Monday, March 31, 2014

Reading Challenge Update: March 2014

Here is where I stand with the challenges I have joined after the month of February (only challenges that I read books for this month are featured here):

Ebook (11/25)
8. Conscientious Inconsistencies by Nancy Jane Moore
9. After the War by Libby Sternberg
10. Two-Room Flat by Jill Urbach
11. The Crone's Jewels by E. J. Dabel

Audio Book (6/25)
5. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
6. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

100 Books in a Year (37/100)
28. Conscientious Inconsistencies by Nancy Jane Moore
29. After the War by Libby Sternberg
30. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
31. Two-Room Flat by Jill Urbach
32. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford
33. Road Rash by Mark Huntley Parsons
34. The Counselor by Cormac McCarthy
35. Heartless by Sam Shepard
36. The Winner's Circle by Marie Rutkoski
37. The Crone's Jewels by E. J. Dabel

Historical Fiction (5/15)
5. After the War by Libby Sternberg

British Book (4/12)
4. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Free Reads (16/30)
12. Conscientious Inconsistencies by Nancy Jane Moore
13. After the War by Libby Sternberg
14. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
15. Two-Room Flat by Jill Urbach
16. Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford

Author Alphabet (12/26)
12. Two-Room Flat by Jill Urbach

YA Mythology (4/12)
4. The Crone's Jewels by E. J. Dabel

Elsewhere Online: March 2014

As you know from my Stacking the Shelves posts, I review for two other websites ( and As I cannot post my reviews there and here, but I would still like to count the books I read for the challenges, I am going to have a post like this at the end of the every month listing the books I reviewed and what challenges the went towards.

Title: Road Rash
Author: Mark Huntley Parsons
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Title: The Counselor
Author: Cormac McCarthy
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Title: Heartless
Author: Sam Shepard
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Title: The Winner's Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Challenges: 100 Books in a Year

Title: The Crone's Jewels
Author: E. J. Dabel
Challenges: E-Book, YA Mythology, 100 Books in a Year

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: 3/23-3/29

For possible review (here and on Bitten by Books):
Written for You by Joseph Cognard
The Unwanted Earl by Ruth J. Hartman
Because It Is My Blood by Gabrielle Zevin

Evening Stars by Susan Mallery

First Reads from Goodreads:
Salvage by Alexandra Duncan

Bought on Amazon:
The Norfolk Mystery by Ian Sansom
Cold in the Earth by Aline Templeton
Settled Blood by Mari Hannah

Monday, March 24, 2014

Carter Finally Gets It

Title: Carter Finally Gets It
Author: Brent Crawford
Publisher: Brillance Audio
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: For Fun
Challenges: Audio Book, Free Reads, Author Alphabet, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: I don't know when I have last read a book that portrayed a 14-year-old boy so exactly.  This was frickin' hilarious!  Might just even hit a tad close to home for readers of the same age as the protagonist.  The only thing I didn't get was that these teens did not seem to have cell phones.

Rating: 5 stars

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: 3/16-3/22

For possible review (here and on Bookloons):
The Word Exchange by Alena Graedon
Irenicon by Aidan Harte

Requested from Paperback Swap:
A Pig in Provence by Georgeanne Brennan

Bought on Amazon:
Cut Short by Leigh Russell

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dangerous Past

Dangerous Past
by A. F. Ebbers
published by SilverHawk
ISBN 978-0-9789482-3-8
Why Read?: Review
Challenges:  Author Alphabet, 100 Books in a Year

If you are looking for a fast-paced thriller, A. F. Ebbers sure delivers in Dangerous Past.  

Frank Braden thought he left his Vietnam days behind him.  Now a commercial pilot with a loving wife and two grown kids, he wants to forget all about his brother's death and the man who caused it so many years ago.  However, Frank's peaceful life is about to end when a very powerful man orders a hit on him.  The FBI believe Frank is suicidal, but Frank knows someone is out to get him.  The problem is, no one - not even Frank at first - believes this man could possible want him dead.  Now it is a race against time for Frank to prove what happened many years ago in Vietnam.

Ebbers does a great job keeping the suspense up from the first page.  However, Frank is not always the most sympathetic character as he makes some really dumb choices - of course, without those dumb choices, there would be no real story.  But this is not meant to be the great American novel, just a solid action/suspense novel, which is exactly what Ebbers gives.

For those looking for a great beach read of the thriller variety, Dangerous Past is a great pick.  I am interested to see what A. F. Ebbers comes up with in the future.

Rating: 3/5

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mental Health Giveaway Hop

Hop:  Mental Health Giveaway Hop
Host:  I Am a Reader Not a Writer & Reading in Twilight
Prize: A .mobi or .epub copy of Me Vs. PTSD by Scott Moore
Mental Health Fact:  Women are more like men to develop PTSD.
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two-Room Flat

Title: Two-Room Flat
Author: Jill Urbach
Publisher: Astraea
ISBN: 978-1-62135-187-0
Why Read?: Bookclub
Challenges: E-Book, Free Reads, Author Alphabet, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: This really was a cute story.  You knew what would happen, but that is just fine.  The only thing I wished Urbach did a little more of was having the main characters forgive each other for the event that drew them apart in the first place.

Rating: 3 stars

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: 3/9-3/15

For possible review (on Bookloons and Bitten by Books):
The Ghosts of Southwark by O. M. Grey
The Zombies of Mesmer by O. M. Grey
The Dark Eidolon and Other Fantasies by Clark Ashton Smith

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Joshua Effect by P. S. Meronek
The Pink Suit by Nicole Mary Kelby

Requested from Paperback Swap:
Bared to You by Sylvia Day
Dark Places by Gillian Flynn

Received in Book Riot Quarterly:
Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley
Judging a Book by Its Lover by Lauren Leto

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: 3/2-3/8

For possible review (here and on Bookloons):
Acid by Emma Pass
The Mark of the Dragonfly by Jaleigh Johnson
The Matchmakers by Ruth J. Hartman

Selection for Astraea Press Book Club:
Two-Room Flat by Jill Urbach


Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Publisher: Listening Library
ISBN: 9780736685986
Why Read?: Bookclub
Challenges: Audio, British, Free Reads, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: OK, so I seem to have really known nothing about the original Frankenstein story.  Turns out, there is no Igor and the monster ends up with a wonderful command of language.  There is also a tremendous lack of action, so I am very glad I listened to this instead of reading it or I never would have finished.  I will say, though, I now understand the beginning of the movie I, Frankenstein much better.

Rating: 2 stars

Thursday, March 6, 2014

After the War

Title: After the War
Author: Libby Sternberg
Publisher: Istoria
ISBN: n/a
Why Read?: Early Review
Challenges: E-Book, Historical Fiction, Free Reads, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: Bittersweet, this highly character-driven tale portrays a moving picture of the lives of those affected by WWII.  Also, a very interesting look at convent life pre-Vatican II.

Rating: 3 stars

Conscientious Inconsistencies

Title: Conscientious Inconsistencies
Author: Nancy Jane Moore
Publisher: Book View Cafe
ISBN: 9781611382587
Why Read?: Early Review
Challenges: E-Book, Free Reads, 100 Books in a Year

Thoughts: These stories were all interesting, but not all were my cup of tea.  I enjoyed "A Mere Schutcheon", probably because I am a fan of high fantasy.  "The First Condition of Immortality" is probably the best of the bunch, a very unique look at mortality.  "Homesteading" was a solid dystopia, but left me feeling rather sick.  And "Three O'Clock in the Morning" was incredibly disturbing, even more so with the second person narrative.

Rating: 3 stars

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Stacking the Shelves: 2/23-3/1

For possible review (here and on Bookloons):
Irenicon by Aidan Harte
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares
Stealing the Moon & Stars by Sally J. Smith & Jean Steffens
Never Ending by Martyn Bedford
Kissing in Italian by Lauren Henderson
Don't Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski
The Mirk and the Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson

First Reads from Goodreads:
The Serious Kiss by Mary Hogan

LibraryThing Early Review:
Fighting Down into the Kingdom of Dreams by Robin Wyatt Dunn