Friday, December 23, 2011

Machine Man - #94

Looks like I am only going to make it to 94 books. Not to shabby though.
Machine man was good. It was in the perspective of a scientist who loses a limb in an accident instead of dealing with the fake leg they give him...he deciders to modify them. It is when he sess how wonderful the robotic leg works that he decides he can't stop there..and so begins the journey to a better body. I enjoyed this book it was written from his perspective but it wasn't to technical. It was very readable.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Destined: A House of Night Novel - P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

I think this is the ninth book. Though I could be wrong. Basically since the last one and someone died and I am still not over it, I just want this series to end. Not to say that I don't enjoy P.C. and Kristin, I do. I also get into each story and enjoy them. But seriously this needs to end. Throw some water on Nefert and get it over with.

In this we find Zoey and the gang dealing with a lot of loss. (not going to mention who). There are a lot of changes going on. For one the red fledglings and Zoey's circle and their warriors are all staying at the depot and after consideration the high counsel decides to step in and purchase the depot to fix into a real house of night school. Nefert and darkness are bent on making chaos and Kolona is playing the tortured daddy. I think what I like most about these books, is the dashes of current events or reference to current pop culture. I enjoy it. It makes it real. In ten years, people will won't get it, but when you read it today, its a fun surprise to see a reference to Harry Potter or Glee.

I again, enjoy the books, but I really hope they are wrapping them up soon.

Hotwire - Alex Kava

This is the ninth Maggie O'Dell novel, but I am sure I have only read three or four, so I don't think you have to read them all to read this book, although I am sure it would help.

In this Maggie is investigating the death of cows when a crime involving teenagers pulls her away. They claim some animal got them, two kids are dead, and one is severely injured. Across the country the CDC and USAIRMID are dealing with an outbreak of salmonella. Its a strain they haven't seen and its effecting only school children. They have days to figure out what is causing it before Monday and more kids get sick.

Pretty fun read...completely mindless. It is what it is. You really can think about doing dishes while reading this book, but Alex has a fun clever dialog and Maggie is a strong female lead.

Friday, December 9, 2011

The Future of Us - Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

This book was a lot of fun. It takes place in 1997 - Emma gets a new computer and her friend Josh gives her a trail sample of AOL Online. When she logs on the first time she see a website called facebook...and learns of her of her future through photo's and status updates.

It was fun reading this - I figure Emma and Josh would be my age it was fun remembering the experience of getting online the first time, chat rooms, dial up, having to use 'hours' online and not have unlimited access. Then to read them, trying to figure out what certain things mean, that I now take for netflix and glee. It was just an enjoyable book to read, with a good moral - enjoy the life you live now, and don't stress too much about the future.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Next Always - Nora Roberts

Part of a trilogy - not completed.
I swear this woman either sold her soul to the devil or is a vampire. No other way could she bust out the books the way she does. Granted they have the same theme...and are predictable. But each book is joy to read.

Clair is widow with three young boys running a small town bookstore. Having not much time for anything else, romance with a certain Montgomery boy is difficult at best.
She falls in love with his pet project as he falls in love with her boys, the rest as they say is history. I look forward to reading the other three bothers fall in love.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Beyond the Grave - Mara Purnhagen - #91

The conclusion to the Past Midnight series, and this one didn't disappoint. Charlotte thought she had been through everything. Unfortunately the paranormal world wasn't quite done with her. This time, they are focusing on her new boyfriend Noah, who is losing hours and whole days of his time. Charlotte is trying to figure out what is wrong with him, worried about her mother who is still in a coma, planning a wedding, missing her best friend, and adjusting to community college. Each page left you wanting more and it was impossible to put down. I like when a book finishes a strong as it started.

#90 - When she woke - Hillary Jordan

Read. This. Book.

When Hannah Payne wakes up, she is red. Her skin color has been medically changed to show her crime. In a world not to far ahead of ours, people aren't sent to jail for their crimes, not the "mild" ones, instead, they are given an injection and forced to walk around with the label. Hannah - aborted her child. Is forced to walk 16 years as a red for crime. She quickly finds out that being a red is only one of her problems.

I enjoyed this book so much. Its a modern day Scarlet Letter, (really it is), but it really hits home because you can really see something like this taking place in America. A world where crimes are punished by creating outcasts. Chromes. This book angered me, and saddened me, and made me feel happy. I really felt for Hannah through her journey discovering herself, facing her choices, and embracing and uncertain future. We should all be as brave as her.