Monthly Archives: August 2010

REVIEW: Lean Mean Thirteen

Title: Lean Mean Thirteen
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: August 29, 2010
Pages: 310
Published: 2007
Format: First Edition

I’m closing in on catching up with the series. In the latest adventure, Ranger has Stephanie doing some secret work that she’s hesitant to even tell her friends about, and especially not Joe. But when a visit to her ex-husband Dickie, turns into a fight, Stephanie finds herself the prime suspect in his recent disappearance and possible murder.

Positive she was going to have to figure out this mystery on her own, Stephanie finds herself in the middle of fire after fire, as buildings are burning and the body count continues to rise. If she’s ever feared for her life more, this would be that time.

This adventure was fun. The banter back and forth between Ranger and Joe over who’s turn it was to protect Stephanie was cute, followed by her making up her own mind and protecting herself. I’m loving how Ranger makes it no secret that with only the slightest signal his relationship with Stephanie who move to the next level and she would have no control over it. I love that Stephanie is coming into her own, maturing, not taking crap from anyone and finally doing something people can be proud of instead of always embarrassing them and herself.

*challenges: monthly mixer mele, series iv challenge, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, august 12×12

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July 2010 Review

I’ve way late posting this, but I thought better now than never. July was a slow for reading, and I picked up a few new books that I read the same month or soon after I received them. I read a nice chunk from my TBR, making some improvements getting books off my shelf that have been there for some time.

Books Read:

  1. Ten Big Ones by Janet Evanovich (TBR)
  2. 6th Target by James Patterson (TBR)
  3. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  4. The Anah’jari File by Douglas Armentrout (TBR)
  5. Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling
  6. City of Bones by Michael Connelly (TBR)
  7. Lost Light by Michael Connelly (TBR)

Books Arrived:

  1. Heart Mender by Andy Andrews
  2. The Anah’jari File by Douglas Armentrout
  3. Cujo by Stephen King
  4. Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  5. Sizzlin Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Challenges Finished: July 12×12, 345 Reading Challenge
Challenges Joined: August 12×12

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REVIEW: Twelve Sharp

Title: Twelve Sharp
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: August 27, 2010
Pages: 339
Published: 2006
Format: paperback

This was another amazing book that tested the relationship between Stephanie and Morelli. When Stephanie is confronted by Carmen, a woman claiming to be Ranger’s wife, Stephanie isn’t sure if she’s more scared, pissed, or jealous of the current predicament.

Furthermore, Ranger disappears, an Amber Alert is released for the kidnapping of a young girl – Ranger’s daughter, and soon Ranger is wanted for more than just one crime. No one can find him and Stephanie begins to worry that there’s more to the story than anyone knows, even Ranger.

I loved this specific adventure because it put Stephanie working directly with Ranger, adding tension to their already confusing relationship. It wasn’t long before Stephanie began to question who meant the most to her … and in the end we find she can actually make a heartfelt decision (with some secrets attached). This book was probably the one that showed Stephanie growing up the most and not her normal self.

But yet at the end, you’re still left wondering. Loved it even more than Eleven on Top.

*challenges: TBR stack, countdown challenge, monthly mixer mele, series iv challenge, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, twentyten challenge, august 12×12, 100+ challenge

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REVIEW: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows

Title: Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows
Author: J.K. Rowling
Finished: August 25, 2010
Pages: 759
Published: 2000
Format: audiobook

The final book of the Harry Potter series spends every single page working towards the final conclusion, keeping the reader on the edge of their seat the entire time.

The action starts right off from page one with everyone coming to Harry’s rescue to help hide out from “he who should not be named”, looking for the best plan to defeat him and bring peace to the wizarding world.

Without giving too much detail, Harry, Ron & Hermione continue on their journey to destroy the souls left of Lord Voldemort, hoping to finish him off for good. Before they get too far, they hear about the deathly hallows – a set of magical objects that if owned by the same wizard can make him the most powerful.

Before long, they find themselves fighting for their lives, the lives of their friends and family, and the safety of everyone they’ve ever known.

I had so much fun reading this series, especially more towards the end. Listening to the last three books have been an adventure more than holding the book could have. I’m glad I finally finished and look forward to checking out the rest of the movies soon.

*challenges: monthly mixer mele, series iv challenge, 1010 category challenge, ya challenge, support your local library challenge, 100+ challenge, 30 books to movies, book blogger recommendation challenge, august 12×12

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REVIEW: Eleven on Top

Title: Eleven on Top
Author: Janet Evanovich
Finished: August 25, 2010
Pages: 310
Published: 2005
Format: first edition

This may have been one of my favorites. For awhile I was thinking that Stephanie was never going to change and the books would all be the same, but this past week I became so addicted in finding out and catching up that I just can’t get enough of them.

In this latest book, Stephanie quits her job as a bounty hunter in search of something safer. Except when someone from her past starts to stalk and threaten her, she begins to wonder if maybe being a bounty hunter would be better suited at this point.

Plus, there’s the never ending battle between Morelli and Ranger which as much as I love Joe, I can’t seem to hope that Stephanie has more than just her one night with Ranger to keep us all happy.

I was wondering through this specific book if something might throw a wrench into Stephanie and Joe’s relationship when Ranger offers her a job in his office and the two begin to spend even more time together. Between the three of them, multiple jobs and lots of near death experiences, Stephanie finds it harder to lean on just one of her men and not both.

Loved it! Couldn’t put it down.

*challenges: monthly mixer mele, series iv challenge, stephanie plum challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, august 12×12 challenge

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It’s Monday. What are you reading?

Bookjourney over at One Persons Journey through a world of books is now hosting this event.

I had a lot of time to read this past week and managed to get through quite a few books. I’m hoping to possibly finish one more before the end of the month, but have a couple busy days so this might be it.

Read Last Week

  1. The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen
  2. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men by Bo Sebastian
  3. Eleven on Top by Janet Evanovich
  4. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
  5. Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich
  6. Lean Mean Thirteen by Janet Evanovich

Reading This Week

  1. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
  2. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  3. Plum Lovin by Janet Evanovich
  4. The Narrows by Michael Connelly

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REVIEW: The Girlfriend’s Guide to Understanding Men

Title: The Girlfriend’s (Gay Friends) Guide to Understanding Men
Author: Bo Sebastian
Finished: August 24, 2010
Pages: 148
Published: 2010
Format: first edition, e-book

I’ve had this earlier review e-book for quite some time and finally pushed my way through it. It was fun read here and there, lots of good tidbits, but I have a feeling it’s not exactly the same book that was being released to the rest of the world.

This book is almost a Sex and the City guide book for women and how to avoid dating the wrong men, bad situations, and even friendship advice. It’s very similar to other books I’ve read about dating, but written by a gay guy there was a definitely different spin to the whole thing which was quite fun.

Overall, quick and fun read.

*challenges: 1010 category challenge, new author challenge, ryob challenge, 100+ challenge, august 12×12 challenge

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