Monday, March 30, 2015

Fractured by Karin Slaughter


Why do I keep reading Karin Slaughter? So many of her books revolve around violence towards women or children and in the case of this book the first chapter was like living one of my worst nightmares yet I kept reading. I will tell you why I keep reading Karin Slaughter, even though the situations in a lot of her books make me sick to my stomach, she knows how to write a really interesting story that pulls the reader in. The reader is grabbed and the story never lets go no matter how horrible the situations. 

This book opens with a mother coming home to an open front door. She walks into her home which is supposed to be a safe haven to find her teenage daughter raped and murdered with a man standing over her covered in blood holding a knife. Reading this I could actually feel my stomach tighten and the tears sting my eyes as the fear of anything happening to my daughter over came me. I thought about not reading this book just because of that. Then the mother runs as this man attacks her, but the tables turn and she is the one killing her attacker to save her life and avenge her daughter. All of this and it is just the prologue. This is what I mean by no matter how terrible the situation Karin Slaughter has this way of writing such and emotional and intense story that you just can't turn away from it.

So I have always been interested in Will's history and the first book in the series really didn't give much. I had hoped that this book would really explain why he is scared all over with burns and cuts. If he knew why his mother left him in a trash can, and more on his Dyslexia. We get more on his Dyslexia but only bits of what makes Will Trent, Will. I was ok with this because the story over all, as gut wrenching and stomach turning as it was, was really pretty good. It took awhile to get going but the end was interesting and just kept building. Even when we know who the villain is the chase of trying to prove it was great. In this book we get to meet Will's partner Faith who is a pretty good back story also teased at throughout the book. This book seems to build a an ongoing story for both characters.

This is a good book but you need to have a strong will to continue through the horrors that Karin Slaughter puts in this book. As a parent this played  to my worst fears of not being able to protect my family and made me terrified at some of these situations. So to the rating, I give this 3.5 stars but will round up to 4. I enjoyed this book but I had some issues with the technical things about this book. There were some sections that felt like they didn't flow with the way the story was headed. It kind of threw me off at times and I had to go back and re-read some spots. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

What I'm reading

Happy Wednesday

It has been a slow reading week for me and it has caused a stall in my blog. I will be honest and say that I haven't really been in the reading mood. I downed a bunch of graphic novels all at once and I have some amazing ones lined up to read and review Thanks to DC Comics and Edelweiss so look for those in the future. Shhhh, it's a secret as to which ones I have lined up. Have I sufficiently built suspense yet?

 I am one of those people who has several books going at a time so I figured sine I have taken a bit of a hiatus this week that I would at least share what is on my bedside table so to speak. Work has been crazy busy and stressful this week so I haven't been listening to my audio book that often. I have been rocking out with some metal and hard rock to get me all pumped up to take on my daily tasks at work and power through all of the extra stuff thrown at me. Needless to say it is taking longer to get through this book that it usually wood. Currently I am reading Fractured by Karin Slaughter.

This book is a rough read. Karin Slaughter likes to really tug on your heart strings and make the reader sick to their stomach. If you are not deeply disturbed by what her villains have done then there might be something wrong with you. It is a true testament to her writing skill when something so horrible can make me nauseous and still not be able to put the book down. It's like a train wreck, it is so terrible but you still can't look away. 

I am really enjoying the book but because of how crazy things have been music has just been what I need to keep me chugging along through my work. That and lots and lots of coffee. I should finish this book by the end of the week so with any luck I will be back to my regular posting next week. 

This is the second book in the Will Trent series and I can tell you at this point I am enjoying it much more than the previous book Tryptich. I am only a few books behind catching up to where I started with Karin Slaughter's books. Soon I will just have to sit and wait for the new books like everyone else. 

18867025My library has been my best friend in my mad dash to catch up on the stories I have missed in the DC Universe. I have one left from the stack of them I picked up from my library and I hope to get back to it this weekend. This is a collection of a lot off the books I have already read so I would think this won't take me long to get through but I am very interested to see how they all fit together to make one complete story. I'm sure I will enjoy it because everything I have read from this story line already has been absolutely amazing. 

22535533Finally, I usually have one physical hard back that I am reading. these take me forever to get through these days because the only time I have to read them are on the weekends and my kiddos just wont let me pick up a book. As soon as my 1 year old daughter sees me sit down with my book she grabs a few of her books and climbs into my lap asking me to read. It is just to cute to ignore. I have always been a lover of books and I have certain ones that I collect. Any of Jeffery Deaver's and Stephen King's books are ones I pre order in hardback as soon as they are available, and for those I am missing that are old I am always on the look out for in hardback first editions at the used book sales. The other ones I try to collect in hardback are any Sherlock Holmes novels. The Conan Doyle foundation has commissioned Anthony Horowitz to write the continuing cannon of Sherlock Holmes.  I really liked his first Sherlock Holmes book and when I saw his new book Moriarty out right before Christmas I got excited. Thankfully, my Mom got this for me for Christmas but it took me awhile to get to it. This book is all about what happens after the incident at Reichenbach falls where Moriarty and Holmes plummet to their deaths, or did they. I am really enjoying this book and I'm a little over half way through. It will be awhile before I finish but this gives you all something to look for in the future. 

So for discussion sake, you all know what I'm reading. What are you reading right now?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Missing You by Harlan Coben


I have to say I have found another author I am really enjoying. This is the third book I have read by Harlan Coben and I loved it. This and Six Years were really impressive and I am so glad I tried to win these on Goodreads. Had I not seen them listed as a giveaway and read the description I don;t think I would have ever read these. I have a lot to catch up when it comes to Coben's books. I thing I will give his Myron Bolitar series. 

This book is about a woman who has lost the love of her life and now 18 years later she finds him on a dating site. Trying to find a way to rekindle this friendship at least some strange things begin to happen. Several woman have gone missing and their linked to the profile of Kat's ex boyfriend's profile. I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first. The beginning of this book was very much a romance story or the plot to a Chick Flick. Not that there is anything wrong with Chick Flicks there are a few I enjoy but I was not expecting how this book opened up. 

I stuck with it and the story just kept getting deeper and darker and I was hooked. I may have struggled for the first few chapters to keep focused on the story but by the end of this book I couldn't stop talking about how much I loved this book. I am one of those readers who figures things out early on and then just sit back and see how things play out. It kind of takes the fun out of the big reveal at the end. Only 1 author has surprised me book after book but Coben surprised me with the ending of this one. I wont get into any details that might spoil this ending because it was a shocker that I for some reason didn't see coming when there were signs through out. 

One thing that I wasn't so sure about is that there are two different stories going on at the same time. I didn't know if one was to throw the reader off the trail on purpose and had no meaning, or if there was a larger picture that I was missing. This was a great story and I will give this 4.5 out of 5 stars and I will be rounding it up to 5. I am still blown away by how much I enjoyed this book and I look forward to catching up on all of Coben's books that I have missed. 

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Forever Evil by Geoff Johns


I will be honest, I didn't know anything about this book. I entered a giveaway to win it because I love comics but other than that I really didn't plan on reading this had I not won it. Had I known it was written by Geoff Johns I would have given this a look sooner. The only reason I wanted to read this was (**Spoiler Alert for Nightwing comics**) to see how Nightwing is unmasked and exposed his secret identity to the world. (Spoiler over)

Looking at the cover of this you would think this is all the villains against all the super heroes. This would be the wrong impression. The Crime Syndicate has come to our Earth to take over the planet because theirs has been destroyed. The Justice league is said to be dead and the only resistance to the Crime Syndicate and the villains they have recruited are Lex Luthor and the few villains he has talked into following him. This was a really great concept, we get to see a different side to Lex that I'm not sure he even knew was in the cold calculating brain of his. Just as Lex is building his team Batman and Catwoman show up. I almost cheered out loud. Not only am I loving the story of villains  fighting for the safety of our planet but her is my favorite superhero fighting along side them!?!?

The story was great and this is a one shot collection which wraps up almost everything in one volume. There is a little bit of a setup/cliffhanger at the very end but you can be satisfied with the resolution at the end of the book and not have to worry about waiting for the next collection. I couldn't stop reading this book. I read it in mostly one sitting. I have kids so it is impossible to sit down let alone read with out interruptions. I loved the whole story and really wish there was more to it. I kind of miss the old comics that would tell you what book will continue the story. If there was a little box at the very end that said something like Continued in Justice League Vol 6 I would have loved that. Then I would have known which book to read next instead of playing guess the next step.

The story was non stop action from the very beginning to the very end and the art work is very well done. I give this 4.5 stars but will round up to 5. I loved this book and I'm so glad that I did my search to find out what story line had the answers to my Nightwing questions. So far I have read some great stories this year and I hope to keep my streak going with the graphic novels I am trying to catch up on. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Batman Vol 5: Zero Year-Dark City by Scott Snyder


I have probably said this before but Scott Snyder is a genius. Like Geoff Johns Snyder has this way of writing an amazing story that is complex and thrilling over and over again. I have loved every volume in the Batman series since Scott Snyder took the reigns and I don't ever want to see him stop. I will admit that I had a hard time getting into the first part of Zero year because I just didn't care for some of the changes to Batman's origin story. The writing was great and there were a lot of things I did like but I was worried that this book would be a struggle to get through. I couldn't put this book down and it is a long graphic novel.

This story took off from the very beginning and I loved every page. Not only was the story amazing but I have to give credit to Greg Capullio, his artwork is just perfect for the story. The detail on every page was very clear and helped pull me into this destroyed Gotham city. Batman is also trapped in the city with no access to his gadgets and suits and he has been through a lot. Greg Capullio created this MacGyver style Bat-suit out together with a torn cowel spray paint and what was left in his utility belt.

The one thing I don't like about this re-telling of Batman's early years is that Bruce and Jim Gordon are angry with each other and Bruce resents him because he feels Gordon was paid off and kept things around his parents murder buried. One thing I have always liked about the Batman comics is that friendship or bond between the two characters. Gordon was the one who protected Bruce on the night his parents were killed and wrapped his fathers coat around his shoulders. Gordon was the the one to help Bruce take in Dick Greyson when his parents were killed. He and Bruce worked to make sure Dick was looked after during the most difficult time of his life. Because of all of this it was really hard for me to see Bruce so angry at Gordon.

The Riddler has taken over the city and holds the people of Gotham hostage until someone can stump him with a riddle. Needless to say this is a futile exercise by the normal people of Gotham. While this is going on Batman is working with Gordon and Lucius Fox to try and locate exactly where the Riddler is hiding. This was a great story and there are so many great goosbump moments in this book that I give this a full 5 out of 5 stars. You need to read Volume 4 first but this book is a must read for any Batman fan. 

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Triptych by Karin Slaughter


So I did things a little backwards. The first book I read by Karin Slaughter was Fractured which is the 5th book in the Will Trent series. I am finally getting around to catching up to where I am now so I was really excited to read this book. Lets just say I wasn't real impressed. 

The book starts out following another detective named Michael so right away I was a little thrown. As with a lot of Karin Slaughter's book it involves violent crime against young women. Will inserts himself into the case before the chief can ask for outside help. Here is where I get a little lost. I might have missed something, but I am pretty sure the reason that Will shows up to make himself part of the case is never explained. I kept waiting but I don't remember getting it. 

The next little hiccup that bugged me about this book is the switch between story points of view. I normally like seeing the villian's side of the story to see what exactly they are thinking, but the changes felt off to me. The story would be moving along and then it would switch with out reason. I can understand to build suspense by switching points of view but that wasn't the case here. 

Just when I thought this was going to be a waste of a read and one of my least favorite books Karin Slaughter pulls everything together and the last quarter of the book was pretty good. Considering this is book one in the Trent series I was really hoping to get more background on him. Will is a great character with a lot of deep dark secrets. He is a very complex character and I have been wanting to dive into his history fro a long time. My hope is that one of these early books has the answers to questions I have had for several books. I can't wait to move on to the next book in the series and see what happens next.

I am going to give this book 3 out of 5 stars. For the most part I was thinking it was only going to be a 2 star read but the ending made up for some of my gripes. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Teen Titans Go Vol 1:Party Party by Sholly Fisch


My son is a big fan of the show Teen Titans Go! and when I saw this was available on Edelweiss I had to request it. I figured this would be a great father son read before bed. He loved it and this book is exactly what I expected. Just like the show it was goofy, gross, funny, and stupid.

This is a collection of individual stories so there isn't one underlying story to the whole book. It made it very easy to read one issue a night with my son and not get lost or have to explain where we were or what was going on. He is 5 and really smart but he is at the age where he asks questions just to ask questions.

The stories are funny and exactly what a 5 year old would enjoy. If had I read this for myself the rating would have been lower, my son really liked it and I am rating it as such. I liked a few of the stories in this book. There is one where Robin sets up and obstacle course to showcase his skills because he is the only one on the team that doesn't have super powers. Lets say it is an obstacle  course that is more difficult for the others and leads to some funny situations. The other one I liked is where Beast Boy and Cyborg prank call different super heroes and other planets. This draws some unwanted attention to the titans.

This wasn't a bad book but it could have been better. If you have seen the show then you should know what you are getting into. There are quite a few reviews already that are less than favorable and it seems it was because they had no idea that this is the furthest thing from serious. If my son was rating this I am sure he would give it 5 stars but I am going to give it 3.5 and just round up to 4. The artwork isn't great and the writing could be better but it was funny and I loved spending the time with my son. I will leave you with one final clip from the show that always gets a laugh out of us when the episode comes on.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

The Bone Magician by F. E. Higgins


Before I read this book I judged a book by its cover. I decided to give The Black Book of Secrets a try. I liked that one a lot and was excited to see it was part of a series. I was a little less excited when I found out the next book doesn't have the same characters but involves the city which book one took place. I liked the description of this book so figured I would keep going. I was a little let down.

This book is about Pin who is a young man out on his own. His mother is dead and his father is missing because he is suspected of murder.Pin takes a job as body watcher with the local undertaker. Body watcher is a job that is exactly like it sounds. Pin has to watch the bodies for three days to make sure they are good and dead before they are buried because they have to often thought someone was dead and buried them only to find they were in  fact alive. Now this is set in times before modern medicine had advanced. Their idea of seeing if someone was dead was to hold a mirror under their nose to see if it picked up steam. One night he is knocked on the head and watches as a group of people bring the corpse he is watching back to life so her husband can say his good byes. 

Sounds interesting right, well it took forever to get going which isn't a good thing considering how short this book is. I found myself bored and my mind drifting through most of this book.  It didn't really get better at the end. The big reveal was kind of a let down. I think this is the end of my reading of this series.

Well, it wont come as a surprise that my rating is rather low. I give this 2 out of 5 stars. Not saying this is a bad book but I just didn't care for it. The summary sounded like it was going to be very interesting it just struggled to get going. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Six Years by Harlan Coben


This is another book I tried to win in a giveaway and didn't. I liked the summary and decided it was time to give it a try. Thank you Goodreads for your book banners and giveaways. I was really interested in the idea behind this book. Jake Fisher has found the love of his life and thinks that nothing could make life any better when she tells him out of the blue that it's over and she is marrying someone else. Six years later Jake gets an alumni email from the university he teaches at saying that the love of his life's husband has died. He could never let her go and decides to try and rekindle the relationship. When he arrives at the funeral he sees that the guy has a different wife and life. When he starts asking questions all the people he knew in that relationship have no idea who he is.

The further I got into this book the more interested I got. Every time Jake hit a dead end I wanted to know what was going to come next. I may have listened to this book but I couldn't put it down. I Have read one of Harlan Coben's books and I liked it but it wasn't amazing. This book was close to amazing and I am so glad I read it. I am definitely going to be reading more by Coben. The story was really well put together and the pace was perfect. Just enough suspense throughout to keep it interesting but there were still those shocking moments that every suspense novel should have that really grabs your attention.

I really liked the characters in this book. I could connect with Jake and really feel for him. Through the whole book things seem to go from bad to worst for him. If I had lost my one love I would do what ever I could to find her too. Thankfully I married mine, but I could understand how I would feel if I lost her like Jake did. I would have dug into every lead I could get just like Jake and I would have fallen into the same trouble. It's so hard to try to explain without giving something away. One thing I will say I didn't care for about this book though. Towards the end when answers are coming and pieces are falling into place we get answers in an odd way from another character who's story is the same as Natalie's. I was so lost when this happened I had to go back and re-read/listen to this part. After a while it did all make sense but it took some time. Needless to say this threw the pace of the book off a little and just frustrated me.

Overall I really liked this book. Having not read many by Coben I am impressed with this book and I have one more on my to-read shelf currently and I am anxious to see how that one turns out. If the next one I read is just as goo I could easily see Harlan Coben being an author I read regularly. I would have a lot to catch up on which would be nice to have a steady go to when I need a book to read. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I even suggested my wife give this a read in case she would like to use it for her book club.