Monthly Wrap Up

February 2008 Wrap-Up

February 2008 Wrap-Up
Got 12 books in this month! Another great month of reading for me! Here’s my end of the month wrap up:
  1. Milo Speriglio, The Marilyn Conspiracy –> This book had a lot of promise, but I felt that the writing style was severely lacking. It could have been a lot better. 3/5
  2. Thomas Harris, Hannibal –> Overall, this book was enjoyable. However, the part that was set in Italy really lagged for me. Enjoyable, but not the best in this series. 4/5
  3. Tom Coffey, The Serpent Club –> I loved the plot line of this book. However, I felt that the writing that constantly switched from first to third person was very confusing. 3/5
  4. Taffy Cannon, Class Reunions are Murder –> This one actually surprised me! I’m usually not much into “cozy” mysteries, but this one was really enjoyable. 4/5
  5. Thomas Harris, Hannibal Rising –> Without a doubt, the absolute worst book in the series. I was so disappointed in this one. It held so much promise, we were finally going to be able to figure out what made Dr. Lecter into the monster that we know him as. But to me, the book just didn’t do what it was designed to do. I was really disappointed by this one. 3/5
  6. Danielle Steel, Accident –> This one surprised me a lot. I have always been pretty adament about hating romance novels, but I really enjoyed this one a lot! It was a good story and wasn’t completely full with sex. It had just the right amount of romance in all the right places. Very good read. 5/5
  7. Larry Watson, White Crosses –> This one was a surprise for me as well. It hooked me from the first page and I practically flew through it. I found myself understanding the main character in ways that I never thought I would. Highly recommended. 4/5
  8. Erica Spindler, See Jane Die –> I absolutely loved this book! I love Erica Spindler! This book is a lot like her others in that the ending is never what you think it will be. Highly recommended. 5/5
  9. Greg Iles, Blood Memory –> Greg Iles is a favorite author of mine, and this one was really enjoyable. The book focused a lot on childhood abuse which is a touchy subject for some, but I really, really enjoyed it! 5/5
  10. Dave Holloway, Aruba –> This book was a disappointment for me. I waited a few months for it on my WL on PBS and couldn’t wait to get to it when it came in the mail. But for me, it just wasn’t any good. There was almost nothing personal in this book. All I could see is that Dave Holloway is an angry man. He used almost none of the space to tell the world who Natalee really was, which would have made the book so much better. I wouldn’t waste my time with this one. 2/5
  11. Thomas T. Noguchi, M.D., Coroner –> This book was kind of boring to me. It started out really interesting, but it just slowly went down hill. I just didn’t care for it. It also wasn’t written very well, either. Not recommended. 2/5
  12. Andrew Britton, The Assassin –> WOW! This one shocked me. At times I was a little bogged down by the Iraqi information/names as well as the military terminology. But the story was really great and the last 250 pages were extremely action packed. Very good book overall. 4/5

Here are some statistics in regards to my reading:

  • Books read: 12
  • Pages read: 4,909
  • New Authors: 8
  • Fiction: 9
  • Nonfiction: 3
  • Read for Challenges: 8

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Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins #61

1. I’m looking forward to going to St. Louis next week.
2. I don’t handle criticism very well.
3. Fettuccine alfredo is something I could eat every day.
4. Warmth and sunlight puts me in a good mood.
5. Paducah here I come!
6. I don’t have any tattoo(s).
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to Don Taco for dinner, tomorrow my plans include the final SIU home game and Sunday, I want to sleep in!
4/5, AUTHOR, B, Book Review, Fiction, Read in 2008

The Assassin by Andrew Britton

The Assassin
by Andrew Britton
Copyright: 2007
Pages: 586
Rating: 4/5
Read: Feb. 23-28, 2008
Challenge: Suspense & Thriller Challenge – political thriller; Triple Eight – 500+ pages category

First Line: Anita Zaid folded her arms as she glared across the cavernous lobby of the Babylon Hotel.

There is an explosion at the Babylon Hotel. A high ranking Iraqi official is critically wounded. Another attack is made on another high ranking Iraqi official. For CIA Agent Ryan Kealey, it can only mean one thing: someone is trying to take over by disposing of these people. But for Kealey, it becomes a little more personal. In his quest to find the truth, he runs across the madman who killed his fiancee the year before. The same madman, coincidentally, that everyone thought was already dead. But in order to convince his superiors, Kealey has to risk his entire career in order to catch this man once and for all and to put a stop to what could possibly be the worst attack on American soil – one that would ultimately be worse than 9/11.
WOW! This book for me was really, really good! It started out for me kind of slowly. I was a little bogged down by all of the Iraqi names and places as well as the military terminology. But once I got used to it, the book went really quickly. It was high paced and enjoyable in the last 250 pages – which is where all the action is. I would recommend this book to those who do enjoy books of this nature. This was my first time reading a spyish-type political thriller, and I highly enjoyed it.