Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Teaser Tuesday April 30, 2013



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


"The two groups stand face-to-face, mirror images of one another distorted by a gulf of two decades, each feeling superior to their time warped counterpart for some reasons only the older group can fathom. The current students see the pasty alumni and think poor, sad, balding sacks, trying to relive their long-gone youth." 

Monday, April 29, 2013

(25) The Well of Lost Plots

Title: The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series) by Jasper Fforde
Publisher: Penguin Books
375 Pages
Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: BookWorld literary detective Thursday Next definitely needs some downtime. And what better place for a respite than in the hidden depths of the Well of Lost Plots, where all unpublished books reside? But peace and quiet remain elusive for Thursday, who soon discovers that the Well is a veritable linguistic free-for-all, where grammasites run rampant, plot devices are hawked on the black market, and lousy books—like the one she has taken up residence in—are scrapped for salvage. To make matters worse, a murderer is stalking the personnel of Jurisfiction and it’s up to Thursday to save the day.

Review: Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series is one of the most literary, witty, funny and entertaining series I have read.  I love how he weaves literary context and subtext into the plot making books literally come alive.

Thursday has retreated to the Well of Lost Plots to relax during her pregnancy and to try to remember her husband who has been erased.  With the help of her quirky grandmother, her dodo and a host of literary characters, Thursday finds herself enmeshed in a murder plot, struggling to remember who she is and trying to help the nursery rhyme characters get a day off.

If you are a fan of books and amazing wit then do yourself a favor and pick up the first book in this series and keep reading!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

(24) The Fall

Title: The Fall: Book Two of the Strain Trilogy by Guillermo Del Torro & Chuck Hogan
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
480 pages
Genre: Horror

Synopsis: The vampiric virus unleashed in The Strain has taken over New York City. It is spreading across the country and soon, the world. Amid the chaos, Eph Goodweather—head of the Center for Disease Control’s team—leads a small band out to stop these bloodthirsty monsters. But it may be too late.

Ignited by the Master’s horrific plan, a war erupts between Old and New World vampires, each vying for total control. Caught between these warring forces, humans—powerless and vulnerable—are no longer the consumers, but the consumed.

Though Eph understands the vampiric plague better than anyone, even he cannot protect those he loves from the invading evil. His ex-wife, Kelly, has been turned by the Master, and now she stalks the city, in the darkness, looking for her chance to reclaim Zack, Eph’s young son.

With the future of the world in the balance, Eph and his courageous team, guided by the brilliant former professor and Holocaust survivor Abraham Setrakian and exterminator Vasiliy Fet, must combat a terror whose ultimate plan is more terrible than anyone first imagined—a fate worse than annihilation.

Review: Fast paced and non stop action.The Strain focused on unleashing the virus on humanity The Fall focuses on the fight for humanity.  The Master has more than one trick up his sleeve, and turning as many people as he can into vampires is just the tip of the iceberg.

Setrakian, Eph, Fet and some new additions fight to find a way to stop the spread of the vampire virus but their efforts might be in vain.  They do however know where some of the secrets to defeating them lie, they just need to get their hands on it and then try to decipher its meaning.

The Fall literally is the downfall of humanity, the war has begun and the humans don't seem to be winning the battle. They are hanging on by their fingertips, and of course we won't know the outcome until the third book is done.

Hogan & Del Toro have put together a disturbing, graphic and totally unromantic take on vampire lore and the fall of humanity, which seems to be a new theme with books these days (ex. The Passage). They have crafted a good story that keeps you engaged and challenges you to find a solution where none seems visible. Go along for the ride so far it hasn't been disappointing.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teaser Tuesday April 23, 2013



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 My teaser Tuesday is from: The Well of Lost Plots (Thursday Next Series) by Jasper Fforde

"Making one's home in an unpublished novel wasn't without its compensations. All the boring day to day mundanities that we conduct in the real world get in the way of narrative flow and are thus generally avoided."

Monday, April 15, 2013

(23) Walking Disaster

Title: Walking Disaster: A Novel by Jamie McGuire
Publisher: Atria
448 pages
Genre: Romance

I received an advanced e-copy of this book through netgalley.com - it is currently available in book stores. 

Synopsis: Can you love someone too much? Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder. In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees. Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes.

Review: Travis Maddox is a player.  He goes through women like tissue, and makes no excuses about it.  When he meets Abby he knows she is something special, there is just something different about her. I honestly can't remember the first book of this series but it doesn't matter. Seeing Travis torn apart by emotions he has never had before was heartbreaking and I just wanted to smack him and Abby upside the head several times but when I think back about some of my college relationships the same could probably have been said about me.  Drama, drama, drama.  If you are honest with yourself this is probably one of the more accurate accounts of a relationship that I have ever read.  Heartbreaking, ridiculous, manic and caring, this book has it all.

Some of the back story was a bit over the top but it is a romance novel and who cares because it carried the story along. I was a little disturbed by how jealous and possessive Travis was in the book, made me think of all the crazy stalker guys out there who kill their girlfriends so no one else can have them, but he seemed to lighten up and become a bit more real toward the end. I just wouldn't want anyone who is dating someone with so much anger and possessiveness to take it too lightly.  Travis is a character, people in real life who behave like that are much scarier and unpredictable.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

(22) Love, Water, Memory

Title: Love Water Memory by Jennie Shortridge
Publisher: Gallery Books
336 pages
Genre: Fiction

I received this book through Netgalley.com it will be published April 2, 2013 

Synopsis:Who is Lucie Walker? Even Lucie herself can’t answer that question after she comes to, confused and up to her knees in the chilly San Francisco Bay. Back home in Seattle, she adjusts to life with amnesia, growing unsettled by the clues she finds to the selfish, carefully guarded person she used to be. Will she ever fall in love with her handsome, kindhearted fiancĂ©, Grady? Can he devote himself to the vulnerable, easygoing Lucie 2.0, who is so unlike her controlling former self? When Lucie learns that Grady has been hiding some very painful secrets that could change the course of their relationship, she musters the courage to search for the shocking, long-repressed childhood memories that will finally set her free.

Review: This was a great book and one I didn't want to end.  I wanted to know who Lucie Walker could be. I wanted to know Grady as the person who had released his past.  Did Lucie Walker enter a fugue state only a few short weeks ago or did she actually enter it a long time ago only to be coming out of it now?  Interesting question to ponder as you read this book about why amnesia may happen.  It was sad to watch Grady struggle with his feelings, did he want the old Lucie back? Could this new Lucie love him? Did he love the new Lucie? It makes you wonder what would happen if your loved one suddenly disappeared and returned with no memory of you and their personality was totally different.  Very thought provoking.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Teaser Tuesday April 09, 2013




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser Tuesday is from: The Fall (The Strain Trilogy) by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan

"His greatest fear, which he dared share with no one, was that the battle, begun so long ago, was already lost. That this was all an endgame, that humanity's king was already in check, yet stubbornly playing out its few remaining moves upon the global chessboard."

Friday, April 5, 2013

(21) The Burning Soul

Title: The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Thriller (Charlie Parker Mysteries) by John Connolly
Publisher: Pocket Books
472 pages
Genre: Noir Mystery

Synopsis: There are some truths so terrible that they should not be spoken aloud. Here is one of those truths: after three hours, the abduction of a child is routinely treated as a homicide.
When a girl disappears from a small Maine town, her neighbor—a recluse named Randall Haight—starts receiving anonymous letters that contain tormenting references to a different teenage girl, murdered long ago. For many years, Randall has kept a secret: when he was fourteen, he was convicted of killing that girl. Now, his former life has returned to haunt him, and he hires private detective Charlie Parker to make it go away. But in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, where too many of the living are hiding secrets, the past cannot be dismissed so easily. As Parker unravels a twisted, violent history involving a doomed mobster and his enemies, the police, and the FBI, his search returns again and again to Randall Haight. Because Randall is still telling lies. . . .

Review: I am a huge Charlie Parker fan but these last two were just not up to par.  It seems Connolly is stepping further away from his dark and mystical roots.  Although there are ghosts and some eerie undertones to this story it didn't match up to early books in the series.  I didn't dislike it, it just wasn't what I was expecting when I picked it up.

The story line was actually two story lines that merged then veered in two different directions with Parker at the cross roads.  One the story of a missing girl and a man who is hiding from his past, the other about an Irish gangster who is loosely tied to the missing girl.  The story about the gangster just seemed like filler to make the book longer and took me away from the real drama of a missing girl in a small town filled with secrets.  I think Connolly needs to regroup and I'm hoping the next book in the series goes back to his roots.
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