I really love books that examine relationships, whether they are friendships, romances, family relationships, whatever. A book that looks at the bondI really love books that examine relationships, whether they are friendships, romances, family relationships, whatever. A book that looks at the bond and strengths of a relationship is usually one that I will enjoy. This book did not disappoint me.
This is not the first book I have read by this author. And like his others, this book delves so far into each of the characters that you feel like you know them personally. He writes with such depth and clarity, even when describing the female characters, that you find yourself forgetting the author is actually a man.
This book definitely covered a topic that many people would not feel comfortable reading about: trans-sexuality and gay relationships. And while the sexuality of the characters was definitely a contributing factor to the plot, I really appreciated how the author used it as a means to introduce what I felt was the larger idea of the story: the prejudice the characters had to deal with. I actually had a brother that was gay, who passed away from AIDS back in 1995. Living through that experience and seeing the prejudices firsthand that my brother had to deal with, made this book especially intriguing for me.
The one complaint I had with this story was some of the technicalities and medical descriptions of the surgical procedure itself. I just didn't feel like it was necessary and it had a tendency to make the story less personal and to overcomplicate it.
My closing thoughts about this book: I find it very sad that compassion is oftentimes a conditional emotion for some people. This book was very thought-provoking for me personally and it made me think of something I was taught from an early age: treat others the way you would like to be treated. The world would be a much better place if everyone put those words of wisdom into action...... ...more
This series just cracks me up! Sure, I know for a murder mystery they are a little light on the drama and suspense and a little heavy on the fluff, buThis series just cracks me up! Sure, I know for a murder mystery they are a little light on the drama and suspense and a little heavy on the fluff, but that is why I like them so much.
Heather is such a funny character. She is a true cynic and has a sarcastic thought or comment for every situation. Perhaps that is why I identify with her character so much--she makes me laugh out loud despite being in situations that aren't very laughable. And who can resist a true smartass???
I really can't wait to read more of her antics and I can't wait to see when and how she winds up with Cooper. I mean, she has to at some point, right?!?
I will definitely continue with this series. I love a book that can make me smile and even laugh out loud once in a while!...more
Oh my goodness--I don't even know where to start! This book was chick lit at its finest.
Emma was such a great female lead. She was funny, smart, wittyOh my goodness--I don't even know where to start! This book was chick lit at its finest.
Emma was such a great female lead. She was funny, smart, witty--everything the main character should be in a good chick lit story. I cannot begin to imagine what I would feel like if all of my most private secrets were revealed to the world, and I think Ms. Kinsella did a good job describing Emma's emotional state.
Jack was a good male lead as well. I wasn't sure what to think about him when he wouldn't reveal his own secrets, but he redeemed himself when he came back for Emma at the end. It was so romantic!
I absolutely adored this book. It was a great pick-me-up after a week of gloomy weather!...more
Yet another great thriller by one of my favorite authors of this genre, James Patterson! His ability to twist and turn and throw in surprises makes itYet another great thriller by one of my favorite authors of this genre, James Patterson! His ability to twist and turn and throw in surprises makes it hard for me to set the book aside.
This book was written in first person from several different characters views. That is one of the things I really enjoy in Patterson's books. It also has very short chapters that, more often than not, end with some sort of cliffhanger.
I liked that the bad guy in this story was actually a bad girl. Most of his books feature male bad guys, so I liked this change of pace. The background on the characters that was shared was just right--not too much, not too little.
As for the plot itself, it definitely kept me turning the pages. I have been reading so much Patterson lately that I must be getting better at guessing his plot twists--I was able to guess a few. That didn't ruin the book for me though because there were several more to choose from! Some of them were a little bit of a stretch, but I still enjoyed this story immensely....more
Sandford's Prey series is one of my favorites. I haven't been very motivated to read lately, and this one did start off slow for me. Once I got into iSandford's Prey series is one of my favorites. I haven't been very motivated to read lately, and this one did start off slow for me. Once I got into it though, it was very engrossing....
This was the 19th book in the series. I love series because you get to see the characters develop over time and you are witness to their changing lives. And minor characters in earlier volumes appear as more integral characters in later books.
The bad guys were great characters and well-written. The various criminal plots were well thought out. Most of the books in this series don't leave you guessing or trying to figure out who did it, you usually know from the start. That takes nothing away from the story line though.
This was a wonderfully entertaining, gritty, cop drama. I highly recommend this entire series!...more
This is a fun, cute read. I did enjoy it. I have to admit though, for the first 100 pages or so I was kind of wondering what all the hype was about. OThis is a fun, cute read. I did enjoy it. I have to admit though, for the first 100 pages or so I was kind of wondering what all the hype was about. Once it got going though, it was entertaining....
I am sure the majority of you have already read this book. So you know how Ms. Harris writes. It isn't rocket-science, but it is humorous and charming read. I like the voice that she gives to all of her characters. I thought her character development was so-so, but I am sure it will improve as I progress in the series and get to know the characters more in depth.
For as light as this read was, I must confess that I didn't know who the killer was until it was revealed in the book. For a while, I thought it was Sam, then I started to think it was Jason. In the end, the identity of the killer surprised me.
I look forward to reading more of this delightful series!...more
As usual I loved how the characters come to life in Joshilyn Jackson's book. This one had me confused sometimes though. I also found out that some ofAs usual I loved how the characters come to life in Joshilyn Jackson's book. This one had me confused sometimes though. I also found out that some of the characters that were in this book, originally appeared in gods in Alabama which I haven't read yet. I really hate reading books out of order. This isn't a sequel or anything, but it would have been nice to read about the other book first....more
Man, oh man--what a ride! This is the reason that the Prey Series is my favorite series. Sandford does such a great job with this story. From the charMan, oh man--what a ride! This is the reason that the Prey Series is my favorite series. Sandford does such a great job with this story. From the characters, to the mystery itself, this is what a dirty, gritty cop-drama should be about.
The characters in this book are written so well. Great detail is given to describe each one, from the pharmacy workers, to the bad guys, to Lucas Davenport. All of them have great personality and depth. All of them are easy to connect with.
The mystery itself is a good one. It starts with the "small crime" of robbing a pharmacy and quickly mushrooms into drugs, kidnapping and multiple murders. You read along and start to worry; start to wonder how in the world Davenport is going to put it together. But in the end he pulls it off without a hitch. The bad guys are taken care of and the good guys are safe.
This book has it all for anyone that loves a dark, rough cop story: sex, drugs and murder. If that sort of story appeals to you and you haven't started this series yet, do yourself a favor and grab the first book today!...more
I loved this book! I don't know if it was the author's style of writing, the setting, or what, but I was hooked. As the synopsis states, this story waI loved this book! I don't know if it was the author's style of writing, the setting, or what, but I was hooked. As the synopsis states, this story was set in the early 1900s, but it wasn't difficult to understand or follow along with. The characters, all of them, are so richly described. The author did a wonderful job personalizing his characters. He was so descriptive throughout the entire book, and usually I don't care for that, but with this book it made the plot stronger.
Suspense/thrillers is one of my favorite genres and this was no average thriller. I can't even adequately describe the overall tone of the book. It was laced with such sadness and pain. The suspense was very subtle and the book just seemed so diabolical and dark.
This was a great read and I highly recommend it!...more
Oh Bree, Bree, Bree. I really didn't know what to expect when I first picked up this book. I already knew Bree's fate and I wondered if that would intOh Bree, Bree, Bree. I really didn't know what to expect when I first picked up this book. I already knew Bree's fate and I wondered if that would interfere with my enjoyment of the story. Well, it didn't.
Although I knew the fate of the newborns, it was nice to read the story from the perspective of one of their own. Bree's character wasn't anything at all like I expected. I anticipated her to be out of control and unable to think clearly. Instead, I found a very likable character with a stong mind and a good personality; someone who wasn't afraid to challenge what they were being told.
It broke my heart when Bree was betrayed by Riley, even though I knew she would be. What I found admirable was that even when she knew her death was imminent, she still tried to do the right thing and send detailed thoughts to Edward outlining Jane & the Volturis secret agenda. She died bravely. And as much as I knew how her story would end, a small part of me never stopped hoping she would somehow survive and go to join Fred....more