Another great book by Vince Flynn! I've loved every book that he's had out so far! He did seem to be moving towards having a new main character in thiAnother great book by Vince Flynn! I've loved every book that he's had out so far! He did seem to be moving towards having a new main character in this one though. The current main character in all of his books (except the first one) has been Mitch Rapp. Well, Rapp played quite a large part in this book but he introduced a new character, Mike Nash, who played just about as big a part. I liked Mike, and enjoyed what he brought to the book, but I really hope that Flynn doesn’t move too far away from Mitch Rapp. Rapp is just such a great character! I love his attitude! I mean, who else could walk up to the President of the United States and other top level government officials and tell them that they are all idiots and that it’s time to start doing things his way! Some of the confrontations that he has had have just kept me laughing! I recommend these books to anyone that likes action and adventure, but they really should be read in order. In other words, if you are about to read this book, you are probably already hooked on Vince Flynn! He is definitely one of my favorite action writers!!!
*Reread in 2009* I just can't seem to get enough of Vince Flynn and Mitch Rapp. I hadn't read this book since it came out last year, so I decided that a reread was needed before the new one comes out. It was even better than I remembered it being! I sometimes really wish that every politician and reporter in our country was required to read his books! People might start to have a whole different view of things! ...more
This book is a fantastic start to an Urban Fantasy series by Patricia Briggs. The focus is on Mercedes Thompson, a walker/were-coyote. Although she isThis book is a fantastic start to an Urban Fantasy series by Patricia Briggs. The focus is on Mercedes Thompson, a walker/were-coyote. Although she is one of a kind, she finds herself surrounded by other members of the hidden supernatural world. Mercy was raised by werewolves, but left their community when she was only 16 years old. No matter what she does, Mercy seemed to keep getting pulled into the business of the werewolves, vampires and the fae.
Briggs created a fantastic, strong, kick-ass female lead in Mercy. She never lets anyone push her around. Not even her neighbor and friend, Adam, the Alpha of the local werewolf pack. This novel has a great cast of characters that you can easily identify with. One of the things that I really enjoyed was seeing the pack dynamic. I’ve always been interested in the way that animals interact with each other, and I think that Patrcia Briggs did a great job of incorporating the way that a true pack of wolves would be.
"Moon Called" is a very edgy Urban Fantasy, with just the perfect mix of romance and humor inserted. This was a great, fun, fast reading book. The perfect start to a series. For those paranormal fans out there that are hooked on Vamps, and don’t think that you would ever like werewolves, try this book! You’ll love it!
On the Prowl Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - I have loved this short story since the first time I read it. On the Prowl is the only anthology I'vOn the Prowl Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs - I have loved this short story since the first time I read it. On the Prowl is the only anthology I've ever bought because of this story! But, I do think that you really need to read Moon Called first or else you just wont understand what in the world Charles is doing in Chicago. But this is a great beginning to Brigg's spin-off series. Love it, love it, love it! And always something great to pick up for a quick re-read.
Inhuman by Eileen Wilks - This was a really good story. I was impressed that Wilks was able to do enough world building in a short story so that those of us that have never read anything by her weren't completely lost. From what I understand this is the middle of a series, but not the same characters as the other books. I'll probably be adding the first book of the series to my TBR pile. But I'd rather see more of these characters, and I'm pretty sure they don't really play a major part of the other books, but I could be wrong about that!
Buying Trouble by Karen Chance - I've been a Karen Chance fan for a while, so I enjoyed this story. It's not one that you have to read her others books to get the characters and the plot, which is really nice! Although it does add some back story to Midnight's Daughter. So that was fun. Overall I really enjoyed this, and think that even those that have never read Karen Chance would enjoy it.
Mona Lisa Betwining by Sunny - I just didn't get it! I was lost most of the time. There was zero world building for those of us that have never read anything by this author, and I'm pretty sure that this story was in the middle of a series of books. Because I could tell that there was a lot of back story that I didn't get at all! If you have read her books, this was probably a great story, but not recommended if you are just trying the author out to see if you want to read her books....more
I just finished re-reading one of the best books that I've read all year. It easily makes the top 5, possibly even the top spot. The book is called "TI just finished re-reading one of the best books that I've read all year. It easily makes the top 5, possibly even the top spot. The book is called "The Hunger Games", and it's by Suzanne Collins. This is the first book of a Young Adult dystopia trilogy, but really it's a book that will appeal to readers of any age.
The book takes place in an alternate reality. Imagine our country in the future. There have been wars, famine, natural disasters, and a complete and total breakdown of our government and country. What is left is a country called Panem, which consists of the Capital and 12 districts throughout the nation. While the Capital is very wealthy, the districts are very pour. There's no welfare system. You are completely on your own. And the laws are brutal. If you break them, you'll either be subjected to a whipping or more likely be killed. This is not a fun country to grow up in. The main character is a 16-year old girl named Katniss. She is quite the survivor. At the age of 11, her father is killed in a mine explosion and she becomes the soul provider for her mother and little sister Prim. Every day, Katniss and her best friend Gale risk their lives by breaking the law, sneaking under the fence that surrounds their district and going into the woods to hunt, fish, and gather plants and berries. Anything that their family doesn't need for food gets traded on the black market for essentials. Although life is far from pleasant, Katniss and her family are surviving well enough.
But then comes Reaping Day when everything changes. Once a year, the Capital holds The Hunger Games. It's basically their way of showing the districts who is in charge, and who has all the control. 1 boy and 1 girl (called Tributes) from each of the districts has to compete in the ultimate game of survivor. Only one of the 24 will leave the arena alive. Katniss becomes one of the tributes and now she is literally in the fight of her life. She just has to hope that her brains, and nerve, and talent will be enough to keep her alive. She also has to decided who she can trust, or if she can trust anyone. What are people's ulterior motives for what they say and do?
This book has everything! Action, suspense, mystery, friendship, romance, humor in the most unlikely places, and a great psychological element! Once you start reading, you wont want to put the book down!
I don't know what it is about this series, but I seem to always have a hard time really saying what I think about it! I still haven't written any realI don't know what it is about this series, but I seem to always have a hard time really saying what I think about it! I still haven't written any real review for the first book. I've had enough conversations about it that I should be able to piece something together, but just haven't been able to. Let me try to talk about this book, but I'm really not sure if I can put my thoughts into words, so I'm sure this review will be lacking! Also, fyi, I don't like to give spoilers, so this'll be vague!
This book more than lived up to my expectations! I had read some other peoples reviews and some felt like the first 173 pages dragged on. I didn't feel that way at all! No, there wasn't a ton of action at the start, but there was a great psycholigical side to it.
Then came page 173. I stared at that page, rereading the same sentence probably 50 times, because it couldn't really say what I thought it said! From that point on, no distractions were allowed! I had to just keep reading. Then came the ending. And I knew without a doubt ahead of time that I was going to hate the end, because it meant that I have to wait an entire year to find out what will happen next. And I was right! In fact, it was worse than I though it'd be. I have been anxious for 6 months for this book to be released. I thought that wait was unbearable. This one'll be worse!
I am a major reader, and I have a ton of favorite books, series, and authors. But there is just something about this series that pulls me in unlike any other. I don't know if it's the characters or what. But these 2 books are pretty much at the top of my all time favorites.
This is the 2nd book in the series. Better than the first Alpha and Omega book. I would have to rate this one right up with their with the Mercy ThompThis is the 2nd book in the series. Better than the first Alpha and Omega book. I would have to rate this one right up with their with the Mercy Thompson series.
I really enjoyed watching Anna finally start to really find herself. I also love how much she has unsettled Charles. It was great to watch them interact and see a bit more of how their seperate personalities mingle. There was also more detail than any of the others in either series about how exactly the "wolf" and the "man" interact.
Also, Briggs wrote a short story in the anthology Strange Brew about two wolves named Tom and Moira. I really liked them and wished I could see more of them. Well, I got my wish! They showed up quite a bit in Hunting Ground.
Briggs is one of my favorite writers in this genre!...more
Wow! What a great book! So this is the first book of a series called The Black Dagger Brotherhood. For some odd reason, I kept shoving this series toWow! What a great book! So this is the first book of a series called The Black Dagger Brotherhood. For some odd reason, I kept shoving this series to the bottom of my to-be-read list. But this month, one of the groups that I am the most active in decided to feature J R Ward as our author of the month for September. So, I figured that I had better pick up at least the first book and see what all of the fuss is about.
I couldn't put this book down! It was intriguing right from the start and grabbed and kept my attention all the way through. Very great world that is created. These books do remind me of the Lara Adrian series, but these are darker and more intense. So I guess that I would say that the Lara Adrian series is the light version of BDB. I had a friend comment to me that HBO sure can't make a TV series of this book, because they would have a real tough time finding actors that fit the roles! All that I can say is if they did find them, they'd have a loyal viewer in me!
I'm really not a fan of anthologies, and it's REALLY rare for me to read one cover to cover. I typically just read the story or stories that I care abI'm really not a fan of anthologies, and it's REALLY rare for me to read one cover to cover. I typically just read the story or stories that I care about. But for a group challenge this month, I needed to read it cover to cover! So here are my thoughts on the different stories:
Seeing Eye by Patricia Briggs - I found this to be a really interesting story. I enjoyed the characters, although I would have liked to see more of the development of their relationship. I was happy to see them show up in Hunting Ground, but I'd still like to see more about this great characters!
Last Call by Jim Butcher - This story was ok, but if I had never read any of the Dresden File books before I might have been a bit confused, plus I'm not really sure that this story would make me care about starting the series. I've been listening to this anthology on audio and I really missed James Marsters for the voice of Harry!
Death Warmed Over by Rachel Caine This story was interesting, but I felt like I was really missing something important! Like a major back story. The main character has to bring a man back from the dead. A number of times the story referenced a year before when she had brought this same man back, and I really wish that there was a book that was that story. But after looking over Caine's books, I'm pretty sure that this story is a stand alone, not part of a series. I just felt like it wasn't enough, but that's common for me with short stories!
Vegas Odds by Karen Chance Action packed, and a fun read. If I hadn't already read books by her though, I'm not sure if I would have understood everything because there really wasn't any world building done
Hecate's Golden Eye by P.N. Elrod This story was alright, but didn't make me want to go out and read others by the author.
Bacon by Charlaine Harris Gotta love Charlaine Harris! This story was set in Sookie's world but none of the characters are featured in the regular series. So, you can read the story without being lost about the characters. It was typical Harris. If you like her books, you'll enjoy this story.
Signature of the Dead by Faith Hunter, Ginger by Caitlin Kittredge and Dark Sins by Jenna Maclaine I decided to lump these three together, because my reviews of them are all the same. I just never got into any of these stories. None of them really grabbed my attention and made me want to read any more about these characters or by these authors. All three stories were pretty forgettable for me!...more
Wow! This book was fantastic. It's going to take me a bit to wrap my head around it. I'll add a review soon!
So excited! I already love this book, andWow! This book was fantastic. It's going to take me a bit to wrap my head around it. I'll add a review soon!
So excited! I already love this book, and have been wanting to buy it for a while. Well, I just found out that I won it in a first-reads giveaway!
I have now read Ender's Game several times, and I am blown away each time I read it. The characters are very well developed and interesting. The plot grabs your attention from the first page and just doesn't ever let go. And the plot twist towards the end of the book I didn't see coming at all. Loved it! I typically am not a fan of Sci-Fi but this book was fantastic. I'd recommend it to anyone. It's good for numorous re-reads in the future! ...more
I really ended up stumbling on this book in a very odd way. The author wrote an article about one of my favorite authors, Rachel Vincent. While readinI really ended up stumbling on this book in a very odd way. The author wrote an article about one of my favorite authors, Rachel Vincent. While reading the article I got interested in finding out what books Snyder has written. No matter the haphazard way, I'm glad that I found this book!
I picked it up and was hooked immediatly. I literaly couldn't stop reading for 8 hours! I kept telling myself that I was just going to stop at the end of the chapter and actually get some sleep. But the end of the chapter would come and I couldn't put it down!
Maria did a fantastic job of creating characters that I truly care about. She did a great job of weaving together suspence, mystery, friendship, and a touch of romance. I can't wait to read the other 2 books in this series!...more
This was another great book in the Study series. I've read from some review that people were disappointed with this book. Especially with how little tThis was another great book in the Study series. I've read from some review that people were disappointed with this book. Especially with how little the romance was developed. Personally, I loved this one as much as the first. No, the romance angle wasn't given a ton of time, but Yelena wasn't really in a position for a lot of romance! I loved to watch her trying to figure out her powers, and learning her place in the world.
Another book that I just couldn't stop reading! Can't wait to get my hands on the next one!...more
What a fun, enjoyable book! I received an ARC of this book as part of a first-reads giveaway. I am really glad that I did!
This is the story of Lucy VWhat a fun, enjoyable book! I received an ARC of this book as part of a first-reads giveaway. I am really glad that I did!
This is the story of Lucy Valentine. She is a girl with a problem! Lucy comes from a long line of matchmakers. The ability to match make is literally in their genes. All of the members of her family can see the colors of people's spirits. Then, they find two people who's spirits match, and presto! You have a match. In fact, their matchmaking business has a 98% success rate. But as I said, Lucy has a problem. When she was a teenager, she was electrocuted, and now, she can't see the colors any more. Instead, she has a new "talent". Whenever Lucy touches someone's hand, if they are thinking about something that they've lost, she can see where it is. When a family issue forces Lucy to temporarily take over the family matchmaking business, she is terrified. How in the world can her odd talent help her with matchmaking?
I loved how unpredictable this book was! There was some great romance, but certainly not the type that you usually read. Also, there was a fantastic mystery that literally had me guessing all the way to the end. I kept being sure that I knew what the outcome of the mystery would be, but I was completely wrong!
This book had a bit of everything! Mystery, romance, humor, phenomenal characters that you can't help but love, and just a perfect dose of the supernatural. Give it a try! Just a little note. If you really aren't into supernatural or fantasy, you should still give this book a try. There is a supernatural element, but not a huge dose of 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 hopesI 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!
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. SThe 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 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 cI 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!