December 10, 2011
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First, hello blog world! Just downloaded the WordPress app for the iPad. Will I write more reviews this way? I am certainly reading more on my Kindle app, especially with library lending of Kindle books.
One Kindle book I got from the library is Nora Robert’s Black Hills. (Sorry – no links because I haven’t figured out an easy way to do it from the app.) The book’s premise was not my cup of tea at all. I am not at all about the wilderness or country life, and this book is set in the middle of nowhere, South Dakota. But I actually enjoyed the book a lot, certainly more than I expected.
Cooper, a child sadly neglected by his divorcing parents, was sent to live with his grandparents in South Dakota for a summer. There, he finds unconditional love from his grandparents, learns all about fishing, riding and not chewing tobacco. And he finds his best friend in a girl, Lillian. Coop returns to Black Hills time and again throughout the years. Eventually, he and Lil move from friends to lovers, until Coop breaks it off to make his own way. Years later, Coop moves back and settles in South Dakota, and goes about getting Lil back. In the meantime, Lil has made a name and life for herself. But the animal sanctuary that she has built has attracted a serial killer targeting her. Can Coop protect Lil and win her back? (That’s a rhetorical question. Duh!)
I liked Coop and Lil. Nora Roberts paints a vivid picture of their blossoming childhood friendship, which grows and changes with time. I was rooting for Coop, who is “mad and sad” from having selfish parents who could care less about their child as they go about their lives. I liked the supporting characters, the grandparents, Lil’s parents, the friends, interns and townspeople. The mystery/serial killer plot was just enough to move the story along without losing the romance aspect of the book. It was a nice balance.
A ll in all, an enjoyable read! B+!
September 9, 2007
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I've been reading Nora Roberts since forever. But since she is such a prolific writer (seriously prolific), some of her books started to sound the same after a while. Then, I discovered her J.D. Robb books and discovered a new series to love.
The J.D. Robb books revolve around a NYC policewoman, Eve Dallas. In the 24 books of this particular series, J.D. Robb created a full and vivid world complete with memorable and well-sketched cast of supporting characters. Again, the problem with a prolific writer – the books started to sound the same. But, I think J.D. Robb did a great job in the particular installment.
The best thing about the Eve Dallas books is the development of relationships between Eve and the various support cast, including her relationship with her husband, Roarke. Throughout the books, you see Eve develop from someone who stood alone to someone who now stands surrounded by those who love her.
This installment is interesting because it involves conflict between Eve and Roarke. In this case, one of Roarke's old flames came into the picture. This one is different from his other old flames and she managed to create some friction. But of course, in the end, Eve and Roarke's relationship only manages to grow stronger.
The mystery in this case is also intruiging. There is some nice thematic interplay between guilt and innocence as the title suggests. The first victim is an "innocent" in that there seems to be absolutely no motive in his murder. He's a teacher, a newly wed, and an all-around nice guy. The book goes on from there. I have to pat myself on the back and say that I did figure out the murderer way before the big reveal, but it was still a good plotline.
The book felt fresh again. It may simply be because I haven't read J.D. Robb in a while. But I have to give J.D. Robb credit in that she did manage to turn out something not entirely in the same mold as before. I give this book a B+.
P.S. The preview for the next book sounds intriguing as well. I am looking forward to another Eve Dalla adventure.