Showing posts with label Kindle Shelf. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kindle Shelf. Show all posts

Friday, July 13, 2012

Kindle Shelf Book Review: 7th Victim

Title: The 7th Victim (Karen Vail #1)
Author: Alan Jacobson
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
Publish Date: September 2008
Personal Rating: 3.5

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Summary:
The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail’s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage.On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer...the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed...
With material meticulously researched during seven years of study with the Bureau’s vaunted profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings refreshing realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages.
The 7th Victim is a page-turner as only Alan Jacobson can write, with a stunning twist of an ending that will satisfy even the most discerning thriller reader.

My Review:
I chose to read this book as it was selected from my Kindle Shelf Post. While I had been told by others to read this book and series, I had never actually committed myself until now.

I enjoyed this book for the most part. While I enjoy mystery thrillers and have read several similar books in the past, this book just didn’t pull me quickly through it. I’m not sure why. It was a fairly slow and heavy read.

I enjoyed the main character Karen Vail. As a profiler and woman, she is up against a lot in her job. However, throughout this book she has more obstacles than one could ever think. At one point, I was against liking this book. There was so much that had happened to Karen that it was just not real to me. Yes, I know it’s fiction, but wow the overload. I kept going on, just barely turning page by page. I’m glad I did because it really did set up where the story was going. There is a lot that happens to her, and maybe not all of it needed, but I did enjoy the story.

There are a lot of typical things she has to deal with such as being the female in a male dominated career, especially the specialized job as profiler. While some of the men are supportive, she has many that are not. Quite a hurdle to overcome. However, she does it well and when she is with these men, she does not wallow in her problems. I did like that about the story.

Wayne Rudnick is not a main character. He only appears in one chapter. However, he made me laugh. What a great character portrayed as a head of his unit. Very knowledgeable, but definitely knows how to have fun. He provided my LOL moment of the book.

What to Read Next?Another similar type read, but which I thought was quite a bit better is The Pawn by Steven James. The main character is more of a geographical analyzer and also solving serial murders. There is a lot of personal relationship situations with the main character and his step-daughter. Very well woven story. This is just the first of his series.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Kindle Shelf Book Review: Celtic Storms

Title: Celtic Storms (Celtic Steel #1)
Author: Delaney Rhodes
Genre: Historical Romance
Publish Date: February 4, 2012
Personal Rating: 3 stars

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Summary:
Darina O'Malley watched the sun set in the bay from the great tower in O'Malley castle. She said a silent prayer for her cousin, Kyra, hoping the message that was delivered to the MacCahan's did not spell sudden doom for her and her people. If what her Uncle Ruarc had told her was true, she was to be married to a stranger in nearly a fort night, and her world would turn upside down.

The realization that her clan held secrets which could destroy them forever - chilled her blood. Who was this son of a Laird that she was betrothed to and how would he react when he learned the truth?

My Review:
I read this book as it was the selection from my Kindle Shelf post. In the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. It seemed like a lot was going on and I was getting confused. However, I persevered and I am glad that I did. As the pieces slowly came together, I was intrigued and wanted to keep reading. It was a quick read after that.

There are a lot of things that were going on that I don’t want to give away, but were the best part of the book. I guess what I can say is that as you read, don’t get discouraged with all that is going on. The pieces of the puzzle are not as cleanly put together and so getting through the rough areas can be tough.

I did like Patrick and Darina, the main characters. Patrick holds a lot of secrets and some he did not know himself. However, Darina’s people also hold a lot of secrets as well, and as these are revealed this is when the story comes alive. The author has created some great characters besides Patrick and Darina, the two young boys grabbed my heart strings.

I loved the paranormal action going on. This is what I think the other books are hinged on. This book definitely leaves you hanging. Several things have not been resolved, in fact several avenues are left unfulfilled. I am intrigued enough to want to continue on with the series.

What to Read Next?


If you enjoyed this but want less confusion, try Julie Garwood’s The Secret. Definitely very similar in feel.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Kindle Shelf Book Review: Avenging Angel

Kindle Shelf Book Review

Title: Avenging Angel
Author: Tara Janzen
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Publish Date: January 2012
Personal Rating: 3 stars
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Summary:
Living undercover and on the edge, Dylan Jones has seen damn few things to give him hope - until he sees her, Johanna Lane. But when the beautiful lawyer lands in the middle of his investigation, she also lands at the top of a powerful man's hit list. Out of luck and out of time, Dylan only has one chance to save her, and he only has one plan - kidnap the beauty.

Frightened senseless, Johanna is shocked when she recognizes her captor, the bad boy bodyguard who had once worked for her powerful boss. She had been dangerously attracted to him, and now she's in his clutches and at his mercy. But with the night heating up and the hitmen closing in, passion will have to take a back seat to survival...or will it? With these two, the only safe bet is on scorching desire and endless love!

My Review:
I chose to read this book as it had the most votes from my Kindle Shelf post. I did end up liking this book. It’s not a very long book and in the beginning the pace was consistent. There was a lot of set up and not too much happening. I was worried about when the action was going to happen. No worries, there is plenty of action.

Johanna and Dylan are the main characters. Dylan kidnaps Johanna and she knows he is familiar. It’s great once she figures out where she knows him from. Realizing that she knows him previously, this common bond has its ups and downs on the story and their relationship.

My favorite part of the book is when Johanna finds out exactly why Dylan kidnapped her and she realizes the situation they are in. My least favorite part of the book is the set up in the beginning. Get through the first ½ nearly ¾ of the book and then hold on for the last ¼ of the book. It is worth the wait.





Thursday, May 31, 2012

Book Review: Just the Way You Are

Kindle Shelf Book Review


Title: Just the Way You Are
Author: Barbara Freethy
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Free Kindle download
Publish Date: November 2000
Personal Rating: 4.5 stars


Summary:
A baby brought them together -- and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they've made together, she's now decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams. For although she worships Sam, it's no longer enough for her to be wife and lover when she knows she holds so little of his heart.

Sam has always dreamed of a life away from the close-knit world of Tucker's Landing, but marriage and fatherhood ended all that. Now Sam is torn between what was and what was meant to be. He must decide if it's time to rekindle the dreams of the past...or accept Alli, and her love, just the way she is.

My Review:
I read this book because it was a choice from my weekly Kindle Shelf feature. I have not read anything by this author before, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book. If I could give the book a new title, I would call it My True Love.

This book kept the pace and was a quick read. Definitely a book you could read in a day if you had a few hours. I continually found myself wishing I was reading it instead of getting done what I needed to done.

This story revolves around seven characters: Alli, Tessa, Sam, Megan, Jimmy, Phoebe and William, eight if you add Phoebe’s late husband. Alli and Tessa are sisters who after their parents died moved in with Grandma (Phoebe) and met their friend Sam. This part of the story only happens over about a week’s time, but does reference history with Ali and Tessa, Grandma and Grandpa, and Tessa’s modeling life.

I didn’t really like Alli. She seemed kind of whiny and not sure of what she wanted, but yet she wouldn’t look at what she had. I kept getting frustrated with her not being sure what she wanted. She was being touted as a successful business owner, but didn’t show it in her personal side. However, I wasn’t so sure I liked Tessa either because she had been gone from her home town for so long I didn’t think she would be happy there either. She had been so successful as a model, did she really know how to be grounded.

I loved Megan and Phoebe. Their characters are what tied me into the story and of course what tied the story together. I also enjoyed the town and the memories it had for little Alli and Tessa. Storms did scare me as a youngster, but not for the same reasons that Alli and Tessa had.

Definitely a great story!! While this is classified as a contemporary romance, I would also say it was a contemporary fiction and women’s fiction. It was a feel good story.







Thursday, May 24, 2012

The Kindle Shelf and Book Review (May 24)


Each Thursday, I will showcase three picks from my Kindle Shelf. Let me know if 1) You’ve read the book and highly recommend it or not, 2) Your book reading friend whom you trust has read the book and they highly recommend it or not, or 3) the summary description sounds amazing and that is your pick for the week. The one with the most recommendations and valid reasons why, will be my Kindle read of the week.

Here are my three choices for this week:

CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

Summary:
A baby brought them together -- and even though Alli has always loved her strong, sexy husband Sam and the life they've made together, she's now decided to set him free to follow his youthful dreams. For although she worships Sam, it's no longer enough for her to be wife and lover when she knows she holds so little of his heart.
Sam has always dreamed of a life away from the close-knit world of Tucker's Landing, but marriage and fatherhood ended all that. Now Sam is torn between what was and what was meant to be. He must decide if it's time to rekindle the dreams of the past...or accept Alli, and her love, just the way she is.

MYSTERY

Summary:
Never underestimate the blonde. "The British spy is elegant, suave and sophisticated. The British spy is not blonde, built, and confused." But Sophie Green is, and she's just been hired by a highly secret government agency. She drives a car the colour of bile and is obsessed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She doesn't know which end of the gun to fire from and her hair hasn't been natural since she was twelve. But that's not going to stop her from trying to save the day, once she figures out who to save it from. Sexy spies, plane crashes, firebombs and multicoloured cocktails-they're all in a day's work for Sophie. Roll over, Bond, there's a new bombshell in town. And it's got Sophie's name on it. Warning, this title contains guns, swearing, dark thoughts about cheerful people, incomprehensible Britishisms, and painful sarcasm.

CHICK LIT/ROMANCE

Summary:
When Millie saves bestselling novelist Orla Hart's life and loses her boyfriend in the process, one wonders if the rest of the book can be as entertaining and eventful as this dramatic opening but for Millie Brady the fun has only just begun
Millie decides that a man-free summer is just what she needs but Orla, who wants Millie to be the heroine of her next novel, is determined to find her the man of her dreams. As far as Millie is concerned, the only man worth thinking about is Hugh Emerson but for Hugh, whose wife tragically died in a horse-riding accident, "dating is not on the agenda". Millie's determination not to fall in love with the young widower forms the centrepiece of the novel but Jill Mansell also delves into the shenanigans of Millie's best friend Hester and her eventful love life; Orla and her cheating husband; Millie's man-eating mother; and the leather-clad, sex-mad Lucas Kemp who runs a kiss-a-gram service.


Kindle Shelf Book Review

Title: The Abandoned
Author: Amanda Stevens
Genre: Paranormal
Publish Date: April 2011

Source: Free Kindle Download
Personal Rating: 3.5 stars

Summary:
There are rules for dealing with ghosts. Too bad Ree Hutchins doesn't know them.
When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman's death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.
Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest believes Ree is being haunted. Even Amelia Gray, known in Charleston as The Graveyard Queen, senses a gathering darkness. Driven by a force she doesn't understand, Ree is compelled to uncover an old secret and put abandoned souls to rest—before she is locked away forever....

My Review:
I really enjoyed this novella. It had a great story that I know leads into the series. Ree Hutchins is the main female character in the novella, instead of Amelia Gray who is the lead character in the series. There was a brief  interaction with Amelia and I liked her, excited to read the rest of the series to get to know her better.

Ree was pretty spunky herself and knows she needs to stay on the trail of the secret. With the help of Hayden Priest, they are able to uncover a lot of information. 

Quick read, was a lot of fun! Can't wait to read the rest of the series!!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

The Kindle Shelf and Book Review (May 17)


Each Thursday, I will showcase three picks from my Kindle Shelf. Let me know if 1) You’ve read the book and highly recommend it or not, 2) Your book reading friend whom you trust has read the book and they highly recommend it or not, or 3) the summary description sounds amazing and that is your pick for the week. The one with the most recommendations and valid reasons why, will be my Kindle read of the week.

Here are my three choices for this week:


The Abandoned (Graveyard Queen) by Amanda Stevens
When her favorite patient at a private mental hospital passes away, psychology student Ree Hutchins mourns the elderly woman's death. But more unsettling is her growing suspicion that something unnatural is shadowing her.

Amateur ghost hunter Hayden Priest believes Ree is being haunted. Even Amelia Gray, known in Charleston as The Graveyard Queen, senses a gathering darkness. Driven by a force she doesn't understand, Ree is compelled to uncover an old secret and put abandoned souls to rest—before she is locked away forever....



Everywhere that Mary Went by Lisa Scottoline
Judgement day will come...
It's just a matter of time.

Maryhas been slaving away for the past eight years trying to make partner in her cutthroat Philadelphia law firm. She's too busy to worry about the crank phone calls that she's been getting-until they fall into a sinister pattern. The phone rings as soon as she gets to work, then as soon as she gets home. Mary can't shake the sensation that someone is watching her, following her every move. The shadowboxing turns deadly when her worst fears are realized, and she has to fight for something a lot more important than partnership -- her life.


Winning the Wallflower by Eloisa James
It could only happen in a fairy tale.
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Plain and tall. (According to the lady herself.)
Titled and irreproachably proper. (According to her fiancé.)

Until, overnight, she becomes
Lady Lucy Towerton:
Heiress. (Thanks to an aged aunt’s bequest.)
Belle of the ball. (So say the fortune hunters of the ton.)

In charge of her own destiny (finally!), Lucy breaks her engagement and makes up her mind never to be proper again…

Kindle Shelf
Book Review

Title: Invisible (Ivy Malone Mysteries #1)
Author: Lorena McCourtney
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Publish Date: August 2004
Personal Rating: 3 stars
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Summary:
She's not your average crime fighter Ivy Malone has a curiosity that sometimes gets her into trouble, and it's only aggravated by her discovery that she can easily escape the public eye. So when vandals romp through the local cemetery, she takes advantage of her newfound anonymity and its unforeseen advantages as she launches her own unofficial investigation. Despite her oddball humor and unconventional snooping, Ivy soon becomes discouraged by her failure to turn up any solid clues. And after Ivy witnesses something ominous and unexplained, she can't resist putting her investigative powers to work again. Even the authorities' attempts to keep Ivy out of danger and her nosy neighbor's match-making schemes can't slow her down. But will the determination that fuels this persistent, quirky sleuth threaten her very safety?

My Review:
This story had an interesting concept in that the amateur sleuth is an older woman. Ivy looses her best friend which in my opinion did not help the story. I found that as soon as Thea dies, there is very limited involvement with the other characters.


I enjoyed all the characters for the brief time Ivy was involved with them, but then she ends up doing so much by herself that there isn’t much conversation. I think I’ve figured out why in other cozy mysteries they sleuth ends up having a buddy and/or friend that tags along.
The mystery story was fine, in its clues and leads to the end. I was just disappointed in the additional plot and interactions with the characters.

I did enjoy the reasoning of the title and how it fit into the story. That was pretty clever and did make me grin. Kind of made you think about elderly people as well.

I was also intrigued with the film in the camera and the one hour photo shop. It seems like it has been ages since this was how we took pictures, but maybe it was the author trying to also portray the age of the characters.

“This had to be it! I'd get the film developed tomorrow afternoon at that one-hour photo developing place. Having to wait that long was frustrating, but right now it meant I could go back to the barbecue.”
Lorena McCourtney. Invisible (Ivy Malone Mystery Series #1) (p. 102). Kindle Edition.

Verdict: This is the first of a series, but I don’t know that I will continue reading any further. This was just not my type of cozy. The book is still a free download for the Kindle if you think it may be a read for you.