Destroyer Angel review

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Goodreads: Anna Pigeon, a ranger for the U.S. Park Services, sets off on vacation—an autumn canoe trip in the to the Iron Range in upstate Minnesota. With Anna is her friend Heath, a paraplegic; Heath’s fifteen-year-old daughter, Elizabeth; Leah, a wealthy designer of outdoor equipment; and her daughter, Katie, who is thirteen. For Heath and Leah, this is a shakedown cruise to test a new cutting edge line of camping equipment. The equipment, designed by Leah, will make camping and canoeing more accessible to disabled outdoorsmen.

On their second night out, Anna goes off on her own for a solo evening float on the Fox River. When she comes back, she finds that four thugs, armed with rifles, pistols, and knives, have taken the two women and their teenaged daughters captive. With limited resources and no access to the outside world, Anna has only two days to rescue them before her friends are either killed or flown out of the country.

This book is decent – rather predictable and a little outside the realm of realism but guess we don’t read fiction because it is something that could really happen.

The writing is true to the other Nevada Barr books and good for an afternoon read. I might be done with this series because, like the Maggie O’Dell and other series, it has pretty much run its course.

I was hesitant to read this book because I’m rather sick of the series but figured I should give it another try.  It has nothing to do with the author when I say that I’m tired of a series – I know it has to be hard to keep a character fresh from one book to another.  There is only so many times a character can face harrowing circumstances before the reader reaches their puke point.


Books from the Library

Some people still go to the library and yes, I am one.  I went today to return two books and ended up bringing three back home with me.  Still have the rest of “The Walk” series to read but got these as well:

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I am hesitant to read another Koontz after being so disappointed in the last newer one – but I will start it and see.  I have long rid myself of that nasty need to finish a book if I think it is terrible.  Who has that kind of time?

Don’t know much about the other ones but they caught my eye so will give them a try.

The Mask review

I know they say you can doeverything on a tablet that you can do on the laptop but I don’t have the patience for figuring out how to drag and drop the book’s picture here or put Goodreads info for it.

A couple days ago my laptop died and had to be sent in for repairs.  It is sorely missed.

This book by Koontz is an oldie that I mistook for a new book.  It is about reincarnation as this girl who dies in a fire comes back time and time again to kill her mother.

This is old Koontz – the author I fell in love with back in my twenties.  The suspence is there as well as the element of supernatural.  I enjoyed the book even though I had read it before.

I wish he still wrote this way.  I give an A.

Miles to Go review

miles to goSo I decided to start on this book instead of the other.  I started it this evening while the rains beat down in a nice rhythmic dance on the roof.  Shortly after the rain stopped for the night, I was done and book two is history.

Goodreads: Alan Christoffersen, a once-successful advertising executive, wakes one morning to find himself injured, alone, and confined to a hospital bed in Spokane, Washington. Sixteen days earlier, reeling from the sudden loss of his wife, his home, and his business, Alan left everything he knew behind and set off on an extraordinary cross-country journey. Carrying only a backpack, he planned to walk to Key West, the farthest destination on his map. But a vicious roadside stabbing has interrupted Alan’s trek and robbed him of his one source of solace: the ability to walk.Homeless and facing months of difficult recovery, Alan has nowhere to turn—until a mysterious woman enters his life and invites him into her home. Generous and kind, Angel seems almost too good to be true, but all is not as it appears. Alan soon realizes that before he can return to his own journey, he must first help Angel with hers.From one of America’s most beloved and bestselling storytellers comes an astonishing tale of life and death, love and second chances, and why sometimes the best way to heal your own suffering is by helping to heal someone else’s.Inspiring, moving, and full of wisdom, Miles to Go picks up where the bestseller The Walk left off, continuing the unforgettable series about one man’s unrelenting search for hope.

I couldn’t decide which book to start with and decided on this one because I had already read the first in the series.  Quite frankly, I didn’t like where book one left off so decided to see how things were going in book two.  I do admit to liking Alan though I have to say I find his progress and the people he meets along the way more than a little factious.  I’m very skeptical at how a person could reach the distances he claims to have reached in such a short time – however, that aside, I do find the book fascinating and fun.

The writing is well done and one can’t deny the Christian aspect of the story.  I like that it is free of gore and violence, though the man does get stabbed three times at the end of book one.  Still, it is a good story and well worth the effort.  I will enjoy the next book and have to say it doesn’t take long to read one – about 2 1/2 hours for over 300 pages.

I can’t say I love the series as much as my sister did but they are good and I will finish the series.  I like Evans bent towards Christianity and find his writing refreshing in that area.  I easily give the book an A.

What’s In Your Mailbox?

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Yes, I know I have been absent for too long again.  I have to say, I haven’t had much time for reading these days.  My family just moved from Iowa to Florida so have been working to get settled in.  I did, however, buy a few new books this week so will post those here.  I know – so many books all at once but I had a store credit that took care of all these plus could buy a few more but am tired of shopping.  Anyone want to recommend something?

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The Walk review

The Walk (Walk, #1)

“My name is Alan Christoffersen. You don’t know me. ‘Just another book in the library,’ my father would say. ‘Unopened and unread.’ You have no idea how far I’ve come or what I’ve lost. More important, you have no idea what I’ve found.” —Prologue

What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours.

Richard Paul Evans’s extraordinary New York Times bestsellers have made him one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable series of books about one man’s search for hope.

Started this book at B&N earlier when I stopped for coffee.  B&N lets owners of a Nook read a book for free for one hour every day.  Normally I don’t carry my Nook with me but I happened to have it today so thought I’d read something while I sipped my latte.  My sister told me this book was good so I settled on it.

The hour went by very quickly.  When it informed me around page 75 that I was out of time, I was disappointed enough that I bought the book so I could continue reading.  I had an $8 credit on my account so it worked out well.

This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn’t let you go.  I felt Alan’s pain when his life fell apart and how grief stricken he was.  His decision to take off and leave the same day was rather far-fetched – most people would need to make a few arrangements but he just happened to have every single thing he needed in his house.  But whatever, it is fiction which means anything can happen.  His working up to 30 miles a day within a week of starting his journey seemed hard to believe too but again, it is fiction.

What grabs is the questions he asks as he goes along, the life he wonders about, the pain, the people he meets, and how he realizes more and more that life has to be lived to be appreciated.  He talks in there about “life-huggers” and it is rather descriptive of most of our lives.  We hug life so tight that we don’t really take the time to live or appreciate it.

Evans writing style is easy to follow, his descriptions are engaging, and the story flies along.  I have no doubt I will read the entire series – I believe there are five or six books in all.  I even think I may be inspired and learn something along the way.  🙂  I give the book an A+.

Sugar Queen review

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B&N: In this irresistible novel, Sarah Addison Allen, author of the New York Times bestselling debut, Garden Spells, tells the tale of a young woman whose family secrets—and secret passions—are about to change her life forever.

Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night…. Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother. With Della Lee’s tough love, Josey’s narrow existence quickly expands. She even bonds with Chloe Finley, a young woman who is hounded by books that inexplicably appear when she needs them—and who has a close connection to Josey’s longtime crush. Soon Josey is living in a world where the color red has startling powers, and passion can make eggs fry in their cartons. And that’s just for starters.

Yes, I know, another Sarah Addison Allen book.  You are probably thinking I have limited reading issues.  However, this is the last one until she writes something else which will be a while.

OK, this was far from my favorite book of Allen’s.  I thought the characters were stereotypical and disappointing.  Normally there is at least an elderly person I can identify with but that was sadly lacking in this one.  It read too much like a slightly altered Harlequin Romance which I don’t read.  I realize Allen used to write for HR so suppose that is where it came from but I didn’t notice it in any of her other books.

I won’t say I hated the book – I didn’t.  I loved how books kept pursuing Chloe to help her with life decisions – that was a nice touch and kept me smiling.  The writing is light, which I do like.  No gore, no violence, no sex, no murders.  Maybe if I had read this one after Garden Spells, I would have liked it more but now after reading The Peach Keeper and Lost Lake, I find this one a big step backwards.  I don’t know that I would have read Allen again if this was the first book of hers that I read.  It just didn’t click with me.

So I give the book a B- and, can I just say, the cover really sucks.