The Lake House is the follow up to When the Wind Blows, a truly magical tale. The story opens with the inevitable court/custody battle between Kit and Franny and the parents of the winged children. Of course in true Patterson style, there are several layers of subplot and evil doers lurking around every corner. There was one flaw - a confrontation in the story was a little too neatly resolved.
Narrators can make or break an audiobook. I've abandoned them in the past just because the narrator wasn't good. This audiobook has two narrators - the female narrator, Hope Davis, does most of the audio book, while a male, Stephen Lang, does the mad scientist in the story. Both are great to listen to, bringing the talk alive.
I enjoyed this audiobook so much that I would arrive at my destination (work or home) and steal just a few minutes to listen to more. Definitely highly recommended for audiobook listeners.(less)
The beginning of the second book of the Fairwick Chronicles, The Water Witch, started off a little slow. Soon it took off and I was glued to the pages...moreThe beginning of the second book of the Fairwick Chronicles, The Water Witch, started off a little slow. Soon it took off and I was glued to the pages.
This is the second book in the series, The Fairwick Chronicles. Having read the first book before opening this one, I can see there was a definite benefit to having read book one first. I highly recommend that readers do the same.
In book two we are treated to the same cast of characters of a group of college professors, who are also faeries and witches, but you can't tell who is who. Callie, our main character is also a professor. Most of this volume takes place outside of the college walls, in Callie's home, and in the woods, haunted by creatures that are truly frightening. And, there is a door to faery, that a group of witches are committed to closing forever. I don't want to tell much more as it might destroy the suspense.
An excellent tale, this story is most definitely rated R and is not for sensitive individuals who may not want to read some pretty explicit scenes. When I reached the last page of this story, I said nooooo! I couldn't believe I had turned the last page. I was also thrilled to see that this book was written by Carol Goodman, one of my favorite authors, under the pseudonym Juliet Dark. (I highly recommend Arcadia Falls.) I now can't wait for the third book in the series. (less)
The first book in the series was so good; it breaks my heart to say that book two just doesn't measure up.
In book two, familiar characters from book...moreThe first book in the series was so good; it breaks my heart to say that book two just doesn't measure up.
In book two, familiar characters from book one reappear, with the addition of an American Indian who may not be all he appears to be and a creature from folklore known as a wendigo. I was captured almost immediately. The book opens with the ill-fated centarian Abbie Gardner, who gets the life crushed out of her by a demonic creature. Not a spoiler - it happens in the opening pages. Dani and Tommy are still the main protagonists of the story, but their feelings for each other turn a little further to soap opera-style with secrets and lies disrupting what could be a nice romantic relationship into one that has serious trust issues. This book also ended on a slightly steeper cliffhanger than book one that seemed a bit off ... too sharply cut off.
The best part of this series is the good vs evil storyline. God and angels are present as well as demonic forces. This book had a slightly stronger religious viewpoint than book one, but didn't sermonize either, which helped to keep me interested. I don't like to be preached to by the books I read.
Though I felt this book was a bit flawed, I will be thrilled to read book three.(less)
I should probably stay away from medical narratives written without the co-authorship of a medical professional. There were so many glaring inaccuraci...moreI should probably stay away from medical narratives written without the co-authorship of a medical professional. There were so many glaring inaccuracies, from the science perspective, that I knew I was not the right person to read and review this book within the first 50 pages.(less)
There is nothing more disappointing than a story that says it is a ghost story, but really is a trick of the wind o...moreWho-done-it and ghost story in one.
There is nothing more disappointing than a story that says it is a ghost story, but really is a trick of the wind or some other natural phenomena. This book did not disappoint.
The story opens with a family moving into a house once occupied by a family and their high school-aged daughter, who died after a tragic fall down the stairs. Five-year-old Colby wakes up seeing a girl standing in his room. He explains to the main character Jade, what the girl looks like and how he can see through her. Soon, what begins as an innocent child's vision turns into a frightening ghost story. Meanwhile, the school scene for Jade is filled with the usual mean girls and social misfits that often populate YA fiction, just as they do in real life. Jade works to solve the mystery of who killed the ghost-girl Kayla. Can't say more as it might ruin the story.
Told in first person, the story has an intimate, personal feel immediately. The voice is very similar to some other well-known YA authors, for example Laurie Halse Anderson. The girl is intelligent and the narrative doesn't reflect a childish tone. So it doesn't talk down to kids or irritate the adult reader.
Even though I have a horrible cold, I stayed up way past my bedtime last night to finish this book. Highly recommended for those who read YA and those who don't. (less)
First, I'm glad to see that this title by Heather Graham is part of a series of books (Cafferty & Quinn). The downside is that there is a lot of b...moreFirst, I'm glad to see that this title by Heather Graham is part of a series of books (Cafferty & Quinn). The downside is that there is a lot of background done that will likely help bolster other books in the series. Still, this book can be enjoyed on its own.
Danni Cafferty and Michael Quinn are at the center of this story. She is a shop owner who just lost her father, a collector of odd things. Michael Quinn lived the fast life and loses his life, only to come back from his experience with the resolve to live a more virtuous life. Enter, the bust of an evil man from Roman times that Danni and Quinn must find to save lives. ...and that's all just in the beginning of the story.
This story is written mostly from Danni and Michael's point of view with a sharper focus on Danni's POV. The little shop she has inherited has some odd items, many neutralized by Danni's father Angus. There is paranormal material in the book, enough to satisfy the those of us who enjoy a bit of the paranormal. There is a romance that brews between Danni and Quinn, enough the satisfy those who like some romance, but don't want it to be the center of their reading. Though it did take some time to take off, this is a good thriller that keeps you guessing.(less)