Wednesday, March 30, 2011

My Bookish Ways: 1000 Follower Giveaway!!

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Monday, March 28, 2011

Review - Devious



From GoodReads:

The crime scene at St. Marguerite’s cathedral in New Orleans is shocking, even to seasoned detectives like Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya. A novice nun named Sister Camille has been found dressed in a yellowed bridal gown and viciously garroted, her body covered with an altar cloth.

Valerie Houston is devastated by her sister’s death. For weeks, she’d begged Camille to leave St. Marguerite’s, where she seemed determined to live as some kind of martyr. But Camille had a knack for making bad choices — she joined the convent in part because she’d fallen for Val’s soon-to-be ex-husband, Slade.

Convinced the police aren’t doing enough, Val begins to investigate. Slade, on a mission to repair their marriage, is determined to help her. But the deeper Val’s inquiries go, the more twisted the case becomes. St. Marguerite’s is far from the tranquil retreat many believe, and everyone, from handsome Father Frank O’Toole to the mysterious Mother Superior, has their own agenda. Despite their closeness, even Camille had a hidden life Val never suspected. But someone knew about Camille’s past — and Val’s, too. Now she has no choice but to catch a devious, depraved killer intent on purging St. Marguerite’s of all its sins — before she becomes the next victim…

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My Review:

This was the first book by Lisa Jackson I have read. As a mystery/suspense lover I will be reading more of her books in the future. But I was not totally happy with this one. It was very well-written and the story was engaging and made me want to find out who did it. But I didnt really think we got all the answers in the end.

I really liked the Detectives assigned to the case, and I am looking forward to going back and reading more of the books they are in. I love the New Orleans setting. It really is such a great city for a backdrop.

Val and Slade made a great pair. We got plenty of info on their background and relationship and got to watch them in part work though their issues. Although the resolution of their problems did seem a bit rushed and just ok, its over now, lets forget it ever happened type of resolution.

But I didn't feel like we really got to understand the motives behind the Mother Superior and Fr. O'Toole. They have secrets and I don't think we really get to find out what they are. Same thing with the novices. There is such a connection there that can really make another intriguing story. But in this one, assuming we never see these characters again. I'm pretty disappointed. I want to know more of what they are hiding and why, And why did these novices join the convent, they all seem to have a great history behind them before they came. What made them join. Same with the murdered victim, Camille. We know she developed a crush on Slade but that doesnt fully explain why she joined the convent or why she had such a secretive hidden life.

Overall though its a great mystery. And it does get wrapped up in the end. All the main points are covered and explained. I guess I just wanted to know more about the secrets hidden inside the walls. I will definitely be reading more of her books. And will recommend her to others who like this genre. Just maybe not this one first.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Review - Renegade

Renegade (Dark Ops, #3)Renegade by Catherine Mann

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I really enjoyed the story and am looking forward to more. The characters and situations are great and well-written and I was really happy with how the story unfolded and the conclusion. I hope to see these characters again, even if its just as secondary characters in future novels.



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Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Review - The Postcard Killers

The Postcard KillersThe Postcard Killers by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Easy read. But not my favorite of his. Well written but doesnt really have the expected twists and shockers you expect from his books.



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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trailer - Betrayed

My Bookish Ways: Interview and Giveaway with Jenna Black!


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Review - Love You More

WHO DO YOU LOVE?

One question, a split-second decision, and Brian Darby lies dead on the kitchen floor. His wife, state police trooper Tessa Leoni, claims to have shot him in self-defense, and bears the bruises to back up her tale. For veteran detective D. D. Warren it should be an open-and-shut case. But where is their six-year-old daughter?

AND HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO . . .


As the homicide investigation ratchets into a frantic statewide search for a missing child, D. D. Warren must partner with former lover Bobby Dodge to break through the blue wall of police brotherhood, seeking to understand the inner workings of a trooper’s mind while also unearthing family secrets. Would a trained police officer truly shoot her own husband? And would a mother harm her own child?

. . . TO SAVE HER?

For Tessa Leoni, the worst has not yet happened. She is walking a tightrope, with nowhere to turn, no one to trust, as the clock ticks down to a terrifying deadline. She has one goal in sight, and she will use every ounce of her training, every trick at her disposal, to do what must be done. No sacrifice is too great, no action unthinkable. A mother knows who she loves. And all others will be made to pay.

Love you more . . .
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My Review:

This is the second book by Lisa Gardner I have read and the second with Detective D.D. Warren as the investigator on the case. And I have to say I think its possible I liked this even more than the last.

While there is not a lot of details that can really be mentioned in a review without giving spoilers I can say that you will be on a roller coaster ride from the beginning. For one reason this book does have a controversial topic. It does after all involve a child and what could have happened to her. Is she kidnapped, dead, could the mother have done it? These are all questions D.D. has to race to find the answers too before time runs out. As she says multiple times in the book, the longer it takes to locate a kidnapped victim the less likely it is they will still be alive.

While on this race against time you also see a new side of the Detective. In this novel more so than the last one I read with her in it. She seems to be not quite as cold and aloof. I liked her character before, I liked how she was able to focus and solve her cases and find out who did it. But now I understand her more as a person who is learning they dont always have to be a cop. She really seems to have grown as a character just between these two books.

If you are looking for a great suspense novel. One that will keep you reading. One that you wont want to put down. Definitely go pick this one up. You wont regret it. There are twists and turns from the start and it keeps you going until the conclusion.

You can purchase a copy here from Amazon.

Monday, March 21, 2011

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Sunday, March 20, 2011

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Review - Treachery in Death

Treachery in Death (In Death, #32)Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I still think this a great series. Still really enjoying the characters and the cases are fresh, not rehashing or repeating old story lines.

I thought in this one we actually get to finally see some long needed character growth though. We see Eve taking a definite more management role that shows what she could eventually be like as a captain. We also see Peabody be the official lead on her first case. We get to see how both characters have changed over the course of the series. While we have seen bits and pieces of these changes before. Here they are more evident and you can really see where these characters may end up in future stories.



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Review - Transparent Lovers

Transparent LoversTransparent Lovers by Scott Nicholson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Short easy read. Very well written. If it was a movie I would classify it as film noir. It really brings to mind the classic detective story that would totally be filmed in black and white.



Its really a story set in a certain genre and while I dont see faults with the story itself I have to say I thought the writing was a class above the story.







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Saturday, March 19, 2011

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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Contest Craze



Contest Craze at Princess Bookie begins soon. You dont want to miss out. Its running from March 9 - April 10.

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Check Out - Twenty-Five Years Ago Today



From GoodReads:

Kris Langley has always been obsessed with murder. She blames herself for the violent death of her cousin when they were kids and has let guilt invade every corner of her existence.
Now an editorial assistant and obit writer for a Massachusetts newspaper, Kris stumbles across an unsolved murder while compiling "25 Years Ago Today" items from the microfilm. She grows fascinated with the case of a young cocktail waitress who was bludgeoned to death and dumped in the woods.
Determined to solve the case and atone for the death of her cousin, Kris immerses herself in the mystery of what happened to Diana Ferguson, a talented artist who expressed herself through haunting paintings of Greek mythology.
Not only does Kris face resistance from her family and her managing editor, she also clashes with Diana's suspicious nephew, Eric Soares - until neither she nor Eric can deny the chemistry flaring between them.
Kris soon learns that old news never leaves the morgue and that yesterday's headline is tomorrow's danger, for finding out the truth about that night twenty-five years ago may shatter Kris's present, costing her love, her career, and ultimately, her life.

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Check Out - Sink or Swim



From GoodReads:

When reality TV turns to murder, it's sink, swim or die. Ambitious personal trainer Cassidy Novak has gained national fame for starring on Sink or Swim, nicknamed SOS, a hit reality game show set aboard a Tall Ship. She hopes the prize money will help to launch her dream of owning a chain of fitness centers.
Not only does she lose the competition and have to walk the plank in the finale, after the game show ends, the terror begins. Upon returning to her small Massachusetts hometown, Cassidy discovers she has attracted a stalker masterminding his own twisted game. She struggles to focus on her health club job and celebrity endorsement opportunities, but her stalker has other plans. As her former competitors get knocked off one-by-one, Cassidy refuses to play by his bizarre rules.
She's also being shadowed by hunky photographer Zach Gallagher, who has been assigned to capture her personal moments for a spread in the local newspaper. She wants to trust Zach, but fears he may not be the nice guy that he seems. With or without Zach's help, when the stalker forces a showdown by threatening her family, Cassidy must once again walk the plank - this time for her life

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The Guardian Legacy: Just~for~fun Giveaway.

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Coming Soon - The Vespertine



From GoodReads:

It’s the summer of 1889, and Amelia van den Broek is new to Baltimore and eager to take in all the pleasures the city has to offer. But her gaiety is interrupted by disturbing, dreamlike visions she has only at sunset—visions that offer glimpses of the future. Soon, friends and strangers alike call on Amelia to hear her prophecies. However, a forbidden romance with Nathaniel, an artist, threatens the new life Amelia is building in Baltimore. This enigmatic young man is keeping secrets of his own—still, Amelia finds herself irrepressibly drawn to him.

When one of her darkest visions comes to pass, Amelia’s world is thrown into chaos. And those around her begin to wonder if she’s not the seer of dark portents, but the cause.

Release date: 3/7/11

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011