AUTHOR: French, Tana TITLE: In The Woods Date Read: 02/23/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2007/Penguin/429 pgs SERIES/STAUTHOR: French, Tana TITLE: In The Woods Date Read: 02/23/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: Crime Fiction/2007/Penguin/429 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: #1Cassie Maddox
TIME/PLACE: 2007/Ireland CHARACTERS: Detectives Rob Ryan & Cassie Maddox
FIRST LINES: What I warn you to remember is that I am a detective. Our relationship w/ truth is fundamental but cracked, refracting confusingly like fragmented glass.
COMMENTS: On my TBR for sometime -- a choice for February read w/ Carpe Librum finally got it in my hands. In the mid-1980's in the woods 3 children go out to play just like any other day only this time 2 of them never come back & are never found. 25 years later, a young girl is found in the same area murdered. Is there a relationship to these unsolved murders? Rob Ryan was the one who left the woods 25 yrs ago when his 2 friends disappeared -- instead of bowing out on this case, he does not disclose his connection and hopes that he can not only solve the present murder but uncover what happened when he was a child. He has no clear memories of that day. ...more
AUTHOR: Boudreau, Helene TITLE: Real Mermaids Don't Sell Seashells DATE READ: 07/17/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA/2014/SourcebookAUTHOR: Boudreau, Helene TITLE: Real Mermaids Don't Sell Seashells DATE READ: 07/17/14 RATING: 4.5/B+ GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS YA/2014/Sourcebooks/215 pgs SERIES/STAND-ALONE: #4 in Real Mermaids Series TIME/PLACE: Present/Bahamas CHARACTERS: Jade/teen mer-girl FIRST LINES: " I never realized I was afraid of flying until I was hurtling through space at a kajillion miles an hour on my way to my mom & dad's beachside tropical wedding." COMMENTS: I won this book on goodreads and even tho' it is #4 in the series it reads fine as a stand-alone. However, I would like to read the earlier books to find out more about her life as a mer-girl. I have always been attracted to the stories of mermaid and selkies so I looked forward to reading this one and it was a very nice read … even for an adult. Jade and her family and some friends are in the Bahamas to celebrate her parents wedding (apparently they are married but an earlier book goes into the story of the mother now posing as her sister, and this would be a new marriage). Nevertheless, nothing to be dragged down in and the story nicely proceeds. Jade is a curious girl and uber aware of her surroundings. She and a young local seashell seller witness a body being dropped from a porthole on a cruise ship. The local seashell seller, Dillon, doesn't have a stellar reputation so his story is suspect. Jade tries to not dwell on it thinking maybe she didn't actually see a body and it was something else but when Dillon disappears & his boat is found near the cruise ship… A nice little mystery, set in a tropical island and filled w/ characters that are not only likeable but some have unique "mer" qualities. I will be looking for the other books. ...more
AUTHOR: Benoit, Charles TITLE: Cold Calls Date Read: 02/24/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: YA/2014/Clarion/278 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE:AUTHOR: Benoit, Charles TITLE: Cold Calls Date Read: 02/24/14 RATING: 4/B GENRE/PUB DATE/PUBLISHER/# OF PGS: YA/2014/Clarion/278 pgs SERIES/STAND ALONE: S/A
TIME/PLACE: Present/Mid-west USA CHARACTERS: Eric, Shelly, Fatima -- high school students
FIRST LINES: The phone rang and he answered it. Later, when it looked like it was over, he'd think back on that moment & what he could have done different.
COMMENTS: Three high school students that attend different schools and don't know each other get threatening calls. Each one is told "I know your secret" and if you don't do what I tell you…your secret will be disclosed. They follow-through and carry-out what they have been told which is bullying someone they haven't had any former interaction w/. The consequences for them besides their parents being very disappointed and a suspension from school is they all have to take a weekend class on bullying -- HABIT -- helping accused bullies inspire tolerance. These 3 recognize something, that they are really not the typical bully & come together & discover they each have been contacted by the same altered voice phone calls. This is a rapid read and keeps you turning the pages to find out how they will find out who is behind the calls and why. ...more