X-Rated Bloodsuckers by Mario Acevedo

Felix has survived Operation Iraqi Freedom, being turned into a vampire, and a ravenous horde of nymphomaniacs. Now he faces his toughest task ever—navigating the corrupt world of Los Angeles politics to solve the murder of a distinguished young surgeon turned porn star. But both human and vampire alike have reasons to want the secret to stay buried. . .
The title is really not totally related to the novel and more for shock value, and I could understand how it might turn some people away.

My uncle recommended this to me because it was funny. So I gave it a try while on vacation. It was funny, clever and entertaining, plus it had a fairly good mystery.

Quick read. And I can’t wait to read the other too, I like Felix.

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July 29, 2009 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Dead until dark by Charlaine Harris

I want to watch True Blood, plus I want to know what was so appealing since I can’t keep these on the shelf at my library.
Well I found out, and am now anxiously waiting to read the rest of the series.

Sookie is fun. She’s spunky, it’s a short book, so it’s easy to get through. There’s a credible mystery. The resolution comes quick and they don’t spend much time with it after that. So for all those reasons I liked it.

July 28, 2009 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Julie & Julia by Julie Powell

subtitled: 365 days, 524 recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen.

Not what I expected. Didn’t realize the Joy of Sex would play so heavily into what I thought was a cooking memoir. Also, I wanted to know more about Julia Child and wasn’t satisfied with the letters interspersed. However, there were more than enough funny anecdotes to keep me entertained.

I wanted to read this because I want to see the movie, and I’m interested in how the book will be translated to the big screen.

July 27, 2009 at 9:25 am Leave a comment

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

In 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced to deliver his twins during a blizzard. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy, but he recognizes immediatly his daughter has Down Syndrome, and he hands to his nurse to take to an institution. This secret haunts David, and his wife Norah, as well as nurse Caroline, as she doesn’t leave the baby at the institution but instead takes it to another city to raise.

This was a moving story about a split second decision which changes lives, and the secrets we keep. It was fast moving, and I liked how the story jumped ahead years, and decades. The resolution was unexpected. The characters were real and moving to me.

I especially liked Caroline and her determination (and days spent researching in the library) to give Phoebe every advantage.

July 26, 2009 at 9:24 am Leave a comment

Tribes by Seth Godin

A slight departure from the usual marketing inspiration Godin usually produces, this is a tiny, inspiring book about leadership. It’s a call to leadership really. Written like a series of inter connected blog post, it is a book to dip back into time and time again for inspiration and courage as you begin to lead.

I find him to be inspiring, thought provoking and challenging.

July 5, 2009 at 7:08 pm Leave a comment

The Extra by Elizabeth Sims

This is the second in the Rita Farmer series, and I enjoyed this first one, so I was looking forward to reading this. And it didn’t disappoint. The author only switched POVs for two characters, which made it less choppy. Also, about a year has passed since the last story. I like Rita, she’s fun, smart, and a great actress.

This time Rita is an extra in a movie, and she wanders away from the set in her cop uniform and is mistaken for a real officer when a shooting occurs. It turns out the victim is the grandson of a local hero, who runs a shelter where Rita once turned for help. Rita and George Rowe get caught up in the shady business occuring at the shelter.

My only criticism is the story dragged on a bit. . . at 380 pages I wanted the climax to come sooner.

July 4, 2009 at 11:04 am Leave a comment

Brewed, Crude and Tattooed by Sandra Balzo

Another entry in the Maggy Thorsen series, quite a quick read, barely 200 pages. Basically it was a locked room mystery with all the tenants of Benson’s Strip Mall trapped together due to a freak spring snow shower.

Maggie stumbles over a dead body, that of the Strip Mall owner, and proceeds to make out her suspects list and bumble around asking questions. She figures it out (of course) in the end.

There was a weird side plot with her son, and no Jake Pavlik this time, which was unfortunate because I like him. Also, it will be interesting to see what happens next as things kind of end up in the air.

Also, I didn’t get the title.

June 28, 2009 at 7:13 pm Leave a comment

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