Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Deja Dead by Kathy Reichs

Title: Deja Dead

Author: Kathy Reichs

Published: Arrow, 2012

Pages: 544

Series: Book 1, Temperance Brennan

Summary: In the year since Temperance Brennan left behind a shaky marriage in North Carolina, work has often preempted her weekend plans to explore Quebec. When a female corpse is discovered meticulously dismembered and stashed in trash bags, Tempe detects an alarming pattern -- and she plunges into a harrowing search for a killer. But her investigation is about to place those closest to her -- her best friend and her own daughter -- in mortal danger... (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: My journey into the world of Temperance Brennan begins with book 1 in the series, Deja Dead.  I have actually read books 4 and 7 in the series several years ago and thought one of them was alright and absolutely loved the other.  However, I now want to go back and read the series as a whole from the beginning.

I think the thing I loved the most about this book was the technical details about the cases and the procedures.  Before reading the book I had seen an interview with Kathy Reichs where she stated that all of the ideas for the books are based on real-life cases which she has worked.  I found that to be really interesting.

In terms of characters, I really like Tempe, she is so funny and also her work is just really intriguing.  I loved how determined to solve the mysteries of the deaths she was and how she went out of her way to ensure that the killer was found.  On the other hand, I really didn’t like her friend Gabby, who just acted in such a crazy manner that I really wanted to go in there and just tell her exactly what she had to do.

Now, one thing I need to address is that the tv series Bones is very loosely based on this series.  I say very loosely based for a reason because I have noticed that a lot of people who read this series based on the fact they love the series are very disappointed.  I just want to warn that yes, I can see why because the books are far more technical and less focused on the drama and things like that.

Overall, I really enjoyed Deja Dead and I look forward to picking up the next book in the series.  I’ve heard that the series gets better after the first couple of books which I look forward to seeing.

Monday, August 25, 2014

The Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell

Title: The Bone Bed

Author: Patricia Cornwell

Published: Little Brown and Company, 2012

Pages: 512

Series: Book 20, Kay Scarpetta

Summary: May Contain Spoilers! A woman has vanished while digging a dinosaur bone bed in the remote wilderness of Canada. Somehow, the only evidence has made its way to the inbox of Chief Medical Examiner Kay Scarpetta, over two thousand miles away in Boston. She has no idea why. But as events unfold with alarming speed, Scarpetta begins to suspect that the paleontologist's disappearance is connected to a series of crimes much closer to home: a gruesome murder, inexplicable tortures, and trace evidence from the last living creatures of the dinosaur age. 
When she turns to those around her, Scarpetta finds that the danger and suspicion have penetrated even her closest circles. Her niece Lucy speaks in riddles. Her lead investigator, Pete Marino, and FBI forensic psychologist and husband, Benton Wesley, have secrets of their own. Feeling alone and betrayed, Scarpetta is tempted by someone from her past as she tracks a killer both cunning and cruel.   (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts: I know I’ve only been reading this series since March last year but it feels like a lifetime ago since I started that first book and got sucked right into the series and how amazing it was.  In a hurry I purchased the next 20 books in the series as that was all of the books out at the time.  Now, after reading book 20, The Bone Bed, I feel as though it is time to say goodbye.  Everything about this series has degraded over time and reading them has just been a habit for me.  So, while I really want to go out and purchase the next book in the series, I have to be strong and not give in because underneath that pretty cover, I have no doubt, will be another awful story.

Perhaps it was my attitude going into the book that made me not like it very much, but in all fairness I did have a glimmer of hope that everything I had heard about this book was wrong.  Unfortunately I just didn’t enjoy this book very much.  It had all of these really interesting ideas but they all just fell by the wayside and at the front of the story was Scarpetta and how everything revolves around her.

It’s a little hard for me to write my thoughts down on this book because it’s mostly just disappointment.  There is no character development, they’ve all just morphed into these awful people that I really don’t need or want to read about.  I find myself questioning Scarpetta’s judgments and actions pertaining to cases she’s working; and most of all, why does every single case have to be related to Scarpetta or someone she knows?  It just gets so painful.

I feel as though I’m saying goodbye to an old friend I outgrew a while ago but I just kept around because of the whole familiarity thing but at the same time, I hold on to the idea that out there will be new and exciting adventures with new friends such as Temperance Brennan, whose books are in a similar vein to Kay Scarpetta.

Friday, August 22, 2014

September is for Sequels Challenge

As this year I am trying to focus on reducing my tbr pile I thought it would be a great idea to take part in the September is for Sequels challenge hosted by Lisa at Lisa Loves Literature.  The goal of the challenge is to read a minimum of 4 sequels which I think is a really fair amount.  I know that I for one, am pretty bad at reading the first book in a series and then getting the sequels but leaving them on my shelf for a long time.

I'm not entirely sure how many books I want to read for the challenge but I'm basically just going to try to read as many of the sequels on my shelf as I can.  Here is a list of the books that I would like to get through in September for the challenge.
1. Passing Strange by Daniel Waters (#3 Generation Dead)
2. Death Du Jour by Kathy Reichs (#2 Temperance Brennan)
3. Blood Rites by Jim Butcher (#6 Dresden Files)
4. Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder (#2 Healer)
5. Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder (#3 Healer)
6. Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews (#4 Kate Daniels)
7. Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore (#3 Seven Kingdoms)

That's my preliminary list, I'm hoping I'll get some more sequels read in September but I'd be happy with those 7.
If this sounds like an awesome challenge then head over to Lisa's blog to sign up!