Feature & Follow Friday 8/28/15

Book Blogger HopFeature and Follow Friday is hosted by fellow bloggers Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every Friday they feature one or two bloggers and pose a question for other participating bloggers to answer. It’s a chance to find some new blogs to visit, and gain some new followers in return.

The featured blog this week is One Book Two. Be sure to visit and follow them, along with the hosts, if you decide to participate!

This week’s question:

Share a random quote from the book you are currently reading.- Suggested by Journey Through Fiction

“It was one thing, she thought, to have a giant pumpkin–growing contest, but quite another to encourage people to transform their giant pumpkins into extremely unstable watercraft for a foolish and dangerous race across the cove. And worst of all, she thought, turning into her driveway and spying the enormous wooden structure that was taking shape in her backyard, was the pumpkin hurl, featuring homemade catapults.” – from Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier

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WAYRW – Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier

What are you reading Wednesday – 8/26/15

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by It’s A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

  1. Candy Corn Murder by Leslie Meier
    Candy Corn Murder (Lucy Stone Mystery, #22)
  2. She found herself feeling rather anxious as she climbed the stairway, which was dark and cramped, and she breathed a sigh of relief when they reached the meeting room, which was surprisingly large and airy, with windows overlooking Main Street.
  3. Tinker’s Cove Maine seems like a nice enough little town, and as long as the crime spree in the book gets handled first, I wouldn’t mind living there!

So how about you? What are you reading this week? Let me know, or leave a link to your own post in the comments. Happy reading! 🙂

TTT – Top Ten Books for Burgling 101

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday they post a new Top Ten list prompt. This week’s list is Top Ten Books That Would Be On Your Syllabus If You Taught “X” 101 (examples: YA fantasy 101, feminist literature 101, magic in YA 101, classic YA lit 101, world-building 101).  I read mostly mysteries and thrillers, so my first thought was to do Detecting 101. The more I tried to come up with titles, however, the more I kept thinking of books that would work better at the other end of the spectrum, so here you have it. My required reading for Burgling 101! (All Fiction – no real-life how-to’s here! 🙂 )

Be sure to let me know what books would be on your list this week in the comments, or leave a link back to your own TTT post! Continue reading

Review – The Occasional Diamond Thief

The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan
The Occasional Diamond Thief

Genre: YA / SciFi
Rating: **** (4 of 5 stars)

Kia is a 16 year old girl with a troubled family life and a penchant for languages. When her father dies, leaving her with a mother who seems to despise her and a sister who won’t give her the time of day, she leaves home and starts school to become a translator. After being caught stealing to finance her new life, she is sent to Malem to act as a translator for a Select (a religious title, something akin to a nun or priest) named Agatha. This is the same world where her father contracted the illness that eventually killed him. It’s also the world where her father acquired the gem he gave her right before he died – a Malem diamond that it is illegal for anyone who is not Malemese to posses.

I really enjoyed this story. Kia didn’t seem to be able to get a break at all, and even thought being sent to Malem kept her out of prison, it still seemed like punishment for her. Once she and Agatha arrived on Malem, the story kept moving at a pace that kept me reading, wanting to know what was going to happen next. Both Kia and Agatha were well developed, likable characters who learned and grew throughout the story. Sometimes I wanted to shout at Kia for her behavior, but considering her age it was perfectly appropriate.

There was no cliffhanger ending, and it may turn out to be a standalone novel, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see more adventures for Kia in the future.

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Disclaimer – I received a free digital copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Feature & Follow Friday

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Feature and Follow Friday is hosted by fellow bloggers Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. Every Friday they feature one or two bloggers and pose a question for other participating bloggers to answer. It’s a chance to find some new blogs to visit, and gain some new followers in return.

The featured bloggers this week are Little Book Heaven and The Book Junkie. Be sure to visit and follow them, along with the hosts, if you decide to participate!

The question this week is: If you could have any animal in the world (fictional counts too) as a pet, what would you pick? (Suggested by BookCatPin)

If I could really keep any animal, I think I would have a meerkat. I always have to stop and see them when we visit the zoo – and they are small enough to live in my townhouse without taking over! 🙂

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What Are You Reading Wednesday – The Occasional Diamond Thief

What are you reading Wednesday – 8/19/15

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Its A Reading Thing. To participate, open the book you are currently reading to page 34 (or 34% in your ebook) and answer these three questions.

The Questions are:
1. What’s the name of your current read?

2. Go to page 34 in your book or 34% in your eBook and share a complete sentence. (or two!)

3. Would you like to live in the world that exists within your book? Why or why not?

Now for my answers this week…

1. The Occasional Diamond Thief by J.A. McLachlan
The Occasional Diamond Thief

2. “Have you ever seen a kind of gem that looks like a diamond but bigger? With colors, all the colors of the rainbow. And a black center.” When I say the last phrase his gaze focuses on me so intently I unconsciously take a step back and bump into the door frame.

3. This is a young adult sci-fi novel. While it might be interesting to visit another world, I think I am happy right here on Earth!

Now tell me – what are you reading this Wednesday?