Friday, February 19, 2016

Review: After Last Call by Derrolyn Anderson

Book: After Last Call
By: Derrolyn Anderson
Published: March 24, 2015
Published By: Self Published

My Thoughts: After Last Call is a romantic thriller that follows Lola. Bored with her partying, cocaine filled life in Miami in the 80's, she meets Randy and falls in love. Randy convinces her to move with him to California, and she takes the plunge. Once she gets there, however, life isn't as wonderful as it seems, and when Randy cheats on her, she's on her own. She turns things around by getting a job at a bar and getting in touch with her passion for cooking. Soon though, a coworker's affair ends in death, and the investigation leads her to a charming stranger and some scary characters that lead her to make some intense decisions.

This book is a genre I'm not used to with Derrolyn, but somehow it works. It's pretty great. At some points, the story is a bit slow, with some sections that don't seem to add anything to the plot, but once you make it to the end, it all makes sense. There isn't needless sex, and the 80's setting isn't overly done. The story it definitely a good story. Though we knew who the bad guys were, the story just works. I did find that there was one plot line that didn't seem to have a conclusion. I wanted to see what ultimately happened with Randy. Still the story was good and I commend Derrolyn for trying this genre. I give this book 4 stars.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

New Baby, Break from blogging

Hey everyone,

I'm sure you've noticed my lack of posts for the last little bit. With getting married, getting a house, finishing my masters, and a starting a new job, I just haven't had the time, though I haven't stopped reading (or listening to audiobooks, which are my current preference for by book consumption.). That being said, I haven't read or listened to anything since last week because on January 18th, my first child, a beautiful baby boy, was born. Here he is making faces with me below:

My time at the moment with a newborn who requires much changing and feeding is swamped, and I just can't know when I'll have a chance to make prompt posts. I will continue to post those that I have already committed to, but beyond that I just won't have the time. Therefore, I'm taking an indefinite break from blogging. I hope you all understand.

Until next time,

Saturday, December 19, 2015

2016 Audiobook Challenge

2016 Audiobook Challenge
It's time for the 2016 Audiobook challenge. If you follow my page, you know I do this every year. This year is no different. 

Here are the rules (stolen from the Hot Listens page):

  • Runs January 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016. You can join at anytime.
  • The goal is to find a new love for audios or to outdo yourself by listening to more audios in 2016 than you did in 2015.
  • Books must be in audio format (CD, MP3, etc.)
  • ANY genres count.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, Shelfari, Facebook, LibraryThing, etc.
  • If you’re a blogger grab the button and do a quick post about the challenge to help spread the word. If you’re not a blogger you can help by posting on Facebook or Tweeting about the challenge.
Here are the levels (also stolen...I'm a thief):
  • Newbie (I’ll give it a try) 1-5
  • Weekend Warrior (I’m getting the hang of this) 5-10
  • Stenographer (can listen while multi-tasking) 10-15
  • Socially Awkward (Don’t talk to me) 15-20
  • Binge Listener (Why read when someone can do it for you) 20-30
  • My Precious (I had my earbuds surgically implanted) 30+
  • Marathoner (Look Ma No Hands) 50+
  • With my baby coming, I don't have as much time to listen, so I'm going to stick with last weeks level of Marathoner, and aim for 85+ books instead of 50.

    Feel free to join me by going here and signing up.