The Rook by Daniel O'Malley is a paranormal fantasy about a secret organization of individuals who work to keep Britain free from evil paranormal be The Rook by Daniel O'Malley is a paranormal fantasy about a secret organization of individuals who work to keep Britain free from evil paranormal beings. The story is told by a person who has been implanted into one of the top people in the organization. Through this new person we read through letters explaining her experience and the history of the group. The hierarchy of the group named with chess piece names, i.e. pawns, rooks, chevaliers, and bishops.
Myfawny Thomas is one of the two Rooks in the Checquays. She is the protagonist. She is a quick-learner and able to use her powers quickly. She, and the other characters are fascinating, with unique abilities and powers.
I liked this story. It was unique, interesting, and compelling. There was plenty of dry British humor. I recommend this book for all that enjoy paranormal fantasy. It's a new world placed in our real-life world with a complete history and explanation. ...more
Lover Reborn is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series written by J.R. Ward. It if the tenth book in a series that has allowed us to ge Lover Reborn is the latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series written by J.R. Ward. It if the tenth book in a series that has allowed us to get to know these vampire warriors: their lives, their loves, and their enemies. We have also seen them fighting their own inner demons of self-doubt, substance abuse, and problems of a sexual nature. They (the BDB) all live in a large, fortified house with their mates. Their king also is in residence there.
Each book has one main theme with the romance of one of the brothers and how they found, lost, and finally settled down, in the mansion, with their mate. This book was about Tohrment whose mate, Welsey, was murdered in an earlier book. This book's main story was about how her death was finally accepted and her ashes put to rest.
There are several subplots going on during the main story. There is a large cast of characters. The threads of the stories are interwoven through each book with the longer threads weave their way through-out a number of books; some woven through the whole series.
I have enjoyed reading all of these books and look forward eagerly to each new one released. While i would not say Lover Reborn is not the strongest or most engrossing of the books, I liked it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading vampire/gothic fiction. As with all the other books in this series, there are adult themes....more
This excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived aThis excellent book, What Falls Away written and narrated on audiobook by Mia Farrow. It is a unique memoir of a very private person who has lived a very public life. Born into a large, Hollywood family, Mia Farrow has met and often befriended an eclectic group of friends--from Salvador Dali to the Beatles to so many of 'old Hollywood' such as Charles Boyer, Hal Roach, and Elizabeth Taylor and their children.
The three loves of her life, two of which she married--the legend Frank Sinatra, musician Andre Previn, and filmmaker Woody Allen were all very different people and the relationships were all different.
She has given birth to four children and adopted ten others (Some of which were disabled). A great humanitarian, she has worked to raise the public conscience about handicapped, disabled children of third-world countries.
A naturally quiet, shy person, she has withstood great highs and lows in her life, also withstood controversy with determination and courage....more
I enjoyed reading Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Written in first person, it tells theI enjoyed reading Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan. Written in first person, it tells the story of the author's volunteer work with children in the war-torn country of Nepal. His touching memoir informs about child trafficking during the Nepal civil war and the people who risked their lives to reunite families.
Well paced, I found I was so engrossed in the story I read the book through in two sittings. I recommend this book to all who are interested in traveling and current world events; also to all that care about children and their welfare....more
I have just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It is an intense thriller...physically and psychologically violent. Clearly written for adultI have just finished reading Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. It is an intense thriller...physically and psychologically violent. Clearly written for adults, the plot unfolds as quite graphic. This is not the kind of book i normally gravitate to but as I got into this book i found I was riveted to it and could barely put it down.
Most of the story takes place in and around Moscow in 1953, the year Stalin died. The protagonist is a Leo Demitov, a former military hero, now in the secret police, known as the MGB. His wife, Raiasa, also figures prominently in the story. There are secrets and lies, trust and distrust, plot twists and turns. It is all very exciting.
I found the book spellbinding in a way books very rarely are.. The characters change, develop into wiser, more mature people as the layers of the story play out. By the end of the book Leo and Raisia may look much the same but they are so different on the inside.
I recommend this book to all who enjoy adult mystery/suspense novels and thrillers. i can't stress enough that they need to be mature adults themselves to appreciate this book. This book is violent, in a physical sense and a psychological sense. It is in places very disturbing. I think this book is well written and the plot well thought out.
Covert Dreams by Michael Meyers is a thriller of international proportions; a non-stop, suspense-filled story of a murder in Munich in 1984 which co Covert Dreams by Michael Meyers is a thriller of international proportions; a non-stop, suspense-filled story of a murder in Munich in 1984 which comes into play in the present time in Saudi Arabia. Full of twists and turns, the protagonist is haunted by dreams which add a psychological mystery to the story.
I enjoyed reading this book. It was well-written and held my interest throughout. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary action and suspense, especially one with international mystery.
Till We Have Faces is a book written by C.S. Lewis as an allegory to the Christian life using characters from Greek mythology. It is, of course, wel Till We Have Faces is a book written by C.S. Lewis as an allegory to the Christian life using characters from Greek mythology. It is, of course, well-written, the plot-line is well thought out and executed perfectly. I think C.S. Lewis is a truly great writer and have appreciated his books and stories read prior to this one.
My problem? Well...I did not enjoy reading the book, identify with any of the characters, or see the allegory very clearly. According to those I spoke with about my problem, it was a matter of perception. Being that we are reading the story in third person we are hearing their perception and then attempting to perceive the meaning to the book ourselves.
I think I shall put this book away for a while and take it out to re-read in the future. According to those I know and trust, I might enjoy this more with a fresh start, a new perspective....more
Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia is the third in the Caster Series . It continues the story, which takes place in the American deep South. This story Beautiful Chaos by Kami Garcia is the third in the Caster Series . It continues the story, which takes place in the American deep South. This story has so many unique characters, from the human teenager, Ethan Waite, the paranormal teens and the parents, the relatives, the townspeople of Gaitlin.
This is truly an appropriate young adult novel. Language, subject matter and the lack of violence and sex make it safe for any age. There is partaking of Vooodoo rites which, I suppose might make some (of any age) uncomfortable although this is more alluded to that talked about much.
I enjoyed this book and look forward anxiously to reading the next installment of the series, Beautiful Redemption , due out October 2012....more
I've just completed Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I had received this book free on Audiobook.com as a free promotion and had very fewI've just completed Stories I Only Tell My Friends by Rob Lowe. I had received this book free on Audiobook.com as a free promotion and had very few positive expectations of the book. I have been aware of Rob Lowe as an actor for some time but have the mistaken idea that he was just another privileged kid who decided to become an actor. I had remembered the tabloids in the 1980's where his picture was prominently displayed on the front cover every time I went to the grocery store.
To my surprise this book is thoughtful, well-written, and tells of a man from a lower middle class Mid-Western broken family who discovered early in life that his burning passion was to be an actor. He worked very hard toward that goal to make his dream a reality.
In this autobiography he has a refreshingly "normal" tone, a humble voice telling of his wins and his losses, mistakes he made and lessons he learned along the way. He does "name names" but only in context and not in a way to discredit anyone else.
I enjoyed this book very much. I am hoping he tries his hand at writing again, I'd like to read more. I recommend this book to teenagers and adults who like autobiographies or pop culture buffs of the 1980's. ...more
I have just now finished listening to "Cast in Moonlight" by Michelle Sagara on Audiobook. I knew very little of the book when I began reading. It looI have just now finished listening to "Cast in Moonlight" by Michelle Sagara on Audiobook. I knew very little of the book when I began reading. It looked interesting to me and the blurb on the site enticed me to read it.
This book seems to me to be written for young, young adults--I think twelve and thirteen year olds would enjoy the characters and the story. It is written simply, the main character is a thirteen year old girl, and she is treated as a child.
In this book there are many different kinds of creatures. It takes place in a dystopian world. The description of these creatures was imaginative. Sometimes, however, it was somewhat distracting and confused me, there were so many different creatures interacting at once. The narrator of the book was also distracting-it seems it would have been better had she used the same voice and not changed pitch and inflection for the different characters.
Overall, the concept of the story was interesting. I liked the main character well enough. I had difficulty with so many different creatures in such a short book and became confused, at times, as to who was who. i think this world is promising but might be better suited to be presented in anime or manga form. Visuals would help, I think....more