Thursday, June 30, 2011

Caught by Harlan Coben

Released: March 2010

Harlan Coben is a prolific thriller novelist and author of the Myron Bolitar series -- Caught is one of Coben's latest stand-alone novels.

Dan Mercer is well-liked and popular, especially among teenagers whom he helps as a social worker. When Dan is called to the home of a teenage girl to help her through a crisis, he is surprised to find a news crew waiting for him instead and learns he has been set up. Within just a few minutes, Dan has gone from being a neighborhood saint to having a ruined reputation as a child molester. Enter Wendy Tynes into the picture, a dedicated reporter hell-bent on keeping children and teenagers safe by exposing sexual predators to the public via national television. Before too long, Wendy learns that Dan Mercer may be innocent and may have been set up, despite his link to a missing 17-year old girl from a nearby jurisdiction. Suddenly it's up to Wendy to begin a new investigation into clearing Dan's reputation and discovering the true evil entity behind these crimes.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Goldengrove by Francine Prose

Released: September 2008

Goldengrove is the thirteenth novel by Francine Prose.

Thirteen-year old Nico and her beautiful, talented, enigmatic and older teenage sister Margaret are incredibly close. Living with their free-spirited, Bohemian parents, they share inside jokes and hang out together constantly. One day, when Nico and Margaret are spending a lazy summer afternoon boating in a nearby lake, Margaret dies unexpectedly from a heart failure while swimming underwater. Suddenly, Nico and her parents' worlds are horribly shaken and each decides to find their own refuge in the face of mourning -- Nico's father turns to seeking a local gateway to Heaven, Nico's mother turns to drugs, and Nico herself surrenders herself to the aisles of her father's bookstore named Goldengrove and to Margaret's boyfriend Aaron. To help each other recover from Margaret's death, Nico and Aaron decide to immerse themselves in Margaret's world by watching her favorite movies, eating her favorite ice cream, and even wearing her old clothing. In a subtle coming-of-age way, Nico learns how to manage grief and her impending sexuality.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Blood Trust by Eric Van Lustbader

Released: May 2011

Blood Trust is the third book in the Jack McClure thriller series by Eric Van Lustbader.

Former first daughter Alli Carson is being framed for torturing and murdering her boyfriend after his body is found near the Fearington Institute, where Alli is studying to become an FBI agent. Since the President of the United States -- Alli's father -- and her mother have died recently as the result of a horrible car accident, Alli has nobody else to turn to but National Security Adviser Jack McClure, who has helped save Alli from dangerous situations in the past. As Alli and Jack investigate, they are led into the heart of an Albanian slave trade and learn that not all can be trusted, especially not even Alli's own uncle, Henry Carson. In a whirlwind of action and suspense, Alli and Jack fight side by side to make things right.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

First Daughter by Eric Van Lustbader

Released: September 2009

First Daughter is the first book in an ongoing political thriller series featuring Special Agent Jack McClure.

The teenage daughter of the next president-elect, Alli Carson, has gone missing right before her father is scheduled to take office. Her father, Edward Carson, seeks an old friend to aid in her missing-persons case -- Special Agent Jack McClure. Carson believes McClure is fit for the job because Alli was once best friends with McClure's late daughter Emma, who died in a car accident. As McClure investigates Alli's disappearance, the current president rallies against an atheistic group he thinks is related to terrorism, also blaming them for Alli's apparent abduction. McClure, who also suffers from dyslexia, welcomes the case as a distraction from mourning his daughter Emma and stops at nothing to find and rescue Alli.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

5 Most Interesting Biographies & Memoirs
Biographies and memoirs are probably my least favorite genres when it comes to books. Unless the books are about individuals with the most fascinating, mind-blowing stories to tell, I'm not going to take time out of my day to read someone else's gritty and life-changing experiences. After all, I'm too busy focusing on my own gritty and superb life. Aren't you?

Celebrity biographies are usually my least-favorite of all. In most cases, either the subjects brag about how fame fell into their laps, or lament about how fame ruined them (although ironically, they have books published about their woes, guaranteed to bring extra fame and fortune). I'm usually sorely disappointed with most biographies and memoirs I read.