Thursday, March 24, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
The One That Got Away: A NovelMay 31, 2016
"In this irresistible debut novel, a freak accident allows a wife and mother to explore the alluring road not taken.
Meet Abbey Lahey . . .
Overworked mom. Underappreciated publicist. Frazzled wife of an out-of-work landscaper. A woman desperately in need of a vacation from life--and who is about to get one, thanks to an unexpected tumble down a Nordstrom escalator.
Meet Abbey van Holt . . .
The woman whose life Abbey suddenly finds herself inhabiting when she wakes up. Married to handsome congressional candidate Alex van Holt. Living in a lavish penthouse. Wearing ball gowns and being feted by the crème of Philadelphia society. Luxuriating in the kind of fourteen-karat lifestyle she's only read about in the pages of Town & Country.
The woman Abbey might have been . . . if she had said yes to a date with Alex van Holt all those years ago.
In the tradition of the romantic comedy Sliding Doors and Lionel Shriver's The Post-Birthday World, Leigh Himes's irresistible debut novel tells the funny and touching story of an ordinary woman offered an extraordinary opportunity to reboot her life, explore the road not taken, and ultimately, find her true self--whoever that may be."
Friday, March 18, 2016
"Jim McDoniel’s debut novel, An Unattractive Vampire, is a darkly comic urban fantasy of ancient horrors in suburban cities. After three centuries trapped underground, thousand-year-old Yulric Bile—also known as the Curséd One, the Devil’s Apprentice, He Who Worships the Slumbering Horrors—awakens only to find that no one believes he is a vampire. Apparently he’s just too ugly—modern vampires, he soon discovers, are pretty, weak, and, most disturbing of all, good. Determined to reestablish his bloodstained reign, Yulric sets out to correct this disgusting turn of events or, at the very least, murder the person responsible. With the help of pert vampire-wannabe Amanda; Simon, the eight-year-old reincarnation of his greatest foe; and a cadre of ancient and ugly horrors, Yulric prepares to battle the glamorous undead. But who will win the right to determine, once and for all, what it truly means to be a vampire?"
Oh geez, if you are a anti-fan of those OTHER types of vampire novels (especially the ones written for the YA crowd, you know what I mean, the sparkly ones!) then you don't want to read this while drinking anything. If you are like me, some of the humor will catch you so off guard that you might spritz with what you are drinking, whatever is closest to you (Kindle, DTB, cat, husband...) and they will get angry and yell or decide not to work anymore, or scratch you in an unmentionable place.
Wonderfully fun satire,humor, irony, exaggeration, or ridicule -you name it the author used it.
He did add another interesting and funny aspect : the use of footnotes. Though I do hope that they will be formatted better for the Kindle copies than they were for my ARC.
I received this ARC for reviewing purposes!
Sunday, March 13, 2016
Amelia Sachs is hot on the trail of a killer. She's chasing him through a department store in Brooklyn when an escalator malfunctions. The stairs give way, with one man horribly mangled by the gears. Sachs is forced to let her quarry escape as she jumps in to try to help save the victim. She and famed forensic detective Lincoln Rhyme soon learn, however, that the incident may not have been an accident at all, but the first in a series of intentional attacks. They find themselves up against one of their most formidable opponents ever: a brilliant killer who turns common products into murder weapons. As the body count threatens to grow, Sachs and Rhyme must race against the clock to unmask his identity--and discover his mission--before more people die.
I has been quite a while since I have read a Lincoln Rhyme novel, so I was a little worried about trying to pick the story back up in case the main characters lives had changed. And boy did they ever change...at least for me they did.
As usual the author sticks with his usual way of telling his story. He starts off with something good, which leads into a lecture or ten and then the action heats up again. It gets so exciting that you may get to the point where you would rather pass out than put the book down and go to sleep. This was an innovative criminal in more ways than because of how he was murdering people. He had a very unusual personality and an unusual health issue.
There are a few surprises (naturally) but one deals with Amanda's ex-lover. That was one I didn't see coming! I liked the introduction of Lincolns new , shall we say intern. I wasn't quite sure if she was going to be a rival with Amelia or not, but there is a big surprise with her near the end!
This book makes me look at all the things I have around the house (and thankfully it isn't many) that deal with this sort of technology. Oddly my husband designs and install this sort of technology (smart appliances, furnaces, security systems etc.) into homes. I really need to ask him if any of this can really happen!
All in all this was a very satisfying, suspenseful and horrific read and I now know that Mr. Deaver has not lost his touch. I think the only reason I had stepped back was that I had gotten tired of the lectures that Lincoln and friends like to give. But it helped me with this book to understand better what was going on.
Thursday, March 3, 2016
Covered Bridge Charm
Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize
This was a very sweet novel, however you have to remember that it is set in an Assisted Living Facility and more importantly in the area for Alzheimer's/Dementia patients. There will be losses.
The character of Carly is highly annoying, she is opinionated and quick to judge. I wasn't thrilled with that aspect of her.
I found it a difficult story to stay engaged in and found myself constantly putting it down to do other things. There are many character's to keep straight, several story lines going on at the same time and the usage of nick-names was just cruel to me and not funny at all.
The book description say that Carly "may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman: and as this is my first novel about Mennonites, I can not tell you what type of character Carly would fit, but if this is what Mennonite typical or perhaps atypical is a better word behavior is, I think I will take a pass at other novels of this genre. Actually I think it might be the author since I have read another novel by Dianne and I was not best pleased.