May 30, 2010

Review: Web of Lies by Jennifer Estep

Web of Lies

After her mentor Fletcher was killed in book one, Spider's Bite, Gin Blanco retired from her life as an assassin. Bored to the point of tears things liven up for Gin when two thugs try to rob her BBQ restaurant. It turns out that one of the creeps is the son of a high powered attorney who will stop at nothing to ensure Gin drops the charges against his son.

Then to make matters worse, the very next day a customer is shot at inside the restaurant. Voilet Fox came to the Pork Pit looking for the Tin Man, Gin's former mentor. Since so few people knew about Fletcher this raises a red flag that has Gin more than curious to find out why and you know what they say about curiosity.

With each Jennifer Estep book I read I'm more in awe of her writing. She always has fresh storylines with well developed characters. The dual plot lines are each tied up nicely in the end yet we're left with a delicious cliff hanger that will have me first in line to read the third book in the series, Venom. Web of Lies will stand alone but I highly recommend reading Spider's Bite first to get the full effect of the awesomeness of Estep's genius. This is a must read for anyone who loves urban fantasy.

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May 24, 2010

Review: Revenge Served Cold by Jackie Fullerton

Revenge Served Cold

After a drink with an old college buddy, Elliot Spence is run down and killed by a hit-and-run driver. His wife Kathy is framed for the murder but since she was drunk and passed out at home alone the cops don't believe her. Now it's up to law student Anne Marshall and her father's ghost to help clear Kathy's name. That is if they can do it before Anne herself is murdered.

Revenge Served Cold has a really great premise but the writing just doesn't live up to the mystery. The story is really not believable especially when it comes to the cops. Yes all the evidence does point to Kathy but that's no reason to conveniently forget to canvas the neighborhood which of course leads them to miss the real murderer's visit to take Kathy's car and kill Elliot. OKAY?? .... And there's plenty more unbelievable situations which forces me to give this one two stars when it had so much promise.  

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May 23, 2010

Challenge Complete!

This challenge was to read a minimum of 10 books first published in 2010 and I actually completed it without noticing back in April. Now it's one down, nine to go. I'll continue the list through the end of the year.

  1. Spider's Bite: An Elemental Assassin Book - Jennifer Estep
  2. The Templar Cross - Paul Christopher
  3. The Last Surgeon - Michael Palmer
  4. Burn - Ted Dekker & Erin Healy
  5. Without Hesitation - Mark Rosendorf
  6. Switch - Megan Hart
  7. Stop Me - Richard Jay Parker
  8. The Cougar Club - Susan McBride
  9. My Soul to Save - Rachel Vincent
  10. Mr. Darcy Broke My Heart - Beth Pattillo
  11. Flirting with Forever - Gwyn Cready
  12. Blood Oath - Christopher Farnsworth
  13. Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter - Seth Grahame-Smith
  14. The Secret Diary of Alice in Wonderland, Age 42 and Three-Quarters - Barbara Silkstone
  15. The Spellmans Strike Again - Lisa Lutz
  16. Can't Teach an Old Demon New Tricks - Cara Lockwood
  17. Injustice For All - Scott Pratt
  18. Imperial Bedrooms - Bret Easton Ellis
  19. Revenge Served Cold - Jackie Fullerton
  20. Web of Lies - Jennifer Estep
  21. Room - Emma Donoghue
  22. Deliver us From Evil - David Baldacci
  23. Play Dead - Ryan Brown
  24. Sweet Misfortune - Kevin Alvan Milne
  25. Insatiable - Meg Cabot
  26. One Season of Sunshine - Julia London
  27. Unspeakable - Laura Griffin
  28. Inside Out: A Novel - Barry Eisler
  29. Undead and Unfinished - MaryJanice Davidson
  30. I Am Number Four  - Pittacus Lore
  31. The Moses Stone - James Becker
  32. Caught - Harlan Coben
  33. The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer
  34. Werewolf Smackdown - Mario Acevedo
  35. Play Dead - Harlan Coben
  36. Mockingjay - Suzanne Collins
  37. Me, Myself and Why? - MaryJanice Davidson
  38. Deeply, Desperately: A Lucy Valentine Novel - Heather Webber

Review: Imperial Bedrooms by Bret Easton Ellis

Imperial Bedrooms

I enthusiastically selected this book from the Amazon Vine program solely because Bret Easton Ellis wrote it. Glamorama is one of my favorite books to reread but sadly Imperial Bedrooms doesn't live up to any of Bret's previous works. While I was reading the book I kept thinking to myself, "Maybe I just don't get it." but once I finished the book I read other reviews and realized that it wasn't just me. For a story that picks up 25 years later I was hoping for more closure from the characters. Instead the book is just a sad, predictable snooze fest. I wouldn't recommend this one even as a library read.

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