Dec 28, 2015

The Golem of Hollywood (Detective Jacob Lev, #1)

The Golem of Hollywood (Detective Jacob Lev, #1)The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rather tedious especially as it keeps alternating between the past (Biblical Adam and Eve) and the present and several mysteries.

Jacob Lev has been tasked by "Special Projects" with finding the killer whose calling card is the Hebrew word for Justice and a severed head. When the victim turns out to be one of the Creeper Killers he starts hunting down the Creeper's partners in crime. His inquires take him to Prague where he stumbles on his family's personal history with the MaHaRal and his connection with the Golem of Prague.

Haunted by the mysterious Mai he allows her to escape after she saves his life even though he realizes she is the killer he and "Special Projects" seeks.

Dismayed to find that his Mother isn't dead but locked away in a nursing home Jacob has more questions than answers at the end of the book.

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Dec 18, 2015

Words are Suppose to Have Meanings

When words lose their meaning chaos issues. I blogged about it way back in 2006 when public school students were trying to co-opt the homeschool label.

Now the insidious mislabeling of things has crept into ranges. There are basically three type of ranges; slide in, drop in and free standing. This used to be the definition of a slide in.

A slide-in cooking range has contoured sides with a slightly-protruding cooktop, which allows the installer to slide it in between the cabinets, so that the cooktop actually rests on top of the countertop on each side. There must be cabinets on each side of this range model, since the side panels are not finished as found on a freestanding stove, but have alignment grooves.
Due to my kitchen layout I have to have a slide in range, there isn't a choice in the matter. So when Hubby offered to buy me a new range for Christmas I was thrilled when I found one I liked. Unfortunately stores don't seem to have any on display, or even in stock so you are forced into ordering them online from a picture. But from the picture the Slide-In Range with Large Capacity Oven and EvenJet™ Convection LSE3090ST Stainless Steel was just what I wanted, it has the knobs on the front of the range, which is what I want.We ordered it and it even came in before Christmas, Hubby offered to go ahead and install it as the burners on my current cooktop give me fits. Imagine our dismay when the range that is clearly labeled a Slide-In Range didn't have a protruding cooktop, like it was suppose to. This is a Free Standing Range, and should be labeled as such.

I guess I'll be keeping my old range a while longer until manufactures start making slide in ranges with the knobs on the front like I want.  Kuddos to Best Buy for taking it back and giving us a full refund.

Dec 14, 2015

Tell Me (Savannah #3)

Tell Me (Savannah #3)Tell Me by Lisa Jackson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I had trouble getting into it and it seemed to drag, the interviews interspersed throughout the book made the narrative confusing and hard to follow.

Blondell (what a stupid name) O'Henry was sent to prison for killing her daughter Amity and shooting her two younger children, on the testimony of her young son (Niall). Now Niall is saying that his testimony was coerced by the lead cop on the case who happened to be a former lover of Blondell's and Amity's biological Father.

Reed and his partner are tasked with finding evidence to prove Blondell's guilt, but Reed begins to suspect she isn't the killer.

Nikki is determined to turn Blondell's story into a true crime novel. Her "research" begins to uncover family secrets. Nikki first begins to question her families involvement with Blondell when she questions why Blondell and her children were staying at the cabin Nikki's family owned, she then begins to wonder who Fathered the baby Amity was carrying when she was killed. And both questions lead back to her Uncle.

When Nikki visits the cabin for the first time someone leaves a snake in her car and she and Reed are eager to discover who feels so threatened by the truth coming out that they would kill to stop it. When Nikki discovers that Effie has been following her she goes to confront her only to find Effie missing and tons of pictures of Nikki's family. Realizing that Effie is her Aunt Penelope's daughter that she put up for adoption she is nevertheless outraged to discover that Effie plans to steal Nikki's book. Seeing that Effie plans to meet Roland Camp at the cabin she follows Effie there. She finds Effie dead and Roland desperate to hide his involvement the night of Amity's death. Nikki manages to get away from Roland only to discover that he wasn't the killer............................

After visiting her Aunt Penelope in prison Reed and Nikki elope.

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Dec 7, 2015

Born of Betrayal (The League, #8)

Born of Betrayal (The League, #10)Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

For anyone who has read the Dark Hunter Series I don't think it came as any surprise that Nykyrian eton Anatole's twin Prince Jullien eton Anatole has been turned into a hero. I sincerely hope the next book is his and that it comes out soon as he has been captured by his Grandmother, Queen Eriadne, who would have slaughtered the entire royal family, as well as their friends who were taking shelter in the palace if Jullien hadn't risked his life to save them. The book ends with Queen Eriadne still in control of Andaria.

Fain and Galene get off to a rough start after she shoots him the minute she catches sight of him. Their relationship is further complicated by the fact that Fain assumes Talyn is her hot young boyfriend. When he realizes Talyn is his son he is mortified by all the times he was not there for the woman he loves and their son. Turns out that Fain went stralen for Galene the first and only time they made love, he was afraid she would be punished if anyone realized they had sex before their unification ceremony so he was trying to hide the fact he was stralen for her. When Merrell eton Anatole threatened to kill Dancer and Keris if Fain didn't give Galene up, then lied to Galene about Fain sleeping with Omira, Fain didn't know what to do. Believing that if she hated him Galene could find happiness married to Merrell he didn't deny it when she confronted him about sleeping with Omira.

Since his family (except for Dancer) disowned him and he was banished from Andaria, he didn't know that Galene never married and that the Iron Hammer was her Bastard son. Fain took Omira with him as she was trying to get away from her abusive Father. Shortly after he caught Omira in bed with another man Fain was captured by slavers. Braxen Venik (Leader of the Porturnum Tavali) captured the ship he was on, their relationship started out as very abusive and Fain is his slave. Braxen Venik also claims that he can push a button and kill Fain at any time. He had Fain turned into a Rogue pirate (cyborg technology was implanted in Fain that allows him to become one with his ship. The Tavali will kill to keep this technology secret). Fain is horrified that he almost killed his son when he was flying against the Andarions. Talyn advises Fain never to tell Galene as she won't be able to forgive him for almost killing Talyn and costing him his leg.

Talyn becomes closer to Fain after Fain has Felicia brought to the station and gives Talyn "papers" claiming Talyn as his son. Talyn is now able to marry Felicia who is pregnant with his child. Galene welcomes Fain back into her bed, which saves his life as an assassin broke into the adjoining room where Talyn had been sleeping. Fain switched rooms with him when Felicia arrived to give the couple more privacy.

Several bombs are planted on the station one near Fain's adopted children's quarters, but Gavarian ezul Terronova (Felicia's nephew) got them to safety, before the bomb went off. Because he was near where the bomb was planted the Tavali are going to arrest him, but Fain is unable to allow the innocent young man to go to prison for a crime he didn't commit so reveals to all that he shot Talyn (Viper) and Gavarian down and that they have known it from the moment they saw his ship. Galene is furious with Talyn and Fain for not telling her earlier.

Another bomb almost kills Venik and Hermione Dane, but Fain is able to defuse it with Galene's help. She claims him as her husband while they are defusing the bomb, and Venik promises Fain his freedom as a unification present.

Fain finally discovers that the traitor on board the station is a jealous Malys Venik (Braxen's wife). Queen Eriadne told Malys that Talyn was Braxen's son and that Galene was his mistress, so she has been trying to kill Talyn, Braxen and Galene. She has assassins going after Talyn who has just been arrested on her orders. Fain rushes to save him but the bomb goes off trapping Fain and Talyn. Talyn begins to go into shock and realizing that the fastest way to get Talyn out and the help he needs involves crushing himself Fain insist on being allowed to sacrifice himself for his son. Talyn is freed and Fain is being crushed to death when Nero and Hadrian show up and use their combined telepathic powers to save him, but they aren't strong enough to hold the wall. Just when it looks like Fain will be crushed the mysterious and very powerful Trajen (Tavali High Admiral and Leader of the Gorturnum) shows up. We find out right away that Trajen is a Trisani who is even more powerful than Nero and Hadrian combined. He not only prevents the wall from crushing Fain he immediately heals Fain and Talyn. Nero immediately identifies him as his younger brother, who he thought was dead. Trajen is angry because when their planet (Trisa) was attacked Nero left the young Trajen with his Mother and sister (Julia) on an escape pod and went back to rescue his baby brother (Hadrian) and older brother (Augustan). Augustan was killed in front of him, but thanks to Augustan using his powers to teleport Hadrian to Nero and telling Nero to run, Hadrian and Nero survived. Trajen wasn't so lucky his uncle sold Trajen and Julia into slavery and their Mother was ruthlessly slaughtered in front of them, when she tried to save them.

When Braxen refuses to allow his wife to be punished Galen insist on relocating the Andarions. Julian's wife, Ushara of the Fyreblood Clan of Altaan ( Trajen's second in command) offers to give them refuge wth the Gorturnum. They arrive and are reunited with the family members who were in the palace but Julian isn't with them. They discover that he lead Eriadne's troops away so the others could escape and that not only did Cairistiona's troops refuse to help him they turned a badly injured Julian over to them in order to escape. To make matters worse "The League" has a thrill kill warrant on him.

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Dec 4, 2015

Outrage (The Singular Menace, #2)

Outrage (The Singular Menace, #2)Outrage by John Sandford
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book picks up where Uncaged leaves off, it's beginning to be annoying how he ends the books on a cliff hanger. They seem unfinished........

Disgusted by Thorne's murder of West, Harmon joins the Remby Gang, and with Harmon's help they are able to get Cade back when he is captured by Singular. Cade was beaten so badly while he was being held by Singular that he is out of commission when they go to find the "experiments".

They also discover that the Vice-President of the United States is part of the "immortality project". The Vice-President is plotting to kill the President. If he is able to become President then Singular will be untouchable.

Fenfang (the young Asian girl they rescued when they rescued Odin, Singular attempted to download Senator Dash's brain into Fenfang's body) is killed when she spots her cousin and tries to get to him. They leave her body at a hospital hoping the authorities and media will be alerted to the experiments when they see the wires in her head. Odin had fallen in love with her and is taking her death badly.

Harmon and Shay are stuck hiding aboard the ship when it leaves harbor.

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Dec 1, 2015

Saint Odd (Odd Thomas, #7)

Saint Odd (Odd Thomas, #7)Saint Odd by Dean Koontz
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It seemed to drag, maybe because I dreaded Odd's death but the ending turned out to be a joyous reuniting of Odd and Stormy.

Odd returns home to foil the plot of the worshipers of Meridian. Hailing from Meridian MS I cracked up every time the demon Meridian and his cult was mentioned, which more than likely was not the authors intent. Dreaming of a flood, Odd almost missed the true plot of the cultist. At the last moment (as always) he figures out how they plan to destroy the town and foils them but this time the cost is his own life.

One minor point of annoyance at the end of the book Ozzie Boone refers to this as the eighth book.
Mystified, I took the stack already in the tray and found that in my hands I held his eighth and final manuscript.
So either the author made a mistake when writing the ending or there is an Odd Thomas book we have yet to read that took place before this one and was for some reason left out of the series.

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