I give the audio version 5 Stars. This atmospheric, suspenseful novel was a total pleasure to listen to. The characters are an eclectic group from difI give the audio version 5 Stars. This atmospheric, suspenseful novel was a total pleasure to listen to. The characters are an eclectic group from different parts of the world and narrator Scarlett Mack did a fantastic job nailing those dialects. The story was filled with tension and kept me drawn in making The Blue a great choice to listen to. Even if you don't chose the audio version, this is a book you shouldn't miss. My complete review is here: http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/......more
As a newcomer to Lisa Unger's work, I thought this was a well thought out story that I was very impressed with. It's multi-layered with rich,4.5 Stars
As a newcomer to Lisa Unger's work, I thought this was a well thought out story that I was very impressed with. It's multi-layered with rich, interesting characters. What I enjoy about Unger's writing style is the way she reveals impactful information along the way. I like to call them 'nuggets' and this book has them littered throughout, which kept my attention and focus. It also made the pages fly by. I really liked that there was also a big twist that totally caught me off guard!
She uses two main perspectives to tell the story - one from the parents of Abbey Gleason and the other is Finley's but there's also Eloise's point of view as well, though not as prevalent. It's interesting because it allows the reader to know exactly what each party is going through and where they are coming from.
The subject matter of the story is disturbing yet Unger doesn't get explicit with the violent acts of the perpetrator though she eludes to them more later in the book. Many writers would include details that might be hard to take, but Unger uses a lighter touch without softening the story at all. That is really good for readers who like these types of books but don't particularly care for a lot of violence.
The paranormal aspect took this book to another level and I really enjoyed it. It was definitely present without being too over the top weird. I liked that fact that Finley was just beginning to understand her abilities and that made it easier for me to accept. I felt this was a great element to the story and makes me really happy to have read INK AND BONE. I like the paranormal genre but I have a hard time finding books that I like and this one filled that void for me. As a first time reader of Lisa Unger's work, I am thrilled to say I am now a fan!...more
I really enjoyed this new book from Mary Kay Andrews! The reason I liked it more than some of her previous books is that it offered something a littleI really enjoyed this new book from Mary Kay Andrews! The reason I liked it more than some of her previous books is that it offered something a little extra with the murder mystery element. It gave a depth to the story that I really appreciated. It's the perfect summer read! My complete review can be found here: http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/......more
This is the first novel by Chris Bohjalian that I've ever read. I've heard so much praise for his work from fellow bloggers/readers for many years soThis is the first novel by Chris Bohjalian that I've ever read. I've heard so much praise for his work from fellow bloggers/readers for many years so my expectations were pretty high. When choosing this book, I will admit the subject matter of sex trafficking did give me pause. It's a very disturbing issue and very relevant to our times and I wasn't sure I wanted to go there, but I ultimately did. I easily found myself immersed in the story and since there weren't a lot of characters it was easy listening. Things happened pretty quickly and I was very tuned in to the story. however, for me, about half-way through it slowed and I found myself waiting for something more dramatic to happen or to be taken further into a deeper emotional level. That's not to say there weren't dramatic parts, but I guess I was just expecting more. Events near the end of the book both baffled and surprised me, in good and bad ways. Having heard such wonderful things from Bohjalian's fans, I was expecting a deeper, more involved story and I just didn't get that. The two narrators, Mozhan Marno and Grace Experience did very good jobs of bringing these characters to life, especially the part of Alexandra, the Russian girl. She made me totally believe her character. Her accent was perfection. Looking back, I'm glad I chose the audio version for this book because I may have become distracted if I were reading the print version during the (much) slower parts.
The bottom line for me is that it was a good listen but a little underwhelming considering all the hype about Bohjalian's work. My question is: Is this typical of all his books? Or is this one an exception? I will have to read another Bohjalian novel to answer those questions. And I certainly will, maybe in print the next time to see if that affects my opinion at all. Clearly, his fans loved this book but unfortunately, for me, it was just OK....more
This was the first stand alone novel I've read from Karin Slaughter, even though I'm a big fan of her Will Trent Series. This book has what I've comeThis was the first stand alone novel I've read from Karin Slaughter, even though I'm a big fan of her Will Trent Series. This book has what I've come to expect from her: complex characters with a storyline that takes you places you'd never imagine. Though it is a violent story, it doesn't take away from her brilliant storytelling ability managing to throw in surprising twists you don't see coming. That's my favorite thing about all of her books. They are NEVER predictable. Kathleen Early does a superb job of narrating and bringing the characters to life. Early also narrates the Grant County Series as well. For my full review visit here: http://southerngal-lisa.blogspot.com/......more
The book is a continuation of The Clifton Chronicles Series that centers around the Clifton/Barrington families from Bristol, UK. Archer is such a wonThe book is a continuation of The Clifton Chronicles Series that centers around the Clifton/Barrington families from Bristol, UK. Archer is such a wonderful storyteller and manages to weave tales with intrigue, secrets, espionage and even love. He does it all with a touch of humor as well. This has been one of my favorite series to read and with only one book remaing, it is bittersweet knowing it's soon coming to and end.
As with the previous 5 books, I flew through this one as well. The first book started in the 1920's and we've now reached the 1970's in this book. I love everything about it. There's no flash here, just mature, exciting writing from a seasoned, acclaimed author. These books always leave me entertained, satisfied and wanting more. I highly recommend this entire series to those who want to get swept away with a great story!...more
This is the 2nd book in Mary Ellen Taylor's Alexandria Series centering around three families with roots dating back to the mid 1700's. The first bookThis is the 2nd book in Mary Ellen Taylor's Alexandria Series centering around three families with roots dating back to the mid 1700's. The first book introduced readers to the Shire family and now we learn more about the McDonald and Smyth families. Mary Ellen Taylor has created some great characters with richly developed storylines. In this book adoption, alcoholism and deep family secrets take center stage. If you enjoy historical fiction, especially relating to the South, you should definitely check out this series. Taylor has even incorporated a few characters from her Union Street Bakery Series into this series, but if you haven't read it, it doesn't matter. I, personally haven't read those books, but Taylor introduces them seamlessly into the story. This is a solid installment with so many possibilities for the future. This is a series I will definitely continue reading. My full review can be found here: http://tiny.cc/5hcw7x...more
(Publish Date: 10/2013) Though I love these characters being back in a a new story, I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the story. I was expectin(Publish Date: 10/2013) Though I love these characters being back in a a new story, I must admit I was a bit disappointed in the story. I was expecting more adventure and sass from these two partners in crime. That said, it is a Christmas-themed book and it was as a charming tale.
The audio performance by Kathleen McInerney was good and she nailed the southern accent without over-doing it but some may feel, as I did at times, it was a little on the syrupy side. But again, it is a Christmas story so I should give that a pass.
At only 7 and a half hours long, it's a quick listen that reunites readers with beloved characters. I will always look forward to their stories no matter what. It was the perfect Christmas-time audio: light, fun and perfect for a holiday break. My full review is here: http://tiny.cc/t89j7x...more
I liked this 2nd book of the Hodges Trilogy almost as much as Mr. Mercedes. The story of a man totally obsessed with a character in a series of booksI liked this 2nd book of the Hodges Trilogy almost as much as Mr. Mercedes. The story of a man totally obsessed with a character in a series of books was great. Reminded me of MISERY but in a good way. King reveals the story in layers which makes it an engrossing story. The audio version is fantastic with Will Patton narrating again. He takes it to a whole other level and for that reason I highly recommend the audiobook. My full review is here: http://tiny.cc/jf555x...more
How does one critique Harper Lee? I'm not about to try but I will share my thoughts. The story did have to grow on me but I didn't expect it to be TKAHow does one critique Harper Lee? I'm not about to try but I will share my thoughts. The story did have to grow on me but I didn't expect it to be TKAM 2.0. I believe it's unfair to compare it to such a literary treasure. After reading, I had to think about my reaction for awhile and my conclusion was that I did like it. This is a book that forced me to think and I like that about it. I also love the title as it relates to the story. I didn't find it, or Atticus, racist at all. I don't know what the readers who rated it low expected, but I am satisfied and glad I read it. To expect it to be as great as its predecessor is just not realistic in my opinion. My full review is here: http://tiny.cc/xa7p5x...more