Natural Causes by James Oswald

Natural Causes (Inspector McLean, #1)Natural Causes by James Oswald

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is a crime ebook from an author I’ve never read before, though I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. There is a lot going on with this one. It’s a police crime novel, but our main character police man isn’t just working one case, he has three(?) at least.

I like that idea, it kept the plot moving, it kept our main character moving, and kept the reading interesting. There’s no real inkling of how it’s going to end, and I liked that too. This is a series, and I haven’t looked at the next book, but I’m left wondering how the series continues on from here.

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Cursed by J. A. Cipriano

Cursed (The Thrice Cursed Mage, #1)Cursed by J.A. Cipriano

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know anything about mages with this book, as there weren’t any in it. There were werewolves, Frankenstein, demons, vampires, and druids though.

Allow me to be a little self-promoting here… but this starts out a lot like my book After Life. A guy wakes up without his memory in an alley… yeah exactly the same. There are a few details though, like this guy is in a dumpster.

Anyway, he meets all sorts of other people/things and while relatively short (I’m into short ebooks this year it seems) it was a good story. A good supernatural story, something I haven’t read in awhile it seems.

It is a continuing series, and I am tempted to see how it plays out.

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Meet Me at the Library

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I’ve been to the library again. I broke out of my mold and picked up three books (which I shouldn’t have done because I was late returning them!). I picked up the next James Patterson book in the series I’m reading. I picked up a book from my favorite romance author, and a classic book I’ve never read.

The 3rd Degree by James Patterson

The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?

Everlasting by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

The reigning queen of historical romance, Kathleen offers her loyal audience an engrossing, medieval love story that is sure to delight them. Abrielle, a stunningly beautiful young lady dreads the marriage her stepfather has arranged. Desmond is an oafish, grotesque, yet wealthy squire and her greedy stepfather can’t see past his wealth. Luckily, a mysterious and handsome Scotsman, Raven, arrives. Abrielle and Raven sense an instant connection. Her beauty and intelligence and his dashing good looks and gentle demeanor complement each other. In an attempt to save the women he loves, Raven approaches Abrielle’s father to ask for her hand in marriage. He is rejected. Will their love prevail?

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Using the simple, powerful language of a fable, Hemingway takes the timeless themes of courage in the face of defeat and personal triumph won from loss and transforms them into a magnificent twentieth-century classic.

Have you been to your local library lately? What are you currently reading?

 

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From a Buick 8 by Stephen King

From a Buick 8From a Buick 8 by Stephen King
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

It has been ages since I’ve read a Stephen King book, and I don’t know why that is because I count Stephen King as one of my favorite authors. I rectified that by reading this book. I’m not much of a car person, though I do know a few bits and pieces, but this book doesn’t really get into the mechanics of a car.

If you couldn’t tell, the title gives the plot away. It’s all about a car, a Buick 8-cylinder Roadmaster, though it’s not an ordinary car, not with Stephen King. It’s a guys book, because it’s a car, and it’s the ’70s. But, it’s still a very good read, and there are a couple of females that comment on it. But the main narrator is a guy.

They story of the Buick is told in flashbacks, how the policemen of Troop D found it, what happened over the years, and then what happened just now, and then a bit later. This book has a long timeline, almost a good 4o years worth.

It’s not scary like Cujo, where there is an actual “monster” to contend with, this is much more subtle. Even so, with most Stephen King books there is an element of “this could happen to you” and that is present here, but it takes a little more believing. If you like Stephen King, if you like cars, if you like a good horror story, see if you can find this one.

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1st To Die by James Patterson

1st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)1st to Die by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I like James Patterson, I’ve read a few of his books now like Alex Cross’ Trial earlier this year, but this is a new series for me and I’m happy to have found the first one in this series. I found it at a thrift store, which is possibly the best place to find older books.

Anyway, it’s about a lady detective, which I like because it is usually men who are the main characters in these kinds of books, but that is getting better too. The Woman’s Murder Club comes together rather smoothly, it wasn’t forced, which I also liked.

And the plot was superb! Loved the twist at the end, though if I had paid a little closer attention to a certain character’s character I would maybe have an inkling that something wasn’t quite right either. A very good murder mystery, I hope the rest of this series is just as good as I will be trying to find the next one: 2nd Chance.

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Collective Book Haul

It’s time for another little haul, from various places (not all of them stores). I’m really excited that I found the last two books in the Unicorn Chronicles series, I’ve had the first two books since I was in middle school (5th through 8th grades) so I’m very eager to get going on these. I found Ouija at the Dollar Tree, one of my favorite places to shop. The three cooking and food books came from my work’s book exchange thing that goes on in the break room.

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The New Good Fat Bad Fat by William P. Castelli

“This Book Can Save Your Life!

You can greatly reduce your risk of developing heart disease or having a heart attack by keeping track of how much bad fat -saturated fat- you eat everyday. Bad fat causes your body to manufacture cholesterol, which plugs your coronary arteries with fatty deposits and causes heart attacks.

Most of us eat too much bad fat. And so do our children and grandchildren. But if you can count to 10, you can follow a simple plan to reduce the risks of heart attacks in your family.

Drs. Castelli and Griffin have filled this book with helpful tips and encouraging advice that will help you make the change to healthier eating. For those whose cholesterol levels aren’t moved by changes in diet alone, the doctors discuss the pros and cons of cholesterol- lowering medications.

Dr. Atkins Quick & Easy New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins MD & Veronica Atkins

“Forget about salad without dressing, dried-out skinless chicken breasts, and tasteless steamed vegetables. Forget about tiny portions, no fat/no flavor foods, and no second helpings. Forget about spending hours in the kitchen. With the delicious recipes in Dr. Atkins’ Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook, you’ll feast on juicy steaks, succulent chops, and savory egg and cheese dishes, and indulge in creamy sauces and desserts. Based on the bestselling Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution, the recipes in the Quick and Easy New Diet Cookbook will let you eat the Atkins way, whether you’re just beginning the diet, shedding pounds, or maintaining your ideal weight. Each recipe has a carbohydrate-gram count per serving, and there’s even a guide to converting your own recipes to the Atkins standard. Designed for healthy eating, this cookbook will help you produce delectable meals every day that will be the key to a whole new you.”

Dr. Atkins New Diet Cookbook by Robert C. Atkins, MD

“This book contains 250 of the most asked-for recipes at the Atkins Center, along with 7-day meal plans, nutrition goals, and traveling and restaurant tips”

From Amazon:

Dark Whispers by Bruce Coville

“In the much-anticipated third volume of the Unicorn Chronicles, Cara Diana Hunter journeys to the Valley of the Centaurs in quest of a mysterious lost story that could hold the key to the survival of the unicorns. But the price for that story may prove to be more than her heart can bear.”

The Last Hunt by Bruce Coville

“Readers will be on the edge of their seats with this concluding episode of the riveting best-selling series by one of America’s most gifted fantasy writers.

In the center if Luster stands an enormous tree called the Axis Mundi, the Heart of the World. But now that tree is wounded, pierced through by magic. And through that wound marches an army of Hunters, led by the sinister and vengeful Beloved. And they are all determined to destroy each and every unicorn.
As the unicorns gather to defend their lives, the human girl, Cara, is sent on a mission to meet a ferocious and mysterious dragon. Faced with perilous danger, Cara must make a desperate decision that will change her life forever.”

From The Dollar Tree:

Ouija by Katharine Turner

“It’s not just a game.
As far as Elaine Morris is concerned, the Ouija board is just a game she played at sleepovers as a kid. But her best friend, Debbie, has been messing around with one recently–and claims she’s starting to hear strange noises around the house. ‘Laine thinks Debbie is a total dork for getting spooked, until Debbie dies in a horrible and haunting way. Desperate to figure out what really happened to her friend, ‘Laine starts using the Ouija board to uncover its mystery. She soon learns that something sinister has come through the board, and it’s not ready to say GOOD-BYE.
Read this heart-stopping novel before seeing the major motion picture!”

I’m super excited to get started reading these! What books have you purchased lately?

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The Murder Book by Johnathan Kellerman

The Murder Book (Alex Delaware, #16)The Murder Book by Jonathan Kellerman

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

After reading others’ reviews of this book, I’m inclined to agree that the author likes to describe everything in detail. It’s described very well, but he does this with everything. From people, to buildings, to cars, to rooms to whatever’s important in the current scene. I found it a bit distracting. It took me away from what was happening with the plot.

The plot was pretty good. The murder mystery was told very well, I thought. The side plot was interesting, but didn’t do much for the book itself. Some things I thought weren’t explained all the well when it came time to resolve everything. I’m still not entirely sure how it ended? Or even if it was a good ending. It did end though, that much I’m sure of.

This was a book that was left in the breakroom at work, it’ll be going back there for someone else to read.

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