December 31, 2011

What's Left on the To-Be-Read Pile ?

2011 To-Be-Read List (In My Mailbox)
  1. Aiken, G. A.: Dragon Actually (Review)
  2. Aiken, G. A.: About a Dragon (Review)
  3. Aiken, G. A.: What a Dragon Should Know (Review)
  4. Canavan, Trudi: The Ambassador's Mission (Review)
  5. Canavan, Trudi: Priestess of the White (Review)
  6. Canavan, Trudi: Last of the Wilds (Review)
  7. Canavan, Trudi: Voice of the Gods (Review)
  8. Cashore, Kristin: Fire (Review)
  9. Cashore, Kristin: Graceling (Review)
  10. Christie, Agatha : Third Girl (Review)
  11. Christie, Agatha : Partners in Crime (Review)
  12. Clare, Cassandra: Clockwork Angel (Review)
  13. Colfer, Eoin: Artemis Fowl and The Atlantis Complex (Review)
  14. Cronin, Justin: The Passage (Review)
  15. Farnsworth, Christopher: Blood Oath (Review)
  16. Follett, Ken : The Pillars of the Earth (Review)
  17. Follett, Ken : World Without End (Review)
  18. Gaiman, Neil: Coraline (Review)
  19. Giorello, Sibella: The Mountains Bow Down (Review)
  20. Gregory, Philippa: The Queen's Fool (Review)
  21. Gregory, Philippa: The Virgin's Lover (Review)
  22. Gregory, Philippa: The White Queen (Review)
  23. Gregory, Philippa: The Red Queen (Review)
  24. Jordan, Robert: The Eye of the World (Review)
  25. Jordan, Robert: The Great Hunt (Review)
  26. Jordan, Robert: The Dragon Reborn (Review)
  27. Jordan, Robert: The Shadow Rising (Review)
  28. Jordan, Robert: The Fires of Heaven (Review)
  29. Jordan, Robert: Lord of Chaos (Review)
  30. Jordan, Robert: A Crown of Swords (Review)
  31. Jordan, Robert: The Path of Daggers (Review)
  32. Jordan, Robert: Winter's Heart (Review)
  33. Jordan, Robert: Crossroads of Twilight (Review)
  34. Jordan, Robert: Knife of Dreams (Review)
  35. Jordan, Robert and Sanderson, Brandon: The Gathering Storm (Review)
  36. Kaplan, Mitchell James: By Fire, By Water (Review)
  37. Kenyon, Sherrilyn: No Mercy (Review)
  38. Kessler, Jackie Morse: Hunger (Review)
  39. King, Stephen: Under the Dome (Review)
  40. Koontz, Dean : Your Heart Belongs to Me (Review)
  41. Larsson, Stieg: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Review)
  42. Larsson, Stieg: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Review)
  43. Larsson, Stieg: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Review)
  44. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird (Review)
  45. Lewis, Jon: Invasion (Review)
  46. Lore, Pittacus: I Am Number Four (Review)
  47. Nix, Garth: The Violet Keystone (Review)
  48. Parish, James Robert: The Hollywood Book of Breakups (Review)
  49. Preston, LM: ARC of Bandits (Review)
  50. Riordan, Rick: The Lost Hero (Review)
  51. Robb, J.D. : Fantasy in Death (Review)
  52. Robb, J.D. : Indulgence in Death (Review)
  53. Robb, J.D.: Treachery in Death (Review)
  54. Sage, Angie: Darke (Review)
  55. Scott, Michael: The Alchemyst (Review)
  56. Scott, Michael: The Magician (Review)
  57. Scott, Michael: The Sorceress (Review)
  58. Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris: The Rook Trilogy (Review)
  59. Westerfeld, Scott: Leviathan (Review)
  60. Westerfeld, Scott: Behemoth (Review)
  61. Yovanoff, Brenna: The Replacement (Review)

December 27, 2011

The Year's Bounty

2011 Additions to my personal library (Teaser Tuesdays)
  1. Aiken, G. A.: Dragon Actually (Review)
  2. Aiken, G. A.: About a Dragon (Review)
  3. Aiken, G. A.: What a Dragon Should Know (Review)
  4. Cashore, Kristin: Fire (Review)
  5. Cashore, Kristin: Graceling (Review)
  6. Christie, Agatha : Third Girl (Review)
  7. Christie, Agatha : Partners in Crime (Review)
  8. Clare, Cassandra: Clockwork Angel (Review)
  9. Colfer, Eoin: Artemis Fowl and The Atlantis Complex (Review)
  10. Cronin, Justin: The Passage (Review)
  11. Farnsworth, Christopher: Blood Oath (Review)
  12. Follett, Ken : The Pillars of the Earth (Review)
  13. Follett, Ken : World Without End (Review)
  14. Gaiman, Neil: Coraline (Review)
  15. Giorello, Sibella: The Mountains Bow Down (Review)
  16. Gregory, Philippa: The Queen's Fool (Review)
  17. Gregory, Philippa: The Virgin's Lover (Review)
  18. Gregory, Philippa: The White Queen (Review)
  19. Gregory, Philippa: The Red Queen (Review)
  20. Kaplan, Mitchell James: By Fire, By Water (Review)
  21. Kenyon, Sherrilyn: No Mercy (Review)
  22. King, Stephen: Under the Dome (Review)
  23. Koontz, Dean : Your Heart Belongs to Me (Review)
  24. Larsson, Stieg: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Review)
  25. Larsson, Stieg: The Girl Who Played with Fire (Review)
  26. Larsson, Stieg: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest (Review)
  27. Lee, Harper: To Kill a Mockingbird (Review)
  28. Lewis, Jon: Invasion (Review)
  29. Lore, Pittacus: I Am Number Four (Review)
  30. Preston, LM: ARC of Bandits (Review)
  31. Riordan, Rick: The Lost Hero (Review)
  32. Robb, J.D. : Fantasy in Death (Review)
  33. Robb, J.D.: Indulgence in Death (Review)
  34. Robb, J.D.: Treachery in Death (Review)
  35. Stewart, Paul & Riddell, Chris: The Rook Trilogy (Review)
  36. Yovanoff, Brenna: The Replacement (Review)

December 26, 2011

Review : Forbidden by Jo Beverley

Title : Forbidden
Author : Jo Beverley
Reading Dates : 4 Dec - 9 Dec 2011
The Company of Rogues
  • An Arranged Marriage
  • An Unwilling Bride
  • Christmas Angel
  • Forbidden
  • Dangerous Joy
  • The Dragon's Bride
  • Skylark
  • The Rogue's Return
  • To Rescue a Rogue
From Amazon :
Finally freed from a cruel, depraved husband, Serena Riverton wants nothing more to do with men or marriage. Fate and her brothers give her no choice except to flee - into a storm, and into the arms of a stranger. Without friend or fortune, Serena seduces the handsome lord. But just one night together will start a sequence of events that threatens to destroy them both. Francis, Lord Middlethorpe's life is planned and orderly, including marriage to Lady Anne Peckworth, a rich and suitable lady. But now he is haunted by memories of one passionate night with Serena, the wicked siren who tempted him with pleasures he had never known. Caught between duty and desire, he must choose between his reputation and a love like no other.


Book Review of Forbidden.

I’ve always enjoyed Forbidden for 2 reasons. The first is because I enjoy the idea of The Company of Rogues and the other is the hero, Francis Haile.

The Company of Rogues has always seemed such a wonderful group to me. A group of men and women comprising of both commoners and nobles, formed initially in childhood for the sole purpose of protection and evolving into a family one can depend on always. This group of assorted men and women with their different skills always seem to have the right mix to attend to the complex problems they encounter and I just enjoy watching them put their personal strengths to use.

The other reason I enjoy Forbidden is the main character, Francis Haile. Francis is a breath of fresh air because I’ve rarely had historical romances portray a hero as being gentle without seeming weak.

The only complain I have against Forbidden is the writing. There are times when the exchanges seem a bit abrupt. And while this doesn’t lessen my appreciation for the story, it does usually gives me pause as I need to reorder my thinking.

Despite that minor complain though, this is another old favourite

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes, this is one of my favorite historical romances.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes, but I Forbidden remains my favorite within the series.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Romance readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

December 24, 2011

The Ever Growing Wish List ...

2011 Wishes ( Waiting on Wednesdays, Friday Finds, On My Wishlist )
  1. Aiken, G.A.: Last Dragon Standing
  2. Aiken, G.A.: The Dragon Who Loved Me
  3. Austen, Jane : Lady Susan
  4. Austen, Jane : The Watsons
  5. Austen, Jane : Sanditon
  6. Bardsley, Michele : I’m the Vampire, That’s Why
  7. Barnholdt, Lauren : Two-way Street
  8. Beagle, Peter S. : The Last Unicorn
  9. Beddor, Frank : The Looking Glass Wars
  10. Beddor, Frank : Seeing Redd
  11. Beddor, Frank : ArchEnemy
  12. Bishop, Anne : Daughter of the Blood
  13. Bishop, Anne : Heir to the Shadows
  14. Bishop, Anne : Queen of the Darkness
  15. Blum, Jenna : The Stormchasers
  16. Bow, Erin : Plain Kate
  17. Bracken, Alexandra : Brightly Woven
  18. Brook, Meljean : The Iron Duke
  19. Canavan, Trudi : The Ambassador's Mission (Review)
  20. Canavan, Trudi: The Rogue
  21. Carriger, Gail : Soulless
  22. Carriger, Gail : Changeless
  23. Carriger, Gail : Blameless
  24. Christopher, Lucy : Flyaway
  25. Delsol, Wendy : Stork
  26. Eagland, Jane : Wildthorn
  27. Farnsworth, Christopher: The President's Vampire
  28. Gaiman, Neil and Pratchett, Terry: Good Omens
  29. Gaiman, Neil : Interworld
  30. Gaiman, Neil : Mirrormask
  31. Gaiman, Neil : The Wolves in the Walls
  32. Gaiman, Neil : Odd and The Frost Giants
  33. Gaiman, Neil : Absolute Death
  34. Gaiman, Neil : Stories : All-New Tales
  35. George, Jessica Day : Princess of the Midnight Ball
  36. Gregory, Philippa: The Lady of the Rivers
  37. Heyer, Georgette : Lady of Quality
  38. Heyer, Georgette : The Foundling
  39. Heyer, Georgette : The Conqueror
  40. Heyer, Georgette : The Masqueraders
  41. Heyer, Georgette : The Spanish Bride
  42. Kenyon, Sherrilyn : No Mercy (Review)
  43. Kenyon, Sherrilyn : Infinity : Chronicles of Nick
  44. Kenyon, Sherrilyn : In Other Worlds
  45. Koontz, Dean : Odd Thomas
  46. Koontz, Dean : Forever Odd
  47. Koontz, Dean : In Odd We Trust
  48. Koontz, Dean : Odd Is On Our Side
  49. Kurland, Lynn : From This Moment On
  50. Kurland, Lynn : This Is All I Ask
  51. Lore, Pittacus : The Power of Six
  52. Maitland, Karen : Company of Liars : A Novel
  53. McCarthy, Erin : High Stakes
  54. McKillip, Patricia A. : The Sorceress and the Cygnet
  55. McKillip, Patricia A. : The Cygnet and the Firebird
  56. Nix, Garth : The Violet Keystone (Review)
  57. Price, Kalayna : Grave Witch : An Alex Craft Novel
  58. Robb, J.D. : Kindred in Death
  59. Robb, J.D. : Missing in Death
  60. Robb, J.D. : Fantasy in Death (Review)
  61. Robb, J.D. : Indulgence in Death (Review)
  62. Sage, Angie : Darke (Review)
  63. Skye, Obert: The Eyes of the Want
  64. Skye, Obert: The Wrath of Ezra
  65. Skye, Obert: The Ruins of Alder
  66. Violi, Jennifer : Putting Makeup on Dead People
  67. Ward, J. R. : Lover Mine
  68. Ward, J. R. : Lover Unleashed
  69. Webster, Jean : Daddy-Long-Legs
  70. Webster, Jean : Dear Enemy
  71. Westerfeld, Scott : Behemoth (Review)
  72. Westerfeld, Scott : Goliath
  73. Westerfeld, Scott : Touching Darkness
  74. Westerfeld, Scott : Blue Noon
  75. Yovanoff, Brenna : The Replacement (Review)

December 23, 2011

Review : Slightly Scadalous by Mary Balogh

Title : Slightly Scandalous
Author : Mary Balogh
Reading Dates : 3 Dec - 3 Dec 2011
Slightly
  • Slightly Married
  • Slightly Wicked
  • Slightly Scandalous
  • Slightly Tempted
  • Slightly Sinful
  • Slightly Dangerous
From Amazon :
Meet the Bedwyns…six brothers and sisters—men and women of passion and privilege, daring and sensuality.

Enter their dazzling world of high society and breathtaking seduction…where each will seek love, fight temptation, and court scandal…and where Freyja Bedwyn, the wild-hearted daughter, meets her match in a man as passionate, reckless, and scandalous as she.

Growing up with four unruly brothers has made Freyja Bedwyn far bolder than most society ladies. From feisty manner to long, tumbling hair, Lady Freyja is pure fire, a woman who seeks both adventure and freedom.

Adventure soon finds her on a visit to Bath, when a handsome stranger bursts into Freyja's room and entreats her to hide him. His name is Joshua Moore, Marquess of Hallmere, a man with a hell-raising reputation of his own who is quickly intrigued by the independent beauty. So intrigued, in fact, that he makes her a surprising request: to pose as his fiancĂ©e and help thwart his family's matchmaking schemes. For two people determined to be free, it's the perfect plan…until passion blindsides them both. For as Joshua sets out to achieve his complete seduction of Freyja, a woman who has sworn off love is in danger of losing the one thing she never expected to give again: her heart…


Book Review of Slightly Scandalous.

I’ve read all but the last book in the series and this one remains my favourite in the series. Besides, Slightly Scandalous also has one of my favourite romance couples.

The main reason I love it though are the 2 main characters. They truly are perfect for each other. Both of them are very honest about their feelings for each other. Neither will let the other get away with anything whether in life or play. Joshua would never think to give in to Freyja because of his feelings for her or because she’s a lady. And Freyja would punish him if he tried. I also love how Joshua manages to see the fun in everything and how Freyja challenges her fears head on. It’s always a joy to follow them as get to know each other and fall in love.

The other is the theme of family and friendship. Whether it is the Bedwyns or the friends Joshua has made. It was really fun and moving how they stood up for each other without needing to be asked. It was the reason I picked up the other books in the series, even if the other books don’t quite live up to my expectations.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Definitely. I've already re-read it a few times.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? If I hadn't read it, I'd probably plan to.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Historical romance readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it. This one is a keeper and it can be read as a standalone.

Books alluded to :


December 21, 2011

Review : Treachery in Death by J.D. Robb

Title : Treachery in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Reading Dates : 25 Oct - 27 Oct 2011
In Death
  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death
  • Judgment in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death
  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death
  • Indulgence in Death
  • Treachery in Death
From Amazon :
After her boss, Lieutenant Eve Dallas, suggests that New York policewoman Delia Peabody’s footwork needs some work, Delia books some time in the gym for what almost becomes a “killer” workout. Rather than visit NYPD’s brand-new, state-of-the-art exercise facilities, Peabody opts for the building’s old gym, since fewer of her well-toned, light-on-their-feet co-workers will be there. Upon arriving, Peabody has the place to herself until she hears voices and realizes that she’s listening to two cops angrily arguing about a deal in which they are both involved. Fortunately, the two leave before they realize Delia has overheard them. Not only does Peabody know the name of one of the corrupt cops, she also knows they are both guilty of murder. Now it will be up to Peabody and Eve to take these crooked cops down. The thirty-second (!) entry in Robb’s gritty, futuristic procedural series is one of the best yet: a sexy, high-stakes, high-adrenaline read that will delight series stalwarts, hook readers new to Eve Dallas, and please both mystery and romance readers. --John Charles


Book Review of Treachery In Death.

Treachery In Death was another memorable In Death book. Immediately after finishing it, I had a hankering to re-read some of the In Death books.

What makes this one stand out for me, is that Eve not only knows who she’s up against right from the start but has to set a trap to find the evidence she needs without the opponent getting wind of it. There’s no doubt that she will but how Eve and her team goes about laying the groundwork for it certainly makes for some very tension-filled reading. Especially, at the end, when everything comes together.

The other is that Renee Oberman is the opposite of what Eve holds most dear about her job as a police officer. And as in any Nora Roberts book, this represents plenty of emotionally charged moments. Even if it does get a bit cliched at times, I still couldn’t help being drawn in.

The other typical element is of course the humour. The conversations between Eve and her team is as usual filled with plenty of funny moments, even in the midst of death.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Definitely.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yup, it's already on my wish list.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Romantic suspense readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

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December 19, 2011

Review : Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb


Title : Fantasy in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Reading Dates : 19 Nov - 1 Dec 2011
In Death
  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death
  • Judgment in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death
  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death
  • Indulgence in Death
  • Treachery in Death
From Amazon :
NYPSD Lieutenant Eve Dallas must discover who's preying on those who cater to the rich and famous in the new novel by #1 New York Times bestselling author J.D. Robb.


Book Review of Indulgence In Death.

Indulgence In Death was another disappointment for me.
Mainly, this is because I felt the story lacked any emotional punch. Supposedly, Eve and her colleagues are outraged and disgusted by the selfishness of it all. And this leads to the show of solidarity and teamwork to close the case at the end. The only problem is those feelings seem to be merely surface ones and neither their words or actions quite translate to me, the reader. So, the entire story just felt flat and 2-dimensional.
This was too bad because I felt the storyline here had potential. This could have been another memorable case in the series but it simply is not. The only reason I’ll be picking this up again is because it makes up part of the series. Still, I would not have sensed the lack even if I’d skipped Indulgence in Death.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Maybe, but mostly because it makes up a part of the In Death series.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes, but again because I'm a fan of the series rather than the book itself.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? In Death fans.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it if you're looking to complete the series. Else, borrow it.

December 16, 2011

Review : Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb




Title : Fantasy in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Reading Dates : 13 Nov - 19 Nov 2011
In Death
  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death
  • Judgment in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death
  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death
  • Indulgence in Death
  • Treachery in Death
From Amazon :
The game started with a murder. Now, it's Eve Dallas's move.

It is the most puzzling case Eve Dallas has ever faced: the founder of the computer gaming giant U-Play is found decapitated in his locked, private playroom. And now Eve and her team are about to enter the next level of police work, in a world where fantasy is the ultimate seduction-and the price of defeat is death...


Book Review of Fantasy In Death.

Fantasy In Death unfortunately falls short of my expectations. Not only in the mystery department but especially in terms of the story’s ability to pull the reader in.

One of In Death’s major plus points is how the cases brings home certain points, thus tugging at reader’s heartstrings. Here, however neither the victim nor the mystery seems to matter. And it wasn’t until the very end where I actually felt something for the characters in the tale. Probably because the human aspect of the story seems to have been drowned out by the science.

As for the mystery itself, I think it’s not difficult to guess where things are heading. Right from the start, I knew how the deed could have been accomplished and it just took a bit longer to identify the culprit and have it confirmed.

This definitely doesn’t meet the usual standards I have for the series.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Probably, but mostly because it makes up a part of the In Death series.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes, but again because I'm a fan of the series rather than the book itself.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? In Death fans.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it if you're looking to complete the series. Else, borrow it.

December 14, 2011

Review : Judgement in Death by J.D. Robb




Title : Judgement in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Reading Dates : 30 Oct - 31 Oct 2011
In Death
  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death
  • Judgment in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death
  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death
  • Indulgence in Death
  • Treachery in Death
From Amazon :
When a cop killer cuts loose in a club called Purgatory, Detective Eve Dallas descends into an underground criminal hell.


Book Review of Judgement In Death.

Judgement in Death is memorable because it is one of those rare cases where both the readers and Eve are sympathetic to the killer. It is a kind of vindication of Eve’s dedication not just to her badge but to the rule of law because she never hesitates in pursuing justice. Yet, Eve is not without mercy. She does make a concession to the murderer’s feelings at the end.

Other than that, Judgement in Death expands on her relationship with another recurring character, Don Webster. Eve’s relationship with Webster is often difficult as she seems to despise what he does even if she respects the person. Their arguments often strike me as funny since Eve would be as quick to condemn a corrupt police officer but condemns Webster’s job.

This is definitely one of reasons I continue to read the series.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes, but not soon.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes, although not in order.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Romantic suspense readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

December 9, 2011

Review : Conspiracy in Death by J.D. Robb

Title : Conspiracy in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Reading Dates : 29 Oct - 30 Oct 2011
In Death
  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death
  • Judgment in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death
  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death
  • Indulgence in Death
  • Treachery in Death
From Amazon :
Streetwise cop Eve Dallas and her trusty sidekick Peabody face a methodical killer in this latest addition to the In Death series by J.D. Robb, better known as the bestselling author Nora Roberts.

In the late 21st century, on the streets of New York City, a street sleeper is found murdered, his diseased heart removed with surgical precision. His death would typically drop to the bottom of a list of senseless and inexplicable killings, but Lieutenant Dallas, who "would stand for the dead and the living," is not about to let that happen. When her research uncovers similar crimes in several cities that were dropped under mysterious circumstances, Dallas knows she's facing a killer cruel enough to prey on the weakest in society and powerful enough to conspire an extensive coverup.

To complicate matters further, Dallas faces an equally troubling threat to her career when she's linked to the death of a fellow cop. Now she must fight to restore her good name as well as track down the killer.

In Conspiracy in Death, Roberts creates a futuristic world of evil that Eve Dallas negotiates through tough talk and brute force. While Robb crafts the crimes with great care, she assumes a familiarity with the characters that new readers will lack. But fans of the In Death series and newcomers alike will enjoy the thrill of the chase as Eve Dallas sets out to get her man. --Nancy R.E. O'Brien


Book Review of Conspiracy In Death.

Conspiracy in Death emphasizes how important are Eve’s symbols to her. This is one of the few times we see Eve really break and it was heart wrenching the first time I read it. This time round though, it was more intriguing because I couldn’t help wondering why she would break. No doubt her symbols are important but surely she realizes as a police officer the necessity of it. After all, she’s done the same to fellow officers in the name of duty. An interesting conundrum. The other intriguing part of this is how she deals with what happened and the steps she takes to keep in the loop. Eve seemed to constantly make things harder on herself by not listening to sound advice from friends and colleagues. Also, now that her job is at risk, she’s certainly more amenable to bending her rules.

The other reason I picked this up was because here’s another book where Eve’s clique of trusted aides and friends expand. It’s always fun to read again how and why each connected.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Yes, but not soon.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes, although not in order.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Romantic suspense readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

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December 7, 2011

Review : Ceremony in Death by J.D. Robb

Title : Ceremony in Death
Author : J.D. Robb
Reading Dates : 28 Oct - 29 Oct 2011
In Death
  • Naked in Death
  • Glory in Death
  • Immortal in Death
  • Rapture in Death
  • Ceremony in Death
  • Vengeance in Death
  • Holiday in Death
  • Conspiracy in Death
  • Loyalty in Death
  • Witness in Death
  • Judgment in Death
  • Betrayal in Death
  • Seduction in Death
  • Reunion in Death
  • Purity in Death
  • Portrait in Death
  • Imitation in Death
  • Divided in Death
  • Visions in Death
  • Survivor in Death
  • Origin in Death
  • Memory in Death
  • Born in Death
  • Innocent in Death
  • Creation in Death
  • Strangers in Death
  • Salvation in Death
  • Promises in Death
  • Kindred in Death
  • Fantasy in Death
  • Indulgence in Death
  • Treachery in Death
From Amazon :
Eve Dallas is conducting a top secret investigation into the death of a fellow officer-but every clue brings her closer to the most seductive form of evil.


Book Review of Ceremony In Death.

The reason why I re-read Ceremony in Death is because I thought it would make a nice contrast to Treachery in Death. This particular In Death book has always fascinated me because here Eve makes what I’d always believed to be a line she would never cross for anyone, with Roarke as an exception, and yet she does. I think most readers would sympathize and understand the choice here but how Eve can make this choice without any qualms at all is a source of constant speculation for me.

The other is actually the introduction of Jamie. While he’s nowhere near as important as any of the other supporting or recurring characters of the series, I like how he and Eve deal with each other in this one. In the course of her cases and also within her expanding circle of friends Eve has had to deal with other children and teenagers. But I’ve always thought that the dynamics of Eve and Jamie’s relationship a special one because here’s a young boy she can actually relate to without any of her usual hang-ups and whom she even respects.

As for the case itself, apart from its venturing into the realms of the occult, the rest is actually pretty clear-cut right from the start. Even without Eve’s investigation results, most readers would probably be able to guess where things are heading. It would still be pretty interesting reading for a first time reader.

Other than that though, it’s the humour and the relationships Eve and Roarke forms with other people as the story progresses that keeps me coming back to the In Death series.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Probably, but not soon.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Yes. although maybe not in order.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Yes.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Romantic suspense readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Buy it.

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December 5, 2011

Monthly Wrap-Up : November 2011

I'm in a reading slump right now, and barely made a dent in the books I planned to read.

November Reads:

  1. Fantasy in Death by J.D. Robb
  2. Indulgence in Death by J.D. Robb

Published Reviews:


I'd actually planned to read some of these in November but ...

December Reads:

  • Slightly Scandalous by Mary Balogh
  • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
  • The Stand by Stephen King


Additions to the To-Be-Read pile :

December 3, 2011

Review : Artemis Fowl and The Atlantis Complex by Eoin Colfer


Title : Artemis Fowl and The Atlantis Complex
Author : Eoin Colfer
Reading Dates : 22 Oct - 24 Oct 2011
Artemis Fowl
From goodreads :
In the seventh Artemis Fowl title, the 15-year-old mastermind focuses his ingenuity on global warming while struggling with a devastating illness. After Artemis invites four fairy friends to Iceland for a demonstration of his latest invention, the Ice Cube, it becomes clear that he is suffering from the Atlantis Complex, which manifests as obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, and multiple personalities. If this weren’t enough to worry about, a spaceship crashes and disgorges amorphobots programmed to kill. Colfer keeps the action moving with laughs and gadgetry as he bounces between several plotlines that spotlight peripheral characters. A treat for series fans. Grades 5-8. --Lynn Rutan


Book Review of Artemis Fowl and The Atlantis Complex.

The seventh book in the series was disappointing for me. It was a better read than The Time Paradox but again wasn’t up to the standards set by the earlier books.

In The Atlantis Complex, while Artemis shows up right from the start, he doesn’t play much of a role until later on in the story. So, if you’ve read my reviews of the earlier books, it’s pretty much easy to guess why I found this one disappointing. What I’ve always liked about the series is Artemis and his outlandish schemes. Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much of that here. Apart from when Artemis is figuring out the true perpetrator of their present predicament, the rest of it lacks Artemis’s usual finesse.

The ending too was rather predictable. From the first moment when Artemis’s symptoms manifest, I think most readers would be able to guess how it was going to end. Hardly, what I’d expect from Artemis Fowl.

To sum up, The Atlantis Complex isn’t anywhere near as good as the first books in the series but I still wouldn’t write off Artemis Fowl yet.

My conclusions :

  • Would I re-read the book ? Maybe.
  • Would I want to read the next book in the series ? Probably, but I need a break first.
  • Would I want to own my personal copy if I didn’t already own it ? Only as part of the series.
  • Who would I recommend this too? Fantasy readers.
  • For those looking to read the book, would I recommend buying or borrowing the book? Borrow it.

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