The List by J.A. Konrath aka Jack Kilborn

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Publication Date: April, 2009

THE LIST is a bit of a departure for
Konrath. It’s a technothriller about a group of ten people who each have tattoos
of numbers on the bottoms their feet, and don’t know why.

One of them, a
Chicago Homicide cop named Tom Mankowski, has had one of these strange tattoos
since birth. When he investigates a violent murder and discovers the victim also
has a tattooed number, it sets the ball rolling for an adventure of historic
proportions.

To say more would give away too much.

Like the Jack
Daniels series, THE LIST combines laugh out loud humor with serious suspense and
thrills.

 

Review-

Great read. Fast read.  I highly recommend.

 

Endurance: A Novel of Terror by Jack Kilborn

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Publication Date: October 16, 2010
WELCOME TO THE RUSHMORE INN
The bed and breakfast was hidden in the hills of West Virginia. Wary guests wondered how it could stay in business at such a creepy, remote location. Especially with its bizarre, presidential decor and eccentric proprietor.
ONCE YOU CHECK IN…
When the event hotel for the national Iron Woman triathlon accidentally overbooked, competitor Maria was forced to stay at the Rushmore. But after checking into her room, she quickly realized she wasn’t alone. First her suitcase wasn’t where she put it. Then her cell phone was moved. Finally, she heard an odd creaking under the bed. Confusion quickly turned to fear, and fear to hysteria when she discovered the front door was barred and the windows were bricked over. There was no way out.
…YOU’LL BE DYING TO LEAVE
One year later, four new female athletes have become guests of the Inn. Will they escape the horrors within its walls? Or will they join the many others who have died there, in ways too terrible to imagine?
ENDURANCE by Jack Kilborn Are you brave enough to finish?
A Word of Warning:
Originally scheduled to be released in paperback in 2010, the publisher read the final version of the manuscript and refused to release it.
This is a disturbing, terrifying book. You may think you’re brave enough to handle it. But you’re probably not…
Review –
Okay, where to begin?  If you enjoy being scared out of your mind, this is the book for you.  It is a cross between, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes and Leatherface.,  It is NOT for the faint of heart. There is much violence and gore.  I loved it.

Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale (The Bane Chronicles #3) by Cassandra Clare

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Publication Date:June 18, 2013

Magnus Bane leverages his alliances with Downworlders and Shadowhunters on a venture to Victorian London. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.When immortal warlock Magnus Bane attends preliminary peace talks between the Shadowhunters and the Downworlders in Victorian London, he is charmed by two very different people: the vampire Camille Belcourt and the young Shadowhunter, Edmund Herondale. Will winning hearts mean choosing sides?
This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. This story in The Bane Chronicles, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale, is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.Review –

Did not live up to my expectations.

 

 

 

314 by A. R. Wise

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Publication Date:December 24, 2012
Alma Harper has been trying to forget what happened in Widowsfield 16 years ago. She has a good life as a music teacher now, and might rekindle her relationship with her one true love. However, the number 314 haunts her, and threatens to bring her back to the day that her brother disappeared. When a reporter shows up, just days before March 14th, Alma realizes that her past is coming back to haunt her. What happened on March 14th, at 3:14, 16 years ago? No one but The Skeleton Man can remember.
Review –
This was an excellent “keep you on the edge of your chair” book and I love it when the ending surprises me. The author did an awesome job keeping me hooked and wanting more. I will be adding him to my “authors to read” list.

Affliction (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter #22) by Laurell K Hamilton

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Release date: July 2, 2013 | Series: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter (Book 22)
Some zombies are raised. Others must be put down. Just ask Anita Blake. Before now, she would have considered them merely off-putting, never dangerous. Before now, she had never heard of any of them causing human beings to perish in agony. But that’s all changed. Micah’s estranged father lies dying, rotting away inside from some strange ailment that has his doctors whispering about “zombie disease.” Anita makes her living off of zombies—but these aren’t the kind she knows so well. These creatures hunt in daylight, and are as fast and strong as vampires. If they bite you, you become just like them. And round and round it goes… Where will it stop?
Even Anita Blake doesn’t know.
Review –
I liked this installment of the Anita Blake,Vampire Hunter series much much better than I did the last one. Unlike in it, Anita had a big part to play in the plot and there was not as much sex for sex sake. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy sex scenes in books but not when they happen on every other page.
I wil continue to be a fan of Laurell K. Hamilton and await the next Anita Blake book.

The Raven Boys (Raven Boys #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

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Release date: September 18, 2012 | Series: Raven Cycle
An all-new series from the masterful, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater!
“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”
It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive. Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them-not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her. His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble. But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all-family money, good looks, devoted friends-but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys.
Review –
I listened to this book on my Ipad and fell in love with the characters and the storyline, so much so that I wanted more when it ended. If only all authors could write with the same passion. Oh well. I have not as yet read or listened to the second in the series but I’m hopping to find the audio version and that the same narrator reads it.  A narrator can make or break a book and the one that reade The Raven Boys did an excellent job.
This is definitely a good series to start if you like paranormal YA literature.

Red Velvet Cupcake Murder by Joanne Fluke

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Release date: February 26, 2013 | Series: Hannah Swensen Mysteries
It’s a hot summer evening in Lake Eden, Minnesota – and the Grand Opening of the refurbished Albion Hotel. Hannah Swensen’s famous Red Velvet cupcakes are being served in the new Red Velvet lounge. The party starts off with a bang with the arrival of Doctor Bev, who left town in shame after she two-timed her fiance. But the gossip comes to a screeching halt when another partygoer takes a dive off the hotel’s rooftop garden. As the police investigate, the only one who isn’t preoccupied with the case is Doctor Bev. She’s too busy trying to stir things up with her old flame Norman, who’s reunited with Hannah. Just as Hannah’s patience with Bev runs thin, her rival is found dead at the bottom of Miller’s Pond. To everyone’s shock, Hannah is now the target of a murder investigation – and she’s feeling the heat in a way she never has before…
Review –
I enjoyed this book much more than the last few in the series because even though things were chaotic there didn’t seem to be as much drama for drama’s sake.  The recipes included in each book are a bonus and I’m  going to try a couple of the latest ones.  A great easy Summer read.

Six Years by Harlan Coben

Book Description

Publication Date:March 19, 2013
In Six Years, a masterpiece of modern suspense, Harlan Coben explores the depth and passion of lost love…and the secrets and lies at its heart.  Six years have passed since Jake Fisher watched Natalie, the love of his life, marry another man. Six years of hiding a broken heart by throwing himself into his career as a college professor. Six years of keeping his promise to leave Natalie alone, and six years of tortured dreams of her life with her new husband, Todd. But six years haven’t come close to extinguishing his feelings, and when Jake comes across Todd’s obituary, he can’t keep himself away from the funeral. There he gets the glimpse of Todd’s wife he’s hoping for…but she is not Natalie. Whoever the mourning widow is, she’s been married to Todd for almost two decades, and with that fact everything Jake thought he knew about the best time of his life—a time he has never gotten over—is turned completely inside out. As Jake searches for the truth, his picture-perfect memories of Natalie begin to unravel. Mutual friends of the couple either can’t be found, or don’t remember Jake. No one has seen Natalie in years. Jake’s search for the woman who broke his heart, who lied to him, soon puts his very life at risk as it dawns on him that the man he has become may be based on a carefully constructed fiction. Harlan Coben once again delivers a shocking page-turner that deftly explores the power of past love, and the secrets and lies that such love can hide
Review –
I thought this was a great mystery, although slow in several places and a bit predictable in others, but all in all a great Summer read.

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NOS4A2: A Novel by Joe Hill

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Publication Date:April 30, 2013

NOS4A2 is a spine-tingling novel of supernatural suspense from master of horror Joe Hill, the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and Horns.

Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.” Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But

Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Review –

if you are a fan of the horror genre, like I am,  you need to add this to your “to read” list and once you pick it up you won’t be able to put it down.  If it reminds you a a Stephen King thriller , don’t be surprised.  Joe Hill is Stephen King’s son.  Who knew, right?  I didn’t until I read a background on the author and then I HAD to read it because Stephen King is my all time favorite author.

This story latches on to you from  the first few pages and doesn’t let go until you are hearing Christmas carols in your sleep.  I’m a bit afraid of Christmas coming this year. Want to know why?   Read the book.