in Death by J.D. Robb, aka Nora Roberts
Mystery. Romance. Its 2057 and Eve Dallas, a NY homicide detective,
works to discover who is killing prostitutes while fighting her own attraction
to one of her suspects.
Karen bought one, then two,
then the whole Death series (this is the first book). My god, they are
more addictive than chocolate.
The mystery is solid, which
Dallas solves through steady legwork and a good deal of tenacity. There
is a medium amount of violence, well it is a murder mystery. Hint. People
The futuristic setting is
interesting. Just mild changes based on current social trends. Smoking
is illegal. Prostitution is legal, licensed and they pay lots of taxes.
People, however, remain largely the same.
Dallas is a great main character.
Tough, yet well itís hard to call her feminine. Tough, yet sarcastic works
better. She defines herself as a cop and sheís a good cop. Outside of being
a cop, her social skills are a little blunt, straight from the hip, donít
bother me with girl stuff, okay.
Which brings us to her love
interest, Roarke. Mysterious, sexy and very, very rich, which has a certain
vicarious pleasure to it. As described, I imagine Remington Steele, only
with a lot more money. Heís smooth and he know what he wants. And he wants
Eve. A little matter of a murder investigation isnít going to stop him.
It would be an understatement
to say that sparks fly. Whatís nice about their (big old spoiler here)
relationship is that it grows over the course of the books. Eve doesnít
trust easily and lets face it Roarke has a lot of gray areas in his background.
But it works.
If you have plenty of time
to get totally sucked into a series, check it out.
Diaries by Meg Cabot
Tall, awkward, and shy New York girl finds out she's actually the princess
of a small European country. You see all her thoughts, trials, and tribulations
through her journal. Sweet and hilarious.
for the Devil by Jerri Smith Ready
This book is too cute for
words, but I'll throw a few out there anyway. I read the book a few months
before the movie came out. I couldn't resist the quirky, feisty heroine,
Mia Thermopolus. For someone in such a fairy tale situation, she's very
real. She thinks and acts like a normal 14 year old girl.
Mia's dad comes to town unexpectedly
and drops the big bombshell. Mia is illegitimate, but now that her father
can no longer have children, she's stuck with being his heir. She's less
than thrilled and it only gets worse when her chain-smoking, dog dressing,
and imperious grandmother shows up to give her princess lessons. The results
are unusual and side-splitting to say the least.
This is a kid's book though,
so if you don't still have a scrawny, insecure 14 year old somewhere inside
you, you probably won't like it. (Personally, I hated books for kids when
I was a kid, but I think this is one I would have enjoyed.) It's also pretty
damn girlie. There's a makeover for goodness sakes. But there's also a
lot of substance, learning about liking yourself for who you are and doing
the same for others. The book nicely treads a middle ground between treacle
and angst. I'd highly recommend it (and the sequels - one out now in hardback,
one due next spring) to those looking for a light-hearted, girl power romp.
Fantasy, Romance, Philosophical Mind bender. Set in Modern Day Washington
D.C. Lucifer falls in love for the first time and must learn to deal with
the transformative qualities of love.
Its really difficult to adequately
explain this book. I mean, okay, the devil falls in love huh, but no really,
it was an incredible book. A continuation of Miltonís Paradise Lost and
yet the emotion is straight Dante.
At its core is a concept
that I happen to believe. Love transforms. It stretches us. Makes us willing
to do the other thing. Little loves are practice for the big loves. Big
loves enable us to admit to the little loves. All love is a reflection
of the primal love that binds the universe.
HmmmÖthat probably wonít
sell anyone will it. Well, the characters are incredibly well developed,
believable, funny, poignant.
I mean okay, it reads like
a joke, so Beelzebub, Mephistopheles, and Lucifer go into a barÖAnd then
it happens. He hears her sing. Looses himself. Finds himself.
Lucifer is as he should be.
The rebel questioning. In love with knowledge and the human mind. Has a
problem with his relationship with God. Canít even say dadís name. Pretends
it doesnít bother him. Spends his time being evil because what else is
there for him to do. Heís the devil.
Gianna, his beloved, is very
cool, questioning Catholic, kind, generous, a punk rocker and a political
advocate. He asks her where she wants to go, she chooses the Grand Canyon.
Decks him when he crosses the line. Banters beautifully.
The author avoids stereotypes,
tropes, and any particular religious line to deliver the kind of book you
can read over and over again.
Karen bought the e-version
of the book and we ended up having to buy the hard copy. It is that good.