Sunday, April 24, 2011

Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Curse of the Spellmans (The Spellmans, #2)Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is such a good series! After reading the first one in the series (The Spellman Files), I've been anxiously waiting to get a chance to read this one. I was NOT disappointed! In fact, I immediately picked up the 3rd one in the series and I'm reading it now.



In this one, Isabel is suspicious of a neighbor, realizes here romantic feelings for a surprising person, and makes a surprising career move. It's lots of fun, with plenty of laugh out loud moments.







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Monday, April 18, 2011

Never Knowing by Chevy Stevens

Never KnowingNever Knowing by Chevy Stevens

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


What happens when you find your birth parents, and they aren't what you had hoped? In Sara's case, she discovers she's the result of a brutal rape - now, her birth mother wants nothing to do with her, and her father is a suspected serial killer.

And because of her search, her birth parents' identities are broadcast online and her birth father (John) contacts her. Working with the police, Sara tries to lure him in so that they can finally apprehend him.

Chevy Stevens writes so well, and the book is such a roller-coaster of a ride, that time just flies by while reading. This is another good one by Ms. Stevens, who also wrote "Still Missing" - another very good book that I highly recommend!





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Friday, April 15, 2011

The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

The Peach KeeperThe Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


One of the things I loved most about Allen's earlier books was the beautiful magic qualities in them (changing wallpaper, trees that throw apples, books that show up out of nowhere, etc.). This book had touches of that magic, but much of it was mentioned briefly and then never explored. I would have loved to have more of that.

Still, this is a lovely book about friendship and learning to accept yourself. It centers around two women, Willa and Paxton. Paxton lives the life she thinks she is supposed to, while Willa lives a life she thinks she wants. They realize that they are missing quite a lot, and by exploring the past and learning about their grandmothers, they come to terms with who they really are and what they truly want.

Allen continues to be one of my favorite writers! Her books flow so well, the characters are just so wonderfully real. I love the world she creates, and am always a little sad when I turn that last page.



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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Reversal by Michael Connelly

The Reversal (Mickey Haller, #3)The Reversal by Michael Connelly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


There's so much to love about this book! I love Harry Bosch, always have! And after reading The Lincoln Lawyer, Mickey Haller became another favorite character. And this book has them both.

Mickey takes on a case as an independent prosecutor, ex-wife Maggie assists him, and Bosch is their investigator. The case: A man (Jessup) wins an appeal to overturn a 24 year old murder and he's released from prison. The DA's office decides to retry him. They need a guilty verdict; otherwise, they'll be sued in civil court for millions for his imprisonment. Those stakes are high enough, but added to that is the absolute conviction that they all have that Jessup is truly guilty.

I hope that the release of the movie The Lincoln Lawyer will get more people reading these books. Michael Connelly has been a favorite author of mine for many years - since about the time his 3rd book was published! I have not yet been disappointed with any of his books!





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Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lover Unleashed by J. R. Ward

Lover Unleashed (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #9)Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward


This was another great addition to the Black Dagger series!!

It picks up quickly after last one ended, with Payne paralyzed after a fight with Wrath. Jane's old boss Manny is brought in to consult and he quickly falls in love with Payne, and she falls right back in love with him.

There's also new players in town fighting the Lessers - Payne and Vischous's father (The Bloodletter) led a group of soldiers many years ago who have carried on after his murder. Now they are in Caldwell killing Lessers - but with ulterior motives! I can't wait for the next book to see how that all plays out.

I love how the books revolve around one couple overall, but still talk a lot about the others. Although I really miss hearing about some of them - so I hope she brings them back up in future books. This one didn't have much of the Brotherhood, and I missed that.

Overall, though, this is definitely a 4 1/2 stars, and it makes me really want to go back and read the series again - which I'm sure I will at some point, which is very unusual for me!

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