Thursday, February 26, 2009

Review: Cycler by Lauren Mclaughlin


This charming story was recommended all throughout Blogland, so I picked it up during a sale, as I always do with such things. The novel revolves around every-teen Jill, whose perfectly average life is marred by the secret that every month for four days, she transforms into Jack, a boy version of herself who is locked away for the duration. Jill's half of the story is fairly standard Girl-Boy-Prom type of material, but the wrinkle of Jack gives this book its clever saving grace as Jack tries to have a life and develop an identity despite his four-day existence locked away in Jill's body, bedroom and family.

It's not the type of novel I usually go for, and it's certainly outrageous that even months down the line, it remains priced at above its print counterpart, but that is of course the story of my e-life, and I can't blame the book for it. I'm going to stop commenting on the price issue from here on out. Buy on sale, like the smart person that you are, and you'll be fine.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Review: Graverobbers Wanted by Jeff Strand


Graverobbers Wanted (No Experience Necessary)
by Jeff Strand is a fun little suspense story concerns Andrew Mayhem, a completely inept 'private eye' who gets involved in a cat and mouse game with a bad guy type after accepting a proposition in a bar to help a lady dig up her husband's body and retrieve a key from it. The body leads him to a shady snuff film operation (or is it?) full of suspicious characters and a killer who's having too good a time messing wit Our Hero. Strand keeps the snark on ful blast, and this is a deeply fun read. I'm in for the sequels! Recommended.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Review: Murder in a Nice Neighborood by Lora Roberts


Murder in a Nice Neighborhood by Lora Roberts is the first novel in an apparently complete six-book series, and after reading it, I am definitely interested in buying the others. Roberts has a unique detective character, an aspiring freelance writer who is homeless and lives in a bus. When a street person is murdered and left under said bus, Liz becomes involved in the investigation.

Roberts paints Liz's vagabond life with precision and care, and offers a satisfying resolution that opens things up for the sequel. I will definitely keep reading. And hey, it's multiformat (non-DRM'd) to boot. Recommended.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Review: Damage Control by J.A. Jance


This novel is part of Jance's Joanna Brady series. I've read the whole series and enjoyed it, so I was happy to see a new-ish one!And how was this series after such a long delay? Not bad. The mystery held my interest, and Joanna's personal life saw some progression, with some major changes in her world set up by the novel's end. I would have loved to see minor characters like her daughter Jenny or her friend Marianne take more prominent roles than they did. Marianne is a new mom too, and they could have gone somewhere with that. And there was scope for Jenny to be more involved than she was. Joanna is at her most human when the mom button gets pushed, and saddling her with a cranky newborn for most of the novel didn't do it for me. I'm glad I read it, but it certainly wasn't worth $17. If it weren't for these micropay sales, where I basically get the book for near free because I spend the credit on other things, I'd be getting books like this from the library.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Review: Tornado Bait by Amy Eastlake


Tornado Bait by Amy Eastlake is probably one of the most fun little mysteries I have read in awhile. I got it as part of my 'titles available in multiformat' binge at Fictionwise recently, and enjoyed it immensely when I read it this week. Tina Anderson is the manager at a trailer park, and gets pulled into a mystery when a tenant finds body parts floating in his toilet. A colourful cast of secondary characters including a sexy ex-husband, a frosty ex-mother-in-law and a hooker best friend aid our hapless heroine in her thoroughly clumsy sleuthing, and throughout, Eastlake maintains a light tough and frothy, chikk-lit tone. There is a sequel. I am definitely in!