Review: Apprentice in Death by JD Robb

Apprentice in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death (# 43)
Release Date: September 6, 2016
Publisher: Berkley
Pages: 382
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



Nature versus nurture…
The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice-skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD but never one like this.


Review: Devoted in Death by JD Robb

Devoted in Death by JD Robb
Series: In Death (# 41)
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Pages: 377
Source: book provided by the publisher for review



When Lieutenant Eve Dallas examines a body in a downtown Manhattan alleyway, the victim’s injuries are so extensive that she almost misses the clue. Carved into the skin is the shape of a heart—and initials inside reading E and D . . .

Ella-Loo and her boyfriend, Darryl, had been separated while Darryl was a guest of the state of Oklahoma, and now that his sentence has been served they don’t ever intend to part again.


Meet the Reviewers: Jessica

Here’s a little about Jessica, as written by Jen.

Jessica and I met in middle school while both of our fathers were stationed at a base in North Carolina.  We remained good friends through high school, but the last time we actually saw each other face to face was at graduation.  🙂  Jessica now lives in Georgia, while I cool my heels on the other side of the country.

Jump forward a number of years (more than either of us would like to admit to) to late 2007.  Jessica wanted to start a blog, and what better thing to write about than one of her hobbies — books!  Jessica knew that I was also an avid reader, so she asked me if I’d like to help out on the blog.  The thought was that since we read different genres (for the most part), we’d have more to discuss.  However, as time passed, Jessica got busy with school, work and life and decided to step back from actively posting.  When we made the transition from Book Talk with J&J to Romancing the Book, Jessica stepped in to be our techie.


Review: House Rules by Jodi Picoult

House Rules by Jodi Picoult

Review by Jessica

Amazon’s Description:

They tell me I’m lucky to have a son who’s so verbal, who is blisteringly intelligent, who can take apart the broken microwave and have it working again an hour later. They think there is no greater hell than having a son who is locked in his own world, unaware that there’s a wider one to explore. But try having a son who is locked in his own world, and still wants to make a connection.


The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Anyone besides me excited about Dan Brown’s upcoming release The Lost Symbol on September 15. For those of us who have read Brown’s other works such as The Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, and Digital Fortress, we’ve been awaiting this new book.

Personally, I love historical fiction books. I’m not limited to reading books in this category to Dan Brown, but with the “controversy” of The Da Vinci Code, everyone knows his name.


Jessica’s review: Scars on the Face of God by C.G. Bauer

As a lover of books, reading, and technology, you would think I would have been an e-book reader for long time. That has not been the case with me. I want to feel the pages in my hand. I want to be able to lie in bed and read until I fall asleep. Well, for the first time I have read a book completely in digital format.

C.G. Bauer was kind enough to send me a copy of his e-book for review.


Jessica’s Review: Like Glass by Matthew Cory

Like GlassA few weeks ago, Jen interviewed Matthew Cory about his book Like Glass, and I had the privilege to be the first (between Jen and I) to read the book.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. Well that’s seems kind of harsh because I wasn’t expecting the book to fail or anything. I guess I just didn’t know what to expect, but I really enjoyed the book.

This is Matthew Cory’s synopsis of the book:

That’s what Like Glass starts off with — Rob Jackson gets a phone call from his brother’s wife, Janet, letting him know that his brother is dead.


TWILIGHT: Team Edward or Team Jacob?

I realize I never reviewed the last 3 books of the Twilight series, but I devoured them and now can’t quite remember where each story ended. But with the Twilight movie opening today (Nov 21), I wanted to start a discussion about the books once again.

I have some mixed feelings about the books. On the whole, I loved the story and the way the books were written. What I didn’t really like, which is the whole point of the book, is Bella’s love for Edward.


Kidd’s Kids – Donations Needed!

Sometimes we need to realize everything we have been blessed with… our family, friends, and our health. Unfortunately, others aren’t as lucky. There are many chronically and terminally ill children out there who must undergo years of hospitalization, daily medications, and the absence of a “normal” childhood. Together we can help make a small difference in their life. We can help them forget about their problems for 5 days while these kids and their families get a trip to Disney World!


Jessica: Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1)Right now I’m not sure if Jen has had a chance to start reading Twilight, but now that I’m starting Eclipse, I want to write my thoughts on Twilight before I forget what the book is about.

** Spoiler Alert **

Bella reluctantly moves in with her Dad in Forks, WA. Forks is the opposite in almost every way from Phoenix, Bella’s home town. Forks is cool, rainy and almost always cloudy. But that’s a good thing… for Vampires.