Thursday, June 21, 2018

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts - 336 pages

Sasha Riggs finds herself on the island of Corfu.  There she meets five others she has been dreaming of for the past year.  Together they are meant to the find the fallen Stars of Fortune.  But will they be able to trust each other enough to become unified and find the stars?

I listened to this book, the first book in a trilogy by Nora Roberts, on audio.  I enjoyed the audio version of the book.  The narrator did a good job of keeping the various accents distinct even when in rapid dialogue between the many characters.  I already have the next book on audio on hold.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Geography of You And Me by Jennifer Smith

Geography of You and Me by Jennifer Smith, 337 pages

Lucy and Owen are teens fated together by a blackout in New York City that send them in to a quick romance.  Then, just as quick as they meet, they are separated by geography.  Lucy moves overseas and Owen moves out west.  But, the two continue their relationship through postcards and phone calls and somehow, make it back together.

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, 256 pages

Child prodigy Colin has dated nineteen girls named Katherine.  He begins an adventure to discover why he always dates girls with the name of Katherine.  Along with his friend, Hassan Habbish, he goes on a road trip where he ends up in a factory making tampon strings and finds himself liking a girl named Lindsey.  In the end, Colin comes up with the Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Looking for Alaska by John Green, 223 pages

I really enjoyed this book by John Green.  I had been wanting to read this for a while and had always thought it was about the state of Alaska.  Sometimes it is fun not to know anything about a book.  In this story 16 year Miles, "Pudge," is sent to a boarding school named Culver Creek Prep School in Alabama.  Miles meets up with a group of kids all with nicknames and Alaska is a girl with one of them.  Alaska has a very depressing past that leads to a very sad ending.

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz

The Word is Murder by Anthony Horowitz
400 pages / 9 hrs, 2 mins

"A wealthy woman strangled six hours after she's arranged her own funeral.  A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own.  A reluctant author drawn into a story he can't control.

"What do they have in common?  Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller."  --from the publisher

This is a classic crime/mystery novel with subtle clues that reveal the truth, but only if you're sharp enough to put them all together.  The book received starred reviews from Kirkus, Publishers Weekly, and Booklist.  It's a winner!  On a personal note, the characters weren't particularly likable and that always lessens my enjoyment of a story.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Strange the Dreamer
by  Laini Taylor
544 pages
(read by Steve West)

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around—and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself, in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

What happened in Weep two hundred years ago to cut it off from the rest of the world? What exactly did the Godslayer slay that went by the name of god? And what is the mysterious problem he now seeks help in solving?

The answers await in Weep, but so do more mysteries—including the blue-skinned goddess who appears in Lazlo’s dreams. How did he dream her before he knew she existed? And if all the gods are dead, why does she seem so real?

I enjoyed listening to Steve West's narration of this book very much. He has a distinct voice for each of the characters in the story.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Brief Cases by Jim Butcher

Brief Cases: More Stories from the Desden Files by Jim Butcher --- 437 pages, including brief introductions to each of the twelve stories.

Harry Dresden fans have been more-or-less-patiently waiting years now for the next Dresden novel, tentatively titled Peace Talks.  But in the meantime, Jim Butcher has produced this compilation of eleven previously published and one all new story with a common theme of parenthood connecting them.

This anthology includes Butcher's wonderful trio of "Bigfoot" stories, two stories centered on Harry's apprentice Molly Carpenter learning to cope without her mentor; and the best-for-last new story, "Zoo Day," told from multiple points of view as Harry tackles fatherhood up close and personal.

If you are a longtime Dreden fan, you'll enjoy these all over again; if you are just meeting Harry for the first time, it's an intriguing introduction to the life and times of Chicago's only professional consulting wizard.

Click HERE to see Jim Butcher answering questions at a recent book signing in NYC.

Click HERE to read a review from the Den of Geek blog.

Click HERE to read a review from the Hidden Cases blog