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Avid Multi-Genre Reader. Lover of Books with Unique Settings. Audiobook Fanatic. Sweet Tea Addict. Mom of Two Boys & Mistress of Two Very Energetic Black Kittens.  -Empress Reece

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The Invisible Library
Genevieve Cogman
Artists in Crime
Ngaio Marsh
Wake of Vultures
Lila Bowen
Progress: 15 %

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 7)

Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco





I'm playing the Killing Curse- Cause of Death card today for Hunting Prince Dracula. (Read a YA book)




I'm also collecting:

Run Over By A Carriage- Cause of Death card for A Brush with Shadows by Anna Lee Huber (Author Last Name Begins with H in Horse)

A Lady Darby Mystery- Book 6...

A Brush with Shadows - Anna Lee Huber

Lady Darby a.k.a. Kiera Gage and her husband Sebastian Gage return to Sebastian's childhood home, Langstone Manor, at the request of his grandfather, Viscount Tavistock, to investigate the disappearance of his cousin Alfred. His family hinders their investigation from the start by either withholding information or misleading them so what should have been an easy inquiry turns in to much more that...


I enjoyed the story but I don't think the author used the Moors and the family curse to its full potential. Also, I've noticed in the last couple of books, especially this one, that the author doesn't give Kiera the opportunity to use her medical background. She's fell into more of a questioner role like Sebastian.  I kind of liked the series more when she applied her "knowledge of the macabre."


*I received this ARC from the Penguin Random House First-to-Read program in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!


Hunting Prince Dracula...

Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco

I liked this second book even better then the first! Right from the start, in the train ride through the Romanian countryside, the author did a fantastic job of evoking an eerie atmosphere and sense of foreboding. This continues throughout the book, as  Audrey Rose and Thomas Creswell are residing in Bran Castle which is full of tunnels, traps, a creepy staff and someone determined to make sure everyone believes Prince Dracula is alive and hunting for his next victims. If you're a fan of this series then this book is a must read!


I do have one complaint though about the audio recording.  I listened to the audio version of both the first and second book and I had a very hard time hearing the narrator in the first book. I thought maybe it was just a fluke thing with my download but I had the same exact problem with this second book. I have to turn the volume all the way up on my phone and car to be able to hear it then it sounds sort of diluted like you're in a tunnel. I don't think the narrator is speaking loud enough or directly into the microphone. I hope they fix that in the next book. Anyone else have that problem? 

Reading progress update: I've read 15%.

— feeling happy
Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen

I am so glad this has a western flare to it- I just love stories like that. I had no idea until I started listening to the audio. That was a pleasant surprise! : )

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

— feeling vampire
Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco

Review to Come...

Reading progress update: I've read 100%.

A Brush with Shadows - Anna Lee Huber

Review to Come...

Reading progress update: I've read 47%.

— feeling evil grin
A Brush with Shadows - Anna Lee Huber

I have no love for Lady Vanessa Langstone! I hope karma slaps her in her hateful face before this story ends. : )

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 6)

Zero Limit - Jeremy Brown






I'm playing the Crime Scene card today for the most famous fictional black market in the world- The Hob in District 12.


(Read a book set in the future)

Zero Limit....

Zero Limit - Jeremy Brown

“Let me ask you. How do you think the situation looks?” (Alex) 

        “I’ll let you decide once I show you all the data,” Sara said. “But if I were you, I’d consider relocating.”

“To where, exactly?” (Alex) 

         “Start by leaving the planet and work your way out from there." (Sara)


That was one of the funnier dialogues from Zero Limit, well I thought it was funny. When I read it, it cracked me up! I could not stop laughing. : ) 


On to the review...


Zero Limit is about a a Moon-born woman named Caitlin Taggart that ended up  separated from her daughter when politicians on Earth restricted anyone born on the Moon to return back to Earth. She ends up obtaining a job on the Moon, leading a ragtag crew of miners while she's biding her time waiting for either a favorable legal outcome or a lift in the travel ban. Just when she's lost almost all hope in seeing her daughter again, a mining company big-wig, offers her a guaranteed return trip to Earth if her and her crew will complete one job for him- one very illegal and dangerous job. With no other options left and a "how hard can this be for the best miners on the moon" attitude, Caitlin and her crew accept the offer -- and not one, but many things, go very, very wrong...



Sounds good huh? It is, but when you first start reading the book, if you're like me, you'll find the story a little bit dull because there's quite a bit of 'telling' instead of 'showing.' As the story progresses and the action increases, I got further absorbed into the plot but the excitement level does fluctuate back in forth until they start "the job," then it increases a few notches. If you like space related stories and a strong-willed heroine, I would definitely give the story a try. The second half of the book, more then makes up for the slow start.


*I received this ARC from Goodreads FirstReads in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Reading progress update: I've read 70%.

— feeling vampire
Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco

I love the Romanian gothic castle setting and Dracula theme! I think it would be so much fun and exhilarating to go exploring through underground tunnels spying on vampires people. : ) 

Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 5)

Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller An English Murder - Cyril Hare The Gender End - Bella Forrest


I read Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller last week and I'm going to use it to play the Suspect Card today for Harper Lee.


(Read a book by an author whose last name begins with L)



I'm also collecting:

Ariadne OliverAn English Murder by Cyril Hare (Book set in U.K.) 

Lydia Bennett-The Gender End by Bella Forrest (Annoying character-King of Patrus)

Fall of Queen Elena...

The Gender End - Bella Forrest

The Gender End is the seventh and final book in The Gender Game series. I've been following the series since book one so I've been waiting for this finale for a while and was glad to finally get some closure.


Violet and Viggo along with their group of Matrus and Patrus survivors, head to Matrus to make a stand against Queen Elena to take her down once and for all. Going up against a psycho Queen though, means the fight was not without many struggles and sacrifices along the way but there were also several wedding celebrations thrown in to even things out a bit. All in all, I was pleased with the ending and how all the loose ends tied together. I was especially glad to see the cowardly, loud mouth, King of Patrus finally get what he's deserved for a while now. He's caused me much distress throughout this series so that was one of the highlights of the story for me.  :  ) 





Kill Your Darlings - Yellow Team (Round 4)

A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 - Ngaio Marsh




I'm playing the Victim card today for Dr. John Watson for his peer Dr. Foma Tokareff- a Russian physician with ties to a secret society known as the Brotherhood. His affiliations with the Brotherhood made him prime suspect in the murder of one of the house guests in A Man Lay Dead. 


(Read a book where a main character or sidekick is a doctor)

Detective Inspector Roderick Allen Series Book #1

A Man Lay Dead: Inspector Roderick Alleyn #1 - Ngaio Marsh

I've been meaning to try Ngaio Marsh's books for a while so when I came across A Man Lay Dead in my hunt for another country house mystery to read, I figured I could kill two birds with one dagger stone, so to speak. 

In this first book, we're introduced to the star of the series, Detective Inspector Roderick Allen when he's called to the home of Sir Hubert Handesley. Handesley is known for his famous house parties, where all the guests, in keeping with tradition, always play a round of their favorite murder game. But this time though, someone decides to take the murder game to the next level and literally murders one of their fellow players...

It's hard for me to put into words why exactly this wasn't a five star read for me so I'll just say it was the writing style and some of the banter and dialogue. It felt somewhat disjointed at times and I had to read parts over again to make sure I interpreted correctly. It could be because this was the author's first book or it may have just been my adjusting to the conservative British narrative, I dont know....but Detective Inspector Allen's character grew on me and by the end of the book I found I really liked him so I am going to read another book or two in the series and see how I feel about it then.

Reading progress update: I've read 74%.

The Gender End - Bella Forrest

Violet and Viggo have finally (after 7 books) headed to Matris to take down Queen Elena once and for all. Was starting to wonder if that day would ever come...

An English Country House Mystery

An English Murder - Cyril Hare

I was in the mood for a good Country House mystery so I decided to read An English Murder by Cyril Hare. The Lord of the manor is ill and bedridden so he decides to invite several family members and close friends to his home at Warbeck Hall for one last Christmas holiday gathering.


There's an undercurrent of tension amongst the guests right from the start. They dislike each other for a multitude of reasons- politics, love triangle, racism, classism- you name it.


With that said, the characters are really the downfall of this book to me. None of them were very likeable at all which made the book kind of dreary and boring to me. 


Also just a heads up, if you are thinking of waiting until Christmas to read as holiday book its really not necessary. This isn't really a festive story and the holiday is only mentioned a couple times, if that.