Booking Through Thrusday

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There are so many crappy biographies … would you rather read a poorly-written biography of a fascinating life, OR an exquisitely well-written, wonderful read of one of a not-so-interesting life?

I really don’t know how to answer this question because I am not sure that I have ever read a biography.  I think that there are pros and cons to both.  I think that not-so-interesting lives are sometimes more interesting in that action packed lives.  I feel like I connected more with ordinary people.

What do you think?

Waiting in Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Love Story by Jennifer Echols: Book Cover
Love Story by Jennifer Echols
July 19, 2011
SHE’S WRITING ABOUT HIM. HE’S WRITING ABOUT HER. AND EVERYBODY IS READING BETWEEN THE LINES.For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions—it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true.


What are you waiting?

Review and Tour: Unleashed by Emily Kimelman


Praise for Emily Kimelman’s “Unleashed”“Emily Kimelman is fun. She is a clever young woman, who has re-imagined a traditional genre for a new generation. She is witty and insightful, and writes with a wisdom, care, and diligence beyond her years.” —Mark Bowden author of “Black Hawk Down” and “Guests of the Ayatollah”Description:Joy Humbolt is not a huge fan of people and after getting fired from her latest stint as a barrista she is becoming dangerously close to unemployable. So when Charlene Miller offers Joy her dog walking business on the Exclusive Upper East Side of Manhattan after knowing her for 15 minutes, Joy is happy to accept the profitable, low maintenance route while ignoring the suspiciously quick transaction. However, when Joy discovers a mutilated corpse on her route and realizes that Charlene has fled the city, the price of her new business starts to become clear. Joy is left answering the questions of an aggressive Police Detective who swings from telling her she is the next victim to insinuating that Joy is the killer. Following in Charlene’s footsteps, Joy discovers that her powerful clients have more in common than just their dog walker. As she is lead deeper into their world of power and influence Joy realizes too late that only one kind of justice makes it this far uptown: vigilante. When Joy let’s go of  what little respect she had for the human race…

My Thoughts:

This book was not at all what I thought it was based on the cover.  My guess was that it was a werewolf book but it was so much better than that.  Joy has lost everything in one day, her boyfriend and job, but in the midst of all that she bought herself a dog, Blue.  A huge dog at that.  Her neighbor, Nona, tells her about a friend of a friend who is selling her dog walking business and Joy jumps at the chance to start again.  Little does she know that she is going to be come involved in murder and cover ups and putting those she cares about at risk.

Emily Kimelman has a fun writing style that brought Joy, Nona, James and the rest of the characters to life better than I have seen in most mystery books I have read.  The level of detail and attention was marvelous.  The story line was written well.  I liked that the book started in the future and then took us back to where it all started.  The end was a bit confusing and I am hoping that it will be explained more in the next book.  It felt like it was just more deception.  I also enjoyed the dogs in this book, they really brought something interesting to the story.  There were so many options for how Joy could or should figure things out.  Overall, I enjoyed the story and the outcome and will be looking forward to the next story.

My Rating

4 penguins:  a good story if you like a mystery that could really happen

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*I was provided an ecopy of the book for review from Nurture Virtual Book Tourz..  There was no compensation and all opinion are my own.