Monday, December 29, 2008

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Finally finished this yesterday! It took almost a week since I was busy with Christmas stuff, but it was worth the time.

The novel takes place primarily at Walker and Daughter yarn store. Georgia is the owner, Dakota is the daughter, and there are two employees, Anita and Peri. Gradually, a group of women begin hanging out at the store on Friday evenings, and thus the Knitting Club is born.

As the novel progresses, much changes in the lives of the women in this group. Without going into detail and spoiling some of the surprises, I'll just say much of them are life changing. The women grow in maturity and self-awareness.

I really enjoyed reading about these women, and hated to end the book and say goodbye to them. Fortunately, there is a sequel!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Blue Bloods (Blue Bloods, Book 1) by Melissa De La Cruz

I enjoyed this book! I've heard such great things about this series, so I've picked up the next book in the series and I plan to read it soon.

This is an interesting take on the vampire book. Blue Bloods are vampires, and live a very exclusive, high-society life. The main character, Schuyler, is a vampire, but is different - which was briefly touched on in this book and I'm assuming will play a much stronger role in the rest of the series.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 13) by Janet Evanovich

Lean Mean Thirteen (Stephanie Plum, No. 13) by Janet Evanovich

As usual, these are great additions to this series! I read these back to back and loved both of them.

I'm going to go back and read the three Between the Numbers books before moving on to Fearless Fourteen. And then I'll be caught up! I was very late starting this series, but I'm so glad I finally got to it. I've really enjoyed each book!!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Still Alice by Lisa Genova

I read this beautiful book in one day - I stayed up late late late reading!

This is the story of Alice, who is diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer's. She is a professor of Psychology at Harvard, and has been at the top of her field for many years. She's married with three children, and is just 50 years old.

Her decline is swift, and we follow the progression of it throughout the book, and her struggle with this awful disease.

There are many heartbreaking moments. For anyone who is familiar with this disease, it's difficult, if not impossible, to see any silver linings, but there are a few in this book.

I know this is one book that will stay with me for a long time. The characters, especially Alice, were written so beautifully and vividly that I can't help but wonder how she's doing now :)

I highly recommend this book, and give it 5 stars.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Used Book ~ The Darkest Evening of the Year by author Dean Koontz
The Darkest Evening of the Year
Author: Dean Koontz

I liked this book, but it seems to lack the depth of Koontz's earlier works. This book deals with Amy and Bryan, who each have pasts that have caught up with them, so to speak. Koontz also has a few golden retrievers making an appearance, including a special one named Nicky.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1) by Richelle Mead

What I\
Succubus Blues (Georgina Kincaid, Book 1) by Richelle Mead

I love Mead's Vampire Academy books, so I was so anxious to try out another series of hers! This one is for adults, so it does have some "mature" themes! The main character is a succubus, and there are other demons as well, including an imp, vampires, and even angels. There's intrigue, romance, and great characters. I look forward to reading the next one in this series! 4 stars

Monday, December 1, 2008