"James Patterson is a prolific and accomplished writer. He has skillfully crafted a YA urban fantasy about kids infected by scientists with a virus that gives them extraordinary powers. The story is original and suspenseful. However, IMO it would appeal to preteens rather than older teens or above. The five star rating is given for interested young teens. Adults would find it interesting and a quick read."
"Is there a Morgan Llywelyn book that is not excellent? Love her books and this is no exception. If Irish culture is of interest to you, her novel of the odyssey of the Irish which blends facts, speculation, and fantasy is fascinating."
"I had trouble with "Hard Truth" (Anna Pigeon series) because of the child abuse, but that was nothing compared to the horrendous, disgusting, detailed descriptions of child trafficking and sexual abuse by pedophiles in "Burn." The last two books that I read by Barr were not up to her usual excellence, but I reread the first ten Pigeon novels and "Bittersweet" (by Barr) because I enjoyed them so much. "Burn" was given me as a gift and I was hoping that this book would be up to her earlier writing style. I was disappointed, again. I gave the book two stars because no one can dispute the author's ability to weave a tale or her unparalleled gift of stringing words together in beautiful prose. That being said, I have worked with adults who were abused and sexually molested as children. I do acknowledge that people need to be made aware of this very real sickness that lurks in the most unsuspected places in our societies...worldwide. However, I don't think a novel written with such lurid detail is the way to do it. One reviewer pointed out that parts of this book might even appeal to pedophiles due to the vivid descriptions. I read for entertainment because I have to deal with the ugliness of the "real" world everyday. I do not care to encounter that ugliness while reading for fun. Perhaps there is a good reason to write books like "Burn." If one person is so touched by the book that they are motivated to work toward a solution to the problem, then who am I to say that it should not be written.
I would not recommend the book; you need to judge for yourself if this book is for you."
"This book, especially the second part, had a good story with many twists. However, the book was a bit slow for my taste. For instance, I found myself skimming over descriptions of all the different worlds. I much preferred "Harry Potter." I liked the characters better and the book moved along nicely. I don't think it is a matter of the authors' skills, but a matter of personal taste."
"He walked away from the job three years ago. But Harry Bosch cannot resist the call to join the elite Open/Unsolved Unit. His mission: solve murders whose investigations were flawed, stalled, or abandoned to L.A.'s tides of crime. With some people openly rooting for his failure, Harry catches the case of a teenager dragged off to her death on Oat Mountain, and traces the DNA on the murder weapon to a small-time criminal. But something bigger and darker beckons, and Harry must battle to fit all the pieces together. Shaking cages and rattling ghosts, he will push the rules to the limit--and expose the kind of truth that shatters lives, ends careers, and keeps the dead whispering in the night."
"Extremely well written book. Character depth and development was excellent. Hart is an above average writer and I feel he will excel as an author. The only reason that I did not give a five star rating was because of the subject matter. The families are so dysfunctional and the overall feel of the book was dark. This is strictly personal taste; I prefer more upbeat stories with some humor throughout to dilute the tragedy. I would still recommend "Down River" because it was written with a skill that often escapes many of today's authors."
"I am a long time Preston & Child fan, but was disappointed in the last two books as were a lot of fans judging from reviews that I've read. So...when I began to read "Fever Dream" I kept saying, "Yes, yes! They are back on track!" I loved this book, enjoyed every minute. It is filled with thrills and chills. I liked the added dimension to Pendergast's character. He actually lost his cool and collected demeanor; he became more human. I was uncomfortable with D'Agosta's seemingly puppet-like devotion to Pendergast. But, hey, it's fiction. We do have to suspend our perceptions of reality often while reading fiction. Why else read fiction but to escape reality. I do wish that Constance's dilemma was covered more thoroughly, but we will have to wait for the next book. A fun and entertaining, read. I highly recommend it."
"Marion Zimmer Bradley is one of the best and "The Forest House" does not disappoint. Rich in well researched history, legend, and myth, the book takes us on a fascinating journey through the Roman and Celtic world of the 1st century CE. I read this book and it's companions, "Lady of Avalon," and "Mists of Avalon" years ago. Enjoyed them so much that they called to me to read them again. I am so glad I did! If you enjoy this genre, do yourself a favor and read this series. Although Bradley wrote the "Mists of Avalon" first, I would recommend reading the prequels in order, first: "Forest House" then "Lady of Avalon.""
"Wonderful book about the Arthurian legend from the female perspective. Marion Zimmer Bradley, as usual, does not disappoint. Although this book was written first, Forest House and Lady of Avalon were prequels that are fun to read as well. If Druids, priests and priestesses and the King Arthur legends interest you, try these books. Bradley is an excellent writer."
"Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop and the ultimate loner. No family, no possessions, no commitments, no fear. Nothing--except a strong sense of justice. Which is why Reacher agrees to help a female agent caught in a death trap. Why Reacher must outwit and outfight a criminal army. Because once Reacher finds trouble, he cannot quit. Not ever."
"Babara Hambly is an accomplished writer. Vivid, descriptive prose at times hampers the the forward movement of the plot. Unusual and interesting character development. Antreg Windrose is a compelling, kind, compassionate, non judgemental wizard who is sure to win your heart. The descriptive language used often to describe odoriferous and obnoxious creatures or features may be enjoyed by middle school boys, but I skipped those parts. So...with the above mentioned criticisms in mind,the book is unusual and extremely well written. I enjoyed it and was so curious about the future adventures of Antryg that I am reading the two sequels."