June 26, 2013

Violets are Blue by James Patterson

I never thought James Patterson would go the vampire route. I was wrong. Now, that being said, they aren’t REAL vampires. They are folks who call themselves vampires and drink blood. But nonetheless…. Vampires.

In the last book, Roses Are Red, we discover who the Mastermind is, but he isn’t found out by Alex Cross yet. He makes a reappearance in this novel and wreaks more havoc on Cross.

While trying to solve the mysterious vampire killers’ spree that is sweeping across the United States, Cross also has to deal with tauntings from the Mastermind and has to either push his worry aside or act to try to find out who this mad man is.

It was a thrilling read with a lot of twists and turns, and it was hard to put down.

I think the biggest twist was that there was no epilogue at the end! I don’t think I have read a Patterson book without one. At least not an Alex Cross or Womens Murder Club book. I was shocked when it just ended without one.

5/5 not a dull moment, and very easy to get through. 

Read ahead for spoilers!

June 23, 2013

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I suppose I could have read this cult-classic book many years ago. But, I didn’t. So here I am in 2013 reading a book most people have already read and loved so much that it was made into a movie! Better late than never, right? I thought so, too ;)

Perks is told from the viewpoint of the main character Charlie. It is told through letters that he is writing to an unknown friend about his life going into High school. It is a coming of age story that I believe every reader can take something out of.

Charlie makes friends with two older high school students, Sam and Patrick. They let him hang around even though he is younger and not the popular type. They help him adjust to life in high school as well as helping him make some more friends along the way.

I think everyone can see a little bit of themselves in Charlie. Even if you were nothing like him. Just the way that he feels about certain things and the way he expresses his emotions.

I loved the way this book was written- through the letters. It made it really interesting to read and very relatable. It felt like you were going through someone’s journal. I can see why it is so well liked.

5/5 stars. Not much else to say. If you haven’t read this book yet, put it on your to-read list.  

June 5, 2013

Down and Out In Manhattan by J.R Locke

I am not sure what I was expecting out of this book, but once I began reading it, it was not what I expected it to be. I was very pleasantly surprised with this book. The story, the writing, and it even has a pretty big twist at the end.

 This book takes you through the rise and fall of Jack Cole’s career in corporate business. It uncovers some business practices that in some cases are probably not so far from the truth.

The Frenchman is on the loose. He cuts off the hands of his victims and no one knows who he is. Will he get to Jack, before he is caught?

When jack gets tangled up in a sketchy business deal, everything starts to go wrong. People begin dying, and he goes through a moral dilemma. Does he do the right thing, or does he go to the authorities and put his job and life at risk?

The one bright spot in Jack’s life is the love of his life Lisa. She has had a rough past, but once she and Jack find each other again, everything seems to be perfect. On phone call could ruin everything, though.

This is a fast-paced story about the good, the bad, and the ugly sides of corporate jobs. It will keep you hanging on until the very last page.

5/5 stars. I was pretty stunned by the reveal of the Frenchman at the end. And as a whole, this book was a pretty realistic read that touched on a number of topics. For it being pretty short, it was done very well.