Cinder

CinderCinder is the first book to the series Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. This is a young adult series that I had heard about from a librarian. I had actually seen the cover when it first came out but I brushed it off because I don’t read a lot of young adult and it was dealing with cyborgs. I don’t read a lot of science fiction as it doesn’t really interest me but I was encouraged to try the book, so I gave it a shot, and I am glad that I did. I liked this novel. It was an adaptation of Cinderella but it was created in this fantasy type world. I will admit that at times I felt it was a little long but I got over those moments and continued to enjoy the book.

So the story Cinder is basically about this teenage girl who is a ward of this mother and her two daughters. Cinder is not just human but part cyborg. She does not remember her past but know that her parents had been killed and she survived a horrific accident. To make a living Cinder is a mechanic which is where she will meet Prince Kai. Though this is not a fairy tale where they immediately fall in love. This is a time of war and disease that is destroying the people.

I liked Cinder’s character. She was an interesting character being a cyborg and the mystery about her life beforehand intrigued me. I also liked Prince Kai and thought at times he could make a decision faster but then remembered he had all his people to think about, not just his feelings. The other main character is Queen Levana who is pure evil when it comes to getting what she wants.

There is a lot to this book and yes it can be predictable but I felt that Meyer’s wrote the story well. She leaves the book at a cliffhanger which I don’t really like. Its because I have to usually wait forever to read what happens next. Well I guess I was thinking ahead because I made sure to check out the rest of the series. I will be reading Scarlet next.

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the BeastMiss Linnet Berry Thrynne is in the middle of a scandal that is not her fault or even true. Her family’s plan is to wed her to an Earl who can’t have children. Linnet will go to Piers and immediately know why he is called a beast but Linnet wants the challenge.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant detest all things about his father and that would include his fathers choice in brides, but with one look at Linnet he feels a lust pulling him. Piers though has no time for woman or a wife and will do his best to push her away from his castle.

Going forward with the second book of Eloisa James’s Happily Ever After series I found myself loving When Beauty Tamed the Beast. With a title like this it is obviously from Beauty and the Beast and I thought James does a good job keeping those key elements into her story. Now Piers is not really a beast and Linnet does not burst into song like in the Disney version but she is a great beauty and Piers has a fierce temper. I liked that she put these two characters at odds throughout most of the story even as they were passionate with each other. It was never dull with their banter back and forth. I was happy to read as well that Linnet was not a wallflower and had a backbone when dealing with Piers. Now when it came to happy endings James throws in wrench and puts the breaks on for these two characters. She gives Linnet and Piers a new challenge which to overcome and once that happens happiness is in store for them.

The Duke is Mine is the next installment of the Happily Ever After series.

Breakfast in Bed

The two book series Breakfast in Bed are two shorter novels which are a delight to read for any romance reader. Sandra Brown creates these three friends and splits them up only to see how there lives change with a single action.

Breakfast in Bed

Sloane owns a bed and breakfast that is going down hill but she has to make it work especially in the off season. But now that is not her only worry as her best friend’s, Alicia Russell, fiance is coming to stay at the inn to finish his book. Carter and Sloane are instantly attracted but they know it is impossible until they give in. Love blossoms but guilt is strong as both are cheating their best friend. Neither knows how they can live without the other but they know they can’t stay together.

The book was touching to read and very steamy in Carter and Sloane’s relationship. You felt for both characters as how they could not end up together but the end will surprise the reader as a happy ending will come out for all three parties involved.

Send No Flowers

Alicia Russell has to boys to worry about and if that is not bad enough a storm is making her vacation with her boys impossible. That is until she ends up meeting their nearest neighbor in another cabin. Pierce Reynolds does not want to get involved, can not but he ends up becoming attached which makes everything harder. Neither wanted to become involved but it happens and there is a secret which will destroy Alicia that Pierce is hiding. But Alicia will know what to do as the time comes.

Reading the book right after the first was a nice transition because you felt for the widow Alicia and you wanted her to be happy. Pierce seemed like the guy but as you find out what is wrong your heart will drop. Sandra Brown keeps you in suspense until the very end which makes the ending that much more exciting.

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.