I’ll start this review of The Mistletoe Inn with a little disclaimer. The only reason I purchased this book – and paid full price, I might add – was because the Hallmark movie of the same name was going to premiere on Thanksgiving Day. It stars one of my favorite actresses – Alicia Witt. I was a little concerned because, even though I made the purchase several weeks before Thanksgiving, I didn’t actually start reading it until two days before Thanksgiving. However, that turned out not to be a problem. I eagerly tore through it in two days! Continue reading The Mistletoe Inn
I love stories that blend historical fact with fiction. Although there was ample opportunity for Masello to dig into the science aspect, I think it was a good choice not to. There was plenty of excitement without it!
I thought The Unremembered Girl to be a very well written dark story. I don’t think I’ve ever read a story quite like this, but I can certainly understand that some folks live the same way as the characters. If you like dark stories and dark subject matter, I highly recommend this book!
Wow! This story seemed to have it all!! Blake Crouch seemed to cover a handful of genres in one tale, and a very well written one, at that. The story bounces from 1893 to present (2009-2010), but I liked the way it was done. Several chapters were presented in one time, and then several chapters in the other, etc.
One of the things that impressed me most is the way the author tied everything together at the end. I sure didn’t see it coming until I was already there!
The only negative I have with this book is that it kept me up much too late at night turning pages!
This was a very good read, in my opinion. The story was unusual – but I mean that in a good way. The characters were well portrayed, the action was well documented, and the twists were unexpected.
This book was headed for a five-star review, until I got to the end. I was a bit disappointed with the way Caine brought the story to a close. But well done, overall!
This final installment of the Bill Hodges Trilogy was just… WOW!
The first two books in this trilogy were pretty much thrillers – albeit good ones. This last one, however, brings in some of the spookiness that Mr. King has made a lot of money writing about. I didn’t expect that AT ALL, but I was very pleased.
After having only a small role in the second book, Bill Hodges returns in full force in End of Watch. Just when he’s about to sever his relationship with Brady Hartsfield, and stop the visits to the Traumatic Brain Injury Clinic where Hartsfield now resides, people start committing suicide.
All the characters that survived the first book came back for the finale. The character arcs just kept getting better.
(If you have not yet read any of this trilogy, I strongly recommend that you at least read the first book, Mr. Mercedes, before reading this one. Reading the second book, Finders Keepers, is also highly recommended.
This second installment of the Bill Hodges Trilogy only loosely ties back to the first novel. However, it’s still action-packed and worth the read!
If you read this after reading Mr. Mercedes, the first book in the trilogy, you may wonder why is this book a part of the trilogy. I know I did! But give Mr. King the benefit of the doubt and he won’t disappoint.
When the son of a survivor of the Mr. Mercedes attack stumbles upon a treasure trove of cash and unpublished work of an iconic author murdered years earlier, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. And he has – sort of. He makes very good use of the money, and becomes enthralled in the writing. But when the original mastermind of the murder and theft is released from prison – found guilty of an unrelated charge – and finds his buried stash stolen, he’s ready to kill again.
This story will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It’s not the scary or spooky type of story so commonly attributed to Stephen King, but the pace is perfect, the characters are perfect (at being imperfect), and the suspense is killer!
I purchased and read this story because I was enamored with its predecessor, I Will Breathe. I thought it was very interesting, and the first time I’ve actually seen this in a series, that the characters in this story are the next generation of descendants of the characters in the first story. How clever is that?
This tale reveals some not-so-friendly robots – called Overseers – who tend to think of humans as pets, so to speak. They all reside in a walled-off city ironically named Freedom.
Harmony, the protagonist, must rescue her brother and cousin, who have become captors in the city of Freedom. Of course, she’ll have the assistance of some robotic friends. You’ll have to read the book yourself to find out whether Harmony can successfully complete the rescue.
I love the characters in this series. They’re just so danged lovable! Even the robotic ones! (Maybe especially the robotic ones!)
This was a very delightful and fun read! I think this story would appeal to both young and old alike. I’ve never read a post-apocalyptic story quite like this one. It’s very unique in that regard.
I know, how can any storyline set after the apocalypse be delightful! Right? Well, if it’ll ease your mind a bit, the characters in the story had absolutely nothing to do with the apocalypse. They just have to deal with the aftermath. Further, the setting is far enough after the events of the apocalypse (800 years) that it’s considered more historic than present.
Have you even imagined what it would be like to not only ride – but LIVE – in a hot air balloon? That was one of the delights in this story. Also, the variations in technology is very thought provoking. The characters seem to mostly have “old school” technology, but yet they interact with clumsy (and comical) robots that seem to be a collection of odd parts.
From a technical standpoint, I thought the pacing was perfect, and characters were developed, and any SPAG problems were minimal.
This was my first venture into the “steampunk” genre.
This story kept me fully engaged and turning the pages! Highly recommended!