Let me just start off by saying that I love books by James Rollins. Specifically, I love the books in his Sigma Series. Having said that, I think thatLet me just start off by saying that I love books by James Rollins. Specifically, I love the books in his Sigma Series. Having said that, I think that this book is one of the best in his Sigma Series. Over the course of the series, you are introduced to characters who have pretty much reappeared throughout every one of the seven books. What I especially love, is that no one character is the main focus of the novel where he/she single-handedly solves the worlds problems and holds off the evil foe. Each of the main character’s in this series has their specialty and individual talents and they use them to form one hell of a team.
In the Devil Colony, James Rollins brings the Sigma team back to their home turf and as such the majority of the action takes place in the U.S. In this novel, we get more of a look into the shadowy organization that has been a thorn in the side of Sigma and the U.S. intelligence community. At the same time, Rollins provides a bit of history lesson on the founding of the U.S and ties a 200-year-old mystery to events happening in books modern setting.
There is plenty of action, and intrigue, and the suspense is enough to keep you flipping from page to page to see how it all plays out. Plus, I love all the various explanations and lessons that happen in the course of the story unravelling. As someone who works with engineers and physicists on a daily basis, I wish they would explain things as clearly to me as it’s done in the book. The concepts are fairly advanced, but the way they are explained makes them relatively easy to understand on a fundamental level.
One thing I was very pleased with is that the characters continue to develop and show hidden depths with each book in the series. The way that Rollins’ describes them and the situations that they are in, had me imagining that I was there as well watching everything unfold as it was happening. I have yet to come across another series or author that combines action, adventure, suspense, mystery, history, and various other scientific concepts and principles in such a way that they are not leaving the reader either out of their depth or feeling like the author has dumbed down the concepts for them to understand.
All in all, I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a well thought out book with plenty of suspense and intrigue.
*This is number 7 in the Sigma Series of books. While you can probably read them out-of-order, I wouldn’t recommend it as there is a natural progression in both character development and overall series plot.*...more
So when I really started to get into book blogging and reviewing, this was one of the books that I really, really wanted to read. I was originally draSo when I really started to get into book blogging and reviewing, this was one of the books that I really, really wanted to read. I was originally drawn to the cover of the book and that is what originally prompted me to choose to read a synopsis of the book when I was browsing on the GoodReads website. (I confess, the cover is usually what draws me into any kind of book). In my experience with YA books, they can be very hit or miss. There is usually no happy medium with them and in my opinion fall into either the good or the bad categories.
Well, let me just start off by saying that Spellbound by Cara Lynn Shultz is a hit and can definitely be placed in the good pile.
What I really love about this book is that even though it falls into the paranormal YA pile, it is not super unrealistic and overly melodramatic. There is a steady build up in the story and you never feel like you are either being overwhelmed with information or not receiving enough at any given time.
I love that the main character Emma has faced adversity and heartbreak. What I love even more is that she hasn't let that same adversity and heartbreak break her or crush her spirit. She continues to soldier on rather than giving up and going all woe is me, she makes the best of the life that she has now found herself in through no fault of her own. Does it mean that she doesn't experience sadness or upset due to her situation? No, it doesn't. Rather she finds constructive ways to deal with her life and what is going on around her.
Cara Lynn Shultz does sarcasm and self-deprecating humor right. It's not forced, it's not contrived, and it comes across as genuine and a part of the character's personality. It's used correctly as a tool to illustrate the depth and versatility of the character rather than for comedic effect. Although, I did find the description of one character's tan absolutely hysterical. I mean, what is it with this whole tan/fake tan thing? I mean when did it become acceptable to turn your skin into something resembling cured leather?
The book was an easy read and the characters were likeable, some more than others. I honestly think that the story works fairly well due to it not being too outrageous. I mean who hasn't experienced a feeling of deja vu before? Who hasn't experienced moments of premonition or insight of some sort? Who hasn't met someone and felt an instant connection to them that they just couldn't explain?
All in all, this was a good book and it was worth the read....more
It has been a very long time since I read a straight up romance book. After reading this one, I remember why I stopped. The story is a familiar one. W It has been a very long time since I read a straight up romance book. After reading this one, I remember why I stopped. The story is a familiar one. Woman is self-reliant and from a broken home. As a result she is looking for love, but holding out for the one. Man is a spoiled playboy who is not used to hearing the word no. Man likes the thrill of the challenge that woman brings and wants to sleep with her, but doesn’t want to have a relationship. Woman puts up half-hearted attempts to resist while still maintaining her secret identity. Of course said resistance lasts all of a day under the overwhelming onslaught of Man’s advances that come while he is trying to dodge his deceased brother’s fiancée. This all happens in a 48-hour period.
Once back home in the real world, Tally tries to stay away from Sander but of course she is unable to resist. Relationship, if you could call it that, continues and of course she ends up pregnant. Include the stereotypical “you are trying to trap me and it’s your fault you are pregnant” argument and a blackmail plot that really wasn’t much of a plot but more an ultimatium and you pretty much have the whole story. The love scenes were nothing spectacular and in all honesty, I found myself skipping over them entirely. The main characters are both very annoying. Tally manages to come across as having no backbone at all despite all of her posturing and Sander the playboy is so laughable it’s not even funny.
While the story idea sounds good in and of itself, the execution of it leaves a lot to be desired. It is a relatively short book at 192 pages and is actually part one of a two part series. Even though I really didn’t enjoy this book, I am going to read the second one. It will be interesting to see if after reading the second one if I will like the first one better. ...more
…can I just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book?
The setting for this story is the fictional kingdom of Hytanica. The kingdom has been at war with …can I just say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book?
The setting for this story is the fictional kingdom of Hytanica. The kingdom has been at war with the neighbouring nation of Cokyri for some time. When the story begins, the war has been over for several years but the people of Hytanica fear that it could begin anew at any moment. After-all, who’s to say it won’t begin again, when no one can really say why it ended in the first place.
We are introduced to the Crown Princess Alera while she is on the verge of her seventeenth birthday.Normally, this would be an exciting time in a girl’s life, that is, if your seventeenth birthday didn’t mark the one year deadline for you to marry a man who your father deems acceptable and take the throne. To say that Hytanican society is patriarchal is putting it mildly. The author has created a society where a woman is no more than a possession and is good for little more than bearing children and arranging dinner parties. In one year’s time, Alera will be going from her father’s possession to her husband’s. Unfortunately for Alera, the only suitor her father and King deems suitable is one she cannot stand.
As Alera halfheartedly tries to thwart her suitors advances, it is discovered that Cokyrians have been found inside Hytanica – more specifically in the palace. This sets up Alera to begin a bit of a journey of self discovery. She begins to try to assert herself more and been seen as more than just an ornament as she tries to figure out the mystery surrounding one of the captured Cokyrians and his reason for being in Hytanica.
While I truly enjoyed the story, Alrea as a character annoyed me to absolutely no end. I kept waiting for her to wake up and do something, anything. I know that she is from a society that oppresses women and all her female role models and peers are pretty much doormats, but I really wanted her to show just a bit of fire. For the most part, even when she was trying to assert herself, she was weak. I kept wanting to grab her by the shoulders, shake her and light a fire under her behind.
The book, as a whole was very well thought out, if a bit slow going. As I was reading the book, I got about 3/4 of the way through before anything really happened. Even then, the action was very brief and pretty much glossed over. The fact that the book is a fairly easy read is really what kept me going. That and really wanting to know how it ended.
All in all it was really good book. While it could have used more action to keep the story moving at times, there was enough going on to keep the story going and keep me turning those pages. I reviewed this copy from an e-galley ARC copy, but I enjoyed it so I will be picking up a hard-copy on publication day, not to mention the next volume in this three-part series.
A book about secret societies? A book about secret societies of girls? A book about secret societies of girls wreaking havoc on those around them? I am so in. Add in a murder of the girl who is rumoured to be the head of said secret society and it should be a great read.
Well, it didn’t work out as well as I had hoped.
The book begins with scatter brained Madeline who now has a new job at the prestigious Armitage boarding school as a teacher, despite being little older than the student’s she is in charge of. Within the first few pages of the book, a student named Claire, is found dead in her dorm room. It soon becomes clear that Claire was not only murdered, but that she had recently had a baby. A baby, that none but a select few were aware she was even carrying, and a baby who is now missing. From there is not only becomes a case of whodunnit, but it also becomes an investigation into the secret society that Claire was rumoured to run.
The story itself, at least the idea of it, was good. It’s the execution that falls a little short. For some reason, we are introduced to 15 characters or so it seemed.. Characters, whose stories are so developed, and more often than not irrelevant to the central plot of the story. I often found myself having to flip back and forth trying to remember what they brought to the story. The answer: nothing! I felt like I spent too more time trying to keep all the back stories straight than I did trying to figure out who killed Claire. The fact that a girl was murdered and her baby was missing got lost in the back story until the last 40 pages.
I will say this, I really didn’t see the ending coming and the culprit never even made it to my suspect list.
For some very, very strange reason, The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark was incorrectly listed in the Young Adult category. I can tell you without a doubtFor some very, very strange reason, The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark was incorrectly listed in the Young Adult category. I can tell you without a doubt that this book is not YA, not by a long shot. Did this take away from the book? Absolutely not. As a matter of fact, I can’t imagine The Demon Lover being done as YA and still being as good as it is.
When we first meet our main character, Callie McFay, she’s going through a bit of a transitional period in her life. Having just finished both her PhD and a book based on her adaptation of her thesis, Callie is mulling over various job offers. She ends up turning down more prestigious job offers; accepting a job at Fairwick College where she begins teaching in her field of expertise; folklore. Callie soon finds herself more a part of the College and the town of Fairwick than she ever thought possible with a new house, new friends and a new lover. It’s there in the town of Fairwick that Callie begins to learn things about herself and her family that she never knew.
The Demon Lover is hot. Hot without being smutty. It’s interesting and informative and introduces a paranormal world that is actually quite believable. The characters are well written and the interaction between them moves the story along at a reasonable pace. Quite honestly, The Demon Lover is the perfect beginning to a series. It sets up the back story really well and at the same time it manages to leave you ready to read the next installment....more
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry is a fast paced contemporary thriller surrounding three main characters; Gabie who was the intended victim, K
The Night She Disappeared by April Henry is a fast paced contemporary thriller surrounding three main characters; Gabie who was the intended victim, Kayla who was the actual victim and Drew who took the phone call on that fateful night. Told in alternating viewpoints we are taken through the abduction and subsequent rescue of Kayla.
I really liked the alternating viewpoints of the characters. Not only do you hear from the three main characters, but you also get to hear from the abductor as well. It helps to move the story along. The sad thing is that none of the characters are like-able or even believable really. The fact that a girl was abducted and is missing ends up being almost secondary in the way the story is written. Gabie and Drew spend more time thinking about their budding relationship than they do about their missing co-worker and their connection to the whole thing. When they do remember that someone was missing and they each have a part to play in the story, it comes across as forced.
Maybe it’s due to the length of the book, but the story just falls flat and feels rushed. Everything wraps up in a neat little bow at the end and it left me with a decidedly unresolved feeling at the end. While the story and characters could have been much better developed, it was a decent and quick read.
I really, really wanted to like this book. The premise is interesting and I always look forward to reading books wher*Sigh* my first DNF book of 2012.
I really, really wanted to like this book. The premise is interesting and I always look forward to reading books where the main character is male. Sadly, I just couldn't finish this book. I really, really couldn't get past the format it was written in. I tried. I tried to read it like 3 times and every time I would get further into the book and just couldn't get into it for the life of me.
Does the fact that I didn't finish the book or that I couldn't get into the book mean that it was a bad book? No, it does not. It just wasn't my cup of tea and didn't work out for me. For that reason, I do encourage you to try it out for yourself and see what you think.