30 Day Book Challenge: Day 5

A book that makes you happy.

Wow, so somehow I’m supposed to come up with a particular book that makes me happy? Well, how about I focus this post on what elements within a book will make me happy. I read to escape, so I really like non-stop action of some sort. Throw in a psychotic killer. Got to have a hero/heroine. Nail-biting suspense. Definitely has to have a plot twist in there. And the ending needs to wrap up without the cookie-cutter feel to it – leave a door open, I would prefer that to everything wrapped up with a bow on top. Put all that into a book, preferably 300-500 pages (short chapters are welcome) with NO grammatical errors and you will make me a happy girl.

4/5, AUTHOR, B, Book Review, Fiction, RATING, Read in 2011, Review Book

2011.25 REVIEW – The Eighth Scroll by Laurence Brown

The Eighth Scroll 
by Laurence Brown

Copyright: 2008
Pages: 354
Rating: 4/5
Read: May 10 – 19, 2011
Challenge: No challenge
Yearly Count: 25
Format: E-Book

First Line: When death approaches, your life will play before your eyes.

Blurb: Stirring the flames of age-old controversies, The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown draws on the three Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam to create an unbelievably dynamic and powerful story. Set in a world that teeters between orthodoxy and heresy, this thriller is packed with intrigue and adventure. When a Roman Catholic scholar involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls Project hides one of the scrolls because of there heretical message it contains, no one is the wiser until decades later, when a prominent archaeologist discovers reference to the scroll in an archaeological dig. This discovery spurs the world religions into a dangerous game of cat and mouse, in which all who seek the hidden scroll are mysteriously silenced, leaving the salvation of humankind to a father and son, who must either find the hidden scroll … or die trying.

Review: This e-book was sent to me courtesy of Gatekeepers Post for review. This is a little out of my comfort zone, I don’t read a lot of books that have religious aspects. Of course I’ve read The DaVinci Code (who hasn’t?) and I’ve seen this book in the book blog world has been compared to The DaVinci Code. Personally, I think this book was better. It was absolutely packed with action throughout the book. But I did have some issues with keeping up, I’m not sure if my mind was wandering while I was reading or what, but I found myself confused quite a few times. I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone based on the religious aspect to the book and how it could affect people’s overall beliefs. Otherwise, I think it’s a great thriller and worth reading.

4/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, R, RATING, Read in 2011, SERIES, SIGMA Force

2011.24 REVIEW – Sandstorm by James Rollins

by James Rollins

Copyright: 2004
Pages: 569
Rating: 4/5
Read: May 11 – 18, 2011
Challenge: No challenge
Yearly Count: 24
Format: Print

First Line: Harry Masterson would be dead in thirteen minutes.

Blurb: An inexplicable explosion rocks the antiquities collection of a London museum, setting off alarms in clandestine organizations around the world. And now the search for answers is leading Lady Kara Kensington; her friend Safia al-Maaz, the gallery’s brilliant and beautiful curator; and their guide, the international adventurer Omaha Dunn, into a world they never dreamed existed: a lost city buried beneath the Arabian desert. But others are being drawn there as well, some with dark and sinister purposes. And the many perils of a death-defying trek deep into the savage heart of the Arabian Peninsula pale before the nightmare waiting to be unearthed at journey’s end: an ageless and awesome power that could create a utopia … or destroy everything humankind has built over countless millennia.

Review: This is my first time reading James Rollins, I have always heard good things about him and I love a great thrill ride of a read and this book fit that bill perfectly. The characters were interesting and the plot was intense at times. There were a few moments in the book where the science involved was a little over my (science-hating) head. I’m not a science fan and I will be the first to admit that the hydrogen-oxygen-antimatter information was way beyond my understanding. Other than that one issue, I really enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.

Miscellaneous Ramblings

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 4

Favorite book of your favorite series

Roses are Red. To me this was the absolute best in the Alex Cross series. This is the one where The Mastermind is revealed – and it was definitely quite a shock to me. I went back and read my review on it and I can actually still remember how I felt when The Mastermind was finally out in the open, it was definitely a twist that I never would have imagined. And after reading the following books, well The Mastermind is definitely the best villain that James Patterson could have ever come up with, in my opinion.

Miscellaneous Ramblings

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 3

Your favorite series.

No brainer: Alex Cross. Remember how I said that I didn’t like to re-read books? Well, I think I could re-read this entire series and love them just as much the second time around. Mr. Patterson has really developed a character in Alex Cross, the supporting characters are enjoyable, and the villains are unbelievably psycho! They are quick and easy reads, they are escapism at its best. I do believe that I will shed a tear when this series comes to an end.

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30 Day Book Challenge: Day 2

A book that you’ve read more than 3 times.

Honestly – I have never read any book more than 3 times. In fact, I can only think of one book that I have read twice: the first Harry Potter book. No wait, I have to take that back; I re-read a Harlan Coben book once by accident, I realized about 100 pages into it that I had read it before, but by then I had to know what happened since I could not remember. But generally I am not a re-reader. I just don’t like to do it. I know some people re-read books all the time, I just can’t seem to bring myself to doing it. There are too many books on my TBR … between the ones that I own and the ones that are on my virtual wishlist/reminder list, I don’t have the time to re-read.

4.5/5, AUTHOR, Book Review, Fiction, P, RATING, Read in 2011, READING CHALLENGES 2011, SERIES, Women's Murder Club

2011.23 REVIEW – 10th Anniversary by James Patterson

10th Anniversary
by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Copyright: 2011
Pages: 395
Rating: 4.5/5
Read: May 13 – 15, 2011
Challenge:  TwentyEleven Challenge
Yearly Count: 23
Format: Print

First Line: This was the day I was getting married.

Blurb: Detective Lindsay Boxer’s long-awaited wedding celebration becomes a distant memory when she is called to investigate a horrendous crime: a teenage girl is badly injured and left for dead, and her newborn baby is nowhere to be found. Lindsay discovers that not only is there no trace of the criminal – but the victim may be keeping secrets as well. At the same time, Assistant District Attorney Yuki Castellano is prosecuting the biggest case of her life – a woman who has been accused of murdering her husband in front of their two young children. Yuki’s career rests on a guilty verdict, so when Lindsay finds evidence that could save the defendant, she is forced to choose. Should she trust her best friend or follow her instinct? Lindsay’s every move is watched by her new boss, Lieutenant Jackson Brady, and when the pressure to find the baby begins interfering with her new marriage to Joe, she wonders if she’ll ever be able to start a family.

Review: This was a really good book. But my goodness, edit edit edit! There were grammatical errors in this book, which isn’t usually something I come across in a James Patterson book. I understand that these things happen, but if I can spot them it always makes me wonder if anyone even edits/reads these books anymore! Spell check doesn’t catch everything! Anyway, grammar issues aside, I felt like this was a good read. I enjoyed the two plot lines that were going on. I enjoyed more character development with Lindsay and Joe and Yuki’s new relationship as well as Cindy and Conklin’s relationship progression. It’s always like getting together with friends when I read this series. I really like this series, and although I prefer the Alex Cross series, this is another one of my favorite series that I would highly recommend.

Miscellaneous Ramblings

30 Day Book Challenge: Day 1

Best book you read last year

Wowzers, that is a toughie to answer! I’m simply going to answer based on the first book that came to my mind: 31 Bond Street by Ellen Horan. For whatever reason, this book really stood out to me. I don’t read a lot of historical fiction, sometimes I find myself struggling to follow along, especially if it is set in an era that I’m not familiar with. However this book took two of my favorite things: crime fiction and history and blended them together so perfectly that I had an absolute blast reading it. As someone who reads a lot of books (like most of the other book bloggers out there) to have a book stick out in your mind 8 months after you read it, well then it must have been one heck of a book! I highly recommend this book if you haven’t read it (or even heard about it).

Meme, WWW Wednesdays

WWW Wednesdays – May 11, 2011

I haven’t participated in this meme in two months, thought it would be a great opportunity to jump back in, here goes:

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…

* What are you currently reading?

  • Sandstorm by James Rollins – REALLY GOOD so far! I’m hooked and I’m not even that far into it!
  • The Eighth Scroll by Laurence B. Brown – a review e-book (I know I said I was on a self-imposed review ban, but I couldn’t resist) look for my review sometime next week.

* What did you recently finish reading?

*What do you think you’ll read next?

  • I’m not really sure. I’m getting ready to go on vacation so I need to start thinking about what I’m going to take (Books or Nook? I’m thinking books because my Nook’s battery doesn’t stay charged long enough for the long plane rides I’m facing).