Monday, May 11, 2015

Eye of Minds by James Dashnner

After reading the popular Maze Runner series by Dashner, I knew I had to read his new series, The Mortality Doctrine. The Eye of Minds is the first book in a trilogy that is set in a futuristic world that revolves around technology and virtual reality.

Our main character, Michael, is a high-level gamer who spends most of his time outside of school in the VirtNet, which is a virtual world where you can be anyone and have anything you want if you have superior coding skills. A world that revolves around gaming and living in a virtual reality seems like a plausible future that would make many people happy.

With the special skills that he has, Michael is recruited by the government to find a hacker who has been deactivating players and causing them to die or be brain dead in real life. This hacker, Kaine, is extremely dangerous, talented, and has seemingly unlimited resources. Can Michael and his VirtNet friends find and stop a ruthless maniac before he destroys the VirtNet forever and leaves behind a series of innocent victims? Michael goes through many dangerous adventures to try and stop the hacker which creates a fast-paced adventure that is hard to put down.

Saturday, May 09, 2015

Stones for Bread

Liesl McNamara's simple life is no longer simple. An owner of a small bake house (she loves to make bread), her days are always filled with just that. But soon she is thrust into the spotlight as she becomes a feature on a television show.  This leads to a discovery of family secrets from the past. With everything changing around her, Liesl must choose...whether or not to take a leap  of faith into something new!  This book is filled with nourishment for your soul and is sure to touch your heart.
This book is the May 2015 pick for Faith-Inspired Book Club at the Delphi Public Library.

Friday, May 08, 2015

The Liar

     I love a good suspense & Nora Roberts' "The Liar" is a very good suspense.  Keeps you guessing till the very end.

    Shelby returns home to a small town in Tennessee after her husband is missing at sea.  She is left in debt neck deep.  She finds out he was a liar and a cheat, during their whole marriage and not at all the man she thought he was.

    Shelby has great strength from the start, how she pulls herself up and does what needs to be done to make a better life for her daughter.

     She becomes her own detective when attempted murders and "murders" begin to happen in her home town.  She will come face to face with a real shocker but she stands on her own.

Monday, May 04, 2015

Midnight Crossroad by Charlaine Harris

When psychic Manfred Bernardo moved to Midnight, Texas, he was expecting to be the eccentric in the sleepy, little town. Little did he know what Midnight had in store for him. Across the street, Fiji Cavanaugh owns a New Age shop and claims to be a witch. The minister has a wedding chapel and a pet cemetery, and the family that owns the convenience store are surely hiding something. Manfred’s landlord, Bobo, owns the local pawn shop (open 24/7) and looks to have secrets of his own. When the town holds a picnic near the river, they discover the body of Bobo’s missing girlfriend, Aubrey. As the investigation into her death begins, life in Midnight gets even weirder: dangerous looking strangers wander the streets, a private detective comes snooping around, and that’s just the beginning.

Charlaine Harris made her name with the Sookie Stackhouse novels, which became the TV show, True Blood. Midnight Crossroad is the first in a new series that looks to have all of the depth of her earlier books along with quite a bit of lighthearted humor. While the characters may seem outrageous, Harris writes them with such uniquely human qualities that it’s easy to see yourself or someone you know in each of them. This is a great book for readers who like a good dose of fun and fantasy along with their mysteries.

The second book in the series, Day Shift, comes out May 5.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Buried Giant, by Kazuo Ishiguro

In Kazuo Ishiguro’s long-awaited seventh novel, The Buried Giant he once again defies reader expectations by venturing into new territory.  The Buried Giant, labeled by some as “fantasy” fiction, is nothing like Ishiguro’s previous works.  Fans of Remains of the Day will be pleasantly surprised to find his newest novel to be nothing like that modern classic, yet equally compelling.  The novel opens on what appears to be, at first glance, a typical medieval village, where two of its oldest inhabitants have grown increasingly anxious to set out on a journey to visit their son.  It soon becomes clear, however, that something insidious is afoot, as the villagers seem to easily forget matters that aren’t immediately at hand: missing children, quarrels, former neighbors.  In fact, the old couple can hardly remember what it was that drew their son away from his ancestral village.  Was it a quarrel, something they said?  Despite this fog that seems to cloud their memories, making their past together (both good and ill) seem hazy, they are determined to seek out their son.  This journey begins to take on the flavor of a quest as they meet not one, but two brave knights, encounter a mysterious boatman, malicious pixies, ogres, and at first avoid, then later seek out a dragon’s lair.  This is a beautifully written novel that shouldn’t be genre-bound.  Fantasy enthusiasts and literary connoisseurs alike will be equally drawn in by this page turner.  In fact, I think I will blame a recent sunburn on its potential to make one’s own surroundings fall quickly and solidly away.