March 2016 Book Reviews

Here are my March Book Reviews.

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Allegiant by Veronica Roth

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Started off well. Overall the book was different from the first two. It wasn’t as exciting. Took to long to get to the point. Overall I am disappointed.

I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

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The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningliess. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend to complexities of human nature – and of herself – while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.


 The Sword Of Summer by Rick Riordan

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Great read. Enjoyed it. Riordan adds another great aspect to his mythological universe!

I gave this book 5 Stars on Goodreads.

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Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .


 NYPD Red 4 by James Patterson & Marshall Karp

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Fast paced thriller with twists and turns. Great story line. Never been let down by a Patterson novel.

I gave this book 4 Stars on Goodreads.

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In a city where crime never sleeps, NYPD Red is the elite task force called in only when a case involves the rich, famous, and connected. Detective Zach Jordan and his partner, Kylie MacDonald–the woman who broke his heart at the police academy–are the best of the best, brilliant and tireless investigators who will stop at nothing to catch a criminal, even if it means antagonizing the same high-flying citizens they’re supposed to be helping.

When a glitzy movie premiere is the scene of a shocking murder and high-stakes robbery, NYPD Red gets the call. Traversing the city’s highs and lows, from celebrity penthouses to the depths of Manhattan’s criminal underworld, Zach and Kylie have to find a cold-blooded killer–before he strikes again.


A Death In Sweden by Kevin Wignall

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Fast moving. Story became predictable. At times the writing confused me about who was saying what. Seemed like it needed more editing.

I gave this book 3 Stars on Goodreads.

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Dan Hendricks is a man in need of a lifeline. A former CIA operative, he is now an agent for hire by foreign powers on the hunt for dangerous fugitives. It’s a lethal world at the best of times, and Dan knows his number is almost up. His next job could be his last—and his next job is his biggest yet.

The target sounds trackable enough: Jacques Fillon, who gave up his life trying to save a fellow passenger following a bus crash in northern Sweden. But the man was something of an enigma in this rural community, and his death exposes his greatest secret: Jacques Fillon never existed at all.

Dan is tasked with uncovering Fillon’s true identity—but can he do so before his own past catches up with him?


 Pyramid by David Gibbins

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In some aspects of the book you need to have read the previous books in the series, as they are referenced. To me the author was reaching for another story line for his series. Never felt the characters were in danger from the extremist organization in the book. They put themselves more in danger then anything else. They were not stalked by the extremist organization as mentioned in the description. Only a friend of a friend of the main characters had to deal with the extremist organization.

I gave this book 3 Stars on Goodreads.

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EVERYONE KNEW THE STORY OF ANCIENT EGYPT.
UNTIL NOW.

For thousands of years, Egypt was a rich, ingenious civilization. Then it became a fertile hunting ground for archaeologists and explorers. Now the streets of Cairo teem with violence as a political awakening shakes the region. In the face of overwhelming danger, Jack Howard and his team of marine archaeologists have gathered pieces of a fantastic puzzle. But putting it together may cost them their lives.

Howard has connected a mystery hidden inside a great pyramid to a fossilized discovery in the Red Sea and a 110-year-old handwritten report of a man who claims to have escaped a labyrinth beneath Cairo. For that his team is stalked by a brutal extremist organization that will destroy any treasure they find.

As people fight and die for their rights above ground, Jack fights for a discovery that will shed an astounding new light on the greatest story ever told: Moses’s exodus from Egypt and the true beginnings of a new chapter in human history.


Orchids and Stones by Lisa Preston

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I got this through the Kindle First program. It started off well. Story line was good. The way it was written though was what hurt the most. The main character Daphne needed to go back and take a communications class in college (She was one semester from getting her degree). She never conveyed what she wanted to say. She would start in the middle of what she needed to convey instead of the beginning. It became annoying. It came in bits and pieces. This left other characters and the reader confused at times. Also why any of those closest to Daphne would stand by her is beyond me. She does what she wants with little regard to those closest to her. It would have been better to see how Daphne normally acts, then how she deals/acts with this yearly reminder to two tragedies in her past and lastly how she overcomes, would have made her a better protagonist.

I gave this book 2 Stars on Goodreads.

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They’re trying to take me. Help! Help me, please.

Daphne Mayfield sought a moment of quiet in a park—a break from city life, a tense relationship, and chronic overwork—but then an elderly woman makes a desperate plea. Daphne is reluctant to get involved when she’s not sure what’s happening, but she wants to help the stranger. Is the rambling old lady the victim of a crime or a victim of dementia?

As her unease grows, Daphne can’t let go of the encounter. No matter what her boyfriend or her friends say. No matter what the retired homicide detective warns. Though she knows she’s meddling in other people’s lives, her instincts scream that the danger is real.

With each increasingly bold intervention, Daphne involves herself in someone else’s crisis until she’s in too deep to turn back. She’s not just fighting for a stranger’s life…she’s fighting for her own.

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