The Heist by Janet Evanovich
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Warning: Book not for people younger than like 16!
I liked this book a lot more than I thought I would. I’m not a huge huge fan of Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels and at first I thought this would be the same as that, but it wasn’t. This books is a mash up of the best of USA network’s shows. It has a little bit of White Collar, In Plain Sight, Covert Affairs and even Burn Notice. (Sorry I watch a lot of television). My only problem with this book is the fact that it is an adult book. Don’t get me wrong, I can handle a little smut every now and again but it’s not my most favorite of things to read about. I still live in the Teen and Kids fantasy section of the bookstore most of the time.
The main premise of this book is mostly the same as the premise for White Collar with a few twists. Nick Fox is a con-man who is being perpetually chased by this one FBI agent named Kate O’Hare, kind of like the Peter and Neal relationship, but she finally catches him in the most amazing way possible (read to find out). The only problem is that this captivity doesn’t last and to Kate’s surprise, was never meant to. Nick “escapes” and continues to be hunted by the FBI but Kate isn’t on the case. However, this being her life’s work and all, Kate can’t let it go and she finds herself on an assignment she could never have dreamed was possible. The FBI decides to secretly use Nick and Kate to do all of the things the FBI can’t to catch the bad guy. So the fed. and the criminal team up to pull off what turns out to be the most elaborate con yet.
They’re after someone who’s gotten away with over half a billion dollars of embezzled money with a feeble crew and an insane plan. There’s parachuting, explosions, fake drug cartels, and Toblerones. Everything you could ever want from Covert Affairs, and Burn Notice with quirky and sexy main characters reminiscent of Neal Caffery (Matt Bomer) and Mary Shannon (Mary McCormick), mashed up with Nikola Tesla (Sanctuary) and Helen Magnus (Sanctuary).
I guarantee that you will fall in love with them faster than you fall in love with cute cat videos on the internet.
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So there are a few charities/non-profits that I would love to give money to, but I have just recently paid for college and I am absolutely broke. So I’m putting the awesome links and things to donate to on the blog in hopes that you will donate and help increase the awesome! (If you don’t understand that reference, go Google vlogbrothers). First: Sanctuary For Kids Second: EqualityFTW Third: Camp NaNoWriMo Fourth: Tesla Museum
And for now, that’s all I can think of in terms of charities/non-profits that I wanted to donate money to…
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This was so much better than The Hunger Games, it kind of makes me wonder what happened with The Hunger Games. It’s the same author, but the writing styles are so different! So is the plot line.
It follows the adventure of Gregor and his little sister Boots, two kids who live in New York City. From the start of the story you learn that Gregor’s father is missing, and it seems that he just up and left. But Gregor soon discovers that that is not the case when his sister crawls through a rather large air vent in their laundry room. This air vent leads them to a place far underneath the City that seems almost like Hollow Earth from the Sanctuary tv series. It is a vast underground place made completely of stone.
It here that Gregor finds a city full of people, but they don’t quite look the same as us. They are called the Underlanders, as opposed to Overlanders which is what Gregor is. They introduce Gregor to a prophecy that holds the key to what happened to his father. But I won’t go into that because you’ll have to find that out for yourselves.
I personally liked this a lot. It made me laugh, and cry and a whole bunch of other things.
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Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book was absolutely amazing! I loved it! Nicolas reminds me of Nikola Tesla from Sanctuary, purely because of the what he wears and the hair gel, and the flask. Though Tesla would have wine… But other than that, it was very good plot wise as well. I loved all of the twists and turns and the puzzle that was figuring out who was who and who did what. The way it’s written sort of just drags you into the story, and you want to find out what happened with Josephine and Phillip and then Silla’s dad and Nicolas’ mother. I particularly love the ending, not that I will actually give that away, but it was good, and there were lots of tears… but then again I’m overly sappy and cry at everything so take that as you will.
This is also, a book by one of Maggie Stiefvater’s critique partners, and I must say that her book blurb on the top is very accurate.
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So my friend has been ever so helpful in getting me hooked on yet ANOTHER tv show. This one? Sherlock. It is so amazing, even though I’ve only seen four of the six episodes. Yeah, well this is going to be interesting, now to watch the rest and wait for the new season. Yay sites that let me watch things at all hours of the night.
In other news, we have also been watching Sanctuary which is an amazing show as well, though it gets more hilarious and fanfiction worthy after you get to Nikola Tesla’s role in the show. Yes I said Nikola Tesla, who is played by the magnificent Jonathon Young, and is just awesome. But by all means don’t take my word for it you should go watch it for yourself and fall in love with Teslen like I did. (yes for those of you who know what that means, I do ship Teslen. I also ship Henry/Tesla though I ship Teslen more)
Well for now time to go back to puttering around on the internet. Those of you reading this go watch Sherlock or Sanctuary, and no like always I was not paid for promotion so get that out of your head right now. Hm… perhaps I shall also write fanfiction like my friend is currently doing…. yup sounds good to me….
So it’s new years eve, and I’m sitting here on my computer doing absolutely nothing… So I figured I’d post about what my crazy family is doing. My sister has two friends over and they are being entirely crazy. At first they were sitting on the floor and watching “I Still Psycho” or whatever it’s called, the new iCarly episode. And they were like SCREAMING… It was more scary than the show was.
Anyway so now I’m watching the two parts to the Sanctuary season finale. I LOVE it so much! First you have a depressed Nikola, who is so adorable and in need of a hug from Helen. Though I do feel bad for Henry, he has to deal with him. And then there’s that kiss, but that’s giving too much away, so I’ll stop there.
I hope you’re having a better New Year’s Eve, or New Year’s Day for those in time zones that are ahead of us. I shall be watching Sanctuary and reading books in hopes to finish a few before the new year. Why? Well because of the Goodreads challenge that you can find by clicking on the picture in my sidebar. Well Happy 2012 all, see you in the new year!