Spooky's House Of Books

Here at  Spooky's House Of Books your find a mixture of different type of books , because I love to just about anything that has to do with James Rollings and Clive Cussler,paranormal romance,science-fiction,dystopian,young adult,LGBT(gay and ménage- romance),historical romance,history,mysteres,suspense,thrillers,horror,true crime,literature classes, mythology. And theses are  badges that I got  from NetGalley.

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Update on my own Book Bingo

Update to My Own Book Bingo
Note: reading going slow since I'm sick
✔Stephen King or any horror author: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King 9/4/17 4 Stars
Stand alone or a one word title ( sorry about that )
Book from a series you love
Non fiction ( any kind)
Book you bought but never read
✔Romance ( any kind) Get A Grip by L.A.Witt ( m/m romance)
Been on your TBR forever (2 plus more years)
Fantasy ( any kind)
✔Title that starts with a letter of your name : Extrasensory 9/9/17
Tome ( over 400 and up pages ) ( And I mean anything from 400 and some page up to the really big tomes)
Start a series : (Sophie Anderson #1)Body Count ( reading)
New to you author
2017 release or past release
A book based on it's cover
Favorite author
Free ( read anything you like)
Historical fiction or mystery ( has to be a historical mystery)
Steampunk or paranormal
Book towards another Challenge ( or a book you meant to read last month but didn't get to)
Sci Fi ( any type)
✔Christine Feehan or a book with a title that begins with any letter in her name: Dark Prince by Christine Feehan​ 9/10/17
A book you've been wanting to read
Thriller
With a season them cover ( it's fall now so covers that are like fall, winter , Christmas , Halloween ,and so on)
Person on the cover
A book with non human characters ( anything you think is non human)
Received as a gift ( or you bought your as a gift)
Suspense
Filp a corn( https://www.random.org/coins/ ) ( read a book from your favorite genre. If you get 'tails', read a book from a genre you read infrequently or is new to you)
Random number generator: https://www.random.org ,
if you have a goodreads TBR ,just put 1 from how many books is on that TBR, hit generate and what ever number it comes up with is the book you read, books must be set for sortable)
Borrowed

Update on my own Book Bingo

Update to My Own Book Bingo
Note: reading going slow since I'm sick
✔Stephen King or any horror author: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King 9/4/17 4 Stars
Stand alone or a one word title ( sorry about that )
Book from a series you love
Non fiction ( any kind)
Book you bought but never read
✔Romance ( any kind) Get A Grip by L.A.Witt ( m/m romance)
Been on your TBR forever (2 plus more years)
Fantasy ( any kind)
✔ Title that starts with a letter of your name : Extrasensory 9/9/17 
Tome ( over 400 and up pages ) ( And I mean anything from 400 and some page up to the really big tomes)
Start a series
New to you author
2017 release or past release
A book based on it's cover
Favorite author
Free ( read anything you like)
Historical fiction or mystery ( has to be a historical mystery)
Steampunk or paranormal
Book towards another Challenge ( or a book you meant to read last month but didn't get to)
Sci Fi ( any type)
Christine Feehan or a book with a title that begins with any letter in her name: Dark Prince by Christine Feehan​ ( reading)
A book you've been wanting to read
Thriller
With a season them cover ( it's fall now so covers that are like fall, winter , Christmas , Halloween ,and so on)
Person on the cover
A book with non human characters ( anything you think is non human)
Received as a gift ( or you bought your as a gift)
Suspense
Filp a corn( https://www.random.org/coins/ ) ( read a book from your favorite genre. If you get 'tails', read a book from a genre you read infrequently or is new to you)
Random number generator: https://www.random.org ,
if you have a goodreads TBR ,just put 1 from how many books is on that TBR, hit generate and what ever number it comes up with is the book you read, books must be set for sortable)
Borrowed

Update on my own Book Bingo

Update on My Own Book Bingo
Challenges
✔Stephen King or any horror author: Doctor Sleep by Stephen King 9/4/17 4 Stars
Stand alone or a one word title ( sorry about that )
Book from a series you love
Non fiction ( any kind)
Book you bought but never read
✔Romance ( any kind) Get A Grip by L.A.Witt ( m/m romance)
Been on your TBR forever (2 plus more years)
Fantasy ( any kind)
Title that starts with a letter of your name
Tome ( over 400 and up pages ) ( And I mean anything from 400 and some page up to the really big tomes)
Start a series
New to you author
2017 release or past release
A book based on it's cover
Favorite author
Free ( read anything you like)
Historical fiction or mystery ( has to be a historical mystery)
Steampunk or paranormal
Book towards another Challenge ( or a book you meant to read last month but didn't get to)
Sci Fi ( any type)
Christine Feeh or a book with a title that begins with any letter in her name: Dark Prince by Christine Feeh ( reading )
A book you've been wanting to read
Thriller
With a season them cover ( it's fall now so covers that are like fall, winter , Christmas , Halloween ,and so on)
Person on the cover
A book with non human characters ( anything you think is non human)
Received as a gift ( or you bought your as a gift)
Suspense
Filp a corn( https://www.random.org/coins/ ) ( read a book from your favorite genre. If you get 'tails', read a book from a genre you read infrequently or is new to you)
Random number generator: https://www.random.org ,
if you have a goodreads TBR ,just put 1 from how many books is on that TBR, hit generate and what ever number it comes up with is the book you read, books must be set for sortable)
Borrowed

Book bingo ( if you want to do it you can)

Thought I would do something for fun ,if you want to join you can, so this month, I'm doing a book bingo that I made up:
Challenges
Stephen King or any horror author
Stand alone or a one word title
Book from a series you love
Non fiction ( any kind)
Book you bought but never read
✔Romance ( any kind) Get A Grip by L.A.Witt ( m/m romance)
Been on your TBR forever (2 plus more years)
Fantasy ( any kind)
Title that starts with a letter of your name
Tome ( over 400 and up pages ) ( And I mean anything from 400 and some page up to the really big tomes)
Start a series
New to you author
2017 release or past release
A book based on it's cover
Favorite author
Free ( read anything you like)
Historical fiction or mystery ( has to be a historical mystery)
Steampunk or paranormal
Book towards another Challenge ( or a book you meant to read last month but didn't get to)
Sci Fi ( any type)
Christine Feeh or a book with a title that begins with any letter in her name
A book you've been wanting to read
Thriller
With a season them cover ( it's fall now so covers that are like fall, winter , Christmas , Halloween ,and so on)
Person on the cover
A book with non human characters ( anything you think is non human)
Received as a gift ( or you bought your as a gift)
Suspense
Filp a corn( https://www.random.org/coins/ ) ( read a book from your favorite genre. If you get 'tails', read a book from a genre you read infrequently or is new to you)
Random number generator: https://www.random.org ,
if you have a goodreads TBR ,just put 1 from how many books is on that TBR, hit generate and what ever number it comes up with is the book you read, books must be set for sortable)
Borrowed

Loved it ,

Rogue Heroes The History of the SAS, Britain's Secret Special Forces Unit That Sabotaged the Nazis and Changed the Nature of War by Ben Macintyre 
The incredible untold story of WWII s greatest secret fighting force, as told by our great modern master of wartime intrigue 
Britain s Special Air Service or SAS was the brainchild of David Stirling, a young, gadabout aristocrat whose aimlessness in early life belied a remarkable strategic mind. Where most of his colleagues looked at a battlefield map of World War II s African theater and saw a protracted struggle with Rommel s desert forces, Stirling saw an opportunity: given a small number of elite, well-trained men, he could parachute behind enemy lines and sabotage their airplanes and war material. Paired with his constitutional opposite, the disciplined martinet Jock Lewes, Stirling assembled a revolutionary fighting force that would upend not just the balance of the war, but the nature of combat itself. He faced no little resistance from those who found his tactics ungentlemanly or beyond the pale, but in the SAS s remarkable exploits facing the Nazis in the Africa and then on the Continent can be found the seeds of nearly all special forces units that would follow. 
Bringing his keen eye for psychological detail to a riveting wartime narrative, Ben Macintyre uses his unprecedented access to SAS archives to shine a light inside a legendary unit long shrouded in secrecy. The result is not just a tremendous war story, but a fascinating group portrait of men of whom history and country asked the most

What did I think:
five stars
First off I want to that this is an authorized history ,not an official one and that the author himself worked with and was aided by the SAS Regimental Association at every stage of its production, now that I've said that lets get to what I thought of the book, at first I wasn't sure if I wanted to pick it up , I have nothing against the book but at the time I kept thinking I already had a big TBR for October, but the more I kept coming back to read the synopsis of it I already know that I was going to request it and see if I could get a copy to review , one of the things that made me want to take it up was that the synopsis it kept bring to my mind my all time favorite WW2 movie called The Devil's Brigade ( 1968) that's about the 1st elite American-Canadian commando unit in World War II, under command of the United States Fifth Army. Which our modern American and Canadian special operations forces can trace their heritage to that unit, this book isn't about them but about Britain's Secret Special Forces which to this day is the grandfather to the US Delta Force and Nave Seals and with out them we would never have those types of heroes. and just like the movie The Devil's Brigade movie is a movie you have to watch ,this is a book that any WW2 buff will have to pick up and add to their book shelf, because its a great reference source for a group (the SAS) that's not well known or recognized. Plus the author himself doesn't just stick to conspiracy and espionage aspects of their story , he brings to life the more straightforward military history of the SAS in its first incarnation , and creation , to the solders that joined and the ones that lost their lives , to the ones that was captured and lost , to the their missions whither they was a successful or not, to the lives they lived doing and between missions , the friend ships that grew ,and so much more, so once again I can not tell you that this is a book that need to be read, so go and pick it up either for your self or for a friend or family member. say that I received this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest opinion and review and that these are 100 % my own thoughts to what is truly a great book

Secrets has a way of coming out.


Dark Horse (Whitehorse, Montana The McGraw Kidnapping, #1) by B.J. Daniels


Dark Horse
By: B.J. Daniels
4.5 stars

What's it's about:
Burdened by family secrets, this cowboy rides alone 

For twenty-five years, the case of the McGraw twins kidnapping has remained unsolved. As the eldest son, Cull oversees the McGraw horse ranch, wary of prying eyes. So when true-crime writer Nikki St. James comes forward with new information, Cull can't believe his father invites her onto the compound. His family has suffered enough—he's not about to let St. James snoop and ruin them completely. But Nikki finds the eldest McGraw's protectiveness as endearing as it is aggravating. After all, this case is personal to her, too… And her secrets can set the truth free—if they don't destroy the McGraws first. 

My thoughts
Secrets has a way of all ways coming out no matter how hard you try to keep them and they all ways come out ,and believe me , there's alot of secrets that can either help or brake the McGraws .And while this is a romance it's also a mystery, but I would say it's more mystery then romance , because it's a slow burning type of romance ,or at lest that's what it read as while I was reading it. So if your into this type of story , all I can say is the secrets, mystery, suspense and danger will keep you on the edge of your seat. There some characters that your like, fall in love with ,and feel sorry for and of course down right can't stand , while some will make you even feel like they need to be put over a knee and giving a whipping to. But to find out which is which you have to read the book.
With that said I want to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me a chance at find a new to me author as well as a new series I want to read more of in change for my honest opinion .

Kind of slow getting into but I did like it.

The Massacre of Mankind: Sequel to The War of the Worlds - Stephen Baxter

It has been 14 years since the Martians invaded England. The world has moved on, always watching the skies but content that we know how to defeat the Martian menace. Machinery looted from the abandoned capsules and war-machines has led to technological leaps forward. The Martians are vulnerable to earth germs. The Army is prepared.

So when the signs of launches on Mars are seen, there seems little reason to worry. Unless you listen to one man, Walter Jenkins, the narrator of Wells' book. He is sure that the Martians have learned, adapted, understood their defeat.

He is right.

Thrust into the chaos of a new invasion, a journalist - sister-in-law to Walter Jenkins - must survive, escape and report on the war.
My thoughts
4 stars
Kind of slow to get into, at least I think so but the more I read I wanted to see what happened next even if it didn't take me a while to get into the story. But even with it been slow ,I'm surprised at how much I want to keep reading , because I had trouble getting though War of the World's, come to think of it I DNF that book and never picked it back up,but this one makes me want to.give it a second chance.With that said I would like to think Blogging For Books for giving me a chance at reading The Massacre of Mankind.

If you love Sherlock Holmes then you might want to check this out


Edinburgh Twilight
Carole Lawrence
five stars all the way

what is it about:
As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.
With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

My thoughts :
OMH I loved it, loved everything about it , the characters , the story line, the touch of Gothic to it, how it pulled me in to the story from the every start . And how the main character Ian remind me in some ways of Sherlock Homes . I also loved how it showed you and brought to life the way life was back in that century. What a really great start to a new series ,can't wait to read more of this series. With that said I would love to give a big thinks to NetGalley for giving me the chance at finding a new series to full in love with

4.5 stars

Wolf Slayer (Arctic Brotherhood, #4) by Jane Godman
Wolf Slayer
By:Jane Godman
4.5 stars

What it's about:
Kyle Madden is the cop in charge of the elite task force hunting a murderer known as the Cage Killer. He is also a werewolf and a member of the Arctic Brotherhood. When his team find one of the Cage Killer’s victims alive, Madden faces some tough choices. It emerges that the crazed killer is targeting werewolves. Will Madden be able to uphold his vow to keep the human and werewolf parts of his life separate?

Maria Delgardo knows she is lucky to be alive after escaping the clutches of a serial killer. Even so, her injuries are horrific and the murderer has made it clear he intends to finish the job. She only feels safe with Madden, the handsome cop who rescued her from captivity. Maria’s whole world is turned upside down when he tells her the reason why she was chosen by the Cage Killer.

My thoughts:
It's a 4.5 star read , loved the concept of the story, and how the author used myths in it, and how the brother hood came to be. Loved the characters as well, and we'll be picking up the rest of the series, with that said I would like to think NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read a new to me Series

A real CSI talks about some of his cases



What's it's about:
Machine guns, safe-blowers, sadomasochists, pythons and flesh-eating viruses, all in a day’s work for Scenes of Crime Officer (SOCO) Larry Henderson who, in 999 CSI provides an unforgettable insight into a life dedicated to forensics. 

Larry, whose career with London’s Metropolitan Police started in 1971, a time when police officers were more than a little sceptical of science, soon proved his worth and attended every kind of crime scene, from terrorism to rape and from blackmail to murder - before he became the head of the Flying Squad’s forensic team during the busiest and most dangerous period of the legendary outfit’s existence. Soon, Larry was caught up in shoot-outs, pavement ambushes, record-breaking drug deals and tiger kidnappings, confronting some of the UK’s most terrifying villains along the way. 

Larry’s groundbreaking work features some of the UK’s most notorious crimes - a key piece of forensic evidence from one of Larry’s murder cases is displayed at Scotland Yard’s infamous Crime Museum. At turns breathtaking, fascinating, hilarious and tragic, 999 CSI opens up a truly astonishing world that most people never get to see, a world filled with cruelty, matched only by the courage of those who work tirelessly for justice

My thoughts:
This book definitely deserves the five stars I give it, because it shows what the author himself went through and how he wasn't afraid of going out and helping his fellow police officers , it shows how hard not just the CSI's work but the police as well, while there was a serious touch to the book there was also so some cases that made me laugh. I can definitely see Larry Henderson on a TV channel like Descovery Id talking about his cases, and the groundbreaking work he and his fellow offers did.other thing I love about this book is how the different chapters are broken down by the years the cases took place.With that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me a chance at reading what turned out to be a really great book.
 
 

 

To easy to guess who the killer is

The Beekeeper by Stewart Giles
The Beekeeper
by:Stewart Giles
3.5 stars

what's its about:
A shocking discovery starts a trail of mayhem on the Cornish coast.

Alice Green is a beekeeper in the small Cornish village of Polgarrow. One evening, Alice finds something strange under the hollyhock bush in her garden. The gruesome discovery will change everyone’s lives.

Detective Harriet Taylor has just transferred to the area from Edinburgh. As she investigates a series of shocking crimes, she grows close to the old beekeeper and is determined to bring the murderer to justice.

A crime mystery with a streak of black humour. You’ll enjoy this fast-paced and dark unearthing of the underbelly of a sleepy Cornish village

my thoughts:
While The Beekeeper is a easy read its also ever easy to guess who the killer is after just reading some of the story, you basically know who the killer is when the murders start happening, while I like it and like the concept of the story ,I wished it was a little hard to guess, but it still a a good story to pick up if you want something fast and easy to read. With that said I would like to say thinks to Netgalley for giving me a chance at reading The Beekeeper

loved it, must read, but don't go back in to the water

 

 

what's its about:
A shark attack survivor believes she has already lived through her worst nightmare. She's dead wrong. . .

Naomi Cardiff is not one to give up without a fight and now, after learning about a series of shark attacks in Cape Cod, she s joined a team of scientists to put a stop to the terror. The plan: to lure the sharks to a remote island far from the populated coastline. Meanwhile, a fierce Nor Easter is underway. . .

In the midst of the storm, an alarming number of Great Whites have come to slaughter the seals in a vicious feeding frenzy. When sharks ram and breach the hull, Naomi and her team must jump ship and swim desperately through a sea of circling fins and gaping jaws to the tiny island. But as the swells from the storm begin to swallow their rocky refuge, how will they manage to make it out alive

my thoughts:
5 stars
OMG this book is a must read , it has every thing in it that I love when it comes to a scary book like this one, and then some, the characters are great and come from different back grounds of life ,
LGBTQA characters, it also shows you what can happen if you mess with mother nature , its the type of book that once you start to read it ,it pulls you in and it makes you want to keep reading, plus it makes you feel like you never want to go back into the water on get on a boat after reading it, I know I won't be doing either of those . With that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley for letting me read what turned out to be one of my new favorite books of 2017 ,.

DNF 100%, boring, dull, and dry

Shooting Lincoln Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century by Nicholas Pistor
Shooting Lincoln: Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, and the Race to Photograph the Story of the Century
By : Nicholas Pistor
Non fiction
DNF 100%

What's it's about
Matthew Brady and Alexander Gardner were the new media moguls of their day. Together they brought the Civil War and all of its terrible suffering into Northern living rooms. Newspapers sold out when they ran their photos, and, by the end of the war, they were locked in fierce competition. When the biggest story of the century-Lincoln's assassination-broke, their paparazzi-like race intensified. Whoever could take the most sensational-or ghastly-photo would achieve lasting fame.

Shooting Lincoln tells the astonishing behind-the-photograph story of these two media pioneers who raced to "shoot" Lincoln in the days after he died and the assassins on the day they died. The photos they took electrified the country, unlocking the passion of Americans for close-up views of history as it happened. 

What I thought of it
Boring, dull, and dry, . Doesn't pull you in to the story, the aspect of the book was and is a good idea but it's not my cup of tea, and I love to read non fiction, but this book won't be finding it's way on to either my book shelf or Kindle books ,with that said I would like to say thinks to NetGalley for at least giving me a chance to read it even if I did ended up DNF it.
 
 

 

Loved it ,

SEAL Guardian (Brothers in Arms #3) by Leslie North
SEAL Guardian
Book 3 in the Brothers Of Arms Trilogy
By:Leslie North
Romance : suspense
Rating: 5 star

What's it about:

Ex-Navy SEAL Jace Stevens has never shied away from trouble and with the madman framing the Brothers-in-Arms for murder still on the loose, Jace is ready to put an end to the killing for good. Only one person stands in his way: a tough-as-nails FBI agent who suddenly won’t let Jace out of her sight. But the dark-haired beauty is more than just a complication. Jace can sense there’s something special beneath her buttoned-up exterior, and he can’t wait to get his hands on it.

FBI agent Felicity Belasko always gets her man, and this case should be no different. She knows the SEAL suicides are really murders, and she’s sure there’s a connection to the Brothers-in-Arms. But are they suspects…or potential victims? When her investigation leads to Jace Stevens, she can tell the blond troublemaker is masking something even more dangerous. He wants to stop the killer on his own, but Felicity can’t let that happen. Wickedly handsome Jace may be making her wild, but she always plays by the rules.

As the heat flares between them, a killer plots his next move. Can Felicity and Jace find a way to work together, or will a madman continue to get away with murder

My thoughts
This is the last book in the Brothers of Arms Trilogy, surprisely I loved this one ,which is why I give it a five stars , now I want to go back and re read the 2nd book and give it a second chance. With this one I had no trouble growing to the characters, infact out of the 2 books I've read of this series,I have to say that Jace is my favorite character and so is Felicity.love how they come together , and how the story brings together all the characters of the book series , with that said I would love to say thinks to NetGalley for giving me a chance at reading and finding a new series that I want to at to my ever growing library.In a change for my honest opinion

Update to 2017 Around The Year in 52 books

Challenges done :35

8/2/17 Week 29: a book published outside the 4 major publishing houses

 

In February 1959, a group of nine experienced hikers in the Russian Ural Mountains died mysteriously on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Eerie aspects of the incident—unexplained violent injuries, signs that they cut open and fled the tent without proper clothing or shoes, a strange final photograph taken by one of the hikers, and elevated levels of radiation found on some of their clothes—have led to decades of speculation over what really happened. This gripping work of literary nonfiction delves into the mystery through unprecedented access to the hikers' own journals and photographs, rarely seen government records, dozens of interviews, and the author's retracing of the hikers' fateful journey in the Russian winter. A fascinating portrait of the young hikers in the Soviet era, and a skillful interweaving of the hikers narrative, the investigators' efforts, and the author's investigations, here for the first time is the real story of what happened that night on Dead Mountain

Five stars , loved it , must read