Sunday, September 4, 2011

New Adult Fiction This Week

Hey Guys!! I'm hoping to do this feature a couple times a month highlighting some Adult fiction books. Maybe you will see a book or two that you might like.

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Spotlight:
Now You See Her by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge
Hardcover/Suspense Thriller
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What I'm looking most forward to, while not particularly hot off the presses is this new one by Patterson and Ledwidge. Patterson has been doing a lot of collaborative writing lately and I think he gets it the *most* right when Ledwidge writes with him. So excited for this one!




This is a Book by Demitri Martin Paperback/Comedy
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I was in B&N yesterday and I got to flip through this some. Also not so new but new to me. It was clever and LOL funny. Excited for this one too.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Book Review: The Last Noel by Heather Graham

The Last Noel by Heather Graham
Genre: Suspense
Paperback, 398 pages
Borrowed from NYPL 58th Street Branch

With a storm paralyzing New England, the O’Boyle household becomes prey to a pair of brutal escaped killers desperate to find refuge.

Skyler O’Boyle is convinced the only way they can live through the night is by playing a daring psychological game to throw the convicts off their guard. Threatened by a pair of Smith & Wessons, she has to pray that the rest of her family will play along, buying them time. Her one hope for rescue is that the men are unaware that her daughter, Kat, has escaped into the blizzard. But as the wind and snow continue to rage with all the vehemence of a maddened banshee, her prayers that Kat can somehow find help seem fragile indeed.

When Kat stumbles on a third felon, half-frozen and delirious, her shock deepens, because she recognizes Craig Devon immediately. What is the onetime love of her life doing back in town - and in such company? With the threat of death hanging over the O’Boyles, Craig is desperate to unload a vital secret that could change their destiny. But can he trust Kat with the truth? Because one false move and everything he’s sacrificed will shatter - and this could be everyone’s final Christmas alive.

I was in the library the other day (as I am, normally) and saw this book jumped at me from the shelf. No not literally, although that would be awesome. I had already chosen about 4 or 5 books to take out but I absolutely had to take this one as well. Everything about it was so enticing, from it's cover to the title - I was also pretty eager to read a story by Heather Graham. Unfortunately, I wasn't as pleased with the book as I had hoped I'd be.

Don't get me wrong, the book was fine! But I didn't want it to be fine...I was hoping it would blow me away! Shiver me timbers! Batten down the hatches! None of that makes sense but you know what I'm saying!! Okay here's the thing - the opening was solid, the premise, solid...but then things went downhill. The characters were hard to relate to, they seemed to be only half fleshed out. The "ruthless killer" had hokey, cheesy lines. Generally, all the I wasn't at all frightened by him although I think I was supposed to be.

Finally, the romance/suspense thing didn't work for me so much. I have to be in the mood for that sort of thing and wasn't really expecting it twist the story in an unbelieveably boring directon. When I saw the words "Daring Psychological game", I was hoping it would be something like the movie "The Ref" but even darker.

All in all, I give The Last Noel 2.5 out of 4 stars. M'eh.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Thrill Week: Day One - Questionaire

Lah says: Today is the day!! Kicking off the entire week of Thrill-tasticness, Marce has created a questionaire for everyone. I look forward to getting some suggestions on the gems of these genres. I also left out a few questions that I knew I wouldn't have good answers for.



What is your favourite genre out of Thriller, Mystery, Suspense and Horror? Why?
I've got to say Suspense. That was a tough choice because I'd like to say that I love mystery! But, I haven't read a good....and I mean really good mystery in ages. And even when I DID read mysteries, the excellent ones were few and far between;. Would love some suggestions!!

Who are your top 3 authors in those genres?
Would have to say, my personal top are: James Patterson, Iris Johansen and Brad Meltzer. Of course there are exceptions...I've read a few by Patterson that I couldn't stand, but the good far outweighs the bad.

Tell us who your favourite male and female authors are in the genre?
Well, once again I'm going to say Patterson and Johansen. Something about Johansen's killers seem so fantastically masculine. Like she got into a male's mind and did it the way he would. I can say the same for the women in Patterson's stories. He's mastered so many different types of female emotions that I'd think he had a lady ghostwriting for him.

What book do you remember loving but don't remember the details? Maybe you should read it again now.
Haha, I loved The Good Guy by Dean Koontz and barely remember the horrifying parts but know that it was awesome. I don't know that I'll read it again though!! Way too scary.


What has been your favourite book this year so far:

Thriller
The Running Man by Richard Bachman (I'm probably late to the party on this one but OMG)


Mystery
Truly, Madly by Heather Webber (don't laugh! It was actually pretty good!)


Suspense
Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore (does this count? I dunno?)



What authors have you tried and look forward to reading more from them? Maybe we can give you suggestions on what to read from them.
Would love to read more Brad Meltzer, Heather Graham and Dean Koontz (not too scary though please!!). I'm also feeling brave enough to read some of Stephen King's less horrifying works, which I don't know what those would be. Maybe Under the Dome?


What authors in the above genres are on your TBR list but you haven't tried yet? Who should I read soon?
I've yet to try Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series. I don't know if I'll like it, but it seems like everyone does! I also have Word of Honor by Nelson DeMille on my TBR. No idea if YOU should read it though!

Suggestions are more than welcome!

It's never too late for thrills! Check out Tea time with Marce and Friends for complete details!

Book Review: The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson

The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson (Alex Cross #9)
Genre: Suspense Thriller/Series
Paperback, 398 pages
Borrowed from BPL Central Branch

Alex Cross battles the most ruthless and powerful killer he has ever encountered - a predator known only as "the Wolf. "Alex Cross's first case since joining the FBI has his new colleagues stymied. Across the country, men and women are being kidnapped in broad daylight and then disappearing completely. These people are not being taken for ransom, Alex realizes. They are being bought and sold...

This was a pretty quick read, except for the parts that dragged. But at this point it's like once you've read one Alex Cross book, you've read them all. The narration switches from Cross to Killer to unfortunate victim.

Luckily, there were LOTS of characters who got to narrate in each chapter. I've said this a million times but I always prefer to hear less about Nana Mama and the kids and more about Alex and the case.

I definitely enjoyed the pace when we were following The Wolf. The thing that I didn't like too much about The Wolf was that there was no visible weakness to him. I like to read about villains that I secretly want to win. With The Wolf, I was almost looking for something, ANYTHING to happen to him.

All in all, I give this book 3.5 stars! If it were a movie, it would be Rated-R for violence and adult content. Recommended for fans of suspense, the Alex Cross series and James Patterson.