The Ambition brings forth a very interesting premise, what if a very prominent preacher did step into a political office. But that is not the only thiThe Ambition brings forth a very interesting premise, what if a very prominent preacher did step into a political office. But that is not the only thing going on in this novel. No, for a short novel, there is a lot going on. There is a romance between an atheist and a budding Christian that goes to the church of the prominent pastor. The atheist is a reporter who is trying to get a major story to save his job and thinks this prominent pastor might be that story. There is also a crooked judge, a crooked politician, the mob, some really good people, some innocent bystanders and some in-between. The book is filled with characters, but they all stand out and I never really found them confusing.
However there is a lot going on in the book. It made for a very exciting read and I couldn't help turning from page to page. I came to really care for some of the characters like the newspaper reporter Strider. I want him to come to terms with his life and find his faith. I also wanted the best for Pastor Snow who I felt really lost himself in the chase for political power (and that was the point). I liked the characters and I felt for them and that made the book for me along with the fast-paced plot.
I think the only thing that I didn't like was how quickly things were tied up - I really think the book needed about 100 more pages and I am hoping this is the beginning of a series (please, please, please). It was left finished at the end, but a little open so I can hope. I would love to see more of these characters and see where life after this book takes them. However it is tied up enough that you feel like the book is over.
Great characters that you come to feel like are your friends and a fast-paced plot make The Ambition a very-worthwhile first venture into fiction for Mr. Strobel. I look forward to his next book as well.
Beautifully written, The Colonel's Lady is a mesmerizing tale of life in the harsh world of the Kentucky settlement during the Revolutionary War perioBeautifully written, The Colonel's Lady is a mesmerizing tale of life in the harsh world of the Kentucky settlement during the Revolutionary War period in our country's history. It's a tale of love, of loss, of war, fighting, duplicity and forgiveness. So much is packed into this book and it is so hard to put down while reading it.
The Colonel's Lady is the tale of Roxanna (Roxie) and Colonel Cassius McLinn (Cass) and how they fall for each other despite the problems they face in the harsh elements and the things that stand between them both literally and in their minds. It's also a tale of others in the fort and of the war itself as it is going on in the territory around the Ohio River. This was an area I was completely unfamiliar with during the Revolutionary War so I found the history element fascinating.
Roxie was a great character, she adapted easily. Even though life was hard, and hers was even harder with the loss of her father, she kept going and started cooking in the kitchen, started working in the garden and just did whatever was needed of her. She wasn't one to be lazy and wait for others to wait on her. She's also a strong women, she carried on despite the pain she had in her heart. Yet she was vulnerable to Cass' charms and she does fall for him. I liked her soft side too. I really thought she was a well-developed character and I liked watching her grow and change during the book.
Cass was also a great character. From the beginning of the book we learn about him from Bella and what we learn is he is stern and one does not cross him. He also is not one of many kind words. But as he is around Roxie more, he starts to change. Roxie is good for him and the whole fort too. I loved watching him evolve as a man. The change was wonderful even if Roxie couldn't fully see it. Being privy to it as the reader was really interesting. Ms. Frantz has a real way with character development that makes reading her books a real pleasure.
The plot pacing is wonderful, the characters are wonderful. All-in-all, The Colonel's Lady is a 5-star book all the way. I went in not knowing what to expect from this author. I came out knowing I will grab up the next book she writes no matter what time frame or genre, Ms. Frantz has a true gift for writing and it shows in The Colonel's Lady....more
My first Kate White book was Hush last year and I was hooked so I was thrilled when The Sixes arrived in my mailbox. Add that it has a plot line aboutMy first Kate White book was Hush last year and I was hooked so I was thrilled when The Sixes arrived in my mailbox. Add that it has a plot line about secret societies and I couldn't wait to open this book. And it didn't disappoint. The Sixes had great suspense, secret societies and romance, it was the perfect book to keep me entertained over the weekend.
When Phoebe shows up on campus and people begin disappearing she uses her investigative reporting techniques as a favor to her friend Glenda to try and find out what is going on. Glenda has heard rumor of a secret society on campus and thinks Phoebe can get to the bottom of it. Phoebe is interested and goes to work and starts uncovering secrets but also becomes interested in another professor. I love the fact that every character that Phoebe comes in contact with eventually comes under suspicion. I never could quite figure out who the bad guy/girl was but that was one of the things that made the book exciting for me. The suspense is well-plotted through the whole book. Every time I felt I got close to figuring out who was doing the crimes or understanding the crimes, the story would move in another direction and I loved it.
I also loved the setting. A small college in Pennslyvania makes a great backdrop for a story of suspense like this and for one involving secret societies. I also loved the background of Glenda and Phoebe's friendship and how it went further into Phoebe's background during the story. I found the characters that were central to the story to be very interesting and well-developed.
The Sixes was a very entertaining read that kept me on the edge of my seat. I found Phoebe a character that was very easy to sympathize with and I enjoyed watching her work and seeing her come to terms with herself and her life during this book. A great weekend read for the end of summer and going into fall....more
I love Caridad Pineiro's books. Whether dealing with vampires or something new, she just seems to know how to balance the paranormal and the romance tI love Caridad Pineiro's books. Whether dealing with vampires or something new, she just seems to know how to balance the paranormal and the romance to bring me the story that I really want to read. In The Lost Ms. Pineiro is setting up for The Sin Eater series, and it takes quite a bit of set up because this isn't your typical paranormal that we as the readily understand. This is not vampires or werewolves. This is a whole new world and I am excited to read about it.
The Lost focuses on Adam and Bobbie for the romance and the setup of the world that Adam and the others of his race inhabit. I found the romance to be interesting, the chemistry was great between Adam and Bobbie. I wanted them together, even when there was difficulty I still rooted for them and felt like they should be together and hope to see more of them in the next book as well.
The romance is front and center in this book, but the setup of the world is also a lot of the book and it jumps around a lot and is probably my only complaint. But I understand that it had to be done. This is a complex world that will arc over several books and the development is key to this first book and to the books that follow. I am fascinated by the world and love that the author has branched out into something new and I really like this something new. I can't wait to read more in this series and really see where it goes. There is so much that can be done with it and I can't wait to see.
So if you are ready for something new in the paranormal romance genre then give The Lost a try, I don't think you will be disappointed. ...more
I loved Personal Demons last summer. Frannie, Luc and Gabe were just amazing and the story captivated me from beginning to end. It was sassy, fun, andI loved Personal Demons last summer. Frannie, Luc and Gabe were just amazing and the story captivated me from beginning to end. It was sassy, fun, and interesting and left me dying for the next book in the series, Original Sin. I was lucky and got it in my hands when it came out, however due to my reviewing schedule I just got to reading it last week. But it was well worth the wait.
No spoilers here, but it picks up where Original Sin leaves off and takes us for another wild ride with Luc, Frannie and Gabe and some new characters as well. There are new revelations, new bad guys and new obstacles to Frannie and the one she loves. The pace is fast and I easily read 250 pages in one sitting. Ms. Desrochers has managed to keep the magic she started in Personal Demons going in Original Sin. The books mesh together very well and while the characters do change some, the changes are believable due to the circumstances that the author creates.
The plotting and the characters were perfect to me. This book is everything I wanted it to be and more. I had more Frannie, more Luc and more Gabe, plus I got to learn more about the world of angels and demons that Ms. Desrochers has created. Now she has done it to me again and I cannot wait until book three, Last Rite, comes out next May.
If you enjoy fast-paced novels that are edgy, yet about good and evil then this series is for you. The characters are ones you will remember. The plot will get you thinking and like me you will be anxious for the next book as well....more
I will start this review by saying I have not read any of the the previous Blood Coven books. That said, it was really easy to get into Blood Ties andI will start this review by saying I have not read any of the the previous Blood Coven books. That said, it was really easy to get into Blood Ties and follow along. The first chapter has Sunny summarizing what has happened to her so far to get her to where she is at the start of Blood Ties. Of course this is brief so as not to bore those who have read the series, but enough detail so those of us just picking up Blood Ties can catch up. It was a good enough catch-up to me that I was able to follow along with the book. However I will say that now I want to go back and read the books because I am fascinated by this world that Mari Mancusi has created and want to read more about it. But I don't think you have to read the first 5 books to read Blood Ties.
Blood Ties follows Sunny as she wants to save her best friend Jayden's soul while her boyfriend Magnus is going about trying to save the vampire race from an all-out war and trying to protect Sunny and save Jayden's soul. Mischief and mayhem of course follow, there are misunderstandings, fights, kick-butt scenes, hot kisses and lots of fun. I found Blood Ties to be the type of brain candy that I really miss in young adult fiction. It's light, it's fun and it has action. It's fast-paced, doesn't require me to think to hard and keeps me engaged and keeps me reading. I liked it and I could not put it down. I read this with my kids playing in the water while we were out on the boat on Sunday and it was the perfect boat book. I only had to pause a few minute when my youngest was stung by a jellyfish. When that crisis was over (which was mainly handled by the daddy) I went right back to Sunny, Magnus, and Jayden's world.
Run, don't walk and pick this one up. I'm saving my pennies and getting the start of this series next on my Kindle so I can learn more about Sunny and her friends. I am also anxiously awaiting the next in the series because let me tell you this one wraps up nicely but then there is a cliffhanger to beat all cliffhangers and I can't wait to see what happens next! Great job Ms. Mancusi - you have scored another devout reader to your Blood Coven series....more
What an intriguing story. I have never thought about how Morgan Le Fey's life came about or who she was before she was part of the Arthurian legend. MWhat an intriguing story. I have never thought about how Morgan Le Fey's life came about or who she was before she was part of the Arthurian legend. Mr. Epstein has remedied that with his version of the tale of a girl who starts of with the name of Anna on the Isle of Britain and has to go on the run or be killed at the early age of twelve and ends up in Ireland which is a entirely different world to her.
Witchcraft is something that drives her through the book, Anna, who becomes Morgan at sea on the way to Ireland feels the power of the land at a ceremony while the men are off at war before she leaves Britain. She also feels the power from the land while she is in Ireland and it benefits her when she needs it. I loved seeing her in different experiences throughout Ireland. She definitely led an interesting life at an early age as did many girls in that era who married at early ages.
Another driving force in Morgan's life is revenge. Revenge is what keeps her alive and keeps her motivated through the book. The reader will see revenge as motivation for most of what she does. And even though it's her primary motivation, you still find yourself really liking her character. She's strong, but she knows when to stand back and stand behind her husband or her chieftan. I really liked Morgan, she had compassion towards some people who were deserving of it and she did not like those who did not deserve it.
The Circle Cast was a fascinating look at what Morgan's life might have been like in the early years and I loved every minute of the book. Mr. Epstein's writing was great, he dove right into the mind of an adolescent girl in early Britain and brought out this marvelous story of her life as she traveled in a foreign country and navigated their customs as she fought for her life and plotted and schemed toward her own revenge and getting back to Britain....more
Homeward is a a republished earlier novel of Melody Carlson's and I'm glad it was republished or I probably would have missed out on it. Since I readHomeward is a a republished earlier novel of Melody Carlson's and I'm glad it was republished or I probably would have missed out on it. Since I read my first Melody Carlson a year or two ago I have grabbed everything new by her whether it was for adults, pre-teens or teens so I jumped when the chance to review Homeward came about.
Homeward is a beautiful novel about families, forgiveness and God's love with a romance thrown in there for good measure. I loved this book from the beginning. You have a woman who has experienced a rough patch in her life so she decided to return home to her family that she left almost 20 years ago and make amends. In some ways it's easy and in some ways it's not. Slowly through family members and opportunities Meg learns what God has in store for her life. There are of course bumps in the road, but they make life interesting. I really liked Meg. She was strong and stubborn, but she was interesting and knew when to bend at times too. I liked her sister Erin, Sunny and her grandmother as well. Matthew, Clive, Addy and so many others round out an interesting cast of secondary characters that bring the small town to life and also bring the story to life. I think the characters were well done, interesting and all of them really added to the story.
The plot moves well and I quickly read the book over the afternoon and evening and kept turning pages on my Kindle to see what would happen next. I especially liked it when the romance started, it was just one more facet that I really felt added to the book. Homeward is just one of those great feel-good books that has a great lesson in it and makes you happy in the end of the book. Ms. Carlson hits a home run with this book for me....more
Alex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in colAlex Cross, I have been with him since my step-father-in-law told me about this amazing book he read called Along Came a Spider back when I was in college and it was amazing and it introduced me to thrillers and series books. Until then I had been bumping along reading horror by Stephen King, Dean Koontz (remember when he wrote horror books) and John Saul just to name a few) but James Patterson opened a whole new world to me that started with my beloved Alex Cross. Now I will admit there have been some bumps along the way and truthfully nothing compares to those first books like Along Came a Spider and Kiss the Girls. But some of that was just the newness too. With all of that said I really enjoyed my yearly Alex Cross fix in Kill Alex Cross.
What do I love, I love that Alex is settled down now. I love that Nana mama is still around and kicking and can still make everyone tow the line. We all need someone like her in our lives, someone who loves us enough to tell us when we are messing up. I like seeing the glimpses of Alex's private life. But most of all I like seeing Alex on the case and I got plenty of that in this one. As usual with the short chapters we have all come to know James Patterson for, this one reads quick (I appreciate short chapters with kids because it makes a book easier to put down to do things). I flew through this even though I didn't want to because it means another year before I visit with Alex again.
Kill Alex Cross is also interesting because there are two storylines going through it that may or may not be connected. First the President's children have been kidnapped, but there are also strange terror attacks going on in Washington DC that have the city on edge as well. So it's a given to say that there is plenty of action and suspense in this one.
If you enjoy Alex Cross books, then grab this one when it comes out - it's a great addition and reminded me of some of the books of old. I enjoyed it, but then again I like most of the Alex Cross books just because I find sheer entertainment value in them and it is like visiting with an old friend once a year, a friend that has been with me for over 16 years now at least. Wow - it doesn't seem like that long, but I remember sitting in Pullen Park off of N.C. State's campus reading Along Came a Spider one day before class, (yes mom I probably should have been studying thermo) just like it was yesterday. Ahhh, book memories....more