Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Blue Labyrinth

I was very excited when I received an email asking if I would like to review the latest Pendergast book by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child.
After their last book White Fire, which has moved to the list of my favorite Pendergast books, which include Cabinet of Curiosities and Still Life With Crows, I was really looking forward to seeing what was going to happen next.
I wasn't disappointed, this book takes place a few months after the events of White Fire, and we see that Pendergast is on his way back to becoming more like his old self.  
When a dead body of someone close to him is dropped at his door step, Pendergast sets off on an investigation that brings dark family secrets to the present.
We get to see some familiar faces in this book, like D'Agosta, Margo Green, Constance, who we learn just a but more about.  To me she seemed to have become more real, like the other characters.  
This is a stand alone of the series so if you were to pick it up it would be fine, but to really understand all the characters and their relationships and motives it helps to start at the beginning.
The thing that I was really thinking when reading this book, was the Sherlock Holmes story, The Dying Detective, that could be partially because the last book was so much about Sherlock Holmes.  But I really recommend these book to anyone who likes a good thriller.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Don't you just hate it when. . .

Don't you hate it when you can't remember everything you've read.  I feel like I'm missing something, but for the life of me I just can't think of what it could be.  Maybe I'll remember, if I do I'll be sure to post it here.

The Pierced Heart by Lynn Sheperd

I got to review this book from Netgalley, I was really excited since I got her previous book A Fatal Likeness, which I really enjoyed. 

I was excited to read this since I am a huge fan of Bram Stoker's Dracula, which I've read more times than I can count. 

What I really like was how this story paralleled Dracula, taking elements from that story and twisted them, it reminded me of what they are doing on the show Penny Dreadful, which I loved and I can't wait for the second season. 

If you are a fan of Dracula then I think that you would enjoy this book.

where has the time gone?

I can't believe how quickly time goes by, I will try to be better at updating this blog with what I've been reading.  

So what I've read:  

I got picked by House Party (Chatterbox) to review That Night by Chevey Stevens.  I had never heard of this author before so I was pretty excited to read this book, and was glad that I really enjoyed it. 
It’s about Toni Murphy who is convicted of murdering her sister with her boyfriend.  When she is released 16 years later, she has to adjusts to her new life.  When her boyfriend contacts her wanting to find out who really murdered her sister, at first she wants to just move on, but soon she is investigating and finds out what really happened.  There was a great twist ending that I didn’t see coming,  I like how the author laid out the story and how and when the flashbacks came.  The parts of the book that took placei n the prison reminded me a lot of Orange is the New Black, which at the time I was reading this book I was finishing with the first season.   This was a good book and I look forward to reading more from his author in the future. 
I have also been reading the Dollanganger series by VC Andrews,   I discovered to blogs devoted to the books of VC Andrews and really enjoyed their snarky take on the books, and decided that I wanted to see what the deal was with the books.  They are definitely a guilty pleasure kind of book.  I would never go out of my way to read them again, because I do not like one character at all from these books, they all have irredeemable flaws that I can’t get past.  If I had to pick a favorite character it would be Bart Sr, and that is probably only because he doesn’t make it past book two.  The worst is Christopher and Cathy.  I plan on watching the rest of the movies that Lifetime is making, but after that I think that this will be the end of VC Andrews for me. 
I finished all by the prequel, which I think I’ve got half way through before I wanted to read something with a bit more depth to it.

I’ve been on a Phantom of the Opera kick lately, watching and listening to the 25th anniversary version, which is awesome.  Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess are the best.  I ordered new copy of the book from Thriftbooks and while I was waiting for that to come, I was reading fanfiction, so good and some just terrible.  Then I found Unmasqued on my Kindle.  It’s by Collette Gale. This is an erotic version of The Phantom of the Opera, and according to the author the real story of what happened, but let’s be honest this is just fanfiction, just as smutty as any story you will find on, clearly inspired by the movie, since the Phantom is so hot, at least on one side of his face.  I found that the first half of the book was good, but the second half was terrible.  Clearly most people, thanks to the musical want Christine to end up with the Phantom and she does in this book.  The thing that I hated the most about this book was that the Phantom was given a new back story and spoiler alert he is now the step brother of Raoul and his sadistic brother.  If you want to read a great book about The Phantom of the Opera read Phantom by Susan Kay. 

Right now I’m reading The Book of Life, the last of the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness.  After that I am eagerly awaiting the new Pendergast book from Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child and then I want to reread the Hannibal Lecter series, I want to do this since I am in withdrawl since the show Hannibal won't be back until next year.

Monday, April 21, 2014

It's been too long

So I honestly haven't meant to neglect this blog for as long as I have.  I've been busy with my new hobby, cross stitching.  Here is the Pendergast characters I did for the authors, I gave it to Douglas Preston at the last book signing.  For the next Blood Gospel book I did one of these for James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell I did the ventriloquist dummy for James Rollins too, since that is one of my favorite stories that he tells at his book signings.  I also finished my Literary ABC ATC's, (pictures posted below)
I've tried to remember all the books I've read since I've posted last, but things have been so busy for me lately that I can't remember them all, except for White Fire and Blood of the Lamb, which I haven't finished, it's just didn't pull me in.  Right now I'm reading VC Andrews Dollanganger Series, I'm reading the 4th book at the moment, I'm following two blogs and both bloggers are recapping VC Andrews books and they are both so funny.  I also discovered a podcast called Somebody Wrote this ( it's kind of like How Did This Get Made, but about books. 
I was thinking about what else I could do with this blog and thought I might recap some of my favorite books that I've been wanting to reread.  I may start with Harry Potter or Gone With the Wind, or something completely different.