4th of July by James Patterson

4th of July (Women's Murder Club, #4)4th of July by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4th of July is the fourth installment in James Patterson’s Women’s Murder Club book series. I have been reading these in order as I can find them.

I was a bit mad after the events of the third book in the series, but this book redeemed those actions somewhat. Lindsey Boxer (heroine) deals with a serial killer as well as the results of a deadly shoot out involving teenagers whose father has some influence. Its a relevant take on some things that have happened recently with the police force and the use of unreasonable force and police brutality.

It also brought a new member to the Women’s Murder Club, which I applaud, but hope it’s not a running theme to continually replace the members of the club (because that would be plot mechanic that would get old really quickly).

At any rate, I liked how the book caught us up on the lives of the characters in this series, it was an easy, enjoyable read.

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Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

Dark Guardian (Dark, #8)Dark Guardian by Christine Feehan

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Christine Feehan is one of my favorite authors. I’ve read much of her Dark series now and a few books in other series and I’ve enjoyed everyone of them. This one is no different, I can’t say its my favorite of the series but it is very good.

It involves and ‘ancient’ and a small female cop that has danger following her everywhere. In general I dislike the idea that the heroine is “so beautiful and every man in the book wants her”. It gets old for me really quickly. This heroine was more “danger follows her everywhere”, evil humans, evil vampires, and ghouls. It didn’t get old, but by the end of the book it was a little worn out.

However, that did not deter me from reading the whole thing in two days. I wanted to see what happened next, how the plot developed, how the relationship developed, and how it tied into the series’ plot. I will be reading more of these this year, now that I’ve found my local library and they have quite a few of Feehan’s books!

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The Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer

The Rose-Garden HusbandThe Rose-Garden Husband by Margaret Widdemer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a book suggested to me by my mom. It’s not often she suggests books for me to read so I went and found it on Amazon (it’s free!).

As she warned me, this is an old fashioned romance ebook, but it’s still very sweet. It involves arranged marriages, the library (!), and, of course, a rose garden. It is very much rated PG13, because it does involve adult kind of things, like death, injury, and some wedding night expectations, but nothing racey, bloody, or violent. It’s also fairly short. I recommend it to everyone interested at all, and since it’s free on Amazon there’s no reason not to.

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Dark Promises by Christine Feehan

Dark Promises (Dark, #25)Dark Promises by Christine Feehan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Christine Feehan’s works are quickly becoming a new favorite of mine. I’ve read a few sporadically throughout the last couple of years and have come to the conclusion after reading this one that I am not able to put down one of her books once I pick it up.

This one is part of her Carpathian series, or vampires for an easier understanding, but good vampires. Psychic Vampires. It’s a supernatural romance series, and this one involves a very old Carpathian, a very young Carpathian, and the overall plot of Vampire Hunters who don’t have a clue and kill everything.

Once again, I can’t put her books down so I read this within in the span of two days, which could have easily have been one, had I not had to work my day job!

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1984 by George Orwell

19841984 by George Orwell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the first political book I’ve read that I can remember. I’m not terribly sure how to review it either, but here goes.

Most of you will probably have at least heard of this book or of George Orwell at the very least and know that he is known for writing this kind of book. Books that are warnings for the government and those that live in them. This was but one of his predictions of things that could happen if we aren’t careful.

Socialism in itself isn’t bad, just like Democracy in itself isn’t bad, but everything can be corrupted, society, news, officials, etc. And that is just what happens, and this is one man’s story through this corrupt government.

I won’t say I enjoyed it, because that doesn’t sound quite right, to enjoy a corrupt political environment, but it is worth a read, and a modern classic.

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A Woman With A Mystery by B.J. Daniels

A Woman With A MysteryA Woman With A Mystery by B.J. Daniels

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Once upon a time I had a Harlequin book subscription, so every month or so I’d get a box of four paperbacks, and because it was Harlequin, they were all romances. What I’m saying is, I have a lot of Harlequinn romance books, and this is one of them.

I’m going to spoil things a tiny bit, the mystery is she has amnesia, it’s a little more than that, but that is the gist of it. Actually it gets quite a bit weirder, and it’s not entirely believable that the plot to this book could happen. It doesn’t sell itself as a Science Fiction book at all, just pure romance, or “Harlequin Intrigue”, which is basically a woman in trouble and Mr. Right helps her out.

Anyway, these are meant to be a quick, casual read, which it is, and it was enjoyable (I’ve read it before, years ago.) which is what its supposed to be.

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Gitchie Girl by Phil Hamman

Gitchie Girl: The Survivor's Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the HeartlandGitchie Girl: The Survivor’s Inside Story of the Mass Murders That Shocked the Heartland by Phil Hamman

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This real crime non-fiction came to me through a co-worker, who occasionally suggests and loans me books to read. It’s about the murders in my state, bascially it’s a hop, skip, and a jump from where I live, so entirely relevant.

Anyway, it follows the lone survivor of a horrible murder scene throughout the event, the aftermath, and how she was eventually able to move on and create a fulfilling life for herself.

As a fan of crime novels myself (having read a few), this one does read a little different, but still enjoyable, and like I said, it had relevance to myself and anyone from South Dakota or Iowa.

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