Friday, October 19, 2012

Beauty (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #20.5)Beauty by Laurell K. Hamilton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An outtake from the bestselling novel, Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton.

It's easy for Anita Blake to doubt her beauty when there are sexy vampires like Jean Claude around. However, with the help of a large hot tub two incredibley sexy men (well vampires)- Jean Claude and Asher- will make her feel like the most desirably woman alive...

Although short, only 30 pages, this was a hot little preview into the newest Anita Blake novel that left me anxiously awaiting the release of Kiss the Dead.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Lincoln Conspiracy: A NovelThe Lincoln Conspiracy: A Novel by Timothy L. O'Brien
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

In the Spring of 1865, as America mourns the death of President Abraham Lincoln, a shocking discovery is made. Police detective Temple McFadden stumbles upon two diaries that together reveal the true story behind the Lincoln assassination.

With many people after the diaries, Temple's quest to bring the conspirators to justice endangers his life as well of the lives of his wife and friends. Temple's journey to the truth takes him through the Civil War-era capital district, into bawdy houses and back alleys where he struggles to remain one step ahead of the enemies that await him at every turn.

With an interesting and diverse cast of characters this story follows many twists toward a climax that may leave readers gasping.

The author did a fantastic job making his characters believable.

The story was well developed and I enjoyed reading it, although at times it did seem to drag a bit. Overall, this was a great story that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a good conspiracy theory.


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Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Brewing Storm (Derrick Storm, #1)A Brewing Storm by Richard Castle
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

For Derrick Storm leaving the CIA involved faking his own death, so when his former boss calls in an old favor, he knows there must be more going on then the kidnapping of the son of a U.S. Senator. Working alongside FBI Agent April Showers, Storm must sift his way through a web of lies and ransom notes to find the truth.

The author Richard Castle (or whoever really wrote the book) did a good job of combining humorous dialogue with suspenseful themes. I found the characters to be well written although I found some of their names to me rather cliché.

Overall, I would say that it was an excellent read and I look forward to seeing what will happen next.


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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1 by Yu Aida

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Henrietta barely survives the murder of her family, after which the Social Welfare Agency uses the latest in cybernetic technology to save her life. All memories of the past are erased from her mind as the Agency turns her into a deadly assassin.

Henrietta is plagued by fragmented memories of her past even after the programming given to her by the Agency. As her handler Jose is charged with keeping her feelings in check and ensuring that she stays focused on her mission. Jose finds this difficult due to her resemblance to his younger sister.

I very much enjoyed reading this and look forward to seeing what happens next.





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Saturday, March 31, 2012

They Still Call Me SisterThey Still Call Me Sister by Deborah Plummer Bussey

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Kathleen Carpenter is a former nun turned psychologist. When one of her patients is found dead and suicide is deemed the cause, she sets out to prove that her patient was murdered. The closer Kathy gets to discovering the truth, the closer she comes to putting her own life in danger. Can she find the killer before she becomes the next victim?

As the novel unfolds, two stories parallel each other. We see the path the led eighteen year old Kathleen to take her vows and become a nun in the first place, what lead her to leave that life and reenter the world and become a psychologist.

Although the story started out slow, once it got going it was hard to put down. The characters were well written and believable. I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good mystery.




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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Soul Seeker (Lasniniar, #3)Soul Seeker by Jacquelyn Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


In a world where the destiny of every elf is laid out for them, what would you do if your fate was the only one that remained a mystery? How far you go to, how long would you search for answers?

Iarion has spent millennia searching for his life’s purpose. Now, after all this time, he may be the only one who can stop the dark powers from rising. Treachery looms around every corner as he is joined by his unlikely companions on a quest to save their world.

When I first began reading, I was struck by the similarities to “The Lord of the Ring” trilogy by J.R.R. Toilken. That being a band of unlikely companions on a seemingly impossible quest, on which they encounter opposition at every turn.

The author did an incredible job creating the world in which this story took place. I found it easy to envision what was happening. The literary environment along with strong character development made it easy for me to really become immersed in the story and invested in the outcome.

Overall, this was a well written story that I would without a doubt recommend to fans of the fantasy genre.





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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shortcake by Christopher Gorham Calvin


Deep in the Soul Wind Forest, outside the city of Eden, is a government facility where two young children of science were born or engineered as super human soldiers. A boy and a girl, both demonstrating remarkable abilities and each endowed with the ability to kill. When the girl, Amanda, escapes the facility things begin to change. Focus shifts to the boy, Evan, as a way to redeem the project and the substantial investment it represents. Things begin to spiral out of control when two later Evan escapes an island dedicated to top secret government training and makes his way back to Eden looking for revenge.

Meanwhile, a serial killer from nearby Jericho City makes his way back to his hometown of Eden. The police comb the forest searching for any sign of the killer or what he may be planning.

Chaos ensues as these two events near their conclusions. It becomes a race to not just catch the bad guys but to save the city.

I very much enjoyed this book and was drawn in from the beginning. Because the author did such a good job with character development, I found myself invested in the characters and their well being.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers, especially those that make you think.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Sea is Not Black and Other Stories by J. V. Love


This collection includes four short stories including the following:

1.) The Sea is Not Black:
Anatoly Ranakov is living to Kiev, only a few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He is able to make a fortune illegally, but he spends every day being haunted by his past. Of a split second decision made fifteen years earlier. He begins to fear for his sanity when he starts hearing a voice that curses and berates him. As this voice forces him to remember a past he tried so hard to not to think about, even he doesn’t know what to expect.

The word ‘’irony’’ took on a whole new meaning to me as this story kept me on the edge of my seat. It was very well written and an interesting read.

2.) Alice’s Sasquatch:
As a very unhappy graduate student in paleontology, Alice will do almost anything that will help her get finished and be able to graduate as soon as possible. While on a rather unsuccessful dig in Montana she makes the discovery of a lifetime. Now she finds herself faced with two options, either make a lot of money or graduate. As she struggles with her decision it really comes down to two things, will she forever change the life/existence of her find or will it change her?

Although I enjoyed this story, I feel like it was missing something. It seems to me as though the story was cut short. As if the conclusion wasn’t finished.

3.) Without Regret:
A historical fiction, based on a true story, about a German soldier who defects prior to the Nazi invasion of the USSR during WWII. Although he hopes to stop this deadly conflict, he instead finds himself in an endless series of interrogations. Will he be able to stop change the out of the German Blitzkrieg or will his efforts be lost?

An interesting perspective of the war that I have never before read.

4.) Hold the Line:
During WWII, at the start of the Nazi invasion the USSR, Felix Varilensky and his friend Dima volunteer to help defend Leningrad. With the Germans fast approaching they soon find themselves fighting the ineptitude of their regiment, all of them being under-equipped and under-trained. How will be able to hold the line and keep the Nazis from taking Leningrad?

I very much enjoyed reading this story. I found myself getting invested in the well being of the main characters.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Forget the Past: Book 1 - Fear of the Past Trilogy by Claude Nougat


Tony Bellomo, a 17 year old computer genius, awakes one day suffering from burnout and feeling like an old man. He decides to go to Sicily in search of his heritage. While wandering the streets of Sicily after a disappointing visit to the museum that was once his family’s palace the Circolo di Conversazione attracts his attention. His curiosity gets the best of him and upon entering the door slams shut and he finds himself locked in. Once inside Tony comes face-to-face with his ancestors, going back 900 years, who spend their time watching plays of their lives as they await Judgment Day. It is during one of these plays that Tony discovers that he has more in common with an Englishman than he does with his own father. He finds himself hopelessly infatuated with the Duchess of Floridia, as he bears an uncanny resemblance to her secret lover of long ago. Can he take her back into his world so that they can be together? Is love even possible with a woman who has been dead for 200 years?

The author’s ability to accurately describe the clothing worn by the society of the times was impressive.

I’ve never read anything quite like this before. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to finding out what happens next.

Friday, January 20, 2012

1,000,000 pages in a lifetime (2012)

Lifetime total: 15,892 out of 1,000,000
Total for year:7,851

1. Operation Overlord by Jack Patterson (82 pages)
2. Forget the Past: Book One of Fear of the Past Trilogy by Claude Nougat (200 pages)
3. The Sea is Not Black and Other Stories by J. V. Love (81 pages)
4. Shortcake by Christopher Gorham Calvin (401 pages)
5. Soul Seeker - A Novel of Lasniniar by Jacquelyn Smith (435 pages)
6. They Call Me Sister by Deborah Plummer Bussey (298 pages)
7. Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1 (Gunslinger Girl Vol. 1-3) by Yu Aide (576 pages)
8. Ill Wind (Weather Wardens 1) by Rachel Caine (210 pages)
9. The Story of Grace by Jessica Brooke (6 pages)
10. In the Mirror: A Short Story by Robin Lythgoe (22 pages)
11. Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake by Laurell K. Hamilton (33 pages)
12. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James (382 pages)
13. Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E. L. James (357 pages)
14. Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E. L. James (423 pages)
15. The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass (336 pages)
16. Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton (367 pages)
17. A Brewing Storm (Derrick Storm #1) by Richard Castle (84 pages)
18. National Geographic - July 2012 Issue (215 pages)
19. Chop Suey - A Darby Stansfield Thriller by Ty Hutchinson (370 pages)
20. Dark War (Matt Richter #3) by Tim Waggoner (394 pages)
21. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness (594 pages)
22. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness (591 pages)
23. Animal Farm by George Orwell (67 pages)
24. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins (213 pages)
25. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins (219 pages)
26. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins (228 pages)
27. The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien (346 pages)
28. Discretion by Allison Leotta (321 pages)

Operation Overlord by Jack Patterson



The story follows Pat, an 18 year-old high school dropout, as he volunteers for the draft during World War II. As a member of the 1st howitzer gun crew of A Battery, 15th Field Artillery Battalion, 2nd Infantry Division follow Pat as he goes from Normandy just six days after D-day through France, into Germany, and eventually Czechoslovakia. As the story unfolds Pat faces the difficulties of war including but not limited to: the fear of battle, going days without sleep, constant relocation and emplacement, and watching as friends become casualties of war. Shortly after the end of the war Pat finds himself discharged from the military, however those experiences stay with him throughout his life. In fact, forty-nine years later he finds himself back in Europe retracing his journey and recounting those events.

I found it easy to visualize the events taking place, thanks to the author’s excellent use of description. The characters were well written, and I found myself invested in their well-being. Dialogue between characters offered some much needed comic relief in the midst of some tense, dramatic scenes.

Although the story moved forward at a decent pace there were just a few places where it seemed a bit slower than necessary.

Overall, a compelling read that I would recommend to anyone who has an interest or curiosity in the events of war.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

35 books in 2012

Books read: 27 out of 35

1. Operation Overlord by Jack Patterson
2. Forget the Past: Book One of Fear of the Past Trilogy by Claude Nougat
3. The Sea is Not Black and Other Stories by J. V. Love
4. Shortcake by Christopher Gorham Calvin
5. Soul Seeker - A Novel of Lasniniar by Jacquelyn Smith
6. They Call Me Sister by Deborah Plummer Bussey
7. Gunslinger Girl Omnibus 1 (Gunslinger Girl Vol. 1-3) by Yu Aide
8. Ill Wind (Weather Wardens 1) by Rachel Caine
9. The Story of Grace by Jessica Brooke
10. In the Mirror: A Short Story by Robin Lythgoe
11. Beauty: An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Outtake by Laurell K. Hamilton
12. Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E. L. James
13. Fifty Shades Darker (Fifty Shades #2) by E. L. James
14. Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) by E. L. James
15. The Selection (Selection #1) by Kiera Cass
16. Kiss the Dead (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Series #21) by Laurell K. Hamilton
17. A Brewing Storm (Derrick Storm #1) Richard Castle
18. National Geographic - July 2012 Issue
19. Chop Suey - A Darby Stansfield Thriller by Ty Hutchinson
20. Dark War (Matt Richter #3) by Tim Waggoner
21. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
22. Shadow of Night (All Souls Trilogy #2) by Deborah Harkness
23. Animal Farm by George Orwell
24. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
25. Catching Fire (Hunger Games #2) by Suzanne Collins
26. Mockingjay (Hunger Games #3) by Suzanne Collins
27. The Lincoln Conspiracy by Timothy L. O'Brien