Caught by Harlan Coben

CaughtCaught by Harlan Coben

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I admit it has been awhile since I’ve read this book, but I did enjoy reading it.

I guess you could call it a crime novel, but it’s storyline is bit more on the dramatic side. While the main plot involves crime, it doesn’t turn out as you think it would, it goes more into the conspiracy side of things as the plot continues.

While I don’t recall all of the nuances, the twists and turns that go on within this story keeps it interesting, and the ending is pretty good too. I picked this book up in the break room at work (we have a rotating library of sorts) and it will return there for someone else to enjoy.

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OUT NOW: After Life / Bleed / A Disturbing Affair

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A trilogy of crime, thrills, and deceit!

After Life:
Mason Fletcher is an ordinary man, until he wakes up in an unfamiliar alley. With no memory and no idea where he is Mason takes to the streets and meets some unlikely friends. But the bodies keep piling up and Mason soon discovers that everyone he meets is connected in a heinous circle of death. Now it’s a race to discover Mason’s own identity before someone else winds up dead.

Bleed:
Deep inside Adam an obsession is forming, a wild and unstoppable force that will eventually drive him to murder.

A Disturbing Affair:
Janice Porter lost her job as an accountant and is in danger of being tossed into the street when a promising position turns up at Meyer Publishing. Her potential new boss is friendly enough, almost too friendly. So why do all her co-workers call Deidre Horton the dragon lady?

 

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Another Dollar Tree Book Haul

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My name is Sarah and I’m a Dollar Tree Addict. Thank you for understanding.

The Mammoth Book of Body Horror by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan

A collection of truly gripping stories, with contributions from leading horror writers dedicated to the popular contemporary sub-genre of “body horror,” which revolves around disease and mutation, whether self-inflicted or otherwise.

The Black Dahlia Avenger by Steve Hodel

In 1947, California’s infamous Black Dahlia murder inspired the largest manhunt in Los Angeles history. Despite an unprecedented allocation of money and manpower, police investigators failed to identify the psychopath responsible for the sadistic murder and mutilation of beautiful twenty-two-year-old Elizabeth Short. Decades later, former LAPD homicide detective-turned-private investigator Steve Hodel launched his own investigation into the grisly unsolved crime — and it led him to a shockingly unexpected perpetrator: Hodel’s own father.

A spellbinding tour de force of true-crime writing, this newly revised edition includes never-before-published forensic evidence, photos, and previously unreleased documents, definitively closing the case that has often been called “the most notorious unsolved murder of the twentieth century.”

Venom by Fiona Paul

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

Beyonders: A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull

Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable–until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he’s ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.

In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.

Queen’s Hunt by Beth Bernobich

Queen’s Hunt is the second title in Beth Bernobich’s River of Souls novels, following her startling debut, Passion Play. Filled with dark magic and sensual images, this is fantasy writing at its best.

Ilse Zhalina has left to start a new life in a garrisoned fort, leagues from her estranged lover, Raul Kosenmark. The violent quarrel that ended Ilse and Raul’s relationship was quite public. And also, quite fake. They hope to mislead Kosenmark’s enemies so that he can continue to influence the politics of the kingdom in an attempt to stave off an ill-advised war, while keeping Ilse safe from royal assassins who would kill anyone Raul is close to. Ilse longs for Raul, but is set on her own quest to find one of the three fabled jewels of Lir. One of the jewels is held by King Dzavek, sworn enemy of Veraene, who has used the jewel’s power to live for centuries. Ilse seeks one of the other stones to counterbalance Dzavek’s efforts to destroy her country.

In her search, she encounters a shipwrecked prisoner from another land, a woman who has a secret of her own…and the second jewel in her keeping. The two women become allies in their quest for the third jewel, because finding and controlling these stones could mean salvation for both of their nations. And their failure the ruin of their peoples.

Well, there’s a bit of a variety this time. Horror, Fantasy, True Crime Based Fiction; I guess I just picked up whatever looked interesting!

Keep reading little book worms!

The Black Witch by Michael Rivers

The Black WitchThe Black Witch by Micheal Rivers
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I don’t know why but suddenly every where I turn I find a sailing reference.

When I started reading this book I forgot that it was a Kindle ebook, and thought it was a Kindle Classic. This did eventually show it’s true colors and age as I continued reading however. Not that this was a bad thing, but I don’t think the book flowed as well as it could have.

For some reason I don’t read seafaring novels, and after reading this one I’m questioning that subconscious decision. This was quite good, the writer was quite good for a “Free Kindle eBook” author, and one that wasn’t a romance of any kind.

Anyway, enough about Kindle, more about the book.

The book comes with a short story at the end, which was fine, it didn’t really have an ending but I was entertained while I read it. The main story does end, and ends a little confusingly, but leaves room for a sequel.

The ending was probably my least favorite part, but I will still say if you can get your hands on it (especially if it’s free again) it’s worth a read.

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OUT NOW: A Disturbing Affair

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Janice Porter lost her job as an accountant and is in danger of being tossed into the street when a promising position turns up at Meyer Publishing. Her potential new boss is friendly enough, almost too friendly. So why do all her co-workers call Deidre Horton the dragon lady?

One month into her new job, Janice has been suffering from blackouts while Greg Bauer, her sometimes date and friend, decides to move forward with their relationship and Deidre decides enough is enough!

 

Book Haul // The Dollar Tree #2

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Ok, I have a confession to make.

The Dollar Tree is one of my favorite stores. No joke. If you don’t believe me just keep following my blog and track the number of Dollar Tree book hauls that show up.

This time I found a couple of reference books, a book from an author that is quickly becoming a new favorite, and a new, interesting book from an unknown author.

Shadow’s Curse by Alexa Egan

Suffering under a horrible curse and renounced by his clan, the Imnada shape-shifter, David St. Leger, stalks the London nights in the form of a large black wolf, channeling his desperate rage on thieves and murderers. But when he’s captured by the very woman he sought to rescue, he’s thrown into the magical and dangerous world of the Other—half human, half-Fey, and one of the Imnada’s ancient enemies.

Forced by her half-brother to use her gift of necromancy as a money-making scheme, Callista Hawthorne wants only to flee to her aunt in Scotland where she’ll be safe. Considering David her last hope, she offers him a deal—freedom in exchange for his protection on the long journey north.

Now in a race for their lives, Other and Imnada must put aside centuries of animosity and work together if they are to overcome the dark forces intent on stopping them before they reach safety. For Callista is far more powerful than she knows, and with her help and her love, David may finally be able to break the curse of the Imnada…

Drink This, Not That!: The No Diet Weight Loss Solution by David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding

The fastest way to lose weight isn’t on the treadmill. And it’s not by counting calories, either. Believe it or not, the easiest, fastest, and longest lasting way to lose weight doesn’t even involve watching your food intake: It’s all about watching what you drink.

See, if you’re like the average American, today you will drink about 450 calories. That’s a quarter of the calories you’re supposed to eat in an entire day—and then, of course, you’ll eat plenty of calories, too!

But now there’s Drink This, Not That!, the breakthrough new book from the editors of Eat This, Not That! New research reveals that it’s not just our food that’s making America fat—it’s the beverages we wash it all down with. But you can strip away calories and fat—up to 23 pounds this year alone—simply by changing your choices of drinks (and still eating all your favorite foods)!

Did you know:
*One bottle of Sunkist orange drink has more sugar than four packs of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
*A large Grape Expectations II Smoothie from Smoothie King has more sugar than 13 Twinkies!
*If you turn your large latte into a large cappuccino, you could lose more than 9 pounds this year!
*A White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks has more than 20 times as many calories as their regular coffee!

With this illustrated guide to hundreds of drink options—and eye-opening nutrition secrets for fast and permanent weight loss—you’ll make the smartest choices for you and your family, every time.

Additional features in Drink This, Not That! include:
• The 20 Worst Drinks in America
• The Truth About Bottled Water
• The Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup
• The Anatomy of America’s Most Popular Beverages
• Energy Drinks: Energy or Enemy?
• The Ultimate Smoothie Selector
• And more!

Just Green It! by Ron Beres and Lisa Beres

Going Green has never been so easy!

The array of so-called “green” products on the market is dizzying and often misleading. Consumers need one reference book that clearly lays out what is the better choice—between brands, benefits, and costs. Just Green It! compares brand-name products, making it easy for consumers to make environmentally friendly choices on everything from light bulbs to mattresses to baby food. It tells you which products are the best for the planet and also healthy for you, your kids, your home, and your budget. For the average consumer, this means clarity of green definitions and product comparisons that are no longer a luxury, but a necessity.

Authors Ron and Lisa Beres debunk the “greenwashing” that is so prevalent in modern marketing and teach readers how to know the difference between such confusing terms as “natural,” “organic,” “chemical free,” and “nontoxic.”

Full of surprising facts and lots of ways to save money and help the environment, this is an essential book for the modern age. Did you know that …
The Great Wall of China and the Staten Island Landfill—Fresh Kills—are the only two manmade structures on Earth that are large enough to be seen from outer space.
It is a higher carbon footprint to drink imported vodka?
The phosphoric acid in soda leaches calcium from our bones and can lead to osteoporosis?

The Green Movement is concerned about the effects of our collective carbon footprint on the planet. A “green home” is one that does not endanger the planet’s health. The Beres, on the other hand, are concerned with how our footprint is endangering the health and well being of each individual.

A guidebook for navigating the oversaturated Green marketplace, Just Green It! is a must have for today’s tough economy.

Broken Harbor by Tana French

The mesmerizing fourth novel of the Dublin murder squad by New York Times bestselling author Tana French

Mick “Scorcher” Kennedy, the brash cop from Tana French’s bestselling Faithful Place, plays by the book and plays hard. That’s what’s made him the Murder squad’s top detective—and that’s what puts the biggest case of the year into his hands.

On one of the half-built, half-abandoned “luxury” developments that litter Ireland, Patrick Spain and his two young children are dead. His wife, Jenny, is in intensive care.

At first, Scorcher and his rookie partner, Richie, think it’s going to be an easy solve. But too many small things can’t be explained. The half dozen baby monitors, their cameras pointing at holes smashed in the Spains’ walls. The files erased from the Spains’ computer. The story Jenny told her sister about a shadowy intruder who was slipping past all the locks.

And Broken Harbor holds memories for Scorcher. Seeing the case on the news sends his sister Dina off the rails again, and she’s resurrecting something that Scorcher thought he had tightly under control: what happened to their family one summer at Broken Harbor, back when they were children.

With her signature blend of police procedural and psychological thriller, French’s new novel goes full throttle with a heinous crime, creating her most complicated detective character and her best book yet.

I’ve not read the first book in the series with Shadow’s Curse, so one of the things I’ll be looking at is how well it stands on it’s own. Speaking of series, I’ve read the first book in Tana French’s series of Dublin Murder Squad, so I’m looking forward to skipping ahead to this fourth book. The other two I’ve flipped through a bit already, and while a person doesn’t really read through books of this nature, I will endeavour to do a more in-depth reading of both of them.

Keep reading little book worms!

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Book Haul // Thrift Stores

A little more than awhile ago I went thrifting with my mother. I was looking for one specific non-book item. But if you’re a book lover like me, you’ll find interesting books even if you weren’t on the look out.

These descriptions got a little long…read them under the cut.

Keep reading little book worms!

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Out Now: BLEED

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Ever want to know what makes a serial killer? Adam Kennedy has been skipping work and missing dates with Lisa Stanley. His boss is threatening termination while his girlfriend is berating his behavior.

Under pressure from both sides Adam nurtures a dark secret that alleviates the strain. Deep inside Adam an obsession is forming, a wild and unstoppable force that will eventually drive him to murder.

 

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