Tuesday, September 21, 2010

MAX

Max (Maximum Ride, #5)Max by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I liked: Have I mentioned that the author wastes no time getting into the action? [no? how remiss of me] The humor and attitude that make these characters and stories so great continues strong in this installment of the series.

What I didn't like: The plot was fuzzy and, hello, cliffhanger.

Final Thoughts: While I'm looking forward to the next book release, I'm hoping that time will pass in "book world" so that we can see these kids as grownups.

Pub. Date: January 2010

Synopsis: Maximum Ride and the other members of the Flock have barely recovered from their last arctic adventure, when they are confronted by the most frightening catastrophe yet. Millions of fish are dying off the coast of Hawaii and someone-or something-is destroying hundreds of ships. Unable to discover the cause, the government enlists the Flock to help them get to the bottom of the disaster before it is too late.

While Max and her team are exploring the depths of the ocean, their every move is being carefully tracked by Mr. Chu-a criminal mastermind with his own plans for the Flock. Can they protect themselves from Mr. Chu's army of mercenaries and save the ocean from utter destruction?


Recommended Reading:
The Final Warning by James Patterson
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
School's Out Forever by James Patterson
Fang by James Patterson
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

Friday, September 17, 2010

A Highlander For Christmas

A Highlander for ChristmasA Highlander for Christmas by Sandy Blair

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What I liked: A slightly original time travel romance. The main characters were the focus of the story and the wacky side characters stayed mostly in the background.

What I didn't like: There wasn't much of a climax to the story.

Final Thoughts: A decent story but probably not something I'll remember reading in a month.

Pub. Date: October 2007

Synopsis: `Tis the season to be jolly-but Boston antiques dealer Claire MacGregor isn't looking forward to a solo Christmas, or cocoa for one, or trimming the tree by herself. But company's coming. Claire is fooling around with an old puzzle box and when it opens.a gorgeous, studly laird appears. Thumbs down: Sir Cameron MacLeod is centuries old. Thumbs up: he doesn't look it. And Cameron is tall, dark, and lusty-very lusty.
Who is this lovely lass? And where is he? Before awakening in the 21st century in Claire's bedroom, the last thing Sir Cameron MacLeod remembers was readying for war with a rival clan. Despite her strange clothes and odd ways, Claire is bonny and brave. He's about to find out that love is a many-splendored thing indeed.

Friday, September 10, 2010

The Final Warning

The Final Warning (Maximum Ride, #4)The Final Warning by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I liked: As usual there was no waiting for the action. Max is starting to act like a teenage girls in many ways.
What I didn't like: Some of the situations are too easily or quickly ended. About the time I get myself ready for a battle, the situation falls short of my expectations. The story is starting to lose some of the "family" feeling there was in the beginning.
Final Thoughts: I still enjoy this series and look forward to the next book.

Pub. Date: January 2009

Synopsis: Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride and the other members of the "Flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly.
Max returns in book 4 of the series in a chilling adventure unlike any other. Safe havens for the six highly-sought-after winged kids have become increasingly hard to find-so the flock takes refuge in Antarctica with a team of environmentalists studying the effects of global warming. In this remote wilderness-whether pursued by corrupt governments, bioengineered bad-guys, or the harsh forces of nature-survival of the fittest takes a new twist! Teens, adults, and educators will savor this motivating cautionary tale about a real-life peril that may affect their own future.

Recommended Reading:
Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports by James Patterson
Max by James Patterson
School's Out Forever by James Patterson
The Angel Experiment by James Patterson
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare

Monday, September 6, 2010

I WANT

It's no secret that I love technology. I love gadgets. I have a kitchen full of cooking gadgets. And there are so many gadgets that I WANT, the only thing holding me back is my pocketbook telling me NO. I want an IPod, but I settled for a $15 mp3 player. I want a Blackberry, but common sense has prevailed on that issue (for the moment) and I'm sticking with my generic cell phone that doesn't do anything except text and talk.

When eReaders first came out, I laughed. I told friends that I would never switch from real books to electronic books. I thought the idea was hokey and they'd never last. However, as eReaders have evolved and the prices have dropped, I WANT. I haven't been able to justify it yet as I have 30 books still on my TBR shelf and, well, the $130 price tag on most of them puts them outside my budget. Factoring in the expense of buying books (I get 99% of mine from paperbackswap.com and 1% from half.com) makes an eReader is even further outside the budget margin. But I WANT.

I looked at a Sony eReader a few months ago. It was hate at first sight. Not intuitive at all. Several of my friends have The Kindle or The Nook and all love it. A friend who has The Kindle and her mother has The Nook has given me her thoughts on both (preferring The Kindle) and also keeps me updated via interesting articles regarding prices, comparisons, etc. I've watched prices drop drastically over the last six months and I expect they will continue to do so. When they drop below $100, I'll seriously start to consider which of the two readers will work the best for me.

In the meantime, I keep my eyes open for giveaways on various blogs that I haunt. This week I found this:
Simply Stacie has teamed up with Luxury Reading to giveaway The Kindle (and a few perks thrown in too).

And for the record, I'll probably never be completely paperless, there's just something about holding a book in my hands and the feel and smell of paper... besides, what would I do with my bookmark collection?