Thursday, October 18, 2018

Audiobook Review: Bone Gap


 Author: Laura Ruby
Format:  Audiobook
Narrators:  Laura Ruby
Genre:  Magical Realism
My Rating: 3.5

 



Goodreads Synopsis…


Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?


Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.

As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.




My Thoughts...

I like to think of these kinds of stories as meandering.  There is a plot, and we definitely get to the good stuff, but we take our time. We stroll through the winding trails of random stories, stop and gaze into far off memories, and scrutinize the details of each character.  To be honest, sometimes this is charming, but it can also become tedious.  There are many times I wish that the plot would move forward, but I can tell that everything will happen in due time.  So my advice is, take your time and don’t get impatient…good things are coming.

As other reviewers have pointed out, this book was light on the magic.  This is totally a personal preference thing, but since this is my blog and my review, I guess I get to say this. J I wish we had more magic and less talk of creepy corn that can whispers and walk around.  I might have nightmares about the corn, which is not something I ever thought I would say.

Thanks to Daniela Ark from Bookiverse for suggesting Bone Gap for an ABL Read-a-like.  Check back on Friday, October 19, 2018, for my list of books to read if you enjoy magical realism or Bone Gap.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Author Spotlight: Karen Marie Moning


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Author Spotlight…

At least twice a month (#goals #fail), I want to shine a spotlight on an author I’ve read, either recently or long ago, that I have loved.  This author may be popular or may be lesser known, but as I look through my shelves, I can always find books and writers I wish people would read, if only so that we can talk about them. 


This Month’s Feature…

Karen Marie Moning


Have you read her yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?!?!  These are definitely romance novels, but with so much story.  There is fantasy, suspense, mystery and romance, oh the romance.  Fair warning, this is not what others call clean romance (did we ever settle on a different name?).  These books have some super steamy scenes and contain some of my favorite alpha males characters ever.

Check out some of the summaries below, plus I’ve linked up some of my reviews from back in the day.



My Favs...

Kiss of the Highlander


A laird trapped between centuries...




Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he’d ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world. Drustan knew he had to return to his own century if he was to save his people from a terrible fate. And he needed the bewitching woman by his side....

A woman changed forever in his arms...

Gwen Cassidy had come to Scotland to shake up her humdrum life and, just maybe, meet a man. How could she have known that a tumble down a Highland ravine would send her plunging into an underground cavern — to land atop the most devastatingly seductive man she’d ever seen? Or that once he’d kissed her, he wouldn’t let her go?

Bound to Drustan by a passion stronger than time, Gwen is swept back to sixteenth-century Scotland, where a treacherous enemy plots against them... and where a warrior with the power to change history will defy time itself for the woman he loves....



Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ABL Absorbed in Thought: Blogtober Blues


 I’m curious about something.  I was so excited about Blogtober, and had every intention of posting every day, but somehow, I always end up failing miserably.  It’s like each day sneaks up on me, and before I know it, it’s 10:00p.m. and I have to go to bed.  Maybe it’s all of the fun activities I try to do in October?


I’m also noticing as the days get shorter and the temperature falls, so does my energy level.  All I want to do is grab a coffee, a book, and a blanket, curl up and get lost in someone else’s thoughts and problems.

Then I see Halloween is almost here, and then the holidays.  I am soooo not ready and seriously starting to feel overwhelmed.



~Where does all of my inspiration go in October?

~Why can’t my love of fall transfer to creative accomplishments?

~Am I the only person who is feeling this way?

Monday, October 15, 2018

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Arc Review: Love in Catalina Cove by Benda Jackson




Title:  Love in Catalina Cove   
Author:  Brenda Jackson
Format:  Paperback*
Publication Date:  
Genre: Romance
My Rating: 4





Goodreads Synopsis

In her brand-new series, Brenda Jackson welcomes you to Catalina Cove, where even the biggest heartbreaks can be healed…

In the wake of a devastating teen pregnancy that left her childless and heartbroken, Vashti Alcindor left Catalina Cove, Louisiana, with no plans to return. Now, over a decade later, Vashti reluctantly finds herself back in her hometown after inheriting her aunt’s B and B. Her homecoming gets off to a rocky start when the new sheriff, Sawyer Grisham, pulls her over for speeding, and things go downhill from there.

The B and B, a place she’d always found refuge in when it seemed like the whole world was against her, has fallen into disrepair. When a surprising benefactor encourages Vashti to reopen the B and B, Vashti embraces a fresh start, and soon old hurts begin to fade as she makes new memories with the town—and its handsome sheriff…

But some pasts are too big to escape, and when a bombshell of a secret changes everything she thought was true, Vashti is left reeling. With Sawyer and his teenage daughter determined to see her through the storm, though, she’s learning family isn’t always a matter of blood—sometimes it’s a matter of heart.


My Thoughts...

This is a likeable story about a woman who overcomes a difficult past.  Instead of continuing to run from her pain, she returns to Catalina Cove to face all of the people who had betrayed her, only to find freedom in her new home.

I really liked Vashti, her story, and her strength, but I never fully connected with her.  I say that, but I can’t pinpoint a reason.  Other reviewers are not having this problem, so it may have been my mood.  For the sake of an honest review, I am mentioning it, but I’m not sure how much it should impact your decision to read this book.  I would love to hear what others thought about Vashti.

There were times where the plot meandered a bit, and the ending felt a little rushed.  However, overall this was so much fun to read.  Almost like a soap opera, in a very good way.  Genuine escapism, filled with irresistible love and unimaginable pain.  Can I also mention, I can’t wait to read the next books?  Brenda Jackson did a brilliant job of setting up the series and getting me invested in all of the characters, not just Vashti and Sawyer. Drama is coming…

My favorite part of a romance is the love story, but vying for my affection is always any renovation or makeover.  My imagination just runs wild with possibilities while trying to follow the descriptions in the book, but sometimes I get carried away…






* Special thanks to Brenda Jackson, HQN, and TLC Book Tours  for providing a copy of Love in Catalina Cove in exchange for an honest review.


 
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