The Book Sale Reads


I try to attend a local library’s book sale every month so I can support them. They rely on book donations and each book purchase goes toward the funding of the library. That being said, I usually do a good amount of book buying on these, ranging from 8 books to 16 books a time. I acquire a good amount of books this way and for little to nothing.

Each book is twenty five cents a piece. Honestly, how can I not book hoard?! Even if it isn’t a great book – so what?

I’ve decided that once a month I’ll post my book haul, and while I don’t have the full picture of my haul which included the above books, these are books that I’ll be reading in January, too. You may recognize some and you may not!



18463179In nineteenth-century Victorian England, a young widow finds that she has inherited more than her late husband’s property: The Furnavals serve as the ancestral keepers of supernatural portals scattered around the globe. When demonic entities begin crossing over from the Netherworld, Lady Diana realizes that a war is brewing, and she must be the one to confront it.

Accompanied by a young Chinese sailor named Yi-kin, her feline guardian Mina, and a mysterious scholar, Stephen, Diana will begin a journey to solve the mystery of her husband’s death and prevent the apocalypse.

Pages:  282

Published:  January 10th 2014 by JournalStone




A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy—jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel.

Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order.

Pages: 403

Published:   December 9th 2003 by Simon and Schuster


7402393Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


Pages: 452

Published: October 19th 2010 by Philomel


Perhaps you know these books already and perhaps you don’t, if you do feel free to leave a comment below and chat about it. If you don’t be sure to read the reviews once they’re up.

-Sissy Lu

Five Steps To The Harem by A.M. Helen




Genres: romance, suspense, thriller, mystery, erotica

Pages:  325

Series: Single

Published by Teardrop Productions

Release date: October 31st, 2015



The older I get the less appealing an alpha male is to me, I enjoy strong males who don’t need to flaunt their need for control of all things. I don’t enjoy the aspect of ” you don’t need to know, you just need to trust me.” … There are some exceptions as far as the story goes.

This being said this book is more like 3.5 stars for me because the story is intriguing to say the least. Catherine Moore is a newly widowed detective in England who is working a case involving Lord Redthorn who is a suspect in a double homicide and it just so happens the two victims are part of his harem.

Catherine is disgusted and yet intrigued by him from the start, she becomes obsessed with pinning this murder on him to the point her boss gives her leave. That’s when she decides to take Nicholas Redthorn up on his offer and delves into his harem to see if she can’t figure things out.

She figures things out, but also discovers quite a bit about herself and finds herself entirely lost to Nicholas.

While the story is intriguing, the romance to it is… A little off for me. They’re both obsessed with one another and the way they clicked was fairly insta love which seemed displaced for me. The more thugs the develop the worse this feeling gets to me.

However, the side story of her husband’s cause of death and how that wraps up with Redthorn’s story is quite interesting, a lot of twists here and then the ending… You don’t quite see that coming.

Catherine is forgettable, though, she’s wishy-washy and inconsistent.

I will say this, though, I did read it straight through and it kept me engaged.

A Kiss From Kringle by Rhian Cahill



Genres: romance, chick lit, short story

Pages:  43

Series: book 2 of Frosty’s Snowmen

Published by Escape Publishing

Release dateDecember 8thth 2015




This short read was cute in a Hallmark movie kind of way and then definitely creepy in a Mistletoe Serial Killer kind of way.

What starts off really cute, bossman Kriss Kringle of Frosty’s Snowmen spies a girl he knew he didn’t hire but is taking the place of who he did hire, he later finds out its Haylee’s sister, Leah. She fills in for her sister in hopes no one notices while her sis is at home tending to her sick toddler.

Cute enough to begin with but then it takes a drastically creepy turn, he becomes enamored – ah wait, obsessed? With this girl he just met and she isn’t oblivious to the madness of it all. He goes so far as to say he’s thinking about their future kids – less than 24 hours of knowing her. Ha?

42 hours into knowing one another “magic” happens and he wants more of her.

While Kris Kringle has a cute way of going about his insanity and creepiness, it’s still just that. If you can get past the whole creep factor and take it for what it is.. light, airy, fluff… Go for it!


Deadly Dance by Eliza Tilton


★★ ★ ★☆

Deadly Dance by Eliza Tilton

Genres: young adult, fantasy

Pages:  48

Series: book 2.5

Published by Curiosity Quills Press

Release dateDecember 10th 2015

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Summary: Talk of war has reached Lakewood and Derrick is busy day and night crafting weapons and armor for his father, which keeps him from thinking of Jeslyn and how she left. When Lucy shows up at his shop, smirking, and talking about Jeslyn’s mysterious disappearance, he’s ready to slice off her head; instead, he decides to see if her claims about Jeslyn and Lucino vanishing together are true.

As Derrick and Lucy embark on a hunt to find Jeslyn and Lucino, their hatred will turn into mutual acceptance as the trail will lead them into Nomad’s land and straight into war.

DEADLY DANCE is a novelette that takes place between Book 2 & Book 3 of The Daath Chronicles.

Eliza Tilton
Eliza graduated from Dowling College with a BS in Visual Communications. When she’s not arguing with excel at her day job, or playing Dragon Age 2, again, she’s writing. Her stories hold a bit of the fantastical and there’s always a romance. She resides on Long Island with her husband, two kids and one very snuggly pit bull.

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*I received this ARC from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.*


I really, really enjoyed this novelette. I had never read this series before but after receiving the whole of it to do this review I must say that I did enjoy it.


It is fast paced, the characters have depth and are easily likable. I would definitely recommend people to check out Eliza Tilton.

Derrick is easily related too.. someone who is scorned by the past and a little sour over it.. and Lucy is… rather interesting and you can’t help but enjoy the sensuous creature!

If you’re a fan of the series or looking for a fast paced fantasy… check this series out!



Ghostwriter Anonymous by Noreen Wald



Genres: mystery

Pages:  222

Series: Jake O’Hara mystery

Published by Henery Press

Release date: March 16th, 2016



I’m new to the mystery genre, I’ve been branching out as of late and I find that I like a good twist in a story, I like engaging characters that don’t leave me feeling like I’ve just read a newspaper and that make me really enjoy the front story as well as the back stories.

This book seemed a little all over the place for me and maybe that’s just because I wasn’t overly into it until the very end. The story itself just seemed to tread water unless you want to count the murders that happen.

All of the characters are flat, kept me disengaged and it was overly nothing to remember. It’s a quick filler read, if you’re sitting in the doctor’s office it’s purely something to pass away the time. The writing wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t for me.

Kill without mercy by Alexandra Ivy



Genres: romance, suspense, thriller, mystery

Pages:  352

Series: Book 1 of the ARES Security series

Published by Kensington Books

Release date: December 29th, 2015

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*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review.*

A 2.5 stars would be more accurate for this book.

Annie White is a CPA with a haunted past and recently she’s been plagued with nightmares or rather visions that are linked to her past. She found a home with a foster mother and lived a somewhat normal life. Annie is the daughter of the man who was allegedly the “Newton Slayer” a serious killer from Newton, Iowa who targeted young mother’s. Since the visions began she decided to travel back to the source of all her adult issues, Newton.

Rafe Vargas is a military man with extensive knowledge regarding intelligence and surveillance, accompanying him are his brother in arms and they have taken it upon themselves to begin a new life as “ARES Security.” Rafe is in Newton handling some family affairs when he stumbles into Annie.

That’s where the story picks up. The initial meeting for me was more than a little corny and as the story goes on the romance between the two is, even more, worthy of eye rolling. If you are a fan of those sultry, easy romance novels then this is perhaps a book for you, but in my personal opinion the cheap sex scenes draw away from the real focus of the story and that is the mystery involved in it – the murders that are taking place.

It doesn’t take long for the two to tumble into each other’s arms and I’m not overly keen on how weak Annie is made out to be considering she had the moxie to return to a home which plagued her mind. Rafe seems to think she’s this weak waif of an individual and from his perspective you’d certainly think so.

The mystery in and of itself was a fairly decent one, but the romance just threw it off for me, it really brought the book down in rating for me.

There is also a supernatural flare to the series, those of you who are an Alexandra Ivy fan will not be surprised.

Don’t Eat The Glowing Bananas by David D. Hammons



Don’t Eat The Glowing Bananas by David D. Hammons

Genres: post-apocalyptic, comedy

Pages:  212

Series: Single

Published by Curiosity Quills Press

Release dateDecember 7th 2015



It’s hard to find a decent brunch in the post-apocalyptic wasteland. But that’s all Henry Rosetta wants from the world. That, and not to be eaten by nomadic cannibals. Henry has traveled the nuclear bomb-blasted highways critiquing the finest radioactive eateries and cataloging his experiences. All the while, he’s been searching for the knowledge of why the bombs fell. It’s this hunger for specialty food and forbidden knowledge that brings Henry to the city of New Dallas. There, Henry meets a green-skinned mutant, a katana-wielding assassin, and a horrible dictator who claims to know why the bombs fell. Henry must help the people of New Dallas and learn the great secret of how the world ended. And maybe get a taco along the way.

David D. Hammons 

While visiting Cambridge during my time studying abroad, I tried to sneak into C. S. Lewis’s old apartment. I wanted to stand where the old master stood. I wanted to glean bits of imagination that no-doubt still clung to those walls. A locked door barred my path, and I fled to the safety of the campus pub. It has been my goal to live a life that is notable as the life of that master of writing. I’ve climbed the slopes of Machu Picchu, swam in Loch Ness, smuggled ice cream into China, and made moonshine in my hometown. I studied writing and business in school, and gave up a position in my family’s Black Walnut company to chase my dream. Life, if you make it so, can be an adventure.

Despite all my adventures, there is no greater journey than that which can be found in a book. It was cartoons that got me into writing, works meant for children that as an adult fascinated me with their joyful outlook. It was the old masters, Lewis, Tolkien, Hemmingway, Vonnegut, who challenged me to live an adventure of a life, and then write even greater adventures in books.

Perhaps one day I’ll make it into that old Cambridge apartment. Perhaps one day I’ll be invited.

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*I received this ARC from Curiosity Quills in exchange for an honest review.*


When I received this book as part of the book review tour I just kind of blinked, I thought I remembered this author’s name and then I realized I did.. Alice Takes Back Wonderland is another book of David D. Hammons and I personally wasn’t a fan  – this isn’t about that book, though, this is about Don’t Eat The Glowing Bananas.

The tone is quite similar to Alice Takes Back Wonderland – which is NUTTY! This book is meant to be that way though and you can tell, it’s a comedy and there is no denying that. It’s goofy and you never know what to expect coming out of one of the characters mouths… It reminds me of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas’ BAT COUNTRY at times…

There doesn’t seem to be rhyme or reason at times and if you took the book too seriously it could begin to annoy you, but let me just say DONT take it seriously because it isn’t meant to be taken that way.

All in all, it’s a kooky, fun read.