Hey my lovely readers. I have found with my schedule that it is really hard for me to review each and every book I read or listen to. So, I have decided, rather than try to write longer reviews of books I finished over a month ago, I will just do a miniature review/recommendation set every once and a while to include those books I have completed but will not fully review.
So, here is my first set of mini-reviews!
Birdman by Mo Hayder (Jack Caffery #1)
“In his first case as lead investigator with London’s crack murder squad, Detective Inspector Jack Caffery is called on to investigate the murder of a young woman whose body has been discovered near the Millennium Dome in Greenwich, south-east London. Brutalized, mutilated beyond recognition, the victim is soon joined by four others discovered in the same area—all female and all ritualistically murdered. And when the post-mortem examination reveals a gruesome signature connecting the victims, Caffery realizes exactly what he’s dealing with—a dangerous serial killer.”
My Snippet Review: As far as crime novels go, this crime story was quite intense and definitely not for the faint of heart. A lot of gruesome description (combine CSI with Bones in book form) of heneous crimes against women. Very sick and twisted criminal that made for an interesting psychological read. While I liked the story line and the pace of the story, the writing style itself cramped my enjoyment of the novel overall. But I will probably read the next in the series.
Warning: Definitely not for the YA crowd.
Rating: Second Shelf Book (2 out of 5)
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter (Gallagher Girls #2)
420 minutes (256 pages)
“Cammie Morgan is back, and it’s clear that her life hasn’t calmed down since the events of I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You. At first, giddy anticipation is in the air. Gallagher Academy, Cammie’s elite spy school, is hosting a visit from a covert training center for boys. Soon after the boys’ arrival, though, everything goes dangerously awry when a series of security breaches are discovered at the academy. Worse yet, teenage agent-in-training Cammie is being blamed for the penetration. With the school’s top-secret status at risk, the Gallagher Girls have to work quickly to save their beloved school.”
My Snippet Review: I liked the first book in this series a lot, but I LOVED the second even more! We are introduced to new characters and more espionage mysteries to solve. And I am such a Zach fan! He makes me giggle like a little girl! I really appreciate the series development through character growth. Definitely another fantastic audio performance and a great easy read/listen for a rainy day. A definite recommended series!
Rating: Middle Shelf Book (3.5 out of 5) (Middle and High School)
Paper Towns by John Green
“Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life – dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge – he follows.
After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues – and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer Q gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew.”
My Snippet Review: After my intro to John Green with The Fault in Our Stars, I was really excited to read more of his work! I found myself really liking the characters in this novel. The mystery behind Margo was really intriguing, and Q is a protagonist you definitely grow to love. I did find this story to lack the immediate love I felt for The Fault in Our Stars, but Paper Towns was a solid read.
Rating: Middle Shelf Book (3 out of 5) (Middle and High School)