Sunday, October 4, 2015

Spotlight: Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

Poison Study is 10 years old this month. It was first released in October 2005. I read it back in 2007 and it's one of my favorite books to this day. It was also one of my first reviews, you can read it here.

To celebrate author, Maria V. Sndyer has some exciting things going on. Check them out!

Poison Study
By Maria V. Snyder

Choose: A quick death…Or slow poison...

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace—and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia.

And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. But the chief of security, leaving nothing to chance, deliberately feeds her Butterfly's Dust—and only by appearing for her daily antidote will she delay an agonizing death from the poison.

As Yelena tries to escape her new dilemma, disasters keep mounting. Rebels plot to seize Ixia and Yelena develops magical powers she can't control. Her life is threatened again and choices must be made. But this time the outcomes aren't so clear...

The  Chronicles of Ixia:
Poison Study
Magic Study
Fire Study
Storm Glass
Sea Glass
Spy Glass
Shadow Study
Night Study- 2016
Dawn Study- 2017

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Book Haul [134]


Four- Veronica Roth

The Fiery Trial- Cassandra Clare & Maureen Johnson
The Betrayed- Heather Graham
The Silenced- Heather Graham
The Forgotten- Heather Graham
When Irish Eyes Are Haunting- Heather Graham
About A Vampire- Lynsay Sands

 Loot Crate's September theme was Summon.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

September Reading List

The Night Is Watching- Heather Graham [4/5]
The Night Is Alive- Heather Graham [4/5]
The Night Is Forever- Heather Graham [4/5]
Clockwork Prince- Cassandra Clare [3/5]
Crimson Twilight- Heather Graham [3/5]
Raging Dawn- Colleen Gleason [3/5]
The Cursed- Heather Graham [4/5]
Clockwork Princess- Cassandra Clare [4/5]
Four- Veronica Roth [3/5]
Star Wars: Lost Stars- Claudia Gray [4/5, review coming soon]
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl- Jesse Andrews [3/5]

Happy Fall! Happy Reading!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October Book Releases

Enchanted by the Wolf- Michele Hauf
The Immortal's Redemption- Kelli Ireland
Soul Unbound- Jean Murray
Masque- Lexi Post
The Mating Challenge- Bonnie Vanak

Alpha Exposed- Anya Breton

Wicked Ever After- Delilah S. Dawson

Through the Dark- Alexandra Bracken
Rogue of the High Seas- Cynthia Breeding
Raging Sea- Terri Brisbin
First Time with a Highlander- Gwyn Cready
Undead and Unforgiven- MaryJanice Davidson
Bite the Dust- Cynthia Eden
The Chess Queen Enigma- Colleen Gleason
Dark Within- Candice Gilmer
Cemetery Girl Vol. 2: Inheritance- Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden
Haunted Honey Honeymoon- Linda Winstead Jones
Brighter Than the Sun- Darynda Jones
Too Hot to Touch- Lora Leigh
The New Hunger- Isaac Marion
A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms- George R.R. Martin
The Sword of Summer- Rick Riordan
Carry On- Rainbow Rowell
White Trash Zombie Gone Wild- Diana Rowland
Shadows of Self- Brandon Sanderson
A Silver Wolf Christmas- Terry Spear
Between Two Wolves- Catherine Vale

A Hero for the Empire- Christina Westcott

Stroke of Midnight- Lara Adrian
The Masked Truth- Kelley Armstrong
Happily Ever After- Kiera Cass
Surrendering to the Beast- Tina Donahue
Before the Claiming- Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Winter's Night- Sherrilyn Kenyon
The Rose Society- Marie Lu
Black Rose- Jenna Ryan
Savage: The Complete Series- Shelli Stevens
Black Widow: Forever Red- Margaret Stohl
Wolf from the Past- N.J. Walters

A Stitch on Time- Yolanda Sfetsos


The Duke and Miss Christmas- Amelia Grey
Caretaker's Guide to Fablehaven- Brandon Mull
The Soft Edge of Midnight- Stella & Audra Price
Wolf from the Past- N.J. Waters

The Dragon's Dilemma- Jessie Donovan

Reap the Shadows- Annette Marie

Born of Endless Night- Cassandra Clare & Sarah Rees Brennan
Alaskan Tigers Box Set Vol. 1- Marissa Dobson
The Devil's a Werewolf- Thalia Eames
Taming the Wild Cougar- Terry Spear

The Crusader's Heart- Claire Delacroix
Legacy of Hunger- Christy Nicholas

Lycan on the Edge- Michele Bardsley

Dragon on Top- G.A. Aiken
One Wild Winter's Eve- Anne Barton
Conspiracy of Angels- Michelle Belanger
All About the Bear- Bianca D'Arc
Blood Hunt- Luciene Diver
Dark Heart of Magic- Jennifer Estep
The Outlandish Companion Vol. 2- Diana Gabaldon
Autumn Thorns- Yasmine Galenorn
All Hallows Eve- Heather Graham
The Single Undead Moms Club- Molly Harper
Conqueror's Kiss- Hannah Howell
Unspoken- C.C. Hunter
The Iron Warrior- Julie Kagawa
Final Hour- Dean Koontz
Idol of Glass- Jane Kindred
Scandal Takes the Stage- Eva Leigh
After Alice- Gregory Maguire
Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty- George R.R. Martin
A Faerie's Revenge- Rachel Morgan
Cold-Hearted Rake- Lisa Kleypas
Winter Wolf- Rachel M. Raithby
Grimm's End- Shiloh Walker
The Void of Muirwood- Jeff Wheeler

Wicked Alphas & Wilder Nights- Anna Lowe & Michelle Bardsley

The Rhiannon Chronicles- Maggie Shayne

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Winner: Hexomancy by Michael R. Underwood

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each Tuesday features a different topic and you post your top ten list related to the topic.

This weeks topic is Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR.

1. The Betrayed by Heather Graham

2. When Irish Eyes Are Haunting by Heather Graham

3. Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray

4. Geekomancy by Michael R. Underwood

5. The Stolen Mackenzie Bride by Jennifer Ashley

6. About a Vampire by Lynsay Sands

7. Cemetery Girl Vol. 2: Inheritance by Charlaine Harris & Christopher Golden

8. The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

9. Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

10. The Single Undead Moms Club by Molly Harper

Monday, September 21, 2015

[Review]: The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason

Title: The Chess Queen Enigma
Author: Colleen Gleason
Series: Stoker & Holmes
Genre: Young Adult
Release Date: October 6, 2015

I received this book from Chronicle Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes have reluctantly agreed to act as social chaperones and undercover bodyguards for Princess Lurelia of Betrovia, who has arrived in London to deliver a litter with the location of an ancient chess queen that's been missing for centuries.

But when the letter--which will heal a centuries-old rift between England and the Betrovians--is stolen out from under Evaline and Mina's watchful eyes, the two girls are forced into a high stakes race to ensure they find the chess queen before anyone else does. . . including their foes, the Ankh.

For the chess queen is not only a historic symbol of a woman's political power, but it has literal power as well--the queen will unlock the chessboard, revealing both treasures and ancient secrets the Ankh would kill to possess. It will take Mina's smarts and Evaline's strength to beat the thief and untangle this mystery before it's too late.

Thoughts: Mina & Evaline are given the task of entertaining and keeping an eye on Princess Lurelia of Betrovia. With vampires around and the Ankh still on the loose the girls will definitely have a lot on their hands.

Ms. Gleason has written an excellent addition to this series.  Mina Holmes was a bit more likable in this one. The last two books I really didn't like her at all. But towards the end of book three here, I started to like her more. I loved all the Queen Elizabeth/history bits that were part of the story. The Chess Queen Enigma is full of mystery and intrigue. Had a sweet ending, not so much of a cliffhanger, but I look forward to their next case.

4 Stars

Author Website:

Stoker & Holmes:
The Clockwork Scarab
The Spiritglass Charade
The Chess Queen Enigma


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