Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Preparation: [H]ead by Boomer Wadaska, C Michael, Kyle Phillips Bernhardy, Mike C. Flor

(Read in September) - Still playing catch up

This book is not a story but a compilation of short stories, poems and other oddities. When I picked up this book I knew I was diving in the mind of a group of teenage boys who grew up with me in my hometown of Levittown, PA and I honestly wasn't sure that this was a place I wanted to go.

The entries in the book were mostly written when we were in high school, I believe some were written in the college years. This is definitaly a book that a teenage boy can relate to most, and especially one who grew up in Levittown, PA.

There are a lot of Levittown references that brought back good memories. I found it very interesting to dive into the minds of some of my high school friends. The entries in the book were witty at times, snarky at others and touching in some as well, it was a fun ride down memory lane while reading this book.

These guys are definitely putting their soul out on these pages, the good, the bad and the ugly. It's hard to rate this book because it's not really something I would normally read but I am biased by the fact that I like these guys and Boomer was my biggest volleyball cheerleader. :)

My favorite parts of the book are actually the front and back covers as well as the Index/Glossary, they were pretty witty pieces of the book on their own, but I also liked a few of the stories inside too:

P.12 - Opening Day by C Michael

p.31 - Someone who doesn't care by Kyle Phillips Bernhardy

p.70 - Restless by Boomer Wadaska

p.202 - My mind spoken by Kyle Phillips Bernhardy

The Book fits the following Categories/Challenges for me:

  • Hogwarts Reading Challenge (Muggle Studdies)
  • RYOB Challenge
  • New Authors Challenge

Monday, October 11, 2010

Just One Look by Harlan Coben

(Read in September)

Rating: 3/5 Stars

  • Pub. Date: May 2005
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Format: Paperback, 528pp
  • ISBN: 0451213203

Grace Lawson's life is good one, it hadn't always been but since meeting her husband Jack things have really turned around for her. She and Jack have two beautiful children and a loving and kind husband. One day when an old photograph was placed in with her other photos from a photomat, her life was turned upside down. When her husband saw the photo he pretended to not know the people in the photograph but then takes off without explanation.

After being turned down by the police to help find her missing husband, since it looks like he left on his own, she decides to do some investigating on her own for answers and her husband. What she finds shakes up her entire life to the absolute core. With some help from some friends of her present and past, as well as some strangers that have just come into her life she is able to unravel the story but in doing this she puts herself in grave danger as well.

Harlan Coben is a master at suspense and knows how to pull you into a story with believable action and characters.

This book fits the following Categories/Challenges for me:
  • Hogwarts Reading Challenge
  • Thriller and Suspense Challenge
  • Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge

The Last Child by John Hart

I finished a few books in September but I am way behind on the reviews so my next few reviews are from September.

The Last Child by John Hart
Rating: 3/5 Stars

Pub. Date: March 2010
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Format: Paperback, 432pp
ISBN: 0312642369

Alyssa Merrimon went missing a year ago as no good leads were ever found. Johnny, Alyssa's brother, has not given up the hunt for her and continues to search the neighborhoods for signs of Alyssa's captor. Detective Hunt, the cop assigned to Alyssa's case feels responsible for keeping an eye on Johnny and his mother whose lives have been destroyed by the disappearance of Alyssa. When another girl is taken close to the one year anniversary of Alyssa, Johnny is even mor
e vigilant to catch the person responsible for both of these disappearances. What Johnny finds in his search puts him in danger and leads the investigation to disturbing results.

I found some of the spots in this story to be a little slow but the idea's in this book felt completely original. This is My first by John Hart and I would give him another try for sure.

This book fits the following Category/Challenges for me:
  • Hogwarts Reading Challenge (Defence Against the Dark Arts)
  • Thriller and Suspense Reading Challenge
  • New Authors Challenge
  • Monthly Mixer Mele Challenge