Sunday, June 30, 2024

"Fourth Wing" (the Empyrian #1) by Rebecca Yarros

Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros got my attention right from the start and kept it all the way to the end!  What a fantastic read if you like fantasy with dragons mixed with relationships.  Violet is a great character, the youngest in her family who finds herself in war college for dragon riders when she had her heart set on being scribe like her father.  Her mother, the commanding general, ordered her to go in the dragon rider quadrant against her wishes.  This book is all about her first year at the war college.  Violet is small, weak, doesn't want to fight but is also smart and clever.  

I loved this book because of the characters, the action, and the dragons.  Violet is an underdog who tries to overcome her weaknesses and beat the odds stacked against her.  She soon finds a target on her back because of who her mother is.  Violet is so nice and vulnerable that it was easy to root for her.  At some points, I cheered out loud and laughed out loud.  It had a lot of humor too!  I really enjoyed the connection with the dragons and Xaden is awesome!  So glad I can jump right into the second book in this series.  (Karen's review, 5 stars)

Gerard's review:
In Fourth Wing by Rebecca Yarros, Violet wants to be a scribe, but her mom has other plans for her and is running the show.  Consequently, Violet goes to school to be a dragon rider and help defend her country.  Her sister and friends tell her not to do this.  Violet goes anyway because she does not want to live with wondering what if she had made it.  

This book is very good from early on.  It has a great storyline and plenty of action.  I'll have to wait a few months for book 2, but looking forward to it!  (5++ stars)

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"One Perfect Couple" by Ruth Ware


In One Perfect Couple by Ruth Ware, Nico and Lyla are a couple.  Nico wants to make it big on TV and being on a reality TV show could do that.  Lyla does not want to go, but for Nico's sake, she does.  Little does she know what she is in for.  

Ruth Ware's books are always good including this one!  It has good action that kept me turning pages quickly along with a good storyline and characters I cared about.  (Gerard's review, 5 stars)

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Sunday, June 23, 2024

"19th Christmas" by James Patterson


In 19th Christmas by James Patterson, a very bad man has a deadly surprise for Christmas morning.  Everyone knows that!  What they do not know is where.  The storyline was good; however, the ending was not what I expected.  I thought it was an okay read.  (Gerard's review, 4 stars)

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Wednesday, June 19, 2024

"The Housemaid is Watching" by Freida McFadden


In The Housemaid is Watching, by Freida McFadden, Millie and her husband work hard for what they have.  Finally, she, her two kids and her husband move into a decent size house in a very nice neighborhood.  Her dream has come true!  Little does she know that it will turn into a nightmare she could not have imagined.  Like The Teacher, this is very good!  It has a good storyline and I did not know what was coming next.  It moves along quickly with a great ending!  (Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

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Sunday, June 16, 2024

"The Jailhouse Lawyer" and "Power of Attorney" by James Patterson and Nancy Allen are Both Very Good!

Wow, what a great read The Jailhouse Lawyer by James Patterson and Nancy Allen is!  This is about Martha Foster, single mom of 5-yr.-old who needs medicine for a heart condition.  She is an attorney who left her firm in search of a job with better benefits for her son which led her to the public defender position in Douglas County, Alabama.  This is where her nightmare begins!  She is welcomed with open arms and has a furnished rental home.  She soon hears that the former public defender committed suicide and soon can see why!  The judge is evil and corruption flourishes in his court.  Martha fights for her life and decides to try to get the judge removed from office.  I enjoyed this book very much and was pulling for Martha all the way!  I had a hard time putting this one down, but it is a good one for reading small bits at a time since the chapters are very short so go quickly.  If you enjoy lawyer thrillers, I highly recommend this one.  It reminded me of The Intern.  (Karen's review, 5 stars)

The second story in this book is Power of Attorney which was also good.  A Chicago attorney goes back to her home in Arkansas to help her mom care for her dad, also an attorney who has Dementia, and tie up his cases.  What she thought would be a simple probate case turned into a murder trial with her client being the defendant!  This kept my attention and didn't guess who the murderer was until the end.  This not only about murder, but also arson, abuse and human trafficking.  I enjoyed the trial very much.  (Karen's review, 5 stars)

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Saturday, June 15, 2024

I Loved "The Teacher" by Freida McFadden


In The Teacher by Freida McFadden, Addie is 16 and bullied in high school.  Eve is one of her teachers who would like to befriend Addie; however, Eve finds out that sometimes it is better to leave things as they are.  This book is really good!  I LOVED IT!  The storyline is excellent and the chapters are short so it goes quickly.  I was always happy to get back into it.  What an ending!  (Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

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Thursday, June 13, 2024

"The Heiress" by Rachel Hawkins


I was in a reading slump, but no more.  The Heiress by Rachel Hawkins was amazing with lots of twists and turns.  It is told by Ruby, Jules and Cam.  Cam is due to inherit a lot of money, but doesn't want any of it!  Soon though, Cam and Jules will realize that money is only a part of what Cam will have to deal with.  This is a great book!  What a story!  (Gerard's review, 5++ stars)

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Friday, June 7, 2024

"One Perfect Lie" by Lisa Scottoline


In One Perfect Lie by Lisa Scottoline, Chris is applying for a job at a high school.  His profile and resume are in order.  It looks very good, but it is all a lie!  Why is that and what is he up to?  This has some good action and the storyline is good; however, for me it kind of fell apart at the end.  Still worth the read.  Lisa Scottoline is always good and this was no exception.  (Gerard's review, 4 stars)

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Tuesday, June 4, 2024

"My Side of the River" by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez

My Side of the River by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez is an interesting memoir about a young Mexican girl born to hard-working immigrants in the U.S.  Her mother saw to it she got a good education in the U.S. and told her she had to be the best.  She was at the top of her class through school even though she was homeless and separated from her parents when they couldn't get their Visa renewed.  I thought this book was quite interesting as her life was so different from mine.  It shows how hard it is for the immigrants.  She had quite a journey to say the least!  (Karen's review, 4 stars)

Gerard's review, 3/6/24:
My Side of the River
by Elizabeth Camarillo Gutierrez tells the true story of a young Mexican girl, Elizabeth.  Her parents tell her how important an education is; unfortunately, when her parents get deported, she will have to take care of her younger brother and find a place to live.  I thought this book was very good.  I found myself cheering for Elizabeth as she tried to do the best for her and her brother.  What a story!  (5 stars)

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Monday, June 3, 2024

"Days of Wonder" by Caroline Leavitt


In Days of Wonder by Caroline Leavitt, at age 15 Ella did a very bad thing.  She tried to kill someone!  She was pregnant at the time and they took her baby from her while she went to prison.  She got out when she was 22.  She wants to see her daughter, but how will she find her?  And if so, will her daughter want to see her? This is only one of many great story lines in this book!  This is family drama at its best.  I came to care about the characters and got lost in this book because the story line is that good!  This is one of the best books I have read this year.  LOVED IT!  Do not miss this one!  (Gerard's review, 5++ stars)   

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