May 19, 2013
The sixth installment in the heart-racing Alex Cross series.
I don’t know if I am sweating because it is hot in my house and I am drinking coffee, or if it is because of the emotional roller coaster that this book just sent me on.
I am guessing the latter.
This is probably one of the best suspense/thriller novels I have read in a long time. Probably since the second book in this series Kiss the Girls.
Alex Cross is put on a disturbing case involving multiple bank robberies and murders.
The problem – They are all organized by one person, The Mastermind.
Who is the Mastermind? He is an intelligent person that has access to all of the information he would ever need. How is this possible? Is this man someone inside of the FBI, the police force, or does he just have the best resources anyone could imagine? Well, you will just have to read it to find out…
We meet a new character in this one – Betsey. She is the head of the investigation from the FBI’s side. She is smart, witty, and an overall good person.
I really enjoyed how she and Alex worked together.
This was one of the most interesting cases I think. Just because we don’t figure out who is behind it until the end, so it is a mystery. It was mysterious, it was disturbing, and it takes you on a wild ride.
5/5 stars for sure. If I could choose one book out of all that I have read to receive a full 5/5 rating, this one would be it. It is a must read. But do yourself a favor and read the previous 5 Alex Cross books before diving into this one. It isn’t necessary, but just trust me on that.
It is going to take me awhile to recover from this one.
Read ahead for spoilers!
May 14, 2013
Alex Cross stars in this crazy novel Pop Goes the Weasel.
He encounters one of the craziest and unpredictable serial killers yet. Will this case prove to be too much for Cross to handle. Will they ever find the killer?
When Alex’s lover goes missing, his whole life is turned upside down, and his motivation to solve the case goes through the roof. He is taunted by The Weasel and can’t stand the thought that Christine may be dead.
In a case that has more victims than the police have answers, this turns out to be one of Cross’s worst cases yet.
Will he catch the Weasel once and for all? You have to read to find out!
One thing I really liked about this one is that we got a lot of insight into what was going on in the killer’s mind. It made it more interesting!
4/5 stars. It was a great read, but there were some parts in the middle that seemed to drag on a little long. Otherwise, it kept me captivated by wondering if they would find Christine alive.
May 12, 2013
Dog Park is a book to read if you want a feel-good story.
It is all centered around the love of pets and the importance of pets in life. And more than that, it is also a religious story as well.
As an animal lover myself, I really it make it enjoyed how the dogs took the main stage at different parts in this book, and it made it fun to read.
Bamboo and Brutus were the stars of this books just as love was in the stars for their owners.
It is a cute love story where two members and workers of a church come together by chance at a dog park, and their lives are never the same after that.
It brings comedy to the notion that first impressions are very important, but also shows how relationships can change when two people get to know eachother.
5/5 stars. It was short and sweet, and there were plenty of adorable doggy scenes!
Sherriff Jack is back!
This installment of Black Book was more confusing than the first.
There were two different story-lines that were being shared, and the one with the President lost me after they were placed into Pods.
It seemed like they were aliens… or facing aliens. I am not really sure.
Then there was the story line that was centered around Jack. I think he was travelling back in time? Then he ends up with an old man that knows him, but he doesn’t know the old man.
It was intriguing, maybe because I was trying to figure out what was going on.
I am looking forward to reading the 3rd installment, and maybe some of it will be cleared up.
2/5 stars. I just could not figure out what was going on half of the time, but it left off as a cliff hanger, and I want to know what happens next.
May 11, 2013
Snow day is a novella that is told like a spooky campfire story told to children. It also reads like it could be a child’s nightmare.
I really enjoyed the writing of this novella. Mr. Maurer did a wonderful job of setting the tone of the story. It was spooky throughout the whole story and had a hint of doom around each corner.
It tells the story of one snow day. Usually snow days are days that children love more than none other. What could beat getting out of school for the day and being able to play in the snow? Not much!
But when things go in a horribly wrong direction that leaves the main character haunted for life, snow days aren’t something to be excited over anymore.
Some parts are a little silly, and some parts are very gorey (the ending for sure!). But, there is just something about this story that keeps you holding on until the very end. It captivates your mind by drawing very explicit mental images, and I think that is where the skill of the writer comes in.
If you are into spooky and somewhat unsettling novellas, this one is for you!
5/5 stars. Kept me hanging on until the end, and Dan Maurer did a wonderful job with descriptive writing.
It is that time of year again --
My person is back! Lindsay Boxer and the rest of the Women’s Murder Club is back for the 12th installment!
And as always, Mr. Patterson does not disappoint!
Lindsay has just become a mother, but she doesn’t get any time off. After having baby Julie, she is thrown right back into the hectic mess that is investigating homicides in San Francisco.
Claire’s job is on the line when a high-profile murder victim’s body disappears.
Cindy and Rich’s relationship hits a bump in the road.
And Yuki has the court case from hell!
One of the many things I loved about this novel was how many story lines were all intertwined with each other. Yet, in classic Patterson form, it doesn’t get confusing and all flows together.
Once a book series starts getting up in the double digits, you may expect the books to start getting worse, but it hasn’t happened yet here. This novel was just as exciting as 1-11 and it was hard to put down.
This is my favorite book series, and I was really excited when my pre-order copy came in the mail. The fact that the quality of the book still matches the earlier installments just reinforces why Patterson is my favorite author.
5/5 Stars. It lived up to all expectations, and of course…. Leaves you begging for the next book.
Read ahead for spoilers!
May 5, 2013
Now that my finals week is over, and others are going through the stress as I am writing this. I thought I would bring this little book of comedic relief.
F in Exams brings laughs from reading what students write when they are clueless on exams.
It is something to keep your mind at ease if only for the little time that it takes to read it.
It is a short book, so don’t worry about it cutting into study time. Everyone needs a break every now and then, right?
Take a break from the stress in life and pick this up. It’s sure to make you laugh!
April 10, 2013
Warning: If you don’t like gore, this may not be for you.
This short story is just part one of a larger series involving the protagonist, Sheriff Jack.
It introduces Jack coming face-to-face with evil, even the Devil himself.
It lays down a good beginning character arc for the Sheriff to introduce you to this character and understand the tone of the series.
Sheriff Jack is the bad-ass protagonist that you want in any action series, and when you finish part one, you will not be disappointes.
I enjoyed the feel and tone of this story. It is dark and mysterious. It is also full of action and gore.
5/5 – This series has a lot of potential, stay tuned for more!
This book has elements of survival, war, and is semi-apocalyptic. And even more than than that, it is spiritual and paranormal. It offers a little bit of everything, and there is even some romance near the end.
This is a book that starts out by telling the stories of strangers that are all experiencing the weird natural disasters that are popping up all over the country.
Then, it turns into a book about destiny.
These individuals come together and learn how to survive these crazy events with limited resources, ...and a psychic.
It will take you on a crazy ride, and an emotional one at that. You will hate some characters and you will love others, but you will end up rooting for this group of strangers in the end.
It takes the story of the anti-christ and the mark of the beast to a whole new level. With witches and warlocks, mysterious twins, and a gun-happy girl with two pups, there is never a dull moment in this book. It will keep you hanging on until the very last page.
I enjoyed how every character had their own distinct personality. It made reading this fun because you got to know the characters along the way.
There are also two badass female characters, so that was fun as well!
I would give this a 4.5 just because of one highly uncomfortable moment which I will place in he spoiler section.
Other than that, it was well written. I felt a connection to the characters and was rooting for this group the whole way through.
Read ahead for spoilers
March 11, 2013
This book is a wonderful combination of paranormal, Sci-fi, and romance. These are three different genres (though paranormal and sci-fi can sometimes go hand in hand), but the way they are woven together makes this story captivating.
The main character, Alyssa, works for a company that investigates the paranormal. She is interested in cases that are unusual and go unsolved.
When she opens the case file of the deceased Cain Andrews, her life is changed forever. Whether that is for better or worse is up to the reader to decide after finishing the book!
The story of Alyssa and Cain is wonderful, tragic, heart-breaking, and scary all wrapped up in one. You get a dose of everything.
There is also Alyssa’s best friend, Greg, He doesn’t believe anything Alyssa is going through, and after a while, as the reader, he begins to put doubt in your mind as well.
This book is written beautifully; the characters all have a wonderful story arc, and are completely developed. You have a sense of each of their personalities and feel as if you know them personally.
5/5 stars. Beautiful story, Wonderfully written.
It also leaves open the possibility for a sequel!