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This is the fourth book in Kelley Armstrong's Rockton series, so to completely appreciate, the characters, plot and the town of Rockton, you need to read the previous three books: City of the Lost, A Darkness Absolute and This Fallen Prey.
Kelley Armstrong is back with another Rockton book and this time is seems like Rockton's secret may be out:
The town of Rockton is supposed to be a secret, but there are things that need to be done to protect the residence. This means Casey approaching her own estranged sister to help one of their residences that was injured badly in a gun fight, but bringing her there has to be a secret, as that is how Rockton survives. However, word seems to have gotten out about Rockton, when a US Marshal shows up demanding one of the residences. Casey and Dalton have to figure out no only who he is after, stop him from taking them but how the Hell did he find out where Rockton was located. Nothing is ever boring in a town full of not only victims but criminals too, many of whom will stop at nothing to make sure the US Marshal isn't after them.
I always have high hopes for this series and have enjoyed every book so far, but I will say that this is my least favourite book in the series. I found that the beginning was very exciting with the Marshal sniffing around town, and trying to figure out who he is there to take back south, but then the middle really slowed things down and then bang the ending was faced paced again. I guess for me I think that the middle just felt like a lot of filler and no substance. I wish a certain event had not taken place so quickly and there was more of a cat and mouse game to be played. When I have read other books in this series, I never wanted to put the book down. It was always I'll just read one more chapter one more page to see what happened next, where this book I was okay with putting it down.
I really liked the Marshal aspect within this book, I think it was really clever and why wouldn't some of the residence within Rockton have people coming to look for them. Some of them have committed horrible crimes. It was really interesting to see how the residence of Rockton reacted to the knowledge that there was a Marshal hunting one of them down. I know there are the main players within Rockton that we have readers have gotten to know from the previous book but you really don't know everyone, so it was nice to see some new residences show their faces.
I will say that the addition of April, Casey's estranged sister, to the town and story was just brilliant by Armstrong. I'm so happy that she found a way to bring her to Rockton and to have her and Casey interact with each other, and man is there some comic relief in there. It also shines more of light on how Casey was brought up which does round her out more as a character.
So we're four books in and this is my least favourite of the bunch, however, does that mean this is a bad book? No, I just don't think it lived up to the previous three. I still love this series and characters and totally recommend this series to people, all the time. So I'm totally looking forward to book number 5.
TITLE: The Genius of Dogs - Discovering the Unique Intelligence of Man's Best Friend
AUTHOR: Brian Hare & Vanessa Woods
DATE PUBLISHED: 2013
"Is your dog purposefully disobeying you? Probably, and usually behind your back. Should you act like ‘top dog’ to maintain control? No, you’re better off displaying your friendliness – and not just to your dog. Which breed is the cleverest? That’s the wrong question to ask. These are just some of the extraordinary insights to be found in 'The Genius of Dogs' – the seminal book on how dogs evolved their unique intelligence by award-winning scientist Dr Brian Hare. He shares more than two decades of startling discoveries about the mysteries of the dog mind and how you can use his groundbreaking work to build a better relationship with your own dog."
Hare and Woods take a look at various doggie studies to determine exactly how intelligent dogs are compared to humans, wolves and occasionally other animals (e.g. crows and bonobos). The book is a bit erratic, with the authors covering a variety of topics and writing about their personal dog experiences. But since I love dogs, this didn't really bother me. The sections on domestication (dog, fox, bonobo and human) were particularly interesting. This book made for an entertaining and easy read on comparative cognitive science with a focus on dogs, while providing some fascinating information that might not be generally well known.
PS: The dog is smarter than the cat!
Conspiracy In The Capitol by B. Ivy Woods
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Angstful, emotional, unforgettable. Woods writes romance with edge. Conspiracy in the Capitol is at it's best when it shows you it's worst. Romance may be on the horizon, but danger haunts the shadows. From love lost to second chance found. Can Rae and Flint survive the aftermath of giving themselves over to love?
by Thomas Washburn Jr
Three children, Travis, Timmy and Abby, find a cave in the woods and make it their secret clubhouse. Though they are close friends, approaching puberty introduces complications, especially after Abby gets her first boyfriend.
This started out like a sweet story of childhood friends coming of age. Then one day Travis finds a secret door and things go horribly wrong.
This was a short story that could have been developed into something more interesting. As it was, it became tacky and cliché without even an end twist to recommend it. The writing itself was good but there was a lack of plotting or explanation and in the end, it seemed like someone's first efforts.
The quality of writing gets it an extra star.