The compliation of suspense stories couldn't really be categorized as 'steampunk'. If anything they had wonderful steampunk elements that transcended the stories to a higher level. However, some stories fell behind to some of their counterparts. But overall, it's a nice collection.
As a fan of the Rizzoli and Isles television program, I wanted to read the series that prompted the series. The Surgeon introduces Jane Rizzoli as a savvy Boston Homicide cop, but has trouble fitting in with the division. She wants to earn her place and the other officers’ respect, and solving the Surgeon case is the way to do it. I think Tess captures the hidden world of women police officers in the “all boys club.”A serial killer, who preys on sexual assault victims, has begun terrorizing Boston women. Amidst his victims, he seems to primarily focus on one – a doctor – Dr. Catherine Cordell. Can Rizzoli and her partners – Det. Barry Frost and Thomas Moore – solve the case before another woman is brutally murdered?I loved this book. I didn’t want to put it down at all. I look forward to book 2: The Apprentice – it introduces Maura Isles. I’m excited to see how Rizzoli and Isles meet and work together.
This was an early-reviewers book, to which I am so glad that I won. Michelle Moran is one of my favorite authors, and after reading her books, it’s easy to understand why.The Second Empress details the life of Marie-Louise of Austria and her marriage to Napoleon Bonaparte. The novel is written in three points-of-view: Marie-Louise, Princess Pauline (Napoleon’s jealous sister) and Paul (a Haitian chamberlain to Pauline). This style of writing is new for Moran – it was a nice change than the usual 3rd person limited that is familiar in her novels. For me, the different style made the novel encompass a more-worldly view. Overall, I enjoyed the drama of the novel and felt sympathy for Marie-Louise, being married to the “ogre of France.”
As a fan of Lee Child and Jack Reacher, I borrowed this short guide to all things “Reacher.” I quite enjoyed all the quips and tricks that have allowed Reacher to be a successful investigator and all-around unlikely hero. The “Rules” allow readers to glimpse further into the complicated, yet simple, character that is Jack Reacher.
Alright, I jumped on the band wagon with this one. I know this was originally Twilight fan fiction, to which I saw glimpses of Edward and Bella, but this is the grownup version. But instead of vampires it’s dealing with bdsm. The prose isn't great, and the plot isn't either, but what I like most is the development of the characters. Christian and Ana are interesting characters namely because they have to deal with a lot of personal issues. His controlling behavior and fear of being touched, partnered with her need for smothering love and jealous tendencies make for a heated and fiery blend. The parts I liked the most were the emails they “send” back and forth to each other – it really presents a window into their personalities.
I heard of Lee Child a lot from my time at the library, and I should have been paying closer attention. Killing Floor is the first novel, where Child creates a wonderful, clever, and no-nonsense character known as Jack Reacher. Reacher is an ex-Military Policeman, who is out of service and is now travelling the country. He ends up in Margrave, GA, and within a few hours he’s arrested for a crime he didn’t commit. The novel spans about a week where Reacher is pressed to solve several murders, and even a bigger organized crime ring.According to Child, one can read the Reacher novels out of order, but I thought I had better start with the first one before I go jumping around to the others. Child has a certain flow that prevents any long or overly drawn out scenes. Killing Floor, to me, is a fast-paced novel that I couldn’t put down. And all the while, the reader can relate to Reacher, and that’s what makes him a truly incredible character.
Inspired by the upcoming feature film, I decided to borrow this from my library. Quickly, I discovered why exactly had made this book so incredibly popular. Written in a similar style as his previous work, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Grahame-Smith wields the pen like Lincoln’s ax and just simply blows his readers away.Originally, I had thought that it would be some comedy filled with vampires – but oh no – this is a mild horror story that combines an alternate historical biography of Lincoln and his many sufferings at the hands (and fangs) of the vampires. Grahame-Smith paints Lincoln’s life as a Hunter and once he becomes president, the reader understands the gravity and who’s the real villain behind the Civil War. Loved this book, and I would recommend it to everyone who is just as excited as I am about the movie.
This is book one of a trilogy that was put out by the fictitious author Richard Castle. Fans of ABC’s Castle will recognize the famed Derrick Storm as the savvy retired/deceased-CIA spy who had been “resurrected” to help with a kidnapping case. When Storm is pulled onto the case, he quickly discovers that there is more to it all than meets the eye. Part two will undoubtedly shed some more light onto the complex character of Derrick Storm – I just hope Clara Strike will make an appearance.
This is the fifth book in the Lady Emily series, and it picks up where we left off. Lady Emily and her new husband, Colin, are now resting in France at her mother-in-law’s while she recovers further from her attack. But the necessary R&R doesn’t go according to plan. A young woman is brutally murdered near the house. The authorities are suspecting Jack the Ripper, or at least a copycat, and Emily insists on solving the murder, much to Colin’s chagrin. The novel reunites some favorites – Cecile and Sebastian – and all help Emily fend off the ghosts that seem determined to haunt her.
The final chapter to the Storm trilogy. I finished this in 2 1/2 hours at a Starbucks, leisurely sipping a chai latte. Despite the spelling errors, one of which Agent Showers was referred to as "Flowers" (it made me laugh), part 3 was a fitting conclusion to the mayhem a "resurrected" Storm endured.When we left our heroes, they had just survived an attempt on both their lives. Upon surviving, Agent Showers was to be taken home, but was brutally abducted and tortured. CIA director Jones assigns Storm and 3 other "dead" agents to rescue her but also to claim their prize. A prize worth killing for. Can Storm and his new "friends" save Showers from a fate worse than death? Can they dodge all the bullets and leave unscathed? Will we finally know what happened in Tangiers? Find out in the last installment, "A Bloody Storm." I sound like a old-time radio/television narrator just there, didn't I? I hope the authors write more Derrick Storm novellas -- I had a lot of fun reading all three. :)