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I’m thrilled to announce that we here at What the Cat Read have a new reviewer on staff. Please allow me to introduce you all to Little Dancer! Dancer will be a permanent reviewer who will be taking over our Young Adult reviews. =^.^=
Little Dancer comes to us after living her early kitten months outside. She arrived in our garage July 2015 and over the course of eight months she slowly came to associate us as her humans. At the end of February of this year, we managed to trap her and began the process of integrating her into our family. The fact that she was a semi-feral and already used to us made the process of integration easier over time.
Admittedly though during the first few months we were unsure if she would settle down enough to become a part of the family. In fact, when we took her in to be spayed our vet said that she was “7 lbs of high intensity spit and vinegar.” But we didn’t give up. Every day we worked with her, talking to her, letting her sniff our fingers, playing with her, the typical things one does when introducing a new feline to one’s home. Today she spends her time sleeping in either the bathroom or kitchen sinks, wrestling with her sister Sara, pouncing and prancing after spiders and insects that occasionally sneak in, and enjoying endless hours of head bonks and pets. You would never know that she started her life outside.
Little Dancer’s integration into our house, and her joining on with What the Cat Read, has been a huge success! Her sweet disposition, all be it with moments of spikiness, makes her a perfect addition to the family and we are looking forward to sharing her reviews with you all now and in the years to come!
We are excited to be participating in the First Look Celebration for Chelsey Krause’s All Shook Up which officially releases August 17, 2016!
Publisher: Tryst Books
Release Date: August 17, 2016
Natalie’s world is shaken to its core when she discovers an old photo of a woman who looks like her. Could this woman be related to her birth mother, who put Natalie up for adoption as a baby? When she tracks down the person who dumped the photo album at her thrift shop, she’s shaken again. Especially when the gorgeous fire-fighting guitarist offers to help her find the owner. They quickly become friends – which is all they’ll be, as far as Natalie’s concerned. Her rebellious youth turned her off cheating men, and the new Natalie is looking for true love and a family of her own – something Casey isn’t willing to provide. But how long can Natalie ignore her undeniable attraction to the man with the Irish accent and the broken-down ’57 Chevy?
In Chelsey Krause’s second novel, friends become lovers over a whirlwind summer of rockabilly rhythms, twirling skirts, and a mystery that takes them hilariously far out of their element.
About the Author:
Chelsey Krause has a thing for thrift stores and used bookshops. A nurse, wife, Starbucks addict, and mom to two children, she can often be found repurposing other people’s junk or considering whether the library would let her move in. The rest of the time, she’s reviewing for Chicklit Club or writing. All Shook Up is her second novel.
Tryst Books is offering one (1) lucky grand prize winner a paperback set containing the following titles: All Shook Up, Sweet Bliss, Drawn Through You, Ms. Conception, & Lessons in Pure Life and ten (10) runner-ups will win an eBook copy of their choice from the Tryst Books publishing catalogue! To enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below:
We are thrilled to be participating the in tour for M.J. Rose’s novel and would like to thank Inkslinger PR for letting us join the tour event. If you’d like to see all of the blogs involved and read exclusive excerpts and reviews of The Secret Language of Stones, please click on the banner above, murr! =^.^=
About the Author:
New York Times Bestseller, M.J. Rose grew up in New York City mostly in the labyrinthine galleries of the Metropolitan Museum, the dark tunnels and lush gardens of Central Park and reading her mother’s favorite books before she was allowed. She believes mystery and magic are all around us but we are too often too busy to notice… books that exaggerate mystery and magic draw attention to it and remind us to look for it and revel in it.
Rose’s work has appeared in many magazines including Oprah Magazine and she has been featured in the New York Times, Newsweek, WSJ, Time, USA Today and on the Today Show, and NPR radio. Rose graduated from Syracuse University, spent the ’80s in advertising, has a commercial in the Museum of Modern Art in NYC and since 2005 has run the first marketing company for authors – Authorbuzz.com
The television series PAST LIFE, was based on Rose’s novels in the Reincarnationist series. She is one of the founding board members of International Thriller Writers and currently serves, with Lee Child, as the organization’s co-president.
Rose lives in CT with her husband the musician and composer, Doug Scofield, and their very spoiled and often photographed dog, Winka.
We’re celebrating the release of THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF STONES by giving away a beautiful Daughter of La Lune pendant. Designed by Cadsawan Jewelry, the silver pendant contains a labradorite, a magical stone excellent for awakening one’s own awareness of inner spirit, intuition, and psychic abilities. If you wish to enter for your chance to win, please click on the Rafflecopter link below:
We are thrilled to be partaking in the reveal for Molly McAdams’s I See You and wish to thank HarperCollins for letting us share this special post with you all, murr! =^.^=
About I See You:
About the Author:
Molly McAdams grew up in California but now lives in the oh-so-amazing state of Texas with her husband, daughter, and fur babies. Her hobbies include hiking, snowboarding, traveling and long walks on the beach … which roughly translates to being a homebody with her hubby and dishing out movie quotes.
I’d like to sincerely thank Forever Yours – Grand Central Publishing for letting me participate in the launch event for Hoyt’s newest novel and for providing me with a review copy in exchange for an honest review! =^.^=
As my first taste of Hoyt’s writing, I have to say that this was an okay read. While it didn’t entirely standout for me, it didn’t leave me regretting having spent my time reading it. I definitely want to check out the Maiden Lane series from the beginning and give Hoyt’s other books a try. At the very least I want to hold judgement on whether I’m going to fully enjoy Hoyt’s writing until after I’ve read a full length novel of hers.
Novellas are usually hard for me to rate because I always feel as though the plot in them would be better if they were longer. Often times the pacing of the plot feels rushed in novellas, but in the case of this particular tale the pacing worked rather well. The only place where I felt things were rushed was toward the end when Hippolyta is suddenly married to Matthew. The jump in time gave me a bit of a jolt due to the unexpectedness of it. Yes, I knew they would eventually wed, but I didn’t think it would be that sudden. Other than that, the pacing was great and worked for the events in the story, for the most part.
Hippolyta was an interesting character. I found her to be both strong and vulnerable respectively. She’s not the sort of woman who’s afraid to speak her mind in matters of her place in society or what she expects out of life and men, yet once she’s faced with potential ruin both physically and socially she runs from her troubles rather than fighting them, at least until she’s given the strength to do so by those who love her. In this I’d have loved for her to have had a full length story because I feel as though there is more that Hoyt could have done with her to make Hippolyta a truly enjoyable character. Here we get just a quick glance into who she is and what she’s capable of, rather than the full growth and examination that are afforded to other women in the series, and from what I hear from other readers of this series, Hippolyta is the character that most readers wanted to see more of in the previous books. As for Matthew, for most of the story he rub my fur entirely the wrong way. His behavior and assumptions toward Hippolyta not only were disrespectful, but bordered on cruel. I had a difficult time dredging up any respect for him as the story progressed. He didn’t have many opportunities to prove himself as being worthy of Hippolyta’s affections, didn’t strike me as having developed much emotionally, and pretty much made me doubt whether the two of them really would have ended up together in the end if circumstances had been different. And this is where having their story be a full length novel would have resulted in a higher rating from me: I wanted more character development for them!
What also kept me from giving this book a higher rating was the conflict wasn’t what I was originally led to believe it would be. When we first meet Hippolyta she is being pursued by a pack of hunting hounds after she escaped from a gentleman who had her kidnapped to force her to marry him. As I was reading this story, I kept expecting Hippolyta and Matthew to eventually have to confront this gentleman and in the process of doing so, Matthew would earn his favor with Hippolyta. Having this, Hippolyta’s escape back to London, be the tone and focus of the first half of the novella is what drove my interest in the story. I wanted to know what would happen to her where this issue was concerned. I wanted to know if she would end up being caught again. But by the time I got to the three-quarter mark of the novella the conflict became something else entirely and completely threw off my enjoyment of the book. The motives behind the new conflict seemed weak and didn’t hold any relevance to the majority of the tale. While it is true that the reader is told of Hippolyta’s background, the impact of this didn’t strike me as something that would play that large of a role later in the story. So here I am expecting one ending for this book only to end up with an entirely different one. Yeah, I was not a happy feline. I genuinely would have liked the book more had the initial conflict been what was resolved in the end.
Now to be fair the premise of this story is a good one. Hippolyta is an enjoyable character whom I feel readers will readily connect with and as I said, the pacing works well for the length of the story. I can’t say that I didn’t like reading this title because up until the shift in the conflict I was actually enjoying the story despite not being overly enamored with Matthew, and had the conflict not become something else, I’d have definitely given this novella a four paw rating.
So if asked if I would recommend this book to readers, I’d say yes, it’s worth giving it a read. Just be aware that things aren’t going to go in the direction you originally think they are going to go. And if you’ve already read this book, please feel free to share your thoughts on it in the comments section below. I’d love to hear other readers’ views on this story, especially from those who have read the other books in the series, murr! =^.^=
About the Author:
Elizabeth Hoyt is the New York Times bestselling author of over seventeen lush historical romances including the Maiden Lane series. Publishers Weekly has called her writing “mesmerizing.” She also pens deliciously fun contemporary romances under the name Julia Harper. Elizabeth lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with three untrained dogs, a garden in constant need of weeding, and the long-suffering Mr. Hoyt.
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