Monday, December 30, 2013

Monday Mourning


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4 * Book 5 * Book 6**

Tempe really got invested in this case. The skeletonized bodies of three young women are discovered in the basement of a pizza parlor in Montreal. Tempe is, at first, the only one convinced that these are not historic remains and are, in fact, recent deaths. She goes investigating by herself to try to prove to Claudel that this case should be pursued as a criminal act.

When she discovers that the bodies are as recent as the late 80s and early 90s, she finds herself investigating a very unusual case.

Through it all, her best friend is in town after having a crisis regarding her marriage, and Tempe's relationship with Andrew Ryan seems to be spiraling to disaster, especially after she hears a rumor about another, much younger, woman in his life.

The way these books resolve is part of what keeps me so enthralled in them. I want to make sure that everything clears up, and when I finish the book, I want to know what kind of mess Tempe is going to get herself into next.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Bare Bones


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4 * Book 5**

There is definitely a formula to these books. And I love the formula. Tempe gets in on a murder case, questions pile up, a hunch is wrong, she ends up in danger from the killer, the bad guy is nabbed.

This book started with something that made me want to just hug my youngest. Tempe is investigating the bones of a newborn baby who was found in a wood stove. That was heartbreaking in and of itself, but as she has a weekend with her daughter, her dog digs up bones on a wooded area of a farmhouse. They turn out to mostly be animal bones, but she finds human bones in there, which drags her into a huge new plot.

There are also the two bodies of a small plane crash. But all of these bodies appear to be connected, and when their prime suspect turns up dead, everything needs to be reevaluated.

I love these books. They're so addicting.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Grave Secrets


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4**

Tempe got herself into another doozy of a mystery. She's in Guatemala to identify the bones of women and children who were massacred in the 80s. But then she's sucked into a case of a body found in a septic tank by the local police. This body is connected to four missing young women.

As she investigates the body, which becomes hard when the DA and local forensic doctor confiscate the body and proceed to cremate it, she encounters more and more questions. As the questions get answered, her life begins to be in danger.

Tempe isn't always the smartest (or great about being concerned for her own well being), but somehow she always manages to get out of trouble and solve the mystery of whatever body she happens upon.

I'm hooked on these books.

Monday, December 16, 2013

The Last Battle


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4 * Book 5 * Book 6**

What a bittersweet ending to this great series. Although, I felt that the title was just a little misleading. It wasn't really all about a battle. That battle was really only in one or maybe two chapters.

But this book definitely had conclusion to it. It brought together the visitors from our world in Narnia's last days. Because Narnia is ending at this point. Aslan has not been seen for quite some time. An Ape and a Donkey begin to pretend that Aslan is giving orders - orders that he wouldn't ever give.

Eustace and Jill come to save the last King of Narnia, Tirian. He has gotten into a little bit of trouble and they arrive to help him out of it. But there is only so much they can do.

Lucy, Edmund, and Peter, as well as Digory and Polly, make an appearance. The ending is kind of sad, but looking back, it was kind of foreshadowed. Either way, it was a satisfying conclusion.

Fatal Voyage


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3**

Book four of the Temperance Brennan series was actually a lot better than the first three. Probably because there was little to no French, since it takes place almost exclusively in North Carolina.

The mystery at the start of the book is a plane crash. Why did the plane go down? And terrible news from Andrew Ryan - his partner Jean Bertrand was on the plane when it crashed. Questions about Bertrand's possible involvement and the prisoner he had been transporting come up.

But then things take an odd turn with the discovery of a foot that doesn't belong to any of the passengers on the plane. An abandoned lodge in the woods and several unusual missing person reports begin a true mystery that gets Tempe in trouble, yet again.

This was just a fascinating book. On to the next!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Timebound


Kindle First has been good to me so far. First I read Things We Set on Fire, and now I've read this book. It's the first book in what will be a series and I will definitely wait impatiently for more books.

Kate thinks she's just a normal girl. She had a few episodes in the previous year that doctors called panic attacks, but she wasn't convinced. She learned why when she met her grandmother - a woman named Katherine who was born a couple of centuries in the future. Katherine has made contact with Kate in the hopes that she can help fix a timeline that is getting more and more treacherous with each passing day.

Things go horribly wrong when a temporal shift causes Kate's mother to blink out of existence, thereby making it so that Kate technically doesn't exist in the timeline. She has to go back to 1893 to fix a murder that changes everything for her.

I was really into this book. It sucked me in and kept me engaged. It's technically young adult, but you wouldn't really guess that by the way the story is told. True, Kate is only 16 going on 17, but she acts a lot older than her age. I am loving Kindle First.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mini Shopaholic


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4 * Book 5**

The title of this book is actually a bit misleading. You go in expecting it to be entirely about Luke and Becky's daughter, but really she's more of a side story.

Minnie is two years old. Luke thinks that she's wild and out of control because she behaves like, well, a two year old. So he demands they get some help from a TV nanny (a la Supernanny).

Meanwhile Becky decides that she wants to throw a surprise birthday party for Luke. She finds this challenging due to the fact that this is all happening at the beginning of the economic downfall that hit the world. So, she has to cut back, even with her huge dreams of the party, and she's refused help from everyone who offers.

When it all becomes just a bit too much for her, she finds help from the most unexpected place. I enjoyed the way that the party came together and I'm excited because it left off alluding to another book, so I'll be keeping my eye out for that.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Shopaholic and Baby


**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3 * Book 4**

Another fun Shopaholic book. But this one I could really relate to because I know what it's like to be a mom to be.

In this book, Becky is pregnant. So she's become the shopaholic mom to be. Which happens to the best of us.

She also decides to change doctors halfway through her pregnancy from the older doctor who delivered Luke to this new celebrity obstetrician - Venetia Carter.

What Becky wasn't expecting was the discovery that new doctor Venetia is, in fact, Luke's ex-girlfriend from college. And Venetia has ulterior motives.

The dislike for Venetia kind of grew in me as I read the book. As more of her character was revealed, I hated her more and felt for Becky.

The resolution of this book is great. I just really had fun with this book.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Shopaholic and Sister




**Book 1 * Book 2 * Book 3**

I did not like this book as much. While it was still an enjoyable bit of fluff, Rebecca is an annoyingly spoiled brat. She spends most of this book either sulking or feeling superior.

After a 10 month honeymoon, Rebecca and Luke return home, but nothing is quite the way Becky expected it to be. Suze has since had twins and made a new best friend, who has children of her own. Becky's parents are acting weird. And Luke is angry at her because of all the purchases that Becky made while they were on their honeymoon around the world.

And then it all comes crashing down. The reason her parents are being weird is revealed as a half sister for Becky that none of them knew existed.

Becky thinks that she'll have a new best friend in Jess. She imagines them going shopping and watching movies together. But Jess is so completely different from Becky. She hates shopping, makeup, even mirrors.

So Becky becomes mean. She becomes this catty character that I just do not like. So, while it was still a fluffy story that I sort of enjoyed, it just wasn't the same as the other books were.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Shopaholic Ties the Knot


**Book 1 * Book 2**

I'm going to be honest, I wasn't completely sure I'd enjoy this book. But I was wrong.

Luke and Rebecca are getting married! This is especially exciting since Suze, Becky's best friend has just gotten married and is expecting a baby. So when Luke pops the question at Suze's wedding, Becky is ecstatic thinking about wedding dresses and cakes.

Rebecca's mother begins planning a wedding in her England hometown almost immediately. Becky takes it for granted that she and Luke will be getting married in England. But, when they return to New York, Luke's mother Elinor springs a wedding planner and a Plaza wedding on Rebecca.

Now Becky has two weddings being planned for her and she seems unable to cancel either one.

The way that this comes to a resolution is great. I loved it. She fixed the problem and didn't have to use her Visa card to do it.

There was less of the shopaholic in this book than in other ones, but she's still the indecisive girl of previous books.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Shopaholic Takes Manhattan


**Book 1**

The second book in the Shopaholic series was just as fun as the first book. Becky and Luke - the successful and rich PR company owner boyfriend - head to New York. Becky has become a hit on a morning television show, giving financial advice to people who call in. Her own finances are just as rocky as before, making her just the tiniest bit hypocritical.

Luke is looking to expand his PR company to New York, and wants Becky to move there with him. She is excited to get a spot on American television. But, while they're in New York, their individual lives in London begin to disintegrate.

Becky's finances hit an all time low, costing her more than she ever would have been willing to pay. And rumors are ruining Luke's chances at his great deal at making it in NYC.

The way this book flows makes it fun, while you feel bad for where Becky is and what happens with Luke.