I can’t believe it’s going to be Thanksgiving next week already. Thank goodness it’s never at my house. I couldn’t take the pressure. Instead, I’ll think about my one dish I have to bring and spend the rest of my time checking out some of the books read by the WW Ladies this week.
Bring on the Night by Jeri Smith-Ready
Read by joysann
Ciara Griffin’s life is endangered when a deadly mutated chicken pox virus victimizes anyone who has never had chicken pox or been vaccinated, and she never did. A connection is made between the contagion and the sudden appearance of zombies in the area, and only vampires are strong enough to fight them, bringing in the Control, the paranormal military agency to which Ciara is committed for a time. With her lover, Shane, and the other vampire DJ’s of WVMP radio (“the Lifeblood of Rock and Roll”), a vulnerable Ciara is instrumental in a ferocious battle, all kept hidden from the mundane world around them.
As Ciara’s and Shane’s adventures continue, I keep getting sucked further into them. I’m intrigued by the mysteries surrounding both Ciara and the Control, and I can’t guess where they’re going to go. Suspenseful, mysterious, surprising and romantic, Bring on the Night has me anticipating the 4th book in the series.
The Grimrose Path by Rob Thurman
Read by Sue
Trixa Iktomi is a Trickster, although at the moment without any of her powers. Still, she has her friends, which is a good thing since the demons aren’t stopping just because she can’t shapeshift. When almost 1000 demons end up dead, though, something Big’s going on – and Trixa has to figure out what, and how to stop it.
With lots of action, and plenty of humor (it IS about a Trickster, after all), this is a good read. I can’t wait to find the first of the series, Trick of Light, to get some of the background on this story.
The White Horse Trick by Kate Thompson
Read by Hailee, 12
The world is falling apart. Ireland’s entense climate is getting worse every day. The General decides to send as many people as he can into Tir na n ‘Og, the Irish legendary land of eternal youth. The King of Tir na n ‘Og is not happy about the refugees until he discovers all the treasures they brought with them. When ordinary and extaordinary mix there’s no limit to what might happen.
The White Horse Trick is a book of unbelievably spun webs in legend and in the future. This story shows a whole different side of what might happen in the future and definately gives you something to think about. A fast paced fantasy that satisfies your taste buds with every turned page.
Going in Circles by Pamela Ribon
Read by Bev
Charlotte Goodman’s husband has left her although she is the one who moved out. She keeps trying to figure out if she wants to stay in her marriage or should she leave. The people she thinks are her friends aren’t and those she barely knows, Francesca, becomes her best listener. Francesca is a new member of a roller derby team and she wants Charlotte to go out for the team. Charlotte finds a new passion, roller derby. Much of what happens on the track and off center on her new passion.
A wonderful book with memorable characters. I remember the old roller derby and it was fun to read about younger people being involved in it. There is a strategy of roller derby and how one can hide from their real life and take on a totally different persona on the track. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed reading about Charlotte and her life and it’s easy to see why this book is called “Going in Circles”.
Strong Enough to Die by Jon Land
Read by Loretta
Caitlin Strong - a 5th generation Texas Ranger is investigating a frightening plot which threatens our country. She meets a dangerous criminal, Cory Masters, who originally wanted her dead, but as the story unfolds they begin to work together. The tale unfolds into a quicksand of impossible standoffs, cruelty and horror and killing.
I found it impossible to read this novel without shuddering – could such wickedness ever happen?
Desires of the Dead by Kimberly Derting
Read by Marsha
Violet is a young teenager who posseses a special ability. The missing dead call to her and only Violet is able to hear them. She is drawn to find them. Violet’s unique talent puts her in the middle of murderous intrigue. She cannot ignore the cries of those unfortunate souls. At the same time, Violet struggles to be a normal teenager and just wants to celebrate her new found love with Jay, her boyfriend. Violet wants to confide in Jay but what if anything should she tell him or the FBI investigators who have also taken notice of her ? The government agents put added pressure on Violet.
Kim Derting ‘s story pulled me into Violet’s turmoil and I could not fail to root for her and Jay’s love. This book was a thoroughly absorbing read with a surprising twist at the end.
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Read by Heidi
Ralph Truitt is a lonely bachelor in need of a wife in rural Wisconsin of 1907. To make a new start for his life, he places an advertisement for “a reliable wife”. Catherine Land is a woman of many secrets. And she plans on covering them up by marrying Ralph. With this arrangement comes consequences. And there are many on both sides of this relationship.
I can see why this book is such a popular one for book clubs. The premise alone is intriguing. What kind of a desperate man places an ad for a wife and what type of woman would answer? Both parties have plans for their future, and yet they both have incredible secrets and plans for murder. It made me uncomfortable and fascinated all in the same breath. You won’t be able to put this one down, I promise you that.
A Killing Tide by P.J. Alderman
Read by Edie
Successful San Francisco consultant Kaz Jorgensen returns to Astoria, Oregon, to help save her twin brother’s fishing business. When her twin’s best friend is killed, he’s the suspect and is nowhere to be found. Refusing to believe he did it, Kaz sets out to prove his innocence. Michael Chapman, the town’s new fire chief is a former top arson investigator from Boston. He came to Astoria to escape memories of his fiancée dying in a fire set by a revengeful arsonist. Now he’s falling for another woman whose life might be in danger, and he’ll do anything to save her.
Alderman has published her former RITA finaling book as an e-book, giving new readers a chance to read this page-turner. The characters come to life with strengths and flaws and layers. The description is evocative. The romantic tension builds naturally, from a spark to a flame. I was saying Wow! from the first chapter to the last.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
Listened to by joysann
In futuristic post-apocalyptic USA, a recent winner in the Hunger Games, where a boy and girl from each district is pitted in a battle to the death, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen is thrust into the role of the Mockingjay, the resistance’s emblem of freedom. Rebellion rages across the country, focusing on fighting the Capitol, and Katniss must find the will and strength to face the unspeakable horrors and losses of this war to keep the rebellion moving forward.
The YA trilogy The Hunger Games is suspenseful, shocking, horrifying, violent and thoroughly enthralling. I hadn’t even heard of it until the final book, Mockingjay, came out and I read the enthusiastic remarks about it in the social media, inducing me to pick up the first book in audio to take a listen. I couldn’t stop or listen to the three books fast enough. Even though its target audience is Young Adult, start at the beginning. It took my breath away.
Bottom Line: Today is the Great American Smokeout…good luck to all those trying to kick the habit!