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-- Rhi


Review: A Bad Day For Pretty by Sophie Littlefield

A Bad Day For Pretty by Sophie Littlefield
Contemporary Fiction, Crime
Hardcover (MINOTAUR BOOKS, 304 pages, $24.99)
ISBN# 0312559755
Stella Hardesty, avenger of wronged women, is getting cozy with Sheriff "Goat" Jones when a tornado blows none other than Goat’s scheming ex-wife, Brandy, through the front door. Adding to the chaos, the tornado destroys the snack shack at the demolition derby track, pulling up the concrete foundation and unearthing a woman's body. The main suspect in the woman’s murder is Neb Donovan---he laid the foundation, and there's some pretty hard evidence pointing to his guilt. Years ago, Neb's wife asked Stella for help getting him sober. Stella doesn't believe the gentle man could kill anyone, and she promises his frantic wife she'll look into it.
Former client Chrissy Shaw is now employed at Stella's sewing shop and she helps with the snooping as Stella negotiates the unpredictable Brandy and the dangerously magnetic sheriff.
This is the thrilling sequel to Sophie Littlefield’s critically-acclaimed debut, A Bad Day for Sorry, which won an RT Book Award, was an Edgar Award Finalist, and is shortlisted for an Anthony and a Macavity Award. Stella Hardesty is a heroine to watch---join her on this next adventure for as fiercely funny and riveting a story as there is to be found in crime fiction.

Author Site: sophielittlefield.com

A Good Day For Reading (4 stars)

Stella Hardesty knows a thing or two about bad relationships. Her marriage ended when she'd been knocked down one too many times by her husband. Now she gets paid to remind abusive men of their manners. It ain't legal and it certainly could get her into trouble with the new man in her life, Sheriff "Goat" Jones. Just when the two are finally taking a stab at a date his ex-wife, Brandy, drops in like a tornado. Of course, a real tornado tears through town right about then too, tearing up town and dredging up the remains of a lady from the foundation of a local snack shack.

All of the evidence points at Neb Donovan but his wife is willing to pay Stella to prove he wasn't involved. Now Stella has to find the real killer while avoiding getting tangled up in Goat's investigation, all the while trying to keep her wits dealing with his crazy ex. But Stella's no push-over and it'll take a lot more than scheming Brandy and mysterious prowlers to keep her from getting her man.

I'm not much for crime novels but hear me out... I L-O-V-E a tough woman who takes charge. I wasn't too sure I would like this story, the plot itself was a little uninteresting to me but I was sold on Stella. Sure enough she met all my expectations and more. I especially loved that she wasn't the young, leather-clad bombshell type I find in my usual reading. I like that type just fine but it was refreshing to see an older woman with some life experience under her belt. I also loved her sidekick Chrissy who reminded me a bit of myself. Littlefield knows how to write women with a realism (even if a little exagerated) that makes them likable and relatable.

The story's plot was a little less than exciting but executed in a way that kept it from being boring. Good dialog helped some scenes that would have been limp noodles. If you're looking for a dark read this is definitely not it. While the crime itself is a violent one the unraveling is fairly light, with only sprinkle of fighting.

On the whole I enjoyed A Bad Day For Pretty though I wish I'd read the previous book first so I wouldn't have been a little lost at times. I don't know that I'd read another Stella Hardesty book but Littlefield will be releasing a young adult novel in my preferred genre soon. She is definitely an author to watch if you like strong Southern women and great humorous dialog.

Other Reviews:

Anne Caroline Drake
Viva la Feminista
The Blood-Red Pencil

Notes: Received my copy via the book's publicist.


The Vampires Have Invaded!

Oh dear readers, how I miss you and having enough free time to write a post for you on a regular basis. I have a list of excuses a mile long from visiting relatives and a newly crawling baby to a lack of sleep and even time to get books read. Alas I don't want to waste these few minutes I have free in making excuses. Instead let's talk about books!

I've not had a lot of free reading time this month but what little I have had allowed me to finally read Eclipse. I figured if the movie was coming out at the end of the month I may want to actually know what's going on. LOL! Then I was offered a copy of A Bad Day For Pretty by Sophie Littlefield. No vampires or supernatural hooplah in it but I loves me a strong Southern heroine in spite of my roots being in the opposite end of the country. I also read Blood Law by debut author Jeannie Holmes. And I am working on a little interview because Jeannie was sweet enough to say yes when I asked for one but then I went and got busy. Look for it sometime closer to it's July 6th release date!

Meanwhile I've been slowly getting through Claudia Gray's Stargazer in hopes of finally getting to Hourglass. If you love Young Adult vampire stories Gray's Evernight series is great.

Of course, there's also the new season of True Blood getting started. So far I'm liking the storylines that don't come from the books quite a bit with the exception of Tara's. But can we please get Jason a little nekkid already? Sheesh! I may be Team Eric but I married more of a Jason-type and find myself liking him more every season. Give me a comment y'all! What do you think of Season 3 so far?

I don't have much more time free but I hope to get some time for reviewing the above mentioned books but I had some of my aunties (my mom-in-laws sisters) in town this past week and well... they had some requests for lists of books they might enjoy so I promised to attempt to get some written up. I need to find some that are in the vein of the Sookie books and not as dark as the Anita Blake ones... and some that aren't as graphic (sexually speaking) but still have paranormal elements. Should be easy really but it all comes back to that free time thing. hehe.

Hope y'all are having a terrific summer!
-- Rhi


Review: White Cat by Holly Black

White Cat (Curse Workers #1) by Holly Black
Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Magic
Hardcover (MARGARET K. MCELDERRY, 310 pages, $17.99)
ISBN# 1416963960
Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

Author Site: www.blackholly.com

Judge a Book By Its Cover... (5 stars)

The Sharpe family have the power to work you. But curse work is illegal. Which is why Cassel's mother is off cooling her heels in jail. Unlike his mom and two older brothers, Cassel isn't a worker. That doesn't mean he's walking the straight and narrow though. Three years ago he killed his best friend Lila, a crime his family has worked hard to keep hidden.

Now his past is coming back to haunt him in his dreams. Vivid nightmares where a white cat takes center stage threaten to blow his cover at the private school he has been sucessfully hiding his shady nature at. When the even shadier behavior of his brothers starts leading Cassel to believe he's become the central figure in a con to top all cons he has to sort it all out without them becoming any wiser. Missing memories, feuding crime families and a truth he'll never see coming make White Cat a fast paced and satisfyingly twisted tale fans of good fantasy fic will devour quickly.

I've had White Cat sitting here ready to be reviewed for weeks. That doesn't happen to me often and it's usually for one reason only... because a book was so enjoyable and seamlessly executed I find it hard to be objective about it. It is, simply put, very well written. I didn't find holes in the plot or manage to predict the ending which I often do and at times find a little frustrating. A good surprise once in a while or at least a tapestry not easily unwoven are always winners for me as a reader.

The only thing I really didn't like was Lila. I found it hard to see why Cassel considered her his best friend. Personally, I thought she was a little too cruel and unpredictable to be someone many people would befriend. Even still it adds to the story and leaves lots of room for speculation about her demise.

Because I'm finding it so hard to offer more let me just say this... if you like any of Black's other work or are looking for some good urban fantasy fiction this book is just the start of what I think is going to be a really great and original series. Don't be the last person to catch on before it becomes hugely popular!

Other Reviews:

Mandy @ Edge of Seventeen
Preternatural Reviews

Notes: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.


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