Dreamer by Patrick O'Scheen is an emotion-packed fantasy, operating on more than one level. The author's ability at world building transported me into...moreDreamer by Patrick O'Scheen is an emotion-packed fantasy, operating on more than one level. The author's ability at world building transported me into an alternate universe, where dragons, wizards and royalty are commonplace, and anything is possible. At times, I couldn't tell what was real and what wasn't. Was the author himself part of the story? Maybe so, maybe not. In certain respects, all authors are anyway. I recommend this book for fans of fantasy, or anyone who just wants to escape into a virtual world.
I very much enjoyed The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson. I bonded with the main character, Agent Vail, and worried about her welfare quite a bit, which is...moreI very much enjoyed The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson. I bonded with the main character, Agent Vail, and worried about her welfare quite a bit, which is a good thing! Great descriptions and great suspense.
Some of the plot points seemed a bit too convenient and contrived, and I would have preferred the villain to be someone else. I don't want to be a spoiler by saying too much about that. Still, I still considered it a great read!
I received a free pre-order kindle copy of Tick Tock from Amazon.
I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but I bonded quickly with the ma...more I received a free pre-order kindle copy of Tick Tock from Amazon.
I don't want to give too much away about the plot, but I bonded quickly with the main character, Michael Bennett, a likeable and engaging person. I enjoyed the glimpses into his family life and wondered how he'd solve the dilemma concerning his love interest. I'd definitely like to read more mysteries starring this character.
The crimes were appalling, yet mesmerizing. The twist concerning the villain surprised me, which was good.
Since I hadn't read a book with Bennett as the main character before, one thing which threw me off at first was the use of two similar names, Bennett and Berger. I got used to it soon, since Bennett's point of view was in the first person and Berger's in the third. Still, I've heard it's not a good idea to start main character names with the same letters. Apparently, I'm not the only one easily confused, according to some experts. (G)
The book left me hanging with a few questions unanswered. I never learned the full extent of Bennett's injuries. Usually, that sort of thing is explained better, but I only noticed a general explanation. I'm not sure if that was done purposesly so it could be addressed in another book, or an oversight.
I liked the style of short chapters, and do that myself occasionally in my own books. It was an engrossing read, which I quickly finished, since I had to find out what would happen next!
I received this book as a free kindle read. At first, I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I soon became engrossed in finding out what happened to each o...moreI received this book as a free kindle read. At first, I wasn't sure if I'd like it, but I soon became engrossed in finding out what happened to each of the members of The Potluck Club. I got a little confused about which character was which a few times, since I'm used to having only one or two main characters to keep track of in a book, but I managed to figure it out.
Also, I'm not usually a reader of inspirational/Christian fiction, but I grew used to the Bible references and the referencees to faith. Actually, although I don't write inspirational stories myself, given the choice between a book such as this, with with many references to faith and a book of erotica, a book such as The Potluck Club would win out for me.
The recipes were an added bonus, although I'm not sure if I'll have time to use any of them. I don't spend too much time getting meals ready unless I have to!
I like to read before going to sleep each night. One evening, I started reading Danger In Deer Ridge, but it was so l...moreSo Suspenseful I Had A Nightmare!
I like to read before going to sleep each night. One evening, I started reading Danger In Deer Ridge, but it was so late I had to stop and get some sleep. Little did I know that the book would bring on a nightmare about people chasing me. Yes, that's what happened, but the next day I had to read more so I could find out what happened next in the story.
The predicament of Elizabeth and her son drew me in. I could feel her mistrust and fear over what to some people would seem like ordinary occurrences. When you're on the run from a cruel relationship and have to be careful about every person you meet and everything you do, even the most common activities or words from people you meet can take on sinister overtones.
The author did a good job of making me care for Elizabeth and her son. Being human and not perfect, she made some mistakes in judgment, which made her situation all the more precarious, yet at heart she was a good person with the best interests of her son at heart.
I enjoyed the reverse Cinderella aspect, in which she went to great measures to downplay her looks so her identity would not be discovered. Of course, I, as the reader, knew she really looked terrific!
Also, I very much liked Grinch, who did a good job of balancing his life as a father with his duties as protector for Elizabeth. The fact that she mistrusted him made his job that much more difficult.
I highly recommend this book. Very likable characters, and enough suspense to keep you guessing, or, as in my case, to give you a nightmare. (less)