Monday, October 31, 2011

Book 60 Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison

Black Magic Sanction (The Hollows, #8)Black Magic Sanction by Kim Harrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

another fun romp with Rachel and friends in the Hollows. I'm not sure how many more men Rache can handle. She has really bad luck with the men in her life. The Coven was a nasty, evil addition to the action especially Brooke and Vivian. I wonder if they will continue to figure in Rachel's life. I'm ready for some things to be wrapped up. Specifically the deal with Trent. Let's do something. There was some sadness in this book but it was to be expected.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Book 59 of 2011 Quicksand by Iris Johansen

Quicksand (Eve Duncan Forensics Thrillers, #8)Quicksand by Iris Johansen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Eve Duncan is still looking for her daughter Bonnie. Bonnie disappeared when she was 7 and has never been found. Eve and Joe are on the trail of a child killer who may be the one who took Bonnie. They got his name from Montalvo as a part of his promise to Eve when she helped him to identify his wife's body. Now Montalvo has joined the hunt.

Kistle the killer who is pure evil leads Joe, Eve, Montalvo (and his side kick Miguel) to the Okefenokee Swamp and an island that has been his burial ground. He does this by kidnapping a little girl and telling Eve that he'll lead her to Bonnie's grave.

A new character (from a stand alone book Pandora's Daughter) is called in to assist. She's a 'listener' and hears the voices of the children who have been killed.

This books is all about the search for Bonnie's killer. There really isn't much else in it and that's okay. If you like sick killers and suspense, then this one is for you.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

book 58 of 2011 Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

Garden SpellsGarden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

enjoyed this little book. It was a quick read and left me wanting to know even more about the Waverly family. I don't think it's a series, so I guess I won't get what I want. I'll definitely be reading more from this author.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Book 57 of 2011 Worth Dying For by Lee Child

Worth Dying For (Jack Reacher, #15)Worth Dying For by Lee Child
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

this is one series that I've not been disappointed in. Great addition to the Reacher series. The setting was bleak and that really added to the feeling of this book. It was one evil family and it was good to see them get what they had coming.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

book 56 of 2011 Conviction by Richard North Patterson

Conviction: A NovelConviction: A Novel by Richard North Patterson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was very difficult for me to read. It's about a death row inmate and his lawyers attempts to have his execution stayed.

My feelings and thoughts regarding the death penalty have changed over the years. The recent execution in Georgia made me start thinking about it again. I was at the library browsing the shelves and ran across this book. I've read many of RNP''s novels and like his style so I picked this up and started it. It's a difficult subject to read about.

The book follows Renell Price's attorneys through the days preceding his scheduled execution. It takes you through the crime and the investigation and trial. The subsequent maneuvering through the justice system. I sincerely hope that the Supreme Court of the US isn't as petty as this book portrayed them.

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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Book 55 of 2011 Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris

Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9)Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I'm still enjoying Sookie and Gang, so I guess this series hasn't reached saturation point for me yet. The Weres and Shifters have finally 'come out' and revealed their existence to the world, but this doesn't play as big a role in this installment as I thought it would. A werepanther is mutilated and crucified in the parking lot of Merlotte's and there's a huge battle brewing among the fae. Sookie seems to be at the center of all the mess.

I enjoyed learning more about Sookie's fairy side of the family and hope this is expounded upon in future books. The sexual tension with Eric is still good, but I really hope that this series doesn't devolve into all sex and brutality and lose the humor that makes it more readable.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

Book 54 of 2011 Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Never KnowingNever Knowing by Chevy Stevens
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Reading the blurb for this book really excited me. I was so anxious to read it and immediately put it on my hold list at the library. When they emailed and called to let me know it was available I rushed over to get it, put down the book I had started earlier and dug in. So...maybe my expectations were too high?

Sara is adopted and has known it since she was a young child. After her adoption her parents had 2 natural daughters and Sara has always felt like the odd man out. She decides to find her birth mother and after finding her discovers that her father is a serial killer and her mother was the only victim that got away. The RCMP are still trying to find the Campsite Killer and Sara is convinced to become the bait to capture him.

The police officers (one of whom becomes a 2nd villain) are too ridiculous for words. The phone calls are predictable. The interactions with Sara's family are foolish. The boyfriend and his reactions are preposterous. The whole thing is almost mindless and cliche.

I was disappointed.

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Monday, October 3, 2011

A to Z reading challenge

Read a book for each letter of the alphabet.  I decided to go back and enter all the books I've read in my alphabet list. Still have some letters to complete and they are not looking real easy. Only 'J',  'X', and 'Z' to go!

The Art of Keeping Secrets  by  Patti Callahan Henry
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian  by Sherman Alexie
Beastly  by Alex Flinn
Bend in the Road  by Nicholas Sparks
The Cracker Queen  by Lauretta Hannon
Crooked Letter Crooked Letter by Tom Franklin
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Conviction by Richard North Patterson
Devil Bones  by Kathy Reichs
Duma Key  by Stephen King
Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
The Edge of Sleep  by David Wiltse
Envy the Night   by Michael Koryta
Flesh and Bone  by Jefferson Bass
Fallen  by Karin Slaughter
Fallen  by Lauren Kate
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo  by Steig Larsson
The Girl  Who Played withFire  by Steig Larsson
The Girl  Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest  by Steig Larsson
Grave Surprise  by Charlaine Harris
Grave Peril   by Jim Butcher
Georgia Bottoms  by Mark Childress
The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
The Hunger Games  by Suzanne Collins
Hush Hush  by Becca Fitzpatrick
House Rules  by Jodi Picoult
I'd Know You Anywhere by Laura Lippman
Killing Fear  by Allison Brennan
Lucia, Lucia  by Adrianna Trigiana
Looking for Alaska  by John Green
Lisey's Story  by Stephen King
The Land of Painted Caves  by Jean Auel
Murder List  by Julie Garwood
Mockingjay  by Suzanne Collins
Middlesex  by Jeffrey Eugenides
Milk Glass Moon by Adriana Trigiani
The Ninth Judgement  by James Patterson (Maxine Pareto)
Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens
One Grave Too Many  by Beverly Connor
Pretties  by Scott Westerfeld
Quicksand by Iris Johansen
Room  by Emma Donoghue
The Straw Men  by Michael Marshall 
The Silent Girl  by Tess Gerritsen
Summer Knight by Jim Butche
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich
Specials by Scott Westerfield
Smokin' Seventeen by Janet Evanovich
Total Recall   by Sara Paretsky
Torment  by Lauren Kate
Thirteen Reasons Why  by  Jay Asher
Uglies  by Scott Westerfeld
Visit from the Good Squad  by Jennifer Egan
Wild Fire  by Nelson DeMille
Witches of East End by Melissa de la Cruz
Worth Dying For by Lee Child
The Year of Fog  by Michelle Redmond

Book 53 of 2011 One Grave too Many by Beverly Connor

One Grave Too Many (Diane Fallon Forensic Investigation, #1)One Grave Too Many by Beverly Connor
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this book first because I needed a book with an "O" title to help complete my A to Z reading challenge. It's also set in Georgia and that gives it another star. I enjoyed the mystery and didn't figure it out until the very end which makes it a good mystery in my book. I enjoyed the setting and the characters. Will probably check out more of this series if the library has copies.

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