Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review - Dead Reckoning

Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse, #11)

Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Sookie, Eric and everyone else in their circle, but this book was a disappointment to me.

Parts of this book seems to be a stretch unlike previous books where the whole story flowed.  With all of the men being thrown at Sookie, I am wondering what exactly is happening with Sookie and Eric.  Is Ms. Harris looking to bring a new man into Sookie's like or just make their relationship more interesting?

There is also the information that Mr. Cataliades gave Sookie right before he went into hiding.  How does Sookie have so many enemies who are living??

Unless Ms. Harris is planning on something spectacular for Sookie in the next book, this looks like a sad ending to Sookie and Eric.  At least for my reading this series.

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Review - The Ideal Man

The Ideal Man
The Ideal Man by Julie Garwood

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I started reading Ms. Garwood's books when I was in high school and loved her stories. I've just started to get into her contemporary romances and I was not sure how I would like reading her in this genre. Some writers can make this switch and others, it just doesn't seem to work as well. I have to say that I have been pleased so far with the stories that I have read.

This book did not disappoint me. The story and characters were well written and very interesting. I was rooting for Ellie Sullivan from page one of the book. Ellie is definitely a strong female lead who has had a lot to deal with while she was growing up. She has been stalked by a boy from the same town that she grew up in and had to leave her home at an early age and live under another identity to avoid being found. She rarely saw her family once she left for their safety and for her own.

The story begins with Ellie leaving the ER where she works and witnessing the shooting of an FBI agent. As a potential witness, the FBI assigns Agent Max Daniels to protect her. Max was there when the first agent got shot but didn't see the shooting. He is the perfect counter balance to Ellie. He is strong and wants to protect her even though he tries to avoid getting involved with Ellie on a romantic level. Watching the romance between the two of them as they went back to Ellie's home town for her sister's wedding was fun. The story had me laughing as I enjoyed their banter and growing romance.

Her younger sister, Ava, had me wishing that I could tell her to grow up. Ava was very self-centered and needed everything to be about her and would throw a big tantrum any time any attention went Ellie's way. She was also a good balance to Ellie with her attitude and behavior.

I truly enjoyed this story and was sad to see it end. I can't wait to read more of Ms. Garwood's contemporary romances.

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Review - Death By Darjeeling

Death by Darjeeling (A Tea Shop Mystery #1)
Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I saw this one day when I was in the bookstore and decided that it sounded interesting. When I started reading it, I had a hard time putting it down.

The story line was well written and I liked how the characters were developed.

One of the things that caught my eye about this book was the title and the cover. I love tea and have several different types around the house.

This was a fun book to read. I will say that it seemed a light read to me but I really enjoyed it and can't wait to read more of this series.

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Review - The 5th Horseman

The 5th Horseman (Women's Murder Club #5)
The 5th Horseman by James Patterson

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I loved the first Women's Murder Club books and was really looking forward to this one. I have to say that this wasn't one of my favorites, either of this series or that he has written in general.

The story line was good and the characters were well written, but I just didn't like this book.

I am waiting for a copy of "The 6th Target" to come from the library.

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Review - The Midnight Show Murders

The Midnight Show Murders
The Midnight Show Murders by Dick Lochte

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have to say that this wasn't one of my favorite mysteries and that I kept having to stop myself from jumping ahead to the end. It was easy for me to skip pages at a time. I guess that I was just expecting more from this story and from Mr. Roker. I'll give "The Morning Show Murders" a try but I'm not expecting much from them either.

If you are looking for some really light reading than this book will provide it.

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