Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Review: Rooms By:Lauren Oliver

RoomsRooms by Lauren Oliver
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Richard Walker has passed away requiring his family to come together under one roof at his home in Coral River. His Ex wife, Caroline, Daughter, Minnie, Granddaughter, Amy, and Son, Trenton are joined by those that already have had claim to the house long before the Walkers ever walked in. They have their own stories, their own secrets; Sandra, speaks all the time was there in the 70s, before her there always seemed to be Alice.
Living, like the dead, have their own corners they hide in the dark, shadows they keep from each other and at times from themselves. This is so beautifully exposed and demonstrated through the author's writing "it's the same way treed grow around the very vines that are killing them, so they're strangled and sustained all at once." Amazing insight, with different characters as a focus as different rooms are 'explored' or 'exposed'.
There is such a depth in this writing that one could and should re read this. It is haunting and gothic in feel and very enjoyable.

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Review: The Infinite Wave By: Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea (The Fifth Wave #2)The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The second installment of The 5th Wave is not a letdown. This one will have you on the edge and begin to fill in the pieces of what is to come. You will have to read the first book before entering this one.

Cassie and Evan are in this but not as much as Ringer. There is more of a backstory on the group, on Poundcake, Zombie, which gives a dimension to the humans that are left. The 'plan' is slowly being understood for the wiping of the planet.
"If you are human, there is no hope."
I loved this book, Ringer really standing out. Her interactions with Vosch and her above average mind working to understand the incomprehensible. This is the book that sets up the climax, that builds it all up. I can not wait for the next book, I am on edge.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Review: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane By: Alex Irvine

Review: The Secret Journal of Ichabod Crane  By: Alex Irvine            4/5

Based on the Characters from Fox's Hit TV Show SLEEPY HOLLOW


Written as a journal in Crane's voice, filled with photos, sketches, news clippings, and more this is a great addition to any fan of the Fox series. It will take you through the season, but only through the inner mind of Crane. You, the reader, will be privy to some new thoughts, to some clues (something up ahead), to some funny observances of our modern culture, and his simple brilliance. You feel the desperation, the frustration, he releases his failure onto the paper and his need to win this battle against evil.
Welcome to the fandom, step right in and grab a book. You will enjoy this, it isn't simply the retelling of stories of the season, it is the opening of the characters mind and heart on paper - and quite frankly, it's that depth that will make the show even more enjoyable for me to watch.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for a review.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Review: Every Little Secret By: Laura Lippman

Every Secret ThingEvery Secret Thing by Laura Lippman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Two white girls, Ronnie and Alice, came across a black baby abandoned in a stroller in a upscale neighborhood of Baltimore. It was a decision. Four days later the infant was found dead in a secluded shack in Leakin Park. The girls were sent away to juvenile facilities, the mother of the infant (a Judge's daughter) never forgot and never forgave, and time went on.
That is until seven years later and they were released. Ronnie's parents now living in a new home and Alice back in the same with her single mother. A child has now gone missing. Three years old. Blood has been found with the child's clothing in the garbage. And both the girls are close enough to the proximity to Value City and the Mall where it happened that it is possible that lightning has just struck twice.
A race against time for detectives Nancy (Porter) and Infante that have a missing child case on their lap and the political breath of Cynthia Barnes breathing down their neck with her accusations of 'knowing' that the children that did this to her baby did this again. As they delve deep into the case, what the uncover can send chills even up the spine of the seasoned detective - and really makes the reader question who is the criminal.
This was a really good book. Each page reflected on how on incident flows into another and how many lives it effects and intercepts. Long after I have put this book down, I am even asking myself about who really is the true criminal in this case - who is the one that really deserved the just punishment. A book that makes you think afterwards and want to discuss it - really I think best for book club, and trust me you will be debating this. Enjoy.

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Review: Heroes Are My Weakness By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My WeaknessHeroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Annie Hewitt came back to Peregrine Island to fulfill the stipulation of the agreement of the sixty days on the island in order to keep the house and to find out about the cryptic message her mother gave her before her death saying that the legacy could be found there. Doing puppet shows certainly didn't pay for her mother's bills and now drowning in debt, this is the only place she can run to and hopefully find the answers that she has been looking for.
She wasn't expecting the cold winter wind to blow from Harp House the boy from the past, the one that now stood brooding and out of a fantasy and novel. Too bad they have a not too pleasant past of sweet first love, sweet kisses along the beach followed by torture and irrational behavior - under those perfect hooded eyes lies a psychopath - at least that is how Annie remembers it.
Theo Harp needed to hide away, brood in his guilt. Unfortunately for him a woman emerged from the girl he once loved, puppets in hand, strength and too many questions. She brings happiness with her - to others, with him she is cool and frustrating, and makes him feel alive.
A series of break ins and threats occur against Annie, at first she suspects Theo, but after someone takes a shot at her, she has no choice but to trust him. When the two come close the sparks come and the unraveling the the past makes wounds bleed - hopefully, they have enough to heal.
There is also a nice secondary story that comes into play with the puppets and puppet therapy with a small child that won't talk because of the domestic violence that she has witnessed - this story is wonderful, integral also for the character development, but I found, personally, so touching.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a part gothic feel, part mystery/thriller, part romance. The fact that this takes place on an island in winter gives the desolate feel throughout the book, the attacks and who and why lasted all the way (and normally I am very good at picking out the whodunit, everyone I thought I was wrong - pleasantly so), the complication of the characters - their past, the years that have gone by, who they are now, and all the secrets revealed - give a depth to the relationship. This book is great as a personal read, book club read, and everything in between - I really think you will enjoy.

Oh, Annie, Heroes Are My Weakness too - so glad I got to read your story.

*****This is A First Reads, Thank You Goodreads*****

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Review: Just Friends With Benefits By: Meredith Schorr

Just Friends With BenefitsJust Friends With Benefits by Meredith Schorr
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Stephanie Cohen's life has been unfolding slowly in the romance department. She stills hangs out with her college friends, even though the all live in separate states, she still holds a strange crush on 'the one that got away'. As the storyline continues, sooner than later an understanding between Stephanie and 'the one' Craig Hille develops - that it's friends with benefits.
What I don't get is that Stephanie seems like a smart girl afterall she holds a very smart job, why is she still 'hanging' with these people? Why does she subject herself to such abuse, like 'benefits' from the likes of someone that clearly doesn't show much interest in her or the sex part? When she finds a totally awesome wonderful guy,Ryan - why is even a question of what she feels? Her friend Suzanne had more depth than her college friends and her combined - and she had maybe five pages in the book.
I held high hopes for this one based on some reviews and the blurb, unfortunate - it didn't live up to any of it.

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Review: Doctor Who Silhouette By: Justin Richards

Review: Doctor Who  Silhouette   By: Justin Richards                         5/5

A Wonderful Adventure With The New Doctor - A Must Read For A Whovian

A spike has been read and the Tardis has landed near the Frost Fair in Victorian London. The Carnival of Curiosities has brought together not just The Doctor and Clara, but Madame Vestra, Jenny, and Strax all on separate investigations. It seems that some people are being killed in alley ways, being left like dry husks; another death can be linked to origami birds; and the most dangerous has yet to be uncovered.

There is a man behind the curtain, so to speak, Orestes Milton. He is wanted by the Shadow Federation and has a plan to show off the greatest weapons that he has created. Time is ticking against the timelord.

A great novel to lose oneself in. I enjoyed the storyline, the characters were very true to themselves. It is a quick read and a quick fix. I highly recommend this book.
I received this book from Blogging for Books for a review.