The Beach House by James Patterson and Peter de Jonge

Book Description

June 10, 2002
Jack Mullen is in law school in New York City when the shocking news comes that his brother Peter has drowned in the ocean off East Hampton. Jack knows his brother and knows this couldnt be an accident. Someone must have wanted his brother dead. But the powers that be say otherwise. As Jack tries to uncover details of his brothers last night, he confronts a barricade of lawyers, police, and paid protectors who separate the multibillionaire summer residents from local workers like Peter. And he learns that his brother wasnt just parking cars at the summer parties of the rich. He was making serious money satisfying the sexual needs of the richest women and men in town.
THE BEACH HOUSE reveals the secret lives of celebrities in a breathtaking drama of revenge with a finale so shocking it could only have come from the mind of James Patterson.
This was my second listening to this book and I loved it even more this time.
The plot is wonderfully powerful as are all the characters involved. You root for the good guys and hiss and cuss the bad guys and there is no uncertainty which is which. Some of it is hard to listen to or read because it’s graphic in its detail, but that’s one reason I’ve always liked James Patterson, he pulls no  punches.  Excellent read and I highly suggest you pick it up.


Evergreen (Mer-Tales #2) by Brenda Pandos

Book Description

June 26, 2012
A kingdom on the brink of war.
A king on the fringes of insanity.
A family running for their lives.

Ash and Fin’s only desire is to be together and dive into their happily ever after, though their conflicting worlds work to pull them apart. Neither is ready to convert to the other’s life: become a human or a mer. Little do they know that somewhere in Natatoria a secret holds the fine fabric of everyone’s lives together. If the truth is discovered, Ash and Fin will no longer have the luxury of waiting. They’ll be forced to choose. But will it be for loyalty or love? Or will someone else make the choice for them if they can’t decide? Enter the watery world of treachery, greed, and the binding mer kiss as the story continues with Evergreen, book two of Mer Tales.

Review –
I think I let too much time go by between finishing the first book and starting the second because i had to make myself finish it. 
It picked right up where the first book ended and had lots of actions,drama,romance etc, but maybe I had too many other books going that I liked better. It was very good but I was just not in the mood for Mer-Tales. Maybe I will wait until Summer to read book three,then it will be hot and a Mer -Tale would make for a refreshing read.

Stardust by Neil Gaiman

Book Description

October 13, 2009
Hopelessly crossed in love, a boy of half-fairy parentage leaves his mundane Victorian-English village on a quest for a fallen star in the magical realm. The star proves to be an attractive woman with a hot temper, who plunges with our hero into adventures featuring witches, the lion and the unicorn, plotting elf-lords, ships that sail the sky, magical transformations, curses whose effects rebound, binding conditions with hidden loopholes and all the rest.
Review –
Even though I had the audio book of this story I found it difficult to get through. I really don’t know what the problem was-maybe the fact that I don’t like stories involving Faeries had something to do with it, but I almost celebrated when I finished it.
If fairy tales are your thing then you will like it, but I only gave it a three stars out of five.  Don’t hate me.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Book Description

October 2, 2012

A gleeful and exhilarating tale of global conspiracy, complex code-breaking, high-tech data visualization, young love, rollicking adventure, and the secret to eternal life—mostly set in a hole-in-the-wall San Francisco bookstore

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone—and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything, instead “checking out” impossibly obscure volumes from strange corners of the store, all according to some elaborate, long-standing arrangement with the gnomic Mr. Penumbra. The store must be a front for something larger, Clay concludes, and soon he’s embarked on a complex analysis of the customers’ behavior and roped his friends into helping to figure out just what’s going on. But once they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, it turns out the secrets extend far outside the walls of the bookstore.

With irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan has crafted a literary adventure story for the twenty-first century, evoking both the fairy-tale charm of Haruki Murakami and the enthusiastic novel-of-ideas wizardry of Neal Stephenson or a young Umberto Eco, but with a unique and feisty sensibility that’s rare to the world of literary fiction. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader, no matter the time of day.

Review –

I had the audio version of this book and the narrator, Ari Fliakos, did a fantastic job  and made it a pleasure to listen.

The story has a peculiar plot with peculiar well-defined characters and even though we start out in San Francisco we travel across the country to try to solve the mystery of eternal life and decode the books found on the top shelves in Mr. Penumbra’s Bookstore. 

If you love books, computers/technology, nerds, mysteries,  and friendships this is the book for you.

I rated it five stars ***** and I highly recommend it.