Sunday, August 12, 2012

Heat Wave by Richard Castle

Heat Wave by Richard Castle
Narrated by
Audiobook – mp3
Rating: 3 stars

Summary from Goodreads:
A New York real estate tycoon plunges to his death on a Manhattan sidewalk. A trophy wife with a past survives a narrow escape from a brazen attack. Mobsters and moguls with no shortage of reasons to kill trot out their alibis. And then, in the suffocating grip of a record heat wave, comes another shocking murder and a sharp turn in a tense journey into the dirty little secrets of the wealthy. Secrets that prove to be fatal. Secrets that lay hidden in the dark until one NYPD detective shines a light.
My Review:
Nikki Heat is a NYC police detective. Jameson (Jaime) Rook is a magazine reporter. Jaime is riding along with Nikki as part of a story he is doing about the department. Together they investigate the murder of real estate Matthew Starr. Starr reveals secrets, lies, deceit, and greed in the victim and those around him. This fast paced novel never lags. It keeps you engaged right to the very end. And why wouldn’t it. It reads like a Christmas song: 5 suspects, 4 police chases, 3 detectives, 2, murders, a multi-million dollar art collection theft, 1 reporter, 1 steamy love scene, and a partridge in a pear tree! TBR #3


Fun and Games:

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Virals by Kathy Reichs

narrator: Cristin Milioti
  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; First Edition edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595143424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595143426
  •  Rating: 3stars (3.6)

  • From Goodreads:
    Tory Brennan, niece of acclaimed forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (of the Bones novels and hit TV show), is the leader of a ragtag band of teenage "sci-philes" who live on a secluded island off the coast of South Carolina. When the group rescues a dog caged for medical testing on a nearby island, they are exposed to an experimental strain of canine parvovirus that changes their lives forever.

    As the friends discover their heightened senses and animal-quick reflexes, they must combine their scientific curiosity with their newfound physical gifts to solve a cold-case murder that has suddenly become very hot if they can stay alive long enough to catch the killer's scent.

    Fortunately, they are now more than friends they're a pack. They are Virals.

    My Review:
    Tory Brennan is the niece of Temperence Brennan of the Bones books and the TV show of the same name. Tory is a smart and headstrong 14 year old teenage girl. A different tone than many of the YA books out right now, Virals is not about a teenage romance (though she does have a crush). This book is about 4 smart kids who live on an secluded island near Charleston, SC. Together they try to solve the mystery of a dog tag. Finding the dog tag leads to a 40 plus year old cold case that someone will kill to keep the truth buried. Finding the dog tag also leads to find a sick puppy (Copper) who has been illegally experimented on. While resucing and caring for the ill puppy the group contracts a new hybrid parvovirus. Between trying to solve the cold case and their new DNA mutalition their lives will never be the same.

    Can you tell I really liked this book. It is written in the first person, very conversational. I liked that this was not a teen romance. Romance is great but it's nice to take a break from it. My favorite character is Tory's friend, Hiram. His character actually had me laughing out loud several times. Read this if you love a good mystery. If you like YA minus the romance. If you love Scooby-doo. LOL I mean "jinkies... they would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for those meddling kids."

    Plot: 4  Characters: 4  Writing: 3 Other: 3*  Overall Feel: 4**

    *setting was average. narrator was average as far as differences in characters voices (definitely a good choice though).
    ** fast paced and interesting. I wanted to know what happened next. I will take a break but looking forward to getting to book 2.

    Fun and Games 2012:
    Bunnita Reading Travel Buggie

    Reading Challenges 2012:
    2012 Support Your Local Library
    2012 Young Adult Reading Challenge
    2012 50 State Reading Challenge

    Saturday, August 4, 2012

    Shoot the Breeze #2

    Shooting the Breeze

    Today I start the Summer Wrap Up Read-a-thon. So far my record with read-a-thons have not been great. I have only gotten through a couple of books the last time. Something always takes my attention away from reading during the event. I am hoping that I can focus this time around. This one is for an entire week. Thank goodness...I'm going to need it. I'm not sure what I'm going to read but to make progress and to feel as though I have accomplished something this time around, I'm looking for all the books that have 250 and less pages.

    Then let's say that I do read a bunch of books for the read-a-thon, I have to add those to the list of reviews that need to be written. My last post said I was down to 8 or 9. Well guess what, that number is still the same because I have read and listened to more books since then. So much reading and writing to do...ah for the love of blogging.

    Do you suffer from reading A.D.D. (this occurs when you are reading and things keep popping up that you do instead)? Or do you read more when you are not participating in a read-a-thon?

    If you are participating in the read-a-thon feel free to leave a comment with a link to your post. I would love to see your progress and reads.

    Thursday, August 2, 2012

    The Rocky Road to Romance by Janet Evanovich

  • Mass Market Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (August 31, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060598891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060598891
  •  Rating: 3 stars (2.8)

  • from Amazon:
    Her tall, dark, and deliciously dangerous boss . . .

    When the delightful, daffy Dog Lady of station WZZZ offered to take on the temporary job of traffic reporter, Steve Crow tried to think of reasons to turn Daisy Adams down. Perhaps he knew that sharing the close quarters of a car with her for hours would give the handsome program director no room to resist her quirky charms. He'd always favored low-slung sportscars and high-heeled women, but that was before he fell for a free spirit who caught crooks by accident, loved old people and pets, and had just too many jobs!

    Loving Daisy turned Steve's life upside down, especially once he adopted Bob, a huge dog masquerading as a couch potato. But was Daisy finally ready to play for keeps?

    My Review:
    The Rocky Road to Romance is a precursor to the Plum series in way. Although Steve Crow, radio station boss and love interest is a character of his own, Daisy Adams definitely has some Stephanie Plum qualities. She is headstrong and hard-headed, walks unnecessarily into danger, stubborn, and has a hard time asking for help.

    Daisy is also a workaholic. She volunteers as a crossing guard, deliver newspapers, a waitress, a cab driver, The Bowser Hour (she wrote a cookbook for dogs) spot on the radio, a doctorate student, an internship at a retirement home, and just landed a temporary job filling in as the radio station traffic reporter. And in typical Evanovich fashion, Daisy finds herself in the middle of some pretty incredible incidents.

    Steve Crow is WZZZ radio station owner. He falls for Daisy, hard. She mentions a dog she tested recipes with so to have an excuse to get closer to her he tells he she can use his dog. Only one problem, he doesn't have a dog. Crow goes to a shelter to find a dog, Bob. Bob is to big for the sport car Crow drives so he buys a car. The condo building he lives in doesn't allow dogs so he buys a house. All for the love of Daisy. But the question is will she allow herself to admit the love he knows she has for him or better yet succumb to it?

    I know you want the rundown right. Here goes: Daisy the workaholic, Steve the boss and love interest, Kevin the human food vacuum, Elise the elderly bodyguard, 2 drug dealers, a surprise parental visit, an incidental engagement, and a pregnancy.

    A fast paced and entertaining story. The Rocky Road to Romance is kind of like Rocky Road ice cream there's alot going on but at the end of the bite it melts into a delicious delight. Bon Appetite

    Plot: 3 Writing: 2  Characters: 3  Other: 3 Overall feel: 3

    Reading Challenges 2012:
    2012 Romance Reading Challenge
    2012 Read Your Own Book Reading Challenge
    The 50 States Reading Challenge 2012

    Fun and Games 2012:
    R.R.B.C. Summer 2012
    Bunnita Reading Travel Buggie

    Wednesday, August 1, 2012

    W...W...W...Wednesdays #4

    To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions… • What are you currently reading? • What did you recently finish reading? • What do you think you’ll read next?

    • What are you currently reading?
    audiobook: Matched
    ebook: A Scandolous Affair

    • What did you recently finish reading?
    ebook: Virals

    • What do you think you’ll read next?
    paperback: Love Overboard