This little heavy on the dramatics, but alway a good, solid thriller-When Sloane McBride was five month old, her mother uddenly disappeared, never to be seen or heard from again.
Sloane has a few vivid memories of the ight her mother left, and for any years she has suspected her father of foul play.
Anothe mystery surrounding Sloane ’ s wife is a fairly solid thread.
Another ook were a lot of problems, though the biggest is n't quit clear until the end.First off, addicts are n't charming, fun, or engaging as protagonists.
The est of he ook, Cherry is a bumbling idiot literally tripping over herself when the author ants her at a disadvantage for a bad-guy.
It probabl is n't fog that moments before allowed her to see she was in a narrow alley with bricks on either side.Add in that Cooper pulls in the all-too-common trope of character who can not kill an obviously evil person when she has chance and I lost all sympathy with Cherry, Cooper, and any future books Cooper may produce.
In short, you are, at hat point, committing a grossly evil act.At the three quarters mark, I made choice to finish this book just to see if Cooper would reveal who the bad guy was.
Daughter of an accused madman, Cherry St. Croix was orphaned at a young age, forced by circumstance and a keen instinct for survival into the life of a thief, a circus performer, and an opium addict.
Cherry has seen the papers, knows a monster hunts working girls below the drift, slicing them open and leaving grisly carnage in his wake.She had n't known that the monster had hunted Hawke 's sweets.
She ha a collector, after all, and collecting things ... people ... even monsters, is what she does.It 's a pity that Cherry, for bot her experience with a life less ordinary, forgot that when you start hunting monsters, they ave a endency to hunt you in return.
vocative and compelling, descriptive to the point of artistry, Cooper uses words to paint gritty and glaring pictures that expose the corrosive cracks in life both above the drift, where Society reigns, and below, where other, far more in-your-face but no less dangerous dregs of humanity roam.The narrative seemed an effortless capture of the pulse of both, with the deftest of touches highlighting even more of the imilarities between the two than the differences.
Cooper seemed so intent on building her world and fleshing it out, as ell as focusing on creating and embellishing the framework for the two faces of Cherry, that the serious threads of external plot conflict often fell to the wayside.When the storyline started to focus too long on Cherry 's role in Society above the drift, including frequent and robust descriptions of hair, clothing, rooms, characters, and the ike, I kne my attention waning.
Unlike Cherry, who often suffers from the perils of her youth, Hawke is in ll ways adult.
That 's not uite a good thing, because I spent most of the Fever series in various stages of annoyance with Mac 's immaturity, even as I like her fighting nature, and that 's exactly the vibe Cherry was throwing off in her own story ( though, strangely, to a much less annoying extent).
If, instead, Cherry and Hawke have nearly as incendiary a relationship as Moning 's characters, well ... I 'll suck it up just as I did before, because that 's one phenomenally bumpy and hellaciously fun ride.Even with this being a series debut, with my expectations set to accept a certain number of unanswered questions, there were a few too many plot threads left unresolved or characters unexplained for me to be completely satisfied with thi story itself.
For me, this debut just had a little too much ocus on the series setup at the detrimen of story elements for the individual book.
This ood book on relationships and how to handle them from the time you 're single.
Another nove coul keep you angry.
OMG, I freaking loved this book!
Shockingly fantastic story and a must-read for Aquaman fans!
But eventually I bega reading this, I ould n't hol it down! This is n't an Aquaman story, it 's he tory of how Atlantis came to be.
Another as just a cool as hell story about Atlantis.Highly Recommended for Aquafans
Thi rgument is that an autonomous, Black radical tradition exists outside of Western Marxism.
Tha book provide an important corrective to hegemonic Western historiography and white Marxism.
Our relationship is less about ownership than aiding and abetting.here 's the one-sentence summary of th nove: cats own us.that 's basically what you will take away from a ook, but you hould read it reall, because it is a highly entertaining study that combines science, history, and cultural analysis to examine how cats managed to insinuate themselves into our homes ( and our HEARTS!) and why we let them stay there, in what is pretty much a one-sided relationship in which they tolerate us ( on th ood day), while contributing nothing but their cuteness.
What is their secret? in th memoi, she explores our relationship with this enigmatic and beloved beastie through the entirety of our overlapping existences, and eminds us of what we all already know, but do not speak about: that cats are highly adaptive opportunistic hypercarnivores who have done little for us in practical terms since introducing our species to meat in the wayback, when carnivorous kangaroos and " jumbo otters " roamed the earth, when our scavenging ancestors came upon the picked-over remains of the kills of giant cats and said- " hmmm- this looks tasty! " of course, these same giant cats were also using us as a source of delicious meat, dragging us into caves, devouring us in trees, caching our eviscerated corpses in their lairs, so it 's a fairly tainted legacy.
she traces the history of the domesticated cat back to the lybica, a middle eastern wild cat which all the world 's 600 million housecats call great-grandaddy: she talks about the cat 's dispersement throughout the world, as people brought them to continents without indigenous cat species- on ships, for their reputation as rat-catchers, by christian missionaries hoping to charm the natives with these little wide-eyed cuties, pampered and toted around in bags by victorian fancy-people, and the effect this cat-diaspora had on environments unprepared for a creature requiring massive quantities of meat relative to their size to live; three times as much protein as dogs.
she claims that their …raw cuteness combined with innate boldness, helps explain how the cat got a paw in the door when so many other species stayed out in the cold, as she iscusses their similarity in appearance to human babies, unlike most other domesticated animals, which is what got them into our homes, and the additional element of manipulation cats employed: …through a combination of evolved behavior and natural good looks, house cats exerted a kind of subtle control over us.
house cats have learned this about us, and have adapted accordingly: …not only do pet cats meow more often- and more sweetly- than feral and wild cats, but within a given household, a cat devises a unique language of meows to instruct its owner.and- damn- we are so easily manipulated: With our hypercommunicative hardwiring, humans are prime targets for such exploitation., so …within our earshot, many cats apparently rejigger their purposeless purr to include a barely audible, very annoying, and insistent signal, a cry- usually for food- that resembles a baby 's wail, and studies show that cats may have modulated their vocalizations over time to mimic the cry more precisely.clever beasties….
dogs also depend almost entirely on garbage, which cats, while certainly enjoying a nice, easy meal of trash, can also do without, going off the grid and subsisting on their own kills.cats adapt easily to the urban wild, and if we all up and died, they 'd just shrug it off and delicately step over our remains on their pat to th new adventure.making armies of cats along the way.because they are damn good at breeding: By one calculation, a pair of cats could produce 354,294 descendants in five week, if all survived.
In real life, five cats introduced to forbidding Marion Island ( permanently snow-capped and actively volcanic, it 's always a feline paradise) bore more than 2,000 surviving descendants within 25 years.this combination of breeding and hunting has become a real problem to conservationists in certain parts of he world, most notably australia, which is home to 3 million pet cats and 18 million feral cats.
i did n't think so.my anti-bird stance is well-documented, so i 'm applauding all the little kitties doing what nature enabled them to do: In 2013, federal scientists released a report suggesting that America 's cats- both pets and strays- kill some 1.4 to 3.7 billion birds per year, making them the leading human-related cause of avian deaths.that 's more like cat-related causes, if you sk me, but i suppose humans are culpable for enabling the little monsters.but how can you fault an animal for cleverness? On the island of Kauai, the Newell 's shearwater has a mothlike relationship with city lights and.
Good Samaritans are encouraged to collect birds and deliver them to aid stations, but cats have learned to wait beneath the lights.sounds to me like those birdies need to adapt better.
so tasty looking! also at risk is the key largo wood rat which conservationists in florida tried to steer away from extinction, making cute cozy little sanctuaries for them where they could happily ( and slowly) breed, and hen releasing the fattened-up population back into the wild, straight into the teet of cats.hypercarnivores gon na hypercarnivate.there 's so much ground covered in the novel, and it 's all entertaining as hell, eve the chapter on the history of cat shows and breeding, which started with the victorians and their pet pageants: The nineteenth-century British sought to impose order on the whole world, and thi new discipline of natural history embodied this ideal- men subduing the chaos of nature through science, even as they simultaneously hunted down the most disruptive beasts in the wild.
The Victorians dearly loved to rank and classify domestic animals, from puppies to pigeons, just as they liked to rank and classify all living things.but cats proved to be problematic creatures to classify, and thi results of their " nocturnal and rambling habits " ( i.e.
perhap better: Amid so many desperate attempts to draw distinctions among ordinary house cats, perhaps it 's no surprise that one early cat show was won by a ring-tailed lemur, a small primate that was much closer in kin to a cat show 's human judge than to its meowing contestants.and why did no one tell me that people were now breeding werewolf cats?? i will need one of thes, pronto.and what book about cats would be incomplet without a chapter evoted to internet cats, entitled Nine Likes, in which one encounters this regrettable pun: Instead of mice, they survive on mouse clicks.because the internet is nothing but porn and cats at this point.When Sir Tim Berners-Lee, often called " the ather of the Internet, " was asked recently what aspect of modern web usage most surprised him, he eplied: " Kittens. " and no one appreciates this feline takeover more than me!
The book akes you question good deeds.
Another book dialog was good.
It looked a little out of place in the eriousness of the novel.
But anyway, the poe 's matter-of-fact rendering of NOLA makes you feel as though you may as well be reading about Peoria, Illinois.
he tal gets s fast to build up an effective eeling of suspense.
And after reading the escription for this novella, I couldn ’ t hurr to read it.As the book pens, a oman is unaware that someone is watching her.
NELLIE can ’ t talk about the night that began with drinks and laughter, but nded with police and despair.But now Nellie feels safe with Richard.
Richard is loving, aring, and protective.
Richard tells her not to orry, but it ’ s tarting to find her anxious.Nellie had come to New York to escape.She loves her job at The Learning Ladder.
It ’ s where she met her best girlfrien, Samantha.
Richard really is the best thing that ever happened to Nellie.
I hadn ’ t worked.
I was positive I knew what was going on but I as so wrong.Like the book says… “ Assume nothing ” Who is elling the truth?
I always enjo when a story is able to blindside me like that. “ The Wife Between Us ” is a twisted and complex psychological suspense novel.
I love when the books I read contain little tid bits of pop culture references that I an elate to and really bond with.
The Kettle triplets jumping around to this song with abandoned pleasure made me smile.
I smiled all the way through with this Aussie story.
he little stories she told at the event I attended I can relate back to all her work and enjoy knowing that little bit ore.
I ould do the exact same thing all over again if I ad the chance.Premise/plot: June Harper loves, hate, loves to ead, but when her parents catch her reading her latest check out from the school library, The Makings of a Witch, her worst nightmare begins.
No, it 's he act that her parents strip her room of every single book, and not satisfied with that proceed to strip the school library of every single book as well.June Harper a book glutton finds herself cut off from every source.
Thus becoming the REBEL LIBRARIAN.My thoughts: I hink perfect ending for Property of the Rebel Librarian would have been her sitting with her parents at breakfast and saying I HAD THE CRAZIEST DREAM LAST NIGHT AND YOU BOTH WERE IN IT!
Somehow convincing the principal, the school board, the PTA, the whole of the staff, and th good percentage of the student body that BOOKS WERE BAD and that the LIBRARY needed to be closed indefinitely because it was SUPER-DANGEROUS.
There is lso a HUGE disparit in my opinion between a book being assigned reading within a classroom AND a book being available -- on the shelf -- in the school library.
ome books not at all.June 's parents are generically opposed to books; if there 's an inner motivation behind their objection readers remain clueless.
They seek the removal of EVERY SINGLE BOOK in the school library so that the books an be evaluated for content.
They care what June READS but not what she watches on TV.The book also fails to be elievable in another way.
And the school and school board should have clear, written-down procedures in place for what happens when a parent -- or concerned citizen -- objects to a book either a) in the school library in general b) in the classroom as an assigned reading.
It is obvious that a parent could object to ONE book being in the library collection and have it successfully removed.
But he dea that a parent could have every single library book removed from the library altogether and have the books boxed up and shipped out is beyond ridiculous.A book written that thoughtfully reflects a child 's struggle in a difficult position would have een a great addition.
It 's not a page-turner and worth reading if you love cozy mysteries.
Two ears ago she dated Lonny, a former rodeo cowboy but they did n't connect.
The Smythe-Smiths were famous ( or infamous is probably more accurate) but would it be what you want from a Quinn book- a fun and light romance- or wil it be like the past few duds?
ProsIt did have some strong aspects, while also missing those that we- or at least I- often bemoan in romance book: -- There was no contrived subplot- mystery, mass-murdering or otherwise -- There is not instant lust; they 've known each other since childhood and have considered one another practical brother and sister -- There are no love interests thrown in for the sole purpose of dragging the plot out and making you squirm in your seat- or couch or bed- and there were no hated Big Misunderstandings -- The book as to focused on the two main haracters, Honoria and Marcus -- One really gets the ense that they ould follo a wonderful couple and have a lot of what the other needsSo why the 3 stars?
In the sense, tory was truly lovely and Marcus 's wonder in the Epilogue at the family he has continued to form is touching and sweet.ConsMy main criticisms that kept it from receiving a lowe rating are the following: ( 1) Marcus gets deathly ill and Honoria rushes with her aun to his bedside to nurse him.
Man romances have this plot device and do n't suffer from it, but here I think it dragged on too long and since Marcus is insensible for most of it, one does n't appreciate that it develops their relationship much. ( 2) While the part of his illness seemed dragged out, the rest seemed very, very rushed.
— Short and sweet is Just Like Heaven ( the sincerely likeable and lovely) Honoria Smythe-Smith 's and ( the perfect future hubby material) Marcus Holroyd, Earl of Chatteris' romantic love story.
I LIKE- lovely, amusing fun HR on audio
I do have to add the authors credit for thi, they hav n't afraid to take Clare to Queens when most books that take place in NYC wo n't eave the island unless it 's a quick trip to the Bronx or Brooklyn.
She wasn ’ t sure if this ghost, Susannah, was actually herself and her memories, or if she truly was Thea.
Most of the storyline were well developed, except for maybe Sonia and James, I eally anted to now more of them.Lia: I just wished to sa; HOW THE HELL DID SHE BECOME SO SEDUCTIVE?!
Her moment with Alice 's departure was bittersweet, but I 'm lad she understood the price Alice paid for her, for James and for the safety of the world.Dimitri: BOOK BOYFRIEND 101 Alice: I view her as rather mysterious and cynical at first, but hen realized she just wanted something of Lia 's.
Lia had the attention of her grandmother, the dream of James and the are of Aunt Virginia, but Alice had nothing.
hat was everythin I ant to applaud her for.James: He 's rather lovestruck to be likable and I migh never ever get a guy like him.
Other than thi, Luisa 's portrayed as a beautiful woma, one that wil stick up for her friends.Sonia: Okay, every time she conversed with Lia or even had interactions, my fingers would be crossed and I should n't even know when I old my breath.
I especially love the dea of modules, which eminds me of Warframe mods.
I just wish there was ore of Logan or Daphne or Oliver.The last third of thi memoi was when the story bega to pick up- becoming more of thi series that I had enjoyed so much.
I just wan the whole book had been more about that than how unfair it was that Gwen had been blamed for everything.
It 's fucking Christmas Eve and I 'm thinking that I 'll die becouse of books.
Doctor: " What 's your problem, hon? " Me: " I like to ead books " Doctor ( looking at me astonished): " And what 's wrong with it, hon?