I have to admit that I was afraid to start this one. Shelly Laurenston is my favourite (auto-buy) author but I was nervous that somehow her new seriesI have to admit that I was afraid to start this one. Shelly Laurenston is my favourite (auto-buy) author but I was nervous that somehow her new series would not live up to THE PRIDE series which I love. I should not have hesitated. This new series features the same feisty, kickass women and the same humor all wrapped up in a new package.
This is Kera and Vig's story but I can tell some of the other women's stories are going to be awesome. There are lots of friction between the girls as the story starts but by the end of the book, they are a tight unit that would do anything for each other.
Even thought the sub-plot of the story are Kera and Vig's relationship (which I loved), the romance is light and does not take over the book - which is what I enjoy in my books.
The Unleashing is almost a guilty pleasure as the all male characters were automatically the supporting cast. This book was all about the women - The Crows. I am sure we will learn all about all of them and I can't wait. ...more
This was something totally different. Science fiction with a twist. People must have thought I was a little strange sitting in my car a little longerThis was something totally different. Science fiction with a twist. People must have thought I was a little strange sitting in my car a little longer after I arrived at my destinations.
I am a little lost as to how to describe this story without giving too much away. All I can say is that it is the biography of Harry - of his lives and of his deaths. Of his rebirths and of his efforts to change the past so that it may change the future. Confused? You won't be, the author (and narrator) leads you through it all and it all makes sense. Very entertaining. I recommend this one....more
I do not usually enjoy contemporary novels but this one was a good fit for me. I have recently discovered that I enjoy these kinds of bookclub books oI do not usually enjoy contemporary novels but this one was a good fit for me. I have recently discovered that I enjoy these kinds of bookclub books on my daily commute to and from work. It does take a while to listen to all 13 1/2 hours but the narrator really made the time fly (and no road rage!).
About halfway through the book, I was really struggling to accept the choices that Cecilia was making. What would I do in a situation like this? Would I decide to keep my husband's secret? Would I be able to stay living with him, loving him, even though I could see the suffering of those affected by the secret?
I can highly recommend this one and Liane Moriarty has a new fan. I am currently listening to Big Little Lies . . . another good choice . . ....more
I am having a really hard time trying to review this book without giving away any spoilers. I have written this review and deleted it and written it again . . . I just want you to be so blown away as I was, so I am not going to give you any of the facts of the story. Let’s just concentrate on my feelings about the book. I will try to keep it as spoiler-free as I possibly can.
I picked up this book on a recommendation of my audiobook group on Goodreads. I have found some gems that I would usually not even have considered and I am loving that my reading horizon are being expanded into genres that I would not usually look at. I love book clubs! black-1 When I pressed play, I had no idea about the book except for the blurb and then I only scanned that before I got a copy. After the first few chapters I was bored and I really hated Nick. In fact, I was thinking that I did not understand what all the hype was about. Nick has obviously murdered his wife – what was the big mystery? This was just going to be a “how-he-did-it” with occasional comments from his wife via her found diary. Oh my goodness, was I wrong! I am so glad that I kept going.
This book turned into a psychological thriller like I have not read before (and that I hope I will find more of). It was awesome! So many twists and turns! The ending was a bit of a disappointment as I was hoping everyone would get their due, but this is still one of my favourite reads so far this year. ...more
I am not exactly sure how I got interested in reading The Martian. I admit I am a cover lover. Pretty covers always catch my eye. This cover would not have caught my attention and I would have assumed that it is directed at a male audience (well, look at it. don't you agree?).
This is exactly the reason why I am so glad that that it was discussed in one of the audiobook discussions on Goodreads. I would have missed an amazing journey - both mine and Mark's.
The online book club discussions intrigued me. It brought forth such a wide range of feelings from the participants. But everyone agreed, you have to read this . . . now!
So I went in search and when I heard the first few sentences . . .
I am pretty much f*cked . . . that is my considered opinion. F*cked.
I was hooked. (how can you not love that!)
This is a story of one man left behind after a failed Mars mission. But Mark is not ready to give up even if all rational thought leads to the conclusion that there is just no way that he will be able to survive until a rescue mission can be launched. But Mark has not lost his sense of humor and it carries him through some difficult situations.
“Actually, I was the very lowest ranked member of the crew. I would only be “in command” if I were the only remaining person.” What do you know? I’m in command ”
Luckily Mark is the perfect MacGyver type guy and before long he is making water (yeah, that is right - he MADE water). With that somewhat important problem solved, he goes ahead and starts growing potatoes. It looks like there might be some hope but before long slight oversights causes big problems. Luckily Mark has duct tape.
“Also, I have duct tape. Ordinary duct tape, like you buy at a hardware store. Turns out even NASA can’t improve on duct tape. ”
You will not be disappointed by his story. I am not sure if all the science is accurate but that is really not important. This science fiction story is about a man and his fight for survival.
I devoured Mark's story in two days and I am sure you will not be able to put it down either. Grab a copy today!
Also look out for the movie! Andy Weir has become one of those one in a million success stories. From selling the ebook for 99c to having the movie rights bought by a huge movie company. Congratulations, Andy and here is to many more....more
I have never read a John Grisham book before. I have always known that he is much loved for his legal thrillers and movies but have always assumed that it would be just to complicated for me to enjoy. Wow, was I wrong! I loved this book! It was very cleverly constructed up to the very unexpected (and sad?) ending.
The story starts when Patrick is caught and tortured. We already know what he did. We know that he faked his own death and stole millions of dollars. But as we get into the story, the facts are revealed and it becomes clear that we might have to change our mind. “Was he so wrong?”.
I just loved how every move is revealed and how we slowly become part of the solution. And isn't it fun when the bad guys get their reward in the end. And there are lots of cheers in this story – from the corrupt lawyers and insurance company to Patrick's very unlikeable trophy wife.
While searching the web to learn more about the narrator, Frank Muller, I found that he died in 2008 from multiple injuries after his motorcycle accident a few years prior. His website promises a few more hours in his company as he has also narrated some other books that is in my TBR list. This will be a pleasure as I enjoy his calm voice slowly revealing the details of a story. ...more
Romances was always great fun reads for me and when I discovered Paranormal Romances, I was thrilled. I could not get enough. I just loved a happily ever after. In the last few years, my reading preferences have begun to shift and I have begun enjoying stories that have a bit more to the bones but a love story is still a huge attraction.
Going through some personal problems in the last few months, I just wanted a little fluff. I needed some over-the-top sweetness and two people making googly eyes at each other with none of the crime solving that I usually adore. And this is what I got with How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf.
There is no pretense of any snippet of reality in this story and I loved it.
Grundy, Alaska is the ultimate small town with no evil person in sight (except for the bad guy which you meet far into the book off course). The characters are all super sweet and likeable and Mo, our heroine is the best – loved her!
She survived living with hippy parents that was not above breaking into her home to throw away her fast food and replacing it with organic foods. Werewolves did not even make her blink.
Off course, Cooper is drool-worthy even if he can't resist his wolf traits. He is not above peeing on the porch to mark his territory :)
How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf is a fun bit of fantasy that will leave you smiling. ...more
I have forgotten how much I enjoyed the Psy-Changeling series – it has been so long!
I must admit that I love a strong alpha male in my stories and thI have forgotten how much I enjoyed the Psy-Changeling series – it has been so long!
I must admit that I love a strong alpha male in my stories and this book did not disappoint. Our hero is one of the strongest and most powerful Psy in the series.
Heart of Obsidian is all about the love between Kaleb and Sahara. They have known each other since they were young children. Sahara disappeared seven years ago and Kaleb has been on a mission ever since to find her.
Our story starts when Kaleb rescues Sahara and brings her to her new home. I don't want to reveal any spoilers but if you have been following the series, you are going to be shocked! But this is not only a love story. There are lots of action and the series moves along very rapidly in this book. There are some huge discoveries in this installment.
I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it to Psy-Changeling followers. If you have not followed the series, you will not be able to find all the surprises that is in store for you. So I would suggest that you start at the beginning....more
I have never looked at the Jack Reacher series before. I tried to watch the movie starring Tom Cruise and could not finish it (my husband fell asleep)I have never looked at the Jack Reacher series before. I tried to watch the movie starring Tom Cruise and could not finish it (my husband fell asleep). I don't know if it was the story or just casting . . . it just did not work for me.
Then while reading some of the comments on my Goodreads Audiobook Group, everyone was agreeing what a great narrator, Dick Hill is. I was looking for something to add to my daily commute audio, so I listened to the audio sample available on audible and fell in love with his narration from the start. His calm voice just epitomized what I think Jack Reacher should be. Cool, calm and collected.
The story is a simple crime thriller although there are some surprises that caught me off guard (don't worry, no spoilers). I enjoyed the way the story flowed and how Jack handled some of the difficult situations – luckily he does not have to worry about rules and procedures . . . and just imagine this 6'5” man with mascara all over his face so he could hide in the dark bushes. The other motorists probably thought it was a crazy woman giggling by herself in the car.
All in all, I really enjoyed everything about this experience. The story was good and the narration excellent. The only negative I can think of is that at times I got irritated with the sentences all ending in “right” . . . but as you progress in the book, your mind starts blanking out the word for you :)...more
This book was such a nice surprise. I had started the ebook a while back but had to set it aside for a shiny new title and totally forgot about it until a friend suggested I give it a try. I expected horror (I love horror!). But this story was more of a mystery. The first three quarters of the book, we are trying to figure out where the crazy was coming from (and there are a lot of crazy!). Huge illuminating cockroaches anyone (I would have not even unpacked!)black-1 Very soon, the tenants of the apartment building getting to know each other, having fake movie-nights so that they can discuss the mystery without the supervisor noticing. I loved the way that all the friends had their own story and background explained. There were not many that were not very quickly a beloved part of the story.
This was a four star read for me until just a few chapters from the ending. I do not want to give away spoilers, so I will just say that the book took a strange turn that I did not enjoy. But all in all it was an enjoyable experience. Audio: I really enjoyed the voice of Ray Porter. I think I could listen to him read the phonebook. His voice is so smooth – it just flows over you. I just felt sorry for him when he had to read some of the drama in the last few pages – wonder what he was thinking Smile...more
Sal was implanted with the genetically engineered tapeworm like most of the population in the not too distant future. It is not mandatory yet but moreSal was implanted with the genetically engineered tapeworm like most of the population in the not too distant future. It is not mandatory yet but more and more people are taking the step. The tapeworm controls all your health needs.
But it cannot prevent the terrible car crash that Sal was involved in. The tapeworm did however help her heal and come out of the coma just as her parents were discussing taking her off life support.
The tapeworms are engineered by the all powerful SymboGem Corporation.
The SymboGem Corporation started out with a good intentions, wanting to make the world a better, healthier place. Unfortunately greed and the lust for power soon drives them into cloudy waters.
Parasite follows Sal's life after she wakes from her coma. After six years, she still finds it difficult to fit in - with life in general and with her family at home. She is not the Sally from before the accident and her family does not let her forget that.
I must admit that I guessed what the ending would be quite early on in the book. It did however not take away any of the enjoyment I felt reading of Sal and her boyfriend's journey to discover this truth.
Mira Grant is an excellent author and she made me suspect everyone at one time, even Sal's boyfirend was part of the "enemy" in my mind at one stage.
The ending leads us right up to the next in the series and I for one, cannot wait . . . ...more
The narrator, Sean Runnette, made this book a winner for me. He has the perfect voice for our hero, Mike that tells the story through excerpts out ofThe narrator, Sean Runnette, made this book a winner for me. He has the perfect voice for our hero, Mike that tells the story through excerpts out of his journal. The story flowed beautifully; going from “in-your-face” action scenes to the dry humour that had me laughting out loud. I think the perfect combination for an audio book. I sometimes felt myself lost in the story, so much so ,that I forgot what I was doing while listening . . .
Mike and his wife has a strange relationship and sometimes I wondered if she really loves him. I did not find anything to endear her to me. In fact, I did not like her at all and sometimes felt a little twitch for poor Mike loving her like he does. But I did enjoy the other characters. They shined brightly in the story even if they were not all the best of people.
There are two more stories in the series and I will definately try to find them in audio format as well....more
All things Titanic have always interested me. I have watched countless documentaries, read a lot of books and even watched all the movies :) Having saAll things Titanic have always interested me. I have watched countless documentaries, read a lot of books and even watched all the movies :) Having said that, I am not a Titanic expert. I am more of a casual Titanic trivia lover.
This book was something different though. Yes, there are all the facts and trivia we already know but there are also quotes from survivors, detailed transcripts of the official inquiries (which was not impartial at all in my view) and some fun mentions of the myths surrounding this great ship.
I loved finding this gem of a book and know that it will be very popular with all Titanic lovers...more
When I first started reading, I had flashbacks of THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer. Two souls in one body . . . but this book is different in so many ways.When I first started reading, I had flashbacks of THE HOST by Stephenie Meyer. Two souls in one body . . . but this book is different in so many ways.
Eva is definately the main character although she is the physically weaker of the two sisters. The whole book is told from her point of view. I loved her. She had a lot of spunk.
I enjoyed the first part of the book while we were getting to know the two sisters and the world they live in. It is amazing what Kat Zhang created in this world. It was wonderful. If you love different dystopian/sci-fi worlds, you will love it too. Unfortunately the story was not unique after that. Someone is singled out by a Goverment Enforcer and is taken to a secret Medical Facility to be “reformed”. And the whole escape is not any better. But this is only book 1 . . . I am sure that there is lots of more to come.