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review 2013-08-24 14:51
State of Wonder
State of Wonder - Ann Patchett


Dr. Marina Singh works for a pharmaceutical company, her lab partner Dr. Anders Eckman who is doing research in the Amazon is pronounced dead. Dr. Singh tries to comfort his widow but Mrs. Eckman is not convinced her husband is dead and urges Dr. Singh to make the trip to the Amazon to find out what's happened. She agrees to go to the jungle to search for answers because she feels awful for the wife and it seems there is no one else to do so. What?! 


I suppose I didn't believe that Dr. Singh possessed the courage to take on such an adventure and the fact she would so readily agree to go into the jungle for a co-worker seems unrealistic even for a book. While I might care for my co-worker's, I don't think I would run the risk of malaria, snakes and God knows what else for their welfare. This made it difficult to relate to Dr. Singh, the main character, as well as there being an emotional disconnect of the characters, this story didn't have an easy flow to it. 


I had higher hopes for this book because it has gotten such rave reviews but it was not what I expected. I have enjoyed other books by this author, Bel Canto and The Patron Saint of Liars.

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review 2011-08-29 00:00
Jungle Heat - Sarah Mäkelä JUNGLE HEAT prodded me to do a little research about the warrior women called Amazons, because I wasn't sure if the "history" mentioned in the blurb was just part of the story or based on fact. Amazons are women who are part of an all female nation and originated in Greek mythology. They are typically tall, very beautiful and excellent fighters, and the women of JUNGLE HEAT are no exception.

How does an Amazonian woman find someone to share her life with? I can imagine that it is fairly difficult since the Amazon village is hidden, making it difficult to find the women. Then, of course, there is that little built in trait of "total bad-ass" that probably intimidates most men.

When Adara, princess of the Amazons, ventures outside the confines of her village, she is greeted by a curious weretiger named Rei. He seems more intent on claiming her than attacking her. Once he makes his presence known to Adara, everything about the world she has known becomes jumbled and confused. From a very early age, she is taught that men are evil and are simply a means to an end, and that end being reproducing to insure the survival of their bloodline. Despite her misgivings, Rei is determined to teach her all the pleasures her elders have been so adamant about keeping hidden from her and the rest of the young Amazon females.

I loved Adara's naiveté even down to the most innocent of things, like kissing. I also loved that Rei entertains her "I am the future Queen so you must do as I say" attitude all while smirking and poking a little fun at her Highness. Rei and Adara are a great match. Only a man like Rei in a powerful body possessing a sharp mind would be worthy of Princess Adara and though he has "chosen" her as his mate, he enjoys keeping her a little emotionally off kilter.

JUNGLE HEAT was like a quick escape to a secret world. It was exciting and a little different from the typical shifter story. The sexy weretiger was a nice change... there really should be more tiger shifters in the paranormal world, they have a lot of love to give.

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