Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2) by Kresley Cole

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Publication Date:October 1, 2013
In this second thrilling book of The Arcana Chronicles from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole, Evie struggles to accept her place in the prophecy that will either save the world–or destroy it.
Evie has fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress, and Jack was there to see it all. As one of twenty-two teens given powers following the apocalypse, she now knows a war is brewing, and it’s kill or be killed. When Evie meets Death, the gorgeous and dangerous Endless Knight, things get even more complicated. Though falling for Jack, she’s drawn to Death as well. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history, one that Evie can’t remember–but Death can’t forget…
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I couldn’t believe when the ending of this book happened. I was intensely listening to the audio version and all of a sudden it was over. Drat, now I will have to wait for some time next year for the next installment.
 
I gave this book five stars *****.  I loved it.  In the first half of the book I was cheering for Jackson but in the last part I was on Death’s team.  The words the authors uses to describe the characters  and the voice of the wonderful narrator, Emma Galvin, brings everything to life and I know that in the final ending Death will lose but somehow I wish he didn’t have to.   Hurry Hurry Kresley Cole and release the next book in the Arcana Chronicles.
 

Houses Without Doors by Peter Straub

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Published November 30, 1990

These psychic and horror fictions–seven of them short-shorts–reveals Straub at his spellbinding best. Two tales (first installments of his Blue Rose trilogy), are linked to Koko and Mystery and exactingly probe the consequences of boyhood clashes with evil. In “Blue Rose,” sadistic Harry Beevers, 10, hypnotizes and destroys his younger brother; the tale leaps ahead to the ironic verdict in Harry’s court-martial for wreaking atrocities in Vietnam. In the outstanding “The Juniper Tree,” a novelist relives a harrowing, seductive summer when, at age seven, he was sexually molested in a movie house by drifter Stan, a seedy Alan Ladd lookalike. “The Buffalo Hunter” fastidiously chronicles the fixations of a 35-year-old who numbs his fear of women by sucking his coffee and cognac from baby bottles. In the ambitious gothic thriller/academic spoof “Mrs. God,” a fatuous professor is lured to a creepy English mansion crammed with grisly secrets to research the papers of his poet ancestress; dead babies provide a subtheme. Wry and riveting, “A Short Guide to the City” fuses and parodies two genres: the self-congratulatory tourist blurb with a news alert on the “viaduct killer.”

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I was soooo let down by this book that I can’t even tell you.  I gave it one star on GoodReads and I have never rated a book so low.

Thankfully I had the audio version or else I would have laid it aside to finish later, so as I drove around town running my errands I listened and just shook my head.   The stories were just STRANGE, not subjecct or plot wise but ending wise.  All of the endings were BLAH. Enough said.

Allegiant (Divergent Trilogy #3)) by Veronica Roth

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Published: 2013

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

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I know that a lot of readers LOVED this series but I just liked it so reading the final book in the series wasn’t a big thing for me BUT the ending was a BIG thing and that made it great. Who knew?  It upset a lot of people, including me, but the author made a choice and it’s their right and I applaud it. Even though I know the ending I can’t wait for the first movie to come out because the first was my favorite book of the series.

 

 

Burn for Burn(Burn for Burn #1) by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

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Publication Date:September 18, 2012
Payback is paradise in this start to a trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian.
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
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I thought I had found a new series to start but the book let me down near the end so I won’t be reading any of the others,unless they are free. I really don’t like reading about MEAN GIRLS.
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Who Dunnit ? The Murder on Mystery Island by Anthony Zuiker

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Published: 2013

Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.

After an extravagant first night dinner, the guests retire to their lavish suites only to be awakened by an ear-splitting bang. They rush to the smoking parlor to find Jordan, the company’s intern, dead – a massive hole in his chest. Giles, the consummate English butler who seems to be in charge, announces that they must solve the crime or be the next victim.

The killer, who has booby-trapped the island and cut off phone and Internet connections, is hiding among them. Is it the HR representative with a penchant for Bloody Marys, the twenty-two-year-old claims processor with the purity ring, or perhaps the head chef of the company cafeteria? The killer plays with their minds, inviting them to explore the beautiful resort, from the infinity pool with the high dive to the white sand beach complete with jet skis and snorkel gear.

Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. His mystery reality show, Whodunnit?, is his first foray into unscripted television. He lives in Los Angeles with his three children and his wife, Michelle.

Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island is performed by the show’s host/butler, accomplished narrator Gildart Jackson.

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I didn’t enjoy this installment of the WHODUNNIT Mysteries as much as the first one because I knew what to expect.  All of the guests,except for two,the killer and the winner,would be killed one by one so I expected no great surprise. BUT , I was wrong.  At the end, Giles makes a stand and kills the killer so now what will happen to him in the next book?  I can’t wait.

Slippery Slopes and Other Deadly Things (Carrie Carlin Mysteries #5) by Nancy Tesler

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Publication Date:November 16, 2012
Book Five
Who would expect a killer to do in his/her victim while riding a chairlift at a peaceful alpine ski resort in full view of a throng of skiers gathered to watch the Christmas torchlight parade? Certainly not stress-reduction therapist, Carrie Carlin, who has come to her biofeedback convention in the hope of meeting this year’s honoree, pain management guru, Adonis-like Dr. Hubert Freundlich. Of course, Carrie hadn’t expected to find Dr. Freundlich’s wedding-banded hand creeping up her thigh in the outdoor hot tub either. Nor had she anticipated hearing hints of wrongdoing drunkenly whispered in her ear by his brilliant young associate.
Then the associate is murdered, the police discover that her scarf is the probable murder weapon, her roommate develops amnesia about a possible date rape, a close colleague and friend is attacked, there’s a suspicious accident on those slippery slopes, and her significant other starts talking wedded bliss. Carrie’s stress level shoots into the stratosphere as she finds herself dodging not only Cupid’s darts, but bullets and a ski-masked killer with a heart as cold as Vermont black ice.
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Another fun book in the Carrie Carlin Mysteries Series and one of my favorites so far.
If you want a pleasant way to spend an Autumn evening,pick up this series and give it a try.  The cares of the world will fade away for  a bit while Carrie Carlin gets into all sorts of trouble but somehow always comes out on top. A very pleasant read.