I was originally stoked to read this book because I was under the impression that it was being touted as a hard-boiled mystery set within an amusement...moreI was originally stoked to read this book because I was under the impression that it was being touted as a hard-boiled mystery set within an amusement park. Murder and mayhem around every shadowy corner. I must say that said genre doesn't seem to mesh with this gem of a novel. Not at all. Sure there's a mystery, but the story is driven by the charming characters. And it's their stories that take center stage. Really, this tale belongs to fresh-out-of-college Dev (I adored this MC and his Wonder Years older self narrating) as he tries with all his might to recover from a severely broken heart (first loves and all), the lasting friendships he forges after moving solo to another state, and how in life the good deeds you do along the way will not go unnoticed by the Universe. And the ending, the absolute best ending out of all the King books I've read. Caused quite a few tears to tumble down my cheeks, it did. (less)
I suppose it would be redundant to mention how I loved this book seeing as how I gave Beat the Reaper 5 stars. Well, redundant it is - I love this boo...moreI suppose it would be redundant to mention how I loved this book seeing as how I gave Beat the Reaper 5 stars. Well, redundant it is - I love this book! It was a deliciously fun read. The pace of the story soared along like a comet. I was eagerly flipping its pages or truth be told, clicking the buttons on my trusty Kindle.
Dr. Peter Brown is one sexy badass. A sexy badass that I can't wait to read more of. And I must say, I love the author's/Peter's voice. Maybe because I too swear like a trucker. But anyhow, I think I've found a new author I love.
If you're looking for a fast-paced, crimeish, action-y, humorous novel, this book is for you. And I love the nuggets of medical information nestled within the story. Learning is fun, y'all. (less)
Mad props to author Mark Hodder for the amount of research and time that went into writing this novel. It had to be a veritable migraine tidying it al...moreMad props to author Mark Hodder for the amount of research and time that went into writing this novel. It had to be a veritable migraine tidying it all together into book form. And I hand out an A+ for originality.
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack is a madcap, whimsical tale of epic proportions centering around actual historical figures who lived during the Victorian period. Specifically the explorer/anthropologist Sir Richard Francis Burton and his very own Watson - the unabashed Marquis de Sade devotee and poet Algernon Charles Swinburne. (Florence Nightingale makes an appearance and so does an adolescent Oscar Wilde - Burton’s newspaper boy/contact.)
Burton and Swinburne - having been commissioned by Lord Palmerston - set out on a Holmesian mission to track down a leaping, woman-accosting, stilted bandit otherwise known as Spring Heeled Jack. While investigating the assaults, Burton and Swinburne uncover another mystery: Eyewitness accounts of werewolves seen terrorizing and kidnapping youngsters in London’s East End. How can that be when werewolves don’t exist? Swinburne goes undercover on a solo mission in hopes of unraveling this whodunit.
If the aforementioned aren’t enjoyable enough for your reading pleasure, then factor in traveling by steam-powered velocipedes and rotorchairs (flying recliners). There are even messengers in the form of parakeets that have a nasty case of Tourette’s.
And I must say, the intricate description of the inner workings of said rotorchairs, velocipedes, and even messenger pipes and canisters were not lost on me.
I can’t tell you how rip-roaringly awesome this book is. I soaked up and enjoyed every word within, not wanting the story to end. I highly recommend The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack. The writing style spoke to me. It’s refreshingly unique, chock-full of fascinating history, and is basically a fun escape from reality. (less)
So, to be frank, I’m high-maintenance when it comes to the perfect book. How so you’re probably asking? Well, I require the Goldilocks treatment when...moreSo, to be frank, I’m high-maintenance when it comes to the perfect book. How so you’re probably asking? Well, I require the Goldilocks treatment when it comes to my reading experience as for what makes a book unputdownable: romance, action, adventure, humor, intrigue, strong characterization, all wrapped into an enchanting package. I want it all! What is so strange about The Shadow of the Wind is that that it doesn’t quite fit in technically speaking with my said requirements, but oddly enough the author managed to sprinkle just enough of the aforementioned elements throughout this novel to not only reel me in, but keep me hooked, bewitching me. I can’t tell you exactly why I love this book, but what I can tell you is that it pulled me in immediately. And that is the one and only quality that every single book that has received the five star treatment from yours truly has done. I simply adore this novel. It is beautiful, romantic, heartbreaking, moving, intriguing, in other words, damn near perfect.
A wave of nostalgia swept over me fairly quickly while reading the opening pages of Clarity. I was instantly time-warped back to 2004, the very year t...moreA wave of nostalgia swept over me fairly quickly while reading the opening pages of Clarity. I was instantly time-warped back to 2004, the very year the amazingly awesome Veronica Mars premiered on the telly. Oh, Veronica Mars. How I adored your show. And now I adore Clarity, for it reads just like the pilot episode of Veronica Mars, only without the psychic abilities. I suppose I should mention that Clarity is skilled in psychometry, her brother’s a medium, and her mother’s a telepath. I’ve seen this novel, I believe, shelved as fantasy on Goodreads. What to the what? Call me an oddball (most do, so it’s okay), but there is nothing fantasy within the pages of this tome. At least in my opinion. But you know what? I once had a career in law enforcement and heard many detectives talk about their gut instincts aiding them in solving cases, yet they were the first to bash a “so-called” psychic. Hello? Gut instinct = psychic abilities. Just sayin’. And I myself have this bizarre love for psychometry, so I was all onboard with Clarity’s talent. But I digress.
Here's how I see it. Clarity or Clare is Veronica Mars, the teenage P.I. sans psychometry. I imagine Gabriel as Weevil, and Justin as Logan Echolls. The setting is hella quaint (Cape Cod) and the mystery/plot is Nancy Drew-esque. All in all, it's great all around.
I had every intention of getting a good night's sleep the night I cracked open this tome, but that idea was soon squashed. I couldn't stop reading. In fact, I devoured this novel in a few hours time. And upon reading the last chapter of this book, I went from frowning because it was ending, to smiling because there just might be another book? Maybe? Please? A girl can hope. I mean, there were some possible future plots thrown in towards the conclusion, some loose ends. I highly recommend Clarity to all. It’s a fun escape. Period.
ETA: News alert - just found out there will be a sequel. Color me excited. (It doesn't take much.)
I'll make this short and sweet, just like the novel itself. Plot was introduced around page 7, and from there, the story accelerated to a breakneck...more4.5
I'll make this short and sweet, just like the novel itself. Plot was introduced around page 7, and from there, the story accelerated to a breakneck pace. Never a dull moment. Story demanded my attention. The characters were great - very refreshing to read a male protagonist's voice for a change. I mean, a real male voice, not one that endlessly rambles about clothes and feelings and whatnot. So yeah, that was a plus. And let's see, a killer is on the loose and time is crunching down till he snuffs out his next victim.
The story begins with 17-year-old Duncan (MC). While clocking in at the Toronto Transit Authority's Lost and Found, he comes across a journal depicting acts of horror and terror and plans for more. So there you have the basics of this fun novel.
And I guess I should mention: This book would've been a solid 5 stars for me, for the simple reason that I blew through it in no time, didn't want to put it down, and all in all it held my prone-to-wandering attention. All said reasons are why I give books 5 stars. Nothing mystical about my grading scale. Okay, with that said, the ending literally felt like I crashed into a wall. Accelerating at a breakneck pace, excitement aplenty, then Bam! Pow! The End, sort of, or at least for the action. What? Huh? I wanted more to say the least. So yeah, aside from that, I would highly recommend Acceleration. It's a great escape book. And I will definitely be checking out more from this author. And if you get a chance, definitely read his Q&A session at the end of the book. He sounds hella cool! (less)
Okay, Goodreaders, it's obscure movie reference time. Yay! So Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is Mystery Date meets Dance 'Til Dawn. Yeah, I'm fully a...moreOkay, Goodreaders, it's obscure movie reference time. Yay! So Au Revoir, Crazy European Chick is Mystery Date meets Dance 'Til Dawn. Yeah, I'm fully aware that the tag line is Ferris Bueller Meets La Femme Nikita, but really, there's not one iota of Ferris Bueller in this book. La Femme Nikita, er, maybe, yeah, I can see that, somewhat, it's a stretch though. This is coming from a huge La Femme Nikita fan, so you know. And by the by, if you haven't checked out the aforementioned obscure movies, do so, because they are kick-ass. Just like this book.
Oh, Book, by Joe Schreiber, how I loved thee. Seriously, from the get go. You and I gelled like no other. You're just what my easily bored, short attention span constantly craves. You were fast-paced, HIGHLY entertaining, funny, poignant in certain places, you moved along at a breakneck pace. I couldn't stop reading you. I practically inhaled you, gobbled you up. Had life not have interfered, I would've read you in one sitting, just so you know. And most of all, you had a plot. Ahh, what a heavenly thing that is. A plot. It's a rarity these days. I can't say enough wonderful things about you. And because of all your lovely qualities, I want to share the, well, love. Which is why this review is a gushing one. So whoever reads this review, I urge you to pick this book up. I mean, what are you waiting for? It oozes nonstop action and fun and thrills and . . . Listen, I promise you won't be disappointed. (less)
I definitely have to write a review but not now. so I'll quickly jot down my thoughts until that time. I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved t...moreI definitely have to write a review but not now. so I'll quickly jot down my thoughts until that time. I loved this book. I loved the story. I loved the kick-ass heroine, Celaena. I loved the love triangle and could seriously feel the tension. In case you're wondering, my feelings swayed towards that of the dashing captain. There's a mystery, only one ball (thank God), and "hints of more to come" Fae, Oh My!! Seriously, I had a blast reading this book. It fully held my capricious attention. I gobbled up every delicious word and seriously didn't want the story to end. And that my friends is what it's all about. And last but certainly not least, I adore the author and her story of how this book came about. Bound and determined, I like it! (less)
From the moment I read the first few pages, I was entranced, hooked I tell you. Why? Well, I'm a sucker for the down-on-her-luck heroine who, on a whi...moreFrom the moment I read the first few pages, I was entranced, hooked I tell you. Why? Well, I'm a sucker for the down-on-her-luck heroine who, on a whim, decides to follow a handsome, elusive stranger and soon finds herself in the midst of an intriguing, terrifying at times, adventure. Add in the fact that Victoria is described as a plain Jane typist who's a tad impulsive (maybe a tad crazy). In other words, she's a different type of heroine.
It all begins on a park bench, one lazy afternoon, where Victoria becomes bewitched by a handsome stranger and decides to follow him to Baghdad, with no means to get there by the by. And of course, along the way, she stumbles into, or I should say over, dead bodies and plenty of intrigue.
I have reread this book many times and I never get bored.
They Came to Baghdad is hands down one of my favorite books of all time. On a side note: Out of all the movies that have been made based on Agatha Christie's novels, I have always been confused as to why this one hasn't been touched - aside from a B&W flick circa 1940's.
It goes without saying that I would most definitely recommend this novel. (less)
Another amazing work from the wondrous queen of mystery. I can't sum up into words why this particular novel is one of my favorite works from Mrs. Chr...moreAnother amazing work from the wondrous queen of mystery. I can't sum up into words why this particular novel is one of my favorite works from Mrs. Christie, but I adore the down on your luck heroine playing the part of "detective". You will not find Poirot or Miss Marple within these pages. The story will have you guessing to the very end, which is an aspect I love. I think this book is a gem and would highly recommend it to all the lovers of mystery.(less)
A few days after finishing The White Forest, I'm still at a loss as to how to describe it, what to say. But I'll tell you this, I fell absolu...more4.5 stars
A few days after finishing The White Forest, I'm still at a loss as to how to describe it, what to say. But I'll tell you this, I fell absolutely, positively in love with the story, couldn't get enough of it, voraciously flipped its pages, for it was mantled in melancholy, a perennial gloom about it. Right up my alley.
Oddly, while reading, the brilliant movie Pan's Labyrinth would intermittently pop into my head. And oddly enough, another reviewer said the exact same thing. Natch, I had to like her review stat. Well, that and she so eloquently put into words what I seemed to be unable to do when it comes to this book. Said review here. So why Pan's Labyrinth? Not sure exactly. And to be clear, The White Forest is by no means derivative of said movie, in any way, shape or form. Perhaps it's because they're both steeped in gloom, both incredibly haunting. And both deal with occultism and paganism and otherworldly creatures, to an extent.
So if the aforementioned subject matters rock your world, along with Gothic mysteries and historical fiction, then give this gem of a novel a go. Bonus, the writing is delicious! (less)
All I can say is Duane Swierczynski does it for me. I enjoy his novels. Severance Package, like the rest of his books, would make for an excellent mov...moreAll I can say is Duane Swierczynski does it for me. I enjoy his novels. Severance Package, like the rest of his books, would make for an excellent movie. A movie that would fit perfectly with the styles of Quentin Tarantino. (less)
**spoiler alert** I would have given this book 5 stars if it didn't have such a horrible ending. Yeah, I'm a tad irked at the moment. All in all, I'm...more**spoiler alert** I would have given this book 5 stars if it didn't have such a horrible ending. Yeah, I'm a tad irked at the moment. All in all, I'm still a fan of Duane Swierczynski. (less)
Level 26 scared the bejesus out me, creep factor was off the charts. Word to the wise: Don't be a dolt, like yours truly, and read this novel while on...moreLevel 26 scared the bejesus out me, creep factor was off the charts. Word to the wise: Don't be a dolt, like yours truly, and read this novel while on vacation, staying at a secluded house on the top of a mountain sans cell phone reception or landline or WiFi. Yeah, not sure what I was thinking, well, I obviously wasn't. The serial killer creeped me out. Just picturing him in his human condom outfit slinking about, taunting his victims. Just typing this description is giving me the chills. I did enjoy this book aside from the night terrors I experienced while on vacay. Another word to wise: it's probably a good idea to have an internet connection close by so you can watch the interactive videos that go along with many of the chapters. I had to trek into the one stop light town each day, and I stopped after a while because the videos weren't necessary, just an added bonus. (Truth be told, I didn't bring earphones along and some of the videos were quite strange, which was fine, but not when the locals were giving me the stink eye wondering why I was listening to terrified screams of panic and fear on my computer. I had the volume on as low as I could, but still.) So yeah, I didn't keep up with the interactive videos. To make a short story long: Bring along earphones. All in all, Level 26 was a page-turner with a side effect of night terrors. They were worth it in the end. (less)
4 stars because this book managed to hold my interest - a near impossible feat as of late. I believe it was the unique idea of curse workers that carr...more4 stars because this book managed to hold my interest - a near impossible feat as of late. I believe it was the unique idea of curse workers that carried me onward. Definitely not a boring topic for a book as far as I'm concerned. I enjoyed the voice of the main character Cassel. The mystery itself was rather obvious, but maybe it was supposed to be that way. Regardless, this was a fun, fast read. All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this book and will definitely continue on with the series. Hopefully it will be a series. (less)