Sunday, March 16, 2014

Backlog of Books, Missing Blog and Winter blues

The last few months have been kind of a whirlwind of activity. First, I live in Minnesota and there were moments that we all thought it would never stop snowing or that the bitter cold would eventually eat us all. Second, because of the cold there were many missing school and work days which led to very little free time for me to read the backlog of books I had so enthusiastically agreed to review (see picture to the left). Third, I stupidly let my domain renewal lapse and it was like entering a portal to hell to try and get it back.

So that leaves me here trying to start clean. I will not get to the books in the photo any time soon. They all look amazing so this is there moment to shine. I figured they atleast deserve a feature post.

The Orphan Choir by Sophie Hannah
Louise Beeston is being haunted.Louise has no reason left to stay in the city. She can’t see her son, Joseph, who is away at boarding school, where he performs in a prestigious boys’ choir. Her troublesome neighbor has begun blasting choral music at all hours of the night—and to make matters worse, she’s the only one who can hear it.

Hoping to find some peace, Louise convinces her husband, Stuart, to buy them a country house in an idyllic, sun-dappled gated community called Swallowfield. But it seems that the haunting melodies of the choir have followed her there. Could it be that her city neighbor has trailed her to Swallowfield, just to play an elaborate, malicious prank? Is there really a ghostly chorus playing outside her door? And why won’t they stop? Growing desperate, she begins to worry about her mental health.

Against the pleas and growing disquiet of her husband, Louise starts to suspect that this sinister choir is not only real but a warning. But of what? And how can it be, when no one else can hear it? (Goodreads)

North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo
A gripping literary thriller, North of Boston combines the atmospheric chills of Jussi Adler-Olsen with the gritty mystery of Laura Lippman. And Pirio Kasparov is a gutsy, compellingly damaged heroine with many adventures ahead. (Goodreads)

By Blood We Live by Glen Duncan
From the author of the best sellers The Last Werewolf and Talulla Rising, the hair-raising conclusion to the saga that has galvanized readers' imaginations: an electrifying, startlingly erotic love story that gives us the final battle for survival between werewolves and vampires, and one last incisive--brilliantly ironic--look at what it means to be, or to not be, human. (Goodreads)

Thirty Girls by Susan Minot
Esther is a Ugandan teenager abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to witness and commit unspeakable atrocities, who is struggling to survive, to escape, and to find a way to live with what she has seen and done. Jane is an American journalist who has traveled to Africa, hoping to give a voice to children like Esther and to find her center after a series of failed relationships. In unflinching prose, Minot interweaves their stories, giving us razor-sharp portraits of two extraordinary young women confronting displacement, heartbreak, and the struggle to wrest meaning from events that test them both in unimaginable ways. (Goodreads)

Wild Justice by Kelley Armstrong
Protect the innocent. If there is any one principle that drives hit man Nadia Stafford, it’s this. In her own mind, when she was thirteen, she failed to protect her older cousin Amy from being murdered. Now she fails again, disastrously, when she botches a hit. To help her find her equilibrium, her mentor, Jack, brings her a gift: the location and new identity of the predator who killed her cousin and disappeared after the case against him failed.

Vengeance, justice? With the predator in her sights, nothing seems more right, more straightforward, more easy. But finding justice is never as simple as it seems. (Goodreads)

I hope you find something that may interest you. They all have something good to offer. I've started them all and are excited to finish (maybe this summer!). For now, I am going to continue to catch up on the books and audio books I HAVE finished and post about those too. I also have a few book club posts to catch up on. And I want to get back to checking out my favorite blogs too. 

Hope you all are well out there in blog land. I am SO ready for Spring (except for all the rabbit poop I have in my yard right now) Can't win!

Happy Reading and as always, thanks for stopping by!

red headed book child


Marce said...

Ohhhh no on the domain renewal, what a pain in the arse. I didn't know you read Kelley Armstrong.

North of Boston sounds great and makes me remember I have to get to Jussi Adler-Olsen.

Tales of Whimsy said...

Welcome back.


I can't imagine how icky Minnesota has been.

Lisa said...

I've heard that Thirty Girls is a tough, but really good, read. Hope you find time for reading again soon!