I was on one of the campuses I often substitute teach on, and I had a class in the library when I looked over and the librarian had a nice stack of just-out-of-the-box books. In beautiful purple and gold, there was The Speaker, Book Two of Sea of Ink and Gold. I could have died. When I told her I had read and loved The Reader and couldn’t wait to read The Speaker, she let me borrow it! I am so very grateful to her! I read The Reader almost exactly one year ago, and I’m posting this review a year later on the dot, which is pretty cool timing. Here’s my Review. Continue reading “Review — The Speaker by Traci Chee”
I found The Substitute on Amazon for free, so I picked it up a few months ago. I hadn’t read anything in nearly a month, and the description promised plenty of misunderstandings and a bit of romance–possibly the perfect thing to get me out of my funk.
THESE HEALING HILLS
Genre: Historical Romance / Christian
Date of Publication: September 5, 2017
Number of Pages: 368
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This is the first book in a series. Last year I reviewed the second book, Where Two Hearts Meet (review), as part of a Lone Star Book Blog Tour. I was so excited to find the series on Hoopla and be able to read the first installment.
At the beginning of the year I read Jackaby by William Ritter. You can see my review here.
I’m fortunate enough to have access to both Overdrive and Hoopla through my library, and I borrowed the ebook version of Beastly Bones from Hoopla.
Young Adult / Historical Fiction / Mystery
I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality . . .
In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R. F. Jackaby, are called upon to investigate the supernatural. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer. (Goodreads)
I just love how quick the story moves along, and I think Ritter does a good job of capturing the language and pacing of the literature that emerged in/around the time the Jackaby series is set in. I love how all the pieces of the story come together. There is a lot of wit in the writing.
I didn’t think this installment was quite as entertaining as the first, but I still very much enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading Ghostly Echoes sometime, although it may be another few months before I get around to it.
4 of 5 stars
Have you read this series? Did you enjoy it?
A Space Girl from Earth (The Kyroibi Trilogy Book 1) by Christina McMullen
The Extraction List by Renee N. Meland
The Hundredth Queen by Emily R. King
This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab
Managed by Kristen Callihan
Sweet Southern Trouble by Michele Summers
Craving by Helen Hardt
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon, audiobook
Beastly Bones by Will Ritter
Free-Wrench by Joseph R. Lallo, audiobook
Starflight by Melissa Landers
Heart on the Line by Karen Witemeyer
Things that have made me happy this past week or so:
Reading good books
Eating yummy cookies
Rain? (It’s supposed to be on it’s way)
Seeing friends and family
How about you?
#RockMyTBR (link) is a reading challenge hosted by Sarah K., The YA Book Traveler. Basically, the challenge is to read books that you already own that were published before the beginning of the year. I love this challenge. Even though I didn’t complete it last year, it was still fun to participate in and see what others were reading. Here’s my intro post for this year.
So how did I do in the month of April?
Altogether I read four books in April, and NONE of them were for #RockMyTBR.
Really, I thought I read more than that :-\
And really, I need to get hoppin’!
Are you participating in this or any other reading challenges? How are you doing?
I recently finished and reviewed A Darker Shade of Magic, and luckily the wait for the second installment, A Gathering of Shadows, wasn’t long! This time I read the ebook version instead of listening to the audiobook, borrowed from my library’s Overdrive. Continue reading “Review — A Gathering of Shadows by V.E. Schwab”
THE GRAVE TENDER
Genre: Women’s Fiction / Psychological Suspense
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Date of Publication: April 11, 2017
Number of Pages: 248