Caffeinated Book Reviewer
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
The Silent Girl (Jane Rizzoli & Maura Isles #9) by Tess Gerritsen
Quote from Silent Girl: “Or maybe it’s the building. In Chinatown, they consider it haunted. They say when you step inside, evil attaches itself to you.” He looked at Jane. “And follows you home.”First, I have to tell you that I am a huge fan of Tess Gerristen and that I have read all of her work. I think that she is one of the best mystery suspense thriller authors of this decade.
Silent Girl centers on a homicide that occurs in Chinatown in Boston, MA. A ghost tour guide and his group discover a severed hand. The hand is found outside the building where a grisly murder-suicide massacre occurred 19 years ago. Once Rizzoli, Frost and an eager young Chinese recruit named Tam arrive on the scene they discover the rest of the body. It belongs to a beautiful young woman, whose car contains a GPS with two addresses. One address belongs to a Chinese woman whose husband was murdered in the massacre and the other to the Detective who investigated it. As Detective Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles investigate they find clues connecting the massacre to the mysterious disappear of two young girls. Someone or something is trying to seek revenge against a man wrongfully accused. Chinese folklore of the Monkey King and others make this an interesting read. The characters in this book are strong, lovable, intelligent and Gerristen gives them depth.
This story was suspenseful and drew me in from the beginning keeping me on edge. Gerritsen attention to detail and medical knowledge make this book superb.
I give this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.
Friday, August 26, 2011
The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark
Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom, then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. Perhaps these dreams are the result of writing her bestselling book, The Sex Lives of Demon Lovers. After all, Callie’s lifelong passion is the intersection of lurid fairy tales and Gothic literature—which is why she finds herself at Fairwick’s renowned folklore department, living in a once-stately Victorian house that, at first sight, seemed to call her name. But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover—an incubus—and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery: He’s not the only mythical creature in Fairwick. As the tenured witches of the college and the resident fairies in the surrounding woods prepare to cast out the incubus, Callie must accomplish something infinitely more difficult—banishing this demon lover from her heart.(synopsis from Goodreads)
Juliet Dark is a pseudonym for Carol Goodman. Goodman writes historical gothic fiction and literary mysteries. This is her first romantic paranormal fantasy and she succeeds beautifully. The imaginary she creates is vivid and her attention to detail has you immediately loving the small college town of Fairwick in upstate New York and the characters residing there. “The Demon Lover” is the type of book you want to savior, like that perfect cup of coffee on a cold fall morning. This book immediately made me think of “A Discovery of Witches” with its gothic, myth and folklore imagery. I found this aspect of the story as intriguing as the suspenseful mystery.
Dr. Cailleach (Callie) McFay is our young protagonist; she has recently graduated from college and published a book entitled “The Sex Lives of the Demon Lovers”. Callie arrives at Fairwick College to interview for a position teaching folklore at the campus. She isn’t sure about taking the job; her dream is to be in New York, but while visiting there, she comes across an old Victorian home called Honeysuckle House and learns it’s for sale. It was originally owned by historical romance writer Dahila LaMotte. The realtor informs her that all of LaMotte’s notes, journals and unpublished books come with the house, but that these books can never leave the home. Callie sees this as an opportunity for a new book. Callie accepts the teaching position and moves into Honeysuckle House. Every night she is visited by a man of shadow and moonlight, who seduces her and leaves her aching and satisfied in the morning. As Callie reads LaMotte’s journals and explores the college town she begins to realize there is a lot more going on here. Callie is a strong educated character and you can’t help but like her. She battles with her brain, and looks for solutions head on. She is flawed, but tries to do the right thing.
I would love to share so many details about the book, but do not want to spoil the story for you. For those of you who love to read, you will get a kick out of the references to authors, such as, Charlaine Harris. Dark made me laugh out loud with these references and some off handed comments to those who scorn paranormal /urban fantasy literature.
I know some of you will detest the ending, but although I can find no reference to it, this book has ended in such a way that I feel another book will be coming. This reader certainly hopes so.Release date December 27, 2011.
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness
In a sparkling debut, became the "it" book of early 2011, bringing Deborah Harkness into the spotlight and galvanizing fans around the world. In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and the descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Harkness has created a universe to rival those of Anne Rice, Diana Gabaldon, and Elizabeth Kostova, and she adds a scholar's depth to this riveting story of magic and suspense.(synopsis from Barnes and Noble)
A Discovery of Witches is the first in an exciting trilogy about witches, vampires and dameon. It is a mystery, a love story and an adventure laced with history. One of the best books I’ve ever read.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Monday, August 22, 2011
Connects: True Ghost Story by Katrina Rose
In Katrina Rose's novel, Connects: True Ghost Story the protagonist Abigail Morrison, has always been able to see spirits. As a young child, her playmate was a ghost. As she grew older she suppressed this gift, until her and her husband Daniel buy a country home. Here, she begins to have vivid dreams and experience paranormal events. She uncovers two murders, and begins to investigate to help these spirits. I really wanted to enjoy this book, as I liked the overall concept, but this book ended up falling short of my expectations. The writing did not flow smoothly, it was filled with grammatical errors and the sentences at times were cumbersome. Thoughts were repeated, as if the writer felt you couldn’t understand her thought process, so she reworded it and told you again.
I give this book 2 coffee cups out of 5.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Deadline (Newsflesh Trilogy Series #2) by Mira Grant
McGuire author of the popular October Daye Series. I loved Feed her first book in this zombie trilogy, and I totally flipped for Deadline. The pace was much faster, the stakes much higher and the ending..lets just say I haven't fully recovered. This has to be one of the best mid-trilogy books I've ever read. The protagonist Shaun Mason, who in the first book was a happy go lucky dare devil, must come to to terms with the loss of his sister and heading up the Newsflash team. I will be first in line to get the third book in this trilogy..Blackout.
Downpour by Kat Richardson
After being shot in the back and dying-again- Greywalker Harper Blaine's only respite from the chaos is her work. But while conducting a pre-trial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, she sees a ghostly car accident whose victim insists that he was murdered and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes is to blame. Harper soon learns that the icy waters of the lake hide a terrible power, and a host of hellish beings under the thrall of a sinister cabal that will use the darkest of arts to achieve their fiendish ends…(synopsis from Goodreads)
This series gets better with every book. Downpour has to be my favorite in the series so far. Richardson has been compared to Chandler and that comparison couldn't be more correct. While conducting a pretrial investigation in the Olympic Peninsula, our protagonist Harper Blaine, sees a ghostly car accident whose victim insists that he was murdered and that the nearby community of Sunset Lakes is to blame. While investigating, she must unravel the secrets at Blood Lake and stop the Grey things from controlling the area before it becomes a threat. Kat Richardson should be extremely proud of this masterpiece.
I give this book 5 cups of coffee out of five.
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Moon Called (Mercedes Thompson, #1) by Patricia Briggs
The first in the Mercedes Thompson series. The protagonist Mercy is a strong, likable, witty and a feisty character. Mercy is a shape shifter who grew up with a pack of wolves. She is now a VW mechanic who lives near the sexy Alpha werewolf Adam. She is friends with the Fae and a vampire. When a young lone werewolf shows up in trouble she goes to Adam for help. This book dealt with a lot of background on the werewolf packs and vamps in the area. I love that Mercy is a strong independent female. This looks to be a promising series.
I give this book 4 coffee cups out of five.
Before I Go To Sleep: A Novel by S.J. Watson
'As I sleep, my mind will erase everything I did today. I will wake up tomorrow as I did this morning. Thinking I'm still a child. Thinking I have a whole lifetime of choice ahead of me ...' Memories define us. So what if you lost yours every time you went to sleep? Your name, your identity, your past, even the people you love - all forgotten overnight. And the one person you trust may only be telling you half the story. Welcome to Christine's life(synopsis from Goodreads)
S. J. Watson's debut novel is a stunning suspense thriller. I could not put this book down. Watson delivers a chilling tale where nothing is at it seems.
Each morning when Christine wakes up she has forgotten who she is, where she is and almost everything about her past. The only people she can trust are her husband Ben and her DR. Ed Nash....or can she?
This novel will grab you in the first few pages and hold you tight, as you and Christine try to reassemble the missing pieces of her past. Watson's spins a tale with twists and turns that keep you on the edge of your seat. I consumed this novel in less then a day.
I highly recommend this novel to fans of suspense. Before I Go To Sleep is currently available in paper, audio formats. I will be looking for more work by this fantastic new author.
I give this book 4 coffee cups out of 5.