THE SISTERS by KATE FORSTER

The Sisters

This one had everything! Spoiled rotten and filthy rich, the de Santoval triplets are a handful.

Grace is interested in nothing or no one except art. Violetta has just signed up for a reality show based on her love of partying and making the papers. Carlotta just wants to work with her horses and she’ll do anything to get what she wants.

When they receive a call saying their mother is in a coma and their father is on the lam with millions, their lives are turned inside out. All of them have dirty little secrets as well as some tragic ones.

We watch them go from very unlikable girls to strong adult women who have to learn to run their mother’s company, and in doing so they discover who they really are and what they really want.

I really loved this one. It had everything. Fashion, Art, Horses and women who take their destiny into their own hands, sleazy businessmen and cheating husbands as well as a man claiming to be their brother.

I loved their mother Birdie most of all. And I’m still not sure she didn’t know what was going on. Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 20th 2018 by Aria

LIMETOWN by ZACK AKERS, SKIP BRONKIE, and COTE SMITH

Limetown: The Prequel to the #1 Podcast

From the creators of the #1 podcast Limetown, an explosive prequel about a teenager who learns of a mysterious research facility where over three hundred people have disappeared—including her uncle—with clues that become the key to discovering the secrets of this strange town.

To set this up for you, Limetown is a successful podcast that is both weird and creepy. This would be the prequel to what is on now.

Lia Haddock is a student when the entire population of Limetown disappears off the face of the earth. Every one is just gone. One of those is Lia’s Uncle Emile.

There is a lot of speculation about what is going on at what was really a research facility and people are talking. Well, except for Lia’s parents. They are not saying a word.

Lia’s investigation into what happened to her uncle leads her all over the map and puts her in danger. The good twisty part is she isn’t the only one looking. And these are some seriously disturbed individuals I would not want to meet up with.

Before this book I had only listened to a few podcasts, but now I’m hooked!

Well Done!

Netgalley/Simon and Schuster  November 13, 2018

 

SERPENTINE by LAURELL K. HAMILTON

Serpentine (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #26)

I went back and forth on reading this one. The last few have just been more of the same. I was interested in this Serpentine twist. Which showed up at the end of the book.

Besides that is was just more of the same. Anita having sex with lots of different species.

In my opinion the only plot anymore is the sex. I even had my husband read it, as he also has read them all, and he was disappointed too.

I wish she would do more with the Merry Gentry books, but this will be the last Anita Blake one I read. There comes a time when it’s just over. This is that time.

 

BLOOD COMMUNION by ANNE RICE

Blood Communion (The Vampire Chronicles, #13)

The Vampire Chronicles continue with a riveting, rich saga–part adventure, part fairy-tale–of Prince Lestat and the story of the Blood Communion as he tells the tale of his coming to rule the vampire world and the eternal struggle to find belonging, a place in the universe for the undead, and how, against his will, he must battle the menacing, seemingly unstoppable force determined to thwart his vision and destroy the entire vampire netherworld.

I have read every book Anne has put out. I love her world of vampires and the opulence of their world. And of course who doesn’t love the Brat Prince himself?

In this telling of the Blood Communion and how he came to rule the undead and now is fighting for the entire vampire world, we find most of our favorite characters and we move from Europe to Louisiana with elegance and violence.

As much as I am a fan of her work, I’m rather over it. It feels different. Not as compelling as the first books. I really wasn’t interested in this one, but my husband loved it even though he commented it was really just a smash-up of all the others.

I don’t think I could give this one more than 3 stars and for the first time I did not pre-order the book but waited for it to come out at the library.

In Peppermint Peril by Joy Avon

In Peppermint Peril (A Book Tea Shop Mystery, #1)

A Book Tea Shop Mystery #1
In the run-up to Christmas Eve, organizer of book-themed tea parties Callie Aspen and her lovable Boston terrier will have to conquer threefold trouble—a mysterious will, a missing heirloom and a dead body—to restore the festive spirit to their small town.

Callie Aspen is taking a break from guiding tourists to exciting and historic places around the globe. She has come back to visit and help out at Book Tea, a vintage tea room where all of the goodies have some sort of book clue in them. And they sound scrumptious! It doesn’t hurt that her aunt owns the place!

It’s a snowy Christmas time in Heart’s Harbor, Maine, where Callie spent so much of her childhood and fell in love with Haywood Hall and it’s inhabitants. So it is a treat for her to help her aunt with a themed tea at the Hall at the behest of the owner, Dorothea Finster.

Unbeknownst to Callie, every guest has some kind of agenda. Is the elderly Dorothea going to read her will? Is the Hall going to be sold? And why is the gardener lying dead with a screwdriver in his chest?

This is the first in the series and I enjoyed each and every character. The pace of the book was just right for me. I can’t wait to see what happens next with all of these lovely characters!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 13th 2018 by Crooked Lane Books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A BIRDER’S GUIDE TO MURDER by J.R.RIPLEY

A Bird Lover’s Mystery #8

Amy and her gaggle of bird loving friends have unexpectedly been invited to participate in the American Birding Expo in Philadelphia. A last-minute invite and a trip with the entire gang, including Esther the Pester. This could be a very bad thing for Amy but a good thing for her shop Birds and Bees.

Things begin going badly as soon as they check in to the motel. Esther is acting oddly even for her. Frank, Karl and Derek must share a room which means Esther and Amy are bunking together. Oh Joy!

Amy manages to insult a famous bird photographer who is also the guest of honor. And Esther is disappearing every few minutes. When she drags Amy into a bathroom where said guest of honor is no longer in the land of the living, Amy is beginning to think she should have run a background check on her tenant a long time ago. Through cemeteries, Zombie Conventions and a whole lot of shady people, this story is the best so far. We found out a lot about Miss Esther and there may be some love in the air as well.

This series is one of my favorites. By now I am so invested in each of these wonderful characters I can’t wait for the next one to come out!

Well Done!

Netgalley/ November 13th 2018 by Lyrical Underground