Tuesday, April 29, 2014


A first grade girl has decided she doesn't like to read.  She is very stubborn and resists the librarians efforts to get her to read or even like books.  The librarian's excitement for books finally motivates her to find a subject she enjoys reading about.

I like this book.  It is a very motivating book for librarians to read, even though it is a children's book.

ISBN #978-0375846823

MISSING YOU by Harlan Coben

  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; First Edition edition (March 18, 2014)

It's a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for decades come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancĂ© Jeff, the man who shattered her heart—and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years.

Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up to her.  But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable. 
As the body count mounts and Kat's hope for a second chance with Jeff grows more and more elusive, she is consumed by an investigation that challenges her feelings about everyone she ever loved—her former fiancĂ©, her mother, and even her father, whose cruel murder so long ago has never been fully explained. With lives on the line, including her own, Kat must venture deeper into the darkness than she ever has before, and discover if she has the strength to survive what she finds there. - Amazon

My Thoughts -

A really enjoyed Coben's Kat Donovan.  A flawed, guilt ridden, and troubled NYPD detective.  Kat is trying to solve two mysteries at one time and she never has a dull moment.  People are disappearing just as her old boyfriend returns and her father's murderer dies. Lots of twists, roadblocks and conspiracies to keep any reader ready to quickly turn the page.

I would like to see Kat again.

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (January 11, 2005)

Best-selling author Gladwell (The Tipping Point) has a dazzling ability to find commonality in disparate fields of study. As he displays again in this entertaining and illuminating look at how we make snap judgments—about people's intentions, the authenticity of a work of art, even military strategy—he can parse for general readers the intricacies of fascinating but little-known fields like professional food tasting (why does Coke taste different from Pepsi?). Gladwell's conclusion, after studying how people make instant decisions in a wide range of fields from psychology to police work, is that we can make better instant judgments by training our mind and senses to focus on the most relevant facts—and that less input (as long as it's the right input) is better than more. Perhaps the most stunning example he gives of this counterintuitive truth is the most expensive war game ever conducted by the Pentagon, in which a wily marine officer, playing "a rogue military commander" in the Persian Gulf and unencumbered by hierarchy, bureaucracy and too much technology, humiliated American forces whose chiefs were bogged down in matrixes, systems for decision making and information overload. But if one sets aside Gladwell's dazzle, some questions and apparent inconsistencies emerge. If doctors are given an algorithm, or formula, in which only four facts are needed to determine if a patient is having a heart attack, is that really educating the doctor's decision-making ability—or is it taking the decision out of the doctor's hands altogether and handing it over to the algorithm? Still, each case study is satisfying, and Gladwell imparts his own evident pleasure in delving into a wide range of fields and seeking an underlying truth.  Review:  Publisher Weekly

My Thoughts - This book has a lot to "think about".  A great look at how a person makes judgments and decisions without really thinking about them.  The author looks at how we make decisions, good and bad.  How our prejudices and stereotypical ideas are evident in our decisions.   

It was very interesting to read the story of Amadou Diallo, the black man shot by policeman as he is trying to take his wallet out of his pocket and not a gun a "assumed" by the policeman.  

I recommend this book for all as a great way to look at how you make decisions and why.  Find out how your brain "works".

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Anyone But You                               

Part basset, part beagle, all Cupid... For Nina Askew, turning forty means freedom—from the ex-husband, freedom from their stuffy suburban home, freedom to focus on what she wants for a change. And what she wants is something her ex always vetoed—a puppy. A bouncy, adorable puppy.
Instead she gets...Fred.
Overweight, middle-aged, a bit smelly and obviously depressed, Fred is light-years from perky. But he does manage to put Nina in the path of Alex Moore, her gorgeous, younger-by-a-decade neighbor.
Alex seems perfect—he's a sexy, seemingly sane, surprisingly single E.R. doctor—but the age gap convinces Nina that anyone but Alex would be better relationship material. But with every silver-haired stiff she dates, the more she suspects it's the young, dog-loving doc she wants to sit and stay!

My point of view...
I loved this book.  I love a good romance but when you throw in an animal with a cupid heart it makes it a fun read.  Jennifer Crusie allows Fred to match-make in a fun and warm style.

"Knight of my Dreams" By: Lynsay Sands Review


Knight of My Dreams
By: Lynsay Sands
Originally appeared in the print anthology A Mother's Way, under the title "Mother May I?" From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Lynsay Sands comes a classic short story of a knight in need of a bride … Lady Alice knows she is not the type to entice a man. She's too voluptuous, too intelligent, too strong minded. Why, she even reads! But then Jonathan, Earl of Fairley, arrives at court. Tall, dark and handsome, the knight is any woman's dream. And he has just been ordered by the king to find a bride … and Alice is to help him! Jonathan has been evading his mother's matchmaking schemes for years, so why does she insist that Lady Alice isn't for him? Alice is only to aid in his search for a bride, yet Jonathan can't help but be distracted by her glorious hair—the color of a sunset—and a figure that is like a lush berry about to burst to full ripeness … Has Jonathan fallen prey to love?
My Thoughts
     Jonathan has been ordered by the King to find a bride within two weeks. While he isn’t too keen on the idea, his mother is desperate to finally get him married. With his father’s death years before, he understands the need to marry and have an heir, but he doesn’t want to marry at all. So his mother puts a plan into place to put him in the path of several single ladies, and more specifically, Lady Alice.
       Alice is his Mother’s best friend’s daughter and although they have never met before, Jonathan’s mother is determined her son and Alice will make an adorable couple. So through a series of mishaps and intentional pairings, Jonathan and Alice are paired again and again. Suddenly, a flare of awareness sets in and Jonathan and Alice find that they may be perfect together after all.
      A super quick cute story, Lynsay Sands is known for her humor and it shines through loud and clear with this short story. Jonathan is your stereotypical bachelor but is absolutely dedicated to his Mother. Alice is sweet if a little naive. At under 100 pages, the story was paced rather quickly but it wrapped up nicely. Fans of Sands will enjoy this sweet short story, I know I did.

Book Details
Publisher: Avon
# of Pages: 100
Date of Publication: April 29, 2014
ISBN: 978-0062317247
Source: Edelweiss - for review

Originally published on the Brunette Librarian's Blog

Monday, April 21, 2014

"Fighting Love" By: Abbi Niles Review

Fighting Love
By: Abby Niles
Talk about kicking a fighter while he’s down. 
Former Middleweight champion and confirmed bachelor Tommy "Lightning" Sparks has lost it all: his belt, his career, and now his home. After the devastating fire, he moves in with his drama-free best friend, Julie. One encounter changes everything and Julie is no longer the girl he’s spent his life protecting but a desirable woman he wants to take to his bed. Knowing his reputation, he’s determined to protect Julie more than ever—from himself.
Veterinarian Julie Rogers has been in love with Tommy since she was ten, but would love to get over the man. She’s quiet nights at home and a glass of wine. He’s clubbing all night and shots of tequila. As friends they work great. As a couple? No way in hell. She just can’t get her heart to agree. When she starts spending time with another fighter, the man who’s always treated her like a sister is suddenly not being very brotherly and enflames her body like never before. 
Can two childhood friends make a relationship work, or will they lose everything because they stopped FIGHTING LOVE
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Author Bio
abbyAbby Niles has always loved to read. After having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. She didn’t plan for writing to become an obsession, but it did. Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy? When Abby’s not writing, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list.

Author Links: Website * Facebook * Twitter

My Thoughts
    Having been kicked out of sport he so loved for his violent behavior, Tommy is a bit down on his luck. As the book opens, Tommy is racing back to his house because it is engulfed by flames. The only thing he was able to save are the clothes on his back and his faithful dog, Warrior. Faced with this unfathomable loss, on top of his career low, Tommy turns to his best friend, Julie.
    Julie has loved Tommy almost her whole life. When fate forces her to allow Tommy to live with her, Julie can no longer hide her feelings. As they spend time together, Julie sees a side of Tommy she hasn’t seen since they were children. The cockiness of his professional fighter days has disappeared and her truly caring friend is back. As they grow closer, Tommy is thrust back into the fighting world and just as quickly, Julie wonders if they can really stand the test of time.
    First and foremost, I was impressed by how quickly I was thrown into the world of MMA. This was the first Abbi Niles book I had ever read and I want to tip my hat to her, having never watched the sport myself, as I read the different fight scenes I literally felt like I was there with them. I could hear the heavy breathing, feel the tension, it was perfect.
     That said, I really fell in love with this book from the first chapter. This is the second book in a series, but can absolutely be read as a stand alone like I did. Julie and Tommy were excellent characters, and the indecision on both parts was excellently calibrated. I could understand Julie’s hesitance of getting involved with Tommy considering his offhand behavior before. Plenty of steamy scenes but the emotional connections were pretty spectacular between these two characters. The book ended beautifully and in my opinion was one of the best romance endings I’ve read in quite a while.

1. Extreme Love
3. Winning Love (August 2014)

Book Details
Publisher: Entangled: Select
# of Pages: 352
Date of Publication: December 31, 2013
ISBN: 978-1622660476
Source: Advanced Reader Copy from Author

Originally published at the Brunette Librarian's Blog

Friday, April 18, 2014

*To Be PERFECTLY Honest*

To Be Perfectly Honest
By: Sonya Sones


My name is Colette. This book is about me. Who am I? To be perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure who I am. I guess you could say I'm the fifteen-year-old daughter of an annoyingly famous movie star. Or maybe I'm the eighteen-year-old daughter of a famous movie star's stand-in. Or maybe I'm the thousand-year-old daughter of a vampire.... Having trouble guessing which one of these stories is true? Join the club. My friends have a joke about me: How can you tell if Colette is lying? Her mouth is open.

My Thoughts
I absolutely enjoyed this book! This is one that is written in the forms of poems, which I love! It's easy to follow and quick to read! This book is full of romance, disappointment, sibling bonding, lies, and figuring out who you are! I love the fact that the main character has an imagination big enough to fill her life with lies, which you shouldn't do, but in this case they are pretty harmless! Although the main character, Colette, is "writing" the book, I think my favorite character is her little brother! He's so funny and speaks with a lisp which just brings light to everyone in the book! Overall, this is a great read!

Book Details
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Date of Publication: August 27, 2013
ISBN: 978-0689876042
# of pages: 480
Source: Library Checkout

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

State of Wonder 
by Ann Patchett

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; 1st edition (June 7, 2011)
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062049803

In State of Wonder, pharmaceutical researcher Dr. Marina Singh sets off into the Amazon jungle to find the remains and effects of a colleague who recently died under somewhat mysterious circumstances. But first she must locate Dr. Anneck Swenson, a renowned gynecologist who has spent years looking at the reproductive habits of a local tribe where women can conceive well into their middle ages and beyond. Eccentric and notoriously tough, Swenson is paid to find the key to this longstanding childbearing ability by the same company for which Dr. Singh works. Yet that isn’t their only connection: both have an overlapping professional past that Dr. Singh has long tried to forget. In finding her former mentor, Dr. Singh must face her own disappointments and regrets, along with the jungle’s unforgiving humidity and insects, making State of Wonder a multi-layered atmospheric novel that is hard to put down. Indeed, Patchett solidifies her well-deserved place as one of today’s master storytellers. Emotional, vivid, and a work of literature that will surely resonate with readers in the weeks and months to come, State of Wonder truly is a thing of beauty and mystery, much like the Amazon jungle itself. --Jessica Schein - Amazon.

My Thoughts:  I listened to State of Wonder and thoroughly enjoyed the trip to the Amazon on my way to work everyday.  The story of Marina's trip to the Amazon was both beautiful and scary.  The reader takes the trip with Marina to Brazil in search and her friend and colleague, the reader feels the heat, the insects, the fear, and beauty of the Amazon as if one were actually in the Amazonian jungle.  This part of the world is without cell phones and virtually no outside communications, limited communication with the local peoples, and unknown and unimagined situations around every corner.   

I enjoyed the book for many reasons including the vision of a basically unknown part of our world and the dynamics among the doctors, scientists, and the locals but mostly for the well-told story of Marina and her personal quest and strength.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BONES OF THE LOST by Kathy Reichs
Bones of  the Lost  (Temperance Brennan #16)

  • Series: Temperance Brennan (#16)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner; First Edition edition (August 27, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439102457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439102459

  • SUMMARY: "Publishers Weekly-Bestseller Reichs draws on her experiences touring with the USO in Afghanistan for her captivating 16th novel featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan (after 2012's Bones Are Forever). At home in Charlotte, N.C., the bone expert concludes that the death of an unidentified girl, 14 or 15 years old, was caused by foul play rather than a hit-and-run, as was previously suspected. The outraged Brennan urges homicide detective Erskine Skinny Slidell to investigate, knowing Slidell believes the girl to have been an undocumented immigrant, as well as possibly being a junkie and prostitute. Later in Afghanistan, Brennan oversees the exhumation of two unarmed Afghan villagers killed by a U.S. Marine to determine whether the victims were shot in the back or head-on. The two cases—and a third involving mummified dogs from Peru—"

    MY THOUGHTS: I have been reading this series since the first book.  I have to say that I was disappointed in this one.  I am certainly getting tired of the ups and downs of her "love life". Move on Temperence. I am also amazed as to how three different cases can all converge--what's the chances of that.   I stopped reading Patricia Cornwell, if this keeps up Kathy Reichs may not be far behind.

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014

    "Good Girls Don't Date Rock Stars" By: Codi Gary Review

    Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars
    By: Codi Gary

    Gemma Carlson didn't plan on waking up married.

    She also didn't count on running into her old flame—and her son's father-turned-country rock star—Travis Bowers, followed by a night of drunken dares. Apparently one of those involved a ring on her finger and a vow … neither of which she intends to keep. Now with a hangover from hell, this good-girl-gone-bad knows there's just one thing to do: run.

    Travis has been all over the world, but Gemma has never been far from his thoughts. So when they had the chance to catch up over a few drinks, he didn't hesitate. Of course, he didn't expect it would lead to marriage, or a runaway bride! Travis finally has a second chance and doesn't plan on losing Gemma again—or the son he didn't know he had. He proposes, albeit belatedly, a date. Or rather, a few. If they can make this marriage work by starting over, he stays. If not …

    Gemma's not interested; she's got a son to protect and a heart to heal. But having Travis around could make both a little easier. Still, good girls don't date rock stars . . . right?
    My Thoughts
        Gemma finds out the hard way that some things that happen in Vegas, don’t stay in Vegas. When she wakes up with a ring on her finger put there by ex-boyfriend Travis, who just happens to be one of Country’s biggest stars, she panics and drives ten hours straight back to Idaho. How can she tell him she should have believed him and never have left him all those years ago? And the whole business of their son she never told him about is going to be a bit messy.
       So starts Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars, with a bit of a bang if you will. Travis, said rock star, fell in love with Gemma as a teenager. In and out of foster homes, he never had a true family and only two loves in his young life, music and Gemma. When life on the road gets the best of them, Gemma and Travis drift apart, with more than a few secrets held back from one another.
        Life has a way of getting the best of us, and with her newest novel, Codi Gary shows us how we can always find a way to make it work. Seemingly insurmountable odds are against both Gemma and Travis, but even through the paparazzi’s lenses, they find a way to love one another again and become a true family.
        One of my favorite things about Gary’s books are the secondary characters. Don’t get me wrong, the main characters are awesome (and some pretty amazing naughty scenes, meow) but she writes the background characters almost as fully as she does everything else. They have personalities, quirks, and you want to read as much as about them as anyone else. From the sassy barista down the road to the computer repairman with a penchant for trout fishing, Gary creates a rich backdrop for her characters to fall in love.
        Codi Gary is one of my new favorite authors. She writes sweets stories with the right amount of spice that are just plain witty and fun. This book can be absolutely read by itself, but if you fall in love with Codi Gary’s book as I have done, be sure to read Things Good Girls Don’t Do.

    Rock Canyon Romance
    2. Good Girls Don’t Date Rock Stars
    3. Bad Girls Don’t Marry Marines (May 20, 2014)

    Book Details
    Publisher: Avon Impulse
    Date of Publication: April 22nd, 2014
    ISBN: 978-0062331717
    # of pages: 300
    Source: Edelweiss - for Review

    Originally published at the Brunette Librarian's Blog