Fiction Books

Check out these beauties!  I think Spoonbenders will be something I will snag up to read eventually.  The other books they may be read down the road!  Let me know which ones intrigue you.

Spoon

Author:  Daryl Gregory
Pages:  416
Publisher: Knof
June 27, 2017

Teddy Telemachus is a charming con man with a gift for sleight of hand and some shady underground associates. In need of cash, he tricks his way into a classified government study about telekinesis and its possible role in intelligence gathering. There he meets Maureen McKinnon, and it’s not just her piercing blue eyes that leave Teddy forever charmed, but her mind—Maureen is a genuine psychic of immense and mysterious power. After a whirlwind courtship, they marry, have three gifted children, and become the Amazing Telemachus Family, performing astounding feats across the country. Irene is a human lie detector. Frankie can move objects with his mind. And Buddy, the youngest, can see the future. Then one night tragedy leaves the family shattered.

Decades later, the Telemachuses are not so amazing. Irene is a single mom whose ear for truth makes it hard to hold down a job, much less hold together a relationship. Frankie’s in serious debt to his dad’s old mob associates. Buddy has completely withdrawn into himself and inexplicably begun digging a hole in the backyard. To make matters worse, the CIA has come knocking, looking to see if there’s any magic left in the Telemachus clan. And there is: Irene’s son Matty has just had his first out-of-body experience. But he hasn’t told anyone, even though his newfound talent might just be what his family needs to save themselves—if it doesn’t tear them apart in the process.

Harnessing the imaginative powers that have made him a master storyteller, Daryl Gregory delivers a stunning, laugh-out-loud new novel about a family of gifted dreamers and the invisible forces that bind us all.

 

Spoon1.jpg Author:Chloe Esposito
Series: Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know Trilogy
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Dutton (June 13, 2017)

Alvie Knightly is a trainwreck: aimless, haphazard, and pretty much constantly drunk. Alvie’s existence is made even more futile in contrast to that of her identical and perfect twin sister, Beth. Alvie lives on social media, eats kebabs for breakfast, and gets stopped at security when the sex toy in her carry-on starts buzzing. Beth is married to a hot, rich Italian, dotes on her beautiful baby boy, and has always been their mother’s favorite. The twins’ days of having anything in common besides their looks are long gone.

When Beth sends Alvie a first-class plane ticket to visit her in Italy, Alvie is reluctant to go. But when she gets fired from the job she hates and her flatmates kick her out on the streets, a luxury villa in glitzy Taormina suddenly sounds more appealing. Beth asks Alvie to swap places with her for just a few hours so she can go out unnoticed by her husband. Alvie jumps at the chance to take over her sister’s life–if only temporarily. But when the night ends with Beth dead at the bottom of the pool, Alvie realizes that this is her chance to change her life.

Alvie quickly discovers that living Beth’s life is harder than she thought. What was her sister hiding from her husband? And why did Beth invite her to Italy at all? As Alvie digs deeper, she uncovers Mafia connections, secret lovers, attractive hitmen, and one extremely corrupt priest, all of whom are starting to catch on to her charade. Now Alvie has to rely on all the skills that made her unemployable–a turned-to-11 sex drive, a love of guns, lying to her mother–if she wants to keep her million-dollar prize. She is uncensored, unhinged, and unforgettable.

 

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The Salt House
by Lisa Duffy
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Touchstone; First Edition edition (June 13, 2017)

In the tradition of Jodi Picoult and Lisa Genova, this gorgeously written, heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut set during a Maine summer traces the lives of a young family in the aftermath of tragedy.

In the coastal town of Alden, Maine, Hope and Jack Kelly have settled down to a life of wedded bliss. They have a beautiful family, a growing lobster business, and the Salt House—the dilapidated oceanfront cottage they’re renovating into their dream home. But tragedy strikes when their young daughter doesn’t wake up from her afternoon nap, taking her last breath without making a sound.

A year later, each member of the Kelly family navigates the world on their own private island of grief. Hope spends hours staring at her daughter’s ashes, unable to let go. Jack works to the point of exhaustion in an attempt to avoid his crumbling marriage. Their daughters, Jess and Kat, struggle to come to terms with the loss of their younger sister while watching their parents fall apart.

When Jack’s old rival, Ryland Finn, threatens his fishing territory, he ignites emotions that propel the Kelly family toward circumstances that will either tear them apart—or be the path to their family’s future.

Told in alternating voices, The Salt House is a layered, emotional portrait of marriage, family, friendship, and the complex intersections of love, grief, and hope.

 

 

Picture Books

I spy these Picture books today:

 

Little Fox in the Forest by Stephanie Graegin

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Alphonse that is not okay to do  by Daisy Hirst

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Life on Mars by Jon Agee

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Goodnight everyone by Chris Haughton

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Bob not Bob by Liz Garton Scanlon and Audrey vernick

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Dad and the Dinosaur by Gennifer Choldenko

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Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey

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Why did the Farmer Cross the Road by Brooke Herter James

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Mommy Loves You by Helen Foster James

 

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I’m a Lot of Sometimes by Jack Guinan

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Please Don’t Make Me Fly by Ellito Kreloff

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I spy a new book…

 

I spy a new book to read!  While surfing Twitter, someone that I follow posted about this book and I had to put this in my to read pile!

 

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He’s from 1892 England, she’s in a small library in 2017. And that’s just the start of their troubles.

Emme never meant to stay in Maine. She’d come only to find a librarian for her Gram’s library, a custodian for the collection of mysterious books she’d promised to protect. On a dark, wintery night, alone in the library, she takes her first glance into one of the antique novels and finds herself transported to 1892 England staring into the eyes of handsome and dashing hero Jack Ridgewell. As each chapter passes she learns you can truly fall in love with a character in a book, that book boyfriends are real and Emme must choose between the real world, and his.

When the last page is read he’s gone and Emme feels the cold loneliness of lost love. Will she find Jack again, or will their love be forever lost?  The answer lies within the pages…

 

Doesn’t this sound like an amazing read?? I am so going to read this book.  My to read pile keeps getting more and more books in it.  Hopefully I can get through them all.  I have also been reading on swoonreads.com as well.

Books I have read….

Here are some books that I have read and some will have reviews and some will not….I am doing my best trying to keep on blogging away.

LoveFortunes

Author: Kimberly Karalius
368 Pages
Publisher: Swoon Reads
May 12, 2015
Series: Grimbaud Book 1
Age range: +12

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree’s have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.

Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate―even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.

Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

Rating:   B+

It was a cute love story with magic, mystery, adventure and romance!  I loved the main characters : Fallon and Sebastian.   I’m not going to give it all away because you need to read it for yourself.  I did like the other characters in this story and how the adventure went down was pretty cool.   I do have to admit it was a little slow in places but towards the end was awesome.

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Author: Kate Baxter
384 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
June 2, 2015

What it is about:

As Michael’s eyes lit on a female not twenty feet away, he knew without a doubt that it was her blood that called to him and her scent that had awakened him.This female had tethered his soul and returned it to him.

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He is the last of his race. The one true king of the vampires. Michael Aristov roams the nightclubs of L.A. after dark, haunted by his past and driven by his hunger. The last of the Ancient Ones, he alone has survived the destruction of his race at the hands of the slayers. Now he is forced to hunt and feed like a common vampire, a creature of lust. Nothing in this world can fulfill his needs…until he meets a woman who’s everything he’s ever wanted. And more.

SWEET SALVATION
Her name is Claire Thompson. Her blood is so sweet, so intoxicating―the smell alone draws Michael to her like a moth to the flame. Sly, sexy, and seductive, Claire seems to be the only mortal who can satisfy his craving and seal his fate…forever. Can she be trusted? From their very first kiss, the last true vampire sweeps Claire into a world in which darkness rules desire―and where falling in love is the greatest danger of all…in The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter.

Rating: B –

It was a fun read but it just did not stay with me that much. It did have vampires in it so that was good.  I will still keep this author on my radar to read!

 

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Author: Jeaniene Frost
Series:  Night Prince
Publisher: Avon
Date: February 10, 2017

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them . . . and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Rating: B

I have read all the other books in this series and this one did not disappoint!  I loved it.  Adventure, magic and vampires!   It picked off from ‘Bound By Flames.’   It was a nice way to end it.

 

 

Black

Author: Juliette Cross
300 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace
February 27, 2017

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before… With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger. Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever…

Rating: A

This was a different take on a fairytale with vampires in it!  I loved this book quite a bit.  I saw on Twitter of the second book coming out so I decided to give the first one a go!  It was a fast paced book.   The book also had variety of moments: adventures, steamy touches and playful banter between the two main characters, Marius and Arabelle.  I liked how both characters were strong and yet had sweet moments as well showing off vulnerability.  I’m not going to give all the information away because I want you to go get it.

 

 

 

Travel Non-Fiction

I spy some of these travel non fiction books.  Check them out to see if they spark an interest in you travel or just pick up a book today.

 

Treasured Lands : A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks

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It is said that a photograph helped launch the national parks. After Congress viewed photos of Yosemite, President Lincoln was moved to sign a bill that paved the way for the U.S. National Park Service, which was founded in 1916 and is now celebrating its centennial. In Treasured Lands: A Photographic Odyssey Through America’s National Parks, photographer QT Luong pays tribute to the millions of acres of protected wilderness in our country’s 59 national parks.

Luong, who is featured in Ken Burns’s and Dayton Duncan’s documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, is the most prolific and versatile photographer working in the national parks and the only one to have made large-format photographs in each of them. In an odyssey that spanned more than 20 years and 300 visits, Luong focused his lenses on iconic landscapes and rarely seen remote views, presenting his journey in this sumptuous array of more than 500 breathtaking images.

Accompanying the collection of scenic masterpieces is a guide that includes maps of each park, as well as extended captions that detail where and how the photographs were made. Designed to inspire visitors to connect with the parks and invite photographers to re-create these landscapes, the guide also provides anecdotal observations that give context to the pictures and convey the sheer scope of Luong’s extraordinary odyssey. The guide is also available as a PDF formatted for use on mobile devices, and owners of the book are offered the option to download it for a nominal fee.

Including an introduction by award-winning author and documentary filmmaker Dayton Duncan, Treasured Lands is a rich visual tour of the U.S. National Parks and an invaluable guide from a photographer who hiked–or paddled, dived, skied, snowshoed, and climbed–each park, shooting in all kinds of terrain, in all seasons, and at all times of day. QT Luong’s timeless gallery of the nation’s most revered landscapes beckons to nature lovers, armchair travelers, and photography enthusiasts alike, keeping America’s natural wonders within reach.

 

Includes: Acadia National Park, Arches National Park, Badlands National Park, Big Bend National Park, Biscayne National Park, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Channel Islands National Park, Congaree National Park, Crater Lake National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Death Valley National Park, Denali National Park, Dry Tortugas National Park, Everglades National Park, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Glacier National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, Grand Teton National Park, Great Basin National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Isle Royale National Park, Joshua Tree National Park, Katmai National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Kings Canyon National Park, Kobuk Valley National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Mammoth Cave National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, National Park of American Samoa, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park, Petrified Forest National Park, Redwood National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Saguaro National Park, Sequoia National Park, Shenandoah National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Virgin Islands National Park, Voyageurs National Park, Wind Cave National Park, Wrangell – St Elias National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Zion National Park.

50 States 5000 Ideas

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This richly illustrated book from the travel experts at National Geographic showcases the best travel experiences in every state, from the obvious to the unexpected. Sites include national parks, beaches, hotels, Civil War battlefields, dude ranches, out-of-the-way museums, and more. You’ll discover the world’s longest yard sale in Tennessee, swamp tours in Louisiana, dinosaur trails in Colorado, America’s oldest street in NYC, and the best spot to watch for sea otters on the central California coast. Each entry provides detailed travel information as well as fascinating facts about each state that will help fuel your wanderlust and ensure the best vacation possible. In addition to 50 states in the U.S., the book includes a section on the Canadian provinces and territories.

 

Curiosities of Paris

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Francophiles and Paris buffs will find something new and fascinating in this timeless guidebook, filed with sites, passageways, hotels, shops, and more

What if—walking around Paris—instead of seeing only the Paris of 2017, you glimpsed Paris in Revolutionary times? Or Paris when it was home to 80,000 horses; or Paris lit by gaslight; or medieval Paris? What if—walking down a block in Paris—you recognized the signs, mosaics, pieces of hardware, and architectural details as relics of many centuries that have stories to tell of past eras? This is what Curiosities of Paris reveals.

Each of the book’s 800 photos of unique locations and architectural oddities—as well as utilitarian objects whose functions have long been obscured with the passage of time—discloses a previously unnoticed city. Even those who know Paris well might never have registered the thousands of details on every street that testify to the enduring presence of the past: the solar cannon at Invalides, street signs with the word “saint” and all fleur-de-lys removed; the unique features of Parisian street lighting. You’ll never look at an elm tree the same way again. And, with Curiosities of Paris as your guide, you’ll feel very in-the-know as you walk down the Champs-Élysées past all the auto dealerships.

Organized by subject—including fountains and wells; centuries-old shop signs; vestiges of wars and ancient Egypt; hotels of legend; remarkable trees; sundials and meridians; equestrian Paris; romantic ruins; unusual tombs, stairways, and passageways; religious relics; mosaics; public barometers and thermometers; and hundreds more urban elements and anachronisms—the book also includes three themed walks (along the city’s ancient walls, in the steps of Quasimodo, and through the French Revolution), as well as an index of street names.

This absorbing compendium is an essential addition to the library of the armchair traveler and flâneur alike.

 

Vacation on Location Midwest

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If you’ve ever wanted to step into your favorite movie, Vacation on Location, Midwest is the perfect guidebook. Author Joey Green gives readers detailed, chronological, scene-by-scene breakdowns with addresses and maps to visit sites in the Midwest where the most popular films of all time were shot. With this book as your guide, you can turn these excursions into full-scale vacations or quirky side trips to enhance your appreciation of your favorite movies—or even recreate a scene, starring you.

Films include:The Blues Brothers, Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, Hoosiers, A Christmas StoryA League of Their Own, Fargo, Paper Moon, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Purple Rain, Field of Dreams,The Shawshank Redemption, The Fugitive, The Untouchables, Groundhog Day, and 29 more!

A few movies that I have seen

 

 

Logan

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X somewhere on the Mexican border. However, Logan’s attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are upended when a young mutant arrives, pursued by dark forces.

I love Hugh Jackman as Logan.  There will be some big shoes to fill for the role of Logan/Wolverine.  I am sad to see Hugh Jackman not take this role anymore.  Anyways, It was filled with action and also he learned a softer side of things.   Professor X made an appearance as well.  I’m not going to give the whole story away because some have not seen it perhaps.  I liked it.

 

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While on a journey of physical and spiritual healing, a brilliant neurosurgeon is drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

I gave this one a go because it was Marvel.  Not bad!  It was a bit long but how Dr. Strange came to be was pretty cool.  I love how the cape chooses him!  Overall the good guys win.  Action, adventure and realizing what life is all about is the themes I saw in this film.

 

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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

This film kicked butt!   I was always a fan of Wonder Woman when it was on tv.  This was filled with action, drama, love, friendship and more.  I am so getting this on DVD when it comes out!

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A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”

This movie made me cry at least three times!   I even screamed at the tv saying “you made me cry!”   I loved it but it tugs at your heart big time!  The entire cast was pretty amazing and the story itself gives you a quite a bit to think about.  Watch it to see what you think.  You may cry!

I enjoyed all these films.  I am glad I had a chance to watch them.