Saturday, July 18, 2015

Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge

I recently came across the Book Riot 2015 Read Harder Challenge & even though it is the middle of July I've decided that I want to give it a try! I think it will be a great way to motivate myself to read books that aren't the norm for me. I'm excited to explore some different genres/authors. I'd love to have others join with me, so comment on this post if you plan on trying it & share some of the books you've read! You can also join the Goodreads Group here!

Below is the list of categories for this challenge. I will be posting the book I've read (along with my review link) next to each category once I've finished it. I will not be adding any previous books I've read this year, these will all be books that I've read after my start date (July 18th).

A book written by someone when they were under the age of 25
A book written by someone when they were over the age of 65
A collection of short stories (either by one person or an anthology by many people)
A book published by an indie press
A book by or about someone that identifies as LGBTQ
A book by a person whose gender is different from your own
A book that takes place in Asia
A book by an author from Africa
A book that is by or about someone from an indigenous culture (Native Americans, Aboriginals, etc.)
A microhistory
A YA novel
A sci-fi novel
A romance novel
A National Book Award, Man Booker Prize or Pulitzer Prize winner from the last decade
A book that is a retelling of a classic story (fairytale, Shakespearian play, classic novel, etc.)
An audiobook
A collection of poetry
A book that someone else has recommended to you
A book that was originally published in another language
A graphic novel, a graphic memoir or a collection of comics of any kind (Hi, have you met Panels?)
A book that you would consider a guilty pleasure (Read, and then realize that good entertainment is nothing to feel guilty over)
A book published before 1850
A book published this year
A self-improvement book (can be traditionally or non-traditionally considered “self-improvement”)

Monday, July 13, 2015

Undetected by Dee Henderson

Author Info: Website

Publisher: Bethany House

Genre: Christian Fiction, Romance, Romantic Suspense

Pages: 480 pages (of awesome!)

Our Rating: 5-stars!

Buy it Here: Amazon

 When asked what he does for a living, Commander Mark Bishop is deliberately low-key: "I'm in the navy."

But commanding the ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada, keeping its crew trained and focused during 90-day submerged patrols, and being prepared to launch weapons on valid presidential orders, carries a burden of command like few other jobs in the military. Mark Bishop is a man who accepts that responsibility, and carries it well. And at a time when tensions are escalating in the Pacific Rim, the navy is glad to have him.

Mark wants someone to come home to after sea patrols. The woman he has in mind is young, pretty, and very smart. She's a civilian, but she understands life in the navy. And he has a strong sense that life with her would never be boring. But she may be too deep in her work to see the potential in a relationship with him.

Gina Gray would love to be married. She has always envisioned her life that way. But a breakup she didn't see coming has her focusing all her attention on what she does best--ocean science research. She's on the cusp of a breakthrough, and she needs Mark Bishop's perspective and help. Because what she's told the navy she's figured out is only the beginning. If she's right, submarine warfare is about to enter a new and dangerous chapter...

Let me start by saying, Dee Henderson is without a doubt one of my favorite authors! I fell in love with her when The Negotiator (the 1st book in the O'Malley series) was released & I've read every book since then! Her characters are so well developed and  have real, easy to relate to, struggles (although their situations are often more exciting than what most would experience!) One of my favorite things about all her books is that you often see so many characters overlap and although that overlap was limited in this book, I still found myself enjoying every single page.

I loved "Genius Gina" & Mark and from the very beginning I was excited to how they would end up together. I also really loved the navy aspect & thought all of the submarine stuff was very interesting! I would definitely recommend this book to pretty much everyone!

*I got this book from my local library, it is one of the few Dee Henderson books that I don't already own!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Second Grave on the Left by Darynda Jones

Release Date: August 16, 2011

Author Info: Goodreads & Website

Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Paranormal Romance

Pages: 307 pages

Buy it Here: Amazon

Our Rating:  5 stars

If you hang around with dead people, life can get pretty complicated. Take it from Charley Davidson, part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Complicated is her middle name. The deceased find her very sparkly. Demons find her irresistible. And one entity in particular wants to seduce her in every way possible.

When Charley and Cookie (her best friend/receptionist) have to track down a missing woman, the case is not quite as open and shut as they anticipate. Cookie's friend Mimi disappeared five days earlier. Mimi then sends Cookie a cryptic message telling Cookie to meet her at an nearby coffee shop. The coffee is brewing, but Mimi's still missing. There is, however, a clue Mimi left on the bathroom wall: a woman's name. Mimi's husband explains to them that his wife had been acting strange since she found out an old high school friend had been murdered. The same woman whose name Mimi had scribbled on the bathroom wall.

Meanwhile, Reyes Alexander Farrow (otherwise known as the Son of Satan. Yes. Literally) has left his corporeal body and is haunting Charley. He's left his body because he's being tortured by demons who want to lure Charley closer. But Reyes can't let that happen. Because if the demons get to Charley, they'll have a portal to heaven...well, let's just say it wouldn't be pretty.
Can Charley handle hot nights with Reyes and even hotter days tracking down a missing woman? Can she keep those she loves out of harm's way? And is there enough coffee and chocolate in the world to fuel her as she does?

I am in love with Charley Davidson. With each page I go back & forth on if I'd rather be her or be her best friend! She is a strong female character, something that so many books truly lack & she kicks butt. I don't know how Darynda Jones did it, but I don't know if anyone will be able to top this incredible character. I'm constantly wondering what is going to happen next or what funny/crazy thing is going to come out of Charley's mouth next. 

This book was just as good as the first & I can't wait to read the next book!

*I got this book from my local library. Don't you just love a good library find?!?