Monday, May 28, 2012

Book #34

She Who Hunts She Who Hunts by C.L. Parks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Tenna Massey is a Demon Hunter. In fact she's the fulfillment of a prophesy and is know among the Family as the Dark Slayer. Her mother and father were Hunters and were killed when she was a young child. Instead of the Family taking her in to care for her she was let go into the foster care system. She hasn't forgiven them. Now she's an adult and her husband is possessed by a Demon and trying his best to kill her. Will she fulfill the prophesy and be the Dark Slayer or will she run and hide?

I really liked the story line of this book and am anxious to learn more about the back story. More details about Tenna's mom and dad, more about the Family, the prophesy, and what came before. Or did I miss a previous book?

A couple of things bothered me in the book. At the beginning Tenna speaks of her dad's best friend who should have raised her and calls him Virgil. Later in the book his name is Nigel? or is Nigel someone else entirely and we just don't hear anymore about Virgil? Another thing that got under my skin was the excessive use of 'giggle'. Someone was always giggling. Tenna, Claire, Jason and Russell the big bad men were giggling. Too much. I was also aggravated by the description of everyone who was talking on the phone with Tenna moving the phone. Enough of this description. Maybe a little more editing would have been welcomed. Am I being too picky? I don't know the answer, but little things like that bother me when I'm reading and make me less likely to read another book by the author.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Book #33 of 2012

The Devil's Bones (Body Farm, #3)The Devil's Bones by Jefferson Bass
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Body Farm series by the writing team of Jon Jefferson and Dr. Bill Bass. This book has 3 mysteries/problems happening. #1 Mary Latham's body is found in a burned out car on her family's farm outside of Knoxville. #2 Dr. Brockton's defense attorney "Grease" asks him to check out the cremains of his Aunt. #3 Garland Hamilton escapes form prison.

#1 -- Seemed to be almost an afterthought. This mystery wasn't the 'biggie' in this book, but was interesting to get the answer to how the fire was set while the suspect was 7 hours away.

#2 -- This story line was definitely based on the real life crematory mess that happened in North Georgia several years ago. My favorite part of this book, but wish Dr. Brockton had been more involved.

#3 -- I'm over the Garland Hamilton mess and am glad this is resolved in this installment.

There seemed to be a few loose ends that weren't tied up to suit me, but perhaps that'll happen in the next book. I want more of Art in the books and I enjoy the peeks into Dr. Brockton's family.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yummy Zucchini and Squash

Fresh zucchini and yellow squash is always in abundance during the summer months. I love it, but realized that frying it up breaded is probably not the healthiest way to eat it.

So I washed and sliced it. Sprayed the pan with a little non stick cooking spray and laid those slices out all over the pan in a single layer

Sprayed a little more on top, sprinkled with some kosher salt and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Popped them in the oven for 10 minutes at 375°. Easy and delicious. 

Not the most beautiful side dish you've ever seen, but it is tasty. 

Easy Zucchini/Squash Bake
1 zucchini squash
1 yellow squash
non stick cooking spray
kosher salt
1T. Parmesan cheese

Slice zucchini and yellow squash into thin rounds. Place onto baking pan that you have sprayed with non stick cooking spray. Lightly spray the tops with the non stick cooking spray, sprinkle with salt and Parmesan. You could add other herbs/spices if you like. Bake for 10 minutes at 375°. These aren't crispy chips, but you could probably cook longer or at a higher temp if you want the crisp. You could also turn them and brown both sides. 

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Book #32 of 2012

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I'm still not sure what all the hype is about? It was just okay, not great, not terrible. It's only romance. I didn't even get all the crap about the BDSM. Blech. Not sure if I'll read the next, but leaning toward not.

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Linking up with Carole's Chatter

Books You Loved May Edition

Go check out the Linky party, there are some great books. You might just find a new one to try!

Book #31 of 2012

BirdmanBirdman by Mo Hayder
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first book in the Jack Caffrey series and boy does it pack a wollop. It's a mystery/thriller, but I would also categorize it in my favorite genre, sick shit. Jack Caffrey is a Detective Inspector who himself has a tragic and dark past that makes him flawed and sympathetic character . He's investigating a series of murders involving girls from the wrong side of the track. 5 bodies are discovered in a trash dump and at autopsy some disturbing clues are discovered. Each body has a bird sewn into the chest cavity, strange marks around the hairline, breast reduction surgery performed, and evidence of necrophilia. Graphic violence. An incompetent fellow DI. A couple of unexpected twists.

This book got a little too graphic and brutal for me at the end, but I'll definitely keep reading this series. I have a difficult time reading books set in England. Even though the language is the same, the words used to describe and name things are different. It's worth it to keep on reading and to do a little research to become more familiar with the language differences.

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Saturday, May 5, 2012

Book #30

 Wool 5: The StrandedWool 5: The Stranded by Hugh Howey
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

loved loved loved this series of books. I so want more. Please Mr. Howey, I want to know what happens next. And in the other silos especially with Solo and the kids in Silo 17. There are so many stories still to tell and I can't wait to read them.

A friend recommended the series and I bought the omnibus without really knowing what the book was about. After the first very short installment I was hooked. My only complaint was that there just wasn't enough of it. I quickly read #2 and so on. By book # 4 I was happy the books were getting longer, but I slowed my reading so that it would last a little longer. The last and longest #5 was  so good. I wish I was better at saying just how good it was.

I'm off to see what else I might be interested in from Mr. Howey's books.

Thanks Wendy for the recommendation, I'm so glad I listened!

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