Friday, June 24, 2016

End of Watch

A satisfying and inventive conclusion to the Bill Hodges trilogy. Brady Hartsfield (our villain from the first in the series, Mr. Mercedes) isn't completely braindead. Thanks to some highly illegal drugs provided by an overzealous doctor, Brady is coming to. His body will remain broken but he's discovered telekinesis and the ability to enter into other people's minds. Over the years he has been honing his talents in order to exact vengeance on Bill Hodges for thwarting his master plan. Brady finds a way to manipulate a hand held game to make it a hypnotic entrance into unsuspecting minds. His sinister pleasure is convincing them to kill themselves. No one could ever believe what he is capable of, perhaps not even Bill Hodges; it's an evil so deep that it almost escapes detection, almost. A sad, but believable ending. Stephen King at his best!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Infidel Stain

I read the first in the Avery and Blake series last year so it was very fortuitous that I won the audiobook of the second installment. Rather than taking place in India like the first one, this one is set in the grimiest parts of London. Jeremiah Blake and Captain Avery haven't seen each other in three years, but their daring exploits in India made them very popular and a wealthy aristocrat wants to hire their services. Two printers have been murdered in rather gruesome ways and the police are doing nothing about it. He wants Blake and Avery to look into the matter and find the killer. Things quickly go awry and the plot thickens as deep as the smog. An enjoyable romp through the underbelly of nineteenth century London and full of unforgettable characters. The narrator does a great job with voice accents and it is definitely worth a listen.

I received this book for free from Librarything.

A Walk to Remember

Admittedly not as good as the first time I read it in sixth grade, but this teenage sick-lit romance (spoiler!) still kinda holds up. I honestly almost like the movie better than I do the book. Which is blasphemous I know. But the modern day version of it is more intriguing than the 50's version that takes place in the book. Long before John Green there was Lurlene McDaniels and Nicholas Sparks writing "sick-lit" romances that made teenagers cry, this is a prime example. The bad boy falls for the good girl, and he later finds out (spoiler!) that she's dying. A sappy tear jerker that will always be popular.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Gym Candy

I'm not a huge sports fan but that didn't stop me from enjoying this teen football novel about the dangers of doping and steroids. Mick Johnson has spent his whole life in his father's impressive football shadow and he's determined to prove to him and to himself that he can be the best running back in town. Determined to bulk up fast and become a starter on the varsity team he starts taking steroids on the side because his trainer convinces him it's safe and it will help him unleash his inner beast.  Soon all Mick is doing is working out and trying to outplay his teammates. He pushes his friends away in his quest for greatness and becomes very focused on achieving the only thing he thinks he cares with him. Obviously this comes with a huge price and everything could fall apart in an instant if someone discovered the truth. A quick easy read that is realistic and helps people understand how athletes and body builders fall into the doping trap. A great read for teenage boys, especially jocks.

Monday, June 20, 2016

The Apache Wars

At times dense and overwhelming, but definitely worth reading. Hutton does a great job compiling the longest war in American history without making it read like a textbook. It's as unbiased and fair as possible, and the author does a good job of outlining when the White Eyes (white Americans) are screwing over the Apaches and vice-versa (obviously though the White Eyes are the biggest ones at fault). I knew literally nothing before starting this and it kinda blew my mind, wild west history is so fascinating. I had heard of Geronimo and the Apache kid but it was completely out of context to what really happened. It's a sad story of a quickly diminishing land, broken treaties, vengeance, raids, kidnappings, and murder. It keeps getting more depressing the further you read because the government has less patience and less land to "give." A must read for fans of the wild west and Native American history. Included are pictures that help bring the whole story to light.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased review.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

The Seed

A profound look at an old tale in a new light. A remarkable journey filled with truth, darkness, fear, and hope. Haunted by a terrible shadow and a fearsome dragon; Tatus, Madeline, and Roark work diligently to create a labyrinth in which to trap the shadow that haunts them. Convinced that God will be pleased with their man-made Labyrinth symbol, they begin to toil on it ceaselessly, never thinking of anything else, only doing that which is familiar to keep the darkness at bay. Brick by brick they build a fortress without realizing that it is the darkness trapping them in, not vice-versa. Faced with the truth and the light, they discover the past and a path to set them free, if only they can accept it. A must read for those interested in theology and hearing God's word in another light.

I received this book for free from Litfuse in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Date Like a Girl Marry Like a Woman

As a painfully single woman there wasn't a lot for me to glean out of this book. It's split into two sections: rules for those who are dating and rules for those who are married. Each section has 30 rules that a polished woman should follow and contains anecdotes about the author's life, old adages, and how to put the rule in practice. This book is only recommended for wealthy and sexually active. I would not recommend giving this to your religious cousin who just got engaged, that is, unless you want her to pray for your soul. In the dating portion of the book, Bunevacz advocates sleeping around and dating at least three men (the perfect number!). It is recommended to wait to sleep with a man until the second date, but if you slip up its no big deal. Crotchless panties are a must (I guess it's time to update my undergarments, I've been doing it wrong for years!). Also, never trust a woman with dark gums because she will apparently steal your man.

The married portion was a little darker. Don't be afraid to sniff your husbands balls to check that he's not sleeping with anyone. There can be no secrets (except a bank account with money he doesn't know about), your husband should give you all passwords and you should have access to all his money. There is also a lot on how to properly take care of your vagina so you don't scare men away (keep it tight! douche! wax!). I know I'm making it sound completely awful but there were a few redeeming qualities as well. Always have date nights, leave something on during sex (that way the naked body never gets old which is probable if you've been with someone for years), don't gossip, learn how to say sorry, etc.

"Date Like a Girl Marry Like a Woman" reminded me of Zsa Zsa Gabor's hilariously sexist and outdated, "How to Catch a Man, How to Keep a Man, How to Get Rid of a Man." This self-help guide will be of most use to wealthy housewives, fans of Sex in the City, fans of Jessica Bunevacz, and the promiscuous (or as a Bunevacz calls them MANizers). It's not written badly, but as an independent, student loan paying, cat lady librarian, 90% of this book didn't apply to me. I'm sure it will be of genuine use to some people, but not for me.

I received this book for free from Litfuse publicity in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.