Just won this book on a first-reads giveaway! Really excited to give it a shot, especially when the discript...moreLoved it! I'll post my review later today!
Just won this book on a first-reads giveaway! Really excited to give it a shot, especially when the discription mentions that the book is similar to a Vince Flynn novel, and Vince Flynn is one of my all time favorites!(less)
Ken didn't end up being anything that I had expected! I was surprised to find that under his cheerful, smiling facade, he was even more intense, rough...moreKen didn't end up being anything that I had expected! I was surprised to find that under his cheerful, smiling facade, he was even more intense, rough, and intriguing than his twin! And you have to love Mari. The banter between these two had me laughing half the time. I think that I'm officially addicted to this series. Can't believe how fast I'm racing through it!(less)
I didn't think that this series could get better, but it just did! Feehan hit one out of the park with this book!!! Can't wait to get started on the n...moreI didn't think that this series could get better, but it just did! Feehan hit one out of the park with this book!!! Can't wait to get started on the next one!(less)
Guilty Pleasures is the first book in the Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series. The protagonist, Anita, is a necromancer with a real hatred for vampire...moreGuilty Pleasures is the first book in the Anita Blake - Vampire Hunter series. The protagonist, Anita, is a necromancer with a real hatred for vampires. But when the local vampires decided that they want her to investigate some vampire murders, she learns that they will go to any lengths to get her to do what they want.
I've never read any books by Laurell K. Hamilton, although I've been meaning to for quite a while. When you read a lot of books in this genre, you hear her name a lot! So I finally am trying her out!
This book does seem to be a good set-up for a great series. But on it's own, it was just alright. It did create a fantastic world that I am looking forward to reading about more in the future. Those of my friends that are huge fans of this series have mentioned one of the characters, Jean-Claude, many times to me. I liked what I saw of him, but there really wasn't anywhere near enough of him for me to get a good feel for him. Hopefully his character will be explored more in the next few books.
Overall - A really good read. Not a favorite, but I have a feeling that the series will just get better.
I just finished reading Wondrous Strange. It was pretty good. I'd probably give it 3 - 3 1/2 stars. I had to read this book when I saw that the main c...moreI just finished reading Wondrous Strange. It was pretty good. I'd probably give it 3 - 3 1/2 stars. I had to read this book when I saw that the main character's name was Kelley, and she even spelled it the same as me! I know that may seem funny to some, but when you have a rather common name like Kelley, but never see it spelled the same way that you do, it's fun when you can find it!
The main character in this story is an actress in New York City. One day while walking through Central Park, she runs into guy who later seems to keep popping up wherever she is at. What she doesn't know is that he is a guard for the world of the fairies and he's about to pull her right into that world.
Anyways, it was a interesting start to a series. I thought that there did need to be some more character development, especially on some of the minor characters. I never really felt like I got to know anyone very well! Also, I thought that Kelley handled the whole thing way too well. If you weren't ever someone that believed in anything beyond the normal, would you really accept the presence of fairies quite so quickly? Just seemed a bit far fetched. Also, there was some romance, but I never really felt the passion that was supposedly there. I enjoyed it enough that I'll probably pick up the next book though.
One thing that was really fun was I listened to the audiobook, and the reader was the author! So I was hearing things exactly how she wrote them! That was fun!
The other day I was looking for something new to read. I asked for suggestions from friends, stating that I really wanting a mystery/suspense novel. S...moreThe other day I was looking for something new to read. I asked for suggestions from friends, stating that I really wanting a mystery/suspense novel. Someone mentioned trying out Harlan Coben. Well, I've never read any of his books before, although I have seen them from time to time at the book store. One of the few that I could easily get my hands on right away was The Woods. I was immediately hooked!
The protagonist is Paul Copeland. 20 years ago, at summer camp, his sister and 3 other teens all snuck into the woods at night. The next day 2 of them were found dead. Paul's sister and one other teen were never found again, although some of their clothing was found. Paul has never really gotten over the events. How can you ever truly move on if you never find the body? There is always that small seed of hope. Some unexpected events cause him to start looking into the past, and Paul's life and emotions are taken on a wild ride.
I was hooked on this book from beginning to end. When you read a lot of mysteries, sometimes you can predict what the outcome of a particular book is. For this book, I never would have guessed it! There were so many fantastic twists and turns that the book took! And even after everything is over, and you think that you have learned it all, one last bombshell is dropped! I loved that Coben ended the book not telling us how that particular piece of information would affect everyone in the long run. This was a phenomenal story and I have ever intention of picking up another Coben novel! Loved it!
I really debated over what to rate this book. If I could give it half stars, it'd probably be 3 1/2 stars. I'll admit that I had extremely high hopes...moreI really debated over what to rate this book. If I could give it half stars, it'd probably be 3 1/2 stars. I'll admit that I had extremely high hopes for this book, and it just didn't quite deliver. But maybe my expectations were a bit too high! After reading the back, I was expecting Vince Flynn level writing and action, and this fell short for me.
First off, when reading this book, you have to keep reminding yourself that it's just fiction. It's written as if Sadam Hussein was still alive and incharge or Iraq, the US hasn't invaded Iraq yet, and Bin Laden has been killed. But that's a pretty minor issue with the book. I mean, it was written a number of years ago, and I can just understand that it's fiction!
I love a book that grabs my attention from the start and just doesn't let go. Yes, this book grabbed my attention, but it didn't keep it. There were a number of parts where I was enthralled with the action, but it just always seemed afterwards to lose my attention. I also had a really hard time believing that in the midst of a MAJOR act of war, the President wants to focus part of his attention on a business deal. Yes, I understand that supposedly this business deal is supposed to completely change the world, but for the moment maybe we should be more focused on all of the bombs, and attacks and such!
There were also way too many characters, and very few of them developed well enough for me to care about them. The focus kept shifting around, from one person to another, and it was happening a bit too often for my liking. At one point, the US was tracking a group of 4 terrorists, called the 4 horsemen. Even though they mentioned that they were some of the most feared terrorists, no other details were really given. I would have loved to have heard a bit more about their past so that I had a real reason to push for them being caught.
Overall though, it was a pretty good story. There were some great moments of action and suspense. I was debating over if I would continue on to the next book in the series. But when I reached the end of this one, I realized that I don't have much choice! It ends on such a major cliff hanger, that I have to know what's going to happen!