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Dangerous Minds, Janet Evanovich

dangerous mindsspolier alertTitle: Dangerous Minds

Author: Janet Evanovich

Narrator:  Lorelei King

Pages:  319 (I got it on Audible, and I think it was roughly seven hours of play.)

Genre: humor, mystery

Is this part of a series?  Yes, book two of the Knight and Moon series (I highly recommend reading in order)

Published: June 20th, 2017

Summary:

Our mismatched duo is back.  Emmerson’s old friend, a monk named Wayan, has lost his island- literally.  These things don’t just disappear….. and yet one did.  As Emmerson tries to get answers and Riley tries to reign in the crazy they come upon what could be one of the biggest cover-ups in history.  Needless to say conspiracy theorist extraordinaire Vernon is all in.

My thoughts:

First thing’s first…. There are a lot of people complaining that the book was too ridiculous and over the top.  That’s basically Evanovich’s m. o.  Honestly guys, after reading the Stephanie Plum series I knew this was going to be hilarious, but not at all grounded in reality- besides, the missing island should have clued you into that.  I mean, I read these for the lols.

The series is a bit (ok, a lot) more ridiculous than Plum’s, so be prepared for that.    I was on the fence about reading it myself, as book one hadn’t pulled me in completely.  I am glad I did though, as I enjoyed this one more than Curious Minds.  The characters are well developed and loveable if crazy.  I enjoyed the play between them all.  This is a quick, hilarious read that is just a lot of fun.  Just don’t try to take it too seriously…. For me this is a four star book.  Four Stars

On the adult content scale, there was violence, language, sexual innuendo and nudity.  I would still let my niece read it…. but be aware.  I give it a six.Parental Guidance

The book is out now- have you read it?

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Invisible, James Patterson and David Ellis

Invisible- pattersonspolier alertTitle: Invisible

Author: James Patterson and David Ellis

Pages: 399, though I got it from audible- 9 hours with narrators January LaVoy and Kevin T. Collins

Genre: mystery/ thriller

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published:  June 23rd, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Everyone thinks Emmy Dockery is crazy. Obsessed with finding the link between hundreds of unsolved cases, Emmy has taken leave from her job as an FBI researcher. Now all she has are the newspaper clippings that wallpaper her bedroom, and her recurring nightmares of an all-consuming fire.

Not even Emmy’s ex-boyfriend, field agent Harrison “Books” Bookman, will believe her that hundreds of fires are all connected. That is, until Emmy finds a piece of evidence he can’t afford to ignore. More murders are reported by the day–and they’re all inexplicable. No motives, no murder weapons, no suspects. Could one person really be responsible for these unthinkable crimes?

I finished this book ages ago, but had to think about it for a long time before posting my opinion.  On the one hand, these characters are fantastic and the narrative team did a fabulous job- I liked that our suspect had a voice all their own.  I loved the premise, and the flow of the book was interesting- giving us ample time with both Emmy and our Suspect.  I also liked the idea of the little notes that the suspect left behind.

What I did not like was that it didn’t ring true- I had issues with the relationships here, especially Books and Emmy, and Emmy and her boss.  It came off as stilted and contrived.  It was hard to get a real feel for most of the characters actually, save Emmy and our suspect…. and I honestly found myself liking the suspect better.  Emmy just seemed too… contrived, controlling, crazed and single minded.  I did not care for how she used the others.  I understand her mindset…. but it was just hard to accept her as my guide through this story.  As I said before, the characters are fantastic, but I do wish I had gotten a better feel for them- specifically the rest of Emmy’s team.  For all this, the book is a three when it could have been so much more.  Three Stars

On the adult content scale, there is language and a large amount of violence that, to me, gears this toward a much mature audience.  I give it a seven.  mature audience.

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The Ship of the Dead, Rick Riordan

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Title: The Ship of the Dead: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard

Author: Rick Riordan

Pages: 528

Genre: YA, Mythology, Adventure, Fantasy

Is this part of a series?  Yes, book three of the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series with tie-ins from Percy Jackson’s series and the Heroes of Olympus.

Summary:

So Loki’s on the loose and hooked up  with the crew of the Ship of the Dead to start Ragnarok.  Now, Magnus and every other demi god knows this is coming…. eventually.  But not yet- there’s stuff to do.  Percy and Magnus’ cousin Annabeth have to be allowed to go to college, Sam has to be allowed to marry her true love, Alex…. has to be allowed to be Alex.  To hold off Rangarok and gain a (hopefully long) reprieve, Magnus must cross an ocean, and defeat and imprison Loki- in less than two weeks.  On his side we have:

  • a fasting Valkyrie
  • a love-sick sword
  • Four friends from Valhalla two of which are on the off part of their on/off relationship and one who is Loki’s child.
  • A magical boat that is lovingly referred to as the “Big Banana”
  • our elf and dwarf friends
  • a drink of God Spit
  • a nut

Piece of cake right?

My thoughts:

I love this series!  It’s just so outlandish and fun, weaving Norse mythology and adventure.  As with all of Riordan’s series ( look here for a full list).  I like that the series tie together, though that does mean that you might miss little things if you haven’t read the others.  The characters are fantastic and the plot sprints along at break-neck speed.  This is a quick, very fun read.  Magnus’ series may actually be my favorite to date and it was a fierce competition.  Five stars!!!  Five Stars

On the adult content… well there’s obviously violence but this was written for very young teens in mind.  I don’t think there’s anything that would be too questionable.  General.svg

The book is out- have you read it?  Which of the Demi-god series is your favorite?

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Weekly wrap-up….. who am I kidding? Let’s just admit that it’s been too long.

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Lord love a duck, where have I been?  It feels like ages since I chatted y’all up and I miss you guys!   I try to keep up with everyone’s posts and awesome book recommendations (heaven knows you can never have too many books).   I find that I have numerous books that I have yet to review- why?  Mostly because I  have been distracted as all heck.  For one, I finish a book on my Kindle app and the sweet dear asks me if I would like to buy the next book in the series.  Seriously?  Why, of course I would!  *Proceeds to open the new book and begin to read* Seriously, this is why my incredibly intelligent husband can bribe me with book cards to do his chores lol.  

    So I have slowed down on the weight loss, but can see results.  From where I started at 236 pounds I am down to 192.  I have gone down two sizes and feel good about it for the most part.  Warren is still kicking my butt here, but then I am not as rigid as he is where calories are concerned and I don’t bike 10 miles at least three times a week.  I do my walks, often on a treadmill now if  I work too late.

Bookish life:

     I am obsessed with Sophie Kelly’s  Magical Cats Mysteries.  The characters, charming town and just a bit of who-done-it… what’s not to love?  I am on book six now, and only have seven left ( I accidently read book 8 first).  After this, I may have to find a new cozy mystery series- preferably with four legged side kicks- any suggestions?

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So that’s me, what’s up you?

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13 Minutes, Sarah Pinborough

13 minutesspolier alertTitle:  13 Minutes

Author: Sarah Pinborough

Pages: 406

Genre: Young Adult, Thriller

Is this part of a series?  No.

Published: (Kindle Edition) October 3rd, 2017

 

  Summary from Goodreads:  

 

I was dead for 13 minutes.

I don’t remember how I ended up in the icy water but I do know this – it wasn’t an accident and I wasn’t suicidal.

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but when you’re a teenage girl, it’s hard to tell them apart. My friends love me, I’m sure of it. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t try to kill me. Does it?

My thoughts:

The premise alone had me jumping for the chance when I saw this book on Netgalley.  It sounded amazing!  Sadly, for me it had issues.  Mostly I think I just hated most of the characters and clichés.  You had the three Barbies- Jenny, Hailey, and their leader Natasha. When Tasha is discovered in a freezing river one morning, she is dead for 13 minutes.  Upon being revived she can’t remember how she got there or why.

Pulling on the heartstrings and insecurities of Becca, the once BFF that was thrown over for not fitting the image she wanted to project at school, she convinces her to play the other Barbies.  Convinced that Hailey and Jenny meant to hurt Tasha, Becca will do anything to help her old friend prove it- when her boyfriend becomes entangled in the investigation, she is only more determined.  The mystery, and Tasha, consumes her to the point that she pushes away her true friend Hannah.

It was hard to get past all the stereotypes- the “mean” popular girls, the insecure loner that longs for her old life, and the mousy doormat that wants to please everyone.  Now, Tasha and Becca, sharing the narrative of the book, are a bit better fleshed out, but it wasn’t great in my opinion.  None of the characters were likeable and I simply couldn’t feel for Tasha.  The plot and writing style were great, I loved how the author divided the narrative so that you not only got insight into the girls but news clips and pieces from Detective Bennet.  I felt like the plot was great, though there were parts that were, as I said, just a bit cliché.  Between that and the characters this is a three star book for me… barely.  Three Stars

On the adult content scale, there is sexual content, drug use, language and some violence.  I would consider this for older teens 16 and up.  Parental Guidance

The book is out- have you read it?

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Hunting Prince Dracula, Kerri Maniscalco

hunting prince draculaTitle: Hunting Prince Dracula

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Pages: 418

Genre: YA, Mystery,

Is this part of a series?  Yes.  This is book two of the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.  Read book one first.

Published: September 19th, 2017

 

Just months after the case that broke her heart, Audrey Rose is traveling through Romania on the way to a forensic academy that just happens to be in Dracula’s old castle.  With Thomas by her side and the sleepiest chaperone ever, Audrey is ready for a change.  Nightmares have plagued her, and she’s been seeing things that weren’t there.  Her deepest fear is that she can no longer do the forensic work she loves- what is she without that?

When a man is killed outside her train car, Audrey must try to set everything aside.  Staked through the heart, this is made to look like a vampire killing.  Rumors and lore hold sway here, and it is believed that Dracula is back draining his victims of blood and creating more like him.  Then there’s the order of the dragon, on a mission to protect, that would kill that way.

At the academy more bodies come up- all drained of blood with a “vampire bite” as the only clue.  Vampires don’t exist, right?  So who is trying to prey on the locals’ belief in these tales to cover their tracks?  Or is Vlad Dracula really back from the dead?

Through all this Audrey and Thomas are trying to figure out their own relationship and boundaries.  When Thomas goes too far trying to protect the girl he loves, Audrey is furious.  Can they have a future together?  Does she even want one with any man?

I was so excited about this book.  While I loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, there were small issues with it.  I felt like our Audrey was a bit cliché sometimes, even while the author tried to make her very different from the other girls of that time.  I was eager to see if Audrey grew more into herself here, and she did.  We also saw more of Thomas- bumbling at times without his bravado, touchable and able to be hurt.  This story brought more of his past and family life into view and I appreciated that.

The mystery was interesting, a unique take on the old stories like we saw in book one.  I loved watching them go through everything, and the fact that it wasn’t always easy for them.  The characters are great and I really like the story lines.  This is a four star book for me.  Four Stars

On the adult content scale, there is violence and some racy thoughts and conversations…. nothing over the top.  I would give it to a young teen.  This is maybe a three.

The book is out now, have you read it?

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Mini reviews- Magical Cat Mysteries by Sofie Kelly, books 1-3

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Curiosity Thrilled the Cat (book 1): Kathleen has just come to town, still heart broken from a failed relationship and toting two new cats that found her at Wisteria House, to ready the library for it’s centennial.  There are renovations to do, and new friends to meet… not to mention that it seems Own and Hercules may not be run of the mill.  Hercules can walk through doors and Owen can disappear.    When Kathleen finds a body at the theatre while trying to find her handyman, she is brought into close proximity with cute-but-annoying Detective Marcus Gordon.  As the two fight back and forth, she also has to deal with a contractor that is never there and mysterious accidents all over the library.  It’s almost like someone doesn’t want her finishing the renovations….

I got the 8th book in this series as an ARC earlier and hadn’t realized it was part of a series.  I fell madly in love with the characters- especially the dynamic cats.  There’s something sweet and funny about these townspeople- each one unique and well developed.  I had to have the beginning of the series!  The first book was supposed to be a palate cleanser after a deep historical fiction that wrenched my emotions.  I ended up obsessed and quickly bought book two.  While this is what I call a cozy mystery, there’s still a lot of action.  It’s a quick fun read that just makes you feel good.  Five stars!Five Stars

Sleight of Paw (book 2): When Agatha Sheppard is found dead the town is in an uproar. She touched so many lives that no one can understand who would want to hurt her.  There are a lot of secrets in this small town though, and it seems to Kathleen that some of them may hold the answers she needs.  When her friend Ruby becomes a suspect, all bets are off.  Kathleen and her furry sleuths are on the hunt for the real killer!

This book was fantastic!  I especially loved it because it gave me a deeper insight into several of my favorite characters.  I loved the interaction between the girls and between Marcus and Kathleen.  There was a lot of great, funny moments; but there was a lot of serious moments too. Really the book was just a great, quick read.  Five Stars

Copycat Killing (book 3):  On a trip to Wisteria House to check on the feral cat colony Kathleen literally uncovers human remains.  Who are they?  Roma thinks she knows…. but how did it happen?  What were they doing there?  Kathleen and her boys want answers!  As if that weren’t enough excitement for a small town, she and Maggie check on the artist’s building to check for flooding and find a body.  Jagger Merril, the least liked artist in the colony, is in the locked basement dead in water.  What was he doing there?  How did he get in?  Why would someone want to kill him- unlikeable or not?  As they search for answers they find more and more questions.   Jagger Merril was not all that he seemed…. and may have been at the co-op for less than savory reasons.

I really liked this book.  I got to learn more about Roma, whom I adore as a character.  We got more back story into the lives of Mayville and, since Kathleen was looking into police areas, more time with Marcus.  This relationship is  moving glacially slow, but it is very believable for me, and very sweet.  The more time I spend with those cats the more I love them.  What started as a “palate chaser” series is quickly becoming a favorite.  I love the mystery aspect, but I really love the characters.  Five stars!  Five Stars

On the adult content, there are some slightly racy jokes, and some violence, but everything is very mild.  I would give it a three.  General.svg

The books are out, have you read them?  I would love to hear your thoughts!

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