Ghosts of Rosewood Asylum is the best book I've read in 2012 so far! Everything worked for me. I had way too much fun reading this book. My only comme...moreGhosts of Rosewood Asylum is the best book I've read in 2012 so far! Everything worked for me. I had way too much fun reading this book. My only comments would be that I'm not sure why Zach's uncle had to protect him and what Zach suffered from (stigmata?) Loved the reality show premise. The characters were wonderfully unique. Great start to what looks to be a very entertaining series. (less)
@TBoyer317 First of all, I really love the cover of this book!
The story reminded me of many Bible stories I'd read as a kid. At first, I really didn't...more@TBoyer317 First of all, I really love the cover of this book!
The story reminded me of many Bible stories I'd read as a kid. At first, I really didn't like the narration and felt like the narrator was telling too much and not letting me experience the story firsthand. Once I realized that this style was similar to Bible stories, I was OK with it.
Powerful setup for a series. The story has a moral bent and the readers who will really love this story will probably be turned away by the cover!!!
Looking forward to seeing what happens next to Max (my favorite), Ike and Jack.(less)
Nancy Curteman's wonderful murder mystery, Murder in a Teacup (a Lysi Weston Mystery) is set in the town of Sage Deer, Montana; two hours from Billing...moreNancy Curteman's wonderful murder mystery, Murder in a Teacup (a Lysi Weston Mystery) is set in the town of Sage Deer, Montana; two hours from Billings. Lysi Weston is a middleaged sexual harassment policy corporate trainer and is meeting up with her partner, Cristin, who provides day 1 of the 3 days of training. Lysi is attractive, smart and down to business. Cristin's behavior is borderline inappropriate for a corporate professional, but Lysi's friendship with Cristin gives her an understanding of Cristin's sexual drive and need to "hop streetcars" looking for Mr. Right.
After arriving in Montana and calling Cristin several times, Lysi realizes Cristin, is nowhere to be found, and Lysi assumes Cristin has met a man. Things turn deadly fast. Lysi's 2 day training trip turns into a two week long mystery in a "suburb of hell." Luckily, Lysi meets sexy half English/half Cherokee detective James Tennyson, who's assigned to the Cristin Holden murder. Full of interesting Western and English characters, lots of plot twists and a few romantic scenes, Murder In A Teacup is a lot of fun to read.(less)
Underneath the elegance of a Regency ball hides a lot of darkness. Ava Stone did a great job at opening up the reader and her main character's, Cordel...moreUnderneath the elegance of a Regency ball hides a lot of darkness. Ava Stone did a great job at opening up the reader and her main character's, Cordelia's, eyes to the darkness behind many seemingly harmless actions. Cordelia is absolutely determined to escape the fate of being snubbed by Society after seeing what happened to her best friend, Olivia, who dumped her socially-acceptable fiance for a less-than-acceptable rake (who happens to be a Duke, which in most regency romances, makes up for his previously bad actions when he finally settles down). It wasn't clear to me what exactly Olivia did that cause Society to continue to reject her after she married.
Cordelia's ambition is to escape the social inhibitions by marrying well and then doing what she wants with her life. Her choices in a future husband seem restricted to rakes, since they'd be busy with their own naughty business. Luckily for Cordelia, a very handsome and extremely acceptable bachelor takes an interest in her (partly because of her personality and beauty and partly because he thinks her family is holding letters incriminating his deceased mother in treason which he desperately needs returned), but he's the one man Cordelia hates intensely. She'd grown up eavesdropping on her older sister's best friends complaint about her husband (the man interested in her) and how cold and unfeeling he was to her.
Frightened by the "good guy", Cordelia runs in the direction of a notorious rake who thinks she's a lot more experienced than she is because of her pursuit of him. The "good guy" realizes he has competition and his interest in Cordelia jumps dramatically.
The story is full of action and suspense. Cordelia is a little unusual and her choices tend to be funny and endearing.
Spoiler alert: I was worried the book was going to drag on when the couple got married just over halfway through the book, but somehow, Ava Stone kicked some life into the story. She solved the mystery of the letters and also united the couple in a more meaningful and personal way towards the end. Cordelia's fears that she'd picked the wrong guy after all closed off and the ending is quite satisfying.(less)
**spoiler alert** Really enjoyed this book! Spoilers. Some of the best scenes were interesting as Leila learns about Vlad's past in order to learn abo...more**spoiler alert** Really enjoyed this book! Spoilers. Some of the best scenes were interesting as Leila learns about Vlad's past in order to learn about their common enemy. Leila is my favorite character since the first book about Cat. The other books' female characters were a little less interesting to me than the male vampires. Vlad's cruel side is understandable, but he needs a lot of work before he'll ever be able to love or for Leila to love him and not be disgusted by his cruel nature. This is going to be an interesting series.(less)
Kate Daniels is one of my all-time favorite warriors! She fights hard and loves hard! I'll re-read this book in a few weeks since I was traveling whil...moreKate Daniels is one of my all-time favorite warriors! She fights hard and loves hard! I'll re-read this book in a few weeks since I was traveling while reading it. One of my standard complaints after reading a book is that once the heroine and hero accept their relationship, the tension/action/romance tends to fizz out, BUT... not with Curran and Kate. I won't do a spoiler, but they've always had friction, so how they deal with that is a big part of the plot of Magic Slays.
Kate's been in Atlanta for a long time and she's focusing on the future rather than her past. Great book! It moved a bit too fast and she solved everything too quickly (it felt like a lot was going on around Kate rather than Kate being the center of the action.)
The epic battle scene was practically a let-down because Kate was so far to the side. I know, I know I can't spoil it and she had to be there to have everything turn out right, but the usual Kate Daniels battle scene is a lot more one-on-one and this time the other one was a machine, so for me, it was a bit of a let-down.
The epilogue was fascinating and I wished for more... Loyal readers want to stay in the scene, savor the details and the epilogue has mind-blowing action, but it just went too fast for me.
The Goodreads Chick Lit Book Club chose Diane Chamberlain's book, The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes, as the February 2012 book of the month.
I enjoyed t...moreThe Goodreads Chick Lit Book Club chose Diane Chamberlain's book, The Secret Life of Ceecee Wilkes, as the February 2012 book of the month.
I enjoyed the book and found it to be fast-moving and exciting. My final impression was that that characters were simplified and predicatable, but in a way that was gratifying to read. I am not sure if te story would have benefited form less predictability to be honest. I don't want to say that the characters were dull. In fact, the characters were quite well-drawn. Perhaps the story seemed simple because the characters were so well-written, we understood what they would do in the unusual circumstances they found themselves.
The world is a big place, but the irony of that is how small Ceecee's world becomes at the end and that she isn't free until she finds herself in contol of what she believes to be right and has the power to act upon her decision and pay the consequence.
What a great story about people who survive any way they can and how one woman sets herself straight to live her life in her way.(less)
Explosive Eighteen has a lot of charm. My favorite part of the book was the description of a minor character named Magpie. The visual image of how to...moreExplosive Eighteen has a lot of charm. My favorite part of the book was the description of a minor character named Magpie. The visual image of how to know if Magpie had been in a location was haunting and in its own weird way, beautiful.
Chapter 7 has a wonderful internal analysis of what's going on with Stephanie, Ranger and Morelli. We still don't have all the details, but it's coming together. Morelli tells Stephanie "you give me heartburn" when she calls him and Ranger asks if she needs a rescue. I like the air of uncertainty with the Hawaii incident and how Stephanie feels about the two men in her life as well as the uncertainty about why the four "FBI" men are following her. Very nicely written. 2 of the FBI guys are real and 2 are not... Is Morelli for real with all his flaws and Ranger's not because he's just amused by Stephanie?
I like the use of heartburn for Morelli. It has a double meaning and I think gives us an insight into how much of a struggle it is for him to give in and commit everything to love Stephanie. Morelli is a one woman man once he commits. Growing up in the Burg, he knows family is #1 and he'd rather be burned and not commit. Yet, in spite of his doubts, he keeps coming back to Stephanie.
Ranger is more of a steady burn. He has a lot going on and Stephanie isn't the prime focus. She isn't sure what he wants from her or how he feels about family.
My second favorite part is the ending. It's brilliant. I will not spoil it, but it made all my least favorite slap-sticky parts worth it to get to that ending. (less)
Just over 10% in (can you tell I have a Kindle?) and am enjoying the book - happy to see some favorite characters from book 1. The pacing is slow, but...moreJust over 10% in (can you tell I have a Kindle?) and am enjoying the book - happy to see some favorite characters from book 1. The pacing is slow, but there are some nice exciting moments already in the book. Great suspense about what will happen next. I like the tension that is building in me as a reader about the story dragging a bit but so much action happening in "real time" at the bar.
About 25% in, the character Devi, the loan shark, is quickly becoming a favorite. The women characters are really incredible in book 2. I may re-read book 1 to see if they were as bright in book 1, but it makes sense that Kvothe is starting to mature a little now and see women in a more personal way.
Almost halfway through - still wishing for more action! I'm an impatient reader, I guess.
Finished the book. The Epilogue was beautifully written.
Wow, this is a powerful story. I'm curious to see how all the characters weave into the story. There is a sense of mystery and secrets in the modern-d...moreWow, this is a powerful story. I'm curious to see how all the characters weave into the story. There is a sense of mystery and secrets in the modern-day story.
Great message that small kindness can make a big difference. Enjoyed this book!(less)
Loved the infusion of magic and fantasy that created a world of creativity and exhaustion. I read the book like I usually approach poetry - expecting...moreLoved the infusion of magic and fantasy that created a world of creativity and exhaustion. I read the book like I usually approach poetry - expecting to enjoy the moment, but that the plot probably wasn't going anywhere linear. The forward and backwards motion in the storyline made its point about time being meaningless and uncontrollable, but for me, as a reader, it lost me. I'd read a section and become interested in the key moments and then I'd lose track of what was happening. WHen I lose track of the story, I tend to start reading something else.
Everything magic-related and tied to something physical such as the tarot cards, the carousel, or the clock fascinated me. There was a great line in the book where Celia tells her father that she likes birds that think more than birds with a memory.
So, this is a great book for readers who like to think or bring life to words on the page and aren't too terribly worried about not remembering every detail that pushes you to the story's conclusion. There's a lot to love about Night Circus. Enjoy every word.(less)