Paris evokes a plethora of wonderful images, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral and the Mona Lisa, to name a few. When I think of Paris, I think hParis evokes a plethora of wonderful images, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame cathedral and the Mona Lisa, to name a few. When I think of Paris, I think high fashion, good food and wine. Ask me what Paris smells like and I couldn’t say. I have never thought of Paris or any cities in terms of smells or aromas. However, Grenouille, the protagonist in PERFUME does just that. Although there is nothing wrong with his vision, he does not assess his surroundings visually, but purely olfactorily. His olfactory sense is so intensely refined that he is able to analyze complicated smells into individual scents. However, he does not, like all other humans, possess a smell of his own. He never did, even as a newborn. His obsession with smell, his single-minded search for the ultimate scent and total disconnect with humanity– with the exception of the scents he can harvest from them–results in the creation of a unique kind of evil. Peter Suskind does an awesome job of taking us on a journey into the mind of this man. Spinning the tale of Grenouille effortlessly, he make his story believable until the surprising end which came out of left field and left me wondering. I won’t say much about the movie version, other than to say that watched without having read the book, it’s probably good. However, it totally fails to capture the poetic descriptions of the olfactory circus in Grenouilles mind or the complexity of his personality. I highly recommend this book. ...more
REINING IN is an entertaining vampire story about love, romance and friendship. The story is seen through the eyes of Khalida, a five-thousand-year-olREINING IN is an entertaining vampire story about love, romance and friendship. The story is seen through the eyes of Khalida, a five-thousand-year-old vampire stuck in a nineteen-year-old’s body. Imagine five thousand years on earth; then imagine being hunted for all that time by another vampire. Khalida has not had an easy time, but here in the 21st century, she has managed to find some stability by setting up a group of hand-selected individuals to protect her. However, an unfortunate event unscrambles her carefully constructed network and she is forced to make some hard decisions.
I was immediately drawn into Author Dawn Judd’s story. The story is delivered in the engaging voice of Khalida. This is a fast paced story with well-fleshed characters. There is never a dull moment. This story will appeal to teens and adults alike. The story ends leaving the reader wanting more. I can’t wait to read the sequel, FINDING HOPE! ...more
Loved it. Having lived in England for about 20 years, this book was especially entertaining with lots of references to things/places I really miss–likLoved it. Having lived in England for about 20 years, this book was especially entertaining with lots of references to things/places I really miss–like Marks and Spencers!
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You had me at "I'm waiting for Mr. Wonderland and when I find him I'll get married. Until, then I'm staying single." And you kept me captivated right to the end-the poignant parting words will stay with me.
I can't rave about this book enough. The Author, Helen Smith, takes us on a wondrous journey into the life of Alison Temple, a private detective based in London. Her writing is sharp and witty, her ideas totally original. All the characters in this story are interesting and peculiar in their own ways. I won't say a lot about Taron, only that you will instantly fall in love with her. I can't wait to read more from this brilliant Author....more
This is a story that spans two years during a time when Germany was under turmoil and the Nazi party was coming to power. It is the story about two loThis is a story that spans two years during a time when Germany was under turmoil and the Nazi party was coming to power. It is the story about two lovers, a Catholic woman and a Jewish man. It’s a story about their struggles in these fraught times. I won’t summarize the plot, as Ami Blackwelder has done so, very well, in the description.
Ami Blackwelder recounts the issues of this couple in a poignant, thought-provoking manner. The story has a slow pace which allows the reader to absorb the atmosphere of the lives (including the religious traditions) of the main characters, Eli and Rebecca. I would recommend this book to those interested in historical romance (no explicit scenes) from this era....more
Transport yourself fifty years into the future–to 2060. To a world with humans and a new speciesThe Hunted of 2060 by Ami Blackwelder:
My Review: *****
Transport yourself fifty years into the future–to 2060. To a world with humans and a new species, a hybrid species, created by the interbreeding of humans and an alien species which arrived on Earth in 2020. The Rogue Militia, an organization set up to destroy them, exterminated the whole species. What remains in 2060, are the hybrid survivors, a species of shifters.
April is one such hybrid. Left at an early age with adoptive parents, her early normal life was spent surrounded by humans. By the time she reaches the age of nineteen, she notices changes within her. She also notices physical changes. She realizes that she is a shifter–she can transform into a wolf. She is introduced to her hybrid family. She also realizes that she is The Hunted–hunted by the The Rogue Militia, who having eliminated the alien species, now focuses on exterminating the hybrids.
Ami Blackwelder takes us on a rip-roaring adventure in the future. I was immediately drawn in by April and this intriguing story. Her struggles to accept who she is, torn between her loyalties to her hybrid clan and to the humans in her life. This is a fast-moving story, never a dull moment. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it and can’t wait to read more from this awesome author. ...more
An enjoyable read. Not What She Seems tells the story of Emily, a small-town girl on the run (I won’t give away any spoilers) with her son and best frAn enjoyable read. Not What She Seems tells the story of Emily, a small-town girl on the run (I won’t give away any spoilers) with her son and best friend from high school. It tells the story of Steven, a high-profile New Yorker who, after an accidental encounter with her, becomes entangled in her complicated life. This was a sweet, romantic tale. The story line was fairly predictable, but captivating. The Kindle version was well formatted....more
When Toni's fiancé unexpectedly dies, she is not ready to accept the cause-of-death determined by the police. She launches her own investigation, andWhen Toni's fiancé unexpectedly dies, she is not ready to accept the cause-of-death determined by the police. She launches her own investigation, and with the help of tools available to her as a real estate agent, manages to track down possible suspects. D. B. Henson's whodunit was a fun, quick and entertaining read. I look forward to the next book....more
The end of her marriage–her divorce–signals the beginning of a period of upheaval, both physical and emotional, for Lauren FlyA Touching Romantic Tale
The end of her marriage–her divorce–signals the beginning of a period of upheaval, both physical and emotional, for Lauren Flynn, a hard-working lawyer. A change in her financial circumstances puts an end to her solitary year-old post-separation living arrangements. Her dad moves in with her–her dad, who is still close to her now ex-husband, bringing him back into her life. Donna Fasano takes us on a captivating emotional ride as Lauren tries to move on with her life–she has to come to terms with her own deep seated feelings and misconstrued conclusions, and allow herself to accept them in order to be able to progress. This beautifully written story will hold your attention and stay with you. I read the Kindle version of this novel, which was very well formatted. I can’t wait to read more of Donna Fasano’s books....more
This is a collection of two short stories and a sneak peak at Kipp Poe Speicher’s two novels.
The first short, Closing My Eyes Helps Me To See ClearlyThis is a collection of two short stories and a sneak peak at Kipp Poe Speicher’s two novels.
The first short, Closing My Eyes Helps Me To See Clearly, is a captivating journey of imagery, told by three separate voices. It’s Speicher's nightmare vision of the end of the world. I had to read this fascinating story twice to really get it.
The second story, Gas For Grass, is a disturbing, graphic (fairly explicit, not suitable for the YA group) account of a man dealing with his annoying neighbor.
Kipp Poe Speicher made me think, made me go back and re-read the stories (something I rarely do). I can’t wait to read his novels. Great job! ...more
Imagine suddenly being taken from you everyday life, being thrown into a cell and interrogated-mercilessly-for almost a year. Mark Taylor, a Chicago pImagine suddenly being taken from you everyday life, being thrown into a cell and interrogated-mercilessly-for almost a year. Mark Taylor, a Chicago photographer, finds himself in this infuriatingly helpless position. All because he was trying to do a good deed-a good deed that could have saved thousands of lives. A good deed that was misinterpreted and he was held as a suspect, questioned about the very incident he was trying to prevent.
Mary McDonald immediately holds us captive along with Mark, we feel his hopelessness, his pain and frustrations. I could not put this book down, my life stopped while I was reading it. Thank you for an amazing read!
Note: the Kindle version (download 6/25/2010) contained some formatting issues (none that spoiled my enjoyment), which I am sure will be addressed by the Author....more
When Alice Bonham, a Minnesota high-school student, is rescued from a potentially life threatening situation by charismatic, Jack, her world changes cWhen Alice Bonham, a Minnesota high-school student, is rescued from a potentially life threatening situation by charismatic, Jack, her world changes completely. She finds herself completely drawn to him..... until she meets his bother, Peter. She discovers that she is attracted to both brothers. However, she realized that her attraction to Peter is not just physical, but biological. Alison and Peter are meant to be together, but there is one complication-he doesn't want her. Jake does. There is another complication–they are both vampires.
Amanda Hocking takes us on an intriguing journey of discovery as Alice tries to figure out what she wants. This is part one of a series, I'm looking forward to reading book two-Fate....more