Just finished reading this book and am happy to see that another book in the series is due out in 2014... especially since this one ended without allJust finished reading this book and am happy to see that another book in the series is due out in 2014... especially since this one ended without all the threads of the story tied up neatly.
Rayna is 16 and she's been committed to the nuthouse three times because her visions of angels are seen as schizophrenia. I also must add that there is something deeper going on with her father since he's a little too quick to pull the trigger on his daughter's commitment. Unfortunately, the early Rayna sounds incredibly childish and weak minded, believing she must really be as crazy as they say she is. That went on for so long that it almost made me put the book aside and quit reading it. But then I would have missed all the fun stuff, with angels and demons, hunky Cam and Kade, and a story arc that was unpredictable. Characters were so well created that they felt real.
This was an excellent YA novel, especially when Rayna grew stronger and less childish. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series! ...more
Calling this a cooking school cookbook may be a bit of a misnomer, but it is entertaining to look at and the recipes I tried were fabulous.
Yes, I'm onCalling this a cooking school cookbook may be a bit of a misnomer, but it is entertaining to look at and the recipes I tried were fabulous.
Yes, I'm one of those people who really enjoys reading cookbooks (and craft books). This giant volume has food from every category. Some come with very well illustrated instructions - that may be the cooking school part of the book, but it doesn't illustrate quite enough for beginners to follow. Since I've been baking a lot of bread these days (you can see some in my twitter pics), I gravitated to the bread section. There were only a few bread options, but one was a challah bread that looked so easy to make. Of course braiding wasn't quite as easy as it looked, so my bread looked more like a giant pretzel. Still, the texture was delicate and my family enjoyed the bread so much they keep asking me to make more. Sunday is usually my baking day, so this Sunday I'll make the bread again and, this time, I might just get the braiding down right. I'll follow the braiding instructions in the book a little more closely this time.
The beauty of this book is that these seem to be kitchen tested - there isn't a bad one in the bunch - and the recipes I did make (one example above) came out really well and very tasty. Reading this cookbook has me more interested in trying other Taste of Home titles. Excellent....more
I didn't have high expectations for this book, but Maya Gold drew me in quickly with the ancestor search and subA very grown up, magic-laced YA novel!
I didn't have high expectations for this book, but Maya Gold drew me in quickly with the ancestor search and subsequent trip to Salem that the protagonist Abby Silva makes, especially since that ancestor was an accused witch.
Abby Silva is a self-conscious girl, not in the "in" crowd at school. She and friend Rachel are overachievers at school, yearning to be at the top of their class. When Abby goes for her driver's test and celebrates with her friend Rachel by taking a trip to Salem to research an ancestor, a cast of interesting and some magical characters enter the story. One of the most magical is Rem, a young man she meets that she feels somehow connected to. Meanwhile, Abby suspects that she has some untapped magical abilities and begins to use them to change things that shouldn't be changed.
Don't want to give away too much of the story, but I will say that the story arc builds to a climax that takes your breath away.
This reads like a stand alone novel, but I'm hoping Maya Gold has more in store for those of us who really enjoyed this magical ride.
I didn't make it past the first 50 pages of this book. Though I love other books by Richelle Mead, this book failed to capture my interest. I also fouI didn't make it past the first 50 pages of this book. Though I love other books by Richelle Mead, this book failed to capture my interest. I also found it's futuristic theme unappealing. I'm not finishing this book or posting a formal review anywhere. Tastes in books varies widely from reader to reader, so I'm sure this book will have an audience.
From a very young age Teddi Overman saw treasure in old things. She comes from a complicated home with a mother who is cold and silent, a quiet fatherFrom a very young age Teddi Overman saw treasure in old things. She comes from a complicated home with a mother who is cold and silent, a quiet father, and a brother who disappears. She escapes home to Charleston to pursue what she loves - restoring old objects to their previous glory.
The story is told from Teddi's point of view and the first person point of view makes you feel like you are there. Descriptions of her early restoration work makes you want to go find some treasures of your own to restore. This should be five stars but isn't. Backstory at times overrides the most interesting part of the story - Teddi's life in Charleston. Honestly, there were portions that I sped through to get back to the most interesting part of the story.
This is an excellent novel, but could have been even better with just a little more present story and a little less backstory.
Is it any wonder this was written by a comedian? Cat lover that I am, I sat down with this book and laughed out loud. The photography is fabulous andIs it any wonder this was written by a comedian? Cat lover that I am, I sat down with this book and laughed out loud. The photography is fabulous and catches cats in all kinds of poses to go with words you may think your cat would say if only they could speak. Sure, what they're really thinking about is that leaf, bug, or bird skittering across the deck outside the window; or they're thinking about food or napping in that tiny scrap of sun coming through the blinds. However, cat lovers tend to think their cats are thinking deeper thoughts and this book is full of them. The author matches every photograph with narrative from the cat in the photo that really will make you laugh out loud. This book was so delightfully funny and endearing that I bought a copy for Mom....more
Nikki James is a scrappy young adult who had a tough life until she was taken in by her employer, who also serves as a protector and mentor to Nikki.Nikki James is a scrappy young adult who had a tough life until she was taken in by her employer, who also serves as a protector and mentor to Nikki. Though book one in a new series by Keri Arthur, I got the feeling that Nikki may have appeared in another story by Arthur, but this didn't do anything but wonder where her story really started, it doesn't disrupt the story line at all.
Now working as a private investigator of sorts, Nikki is also a psychic with the ability to locate people by touching an item owned by that person. She manages to locate a teenager from a wealthy family, follows her into a haunted house, and inadvertently ends up in the crosshairs of a powerful evil. At the same time, Michael Kelly, a vampire some 300 years old, is following her. He is sent to protect Nikki from the pervasive evil that will begin to haunt her dreams and attempt to destroy her.
Told from third person point of view, most of the story is told from Nikki and Michael's POV, but there are also small bursts of the story that are told from the antagonists POV. The characters are so well developed that the story nearly felt real.
The characters were fascinating and story was highly suspenseful, so now I'm moving onto book two in the series.... I have a feeling I'll be enjoying the entire series. ...more
Gotta love Will Robie - the government hit man with heart and soul.
This is the second book in the Will Robie series. It bears mentioning here that youGotta love Will Robie - the government hit man with heart and soul.
This is the second book in the Will Robie series. It bears mentioning here that you really should read book one, The Innocent, first. If you don't then I believe there may be a bit of confusion regarding Julie and Vance, his friend from the FBI.
Robie has been ordered to kill a killer in this thrilling work. But as usual, all is not as it seems, there is something below the surface that makes Robie suspicious about the government and their motives, while also making him wonder if the killer he has been ordered to hit had reasons for her actions. We are led on a bread crumb trail through an amazing plot, feverishly turning pages to see what will happen next. Characters are so well drawn you feel like you've been invited to secret meetings. You really care what happens in this well-crafted tale.
This book fell just slightly short of the first in the series, a common fate. It was so good though, that I'm looking forward to the third book in the series - I hope there is one! ...more
It's so sad that we no longer have Maeve Binchy to tell us her brilliant stories. I believe this book may be her last, unless the estate has found othIt's so sad that we no longer have Maeve Binchy to tell us her brilliant stories. I believe this book may be her last, unless the estate has found other treasures in her papers.
A Week in Winter has an ensemble cast of characters who end up in Stone House for a week in winter. Binchy kicks off the tale with Chickie, a young girl who goes off to America with a lover she met in her native Ireland. Of course she ends up back in Ireland, alone. As the years move on, we meet her nephew, Rigor, who was on a path of no good in Dublin, now at Stone House in the west of Ireland, life takes a new perspective. Then of course there are visitors from across the globe who stay for a week in winter at Stone House as well - Binchy tells each of their tales with such sensitivity we feel like we know them personally.
A Week in Winter is a tale that I really enjoyed and was sorry to see end. This was such a beautiful tale. ...more
This was a very intriguing short story by one of my favorite author's, Jeffery Deaver (my favorite book of his: Praying for Sleep).
You find out in thThis was a very intriguing short story by one of my favorite author's, Jeffery Deaver (my favorite book of his: Praying for Sleep).
You find out in the opening pages that two killers from either side of the border have been sent to kill a drug kingpin in Mexico ... but is this man a drug kingpin, or just a successful business man? You wonder as you turn the ebook pages. Deaver heightens the stakes of the story when you begin to worry that an innocent person may be killed. He further heightens the stakes when you are drawn into the story to the target's rare book library, a possible target for the attack. Can't say more, that's all just the beginning.
Deaver clearly knows his books. A book collector myself, I enjoyed this bibliomystery tremendously. A thriller built around rare books is always fun to read; one with the Deaver touch is thrilling. ...more
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....more
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 pagesThe 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. ...more