Wednesday, April 27, 2016

"What I'm Reading" Wednesday #20

            This "WIR"-Wednesday I've run the gamut of different book genres. Right now I'm reading...

Menagerie by Rachel Vincent
When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town. 

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other "attractions"—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she'll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed. 

Why I Chose this Book / What I think so far:
As is common with a lot of my recent reads I picked this book up through the Apollycon 2016 Virtual Signing Event a few months back. The description interested me and I'm enjoying the storyline so far. 

Here's what else I've read since last week...

He Will Be My Ruin by K.A. Tucker
A woman who almost had it all . . .

On the surface, Celine Gonzalez had everything a twenty-eight-year-old woman could want: a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, a job that (mostly) paid the bills, and an acceptance letter to the prestigious Hollingsworth Institute of Art, where she would finally live out her dream of becoming an antiques appraiser for a major auction house. All she had worked so hard to achieve was finally within her reach. So why would she kill herself?

A man who was supposed to be her salvation . . .

Maggie Sparkes arrives in New York City to pack up what’s left of her best friend’s belongings after a suicide that has left everyone stunned. The police have deemed the evidence conclusive: Celine got into bed, downed a lethal cocktail of pills and vodka, and never woke up. But when Maggie discovers a scandalous photograph in a lock box hidden in Celine’s apartment, she begins asking questions. Questions about the man Celine fell in love with. The man she never told anyone about, not even Maggie. The man Celine believed would change her life.

Until he became her ruin.

On the hunt for evidence that will force the police to reopen the case, Maggie uncovers more than she bargained for about Celine’s private life—and inadvertently puts herself on the radar of a killer. A killer who will stop at nothing to keep his crimes undiscovered.

What I Thought of this Book:
As Ms. Tucker's first attempt at the thriller genre this book was pretty good. In comparison to some of my favorites: Nora Roberts, Lisa Jackson, and Sandra Brown, however, I found the story a little predictable. I figured out who the killer was about three or four chapters in and Celine's secret life was pretty obvious from the moment Maggie found all that money in the hidden compartment of the lock box. Did I enjoy this book? Yes. Were some of the characters hard to feel sympathy for? Yes. I think this book holds promise if the author wishes to continue in the genre, as a place to grow from. 
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars! 


Dirty (Dive Bar #1) by Kylie Scott
The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a broken hearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her.

Lydia Green doesn't know whether to scream or cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing all together.

Just when this runaway bride has nowhere left to turn, a handsome stranger offers her a broad, muscular shoulder to cry on. Vaughan is the exact opposite of the picture perfect, respected businessmen she's normally drawn to. This former musician-turned-bartender is rough around the edges and is facing his own crossroads. But Lydia's already tried Mr. Right and discovered he's all wrong--maybe it's time to give Mr. Right Now a chance.

After all, what's wrong with getting dirty?

What I Thought of This Book:
This book was sooooooo good! Vaughan was completely drool-worthy and I loved him. The first few chapters of this book are hilarious and awesome, instantly drawing the reader in. Lydia was a great main character and I loved all the other characters Kylie Scott introduces to you in the first book of her new series. I can't wait to read the next book. As an added bonus I loved that Mal from the Stage Dive series (aka my favorite book boyfriend) made an appearance in this book and he's still as awesome as ever! 

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