Monday, April 21, 2014

Dearly Devoted Dexter by Jeff Lindsay

Title: Dearly Devoted Dexter

Author: Jeff Lindsay

Published: Vintage, 2006

Pages: 304

Series: Book 2, Dexter

Summary: May Contain Spoilers! Dexter Morgan has been under considerable pressure. It's just not easy being an ethical serial killer - especially while trying to avoid the unshakable suspicions of the dangerous Sergeant Doakes (who believes Dexter is a homicidal maniac...which, of course, he is). In an attempt to throw Doakes off his trail, Dexter has had to slip deep into his foolproof disguise. While not working as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami Police Department, he now spends nearly all his time with his cheerful girlfriend, Rita, and her two children, sipping light beer and slowly becoming the world's first serial couch potato. But how long can Dexter play Kick the Can instead of Slice the Slasher? How long before his Dark Passenger forces him to drop the charade and let his inner monster run free?

In trying times, opportunity knocks. A particularly nasty psychopath is cutting a trail through Miami - a man whose twisted technique leaves even Dexter speechless. As Dexter's dark appetite is revived, his sister, Deborah (a newly minted, tough-as-nails Miami detective), is drawn headlong into the case. It quickly becomes clear that it will take a monster to catch a monster - but it isn't until his archnemesis is abducted that Dex can finally throw himself into the search for a new plaything. Unless, of course, his plaything finds him first...  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: This is the second book in the series and after I enjoyed reading the first book I decided to see what the second book was like.  I felt like it was a very interesting story and that it had the potential to be a really creepy book.

However, I felt like things were a bit rushed.  One minute something was just being introduced and the next minute things had gone full out insane and it was a little jarring.  It also made the book go by really fast, one minute we were introduced to the bad guy and the next thing the book was over.  I think that the first book suffered through a lack of details as well and I hope that it will get better as the series progresses.

The bad guy was very intriguing however, what he did to his victims was just so crazy.  I will admit that I felt a little ill reading about it, in fact, just picturing it in my mind makes me shudder a little bit.  I don’t want to go into detail but let’s just say that I have not read anything like that before.

Dearly Devoted Dexter is definitely interesting as Dexter’s point of view is emotionless so it makes for an interesting and unique angle but sometimes it makes it a little hard to read just because it makes it hard to figure out how characters are feeling.

Overall, I found Dearly Devoted Dexter to be quite an interesting story and I am quite interested in seeing how the rest of the series will progress.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne

Title: Still Waters

Author: Emma Carlson Berne

Published: Simon Pulse, 2011

Pages: 212

Summary: Hannah can't wait to sneak off for a romantic weekend with her boyfriend, Colin. He's leaving for college soon, and Hannah wants their trip to the lake house to be one they'll never forget.
But once Hannah and Colin get there, things start to seem a bit...off. They can't find the town on any map. The house they are staying in looks as if someone's been living there, even though it's been deserted for years. And Colin doesn't seem quite himself. As he grows more unstable, Hannah worries about Colin's dark side, and her own safety.
Nothing is as perfect as it seems, and what lies beneath may haunt her forever.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: Still Waters is an interesting book.  I liked the premise and how creepy it could be but at the same time I felt like the book kind of swept over so many details and lost its feeling of suspense.

The main time that I was reading Still Waters was on a grey day and I was sitting in my car in a car park by myself.  When I got to the creepy parts I started to get a little creeped out and I also found it a little hard to put down because I just had to know what would happen next.

I have to say the ending of this book was a little odd.  Just the reactions of some people were not what I would have thought would have happened and so I found it hard to suspend my disbelief at this point.

I don't have too much more to say about Still Waters other than that it is a quick, light mystery which I thought made for a good grey afternoon read.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

Title: Elantris

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Published: Gollancz, 2005

Pages: 615

Summary: The capital of Arelon, the home to people transformed into magic-using demigods by the Shaod.

But then the magic failed, Elantris started to rot, and its inhabitants turned into powerless wrecks.

And in the new capital, Kae, close enough to Elantris for everyone to be reminded of what they have lost, a princess arrives. Sarene is to be married to unite Teod and Arelon against the religious imperialists of Fjordell. But she is told that Raoden, her husband to be, is dead.

Determined to carry on the fight for Teod and Arelon's freedom, Sarene clashes with the high priest Hrathen. If Hrathen can persuade the populace to convert, Fjordell will reign supreme.
But there are secrets in Elantris, the dead and the ruined may yet have a role to play in this new world. Magic lives.  (taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: After reading Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson last year I knew that I had to read more books written by Brandon Sanderson.  It took a long time for me to decide which book to start with and I decided that the best place to start would be with the first book published.  I am so glad that I read Elantris because it is so amazing.

I feel a little bit like the beginning was slow going but once the story got rolling I found myself glued to the pages just needing to know what happened next and hoping that certain events would work out.

There were quite a few surprised within Elantris which I really loved, Sanderson has this great way of revealing bits of information in such a way that just makes you want to read more.

I'm finding it hard to write anything more about this book because I feel like I'd just become a raving lunatic and start saying the same thing over and over.  Elantris is amazing and I loved it so much.  As soon as I finished the book I was thinking about which Sanderson book to read next as I seriously love his writing.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Predator by Patricia Cornwell

Title: Predator

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Sphere, 2005

Pages: 432

Series: Book 14, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: May contain spoilers! Scarpetta, now freelancing with the National Forensic Academy in Florida, digs into a case more bizarre than any she has ever faced, one that has produced not only unusual physical evidence, but also tantalizing clues about the inner workings of an extremely cunning and criminal mind.

She and her team --- Pete Marino, Benton Wesley, and her niece, Lucy --- track the odd connections between several horrific crimes and the people who are the likely suspects. As one psychopath, safely behind bars and the subject of a classified scientific study at a Harvard-affiliated psychiatric hospital, teases Scarpetta with tips that could be fact --- or fantasy --- the number of killers on the loose seems to multiply. Are these events related or merely random? And what can the study of one man's brain tell them about the methods of a psychopath still lurking in the shadows? (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  So this is the 14th book in the series and as I was reading it, I found some of the storylines a little hard to follow within the book.  For most of the book I just couldn't really figure out what was happening and which story was affecting which character. 

Some of the characters had also gone through drastic personality changes which just seemed so crazy. There are also not really any mysteries any more.  Scarpetta doesn't go through evidence and talk about the technology and processes behind her investigations anymore.  None of the 'team' seem to actually like each other and so don't like to work together.

I feel like my thoughts on this book have been really negative so far and while trying to think of what I liked about the story, I found it really hard to actually find a good point.  What I will say is that some parts of the book were really intriguing but I felt like they were briefly touched upon and then quickly forgotten about.

It's like the more I read through this series the less exciting it gets.  I remember reading the first book and thinking that it was such a great book and I loved it so much, I kind of got caught up in how amazing the first few books were that I went out and purchased all of the books that were out.  I'm slowly making my way through the series and at this point I'm carrying on in the hopes that one of the next few books will suddenly pick up and become more amazing.  I think that I'll read the rest of the books in the series that I own but if they continue down their awkward slope I won't be picking any more books up in the series.  However, if it does pick up then I'll definitely continue on the series.  I believe I have another 4 or 5 books left in my pile so I may as well continue with them.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Future of the Blog

It has been a while.  In that time so much has happened that I hadn't really thought about the blog because things had been going on outside of my reading life which has lead me to not reading as much as I would have liked.  That being said, the last few days I've been thinking about my blog and how I have kind of abandoned it a little.  So much so that the vast majority of new comments are just spam.
I'm still reading, albeit slowly and for a while thought I might not come back to the blog.  I think that I do miss writing about books.  Sometimes there are things I want to say about books and sometimes I have nothing to say about the book.  I've decided that what I'm going to do is continue the blog but only write about books when I feel like writing about them.  In other words, if a book is just ok or I just don't have any strong feelings about it then I'm not going to write about it.  There are a couple of books that I'm almost finished reading that I will definitely have things to say about so keep an eye out for those.
Also, I have a bunch of review books that I still haven't read but I would really like to and I also feel that I really do need to review them as that's what they were sent to me for.  Never fear, if you have sent me a book to review, I will be getting to it soon.
Other than that, I would just like to say that I will be returning to blogging and can't wait to get started again because I seriously have missed it!  Things will be a little bit different but at the same time I think it will definitely be more fun.  I'm not entirely sure about how I'm going to do things and I think that is what will make this far more fun for me.