Here is my reading summary for the week ending 6th May 2012
Each week I give a short summary for each book I have finished and a bit of a blurb for each. I will also give you a sneak peek of all the books I am currently reading (as I never read just one book at a time) and I will also share any quotes or internet links that catch my eye.
A= Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and read in one sitting
B= Really Good Read
C= Average – very readable and enjoyable
D= it was OK, a bit of a struggle to finish.
1. This week I have finished:
- The Wanderer by Pippa Dee (YA Science Fiction) – A
Sasha and Andy have been friends for ever – they spend all their school time and spare time together and share everything. Justine has just arrived in town and she is finding it tough to make friends in the small country town where everyone has known each other for ever. The three fourteen-year-olds are drawn together when the wanderer arrives to destroy all that they love. Sasha opens an email attachment and is infected by the Wanderer who has just escaped from his prison of a thousand years. His sole goal is to spread a deathly sickness – but this is not the first time a wanderer has caused havoc. Justine and Andy have to look to the past to save the future. After a bit of a confusing start I was quickly sucked into this incredibly fast paced story. Everything got put to one side as I flipped my virtual pages to see what was going to happen next, how on earth the story was going to be resolved. The first in a proposed series, The Wanderer was a great debut for Pippa Dee and aimed at teens from 13 to 15 – and those of us who wished we still were! Although at the end there is an opening that you know is the link to the next book, overall the ending is complete with no loose ends. An Australian author, Pippa Dee has written five fantastic crime fiction books featuring Sophie Anderson – an FBI profiler – under the name of PD Martin.
Disclaimer – I was given a copy of this book for review – and I made no promise that it would be favorable. Mind you that did not become a problem as the book is great and I can’t wait until the release of the second in the series later this year.
- The Blood Countess by Tara Moss (YA Paranormal) – A
The Blood Countess is the first book in the new Pandora English YA series by author Tara Moss, known for her bestselling crime novels; and what an entertaining read it is – I loved it. Pandora is an orphan and has been living with her aunty in rural USA. She has now left school and wants a job in the fashion world. She is invited to New York to live with her great-aunt Celia and has soon settled in and has a new job as an assistant at Pandora magazine (yes a huge coincidence). There are a few indications that Pandora’s life is a little off beat – her aunt’s apartment building is a creepy looking building in a quiet misty suburb called Spektor that no New Yorker taxi driver can find. Her aunt is very young looking for an old lady and only comes out at night; she also has an extreme reaction to garlic. And we won’t even mention the good-looking man who visits Pandora’s bedroom at night – who’s been dead since the Civil War! A very clever story – with mentions of The Addams Family, Anne Rice and numerous other clever references – loved the Sesame Street connection – laughed myself silly over that one. The sequel is out ‘The Spider Goddess’ and I have it on reserve at the library – yes reserve – always an indication of a well liked book.
- Whiskey Island by Emilie Richards (Mystery) – C
WHISKEY ISLAND has it all – suspense, mystery, history and romance. The Whiskey Island Saloon is been run by Megan Donaghue, a 5th generation Irish-American. She shares ownership with her two sisters, Casey and Peggy, who had both left home many years ago. The story opens with the two sisters returning, with a little girl in tow, and immediately being attacked in the carpark of the saloon. A former priest, Niccolo Andreani, is passing by when it happens and he goes in to rescue the women. The carjackers are eventually overcome, but Niccolo claims he had help from a homeless person. The story then follows the lives of the three sisters, Ashley the little girl, Niccolo and a sixth character, Jon Kovats – childhood friend of Casey and a prosecutor – in the present day; and also flashes back to the 1880s and tells the story of Terry and Lena Tierney, Irish immigrants who are struggling not only to make on Whiskey Island in the 1880s but to save money to bring their families to America. How these two stories connect, and how a murder is solved is the focus of WHISKEYISLAND and it is an enjoyable read and not confusing at all despite the two threads. There is a sequel to this – The Parting Glass.
2. My Current reads:
Blurbs from the books I am currently reading are:
Devil-Devil by G.W.Kent (Mystery) – a mystery set in the Solomon Islands in the 1960s. Sergeant Ben Kella of the Solomon Islands Police Force is only a few days into a routine patrol, yet already he has been cursed by a magic man, stumbled across evidence of a cargo cult uprising and failed to find an American anthropologist who has been scouring the mountainous jungle in search of a priceless pornographic icon. To complicate matters further, at a local mission station Kella discovers the redoubtable Sister Conchita secretly trying to bury a skeleton then a mysterious gunman tries to kill her.
Ruby Blues by Jessica Rudd (Chick Lit – Australian Author) – In the first book in the series (Campaign Ruby) the very fabulous Ruby Stanhope got the Leader of the Opposition elected and fell in love with Luke. In Ruby Blues she is back for more cocktail spills and political thrills. Two years into his first term, the new PM is on the nose. And Luke is demanding romantic dinners at home rather than takeaway on the run. What’s a girl to do when she’s about to turn thirty, when her wardrobe turns drab, her love life turns luke-warm and the government is leakier than a cheap umbrella? Can she find her inner Nancy Drew in time to save her boss? Will she succumb to temptation when Elliot, the hot vet, enters the scene? Luke? Elliot? Work? Love? Unladdered stockings? Can she have it all? And, more importantly, what should she wear to the Midwinter Ball?
Thin Rich bitches by Janet Eve Josselyn (Chick Lit) – An uproarious romp through the minefield of female one-upmanship! Leaving her cheating husband in Boston with the paralegal he impregnated, Pippin Snowe and her son move to a ramshackle farmhouse in the exclusive community of Dover, Massachusetts. Pippin finds employment with a local architect, designing kitchen renovations for wealthy Dover women who treat her as they treat the rest of the hired help. Concluding that social climbing is just another sport that she is no good at, Pippin opens a country club for dogs that offers services that the Dover women didn’t know they wanted until they found out that admission was required and spaces were limited. With irreverent wit, Thin Rich Bitches is a humorous chronicle of one woman’s quest to find her place within a community of people who are more blessed physically and financially, while learning valuable lessons about life, love, competition, and canine couture.
3. Quote/s and links for the week
First some links:
Looking for a book set in a particular country? Doing one of the many ‘reading around the world’ challenges? These links may possibly be for you:
Why are some of the award winning books going out of print?
A loss for words: winning books hit the dust:
Finally, the world’s smallest library is seen here: http://t.co/wGtcWaXo
Now some quotes:
The first is from pg 18 of DEVIL-DEVIL by GW Kent
“…Peter Oro looked at Kella. All traces of the youth’s truculence had vanished. Suddenly he was just another frightened village boy brought against his will into contact with ghosts. The magic man has cursed you, Sergeant Kella,’ he said, his voice shaded by misery and despair. ‘Now surely you will die!’ The schoolboy turned and ran…”
The next is the opening line of ‘Thin Rich bitches’ by Janet Eve Josselyn:
“…I have never done club drugs, younger men or Botox. But I have done other stupid things, like a marry a morally promiscuous frat boy who came to believe that his sexual prowess shouldn’t be squandered solely on his wife…”