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March 11, 2010

‘The Last Track’ by Sam Hilliard

Filed under: Fiction,Mystery,New Authors,Sam Hilliard — melissasheard @ 7:47 am

First off, let me just remark, that I love to read, not to write.  I have to force myself to write reviews on books after I read them.  My latest conquest is the first in what I am hoping will be a long and rewarding series for Sam Hilliard.  The main character Mike Brody is well developed and easy to love.  Mike is an ex-military tracker/tour guide who has a knack for finding people.  This ability is slightly supernatural, but mostly instinct and training.  His ex-wife Jessica makes a sassy cohort and energentic sidekick. 

The story takes place on a dude ranch that Mike and ex-wife Jessica just happen to be vacationing at.  There is a murder and a missing, asthmatic teenage witness.  Mike and a local cop are forced to track the teenager through a forest filled with peril.  Jessica stays at the ranch and uses her reporter ties to gather information for Mike.  This is a classic, “I have no idea who done it, everyone seems like a suspect” book.  I honestly had no idea which one did it until the final pages.

For a first book, I thought this was great.  I think that Hilliard has the ability to make a great author.  I am looking forward to reading more.  My only complaint would be to spend a little more time on the story development and less on trying to give you additional options for the potential killer.

3 1/2 out of five stars.  Great start.  I normally hate authors’ first books.

You will like this book if: You like to keep guessing who did it thoughout the book.  This had a John Sandford-like style.

Sam Hilliard’s Twitter page.


February 24, 2010

‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger

Filed under: Audrey Neffenegger,Chick Fic(tion) — melissasheard @ 8:51 pm

This turned out to be a pretty good book.  A little hard to comprehend in the beginning how the whole time traveling thing works and what the rules are with it.  The fact that he arrives everywhere naked and no one seems to mind was a tad disturbing.  Great story, but you may shed some tears.  Suprisingly, the movie didn’t butcher the book terribly bad, accounting for the fact they obviously can’t show every part of the book. 

Four out of five stars.

Link to Audrey Niffenegger site.

January 20, 2010

“My Sister’s Keeper” by Jodi Picoult

Filed under: Chick Fic(tion),Jodi Picoult — melissasheard @ 8:04 pm

Great book.  A real thinker.  I didn’t watch the movie because I heard that if you read the book, that you will find the movie to be terrible.  The story centers around a family in crisis.  One daughter has had cancer since the age of 2, and the other daughter was genetically conceived to be able to donate stem cells to her sister.  There is a courtroom battle, dysfunctional family meals, and life-and-death situations.  Everything to make a great book, but beware, it can be a tear-jerker at times.

YOU’LL LIKE THIS IF:  You need a good cry.

Four and a half out stars of five.

Link to Jodi Picoult site.

What Melissa likes

Filed under: Welcome — melissasheard @ 7:48 pm

Hi, I’m Melissa, Jack’s wife, and I love to read.  I actually started Jack reading after we were married.  I joke with him that he had never read a book until we were married!!  I tend to enjoy mysteries, but have read some other genres of books that have really surprised me in how much I enjoyed them.  My biggest surprise was Harry Potter.  After watching the first movie, I decided to give them a shot, and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I truly enjoyed them.  They are now one of my favorite series.

I enjoy many of the same authors as Jack (I introduced him to most of them), but also enjoy Sue Grafton, Janet Evanovich, Iris Johansen, even the occasional Nicholas Sparks book.  I’m sure I have other authors that I am forgetting about at the moment, but will remember later.

My favorite series are the Myron Bolitar series (Harlan Coben), the Stephanie Plum series(Janet Evanovich), the ABC mysteries (Sue Grafton).  I enjoy the long series, as I hate to get into a great series, and discover that I’m on book 2.  The Sue Grafton books are 1 book for every letter of the alphabet and she’s already on letter “U”, so it’s a great series to start if you enjoy the long series with one character throughout. 

Recently finished books: Ford County by John Grisham, Blood Game by Iris Johansen, Sundays at Tiffanys by James Patterson, and My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Piccoult

On deck: The Time Travelers Wife (never saw the movie, but heard it was good) and I’m thinking of re-reading the Dan Brown books.

I enjoy a variety of books, but mostly mystery and thriller books.  I also like to re-read series that I have enjoyed.  I hate hearing about new books by my favorite authors, so I usually rush out and buy the hardbacks in the first week.  I am fairly willing to try new authors and books, so I am looking forward to finding some new authors to add to my collection.

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