Sunday, December 20, 2009

The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery #1) by Karen E. Olson

The Missing Ink (Tattoo Shop Mystery #1) The Missing Ink by Karen E. Olson

Murder leaves a mark

Brett Kavanaugh is a tattoo artist and owner of an elite tattoo parlor in Las V egas. When a girl makes an appointment for a tattoo of the name of her fiancĂ© embedded in a heart, Brett takes the job but the girl never shows. The next thing Brett knows, the police are looking for her client, and the name she wanted on the tattoo isn’t her fiancĂ©’s...

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Fun new series. I liked the main character. She is spunky and fun. The mystery kept me guessing to the end. The book could have been written a little better, but it is a series that I intend to continue with.

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The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

The War with Grandpa (Yearling) The War with Grandpa by Robert Kimmel Smith

Peter thinks the only way he can reclaim his room is by declaring war on his grandfather.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award, William Allen White Award, Tennessee Children's Choice Book Award, Parents' Choice Award, An IRA-CBC Children's Choice, Mark Twain Award, Young Hoosier Award, South Carolina Children's Book Award, Pacific Northwest Library Association Young Reader's Choice Award, Georgia Children's Book Award.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Reading for my 5th grade Literacy Circle


Totally enjoyed this book. It was funny, cute and had a great message.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Strange Brew by P.N. Elrod (Editor / Contributor)

Strange Brew Strange Brew by P.N. Elrod

Today’s hottest urban fantasy authors come together in this delicious brew that crackles and boils over with tales of powerful witches and dark magic!

In Charlaine Harris’ “Bacon,” a beautiful vampire joins forces with a witch from an ancient line to find out who killed her beloved husband. In “Seeing Eye” by Patricia Briggs, a blind witch helps sexy werewolf Tom Franklin find his missing brother—and helps him in more ways than either of them ever suspected. And in Jim Butcher’s “Last Call,” wizard Harry Dresden takes on the darkest of dark powers—the ones who dare to mess with this favorite beer.

For anyone who’s ever wondered what lies beyond the limits of reality, who’s imagined the secret spaces where witches wield fearsome magic, come and drink deep. Let yourself fall under the spell of this bewitching collection!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Very enjoyable read. Some old favorite authors as well as an introduction to some new ones for me.

My 2 least favorite stories were Charlaine Harris's Bacon and PN Elrod's Hecate's Golden Eye. The rest of the stories were quite enjoyable.

I will add one warning. If you have any desire to read the 'Cin Craven' series by Jenna Maclaine, you may want to read them before reading the short story included in this book -- 'Dark Sins'.

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