Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Word Filled Wednesday


We had our second book club meeting Friday (10/8) at B’s house. Weeeee! Tons of fun if you missed it! Miss Brandi decked everything out for Halloween, getting into the spirit. We had skull and cross bones wine glasses, food picks, napkins, plates and even Halloween themed wine bottle charms! 
Lot’s of yummy food: bacon-wrapped scallops & steak, pizza cheese & bread and little BBQ weenies. 
And can’t forget the yummy peach wine! It’s okay, you can start drooling, we won’t hold it against you.  

The Book: 
Alexandra Sokoloff

Homicide detective Adam Garrett is already a rising star in the Boston police department when he and his cynical partner, Carl Landauer, catch a horrifying case that could make their careers: the ritualistic murder of a wealthy college girl that appears to have satanic elements.
The partners make a quick arrest when all evidence points to another student, a troubled musician in a Goth band who was either dating or stalking the murdered girl. But Garrett's case is turned upside down when beautiful, mysterious Tanith Cabarrus, a practicing witch from nearby Salem, walks into the homicide bureau and insists that the real perpetrator is still at large. Tanith claims to have had psychic visions that the killer has ritually sacrificed other teenagers in his attempts to summon a powerful, ancient demon.
All Garrett's beliefs about the nature of reality will be tested as he is forced to team up with a woman he is fiercely attracted to but cannot trust, in a race to uncover a psychotic killer before he strikes again.

I like to refer to this book as a supernatural C.S.I., although I’ve never watched C.S.I. LoL. This is what I assume it is like. =)

Like it says in the summary above it is about an Irish dark & sexy detective, Adam Garrett, who is called to a murder scene with his partner, Carl Landaver, who personifies your typical police officers. Or what you imagine one would be like.
The decapitated body that is found in a landfill, sans one hand and sporting ritualistic carvings, is that of Erin Carmody, daughter of a Boston bigwig.
It seems like an easy open and shut case when they go to question & arrest boyfriend Jason Moncrief who is thought to be a satanic follower and practicing the black arts. With girlfriend, Assistant D.A. Carolyn Davenport, and L.T. Malloy pushing for it, why shouldn’t it be? This can be an easy ride to the top for Detective Garrett.
But something just doesn’t feel right...
Then enters darkly attractive Tanith Cabarrus, a witch who claims to have dreams of the murders and states that Jason is innocent. Tanith believes that a demon is responsible and that they must stop him before Halloween. Or Samhain, when the veil between the living and the dead is at it’s thinnest.
So what is Garrett to believe? Is something supernatural going on or is it just some human psychotic killer? Is he “Willing to take a leap of faith. Willing to do things by a different book.” ?

This is a suspense thriller with lots of mystery and horror with a small dash of romance that is easily understandable and believable, even with all the police jargon. Even though I will admit to skimming over those parts. Detective kinds of things just aren’t my preference. As I stated before, I’m not a C.S.I., Law and Order or any of those type of shows, girl. But this book did keep my interest with the supernatural aspects and it was pretty creepy because you think; there are people out there like this and maybe this could happen. AG! *As you run to hide under your bed!* Brandi even had a nightmare about this book one night after staying up too late reading it!
Good world building but I was kind of up and down on the characters, relating wise. I did enjoy the book though and I did finish it. And it has fantastic reviews by others. If you are into the murder mystery thing I would def. recommend it.  For me, I would give it three. It was a nice read but I wouldn’t re-read it and I probably won’t pick up any more of her books. 

Rating: 3 Wine Glasses

Smexy Scale: 3 Flaming Hearts - Hot

But that’s just my opinion. Did you read it? What did you think? Let us know!

Brandi: I am not very good at giving book reviews. But I will tell you that once I got to the middle of this book it was hard for me to put down. I have only read one other book by Alexandra Solokoff and that was The Price. The Price was equally as intriguing as this book. I am a big fan of murder suspense and mystery and this book has all of that and more.

Deets to come on next months meeting & book! 

Little tidbit of info here… You know October is Hispanic Heritage month and National Breast Cancer awareness month but did you know that it is also these: 

AIDS Awareness Month
Child Abuse Awareness Month
Cyber Security Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Energy Awareness Month
Healthy Lung Month
Jazz Awareness Month
Lupus Awareness Month
LGBT History Awareness Month
National Alcohol Awareness Week (Oct. 4-10)
National Brain Injury Awareness Month
National Disability Employment Awareness Month
National Down Syndrome Awareness Month
National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (Oct. 15)
National Liver Awareness Month
National Orthodontic Health Month
National Spina Bifida Awareness Month
Psoriasis Awareness Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Vegetarian Awareness Month
World Hepatitis Awareness Day (Oct. 1)

Ya' learn something new everyday!

Also, don’t forget to comment HERE to enter in the giveaway for a free digital copy of A Safe Harbor by Moira Rogers. Ends tomorrow, Thursday October 14th. Friday I will have a new Halloween themed contest up so check back then for A Safe Harbor winner and to enter.

Other fab. contest still going on at Paranormal Haven, click HERE or on the at sidebar.

And Juliana Stone’s 15 days to Embrace the Darkside is still going with day 4 of 15 HERE or click at the sidebar.

Have a great hump day everyone!

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