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url 2018-02-17 18:35
New in book series this weekend and Monday (aka my weekly finding of books likely initially missing from or missing covers on booklikes)
Fifty Fifty (Harriet Blue) - James Patterson,Candice Fox
Bound in Ashes: Paranormal BBW Shapeshifter Dragon Romance (Drachen Mates Book 4) - Milly Taiden
Earthbound (Dragons and Druids) (Volume 2) - Leia Stone
A Shade of Vampire 56: A League of Exiles (Volume 56) - Bella Forrest
Dark Strength (Refuge Book 3) - Cynthia Sax,Amanda Kelsey
PACO: Night Rebels Motorcycle Club (Night Rebels MC Romance Book 5) - Chiah Wilder,Hot Tree Editing,Lisa Cullinan
Up In Smoke: A King Series Novel - T.M. Frazier
Source: www.fictfact.com/BookReleaseCalendar
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review 2018-02-17 16:50
1st to Die
1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1) - James Patterson
Lindsay is an inspector for the San Francisco Police Department. She gets hit with world shattering news about her health the same day she meets Chris Raleigh, who has been assigned to work with her on a potentially messy case. He works for the mayor and his job is to keep things neat and contained as much as possible while also helping with the case. They are trying to catch a killer who murders newly weds. Cindy, a reporter for the Chronicle who is trying to get a scoop on the case somehow manages to get up to the floor of the hotel where the first murders were committed. She gets a peek at the groom on the floor by the door before she is found and hauled out. Later, Cindy sees Lindsay go into the ladies room in an emotional mess and follows her. She didn´t just push for details though, she was kind. She is smart and a good reporter but also seems to be human and possibly a good friend. Later when they meet again where another newly married couple have been reported missing Lindsay decides to make a deal with Cindy to keep things under control. They end up becoming friends in the process. Lindsay, who is dealing with this new shock about her health decides she has to solve this case and decides to ask some female friends for help. She and three other women who have also clawed their way to the top in their respected fields decide to put their heads together and work on the case independently. They meet regularly to discuss the details of the case while Lindsay and her partner track down more leads officially. It was the start of the Women´s Murder Club.
 
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This book was interesting enough but I did think some things were kinda dumb, like the name of the club.  I also find it very unlikely that a reporter, cop, and DA would be willing to work together on a case.  I also got REALLY sick of the name Lindsay.  Some things I saw coming but not every detail.  I liked this book but in a cozy-mystery kind of way and not like a thriller.  
 

 

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review 2018-01-22 16:25
Gunslinger Girl
Gunslinger Girl - Lyndsay Ely,James Patterson
I enjoyed this novel and then I didn’t. I thought the concept of the novel was terrific and I enjoyed most of the characters but there were a few simple things I thought the author could have changed to make this novel much more enjoyable.
 
When I saw the cover of this novel, I knew I had to read it. That cover had my name written all over it. I wasn’t expecting a gunslinging novel, and if you are, this is not the novel for you. This novel is not a western, per say. This novel is about a girl who instead of being sold off by her father, finds her own path in life.
 
Armed with her mother’s guns, Pity (yes that is the main character’s name) sets off with Finn, her best friend to Columbia where they will start their journey. It doesn’t go well. Pity later finds herself in Cessation after the two girls come under attack. This is not where she wants to be but it’s a place where she can regroup if she can prove herself worthy enough. Asked to show how well she can shoot, Pity does well for her audience but a performer, she is not. Halycon thinks he can use her in the act and Pity is allowed to stay in the city and make Casmir her home. Max takes to Pity and shows her Casmir and Cessation. Pity spends any free time she has with Max.
 
Halycon teaches Pity how to entertain an audience, how to showcase her talent and to be confident while doing so. Everyone loves Pity when she takes to the stage and Selene seems pleased with her decision to allow her to stay. Selene sees where Pity’s talent can be used for other purposes surrounding Casmir and Cessation and it isn’t long before Pity is dragged into Selene’s business without her knowing all the details. Pity is enjoying her new home now but she’s also beginning to realize that she is a part of something else much bigger. It was a fun, twisted tale at the end.
 
A story that had me turning the pages faster and faster, frustrated, I was yelling at half the characters wondering when it all would end. I found it challenging to read this novel in certain parts. I thought that the author liked certain letters of the alphabet. There was the town of Cessation with the individuals living in Casmir. There were also the characters of Siena, Selene, Santino, and Sheridan. Now, that isn’t bad if they are in different parts of the novel but many times they were together and towards the end of the novel, they were all together. Talk about frustrating. I got irritated a bit with Pity as there were times that I thought her emotions were a bit too soft for her character. I enjoyed the author’s writing, the plot and the story moved quickly. I’m glad I picked this one up.

 

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review 2018-01-03 21:56
Good Story to Listen to
The Christmas Mystery: A Detective Luc M... The Christmas Mystery: A Detective Luc Moncrief Mystery (BookShots) - James Patterson,Richard DiLallo

I borrowed the audio version of this story because I am trying to work on handcrafted items (a blanket for my nephew, a hat for a friend's son, etc). I also cannot have the tv on during the day hours because the kids would not do school work because they are too busy watching tv. I assign the work and then they are to do the work and I check the work (later that night before I go to bed). 

 

Luc Moncrief is a Frenchman who is a detective in New York. He and his partner Kay Burke are called right before Christmas to solve the murder of a socialite Baby D. Moncrief notices that the paintings are forgeries, but just before they can collect them and have them tested, they are taken from the apartment, that was guarded by police. 

 

Then they try something else and Moncrief follows the driver that he thinks is to blame for the missing artwork. They also go to Paris, France where Moncrief's father has just died. He wants to see a report on his father's death and is told that there isn't one. 

 

On the whole, it was two mysteries and two good stories. I enjoyed the audio and may borrow the book at a later time to actually read it for myself. 

 

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review 2017-10-21 14:10
Penguins of America - James Patterson,Jack Patterson,James Madsen,Florence Yue  
Penguins of America - James Patterson,Jack Patterson,James Madsen,Florence Yue

Exquisitely -executed reproductions of iconic images of USian paintings and photography. Only with penguins instead of people. And one-liner captions.

 

It might have been amusing had it been poorly-drawn, amateurish, or childish cartoons. The internet Is mostly humorless jokes. But there is no amusing caption that can withstand such painstakingly art: these pictures, which are lovely, demand captions that take them seriously. Where it is charming to frame your child's kindergarten art and story, hiring pros to jazz it up is just creepy and sad and disappointing for everyone.

 

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