September 24, 2017

Series Sunday: P is for Peril

(Kinsey Millhone #16) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name. 

My Series Sunday pick is P is for Peril, the 16th book in the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. My fave Private Investigator is knee deep into a case involving a missing man, his angry ex-wife, his carefree current wife and unfinished business. She doesn't even realize that the man she's attracted to has a fatal secret. Kinsey doesn't realize until it's too late that a killer is standing right before her eyes.

What a letdown! Especially after reading one of the best books of this series (O is for Outlaw). This one just fell flat. Why do I expect more of Kinsey's personal life when it's never been the basis of this whole series?! It is not the fault of the author; I get that Sue Grafton wants to focus on solving mysteries and not too much on the main character. But can I get another morsel here?

Of course this does not discourage me from continuing the series. In fact, I am eager to catch up now. You should too!

Author: Sue Grafton
Published: October 2000
Pages: 532
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Perpetual Kinsey Millhone
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€

September 22, 2017

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"I'll start with first thing this morning. I wake up to someone banging on my back door. I open my eyes."

~ This Is Not A Love Letter by Kim Purcell

 

September 21, 2017

If The Creek Don't Rise


"More than words on a page." ~ 73%

Dear authors, book covers and blurbs matter! Let me tell you why. While picking up a library hold, I took a few minutes to browse the New Releases/Hits section. A title caught my eye: If the Creek Don't Rise. The cover features a little girl barefoot sitting on the grass next to an open, rusted car door. Or maybe it's an old pickup truck. Regardless, it caught my eye. What sealed the deal was a blurb on the front cover by Kathleen Grissom, author of The Kitchen House and Glory Over Everything. She calls it "an impressive debut from a talent to watch." Nuff said! I checked it out of the library.

Later that evening, I picked it up to read the synopsis and first chapter. Fast forward a few hours and I was more than halfway done. The avid reader dilemma kicked in: do I pull an all-nighter to finish the book or take my ass to bed and continue reading tomorrow? I compromised by reading two more chapters then went to sleep.

This story takes place in the 1970s in a small town where gossip is the norm and ere'body knows ere'body else's business. Judgmental church folk, a preacher tempted by lust, a jealous sister, a sweet naive girl married to an abuser, an ornery old lady and a good-hearted town matriarch make up the cast of characters. The author allows each character to tell their truth. It is up to us whom we favor or suck our teeth at. Add moonshine, dead-end futures and buried secrets...this debut is layers and layers of drama in Appalachia. Bookhearts, you know I do not care for books with multiple points of view, especially all in first person. But this story couldn't be told otherwise. In just one month, this book has 750+ ratings with an average of 4-stars. Well I am adding another positive review.

If the Creek Don't Rise is a mason jar of homemade sweet tea with a slice of lemon on the rim. Drink it all up and enjoy every sip of this southern comfort.

Title: If the Creek Don't Rise
Author: Leah Weiss
Published: August 2017
Pages: 320
Edition: Paperback
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

 

September 20, 2017

Chat w/Chickadee

*The Spirit of Detroit wearing a Detroit Lions jersey hand-sewn by my Chickadee.

Me
: Chickadee, we are jinxed. It is just not meant for us to visit New Orleans. First Hurricane Katrina and now Harvey, Irma and 'nem.

Chickadee: I know! I was looking forward to spending our birthdays at a nice bed-and-breakfast in NOLA and exploring the bayou.

Me: Welp, let's make the most of our staycation then. Let's get to know our hometown Detroit.

And so we are! During this entire week, Chickadee (what I affectionately call my mama) and I are exploring well-known sites and historical places in The D. We dress comfortably and act like tourists in our own city for a full week. See our list below of spots/events.

  • DETROIT movie about 1967 riots
  • Good 'ole backyard bonfire party 
  • Detroit Tigers vs. White Sox 9-0
  • Q-Line and People Mover
  • Underground Railroad Experience at the First Congregational Church of Detroit
  • Museum Tours: Motown Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit Historical Museum, Charles H. Wright African American Museum
  • Detroit Public Library
  • Detroit Brewery
  • David Whitney Building
  • The Whitney
  • New Center
  • RenCen & COBO Hall
  • Greenfield Village
  • Belle Isle (Remember the Giant Slide?!) 
  • Lafayette Coney Island vs. American Coney Island
  • Breakfast at The Clique
  • Connie & Barbara's Soul Food (meals served w/Kool-Aid) 
  • Eleanor & Edsel Ford House Tour
  • Detroit Riverwalk
  • Chene Park
  • UniverSoul Circus
  • Detroit Jazz Cafe
  • Bakers Lounge
  • The Eastern Market
I so cherish this Mother/Daughter Quality Time! Better than any international or out-of-state vacation we could have ever taken for our Born Days. 


  

September 19, 2017

Because You Love to Hate Me



"Villians, the deliciously wicked. We love to hate them and they hate to be loved, if only because being hated frees them from having to be good." ~ pg. 10

How refreshing to know I am not the only reader or book blogger that loves to hate villains but sometimes root for them. Villains are necessary for heroes to exist in our favorite books. Stories aren't nothing without them. In Because You Love Me, singer/songwriter/author Ameriie gathered thirteen stories of villainy written by various authors. Also included is commentary/challenges by thirteen different booktubers and bloggers.

"You see red when you're angry. You should never actually be seeing red unless you're standing in a room that's covered in red paint, or blood, or looking at an apple. If you're just seeing red, something's wrong. Don't panic, but you might be evil." ~ pg. 24

Because You Love Me goes deep into villainy with retelling of fairy tales, folklores and original stories. My favorite (I could be biased because editors heart other editors) was Ameriie's retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Pure villainy at its finest! I also liked the modern-day mash-up of King Arthur and Persephone-Hades and another tale titled Gwen and Art and Lance where the villain takes hold of the reins and manipulates destiny. I was a bit spooked by another villain named Julian; he was a teen psychopath. EEK! Then was excited to read about Nicola Yoon's gender-flipped god of war. All hail bad bitches!

"And then I finally understand what I am, and it's a relief." ~ pg. 260

Why should heroes get all the fun? They get the happy ending, a romantic love story and favor from all readers. But in Because You Love to Hate Me, the villains are shown some love too. Most importantly, readers will finish this collection knowing what it means to be a true villain and perhaps discover our own evil. This book is a good companion for reading during commutes or when traveling. Enjoy!

Title: Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy
Author: Various; Edited by Ameriie
Published: July 2017
Pages: 296
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Popsugar—A Book Involving a Mythical Creature; Popsugar—A Book with Multiple Authors
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

September 17, 2017

Series Sunday: O is for Outlaw

(Kinsey Millhone #15) 

Series Sunday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Read an installment of a series.
  • Share your review/recommendation below.
  • Include the title, author and series name.

My Series Sunday pick is O is for Outlaw, the 15th book in the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. How refreshing it is to still enjoy a series this far into it. I am still finding out personal things about the private Private Investigator, Kinsey Millhone. At this point, all readers know very little about her. We know she was raised by an aunt, twice divorced, briefly worked as a cop and has a long-lost family somewhere up the California coast.

On a random morning, Kinsey receives a phone call from a storage unit auction winner (yes, it is a real thing! People actually bid on storage units that have defaulted in payment and auction off the found items.) He contacts Kinsey to sell her the contents of a box. Now she is no sentimental character. She couldn't care less about personal belongings. But out of curiosity, she buys it for a cool twenty bucks. Inside sends her down memory lane and forces her to face the breakup of her first marriage.

I was so eager to read this because finally more than a dollop of personal info on Kinsey! It was well-placed in the series and kept me glued to the end. Bookhearts, if you have not already started this series it is not too late. Read now!

Author: Sue Grafton
Published: October 1999
Pages: 336
Edition: eBook
Challenge: Perpetual Kinsey Millhone
Rating: πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€ πŸ–€

 

September 15, 2017

First Lines Friday


First Lines Friday is a bookish meme hosted by Literary Marie of Precision Revision. I encourage all of my fellow book bloggers and bookhearts to play along.
  • Grab your current read(s).
  • Share the first line(s).
  • Include the title and author.

"This fairy tale begins in 1968 during a garbage strike."

~ The Changeling by Victor LaValle