Wednesday, January 15, 2014

More Books

I think I might have to admit that all I have been doing lately is reading. Here are some more book reviews. Have any of you had a chance to read anything interesting recently?

Soul Thief (A Soul Thieves Book)
By Amber Scott

Description from the author’s website: ‘Three years ago, one horrific night changed his life forever. And now the wolf soul that was invoked to save him is taking over his body, day by day. Can he master his animal instincts in time to discover who is stealing children’s souls before the delicate balance we all depend upon is shattered? Or will he reject the one woman who can help heal his body and his soul?”

What I Liked:
The plot is great. Someone stealing souls? That’s a new one and compelling.
I couldn’t read fast enough, wondering what was going to happen to the missing boy, Tristan.
There was a nice mix of ghosts, wolf spirits, and souls. Interesting.
Really enjoyed the characterization. Each character was distinct and memorable without feeling forced.

What I Didn’t Like:
Again, I didn’t realize that this is a paranormal romance and I’m not a real fan of romance. Having said that, it is not at all overdone in this book and I had to admit that it added to the story.

Liked It? Very Much.
Recommend It? Yes, especially if you like paranormal romance, but maybe even if you don’t. Great story.
Where To Find It? Soul Thief    
Price? $3.86 (I got this free and the price seems to have shifted again, so keep checking back. You might get a better deal)

Son of Holmes by John Lescroart

The description from the author’s website: “The “reliably excellent” John Lescroart (Publishers Weekly), acclaimed author of the bestselling novels featuring attorney Dismas Hardy, here offers a rich and engrossing historical mystery that takes us to a small French town in the dark days of World War I and introduces us to Auguste Lupa.

The rumor is that he is the son of the greatest detective of all time. And the truth of his mysterious legacy may come to light as he attempts to solve the baffling murder of an intelligence agent and uncover an ingenious act of sabotage.”

What I Liked:
This story is fabulously written. I felt submersed.
The book is set during world war I in France. The surrounding war is a great backdrop.
The characters are distinct, memorable, and believable. I could picture every one of them.
There was that characteristic ‘Holmes’ air about the character, Lupa (matter-of-fact, direct, and funny without realizing it).
The use of deduction was entertaining.

What I Didn’t Like:
Not a thing.

Liked It? Absolutely.
Recommend It? Absolutely.
Where To Find It? I found my copy at the library.
Price? Free if you find it at your library. It was $13.99 on Amazon for kindle version.

Meet a Jerk Get To Work, How To Write Villains and The Occasional Hero by Jacqueline Girdner

Description from the author’s website: “An article by Jaki from The Portable Writers' Conference on how to find your fiction characters and settings in everyday life.”

What I Liked:
I have read this book twice and find it incredibly inspirational. When I read it, I run to the keyboard and start writing.
She offers great advice for finding ideas from everyday living and how to turn those into stories.
She captures a great way of thinking about your killer and victim that makes plotting out a detective mystery much easier.
As it is an article (I thought it was a short ebook), it is a quick read.

What I Didn’t Like:
Not a thing.

Liked It? Loved it. Have read it twice already.
Recommend It? Absolutely if you are interested in writing detective books especially or a writer in general.
Where To Find It? Meet a Jerk Get To Work
Price? Free for download.

What are you reading? (or are you actually doing other things, lol?)


Tina Bradley said...

Good for you! Winter is a fab time to cozy up with a good book, isn't it? I've been grabbing a read--here and there, this month, too! :) T.

Mindy said...

First of all, "admitting" you've been doing nothing but reading is waaay better than saying you've been doing nothing but watching porn. Speaking of porn, by the looks of that first book cover, how in God's name did you NOT know it was a romance novel?! lol

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow girl, you have been reading! The first book catches my interest ;o) Thanks for laughing at me with the porn! LOL! You know what I thought? Me reading "Sex Magic", I attracted this! LOL! Big Hugs ;o)