Oct 28, 2015

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)

Devoted in Death (In Death, #41)Devoted in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book starts out a little differently as we know the identity of the killers from the beginning. Ella-Loo and Darryl are soul mates who just want to follow Ella-Loo's dream to live in New York City. When they leave Oklahoma fate intervenes when their piece of junk truck breaks down and they try to boost a ride. Turns out they get off on the killing and they can't wait to do it again and again.

Then they arrive in New York and Dallas is hot on their trail after they kill a young musician. The only question is can Dallas find them in time to save the lives of their two latest victims.

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Oct 25, 2015

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)

The Aeronaut's Windlass (The Cinder Spires, #1)The Aeronaut's Windlass by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fast paced and full of lovable characters, my favorite is Rowl. Rowl is a cat with a high opinion of himself but considering he single pawed saved Spire Albion (OK maybe he had a little help from the humans) from the Auroran attack it's well deserved. Some of the smarter humans are able to speak cat and if the cats respect the humans they are bestowed names by the cats such as Rowl's person Littlemouse (a rather large human woman) known as Bridget by the humans. Bridget was very happy working in her Father's vattery and was not thrilled to join the Guard. But she quickly made friends with the Warriorborn (Rowl refers to him as a half-soul) Benedict and his cousin Gwendolyn. When Reggie is giving Bridget a hard time Gwendolyn (who comes from a very important family) steps in and makes things worse. Bridget winds up challenged to a dual by Reggie. Benedict comes to the rescue and starts to teach Bridget how to fight, and Rowl insist on acting as Bridget's second. Reggie objects to having a cat as a second in a dual, but is quickly informed that Rowl is a full citizen of the Spire and as such can be the second. Before the dual can take place Spire Albion, Habble Morning is attacked by the Aurorans.

Captain Grimm is in port having repairs made to his ship Predator when the attack takes place. Grimm and his crew quickly come to the assistance of the Lancaster Vattery and after helping to repeal an attack on the Vattery rush to rescue Gwen, Benedict and Bridget after Rowl comes for help.

Lord Albion gives Francis Madison Grimm (Grimm Ship-Trees) the crystals he needs to repair Predator in exchange for Grimm taking Gwen, Benedict, Bridget, Rowl, Folly and Ferus to Habble Landing. Folly and Ferus are ethrealists and have some rather interesting foibles Ferus can't manage doorknobs and Folly doesn't speak directly to anyone, but speaks to the jar of crystals she carries around. They also have some rather interesting "powers".

No sooner do they dock at Habble Landing than the Olympian ship Mistshark captained by Grimm's wife Calliope Ransom docks. Calliope tries unsuccessfully to get Grimm to leave.

Gwen, Benedict, Bridget, Rowl, Folly and Ferus go to seek lodging in Habble Landing. After being attacked by footpads they visit the Temple of the Way where Benedict was a student. His teacher Brother Vincent tells them of an Inn where they should be safe and after Brother Vincent shows them the library they go to the Inn. Bridget, Folly and Rowl go to get information from the local cats. Clan Chief Naun of the Nine Claws received them in a chamber with his entire clan including the kittens revealing to Rowl, that the clan was under attack by something that frightened them. Naun instructed them to leave a certain way and Rowl realized he wanted them to see something. When they are attacked by millions of baby spiders Rowl realizes it was their nest Naun wanted them to see. Before they can be killed by the spiders Folly uses her jar of crystals to burn them up. They are on their way back to the Inn when they are captured by the Aurorans. Meanwhile at the Inn Gwyn, Benedict and Ferus are attacked by a large adult spider. The spider kills numerous people inside the inn before Gwyn is able to kill it, but she receives an injury to her head in the process. When Grimm hears of the trouble at the Inn he rushes to help and an unconscious Gwyn is carried back to the ship.

The enemy ethrealists Madame Cavendish visits the ship and demands Ferus' trunks in exchange for the lives of Folly and Bridget. The trunks are turned over to Madame Cavendish and Ferus is unable to function without them. Rowl sends Mirl (one of his Father's spies) to tell Grimm where Bridget and Folly are being held and he goes to conquer the Nine Claws in order to lead them against the spiders and the Aurorans. Grimm leads a force against the Aurorans and Spiders but they are losing until the cats arrive to take care of the spiders. After rescuing Folly and Bridget they rush to the Temple of the Way after Bridget tells them of the Aurorans plans for it. The Temple of the Way is already burning when they arrive. Benedict and Bridget rush into the Temple when Rowl alerts them to the fact someone is alive inside. They find Brother Vincent trapped under a large book case. Benedict lifts it off him but he dies shortly afterward but before he does he entrust a book to Benedict. Benedict collapse from all the spider venom in his bloodstream and Bridget carries him out with Rowl's help.

Gwyn awakes back at the ship and helps Journeyman put the crystals in. They barely finish in time to avoid an attack on the docks by Mistshark.

Grimm and the survivors arrive back at the docks and are overjoyed when they realize Predator survived. Folly is able to locate Mistshark since Madame Cavendish took Ferus' trunks aboard. Folly is also able to talk directly to Predator. They quickly overtake Mistshark and gain the upper-hand in the battle that ensues. Calliope surrenders but while Grimm is busy with the Mistshark's surrender The Auroran Battle Ship Itasca is spotted. Grimm releases Calliope and prepares to flee. He risk everything to lead the Itasca into a trap but when the Glorious commanded by Commodore Rook takes heavy fire, Rook flees leaving Predator to face certain death. Grimm is trying to decided rather to fight to the death or surrender when he hears his friend Commodore Bayard's ship Valiant. He pulls off several risky maneuvers in order to blind Itasca to Valiant's approach.

Itasca battles, the Valiant, Victorious, Thunderous and Predator. They all take heavy damage and Itasca eventually surrenders to Grimm. The crew of the Itasca helps save the survivors of Thunderous. Grimm gives the book Brother Vincent gave Benedict and the book Madame Cavendish took from the Temple to Lord Albion.

Folly has a nightmare of the future...................

Not sure why the people don't live on the surface of the planet but instead live in Spires built above the planets surface. Also not sure how many Spires there are.

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Oct 19, 2015

The Morning After (Savannah #2)

The Morning After (Savannah #2)The Morning After by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The book begins when "The Grave Robber" buries Bobbi Jean alive. A note is left for Reed and he is pulled into the investigation. Reed also falls under suspicion as Bobbi Jean was carrying his baby at the time of her death.

But more notes arrive for Reed and more people die. Eventually Nikki starts receiving notes of her own and Reed taken off the case due to his personal involvement acts as her body guard. Only after Nikki's friend Simone is killed do they connect the murders with the Chevalier case. The recently released Chevalier becomes the police number one suspect but Reed, doesn't think they are on the right track.

A frantic phone call from her Mom has Nikki walking into a trap, and she soon finds herself buried alive with the body of her Dad. Desperate to find Nikki before it's to late Reed follows the clues to the latest grave only to discover it's sole occupant is Chevalier. Putting the pieces together he realizes that Chevalier didn't kill the Gillette family, instead the killer was the only survivor of the family massacre. Joey staged the murder of his Mother, older brother & sister in order to frame Chevalier and punish his family for allowing Chevalier to sexually abuse him. Now he is killing the people Joey views as responsible for Chevalier's release from prison. Nikki's only chance to survive is to use the gun her Father kept strapped to his ankle if she can get to it in time.

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Oct 15, 2015

Shadow Play (Eve Duncan, #19)

Shadow Play (Eve Duncan, #19)Shadow Play by Iris Johansen
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When Jenny's body is found in the woods Nalchek is determined to find her killer, and keep the dark secrets surrounding her death hidden. He sends Jenny's skull to Eve for reconstruction in order to learn the identity of the 9 year old child who was killed at least 8 years ago.

Eve soon learns this reconstruction will be different from the others when Jenny starts talking to her. The reconstruction proceeds with amazing speed and with very detailed results right down to the green eye color, thanks to Jenny's input. Eve is soon sending the skull back to Nalchek by FedEx, but no sooner does the FedEx driver pick up the skull then he is shot and killed and Eve is lured from her cabin long enough for her computer to be stolen and all her notes on the skull taken.

Eve ask Jenny to keep her killer from destroying the skull if she can and heads to California with Joe to try to track down the skull. She calls Margaret and ask for her help. Margaret learns that a coyote had been guarding the grave and that Nalchek as well as the killer and "the Other" had been visiting the woods around the grave. Margaret and Nalchek develop a "relationship" in spite of their mutual distrust of each other.

Joe is wounded when he and Eve retrieve the skull from Walsh. Elena sees the picture of Jenny in the paper and realizes that Cara is in danger. She sends Cara to hide in the cave and tries to lure Walsh away. Walsh captures Elena and tortures her until she reveals where Cara is. Walsh leaves Elena for dead and goes after Cara.

Eve finds a dying Elena and she tells Eve where Cara is and that she told Walsh. Eve, Margaret and Nalchek head for Spider Nest Cave to rescue Cara. Joe shows up in time to save Cara's life.

Eve and Joe plan to "adopt" Cara whose name will be changed to protect her. And Eve discovers she is pregnant.

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Oct 8, 2015

Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a WatchmanGo Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Jean Louise (Scout) discovers her Father is human and not the god like figure she idolized.

"........you confused your Father with God. You never saw him as a man with a man's heart and a man's failings."

Really don't understand all the people who are complaining that this book blackens Atticus Finch's name, as his brother (Uncle Jack) points out Atticus Fitch is the same man, the man who lives by the law.

"...The law is what he lives by. He'll do his best to prevent someone from beating up somebody else, then he'll turn around and try to stop no less than the Federal Government --- just like you, child. You turned and tackled no less than your own tin god -- but remember this, he'll always do it by the letter and by the spirit of the law. That's the way he lives."

I just wish it hadn't taken so long for this book to be published. It's a shame that Harper Lee is only a two book author as she writes so well.

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Oct 7, 2015

NYPD Red (NYPD Red, #1)

NYPD Red (NYPD Red, #1)NYPD Red by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fast paced read, a madman is shooting a movie and killing off everyone he thinks prevented him from making it big in show biz. Zach Jordan and his new partner/ex-girlfriend Kylie MacDonald must stop him before he blows up a Yacht.

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Oct 3, 2015

The Piano TeacherThe Piano Teacher by Lynn York
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

When local widow and piano teacher Wilma's daughter (Sarah) arrives in town, Wilma's life is turned upside down.

Sarah is pregnant and she doesn't know if her husband Harper is the Father or if it's the Indian Stud (Jonah) who followed her to town. What's a prim and proper widow to do. As if that isn't enough Jonah is accused of murdering Deputy Clem, merely because he is a stranger in town. Wilma teams up with the on so eligible bachelor Roy to clear Jonah's name, but long buried secrets concerning Lily and Wilma's husband (Harry) will be revealed in the process.

Will anyone ever really know why Harry committed suicide?

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