After borrowing Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead from the library and really enjoying it, I decided to put this one on hold as well. As soon as it came in,...moreAfter borrowing Cooper Bartholomew Is Dead from the library and really enjoying it, I decided to put this one on hold as well. As soon as it came in, I got stuck into it...
Tim Ellison has been staying with his ex after getting back from Indonesia. But her current boyfriend doesn't want him there, so Lilla pushes him to move out and even finds a place for him. All he has to do is turn up and check it out. The house is huge, the rent is cheap, and he'll be sharing with only one person: the young owner of the house.
Anna London is strange and frail. She can't leave the house and seems mentally unstable. She keeps to herself, doesn't talk much, and spends hours in the attic. None of that matters to Tim because he's got a job at his father's restaurant, goes surfing, and hangs out with Lilla. They might now be friends, but he's still hung up on her.
When strange and creepy things start happening at night, Tim starts to wonder if moving into Fairview was a good idea. He also starts to think that Anna might be going mad. But the more he gets to know his housemate, the more he likes her and starts to realise that while she's definitely got issues stemming from trauma, she's not losing her mind.
So what's going on?
This was another great thriller with a very creepy vibe. I managed to figure out one of the mysteries (Benjamin's story), but had pinned someone else as the one responsible for all the other creepiness. So that was a great surprise.
Loved this book! It's freaky, twisted, and so intriguing I couldn't put it down. Tim and Anna were great narrators. I enjoyed reading Tim's story, while Anna's slowly unfolded.
I'm looking forward to reading Rebecca James's first book. I actually own that one. I really like the way she tells a story, and that there's a certain wickedness to them. ;)(less)
I borrowed this book from the library, and as soon as I started I was hooked!
When Cooper Bartholomew is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, it affect...moreI borrowed this book from the library, and as soon as I started I was hooked!
When Cooper Bartholomew is found dead at the bottom of a cliff, it affects a lot of people. They say he committed suicide, but Cooper's girlfriend--Libby--can't accept it. Her boyfriend was happy, he had big plans for the future, and they were very much in love with each other.
So she starts asking questions, and soon realises that there's a lot more going on. A web of lies and secrets, spanning several decades, slowly starts to surface.
This book was awesome!
I loved the writing style. It's told in the POV of four characters: Cooper, Libby, Sebastian, and Claire. Cooper is the popular, nice guy who died. Libby is his girlfriend, a nice studious girl in Uni. Sebastian is his best friend and has many secrets of his own. Claire is his bitchy ex who just can't let go. I know it sounds weird to mention them in the present tense, but this story goes from Then to Now and back again. So we actually get to meet Cooper before he died, which I thought was quite clever.
The central mystery keeps you reading, collecting all the clues until everything starts to slide into place. It's also very sad to watch Libby's heartbreak, and how the death of one person can shatter so many lives. And it's a great study of just how complicated friendship can become.
I have to admit that I actually solved part of the mystery before the end. The most twisted part. LOL. But not the whole thing. Can't say more than that because I don't want to spoil it for anyone. I will say that I really enjoyed this great story.
I look forward to reading more books written by this author.(less)
I borrowed this book from my local library and got stuck into it as soon as I got home. I'm a huge Charlaine Harris fan, so I was looking forward to r...moreI borrowed this book from my local library and got stuck into it as soon as I got home. I'm a huge Charlaine Harris fan, so I was looking forward to reading this graphic novel.
When a young girl is dumped in the cemetery and left for dead, she eventually wakes up and is sure she was dead for a while. She doesn't remember how she got there, why she was dumped, or even who she is. So she decides to hide in the cemetery and builds a life for herself by hiding in a mausoleum and stealing food from wherever she can. Except there are two people who catch on and are willing to help her--the groundskeeper, and an elderly lady. Kelner and Lucinda help keep Calexa--she names herself using names from the headstones around her--safe, fed and clothed.
However, the night a bunch of teenagers enter the cemetery and commit a savage act against an innocent girl, Calexa gets caught up in the middle. The spirit of the dead girl haunts her until she finally decides to help...
I loved this! Not only was the story interesting, but the artwork is beautiful. I also really like Calexa and feel so bad about what happened to her. I can't wait to find out more, and really enjoyed her interactions with Kelner and Lucinda.
Since I loved the first book in this series, I couldn't wait to get stuck into the sequel.
Olivia Taylor-Jones recently found out that she's not the bi...moreSince I loved the first book in this series, I couldn't wait to get stuck into the sequel.
Olivia Taylor-Jones recently found out that she's not the biological daughter of the successful, wealthy Chicago parents she grew up with. Her birth parents are actually serial killers who are serving time for several gruesome murders. With the help of lawyer Gabriel Walsh, she's met her birth mother and even helped clear the couple of a few of those murders. But there's still plenty of work to do if they're going to help clear their names.
When Olivia starts seeing visions of death omens featuring poppies, she knows danger is on the horizon. However, finding the corpse of a young woman in her car, dressed to look like her, turns out to be a lot more. The dead girl is actually someone who went missing days ago, and as Olivia starts to see this poor girl everywhere, she realises these visions might actually be messages.
While still working as a waitress at the local diner, she accepts a job offer from Gabriel. Even though she should know better than to get involved with him in any capacity, after yet another betrayal. Yet no matter how much she tries to stay away from the lawyer, she can't keep from calling him whenever she's in danger. Which turns out to be quite a bit.
As Gabriel and Olivia try to solve the death of the young girl, they find it's all connected to the secrets of Cainsville. The death of this girl isn't just a message, it's a clue that sets Olivia on the search for what's really going on. With some very bizarre and surprising answers that are both unbelievable, yet directly related to her. Along the way she gets involved with the son of a biker. A gang that is starting to appear as more than just bikers. Her ex also remains on the scene and can't seem to take a hint, becoming a threat.
There are a lot of puzzles for her to solve. And Cainsville might not be the safehaven she once thought it was...
I was hooked from the very beginning and couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next in Olivia's unstable life. The main focus of this book lies in her solving a murder to gain several answers about her real connection to the mysterious town of Cainsville. But it also focuses on her relationship with two very different men. The damaged Gabriel, with his harsh exterior and ease to slip into self-serving asshole mode. And Ricky, with his easy-going manner, charming looks and exciting, irresistible ways.
Looks like Olivia, Gabriel and Ricky are connected to the old world via their families, and are obvious pawns in an ancient game they know nothing about.
It was also interesting to spend most of the book in Olivia's POV, but every now and then enjoy a glimpse into the thoughts of another character.
Visions is an amazing and very enjoyable book that intrigued me so much I couldn't stop reading. It's fast paced, filled with an interesting cast of characters, and preternatural secrets that are slowly starting to unravel. I love how Kelley Armstrong weaves an engrossing thriller with a taste of the unknown. She's a great storyteller, and has once again created a heroine that keeps you strapped in for the ride. I also love the heroes.
This instalment reveals quite a few shocking secrets about the seemingly peaceful town of Cainsville, but there are still plenty to uncover. Not to mention the truth about the Larsens.
Cormoran is no stranger to getting attention. After all, he is the illegitimate son of an aging rockstar and a war veteran who lost part of his leg in Afghanistan. Now he can add something else to the list: solving the Lula Landry case. Being known for that has helped his business. There are a lot of clients wanting to hire him, and even finds himself turning some away.
With his trusty and very capable assistant to help him keep everything on schedule, he manages to take on just enough to keep the money rolling in. He's also now living in the recently vacated attic apartment upstairs. It might be too small for a big guy, but it's definitely better than living in his office.
Robin Ellacott enjoys working with Cormoran Strike, but sometimes feels like she's going nowhere. She took a huge paycut to work with the PI and even put a strain on her relationship because of it, but she's determined to show her boss she's got what it takes to become more than just an assistant. She wants to do real detective work, not sit on the sidelines. And even though tragedy strikes on her fiancée's side of the family, forcing them to change their wedding plans, she's still determined to show what she's worth.
When the wife of a missing novelist who often takes off without telling anyone where he's going hires Cormoran to look into his disappearance, he takes on the case. What starts out as the search for a wayward writer with a penchant for the dramatic and a wandering eye for the ladies, quickly turns into a mystery the detective is keen to unravel. It turns out that Owen Quine wasn't considered a great writer, and he certainly wasn't liked by many. The more Cormoran investigates, the more he realises that the answer to Quine's disappearance lies in his latest book. A grotesque novel that no one wanted to publish because all of the characters were people he knew and didn't seem to think much of.
Actually, Bombyx Mori might have been enough to get him murdered.
This was such an interesting book. I already liked Cormoran and Robin, so settling back into their lives in London was easy. I enjoy Cormoran's approach to investigating a crime, and how he let his instincts help make the decision of whether to take this case on or not. He believed in his client from the beginning, and kept investigating until the bizarre truth was uncovered. No matter what the cops were up to, he never gave up, which makes him a very determined and enjoyable character.
The Silkworm hooked me in from the very beginning, and kept me guessing until the big reveal. The mystery of Quine's disappearance was filled with twists and turns, and with enough suspects to make it really hard to solve the case. Which is an awesome thing! I also liked how the changing face of publishing became a theme, and the author observations were clever too.
This is turning out to be a great series. I can't wait to read more.(less)
Let me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE this series. It's one of my favourites, and I always look forward to the next hilarious book. So, as soo...moreLet me start by saying that I absolutely LOVE this series. It's one of my favourites, and I always look forward to the next hilarious book. So, as soon as I received this from Hachette last week--thanks so much, btw--I got stuck into it.
It all starts when Stephanie helps Ranger nab a guy called Gardi, so he can be sent back to Miami. His capture goes well and Ranger's men take him back to Rangeman HQ so he can be put on a plane the next day. However, everything goes to hell when Gardi contaminates the Rangeman building with radiation and it's shut down indefinitely.
At the same time, Stephanie takes on the case of looking for Jimmy Poletti--the used car salesman who's been doing some pretty serious illegal stuff on the side. However, finding him is turning out to be a challenge...because his buddies are all turning up dead. Then Randy Briggs enters the scene. Briggs is annoying and rude, but he was Poletti's bookkeeper so he knows all about Poletti's dirty secrets, which now makes him a target. As much as Steph dislikes the guy, she agrees to help keep him alive after his apartment is blown up.
Of course, Briggs staying with her also makes her a target because wherever he goes, a rocket eventually finds him. Before long, one is shot through her living room and Stephanie has to move in with Morelli. While staying with her sort-of boyfriend isn't a problem, dragging Briggs with her is. Yet, as dangerous as this bounty is turning out to be, it doesn't compare to getting the attention of a Russian assassin who's got his 'eye' on Ranger.
As if this isn't enough, she's also got to deal with several other cases that refuse to co-operate, a grandmother with a bucket list that includes getting revenge on Morelli's scary granny, and the feral Chihuahua minions allegedly terrorising Stark Street. Oh, and then there's that pizza with a very peculiar secret ingredient.
If Stephanie can stay alive long enough to find out if Poletti is in fact responsible for killing all the dead bodies, and can avoid being killed by an assassin, she might just get the chance to find out about Morelli's bucket list. ;)
Top Secret Twenty-One is another awesomely hilarious instalment in this super fun series, but like usual, it puts Stephanie in some pretty scary situations. But she always keeps a level head, and somehow ends up coming out even. I've said this before, and I'll say it again: I love how Janet Evanovich throws Stephanie into some pretty horrific situations, but somehow still manages to inject the story with enough light-hearted situations that I always end up cracking up.
I seriously loved this book and was laughing out loud constantly. I can't wait for the next one.
I don't think I'll ever get sick of Steph & Co. This series just keeps getting better and better. (less)
I'm a big Charlaine Harris fan and I've read all of her other series, so when I found out she had a new trilogy coming out this year I was super excit...moreI'm a big Charlaine Harris fan and I've read all of her other series, so when I found out she had a new trilogy coming out this year I was super excited. And then I received an ARC months before the book was due to be released, so I couldn't wait to get started.
Manfred Bernardo has just moved into the (very) small town of Midnight. He's a 'psychic' and has his own business, conducted online and on the phone, so this isolated place seemed like a good place to move. Most of his work includes the use of psychology and instinct, rather than psychic ability but he does sometimes get real psychic vibes. He's young, determined to get on with his own life, and actually finds the small population of Midnight very welcoming.
So he finds himself hanging out in the local diner run by a woman called Madonna, who has a baby and is married to the local handyman. He also meets the mysterious Rev, who only speaks when he has something important to say. Joe and Chuy are a couple and run an antiques store/nail salon. Then there's Fiji, the witch across the road with a very peculiar cat and a knack of constantly surprising Manfred. His next door neighbour and landlord happens to be Bobo Winthrop--now all grown up and no longer living in Shakespeare--who runs a pawn shop. Bobo has two other tenants that are guaranteed to fill you with wonder--one only comes out at night, and the other constantly disappears on secret missions. The Lovell family consists of Shawn and his two kids--Creek and Connor. They run the local gas station and keep mostly to themselves, but Manfred has his eye on Creek.
It's a small tight-knit community that accepts Manfred instantly.
The day they all get together to have a picnic near the river and find a dead body, things change because the police get involved and everyone's a suspect. No one more than Bobo, because the body is actually his girlfriend. The one he was positive had run out on him months earlier. As it turns out, she was killed and a lot of the evidence seems to point his way. Although he insists he's innocent, Bobo does have a few secrets of his own.
Actually, everyone in Midnight has some sort of secret. Why else would they live in such a desolate place? But one thing Manfred learns pretty early on is that Midnighters take care of each other. Even when faced with the most gruesome, unexpected revelation.
OMG. I had a blast reading this book! I loved every minute of it and didn't want it to end.
The main mystery is trying to figure out who killed Bobo's girlfriend, Aubrey, but there are so many other things going on in this book. The characters are interesting and full of personal secrets, but since we get intimately introduced to several of the characters via multiple POV, it adds an extra layer to the story and what's going on.
Some secrets are uncovered, others aren't. The one thing that will certainly happen is that you'll get caught up in the lives of these people and want to know more.
Midnight Crossroad is another compelling book by Charlaine Harris. I love her storytelling style and the wonderful characters she creates. One of my other favourite things about this book is the fact that we catch up with several characters from some of her other series. Manfred is from the Harper Connelly series. Bobo is from the Lily Bard Mystery series. There are creatures from her Sookie Stackhouse series, and even a surprise character from her Aurora Teagarden Mystery series. It's all so cool.
Plus, this might be a mystery at heart... but there's also a supernatural slant I really enjoyed!(less)
It's been five years since Rose's mother (Kathy) and Joshua's father (Brendan) went out to dinner and never came back. The event changed both of their young lives, and as they got older they started wondering about the disappearance of their parents. Neither believed they were dead. Actually, when Joshua gets in touch with Rose to meet up again after not seeing each other for years, they get caught up in a personal investigation. Yet, the more they found out about what happened to their parents and what they were really up to, the farther they seemed to get from finding them.
But the two teenagers know too much now, and Joshua has become obsessed after losing his best friend. Rose, however, has decided she wants to distance herself and get on with her life. After all, she's doing good in school and wants to plan her own future, plus she's starting to get along with her posh grandmother.
No more looking back for Rose. Except, life has a way of disrupting plans and she soon gets dragged back into the past when the house she lived in with her mother, Brendan and Joshua reveals a secret in the back garden.
The new owners start renovations and when the work begins the body of a teenage girl called Daisy is discovered. Now the police are asking them questions and as the clues surface, they all seem to point to Joshua's father. So it doesn't take long for the investigators to put the girl's murder and their parents' disappearance together.
But that's not the only threat chasing them, because Kathy's and Brendan's sins are shadowing their children...
Wow. This book was great! Not only does it present a new and quite awful mystery to drag Rose and Joshua back into the secretive life their parents were living on Brewster Road, but it ties in with the rest of the series. I loved that! It was also good to see Rose find out that her mother wasn't perfect, and that life wasn't as fantastic as she remembers it.
I'm also glad that we finally got to meet their parents, and found out exactly why they decided to forfeit their lives and leave their young children behind. Because at the end of the day, now that I have all the relevant details, information, and understand their motivations, I think that their actions were unfair on Rose and Joshua. As much good as Kathy and Brendan think they did by eliminating bad people and saving other potential victims, it was at the expense of their children.
It's strange how they disappeared so that Rose and Joshua wouldn't be in danger but that's exactly what happens anyway. I guess you can try to outrun your past and pretend that the ends justifies the means, but the truth is everything catches up with you eventually. It's just too bad that for this family, it cost them so much. By trying to save their children's future, they actually ruined their connection with them. Because seriously, whenever they interacted with Rose and Joshua it felt so cold and distanced, almost as if they'd been undercover for so long that they forgot how to be themselves.
Dead and Buried is an amazing conclusion to this thrilling series. The new mystery at the heart of the story tied up a very important loose end, and the overall mystery was solved very well. I was once again on the edge of my seat, hoping that Rose and Joshua would make it out of this alive. Or at least minimally scarred.What these teenagers go through because of their parents is quite terrifying. But I loved their fighting spirit and the way they found strength in each other, even when they were frustrated by the situation.
The end of a series is always an exciting, yet sad experience. So when the last book is done well and leaves the reader satisfied, it's a wonderful experience.
I hope Rose and Joshua have an awesome, successful life together.(less)
I'm a HUGE fan of Castle, so I've been looking forward to checking out this series. I borrowed the book from the library and instantly got caught up i...moreI'm a HUGE fan of Castle, so I've been looking forward to checking out this series. I borrowed the book from the library and instantly got caught up in the story.
Nikki Heat is a NYPD Detective trying to get on with the job while babysitting a celebrity journalist. Her latest case involves the death of a real estate tycoon plunging to his death. The deeper Heat and her team gets into the investigation, the more they realise that Matthew Starr wasn't a squeaky clean businessman. And he was surrounded by suspicious people.
I had such a blast reading this book! It's well written with interesting characters and an interesting mystery that keeps you guessing. The similarities between Heat and Beckett are obvious, yet she's very different too. Especially when it comes to how deeply and quickly she gets involved with Rook. *wink wink*
And what I like the best about this book is that it proves Richard Castle's research at the precinct is paying off. ;)
I just wish I knew who's really writing these books because he/she is doing a great job. Looking forward to reading more.(less)
I love Castle, so I was interested in checking this out. Derrick Storm is a PI who gets caught up in the middle of a CIA situation after being hired b...moreI love Castle, so I was interested in checking this out. Derrick Storm is a PI who gets caught up in the middle of a CIA situation after being hired by a wife to track down her husband.
It was action-packed and interesting. And I really enjoyed Derrick's voice, but I feel like the story moved too quickly. And this kinda kept the story and characters at arm's length, but I still enjoyed it!(less)
I have to admit that I'm a little fussy when it comes to books set in a historical setting, and don't actually read many of them for that reason. But...moreI have to admit that I'm a little fussy when it comes to books set in a historical setting, and don't actually read many of them for that reason. But the concept of this book intrigued me.
Lucy is thirteen when she answers the door one day and finds a woman who looks exactly like her mother standing there. She might be a mirror image of Aliese, but Helen is skinnier and definitely hasn't lived the same kind of life as her twin. She's lived a hard life, had to work hard for her meagre possessions, and now wants to reconnect with her long lost twin. Aliese is willing to do whatever it takes to accommodate her and convinces her husband to allow Helen to not only move in with them, but also learn how to behave in proper society.
Soon, people are confusing the twins and Helen gets the attention of many male suitors, but she turns all of them down. Lucy is still young and although she notices a series of strange things going on around the house, she doesn't get a clear picture. Not until the morning she finds both her mother and aunt tied to chairs, and one of them is clearly dead.
What follows is a dark story of betrayal and deception, one that Lucy is determined to investigate and is pretty sure she has worked out. But nothing can prepare her for the truth, because it's a lot more sinister than she expected...
I enjoyed following Lucy's story and the lonely, but prestigious life she lived with her parents. It was also nice to see her grow up with her friend Kit. The romance was subtle, but lasting and loyal. And the older she got, the more she understood about how bizarre her life really was. Having an aunt she had no idea existed wander into her life changed everything.
The Twin's Daughter is a well-written, interesting, personality switch story, which is often creepy. It's got several twists and turns, convincing the reader of one scenario but totally switching it near the end until the truth hits you. Yikes! Wasn't expecting that. LOL.
Some people are selfish enough to do whatever it takes to get their way.(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, I've been interested in this book for a while now, especially since I enjoyed Gillian Flynn's other novels. So I put it on hol...more**spoiler alert** Okay, I've been interested in this book for a while now, especially since I enjoyed Gillian Flynn's other novels. So I put it on hold at the library and started reading it as soon as it came in.
I was hooked! The writing is great, the plot intriguing, but the characters seemed unreliable from the very beginning. Still, I kept reading, actually couldn't stop because like Nick and Amy, I was getting deeper and deeper into their very dark story.
It's Nick and Amy's fifth Wedding Anniversary, and Amy has gone missing. There's a bit of a mess in the living room, and then there's the blood that has been cleaned in the kitchen. Plus there's the scavenger hunt, and the credit cards, and the items purchased with these credit cards. Everything leads to Nick possibly killing his wife, but he denies it. Even after it's revealed that he was cheating on her with a much younger woman.
As the reader, I disliked Nick right away. Amy wasn't much better. Her diary entries are... hollow. And it doesn't take long to figure out why. See, in the second part of this book, Amy enters the scene and actually tells the reader how she went about setting up her husband. How she saved money, pretended to be pregnant, took out credit cards and bought awful movies that make him sound like an evil bastard. She's hiding out, watching from a distance and enjoying her punishment. But he's not stupid, and via interviews starts wooing her back with his clothes, hair, and words.
It's really all very pathetic. And in the end she kinda gets herself into an imprisoned situation she manages to use to her advantage. The manipulative, evil ways of this woman are truly 'amazing' in a depraved, disgusting sort of way.
I've never HATED two characters as much as I hated these two. They were selfish, self-centred, entitled assholes that lied, cheated and manipulated their way through life. Their marriage was a contest, a way to beat each other in horrid ways that would end with them actually respecting the low ways they used each other. It was truly awful to watch. Ugh.
Actually, his lawyer nails it: "You two are the most fucked-up people I have ever met, and I specialize in fucked-up people."
These two truly are despicably, fucked up individuals. But you know what was worse? THE ENDING. I hated that ending. WTF? It made everything so much worse.
This is the third book in The Murder Notebooks YA crime series, and I was looking forward to reading it.
Rose and Joshua are close, they've got a speci...moreThis is the third book in The Murder Notebooks YA crime series, and I was looking forward to reading it.
Rose and Joshua are close, they've got a special bond. It's not just that their parents were a couple and at one time they lived together as a family. Their bond stems from loss. Rose's mother and Joshua's father disappeared five years ago. After reconnecting, the teens are determined to find out what happened to their parents and don't believe claims that they are dead. To conduct their own investigation, they've enlisted the help of Joshua's computer whiz best friend, Skeggsie.
But when Joshua's uncle has a serious accident and is hospitalised, the trio head to Newcastle to spend Christmas there.
From the beginning, things in Newcastle are challenging. There's too much history for both Joshua and Skeggsie, too many people they'd rather not see again, and there's someone watching them. Staying in his uncle's place reveals that he had some secrets too, things the three teens slowly start to uncover. What at first seems like a different investigation soon merges into the one they're all so focused on, leading to a tragic situation.
Wow. This was an intense book! Joshua and Rose have been through some pretty dark times and faced quite a bit of danger, but what they have to deal with here really pushes them to the edge. I found this story insightful and very sad. I certainly didn't expect a particular tragic incident to happen to one of the characters. I admit, I was in shock. :(
The relationship between Rose and Joshua is changing. How can it not when they've been through so much together? And Joshua's moods take a real beating in this instalment. He's constantly on edge and angry, determined to lose himself in one mystery and then another--anything to keep himself busy and from facing his feelings. I think he's battling with a lot of emotions and some have to do with Rose. I was glad to see that no matter what, they stuck together.
Still, I can't help but wonder if his obsession is going to eventually tear them apart...
Butterfly Grave is a gripping book with several interlacing mysteries that reveal another layer of the big mystery surrounding the disappearance of their parents. The stakes are higher, the emotional tone deeper, and it embeds you into the lives of these two young people. Just like them, I want to understand the real reason why it's all led to this.
I'm really looking forward to reading the next book.(less)
Earlier this year I read a great book called TRANSCENDENCE and was looking forward to reading the sequel. So when I received it from Bloomsbury, I was...moreEarlier this year I read a great book called TRANSCENDENCE and was looking forward to reading the sequel. So when I received it from Bloomsbury, I was excited to read it.
Cole is Akhet, which means she's lived other lifetimes and is slowly remembering a bunch of them. The strangest and smallest things can spark off a memory, but once it does she never forgets. She's in a happy relationship with Griffon, who also happens to be Akhet. Actually, he's the one who introduced her to this world. With the help of his mother, Cole is starting to understand the level of her empath skills and how to read people. She can also tell when someone is just like her.
Even though a terrible accident ruined her chances of becoming a talented cello player, she's happy teaching kids how to play and is slowly getting back into the groove of playing music. Hanging out with Griffon and her best friend Rayne completes her days. Until the mysterious Drew enters her life. He's older, wealthy, nice looking, and is convinced they were so madly in love with each other in a past life that they need to be together in this one too.
His pursuing her interferes with her relationship with Griffon, but nothing is more important than keeping Rayne safe, because someone's determined to steal her away...
This was a terrific sequel filled with mystery, intrigue and a young woman trying to find her place in the world without letting the many pasts she's left behind get in the way. Trying to stay true to herself in this life might mean turning her back on the past, but before she can do that she needs to find out for herself what really matters.
There was only one person that grated on my nerves, and that was Drew. The handsome billionaire trying to sweep the sweet teenager off her feet with lavish gifts, while also trying to make her feel guilty for what they lost in their past life together, was downright manipulative. But you know what? It wasn't a bad thing, because it showcased Cole's resistance, determination and ultimate revelation.
Intuition is a wonderful addition to the world of the Akhet. Not only does it open up the world so we experience other facets of it, but we also get to follow Cole in her journey of self-discovery. I loved how she's determined to make the most out of this lifetime, yet when the past trickles into her path she's open to exploring it. There were several twists, turns and the level of danger is certainly amped up.
I loved this book as much as the first one. (less)
I love the Stephanie Plum series, it's one of my favourites. So whenever a new book comes out, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love catching up...moreI love the Stephanie Plum series, it's one of my favourites. So whenever a new book comes out, I can't wait to get my hands on it. I love catching up with Steph & Co, and look forward to enjoying their latest shenanigans.
While Stephanie and Lula are staking out Uncle Sunny, they see a giraffe walk by followed by a black car with a satellite dish on the roof. When they pursue, they stumble on an unconscious guy who was shot with a tranquilizer dart in the butt.
Things start out pretty strange, and they get worse.
Since she's not having much luck getting her hands on Sunny because everyone seems to love him, or they're too scared to rat him out, she decides to try other cases. But nothing's working out. So when Ranger asks her out on a 'date' and it turns out to be work related, she decides to help him out. Now she's getting involved in the dangerous world of senior's bingo. And if she's going to find out who's been killing old ladies and then dumping their bodies, she has no choice but to follow it through to the end.
So many bad things happen to Stephanie in this one--she breaks a finger, breaks her nose, falls down the stairs, gets thrown off a bridge--that she decides she's had it with being a bounty hunter. And actually quits long enough to try starting a new career as a butcher...um, yeah. Things don't end well there either. If only she could just make up her mind about which man she wants to share the rest of her life with: Morelli or Ranger. Nah, that's not gonna happen. ;)
Takedown Twenty is another hilarious instalment in this fun series, but it also puts Stephanie in some pretty scary situations. I love how Janet Evanovich always throws Stephanie into the most dire of situations, and keeps making her life harder and fills it with indecision, but can still keep the story light-hearted. I cracked up so many times while I was reading this book, but it also kept me on the edge of my seat because I couldn't wait to find out who the murderer was!
I loved this book, and look forward to the next one. Of course! ;) (less)