Archive for August, 2013


PIVOT POINT by Kasie West is 343 pages in length in e-book format. This is classified as young adult.  It is currently $1.99 for your Kindle on Amazon.  You can’t beat the price and the book was very well written.

Brief Description:
Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier. . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with — her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school — but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

 

My Review:

I loved this young adult book.  It had a little romance, a little fantasy, a little time travel, even though it was brief in scope, and a little mystery.  Addison was a very interesting girl with the power to see what would happen if a choice had to be made.  In the beginning I didn’t understand one chapter was one choice and the next chapter was the other scenario, but once I understood that, everything seemed to make more sense.

I read this book in a day, as I wanted to see which scenario after being viewed would be her choice when the decision was to be made.  I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  It was not a predictable ending and I thank the author for that.

Even though this is classified as a young adult book, I think it is a quick and fun read for anyone.  This book had me from page 1 and didn’t let me go until the very end.  In fact I wonder if there will be a sequel to see what Addison does in the future as I did see an opening there.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars as I thought it was well written, with the right things to make you keep turning the pages.  It gave you the desire to see what is next and because it was an e-book, I couldn’t peak at the end.  Possibly that is why I read in one day.

DARK GOLD by Christine Feehan is 312 pages in length in paperback form. This is #3 in A Carpathian Novel.

Brief Description:

They were masters of the darkness, searching through eternity for a mistress of the light …

WAS HE A MAN … OR A MIRACLE?

Alexandria Houton would sacrifice anything–even her life–to protect her orphaned little brother. But when both encountered unspeakable evil in the swirling San Francisco mists, Alex could only cry to heaven for their deliverance .. .

And out of the darkness swooped Aidan Savage, a golden being more powerful, more mysterious, than any other creature of the night. The ageless Carpathian male snatched them from a hideous fate. But was Aidan a miracle . . . or a monster? Alex’s salvation . . . or her sin? If she surrendered to Aidan’s savage, unearthly seduction–gave him the color, the light, the family he craved–would Alex truly save her brother? Or sacrifice more than her life?

My Review:

I loved this one about Aidan Savage.  In the beginning there was a lot of badness and I was worried this might be a real dark one, but Aidan was definitely a bright light.  Alexandria was also a very strong woman and I liked that she wanted to remain “normal”.  There was definitely good versus evil in this one and Ms. Feehan kept you wanting to read the next page.  To find out how the ending was going to be.

This one didn’t have a lot about the Carpathian Family, but only the ways of the Carpathians and how they are bound together as family.  Gregori only had a short appearance and that was at the very end.  I am sure we have not seen the end of Joshua though.  I am hoping as he turns into a young man we will see more of him.  I would hope the story doesn’t end here.

I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars because I love the strong female and how they can be strong, but also be smart enough to give in when needed.  This books was one you didn’t want to put down.  I enjoyed every page and look forward to the next one in the series.

OUT OF REACH by Patricia Lewin is #1 in Erin Baker Series and is 293 pages in hardback form.

Brief Description:
A rising star in the CIA, Erin Baker is driven by tragedy from her past. When she was a child, her eight-year-old sister, Claire, was kidnapped. Though Claire was miraculously found, she was changed forever. As was Erin, who now just might get what she’s always wanted: the chance to make a difference in someone’s life. But she must be willing to risk everything she holds dear.

When a child disappears near her home, Erin is certain there is a link to her sister’s cold kidnapping case. She meets Alex Donovan, an FBI agent on the hunt to find the missing boy, whose record for locating missing children is unquestioned. Suddenly Alex and Erin find themselves on a desperate pursuit – from the streets of America’s most peaceful neighborhoods to a horrifying underworld where children are stolen and trafficked. And as they get closer to the truth, they make their own lives, and the lives of everyone they love, into perfect targets for a killer.

My Review:

I thought this was a very good book with lots of action.  Some of the scenes were possibly a little over the top, but it is fiction and anything can happen.  Erin Baker is someone you would like to have as your friend as she is a very strong female, but still can be down to earth.

This was the first book that I have read by this author so was pleasantly surprised.  It seemed to be about the right length so you didn’t get tired of what was happening.  It is about kidnapping children though, so if that subject matter is not one that you like, then I would stay away from this one.

Even though Erin Baker is CIA, you don’t really have any spy stuff in this one.  There are some things that she does because of her training, but is mostly the hunt for the kidnappers.

I am giving this 4 out of 5 stars.  I liked it, but it wasn’t great!

THE 7TH VICTIM by Alan Jacobson is 415 pages in length and is the first in the Karen Vail Series.

Brief Description:
The Dead Eyes Killer lurks in the backyard of the famed FBI Profiling Unit. His brutal murders, unlike any others previously seen, confound the local task force, despite the gifted profiling skills of Special Agent Karen Vail. But along with Vail’s insight and expertise comes considerable personal and professional baggage.
On leave pending a review of her assault on her abusive ex-husband, Vail must battle forces determined to bring her down, as she fights to find Dead Eyes before he murders more young women. But the seventh victim is the key to all that stirs this killer…the key that will unlock secrets perhaps too painful for Vail to bear. These are secrets that threaten to destroy her, secrets that will bring down her storied and promising career. For Karen Vail, the truth rests at the heart of a lie. And uncovering it could get her killed…
With material meticulously researched during seven years of study with the Bureau’s vaunted profiling unit, Alan Jacobson brings refreshing realism and unprecedented accuracy to his pages, as he takes readers behind the scenes of the FBI Academy, where he worked with the actual profilers who have studied and interviewed twenty years’ worth of serial killers.

My Review:

When I first started to read this book, I thought I wasn’t going to like it, because it had another hot shot woman police officer at a bank robbery. I am glad I read more than the first two chapters and came to realize that was not the case. This book was an interesting perspective of what an FBI profiler does and how they make certain assumptions. I did enjoy this book, but thought the ending seemed a bit rushed. Like we came to the conclusion and everything had to be done quickly. In some books that makes sense, but I didn’t feel in this book it did. Or perhaps more information during the hunt for the serial killer would have made the ending better.

Still I found this author to be one that I would read the next book in the series. It was very interesting and I did enjoy it for the most part. 4 out of 5 stars on this one from me.