31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Helen, Mystery

You Only Die Twice by Edna Buchanan, read by Helen, on 05/16/2013

The perfect, nude corpse of a beautiful woman washes up on a pristine Miami Beach — her body tanned and shapely, her nails elegantly manicured. The problem is that the victim, Kaithlin Jordan, was murdered ten years ago. And her convicted killer — her husband, R. J. Jordan, scion of a wealthy and powerful South Florida family — sits on death row, just weeks away from his execution.Newspaper reporter Britt Montero recalls the high-profile murder trial that heated up a volatile tropical city like the merciless August sun. Even without a body, the prosecution’s case against Jordan seemed airtight and the jury enthusiastically bought into it. Now R.J. is preparing to walk — benefiting from the murderous “largess” of whoever drowned his wife in the ocean off Miami Beach — and Britt’s boundlessly curious nature is energized once more by a slew of questions that suddenly need answers. Did Kaithlin frame her husband for murder –

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Helen, Horror

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill , read by Helen, on 05/09/2013

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photography, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country. Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing–and terrifying–playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble–and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams, read by Jane, on 05/30/2013

Offered a second chance by the Atlanta Police Department to catch a serial killer who has eluded them for years, former FBI profiler and alcoholic Keye Street begins a deadly cat-and-mouse chase with an adversary who has taken a personal interest in her.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jane, Mystery, Thriller/Suspense

12th of Never by James Patterson , read by Jane, on 05/16/2013

A week after giving birth, Lindsay Boxer is investigating two cases: a grisly murder where the main suspect is an NFL player and an eccentric professor who thinks his dreams of a murder are real. Will Detective Lindsay Boxer be pushed to breaking point? An eccentric professor walks into Lindsay’s homicide department to report a murder that hasn’t yet happened. A convicted serial killer wakes from a two-year coma. He says he’s ready to tell where the bodies are buried, but does he have a much more sinister plan in mind? Lindsay doesn’t have much time to stop a terrifying future from unfolding. But all the crimes in the world seem like nothing when she is suddenly faced with the possibility of the most devastating loss of her life.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Relentless by Cassie Leo, read by Nikki, on 05/28/2013

RelentlessClaire Nixon is a twenty-year-old college dropout with a secret.

To Claire, Adam Parker is just another flirty customer at the cafe, until a chance encounter and seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them. The bet is simple: If Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her drop out of college, she has to re-enroll. If he doesn’t succeed, she gets to keep her secret and he has to stop stalking her at the cafe.

Claire thinks she has this one in the bag. She’s perfected the art of forgetting her past. But she isn’t prepared for Adam’s relentless pursuit or for him to share his own secrets. And she’s definitely not prepared for her rock star ex, and her secret, to come banging down her door one year later.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Nikki, Romance

Skin Deep by J.M. Stone, read by Nikki, on 05/22/2013

Skin DeepEmma has been drug into a tattoo shop by her best friend. She doesn’t really want to get a tattoo but once she sees Lucas, she loses all train of thought and decides to go with it. Lucas is co-owner of the tattoo shop and is gorgeous, tattooed and charismatic. He also gets what he wants, and what he wants is Emma. Though Emma can’t decide if she wants to take the chance on Lucas and get treated like she did in her last relationship. What Emma and Lucas both don’t know yet, is that there’s somebody else that wants Emma, and he’ll stop at nothing to get her.

I loved this book! Though nothing really happened until the end of the book, it was worth waiting for. Emma the main character was out right hilarious, and Lucas was the typically bad guy appearance, sweetheart underneath male character, that what any woman wouldn’t love?

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

Worth Dying For by Lee Child, read by Tracy, on 05/29/2013

Most of Jack Reacher’s travels bring him to a small town with some bad guys. This town has some exceptionally evil men. The Duncan’s are four men who control a small farming town in Wisconsin. Jack hasn’t figured out what they are dealing in but it involves some tough guys from Las Vegas. Also the Duncan’s hire ex football players as body guards. A lot of noses are broken including Jacks. He tells everyone he is on his way to Virgina but there is also a mystery involving a lost child. Another quality thriller by Lee Child. Haven’t read a bad one yet.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Pieces of You by Cassia Leo, read by Jessica, on 05/30/2013

In Relentless, college student Claire Nixon and surfer Adam Parker each had a painful past too heavy to carry alone. Claire tried to push Adam away, but Adam’s relentless pursuit of her heart and her secrets made her walls come crumbling down.

Though their hearts will never be whole again, Claire and Adam now know they are stronger together than they are apart.

But now Claire’s attending college a hundred miles away from Adam. With their relationship already hanging by a thread, Adam is sent to Hawaii on business.

And rock star Chris Knight is back in Claire’s life.

Chris wants his ex-girlfriend back and he knows just how to get her: only he has the power to mend the final missing piece of Claire’s broken heart. Now Claire must choose between a long-distance relationship with Adam and a second chance at love, family, and home.

31. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Relentless by Cassia Leo, read by Jessica, on 05/28/2013

Claire Nixon is a twenty-year-old college dropout with a secret.

To Claire, Adam Parker is just another flirty customer at the cafe, until a chance encounter and seemingly innocent comment spurs a bet between them. The bet is simple: If Adam can get Claire to reveal the secret that made her drop out of college, she has to re-enroll. If he doesn’t succeed, she gets to keep her secret and he has to stop stalking her at the cafe.

Claire thinks she has this one in the bag. She’s perfected the art of forgetting her past. But she isn’t prepared for Adam’s relentless pursuit or for him to share his own secrets. And she’s definitely not prepared for her rockstar ex and her secret to come banging down her door one year later.

30. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Historical Fiction, Joyce

A Difficult Boy by M P Barker, read by Joyce, on 05/17/2013

In this historical fiction story set in the 1839, nine year old Ethan is an indentured servant for a wealthy Massachusetts shopkeeper.  He endures hardship and humiliation that might shock juvenile readers of today.  The difficult boy, Daniel, becomes his friend.  They stick together through common misery of beatings and uncomfortable living.  Ethan learns skills that help their situation, but not without taking some wild chances.

30. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Joyce, Multicultural Fiction · Tags:

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, read by Joyce, on 05/08/2013

It’s a survivor book.  The 13 year old main character, Miyax orJulie (name given by her pen pal Amy from San Francisco), is lost on the frozen Alaskan tundra.  She cunningly wins the friendship of wolves.  Becoming an accepted member of the pack is the only way she can make the journey without a compass or setting sun to guide her.  The personal tragedies that she has faced in her life and the relationships she forms with the animals compel one to keep reading.

29. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Kim · Tags:

Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, read by Kim, on 05/29/2013

“How about a story? Spin us a yarn.”
Instantly, Phoebe Winterbottom came to mind. “I could tell you an extensively strange story,” I warned.
“Oh, good!” Gram said. “Delicious!”
And that is how I happened to tell them about Phoebe, her disappearing mother, and the lunatic.

As Sal entertains her grandparents with Phoebe’s outrageous story, her own story begins to unfold — the story of a thirteen-year-old girl whose only wish is to be reunited with her missing mother.

In her own award-winning style, Sharon Creech intricately weaves together two tales, one funny, one bittersweet, to create a heartwarming, compelling, and utterly moving story of love, loss, and the complexity of human emotion.

I liked this book!!! Good Read!!!!!

29. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Janet · Tags:

The Familiars by Adam Jay Epstein & Andrew Jacobson, read by Janet, on 05/25/2013

The Familiars      This is a great adventure of three “Familiars” – animal buddies of wizards.  The unusual trio are a blue jay (Skylar), a tree frog (Gilbert), and an alley cat (Aldwyn).  The bird and frog know they have magical powers, but the cat uses his “street smarts” to pretend he knows magic. The wizards get abducted and the Familiars have to ge across many lands to rescue them.  There is continuous action and concern about the future through the whole story.  Many lessons in friendship, courage, and trust are woven into this excellent tale.

Pie

29. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Children's Books, Fiction, Sarah · Tags:

Pie by Sarah Weeks, read by Sarah, on 05/08/2013

pieAlice’s best friend, Aunt Polly, was a kind-hearted woman who made pies and forged friendships like no other.  When she dies, she leaves her award-winning pie crust recipe to her cat, Lardo.  Alice is left in charge of Lardo, Lardo disappears, pie making fever abounds as a pie baking contest looms closer, Charlie works with Alice to find the cat thief, and Alice comes to realize that her gifts are worth sharing.  Aunt Polly always brought out the best in people, even in her death.

This was a slower moving book but it had a great message.  I enjoyed the peek into the future in the epilogue.  This was a 2013-2014 Mark Twain Award Nominee.

28. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim

Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard, read by Kim, on 05/26/2013

It was a good read considering this is the year of the 50th anniversary of the assassination. However, I was a little concerned about where the authors came up with very private information about the JFK’s and Jackie’s personal life and their  private conversations. You have to read those incidents with a grain of salt.

27. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

The Kill Artist by Daniel Silva, read by Tracy, on 05/26/2013

Gabriel is an art restorer by trade and an under cover spy on the side. Both jobs require a lot of detail work.This is the first book in Daniel Silva’s Gabriel Allon series. Gabriel has given up on the spy business since it ruined his family. But when he gets the change for revenge he can’t help but return and team up with a former partner a beautiful model. He doesn’t know that she is in love with him and that love eventually helps save his life. I hope the rest of the series is as good and easy to follow.

27. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Tracy

Winter of the World by Ken Follett , read by Tracy, on 05/23/2013

I was never interested in history in school. But if I had read this book it would have made more sense to me. It’s a fiction book but the reality of World War II is very real. The characters are American, British, German and Russian. They all lived through the tragedies and horrors of war. It is part two of a trilogy. Ken Follett kept my interest during the whole book. Can’t wait for the next part.

27. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, NonFiction, Tracy

Record Store Days: From Vinyl to Digital and Back Again by Gary Calamar, Peter Buck (Foreword by), Phil Gallo, read by Tracy, on 05/12/2013

This book was a lot of fun for me. In the sixties I spent a lot of time in record stores and unlike other girls my age I spent my allowance on records. It’s full of pictures and the history of the almost extinct record store. I still listen to records and enjoy the artwork. Imagine going to a record store and seeing a band promoting their new album. It still happens in big cities. These stores were also a place you could chat about music while listening. The walls were covered with posters and albums. The digital age has taken over.

27. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Thriller/Suspense, Tracy

The Tourist by Olen Steinhauer, read by Tracy, on 05/12/2013

Whether your a good spy or a bad spy you really can’t live a normal life. Milo Weaver use to be a “tourist”, undercover for the CIA, but after marrying and working a desk job he finds his past catching up with him. You can’t blame him for wanting a real life but you also feel that he is a spy you want on your side. The bad guys know him and even our bad guys try to break him. Like most spy thrillers you really don’t know who’s side anybody is on.

27. May 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Apocolyptic, Dystopia, Fiction, Science Fiction

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead , read by Angie, on 05/25/2013

Something has decimated our world in the future. This caused a reorganization of countries and governments. North America is now the RUNA and the place to live. It is civilized where the rest of the world is still a little wild. Mae is one of the super soldiers of the RUNA; this gives her super strength and speed. But unlike her fellow soldiers Mae is sometimes too strong and too fast. Justin has been exiled from RUNA and is now living in Panama. He was once a brilliant investigator for RUNA but did something that got him kicked out of the country. Mae is sent to retrieve Justin and bring him back to investigate a series of murders. Their first meeting is all mistaken identities, violence and hot sex, which makes it pretty awkward when they are actually introduced and puts a strain on their relationship. Together they investigate these bizarre murders and discover something their religion-despising country definitely does not want known.

This is an intriguing world that Mead has created. I wasn’t really sure what was going on for a lot of the book since she takes her time explaining, but it was always interesting. Mae and Justin are fascinating characters with rich backstories and intriguing futures. This series is probably going to deal with actual gods and their interference in everyday life. I wish we would have learned more about the gods and how they actually came to manifest, but hopefully that will be explained in future books. This is a pretty entertaining and intriguing starter to this series.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers on Netgalley.com.