Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My Book Haul 1-23-2018

The One by John Marrs, Fresh Ink anthology, Wicked Magic anthology, All Rights Reserved by Gregory Scott Katsoulis, Barking Up The Wrong Tree by Jenn McKinlay, Midnight Line by Lee Child, Fate's Fables by T Rae Mitchell, Steampunk Fairy Tales, Steampunk Fairy Tales Vol 2, Tell Your Time by Amy Lynn Andrews, and Getting Things Done by David Allen
This looks like an awful lot of books, but I haven't done a book haul in awhile. I've included links to Goodreads if you want more information.


The One by John Marrs
The One by John Marrs

How far would you go to find The One?

A simple DNA test is all it takes. Just a quick mouth swab and soon you’ll be matched with your perfect partner - the one you’re genetically made for.


Fresh Ink anthology
Fresh Ink anthology

In partnership with We Need Diverse Books, thirteen of the most recognizable, diverse authors come together in this remarkable YA anthology featuring ten short stories, a graphic short story, and a one-act play from Walter Dean Myers never before in-print.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: The Accidental Mermaid

Book Review: The Accidental Mermaid
Title:  Accidental Mermaid
Author:  Dakota Cassidy
Release Date:  October 1, 2017
Source:  eARC provided by the author

Esther Williams Sanchez is busy living her life the way she’s always done. Spending time with her pets, working as a divorce mediator, and enjoying her newly renovated cottage on the beach.

Learn to swim with a bunch of babies and toddlers? Easy-squeezy, right? Er, no. As Esther leaves the pool after her very first lesson, she sprouts a magnificent tail and fins. Oh, and hair the color of a rainbow. Lots and lots of luscious hair. 

Lucky for her, the OOPS girls are on site, and as they set about finding out how this happened to Esther, they run into a hunky Australian merman named Tucker Pearson who happens to be the key to Esther’s problem. But Tucker has problems of his own, and they include being kicked out of his family’s bottled water company, booted from his pod, and accused of embezzling over a million bucks.

Oh, and killing someone… OOPS, here we go again! (Goodreads)

My Review:

Despite this being book 16 in the series, it was pretty easy to follow once you got your feet wet. The author dumped us straight into the deep end of the pool and it was sink or swim. Luckily, sorting out who was who wasn't hard and soon things were going swimmingly once more.

Sorry. The story really got its hooks in me and....

I'll stop now.

Esther is a grown woman who is terrified of the water. Determined to learn to swim before a cruise with her friends, she enrolls in the only swim class with openings...a Mommy and Me class for toddlers.

Unfortunately for Esther, she sprouts a tail and a mass of luscious rainbow colored hair after her first lesson. Fortunately, the ladies from OOPS happen to be nearby and leap to the rescue!

Not only do the OOPS girls have to figure out how and why Esther turned into a mermaid, but there's an added mystery of her uncle's suicide that may have been murder! And did I mention Tucker, the hunky Australian merman?

This was a fast, fun read full of colorful characters with quirky personalities! My favorite was Nina, the straight talking tough chick that you just know has a heart of gold!

Yes it's a bit of fluff, but it's fun fluff that left me wanting to get to know the OOPS team better!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

TTBA's Bookish Secret Santa 2017

My friend Michelle over at The True Book Addict hosted a Bookish Secret Santa Exchange on Facebook. I love swapping with my fellow book lovers, so was very happy that Michelle decided to host again this year!

This past holiday was a comedy of errors from beginning to end, including this swap! I get so many emails that I sort the ones I want to keep into folders for easy access. So when I was ready to go shopping for my Secret Santa, I went to my swap folder to take notes on what to buy. So I took notes. Bought gifts. Wrapped them up and shipped them off. Sent Michelle the tracking number and all was well...until it wasn't.

Received a very polite, diplomatic note from Michelle after Christmas letting me know that my Secret Santa had not received anything. Doofus Me had pulled last year's Secret Santa email by mistake! Major duh! 

Michelle is a much nicer person than I am and didn't point out my doofus-ness. I felt so bad that my Santee hadn't received anything for Christmas that I hit Amazon as soon as I got Michelle's email! My face is still red! Major oops!

But alls well that ends well and she seemed to like her delayed gifts. Sorry again, Bev! 

My Secret Santa was not a doofus and I received my package well before Christmas!

Secret Santa Goodies
Opened the box before Christmas, but was good and waited to unpack everything until Christmas morning!

Such a pretty card!

The goodies!
The goodies!

these owls are too cute!
I love owls and collect bookmarks, so these magnetic owl page clips are perfect! And how cute is that stuffed owl? He's hanging from my desk now to keep me company. 

my favorite!!!
One of my favorite candies! Needless to say, these didn't last long!

A Darker Shade of Magic by VE Schwab
Excited to read this one! I had asked for something that my Secret Santa had read and loved, so have high hopes! The synopsis sounds awesome!

Thank you so much Angie! You were an awesome Secret Santa!
And thanks again to Michelle for hosting! Already looking forward to next year!

Monday, January 1, 2018