♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ Adrian McKinty does not disappoint me. Gerard Doyle as a narrator is just so natural! I loved this Sean Duffy series. Because my in laws live in Northern Ireland, I’m privy to know sources directly, and some of the geographical references are a wee bit off sometimes and there’s been license taken with historical facts in some cases, but we all agree that it’s great (and mostly accurate) historical fiction. Being a Texan, I eat these novels up. I find that they transport me into the history of Ireland that my husband lived. I know that they all loved the “Dallas” series back in the 80s and I know personally that a lot of that was total crap! It’s fun to know that the Troubles series is fairly accurate. I highly recommend this series! Start with The Cold, Cold Ground. You are welcome!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ This Gray man series has been a surprise. Mark Greaney, new to us author, has proven to be “on target” (sorry, puns are fun) when it comes to keeping us entertained. Always some sort of crazy twist, deception and lots of shooting when The Gray Man (an assassin) is involved. There’s some of what you don’t expect too. There are lines that this seemingly cold-blooded killer won’t cross, lows to which he will not stoop and triggers he just won’t pull. Though we know his brutality runs just below the surface, we cheer for him anyway. We love him, and better still, we like him. This is the second book in the series and it did not disappoint. Enjoy, but start with The Gray Man.
♦ ♦ ♦ Here’s a book I read because it was a requirement for my kid’s freshman English class. I’d never heard of it, and he thought it was pretty decent, so I jumped in. The first thing that struck me was that the main character, a teenager, was in a position that is every mother’s nightmare. He’s been implicated in a crime and thrown in jail. He’s old enough to be in regular prison. As a mom, it freaked me out. The district attorney even calls him a monster, thus the title. I won’t ruin the book, it’s a short one, but suffice it to say that it will make you think. It will also make you examine your own feelings about people on trial. We are guaranteed the right to be “innocent until proven guilty.” Next time you’re watching the news and see that someone’s been arrested, dissect your thoughts about that person. It’s quite interesting. This book was good, not great, but worth a read. I might have given it two point five diamonds had it not been written from such an interesting point of view.
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 I don’t think I’ve ever read/listened to a book set in Japan. I didn’t know what to expect, but this “Tales of the Otori” series was rated really highly on Audible. Over 6000 people gave it an average of 4 stars. So, we dipped in. It definitely took awhile for me to be fully engaged in the story. The language was lovely, the narration was good, so maybe I was just distracted. Eventually, though, I was pulled in. There’s magic, deception, fighting, special powers, romance and a floor that sings like a nightingale. There are pretty girls, swords, torture and loyalty which all turn into a surprisingly good read. Go get it!
♦ ♦ ♦ ♦ According to my family, I was late to the party on this book. Both my kids and husband had listened to this one, and because of their enthusiastic banter about it, I decided to give it a go. And, just so you know how enthusiastic, this book even inspired my college freshman to consider, for a split second, writing a book of his own. That’s some real high praise. I’m sure it had a little to do with the fact that he had to write a few pages of fiction for his freshman writing class. He sent it to me, and it was actually very good, but alas, I digress. This book was full of action, guns, war, and even covert ops in the middle east. There was deception, and factions going after the same targets for different reasons. So, I’m not very generous with the 4 star reviews, in fact, I’m very picky. This deserved it though. Well done Larry Correira. This was different from his Monster Hunter Series, better I think.
Okay, I love this news. Well, it’s not really new news for us readers, is it? Haven’t we always known that people who read are more intelligent? I mean, it’s obvious right? Well, it is news to me that fiction stimulates the brain in ways that non-fiction, or fact base information cannot. This short video by Discovery News is an interesting and short watch. Makes you want to pick up a novel, too! Feel free to check out my book reviews (shameless plug) for 2013 and 2014! I love to hear what books have made you happy too! Please comment and leave a recommendation or three. Enjoy and share!
And just because I think that readers are super intelligent and extra smart, I’m sharing my favorite poem performed by the super cute poet himself. I don’t care how many times I watch this, I love it every, single, TIME! Thanks Mark Grist! You are adorable!
♦ ♦ ♦ ◊ My husband and I finally finished this bad boy in the car in Colorado. We’ve listened to all of the previous in this series and will continue until Larry Correira is finished. There’s tons of action and all our favorite monster hunters make at least an appearance. This one focuses on just a couple of characters, but we know that the series is building up to something big. I love reading/listening to these books with the hubs. I often wonder what the characters look like to him. You know the saying, “two people can pick up the same book and read two different stories”, well, I bet that’s particularly true for us. My imagination is way wilder than his, but that’s what makes these books so good. There’s something for both of us. He loves the action, the blood, the guts and the gore. I like the characters, and the action and all that stuff, but I focus on the characters and the imagination behind the writing.
This was another good story in the Monster Hunters series, which I do recommend!
I really enjoyed The Rosie Project! It was one of those books that you’re sad to see go because you fall in love with the characters. GREAT news, the second book is out! It’s called The Rosie Effect and it’s on my list.
How bout you? Any sequels you’re waiting on?
♦ ♦ ♦ .5 At the beginning of this series, there was only one druid left in the world. He was a quirky, tattooed rare book store owner in Tempe, Arizona. I, and many other readers, fell in love with him at first read. Now, several books later, said druid has trained another druid and fallen for her, and has brought his old arch druid back from his exile to a time island. There are now 3 druids working with the earth’s elementals to protect nature and fight forces of evil on this plane and others. The introduction of Atticus’ arch druid brings some humor and history to the story, however, much of this book focused on Granuaile and her new Irish wolf hound. I’m not as enchanted with her story, but I’ll read as many in this series as Kevin Hearne will put out there for us. Enjoyable!
♦ ♦ ♦ 1/2 Mean people suck. Seriously, there are too many crazy, selfish people in this world. It’s hard enough, life in general, don’t you think? The truth is though, that these things do happen. We hear about bullying in all forms, at all ages, and we think “Oh my gosh, how terrible! What’s wrong with those people?” But it’s too late. This book addresses a lot of life lessons and gives it to you right in the gut. A friend asked me while I was reading it how I liked it, and my reply was, “there’s a lot of dysfunction going on.” Well, that flippant reply was truthful, accurate, but a little harsh. People do the best the can, with what they have, and sometimes, we learn our lessons too late. Worth a read.