What I Read Last Week

Happy Monday!  I know it's happy for me as I'm not working today (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in the states) so that's nice.  

The week was a weird one as I had shoulder and neck muscle spasms all week that were causing massive headaches.  I have no idea what caused the spasm, I just want it to go away now, thank you very much. lol  

Still getting ready for my daughters 16th b-day party.  It's on Saturday, the 25th so I only have a few more days and then it will be here...and over! lol  Hopefully the next time I plan a sweet 16 party (in 5 years) it will be easier as I've done it before. *crosses fingers*

So on to what I read this past week:

I started off the week with the continuation of the YA series Pushing the Limits and read Dare You To by Katie McGarry.  This story was about Beth and Ryan.  Beth moves to live with her uncle who she has seen in years and she definitely has some animosity towards everyone.  Ryan is a guy who originally takes a dare to go out with her but then ends it when he finds he really likes her.  It was a fantastic story and I loved it.  You can read my full review here. 5 out of 5

Next up was Magic Rises by Ilona Andrews.  I have no idea why I didn't get this book when it first came out but I finally got it and loved it.  Kate and Curran are off across the sea with a contingent of shifters to babysit a pregnant woman.  They know it's a trap of some kind but they have no idea how huge of a trap it is until they arrive.  Things start to go a little weird with Curran but all is well in the end.  I loved the action in this one as well as the characters and the writing.  I laughed, I gasped, I cried - the story was just so good.  So good.  5 out of 5


Next up I read some freebies on Ilona Andrews website called An Ill-Advised Rescue parts 1 & 2.  This was Kate saving Samin from some kidnappers along with Derek and I liked both of them.  Part 1 got a 3.5 out of 5 and Part 2 a 4 out of 5

Another freebie story on Andrews' site is A Questionable Client and this is the story of when Kate is hired to protect and meets Samin.  It's an interesting chain of events and was really good as well. 4 out of 5

Bare Essentials by Jill Shalvis and Leslie Kelly are 2 companion novels (short novels) that are both in the same book.  The stories are about two cousins, Cassie and Kate, who each return to the hometown that looked down their noses at them when they were kids and now it's time for revenge. I liked Kelly's book more than Shalvis'.  I'll post my review of this one next week.  Overall rating is 3.5 out of 5 

Highlander Mine by Juliette Miller was the first book that I've read by this author.  This about a girl and her nephew who escape an lowlife villain in Edinburgh and managed to be rescued by a group of Mackenzie clan.  Amelia and her nephew lie about their reasons for being stranded.  The laird knows their lying but can't figure out what the reason behind it is.  This doesn't stop the laird, Knox, from falling in love with Amelia.  I'll post more in my review later this week. 3.5 out of 5

Last for the week was Believe by Erin McCarthy.  This story follows Robin as she meets Phoenix who just got out of jail after spending 5 months inside.  Robin has a secret she has to keep from her friends and Phoenix is the one to bring her out of her self imposed prison.  I'll post my review for this one on Wed. 3.5 out of 5






My Book Binge reviews that posted last week:
Rumor Has It by Jill Shalvis

Happy Reading!

4 comments:

Rowena said...

:) on Dare You To.

I have Believe to read soon and I'm looking forward to reading it, mostly because I'm curious to see how everything falls together for Robin. And her secret.

E.L. F. said...

Hope you are feeling better and good luck with the b-day party (and Happy B-day to your daughter!).

nath said...

Happy birthday to your daughter! :)

Tracy said...

ELf - Thanks!

Nath - I'll tell her! :)