugh is a tattooist and owner of the up-scale tattoo shop, The Painted Lady, in Las Vegas. Brett loans her Mustang Bullitt to a friend for her wedding day at a drive through chapel that specializes in Dean Martin impersonators. When the Mustang is returned Brett finds a dead Dean Martin in the trunk with a clip cord from a tattoo machine wrapped around his neck. To make matters worse, the bride and groom are no where to be found.
Driven to Ink is the third installment of the wonderfully written Tattoo Shop Mystery. Brett Kavanaugh is a strong female character who lets her curiosity get the best of her. While her sidekicks are male she can still hold her own. However, we get a peak at Brett's softer side in Driven to Ink.
I have never been to Las Vegas, but when I read a Tattoo Shop Mystery I feel like it's my hometown. Karen Olsen does a great job of describing not only the strip but the suburbs and surrounding areas. That being said, there is not so much description that you are bogged down in imagery.
Driven to Ink has lots of twists and turns that make is difficult to figure out "who dunit" and why.