Night Broken is not my favorite book in the Mercy Thompson series but it was still a nice read. I still like the char...moreNight Broken by Patricia Briggs.
Night Broken is not my favorite book in the Mercy Thompson series but it was still a nice read. I still like the characters and the overall situation. The plot seemed a little thin, Adam's ex-wife calls crying and asking Adam for protection from some guy she slept with who is now killing people to get her back. Of course she's decided she never should have divorced Adam and wants him back. She has that wonderful ability to make everyone feel sorry for her and make everything Mercy's fault.
I didn't think that the scenes with Wulfe and the vampires added anything, I wonder if it is setting up something for the next book. We find out that Tad has some mad Fae skills and is forced to the reservation.
I don't know, there were parts I liked and felt like the older Mercy stories. Other parts were annoying - like Adam cowering as Christy berated him and Mercy waiting so long to stand up to Christy. I didn't like that it took Adam until Christy told Mercy to "just die already" before he grew any spine and stood up to her. Lots of feeling disjointed and unconnected when I read this one. Still love Mercy Thompson and Patricia Briggs. I hope the next one is better.(less)
I liked this quick and easy read; I was able to finish it in one day. I have to agree with other reviewers, I...more"When Darkness Comes" by Alexandra Ivy.
I liked this quick and easy read; I was able to finish it in one day. I have to agree with other reviewers, I do hate when men call women "lover". It sounds so patronizing and Dante does it constantly! Ugh.
I've read other reviews that complain there's not enough action, sex, etc. Maybe so, it's not 'Black Dagger Brotherhood' by any stretch. But if you're looking for a light, paranormal romance to read in your easy chair I think you'll like this book. If you're new to Paranormal Romance, this might be a good starting place for you. I'm definitely going to try the next book in the series. (less)
Set in Twilight, Texas, a town known for reuniting high school sweethearts for happily ever after. Four...moreThe Christmas Cookie Collection by Lori Wilde.
Set in Twilight, Texas, a town known for reuniting high school sweethearts for happily ever after. Four short stories centered on four women in Twilight, this is an Avon Romance book. Not my normal type of book but it was a light easy-to-read book that seemed just right for cold, snowy days on the couch.
Wilde is a pretty good writer, she doesn't use clichés and corny storylines (for the most part). If you like romance, I think you'll like Lori Wilde. (less)
This isn't the normal financial/retirement how-to book. It goes beyond giving up lattes and is the po...moreHow to Retire the Cheapskate Way by Jeff Yeager.
This isn't the normal financial/retirement how-to book. It goes beyond giving up lattes and is the polar opposite of the "Rich Dad" philosophy. I'll be honest I wish I had had this book available when I was younger but I don't know if I would have listened either. At least not the first time. :) Back then, 50 seemed sooo far away it didn't even seem real.
"How to Retire the Cheapskate Way" is about deciding as soon as you can when you would like to be retired and what you'd like to do during that retirement, then arranging your life to achieve that goal. I like the way Yeager brings the concepts home, not just "let's try to retire earlier" because again most young people have a hard time conceptualizing retirement when you've just gotten your first job. But how would like you like to spend your days? Writing? Working with children or animals? Traveling? Then the advice is to really look at every big purchase you make and a lot of the small ones too, and see if it helps you get there. Are you approved for a $400,000 mortgage? Look at buying a $250,000 house and pay it off sooner. Need a car? Look at a demo or used car. Can you make do with one car for the family? College? Start at a community college then transfer to keep the amount of student loan debt to a minimum.
Then you can save more for the retirement of your dreams, retire earlier and not have any or as many money worries during retirement. Or as Yeager has done, enjoy being "selfishly employed". Do things that you enjoy and don't worry if they don't pay much or at all.
I wasn't born a cheapskate (thanks Mom!) but it's never too late. And even if you only adopt a few of the suggestions, you will be further ahead than many people. I intend to get the book and look up some of the websites mentioned that I hadn't heard of before.
Takedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
The next in the "forever" series of Stephanie Plum, Takedown Twenty follows the formula that...moreTakedown Twenty: A Stephanie Plum Novel by Janet Evanovich
The next in the "forever" series of Stephanie Plum, Takedown Twenty follows the formula that was finally established in Notorius Nineteen. Stephanie and Lula ineptly attempt some bond enforcement, a couple of easy ones are successful, the harder ones get her thrown off a bridge. Along the way a giraffe is running loose that no one admits to seeing, a little old lady killer is stalking bingo players and Lula's skirts are still just about "2 inches below her hoo-hah". Stephanie is still torn between Ranger and Morelli, in fact she just about borders on slut barely refraining from hopping between the two beds. She also whines about needing a new job constantly, well she was just thrown off a bridge, but as usual does nothing about it. There were some chuckle-inducing moments in the book and a couple of "here we go again" moments. There is still enough fun to keep original readers coming back as long as they give up on seeing any real character development. And new readers may just like the formula as it is.
The formula for the next thousand books was established in the last book, Notorius Nineteen, and is what you can expect now and forever. I still don't think Janet Evanovich is actually writing these books anymore; if you've read them from the beginning you can pick up just a few differences in character's speech patterns to tell someone new has taken over. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily. Evanovich has done what she set out to do, create a series that will compete with Carolyn Keene's Nancy Drew series for longevity (if not in quality). Whether it will stand the test of time like Nancy Drew only time will tell. If you are happy with the new formula, you will like all the books that come next. I do wonder if the current naming convention will continue going forward. I mean, "Twinkly Twenty-three"? "Thrumming Thirty-four"? "Fabulous Forty"? I guess we'll see. (less)
I really liked this book, the concept, most of the execution, maybe not the ending as much as the rest of the book. In 'L...moreLibriomancer by Jim C. Hines.
I really liked this book, the concept, most of the execution, maybe not the ending as much as the rest of the book. In 'Libriomancer' books contain magic mostly due to readers' belief in the story. The more readers, the more they believe in the story, the more magic a book generates.
It took me a long time to finish this book, part of it was just finding time to sit down and read. I am definitely excited to read the next book in the series. (less)