Tea, Rain, Book

Tea, Rain, Book

I enjoy romances, cozy mysteries, police procedurals, and non-fiction.

 

You can also find me on the following sites:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/840708-melissa

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tea_rain_book

 

 

 

 

Review
5 Stars
Review: DC Bombshells, Volume 2: Allies by Marguerite Bennett, Laura Braga, and Mirka Andolfo
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage

 

One of the supernatural beings the Nazis are using in this alternate universe take on WWII is the tenebrae (from Greek and Roman mythology for "spirits of death"). Not zombies in the usual lore, many are made from the dead Nazi soldiers and not easily killed, but not immortal either. The women of DC are all working in small teams or on their own in different locations but gather for one big battle over London (like an all women Justice League). And so ends year one of the DC bombshells.

 

I've put all other volumes on my Christmas wishlist. Seriously humor, bad ass heroines, great artwork (they fixed Wonder Woman), and an engaging storyline.

Review
5 Stars
Review: DC Bombshells, Volume 1: Enlisted by Marguerite Bennett and Marguerite Sauvage
DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett

 

This series is an alternate universe in which the Nazis use or try to use supernatural beings as weapons and heroines from the DC universe stop them. Supergirl keeps her alien identity but is aided by her adopted sister Stargirl in keeping Mother Russia safe from the Nazis and corrupted Soviet military members. Wonder Woman enters the fray via Steve Trevor's plane going down on paradise. Batwoman is in charge of Kane Industries by day, a vigilante at night, and baseball player on the weekends. They kept her lesbian identity, which makes it fun when she meets up with Selene/Catwoman in Berlin - they had such banter when not fighting Nazis. Mera/Aquawoman team up with WW and Steve but the British Navy is her true place. I loved the artwork for the most part (WW was drawn a little manly in the face and was a little stiff in dialogue until she left her home).

 

All in all, a fun time reading this.

Review
3.5 Stars
Review: Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli
Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) by Richelle Mead (2013-12-31) - Richelle Mead

 

More from the seniors at St Vladmir's Academy. I liked that Rose and her mom came to a somewhat of a truce. There was more action and less romance in this one, and I liked it better because of that. The author has no trouble with killing main side characters, so don't get attached to any of them.

Review
3.5 Stars
Review: Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, and Emma Vieceli
Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy Graphic Novels (Quality Paper)) by Mead, Richelle (2013) Paperback - Richelle Mead

 

I really liked the artwork in this graphic novel. The storyline was engaging and interesting, giving a few twists to the vampire lore. I don't think I could handle some of the teen angst in a book form, but the graphic novel construction keeps the emotion to a reasonable level and gets the focus back on the action. I do like the fact that the school is designed for job training and not just a place where rich kids hang out at - it gives purpose to the characters.

Review
3 Stars
Review: Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) by Sofie Kelly
Sleight of Paw - Sofie Kelly

 

Kathleen was much more observant and listen to her instincts a lot more in the second book of the series. As it turns out, the population of Mayville was more than happy to help Kathleen in finding the real killer. The only thing I didn't like was that Kathleen still thought Marcus was a member of the Keystone Kops rather than a smart detective. Her "only I can solve this because the cops already arrested someone" attitude gets her into such trouble that sometimes border on dumbass.

 

Still the highlight was the cats, Hercules and Owen. And I enjoy spending time in the world of Mayville, MN and its residents. The plotting was much better here than in the first book and there were moments of humor and genuine affection among the group of friends Kathleen has. A solid entry in the series.

#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: Updates
Sleight of Paw - Sofie Kelly

Update #2:

With less than 10 minutes to go before the end of this Dewey, I managed to read four more books, all for Halloween bingo. Feeling pretty good on my reading productivity, however I did not make my goal of twelve hours (my stopwatch is at 8 hours:28 minutes:54 seconds).

 

Now onto the reviews of the five books I finished during the read-a-thon and reporting on my bingos.

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Update #1:

Mid-way through hour 11 and I have about 4 hours of reading done today. Sleight of Paw is done and now I just earned my second bingo! Now to focus on some graphic novels. I need to go to bed too, so I will probably take a break at the hour 13 mark.

 

As for participation in the social aspects of the read-a-thon, I posted twice in the GR group for the hour 11 thread because I knew JL would be co-hosting.

 

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 Original Post:

Happy 10th Anniversary to the Dewey 24-hour Read-a-thon and its creators!

 

First book up to bat: Sleight of Paw by Sofie Kelly (starting at 50% mark)

 

Hour Zero: Introduction Q&A

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?

Brandon, Suffolk (East Anglia) England


2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

DC Bombshells Volumes 1 and 2


3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Whatever is going in my crock pot for dinner


4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

Going to spend one hour of the read-a-thon reading to my kids. Currently they have fallen into a Mo Willems binge and my son has memorized We Are In A Book. Maybe a few Halloween books.


5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today?

Nap if needed rather than reaching for another caffeine drink.

#30DaysofReadathon - Day 10 through 1
Is It Just Me? - Miranda Hart The Mercy of the Sky: The Story of a Tornado - Holly Bailey Fever 1793 - Laurie Halse Anderson The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow - Olivia Newport Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game - Michael Lewis Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street - Michael Lewis The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine - Michael Lewis Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World - Michael Lewis Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt - Michael Lewis

Last round.....

 

Day 10 Rainbow - IG post from COYER Summer 2017 edition https://www.instagram.com/p/BXm9lPTBN_U/?taken-by=tearainbook

 

Day 9 Spines - another IG post from COYER Summer 2017 edition https://www.instagram.com/p/BXtcs5LhArT/?taken-by=tearainbook

 

Day 8 Funny - Is it Just Me? by Miranda Hart (and it is a shame she isn't more loved by folks in the US)

 

Day 7 Sad - The Mercy of the Sky by Holly Bailey (the part when she wrote of the rescue and recovery at the elementary school killed me)

 

Day 6 Time - Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson (a great middle grade book about a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia)

 

Day 5 Place - The Dilemma of Charlotte Farrow by Olivia Newport (Chicago during the World's Fair)

 

Day 4 Plans - my bedroom will be center stage for my reading - it is the only place I can get some quiet.

 

Day 3 Break - I plan on taking a break to sleep. A short catnip can give the reader a better recharge than drinking caffeine. I plan to get a few hours over the course of the read-a-thon.

 

Day 2 New - Saga series by Brian Kl Vaughan and Fiona Staples

 

Day 1 Stack - Books by Michael Lewis I have read and recommend:

                       Moneyball

                       Liar's Poker

                       The Big Short

                       Boomerang

                       Flash Boys

                      

                      

                      

#30DaysofReadathon - Day 20 through 11
Kiss of Crimson - Lara Adrian Food: A Love Story - Jim Gaffigan Call the Midwife: Farewell to the East End - Jennifer Worth London; the story of the greatest city on Earth. - Edward Rutherford Night - Elie Wiesel, Robert McAfee Brown, François Mauriac, Stella Rodway Naked in Death - J.D. Robb

Continuing on with challenge...

 

Day 20 Best - Kiss of Crimson by Lara Adrian (the best out of the Midnight Breed series; Dante and Tessa is my favorite couple)

 

Day 19 Graphic - that's easy, my favorite graphic is the Wonder Woman symbol.

 

Day 18 Alternative - I participate in the 24 in 48 read-a-thon and Bout of Books, two alternatives to the Dewey.

 

Day 17 Listen - Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

 

Day 16 Green - Call the Midwife, Volume 3: Farewell to the East End by Jennifer Worth

 

Day 15 Thick - London: The Novel by Edward Rutherford

 

Day 14 Thin - Night by Elie Wiesel

 

Day 13 Genre - My favorite will always be the romance genre. Hands down.

 

Day 12 Exercise - does pushing my luck or getting a good temper started count? I guess I like to walk in the Thetford Forest next to my house.

 

Day 11 Exciting - Naked in Death by JD Robb

#30DaysofReadathon - Day 30 through 20
Public Secrets - Nora Roberts Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury Vision Vol. 2: Little Better Than a Beast - Tom King, Michael Walsh An Encounter at Hyde Park - Ava Stone, Deb Marlowe, Claudia Dain, Karen Hawkins Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia - Wade Von Grawbadger, Dave Stewart, Greg Rucka, J.G. Jones A Slight Miscalculation: A Half Moon House Short Story (Half Moon House Series Book 3) - Deb Marlowe The Christmas Child (Love Inspired - Linda Goodnight Blue Dahlia - Nora Roberts

I bombed out on doing this part of the Dewey Read-a-thon. I just don't do well with daily challenge prompts. So I figured I group them in tens and make three posts.

 

Day 30 Favorite Book - Public Secrets by Nora Roberts

 

Day 29 Short Book - Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

 

Day 28 Red - Vision, Volume 2: Little Better Than a Beast by Tom King et al

 

Day 27 Snacks - Pretzels for salty snack, as they are not greasy like potato chips but have the same crunch factor. Starbucks' London Fog (venti, cause go big or go home) for sweet.

 

Day 26 Short Stories - An Encounter at Hyde Park by Various Authors

 

Day 25 Comics craze - Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia by Greg Rucka et al

 

Day 24 Drinks - My newest favorite drink is Kraken Black Spice Rum and Coca-Cola. All time drink is still a cuppa tea.

 

Day 23 Space - A Slight Miscalculation by Deb Marlowe

 

Day 22 Cozy - The Christmas Child by Linda Goodnight

 

Day 21 Blue - Blue Dahlia by Nora Roberts

 

 

#Dewey Readathon, Fall 2017: The Prep
Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples Saga, Volume 3 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples Saga Volume 4 - Fiona Staples, Brian K. Vaughan March: Book Three - Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell, John Lewis Gaddis Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, Rose Lerner Frostbite: The Graphic Novel - Richelle Mead, Leigh Dragoon, Emma Vieceli Shadow Kiss: A Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy) - Richelle Mead Final Crisis - Grant Morrison, J.G. Jones, Carlos Pacheco, Jesús Merino, Marco Rudy, Doug Mahnke, Christian Alamy DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 1 - Marguerite Bennett DC Comics: Bombshells Vol. 2: Allies - Marguerite Bennett, Marguerite Sauvage

So Dewey's 24-hour Read-a-thon is tomorrow! My start time is 1pm, so I have time to run errands and do some household chores prior to reading.

 

Goals:

1. Participate in the social aspect here and on my IG account.

2. Read for 12-15 hours (tracked via the stop watch app on my phone).

 

TBR:

1. Sleight of Paw (A Magical Cats Mystery #2) (Amateur Sleuth square)

2. Saga Volumes 2-4

3. March, Volume 3

4. Hamilton's Battalion

5. Frostbite: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Chilling children square)

6. Shadow Kiss: A Vampire Academy Graphic Novel (Vampires square)

7. Final Crisis (Supernatural square)

8. DC Bombshells, Volume 1 and 2

 

Settlement Money Mostly Spent
Making Gay History - Eric Marcus The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well - Meik Wiking

I have 36 cents left after doing some settlement credit shopping on B+N (nada from Amazon due to not buying Kindle books during the period that the settlement covers). I was given a $5.34 settlement, so to make the credit stretch as far as I could, I went to the under $5 section. I picked out Making Gay History by Eric Marcus (the 2009 edition, which was updated and revised the 1992 edition) and The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

It's Here!!!!
Hamilton's Battalion: A Trio of Romances - Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, Rose Lerner

I don't pre-order books normally and especially don't pre-order ebooks (they tend to go on sale pretty quickly after release date). I made a big exception for this gem. Came home yesterday after another long day to find it sitting on my Kindle. I may end up reading it during Dewey because I can't hold out until after Halloween bingo.

Review
3 Stars
Review: Curiosity Thrilled the Cat by Sofie Kelly
Curiosity Thrilled the Cat - Sofie Kelly

 

Although this is the first book in the series, it is the third book I have read. Turns out the relationship between Kathleen and Marcus starts off s-l-o-w-l-y. Also Marcus is not that much of a detective in this book and Kathleen isn't as observant as she is in the later books. The cats were, once again, the best part of story, along with Roma, Maggie, and Oren. I liked learning that Kathleen did not always accept the cats magical abilities (Own can disappear and Hercules can walk through walls). The storyline once again centered around a town festival, leaving me with the impression that this small town in Minnosota doesn't need much of an excuse to party, lol. I did not get much of an impression of murder victim before his untimely death, so I did not care much after he was killed; however, I did like that fact that the killer was long-time resident and not an outsider. It was nice to see where the series started. Off to read book two.

DNF at 5%
Koishi - Annie Nicholas

I feel that the heroine is either TSTL or Too Racist to Live, but either way I am throwing in the towel. Luckily this was a freebie in the NOOK store. The story would have something special if it weren't for this dumb/ugly American.

DNF at 11%
UNSUB: A Novel - Meg Gardiner

I am going to DNF this book because the MC, a newly minted narc detective just moved to homicide so she can solve the one case her daddy couldn't (and that made him go into an alcoholic spiral). This is like Eve Dallas on training wheels and I can't even.

Review
4.5 Stars
Review: London Calling (Mirabelle Bevan Mystery #2) by Sara Sheridan
London Calling - Sara Sheridan

 

I really enjoyed book one in the series, so I settled into the world of 1952 Brighton and Mirabelle's social circle pretty quickly, like I was rejoining a group of friends. This installment deals with more people from Mirabelle's time in the British Secret Service and with Vesta's childhood pals.  I actually liked this book better than the last, which was also good. The friendship between Mirabelle and Vesta has deepened since their first investigation (about a year in the timeline of the series). The plot was revealed as a jigsaw puzzle, with all the pieces there and the ladies having to just put them in order. Forewarning: Brits in 1952 were not as PC as we are today and so a few racial and religious slurs are said by characters (not the main characters) in rather a casual way in the dialogue. For each time, Mirabelle acknowledges the slur then verbally reads said characters the riot act. Still those slurs are there.

COYER
Bout of Books
2017 Library Love Challenge