I typically enjoy fast action, suspense thrillers. I am usually able to set realism aside, and enjoy a good shootem' up story. But the action in Spycatcher is so far removed from reality that it was just not an enjoyable read. The main character, Will Cochrane, was able to endure so many injuries and still function that there was no suspense. It was a given that he would walk away from whatever the bad guy could dish out.
The characters were mostly one dimensional stereotypes. Few had any development at all. It seemed like they were pulled from various spy movies and just thrown into the plot with little planning. The dialogue did not flow well and I admit I found myself skimming quite a bit just to get through this one.
This one just did not work for me. It seems people either loved this one or hated it. You will just have to decide for yourself....more
The story picks up only a few hours after the events in the last Madriani novel, The Rule of Nine, left off. Paul is being questioned by the authorities and investigator Herman Diggs is fighting for his life. Liquida learns the location of Paul's daughter and everyone rushes to save her. But is that all that Liquida is up to?
I have read many fast action thrillers, but I have to say, this may be one of the fastest I have come across. Being new to the series, I was a little lost for a few chapters, but that was ok. I was able to pick up enough to figure out who the good guys were and who the bad guy was. I found myself drawn into the characters without even realizing quite how they related to each other.
The narrative switches between third person past tense and first person present tense, the latter being used solely for the main character, Paul Madriani. I believe Martini is using the present tense to make the action pop a bit more, however, I found it distracting. I was able to move on and read and enjoy the book. But each transition to the present tense gave me enough pause to be distracting.
I enjoyed the plot and the considerable globe-hopping that took place throughout the book. I had no idea where I would end up next. The ending of the novel was my favorite part. I am not going to give you any spoilers, but I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at how things worked out for Liquida. Martini gives us a strong resolution with just a bit of comedy. Perfect. ...more
Everneath is author Brodi Ashton's debut novel. As such, I had no expectations when I started reading. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. TheEverneath is author Brodi Ashton's debut novel. As such, I had no expectations when I started reading. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. The story is loosely based on tales from Greek mythology. A girl is tricked into spending time in the Everneath, only to be given a brief period to set things right before having to return and spend eternity below.
At first, you might think this is the second novel in a series. The story starts with Nikki already in the Everneath. But this is the author's first novel. You get the back story spread throughout. I was a little concerned for a bit that all the flashbacks would hinder the flow of the novel, but it actually fits together quite nicely.
What would a young adult novel be without a little romance? Certainly not this story. Nikki and Jack have that deep, connected romance. Cole wants Nikki to be his queen, while Julianna, Nikki's best friend, has her eye on Jack. Only one word comes to mind, angst.
This was a good book and I recommend it to lovers of Dark Fantasy and Young Adult novels. One last tidbit. I love that the rock band is named The Dead Elvises. Awesome!...more
Air Force Lieutant-General Patrick McLanahan is back for another adventure. The United Stated is trying to recover from economic ruin. McLanahan is forced into action when terrorists launch an attack with a dirty bomb on Reno, Nevada.
This was my first novel from author Dale Brown. In researching for this review, I learned that A Time for Patriots is book number seventeen in the Patrick McLanahan series. The book started out with some intense drama and I just knew I was going to love it. Secret weapons and high tech devices, what's not to like?
But I found myself losing interest after the first third of the book. There were parts that were good and held my interest, but overall I lost interest. It seemed like every paragraph I read mentioned the Civil Air Patrol. I am sure it is a fantastic organization, but the author played that record to death. By the time I was finished with the book, I had decided that I would never read another book that even mentioned the Civil Air Patrol.
If I had read some of the previous books in the series, I might have had a different opinion. I am sure the side story lines have deeper meaning to those that have plugged their way through the series. Without having the emotional investment in the characters, a lot of the book was dry at best. I highly recommend reading your way through the series before taking this one on.
Overall, I give this one a three out of five. The beginning of the book was gripping and held my interest. I enjoyed the author's view on the economic health of the United States. The rest of the book did not work for me, but I will just chalk that up to beginning a series at book number seventeen....more
Author Audrey Penn gives us a wonderful pirate story with Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove. Four teens suffer the loss of an elderly friend, Mrs. McNemmish. They work hard to carry out her last wishes and find themselves trapped in an extensive tunnel by a descendant of one of Blackbeard's crew. Can the group of friends really find Blackbeard's treasure?
I particularly liked that the story takes place on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. I vacation there quite often, as do millions of people, and that added some intimate familiarity for me. It is also a great setting for pirate adventures. Blackbeard's last battle took place just off the coast of Ocracoke Island.
This one has that magical quality that I remember from all the great adventures I read about in my youth. Hidden passageways, treasure, false bottoms, all the makings of a fantastic tale. I devoured the book in just a few hours. It was like being along with the group of friends as they went on their journey.
Mystery at Blackbeard's Cove is intended for young adults, but if you can remember a time when you were fascinated by daring adventures, this one is for you too. ...more
I first became acquainted with John Hart when I read The Last Child back in March of 2010. I remember being truly surprised at how great that book was. John Hart combined thriller, romance, and mystery into an emotionally charged reading experience. I was hoping for something equally as great with Iron House. I got what I wanted.
John Hart knows how to craft interesting characters. I think his success with this is based on ratios. Each character is comprised of greatness, mediocrity, and evil. The magic is in how these are proportioned within each character. There are no cookie cutter characters in Hart's works. They are deep and complicated.
The settings in Iron House were described in a vivid way that was unobtrusive to the plot. The mountains in North Carolina seemed so removed from the rest of the world, adding to the sense of desperation some of the characters felt while forced to be there. The compound of Senator Vane equally added to the nefariousness of his character.
My commute is about an hour each way, so audiobooks are my preferred method to pass the time without going crazy. With some books, I have found it hard to keep focused on the story. But not with this one. It held my interest from the very beginning. I found myself sitting in the parking lot at work trying to justify listening to just a little bit more.
The narration is top shelf. Scott's voice has a deep, raspy timbre that just feels comfortable right away. His pacing and emotion make it easy to identify with the characters, especially the main character, Michael. If you have not listened to many audio books, this would be a great one to start with. There is plenty of action and suspense, and hearing it, somehow makes it just pop.
It is rare that I give a book a five out of five rating. I feel this one deserves it. Iron House is a hard charging thriller with lots of action and suspense. But it is also an intense psychological thriller, with deep characters that are both flawed and exceptional. The narration by Scott Sowers makes this experience a memorable one....more
I love reading vampire stories, but it is getting harder and harder for authors to create something unique in such an overpopulated genre. Sarah Beth Durst pulls this off quite effectively with Drink, Slay, Love. Pearl, the main character, begins the book as a rather dark vampire that uses her looks and charm to sneak a quick human snack when she feels the urge. One night, however, she is stabbed in the chest by a unicorn. That's right, a unicorn. After this, she starts to develop a conscience and that change is what this novel is all about.
The writing throughout the book is witty and very personable. There are quite a few characters and Durst does a good job making each unique. I loved some of the wacky vampires in Pearl's family, especially Antoinette, who was fascinated with human television and culture. The main characters are all strong and that makes for some interesting interaction as the story ramps up. I loved the strong, funny, yet somewhat geeky Bethany. She makes all of us that did well in school seem cool.
This book does share a few things with most of the other books in the genre: prom, social cliques, forbidden romance. I am not sure why most YA authors insist on having prom be a part of their story. I guess it is a big part of most teenagers' lives, but even this book had a strong Buffy feel to it with the prom story line. Even with some common themes, this book stands out as something different.
Drink, Slay, Love is a stand alone novel, but there is room for a sequel if the author so chooses. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. I recommend it to those that love vampire or young adult fiction....more
Emily has a crush on Zach, a popular football player at her school. She thinks he has a thing for her too. The only problem is that Zach is dating Emily's best friend, Gabby. But even that does not stop an impromptu hook up while Gabby is away on vacation. Things spiral out of control from there as Emily is forced to face the ramifications of her decisions.
First things first. The cover of this book is amazing. I have no doubt that this book will sell a ton of copies based on the cover alone. The girl with the fiery red hair is both gorgeous and mysterious. It grabbed my attention when I first saw it and made me look into what the book was about.
Fury is the first in a new trilogy by author Elizabeth Miles. I would classify it as teenage horror, with a touch of paranormal. The story focuses on bad behavior and its consequences. Emily goes behind her best friend's back to be with Zach. Chase does whatever he can to escape his trailer trash image and become the star athlete. Both characters are self absorbed and prove prime targets for the Furies.
I liked the idea of pulling the Furies from Greek mythology and throwing them into a story like this. Ty, Megan and Ali show up as three beautiful, yet dark teens. At first they appear to be the bad guys of the story. But as you learn more about the characters, you will have to decide if each person's actions are deserving of their consequences.
The first two thirds of the book were great for me. I enjoyed watching the characters get into trouble and try to squirm their way out. I felt the tension building to a dark climax. But once I got there, I was a bit disappointed. The ending felt rushed. I think revealing what the Furies were all about a bit earlier in the story would have been better. Too much was thrown in at the end, without a lot of time to digest it properly.
Fury is aimed at a teenage audience. I would be careful of letting too young a reader get hold of this one. There are some naughty moments (nothing graphic), some bad language, and violence, including suicide. I like that the characters are not all straight laced and proper, but it may not be appropriate for all.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The ending brought my rating down just a bit, but I would still recommend this book. I look forward to seeing where the series goes from here. ...more
What would you do if someone you loved was horribly murdered right in front of you? Liza is forced to go into hiding with her father after her mother is shot outside of their home. How can she possibly deal with her loss while becoming someone new in a witness protection program? Father and daughter search for a way to exist while living in mortal danger each day.
The first section of this novel deals with Liza's loss of her mother. It is very emotional. I found myself with tears in my eyes at several points. The situation she finds herself in is so horrible, yet so plausible, that it easy to walk in her shoes and feel her pain.
The middle of the book focuses on Liza and her father moving around to avoid the bad guys. It was, honestly, a bit boring. After such an emotional start to the book, I expected things to move along at a quick pace, but they did not. I stuck with it, though, thinking that the plot was building to a big finale, or at least some more action. But I was wrong.
The climax never happens in the novel. I really dislike novels that end with no resolution. It can be negative or positive, but I need resolution. Otherwise, what is the point? That is exactly how I felt at the end of this book. I was asking myself, why would someone write a book that goes nowhere?
I give this one a three out of five. The beginning was really good, but after that, there just was not much there....more
When Dave Gurney put his retirement on hold to assist in solving the Mellery case, he thought it would be the last time. But when his old friend, Jack Hardwick, asks him to meet with the mother of a recent murder victim, Dave finds his curiosity hard to deny. He soon finds himself investigating not one murder, but the murders of several young girls who had been treated for sexual deviances.
I will warn you now, this one is a page turner. I found it very hard to put down, I just had to keep reading one more page. We have all come across authors whose work just seems to flow right out of their mind and into ours. Verdon is one of these authors. I can honestly say, this was my favorite read of the year so far.
This novel falls somewhere between cozy mystery and high action thriller. There are, certainly, many scenes where the action is riveting, but they do not overwhelm the story. The pacing is somewhat relaxed, like a cozy mystery, but the plot and investigation is much more intellectual. The overall feel of this novel is refreshingly unique.
The characters in Shut Your Eyes Tight are interesting, yet believable. The main character, Dave Gurney, is an incredible investigator, but he has problems with his marriage. His wife wants a simple quiet life, yet she understands her husband's need to exercise his mind. All of the characters have many sides and are sometimes unpredictable, making all that more human.
The mystery genre has a new name to add to the list of its elite. John Verdon's Dave Gurney novels are fast becoming required reading. We can only hope there are many more Gurney novels in our future....more
Three years has done nothing to ease the pain Shelly Gallus feels at the loss of her husband Max. She does not know what to think when Paolo shows up at her door claiming to be the grandson of her Max even though he is the same age as Max when he died. Stranger yet, Paolo claims that her Max is alive and living in the Philippines.
Before Ever After is a heart-warming romance with just a hint of mystery and adventure woven in. Unlike standard mystery novels, solving the mystery is not the main focus here. It is the journey and all of the magical characters that you meet along the way.
Shelly and Max come together on a tour around Europe. The story bounces back and forth among different time periods, giving us several mini stories that all tie back in to Max. Each story is brought about by the tour visiting a different area. The historical ties make these stories all the more fascinating.
I found the book to be quite charming. If you have a romantic bone anywhere in your body, then you should have no problem enjoying this one. I am not usually a fan of romantic stories, but this one held my interest and made me smile quite a few times....more
When Rebekkah returns to Claysville to bury her grandmother Maylene, she finds the town every bit as strange as when she left. Which makes sense when she realizes the town borders the land of the dead. Rebekkah and her estranged love, Byron, set out to both solve the murder of the Graveminder and discover the secret that has cursed the town for generations.
I absolutely hated to put this book down. I read this over the Memorial Day weekend so, unfortunately, I was interrupted quite a few times. I found myself sneaking pages as dinner cooked on the grill and while my little one played outside. I was really hooked right from the beginning. Some authors just have a gift for grabbing the readers' interest. Melissa Marr is one in my eyes.
The book reads like a thriller, short chapters and different perspectives, but there is quite a bit of substance here. Melissa Marr weaves an intriguing back story while not boring the reader. There is just enough plot, just enough action, just enough romance and just enough fear to keep you interested.
Melissa Marr is best known for her bestselling Wicked Lovely series of young adult novels. While there is a paranormal theme throughout this novel, this is not a paranormal romance. I love a book that is hard to classify into just one genre. With Graveminder you get mystery, dark fantasy, romance and a touch of horror all in one. The combination leads to a unique story that still has me wondering if there is something similar out there because I want more now.
I am giving Graveminder 4 stars. I enjoyed the book very much and will, most likely, go out and read more from Melissa Marr. If you like mysteries with a thread of darkness or your horror with a touch of romance, then you will like this....more
Young Theodore Boone is back for another adventure. His best friend, April, goes missing from her bedroom in the middle of the night. Desperate to do something to help his friend, Theodore organizes a search party, in spite of being told to stay out of the investigation. Will his world be turned upside down when a body is found? You will have to read for yourself to find the answers.
I absolutely loved the first book, which means I was very nervous about the second. I have had so many good books ruined when the sophomore offering comes along. But my worries proved unfounded, this one is a keeper. I was immediately immersed in the story and tore through the pages until the end.
Along with the first novel, Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, John Grisham has taken his "bread and butter" genre, the legal thriller, and introduced it to a new audience. The suspense that makes his thrillers so rewarding to read is here, along with a smattering of legal education for young readers. These lessons are so expertly woven into the story that many may not realize they are even learning.
While the target audience is much younger for this novel, I found it very interesting and know several people, some older than me, that enjoyed it as well. It is nice to have a novel that can appeal to a wide age range. This is a book parents and children can both read and enjoy, and just possible have something to talk about.
My only real complaint is the lack of an ebook version. I was surprised this was not available on my Nook. I looked around and it was not available from Amazon or Google either. I wonder if this was the author's decision or that of the publisher. I tried to find an answer to that question before publishing this review, but was unable to find any factual information. I welcome any updates anyone has on this. ...more
Claire Harkness was a girl with many advantages. She was beautiful, smart, wealthy, and powerful. She was a leader among her peers at prestigious Armtiage Academy. Yet none of these advantages saved her life. Now, former Armitage student, Matt Corelli, is assigned to find not only Claire's killer, but also her missing newborn baby.
The Twisted Thread is being marketed as a mystery, and to be fair, there is the mystery of Claire's killer and the missing baby. But for most of the book I felt like I was back in college listening to a professor lecture on the sins of the wealthy. There would be a bit of relevant material followed by quite a bit of unnecessary exposition. I am not wealthy myself, but I could not help but be offended by the class stereotypes that were the major theme of this novel.
The story is told from multiple points of view. I really enjoy this style and the author was quite competent at making the transitions. The characters are intricately developed, but at the expense of moving the plot along. I have nothing against good characterization, but the story must go somewhere. The best characters cannot save a book if they are not allowed to do anything.
Charlotte Bacon graduated from Harvard University and received a Fine Arts degree from Columbia University. Her debut collection of stories, A Private State, won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction in 1998. Her other books include Lost Geography, There is Room for You and Split Estate.
I have to give this book just two stars out of five. The plot was nothing really original and I felt diappointed with the book from pretty early on. The writing was good and very descriptive. However, the mystery was pretty easy to figure out and I am not sure there really was a climax to this story. Even after the murder is solved, the book still grinds away for several more pages....more
Laura Caxton just wanted to get back to being a state trooper after her intense vampire battle alongside US Marshal Jameson Arkeley. But when a tomb filled with 100 vampire coffins is discovered under the Gettysburg Battlefied, Laura is drawn into what is sure to become an all out vampire war.
99 Coffins is the second book in the Laura Caxton series. Just like with the first novel, 13 Bullets, you will not find any hunky vampires involved in teenage drama. The vampires in Wellington's novels are pure evil. They are very much monster-like, shedding their resemblance to humans once they are converted.
The story is told both from the point of view of Caxton as well as a series of letters and journals dating back to Civil War times. These documents tell the story of a troop of vampires that were used to turn the war for the North at the battle of Gettysburg. These troops were promised to be converted back to human once a cure was found. They were secreted away in a tomb under the battlefield and then promptly forgotten by their commanders.
Wellington uses both horrific scenes of violence and psychological suspense to terrify the reader. This is not a book for the timid. Expect a gory, violent novel with a pretty high body count. Most books of this type feature an alpha male as the lead. This one has an alpha female. Do not be fooled, though, Laura Caxton is a badass. The adrenalin ran high as I read this one.
I can strongly recommend this one to horror fans. 13 Bullets is not necessarily a requirement before reading this one, but you should read it, it is a great book as well....more
Following the release of the new HBO series A Game of Thrones, there has been renewed interest in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Fire and Ice series of novels. I purchased the paperback some time ago, but delayed starting it due to the size, it is upward of a 1,000 pages. One of my employees at work started it and loved it. So, on his recommendation, I finally began.
A Game of Thrones is a huge story, following three powerful families, the Starks, the Lannisters and the Targaryens. Each family vies for power and many members of each family compete to rule that family. The many plots and side plots make this a challenge to follow, especially early on. There are a lot of characters in this novel and the story unfolds from different points of view throughout.
I thought the storyline in this novel was fantastic. The characters are really interesting, I loved some, hated others. The battle scenes were riveting and intense. However, all of these good parts of the novel were encased in probably 300 pages of pure boredom. I almost stopped this book several times. I understand there needs to be a lot of backstory with a plot of this scope, but the author made it painfully dull. It seems as if the author had great ideas for the plot, but was completely inefficient at getting the read to certain points.
I do admire an author that has the courage to kill main, even popular, characters. There were some genuine surprises in this one for me. I also liked that the violence and sexuality in the book did not seem so watered down like most other works in the genre. I liked so many parts of the book, it seems odd to have an overall low opinion of it. I almost wish for an abridged version of the book to be released that moves things along at a quicker pace.
My opinion seems to be in the minority. A lot of people love this book and series and, for the record, I did not hate the book. I admit I am curious to see where the story goes after the first novel, but I am not sure that I will be rushing out to purchase the second book. Maybe I will wait for the HBO series to come out on DVD or Netflix to learn what happens to everyone....more
This was my first book from young author Alexandra Adornetto. I am a huge fan of the Dark Fantasy genre and was looking forward to reading this one, as I had quite a few already queued when I received it.When I finally started it I found the author's style to be very comfortable, which made for fast reading. Always a plus.
The story, however, progressed a bit slow for my liking. I understand the construct of setting up comfortable characters and situations so that you can turn them upside down. I just think that may have went on a bit too long. I was so relieved when Jake finally showed up to shake things up a bit. The idea of an angel being forced to go to Hell was interesting and a nice change from the early part of the book.
While I did like Hades overall, I could not help but have issues with the characters. Bethany is supposed to be an angel, the embodiment of good, and Jake is supposed to be a lord of Hell, the embodiment of evil. Yet neither stuck to their own values all that strongly. Plus, one minute they are powerful and can do anything, and the next, they are just normal. Then there was Molly's (crush?) on Gabriel. It just sort of appeared for no reason and then drama ensued. I found that whole side plot just a bit awkward.
It was not quite the book I was hoping for, but not a total loss either. I am curious to see what the next book will bring. I would like to see a little more character growth and a bit more action and excitement.
Hades is the second book in the Halo series. Halo was published in the fall of 2010 and Heaven will be the third book. ...more
Shaun Mason assumes control of After the End Times following the death of his sister Georgia. He has trouble focusing and is sure that he is insane, being that he has conversations with his dead sister. He is forced to step up when a researcher with the CDC shows up with proof of a startling coverup. What if everyone is wrong about the Kellis-Amberlee virus that turns people into zombies? Surely Shaun would not go marching into the CDC to confront them. Would he?
Deadline is the second book in the News Flesh trilogy by Mira Grant. The book picks up shortly after where Feed left us but this time the narrator is Shaun Mason instead of Georgia. I admit I was a bit concerned that I would not like reading from Shaun's point of view near as much as his sister's. But I need not have worried, it worked just fine.
The second book keeps that same edge that I enjoyed so much with the first one. It seemed like any character could face death with each page turn. The author proved in the first book that no character is safe. Having that in the back of my mind as I read this just deepened the psychological impact. I kept guessing who would be next. I found out too.
There is also plenty of high tech and blogging going on. Obviously, that appeals to me. I find it uplifting that that author spent the time to get things right. Too often the technology is so glaringly wrong in a novel that it ruins what would have otherwise been a great story. The technology enhances the story and the characters use technology to accomplish their goals instead of the technology being the story.
If you like books that draw you in and make you turn the pages faster and faster until something really insane happens, then you should read this one. If you have not read the first one, do that first. You will enjoy this even more. When you get to the end, I would love to hear the words that popped into your mind, or in my case, out of my mouth. It went something like "Oh my ......God!"...more
At the end of Changes, book twelve in the Dresden Files series, our favorite wizard found himself suddenly dead. Having just saved his daughter from the hands of the Red Court, Dresden was looking forward to a chance at romance with Murphy. Now he has to figure out how things work in the land of the dead.
This one was originally supposed to be released in April, but was pushed back to July. That disappointed fans, myself included, but I understand that creativity does not always conform to deadlines. According to Jim-Butcher.com, Jim's reasoning went something like this: "It came down to, readers could either get a half-assed story in April, or a full-assed one in July!”
I am happy to say that it was worth the wait. The story goes in a different direction than I was expecting. Even though this is book thirteen in the series and the characters are well established, everything felt fresh. Harry's death is a major catalyst for change in the supporting characters.
There is quite a bit of action in this one. Just because he is dead, does not mean Harry stays out of trouble. You should know better by now. He has to fend off quite a few strange characters using some unusual techniques. I did, however, find some of the middle of the book just a bit tedious to get through. I won't go as far as saying I was bored, but it was a bit slow.
The ending makes up for that. There are some pretty emotional parts once you learn the mystery behind Harry's death. I will not give it away, but just say that I loved that part of the story. It was completely unexpected and that made it even more awesome.
If you have not read this yet, go out and buy it right now. It is well worth it. You will get to see the inside of Bob's skull and Molly on the bridge of the USS Enterprise. What more could you ask for?...more
What would you do if you suddenly found out time travel was possible? For Andrew Harrington this question was easy. He would go back in time and stop Jack the Ripper from killing Marie Kelly, the prostitute he had fallen in love with. What sort of events might have to line up for such a thing to be possible. The Map of Time may provide you with the answers.
I was not quite sure what this one was going to be about when I started reading it. I make it a habit to read the blurbs and teasers when I am deciding to purchase or review a book, but not again until after I have finished reading. I want the book to be fresh and not go into it with any preconceptions. Being that this one starts out with an attempted suicide, a hidden affair with a prostitute and then time travel, I found myself wondering just where could this possibly be going?
The Map of Time is laid out in three sections, each of which is a story of it's own, but still with a connecting theme throughout. H.G. Wells, as a character, is the connecting thread in these stories. The overall mystery in the book, is whether time travel is possible, and if so, how? Time travel has fascinated readers of science fiction since the release of Wells' The Time Machine. I think that is what really hooked my with this one.
The book is quite wordy, however. I am usually not a skimmer, but I found myself breaking that rule on more than one occasion. Perhaps my reading preference has been skewed by the short paragraphs and extensive dialogue found in today's thrillers, but I could not help but feel a little overwhelmed when a paragraph would span more than a page. Still, the story was compelling enough to hold my interest.
The book was translated from the original Spanish by Nick Caistor. I have to say he did a great job. If I had not known it was a translation, I would have accepted that it was a work by an English author without question.
I enjoyed reading this book. I found it to be a nice mixture of science fiction, mystery, romance and a little history. This was a pleasant surprise for my summer reading. ...more
I received this book back at the end of May, but I try to publish my reviews once the book is available for purchase. It was hard to not read this one. I really wanted to. There were several occasions when I had the book in my hand, only to succumb to my schedule and read something else. The time finally came to read Sanctus and it was every bit as good as I thought it would be.
Sanctus is a thriller with a strong religious theme. Not to worry, it is neither a recruitment novel nor a religious slam piece. It is simply an exciting, mysterious thriller. From the very beginning, as Samuel climbs from the Citadel only to plunge to his death once nearing the top, the action and mystery suck you in.
The chapters throughout Sanctus are very short, some being only a couple of pages. This worked for me, helping to add to the excitement of what was coming next. There were many times that I was ready to stop reading, but found myself justifying a little more because it was only a couple of pages. As you may have guessed, this was a pretty fast read for me.
I found the characters to be just exceptional enough to justify my reading the book, yet real enough to satisfy that oh so strong skeptic in me. I also enjoyed that the heroine of the story is not introduced right away. The story progresses just a bit before you start to realize who the main character of the book actually is.
I enjoyed Sanctus quite a bit. It really kept me guessing. Towards the end I was sure I had everything figured out. I am happy to say that I was right, and completely wrong. That may sound weird, but once you reach the end yourself, I am sure you will understand what I am saying....more
I remember being terribly disappointed when I learned that Last Sacrifice, book six in the Vampire Academy series, was to be the last featuring Rose Hathaway. Rose is one of my favorite characters from fiction. Then I found out there was going to be a spin off series of books featuring the same universe, but the focus being on some of the side characters from the original series. I dug around the Internet and learned that the main character was going to be Sydney Sage. I love that character as well, although a good friend of mine that had read the series did not remember who that was when I mentioned it to her.
The book begins with a look at the lives of the Alchemists. I found myself wondering how I could know so little about them after reading the first series. Mead delivers a new class, complete with political and social drama, to counterpoint the Moroi, Dhampir, and Strigoi we are so familiar with. After her assistance to Rose in Last Sacrifice, Sydney must prove herself to the Alchemists. She is sent on a mission to babysit the sister of the Moroi queen, Jill Dragomir.
There are quite a few familiar faces in this book. Rose makes a brief appearance, but is nowhere near the focus of the story. Eddie, Jill, Adrian and Sydney are the main characters this time around. While familiar from the previous books, we see new depth and insight to these characters in Bloodlines. Oh, and Abe Mazur shows up from time to time in this one. He is still the same ornery character he has always been.
If you liked the Vampire Academy books, you will love this one too. The characters get themselves into interesting predicaments and have to find unique ways to get out of trouble. There are many side plots among the characters that are both scary and wonderful. There is not a lot of romance in this one, but I can see the groundwork for things to come in the upcoming novels. There is also some action. While not a badass like Rose, Sydney can take care of herself.
It would be wrong not to mention the cover of the book. I purchased the Nookbook version, but still fell in love with the cover art. The ruggedly handsome guy and the beautiful girl are enough to catch the eye by themselves. But the mystical looking tatto on the girl's cheek, combined with the somewhat dangerous look in her eyes, adds to the personality of the book.
Bloodlines received a 5/5 rating from me. I do not hand these out lightly. Richelle Mead took a big risk creating this spinoff series when the original series has such a loyal fan base. She rose to the challenge and created a wonderful new series that I am sure will be greatly successful. The next book in the series, The Golden Lily, is tentatively due out on May 1, 2012. ...more
Probably the most popular fictional spy, James Bond, was created by British author Ian Fleming. He authored twelve novels and two collections of short stories featuring agent 007. After his death, James Bond lived on in new novels from authors Kingsley Amis, John Gardner, Raymond Benson, Sebastion Faulks, and now Jeffery Deaver.
I was pretty excited when I found out Deaver was writing the next Bond novel. I have been a huge fan of his work for many years now. I look forward to his new offerings each year. So I grabbed this one up and figured I would tear through it in just a couple of day. But I was wrong. I found this one hard to finish.
I hate writing negative reviews, but I feel I must with Carte Blanche. I have read many other reviews of this book and most people tend to disagree with me. Most talk about the fast action and the famous Deaver twists. There is some action and, for sure, the plot twists that have made Deaver so popular. But I felt that the book did not flow well.
Throughout the book I felt almost as if I were reading mini commercials for various products. There was too much detail about the foods being eaten or the alcohol being consumed. I know James Bond is supposed to be suave, but it came across as a little condescending.
The book was not a total loss. The villain was interesting. His obsession with death made him a bit dark for a Bond novel, but I think that actually worked well. The ending of the book was better than the beginning. Things seemed to pick up a little at least.
Overall, I was not a fan of this one. I do love Jeffery Deaver as an author and look forward to what he releases next....more