Friday, February 28, 2014

GeminiGemini by Carol Cassella
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Medical Thriller




I liked this one! What stood out especially to me is how the author weaved together the lives of all the characters, let me elaborate a little more; beginning chapters of the book the characters stories seem separate, first you have the Charlotte and "Jane Doe" story and then you have Raney and Bo's story, which eventually merge into one story and then it all makes a little more sense.

Though a little gloomy sometimes because of the subject line I found that for the most part the story line flowed well. I just found it extremely intriguing all the way up to the ending. I just had to know what would become of Charlotte, Eric, Raney, and Jake!

Like I said the subject is a little gloomy, books written about depressive topics can be a little harder for me to get through and so that does affect my rating so make sure if you are in the mood for a medical mystery that you let your own opinion be your guide.

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Monday, February 24, 2014

The Queen's Man (John Shakespeare, #6)The Queen's Man by Rory Clements (John Shakespeare #6)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction



John Shakespeare is one of those "queen and country before all else kind of guys." John has a handler of sorts which is Sir Francis Walsingham, who asks John to investigate where treason may lie within the lives of those in his hometown and in the process to put his life and the lives of those he loves on the line. John as I mentioned is very loyal and patriotic so he finds none of Sir Walsingham's expectations as a little to much to ask of one man. Even if by the end he is a little disgusted by the means to which he had to get to the root of it.

The Queen's Man is #6 in Clements John Shakespeare series yet I didn't feel lost when reading the story even though I have not read any other books in this series. Kat Whetstone was my favorite character because even though she was a skilled liar the girl had spunk! Worst character award would of course go to the slimy Mr. Topcliffe, because even though Mr. Hungate seems to prefer to skin people alive to me Topcliffe seemed to be even more menacing and evil-spirited.

An assassination or a rescue? Mary Queen of Scots is at the root of this viper's nest that John finds himself in. One half find her so unworthy that they cannot help but despise her (mostly the Protestants that back Queen Elizabeth I) and the other half believe that she is their true sovereign and they are willing to die to see her freed from her captors (this side is made up mostly of Catholics). So one little queen has managed to pit two large denominations of Christianity against each other this of course really happened and I like how Clements put a section at the end of the book with historical notes that happened both in the book and of course in history.

I truly loved the thrill of John's adventure mixed in with a bit of all of our history on the page making this a gratifying read!

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Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Last RunawayThe Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction



I spied Tracy Chevalier's newest book The Last Runaway on the shelf at my local library and decided to pick it up since I thoroughly enjoyed Girl with a Pearl Earring so much. I did enjoy the tale of Honor Bright but I wasn't as enthusiastic about it as I thought I was going to be. I did however enjoy learning about Quakers a bit because even though I read a lot of historical fiction this religious group doesn't seem to get to much page time. I was also pleasantly surprised to know that the Quakers were staunch abolitionist.

I found the letters that Honor wrote to various friends and family members to be an insight to a soul that was used to hiding away. I don't think Honor Bright thought of herself as very brave, but she came to a new world, ended up alone in an unfamiliar place, and fought against her in-laws and indeed the law itself to stand up against something that she found morally wrong; she is perhaps one of the strongest fictional characters that I've come across in awhile.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book even if it wasn't one that I would give a five star rating to it still found its way into my heart!

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Lamb to the Slaughter: A Marjory Fleming Thriller

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller



The ending on this one was superb!
I previously reviewed #3, Lying Dead, in this series and
I must say #4, Lamb to the Slaughter, brought me
around to this series. I have marked all of the books in
this series as "To Read" on my Goodreads.

Book #4 was just right, the characters felt like old friends
and the plot was as twisty turvy as book #3. You could
read the books as stand alones because the author does give a bit
of background at the beginning of each of the books, that I
have read, but it is not stale background it flows into what is going
on in the story well.

My favorite character in this book would definitely
have to be Tam MacNee, a man's man, but a
big teddy bear on the inside.

The dead lamb was my least favorite character
because you hear about it throughout the book
but you don't get it till the end of the book.

Really enjoyed this one!

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lying Dead: A Marjory Fleming ThrillerLying Dead: A Marjory Fleming Thriller by Aline Templeton (DI Marjory Fleming #3)
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller



An interweaving web of possible suspects left me stumped as to who committed the crimes which I found maddening but much more entertaining then figuring out who did it by the fourth chapter! Favorite character was DC Kerr, just something about her standing out and being different then the others endeared her to me. The only thing I felt out of my element about was the dialogue about the dog trials, those few pages to me were particularly hard to get through because of this but since the story occurs in Scotland the dog trials have a place there but it didn't make it any less confusing to this American. On the whole, I really enjoyed this one!


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Sunday, February 16, 2014

Secret of the Family Tree: Digging Up Old RootsSecret of the Family Tree: Digging Up Old Roots by Torry Rose
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Children's Middle Grade Fantasy



A life of mystery and tragedy surrounds the Fairland family making this book engrossing because you have to know what is going to happen next so you constantly keep putting off putting down this book. The main character is also a Nancy Drew enthusiast so she is filled with questions and curiosity making her likable and definitely relate-able because who didn't want to be just like Nancy Drew when they were growing up! The book does leave you wondering in the end what will happen next good thing author, Torry Rose, is making this a series!

Thanks for stopping by,
Amy

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Sworn Secret: A NovelSworn Secret: A Novel by Amanda Jennings
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Thriller/Suspense




I was pleasantly surprised by this book, a little in to it I was pretty sure this was just going to be a "3 out of 5 books" read but the more I read the more hooked I got. Jennings has written a raw, bare-bones look at what one girl's death can do to so many, especially those closet to her. Kate, Anna and Lizzie's mom, is drowning with the pain and grief of losing her child, but so focused on what she has lost she loses sight of all that she still has. Kate's grief is god awful, I actually found myself teary eyed. Jennings just did an absolutely wonderful job with this, her first novel!You might want to keep some tissues handy.

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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Inferno (Robert Langdon, #4)Inferno by Dan Brown (Robert Langdon #4)
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Thriller/Suspense




I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book, now don't get me wrong I have loved all of Brown's books with Langdon as the main character but normally after awhile the story lines becomes completely stagnant. There is some recurring themes running throughout the story, a woman side-kick, okay we pretty much knew that one was coming, but a double crossing one nope didn't see that one coming.

I particularly liked Brown's use of amnesia as a creative way to tell some of the tale. Favorite character would have to be Marta Alvarez, I know she was just a small part but she out of everyone merged for the reader some of the pivotal events that happened before Langdon's amnesia and the current path he was rushing down with amnesia, a little past meets present, but I just liked her because she was spunky.

And did anyone find it just a like ironic that Marta was pregnant and Dr. Sinskey was infertile given the ending to the story?

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Friday, February 07, 2014

The Housemaid's DaughterThe Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Historical Fiction




Cathleen and Ada's relationship is a testament to the compassion of the human spirit to endure through many trials but still to be able to give and receive love without bitterness. I feel bad for Cathleen though because even though she has Ada she still feels estranged from her own daughter, Rose, due to their differing temperaments.

My favorite parts of the book are those about Phil and Ada, but to me they are also some of the saddest parts of the book. I almost gave up on the book entirely when I got to the point when Phil and Ada's relationship changes tragically. I stuck with it though and didn't just throw the book like I wanted to and I'm glad that I did because looking back on it now I realize that Ada's story, not even a hundred pages in, seeps into your bones and you just have to know what happens.

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