Eight Days To Live by Iris Johansen

Waiting and waiting, that was all I was doing.  Iris Johansen is one of my favorite authors, whether they are the novels or the series.  The one series that I find myself loving and frustrated with is the Eve Duncan Series, and this book Eight Days To Live is just the latest book to the series, and it was amazing.

The Plot of Eight Days To Live:

It all begins with a painting called Guilt.  Eve Duncan’s daughter, Jane, has no idea why she painted the portrait of the chilling face that now hangs in a Paris gallery.  But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ know both the face and the significance behind it.  They believe that Jane must die-when the moment is right, and not an instant before she leads them to an ancient treasure whose value and power are beyond price.  But for now they target those close to her, killing without mercy or conscience.  Jane’s journey takes her from Paris to Scotland to a cave in the Holy Land, as she fights with all she has to save her life.  Even with Eve’s help, can she possibly escape before the clock stops ticking?

I absolutely loved this book.  There was action, mystery, suspense, and humor.  The book was just enjoyable to read.  I think I really liked the story for the sheer fact that it was mainly about Jane.  Eve is a great character but her stories get so frustrating and good at the same time.  Jane is usually there but more in the back ground.  This time she was the main character and she is fascinating.

The returning characters were fun to read again about, Jock and MacDuff.  The new character Seth who is a hunter.  He was in the series before but I couldn’t remember him.  I like his fascination with Jane, it is a little twisted and weird but there is love there.  And the ending has a humorous conclusion thanks to Seth.

I can’t wait for the next book and to see how Eve, Joe and Jane get through the next predictment.  It will also be interesting to see if Seth is going to be in the picture and how he will affect Jane.

Seawitch by Alistair MacLean

“There were ten of them.  Oil magnates.  All in a secret meeting to plot the destruction of Lord Worth, England’s famous oil billionaire.

They hired the notorious trouble shooter, Cronkite-violent, ruthless, deadly.  Cronkite was not above using nuclear weapons.  The target.  Seawitch.  Lord Worth’s massive ocean oil rig.

But Lord Worth had a few tricks of his own.  The most deadly being two crackerjack private investigators who just happened to be in love with Lord Worth’s daughters.

So when Cronkite decided his first move was to kidnap the girls he was unaware that he had make a very dangerous mistake…”

This was a book I was given to read.  They have read many of his books years ago and they recommended it.  So I picked up the book.  As a reader I like to challenge myself and try other genres I am not sure of and this one I definitely was not sure.

In the very beginning of the book I didn’t like it.  I was confused and it seemed a little boring but I didn’t give up.  As I kept reading I found the book becoming more and more interesting.

Spy books are not always my thing to read but as I finished the book it made sense and it had a decent ending.  Now would I run to read the book again?  Well I am not so sure about that but I will try another book of Alistair MacLean.

The Final Book of Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian

I picked up the final book of the series Percy Jackson and was in awe.  Rick Riordan is an amazing writer as he finished Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian.  This book had humor, action, and the thrilling conclusion of the prophecy with Percy Jackson and his friends.

“All years the half-bloods have been preparing for battle against the Titans, knowing the odds of a victory are grim.  Krono’s army is stronger than ever, and with every god and half-blood he recruits, the evil Titan’s power only grows.

While the Olympians struggle to contain the rampaging monster Typhon, Kronos begins his advance on New York City, where Mount Olympus stands virtually unguarded.  Now it’s up to Percy Jackson and an army of young demigods to stop the Lord of Time.”

In this spectacular finish of the series the end will be determined as Percy and friends face the ultimate evil.  As the war began I found it interesting that sides of good and evil will be crossed as others will join new teams and others will show what they were born to do.  Percy will also give the future a new outlook for those of the demigods and gods.  A change that will bring new hope to those who don’t have it.

I loved how the characters all progressed and how Percy was able to find a relationship with his father to a point.  I found it interesting how his character has progressed through the books.  He is becoming a different person, a stronger person but still unsure.

Rachel will make her place within Percy’s world but not as what is thought.  Annabeth will also find what she is meant to do as the battle for good and evil takes place.  Nico will also make his appearance again in the book to help Percy.

This was a series that gets you into the lives of the characters.  I knew that I had to finish.  It is a worthy series to read if you like books about fantasy with gods and goddesses.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Last Olympian is a fantastic finish to the series and even could be thought as a new beginning.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of The Labyrinth

Rick Riordan brings back Percy to the pages with his friends in the fourth book, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of The Labyrinth.

“Percy Jackson isn’t expecting freshman orientation to be any fun.  But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears on campus, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse.

Time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near.  Even the safe haven of Camp Half-Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Krono’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders.  To sotp the invasion, Percy and his demigod friends must set out on a quest through the Layrinth-a sprawling underground world with stunning surprise at every turn.”

Every time I pick up the next book by Rick Riordan I know that I will be reading an amazing story of Percy.  The scenes and characters are well rounded.  You get attached.

Percy is on the next quest with Annabeth leading the show which makes them go into the labyrinth.  The labyrinth which is a place that not many find ways out and if they do they might not be in the same shape that they went in.

I was excited that Rachel makes her second appearance in the series.  I like her there as an unusual mortal who sees more than those around.  She will be a big help when Percy and the rest will take their quest into the labyrinth.  You will see old and new friends making an appearance in the book.

Annabeth is an intriguing character as she helps Percy but she still hopes to get Luke back, which I am afraid she will find is impossible for Luke is not himself anymore.  Luke is not the half-blood that he used to be.  Kronos found the use for him and could be their downfall.

I love that Percy will also find a family.  His mom being with Paul, soon to be husband.  But also Poseidon will also make an appearance and father him the best he can.  Of course that is not always possible for the gods.

The trip to the labyrinth will be a challenge for all those who enter.

I was astonished with the fourth installment of Percy Jackson.  There was wit, humor, adventure, saddness, destruction and hope all wrapped up in this book.  Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Battle of The Labyrinth is just another fantastic book in this creative series.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters

The second surprising interesting sequel will pull you right into Percy’s world again as he will venture out again on a new quest whether it is his or not in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea Monsters by Rick Riordan.

“Percy Jackson’s seventh-grade year has been surprisingly quiet.  Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus.  But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly.  And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.”

So after reading the first book I found that I loved reading about Percy Jackson.  The first book was fast and fun to read.  The second book I wasn’t sure.  I knew that I would like the character but was this just a fluke that the first book was good?

After reading I knew that it was not.  I really liked it.  This is a book that goes incredibly fast as you read.  The book is a lot of dialogue but also non-stop action.  I couldn’t put the book down.

The character Percy is intriguing and engaging.  You end up cheering for him and hoping that nothing bad will happen or if it does he will prevail (and of course he does since he is the hero!).  You get pulled into his life and problems that he must face, alone and with his friends by his side.  I love the fact that Percy finds a friend in Tyson who is not what he seems to be in more ways than one.

I love Percy’s friends in Annabeth and Grover.  They are always with him and help him when Percy needs it.  In this book you learn more about the prophecy but it might not be for Percy.  But the prophecy is going to be a child from the big three.

Through the act of friendship between the three friends and prophecy I find a similarity with the novel Harry Potter but that is not a bad thing.  I am finding this intriguing outlook to the book.  Gives you something to try and figure out.

This book shows promise of an intriguing future to the rest of the books.  I like how the villains are starting to show their true colors.  Our fallen Luke is with the bad guys and not coming back.  He is with the forces of Kronos.

Rick Riordan brought back Percy to the pages with this exciting sequel with Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Sea of Monsters.  I am looking forward to the next chapter in the series.

1st To Die by James Patterson

After reading the book Along Came a Spider I was off in search of another book by James Patterson.  I thought to give James Patterson another chance since I wasn’t thrilled with Along Came a Spider.  I came across 1st To Die which is the first story in the series Women’s Murder Club.

The plot of the book:

“In San Francisco newlyweds are being stalked-and slaughtered.  Enter four unforgettable women, all friends…Lindsay, a homicide inspector in the city’s police department…Claire, a medical examiner…Jill, and assistant D.A…and Cindy, a reporter who has just started working the crime desk of the San Francisco Chronicle.  Joining forces, pooling their talents, courage, and brains, they have one goal.  To find, trap, and outwit the most diabolical and terrifying killer every imagined.”

I thought the series name was interesting being called the Women’s Murder Club.  The name was intriguing and made me want to find out more with the book.  After reading it I was glad that I did.  The book was enjoyable and I became enthralled with it.  I had to find out who the killer was but with all the twist and turns it became hard to do.

I found this book enticing to read from the very first page which it opens with a bang as Lindsay the main character was crying about all that was happening.  My first thought was she was going to commit suicide but I stopped and thought about it.  The series with her as a character couldn’t really do that but it had me nervous.  I liked that the book started out with a few pages close to the end, it automatically drew me into the book.

The characters of the book were fantastic.  The heroes the four women were all entertaining and I can’t wait to see their character develop throughout the series.  I loved how each of them worked together to solve the case.  Each helped the other with probing questions and thinking about the situation.  Lindsay who was the main character you felt for her when the news of her health was in question and for the tragedy that she had to overcome, past and present.  I felt scared, sad, nervous and happy for Lindsay throughout the entire book.

Now the villain in this book well you do not know exactly who but the man who is going be thought as the killer is sick, twisted and crazy.  And the scenes from the murders are gruesome but it gets the point across that the killer is brutal with the couples.

1st To Die is a fantastic start to the series Women’s Murder Club.  It was witty, kept you guessing with the twist and turns, interesting characters and a twisted plot.  You think you know the end but everything keeps twisting back and forth that you can not figure it out till the last page.

Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

I finished the movie and was in shock.  The movie was really great.  For a while there have not been too many great movies out there that interested me.  This movie did but I wasn’t sure, but after hearing a good review from those who saw the movie I went.

The movie was much better than I thought, which lead me to think what would the book be like.  I was finally able to get my hands on the book and as the last page was turned I was in awe.  The book was interesting, funny, clever, and entertaining to read.

“Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again.  And that’s the least of his troubles.  Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life.  And worse, he’s angered a few of them.  Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.  But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him: solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

“Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” by Rick Riordan is categorized as a fantasy genre and it was truly amazing to read.  The characters, plot and dialogue were well thought out and had drawn me in to find out more about the series.  So I searched my favorite site, Fantastic Fiction and looked up Rick Riordan.  I saw that there are a total of five books for Percy Jackson and will be only five in the series, which have all been written.

While I was reading I thought about the movie compared to the book but I stopped.  You can never compare the movie to the book because things are always cut out and should be thought as their own entity.  Reading the book reminded me of Harry Potter which is also the genre of Fantasy.  I guess it is because of how in each book the main character really doesn’t know where they belong in the world.  Each are different from other people.

As I read the book I loved the detail that was intertwined with the book.  The detail of the characters life; the gods, the heroes, Percy and Percy’s mom.

Some things I thought that were interesting was that Percy is only 12 years old and in the movie the kid looked 15 so I was thrown a little.  I didn’t remember the age that Percy was supposed to be in the movie.  Another interesting thing was the people from the camp didn’t exactly know who Percy’s father was.  I thought that was strange since all around him there were clues about what Percy could do with water.  Another interesting part of the book was the involvement with all the different types of mythical creators.  I liked the oracles and their mysterious messages.

This book was something very easy, fast pace thriller that is fantastic to read.  It is something different from the normal vampires and werewolves.  It was refreshing to read and I can’t wait to get the other four books.