Sunday, May 31, 2009

32 -- Halfway to the Grave

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father – the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership.

In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner – are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side ... and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat.

My thoughts: I loved this book and can't wait to read number 2. In fact, I've already started it! I liked the half-vamp Cat, but wanted to strangle her mom. Love me some Bones, sounds like my kind of man (or vampire). Sex scenes were great, could have read more.

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Friday, May 29, 2009

31 -- If Angels Burn

If Angels Burn (Darkyn, #1) If Angels Burn by Lynn Viehl

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the depths of human desire, eternity awaits…

She Restores the Light of Hope.

Dr. Alexandra Keller is Chicago's most brilliant reconstructive surgeon.

He Dwells in Shadow.

Michael Cyprien is New Orleans' most reclusive millionaire -- in desperate need of Dr. Keller's skills.

A New Dawn Awaits Them Both…

Beneath the foundation of a mansion in the heart of the Garden District, Alexandra will perform an illegal surgery. Her patient’s disfigurement is beyond medical repair. But his body’s ability to recuperate from his wounds borders on the miraculous.

Alexandra knows Michael Cyprien is no ordinary patient. Intrigued by how his remarkable physiology might benefit medical science, she is even more compelled by his presence -- and the mystery surrounding him and his associates, a cadre of immortals who call themselves the Darkyn…

I really liked this one. It finished up a little bit too quickly, but I'm sure many of the things I'd like to know will be revealed in future books. Looking to read more of this series.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

30 -- Divided in Death

Divided in Death (In Death #18) Divided in Death by J.D. Robb

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
The year is 2059. It is a future in which technology and humanity collide, and a new computer virus has become the latest form of terrorism.

Reva Ewing, a former member of the Secret Service, a security specialist for Roarke Enterprises, is a prime suspect in a double homicide. She had every reason to want to kill her husband, the renowned artist Blair Bissel. Not only was he having an affair, he was having it with her best friend. But Lieutenant Eve Dallas, who's on the case, believes Reva is innocent. Eve's instincts tell her that the murder scene looks too perfectly staged, the apparent answers too obvious. And when she digs for more, she discovers that at nearly the exact time a kitchen knife was jammed into the victim's ribs, the passcode to his art studio was changed - and all of the data on his computer deliberately corrupted.

To Roarke, it's the computer attack that poses the real threat. Signs show that this is the nightmare his company has secretly been preparing for. He and Reva have been under a code-red government contract to develop a program that would shield against a new breed of hackers, the Doomsday Group. These techno-terrorists with brilliant minds and plenty of financial backing hack into systems, steal data, and corrupt computer units on a large scale and kill anyone who gets too close.

Eve and Roarke must infiltrate an extraordinarily secretive government agency to expose the corruption at its core, before the virus spreads from one office to a corporation to the entire country.

My thoughts:
Another great book in the Eve Dallas series. I really appreciate how much the characters have grown in this book. Peabody, McNabb, Feeney, Mavis and all the others continue to hold my attention as much as Eve and Roarke. Now it's on to the next in the series since I have it handy.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

29 -- Killing Moon

Killing Moon (Moon series, Book 1) Killing Moon by Rebecca York

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
PI Ross Marshall has a talent for tracking. Local police detective Jack Thornton has found Ross unusually helpful at solving homicide cases gone cold. Thornton can't figure out how Ross gets his info, but he's happy to have his help. Ross knows that his talent is genetic hires BioGen labs to run some tests. Genetiic researcher Megan Sheridan finds him unconscious when she drives to his home to get the blood sample for testing. As she nurses him she finds herself strangely attracted to him. Ross tries to discourage her in order to prevent the heartache he knows his genetics will impose on her.
My thoughts: I liked this tale of the werewolf. It was fast paced and kept me interested. I'm definitely going to put others in this series on my wish list. This is the first in the series and piqued my interest. I liked the characters both Ross and Jack are strong male characters that I'd like to read more about. I'm anxious to find out if Megan can help 'solve' the genetic problems.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

28 -- Down Town

Downtown Downtown by Ferrol Sams

finished on May 9, 2009

My review

rating: 5 of 5 stars

A rollicking tale of a small Southern town by the bestselling author of Run with the Horsemen

With his naturalistic and humorous storytelling style, Ferrol Sams has won fans from all walks of life, especially those drawn to Southern fiction. And while the literary landscape of the rural South is peppered with great storytellers, few are as endearing as James Aloysius "Buster" Holcombe, Jr., the observant narrator of Sams's new novel. From Reconstruction, the first World War, the Depression, and World War II , to racial integration, land speculation, and economic boom, Buster Holcombe recounts the events that have shaped our country since the mid-nineteenth century through the eyes of the wide-ranging denizens of "our town." Down Town offers a panoptic history of the American South, carefully observed and skillfully presented by a native son.
My Thoughts: This book was wonderful. Funny, sad and featuring some very eccentric characters. I love a book that shows off the wacky South. It reminds me of growing up. Ferrol Sams does it great. So does Pat Conroy. You should definitely read this book.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Contest at Bookin' with Bingo

Bookin' with Bingo has a couple of books to give away.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Contest at Amberkatze Blog

Author interview and contest with M.R. Sellars at Amberkatze Book Blog.

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

27 Dark Harbor

Dark Harbor (Stone Barrington Novels) Dark Harbor by Stuart Woods

finished: May 3, 2009

My review

rating: 3 of 5 stars
Synopsis: Stone Barrington investigates the secrets of a CIA officer's suicide in this next thriller in the bestselling series Stuart Woods's newest bestseller, Dark Harbor, brings us the perfect mix of sexy intrigue and swift suspense that have earned him legions of fans over the years. In this latest thriller, Stone enters the picturesque town Dark Harbor off the coast of Maine, where the shocking deaths of three people have cast a long shadow over this island haven-a locale as mysterious as it is exclusive.

Stone Barrington hasn't heard from his cousin, Dick Stone, in years-though he has fond memories of a teenage summer spent at his house in Maine. Then, Lance Cabot of the CIA interrupts an otherwise pleasant meal at Elaine's with news of Dick's death-apparently by his own hands. It seems that Dick Stone, a quiet family man who doubled as a CIA agent, methodically executed his wife, daughter, and then himself-or did he? What would cause a loving father and husband to murder his family as they slept? Before his death, Dick had appointed Stone executor of his will, giving him full control of the disposition of a sizable family estate. Was Dick preparing for his suicide, or forewarning Stone of his murder?

With the help of his ex-partner, Dino, and his friend Holly Barker, Stone must settle the estate and piece together the elusive facts of his cousin's life and death as a CIA operative. At every step Stone knows he is being watched by Dick's family-and one of them just may be a killer.

This book was alright. I've read a couple of Stone Barrington books, but not all of them. I don't think that was the problem. The writing seemed kind of stilted and simple at the same time. Almost like it was written by a person whose first language wasn't English. Anyway, the story was good, but the writing left a lot to be desired.

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