Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Teaser Tuesday Nov. 25


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser is from Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

"They call this an orphan train, children, and you are lucky to be on it. You are leaving behind a place full of ignorance, poverty, and vice for the nobility of country life."

Monday, November 24, 2014

(65) The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller

Title: The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
Publisher: Pocket Books
Pages: 528
Format: Paperback
Genre: Mystery/thriller/suspense

Synopsis: Nature has to be held back, and the trees kept to their domain. The trees . . . and what dwells among them. 

Deep in the Maine woods, a wrecked plane is discovered. It was never reported missing, and there are no bodies, but what it conceals is powerful beyond comprehension: a record of those who have struck a deal with the devil.

A new battle is about to commence in the war between light and darkness, and the list proves to be a deadly weapon. While private detective Charlie Parker fears his own name is there, he is certain that it must be secured from evil. For others, too, have joined the search: a beautiful, scarred woman with a taste for killing; a silent child who remembers his own death; and a serial killer known as the Collector. But the woods, too, are preparing, for other secrets lurk within their depths. . . .

Someone survived the crash. Something survived. And now it waits.

Review: I love this series.  It is violent, twisted, scary and dark but for some reason it has sucked me in. This book really delves into the supernatural aspects of this series.  The struggle between light and dark, the fight with fallen angels who are not friends of humans.  You also learn the origins of one of the most terrifying serial killers and where Charlie may fit into the whole strange series of events that started in the first book and has continued through it all.

If you haven't read any of the other Charlie Parker books this one may leave you scratching your head.  It really relies heavily on characters and events that happened in other books.  I think this one was one of the darkest so far but I loved it. A plane crash, a satchel full of money, a mysterious list and a bunch of creepy characters hunting for the downed plane all lead you on a violent crazy race to be the first to find the plane and discover its secrets.  Its a wild ride from page 1.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Teaser Tuesday Nov. 11


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

Open to a random page.
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page. BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My teaser comes from The Wrath of Angels: A Charlie Parker Thriller (Charlie Parker Mysteries) by John Connolly

"Because the last word that my mother whispered to my father after the man fled was your name - 'when the time comes, tell the detective. Tell Charlie Parker."- and that in turn was the last thing he whispered to me after he told us the story of the plane in the woods."

Monday, November 10, 2014

(64) And the Mountains Echoed

Title: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Format: Audio Book
Hours: 14 hours 1 minute
Narrator: Khaled Hosseini, Navid Negahban, Shohreh Aghdashloo
Genre: Fiction

Synopsis: An unforgettable novel about finding a lost piece of yourself in someone else.

A novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

Review: So many reviews of this Audio book commented on how difficult it was to understand the narrators which I didn't find to be the case at all.  I feel like the accent of the narrators added to the story and gave it a richness that may have been missing if it was read by someone with an American accent.  The narrators are from the region that this book is set so it works well.

The story itself twists and turns and if you stop listening for too long you may find yourself a bit lost in the story.  There are many characters and many different time frames to sift through so keeping a consistent listen keeps the continuity.

Sad and haunting Hosseini brings to life the richness and excellent story telling of this region. Choices in life have complex consequences on everyone who comes into contact with the participants.  It shows how we are all connected by our experiences. Beautifully written and woven together, haunting and poetic.  While I didn't enjoy this as much as the Kite Runner its still a well written story.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

(63) The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies)

Title: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies) by Pittacus Lore
Publisher: Harper Audio
Format: Audio Book
Narrator: Neil Kaplan, Devon Sorvari, Marisol Ramirez
Time: 10 hours 8 minutes
Genre: YA / Fantasy

Synopsis: The Mogadorians who destroyed the planet Lorien continue to hunt down the Garde, the small group of Loric survivors who have taken refuge on Earth. The Garde must come together. They are Lorien and Earth’s only hope.

During the dangerous mission at the Mogadorian base in West Virginia, John found and rescued Nine. But even with their combined powers, special abilities known as Legacies, the pair barely escaped with their lives—and they lost Sam in the process.

In order to save our world and their own, John and Nine must join forces with Six, and Seven who have been battling the Mogadorians in Spain, and who are now trying to locate Number Eight in India.

Power in numbers will save us all.

Review: This book didn't hold my attention as much as The Power of Six but it does seem to be tying things together. With Four and Nine separated from Eight, Six, Seven and Ten, the story flips back and forth between the two locations and the two story lines. The end of the book is much better than the beginning but it just doesn't hold the same appeal.  It seems to be held together with pointless action and a weak plot although by the end it seems the writer remembered what he was trying to do not only did it pick up but it kept me wanting to know more.

The book seems to just end which is a little strange.  Then there is a strange addition to the ending where we are apparently learning more about the Lorien children on earth directly from Pittacus Lore and recordings that were apparently "just found". It gives a little background on several of the guard.

I'm hoping that the next book will be a bit better but it seems that each one loses something instead of gaining it.


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