Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Another helping of Pendergast

The Cabinet of Curiosities by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child


In downtown Manhattan, a gruesome discovery has just been made-an underground charnel house containing the bones of dozens of murder victims. Research reveals that a serial killer was at work in New York's notorious Five Points neighborhood in the 1880s, bent on prolonging his lifespan by any means. When a newspaper story on the old murders appears to ignite a new series of horrifyingly similar killings, panic overtakes New York City. Now, FBI agent Pendergast, journalist Bill Smithback, and archaeologist Nora Kelly join forces to protect themselves from a vicious killer...before they become the next victims.

Rate & take


I don't think I will ever get enough of the enigmatic, agent Pendergast. Alas this may be my last foray into the series, however. I did something I should never do, I started reading reviews of future books and didn't like the picture that was forming. Seems in some books he's not present much at all and then in much later books the author's enact a really strange plot twist that I know I would not enjoy. So I end here, at book three in the series and consider it an amicable parting.

Now, about this particular was a very good introduction to something I knew nothing about, Cabinets of Curiosities. Such an interesting concept with the potential for some very macabre collections, which I'm sure was the point in some cases to keep the patrons coming back for more. In the case of this book there were plenty of disturbing finds from long ago. While this book was quite the page turner, and the plot nicely rounded, I could not help to feel that some of the fullness of the first two books were absent in this one. I can't put my finger on it any better than that. This lack was also part of my decision to end here, on a high note, so I don't tarnish the memories of my time with agent Pendergast.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Beasties Revisited

Reliquary by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child


Hidden deep beneath Manhattan lies a warren of tunnels, sewers, and galleries, mostly forgotten by those who walk the streets above. There lies the ultimate secret of the Museum Beast. When two grotesquely deformed skeletons are found deep in the mud off the Manhattan shoreline, museum curator Margo Green is called in to aid the investigation. Margo must once again team up with police lieutenant D'Agosta and FBI agent Pendergast, as well as the brilliant Dr. Frock, to try and solve the puzzle. The trail soon leads deep underground, where they will face the awakening of a slumbering nightmare.

Rate & take

  1. a container for holy relics.

I figured I would share the definition since I had to look it up for myself. I love when a book can not only entertain, but also impart some knowledge along the way. Lucky for me the author's of this, the Pendergast series, are chock full of all kinds of knowledge.

Something I find really interesting about this series is that its namesake, Agent Pendergast of the FBI, began as a small character in book one (Relic) then became a larger character in this book. Now in book three (which I am reading as I write this) he is the main character, however we still don't know his first name, or more than a small handful of personal information on him. A deliberate tool by the author's, doling out the details in small bits no doubt. All I have to say about that is, I love it! It's brilliant!! I am at their beck and call wanting to know more. More! Just the kind of loyalty every author could wish for.

For the last however many chapters, this story had me reeling back and forth. I would be knee deep in the action with one set of characters only to turn the page and find I was with a totally different set. Stranding the the first group for however long it took the author's to return me to them. UGH! Sweet torture!! And I loved every minute of it. These guys sure weave a deft tale that promises to keep me coming back for some time to come. Oh and the shocker at the end, had a chill racing up my spine. To say "I didn't see that coming" is a grand understatement. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Steamy jungle

Waking the Beast by Lacey Thorn


The legend of the Paka Watu...

Ever since she was a young girl, Abby Lane can’t resist the allure of a catshifter tribe forced to repress their beasts. On a trip to Africa, she discovers a coveted piece of information—the name the pride leader assumed when he left his home—and she traces his lineage to his descendent.

The sleeping lion...

Utah Pearce can’t keep his gaze off the woman who slips into the bar every night. Though not his usual type, she brings out the possessive instinct in him, making him battle with himself as he tries to stay away.


Abby’s research never prepared her for the reality in front of her. The beast is waking, and Utah is changing in ways both exciting and terrifying. He is possessive and dominant, and when he finally claims her, neither of them will ever be the same.

Rate & take


This book came across on one of discount ebook emails that I get daily, and I'll admit the cover and title may have had a teeny bit of sway over my purchase decision. 
The book moved along at a nice pace, no real surprises in the plot, but the writing worked well enough that it wasn't an issue. My only negative to say is that plot changes happened rather easily without much build up or depth. Maybe that will come later in the series, or maybe this was just meant to be enjoyed for what it is, an interesting take on new shifters with a larger emphasis on the steamy side of the plot. Either way, If you are looking for a quick, steamy fix, this book will fit the bill. It also has the benefit of being book one in the Awakening Pride series that is now five books deep and going. It seems that each book will be about a different member of the growing shifter pride. In this book we also briefly meet an alpha pack of wolves that live together in an interesting and unconventional way. The author has promised to work on a book or series for them as well. I do plan to continue on with this series in between other books. I'm interested to see the evolution of the larger story. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy

Night Broken by Patricia Briggs


An unexpected phone call heralds a new challenge for Mercy. Her mate Adam’s ex-wife is in trouble, on the run from her new boyfriend. Adam isn’t the kind of man to turn away a person in need—and Mercy knows it. But with Christy holed up in Adam’s house, Mercy can’t shake the feeling that something about the situation isn’t right.

Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when she learns that Christy has the farthest thing from good intentions. She wants Adam back and she’s willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen, including turning Adam’s pack against Mercy.

Mercy isn’t about to step down without a fight, but there’s a more dangerous threat circling. Christy’s ex is more than a bad man—in fact, he may not be human at all. As the bodies start piling up, Mercy must put her personal troubles aside to face a creature with the power to tear her whole world apart.

Rate & Take


I have been a fan of this series from book one and get excited each and every time Patricia manages to publish another. I enjoy each one as much as the last, if not more. 
It is weird for me to share this, but the way the books are written (from the cadence or the overall tone) they make me feel like my head is resting in some one's lap and with one hand they are reading the book to me and with the other they are petting my hair. (Like I said weird but this is the way I can put into words how I feel).
 The books are so good and make me feel so cozy I just never want to leave them, and I don't, they leave me much before I am done with them.