Saturday, December 31, 2016

Wildgoose Reading Challenge 2017 Hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle

I'm going to attempt a reading challenge hosted by The Bookshelf Gargoyle. Here's the 411:


1. The Challenge will run from January 1st to December 31, 2017.
2. Challengees must read at least one book from each category (listed below).  Challengees must read a DIFFERENT book for each category – even if your book title might fit a number of categories, it will only count towards a single category.  Challengees are free to choose which category best suits.
3. Books selected can be from any genre and aimed at any age group.  Picture books, anthologies, nonfiction, graphic novels and audiobooks are all okay to include.
4. The categories listed are a loose guide and creative interpretation of the categories is not only encouraged, but applauded.
5. Challengees should link their reviews/progress under the relevant linky lists on this page.  If you don’t have a blog, you could link to your Goodreads shelf/reviews, or simply comment on this page as you go.
6. Feel free to display the challenge button (html for which is in the sidebar) and share about the challenge wherever you like!

1. A book with a word of phrase relating to wildness in the title – any interpretation of the word “wild” is acceptable (eg: The Call of the Wild, Angry Aztecs, Crazy for You; An Untamed State)
2. A book with a species of bird (or the word “bird”) in the title: (egThe Adventures of Robin Hood, The Thorn Birds, Turkey: A Modern History)
3. A book with an exotic or far-flung location in the title – fantasy and mythical locations are acceptable (egParadise Lost, The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, Atlantis Rising)
4.  A book with an object you might hunt for in the title (egTreasure Island, One for the Money, The History of Love, Dreams from my Father, A Monster Calls, All the Answers)
5. A book with a synonym for chase in the title (or its derivatives: chasing, chased, etc) (eg: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Follow the River, Man’s Search for Meaning, The Night Stalker)
6.  A book with a means of transport in the title (eg: If I Built a CarWalk Two Moons, The Girl on the Train)
7.  A book with an object you might take on a search or hunt in the title (eg: The Golden Compass, The Map to Everywhere, Water for Elephants, Team of Rivals )

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Review: The Devil's Prayer

The Devil's Prayer The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Devil's Prayer by Luke Gracias is a story about a nun who commits suicide. Siobhan Russo recognizes the nun as her long lost mother, and prepares for a journey to find answers about her mother's death. I'm conflicted in my review of this book. On one hand, the characters are believable, but on the other hand, this reads more like a research paper than a novel. There are far too many places and dates that I ended up getting lost in the details. Nothing ever got resolved, so I'm guessing there is another book to be written? If not, this book could use some serious revamping. I was highly disappointed. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Review: Where It Hurts

Where It Hurts Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Where It Hurts by Reed Farrel Coleman is a story about Gus Murphy, a retired cop who was on top of the world until tragedy struck. He's then approached by an ex-con seeking his help in the death of his son. This is not my usual genre, but I have to say that this was an excellent read. It was full of emotions, action, and a bit of romance. The characters were real in their actions and dialogue, which thoroughly engaged me. It had twists and turns that kept me intrigued. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016