Bea's Book Nook

BEA'S BOOK NOOK "I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C. S. Lewis “If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” ― Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Bea Reviews The Sixth Day by Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison

Series: A Brit in the FBI #5
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: April 10th, 2018 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Special agents Nicholas Drummond and Michaela Caine take on a ruthless mastermind in this highly anticipated new thriller in the New York Times bestselling 'A Brit in the FBI' series

When several major political figures die mysteriously, officials declare the deaths are from natural causes. Then the German Vice-Chancellor dies on the steps of 10 Downing Street and a drone is spotted hovering over the scene. The truth becomes clear - these high-profile deaths are well-constructed assassinations, and the Covert Eyes team is tasked to investigate.

With the help of Dr Isabella Marin, a young expert in the enigmatic Voynich Manuscript and cryptophasia (twin language), Nicholas and Michaela home in on Roman Ardelean, a wealthy cybersecurity genius and a descendant of fifteenth century Romanian Vlad the Impaler - often romanticised as Dracula. Ardelean believes the Voynich Manuscript will unlock the secret to curing his severely ill twin brother’s blood disorder and is willing to murder anyone who gets in his way, including Nicholas and Michaela.

Along with MI5, the Covert Eyes team must race against the clock to find Ardelean before he unleashes a devastating attack on London intended to destroy those he believes betrayed him.

With heart-pounding tension and gripping suspense, New York Times bestselling authors Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison 'are really on an amazing roll with their outstanding A Brit in the FBI series' (RT Book Reviews).

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Bea Reviews Sleep Train by Jonathan London, Illustrated by Lauren Eldridge

Sleep Train, Bea's Book Nook, Jonathan London, Lauren Eldridge
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018
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Blurb from goodreads:

A perfectly pitched bedtime story and counting book for sleepy train lovers, illustrated in dramatic 3D sculptures!

A little boy climbs into bed with a book and starts counting the train cars in it, between the engine and caboose. "Ten sleepy cars going clickety-clack," reads the refrain. But as the boy counts cars and gets sleepier and sleepier, his room looks more and more like one of the train cars from his book--the sleeping car, of course!

Rhythmically told by the author of the Froggy books, Sleep Train is also stunning to look at. 3D illustrator, Lauren Eldridge, has sculpted an entire train full of intricate details. Part bedtime story, part counting book, part children's fantasy, Sleep Train is a magical ride to dreamland.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Monday, April 9, 2018

Review & Excerpt: Never Been Good by Christi Barth

Never Been Good, Christi Barth, Bea's Book Nook, Review, Excerpt
Series: Bad Boys Gone Good #2
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Flynn Maguire isn’t really a bad guy. Sure, he worked for the mob, but he ran a legitimate business—on paper anyway—and it paid enough to keep his brother out of the lifestyle. Until they turned on him. Now he’s stuck in Witness Protection, tending bar in Nowheresville Oregon… and pissed the life he knew is gone. The only bright spot? Fantasizing about his quiet, secretive, beautiful coworker.

Sierra Williams is a woman on the run. All she wants now is to settle into small town life… and ignore the brooding, sexy bartender who can’t seem to take his eyes off her. Flynn’s bad-boy vibe pushes all her buttons, but Sierra fell for the wrong man once already. She can’t afford to let her guard down again. Except Flynn’s tough exterior is slowly melting away to reveal the sweet man beneath and their attraction is too strong to resist.

Sierra and Flynn are falling fast, but they’re both keeping so many secrets. The truth could ruin everything… unless a girl who’s a little bad is perfect for a guy who’s never really been good.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Bea Reviews Sit, Stay, Love by Debbie Burns

Romance, Review, Sit Stay Love, Debbie Burns, Bea's Book Nook
Series: Rescue Me #2
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: April 3rd, 2018 
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Blurb, adapted from goodreads:


These dogs aren't the only ones in need of rescue

For devoted no-kill shelter worker Kelsey Sutton, rehabbing a group of rescue dogs is a welcome challenge. Working with a sexy ex-military dog handler who needs some TLC himself? That's a different story.

Kurt Crawford keeps his heart locked away from everyone. Well, everyone except the dogs who need his help...and always have his back. But as Kurt gets to know the compassionate, beautiful woman he's been assigned to work with, he can't help but feel a little puppy love...

Rescue Me Series:

A New Leash on Love (Book 1)

Sit, Stay, Love (Book 2)


Sunday, April 1, 2018

March Balancing the Books

Balancing the Books, Bea's Book Nook, discussion post

Inspired by the now defunct Fantasy Is More Fun and by The Geeky Blogger's Book Blog, I decided a few years ago to track my book expenses. I'll do a wrap up post at the end of each month.

I've given myself $10 real money each month to spend on books, whether for myself or as gifts, and blog giveaways. "Real money" being cash from my bank account as opposed to gift cards and store credits; the money will not roll over each month. Books that I borrowed from the library or a friend, and books received for review do not count against my purchases though I'll track them here as books acquired.

March Challenge Wrap Up

Monthly ChallengeWrap Up, Bea's Book Nook, March, 2018

This year I'm participating in 5 year-long challenges, and may do some short-term challenges throughout the year. Let's see how I did and you can share your accomplishments in the comments.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Bea Reviews I Am Harriet Tubman, by Brad Meltzer and Illustrated by Christopher Eliopoulos

Series: Ordinary People Change the World
Publisher: Dial Books
Source: the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Release Date: January 16th, 2018 
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Blurb from goodreads:

Harriet Tubman's heroic and pivotal role in the fight against slavery is the subject of the fourteenth picture book in this New York Times bestselling biography series

This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This volume focuses on Harriet Tubman's brave heroism as part of the movement to abolish slavery. As one of the key players in the Underground Railroad, she helped enslaved African Americans escape and find freedom.