Wrap Up!| January 2019

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1A Murder for the Books
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Book 1
By: Victoria Gilbert

https://amzn.to/2TjFg6M

*****

This was the book for the Cozy Mystery Bookclub for the month of January! It is the first in the Blue Ridge Library Mystery series by Victoria Gilbert.

This was such a fun book and I have FALLEN in love with the series. I might have read the second book and already pre-ordered the third book in the series! Ha!

Here we follow Amy the Director of the Library in Taylorford. After a pretty nasty breakup she is forced to move from one job into another and to head to her family’s homestead to help her Aunt Lydia recover from a nasty fall.

She is bound and determined to make her life in Taylorford something to be proud of while mending her broken heart. She has vowed to herself to not date men for the time being.

This is new Amy is thrown off course when a handsome new neighbor, Richard, shows up at the library wanting to do some research on an old murder case. However this is sort of paused as they stumble onto a body of an elderly woman in the archives building.

Somehow the Past and Present intermingle in this cozy and I am living for it. There were so many different mysteries within this book that the author successfully combined into the main mystery of the murder.

I loved the heat between Amy and Richard. I love the relationship between Amy and her Aunt Lydia. I loved learning about the history of the family, the town, and the mysterious deaths that happened throughout the book and time.

This is a newer Cozy Mystery series started in 2017 and I have already purchased book two that was released last summer. I am eager to dive into this series and follow it as it goes.

 

2Shelved Under Murder
A Blue Ridge Library Mystery
Book 2
By: Victoria Gilbert

https://amzn.to/2RUzNXo

****

Alright, so I threw my TBR into the wind when I read the first book for the bookclub and decided that since I was already in the world of Amy that I needed to continue. I mean it is only right, right?!

This book starts during my FAVORITE part of the year, October. The leaves are changing colors. The air is becoming more crisp. And it is PERFECT snuggle weather.

However for Amy, she is having to put together a booth for the town’s annual Heritage Festival. This is supposed to celebrate the towns local history and arts and crafts.  Amy isn’t excited about it, she doesn’t want to have to set up the booth or spend two of her days running it with a rather bristley women that her Aunt Lydia seems to hate. But she has to best friend and assistant Amy to help run it, that is until Amy finds a dead body.

The body belonged to a renowned artist who was going to donate some of her paintings to Amy’s booth to sell. However it seems like she was murdered with her own pallet knife. Amy called the police who quickly find forged paintings. The local police ask for Amy’s help in the investigation due to her knowledge in art history.

We dive into more town history, learn more about Amy’s deceased Uncle, and find some hidden skeleton’s in Amy’s prestigious family. I am living for this series and have ALREADY pre-ordered the third book in the series!

 

3Golden Son
Red Rising Saga
Book 2
By: Pierce Brown
https://amzn.to/2MGjJCT
*****

So, like with the last book I kind of threw my TBR for January out of the door when I fell into the Red Rising series by Pierce Brown. I had actually purchased the first book in the series on Cyber Monday for $2.99. It was something that I couldn’t pass up! I knew that this was a really popular series but I knew that it was also a genre that I didn’t normally read so I didn’t want to purchase it at full price.

This series has now become one of MY FAVORITE series that I have ever read. It’s like Game of Thrones in space. Except, I really don’t like Game of Thrones. I don’t like how gory it is or the sexual-ness. But that is just me.

This is the second book in the Red Rising Saga. Darrow has now moved out of the training school and has been taken into the Augustus family. He is a Red turned into a Gold to take down the establishment and create anarchy for society. To figure out how to make it to where Red and other colors aren’t looked down upon, starved, beaten, or worse.

He is trying to rebuild the galaxy into something that his children would be proud of and live in. This book is really intense and something that I don’t want to go into too much detail with. But it kept me at the edge of my seat the whole time and I MIGHT have cried a couple of times. I highly recommend this series!
4
Morning Star
Red Rising Saga
Book 3
By: Pierce Brown
https://amzn.to/2WpyfU5
*****

From what I know this was supposed to be the last book in the Red Rising Saga. And it was a HELL OF A BOOK!

Darrow was happy to live in his Red world of ignorance. Believing that Mars was not yet cultivated for human life. He would have been happy to spend the rest of his live in the tunnels and loving his wife and family. Never striving to much more than the laurel.

However the Gold overlords took the laurel away that was rightfully his, hung his wife Eo, and also enslaved his people below. They knew that Mars was liveable. They had been there for hundreds of years already.

Darrow tries to take his own life but he is given another one. He is given the choice of becoming what he hates in order to get justice for Eo and his people. He is the chosen one to bring justice not just for Reds but for all colors. Taking down the Gold from the inside.

The time has come. This is the final book in the original trilogy and Darrow has to make some really tough decisions. He can’t do it alone but with the help from his friends and by helping other colors break their chains Darrow does what others have never dreamed of doing.

This book was by far the best book in the series. There were so many twists and turns and I couldn’t keep up with all of the back stabbing, friends lost, and relationships gained. I loved this book so much. There are more to the series but it takes place 10 years afterwards, I can’t wait!

5Live and Let Pie
A Bakeshop Mystery
Book 9
By: Ellie Alexander
https://amzn.to/2MI6Yrg
*****

As you all know Ellie Alexander aka Kate Dyer-Seeley is one of my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE authors as well as a friend of mine. Anytime her new books come out I can’t help but snatch them up and devour them!

This is the 9th book in the Bakeshop Mystery series. Torte’s construction is finally ending and Jules’ dream is finally coming to fruition. Business is booming and she couldn’t be happier.

Business is booming so much that she is having to hire more people to help run the shop. Jules is a little hesitant to mess up the wonderful family that her and her mom have created at Torte but in order to keep up with the supply and demand she is going to have to find others to help.

This book immediately follows Helen and The Professor’s marriage! They are trying to find their forever home. Jules goes with her mom to check out a house by the lake and finds two children playing in the lake. However their screams following aren’t screams of joy. They have found a skull in the depths of the water where a town was flooded.

This installment of A Bakeshop Mystery has the reader diving into the past of Ashland, a sunken town, and something weird with a parcel of land that is going up for sale. The owner is also found killed and Jules thinks it’s connected to the skeleton found in the lake.

This was another wonderful addition to the series. I loved learning more about Ashland’s past, the people in the town, and one of my favorite characters Andy has more of a role. I don’t want to give away too much though! So you’ll have to check it out!
6Crimes Against a Book Club
Debut Novel
By: Kathy Cooperman
https://amzn.to/2ToqUSS
*****
I totally went against ALL of my TBR for the month of January and I am SO happy that I did! Ha! I have had A WONDERFUL reading month! It has been a great start to 2019!

This is a book that I don’t quite remember how it got on my Kindle but I am SO happy that it did! This has to be one of the funniest and easiest reads I have had in a long while. I would put the genre as Chick-Lit and I am living for it!

This is the debut novel for Kathy Cooperman and I can’t wait to read more of what she has to come out. She might be an insta-buy from now on!

This book is all about best friend Annie and Sarah. They are living life like they always have. Sarah is a high powered lawyer while Annie is a stay-at-home mom with a PHD in Chemistry. Sarah is trying for kids but it seems that she put her career ahead of her life wants for too long and is going through the arduous process of EXPENSIVE IVF while still working 80 hour weeks. Annie has given her career a brief pause so that she can raise her three kids. She finds out from her middle child’s teacher that he has autism and need expensive therapy that they just can’t afford.  

These two women are desperate to make quick cash to help afford the things that they need in order to start a family and to keep a family. With Sarah’s drop dead looks and Annie’s brains and knowledge of chemistry they decide to sell a “luxury” face cream to the wealthy and aging beauties in Annie’s bookclub. This seems like a win-win in Sarah and Annie’s books until Annie tries to mess with the innocent formula and adds a not-so-legal ingredient to the cream to give it a little oompf.

This book had me laughing, tearing up, and loving my best friend even more. I know that we would do anything for each other. This is a must read!

 

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