5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, P, Read in 2008

The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard

The Virgin of Small Plains
by Nancy Pickard
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 336
Rating: 5/5
Read: March 29-31, 2008
Challenge: Eponymous Challenge

First Line: Abby Reynolds braked her truck on the icy highway, startled by what she imagined she saw off to the side of the road.

For nearly twenty years, a rural Kansas town has tended to the grave of an unknown teenage girl who has become known as “The Virgin.” The discovery of her body changed the lives of teens Mitch Newquist, Abby Reynolds, and Rex Shellenberger. For Mitch, he inexplicably left town the day after she was found, leaving his girlfriend, Abby and best friend, Rex, behind without a reason. But nearly twenty years later, Mitch will return to the small town of Small Plains in order to finally put a name on the Virgin’s grave and in the process will change the entire town forever.
This book was awesome! There were so many twists and turns. And the ending was a complete shocker to me! I loved it!! Highly recommended!
Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins #65

1. Some relationships are meant to flourish.
2. Linkin Park is the last concert I saw; it was awesome!
3. Spring should be a permanent season.
4. Oh no! I forgot to charge my cell phone again!
5. I’ve recently started doing the invoices at work.
6. My husband never fails to make me smile.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to relaxing, tomorrow my plans include doing nothing and Sunday, I want to sleep in!

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Eve Dallas, R, Read in 2008, SERIES

Naked in Death by J.D. Robb

Naked in Death
J.D. Robb
Copyright: 1995
Pages: 306
Rating: 4/5
Read: March 23-27, 2008
Challenge: Triple Eight – 1st in a Series; Suspense & Thriller Challenge – romance thriller

First Line: She woke in the dark.

New York City police Lieutenant Eve Dallas thinks she’s seen it all in her 10 years on the force. But when the case of a murder of a Senator’s granddaughter comes across her desk, she experiences something she’s never thought about – being seduced by a possible suspect in the murder case. Even though every ounce in her body tells her to ignore the millionaire Roarke’s advances, she finds herself falling more and more. And before long, she realizes that she will need his help and resources in order to solve this murder.
Overall, I really liked this book. However, I felt a slight disappointment with it. I guess I had myself pumped up for a little more solidness to it. This book is set in the future, like the 2050s, but there was no real explanation for any of the technological advances when I felt like they were a little necessary. I’m sure I’m going to continue with this series, but I felt that this book could have been more solid.
Challenge Wrap-Up

Finished Challenge – Numbers Challenge

Well, I have officially finished my first challenge! Tonight, I finished my final book required for Callista’s Numbers Challenge. (Note: There are different links there, one to the challenge page, and one to the hosts’ personal page).

For this challenge, I read:

  1. Mary Higgins Clark – Two Little Girls in Blue
  2. Harlan Coben – No Second Chance
  3. James Patterson – 1st to Die
  4. James Patterson – 2nd Chance
  5. Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason – The Rule of Four

As laid out in the rules, three were overlapped with other challenges. Those that were for this challenge only were 2nd Chance and The Rule of Four. Through this challenge, I was able to read both of the James Patterson books which had sat on my shelf for at least 2 years. (Not sure why I never picked them up before!). Patterson was a new author for me, as was Ian Caldwell & Dustin Thomason. It had been a long time since I had read anything by Harlan Coben or Mary Higgins Clark.

Overall, I am quite proud that I was able to finish this challenge so early. I had to change my list once, after I read the rules more closely and realized that they couldn’t ALL be overlapped with other challenges!! (Oops!) I am glad that I chose this challenge as one to participate in!!

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, P, Read in 2008, SERIES, Women's Murder Club

2nd Chance by James Patterson

2nd Chance
by James Patterson

Copyright: 2002
Pages: 400
Rating: 4/5
Read: March 21-22, 2008
Challenge: Numbers Challenge

First Line: Aaron Winslow would never forget the next few minutes.

The Women’s Murder Club returns in this second installment of the series! This time, they are up against a brilliant murderer who is seemingly killing people at random. But Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer is under the impression that the killings are somehow related and that there is a serial killer on the loose. But in order to convince her boss and co-workers, she has to enlist the help of her girls in the Club. And what they find out will rock the city to it’s core.

This was another great one from James Patterson! This one read so incredibly fast and was a great read!! I still do not know why I waited so long to start this series, but am definitely glad that I’m reading them now!!

Finishing this book also completes the Numbers Challenge. (My first finished challenge! Yay! – I’ll post a end-of-challenge round-up post shortly).

3/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, K, Read in 2008

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz

Odd Thomas
by Dean Koontz
Copyright: 2003
Pages: 446
Rating: 3/5
Read: March 18-21, 2008
Challenge: Eponymous Challenge

First Line: My name is Odd Thomas, though in this age when fame is the altar at which most people worship, I am not sure why you should care who I am or that I exist.

Odd Thomas is a young man with a gift. He uses this gift in order to get justice for those who cannot help themselves. But when a strange man comes into the diner where Odd works as a short order cook, he’s never encountered anyone as evil before. With the help of his soul mate, Stormy Llewellyn, they must stop this strange man before he can wreak havoc on their little community.
I’m going to be honest … this book was weird. And usually I like weird books, but this one was not really wonderful. It definitely had it’s great parts, but overall I was a little bored throughout the book. I found myself struggling to pay attention to it. I am not sure I will continue this series, although I have the next one. It will be a while before I will want to pick up the second one.
Friday Fill-Ins

Friday Fill-Ins #64

1. Spring is so exciting!
2. Strawberry fields are probably something to see (never seen one).
3. Fried Chicken sounds like it would taste delicious! (Really craving it right now)
4. Why does warm weather make me feel so good?!
5. Australia is something I’ve always wanted to see.
6. It’s sad when my Salukis’ season is over. (SIU got eliminated from the NIT yesterday)
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to a good home cooked meal, tomorrow my plans include going to Paducah and Sunday, I want to forget that I have TWO family dinners!
Booking Through Thursday

BTT – The End

You’ve just reached the end of a book . . . what do you do now? Savor and muse over the book? Dive right into the next one? Go take the dog for a walk, the kids to the park, before even thinking about the next book you’re going to read? What?

(Obviously, there can be more than one answer, here–a book with a cliff-hanger is going to engender different reactions than a serene, stand-alone, but you get the idea!)

What I do after I finish a book varies with the book. If it was a really great book, I will usually sit and savor the ending for a little bit, letting it sink in. If it was just an okay book, I almost always start another book right away. I guess I prefer to let those books that I really and truly enjoy I would rather have the memories of them for a little longer before I start another one. For those books that were just okay, I usually prefer to dive into another one in the hopes that I will find something great in it!
4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, Read in 2008, S

The Pilot’s Wife by Anita Shreve

The Pilot’s Wife
by Anita Shreve
Copyright: 1998
Pages: 293
Rating: 4/5
Read: March 16-17, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: She heard a knocking, and then a dog barking.

For a pilot’s wife, that middle of the night knock at the door is part of life. But when that knock comes on Kathryn Lyon’s door, she is not only unprepared to hear of her husband’s death, but also of the damning circumstances surrounding the explosion that took out his plane and 103 other people on board. But she can’t really give up – she realizes that she must find out who her husband really was, regardless of what the results will do to her heart.
This was a really good book. It read extremely quickly for me. I had trouble putting it down. I was hooked from the first page and couldn’t believe the twists and turns that occurred throughout the book. The ending is not at all what I expected, and I really enjoyed this book!
5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, P, Read in 2008

The Pact by Jodi Picoult

The Pact
by Jodi Picoult

Copyright: 1998
Pages: 496
Rating: 5/5
Read: March 14-16, 2008
Challenge: No challenge; personal read

First Line: There was nothing left to say.

Chris Harte and Emily Gold have been joined at the hip since birth. They had no choice, with their mothers being best friends, they were always together. So it was no surprise to anyone when their friendship turned into a romantic relationship. However, when Emily is found dead in the arms of Chris, dead of a supposed suicide pact, no one can comprehend what could have happened. Emily’s death will rock their little town, change their parents’ life forever and possibly be the end of Chris’ life as he knows it.
This book was great! After hearing many great things about Jodi Picoult, this book was the only one that I could find available on paperbackswap.com and decided to give it a shot. I read it in three days and was absolutely entranced by it the entire time. The way that Picoult weaves her story is amazing. The characters came to life, I could feel the feelings that the characters were feeling. It was just a great book all around. Highly recommended.