Summer Wrap Up Read-a-Thon Update #2

05 August 2012

Day 2 of the Summer Wrap Up Read-a-Thon hosted by Jennifer @Some Like It Paranormal and Jude @ In Between, I've finished one book and one challenge.

Succubus Blues- 343 pages finished 8/5 4/5 stars

Starting What I Didn't Say, I've heard this is a great book and I can't wait to get into it!!!

How is everyone else doing? What's next on your list? Make sure you stay up to date on twitter with hashtag #SWUR

Funsical Fitness #Giveaway (8/10) US

Guest review by Science of Couponing
Wanna spend more quality time your kiddos? Exercising both their minds and their bodies?
Then Funsical is what you have been waiting for!

I was recently given the opportunity to review the Funsical fitness program for kids and let me tell you it was awesome! Not only were my kids entertained, but doing the exercises with them, I began to “feel the burn” as well. As we marched around the room doing various imaginary scenarios, the kids and I laughed and had a great time, all while moving and doing exercises. Funsical turns the epitome of boring exercise “crunches” into the opening and closing clams and bicycle kicks to riding away from danger, you are transported to an imaginary world where exercising is actually fun. There are few times in life when we get to be kids again, but playing and doing Funsical with my kids, I felt five again. While I was five again pretending to be a shark I also got to spend time with my kids in an activity that I know is both good for them as well as me.
This low impact exercise program can be done at any pace so it is also great for grandparents to do with their grand kids!

“This is FUNSICAL a progressive sequence of Movement, Music and Language development activities to keep children consistently Moving and Improving!

This program is GUARANTEED to improve children's physical, mental and emotional strength and conditioning, as well as language comprehension, concentration, behavior and speaking skills.

Magic Bites by Ilona Andrews #review

Title: Magic Bites
Author: Ilona Andrews
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Publisher: ACE
Date: March 27th 2007
Pages: 260
ISBN: 9780441014897
Source: bought
Purchase: Magic Bites (Kate Daniels, Book 1)

Summary from Goodreads:
Magic Bites

When the magic is up, rogue mages cast their spells and monsters appear, while guns refuse to fire and cars fail to start. But then technology returns, and the magic recedes as unpredictably as it arose, leaving all kinds of paranormal problems in its wake.

Kate Daniels is a down-on-her-luck mercenary who makes her living cleaning up these magical problems. But when Kate's guardian is murdered, her quest for justice draws her into a power struggle between two strong factions within Atlanta's magic circles.

The Masters of the Dead, necromancers who can control vampires, and the Pack, a paramilitary clan of shapechangers, blame each other for a series of bizarre killings—and the death of Kate's guardian may be part of the same mystery. Pressured by both sides to find the killer, Kate realizes she's way out of her league—but she wouldn't have it any other way…

My Thoughts:
I picked this book up on a recommendation. At first I was really into the book and couldn't walk away from it, then things started to get a little slow for me. To me there was a lot of repeating and useless info.

Kate is a great main character and while I wasn't too clear on the whole issue with her blood, I did connect with her. I loved that she knew to be afraid of things, but that she never let on just how afraid she was. The magic in the book confused me and I couldn't really grasp onto it.
I wasn't sure about the vampires, and really after reading so many vampire books this one threw me a little. Mindless creatures controlled by the People were a big stretch for me, though I can see the appeal and know that at least the vampires won't be love interests in this book!!
The shapechangers ( love that name by the way) were a great surprise, and who wouldn't want to kiss and kill the Lord of the Free Beasts? Curran was a great addition to the book and I would have loved to see a little more tension between him and Kate, but that kiss was a good one!!
All in all, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it for a quick read!

My Rating:

#Review: Web of Secrets by Ernesto Patino

Title: Web of Secrets
Author: Ernesto Patino
Series: none
Publisher: L&L Dreamspell
Date: 8/5/2012
Pages: 195
ISBN: 1603181245
Source:  publisher
Purchase: Amazon

Goodreads Summary:

Some family history is too dangerous to be revealed. Sarah Baker's search for the truth about her adoption uncovered a tangled web of deadly secrets...

A phone call from a blackmailer turned Sarah's life upside down. The man claimed to know the circumstances of her illegal adoption thirty years ago. He also revealed some shocking facts about her real parents.

Rather than have the blackmailer go public with the information and risk her husband's career, she agreed to a one-time payoff. Their situation was far from resolved, and doubts about her heritage put a strain on their once ideal marriage.

Sarah still didn't have verification of the truth. She needed more details. Were there any brothers or sisters, or other family members nearby? Had the same blackmailer approached them too?

Hiring a Private Investigator seemed the only option, but it meant opening a Pandora's box. Sarah needed confirmation and closure, and was willing to take the risk. Ex FBI investigator turned P. I. Joe Coopersmith was up to the task, but working on a thirty-year-old mystery wouldn't be easy. Joe didn't realize it might also turn deadly...

My Thoughts:

Ernesto Patino weaves a highly suspenseful mystery in Web of Secrets that tangles a corrupt doctor's hideous crime with the late-20th century's social defiances.

I think this was a very well-organized mystery novel. There's a riveting blackmailer with unethical logic and an even more immoral story behind it, and there are also numerous victims who, somehow, are related. The secret that this blackmailer is attempting to reveal is that each of these clueless people, including Sarah, who are being called, have been conceived illegitimately and adopted illegally; something that may not seem like a big deal now, but potentially could have ruined their reputations, back in the 90's.

This to me, was a bit puzzling. So what if it turns out they have a colored parent? I'm not sure why this would be a 'deadly' secret. It might give them trouble due to the prevalent racism in America, but I don't know why it's something that you would risk your life to keep under the covers.

Patino's voice isn't anything to rave about. It's strict and to the point, oftentimes even lacking in fluidity and clarity. However, his story does have a sharp, intelligent drive to it, so overall, it was enjoyable. His expertise as a private investigator and ex-FBI agent are demonstrated clearly through his descriptions and explanations.

Aside from the fact that the basis of the book's deadly secret is not-so-deadly, this was a pretty good read. It was kind of slow for me, but it's not that long in page length, so thankfully it didn't draw out too much. While not lethal, the secrets revealed are pretty shocking. Patino does a great job keeping the reader on their toes.

Verdict: Should you read this? Sure, you should give it a try. But I think there are mystery stories out there that have done much better.