Friday, August 31, 2012

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nora Gray is dedicated to her school work, has a BFF that is her opposite as quite often they are, and a feeling of dread following her around. It all gets worse when her biology teacher splits her from her friend and assigns a new young man to work with her.

Patch is dangerous, she can tell, but of course like most teenage girls she is drawn to the danger while being repelled from it at the same time.

It gets more interesting as it goes, is she seeing things, going crazy, or already on that train?

Well written, just enough twist and turns to keep the pages turning, and best of all, the first in a series.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Rivers West by Louis L'Amour

Jean Talon, a shipwright from Canada, comes upon a dying man on a lonely trail.  As he comorts him as he can he gets just enough information to begin an unplanned journey west. 

A short, quick read with bits of historical facts thrown in for added flavor.  Helpful people always appear, bad guys are obvious, there is a girl but that is not settled until the very last paragraph.  Probably would have been better as a short story as about half the book is a bit contrived.

As always when thinking of the story as a whole it is good, just not well written.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Gatekeepers by Robert Liparulo

Book 3 in the Dreamhouse Kings series

Life is a bit fast paced and dramatic for the King family.  In the space of a week they have moved from Los Angeles to northern California, found a house that is a bit creepy and strange, discovered things about the house, and had their mother stolen by a giant of a man.  That would be Book 1.

Book 2 brings a bully, a strange guy causing problems, visits to other times through rooms of the house, searching for their mother, family dynamics drama, and just general mayhem.  You need to know that to understand book 3, they really need to be read in order.

Book 3 still has David as the main character but we learn more about Toria also.  Xander fills the role of big brother very well and makes some good decisions and some that are questionable but that is what being fifteen is about. 

As progress is being made on finding their mother David and Xander go through a portal which takes them to the Civil War where they meet General Grant and it is not a good meeting.  The police come and haul their father off to jail thanks to the resident bad guy. Toria becomes invovled and helps to fight off the beastly men.  Then there is Jesse, just who is he and what role does he play?

The story moves quickly and each chapter has a time stamp which is pretty neat. If it takes you four minutes to read the chapter that is about the amount of time that passes in that chapter.   Just another nice touch by the author.

The story does not end with Gatekeepers, off to search for the next installment.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey

Susanna Whitestone is an Elemental Mage, affiliation Earth in fact.  She has been raised by the servants of her father's estate since he vowed never to see her after her mother died giving birth to her.  When he takes a sudden interest in her just before her twenty-first birthday she becomes suspicious of his motives.

Filled with bits of magic, drama, excitment, unrequited love and the beginnings of World War I this novel will keep you turning pages until the exciting end.