Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June Summary

June Summary 

  1. My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares - read 6/3/2010
  2. Strange Neighbors by Ashlyn Chase - read 6/5/2010 
  3. Don't Look Twice by Andrew Gross - read 6/8/2010
  4. Wayfarer by R.J. Anderson - read 6/8/2010
  5. Sins of the Mother by Victoria Christopher Murray - read 6/10/2010
  6. Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan - read 6/13/2010 
  7. Theodore Boone kid lawyer by John Grisham - read 6/14/2010 
  8. The Last Track by Sam Hilliard - read 6/17/2010 
  9. Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin - read 6/18/2010
  10. Untouchable by Kate Brian - read 6/19/2010
  11. Confessions by Kate Brian - read 6/19/2010
  12. The Macgregor's Daughter by Dee Julian- read 6/21/2010
  13. The 9th Judgment by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - read 6/22/2010
  14. The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell - read 6/23/2010
  15. Unspeakable by Laura Griffin - read 6/25/2010
  16. Shattered by Karen Robards - read 6/28/2010 
  17. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles - read 6/29/2010

Review books:7
Library Books:10
Books from my bookshelf:

All-in-all it's one of my best months this year (only January was better) and the even better thing was it was full of great books.  I've been a little lax on review books, and trying to get through my library stack.  No luck reading anything of my own yet, but that will come.

Favorite of the month:  Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles - I just felt this one so much and I can't wait to read Rules of Attraction.

Progress in Challenges: 
So how was your reading month?

Book Review: The 9th Judgement by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

The 9th Judgment by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publisher: Little Brown and Company
Publish Date: April 26, 2010
Hardcover, 384 pages

My Review:

First just a little history:  I have read James Patterson since my step-father-in-law told me about a book while I was in college called Along Came a Spider and how great it was.  Well I found that book in the Raleigh library (which I adored) while I was at N.C. State University and I read it.  And then I read the next and the next and found his backlist and stalked the bookstore and library until I got the copy of the newest book.  That was back in the day where he only wrote 1-2 a year and was fairly new to the publishing world.  I knew they were not great literary masterpieces, but they were written well and the suspense and the villians were amazing.  I could not get enough.  I loved Alex Cross.  When Patterson introduced The Women's Murder Club, I was a little slower to jump on the bandwagon, of course I had just had my first child and things were a little busy.  I was taking a reading hiatus for the moment.  But when I finally started the series, I really loved it as well.  So I continue to read James Patterson and his co-authors.  I love that Andrew Gross now writes his own books and look forward to the day Maxine Paetro does hers too, because I think she will be a good writer.  But for now I will be content for her to continue this series and other books with James Patterson.

The 9th Judgment was an edge-of-your seat thrill ride.  Everytime a new curveball was thrown at me I would just stop and think "wow".  This one was more Lindsay than the rest of the crew, but they are all there and there are developments in all of their lives (except for Claire) in this one.  I like the centering on Lindsay - I feel like she is the main character anyway and it was great to see her showcased in this book.  I also like the direction they are taking her as a character, she is becoming more sure of herself in her personal life and I enjoyed that.

The case is gruesome as usual, particularly gruesome for me as a parent, but thankfully the scenes aren't dwelt on too much and I could handle the book just fine.

If you like twists and turns James Patterson style, then The 9th Judgment won't disappoint, and now I eagerly await next year and the 10th installment in this great series.

My  Rating:  4.0/5.0

About the Book:
A young mother and her infant child are ruthlessly gunned down while returning to their car in the garage of a shopping mall. There are no witnesses, and Detective Lindsay Boxer is left with only one shred of evidence: a cryptic message scrawled across the windshield in blood red lipstick.

The same night, the wife of A-list actor Marcus Dowling walks in on a cat burglar who is about to steal millions of dollars worth of precious jewels. In just seconds there is an empty safe, a lifeless body, and another mystery that throws San Francisco into hysteria.

Lindsay spends every waking hour working with her partner Rich--and her desire for him threatens to tear apart both her marriage and the Women's Murder Club. Before Lindsay and her friends can piece together either case, one of the killers forces Lindsay to put her own life on the line--but is it enough to save the city? With unparalleled danger and explosive action, The 9th Judgment is James Patterson at his compelling, unstoppable best!

About the Author:
James Patterson has had more New York Times bestsellers than any other writer, ever, according to Guinness World Records. Since his first novel won the Edgar Award in 1976, James Patterson's books have sold more than 170 million copies. He is the author of the Alex Cross novels, the most popular detective series of the past twenty-five years, including Kiss the Girls and Along Came a Spider. Mr. Patterson also writes the bestselling Women's Murder Club novels, set in San Francisco, and the top-selling New York detective series of all time, featuring Detective Michael Bennett. He writes full-time and lives in Florida with his family.

Maxine Paetro is the author of three novels, two works of nonfiction, and the coauthor of seven books with James Patterson. She lives in New York with her husband. 

James Patterson's website
Maxine Paetro's page at Fantastic Fiction

FTC Information: I checked this book out from my local library for my reading enjoyment.  I have Amazon links on my review pages but I do not make any money from these because of NC laws.  I put them solely for people to check out the books on a retail site.

Waiting on Wednesday - June 30

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I love Jennifer Weiner's books and can't wait for this one!

Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
Release: July 13, 2010

Sometimes all you can do is fly away home . . .

When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.
Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect home—and yet she’s trapped in a loveless marriage. With temptation waiting in one of the ER’s exam rooms, she finds herself craving more.
After Richard’s extramarital affair makes headlines, the three women are drawn into the painful glare of the national spotlight. Once the press conference is over, each is forced to reconsider her life, who she is and who she is meant to be.
Written with an irresistible blend of heartbreak and hilarity, Fly Away Home is an unforgettable story of a mother and two daughters who after a lifetime of distance finally learn to find refuge in one another.
So what are you waiting on this week?