Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vixen- Jillain Larkin

Vixen, by Jillian Larkin.  A terrific debut novel!  This is a sexy, romantic book about the Roaring Twenties, for teens!  It is highly appropriate for teens.  Sexy, without any obligatory sex scenes.  Romantic without being gushy.  I enjoyed it very much, and once I started reading could not put it down!  Thanks!  I received this book free through Barnes & Noble's First Look program, but I am under no obligation to give a favorable review.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Unholy Domain

This fast- paced thriller by Dan Ronco had me turning pages until late into the night!  The recent genre of techno -thriller is not usually what I would reach for for recreational reading, but I was intrigued quickly.  What had me from the first page,  was the futuristic realism of a Great Depression, was not only scary, but also plausible!  There3 was more than enough to keep me turning pages, long after when I should have been asleep for the night!  A solid 3 stars!  and leaning to 4!  Bravo!  I throughly enjoyed this book.!  I have to say that I received this book for review through LibraryThing Early reviewer program, but I am not obligated to give a favorable review.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

***** Aptly Titled! *****

 Fitzpatrick's second novel in the bestselling Hush, Hush series "Crescendo", definitely lives up to its title. The action rises completely to the max, a most intense climax, and twists all the way to the final page. I devoured it completely, and enjoyed every morsel! From its humble beginning, all the way through each turn the story takes, it kept me enthralled! I was not sure if the author was going to be able to continue the success of the first novel, but she clearly has outdone herself. Kudos to Ms. Fitzpatrick, and and I am more than ready for the third in the series! Thanks Becca once again! I received this book free through Barnes and Nobles First Look program

Thursday, September 23, 2010

To Account for Murder

To Account for Murder

I received this book through LibraryThing’s Early Reviewer program. William Whitbeck’s novel To Account for Murder, is a wonderful, page-turning read.  The novel, based on the true 1945 gang murder of Senator  Warren G. Hooper, reads as a very appealing piece of fiction.  Corruption, sex, murder, and politics all combine to make a mesmerizing piece of literature.  I literally could not put this book down, and had to stay up half the night in order to finish, all the way to the terrific twist, and very satisfying ending. Very well done!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Wake of Forgiveness

I had the opportunity to read "The Wake of Forgiveness" by Bruce Machart, as a part of Barnes & Noble's First Look program.  As much as I wanted to enjoy reading this book, I had a very hard time reading it.  I did not form a connection with any of the characters.  If I cannot form any connection to them, I have a difficult time with the book.  Every time I tried to pick up TWoF to read, I found that I couldn't.  Perhaps it just was not the time for me to read this book.   I will try again, at some point.

Eternal On The Water

I was privileged to have read Eternal on the Water by Joseph Monninger, as a First Look Book with the Barnes & Noble Book Club. I was not sure that I was going to enjoy the book, but I kept at it and was glad I did. Mary and Cobb are two teachers who meet while kayaking on the Allagash River in Maine. Monninger writes with terrific imagery, and is poignantly written and thought provoking.

Before I Fall

Lauren Oliver has written a terrific debut novel! She has a way of developing her characters in a very unique way. I sat down and did not get up from reading until I was finished! It will go back on my shelf to re-read soon!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Darkness, Take My Hand

Dennis Lehanes's thriller is a great story that will keep you up at night, an not just to finish reading!  A superb  cast of characters, and an absorbing plot make for terrific reading.  One not to miss!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Open your heart to "The Mailbox"

"The Mailbox", the debut novel by Marybeth Whalen is a terrific, fun and easy read.  There is a mailbox hidden in the dunes of Sunset Beach where for the past 20 years Lindsey has been leaving letters at the end of her summer vacation for the Kindred Spirit.  Lindsey began visiting Sunset Beach as a teenager, and continued with her husband and children.  Now, she returns as a divorced mother and reunites with her teenage crush.

"The Mailbox" is a great beach read!  I regret that I did not know why the mailbox was in the dunes and that I did not have the book in my hand while I was vacationing on Sunset Beach last week!  I look forward to future novels by Whalen.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Writing Circle

I had the opportunity to read "The Writing Circle" by Corrine Demas as a part of B&N's First Look club. I had a difficult time getting into the story, and blamed it in part as I was having difficulty reading it on my iTouch, so it ultimately took me quite awhile to read. I did not enjoy the fast changes in the short peeks in each characters lives.  About halfway through, I finally did get wrapped into the story, all the way to the shocking ending. It was, in the end for me, a satisfying read, and will recommend it for book clubs! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Poacher's Son

 I had the privilege to have the opportunity to read "The Poacher's Son"  by Paul Doiron as a part of BN's First Look club. I was not sure what to expect, except that it was a mystery. I enjoy mystery's and this one did NOT fail me!! I was a great read and read it all in one day! I thought that "The Poacher's Son" fascinating. The characters and the plot were well developed. The plot had many twists and turns. The setting of camp in the woods of Maine was quite accurate!. A fun week-end read!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Dear Readers: Read this book!!

"Dear Lilly" by Peter Greyson, is an awesome 'guide to life' written by a father to his preschool daughter. I picked it up and absolutely could not put it down! I read it in one day, and read it again and again. It cuts straight through the heart with " Mr G's" personal stories. Before I had finished, I had already decided that I would be buying several for my HS reading group. I teach in an inner-city HS and feel that "Dear Lilly" will have a profound effect on my students. His experiences will help my students understand their own lives, and that they are not alone in their. I highly recommend "Dear Lilly" for every teen and adult. Thank you Peter for opening up yourself! It should become a required read in every HS!