Trea's Journey for a Good Book

A stay at home mother's journey to find the next great read and let others know about the good, the bad, and the truly ugly finds along the way. 

Promises in Death (In Death #28)

Promises in Death - J.D. Robb

This book was a rather poignant look at losing a fellow police officer.  The mystery was not that original, but extremely engaging.  There were a few unexpected twists that I enjoyed and I also enjoyed the minor peeks into "dressing Eve".  It also gave us a deeper look at both Eve herself and Chief Examiner Morris' character, something I enjoyed seeing as well.  It was a quick and engrossing read for an afternoon!

These Happy Golden Years (Little House #8)

These Happy Golden Years - Garth Williams, Laura Ingalls Wilder

I really enjoyed this book!  I thought it was an interesting look at how young people courted and fell in love in that time period.  I liked watching how Laura began to fall for Almanzo, though I wish there was a bit more information on how he came to admire Laura in return.  The book definitely had some "aww" moments for me, and I am eager to read the final book in the series!

Tempting Boundaries (Montgomery Ink #2)

Tempting Boundaries - Carrie Ann Ryan

Having previously enjoyed the other books in this series, I have to say that I was rather disappointed by this installment.  Decker and Miranda were both annoying main characters that couldn't grow up and admit their attraction to one another.  They also were not good at communicating with one another, so much of the conflict in the story stemmed from that inability, making the conflict feel trite and shallow.  The only things that redeemed this story was the minor suspense plot and the ongoing plot threads from previous stories.  Just wasn't quite a 4 star read for me.

A Reclusive Heart

A Reclusive Heart - R.L. Mathewson I really enjoyed this story! It did focus more on Jamie's background than Nick's, but the story was enjoyable none the less for it. I was able to form a connection to both characters, and enjoyed watching Jamie grow more confident, the more in love with Nick she fell. The story was heart-wrenching at times as well! I really felt for Jamie quite a bit in this story! Overall, I found it to be an enjoyable way to spend an evening!

Promises in Death

Promises in Death - J.D. Robb This book was a rather poignant look at losing a fellow police officer. The mystery was not that original, but extremely engaging. There were a few unexpected twists that I enjoyed and I also enjoyed the minor peeks into "dressing Eve". It also gave us a deeper look at both Eve herself and Chief Examiner Morris' character, something I enjoyed seeing as well. It was a quick and engrossing read for an afternoon!

Take Me (Fifth Avenue)

Take Me (Fifth Avenue) - Maisey Yates I wasn't that impressed with this book. There wasn't much plot to it, as it mainly framed the sexual encounter. This made it impossible to form a good connection with the main characters. Granted, this was a prequel story, but there were too many unanswered questions for my tastes. What this book did do for me was introduce me to the author's writing style, which I found enjoyable and interesting. While I doubt I will finish this particular series, I am not adverse to reading more by the author.

Top Ten Tuesday-Movie Edition!

The Hunt for Red October - Tom Clancy The Hunger Games - Suzanne  Collins Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone - J.K. Rowling, Mary GrandPré Shoeless Joe (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) - W.P. Kinsella

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

 

The following are my top 11 favorite movies based on books (In no particular order after the first listed):

The Hunt for Red October (However, I don't care for the follow up movies of the series...Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears, etc)

Robert Landon Series (Angels and Demons, The Da Vinci Code, etc)
The Hunger Games (Whole Series)
Harry Potter (Whole Series)
The Perfect Storm
Field of Dreams (Corresponding book is Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella)
Percy Jackson (Whole Series, though they have only made 2 movies to date)

Silence of the Lambs (Though not the whole series.  Hannibal was good, but I didn't care for Hannibal Rising and Red Dragon)

The Wizard of Oz
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory

The Green Mile

Must mention a favorite of my daughter's: Divergent (Whole Series)

These Happy Golden Years

These Happy Golden Years  - Laura Ingalls Wilder, Garth Williams I really enjoyed this book! I thought it was an interesting look at how young people courted and fell in love in that time period. I liked watching how Laura began to fall for Almanzo, though I wish there was a bit more information on how he came to admire Laura in return. The book definitely had some "aww" moments for me, and I am eager to read the final book in the series!

Bargain Alert!

By Your Side - Candace Calvert

Bargain Alert!

 

The publisher for Candace Calvert's books is offering By Your Side (Crisis Team #1) e-book at only 2.99 for a limited time--great chance to get into this exciting series before the release of Maybe It's You in February. Grab (or gift) this bargain, stat! Available via most online book sites.  Link to Amazon follows!

 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Your-Side-Crisis-Team-Book-ebook/dp/B00LPQLIYU/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

Bound to Submit (Blasphemy #1)

Bound to Submit - Laura Kaye

I was blown away by this story!  I was both laughing and crying in equal measure during it, and even though I have no experience with the BDSM scene or with Military service, I was able to form a connection with both Griffin and Kenna!  The writing was sensual without being too smutty, and there was more to the story than just the sexual aspect!  This is what I prefer in my Erotica!  My only complaint about this book was that it was entirely too short!  I went into this expecting a 250-300 page novel, not a longer length novella.  Other than that, this was a great read!

Revving It Up (Stimulated #2)

Revving It Up (Stimulated Book 2) - Lexxie Couper

I had a bit of a hard time with this one. There wasn't much plot to it, and it felt like things were just mostly about the sex. All three of the main characters had major arrogance and ego issues, which made them difficult to connect with overall. We never got to see the romance form between Jay and Sami, which detracted from the story for me. I'll likely read the last book in the series, but I may avoid the author in the future.

Can't Help Falling in Love (Memphis Moments #2)

Can't Help Falling in Love - Annalisa Daughety

When I read the first story in the series, I was really torn about it, but reading this one left me no doubt: I did not enjoy this story!  However, I did enjoy the check ins with the heroine from the previous book.

Emily and Andrew both are held back by their tragedies and not really open to a love relationship.  Things just kinda sneak up on them, but the romance just wasn't really there for me.  I just kept feeling like they focused more on who they had lost than on getting to know one another better.

Emily's religious revival felt sudden and unbelievable to me as well, though religion was not a preachy overt sentiment in this story.

I had a hard time keeping my attention on this book, even though it was a short read.  I doubt I'll keep this series, though I do still enjoy the author overall.

The Jewel (The Jewel/The Lost City #1)

The Jewel - Amy Ewing

Going into this, I had read the two "prequel" novellas, and was largely confused overall. Upon finishing this, I still had that pervasive confusion, but also had the total apathy to finish the series!

This book has been billed as Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale meets The Selection. Now, I've never read Margaret Atwood's book, but I have read The Selection, and this is NOTHING like that! There is no world building done, which adds to the confusion, and the young women have no choice in being put up for auction. I was mostly bored with the discussions about the Lone City and the Founding Houses.

Violet was a very whiney and wimpy heroine. I couldn't see one thing that made her strong and worthwhile like America or even Katniss Everdeen was! Her "romance" was trite and almost insta-love, and the characterization was very superficial overall.

This just didn't impress me. I have the follow up novellas, so I'll likely read those at some point, but I doubt very seriously if I will read the rest of the novels.

Ritual in Death (In Death #27.5)

Ritual in Death - J.D. Robb

This story helps show the other side of what we saw in Salvation in Death, and talks about that opposition. It was a short novella, and the mystery was easily solved. It was nice to see the character of Isis come in to consult on this case, as well as a return to a previous locale for a story setting. A very quick and easy read!

Salvation in Death (In Death #27)

Salvation in Death - J.D. Robb

I really had a hard time with this installment!  It never captured my attention, and I often found myself struggling to finish the book.  The plot felt very drawn out, with too many red herrings thrown into the mystery.  What I did enjoy was Eve's philosophical questions about the Catholic faith, as it made me think of my own roots.  I was able to determine that this book was where I stopped reading the series as a whole the first time I went through it, likely because I didn't enjoy this book at that time.  Sadly, I didn't really enjoy it all that much this time around either!

Wetwork (The Works #3)

Wetwork (The Works Book 3) - Marie Harte

To me, this was a very short and straight-forward entry in the series, but not a very good one! We did get little peeks into the previous couples of the series, but I didn't really see the chemistry between Trevor and Emma outside of their D/s leanings. The story line was also a little bit far fetched as well, and I had to struggle to keep my interest in it. Just not a great installment in the series for me, and one I wound up rounding up on.

Currently reading

A Log Cabin Christmas: 9 Historical Romances during American Pioneer Christmases
Liz Tolsma, Michelle Ule, Erica Vetsch, Debra Ullrick, Margaret Brownley, Liz Johnson, Kelly Eileen Hake, Wanda E. Brunstetter, Jane Kirkpatrick
Professional Reader80%2016 NetGalley Challenge NaBloPoMo November 2015