My Thoughts: This book opens with a scene from the past, which lets you in on the sad history of Manet Hall. The opening...moreMIDNIGHT BAYOU by Nora Roberts
My Thoughts: This book opens with a scene from the past, which lets you in on the sad history of Manet Hall. The opening was very powerful and once the book switched to present day I immediately wondered more about what had happened long ago. One thing I loved about the layout of this book was that it went back and forth (small scenes, spaced out in moderation) to add more knowledge of the past events. That was something I enjoyed, as it would have driven me nuts not to get the whole story. The past and present day characters were wonderfully written, making the book a joy to read. This book could've stood on its characters alone, they really were the making of everything wonderful in this book. Past and present alike, they each had dynamic personalities that made you connect to them and relate to them. Another highlight was the attention given to the setting, from the "lively pace" of the city of New Orleans, to the haunting slow calm of the bayou, the picture painted was wonderful and complete, and made you feel like you were right there with them. On the other hand, I will admit that the paranormal aspect was a hit and miss with me. I am all for paranormal/supernatural, I love it, and mixed into a romance novel I figured that would be something new and interesting. And it was, for the most part, but any loss of "points" I'd give this book were due to the little bit of a stretch with the paranormal later in the book. The majority of it fit nicely into the novel and didn't seem out of place, but there is a line, and I feel it was a bit hit and miss towards the end. Would it have been even better without the paranormal? No. Would it have been better with a few choice changes to said paranormal? Yes. All in all this book was a great read, full of moments that were funny, sexy, devastating, tender, and fresh. Not your average romance, and one you won't regret picking up.
Favorite Quotes: "He'd explore that area another time, when he had a flashlight and a bag of bread crumbs." (Page 28) "He felt the amused curve of her lips against his and, running his hands up her back, into her hair, let himself drown." (Page74) Declan ~ "Excuse me, men don't faint. We do, on occasion, pass out or lose consciousness. But we do not faint." (Page 98) Lena ~ "Pleasure's nothing, sugar, unless you got the willpower to hold off until you really appreciate it." (Page 124) "This mysterious place with its slow-moving, shadowy water, its cypress bones and thick scents, was as much her world as the crooked streets and lively pace of the Quarter." (Page 167)
This is one of the most powerful and touching stories I've ever read. THE CALL OF THE WILD is wonderfully written,...moreTHE CALL OF THE WILD by Jack London
This is one of the most powerful and touching stories I've ever read. THE CALL OF THE WILD is wonderfully written, emotionally charged, tragic, and breathtaking. It's a definite must read for everyone. I highly recommend it! :)
Deep in the forest a call was sounding, and as often as he heard this call, mysteriously thrilling and luring, he felt compelled to turn his back upon the fire and the beaten earth around it, and to plunge into the forest, and on and on, he knew not where or why; nor did he wonder where or why, the call sounding imperiously, deep in the forest.
My Thoughts: This book was a incredible story. It is about a serial killer with a major somethin' somethin' for all things 8...moreSAY GOODBYE by Lisa Gardner
My Thoughts: This book was a incredible story. It is about a serial killer with a major somethin' somethin' for all things 8-legged, but it also includes some more "sensitive" topics that some people might be opposed to reading. For me, personally, I thought it was a great read front to back. The characters were as well written as the unique story. There wasn't a single character who wasn't written into their role with perfection. It did get a bit confusing near the 3/4 mark, but once I realized that some scenes were in the past while others were in the present, it got easier to understand. SAY GOODBYE had an amazing story, with incredible plot twists and behind-the-scenes discoveries that were truly genius. I read this 360 page book in all the spare time I had in a 24 hour span, it was so engrossing I couldn't put it down. I can't get over how creative the storyline was in this book. It's the kind of story where if it was a movie, some things coming to light would make you gasp in shock in amazement of the secrets that were revealed. I can't think of anything that I didn't like about this book. I'd say this was one of the most original, well thought out stories I've read in a long time, and it definitely earned a place as one of the top novels I've ever read.
Favorite Quotes: Mac ~ "But if you want the inside skinny, she'll do anything you want for vanilla pudding. I keep snack packs stashed in my car. It's probably the only reason I'm still alive. Oh, and don't forget plastic spoons, otherwise it gets ugly." (Page 26) Delilah ~ "For a moment, I kind of thought...maybe I was a specimen, too. You know, Slutto hookeroso." (Page 38) "They understood what it was like to strive so hard to save a stranger's life while living each day knowing they had failed the ones they loved. Mostly, they understood the importance of always moving forward, because if you stood in one place too long, you risked getting crushed by the boulder weight of regret." (Page 86/87) "The night sky yawned above her. A pinprick of stars. The more distant glow of the city. She forced herself to take in the shadowed outline of the trees, the bushes, the distant horizon. Nothing loomed in the dark unknown." (Page 106) Kimberly ~ "I'm a federal agent. Wading into shit is my job." (Page 107) Mac ~ "Did you hit the bar scene? Go hooker shopping? Or did you stand on a street corner and call, 'Here Mr. Freaky Scary Man. Come find fresh bait.'" (Page 108) "She wanted to ask him everything, so she asked him nothing at all." (Page 183) "The first gust of wind hit, laced with rain, tasting like distant pines." (Page 238/239) "The men drifted down the street and, soon enough, were swallowed by the gloom." (Page 340) "I'm patient, careful, observant. Just a spider on the wall, you know, slowly spinning my web." (Page 354)
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel. It had a lot of twist and turns and stuff going on behind the scenes that leaves you a l...moreALONE by Lisa Gardner
My Thoughts: I really enjoyed this novel. It had a lot of twist and turns and stuff going on behind the scenes that leaves you a little clueless for a while, but that's not a bad thing. I liked the characters, they were complex and unique. I love books that have "side stories", usually related to the past, and ALONE did not disappoint in that area. I had myself guessing back and forth what I thought of certain characters - good? bad? victim? predator? It was a fine line, and I think it gave a nice overall effect that deepened the characters. I did find myself a bit confused as all the secret mysteries revealed themselves, seemingly all at once, it was hard to keep them straight. But, most of the things I was questioning got sorted out, and there were some very interested developments that kept my attention. However, I did find myself with some unanswered questions, it felt a little unfinished, but I think that was the way it was meant to be, some of the characters just swarmed themselves in secrets. All in all, ALONE was a great suspense novel, and I'm very curious to see how the rest of Detective D.D. Warren series plays out.
My Thoughts: When I first picked up this book I thought it was starting a tad slow, well, it definitely picked up. There wasn'...moreHEARTLESS by Diana Palmer
My Thoughts: When I first picked up this book I thought it was starting a tad slow, well, it definitely picked up. There wasn't much I didn't like about HEARTLESS, but one of the things was that I thought Gracie acted more like a teenager (naive, shy, self-conscious) than a woman in her mid-twenties, but I suppose that is how it was meant to be with her character. I loved Jason's character immensely - could someone duplicate him for me? Haha. :) The supporting characters were just as wonderful as the main two were, I thought they were all written perfectly to their part. There were tons of secrets floating around in this book, it seemed that everyone had a deep, dark past lurking around, and they were all predictable, but, nevertheless, I enjoyed them all! Even though it is nearly impossible to guess wrongly about some of the secrets it never makes them less powerful. I thought the outcome was perfect. HEARTLESS is a sweet, tender romance, with some twists, that tugs at your heartstrings and makes you long to be close to your family and loved ones, whomever they are. A wonderful read.