The House Husband

house-husbandspolier alertTitle: The House Husband

Author: James Patterson with Duane Swierczynski

Pages: 144

Genre: mystery, suspense

Is this part of a series? No.

Published:  January 26th, 2017

Summary:

Detective Teagan Beaumont has come back from maternity leave into a mess.  Her partner is hiding something, her husband is having issues adapting and, let’s face it, she just doesn’t want to leave her baby every day.  Then there are the murders.  Several families have come up murdered.  A mother that killed her children, husband and herself.  A well off family where the mother poisoned her family, then overdosed on pain killers.  The one that shakes her, though, is when it is another police  man’s family.  It looked like the mother took a gun to her family and then herself.  But she knows this mother.  Nothing would have possessed her to do this.  Where do you loo for clues when nothing is as it seems?

At the same time W. Harold Poshen has the perfect life not far away.  He is the perfect father and house husband and loves his life.  Sometimes though, you just have to blow off a little steam.  And, really, can he help it when it makes him angry to see failing families?  All he wants is the perfect family.

My thoughts:

This was a good, fast read; though fairly predictable.  I did like Teagan, but it was harder to like the other characters as they were a bit underdeveloped for me.  I would be interested to see if Detective Teagan becomes a series, but as of yet this is a standalone novella.  The story line was interesting and engaging, and I found myself wrapped up in the mayhem.  I give it a three.  Three Stars

 

On the Adult Content Scale, I give it a six.  The violence gets pretty gruesome.

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The book is out- have you read it?

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The Roanoke Girls, Amy Engle

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Title: The Roanoke Girls

Author: Amy Engle

Pages:  276

Genre: Mystery

Is this part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  March 7th, 2017

                I received an eARC of this book from First to Read.  I am, as always, extremely grateful.

Summary:

When Lane’s mother commits suicide, she finds that she has family in Kansas that want her.  Roanoke is like nothing she’s ever seen before.  Part of her loves it, surrounded by a cousin and granddad that love her, considered one of the beautiful and mysterious Roanoke girls.  There is something going on though.  Allegra shows her the wall- pics of all the Roanoke girls that have gone before- dead, ran, dead, ran and so on.  According to her, Roanoke girls don’t last long here.  Her mother being one of the ones that ran, Lane always wondered why.  There was also the question of why she behaved as she did, always sad.  Crying and angry.  When she discovers the truth behind life at Roanoke Lane runs too.

Eleven years later, Allegra is missing and Lane is back at Roanoke to find out what happened.  Nothing has changed, not really.  Tommy, even though he’s married, is still tied to Allegra and may be one of the few that truly want to find her.  Granddad is heartbroken, but seems more interested in keeping Lane.  Then there’s Cooper, the bad boy she had loved and left, now a man who has turned himself around.  Can this new, mature Cooper, keep Lane safe and sane while she solves this mystery, or will Roanoke lure her back into it’s embrace?

My thoughts:

I actually loved the writing style here; with it’s unique ways of allowing you to know other characters.  The story line was creepy and disturbing, but oh-so-good!  I could not put this one down!  Now, I can’t stress this enough, there is a lot of very disturbing material.  This is not one for the squeamish or light hearted.  In fact, I would say that this is not a book appropriate for a teen.  That’s just my opinion.  For me, though, I loved it.  Five stars all the way- just know what you’re getting into.Five Stars

As far as the adult content goes there’s language, violence and a large amount of sexual content.  I’m giving this one a nine, the content is disturbing. adult content rubber stamp

The book comes out 3-07-2017, be ready!

Link to book:

Amazon

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Everything Love is, Claire King

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Title: Everything Love Is

Author: Claire King

Pages: 384

Genre: fiction, romance

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published:  December 6th, 2016

I was offered a copy of this book by Netgalley and Bloomsbury USA in exchange for an honest review.  My apologies for being so late.

Summary:

We meet Baptiste Molino, who has spent his life trying to figure out how to make people happy- for a living.  Living on his houseboat, Candace, he is content to help others find their happiness while not making waves in his own life.  He loves his family, whom he sees regularly, and spends every evening having dinner at Jardine’s, drinking wine and talking to Sophie the young bar tender and friend.

He is obsessed more with his past than his future.  His mother died in childbirth, on a train to a destination written on her arm.  She carried very few possessions, all of which Baptiste’s adoptive mother (who acted as the midwife) kept for him.  But who was she?  Where had she come from? Why travel at that stage in pregnancy?  It’s easy to get lost in the questions.  Sophie, though, wants him to rediscover passion.  To live!  She pulls him out into the world.

At the same time, his new client Amandine is awakening his heart.  She may be the one to bring Baptiste back to life.  As tension rises in the streets of town between protesters looking for a better life, Baptiste begins to take more risks- to allow himself to feel more.  His wishes to resists love with it’s roller coaster of emotions wavers in the face of two amazing women.  When he discovers a secret that could destroy everything, he must decide if he will keep his loved ones safe, or just let go and take the days as they come.

My thoughts:

This book was beautifully written, charming and sweet and completely heart-wrenching.  I loved the characters, and how the book was broken into different POV so that I could get more of the story and a better feel for the characters.  I especially loved that my copy had lovely sketches of birds as the chapter header (a lovely touch, thanks!).  The twist of the book (nope, not telling!) came as a shock to me, and broke my heart.  I loved the story, the character interaction… everything really.  Five stars, plus one for creativity!Five Starsstar

As far as the adult content scale, there is some sexual content and violence.  Light language, all very minor.  I would give it a four. General.svg

The book is out now.  Have you read it?  What were your thoughts?

Amber

Weekly Wrap-up! (February 20th-26th)

Personal Life:

Hey guys!  This week we are still working on reorganizing the living room.  Everything has been bought, but not put together.  We still have a stand to get set up that will have the printer and (hopefully) scanner.  We also need to put up pet nets and consider the pet chain idea, or a rod that would hold them attached to the wall.  On the bright side, we went to storage and got a lot of my books.  I am in the middle of trying to decide which to put on my 1 1/2 book shelves.  The largest amount so far is going to the library or used book stores.  If I haven’t missed them/ won’t read them again, I am purging them.  I went from five bookshelves to 1 1/2…. so it has to be important.  Some can and will go back to storage, but I am trying to be selective.  It’s hard… lol.  Already most of my Mythology books are on the shelves because I love the gorgeous, oversized things… I just can’t put them away again.

Bookish Life:

I ended up finishing The Idiot and Everything Love Is (review to follow after I have gone through my notes/ processed).  I loved them, but they were both slow reads for me.

I also finished Roanoke Girls (a First to Read pick I will review after processing it.  There are a lot of strong emotions right now).  I loved it, though it was twisted and disturbing.  I cannot recommend it for a young audience.

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So, that was my week.  How was yours?

Amber

 

The Idiot, Elif Batuman

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Title: The Idiot

Author: Elif Batuman

Pages:  448

Genre: Literary Fiction, YA, coming of age

Is this Part of a series?  No.

Publish Date:  March 14th, 2017

I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review from First to Read.  I am, as always, grateful for this opportunity.

Summary:

                It is 1995, 19 year old Selin’s first year at Harvard.  No longer one of the strongest in her sets, she has difficulty trying to set herself apart from the other students.  Taking courses in things she has never heard of, embracing thought process that are alien to her, and trying to understand her new world; Selin is a sweet and interesting voice for all the youth trying to both stand out and fit in.  There are roommates and friends, email and love interests.  Bars and tutoring sessions, treks to Hungary that begin as instructional and end up leaving her feeling like a guest on vacation.

In all of this there is a book from her Russian class, Nina in Siberia, which she connects to and is intrigued by.  As someone that feels that books, and words, have real meaning she always looks for the “true meaning” behind a book.  It is important to her to understand it on a deep level.  This brings us to the other constant in the book, her emails with Ivan from Russian class.  Quickly, existential conversations about books, life, atoms and clowns, drag Selin deeper and deeper into love/obsession with Ivan.  He says he feels the same to an extent, but he has a girlfriend that he “only sometimes loves”.    Through the story, Selin tries to get a hold of her feelings, to understand what is going on.  Ivan continues to call, to spend time with her simply because he likes to.

My thoughts:

I loved the flow of this book, and the voice of Selin.  I identified with her in many ways, seeing my younger self in many of her fears and insecurities.  I loved the cast of characters, though felt like some- Ivan, Svetlana and her mother- could have been fleshed out a bit more.  This did not hamper my enjoyment of each of Selin’s new discoveries and adventures.  There were times where I was angry at Selin, feeling like she let Ivan take advantage of her feelings…. And times where I was furious at Ivan for leading her on.  I can remember being that young, though, and am not sure it was intentional- he did care for her I think, and wanted a friendship.  At the same time knowing someone thinks that much of you is slightly intoxicating.  I don’t know if I would label this as first love, but it is a first crush; and that is an important part of growing up.  I feel like many teens will feel the pull of these characters.  Five stars!Five Stars

On the adult content scale, there is drinking and some substance abuse.  There’s also light language.  It’s all fairly mild.  I give it a four.General.svg

The book comes out 3-14-17.  I recommend it for teens, especially those going to college.

Link to book:

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Amber

 

Weekly Wrap-up! (February 13th-19th)

Personal Life:

Hey guys!  For Valentine’s Day my husband decided to give me one of the sweetest and most stressful gifts ever- we are redecorating the living room!  Both of us being terrible hoarders, we have shelves upon shelves of games, computer stuff, keyboards and nick nacks….. and no BOOKSHELF.  How’s a bibliophile lived five years with out book storage, you ask?

  1. Most of my books I read constantly are digital.
  2. We have a storage unit (I haven’t seen those books in five years and it hurts).
  3. I was allowed one box of unread books in the house (apparently I slipped another box of my Patterson novels in without Warren realizing it).

Mostly this means getting rid of the brogninagium monstrosity that my husband made nine years ago for $20 that held our computers, printer, scanner and television.  Also new bookshelves for me, and getting rid of roughly 1/3 of the misc. garbage that  my husband collects.  Oooh!  We also bought a nice futon- the mattress is actually attached and the sides come up like an armrest.  We are looking into pet net/chains so that I can also keep my stuffed animals out ( also in storage, though the couch is covered with my favorites right now).  I am so excited!  It did bring up questions that as an adult I ought to know, but never did.  For instance, what does one do with the broken loveseat that gets replaced?  Lots of items went to the DAV and Habitat for Humanity, but broken pieces?  Who knows?  (Apparently you can pay a small fee and schedule a pick up).

 

I know it seems silly- the bookshelf and stuffed animals and all… but they each have a story.  My large stuffed pig came from the Oklahoma State fair for instance.  I went with my husband and the O’hana… we weren’t even through the door when I saw a man with a pink stuffed pig in his arms and yelled out “I want that!”  My family laughed at me about it all day.  The next day, the family went back but I had to work.  When I came home Darling Charlotte was sitting on the bed for me.  Apparently Dad and Warren had talked to one of the Carnies and finagled the pig out of the guy for $20!  Then there’s the Bleach character- a small stuffed chicken in a blue cape named Rin Rin that I had been searching for forever, and Warren sent out for it.  Oh, and Totoro! He’s the perfect size for cuddles.  When he came in from Amazon his whiskers were detached  and my brother in law sewed them back for me.  I have the memory of stuffed animal surgery now.

Bookish life:

I haven’t been able to read nearly at all this week- maybe ten minutes today which is not normal for me.  I did finish two bookshots, and am slowly going through The Idiot and Everything Love Is.

It may take me a while to finish the last two, but I am loving them.  Things have just been so hectic!  I did like Malicious more than the previous Mitchum book and had a lot of fun with French Twist.

So, that’s it for me for this week.  What’s up with you?

Amber

Malicious, James Patterson and James O. Born

maliciousspolier alertTitle: Malicious

Author: James Patterson and James O. Born

Pages: 144

Genre: Mystery

Is this part of a series?  Yes, this is book two of the Mitchum series.

Published: February 7th, 2017

Mitchum is back, and supporting his family again.  Natty is being accused of murdering another drug dealer in the area.  While the two don’t often see eye to eye, Mitchum knows that Natty’s no killer.  The evidence is stacked against him, though; and it doesn’t help that he and the widow are in love.  It’s up to Mitchum to figure out who killed Paul and rescue his brother.  When nothing is as it seems, who do you trust to show you the way?

I had a lot more fun with this story.  I like Mitchum, and the new character that they introduced.  Natty. love him or hate him, is a very interesting character too.  I can see myself getting very interested in these books and, indeed, cannot wait for the next installment.  The pros with the series the way it is, is that they are fast, interesting reads that really grab the attention.  The con, though is that because of the length of the book character development happens over books instead of over chapters.  Still, I like where this is going.  Four Stars

On the adult content scale, there is language and violence as well as talk of substance abuse.  I give it a five.  General.svg

The book is out.  Have you read it?

Link to book:

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