Monday, April 19, 2021

The Newcomer, Mary Kay Andrews

 


Mary Kay Andrews is known as the Queen of the Summer Beach Read. (If that's not an official title, it really should be.)  She reliably gives us one of the first "books of summer" every year.  We all look forward to this start of this summer tradition.  Once again, she does not disappoint. Out on May 4th, 2021, this newest novel holds all the ingredients for a great Summer read; a little suspense, a little mystery, several offbeat characters, then throw in some romance and a whole heap of human nature. Mary Kay, also a decorator enthusiast, puts her personal love into the book with descriptions of room remodels and furniture refreshes. So while reading about Letty, Joe and Maya, you can also learn how to make your own chalk paint!  Winner!

This was a great read, with enough tense moments to keep you reading well past bedtime. This book has also made me decide to sell the house in Atlanta and move to a motel unit on the beach somewhere in Florida.  It sounds perfect to me!

#marykayandrews  #stmartinspress #summerreading #beachread #thenewcomer #netgalley

In trouble and on the run...

After she discovers her sister Tanya dead on the floor of her fashionable New York City townhouse, Letty Carnahan is certain she knows who did it: Tanya’s ex; sleazy real estate entrepreneur Evan Wingfield. Even in the grip of grief and panic Letty heeds her late sister’s warnings: “If anything bad happens to me—it’s Evan. Promise me you’ll take Maya and run. Promise me.”

With a trunkful of emotional baggage...

So Letty grabs her sister’s Mercedes and hits the road with her wailing four-year-old niece Maya. Letty is determined to out-run Evan and the law, but run to where? Tanya, a woman with a past shrouded in secrets, left behind a “go-bag” of cash and a big honking diamond ring—but only one clue: a faded magazine story about a sleepy mom-and-pop motel in a Florida beach town with the improbable name of Treasure Island. She sheds her old life and checks into an uncertain future at The Murmuring Surf Motel.

The No Vacancy sign is flashing & the sharks are circling...

And that’s the good news. Because The Surf, as the regulars call it, is the winter home of a close-knit flock of retirees and snowbirds who regard this odd-duck newcomer with suspicion and down-right hostility. As Letty settles into the motel’s former storage room, she tries to heal Maya’s heartache and unravel the key to her sister’s shady past, all while dodging the attention of the owner’s dangerously attractive son Joe, who just happens to be a local police detective. Can Letty find romance as well as a room at the inn—or will Joe betray her secrets and put her behind bars? With danger closing in, it’s a race to find the truth and right the wrongs of the past.

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir - a WINNER!

OMG, If this comes out as a movie I am watching it so hard!!!  Read Andy Weir's newest novel (out in May) Project Hail Mary.  I loved The Martian, but think this one is my favorite. Very scientific but the humanity is spot on.  I am loving it! So much snark. It's ranking in Humorous, Hard Science and Adventure in Science Fiction right now and I agree on all the sub-genres.  I absolutely rushed the ending as I just HAD to know what happened.  The next day, in a calmer manner, I went back and re-read the last 2 chapters, to absorb it fully.

It's very Hard Science in a lot of areas, pages of learning that could possibly allow you to build a space vessel if you were interested, But at the same time the characters, and I mean ALL the characters are filled with humanity and emotion.....and snark.  Love the snark.

There's a lot of mystery that slowly reveals answers as the story goes back and forth between current time in space and the years before when Earth was in danger of dying as the Sun died.  

I highly recommend this book to all Sci-Fi readers.

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 Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission—and if he fails, humanity and the earth itself will perish.

Except that right now, he doesn’t know that. He can’t even remember his own name, let alone the nature of his assignment or how to complete it.

All he knows is that he’s been asleep for a very, very long time. And he’s just been awakened to find himself millions of miles from home, with nothing but two corpses for company.

His crewmates dead, his memories fuzzily returning, Ryland realizes that an impossible task now confronts him. Hurtling through space on this tiny ship, it’s up to him to puzzle out an impossible scientific mystery—and conquer an extinction-level threat to our species.

And with the clock ticking down and the nearest human being light-years away, he’s got to do it all alone.

Or does he?

 

  • Publisher : Ballantine Books (May 4, 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Hardcover : 496 pages

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Upcoming Reviews/Spotlights #Neverretire!

Not sure how this keeps happening to me. In 2020 I retired my book review blog. I was feeling that blogs were dead. I also retired my Facebook page because if I didn't pay for anything it was also just dead in the water. Additionally, with covid-19 all of the book reviews I would receive were electronic and that tends to overwhelm me at times. Yet as much as I pull myself away from reviewing books, great books keep finding their way to me. Obviously I just can't quit them. I now have this beautiful little electronic stack of books to review. 

 Look for spotlights/reviews on Instagram, Facebook and Netgalley.


 #marykayandrews #sarahjmaas #kristanhiggins #andyweir #patiencegriffin #bridgetmorrissey #booklove ❤️📚❤️📚❤️

Friday, January 29, 2021

 “She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”
—Louisa May Alcott

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Let's Have a Retirement Party!

After 15 great years of reviewing fabulous stories (okay, some not so fabulous...) and hanging out with all the cool kids (aka authors and book sellers), the Dew is tired.  It's been a great run, but it's time to move on.   Please feel free to stroll through the pages and find some gems in the midst that might not be brand new, but still worthy of a good read. 

Thank you for your support for all these years!

Idgie