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Calculated in Death Book Review

Calculated in Death by J.D. Robb

Publication Date: February 26, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis:(Goodreads) On Manhattan’s Upper East Side a woman lies dead at the bottom of the stairs, stripped of all her valuables. Most cops might call it a mugging gone wrong, but Lieutenant Eve Dallas knows better.

A well-off accountant and a beloved wife and mother, Marta Dickenson doesn’t seem the type to be on anyone’s hit list. But when Eve and her partner, Peabody, find blood inside the building, the lieutenant knows Marta’s murder was the work of a killer who’s trained, but not professional or smart enough to remove all the evidence.

But when someone steals the files out of Marta’s office, Eve must immerse herself in her billionaire husband Roarke’s world of big business to figure out who’s cruel and callous enough to hire a hit on an innocent woman. And as the killer’s violent streak begins to escalate, Eve knows she has to draw him out, even if it means using herself as bait.

Personal Thoughts: This one was an action filled book as a lot of the J.D. Robb books usually are and I was happy to see that trend continue. The writing was concise and fast paced.  It continues to surprise me how many ways there are to kill a person. It seems that some people don’t go for the easy kills.

The team work to get the case solved was written very well and the characters were developed. It is always interesting to see, how with each book, the characters get a bit more developed and back story to them. It makes them refreshing and they don’t get boring 🙂

It was nice to see Eve squirm in Tina’s presence for her preparation for the screening. I love that no matter what situation Eve is in, she is still Eve and she doesn’t get spoiled with it. Her character remains hers: unique 🙂

There wasn’t too much in terms of what was happening with Eve and Roarke and that was a bit disappointing. However, there was enough to keep me satisfied until the next book comes out. If it is one thing I have learned, it is that with some books, there is just enough until the next book. While in others, once I read it once, it is so good that I have to re-read it again 🙂

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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Book Review: Dream Eyes

Dream Eyes by Jayne Ann Krentz

Publication Date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Putnam Adult

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings psychic counselor Gwen Frazier back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget. Two years earlier, a killer stalked the members of one of Ballinger’s research studies including Gwen. And though she survived while two others didn’t,  Gwen knows that Ballinger’s death is related.

Sent by a friend to help Gwen, psychic investigator Judson Coppersmith arrives in Wilby barely in control of his own talent and his own life, haunted by urgent dreams. His attraction to Gwen is primal, but there are secrets he must keep to protect himself from surrendering to her completely, even as their investigation draws them into dreamscapes, into decades of deception, and into the paranormal fires of a desire too strong to resist. . .

Personal Thoughts: One thing I’ve noticed with Jayne Ann Krentz lately is that she does a lot of cross over between her pseudonyms Jayne Castle and Amanda Quick. She goes from the 18th century under one name to the 21st century under another name with the continuation of the same story. It is interesting to see how the story develops over several books. I’ve never seen an author do this before.

I had a great time reading this book  and seeing Judson try to fight his attraction to Gwen. There are a lot of trust issues in this book and it was good seeing how the author made them be resolved in the proper manner. It didn’t happen to early or too late in story. It was fascinating to hear about the mirror machine and how it worked. I loved the connection at the end of the book, which I won’t say here just to not spoil it.

There was a lot of action and adventure throughout the book which kept me on my toes until the end. I was expecting one bad guy but it ended being someone else entirely and I loved the plot twist. 🙂 Great work Jayne.

I heard that she is already working on another book and I can’t wait. I know that it will be a while before there is a title/summary and even longer before it comes out. However I am just happy to know there is more adventure on the way.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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Book Review: Keeping the Moon

Keeping the Moon by Sarah Dessen

Published: May 11, 2004

Publisher: Speak

Source: Library

Synopsis (Goodreads): Colie expects the worst when she’s sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast — first for being fat and then for being “easy” — Colie has no friends at home and doesn’t expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.

Personal Thoughts: I found this book amazing. It was not what I was expecting. The struggles that Colie goes through are realistic and believable. Throughout the book you can see how she slowly starts to develop as a character and get more confidence. It is not an easy road but when I got to the end of the book, I felt like I could really relate to Colie, her character and  her inner struggles.

The secondary characters: Morgan, Isabel, Norman and Mira were all lovable as well. They were the group of people who you knew were always going to be there for you no matter what happened to you or around you. Sarah Dessen’s writing style is genuine, and as you are reading it plays with your heart-strings. When the characters feel sad or angry, you feel the same emotions as well. She did an excellent job making both the protagonist and the secondary characters relatable and necessary to the story. If there was no Morgan, Isabel, Norman or Mira, I think the story and the feel of it would not have been the same.

Rating: 4/5 Stars


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Book Review: Past Midnight

Past Midnight by Mara Purnhagen

Published: September 2010

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Past Midnight is about Charlotte Silver, a normal teenage girls who just happens to have parents that debunk ghost theories for a living. They travel all over the world searching for the next ghost phenomenon and proving that it is false. According to their theories, there are no such things as ghosts, it is usually something else such as energy, a creaky floor board etc.

She tries her hardest to keep it a secret for as long as possible but eventually someone finds out and her life is changed once again.

Everything changes when they visit Charleston and the ghosts begin to speak to Charlotte. She thinks that they have left her alone when they leave, but that is not the case when they make themselves comfortable within her dreams and in her bedroom.

To make it even more complicated, Avery, her new best friend is hiding something that happened the year before Charlotte came to the school. Everyone seems to know what happened, except her. Between the ghosts, her new life and friends, she is kept busy.

Through research and their ‘ghost’ equipment, the Silver family realizes soon enough that time is running out and something ominous could happen. Theories are thrown out the window when Charlotte is faced with the ghosts face to face and knows that she must do whatever necessary to bring closure, both for herself and the ghosts that are trying to move on.

Personal Thoughts: 

As a fan of the paranormal and ghosts, I had high expectations for this book. Unfortunately, they fell short. I was expecting a lot more action when it comes to the paranormal side, especially since Charlotte’s parents were into it hardcore, but there was not enough in my opinion.

The overall story captivated my interest, but the pacing was a bit slow. It only started to be paced a bit faster towards the end of the book and that’s when it really grabbed my attention.

I loved how the author had a nice mix between the paranormal and real life contemporary young adult life. It was an easy and enjoyable read and I’ll be looking into the other books in this series. You know what they say about series, one book you might not like, but another you will love. Let’s see what kind of paranormal is stored in the next book. 🙂