The Chimera Vector by Nathan M. Farrugia tells the story of Fifth Column operative Sophia who learns that her DNA was altered and as a result her mind...moreThe Chimera Vector by Nathan M. Farrugia tells the story of Fifth Column operative Sophia who learns that her DNA was altered and as a result her mind has become splintered and caused her to lose control of a mission. What follows is an action packed game of cat and mouse between Sophia and her former government employer, the Fifth Column, chasing after her. As Sophia tries to discern whom to trust and the truth behind her past.
I did enjoy reading this book and was excited to be introduced to a new author. Despite how fast the book jumped into the action, I found that after that initial action sequence at the beginning when the mission goes awry, that the story seemed to slow and lag and as a result I began to struggle with getting through it (thus the three star rating) until the book finally picked back up. Once the book picked back up, I was able to become completely engrossed in the story and found myself waking up early so that I could get in a few more pages before having to go to work.
In the end, I was impressed with the story and with how well the writer crafted a strong female protagonist. I look forward to reading subsequent books into he series and to learning more about Sophia.(less)
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Susan Gloss's début novel Vintage: A Novel as part of the Goodreads First Reads program; and I'm so...moreI was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Susan Gloss's début novel Vintage: A Novel as part of the Goodreads First Reads program; and I'm so glad that I did. The story revolves around the intersecting and separate lives of three women: Violet Turner who is the owner of the vintage retail store "Hourglass Vintage", Vintage has divorced her high school sweetheart who turned out to be a drunk and huge disappointment, in hopes of starting anew and finally realizing her dream to bring her love of everything vintage to those around her; April Morgan who at the age of eighteen finds herself pregnant and alone after her older boyfriend has left her and their unborn child just days before their wedding; and Amithi Singh, an older Indian woman who finds herself dealing with a daughter who wants nothing more than to turn her back on her Indian roots and a husband who betrayed her after over 30 years of marriage. Together these women come to know one another as more than owner, patron and customer in order to form a deep and meaningful friendship and partnership.
I absolutely devoured this book and found that I hated having to put it down when I had to go to work and I spent the hours at work counting down until I would be done with work and could resume my reading. I loved all the characters and how they all managed to overcome their various hang-ups and eccentricities with the help and companionship of one another. This is a book that I would recommend to book clubs looking for a fun read that looks at the various relationships one has in their lives from that of family to friendship and how helpful engaging strangers in conversation can be as a catharsis for both involved. I look forward to reading more from Ms. Gloss.
My overall rating is 4.5 stars, I would've given it a full 5 but there were some grammatical errors in the book, which I hope that since this was an advanced reading copy that those will be fixed in the official published copy.(less)
I was lucky enough to receive a copy of this via Goodreads First Reads program and I'm so glad that I did. Domechild started off slowly for me, but on...moreI was lucky enough to receive a copy of this via Goodreads First Reads program and I'm so glad that I did. Domechild started off slowly for me, but once I really got into it I found myself having a hard time putting it down and waking up after only a few hours of sleep so that I could read some more before having to go to work. As it is, I'm really hoping that there will be at least a sequel to the book, if not two follow-up books, so that I can find out what happens next as the book did end on a cliff hanger. Reading this book, proved to me yet again that I really should make a point to read more books from the Sci-Fi genre as I typically end up enjoying the book and saying to myself that I need to read more stories within that realm.
I especially loved how much this book made me think in regards to what is currently happening with our society as we continue o come out year after year with more and more high tech gadgets which we can't seem to live without and what could potentially happen as society continues on it's co-dependence of these items. I would recommend this to lovers of Sci-Fi, those looking for something outside of their comfort zone, and a good exciting book that makes you think. My overall rating is 4.5 out of 5 as I really did enjoy the book once I really got into it.
In Dan Brown's latest Robert Langdon novel, we find Langdon awakening in a hospital in Florence suffering from amnesia as the result of a gun...moreSynopsis:
In Dan Brown's latest Robert Langdon novel, we find Langdon awakening in a hospital in Florence suffering from amnesia as the result of a gunshot wound to the head. With no recollection of how or why he is in Florence, Langdon quickly finds himself running for his life from a slew of would be assassins with the attractive female doctor from the hospital in which he awoke. As Langdon works to piece together the last 24 hours and why he is in Florence, he learns that he was brought to Florence in an attempt to stop a mad scientist, who was inspired by Dante's famous work "The Divine Comedy", from unleashing a horrific plague onto Earth's humanity at large. With the aid of Dr. Sienna Brooks, Robert Langdon races across Florence, Venice and Turkey in hopes of tracking down and stopping the release of the plague before it is too late.
I loved this book. Having long been a fan of Dante's "The Divine Comedy", specifically the first part of the entire comedy, "The Inferno", I found myself enthralled with the story from the very start. I loved the non-stop race to stop a mad scientist who was set on killing off a large portion of the human race in an attempt to save the race at large as a whole. For me, Brown's latest novel is the best of his four Robert Langdon books, of course I'm bias in my views due to my love of Dante and the wonderful way in which Brown utilizes that classic piece of literature to tell a larger and highly disturbing story as a whole. As with Brown's previous books, this one made me think about things I had never considered before and it also taught me things I did not know going in to the reading of this book.
Should Brown's "Inferno" turn out to be the last book in the Robert Langdon series, I think that this book was the perfect way to end the series. This is a must read for those who have read all the other Robert Langdon books as well as for fans of "The Divine Comedy".(less)
I received an advance reading copy of this as part of Goodreads First Reads. Kurt Palka's novel tells the story of a young Austrian woman who finds he...moreI received an advance reading copy of this as part of Goodreads First Reads. Kurt Palka's novel tells the story of a young Austrian woman who finds herself falling in love with a man her family does not approve of. During their courtship and subsequent marriage, they find themselves being enmeshed in the Nazi military and all that comes along with the Nazi war machine during World War II. When Clara's husband is called away to the front, she finds herself home alone with a young child and being forced to house work prisoners in her basement at the orders of the S.S. guard in the town. Clara is a strong willed woman who is in opposition to the thinking of the Nazi party, but she knows that for her safety and the safety of her family that she must go along with the commanding officers in charge.
Clara was an interesting read as it is not often that one reads a World War II fictional book that has such a strong female main character. I enjoyed reading about Clara and all that she goes through to protect not only the people she loves, but also the war prisoners whom she recognizes as human beings and that they are not "war prisoners" in the sense that they were captured, but rather that they are part of the many Jews who were interned by the Nazis as part of their overall plan to exterminate the entire Jewish population.
My biggest issue with the novel was the fact that due to the book taking place during two time periods, that of the years surrounding World War II and the present time with Clara as an elderly woman with grown children and grand-children, I was unhappy that there was no designation as to what period the chapter(s) was supposed to be taking place in, until after I had read a few paragraphs or even a few pages. I found it disconcerting to go from reading about the past for so many pages/chapters to find that I had jumped to the present with no indication that there had been a change in time. I would have appreciated if the author had placed the date for that chapter at the top of the page.
The only other complaint I had with the book, was that I found it difficult to get into. The book started off slow, but once I got into it and the chapters on the war finally started ramping up, then I found myself flying through the remainder of the book.
Goodreads Description of book: On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered w...moreGoodreads Description of book: On an ordinary Friday evening at his favorite Boston tavern, George Foss's comfortable, predictable life is shattered when a beautiful woman sits down at the bar, the same woman who vanished without a trace twenty years ago.
Liana Dector isn't just an ex-girlfriend, the first love George couldn't forget. She's also a dangerous enigma and possibly a cold-blooded killer wanted by the police. Suddenly, she's back-and she needs George's help. Ruthless men believe she stole some money . . . and will do whatever it takes to get it back.
George knows Liana is trouble. But he can't say no-he never could-a choice that will plunge him into a terrifying whirlpool of lies, secrets, betrayal, and murder from which there is no sure escape.
Bold and masterful, full of malicious foreboding and subtle surprises, The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is an addictive, nonstop thriller-an ever-tightening coil of suspense that grips you right up to its electrifying end.
Thoughts: I was lucky enough to receive and advanced reader's copy of Peter Swanson's upcoming noir-like novel, "The Girl with a Clock for a Heart". From the moment I read the description of the book I knew it would be unlike anything I had read before and that I couldn't wait to dive into it. Needless to say, I was not disappointed in the book and the story it told. I loved how fast paced the book was and the fact that it not only kept my attention, but that it was so engrossing that I found it hard to put down at night in order to sleep. Had I not had to work, I would've stayed up all night in order to read the book from start to finish without interruption.
I loved that despite knowing better, that George couldn't help but feel the need to trust and believe in Liana yet again after years of not having seen her and knowing that she was wanted for two counts of murder from when they were freshman in college. As the trust with which he placed in Liana continued to lead him farther into a con in which he was an unwitting and completely naïve player, I continued to be just as surprised by each new twist and turn of the story as George himself was as he experienced it.
Fellow writer Dennis Lehane described Swanson's book as "A twisty, sexy, electric thrill ride and an absolute blast from start to finish." Lehane couldn't be more accurate in his description for that is exactly what this book is and I just loved it. With the way the book ends, I would love for there to be a follow up to this book as I loved the characters and I want to know what happens with George next. This is the kind of book that I hope manages to catch the eye of a film producer or director and for it to be auctioned up for a film deal as this would be a wonderful story to bring to the large screen.
For fans of the noir genre of both literature and film, I highly recommend this book when it is finally released in February 2014. I also recommend it to those who love a good mystery that keeps you guessing up to the end and wanting more even after the book ends. I can't wait to read more from Peter Swanson.
First, I would like to thank Cat Mann for allowing me an opportunity to read her book and for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest...moreFirst, I would like to thank Cat Mann for allowing me an opportunity to read her book and for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
A Beautiful Fate begins with Ava Baio moving from her home in Chicago following the death of her mother, to attend a boarding school, picked out for her by her less than loving grandmother, in Dana Point, California. Ava finds herself suffering from the nightmare of reliving her mother's accident and death in her sleep along with other nightmares she doesn't understand. After meeting her Adonis like neighbor Ari, who sneaks into her room at night to calm her after she's awoken screaming from the latest nightmare, Ava finds herself falling for the mysterious boy. Eventually, Ava comes to learn that the reason for her dreams, and the foreknowledge of her own mother's death, is all due to the fact that she is the last descendant of the Greek Fate, Atropos. With the knowledge of her heritage and true destiny, Ava finds herself fighting for her life and the lives of those she loves in order to put an end to the evil Kakos family.
Being a huge fan of mythology, especially Greek mythology, I found myself highly intrigued by the concept of a young girl who is a descendant of the Greek Fates, specially Atropos, the one who cut the thread of people's lives. From the very start of the book, up to the climactic and cliff hanger ending, I found my interest continually sustained and peaked as I anxiously flipped through pages to find out what was going to happen next.
The biggest detractor for me was the relationship between Ava and Ari. I found that their constant mooning over one another and ill humor when things weren't going right in their relationship or when they were apart to be annoying and overly unrealistic. At times, I felt as though I was rereading about the relationship between Edward and Bella in Twilight. Despite my annoyance over their relationship and the fact that Ava would on more than one occasion allow their relationship to cloud her mind and keep her from doing the job she was meant to as the thread cutter, I must say that I was happy that their relationship at least progressed faster and at a much better clip than that of Edward and Bella's.
In the end, I would recommend this book to those who enjoy modern takes on Greek mythology, teen romance fans, and readers who enjoy a good cat and mouse game between the hero and an unseen foe; all things which when combined in Cat Mann's book, lead to one incredibly aggravating (I yelled my discontent) cliff hanger of an ending. Despite my hand ups over the love story, I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series as I am officially hooked.
Overall rating: 3.5, would've been a 4-4.5 if not for the romance which annoyed me too much at times.(less)