Fiction · Jean R · Thriller

Threat Vector | by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney

Threat VectorThreat Vector by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney
(Putnam Adult, 2012, 848 pages)

Threat Vector by Tom Clancy and Mark Greaney is a great addition to the Jack Ryan series. In this novel, Jack Ryan is serving his second term as President. Jack Ryan, Jr. still works for the Campus which is a secret operation created by Jack Ryan in his first term as President to combat terrorism. The term “threat vector” refers to computer security and the possibility of a computer breach. In this novel, China is using cyber warfare to expand its empire and to try to defeat the United States.

Threat Vector is one of the best Tom Clancy novels that I’ve read in quite a while. There was plenty of action with twists and turns along the way. The plot felt “real.” In other words, it’s not hard to believe that the computer networks of the United States government could be attacked and controlled by a foreign power. Threat Vector brings back many of the characters that we’ve met in previous novels including John Clark, Domingo Chavez, and Sam Driscoll.

I have read some other reviews of this book. Most of them are positive. However, they did point out some major mistakes that should have been caught. In earlier novels, Jack Ryan, Jr. has an older sister named Sally. In this novel, Jack Ryan, Jr. is mentioned as the eldest child of the President. Also, the middle name of Chavez’s son has changed. These mistakes aside, Threat Vector is an enjoyable read from start to finish.

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Fiction · Julia P · Page-Turner · Quick Read! · Romance · Young Adult

Delirium | by Lauren Oliver

DeliriumDelirium by Lauren Oliver
(HarperCollins, 2011, 448 pages)

I can’t get over how quickly I got into Delirium. It’s the first book in the Delirium series by Lauren Oliver and I’m really curious to see where Book 2 goes. Set in the future, the world that Lena, the main character, lives in is a dystopia. The government has complete control and governs the people by administering the “cure” to them on or around their 18th birthday. The “cure” combats deliria, a “scientific” way of classifying love. The sexes are separated from one another while they grow up, matched with a future spouse shortly before their “cure” and then live the rest of their lives as passionless beings sort of marching quietly toward death. Lena is very content in this world and she is more or less ready for the “cure” to be administered. It never worked on her mom who succumbed to deliria when Lena was young, taking her own life.

Lena counts down the days until the “cure” and it is when she goes in for her evaluation that she comes face to face with Alex. They eventually get to know one another and Lena fears she’ll contract deliria. But she knows she has never been as happy in her life as she is know that she has Alex in it. Not only has he introduced her to a new side of herself, he’s shown her that there’s more out there in the world. That there is more to life than living in a dazed fog with no love or compassion to speak of… So will she stay on the path set out for her, or will she give in to the “disease” of love?

I really enjoyed Delirium. Thankfully my husband was watching The Masters this past weekend so I got a lot of reading time in 🙂 I’m definitely going to follow up with the series.

Fiction · Gwen B · In the Library · Page-Turner · Quick Read! · Suspense · Thriller

Alex Cross, Run | by James Patterson

Alex Cross, RunAlex Cross, Run by James Patterson
(Little, Brown and Co., 2013, 407 pages)

Overview:

Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he’s made sure that no one will recognize him—by giving himself a new face.

A young woman is found hanging from a sixth-floor window, and Alex is called to the scene. The victim recently gave birth, but the baby is nowhere to be found. Before Alex can begin searching for the missing newborn and killer, he’s called to investigate a second crime. All of Washington, D.C. is in a panic, and when a third body is discovered, rumors of three serial killers send the city into an all-out frenzy.

Alex’s investigations are going nowhere, and he’s too focused on the cases to notice that someone has been watching him—and will stop at nothing until he’s dead. With white-hot speed, relentless drama, and hairpin turns, Alex Cross, Run is James Patterson’s ultimate thrill ride.

Yay! James is back 🙂 Now this is the James Patterson that I’m used to reading!!!!  This is one of the best in the Alex Cross series that I’ve read thus far! A quick read, intriguing, suspenseful, full of twists and turns. It kept me on the edge of my seat just anticipating what was going to happen next. Lives are lost, people Alex loves are in serious danger, and everyone is afraid that they’re going to be next on the sniper’s list. This is another great and addicting tale of murder and mayhem–Alex Cross style! I was hard pressed to put it down!

The past couple of books that I’ve read by James had been somewhat disappointing and not quite up to par.  But this one re-sparked the fire that I’m used to reading by him. He did not disappoint with this one. This is one of his best.  Maybe because he didn’t have a co-writer on this one?? I’m just saying. Whatever it was, keep it up Mr. Patterson. Job well done. Welcome back to the fold 🙂

 

Angie BK · Chick-lit · Fiction · Quick Read!

Highland Fling | by Katie Fforde

Highland FlingHighland Fling by Katie Fforde
(Arrow Books, 2003, 384 pages)

Katie Fforde is an author I found in my quest for British chick-lit novels, and I have found her novels highly entertaining and fun to read. Highland Fling opens with Jenny Porter, a “virtual assistant” arguing with her boyfriend, Henry, about why she has to go to Scotland to inspect a company for a boss she has never met. Jenny goes anyway and finds more than she bargains for by staying at Dalmain House, home of the company owners. While in Scotland, she meets a mysterious fellow named Ross Grant, and also finds that she is trying to save the company her boss may want to close, as well as becoming part-time cook at Dalmain House. In the meantime, Henry shows up and there is still that Ross Grant hanging around…. Readers will enjoy the banter of the characters and the situations Jenny gets herself into. Overall a quick, light-hearted, chick-lit read that was enjoyable.

Fiction · Romance · Sadie J

The Taming of a Wild Child | by Kimberly Lang

The Taming of a Wild ChildThe Taming of a Wild Child by Kimberly Lang
(Harlequin KISS, 2013, 224 pages)

Lorelei LeBlanc is a part of New Orleans’ socialites and is expected to only date certain people and do certain things. So she was horrified when she woke up in Donovan St. James bed after her sister’s wedding. Donovan is a reporter who took down two of the top families in New Orleans and people are still fuming over it. Lorelei knows she should stay away but something keeps bringing her back to him. Her secret relationship with Donovan is turning out to be something more but how long can they keep their secret?

I had to read a couple Harlequin books this week and I was instantly drawn to the KISS series. When I was walking around Barnes and Noble for more romance books, they had this big, pink display for the newest Harlequin series and all the books had bright covers. How could I not buy one? This was a really fast and a really easy read. It was easily predictable and sometimes incredibly cheesy but I was still drawn to the story. The characters were fun and I liked being in on their secret. This is the kind of book I would probably take on a plane or to the beach. You can be easily interrupted and then pick it right back up and have fun reading it.

Fiction · Romance · Sadie J

The Next Right Thing | by Colleen Collins

The Next Right ThingThe Next Right Thing by Colleen Collins
(Harlequin, 2013, 304 pages)

Cammie is a private investigator who moved out to Las Vegas after her boss, Marc, fired her. But Cammie ran away from Marc more because she is in love with him and Marc has never noticed. Now Marc needs Cammie’s help tracking down his ex-fiancée, Gwen, after she stole thousands of dollars from his law firm clients. As they try to track Gwen down, Cammie’s goal is to get over Marc for good so she can move on with her life. But the longer they’re together, the more Marc starts to notice things about Cammie he never saw before.

I thought this was a really fun read. Collins is an actual private investigator with her husband so it was really interesting to get Cammie’s perspective when she was on the job. I also really like Collins writing style. She made the dialogue witty and humorous but I especially loved the few times she slowed down time and then snapped it back to real speed. I don’t know how to describe it but the point is Collins does it really well. The only complaint I have is Marc had to pursue Cammie a few too many times to help him track down Gwen. I thought that really slowed down the beginning of the book but it was nice to see Marc chase down Cammie after so many years of Cammie feeling rejected.

Fiction · Julia P · Quick Read! · Relationships · Romance · Young Adult

Ask the Passengers | by A.S. King

Ask the PassengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King
(Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2012, 304 pages)

Astrid lives in a small town in Pennsylvania where everyone knows everything about everyone else; where gossip spreads quickly; where she feels like she can’t just be herself. Her relationship with her family, if you can call it a “relationship,” is severely disjointed. She is hardly acknowledged by her mom, who devotes most of her time to work and Astrid’s younger sister; her father has found his escape from his wife’s “intensity” through the help of smoking weed; her younger sister has blended in seamlessly with the small-town lifestyle and doesn’t really connect with her older sister.

The thing is, Astrid is surrounded by secrecy. Her best friend has gone to great lengths to keep the truth about her life secret from their peers. Astrid helps provide cover. But Astrid has secrets of her own. Secrets like having a girlfriend at work. Secrets like not knowing if she would consider herself gay, but feeling like society will force her into a box – like it will force her to decide on who she is even though she doesn’t feel like who she is can be categorized. The only real escape Astrid has is when she goes into her background and speaks to the passengers flying in planes over her head. She sends them love and asks them questions in a way that can’t be done in her real life.

This was an incredibly well-written book and I really enjoyed it. With questions of sexuality and how the ways other people view you can impact the way you view yourself, this book has some powerful messages but it doesn’t beat you over the head with them. They are seamlessly immersed into the story. I really enjoyed Ask the Passengers and would certainly recommend it to others.