Monday, September 18, 2017

Book Review: Into The Still Blue - Veronica Rossi

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate.  Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do--and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they're using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people.  Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation.  Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities.  Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission.  Cinder isn't just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival--he's also their friend.  And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

In this final book in her earth-shattering Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi raises the stakes to their absolute limit and brings her epic love story to an unforgettable close.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I thought this was a great conclusion to the trilogy.  Things are never easy for the characters in this book and I'm glad for it.  Sable is brutal.  We get to see the Dwellers interact with the Outsiders.  We see characters grow, like Soren, Roar, Perry and Aria.  We also find out who Aria's father is and why he left her when she was a baby.  Great ending, if finished things but still left some things open, which could signify more books.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Book Review: Night Shift - Charaline Harris

At Midnight's local pawnshop, weapons are flying off the shelves--only to be used in sudden and dramatic suicides right at the main crossroads in town.

Who better to figure out why blood is being spilled than the vampire Lemuel, who. while translating mysterious texts, discovers, what makes Midnight the town it is.  There's a reason why witches and werewolves, killers and psychics, have been drawn to this place.

And now must come together to stop the bloodshed in the heart of Midnight.  For if all hell breaks loose--which just might happen--it will put the secretive town on the map, where no one wants it to be...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I thought it was a great conclusion to the trilogy.  In this book we learn about how Lemuel became a vampire, who Olivia used to be and even where Mr. Snuggly was born.  We also meet Fiji's sister Kiki and get to know why she doesn't like her family very much.  Also there's a little love story with Manfred.  We see Lemuel interact with other vampires, although it would have been fun if he had met ones from Sookie Stackhouse books.  Overall I like how the story was wrapped up.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Book Review: Nothing Stays Buried - P.J. Tracy

When Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth are called to a crime scene in a heavily wooded city park, everything about the setting is all too familiar.  And when they discover a playing card on the victim's body, their worst fears are confirmed there is a serial killer operating in the city for the first time in years.

Across town, Grace MacBride and her unconventional partners at Monkeewrench Softaware find themselves at both personal and career crossroads.  Weary of the darker side of their computer work for law enforcement, they agree to take on a private missing-persons case in a small farming community in southwestern Minnesota.

As the violence accelerates in Minneapolis, Magozzi and Gino soon realize their killer is planning to complete the deck, and they enlist Monkeewrench to help stop the rampage.  As a baffling tangle of evidence accumulates, the cops and Monkeewrench make the unlikely connections among a farmer's missing daughter, a serial killer, and a decades-old stabbing that brings them face-to-face with pure evil.

3/5 stars (liked it)
Wow, I can't believe this is the eighth book in the series.  These books always have me flipping to the next page to find out what happens.  I love the story betwen Leo and Grace and how much their relationship has changed in all of these books.  Not only that but how much Grace and the rest of the Monkeewrench gang have changed.  Gino is always a fun character.  Overall a great and fast read.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Book Review: Generation One - Pittacus Lore

It has been over a year since the invasion of Earth was thwarted in Pittacus Lore's United as One.  But in order to win, our allies known as the Garde unleashed their Loric energy that spread throughout the globe.  Now human teenagers have begun to develop incredible powers of their own, known as Legacies.

To help these incredible and potentially dangerous individuals--and put the world at ease--the Garde have created an academy where they can train this new generation to control their powers and hopefully one day help mankind.  But not everyone thinks that's the best use of their talents.  And the teens may need to use their Legacies sooner than they ever imagined.

3/5 stars (liked it)
I don't like this quite as much as the original series with the Garde.  I wish more of the Garde were in this book.  Although we meet some of the Humans that developed Legacies that were introduced in the last book.  I really like Nigel and Ran.  Each of the humans have a story and we find out more about them.  There's of course a new bad guy.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Book Review: Day Shift - Charlaine Harris

There is no such thing as bad publicity, except in Midnight, Texas, where the residents like to keep to themselves.  Even in a town full of secretive people, Olivia Charity is an enigma.  She lives with the vampire Lemuel, but no one knows what she does; they only know that she's beautiful and dangerous.

Psychic Manfred Bernardo finds out just how dangerous when he goes on a working weekend to Dallas and sees Olivia there with a couple who are both found dead the next day.  To make matters worse, one of Manfred's regular--and very wealthy--clients dies during a reading.

Manfred returns from Dallas embroiled in scandal and hounded by the press.  He turns to Olivia for help; somehow he knows that the mysterious Olivia can get things back to normal.  As normal as things get in Midnight...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I love that two character from the Sookie books made an appearance in this book.  Although one did not stick around for long and I hope he comes back in the next one.  Poor Manfred is caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.  I feel like the killer storyline was just wrapped up and forgotten.  I would have liked to see more of the other characters in the town featured more.  Although it was nice to see more of Olivia and Manfred together and working together.  Seems like a few items were left open, so hopefully they are answered in the next one.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Book Review: Ash and Quill - Rachel Caine

Words can kill.

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealously guards its secrets.  But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny...

Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit.  But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the Library's rule.

Their time is running out.  To survive, they'll have to choose to live or die as one, to take the fight to their enemies--and to save the very soul of the Great Library...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I can't say I have a favorite character because I really like them all.  They all find themselves going from one kind of prison to another.  Using their skills to find a way to free themselves.  I feel like this book contained more action than the previous books.  I can't wait to read the next one.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Book Review: Midnight Crossroad - Charlaine Harris

Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road.  It's a pretty standard dried-up western town.

There's a pawnshop (someone lives in the basement and is seen only at night).  There's a diner (people who are just passing through tend not to linger).  And there's new resident Manfred Bernardo, who thinks he's found the perfect place to work in private (and who has secrets of his own).

Stop at the one traffic light in town, and everything looks normal.  Stay awhile, and learn the truth...

3/5 stars (liked it)
I was a big fan of the Sookie Stackhouse books and thought I would try another one of her series.  Plus this is a trilogy so very doable.  I liked this first book.  We don't find out if everyone is human or otherwise but we find out about some.  My favorite character has to be Mr. Snuggly, the cat that talks.  He is just a cat and he can talk and all he cares about is himself and whether he will get his food and a comfy place to lay.  He's so funny!  This book revolves around the murder of Audrey, Bobo's girlfriend (the owner of the Pawnshop).  The killer really surprised me.

Book Review: Into The Still Blue - Veronica Rossi

Into The Still Blue - Veronica Rossi The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate.  Aria and Perry are determined to find this la...