Again, this is YA fiction I enjoyed the 2nd book in the series more than the first. What I loved about The Archived was the imagination, and the new wo...moreAgain, this is YA fiction I enjoyed the 2nd book in the series more than the first. What I loved about The Archived was the imagination, and the new world that she creates. To explain, in the novel (in this hidden world) a person's History is stored on a shelf in the Archives, and is maintained by Archive Librarians and Keepers . MacKenzie - the main character - a teenage girl - is a Keeper. In the first book, The Archived, Mackenzie is injured and almost dies - in this 2nd book, she is suffering traumatic repercussions (PTSD) from the events in the first book - and is being tested as to her qualifications to continue being a Keeper.(less)
The story is about Daniel who lives in London with his partner, Mark... and it is also about Daniel's parents, Chris and Tilde, who have recently reti...moreThe story is about Daniel who lives in London with his partner, Mark... and it is also about Daniel's parents, Chris and Tilde, who have recently retired to a remote farm in Sweden – the homeland his mother left many years before. Daniel believes his parents are content and happy in their new lives - and uses this belief about them as the reason why he has distanced himself from them. Daniel has made excuses not to visit – rather than explain that his career is not going well or introduce Mark to them, he has contented himself with emails and promises to visit in the future. However, one day he receives a frantic phone call from his father to say that his mother is not well. As he rushes to the airport, his mother contacts him to say she is arriving in London. He meets her at the airport. This is where the story really begins - the story is Daniel's mother, Tilde, describing in step by step detail what has happened and why their is a conspiracy against her - and why Daniel's father is in on the conspiracy and not to be trusted. Daniel has to decide whether to believe his mother and her conspiracy belief - or to believe his father - that his mother is emotionally sick. Daniel is unwilling to give up on his mother as he listens to her story and wants to know the truth. This will be a great book for psychology students(less)
John Verdon is one of my favorite mystery writers. David Gurney is an amazing lead character. Dave Gurney is a retired NYPD detective who, in his reti...moreJohn Verdon is one of my favorite mystery writers. David Gurney is an amazing lead character. Dave Gurney is a retired NYPD detective who, in his retirement, lives with his wife Madeleine in rural upstate New York. Dave is not as satisfied with life in rural New York as his wife is. David continues to be drawn back into unusual cases, and in the process exposes himself to danger. Which is one of the questions David is grappling with in this novel - why does he continually place himself in dangerous situations. Anyway, the main protagonist in this novel is Peter Pan - otherwise known as Petros Panikos. Mr, Panikos is a hired killer - but who hired him and why? There are several possibilities - all of them believable. But currently, the wife of the murdered man - Carl - is in prison for the murder. Did she do it? Was she framed by the police - or someone else? If she didn't kill her husband, who did? and why? (less)
At the age of eight, Jonah Kirk meets Pearl, a lady who claims to be the soul of the city made flesh. Jonah is telling the story a something that happ...moreAt the age of eight, Jonah Kirk meets Pearl, a lady who claims to be the soul of the city made flesh. Jonah is telling the story a something that happened in his past - when he is an older man He believes that the appearance of new piano in the community center is because of Pearl; the piano becoming an amazing piano player. Jonah meets Pearl several times throughout this time period - Jonah's early years from 9 until almost 10. She is there for key moments in his life, guiding him and protecting him. The story that Jonah discloses to us is filled with the lives of several people - the tragedies in their lives - the people that they are... the goodness that is in them. It is also filled with the evil that is in others. I loved Mr. Yoshioma - he was a wonderful character - and to me, really made the story more magical. I would like to give it 4 1/2 stars because it is not as good as Innocence - but almost :) (less)
This 2nd book in the Cormoran Strike series is better than the first... the characters are more fleshed out and "real" - I feel I know them
Cormoran St...moreThis 2nd book in the Cormoran Strike series is better than the first... the characters are more fleshed out and "real" - I feel I know them
Cormoran Strike is a decorated ex-military policeman who lost a leg in battle. He is a famous rock-singer father who he did not know growing up. Cormoran is working as many high paying cases as he can in order to pay off his debts and give a raise to his secretary and sidekick, Robin. But then, he accepts Leonora Quine's request to trace her husband who has gone missing when he can see that Leonora does not have much money to pay.
At the heart of this story, is the circumstances under which Leonora's husband, Owen Quine - a writer, disappeared. Apparently after receiving news that his latest manuscript can't be published, Owen Quine who is extremely eager for fame - simply disappears. Is it a stunt to get publicity?
Quine has ignited pandemonium in the bookish world with this new and unpublished novel "Bombyx Mori." The title is the Latin term for the silkworm and in it Quine writes poisonous pen portraits of fellow writers, publishers, publicists and almost everyone in his life, not even sparing those who are closest to him.
Then the story really begins ... I won't give it away - it is way too much fun to discover the story yourself(less)
If you are looking for a light mystery - this is a good one. I gave it 4 stars for they type of book it is. It does measure up to Kellerman, Koontz, V...moreIf you are looking for a light mystery - this is a good one. I gave it 4 stars for they type of book it is. It does measure up to Kellerman, Koontz, Verdon etc. Cate was hired to help her private investigator uncle while she is looking for a regular job.Right after hiring her he falls and has hip surgery - so he is unable to help her while he is in recovery. Cate's assignment is to find Willow, hired by Jeremiah Thompson, so that Willow can collect her inheritance. At the first stop--a place where the Willow was previously employed, Cate stumbles on a body. The body of the lady that Willow was working for - but Willow is no longer there. It seems that a whole bunch of people had reason to want the woman dead and Cate finds herself getting involved in trying to solve the murder - even though the police rule it a homicide. When Cate finds Willow - Willow says she doesn't know a Jeremiah Thompson(less)
Love Lincoln Rhyme. This was another great one from Jeffrey Deaver. Read it in one day The story: Billy is a tattoo artist who loves finding perfect s...moreLove Lincoln Rhyme. This was another great one from Jeffrey Deaver. Read it in one day The story: Billy is a tattoo artist who loves finding perfect skin for inking his cryptic messages... however he inks the cryptic messages in poison thereby killing his victim. I learned a lot about tattooing :) Loved the characters. Many twists and turns(less)
This is a book that is difficult to describe. It is written from the perspective of an inmate on death row - through his thoughts, his telling of the...moreThis is a book that is difficult to describe. It is written from the perspective of an inmate on death row - through his thoughts, his telling of the story Since I worked in child protective services for 21 years, I am not as astounded by the backgrounds of the inmates as some people might be. I'm sure they are accurately depicted from my own past work with abused people. Rene Denfeld takes these truly horrible life stories and makes them into something more - maybe an understanding for some people. Anyway, the main story is told from the perspective of Arden - who sits on death row and talks to no one. Only his head and thoughts does he speak We learn the story of York - and the story of the lady and the fallen priest - who work with the inmates. The "lady" works for attorneys and tries to get death sentences changed to life without parole. The fallen priest works with the inmates to help them talk about their pain. The story is written in a lyrical and haunting fashion. I truly enjoyed the book(less)
The story is about Mr. Terrence Cave - a self-absorbed, controlling man.... who becomes even more so after the death of his son, Reuben. Reuben fatall...moreThe story is about Mr. Terrence Cave - a self-absorbed, controlling man.... who becomes even more so after the death of his son, Reuben. Reuben fatally falls from a light post after attempting a daredevil stunt in front of a group of local boys, Mr. Cave then falls into a sort of madness. Madness which causes him to become even more self-absorbed and controlling of Reuben's twin sister, Byrony. He convinces himself that he is "protecting" her but in reality he just seems to be controlling and guilt ridden... guilt ridden because he didn't pay as much attention to Reuben as he should have. He then slowly loses contact with reality in trying to control Byrony, his past, his guilt The story is written as a long convoluted letter to Byrony. I should have liked the book better - but I was looking for light relaxing reading away from my Psychology class - and this book was just not what I was looking for(less)
I read this book for school - for students entering college. I think it has a lot of good ideas to help students start out on their path toward a care...moreI read this book for school - for students entering college. I think it has a lot of good ideas to help students start out on their path toward a career. It is a book that will get them thinking about what path they are choosing. The book talks a lot about how our current educational system discourages creating thinking and hurts those who do not fit into a certain way of thinking. That part of the book I was familiar with from having read Derrick Jensen's "Walking on Water" - which is also about our educational system and how we need to teach people that they are capable of much more than what the school endorses. Sir Robinson uses the idea of "finding your passion" - which is the term I used in my own book. So the book was also similar in that respect to my book, Your Emotional Boat I did get a little bogged down with all of the examples - although I do believe the students would appreciate them because the examples gave suggestions of different kinds of creativity(less)
The story is about a young man, Mark, who is struggling to build a life as a PI after a terrible accident that left him with narcolepsy (dropping off...moreThe story is about a young man, Mark, who is struggling to build a life as a PI after a terrible accident that left him with narcolepsy (dropping off to sleep at any time) and cataplexy (where a person is unable to move but is aware of what is going on around him). Mark does most of his detective work from home on a computer - for obvious reasons. But one day he know that he has had a client come to his office and leave him with incriminating pictures - but he does remember who the client was - or what he is supposed to do. So his detecting begins by trying to first find out who his client is. The story becomes more involved than that - when he becomes mixed with the DA, and the DA's daughter - and old secrets about his dad who died many years ago Any interesting story(less)
A very enjoyable light reading book. The characters are very likable ... I really enjoyed Mary's interaction with Stanley and Rosie. It was fun and he...moreA very enjoyable light reading book. The characters are very likable ... I really enjoyed Mary's interaction with Stanley and Rosie. It was fun and held my interest. The basic plot line: Mary can see ghosts and is a PI. She began to see ghosts when she was injured - and died - as a police officer in Chicago. It was after her brief stint with dying, that she began to see ghosts. She left Chicago because of too many ghosts in such a big city. Now she is living in a small town and working as a PI. Her friends are Rosie and Stanley - fun characters. She is hired to find out why a ghost is in the Senator's house. Her interactions with the ghosts - and the new town police chief - are fun to follow I will read the next books in the series. Love the characters - and the fun (less)
Sadie Novak, is the owner of Scene-2-Clean, a crime scene cleanup company in Seattle, Washington. Sadie is smart, "mostly has common sense and at time...moreSadie Novak, is the owner of Scene-2-Clean, a crime scene cleanup company in Seattle, Washington. Sadie is smart, "mostly has common sense and at times has a great sense of humor. She also shows great compassion when dealing with the grieving relatives of the people who died. And she is also able to see and talk to ghosts. Of course sometime ghosts remain in the house of the crime scenes that she cleans. In this novel, Sadie and her only employee, Zack Bowman, get a call to clean up a crime scene where a murder-suicide of a husband and wife took place. The ghost of Trudy, the wife, appears and insists that her husband did not kill her. Sadie is reluctant to get involved, but soon gets caught up in trying to find out who did kill Trudy and her husband.
I enjoyed the relationships between all the characters. Sadie, Zack and Sadie's best friend, Pam, compliment each other well. Sadie and Zack have great chemistry. Pam brings a lighter side. She is spunky and upbeat, but not to the point of being annoying. There is also a Medium named Maeva. I laughed out loud at the bickering between her and Sadie. I really hope Maeva shows up in future issues.(less)
I didn't realize it was YA when I bought it Mackenzie is an interesting character. She behaves a bit recklessly but she isn’t the girl that needs to be...moreI didn't realize it was YA when I bought it Mackenzie is an interesting character. She behaves a bit recklessly but she isn’t the girl that needs to be rescued; definitely her own person. Her parents, the Bishops, are a normal family, with quirks, eccentricities, and underlying issues. I was intrigued by the premise in the story - I like ideas that are a little off the main track :) And, I do want to read the next book in the series to see what happens and how Ms. Schwab develops her characters - and the story (less)