Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Winter Moon Review

5 out of 5 stars

Winter Moon is classic Dean Koontz the story builds and builds until you almost can't take the tension. It's so crazy if he wasn't such a good writer I probably would have thrown the book down in disgust instead I read the craziness like I just couldn't get enough. It had all the things that make me terrified.
-isolated ranch
-animals acting weird
-noises in the forest
-dead bodies, or not so dead bodies?
-kids not acting like themselves
I loved it!
On another note and aside from the horror/thriller aspect of the story I really like how Dean Koontz portrays women in his books. His female characters aren't whiney and pathetic, waiting for a man to save them. They fight alongside his male characters. In the same way his male characters aren't all brawn with no emotional reactions. Instead his characters are very realistic and a great mixture of strength and weakness. They work together male and female, both fighting and feeling, to defeat the bad guy/thing. In particular there was one scene where the father, reassures the son, Toby, that he will be safe with his mother, Heather, because she is strong and will protect him. How great is that.
A highly recommended Koontz read.


Saturday, January 24, 2015

Track of the Cat Review

3 out of 5 stars

Track of the Cat was my first Nevada Barr book. I would definitely read her again. I loved the location, and I liked Anna Pigeon. I like how fierce she was and how much of a survivor. I liked feeling like I was learning something as well as being entertained. Rattlesnakes don't bite multiple times who knew.
I did feel like the book was a bit slow in the middle and it seemed like there were too many suspects that went nowhere. It also seemed like some of the suspects that were obvious weren't looked at while some of the ones being looked at were ridiculous.
In all I enjoyed Track of the Cat and would read more by this author.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Simple Life,really?!: Review: Stand by:Becky Johnson

A Simple Life,really?!: Review: Stand by:Becky Johnson:   About the Book: Charlotte Marshall survived a nightmare. But moving forward past the trauma is a daily battle. Self-defense training, ...

Friday, January 16, 2015

Enclave Review

3 out of 5 stars

Enclave is a quick read and an interesting dystopian novel. Deuce is a huntress tasked with protecting her enclave. Her partner Fade doesn't always follow the rules. In the world outside of her Enclave Deuce finds freaks, gangers, wolves, and grounders.
I enjoyed Enclave and I would probably read the other books, but about half way through the book it seemed to suddenly change directions which I found disconcerting. Characters and ideas you are introduced to are never wrapped up and the story seems completely different.
Also, the freaks are totally zombies. Just saying.


Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The Woods Review

5 out of 5 stars

This was the first Harlan Coben book I read. I loved it. From the very first chapter I was hooked. The Woods follows prosecutor Paul Copeland. Twenty years ago Paul's sister and three other campers went into the woods and were never seen again. They were all presumed dead. When one of the four turns up recently murdered Paul starts questioning the past and what really happened on that summer night twenty years ago. What follow twists, turns, and twins it's way through a mystery that kept me guessing until the very end. I couldn't stop reading it. It was great. I would definitely read Coben again and I would recommend him to mystery and thriller lovers.


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Neighbor Review

4 out of 5 stars

I love the way Lisa Gardner writes. Her characters and story-lines are so engaging. There are all of these threads that twist together. With the Neighbor I felt like the end seemed a little rushed and overly neat. Lots of build and then very little explanation. It just didn't all fit for me. However, I still really enjoyed it and definitely would recommend it to fans of mystery/suspense.