Archive for June, 2013

Review: A Hidden Fire

A Hidden Fire
A Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This is another vampire paranormal/romance. It’s not bad. It’s a ripoff of the Discovery of Witches except so far in the series, the female lead doesn’t seem to be anything other than human. I like the vampire characters more than the human ones. Beatrice DeNovo is studying to be a librarian, and she works part-time in the library at the University. Dr. Giovanni Vecchio comes in to study/translate ancient texts in the library’s collection. She ends up working for him, there’s a mystery to solve, and a bad guy is after her. Pretty standard fare for paranormal romance. I am currently reading book #2 in the series and still wondering where the author is going with the characters. Do they end up together, or don’t they?

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Review: A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones
A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I can’t finish this. I understand that this was a violent time period, but this book/series just turns my stomach. I’ve tried to read it twice now, and I just can’t get any farther with it. With the news stories I keep reading about the TV series that’s based on the books, I don’t think the story line gets any better either. What I disliked most about the entire series is that there is no main character for you to follow. You start to like someone, and the author kills them off. So many of the characters have twisted personalities, too. Aren’t there any “good” people in this book? This is not my idea of a good read.

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Review: Defending Jacob

11367726Fifteen year old Jacob Barber is accused of murdering a classmate, a boy who has been bullying Jacob. Jacob’s father, Andy, is the assistant district attorney initially in charge of investigating the case. What lengths will the father go to to protect his child? The evidence seems to be stacking up against Jacob, and Andy himself has a past that he has closely guarded and kept secret even from his own wife.

I really enjoyed this book. The promised shocker of an ending really was a shocker. I am still saying, “wow!” I admired Andy’s dedication and devotion to his son even in the face of the damning evidence. As a parent it makes you stop and wonder if you would be so blindly devoted if faced with a similar situation.

This book was well-written and a little creepy at times, but if you like courtroom and family drama, you will enjoy this book.