Saturday, June 30, 2012
Friday, June 29, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
As a child, Clare Kimball witnesses a satanic rite but she only remembers it now in her dreams. Also she discovers her father body after he supposely jumped from the third floor window of their home. Now 10 years later, she has made a name for herself in the art world and lives in New York. But she is haunted by her nightmares and her memories and decides to return home for rest and to recharge. The new sheriff of Emmitsboro, Cameron Rafferty has loved Clare since high school. Now that she's back, they re connect and find that the attraction is stronger then ever. But something evil is happening in Emmitsboro and Clare may be connected to it. Book contains a lot of satanic references and is slow at times and a little predictable but still a good story.
This is the second title in the Lizzy & Diesel series.
When a Harvard University English professor is thrown off his fourth-floor balcony, Lizzy and Diesel find out that he was also searching for the Luxuria Stone, an ancient relic believed to be infused with the power of lust. Also searching for the stone are Wulf, Diesel's not so nice cousin and a woman known as Anarchy, who is really not nice. Good story - but still not sure that the series is as good as Stephanie Plum.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
No announcements precede it, no paper notices on downtown posts and billboards, no mentions or advertisements in local newspapers. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
The towering tents are striped in white and black, no golds and crimsons to be seen. No color at all, save for the neighboring trees and the grass of the surrounding fields. Black-and-white stripes on grey sky; countless tents of varying shapes and sizes, with an elaborate wrought-iron fence encasing them in a colorless world. Even what little ground is visible from outside is black or white, painted or powdered, or treated with some other circus trick.
But it is not open for business. Not just yet.”
So the reader is pulled into the magical world of Le Cirque des Rêves. Set in the Victorian era, a love story emerges between two competitors in a game of illusions. Each is fabulous at creating magical images. The competition turns to collaboration as each builds on the other’s work—and the circus expands. Great delightful tents appear—an ice garden that never melts, a living carousel, as each seeks to pleasure the other. The wonderful spell-bounding concoctions of Celia and Marco grow and grow. But like a garden, need their attention to stay and bloom. The dark secret is not revealed to Marco or Celia that the game ends when only one person is left standing. What will happen to the two lovers?
Many other characters emerge—Bailey, a Massachusetts farm boy who chums with the clairvoyant twins, Frederick Thiessen, clock maker extraordinaire, and Chandresh Christophe Lêfevre, the organizer behind the circus.
Slowly, practically imperceptibly, the world changes, pieces fall, the fanciful places begin to fail. The lives of everyone are at stake.
The reader is immerged in such lush and lavish descriptions that swirl around that one may miss important details. This work would benefit from being read a second time just to see how all the parts intertwine.
This feels somewhat like Harry Potter in that the author creates another world where perhaps things in the circus tents are not are they seem-- paper birds that fly, charms, and magic. The magicians work to make the illusions explainable in the Victorian world where it takes place. So that when the magician conjures impossible things, the circus audience willing accepts the show as being an illusion.
2012 ALA Best Adult Genre Fiction
Grisham does a fine job writing an interesting mystery for the juvenile set. His characters are believable, and he throws in other plot lines (homelessness and illegal immigrants) that hot topics for today. He's cultivating a new generation for his other books.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Monday, June 25, 2012
Lara Madigan can help you find your soulmate--your canine soul mate. But unfortunately she doesn't seem to have the same ability for herself - her fiance just told her he is not a dog person. So she finds herself homeless with her dogs and moves in with her mother. Her mother is the total opposite of her - wealthy and lives in a home straight out of a design magazine. Soon though Lara is getting demands for her services. But will she find her own soul mate of the two legged variety?? Good romance.
2012 Notable Children's Books
Two U.S. Senators, William S. Cohen and Gary Hart, draw upon their insider’s knowledge of Washington, DC to tell a gripping thriller of Senator Thomas Chandler’s search for the person responsible for the assignation of the Secretary of State's family. U.S. has a highly placed mole Russia is intent on protecting. A high ranking KGB officer in charge of counterintelligence has the power to instigate his own secret agenda of terrorism. Chandler undercovers possible links to the Mafia, JFK's assignation, CIA wrongdoings and more. As Chandler makes connections, he becomes a target.