AnnAlysis: West

WestFrom Goodreads:
If you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine “Josie” Jackson answers ‘yes’ to the question on a survey while visiting an Old West tourist trap. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she’s given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history by finding and stopping the man responsible for a horrific massacre.

It seems easy enough, until she discovers that three other women have been sent back to the same time period. When Josie uncovers what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she’ll have to trust the very man she’s there to stop, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her – to prove he’s not the monster she claims he’ll become.

My Thoughts:
It’s funny how you read a book from a genre you aren’t used to, then all of the sudden there are dozens of other books in that genre in your lap. I love the doors that open through reading and blogging.

One thing I love about these time travel books is how they actually get back in time. One book I read it was through a hot air balloon. This time, it starts with an innocent street fair and filling out a survey. Their reason for going back is always intriguing too. Let’s be honest. Most of these time travel stories are very similar. You have a young girl, she travels back in time, there’s a mission for her, she finds a good man and has to decide if she’s going to stay in the past or go back to the present.

I really liked Josie’s character in this book. She’s a bit naive in the beginning, but who would really believe they would go back in time? Wouldn’t we all brush it off as a joke? But once she makes the trip, she takes it in stride. She takes the task and runs with it. She pretends she is someone she’s not. What would you do in that situation? Could you pull it off?

I also liked Taylor, the leading man in the book. These books always have strong male characters. This is something I’ve come to expect in a time travel book. You have to have a strong male character to persuade a woman to give up her entire life in the present to life permanently in the past.

I give West 4 out of 5 bookmarks. As I was getting ready to post this review, I was scrolling through Goodreads and saw that people are loving this book. If you are a fan of Dr. Who (he is mentioned a few times in the book) or any time travel, you may want to pick this one up. There’s also a sequel coming out later this year.

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Released: December 2014
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Other books by Lizzy Ford:
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Reading in 2015

Happy 2015! I’m hoping to kick the year off strong with my reading and keep it up through the year. 2014 I had several bumps in the road that halted my reading at times. It was probably the slowest reading year I have had since I started blogging. But that is in the past and I have a plan for 2015.

I am doing a reading challenge or two. I haven’t done one of these since I first started blogging and did an A-Z challenge. It really expanded my reading horizons. I have been much better the past couple of years at being more open about what books and genres I read.  The thing that concerns me about a reading challenge, however, is that I feel like I’ll be spending more time looking for books to fall into the categories that I need to complete, rather than just reading and getting through books. But on the the other hand, I guess one really good book that takes time to find is better than just boosting my numbers with a few mediocre books.

We will see how they go!

Here’s the first one…. and it is long! And intimidating!

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And then there’s a shorter version that I’ve found. It’s very similar, but may be much more attainable.

26 Books

I will be able to knock out two birds with one stone on most of these. I’ve already written both of them down in my planner so I can actively keep my list.  Wish me luck. Let me know if you are doing any challenges this year!

AnnAlysis: Confessions The Private School Murders

confessions private school murdersFrom Goodreads:
In the sequel to the #1 New York Times bestseller Confessions of a Murder Suspect, James Patterson keeps the confessions coming breathlessly as Tandy Angel delves deeper into her own tumultuous history-and proves that she can rise above the sordid Angel legacy.

Wealthy young women are being murdered on Manhattan’s exclusive Upper West Side, and the police aren’t looking for answers in the right places. Enter Tandy Angel. The first case she cracked was the mystery of her parents’ deaths. Now, while she’s working to exonerate her brother of his glamorous girlfriend’s homicide, she’s driven to get involved in the West Side murder spree. 

One of the recent victims was a student at Tandy’s own elite school. She has a hunch it may be the work of a serial killer, but the NYPD isn’t listening to her…and Tandy can’t ignore the disturbing fact that she perfectly fits the profile of the killer’s targets. Can she untangle the mysteries in time? Or will she be the next victim?

My Thoughts:
This is the second book in the Confessions series. It’s a new YA series by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. If you’re wanting to read this book and haven’t read the first book, Confessions of a Murder Suspect first. With this series so far, you need to read them in order. If you picked up the second one first, you may be ok, but you really need to read the first one first to get a feel for the series. This book picks up where the first one left off. There is a second plot in this book, away from the original one in the first book, but they both run throughout the book.

That being said, I really liked where this book went. I wasn’t sure how Patterson and Paetro would push the first book further, with most of the mystery being solved. I am really glad they added in a second plot twist to keep things moving. The pace of these books is rapid. They are quick, easy reads that you won’t want to put down.

The characters that I fell in love with in the first book are back for more action. And a few new ones are added to the mix. These are definitely characters that you will remember once you put this book down.

The third book in this series is out, however I do not have a copy yet. I do hope to get my hands on it soon. This is my new favorite series and one that I hope to stay on top of.

I give Confessions The Private School Murders 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: October 2013
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AnnAlysis: Confessions of a Murder Suspect

confessions of a murder suspectFrom Goodreads:
James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family… and the dark secrets they’re keeping from one another.

On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: She was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. She can’t trust anyone -— maybe not even herself.

Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud’s intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents’ affairs is a dangerous — and revealing — game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?

My Thoughts:
I can’t believe I had never heard of this series until recently. I just happened across it when I was perusing the book store one night. I already had an arm load of books for Christmas presents, and the first two of this series were in paperback, right at eye level, so I had to grab them. Right?

I love James Patterson books and am always a fan of YA. I like so many things about this book. I love the NYC setting.

The cast of characters is fantastic and eccentric. Tandy is right up my alley. She’s quirky and intelligent and OCD and loves solving crimes. Matty is the beloved athlete. Harry is Tandy’s twin and the calmest, laid back, and most emotional of the Angel children. And then there’s Hugo. Hugo is fantastic. He is a little on the wild side. He’s kind of like a bull in a China shop. Just love him. The family dynamic here is very interesting. They have all the money and prestige in the world, but a family bond really isn’t there. There are things called Big Chops that are used as punishment. Very interesting, indeed.

I love the mystery and trying to find out what happened to the elder Angels. As with most James Patterson books, this was a very quick read. It kept me turning the pages. And although I’m not usually a fan of leaving strings untied at the end of books, I didn’t mind it with this one. I knew there was more coming, and I had the book on my shelf just waiting for me to pick it up.

I am loving this series… currently halfway through the second book.

I give Confessions of a Murder Suspect 5 out of 5 bookmarks.

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Released: September 2012
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AnnAlysis: The Job

the jobFrom Goodreads:
The FBI had one demand when they secretly teamed up Special Agent Kate O’Hare with charming con man Nicolas Fox—bring down the world’s most-wanted and untouchable felons. This time it’s the brutal leader of a global drug-smuggling empire. The FBI doesn’t know what their target looks like, where he is, or how to find him, but Nick Fox has a few tricks up his sleeve to roust this particular Knipschildt chocolate–loving drug lord.

From the streets of Nashville to the back alleys of Lisbon, from the rooftops of Istanbul to the middle of the Thames, Nick and Kate chase their mark. When they find themselves pitted against a psychopathic bodyguard and a Portuguese enforcer who gets advice from a pickled head, they decide it’s time to enlist some special talent—talent like a machete-wielding Somali pirate, a self-absorbed actor, an Oscar-winning special effects artist, and Kate’s father Jake, a retired Special Forces operative. Together they could help make this Fox and O’Hare’s biggest win yet . . . if they survive.

My Thoughts:
This is the 3rd book in this series. I will read anything that Janet Evanovich writes and I’ve been lucky enough to find all three books in this series on NetGalley. This series has ups and downs for me. I absolutely LOVE the characters in this book. Nick and Kate make a great team. They are sugar and spice and bring out sides of each other most people don’t see. They have great chemistry and I’m just waiting for them to get together and get it over with. And the supporting cast is great. They are cooky and fun and quirky. They always bring a little flare to the story. They are kind of like the cast of Oceans Eleven.

I love the premise of the series, but don’t always love the story itself. The plot of the first book was amazing, the second one was just meh, this one, about the same for me. It’s on a boat, and in an exotic locale. I do like that Kate continues to play grow and push the legal limits to bring down the bad guys.

I give The Job 3 out of 5 bookmarks. Although I didn’t love this one, I’ll keep reading this series.

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Released: November 18, 2014
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Other Books in Series:
The Heist
The Chase