Monday, 30 April 2012
Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.
As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.
Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They areVirals.
(DESCRIPTION FROM GOODREADS)
I enjoyed this – which in all honesty did actually surprise me. I have tried to read Kathy Reichs in the past as I loved the Bones series on TV so much but I didn’t really get al that far in the books. I was right in the middles on my fantasy faze so maybe trying to get into crime wasn’t the best idea.
I did find it a bit of a slog for the first 150 or so pages as it is all building up at that point and nothing much seems to be happening, I was seriously considering giving up and calling it a day but my friend was all but super-gluing it to my hands so I persevered and thank you sweetie for making me as it has launched me into a crime fiction spree.
But onto the book.
Tory was a fun character to view the story through. She is head strong and independent – the complete opposite of what I was like at her age so it was pretty liberating reading through her.
All of the kids didn’t act in the irritating, petty way that some teens do in books (the kind that make me want to launch the book across the room – or into orbit) They were all very mature when needed, while still holding onto their teeni-ness. And the camaraderie and and closeness between them was lovely. I liked how Tory was the only girl in the group – added a fun element to things. They genuinely care about each other and do their best to support each other.
Even though the kids were not teeth grindingly irritating it is obvious that this story only exists because of the sheer dimness and incompetency of the adults around. Like you wouldn’t notice your kid is sneaking out night after night. Seriously not one of the parents notices something was up? They are meant to me geniuses!
This was a fun read once I got into it. There was a few things that bugged me but on the whole, great. I’ll be reading book 2 ASAP.
Saturday, 28 April 2012
• Timeline: 01 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2012
• Rules: There are TWO LEVELS you can choose from:
- Read TWELVE (12) mystery & suspense novels in 2012
- Read TWENTY FOUR (24) mystery & suspense novels in 2012
• You don't have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
• You can join at anytime. All books read in 2012 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
• At the beginning of Jan 2012, you will find a link to specific month to add your reviews.
• Audiobooks do not count, but all other formats are accepted.
• This challenge can crossover to other challenges.
• You DO NOT have to write reviews of the books you read, but if you decide you would like to then Mr Linky will be available each month so you can link up your reviews.
• You don't have to have a blog to join in - for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc, you can add the URL to where you track your books. If you don't have a URL at all then choose a name you would like to use and then copy and paste the following link:
• You can choose from the numerous sub-genres of mystery and suspense, from cosy mysteries such as Agatha Christie to the more hard-boiled kind like V I Warshawski by Sara Paretsky, or romantic suspense written by the likes of Linda Howard, forensic crime such as those written by Kathy Reichs and even paranormal/supernatural suspense such as Kelley Armstrong. I'm sure this challenge will have something for everyone! :)
Sounds fun doesn’t it
I am going for the 24 books to read – because, like I said, I am a sucker for punishment I love a challenge.
Most of the book that I will be doing will be Agatha Christie and some from the ‘In Death’ series by J.D. Robb
To sign up for the challenge go here
Friday, 27 April 2012
Follow Friday is a weekly Blog Hop that can be found over at Parajunkee’s View.
This weeks Questions is -
Have you had a character that disappointed you? One that you fell in love with and then “broke up” with later on in either the series or a stand-alone book? Tell us about him or her.
Wow, I actually had a really hard time thinking of the answer to this. And you now what? I honesty don’t think I have come across a character like this. If I got my backside in gear and got the Song of Ice and Fire series read I would not be surprised if I found a character in there that I could fall out with by the end…
Maaaan I can’t believe this. How can I not have ONE character that let me down…
Right, by summer I am going to find a character that let me down.
Saturday, 21 April 2012
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Thursday, 19 April 2012
Hi everyone, so how are you all doing? I hope you all stayed out off a chocolate coma during the Easter hols .
Anyhoo, I thought I would do a quick post on what is happening and when things will be getting back to normal.
Sooo first of all I am A-LIVE. As you will know from the occasional post that has been going up over the last couple of weeks.
Second. Gee guys I have missed blogging like you wouldn’t believe But unfortunately taking a break from the blog was (and still is) the best decision.
I have still been reading. Admittedly not as much as I would have hoped as I have been doing a lot of sleeping but the reading pile continues to shrink…and then grow again (curse you internet shopping and your tempting pictures!).
Things are gradually getting better with the new treatment. Because what I am doing is basically an extreme detox I have been really sick as all of the toxins work their way out of me. Not nice at all. And over the past 4 1/2 weeks I have lost nearly a stone because of it. But like I said things are getting SO MUCH better with my over all health (after 11 years of suffering from something the doctors were unable to diagnose you have no idea how amazing that is) and I am hoping that by the end of next month (at the latest) things will be up and running again with the blog.
There will also be some changes happening with the blog (but I will leave that as a surprise ) and last but not least, IF I can work up the nerve I am going to try and start doing videos of my ‘In my Mailbox’ posts. What do you think? It might not happen if I chicken out but I think it will liven things up a bit.
And that is us guys.
There will be a few posts going up in the next couple of weeks for blog tours etc that I am involved with and then hopefully in 4/5 weeks things will be up and running again.
Ta ta for now.
Sunday, 15 April 2012
A nice, normal, boring life—that’s all Amber Polaski ever wanted. One where she’s not unchaining her flaky New Age mom from endangered trees, bailing her out of jail, or getting dragged to naked pagan rituals. But when Amber finds a sexy genie in her antique brass samovar, any hope of normal goes up in smoke.
It’s just one tiny little wish—to find her long-lost father. What could go wrong?
Plenty. Dad shows up, all right—with a computer drive full of stolen data and angry mobsters hot on his trail. Now Amber has Fugitive Dad holed up in her Manville, NJ duplex, fending off the Mafia on one side and the FBI on the other. And she has Jasper the genie lounging in her blue plush recliner, conjuring chocolate chip cookies and passing himself off as her boyfriend. While Jasper is trying to tempt Amber with more disastrous wishes—and his seriously hot thousand-year-old body—Amber and her mom are forced to fight off Mafia assassins with nothing but chutzpah and household appliances.
It’s time for Amber to call in the B-team: Iggy the homeless dwarf, Tim the ecoterrorist, and Wanda the Fairy Dogmother with her pack of Happy Puppies. Together, they need to save Dad before the Mob makes him disappear again—permanently
This book was filled to the gills with laugh-out-loud moments. The dryness and sarcasm that some of the lines were delivered with was priceless.
Amber is a great heroine, especially when she totally lost it at one point and went completely psycho when she snapped. It was great having a heroine who reacted to what was going on in such a way and didn’t just float along with what was happening.
Jason. the genie, rotated between being a right pain that I wanted to scream at him and being cute. Although he is supposed to be stunningly gorgeous I couldn’t imagine being in a relationship with him so he stays in the puppy dog/best friend category.
The supporting characters were all larger than life and really gave a kick to the story that made it even more enjoyable.
The one thing that I didn’t like was that it seemed to meander a bit in places. Like following Amber at work. This did make sense though as Ambers place of work does come into things later so having the info helped but at the time I found it a little slow.
Fun read that had me laughing, cheering and cringing for poor Amber as she tried to sort out her life and get back to the ‘normal’ before the craziness started.
**I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review **
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Despite a contract on her head, lone Drug Enforcement Agent, Aliyana Montijo must ferret out a mole and stop the assassination of top DEA officials, as so ordered by the Colombian drug lord she seeks to take down. The task is a daunting one, for there is no one she can trust. No one that is, until she encounters a most unlikely ally.
Former seventeenth century captain of the Dutch West Indies Company, Wolfaert Dircksen Van Ness, now from a parallel dimension, encounters the beautiful agent during an unearthly storm in the Bermuda triangle. Drawn to the Spanish beauty he rescues, he pledges his assistance, despite her reluctance to accept either his help or his heart.
Can Wolf bridge both space and time to claim the woman he loves?
Dimensions, portals and 'ghosts' Oh My! (Sorry couldn't resist ;))
This book was great fun!
There is action, suspense, romance, fantasy, sci-fi, pretty much just about anything.
At first I will admit to an eye-roll as Aliyana searched for the incriminating information against a drug lord - what, I couldn't help it, I had just burnt myself out on story lines like that. But then several pages later we have a plane crash and different dimensions and then things became just AWESOME!
Aliyana made for a brilliant heroine. She was strong and independent and was willing to do her job - even when there were others around her ready and willing to go into danger instead. She also didn't go all 'girly' when the 'hero' showed up. Her attitude and goals remained the same which was very refreshing.
And then we have Wolf our hero. His boyish, cheeky way of acting at times was very cute and endearing but also balanced with the desire to protect Aliyana and keep her from harm - there was a perfect mixture there I think.
This story doesn't mess around, it dumps you straight into the action but unlike the last book I read that did this, I did not feel cheated. Enough information was revealed as we went along to keep me interested and make me feel like I was in 'the know' and not on the outside trying to figure out just what the heck was going on.
Absolutely worth a read guys! A great page turner.
Oh and one more thing. The Bermuda Triangle. (That is all ;))