18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly, read by Leslie, on 08/05/2012

The Lincoln Lawyer (Mickey Haller, #1)

Representing the system’s most unsavory characters in his work as a criminal defense lawyer, jaded attorney Mickey Haller takes on his first high-paying and possibly innocent client in years, but finds the case complicated by sinister events that suggest the workings of a particularly evil perpetrator.

Much more intense than the Ali Reynolds series by Jance, I liked this book, haven’t seen the movie yet, not sure I will.  I enjoyed seeing how a lawyer can flip his viewpoint on guilty and innocent and how he makes it work, although not quite how he wanted.  A very good book, I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys mysteries.

18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Leslie, Paranormal, Teen Books

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, read by Leslie, on 07/28/2012

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine, #1)

After a family tragedy, Jacob feels compelled to explore an abandoned orphanage on an island off the coast of Wales, discovering disturbing facts about the children who were kept there.

I found that I did not enjoy this book as much as I had anticipated.  There was definitely a hype to book but I found it dragged for me.  I’m sure others found it enjoyable, but I did not.  If there is a sequel, I doubt I’ll pick it up.

18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Trial by Fire by J.A. Jance, read by Leslie, on 07/25/2012

Trial By Fire (Ali Reynolds, #5)

In the heat of the Arizona desert, a raging fire pushes temperatures to a deadly degree, and one woman is left to burn. Pulled naked and barely breathing from the fire, the victim has no idea who she is, let alone who would do this to her — or why.

In the 5th installment of the Ali Reynolds series, Ali puts all her abilities into this mystery, to solve it.  Another great ‘lose yourself’ read from Jance.

18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Cruel Intent by J.A. Jance, read by Leslie, on 07/24/2012

Cruel Intent (Ali Reynolds, #4)

On a dating site, singleatheart.com, bored housewives can find romance with married men looking for sex without strings. But these “married singles” are flirting with more than just their vows. At the heart of this seemingly innocent service, a vengeful computer hacker is playing games with people’s lives…and deaths.

Ali Reynolds #4, she dropped Evil out of the title, but I enjoyed it as much as the others.  I like the way she is descriptive, I can so envision the scenery and feel the heat of the summer weather.  Another one to lose yourself in.

18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Hand of Evil by J.A. Jance, read by Leslie, on 07/23/2012

Hand of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #3)

With his hand trapped in the door of a speeding car, a man struggles to remain upright as he’s dragged along a deserted stretch of San Juan Road in Phoenix’s South Mountain Preserve. It’s the perfect place to drive a man to his grave, literally. Starting with a crime so gruesome even prowling coyotes keep their distance from the remains, a killer begins crisscrossing the Southwest on a spree of grisly murders.

Although I like reading sequels as soon as they come out, I love finding a series I like after they have all been out for a while!  The 3rd in the Ali Reynolds series, she finds herself entwined in murder once again.  A good book, easy to keep reading until you reach the last page.

 

18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Web of Evil by J.A. Jance, read by Leslie, on 07/21/2012

Web of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #2)

The highway from Los Angeles to the Palm Springs desert is parched, unforgiving, and deadly. In the suffocating stillness of a car trunk, a man — his mouth and hands bound with tape — awaits his fate. What possible enemy could be bitter enough to commit such a heinous crime? And when will the monster make another move?

This is the 2nd in the Ali Reynolds series and I liked it as much as the first, I seem to like all her books.  I like the way she writes, she manages to entangle her main character up in ways that make you glad it doesn’t happen to you as often as the characters.  I always wonder how writers come up with their scenarios, glad that they do so I can lose myself in another world.

18. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery

Edge of Evil by J.A. Jance, read by Leslie, on 07/20/2012

Edge of Evil (Ali Reynolds, #1)

The end of her high-profile broadcasting career came too soon for TV journalist Alison Reynolds–bounced off the air by executives who wanted a “younger face.” With a divorce from her cheating husband of ten years also pending, there is nothing keeping her in L.A. any longer. Cut loose from her moorings, Ali is summoned back home to Sedona, Arizona, by the death of a childhood friend. Once there she seeks solace in the comforting rhythms of her parents’ diner, the Sugarloaf Cafe, and launches an on-line blog as therapy for others who have been similarly cut loose.

But when threatening posts begin appearing, Ali finds out that running a blog is far more up-close and personal than sitting behind a news desk. And far more dangerous. Suddenly something dark and deadly is swirling around her life . . . and a killer may be hunting her next.

I liked this first book in the Alison Reynolds series.  I’ve read so many of Jance’s books that I feel like I know Arizona!  She has just enough suspense in them to satisfy me without being overdone.  A good, fast read.

17. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Paranormal, Teen Books

The Diviners by Libba Bray, read by Angie, on 12/16/2012

Evie O’Neill got into a little trouble in Ohio so her parents have sent her to New York to live with her uncle Will. Will is the currator of the Museum of American Folklore, Superstition and the Occult or as it is known The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies. Evie is your typical flapper girl of the 1920s. She likes to dance and drink and go to parties. She is selfish and self-centered, but does truly care about her friends and family. Evie is settling into life in New York when her uncle is asked to consult on a grisly murder. Of course Evie helps out. The murders are dubbed the Pentacle killings and they just keep piling up. The police are at a loss and all the clues Will and Evie come up with lead to a man who was hanged 50 years before.

Evie also has a secret. She can read objects and tell you about yourself. She is a diviner. We meet other diviners in New York. Memphis is a numbers runner and a poet who also had the ability to heal people with his touch. His brother Isaiah can see the future and has visions. Theta is a Ziegfield Girl who has a mysterious past and power. She lives with Henry who has another undisclosed secret. The only non-diviner of the bunch is Mabel, Evie’s best friend and the daughter of political activists. These characters’ stories intertwined through friendships, family and chance meetings. It seems they will all have a part to play in the coming days but what that part is no one knows.

I have mixed feeling about this book. I really enjoyed the world and the setting of it. I think the 1920s are a fascinating time in history and New York at that time even more so. I also love the mix of the supernatural with the historical. I think Evie is a wonderful character. She is so very real with all her flaws and her ambitions. I also really enjoyed all the other characters; I found them interesting and wanted to know more about them. I also thought the murderer and his history was a nice twist.

The issue I had with the book was that it was so unwieldy. There are almost 600 long pages to this story and I feel like it could have really been pared down. I know this is the introductory novel for the series and most of it was really setting up the characters and the world. However, the primary story was the Pentacle Killer and that had nothing to do with a lot of the characters. It was really Evie’s story. While I found Memphis, Theta and Henry interesting there story really had nothing to do with the main plot. I feel like we got WAY too much info on them when that could have been saved for future books where they play a bigger role. Because of all the extra character information it almost seemed like the murders took a backseat at times. There was a lot of info dumping that wasn’t woven into the story as well as it could be and a lot of point of view skipping around that really didn’t seem necessary even if it was enjoyable. Basically I think some editing would have done wonders for the book.

17. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Fade Into Always by Kate Dawes, read by Nikki, on 12/06/2012

And finally the 3rd and last book of the Fade series. Once again short and sweet. There was suspense, romance…other things I can’t put up on here. It was a nicely written very shortened version of Fifty Shades of Grey, and ended similar to the Fifty Shades Freed. Something to keep me satisfied until I can find more erotic romance.

17. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Fade Into Me by Kate Dawes, read by Nikki, on 12/05/2012

In the second book of the Fade series, Olivia and Max continue their relationship. They have more issues, mostly that involve the people around them but still effect them the same. It was short but good.

17. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Fade Into You by Kate Dawes, read by Nikki, on 12/04/2012

Olivia has moved out to Hollywood from the Midwest to work with a Hollywood casting agent. There she meets Max, a well known director/writer/producer and known ladies man. Max is taken immediately by Olivia and pursues her. Olivia finally gives in to his advances, then quickly regrets it when the media reveals something about Max that will destroy their new relationship. They both have dark secrets they have to overcome for their relationship to move forward.

This is book one of a three book series. All books are rather short, around 150-200 pages each. They resemble the Fifty Shades of Grey books, only shortened and not as erotic, but still satisfying.

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline, read by Leslie, on 07/12/2012

Think Twice (Rosato & Associates, #13)

Bennie Rosato looks exactly like her identical twin, Alice Connolly, but the darkness in Alice’s soul makes them two very different women. Or at least that’s what Bennie believes, until she finds herself buried alive at the hands of her twin and sets herself on a course to stay alive long enough to exact revenge.

Finally, an adult book thrown in with the younger crowd, what a relief!  This is the first book of Scottoline’s that I have read.  I liked the suspense and how she kept you wondering if the main character would ever prevail or perish.  A thoroughly enjoyable book of suspense.

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Dystopia, Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books

Rip Tide by Kat Falls, read by Leslie, on 07/22/2012

Rip Tide (Dark Life, #2)

Ty discovers an entire township chained to a sunken submarine, its inhabitants condemned to an icy underwater grave. It’s only the first clue to a mystery that has claimed hundreds of lives and stands to claim two more — – lives very precious to Ty and his Topsider ally, Gemma.

Another good ‘what if’ book in regards to the climate change and rising oceans.  This one will appeal to both boys and girls who enjoy reading alternate possibilities to how we treat our home world.  Very thought provoking and brings lots of imagination into what it would look like, feel like, very sensory in its pages.  I had fun doing just that.

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books

Soulbound by Heather Brewer, read by Leslie, on 07/09/2012

Soulbound (Legacy of Tril, #1)

Seventeen-year-old Kaya, a Healer who wants to learn to fight, must attend Shadow Academy where fighting by Healers is outlawed, and so she asks two young men to train her in secret, leading to a choice that will change their lives forever.

A different world for Heather Brewer to explore, as opposed to Vladimir Todd.  I did enjoy reading this book, imagining a female chafing at the chains that a patriarchal society has placed on women in general.  Strong female character will be enjoyed by teens.

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books

Time Riders: Day of the Predator by Alex Scarrow, read by Leslie, on 07/06/2012

Day of the Predator (TimeRiders, #2)

With teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal on their first solo assignment for a secret agency, Liam is sent back in time to prevent the murder of the father of time travel by a terrorist group, but due to a nuclear accident, he ends up in the late cretaceous period where the biggest threat is not from the legendary tyrannosaur.

An easy read, definitely a good read for boys, especially those who enjoy dinosaurs.  Not too far-fetched overall, but there were a few things I thought stretched it for me.  Will definitely recommend it.

 

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Teen Books

Time Riders by Alex Scarrow, read by Leslie, on 06/27/2012

TimeRiders (TimeRiders, #1)

Rescued from imminent death, teens Maddy, Liam, and Sal join forces in 2001 Manhattan to correct changes in history made by other time travelers, using a “time bubble” surrounding the attack on the Twin Towers to hide their journeys.

This book really makes you think ‘what if’ and how would we ensure no one could mess with time.  Until the end, I wondered throughout the book why they had picked teens to do such seemingly important work, a nice tie-up.  Boys would especially enjoy this series.

 

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Leslie, Paranormal, Women's Fiction (chick lit)

Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich, read by Leslie, on 06/24/2012

Wicked Business (Lizzy & Diesel, #2)

Dazzling her patrons with scrumptious cupcakes at her Salem, Massachusetts, bakery, Elizabeth Tucker continues to fall for the irresistible Diesel, who protects her from a villain who is seeking mystical stones tied to the seven deadly sins.

Another fun series from Janet Evanovich, with Diesel, a sometime character in her Stephanie Plum series.  I love to lose myself in these fun reads.  I always try to picture her characters in my head since she puts so much into them, they can seem quite real.  And another, yet different, take on paranormal things!

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocolyptic, Leslie, Teen Books

Nomansland by Lesley Hauge, read by Leslie, on 12/22/2012

Nomansland

Living under a strict code of conduct in an all-female community 500 years after the earth’s destruction, a sensitive teenaged girl raised to be a hunter discovers forbidden relics from the Time Before.

An okay book, a bit draggy throughout.  I didn’t enjoy this as much as I thought by looking at the cover and synopsis.

 

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Leslie, Paranormal, Teen Books

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand, read by Leslie, on 06/21/2012

Hallowed (Unearthly, #2)

In this compelling sequel to “Unearthly,” Cynthia Hand captures the joy of first love, the anguish of loss, and the confusion of becoming who you are.

A lot of loose ends were tied up in this sequel, I tend to like books that tie up in each one but continue the story in the next, only because sequels don’t come out fast enough to suit me.  Also as enjoyable as the first.

16. December 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Leslie, Paranormal, Teen Books

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand, read by Leslie, on 06/16/2012

Unearthly (Unearthly, #1)

Clara Gardner has recently learned that she’s part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what that is, though, isn’t easy.

Vampires, werewolves, zombies and now angels.  I thought this an interesting take on what it might be like if angels had co-mingled with humans.  Not a bad read at all.