Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Girls He Adored by Jonathan Nasaw

I got The Girls He Adored from my favorite place... the thrift store! It seemed like it was going to be a very engrossing thriller... and it was. However, I can only give it a B.

Back of the book:
Call him Max. But don't shake his hand. Don't get too close at all. Because Max isn't Max. He's a lot of people, a twisted collection of personalities struggling to find a way out. One of those personalitites is vicious. Insatiable. A man with a talent for the blade and a hunger for women with strawberry hair.

Max's latest quarry, Dr. Irene Cogan, is about to learn two things firsthand; what makes Max tick, and what happened to The Girls He Adored.

The book reminded me slightly of The Silence of the Lambs. The psychtitrist who is interviewing the psychopath. And Max is clearly a psycho. He is disgusting and the things he does are quite terrifying. Normally books don't bother me, but there were parts that had me disgusted and I had to take a break from it. There was also a ton of medical terms that weren't clearly explained which frustrated me a bit. Overall, though, the book was pretty engrossing and the suspense was strong. As the book continued, it got much stronger and I was happy I kept reading it.

College football has started, so things are a bit shook up here. We are U of Michigan fans and had quite a few shake ups with the coaching and players so hope is dim here. Oh well, college football is fun to watch and gives me good reading time. I am starting Bad Desire, an old book that I got from the thrift store. I hope it is good! Have a great and safe long weekend and Happy Reading!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Party Crashers by Stephanie Bond

I am not sure how long this book has been sitting on my shelves, but I would guess a good couple of years. I decided to grab it because I know I got quite a few laughs out of the previous books I had read by Ms. Bond, but I guess this one wasn't as good. I can only give it a B.

From Amazon:
Jolie Goodman never yearned for a life in Atlanta's fast lane. All she wants is a career in real estate, and she's willing to sell shoes in Neiman Marcus over the holidays to make ends meet. But recently, her boyfriend vanished -- with her car -- and her search for answers leads her to some very exclusive circles. Jolie hooks up with a pair of retail fashionistas who have made crashing society bashes an art form, and soon findsherself rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous ... and rubbing other body parts with one of Atlanta's most eligible bachelors!
But Jolie can't shake the feeling that she's being pursued ... right into a dangerous clique where friends and enemies look the same, and flirtation is the preferred party favor. Jolie and her gal pals become the toast of the town ... until a body turns up at a sexy soiree the women have crashed. The fun and games come to a dead end when the "crashers" are fingered for the murder. The women have to pull all the tricks out of their designer bags to try to trap a stalker before Jolie, once the life of the party, becomes the death of the party.

This was a good book, just really nothing spectacular. Maybe I was ready for the sweet little romance that I know was going to be in the book, and that is what may have dragged me down a bit. I like a good, gentle romance every now and then but just wasn't in the mood right now. I did have a smile in some places and did like all of the characters. This book just wasn't as funny as the others were, so I felt a little let down. Still, I am glad I read this book.

Up next is The Girls He Adorded by Jonathan Nasaw. This is another book that has been downstairs forever, and promises to be a dark, dark thriller. A feel like I haven't read a thriller in awhile, so I hope it is a good one. Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

L.A. Connections by Jackie Collins

Another Jackie Collins book and I know, I know that I am being repetetive. What can I say... I am trying to stretch out the summer as much as possible. Back to school on Tuesday, though I am sure I will not be called to sub then, but still the days are getting shorter and I am not ready! Anyways, another great read and lots of fun. I give L.A. Connections a B+.

Back of the book:
A killer is playing a deadly game inside the enxlusive mansions of L.A. Drawn into this dangerous world are a high-class call girl looking for a way out... a ruthless agent playing for high stakes... and a beautiful journalist chasing the story of her career. They are about to discover the rules of survival in this city of dreamers and deceivers.

This book was actually a miniseries of four books that was combined into one book. I am very glad that I read the whole book once and didn't want to have find all four of the books. However, because of the books being combined there was some repeating of the information that I just finished reading. I wish an editor could have gone through and deleted some of that, but it was just a little nitpicking. It was another fun read and as I have mentioned several times before I love reading about Hollywood and the way some people behave out there.

Up next is a book off of the tbr stack. I am not sure what one it is going to be but I am going to take a peek and decide. Happy Reading everyone!!!

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Lady Boss by Jackie Collins

Yes, I am still on my Jackie Collins' kick. I love her bookos and all of the juicy characters and Lady Boss was not an exception. I give it a A-.

From Amazon:
The dangerously beautiful Lucky -- star of two of Jackie Collins'previous smash, international number one bestsellers, Chancesand Lucky -- returns in Lady Boss. And thistime the shockingly sensual, ruthlessly clever Lucky is out to conquerHollywood!
In Chances Lucky grew up in a top crime family. InLucky, she was married three times. And now, in LadyBoss, she takes on Hollywood and wins!
Panther Studios is the prize and Lucky wants it... In her quest for power shemeets adversaries and enemies, friends and betrayers. And her relationship withher husband, charismatic comedian and movie star, Lennie Goldenis put to the test.
Lucky's first challenge is to buy the only movie studio still not controlled bya powerful conglomerate -- Panther Studios, owned by the retired, irascible, oldAbe Panther. But Abe won't sell his beloved studio to Luckyuntil she proves she has the guts to make it in Hollywood. It's his idea thatshe disguise herself as a secretary and go in undercover to find out what'sreally going on. It's a challenge that also satisfies Lucky's passionfor adventure -- and her desire to take chances...
In the process, Lucky uncovers a world of financial scheming, big-timebetrayal, and bizarre sex.
Panther Studios and Lucky Santangelo... a dangerous mix...
When Lucky makes her final move, assuming the role of Lady Boss at Panther Studios, she stuns the entire industry and sets offa series of shock waves, not only threatening her marriage to Lennie, butbringing down on her head the hatred of crime boss CarlosBonnatti -- a hatred that goes back generations, putting in peril herlife, and the lives of everyone close to her!

There are so many characters and so many problems and they just continue to add to the usual steamy sex and inside look to Hollywood and how people and celebrities really act. I really like the main character Lucky as she is such a strong-willed woman who works her butt off to get all that she wants. She can be a bitch at times, but she is very likeable. I love connecting with these characters that I have an emotional connection with from the previous books. This book was over 600 pages long, but it is never daunting or seeming to be way too long. I really enjoy her books and loved this one as well.

Up next is another Jackie Collins book I got from the library. After that I will probably take a little break from her and read something different. This weekend I hit up a couple of thrift stores and bought over 20 books and only spent $5.00. Then is having a wonderful sale where all of the books were buy one get one free. Since I love their Mira line, I ended up buying some. As signing up as a new member (I used my hubbys name), I got $4.00 off and free shipping. Then with their usual discounts and the buy one get one free, I got 10 brand new books for $23.00, including shipping. I needed all of these like I need I a hole in my head, but oh well. This will hold me over until Christmas time and I am sure to get more gift cards. I haven't even stepped foot in a Borders in quite awhile. And the thrift store is like a hobby, searching and looking for books I may not be able to get otherwise. Plus my money goes to a good cause, and then when I am done reading them, I mostly donate them back to Purple Heart or the Salvation Army or my library. I hope everyone had a great weekend, I had a little bit too much fun last night at a BBQ with some of the people on our bowling league and am paying for it now. This is why I never drink... a sniff of wine and I am hungover. So not worth it, but once in awhile it isn't too bad. Happy Reading!!!!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Prime Time by Joan Collins

I went to the library to get a book by Jackie Collins and found books written by Joan Collins, the actress of an old show I loved. The premise sounded promising, so I decided to pick it up. However, it was a disappointment and I can only give it a C.

From Amazon:
Her milieu is Hollywood in the 1980s, where five actresses are testing for the "greatest goddamn woman's role since Scarlett O'Hara." The coveted part is that of Miranda, the glamorous, voluptuous, bitchy ex-wife of a business tycoon in a TV series resembling Dynasty. Top contender is beautiful Chloe Carriere, a British songstress married (and faithful) to an aging rock star with a penchant for young girls. She harbors a carefully guarded secretan illegitimate love child whom she dotes on, but who knows her as Aunt Chloe. Generating only tepid suspense with this soap-opera staple, Collins is equally inept with a second element of attempted intrigue: a disturbed young man so obsessed by another actress vying for the prized part that he plots to kill the "sluts" who are competing for the role.

This book didn't have a whole lot to offer. There was a ton of name dropping from stars in the past and a lot of technical aspects of the movie business in it. I thought from the description of the book there would be a bit more suspense, but it really kind of fell flat. There were a ton of characters to try and keep straight, and it was not the easiest thing. There was no clear timeline and it was difficult to understand the passage of time and it let me kind of confused. The characters were not really developed so I didn't find an emotional connection to them. I am not sorry I read this book, but was somewhat let down.

Up next is another Jackie Collins book, the next one in the Lucky series. I love series, especially when new characters are introduced and we also get to follow along with the old favorites. I am loving this week off and getting a lot of reading done. I hope everyone is also having a great weekend and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster

I absolutely love Ms. Lancaster's snarky attitude and her outlook on life. She says and does a lot of things that I only think about it, and she always makes me laugh. I was stalking my library waiting for this book to be released and it was worth the wait. While I didn't enjoy this book as much as her others, it was still a fun read. I give it a B+.

From Amazon:
"To whom the fat rolls…I'm tired of books where a self-loathing heroine is teased to the point where she starves herself skinny in hopes of a fabulous new life. And I hate the message that women can't possibly be happy until we all fit into our skinny jeans. I don't find these stories uplifting; they make me want to hug these women and take them out for fizzy champagne drinks and cheesecake and explain to them that until they figure out their insides, their outsides don't matter. Unfortunately, being overweight isn't simply a societal issue that can be fixed with a dose healthy of positive self-esteem. It’s a health matter, and here on the eve of my fortieth year, I've learned I have to make changes so I don't, you know, die. Because what good if finally being able to afford a pedicure if I lose a foot to adult onset diabetes?"

This book tracks Jen as she decides to take on her weight issues and get healthy. She discusses her various ways of attempting to lose weight and become healthy, the reader does get a good idea on what the main thing to do is... eat less and move more (also said by one of my favorite radio hosts). As I don't have weight problems some of it I couldn't relate to but it does allow me to see some of the struggles people go through with dieting. There is also some of daily life sprinkled in and the things that happen to her. It is really inspiring to see how well she has done and the struggles that she has overcome, so I would recommend this to anyone who would like to lose weight or just find motivation to do anything.

Up next is a library book. I went today and picked up two and also went the thrift store and bought books. I believe I got 8 books for $5.00, with three of them hardcovers. I successful trip, I believe. Happy Reading everyone!

Monday, August 18, 2008

Lucky by Jackie Collins

Oh, do I love me a Jackie Collins' novel, especially in the summer. To me, her novels are always considered the perfect beach read and Lucky was no different. I started it last night and finished it today, which just goes to show how much I loved this book as it was 600 pages long. I solid A read.

From Amazon:
With the sensual grace of a panther, Lucky Santangelo prowled her Las Vegas casino, restless, ready, eager for action. That night began a dazzling odyssey, filled with dangerous passion and sun-drenched sex, sadistic vengeance and breathless suspense. From the decadent luxury of California, to Paris, New York and a private Greek island, Lucky fought for her father's honor, for ruthless triumph, for the wild card of a fabulous love. Her rivals; an ice-cold Hollywood wife...a much-married heiress strung out on cocaine...a jaded magnate hooked on power...a crazed hoodlum lusting for murder. But Lucky was a gambIer and a lover, a woman who ruled her empire and pursued her man with the potent Santangelo strength ... her way, on her terms, whatever the odds.

I think the thing I love best about Ms. Collins' books are all of the well-written characters. Because her books tend to be so long, we get to really know all of the characters and get an inside view into their minds. She just writes such believable characters, normally those who are rich, and they are all connected in some way and I love to get an inside look. I know a lot of people think her stories are just sex, sex, and more sex, and while there is sex, it is not what the whole book is focused on. This book has it all, murder, kidnapping, love, humor, and friendship. It is truly alarming how though this book was written in 1984, I still see a lot of the current "celebrities" in her characters. The book is not dated much and I just love to soak them up. Another great thrift store find.

Up next is a memoir that I got from the library by one of my favorites, Jen Lancaster. It is her newest book and I feel like I have had it on hold forever. There were a couple of times I almost broke down and bought it, but because I read them so fast and it is a trade paperback, I just didn't feel like spending $15.00. I will probably start it tonight before bed. I started my vacation off with a kick and am enjoying it!!! Happy Reading!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

A Perfect Grave by Rick Mofina

After finishing the last book, I picked up a book titled Twisted. I read about 150 pages of it but just could not get into it. Yesterday, I finally decided to put it down and get another book. I chose A Perfect Grave which I received from J. Kaye's Book Blog in a raffle. It was a great read and sucked me right in. I give it a B+.

From Amazon:
A PERFECT GRAVE is the third installment in Rick Mofina's internationally acclaimed new series featuring rookie crime reporter Jason Wade of The Seattle Mirror. The gritty Wade series debuted with THE DYING HOUR, which the International Thriller Writers named a finalist for a 2006 Thriller Award. It was followed by EVERY FEAR. In A PERFECT GRAVE, Wade, a troubled loner from the wrong side of the tracks, pursues the story of a murdered Seatle nun. The case leads him to a hermit nun who founded a mysterious religious order; and ultimately to the dark secret that has tormented his ex-cop father for decades. It culminates in a life and death struggle against the clock. With time running out, Jason and his father battle the odds to confront a terrible truth.

This was a great book. The suspense was well done and I really enjoyed all of the characters. It was an interesting premise with the death of a nun. It really gives the reader an inside view of nuns and their lives. It is nothing like I thought it was. I really enjoyed Jason and thought he was a great character. I liked the relationship with his father and the possible one with a police officer. As the description mentions, this is the third book in a series, and while I haven't read any of the others, I didn't feel like I was missing much. Thanks J. Kaye for sending me this book, it was wonderful!!!

I am not sure what is up next. I am now on vacation for two weeks and am looking forward to it. I went on a job interview on Friday and was offered a position but I declined it. I applied for a middle school position and the job offered was kindergarten. I think I would not be the best kindergarten teacher, and the pay and location was not the best. I also think subbing may be my best way of getting in a public school district. I am going to pick a book from my library right now, and may head out to my local library tomorrow. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend and Happy Reading!

In the spirit of J. Kaye, if anyone is interested in this book, let me know and I will send it off to someone.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

The Night Caller by John Lutz

I love John Lutz's novels as they are always good for a few chills and page turning. The Night Caller was not an exception, and was a very good, fast read. I give The Night Caller a B+.

From Amazon:
Ezekiel "Coop" Cooper discovers his daughter, Bette, dead in his weekend getaway cottage. The positioning of her body suggests a ritual killing. Her devastated father is a former NYPD detective forced into retirement by cancer. The cancer may be in remission, but his cop instincts are not. After beginning his own investigation, he is contacted by writer Deni Green, who believes that Coop's daughter was the latest victim of a serial killer who has also hunted in Florida and the Pacific Northwest. His interest piqued, Coop forms an uneasy alliance with Green, who hopes to write a true-crime account of the case. When Coop learns the single detail that ties the killings together, it may be too late to save Cara Callahan, the sister of one of the New York victims and the woman who has given Coop hope for the future.

I love how John Lutz gives an a good view of the killers mind and why they are doing the horrible crimes. I am the type of person who likes to know the whys of things, so when author's do that, it makes the book that much better. The suspense is always well done and while the killer is not someone who we know, the reader is given enough clues to determine how and why the victims are killed. The only downside of Mr. Lutz's novels are very, very similar where a retired cop gets involved in the investigation.

I am not sure what I am going to read next. I think I may do the random number generator again. I don't know what I am in the mood for, but I really want to read right now. Tomorrow is the last day of school, but all of the testing is done and tomorrow is just a field trip. I can't wait for my two week vacation to start. I think I am going to start doing some laundry right now and just be lazy and read since I don't have anything to do for school. Happy Reading!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants by Jill Soloway

I picked up Tiny Ladies from Borders awhile ago. It was a bargain book and was then reduced an additional 50%, so I thought it would be a fun, quick read. This is a memoir and I always enjoy reading a good memoir in between my suspense books. This one, however, fell flat. The highest I think I can rate this book is a C.

From Amazon:
This hilarious, whip-smart collection of essays from a top writer and producer of Six Feet Under crisscrosses from the highly personal (conflating her own loss of virginity and the Kobe Bryant accusations), to the political (what she has in common with Monica and Chandra), to the outrageously Los Angelean (why women wear huge diamonds and what they must do to get them). Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants is a genre-defying combination of personal essay and memoir, or a hilarious, unruly and unapologetic evaluation of society, religion, sex, love, and -- best of all -- Jill Soloway.

I just couldn't really get into the book. I thought that Ms. Soloway seemed to really hate men and even came out and said that they don't serve a purpose. I just can't get behind that type of thinking and to tell you the truth, it really gets me mad. Her views are very, very liberal and I tend to not lean that far left. I bought the book thinking that it was more about her own life and not so much man bashing and political. There were a few times when I was laughing out loudand Ms. Soloway does have a very good voice. I doubt I will be looking for anymore books by her.

I am not sure what I am going to read next. I will probably just pick something off of my shelves very quickly. Maybe a John Lutz book... I think I am in the mood for a good thriller and something that will suck me right in. I hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Reading!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Hush Little Darlings by Judith Kelman

When I went to library for my mom, Hush Little Darlings is one of the two books I picked up. I started the other book I got and read about 100 pages, but I couldn't finish it. The main character really, really grated on my nerves. Hush Little Darlings was a good read, and I rate it a B.

From Amazon:
Four young girls are abducted by the same man. All that each of them can remember is a strange dream of black velvet walls, flowers and soft music. Not much of a lead for D.A. Sarah Spooner to investigate, but the case of the Velvet Viper will soon become terrifyingly personal--for Sarah has a daughter of her own.

I have read a couple of other books by Judith Kelman and they are all kind of the same. They really remind me of Mary Higgins Clark's books which always feature a woman main character and mysteries that surround their life. Hush Little Darlings is the same. At first I had a bit of a problem with the book because there was absolutely no mention of computers or cell phones, but once I realized the book was written in 1989, that was all right. That was pretty much the only thing that was dated so it wasn't really a big deal. The mystery started off pretty slow, but picked up about halfway through and it had a great ending. I thought I had it all figured out, but I was wrong.

I am out of library books, so I am going to get something from my own library. Not sure what I am in the mood for so I will just look around. Tomorrow I have to go to my nephew's graduation party so that will take up some of my reading time. I also have to do some major re-planning for school. I tested my student's on some of the topics we spent so much time on and they didn't do so hot. There is also other stuff that we even haven't started talking about that is on the post-test. Unfortunetly, it seems that I am going to have to teach to the test, which I hate but I really do not have a choice. One more week, and then I get my short, two week summer vacation. The permenent job outlook is looking so great, so it appears I will be back to subbing. Oh well, the way the economy is, especially here in the Detroit area (everyone hear about our horrible, embarrassing mayor... absolutely disgusting!) so I guess I am happy with steady subbing work. Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Queen of Babble Gets Hitched by Meg Cabot

I have read this series since it began and am always looking forward to the newest addition. I know what to expect from the series, a light-hearted, easy read. I wasn't disappointed this time and it was a pleasant, B read.

From Amazon:

Big mouth. Big heart.
Big wedding. Big problems.
It's the wedding of the century!
Things are looking up at last for Lizzie Nichols. She has a career she loves in the field of her choice (wedding gown restoration), and the love of her life, Jean-Luc, has finally proposed. Life's become a dizzying whirl of wedding gown fittings—not necessarily her own—as Lizzie prepares for her dream wedding at her fiancé's château in the south of France.
But the dream soon becomes a nightmare as the best man—whom Lizzie might once have accidentally slept with . . . no, really, just slept—announces his total lack of support for the couple, a sentiment the maid of honor happens to second; Lizzie's Midwestern family can't understand why she doesn't want to have her wedding in the family backyard; her future, oh-so-proper French in-laws seem to be slowly trying to lure the groom away from medical school and back into investment banking; and Lizzie finds herself wondering if her Prince Charming really is as charming as she once believed.
Is Lizzie really ready to embrace her new role as wife and mistress of Château Mirac? Or is she destined to fall into another man's arms . . . and into the trap of becoming a Bad Girl instead?

This book wasn't anything special or spectacular and will not stick with me for very long, I am sure. But it was a nice read and a good distraction from some of the things going on in my life. I could relate to how Lizzie was feeling and all that was going on in her life. When reading one of Meg Cabot's books, the only expectations I have is something cute and that is exactly what I got. I probably would have enjoyed this book a bit more a few years ago when I was really into chick lit, but now I really don't read this genre. I do think that Ms. Cabot has a wonderful voice and really shows how people feel and their motivations for their actions, which is always refreshing.

Yesterday I went to the library to pick up a book for my mom and ended up grabbing two more for myself. It is a sickness, I tell you. So I will be reading another library book next, Good Intentions by Patricia O'Brien, another new to me author. I hope it is good. It is really hot out right now and I think I will just jump right back in to the next book. Happy Reading!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Phantom Prey by John Sanford

This was my first book by John Sanford, and it probably will not be my last. This book was pretty good, though the suspense was somewhat weak. I will give it a B+.

From Amazon:
A widow comes home to her large house in a wealthy, exclusive suburb to find blood everywhere, no body—and her collegeaged daughter missing. She’s always known that her daughter ran with a bad bunch. What did she call them—Goths? Freaks is more like it, running around with all that makeup and black clothing, listening to that awful music, so attracted to death. And now this.But the police can’t find the girl, alive or dead, and when a second Goth is found slashed to death in Minneapolis, the widow truly panics. There’s someone she knows, a surgeon named Weather Davenport, whose husband is a big deal with the police, and she implores Weather to get him directly involved. Lucas begins to investigate only reluctantly—but then when a third Goth is slashed in what is now looking like a Jackthe- Ripper series of killings, he starts working it hard. The clues don’t seem to add up, though. And then there’s the young Goth who keeps appearing and disappearing: Who is she? Where does she come from and, more important, where does she vanish to? And why does Lucas keep getting the sneaking suspicion that there is something else going on here . . . something very, very bad indeed?

As I mentioned earlier, the suspense was somewhat weak because about halfway through the book, the reader learns about who the killer was. That really stunned me though, and I looked back and reread those pages a couple of times to make sure what I read was right. I was somewhat confused about the backstory of the main character, Lucas, but I assume that it is because this book was part of a series. I do wish that Mr. Sanford did explain some of the things that were kind of glossed over, but it wasn't that big of a deal. The topic of goths was interesting though, because I always associated goths with those kids who wear all black and are very, very pale and want to be different (though just look like each other) and Mr. Sanford explained some of their lifestyles and what being a goth is all about. I will be checking out more of Mr. Sanford's books in the future.

All in all, this weekend was a successful one reading wise. I finished two books and am planning on starting Meg Cabot's The Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. I got all of my cleaning done and lesson plans done, so I do plan on getting some reading done. I tend to speed through this series, so I anticipate having it finished it soon. It is my last library book and I am getting interested in some of the books on my TBR piles. I hope everyone had a great weekend and Happy Reading!

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Easy Innocence by Libby Fischer Hellmann

This is another book I have heard a lot about from various blogs. The premise sounded very interesting, particularly the fact that high school girls were prostituting themselves so they can buy the latest designer jeans. Once I started this book, I had a hard time setting it down and read the majority of it last night. It was a good book and held my attention, so I give it a B+.

From Amazon:
When pretty, smart Sara Long is found bludgeoned to death, it's easy to blame the man with the bat.
But Georgia Davis -- former cop and newly-minted PI -- is hired to look into the incident at the behest of the accused's sister, and what she finds hints at a much different, much darker answer. It seems the privileged, preppy schoolgirls on Chicago's North Shore have learned just how much their innocence is worth to hot-under-the-collar businessmen. But while these girls can pay for Prada pricetags, they don't realize that their new business venture may end up costing them more than they can afford.

I really liked Georgia's character and could relate with her with a lot of her personal issues. The mystery was well written, though I do have to admit I did solve most of it before the book was over. I do wish that there was more focus on the prostitution angle, though, because to me that is very intriguing. Some of these girls came from very wealthy families, and I couldn't believe these girls put themselves in the position. Working with teenagers, I see some of the peer pressure they are under, and I think that Ms. Hellmann touched on those true feelings. I will be looking for more of her books in the future.

Up next is my last library book, John Sanford's Phantom Prey. This will be the first book I have read by Mr. Sanford and I know he has a lot of books out there. I am always looking for new authors to add to my list so hopefully this book is great. I just checked my email and I have another book to pick up from the library. That book is Meg Cabot's The Queen of Babble Gets Hitched. I enjoy this series, and that is always a quick read. I will probably pick it up sometime today. Everyone have a great weekend and Happy Reading!