Tuesday, April 15, 2014
I kept waiting to be driven to tears. There was certainly plenty in this book that could have moved me there, but Curtis did such a fantastic job of making these characters resilient and charismatic, I just enjoyed the ride. No tears, just a sense of okay, maybe this is all going to be alright now. I loved it!
This is a nominee for the Mark Twain award this year and would be great for kids 4th grade and up.
Monday, April 14, 2014
The book provides mini-biographies on many royal women throughout modern and ancient history. It is well-written and in an irreverent voice that I really enjoyed. The author begins by stating she wrote this to counteract the Princess Culture that is so prevalent today thanks to all the Disney princesses. She wanted to tell the stories of real women, who did not, for the most part, live "happily ever after." I might have checked this out on a whim, but I'm happy I did so.
Friday, April 11, 2014
The first part of this book, “Acrimony”, is told by Arthur, the headmaster of a boarding school. “Expectations” is told from the point of view of his wife, Elizabeth. The final third, “After”, is quite short and is told by another character in the book, Russell.
Once I started this book I could not put it down. The setting of a small boarding school is intricately described and, while the story seems simple, it is very complex and contains ambiguous (to me) outcomes.
Arthur and Elizabeth have a son, Ethan, who makes choices diametrically opposed to those his father wishes for him. Russell plays an important part in the lives of this family. It is difficult to say much about this book without giving the whole story away.
I would highly recommend this book and I think it would be an excellent book club book.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
D.D. Warren is a tough female homicide detective in Boston. In "Fear Nothing" she is injured on the job after returning to a gruesome crime scene after dark. She has no memory of what happened, but is unable to return to work due to the injury. The crime harkens back to a long dead serial killer, Harry Day.
The other major character in the story is D.D.'s pain doctor, Adeline Glen, who happens to be the daughter of serial killer Harry Day. Adeline has a rare genetic condition that makes her unable to feel pain. Adeline's sister, Shana Day, is also a notorious murderer who seems to know something about this new killer.
I thought a couple of times towards the end that I was going to be disappointed in the outcome. I was wrong. Lisa Gardner has produced another great suspense story.
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
My first reaction, after finishing this book, was to write a short review that simply said, “somebody tell me what this book means!” However, after a day has gone by, I think the purpose of the book was to tell a story in such a way as to show how difficult it is to determine the truth, when someone’s mental stability is in question.
Marta has been married to Hector for years and the story of their meeting and early days seems ordinary until Marta begins to have flashes of memories which disturb her. She has been taking pills, although who prescribed them, and what they are meant to treat, is not made clear. She deceives Hector into thinking she is still taking them, but we find that she has actually been off them for some time.
We meet Hector’s mother who gave Marta a copy of “How to be a Good Wife” when she was married to Hector. We meet the couple’s son and his fiancé. All the story is told from Marta’s point of view, and I have to say I was rooting for her throughout the book.
The book is a fast read but the further I got into it, the more I felt I did not know who was mentally unstable and who was fine. The ending is expected, in a way, but wait, on the other hand, what really happened? I am eager for some other readers to experience this book and tell me what they think happened.
I found this book a bit difficult to read, which makes it a good thing that I listened to it instead. It seemed to be jammed pack with dates and was constantly cycling with characters. I understand that it is about the Salem Witch Trials and many people were accused, but spread it out a bit more.
The pictures of the book were a bit distracting. Since I listened to the book, I never had to worry about the pictures, but I went back and flipped through them. They seemed to be over the top and at times, a bit weird.
I like reading about the Salem Witch Trials and this book was interesting, but I can’t say that I would have read it without it being required for my Children’s Literature class.
This was read by Jessica Almasy.
This paperback is the third of a series. I picked it up because I like to sing, I like mysteries and I really had little else to read. It was okay. An opera singer wanna be, Paige Marshall, who just has not made it big yet, s coaching a high school show choir. They have been invited to a big contest but murder and mayhem are distracting the teams. Paige becomes involved in solving the mystery because she has had experience doing this before. It was a nice little distraction, but I doubt I will read any more of the series.
This book is the 6th installment in the Private series. A famous Hollywood couple suddenly disappears. Have they been kidnapped or murdered and what has become of their 3 adopted children? In typical James Patterson style, this book was a fast and thrilling read. The short and action packed chapters keep the pages turning. What struck me most about this book were the similarities to another real-life Hollywood couple, "Brangelina". The couple in this book, like the real couple, are stars in their own right, writing and producing films, also. They are huge philanthropists, visiting 3rd world countries, adopting special needs children and truly trying to make a difference amongst all the glitz and glamour.However, in this story it all takes a dark turn. Mega celebrities Thom and Jennifer Harlow have just returned from making an epic film in Vietnam. Home less than a week, the whole family disappears, despite state of the art security systems. That is when Private is hired to find the missing family. Will they be found alive? Why have they disappeared? Sex? Greed? or some other darker reason....you will have to read to find the answer.
Monday, April 7, 2014
"Trapped" is the 2nd in the "Private Justice" novel by Irene Hannon, a Missouri author. In Nora Roberts style, this series centers around three male characters, partners in the Private Justice P.I. firm. In each book of the series, one of the partners aids a damsel in distress and, in the process, falls in love. This book, features the female protagonist, a librarian, Laura Griffith. Her 16-year-old step-sister has run away and she hires the handsome James Devlin to find her. Laura's life is also jeapordized by the crazy Mark Hamilton, who volunteers in homeless shelters, trolling for young runaway girls he can "save". This is where he comes in contact with Laura's step-sister. As a library employee, I guess the thing that bothered me about this book was Hannon's references to Laura being the "stereotypical" librarian. You know, she always wears her hair in a french twist, she's very conservative...yada yada yada. There is no such thing as a "typical" librarian and I hate the stereotypes! Really ruined this book for me.