Sunday, September 30, 2012

Top 10 Reads by Heather

1 The Conduit by Stacey Rourke, book 1 in the Gryphon series. This book was so good that both my 17 year old twins are bugging me for the next one. Three siblings go to live with their very Spunky "GRAMS", soon strange things start happening and they start exhibiting special abilities. A pact was made long ago that will affect, not only who they are, but what they are. Wonderful characters and story. It has magic, angels, shapeshifters, a Gryphon romance, etc.

2 Crimson Shadow: Noir by Nathan Squiers. This is not a book about sparkly, deer eating vampires. These are hardcore, eat your baby vampires. Xander is an angst filled teen vampire who has a mentor and a bad attitude. He is also a vampire that you will be rooting for. He deals out vengeance when needed and is a super bada** when all is said and done. This book reminds you of why you were scared of vampires as a child.

3 Project Ele by Rebecca Gober A whole new twist on dystopian society. A virus kills most of the people on earth, the remainder must go to a government shelter if they are lucky enough not to be infected. A group of teens become fast friends in there. The rich still rule the roost and all is not as it seems. The friends begin to exhibit strange and scary powers and they may not be alone. I loved the originality, the characters and the whole story.

4 IT by Stephen King A supernatural child killer vs a group of misfit kids. Pennywise the creepy clown & IT. The kids will fight the evil & win, or so they think. Flash forward to the kids all grown up. They have to come back because the killings have started again and  they are the only ones who know how to stop it. It's Stephen King and an uber scary clown, need I say more?

5 Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling The entire series. Full of magic, unlimited imagination, tolerance, and wonderfully fantastic characters and plots. My favorite book series of all time.

6 Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan the entire series & spinoffs. Teens, greek mythology and lots of action. I was never much interested in mythology until I read this series. It is so good that it got my non reading husband addicted to reading.

7 Watchers by Dean Koontz What happens when animal rights activists break into government run, gene splicing research lab to free the animals? Well, what they let loose is a super intelligent, wonderful dog and the OTHER, which hates the dog and wants to kill it and anyone it comes in contact with. Such a good book, if you haven't read it, go get it now or you are missing out on one of the great ones!

8 The Stand by Stephen King Aaaahhh, the original Dystopian/apocolyptic masterpiece from the master of horror. The super flu with a paranormal twist. The good survivors vs the evil survivors and spies from each side mixed in. Characters you will fall in love with. This is a huge book, but you won't even notice and will be so sorry when it’s over.

9 Naked in Death by J.D. Robb set in the future where pop comes in tubes, food comes from a computer in the wall, and the gadgets and gizmos are mag. Detective Eve Dallas has had a hard life which turned her into a hardass. If you break the law on her turf, she will find you. She doesn't have many friends but the ones she has, she is totally devoted to, in her own way. Wait til you meet rich, Irish, criminal Rourke, wowza! The In Death series is awesome and delivers every time.

10 Rules of Prey by John Sandford A serial killer with a set of rules that he leaves on his victims. Lucas Davenport, a rich detective with his own set of rules. The killer is going to find out the hard way about those rules and definitely gets more than he bargained for. This whole mystery series is great. You get to know Lucas and the other cops and get to watch them grow in their personal lives as well as their careers. You are going to love Lucas!!!

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Top 10 Reads List by Shelly

10 Great Books Read in 2012

1) Washington, A Life by Ron Chernow - What do you know about George Washington? Or what do you think you know? This cradle to grave bio makes the Father of our Country come alive. His honor, his passion, his resilience - all are shown in depth and help the reader understand why he was a great president and a great man. I wept during the section that spoke of his death.

2) Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer - This is the story of the 1996 Everest Disaster. It's loaded with emotion and a tremendous story. The author was on the Mountain that day. His memories along with in depth interviews with other survivors are the backdrop for this tragic but compelling story.

3)The Prisoner of Heaven by Carolos Ruiz Zafon - My favorite books is Zafon's Shadow of the Wind. This is the next piece of the puzzle in the Cemetery of Forgotten books.

4) Becoming Odyessa - Epic Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis - I am seriously addicted to Appalachian Trail memoirs. This is one of the best I have read. Jennifer Pharr hikes the trail alone, searching to find herself and her purpose in life. The AT kind of lends itself to this type of journey, and Pharr's walk changes her life in ways she never expects.

5) Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness - Better than Discovery of Witches, Diana (a witch) and her vampire husband, Matthew, go back in time to Elizabethan England to find a missing spell book. This book is thick with history details and full of engaging characters and surprising action. I'm not a huge paranormal fan, but this book is not your typical "Twilight" romance.  

6)The Night Circus by Erin Morganstern - A mysterious circus train travels the country mesmerizing crowds with unbelievable acts. What is the inertia that keeps it going? Part historical fiction, part love story, part mystery - this book slowly built its momentum, and kept me wondering the entire journey.

7)The Kitchen Daughter by Jael McHenry - What if you could talk to the ghosts of dead relatives by cooking a recipe written in their own hand? Ginny struggling with the sudden death of her parents tries to quell the chaos by talking to her dead relatives.

8)Juliet by Anne Fortier - Another one of those, part mystery, part romance, part history stories with it's center one of the most famous love stories of all time.

9) Fallout by Ellen Hopkins - This is the third book in the Crank series - dealing with the children of meth addict Kristina. Meth rears its ugly head into the next generation, but in different ways. An emotional book that truly chronicles the Fallout and innocent victims of drug abuse.

10) The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz - This is a hilarious mystery series. The Spellman's are a PI family who can't stop investigating everything - including each other. It is hilarious how each family member tries to leverage "dirt" they get on other family members. Their lives are one big investigation. Mixed in the middle of the antics is a mystery that needs to be solved. Loved the characters in this one, and the truly dysfunctional family dynamic.

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