Friend chooses next week reads

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum #1) by Janet Evanovich

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1)

Goodreads blurb

You’ve lost your job as a department store lingerie buyer, your car’s been repossessed, and most of your furniture and small appliances have been sold off to pay last month’s rent. Now the rent is due again. And you live in New Jersey. What do you do?

If you’re Stephanie Plum, you become a bounty hunter. But not just a nickel-and-dime bounty hunter; you go after the big money. That means a cop gone bad. And not just any cop. She goes after Joe Morelli, a disgraced former vice cop who is also the man who took Stephanie’s virginity at age 16 and then wrote details on a bathroom wall. With pride and rent money on the line, Plum plunges headlong into her first case, one that pits her against ruthless adversaries – people who’d rather kill than lose.

The New York Times Book Review calls Stephanie Plum “a Jersey girl with Bette Middler’s mouth and Cher’s fashion sense.” In Stephanie Plum, Evanovich has created a resourceful and humorous character who stands apart from the pack of gritty female detectives.

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langdon

Olivia Twist                                                                                         Goodreads Blurb

​Olivia Brownlow is no damsel in distress. Born in a workhouse and raised as a boy among thieving London street gangs, she is as tough and cunning as they come. When she is taken in by her uncle after a caper gone wrong, her life goes from fighting and stealing on the streets to lavish dinners and soirees as a debutante in high society. But she can’t seem to escape her past … or forget the teeming slums where children just like her still scrabble to survive.

Jack MacCarron rose from his place in London’s East End to become the adopted “nephew” of a society matron. Little does society know that MacCarron is a false name for a boy once known among London gangs as the Artful Dodger, and that he and his “aunt” are robbing them blind every chance they get. When Jack encounters Olivia Brownlow in places he least expects, his curiosity is piqued. Why is a society girl helping a bunch of homeless orphan thieves? Even more intriguing, why does she remind him so much of someone he once knew? Jack finds himself wondering if going legit and risking it all might be worth it for love.

Olivia Twist is an innovative reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic tale Oliver Twist, in which Olivia was forced to live as a boy for her own safety until she was rescued from the streets. Now eighteen, Olivia finds herself at a crossroads: revealed secrets threaten to destroy the “proper” life she has built for her herself, while newfound feelings for an arrogant young man she shouldn’t like could derail her carefully laid plans for the future.

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) by Sylvain Neuvel

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)                                                                                         Goodreads Blurb

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square-shaped hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved – the object’s origins, architects, and purpose unknown.

But some can never stop searching for answers.

Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top-secret team to crack the hand’s code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the relic they seek. What’s clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unravelling history’s most perplexing discovery-and finally figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result be an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction?

Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery #1) by Jana Deleon

Louisiana Longshot (Miss Fortune Mystery, #1)                                                                                         Goodreads Blurb

It was a hell of a longshot…

CIA Assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever–in Sinful, Louisiana.

With a leak at the CIA and a price on her head by one of the world’s largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element. Posing as a former beauty queen turned librarian in a small, bayou town seems worse than death to Fortune, but she’s determined to fly below the radar until her boss finds the leak and puts the arms dealer out of play.

Unfortunately, she hasn’t even unpacked a suitcase before her newly-inherited dog digs up a human bone in her backyard. Thrust into the middle of a bayou murder mystery, Fortune teams up with a couple of seemingly-sweet old ladies whose looks completely belie their hold on the little town. To top things off, the handsome local deputy is asking her too many questions. If she’s not careful, this investigation may blow her cover and get her killed.

Armed with her considerable skills and a group of old ladies referred to by locals as The Geritol Mafia, Fortune has no choice but to solve the murder before it’s too late.

Alex

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Top Five Wednesday Rewind

Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey.

August 15: Freebie
–In celebration of my birthday week (and because there are 5 Wednesdays this month), this is my gift to you. Pick any topic you want this week! We have years worth of archived topics you can look through if you are having trouble deciding.

March 26th 2013 – Top 5 Books You Would Recommend to New Readers

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1) Goodreads

The Glass Castle Goodreads

The Help Goodreads

Thirteen Reasons Why Goodreads

The Definition of Normal: A Tender Transgender Love Story Goodreads

Alex

Top Five Wednesday

Hosted by Sam @ Thoughts on Tomes and Lainey @ gingerreadslainey.

August 8: Books You Liked with Tropes You Usually Hate
–Pick some of your most hated tropes and discuss books (or other media) that actually handled that trope well.

Bared to You (Crossfire, #1) Erotica, I hate most of it in books but , I felt that fitted nicely here.

A Walk to Remember I don’t like death in books, however, this book gives out a lesson.

The Mind Readers (Mind Readers, #1) I never really read fantasy but I din’t mind this one.

 

Openly Straight (Openly Straight, #1) I hate it when the characters lie about who they are just to be popular in school.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer, #1) Love triangle.

 

Weekly Wrap Up

As you guys know about a week ago. I chose five books to from chelseadolling reads May’s wrap up. Here the books that I chose.

Leah on the Offbeat (Creekwood, #2)

My Rating is 2/5 stars.

99 Days

My Rating is 3/5 stars.

Undead Girl Gang

My Rating is 4/5.

Dumplin' (Dumplin', #1)

My Rating is 3/5 stars.

Love and Other Words

My Rating is 3/5 stars.

So overall, I didn’t do too bad if I say so myself. I have to say that I was surprised by Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson  it has a twist that I never came across in a book before which was really cool. My deeper thoughts on it, are in a review that I posted this week. For a 3 star rating is decent. All in all I had an enjoyable reading week.

Happy Reading,

Alex