Monthly Archives: March 2011

REVIEW: From a Buick 8

Title: From a Buick 8
Author: Stephen King
Finished: March 13, 2011
Pages: 356
Published: 2002
Format: audiobook

Not my favorite Stephen King so far and it seemed to take me forever to fully get into the story and stick with it. I finally put it on my iPod and forced myself to continue listening and slowly the story developed enough and contained enough action to keep my attention.

The story is about a car found deserted on a road that holds mysterious powers and many secrets for the inhabitants of the town and the police force who continues to maintain it in one of their sheds.

The results and aftershocks of the Buick continue on for years and well past the careers of most of the men who followed the path of the Buick and its gifts. It was very interesting but not sure about how I really feel and if maybe I only enjoyed it less due to the length of time it took to actually listen to it.

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REVIEW: Worst Case

Title: Worst Case
Author: James Patterson
Finished: March 12, 2011
Pages: 356
Published: 2010
Format: First Edition

Michael Bennett is back full force not only handling his newest case involving a series of brutal kidnappings and with the help of a very pretty FBI agent the search leads them in circles, no end in sight.

Bennett finds himself struggling with not only the case, but his suddenly complicated love life and the prospect of a future that involves a new mother for his children. It doesn’t help matters and keep his head as clear as he would hope when things are home before even more complicated.

This was another great adventure in the Bennett family and I look forward to more stories and the continuation of Michael’s personal life as he searches for what his future holds.

*challenges: off the shelf challenge, mystery & suspense challenge, 100+ challenge, a-z challenge, james patterson challenge, series 5 challenge, 11 in 11 challenge

Other Reviews: Reads for Pleasure, Under the Boardwalk, Drey’s Library

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REVIEW: Live to Tell

Title: Live to Tell
Author: Lisa Gardner
Finished: March 10, 2011
Pages: 390
Published: 2010
Format: Early Reviewer

I’ve read one other Gardner book in the past, but this book kept me on the edge of my seat and I could barely put it down long enough to work or do anything else productive. I absolutely loved it.

Three different women, three different lives, and three different stories that all come together in the most unexpected ways to create the most thrilling and compelling story I have read in awhile.

A mother worried about her disturbed son, a cop sexually frustrated and searching for answers, and a caretaker of young children looking to erase the past hoping for a better future.

All three women are struggling with the truths in their lives, running from their pasts and they come together to solve the biggest mysteries of all … the truth behind their suffering and find a killer who holds to key to everything.

Amazing book. I can’t wait to read more from Gardner.

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Other Reviews: Under the Boardwalk

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REVIEW: Creative Inc.

Title: Creative Inc
Author: Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho
Finished: March 7, 2011
Pages: 183
Published: 2010
Format: Early Reviewer

Another great Early Reviewer book I’m catching up on.

This was a very interesting read but not quite for my current job status. I don’t know if I’ll ever be at the point of truly going freelance as I enjoy my job too much the way it is, but it was very insightful to read about the process of creating your own business, keep it running, make money and survive on your own.

If you’re looking to branch out and create something new, this is a great book to pick up and read through. It’s pretty quick and fun!

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2011 Spring Reading Thing

Hosted By: Callapidder Days
March 20 – June 20, 2011

The time has come and past and I’m a few days late getting my list up. We celebrated my birthday this past weekend so I didn’t have much time to finalize my list and somehow (like every year) there are more books that I should have on it.

The list of books I’ve been waiting to read is getting ridiculous so let’s home this list will help me out some.

To Finish:

  1. Four Past Midnight by Stephen King
  2. Sense & Sensibility & Sea Monsters by Jane Austen & Ben Winters

Fiction:

  1. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  2. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
  3. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  4. G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton
  5. The Apprentice by Tess Gerritsen
  6. Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs
  7. The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson
  8. Ford Country by John Grisham
  9. Don’t Blink by James Patterson
  10. Toys by James Patterson
  11. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

Non-Fiction:

  1. Love, Lust & Faking It by Jenny McCarthy
  2. Spook by Mary Roach
  3. A Mighty Heart by Marianne Pearl

1,001 Books:

  1. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oats
  2. The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
  3. The Hours by Michael Cunningham
  4. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Attwood

Nancy Drew:

  1. The Ghost of Blackwood Hall
  2. The Clue of the Leaning Chimney
  3. The Secret of the Wooden Lady
  4. The Clue of the Black Keys
  5. The Mystery at the Ski Jump
  6. The Clue of the Velvet Mask
  7. The Ringmaster’s Secret
  8. The Scarlet Slipper Mystery
  9. The Witch Tree Symbol
  10. The Hidden Window Mystery

For a grand total of 30 BOOKS!

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REVIEW: Cougar Club

Title: Cougar Club
Author: Susan McBride
Finished: March 6, 2011
Pages: 309
Published: 2010
Format: Early Reviewer

I figured it was about time I get to some of my old Early Reviewer books and I’m wishing I hadn’t waited so long because two out of the three were really great reads.

Cougar Club tells the story of three friends, each in a different stage in their life, going through midlife experiences and slowly finding their way to true happiness under stressful circumstances. One finds herself out of a job, one feels like her perfect marriage is in trouble, and the third fears she is being replaced by a younger model.

I wasn’t sure where the book was going to go but I enjoyed the journey of the lives of these three women and how they come back together after so long apart and help each other through their struggles. It’s the kind of relationship every girl wishes they had with their friends.

A very quick and fun read. Great for all ages but also a new perspective on life under every circumstance.

*challenges: off the shelf challenge, new authors challenge, 100+ challenge, countdown challenge, tbr challenge, 11 in 11 reading challenge

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REVIEW: Naked Heat

Title: Naked Heat
Author: Richard Castle
Finished: March 2, 2011
Pages: 290
Published: 2010
Format: First Edition

I loved the first book so much once I read it, I couldn’t help starting this one as soon as possible so I could find out what would happen next.

In this adventure, Nikki and Rook find themselves both at the crime scene where a famous tabloid reporter has been killed … except Nikki arrives a little late to find her “friend” way ahead of her and full of secrets. Despite her best efforts, Heat can’t avoid Rook for long and soon they are back to their old ways searching for a killer who has more in store for both of them.

I love Nikki and Rook together as much as I love Castle and Beckett and this latest adventure does not disappoint. I love how danger and suspense bring them back together and teaches them that it will take more than high school drama to keep them apart.

I’m hearing there will be another book coming soon. Can’t wait!

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