Friday, August 20, 2010

Night Shadow by Cherry Adair

Night Shadow by Cherry Adair 

Alex Stone, agent for the international antiterrorism agency T-FLAC, tracks down dangerous global criminals.  Lexi Stone, not related, switches from an Internal Affairs desk to become an agent herself.  Danger and suspense combined with romance as Lexi takes on an undercover mission while on assignment to Alex’s team to .  Paranormal abilities enable the team to follow a European terrorist who kidnap and then ransoms people.  The twist is that they brutally massacre their hostages as they then vanish into thin air.  Can Alex and Lexi stop the terrorists in time to avoid further causalities? 
     As a stand alone, this book is an action packed fun read.  The first books in the trilogy Night Fall and Night Secrets are next on my reading list.

Review by Sherry Woods, a Southwest Page Turner member 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
When the LA Times announces crime reporter Jack McEvoy will be released from it’s staff in two weeks time, Jack decides to go out in style with one final big write-up.  As his investigation of a murder, he discovers the real murder is not the person the police have arrested.  Jack links this murder to another murder.  On the hunt for the truth, Jack, his life in peril, follows the trail of bodies.  With every twist and turn, will Jack’s search lead to the real killer?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

Dr Kay Scarpetta, working for the NY City Office of Chief Medical Examiner finds herself knee-deep in suspense and action.  It takes all of her skills and those of her acquaintances to solve the disappearances of a prominent heiress and a string of murders, bombs, missing persons, psychotic former patients and the news media.  All embroil Kay, Benton, Lucy and Moreno in life threatening action.  Cornwall’s lengthy novel will more than satisfy Scarpetta fans.

Review by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turner member

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healey

Canterbury Papers looks like a really stuffy book, but its lively and adventurous. There is a sequel that I can't wait to read!

Nancy B., a library patron

Monday, August 16, 2010

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

Legends of the Fall is a book of three novellas, one of which inspired the 1990s Brad Pitt film of the same name. This work is a bit dry, in my opinion. It is great for building vocabulary, but all but eh most seasoned adult reader might want to have a dictionary on hand when reading this. The events are told in a very factual, straight forward manner that feels more like reading a documentary than a work of fiction. The movie changes the story significantly, making it probably much more appealing to a modern audience. The concepts are ahead of their time, and the events of the stories interesting, but the style of telling is too "straight to the point" for my personal taste. Those that find fanciful, highly descriptive stories to be too "fluffy", however, might find this book very refreshing.

Review by Sheila Hall

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Diaper Diaries by Cynthia L. Copeland

The Diaper Diaries is a hilarious "must read" for mommy to be, new mom, or mommy to be again! Cynthia Copeland does a wonderful job explaining everything from feeding your baby, to dealing with your mother-in-law, to those dreaded doctor's visits and grocery store trips. The illustrations complete the book. If you want a good laugh and need to take your mind off things, read this.

review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bullet, the newest release in the Anita Black: Vampire Hunter series, this book returns to her usual style. For much of the book, it seems as if the mega-series may be drawing to a final conclusion. Many of the ongoing story lines are wrapped up, but then, new, dynamic characters are introduced and a new over-arching disaster-on-the-horizon comes into focus leaving the reader hungry for the next installment. Always strong willed but emotionally confused, Anita is endowed with many of the characteristics of the modern woman. She is growing more comfrotable with her sexuality, but also more strained by the efforts of managing her highly complex life. These books are not for the "prudish" or the faint of heart, but for thos of us who embrace all of the quirks of humanity and life, it is entertaining and fascinating to watch her story unfold and the webs she traps herself in become more complicated and more impossible for her to extract herself from.

Review by Sheila Hall 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed is about werewolves battling vampires in an urban fantasy world. The main character is a coyote who grew up with a pack of werewolves, and later became a mistress of another alpha wolf. The best way to describe this book is like reading “Anita Blake vampire hunter series” by Laurell Hamilton, minus the sex. I’m more of a vampire fan than werewolf, and mixing the two together just doesn’t do it for me.

Review by Tien Tran

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is an excellent addition to the Twilight saga! You really get to see the perspective from a "newborns" eyes. Stephanie Meyer does an excellent job describing the life of Bree Tanner as a newborn vampire. She's very descriptive and you really get to know Bree and how she views the other newborns, the Cullens and the Volturi. A must read for any Twilight fan!

Review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Good Soldier by Travis S. Taylor

One Good Soldier was awesome to read. You can’t go wrong with a book that has “jarhead”, hand-to-hand combat, and space terrorist. The story was packed full of “in your face” combat actions and sprinkled with a healthy dose of “colorful language.” What makes this book stood out from the other was the cool “Transformerish” aspect of the story. The story line rolls along smoothly and easily follows. The ending added a nice twist to the story. Overall, this book was definitely worth three days of reading; and it’s true, one can’t put it the book down until it’s finished.

Review by Tien Tran

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh

I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh

This is a beautiful autobiography about a well known Muslim woman's conversion to Christianity in Pakistan during the 1960s. Her story gives details of the marvelous ways that Jesus came to her and how she came to know Jesus. I definitely recommend this book. It's really a wake up call. I could not put it down.

Review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Monday, August 9, 2010

Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott

Duchess, by Susan Holloway Scott, is the biography of Sarah Churchill. In the perilous and decadent world of Restoration England, Sarah resists the court pressure to become a royal mistress to instead choose a marriage of love to John Churchill. Consumed by ambition, intrigue and passion, they become the wealthiest couple in Europe - the ultimate power couple.

review by Karen Valencia, Northeast

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Raising Healthy Eaters by Henry Legere

Raising Healthy Eaters by Henry Legere. This is a wonderful guide for parents raising children of every age. It gives 100 tips plus recipes and websites for introducing, instilling and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle for the entire family. I am finding it very useful in my own role as a parent of a two year old. A must read for anyone who wants healhty eating as part of their child's life.
Review by Tina Bullock

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott

The Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott is a little raw, not for a teenage reader, but gives an interesting account of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and mistress of King Charles II, in a time when the role of royal couresan was a precarious one but also one of power, wealth, and fame.

Review by Karen Valencia, Northeast

Friday, August 6, 2010

I Alex Cross by James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross thinks that his life is finally going to calm down until he discovers that his beloved niece is brutally murdered. As Alex hunts down her killer and discovers her secret life, he also has to confront a fear of his own: his grandmother. James Patterson has done it again! His writing style and research that puts into it will make you want more.

Review by Tina Bullock, SW

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Clean Kill by Jack Coughlin

Clean Kill by Jack Coughlin/Donald Davis
Clean Kill is the 3rd title in the series about a Marine Sniper who’s operating clandestine missions under MARSOC in the Middle East. In this novel, “Kyle Swanson” and his team was tasked with locating nuclear missiles in Saudi Arabia and bring it back to the U.S. When Kyle Swanson was in the process of locating the missiles, he inadvertently found out that his old nemesis, “Juba”, is still alive and Juba was staging a coupe to overthrow the monarch in Saudi Arabia. Juba was obsessed with getting his revenge on Swanson so he abandoned his coupe attempt and instead decided to steal the nuclear missiles to lure Swanson in. I was a little disappointed with the ending because the final showdown was not sniper vs. sniper. Overall, it’s not the best in the series but worth reading if you’re a sniper junkie.

Review by Tien Tran, patron

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Go for No! by Richard Fenton

Go for No! by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
This is a wonderful motivational book for anyone who wants to succeed whether in business or in life. Richard and Andrea do an exceptional job in describing the true way to succeed. not only is this book a positive and motivational one, but it is an excellent story about the life of fictional character, Eric Bratton, and what his life could be like when he meets his alternate self.

Review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Host: a post summer reading club review

We had so many good reviews over the summer, we didn't want you to miss out on them. So we will continue to post reviews of good books that you've read!

The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I found this book to be a fascinating mix of science fiction and romance. The writing style is much more mature than that of Ms. Meyer's earlier works in the Twilight series, and the book is not "girl-centric" in nearly such an extreme. The plot deals with the idea of whether or not it is worthwhile to give up individuality and passion in order to have a utopian society. it is told through the eyes of Wanderer, an alien trying to suppress the emotions of her host with little success., and the reader experiences the turmoil of this main character when she is faced with the splitting decision of following the heart of her host beating within her or upholding the high and seemingly noble expectations of her own people. I enjoyed the story, and it made me think about things from a different angle than what I had previously considered.
Review by Sheila Hall, Southeast

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mistress of the Monarchy: a summer reading club review

Anya Seton, in Katharine (see review from July 6) wrote of John of Gaunt as if he were the Rhett Butler of the medieval era. Allison Weir, in Mistress of the Monarchy, keeps it real by presenting John of Gaunt historically and raw. Yet, the love story of John of Gaunt and Katharine Swynford is one of medieval history's most romantic, enduring, and unusual for its time. Read both books for a fascinating study of an incredible couple who are ancestors of the royal family and five American presidents.
review by Karen Valencia, Northeast