Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Shop - Black, J. Carson

The Shop is about a government agency that lost sight of its mission and control of its agents. Conspiracy theory much?

Cyril Landry is a husband and father, and he's a government killer. Cyril is about to discover his job isn't what he thought it was. Jolie Burke is a police detective for the Palm County sheriff's department. She's a widow with some family issues that need to be resolved. It takes almost the whole story, but these two are destined to meet and the meeting is intense. Along the way there's plenty of action and suspense. It started a little slow but this book builds as you read. Highly recommended.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Zombies Don't Cry - Fischer, Rusty

Zombies Don't Cry is a hoot. It might be considered an attempt at a zombie version of Twilight, but it never takes itself that seriously. Zombies are the new vampires! BTW, this was a free Friday nook book.

Maddy Swift is one of those teenage girls who fades into the background. She's got a best friend who likes the spotlight so she goes along, and life at Barracuda Bay High is pretty good. Maddy's Dad is the town coroner and Maddy likes to do grave rubbings, so things lean toward the morbid right from the start.

Then Maddy is struck by lightening and becomes a zombie. (I didn't know that could happen, but there's lots of good information on zombies in this book.) By coincidence, there's a budding zombie outbreak in Barracuda Bay. Maddy and her good zombie friends are doing their best to keep the rest of the town living and themselves undead.

This is the first book I've read where zombies are the good guys. Well, some of the zombies. A great read, but a little too much teenage angst for my taste, like Twilight. Still, highly recommended.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Spell Bound - Hawkins, Rachel

Spell Bound is the third book in the Hex Hall series. Since there is no cliff hanger this time I assume it's the last. I hope not though. They were all great books.

Sophie is back, but her powers have been locked. Considering she's still in a fight for her life, and maybe the whole world, that's not a good thing. And just when she thought her parents were half normal she finds out about her Mom. There's a shocker. Keep wondering who lives and who dies this time. You'll be surprised. Good ending to the series. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Someone's Watching - Potts, Sharon

Someone's Watching is a murder mystery about spring break. Perfect timing. If your kids or grandkids are going to Florida, wait until they get back before reading this!

Kate Brooks and her friend Joanne Sparks decided to do something a little more daring on spring break than drink, throw up, and get sunburned. Turns out it was more dangerous than they thought. When the two teenagers go missing, Kate's sister Robbie is enlisted by their father to help find Kate. Of course, before Robbie's father showed up, Robbie never knew she had a sister. A good convoluted murder mystery. Highly recommended.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Demonglass - Hawkins, Rachel

Demonglass is the second book in the Hex Hall series. Another cliff hanger, only this one is really hanging. I have to get that third book!

Sophie is spending the summer in England with her father, who's the head of the Prodigium council. They're living outside London at the Prodigium council headquarters in Thorne Abbey. Sophie is in for a surprise when she finds out who else is staying at Thorne Abbey, and once again her life is in danger. This time from a direction she never expected. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Hex Hall - Hawkins, Rachel

Hex Hall is book one in a series. When I finished it last night I started the second, and had to pay for it. Enough said.

Sophie Mercer has magical powers. This makes her a member of the Prodigium. She got her powers from her Dad, whom she's never met. When she finally crosses the line with her magic one too many times she's sentenced to the magical reform school for Prodigium kids, Hecate Hall. The witches, fairies, shape shifters, and other kids who live there know it a Hex Hall. Sophie doesn't fit in right away because she's never met any other Prodigium members. What Sophie doesn't know about herself is going to come as quite a shock, and a dangerous one. Perfect for teens and maybe a little younger. Very highly recommended.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Last Breath - Prescott, Michael

Last Breath is a murder mystery that kept me reading way past bedtime. This is another 99 cent gem.

C.J. Osborn is a seasoned L.A. cop. She's still haunted by an event that took place when she was 10 years old, but she combats her fear by facing the danger her job entails every day. Then somebody targets C.J. for death and the danger is coming from a whole new direction. Prescott never fails to please. This book is no exception. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Bubba and the Dead Woman - Bevill, C.L.

Bubba and the Dead Woman is a surprising book. It's a murder mystery that never takes itself too seriously. Think of Bubba as a kind of Texas redneck Stephanie Plum. If you don't know who Stephanie is you probably don't read. The best part is, this book is free for the kindle and the nook.

Bubba Snoddy is having a bad day. He's the just the mechanic, but he's the only person left to work Bufford's Gas and Groceries on a lonely Thursday night. If figuring out the cash register and the hot dog machine weren't enough trouble, when he gets home the next morning there's a dead woman in the weeds beside his house. Bubba is the number one suspect and he's got to fight to find out who really done it. Great book, and did I mention it's free! Very highly recommended.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Awakened: Book Three - Tesar, Jason

The Awakened: Book Three is the last book in the series, kind of. I'm not going to spoil it for you, but there has to be more. In the words of Peggy Lee, "Is that all there is?"

Kael comes back, from what seemed a life ending injury, to help the empire in their struggle against the ancient demon that thinks of itself as a god. Great book and great, ending but it's not the end. There are little hints about Kael's father Adair, who seems to have been sucked into a time warp and brought to the present time. Nothing in that thread of the story is resolved however. In the end... Well read it! Very highly recommend.