The Last Templar is the story of Sean Ryan, an FBI agent, and Tess Chaykin, an archeologist, as they track down a murderer who has stolen a priceless...moreThe Last Templar is the story of Sean Ryan, an FBI agent, and Tess Chaykin, an archeologist, as they track down a murderer who has stolen a priceless relic from the Vatican's treasury.
I was not that impressed with this book. It took me a while to get into it and then once I did, I quickly lost interest again. The chapters are very short (2-3 pages) and so there are a lot of chapters, which wouldn't by too bad, but the story was just sloooooooow. The overall premise was good and there were some adventurous parts where it got interesting, but most of it was a drag (especially the ending). (less)
This book is about Juliet Ashton, an author who brings laughter to the citizens of New York in post-WWII with her column as Izzy Bickerstaff. One day...moreThis book is about Juliet Ashton, an author who brings laughter to the citizens of New York in post-WWII with her column as Izzy Bickerstaff. One day she is contacted by Dawsey Adams, a member of the Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society. He has found she used to own with her name in it and contacts her for more information on the subject of the book. Juliet becomes fascinated by the story of their Literary Society and asks the other members to write her letters. Juliet falls in love with Guernsey and the members and decides to spend some time there. Whilst there, she finds love, a new family, and a wonderful idea for a new book.
This book was so captivating and it was odd to me that I liked it so because the entire books is letters. It's amazing how the authors put the entire story together using letters between all the characters. It was a beautiful and uplifting story, with a little bit of sorrow mixed in. Definitely a good read.(less)
Little Bee is the story about a girl from Nigeria, trying to find her way to the only people she knows in the United Kingdom, Sarah & Andrew O'Rou...moreLittle Bee is the story about a girl from Nigeria, trying to find her way to the only people she knows in the United Kingdom, Sarah & Andrew O'Rourke. Little Bee is detained in an Immigrant Asylum for 2 years before a stroke of luck helps her find her way out. With nowhere else to go and no one else to turn to, Little Bee heads to Sarah & Andrew's house using Andrew's driver's license she found on the beach where they met many years before.
I loved this book. There's something about it's simplicity, yet the fact that it's so intense and emotional that makes me love it so much. You'll love reading the story about Little Bee, her life, and how she met the O'Rourke's on that one fateful day. This is a sad story with glimpses of hope spread throughout. Definitely one of my favorites.(less)
Set in New York in the 1900's, this is the horrid life of the rich. Fancy dresses, elegant gowns, and not enough boys to go around. Here's the breakdo...moreSet in New York in the 1900's, this is the horrid life of the rich. Fancy dresses, elegant gowns, and not enough boys to go around. Here's the breakdown: Elizabeth is in love with Will, the carriage boy, and she is forced into an engagement with Henry who has a lot of money and that's what her family needs. Penelope was Henry's latest fling and is outraged that her best friend is betrothed to the love of her life. Meanwhile, Henry is courting Elizabeth and unintentionally falls in love with her sister Diana. I know, it sounds like a soap opera, but that's part of the appeal. There's drama, there's gorgeous people, and there's murder, well, kind of. Alright, I won't spoil it too much, but let me just say that if you don't like drama, don't read it. If you do, then read it. It's a fun story and chances are I'll read the next one, but this is more of my guilty pleasure book. It won't teach you anything about life, but it may just be a fun read which we all need every once in a while.(less)
I absolutely loved The Giver, so when I read this book, that's what I compare it to. I loved The Giver, but I just liked this one. It has the same und...moreI absolutely loved The Giver, so when I read this book, that's what I compare it to. I loved The Giver, but I just liked this one. It has the same undertones where people are different, some have abilities, but overall everyone is happy and gets along. This story centers on Matty and how he finds his own gift and what his 'true name' will be. It's an interesting read and it's very short, which is what I like. What I do love about this book and The Giver is that they're easy to read, yet they're still profound in a way. They make you think about life and people in a different way than you normally would. It's definitely worth a try and if anything else, you've only wasted a couple of hours.(less)
**spoiler alert** When I first started reading this, it reminded me of Twilight in the whole teenager un-dead creatures thing, but it's much less sapp...more**spoiler alert** When I first started reading this, it reminded me of Twilight in the whole teenager un-dead creatures thing, but it's much less sappy and much more interesting than Twilight. I kind of think of it as the Lightning Thief for teenagers. An ordinary girl all of a sudden starts seeing weird things, her mother gets attacked and possibly killed by a demon, and she turns out to be the child of a very powerful being. Very Lightning Thief-like. The story was definitely interesting, but at points I did find myself fading a little bit, but then it would get interesting with a back-stabbing or a new heart-throb or near-death by vampires. I do give it a 5 because I did enjoy and I do play on reading the next one as well (City of Ashes).(less)
This was an awesome story. I was expecting another 'Diary of Anne Frank', but this one is so much more interesting (most likely due to the fact that t...moreThis was an awesome story. I was expecting another 'Diary of Anne Frank', but this one is so much more interesting (most likely due to the fact that this one is fiction). From the very beginning I was entranced by Death and his way of telling the story. Never before have I read a book from the view of Death so this was new to me. It's a very melancholy story, but it is brought to life by Liesel and her love of words, her Papa and his love of music, and Rudy, her friend, and his love of Liesel (and of course, Jesse Owens). You will fall in love with this girl and her family as they suffer and rejoice in the middle of World War II in Germany. The characters are delightful and the story is simply amazing. This is definitely a must-read.(less)
This is probably the most helpful and insightful book about eating you may ever read. The title says it all. Mireille Guiliano was born and raised in...moreThis is probably the most helpful and insightful book about eating you may ever read. The title says it all. Mireille Guiliano was born and raised in France, but spent some time as a teenager in America. During her stay, she gained 15 pounds! After going back to France, she met 'Dr. Miracle' and he proceeded to tell her how to lose the weight. No, she didn't drink water for a week straight and she didn't eat only meat or only carbs or only whatever! She wrote down what she ate, ate Leek soup for a day, and proceeded to find out what her downfalls were (they turned out to be pastries, yum!). After that, she watched what she ate, still had her pastries (in moderation of course), and made sure to get moderate exercise everyday (such as walking). The ideas are so simple, but are definitely not something we learn here in America. I highly recommend this book for a new perspective on our health, our bodies, and our food. There's so much more to it than just eating! Enjoy your food, relish in it, and don't settle for cheap imitations!!!! This is one book you will definitely not regret reading!(less)
I really did like this book. I grabbed 'Full Moon Rising' and 'Moon Called' from the library at the same time and between the two, I enjoy this one mu...moreI really did like this book. I grabbed 'Full Moon Rising' and 'Moon Called' from the library at the same time and between the two, I enjoy this one much better. This story is about Mercy, a skin-walker which means she can change into a coyote, who is a mechanic and was originally raised by werewolves. A strange boy shows up at her shop one day and she gives him a job. Turns out he's a werewolf and has just recently escaped from being held captive by some other werewolves. She brings him to her neighbor, also a werewolf, so he can join their pack and learn the ways of the werewolf. That night the boy gets killed, her neighbor gets attacked, and his daughter is taken. Mercy calls on her previous foster family, leader of all the werewolves in the US, for help. It may sound kind of sketchy, but if you enjoy Fantasy books, then this is a good read. It might take you a day or two, or longer if you need, but it is definitely an enjoyable story.(less)
Paradise Lost was a good book. I'm not as excited about the Joanna Brady series, but some have been pretty good. I'd put this one at about 'okay'. It...moreParadise Lost was a good book. I'm not as excited about the Joanna Brady series, but some have been pretty good. I'd put this one at about 'okay'. It wasn't boring, but nothing in it really 'wowed' me. I did enjoy the twist at the end and if you like murder mysteries with very little profanity, then J.A. Jance is definitely for you. I'm trying to read all her books, and this one is closer to the end so it's better to start at the beginning. One of these days I'll have to create a page of series' that I like, but until then, you can always google her.(less)
I was excited when I found 'A War of Gifts' at the EM Library since I had never heard of it before. It's short, barely over 100 pages, and easy to fol...moreI was excited when I found 'A War of Gifts' at the EM Library since I had never heard of it before. It's short, barely over 100 pages, and easy to follow. It introduces a new character to the Battle School, Zeck Morgan. Zeck is the son of a minister and is forced to go to Battle School despite his unwillingness to leave his family and fight against God's will. This book talks about a short part of Zeck's stay in Battle School and the events that unfold between him and the others. I thought it was a cute little story, but nothing more than that. It's fun to see other people's versions of events and I always love reading Ender books so this was a good read. If you've read the Ender series and enjoyed them, I would recommend this one simply because it's a fun little story.(less)
This was a different book, that's for sure. I would describe it as half-fantasy, half-steamy romance. The story is an interesting one with Riley being...moreThis was a different book, that's for sure. I would describe it as half-fantasy, half-steamy romance. The story is an interesting one with Riley being a dhampire (half-werewolf, half-vampire) and also being chased, shot at, and captured several times for reasons unknown to her. Unfortunately, there's a lot more steamy romance and, ahem, other things than there is mystery. This is definitely not a book for the faint of heart when it comes to 'physical passion' and what some might consider 'foul language'. The story that is actually going on in the book is quite interesting, though I am quite irritated with the fact that it's not quite finished by the end. Unfortunately, this is the trouble with series novels, but I was hoping that it would be a character series (meaning Riley Jenson) and not a story series. I'm not quite sure yet if I will read the next one, but you never know what will happen when the Full Moon hits.(less)