2nd Review: and Able by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

and Able by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758211767
352 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 03
Last Book in the Mercenary Series

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Claire has never had a passionate lover. However, when her life is in danger from something she has no idea about, Hotwire comes in to rescue her from it. Will they both be able to face their true feelings for each other before her attacker makes another move?

This book is a little less amusing than the other two books in this series, but it still had great descriptions and events. However, the indecisiveness of both Hotwire and Claire made their personalities different from how they are in the other books. Though, the other characters’ personalities are still all right. I found both of the main characters a little whiny and very annoying. :|

Yeah, I really didn’t like the main characters, but the descriptions, events, and smut were the only things I really liked about the book. The smut scenes were very yummy to read. *DROOLS* *SPOILER* It didn’t have any condom scenes like the last two books, but it did have a lot of arguing about him forgetting it. >.>” *END SPOILER*

Anyways, it still had a good blend of suspense and romance, but I could have done without the whining and the feelings conflict between Hotwire and Claire. It also had a pretty good ending for the book and the series, so I was pretty satisfied with how the series ended.

This is the last book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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2nd Review: Willing by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Willing by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758208758
320 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5


2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Josie feels attraction towards Daniel (Nitro), but she thinks he hates her. However, she will soon learn that is not the case, when her dad’s mercenary camp blows up and he goes missing. Will they be able to figure out who is trying to kill her dad? And will they both be willing to face their passionate feelings for each other?

For this series and book, the plot is kind of normal for a romantic suspense novel. But like in the previous book, it had everything it needed to make it unique from being too normal. I still love the descriptions, events, and the personalities of the characters. :D

There are also a few scenes with Josie and Nitro interacting with Lise, Hotwire, Josh (Wolf), and it is still amusing and a little funny when they interact with each other. I find it interesting how Hotwire and Wolf try to ruffle Nitro’s feathers and his temper by using Josie, especially when Hotwire does it. ;)

Another thing I like is how the suspense in the novel makes Nitro realize his feelings for Josie. Also, this book seems to have more “feeling” issues than the first book, mostly because of Nitro’s past.

One more interesting thing is that, like the last book, it has condom scenes, which not many romance books (that I have read) mentions putting on a condom. Also, the smut scenes are very yummy, and the ending is pretty good.

This is the second book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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2nd Review: Ready by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Ready by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2005
ISBN 0758208642
304 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Lise has been acting very strangely. And when she cancels her plans to go visit her family in Texas for Thanksgiving, Joshua decides to do something about it. However, when he gets there, he discovers her problems are right down his alley. Driven by his former Army Ranger and mercenary skills, he decides to take care of Lise’s stalker. But will they both be ready to face their passion for each other?

The plot is pretty much normal for a romantic suspense novel, but it doesn’t make this novel any less sweet. :) Even though the plot is kind of predictable, like most suspense novels, it had it’s own special spark.

One of the things that made the book enjoyable are the descriptions, events, and characters’ personalities all made this book much more enjoyable (and took it away from the norm a little bit). Another thing I enjoyed is some of the interactions between all of the characters in the book. I even laughed at some of the interactions, conversations, and thoughts. Some of it was definitely amusing to read.

The love/smut scenes were also enjoyable since the author did a pretty good job at describing them and other scenes that are in the book. One more interesting thing is that, it has condom scenes, which not many romance books (that I have read) mention putting on a condom.

Also, it had a nice blend of suspense and romance since it focuses on how the stalker brings their unresolved feelings out in the open. The ending is pretty good, but it was pretty much an average romance (and romantic suspense) ending.

This is the first book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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2nd Review: The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd

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Book Information:
The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein by Peter Ackroyd
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780385530842
353 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

After Victor Frankenstein goes to London to study at Oxford, he meets Percy Bysshe Shelley. They become fast friends, but with Shelley’s radical views, will Victor get an idea that will put him on the road to darkness?

This is the second time I’m reviewing this because I want to. :X Actually, I’m re-doing some (most) of my reviews so that I can make them (hopefully) better. With this one, I will compare it to the original a little bit more.

Anyways, in this retelling of Frankenstein, Peter Ackroyd makes it out so that a fictional character actually knows historically accurate people. I still find that part of this part kind of intriguing, and it also made this book rather interesting than if the author just told it through Victor Frankenstein’s and a little bit from his monster’s perspective. However, now that I read the original, I don’t know what perspective is better since they both were interesting, so they both get equal points for that.

Although how both Mary Shelley and Peter Ackroyd told the story receives equal points, the descriptions and the growth of the characters actually goes to Peter Ackroyd. With Mary Shelley’s, it is mostly someone re-telling Victor Frankenstein’s story as Victor tells him it, so the growth and descriptions really don’t have that much room to grow. So, basically, I like how Peter Ackroyd tells it because the way he makes the characters grow appeals to me more than the original. Also, in Ackroyd’s version, the person who turned out to be the “monster” was someone Victor Frankenstein knew and maybe even friends with. I found that also very interesting and even gave the monster even more of an identity than Shelley’s version. The characters are also completely different in Ackroyd’s version. It has the same thing happen to a character in each book, but the circumstance and character are off. I also like how Ackroyd did his version in that aspect as well since it had a little bit more depth and development than the original.

Let’s see, some other things that are different, but I wish Ackroyd put in his version. In Mary Shelley’s version, I actually felt like crying and feeling pity towards both Frankenstein and his monster. However, with Ackroyd’s version, it had less emotion. Also, the ending is more disappointing and confusing than the original. The ending in the original is more emotional and appeals more to me.

Now that I had a chance to read the original, I think it would have been better if some of the original’s aspects, like some of the emotion, were in this book. So, I rated it a four stars this time because, despite the original re-telling thing, I like the emotion and ending of the original Frankenstein more.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

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Review: First Light by Peter Ackroyd

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Book Information:

First Light by Peter Ackroyd
Grove Press
Published in 1989 (Republished in 1996)
ISBN 0802134815
328 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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With the discovery of an ancient astronomically aligned gravesite in Dorset, everyone is excited over it — well, pretty much everyone. Something or someone is doing its best to sabotage and scare the archaeologists, led by Mark Clare, from digging there and Pilgrin Valley. How is it that something as small as a gravesite will bring together a group of people, who seem to have nothing in common with each other?

I’ll be honest with you. I absolutely hated this book. :| And it isn’t because of a lack of descriptions, which I love to have in the novels I read. I’ll continue with the reasons why I didn’t like the book in another paragraph since there are a lot of them. :( Oh, yeah, there might be some spoilers about the book toward the end of the review. :X

The first thing I didn’t like about this book is that it was really redundant, which is one of the reasons why the book was extremely slow moving. The slow moving plot is another thing I didn’t like about the book. It took about 100 pages just to get the characters digging and for the something/someone to sabotage the dig. Then, it went back to slow moving until the last couple of chapters. The slow moving gets kind of annoying, so I suggest just reading 20 pages each time you read, then take a break, and then start reading again. It kind of eases the pain of it. ;) Oh, also, the book kind of jumps from one point to another, which may be confusing if you don’t take some breaks in between in order to think about it.

Another thing, I found the characters rather, umm, boring and depressing. I’m used to reading books where it shows different personalities for each character, like them being happy, sad, etc. In this book, they remain their depressing selves. I can just imagine a frown on all their faces everyday. I think that’s also what made it so hard to read more than 20 pages in an hour or so because the characters were a little too depressing for me. :(

That’s pretty much the only things I didn’t like about this novel, now for the things I did like about it. Even though it is very slow moving, the characters are depressing, and very little action, I liked how the descriptions were always there, no matter how boring it got. I know I say the book is “boring”, but in a weird way, it isn’t. The author uses poetry, metaphors, descriptions that make it a little less boring, and the author also uses the poetry to bring out a deeper meaning than just having a plot.

I read online that some people might be confused about the ending of the book. I have my own opinions about what it means. Think about it like this the theme mostly is about stars and how everything is connected in some sort of way, it is also about time, change, and death. At the end of the book, the characters realize that even though their find is old, the person’s family still has the right to send them back to the sky to be stars (which you may say God, in some sort of way). Also, that as stars, the souls can still be with their loved ones and watch over them. And that to see every star (soul) in the sky will be nothing but light, which is what one of the characters sees at the end of the book. Well, I that’s what I think what the ending means, whether it is right or not, I don’t know.

Also, I know I put “supernatural” and “horror” as the genre, but it isn’t really supernatural or horror. I just put that because of the summary on the back of the book. Unless you scare easily or are very superstitious, it won’t be the “horror” genre for you. :)

I rated it a three mostly because of the deeper meaning… I would have rated it a two, that is, if it didn’t have that deeper meaning that I like so much. ;) So you shouldn’t read if you don’t like slow-moving, redundant novels. Also, you have to figure out the deeper meaning to really enjoy the book, but you have to get through the parts I found annoying first. :D

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: Trust Me by Jeff Abbott

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Book Information:

Trust Me by Jeff Abbott
Dutton
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780525951216
372 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

3 out of 5

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Working on his stepfather’s think tank, Luke Dantry posts on forums and other online communities known for their users being extremists and reports back to his stepfather the users who he thinks are capable of doing terrorists acts. Mostly, Luke thinks the majority of them are just frustrated and aren’t capable of doing the things they say they will. However, he is proven wrong when he is kidnapped and taken to a cabin hidden in the woods. What will he do when he finds out this betrayal runs deeper than he thinks?

This time the book review is over a mystery, suspense, action, and thriller adult novel. I’m trying to take a break from the young adult books for a little bit. ;)

For an action and thriller novel, the plot and characters are all pretty average. Why average? Because in most action and thriller books I read it usually goes like this: The main character gets in trouble, main character escapes multiple attempts on his/her life, main character meets up with old faces and gets betrayed by someone they know, and then, the main character saves the day. That is pretty much how this book went.

Although there were a lot of details, going through and finishing the book was very tedious and sort of boring. In this case, I found it boring because of how typical it was, not because of too many details and descriptions. I liked how the author described the appearance of most of the characters in the book since not that many authors give those kinds of descriptions anymore. Another thing I liked about the book is that it showed that the Internet isn’t as safe as you think because people can still find out where you are — it is something to think over when you do things online.

Those are pretty much the only things I liked about the book. The main things I didn’t like about the book are the typical plot for this kind of genre, even though it is enjoyable on some levels in other books, it isn’t in this book. Also, the politics in the book are very boring. Anyways, it is an okay read, if you want the typical parts and like descriptions. As for me, it was an average book with a lot of boredom in-between the action parts.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Not planning to re-read.

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Review: The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein

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Book Information:

The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein
Random House
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780375846977
325 Pages

Series Information:

Haunted Mystery Book 01

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Zack Jennings is a normal eleven-year-old boy, except for the fact that he can see ghosts. Him, his father, and his new stepmother move from New York to Connecticut, but when they arrive there things are not what they appear to be. You see, there is the huge tree in their backyard, and Zack knows there is something evil about it. His new stepmother, Judy, has also seen ghosts near the house. Are the ghosts all connected in some way? And why does the evil spirit in the tree want to kill him?

Another supernatural book, but it is one about ghosts. Also, it’s a junior fiction book. Yeah, I know, way off my level, but I like to read around. :)

Like almost all mystery books, it starts off kind of slow and boring, which is always annoying in books. Though, it starts to pick up the action, suspense, and mysteriousness after they move to Connecticut, where the haunted tree is located. And the mystery part is kind of annoying since the author doesn’t leave that many clues for you to figure out what happened, instead the author lets the characters figure it out on their own. So if you want a mystery, where you can solve it from the clues, this isn’t a book you want.

Another thing that is slow moving are the characters, though they do eventually have some growth, errr… most of them anyways. I especially like how the relationship between Zack and Judy, his stepmother, grows since I mostly only see books mention how mean stepmothers are or how they mostly ignore the kid. So, that was kind of enjoyable to read a book without the “mean stepmother” routine.

Another thing that I like about this book is that it tells the story using mostly descriptions and details, instead of mostly dialogue. I tend to be harsher on books that have more dialogue than ones that tell the story in paragraphs summarizing what most others use dialogue for.  I like books like this one a lot. :)

Anyways, it is a good ghost novel, despite the slow-moving parts, so go read it. :D Another thing, this book has a series. This book is the first one in that series. The second one is called The Hanging Hill, and the third one, which isn’t released yet, is called The Smoky Corridor. I’ll try to read them, if my library orders them. >.<

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Re-read later on.

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Review: and Able by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

and Able by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758211767
352 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 03
Last Book in the Mercenary Series

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Claire Sharpe has trouble trusting and relying on others, but after her life is threatened, she must learn how to rely on Brett Adams, an ex-mercenary, to protect her. Though, with this protection, something more might come from it…

Not a supernatural book, but that will change pretty soon. :)

This book is really good, and I can’t really review it without giving away some things in the book. So, I’ll just tell you to read it and be done with it.

There is nothing I really didn’t like about, but I like the book because 1) smut, 2) action without being to gory, 3) it’s interesting, and 4) I just like it because it appeals to me. ;)

Warning though, there are sexual themes and maybe themes that are not for sensitive people.

This is the last book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
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Places to Buy From:

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Review: Willing by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Willing by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758208758
320 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Josie McCall has never really wanted to be a solider, or mercenary for that matter, but she was raised as one by her father. After she leaves the mercenary world and her father’s mercenary school, she goes to school for a job in computers. However, now that someone blew up her dad’s mercenary school and her dad is missing, she goes back to her mercenary roots to find out who blew up the school and took her dad. And her dad’s new partner, Daniel Black Eagle, stays to protect her. However, there is just one little thing that might keep his mind off of his new mission — Josie. Will they be able to figure out everything before or after their passion ignites?

Not a supernatural book, but that will change pretty soon. :)

This book is really good, and I can’t really review it without giving away some things in the book. So, I’ll just tell you to read it and be done with it.

There is nothing I really didn’t like about, but I like the book because 1) smut, 2) action without being to gory, 3) it’s interesting, and 4) I just like it because it appeals to me. ;)

Warning though, there are sexual themes and maybe themes that are not for sensitive people.

This is the second book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
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Review: Ready by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Ready by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2005
ISBN 0758208642
304 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

Lise Barton was an ordinary author, that is, until someone seems to be stalking her. But when that person escalates, she moves from Texas to Seattle. However, the threats start up again and are worse — this time the stalker threatens her family. After the threat, Lise cancels her Thanksgiving trip back to Texas, but someone visits her that she didn’t except to show up. Joshua Watt comes to Seattle to drag her back to Texas for Thanksgiving, but once he knows about someone stalking Lise, he is ready to protect her no matter what she feels about it. There’s just one thing — he has personal feelings for Lise, so how will he be able to work without thinking about having sex with her…?

Not a supernatural book, but that will change sooner of later. ;)

This book is really good, and I can’t really review it without giving away some things in the book. So, I’ll just tell you to read it and be done with it.

There is nothing I really didn’t like about, but I like the book because 1) smut, 2) action without being to gory, 3) it’s interesting, and 4) I just like it because it appeals to me. ;)

Warning though, there are sexual themes and maybe themes that are not for sensitive people like people who have been stalked before or something.

This is the first book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

None.

Re-Reading:

Once with a 2nd review added.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
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$New_Bullet Library Thing
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Places to Buy From:

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