Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Hogwarts Reading Challenge
Prefect Badge (Perfect)
Time frame is one month April 14th to May 15t
So what do you have to do?
There are two ways to when this badge.
*First way: read at least 3 books with the word Perfect in the title.
*Second way: read at least 3 books that you give a perfect rating to. You do not have to blog the books but you do have to tell me why you gave it a perfect rating.
Points - 10 points (max 30 points) an additional 25 points for completing the challenge. Meaning you read all 3 will receive 30 points plus 25 bonus points for a total of 55 points.
***Yes, you can do any combination of the two options. Ex: read 2 books with perfect in the title and 1 book that you have given a perfect rating to.
Have Fun and Happy Reading!!!
Our Prefect Badge Students
Erin - Gryffindor House
Aleksandra - Gryffindor House
Tenia F - Slytherin House
If I left you out leave a link in the comments so I can find your books. Thanks and congrats to our Prefects! Here are your badges
Friday, April 9, 2010
Naked in Death
by J.D. Robb
A to Z Challenge 2010, Monthly Mixer Mele, Thriller & Suspense Reading Challenge 2010
Naked in Death is the first book in the In Death series. The series stars Lieutenant Eve Dallas. In this book we learn some of the background into Eve's childhood. The abuse, neglected, and ultimately the adandonment. It took such a toll on her emotional that she blocked out everything before the age of 8.
This first book starts off with the murder of a far right Senator granddaughter. As the story unfolds a laundry list of lies, betrayal, and deceit comes out. The murder and subsquent murders are horrific. What set these murders apart from others that Eve has dealt with is the murder weapon, it's quite unusual for this not so far in the future crime novel.
The past of this book is fast. Some may get bogged down or deterred by the new term (which I will list later). There are several suspects that keeps the readers interest. And the sexy, powerful, and rich Roark is introduced to us. I recommend you read this novel. I would say it should be on your to read list but probably not on the top of it.
Friday, April 2, 2010
January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010.
How strict is the 26 or 52? I know it isn't always easy to find those difficult letters. The thought of finding the X's (for example) might scare folks away. It shouldn't! I'm a merciful host! (Ask anyone!)
If you want to give the X's a go... For authors, try to find an X in the first name, middle name, or last name. For titles, it doesn't have to be the starting word. Try to find an X somewhere in a title, and it'd count in my book.
Still can't find a book for the letter you need? I'll take your word for it. I've been there. I know. If your library doesn't see the need to order books just because it starts with an X, then I don't blame you for not wanting to special order a book that you may or may not enjoy. You gave it your best, don't feel bad. You can still make this challenge work for you.
To read TWELVE (12) thrillers in 2010
The book list
The In Death Series
Naked in Death, July 1995 [Read 04/05/2010 review]
Glory in Death, December 1995
Immortal in Death, July 1996
Rapture in Death, October 1996
Ceremony in Death, May 1997
Vengeance in Death, October 1997
Holiday in Death, June 1998
Conspiracy in Death, April 1999
Loyalty in Death, October 1999 [Read 07/2009 review]
Witness in Death, March 2000
Judgment in Death, September 2000
Betrayal in Death, March 2001
Seduction in Death, September 2001
Reunion in Death, March 2002
Purity in Death, September 2002
Portrait in Death, March 2003
Imitation in Death, September 2003
Divided in Death, January 2004
Visions in Death, August 2004
Survivor in Death, February 2005
Origin in Death, July 2005
Memory in Death, January 2006
Born in Death, November 2006
Innocent in Death, February 2007
Creation in Death, November 2007
Strangers in Death, February 2008
Salvation in Death, November 2008
Promises in Death, February 2009
Kindred in Death, November 2009
Fantasy in Death, February 2010
In Death Novella
Robb novella included in Remember When (featuring two connected stories from Nora Roberts and J. D. Robb), May 2004
Big Jack, March 2010 (stand-alone publication) [Read 04/02/2010 review]
****Note the first half of Remember When is also published as a stand alone called Hot as Ice by Nora Roberts. The second half is published as a stand alone called Big Jack by J.D. Robb
In Death stories included in Anthologies
“Midnight in Death,” Silent Night, November 1998
“Interlude in Death,” Out of This World, August 2001
“Haunted in Death,” Bump in the Night, April 2006
“Eternity in Death,” Dead of Night, November 2007
“Ritual in Death,” Suite 606, November 2008
“Missing in Death,” The Lost, December 2009
The first part of the book is written by Nora Roberts. It, of course, gives the set up and background information for the plot throughout the novel. Roberts part is more about the love story between Laine Tavish and Max Gannon. The circumstances that brought them together is an important aspect of the novel as a whole but is more the means of getting the couple together in the first part of the book. Laine Tavish was born Elaine O’Hara, daughter to Jack O’Hara. Jack O’Hara was a theft and was passing that legacy on to Laine until her mother decided enough was enough and moved. Laine changed her name not because she was totally ashamed of her father but she was afraid that the name would prevent her from having the life she wanted because of people who believe apple not falling far from the tree. Max Gannon is an ex-cop turn private investigator. He was hired by the insurance company to track down over 28 million dollars of stolen diamonds. His investigation leads him to Laine and from there his heart never stood a chance. (First part takes place in 2003)
The second part of the story is written by J.D. Robb. It focuses more on the diamond heist. In the first part we learn that the diamonds were split into four parts. Jack pocketed a few stones just in case something happen with his share but 3 of the parts was found, one was still out there. Samantha granddaughter of Laine and Max wrote a book about the diamond heist. After coming off of her book tour she finds her friend and house sitter dead. It is up to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, newly promoted Detective Peabody and the ever endearing Roark to find out who is behind the murders. Eve is certain that whoever it is has a personal connection to those diamonds. The underlining theme of this novel is the question of nature or nurture.
I listened to the audio version of the book. The flow and pace was smooth. I never felled bogged down by too much useless information or stalling. The reader, Susan Erickson, does a wonderful job. With audio books, the reader’s voice is just as important as the story. If I do not like the reader’s voice then my experience with that audio book is done. Overall this was an entertaining read.