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.

Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Julie James is definitely an author to look out for.  Her plot and characters are witty, determined, funny, and believe in sabotage and deceiving but with the best attentions.

“Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection.  A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men.  Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her.  Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil.  They have to be.  For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason only: to make partner at the firm.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case.  Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law-and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction.  But the increasingly hot connection does not last them will be named partner.  Now it’s an all-out war.  And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…”

I loved the sexual tension that Payton and J.D. had between the two.  Both of them had it from the very beginning but wouldn’t acknowledge it.  So now as the tension of the partnership rises the tension is even worse and finally the two start working towards a similar goal.  But their sexual tension is not the only thing that is there.  Each of them have their own prejudices against each other with how they grew up but are they really so different?  The two will find they will be able to relate to each other as they grow closer through the case.

I loved this book.  It was a fast pace modern romance which kept you turning the pages.  The book has its up and downs, and some surprising results as the end of the book concludes.  “Practice Makes Perfect” gives an ending you are happy for.

Marrying the Marquis by Patricia Grasso

“Daughter of a wealthy duke, Blaze Flambeau has no shortage of gentlemen vying for her hand in marriage, yet all she desires is her independence.  She’d much rather devote her energies to caring for her prized thoroughbred than to the fortune hunters who knock her down her down.  But her father is ready to see her wed, so he makes her bargain: she may participate in the racing season only if she gives each suitor a fighting chance at her heart.

One man, however, makes Blaze a far more scandalous proposition: her reputation or his bed.  For Ross MacArthur, Marquis of Awe, knows something that could ruin her, and he will not hesitate to use it to win her.  Blaze cannot let the Scottish rogue have his way, or her innocence, but never in her life has she been so tempted.  Perhaps the Marquis’s scheme doesn’t pose such a dilemma after all…”

Reading this book I knew beforehand it would be very enjoyable to read.  “Marrying the Marquis” is the latest book of the series with the Flambeau sisters.  The story behind them is that the Duke of Inverary was very active with Gabriella Flambeau, back in the day and that produced seven daughters that were now finally acknowledged and living with him and Roxie his wife.  A few of the sisters are already married and now it is Blaze’s turn but she holds a secret like her sister Raven.  After this story there will still be four of the sister to find their significant others.

Throughout Patricia Grasso’s series they all seem to connect with the characters that are written.  They are either family, half siblings, brothers and sisters, cousins, daughters and sons or friends.  Every book that I have read so far has been very enjoyable to read and entertaining with all the antics which happen to the characters.  Of course with most of the books I feel like I want to throw the book at the wall since the characters are sometimes dense and can’t see what is in front of them.  This is why I love the books because there are those moments that a very frustrated emotions comes out of me.  In the end there is the happy ending but it was a struggle at times to get there.

When Patricia Grasso was recommended to me through my mother I instantly fell in love with “To Charming a Prince”.  The characters were fantastic and humorous.  They were interesting, entertaining, funny and determined, which all the books have been.  I knew that I had to find her other books and continue to read which I have been doing.

Finding the books I went to a site that listed all of her books.  I wanted to try to read them in order.  The site that I went to was Fantastic Fiction.  This site has been very useful with locating authors.

The books can be read out-of-order because Patricia Grasso retells what happens to her characters.  I have yet to read one series which I am going to start on.  Of course once I finish that one there will be no other books.  “Marrying the Marquis” is the latest book, so the other books will have to wait until they come out for the public.  There should be four more with the other sisters and I am sure more on the way.  I recommend this author and all of her series.

Something About You by Julie James

A recently new author, Julie James, has written three books so far.  From reading one of her books I was immediately fascinated by her writing and the characters that have been woven into her plot.  The third book she has written “Something About You”.  I liked the cover and once I read the back of the book I was hooked.

“Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death.  And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide.  The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago, and for nearly ruining his career…

Work with Cameron Lynde?  Are they kidding?  Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away of Chicago.  But it is no joke: the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand.  That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension…”

Through Julie James writing I understood perfectly the feelings and thoughts that were being described by the characters.  In the beginning I loved how the book started with Cameron awakened by a noisy couple making love, very loudly.  Her mood described by Julie James set the book perfectly.  It was humorous at first but then tragedy hit and the plot thickened.

While reading the book I understood the instant dislike of the characters and immediately sensed the anguish.  Of course all of these feelings are on false facts.  The tough FBI agent Jack Pallas has understood that Cameron Lynde is to blame for his failure in the case and his transfer but is she really?  Cameron knows what he thinks and cannot tell any differently.  She was told to take the blame but she helped Jack’s case the best she could.  Of course Jack does not know and Cameron cannot tell him due to the fact that someone might find out and trouble could brew from these facts.  Trouble that could be with killing or enhance their sexual desire for each other.

This romance book is worth reading.  Makes you wish for your own FBI agent watching out for you.

A Worthy Wife by Barbara Metzger

“Aurora Halle McPhee, a girl of humble (some might say unconventional) background, cannot believe her luck when she is betrothed to the dashing, well-bred Harland Podell.  Aurora soon learns, however, that the match is too good to be true when the nuptials are interrupted-by the brother of the groom’s wife!

Kenyon Warriner, Earl of Windam, is determined to foil bigamous bounder Podell, before he disgraces another innocent female as he did Kenyon’s own sister.  The earl will save Miss McPhee’s honor.  Even if he must wed her himself…”

The bride in ivory, the groom in black, all waiting for their I do’s when an object is heard through the church.  Aurora stares at the man running over claiming that her betrothed already has a wife, several in fact.  Aurora whispers “I am ruined” and there on the spot Kenyon tells everyone that he will marry her.  He knew that Harland the scoundrel had already claimed this woman and she was with child, so he is doing the noble thing.  Of course the type of ruined is not the same that Aurora was mentioning for she was not with child and Kenyon is going to have a surprise on their wedding night.

Now that he knows his wife is indeed a virgin he treats her differently.  Kenyon wants to get to know his wife especially now that they find out that Aurora’s parents might not be who she thought they were.  Kenyon and Aurora begin their marriage with finding out certain things about them but soon Kenyon leaves to get his brother and Aurora goes to his home where his family is.  Aurora misses her husband but there is enough to do at the house.  She makes everything shipshape for when he returns.  Kenyon will come home to see a few things changed and a kidnapping waiting to happen.

This story works itself backwards as the two get married then get to know each other which does not always create blissful marriage.  Barbara Metzger had me smiling and on the edge of my seat with the romance of Aurora and Kenyon.  Aurora with her kind heart and Kenyon with the endless difficulty of helping with everything Aurora has been doing.  It was pleasurable to read and funny with how Kenyon can not find one moment to actually be alone with his wife.

Honeymoon by James Patterson

Going through boxes and boxes of books I came across this book, “Honeymoon” by James Patterson.  I have never read anything by him.  I read the back of the book and instantly I was intrigued by the summary.

“How does it feel to be desired by every man and envied by every woman?  Wonderful.  This is the life Nora Sinclair has dreamed about , the life she’s worked hard for, the life she will never give up.

When FBI agent John O’Hara sees her, she seems perfect.  She has the sophistication.  The tantalizing sex appeal.  She doesn’t just attract men, she enthralls them.

So why is the FBI so interested in Nora Sinclair?  Mysterious things keep happening to people around her, especially the men.  And there is something dangerous about Nora-something that lures Agent O’Hara at the same time that it fills him with fear.  Does a dark secret lurk behind the unexplained gaps in her past?  And as he spends more and more time getting to know her, is he pursuing justice?  Or his own fatal obsession?”

The key thing about this book is not to give too much on the book because you will find yourself becoming involved with the characters and the plot, and if you give too much away it could ruin it.

As I started to read the book I had an idea of what was going on with the main character.  What was her motive for what she was doing.  Who were these men.  The tourist and the insurance man, how were they connected to John O’Hara?  And who was the woman following close behind Nora but never seen by her?  All these were questions I had while reading the book and each of them were answered.

From the very beginning to the end I was enthralled and at the end you were left with a surprise twist.  The twist was good and bad according to how you viewed it from the characters point of view.  As I put down the book I thought wow that was an exciting book with thrills and suspense which was enjoyable to read.

Kitty’s House of Horrors by Carrie Vaughan

Kitty Norville, an average woman with a husband, friends and family.  Everything is normal except for the fact that she gets a little furry, along with her husband and few friends.  Kitty is a werewolf, but a werewolf DJ making her voice heard among all the supernatural creatures.

“Talk radio host and werewolf Kitty Norville has agreed has agreed to appear on TV’s first all -supernatural reality show.  She’s expecting cheesy competitions and manufactrued drama starring shapeshifters, vampires, and psychics.  But what begins as publicity stunt will turn into a fight for her life.

The cast members, including Kitty, arrive at the remote mountain lodge where teh show is set.  As soon as filming starts, violence erupts and Kitty suspects that the show is a cover for a nefarious plot.  Then the cameras stop rolling, cast members start dying, and Kitty realizes she and her monster housemates are irronically the ultimate prize in a very different game.  Stranded with no power, no phones, and no way to know who can be trusted, she must find a way to defeat the evil closing in…before it kills them all.”

As I read the back of the book the first thought was the reality show “survivor”.  Through this day and age there are reality shows that are coming back and new ones being made.  It is a mad dash for the next one but to have it in book form I thought the author Carrie Vaughan was creative.  It was a concept that I really haven’t read about, especially with supernatural in the mix.

As the series continued Kitty and Ben have been married for one year now and Cormac, the bounty hunter, is now up for parole.  Instead of being there for Ben and Cormac, Kitty is off to an isolated mountain range for her own reality tv show that is going to be more intense than survivor, it will be survival.

Kitty Norville Series

1. Kitty and the Midnight Hour

2. Kitty Goes to Washington

3. Kitty Takes a Holiday

4. Kitty and the Silver Bullet

5. Kitty and the Dead Man’s Hand

6. Kitty Raises Hell

7. Kitty’s House of Horrors

This series I started before my blog started so I only have posted on the seventh book “Kitty’s House of Horrors” but this series is a worth while to read.  A new take on the supernatural world with a heroine DJ.