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212 – Moonlight Mile

Finished Moonlight Mile by Dennis Lehane.  This was a review copy, sent to me by the publisher.

This is a Kenzie/Gennaro book and is also a sequel to Gone Baby Gone.  In that book, a four-year-old girl goes missing and Patrick and Angie have to find her.

In this book, the girl is now 16 and is missing again–a runaway this time.  Her mom (who, of course, is the same stellar parent she was in Gone Baby Gone) says her daughter is fine, but her aunt doesn’t believe it.  She gets Patrick to agree to look for her again.

I love Patrick and Angie and I was really happy when I read that there was going to be another book in the series (the first in several years).  This book completely exceeded all expectations.  It’s dark and brooding, which I love, but there’s a sense of hope, too.  I’m pretty sure this is going to be the last in the series, which makes me sad, but at least I got to see them again.  And at least they were left in a good place.

(And can I just say one last time how much I love these people?)

Recommended for people who like their mysteries to have moral conflicts and no easy answers. 

154 – The Fall

Finished The Fall by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan.  This was a review copy sent to me by the publisher

This is the second book in the Strain trilogy.

This starts right after the events in the Strain, and believe it or not, things are getting worse.  Vampires are all over the place, the people that are left are terrified and nobody has any idea of how to stop the spread, much less reverse it.

The few survivors who do know what’s going on encounter some really unexpected allies, but is it even remotely enough?

The Strain is incredibly scary (or at least it was to me) and this one is, too, but in a different way.  This is scary in terms of how screwed we’d be if any sort of major virus were to hit the country–like if we were to get a sort of modern day bubonic plague, for example.  (Or something like the one in The Stand.)  Things spiraled out of control so quickly that nobody was able to come up with any sort of a plan.

I can’t wait for the third book.

209 – Up From the Blue

Finished Up From the Blue by Susan Henderson.  I received this from the publisher at BEA.  The book will be released September 21.

There are two parts to this story–the first is about a woman who’s about to have her first child.  Her husband’s out of town and they’ve just moved into a new house (so recently that they haven’t unpacked).  It’s not a good time to be alone.  It’s near where she grew up, though, so she calls her dad for help–her dad, who she hasn’t talked to in years.

The second part (the bigger part) is about Tillie’s childhood.  Her dad works hard and her mom is probably bipolar (although not diagnosed).  Some days, her mom’s great–they have parties and there’s a lot of fun.  But some days–most days, really–she stays in bed.

This was an impulse grab at BEA, and I’m so glad I did.  I loved everything about this book, from Tillie’s devotion to her mom and her confusion at why her mom couldn’t always take care of her.  Tillie reminded me of Ramona, if Ramona grew up in a house where she largely had to raise herself and where she was loved but not necessarily cared for.  Tillie was just irrepressible and wouldn’t let anything keep her down.  (I LOVED child Tillie, but would have liked to see more about how child Tillie became grownup Tillie.)

120 – Firelight

Finished Firelight by Sophie Jordan. This was a review copy, sent to me by the publisher.

This is the first in a series.

Jacinda is a dragon (or, as her people call it, a draki).  Dragons are thought to be mythical (although there are some who know they exist, and who hunt and kill them) but there are still some left.  They live in prides and what most people don’t know is that dragons can manifest as humans.  Doing so for a long period of time can cause the draki part of themselves to wither and die; so can living in a desert climate.

After nearly getting killed by some hunters, Jacinda and her mom and sister flee the pride to live among humans.  Her family is excited for the change (her sister never became fully draki and her mom let that part of herself die after Jacinda’s father was killed) but Jacinda’s devastated.  She was a fire-breather, the first one in generations, so she was special to her clan.

And she hates living among humans.  Except there’s this boy…

I really liked Jacinda and this was a unique story.  I feel like I’ve read a lot about vampires and zombies and ghosts and werewolves, but this is the first book I’ve read in ages about dragons.  It makes for a very nice change.  I’m excited to read the next book in the series.

Sophie Jordan