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The following are books I've recently read either from NetGalley or they were free on Amazon. I won't bother with the the synopsis but you can click on the cover and it will take you to Goodreads.
This novel sounded really good but alas, I couldn't finish it. It's well written and edited, as least the part I read. I stuck in there longer than I would normally because of that. It never grabbed me and held my attention.
Accidentally in Love with a God would be good for some depending what you expect from your books.
I've read other novels by L.J. Sellers and finished them but couldn't invest in this story. The heroine wasn't my cup of tea so to speak. Having said that, I might go back and try again at a later date. You know how you have to be in a certain mood to read a particular kind of book, this might have been my problem especially as I enjoy Ms Sellers' other novels.
Release Date: 1/14/14
Runner grabbed me from the very beginning. I could not find good stopping points as I wanted to keep reading and reading.
Great premise, well written and plotted.
I will be publishing my review closer to the release date.
Release Date: 2/18/14
This is an alternate reality novel. Again, the synopsis caught my attention but the book is one I would not normally read and I couldn't finish it.
It's well written and has a novel idea but it wasn't for me. It will be for some readers so check it out.
Release Date: 2/25/14
There are many books I request from NetGalley that sound good at the time but I find they are not for me. I couldn't in all honesty advise against them because you know, different books for different readers. I don't find it fair to review a novel I requested and it wasn't what I thought it would be. I do leave the feedback on NetGalley. I just file it away in Goodreads as couldn't finish and occasionally I will go back and try to read them again.
There are also books I get from NetGalley that just blow me out of the water. For those surprises, I will post reviews on my site and Goodreads as close to the release date as possible and do the feedback on NetGalley.
Just my thoughts.
Internationally bestselling author Jeffery Deaver delivers the latest sensational thriller in his wildly popular Kathryn Dance series.Newsweek calls Jeffery Deaver a “suspense superstar,” and in his new novel, he lives up to the accolades once again as he sets his heroine Kathryn Dance on a quest to stop an obsessive stalker from destroying a beautiful young country singer. Kayleigh Towne is gorgeous with a voice that is taking her to the heights of the country pop charts. Her hit single “Your Shadow” puts her happily in the spotlight, until an innocent exchange with one of her fans leads Kayleigh into a dark and terrifying realm. The fan warns, “I’m coming for you,” and soon accidents happen and people close to Kayleigh die. Special Agent Kathryn Dance must use her considerable skills at investigation and body language analysis to stop the stalker—but before long she learns that, like many celebrities, Kayleigh has more than just one fan with a mission. A former folksinger, Deaver has written the actual song, "Your Shadow."
There are good mystery writers, there are even great mystery writers but Mr. Deaver is head and shoulders above the great mystery writers. You could call him the master of mystery writers and that’s still not good enough!!
I started reading Mr. Deaver’s Lincoln Rhyme series several years ago and became an addict. He has now added another series starring Kathryn Dance. She works for the California Bureau of Investigations. She’s a mom and a widow whose husband was killed in the line of duty as a police officer. Prior to joining the Bureau, she was a jury consultant. Kathryn has a unique honed talent. She’s a human lie detector. She studies body language to get a read on the individuals being interviewed in connection with her investigations.
This story takes place over three days as Kathryn is on vacation in Fresno, CA. Her hobby and love is recording unknown artists and loading them to a website (with their permission of course). Kathryn decides to pay a visit to her friend and rising country star Kayleigh Towne (who to me sounds suspiciously like Taylor Swift). Kayleigh is preparing for a concert in her hometown and is being relentlessly pursued by a crazed fan. Yes, a stalker.
Mr. Deaver is a wonderful writer and he can turn his stories on a dime. I’ve yet to figure out who the real bad guy is in the novels I’ve read thus far. I always think I have it figured out but darn it if he doesn’t change directions and I’m left hanging. The mystery aspect is there in XO, the descriptions are great, the storyline is okay. This novel just felt like it was missing a spark or something.
Usually when reading a Jeffrey Deaver novel, I can’t put it down. It’s entrancing. This one not so much. It felt too contained and scripted. Surprises, yes but you could feel them coming. I like the unpredictability of his novels and this one just didn’t do it for me. I found myself skimming through several areas. Never done that before with one of his novels. I always buy his books in hardback but after this installment of Kathryn Dance, I might get future novels in this series in the Kindle edition. At this point I’m not sure if Kathryn is a character who should have her own series. I’m not giving up on her though.
You can purchase XO from Amazon for the hard cover at #19.52, the paper back at $8.99 and the Kindle version at $8.54. I still have a hard time with paying the Kindle prices above
At the end of Submit, Arianna Harlow had enough pride in herself to walk away from Rafe Palazzo, who had started their relationship using blackmail. Though she’d fallen in love with him, she was strong enough to say goodbye. We saw the softer side of Rafe, especially toward the end, but it was too late…
Or was it?
Seduced begins almost two years after Ari starts her new life. She is teaching at a community college, and when she asks the class whether they have any questions for her, Rafe is there and has only one: Will you go on a date with me?
What is Ari’s answer? You’ll find out in the third installment of Melody Anne’s New York Times best-selling series, Surrender.
Along with Ari’s story, we will see what happens when Shane and Lia become trapped together on an island when a tropical storm hits, and how the sparks will fly again.
And we can’t forget about Rachel Palazzo, who isn’t looking for love, but finds it in a shocking way.
This story continues the lives of Ari, Lia and Rachel. These three women are resilient, determined, and worth loving. The question is, whether the men in their lives strong enough to keep them.
This series has unexpectedly captivated me.
What I liked: The story progresses and the characters are the story. While Ari and Rafe's story continues, Seduced gets more in-depth with Rafe's sisters, Lia and and Rachel. There's a good twist with Rachel which I had hoped would come to pass. I like how Ms Anne portrays the strong, resilient side of her female characters.
What I didn't like: The men in this series can be complete jerks. I'm all for macho but not macho stupidity. Not my favorite in the series due to all the different points of view. I guess I got used to Ari and Rafe being the stars of the series.
It's a solid read and moves the story along. The next and final book in the series, Scorched, is due out 11 November 2013.
The Kindle price at $3.99 is solid but the paperback at $8.51 is just a tad high
Praised by critics, a thriller by an Edgar Award-winning author stars a Native American woman who uses ancient wisdom and modern street smarts to help fugitives cover their trails and begin new lives. Reprint.NYT.
Jane Whitefield is a Native American guide who leads people out of the wilderness--not the tree-filled variety but the kind created by enemies who want you dead. She is in the one-woman business of helping the desperate disappear. Thanks to her membership in the Wolf Clan of the Seneca tribe, she can fool any pursuer, cover any trail, and then provide her clients with new identities, complete with authentic paperwork. Jane knows all the tricks, ancient and modern; in fact, she has invented several of them herself. So she is only mildly surprised to find an intruder waiting for her when she returns home one day. An ex-cop suspected of embezzling, John Felker wants Jane to do for him what she did for his buddy Harry Kemple: make him vanish. But as Jane opens a door out of the world for Felker, she walks into a trap that will take all her heritage and cunning to escape....
For all the ladies out there who shy away from books featuring a female lead written by a male author, you’ll love this book and the whole series. This book was published in 1995 before the cell phone revolution so you can’t read it based on today’s technologies. It just wouldn’t work. There’s a latter book in the series that acknowledges how the methods used in the first several of the Jane Whitfield Series, wouldn’t be viable today. It still makes a good read. I was very skeptical about a book written by a male with a female main character but my sister-in-law just wouldn’t give up. I broke down and ordered the first book in a used paperback. About a third of the way through, I reordered the book in hard cover and then ordered the rest of the series.
Jane Whitfield is of Native American descent. She keeps a very low profile and doesn’t have a lot of friends. Her next door neighbor, Jake Reinert, a somewhat nosy old man, has known Jane since she was born and he tries to keep an eye on her for safety’s sake. If he didn’t know that she made her living with a “research and consulting business “, he would be extremely worried about where her money came from. Sometimes Jane is gone a couple of days but other occasions, several months. She keeps weird hours and strange people are always showing up at her house.
Jane is a guide. Not the sightseeing type but the kind that helps people disappear, alive but gone forever. Not only is the story fascinating but if you like in-depth research about Indian culture, Mr. Perry provides it in quantity and quality. I’ve read this series several times and the Indian history doesn’t get old. I always pick up something new. Jane’s resourcefulness and brains make this the series what it is. She is a strong. tenacious female lead but not flashy or predictable. Mr. Perry’s descriptive ability is awe inspiring. You actually see and feel what Jane does. Take a chance on Jane and let her inspire you.
The Kindle price is $6.83 and the paperback is $7.19. Since I've read the series and know what to expect, the price isn't a factor in buying any of Mr. Perry's books.
The successful urban fantasy series continues as Celia
Graves—part human, part vampire, part Siren—faces black
magic and heartbreak.
Celia Graves’s newest client is one of the last surviving members of a magical family that is trapped in a generations-old feud with other magic-workers. She’s supposed to die at the next full moon unless Celia can broker peace between the clans or break the curse before it can take effect.
For the first time in a long while, Celia’s personal life is looking up. Her vampire abilities seem to be under control, her Siren abilities have gotten more reliable, and even though her office was blown up, her services are more in demand than ever now that she's fought off terrorists and been part of the royal wedding of the year. Her friends all seem to be finding love and her grandmother has—finally—agreed to go to family therapy. The only trouble spot is Celia’s love life. Not long ago, she had two boyfriends.
Now she barely has one and she isn’t sure she wants him. But Bruno DeLuca is a powerful mage and Celia needs his help . . . especially after she's attacked and her client is kidnapped.
I love this series, you know that, right? Well, this one wasn't my favorite but it was necessary to advance the series.
What I liked: The characters are among my favorites, not just Celia but all the characters. To Dance With the Devil is a very well written novel and focuses on some characters not previously in the spotlight. I can feel the lines that are stretching out to become more important in later novels. This entry into the series, delves more into the relationships of the characters. Celia with her Mom, sister and Gran. Dawna's with Chris, you get the idea. It's a solid entry in the series and closes and opens some story lines.
What I didn't like: It was a bit slow. As mentioned, the novel was more about the characters and relationships than anything else. It didn't have the grit, the action or the "grab you by the throat" urgency of the previous books in the series. I felt this was more of a transitional novel. It advances the story.
Overall, I enjoyed To Dance With the Devil. Not my favorite but a good solid read. Can't wait to see what happens next in Celia's world.
I thought the pricing of both the Kindle edition at $8.89 and the paperback at $9.60 a bit much. Don't understand pricing at all except the author didn't set this price.
Review: After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse (Sookie Stackhouse #13.5) by Charlaine Harris, Lisa Desimini (Illustrator) - Released 29 October 2013
Dead Ever After marked the end of the Sookie Stackhouse novels—a series that garnered millions of fans and spawned the hit HBO television show True Blood. It also stoked a hunger that will never die…a hunger to know what happened next.
With characters arranged alphabetically—from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli—bestselling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens.
This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions—including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…
The book will feature extensive interior art by acclaimed Sookie artist Lisa Desimini, including a Sookieverse Alphabet, color endpapers, and several full-page black and white interior illustrations.
This is gonna be short but sweet. I know there's a lot of angst over this series and many people refusing to buy this little gem because of their feelings. I look at it this way, Ms Harris wrote a series that became a cult following. She wasn't going to please everyone, no way.
I enjoyed the series. I had no expectations of who Sookie would spent her life with. It was just a series I enjoyed reading. Some books were better written than others and some books had better storylines than others. They were just stories.
After Dead is an epilogue to the series. It gives the ending to each character, or does it? Some made me wonder.
I enjoyed finding out what Ms Harris saw for each character after the series ended. It put a period on the series for me.
Cost wise, it was a bit expensive but as I have all the books in hard cover, I needed the print version of After Dead. I wouldn't normally pay the $10.80 but I collected them. Now, there is no way I would pay the $8.79 for the Kindle version. That's just a bit much.
Nalini Singh, the New York Times bestselling “alpha author of paranormal romance” (Booklist) returns to an immortal world of violent passion and lethal power…on the brink of a deadly archangelic war.
Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.
Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.
Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.
Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…
A fantastic new addition to the Guild Hunter Series. It's all about Elena and Raphael in this installment.
What I liked: Each character in this novel and in the previous ones are so very carefully crafted. Ms Singh is a master at creating complex, sympathetic, hateful (the villains) and spine tingling characters. Yes, the novels are story driven but the characters make everything come alive. Each character is constantly evolving and always keeps you guessing. I enjoyed seeing a different side of Raphael and Caliane's relationship. Seeing Elena forging relationships will all the different people was a revelation into her role as the Consort/Hunter and overall the person she truly is. I love Bluebell but now I'm a bit in love with Sparkle. Ms Singh always keeps you guessing. I can't figure out where this series is going but I am loving the ride!
The highest compliment I can think to give an author is: I became lost in the story, the characters, the plot and the feelings in your novel. This is exactly what happened to me while reading Archangel's Legion. Kudos Ms Singh!
What I didn't like: Okay, this is pitiful but I missed the by play between Elena and Dmitri.
The prices (KIndle - $5.99 and paper back $7.19) had no bearing on whether I would buy Archangel's Legion. I wasn't going to miss it but it is very well priced for a best selling author of Ms Singh's status.
"What you've got in your hands is a rare and special treat. Don't let anyone tear it from your hands without drawing their blood."—Lee Goldberg, award-winning author of the Monk mysteries
Still bearing the emotional scars from her traumatic first body guarding job in the States, Charlie Fox returns to her former home to try and work out both her personal and professional future. Instead of the peace for which she's been hoping, Charlie is immediately caught up in the aftermath of a fatal bike crash involving one of her closest friends.
While not my favorite in the Charlie Fox Series, I have to acknowledge the excellent writing by Ms Sharp. There was nothing wrong with Road Kill but the storyline just wasn't one of my favorites.
What I liked: I had no idea who the "bad guy" was. When I read a thriller/mystery, that is one of my measuring sticks. I thought I knew, well, I thought I knew a lot but I was way off. I liked seeing Charlie in a different setting instead of her "regular" life. Road Kill also cements the relationship with Charlie and Sean. I wasn't sure if they were gonna stick together or not as there's so much history but this story showed how committed they were/are to each other.
What I didn't like: Motorcycles are a big part of Charlie's life and persona but not my favorite theme based book. It's all about bikers and bikes. As I'm not a big fan of motorcycles, I had a hard time getting into the life style described but it was described well.
Even it's not one of my favorites, Road Kill, is a necessary entry into the series to move it along. So, it's a story that needed to be told.
While the Kindle version is $4.49 and paper back at $14.83 seem steep, I'm totally invested in this series so the price wasn't a big draw back. However, if you're looking to save some money, try the library.
Celia Graves was once an ordinary human, but those days are long gone. Now she strives to maintain her sanity and her soul while juggling both vampire abilities and the powers of a Siren.
Not every bride needs a bridesmaid who can double as a bodyguard. But Celia's cousin Adriana is no ordinary bride: she's a Siren princess, and she's marrying the king of a small but politically important European country. She's getting death threats from fanatics who want to see the whole Siren race wiped out—including Celia herself, who is half Siren.
Luckily, Celia is on duty when a trip to a bridal salon is interrupted by an assassination attempt, so everyone survives. When Adriana returns to the Siren homeland to try to prevent a coup, Celia is free to hunt for the terrorists and the vile mage who is helping them (while keeping her eyes open for the perfect maid-of-honor dress).
Assuming the bride and groom both live to see their wedding day, this will be one royal wedding no one will ever forget.
Nonstop action, kick ass heroine, and an intriguing story line make The Eldritch Conspiracy an excellent addition to the Blood Singer Series.
Cat Adams’ (writing team of Cathy Clamp and C. T. Adams) novel is everything you could ask for in a book. While you could probably read The Eldritch Conspiracy as a stand alone, why would you even want to? The whole Blood Singer Series is a must read for any Urban Fantasy reader, in my opinion.
Celia Graves is part vampire and part Siren. Yes, really. It works extremely well together. She’s a body guard and her vampire abilities help in this area. As a Siren, she has an allure to men able to bear children, not just have sex. A different twist.
The first chapter is a shocker. Yep, it was, and I actually felt my mouth drop open on where the author took one of the story lines. To
tell the truth, I was pretty pissed. Now you have to read it, right?
That’s the wonder of this series; I’m deeply invested in each and every character. I wanted to smack a couple of them. No, I wanted to knee a couple of characters and pull out the hair on a few others.
Okay, I feel better now. Celia’s troubles seem to come one behind the other. Take a deep breath and dig in. You won’t remember to breathe for a while. We have spawn, a cult, jealous women and stupid men (maybe not completely stupid but some definite chauvinistic traits).
Through everything, Celia holds it together and with a teeny bit of help, she overcomes. Is she happy? I’m really not sure. I feel she’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. The story is an up and down and sideways trip through just a few days in her life while guarding a Siren princess, Adrianna, who’s preparing for a State wedding. Celia becomes a target due to her Siren blood. A body guard who has body guards. Not kidding. Have I peaked your interest??
The Eldritch Conspiracy is very well written. (I wouldn’t expect less of Ms Adams). The world building continues in a logical, but surprising, thought out theme. The characters are growing or showing truer colors. The story line is extremely well plotted and moving right along. The novel isn’t a beach read. If you try it, you might end up badly sunburned. If life hadn’t intruded, I would have tried to read this in one sitting. I could never find a good stopping point.
I’m hoping and have my fingers crossed for another installment later this year. Pretty please Ms Adams?? (Next in the series is To Dance With the Devil, release date is 5 November 2013)
The Kindle price might seem high at $7.99, but as a fan of this series, I didn't mind. The paperback version is regularly priced at $7.19
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