Tuesday, April 25, 2017

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Golden Prey

John Sandford was born John Camp on February 23, 1944, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He attended the public schools in Cedar Rapids, graduating from Washington High School in 1962. He then spent four years at the University of Iowa, graduating with a bachelor's degree in American Studies in 1966. In 1966, he married Susan Lee Jones of Cedar Rapids, a fellow student at the University of Iowa. He was in the U.S. Army from 1966-68, worked as a reporter for the Cape Girardeau Southeast Missourian from 1968-1970, and went back to the University of Iowa from 1970-1971, where he received a master's degree in journalism. He was a reporter for The Miami Herald from 1971-78, and then a reporter for the St. Paul Pioneer-Press from 1978-1990; in 1980, he was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize, and he won the Pulitzer in 1986 for a series of stories about a midwestern farm crisis. From 1990 to the present he has written thriller novels. He's also the author of two non-fiction books, one on plastic surgery and one on art. He is the principal financial backer of a major archeological project in the Jordan Valley of Israel, with a website at www.rehov.org In addition to archaeology, he is deeply interested in art (painting) and photography. He both hunts and fishes. He has two children, Roswell and Emily, and one grandson, Benjamin. His wife, Susan, died of metastasized breast cancer in May, 2007, and is greatly missed.


Golden Prey
LUCAS DAVENPORT/PREY #27

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Lucas Davenport’s first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.
The man was smart and he didn’t mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport.
Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.

And where they’ve led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the “Queen of home-improvement tools” compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he’s just another large target.

Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why “Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers” (The Huffington Post).

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Scholastic Siren - Sara:
What can you say about book 27 in a series? You hope it will be new, different, exciting. Well Golden Prey was all of these! Lucas is now a federal marshall with free reign to investigate whatever strikes his fancy. The problem is, nothing is speaking to him. He doesn't have his network of informants anymore, so he isn't hearing about anything big. In the midst of helping out an investigation he hears about a guy who was thought to be dead but just committed murder, and not for the first time. This book is full of action and some hard core violence. It's very much Lucas and still very new. I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for 28!


Golden Prey





Saturday, March 18, 2017

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Lifeblood

Gena Showalter is a New York Times and national bestselling author of more than thirty novels in a wide range of genres. Her fiction has appeared in Cosmopolitan and Seventeen magazines as well as on MTV, and has been nominated for the prestigious RITA, as well as the National Reader’s Choice Award. 
She has always believed in love... An avid romance reader, she decided to try her hand at a story of her own, and is now the author of a multitude of white-hot paranormal romances, sexy contemporary novels, and thrilling young adult titles.
Gena’s wildly sensual page-turners have a mix of humor, danger, and wickedly hot sex – a combination that is sure to enthrall! After all, she is universally known to be “made of awesome”, and we couldn’t agree more!


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Lifeblood
Everlife book #2

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*Edition read: Audible


The harder you fight, the more you bleed.

Lifeblood, an Everlife Novel

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"Lifeblood ramps up the action "Ten"fold--don't miss this exhilarating sequel to Firstlife!" --#1 New York Times bestselling author P. C. Cast

It’s time to do what I was born to do. It’s time to arise and shine.

Whatever I face—be it war, persecution, hunger, simple threats or my Second-death—I will not be deterred. Night will be replaced by day, and those who cry in the dark will rejoice in the morning.

The day is about to dawn. Time is short. Let the battle begin.

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"My Firstlife is over, but my Everlife is only now beginning."

With her last living breath, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood made her choice and picked her realm in the Everlife. Now, as the war between Troika and Myriad rages, she must face the consequences.

Because Ten possesses a rare supernatural ability to absorb and share light, the Powers That Be have the highest expectations for her future—and the enemy wants her neutralized. Fighting to save her Secondlife, she must learn about her realm from the ground up while launching her first mission: convincing a select group of humans to join her side before they die. No pressure, right?

But Ten's competition is Killian, the boy she can’t forget—the one who gave up everything for her happiness. He has only one shot at redemption: beating Ten at a game she’s never even played. As their throw-downs heat up, so do their undeniable feelings, and soon, Ten will have to make another choice. Loveor victory.


Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle:


Firstlife was amazing. Utterly unique and captivating, but I knew that Lifeblood would be incredible. And boy was it ever…

Lifeblood starts right where Firstlife left off so I wouldn’t recommend this book to readers who have not read book #1. But for those of us who have, it immediately grabs you. 

One of the things I found the most fascinating about these books are the tiny details. Everything, and I do mean everything means something. And it’s all so very well thought out. The world building is some of the best I’ve read, and the characters are very well developed and instantly loveable. 

Lifeblood showed a lot of character growth. For all of our main characters and some of our supporting cast, as well. And some of the things that happened were the perfect conflicts to drive that growth. 

One thing I will say about Lifebloodit’s sexy! My brain was thinking YA as I went into it despite knowing that even Firstlife had its moments of maturity, but while there’s no sex, it’s very, very sexy (and utterly wonderful). :)

It was also surprising in the most delicious of ways. I was shocked at times. I raged at others. I cheered a lot. I gasped, as well. It was an emotional roller coaster that I ate up hour by hour, and Emma and cast did an incredible job of bringing the characters and the story to life.

I highly recommend the Everlife series. Gena never lets me down.


Lifeblood

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

[Archive] LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Silence Fallen

Patricia Briggs was born in Butte, Montana to a children’s librarian who passed on to her kids a love of reading and books. Patricia grew up reading fairy tales and books about horses, and later developed an interest in folklore and history. When she decided to write a book of her own, a fantasy book seemed a natural choice. Patricia graduated from Montana State University with degrees in history and German and she worked for a while as a substitute teacher. Currently, she lives in Montana and writes full-time, much to the delight of her fans.

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Silence Fallen
Mercy Thompson Book #10

May 7, 2017 - Ace Books
ISBN: 978-0425281277



In the #1 New York Times bestselling Mercy Thompson novels, the coyote shapeshifter has found her voice in the werewolf pack. But when Mercy’s bond with the pack—and her mate—is broken, she’ll learn what it truly means to be alone...

Attacked and abducted in her home territory, Mercy finds herself in the clutches of the most powerful vampire in the world, taken as a weapon to use against alpha werewolf Adam and the ruler of the Tri-Cities vampires. In coyote form, Mercy escapes—only to find herself without money, without clothing, and alone in the heart of Europe... 

Unable to contact Adam and the rest of the pack, Mercy has allies to find and enemies to fight, and she needs to figure out which is which. Ancient powers stir, and Mercy must be her agile best to avoid causing a war between vampires and werewolves, and between werewolves and werewolves. And in the heart of the ancient city of Prague, old ghosts rise...

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Scholastic Siren - Sara:

>>In loving memory of Mike Briggs<<

I love Mercy! If you don't know her, don't start here, this is not a stand-alone book. Check out the rest of the series first.

Having chapters from different points of view, as well as Mercy being without her allies for much of this book, made this a very different entry in the series. It is reminiscent of the early books before Mercy and Adam were mated, but very new and fresh, as well. We get to know some series regulars much better, and get a few new characters. Larry the Goblin King is a favorite and sure to return. There were a few big twists, one of which really got me. I'm a mystery reader and I was had, big time! I enjoyed every minute of this read, no slow spots at all.

Silence Fallen