More Book reviews from my friends on Goodreads covering The Rise of Nine, Jackie Blue, James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing, The Dead of Winter, and The Red Pyramid.
| 12/27 Ryan Burt gave 4 stars to: The Rise of Nine (Lorien Legacies, #3) by Pittacus Lore
status: Read in December, 20121) Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
2) Genre: Young Adult
3) Synopsis: Aliens live on earth. Good and bad ones. Lead by John Smith (Alien #4) leads a small group against the evil ones. They are earth’s last hope. If only the government realized that.
4) Feelings: Let me start by saying I liked this book a lot but it had a few things that threw me off. First, the point of view changes quite a bit in this book but without any obvious way to know who it is. Give me a little clue somewhere that will help me know who he is talking. It also ends with an obvious point to the next book. Hate that. Lastly, the cover is made with a textured paper that threw me off with the feel of it.
5) Final recommendation: As I said, I liked the book a lot. Fun read with cool super powers. Not enough books using super heroish characters if you ask me. A must read if you liked the first two books.
Ryan James Burt Husband, Father, and Writer http://ryanjamesburt.wordpress.com/
| 12/27 C.K. Raggio gave 4 stars to: Jackie Blue by Tg Davis
status: Read in December, 2012
Jackie Blue by TG Davis is a mystery with a superb dose of humor mixed in. I smiled through this whole book. Davis did an outstanding job in creating characters who really shined.
Jackie is an investigator for insurance companies, it’s her job to be sure that the claims are true and fraud isn’t involved. Things heat up early on when she’s hired to investigate 1.9 million dollars in stolen diamonds. She goes from hiding in bushes and snapping pictures, to stumbling upon a woman’s dead body. Along with her best friend Rocky and hunky X-boyfriend Hugh, Jackie is thrown head first into something much more than just an insurance claim. But who is really behind everything? I highly recommend you download your copy to find out the great twist at the end.
I really enjoyed Jackie Blue and look forward to Davis bringing Jackie, Rocky, and Hugh back for another highly entertaining and fun book 2! I hope TG is typing away as we speak!
| 12/27 Ryan Burt gave 4 stars to: James Potter and the Hall of Elders’ Crossing (James Potter, #1) by G. Norman Lippertstatus: Read in July, 2009
This was entertaining. Although it was more because I am a Harry Potter fan then the writting itself. But hey with no new Harry Potters coming out this was better then quiting cold turkey.
| 12/27 Ryan Lawler gave 4 stars to: The Dead of Winter (Cora Oglesby #1) by Lee Collinsstatus: Read in December, 2012
The Dead of Winter by Lee Collins is a fantasy western about supernatural bounty hunters. Think the TV show Supernatural, set in 1880′s frontier America, where the hunters are husband and wife instead of brothers. This is, as you would probably expect, an action driven adventure about a seemingly straight forward hunt gone wrong.
It’s not a ground breaking book, not by any means. But it’s a lot of fun with a couple of gritty protagonists and some big bad enemies that pose a real threat. Collins does a lot of things right in this book, and the end result is a solid debut that works on a number of different levels.
| 12/27 JLuis Licea gave 2 stars to: The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan
status: Read in December, 2012
This isn’t really a review, just my thought of the book.
I didn’t enjoy it as much as I was hoping for. Some scenes were very, very slow. Others were too fast; I wanted to know more, feel more, but they just ended. It took me two months to finish this book. I would read one chapter a night. Some nights I didn’t want to read because the book tried too hard to build suspense toward Sadie and Carter find the Red Lord (Set). I liked Bast a lot, but I found a lot of the things she did useless. I feel like Set should be more evil, I really didn’t see his darker side, only shades of it. I had to know, the mom at the beginning, it was logical it was going to end with her. Wasn’t it? I just found it very long, and most scenes useless. Although, I did learn a few things from it! The author did his job as a writer to research the material. I’m on book two on Percy Jackson, and that series compare to this one…I’ll stick with Percy.
PS: I gave it to my 10-year-old brother. He looked at the size and frowned. I wonder if kids his age actually read this kind of books…