Monday, March 26, 2012

The Color of Heaven

The Color of Heaven
Julianne MacLean

This book caught me off guard.  I had been floundering around for like a week for a good book to read.  I couldn't find anything to hold my interest.  I even read half a book and then abandoned it.  So I didn't really expect great things from this one.  I am happy to report I was pleasantly surprised.

The book begins with Sophie describing her life.  She sees her life as being perfect, but we all know that no ones life is perfect.  Her daughter gets sick and eventually dies.  This is where the book really begins to grab you.  You think one thing is happening and it ends up being something else entirely.  I just love books with a little surprise!  So...that means I'm not going to tell you what happens.  You'll have to read the book and find out.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Yep, it's good.

Defending Jacob
William Landay

I was only part way through "Defending Jacob" when I posted last.  I have now finished the book and my final recommendation is YES!  I loved this book for the ending alone.  It blew me away.  You don't really get the whole book until the very last page.  Then it all comes together.  So mom, don't read the last will truly ruin it.

I have one reservation and that is, as the reader you may get bogged down in the middle of this book.  It gets heavily involved in the main character and his past.  Then right after that there are a lot of chapters dedicated to Jacob's trial.  But, if you can make it through all of that you won't be sorry.


Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Where does the time go?

Defending Jacob
William Landay

It's happened again!  I haven't written and I have all the excuses lined up.  I was sick...again.  We are remodeling our living area.  Currently having our hardwood floors refinished. Work is busy...and on and on.  Thinking back over these last few weeks I haven't read anything that I've been moved to share about, until now.

I'm currently reading/listening to the book so I don't have any final conclusions yet.  However, what I've read so far, I like.  If you are interested in the audio book of this I would highly recommend it.  The actor sounds so much like Michael Douglas it's creepy.  It's not him of course, I looked it up.  So it's a nice voice and the guy is a great reader.

The story goes like this.  A boy is murdered and a classmate of his is arrested for the murder.  That's Jacob and he's 14.  Jacob's dad was a DA and is now trying desperately to defend his son.  So far the book has only touched on the question of "how far would you go?"  I guess I'll find out how far this particular father will go to defend his son.  It's been a good read so far, but stay tuned.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It was OK

Robert Crais

Before I write even one word about this book I will answer the question that everyone has asked.  No, this is not the book that the movie "Taken" with Liam Neeson was based off.  I have no idea if that movie was a book.  I will say this about the movie though, if you haven't seen it then do!  It was a fantastic movie but no I will not watch it with you.  Once was enough.  OK, enough about movies, I don't write about those here.

This book is part of a series that I enjoy reading.  Elvis Cole is a private detective in Los Angeles and his side kick Joe Pike is...well, hard to describe.  They met in Vietnam and have been best buds ever since.  Ordinarily I wouldn't recommend picking up in the middle of this series but with this book you really don't need any background information.  I can't think of one reference to a past book that would make the reader lost if this was the first Elvis Cole novel you read.  That's really good and bad.  Good for someone who just wants to pick up this book and see if they like the author, story lines and characters.  Bad for someone like me who is half in love with Elvis and Joe.

I was disappointed in this book.  It does not have the usual wit that Crais' past books in this series have.  Most of the time I laugh out loud, in this book I may have chuckled once.  The plot is exactly what the title suggests.  Elvis is taken and Joe goes to find him.  However, the way the book is written was confusing.  It starts after Elvis was kidnapped and then jumps back in time to tell the reader how he was kidnapped. The author doesn't take you back to finding Elvis until 3/4 of the way through the book.  By this point I've all but forgotten he gets taken.  Then finally he's gone and Joe is really pissed.  The book wraps up pretty fast after that.

My recommendation is to start at the beginning with this series.  It really has been enjoyable to read.  The first book is called "The Monkey's Raincoat" published in 1987.  If anything the dated material will be good for a laugh.  Like having to pull over for a pay phone. 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

It should smell good too.

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh

For any of you that know me, you know that I HATE to work in the yard.  Flowers, trees and weeds are the death of me every summer.  I don't buy flats of flowers every year but depend solely on those that pop back up every spring.  This book makes me want to start my own greenhouse.  The words and phrases used by Diffenbaugh make the book come alive. 

The story is simply heartwarming and very well told.  It is about an orphan, Veronica, who has a love of flowers from an early age. Every flower has a meaning and Veronica uses flowers to express herself, almost more than she uses words.  As she goes through life flowers are the only comfort she has.  There are many foster homes, group homes and failed adoptions.  Then one day she is deemed unadoptable by a judge and when she is 18 she is thrown out on her own.  Flowers are all she knows and eventually she lands a job with a florist. 

Eventually Veronica learns to trust herself and others.  She becomes a very sought after florist when one particular client credits Veronica with saving her relationship.  This book will tug at your heart strings and I may have shed a tear or two.  But the most amazing thing was the description of the flowers.  I could smell them, the author made them so very real.  I felt like the pages of book had come alive and I was standing in the middle of Veronica's garden.

This is surely a good one!

Monday, January 16, 2012

A good start!

Stephen King

This New Year is off to a good start and a not so good start.  My not so good start is that today is January 16th and this is my first post.  My good start is that the first book I read in 2012 is a real winner.  As the new year rolled around I thought that I would be more dedicated to my blog.  Posting once a week doesn't really seem like it would be that hard.  Then January started, our computer crashed and I got sick in the first week.  I'm sure that blogging at work is frowned upon so here I am my first day on our new computer.  I will be (or try REALLY hard) to be more dedicated to writing in the blog.  Now on to the books!

I have never read a Stephen King novel because frankly I don't really want to be scared enough to wet the bed at night.  However, all the reviews said this novel was not scary and that it was a fantastic story.  They were right!  It is a time travel novel so it has it's own weirdness but it was so well written and thought out that I wasn't distracted by this. 

Jake is a teacher in 2011.  Al, a friend of Jake's, shows him a "rabbit hole" to 1958.  When Al dies, Jake takes on his friends quest to prevent the assassination of JFK.  Hence the title of the book.  So Jake must live in the "Land of Ago" as he comes to think of it, until 11/22/63 when he can change history.  One caveat with the time travel is that every trip to 1958 resets the past.  So anything Jake fixes on his first trip back, he has to continue to fix each time he goes.  I really can't say too much more without spoiling the book.  It has everything though, love, mystery and science fiction.  I would encourage you to read it.  The only thing scary is the 840 pages but I still read it in like 10 days.  It is completely worth your time.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

'Tis the Season

I guess this is the time of year when I read the least.  I'm busy, like everyone else.  Holiday parties, shopping and my personal favorite...baking!  So that being said I haven't finished a book in a while.  Sure I've done some looking, checked out a few online but I haven't actually finished one.  I guess that doesn't mean I can't write about something.

I love books in a series.  I get very attached to the characters.  I love an author that really makes you identify and fall in love with the characters of a book.  Books that are in a series give the reader an opportunity to really get to know the main character.  In fact if a book is a stand alone novel I usually get very sad at the end.  It's like saying goodbye to a dear friend!

Right now I am listening to book number 12 of the Harry Bosch series.  Harry Bosch books are written by Michael Connelly.  Connelly also wrote "The Lincoln Lawyer", which was just made into a movie.  Harry Bosch is an LAPD detective.  The books are your basic mysteries where Harry tracks down the killer and saves the day.  Harry is flawed like any good detective in a book.  Over the course of the books the reader really gets to know him.  He's on a mission in life, to be a voice for murder victims and hunt their killers.  I like him and listening to him brings it to a whole new level.  This particular author includes some jazz music on his audio tracks too.  It's very Harry.  If you like mystery novels I would give Michael Connelly a try.

Merry Christmas!