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Sunday, February 18, 2018

Stacking The Shelves and Sunday Post



This meme is hosted by Tynga over at Team Tynga's Reviews, which she describes as follows:

"Stacking The Shelves is all about the books we are adding to our shelves each week, sharing with you our excitement for our newest titles and maybe have you discover a new book in the process!"




Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news~ A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead. See rules here: Sunday Post Meme

How do I have a child old enough to drive? When did that happen?! LOL! Yup, my elder daughter passed her written test this week and now has her Learner's Permit! I'm actually very excited for her and, right after I paid for her license, I drove to the far side of the parking lot and had her get behind the wheel to show her where all the controls were and to take a spin around the parking lot and get a feel for the car. We have lots of ice here now at this time of year, so that is going to be an added risk for her to contend with. We'll do more driving in empty parking lots until she feels more comfortable behind the wheel, and then I'll take her out on the residential side streets. Again, practicing how to brake well before intersections because of the ice is going to be a bit tricky for a new driver but if she can drive in this weather, then she can drive in anything!


Anyone watching the Winter Olympics? We're trying to catch what we can for a bit each evening. Last night, we were watching the Men's Freestyle Skiing and there were three Canadians who made the Finals. We didn't stay up to watch the Finals, so I'm not sure what the Final standings were. My younger daughter loves watching the skating, and I do as well. However, I'm enjoying watching the skiing and snowboarding more than I thought I would. I think it's because of the risk factor involved, and I like to watch all the neat tricks they do!


I received these audiobooks for review:

The Flight Attendant
by Chris Bohjalian


Exhibit Alexandra
by Natasha Bell


The Liar's Girl
by Catherine Ryan Howard


The Big Get-Even
by Paul Di Filippo

So excited for these books!! Thanks so much to Penguin Random House Audio and Blackstone Audio!


I won this MP3-CD audiobook in a giveaway hosted by Ellie @ Curiosity Killed the Bookworm:


End of Days
by Susan Ee
(Penryn & the End of Days, Book #3)

Now my series is complete! Guess I need to start on this series now, LOL! Thanks again, Ellie!


I won this e-book in a giveaway hosted by Michelle @ Seasons of Reading:


What Glimmers in the Wood
by Tim Reed

Thanks again, Michelle & Erin!


Recap: Last Week On The Blog

Sunday: Stacking the Shelves and Sunday Post

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Romances


Can't-Wait Wednesday: This is How It Ends by Eva Dolan

Thursday Book Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Adam by Ted Dekker


Friday Audiobook Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty



What books have you added to your shelves this week? If you are also participating in either of these memes, please leave me the link to your blog post in the comments so that I can come and drool over all your goodies!



Friday, February 16, 2018

#Audiobook #Review: 3 out of 5 stars for Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughty @TheGoodDeath @recordedbooks

AUTHOR: Caitlin Doughty
NARRATOR: Caitlin Doughty
PUBLISHER: Recorded Books
PUBLICATION DATE: September 19, 2014
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 44 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Autobiography/Memoir
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, "Ask a Mortician", Caitlin’s engaging narrative style makes this otherwise scary topic both approachable and profound.

Caitlin Doughty, the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death, is on a mission to change the way we think about death.
MY REVIEW:

I saw this book on a "best memoir" list and, when Audible featured it as a Daily Deal, I picked it up. In our family, it's customary to be embalmed for a viewing and burial. I'm not so sure that I want to be unnaturally preserved! I wanted to learn more about the cremation process, so that was my reason for choosing the book.

Most people don't want to think about their own death, and this book provides a lot of food for thought. Caitlin takes a job as a crematory operator in San Francisco in her early 20s. She later returns to school to be a licensed mortician and has a desire to open her own funeral home with an alternative view to burial practices (which she does after the publication of this book).

I enjoyed hearing about the rites and traditions of other cultures with respect to burial, including the washing of the dead by a family member. Caitlin describes, in detail, how a body is prepared for viewing (with and without embalming) and the cremation process. I found the book to be interesting, and there were even some humorous moments!

Some parts of the book were difficult to listen to, especially the chapter on stillborns. I could have done without that one! Overall, I liked the book and admire the author's desire to help us achieve a "good death" for our loved ones and ourselves.

This book was narrated by the author, and she did a fine job. I do enjoy when authors read their own memoirs, and it felt like I was sitting down with Doughty and listening to her tell me about her life. I made it much more of a personal experience.

MY RATING:

3 stars!! It was good, and I enjoyed it.

This book qualifies as:
#6 for my 2018 Audiobook Challenge
#6 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018
#3 for my 2018 Reading Assignment Challenge
#10 for my Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge
#8 for my The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
#6 for my New Authors 2018 Reading Challenge
#6 for my 2018 Try Something New Challenge
#10 for my 2018 POPSUGAR Reading Challenge
#9 for my Blydyn Square Books 2018 Reading Challenge
#4 for my For Reading Addicts Challenge
#10 for my 2018 Full House Reading Challenge
#9 for my GWB Book Bingo 2018
Task #28 for my 2018 Reading Challenge (Linz the Bookworm)
#5 for my 2018 Modern Mrs. Darcy Reading Challenge
#2A for my Monthly Keyword Challenge
#4C for my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge
#10A for my Good Rule Reading Challenge
#1 for my Memoir Reading Challenge 2018
#1 for my Nonfiction Reading Challenge 2018
#1 for my 2018 Personal Growth Reading Challenge
#7 for my COYER Winter Switch
#4 for my Chapter Break February Bookish Bingo 2018

Thursday, February 15, 2018

#Book #Review: 4 out of 5 stars for Adam by Ted Dekker @TedDekker @centerstreet

TITLE: Adam
AUTHOR: Ted Dekker
PUBLISHER: Center Streeet
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2010 (first published 2008)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 416 pages
GENRE: Thriller
ISBN: 9781599953175
FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark is a man on a mission. After over a year of tracking a mysterious serial killer known as Eve, he feels closer than ever to discovering the murderer's true identity when he finds Eve's latest victim still alive.

In an effort to save the girl, Daniel narrowly escapes becoming another casualty on Eve's list. Despite seeing the killer with his own eyes, a gunshot wound to the head leaves him with amnesia, unable to remember any details from the incident. His drive to find the killer takes on a whole new meaning when Eve takes yet another victim, one Daniel knows all too well-his estranged wife Heather.

Determined to bring her back alive, Daniel takes his obsession to a dangerous new level, even recreating his own near-death experience in attempt to recall anything from his encounter with Eve. Soon enough he finds himself fighting for Heather's life, and, in the end, his own.
MY REVIEW:

It's been a while since I've read something by Dekker, and I've forgotten how much I enjoy his suspenseful thrillers!

The book opens with an article in a crime magazine about the child abduction of Alex Price and his sister, Jessica. It is the first of a nine-part series about the man who would become a serial killer. The remaining parts of the article are interspersed throughout the book.

Daniel Clark is a FBI agent who is obsessed with finding Alex Price (aka Eve), so much so that it cost him his marriage. When Eve targets Daniel's ex-wife, it becomes personal and Daniel won't let anything stop him from finding Eve...not even his own death!

This dark story was fast-paced, and I enjoyed the supernatural elements and religious aspects. Dekker has a way of creating such intensity, and I was swept up in the terrifying tale of good versus evil.

MY RATING:

4 stars!! It was really good, and you should put it on your TBR list if you enjoy thrillers.

This book qualifies as:
#5 for my Strictly Print Reading Challenge
#5 for my Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2018
#9 for my Beat the Backlist 2018 Challenge
#7 for my The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018
#8 for my Blyndyn Square Books 2018 Reading Challenge
#9 for my 2018 Full House Reading Challenge
#8 for my GWB Book Bingo 2018
Task #24 for my 2018 Reading Challenge (Linz the Bookworm)
#2 for my 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge
#4B for my 2018 Literary Escapes Challenge
#9A for my Good Rule Reading Challenge
#39 for my Monthly Mix-up Mania
#7 for my 2018 Alphabet Soup Reading Challenge
#7 for my 2018 A to Z Reading Challenge
#4 for my Cloak and Dagger Reading Challenge
#5 for my What An Animal Reading Challenge 2018
#5 for my 2018 Paranormal Reading Challenge
Task #16 for my Goodreads Winter Scavenger Challenge: Northern Lights
#3 for my Chapter Break February Bookish Bingo 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Can't-Wait Wednesday: This is How it Ends by Eva Dolan @eva_dolan @BloomsburyPub

Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tessa @ Wishful Endings to spotlight and talk about the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released as well. It's based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. Find out more here.


Here is this week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection:

AUTHOR: Eva Dolan
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury USA
EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE: March 13, 2018
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 384 pages
GENRE: Mystery
ISBN: 9781635570526
There’s plenty of intrigue, sex, and drugs in this fast-paced mystery, set against a backdrop of gentrifying London.

Ella Riordan is a community activist who became famous when she was beaten by police during a social protest. Now Ella is a squatter in a building where the owners are evicting tenants so they can convert it into luxury condos, and she’s determined to stay and defend the few holdout tenants, despite death threats.

One night after a rooftop party with her fellow holdouts, Ella finds a horrible scene awaiting her in her apartment. In a panic, she calls her neighbor Molly, who convinces her that the police won’t believe she’s innocent. Together the two women concoct a gruesome plan to hide the body down the building’s elevator shaft.

But the secret won’t stay buried for long. As truth hangs in the balance, a neighbor tells Molly he had heard Ella arguing with a man in the hallway and mistrust grows between Ella and Molly, as repercussions of that night threaten to change both women’s lives forever.

This one sounds like the two women are going to turn on each other! Secrets always destroy a relationship, especially when death is involved LOL!



What are you waiting on? Please leave a comment in the section below. If you participate in this meme, please leave a link so I can visit your blog!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Favourite Romances #TopTenTuesday


This is a weekly meme hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl. Each week, they post a new Top Ten list that one of their bloggers will answer. Everyone is welcome to join!

Today's list is a Love Freebie in recognition of Valentine's Day:

Favourite Romances

I'm NOT a Harlequin kind of girl, and I never EVER considered myself to be a romance reader before I started blogging in 2010. I still don't typically enjoy contemporary romances (I prefer Paranormal Romances or Romantic Suspense), but there are a few exceptions.

Wallbanger
by Alice Clayton
(Cocktail, Book #1)
From my review: "This isn’t the type of book that I would normally pick up, but I’m so glad that I did! What makes this one stand out for me is how funny it is!! I was laughing out loud while listening, and it really was just a perfect escape for me."

Twelve Days of Christmas
by Debbie Macomber
I love Macomber's holiday romances! This one gave me all the feels. From my review: "I loved, loved, loved this book! I read Macomber’s Dashing Through the Snow last year during the holidays, and this one is even better!! I am NOT someone who ordinarily reads contemporary romances, but holiday romances turn my heart to mush."

Beautiful Disaster
by Jamie McGuire
(Beautiful, Book #1)
From my review: "I do not like stories with unrealistic couples whose relationships are perfect. McGuire’s characters feel so real to me, and her story had me absolutely riveted!"

Halfway to the Grave
by Jeaniene Frost
(Night Huntress, Book #1)
I love Cat & Bones! I recommend this series if you enjoy Paranormal Romances.

Lover Eternal
by J.R. Ward
(Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book #2)
I'm glad that I gave this series another chance. I liked the first book in the series, Dark Lover, but wasn't wow'ed. This one got me hooked!

Outlander
by Diana Gabaldon
(Outlander, Book #1)
Jamie Fraser is totally swoon-worthy! He is quite possibly the most romantic hero that I've ever read!

Water Bound
by Christine Feehan
(Sisters of the Heart, Book #1)
This Paranormal Romance series is very steamy!

Twilight
by Stephenie Meyer
(The Twilight Saga, Book #1)
Yup, I loved this series! But I was more Team Jacob than Team Edward.

by Kresley Cole
(The Dacians, Book #1)
When I started this series, I didn't realize that it was a spin-off of the Immortals After Dark series (still need to read that!). It didn't matter because I absolutely loved it!

by Gena Showalter
(Otherworld Assassin, Book #1)
From my review: "Showalter’s alternate fantasy world is filled with so many unique creatures! There is a great variety of Otherworlders, each with their own traits and gifts." It's another great Paranormal Romance series.

by Eliza Knight
(Highland Bound, Book #1)
This one was an unexpected surprise. It reminds me of Outlander but more explicit.

So, what are your favourite romances? Please let me know in the comments, or leave me a link to your blog post if you are also participating in the meme!

Monday, February 12, 2018

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?


This weekly meme is hosted by Kathryn at Book Date.

I'm reading: 

Something from my dusty bookshelf.

TITLE: Carrie
AUTHOR: Stephen King
PUBLISHER: Signet
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1, 1975 (first published 1974)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 245 pages
GENRE: Horror
ISBN: 0451150716 
A young girl grew angrier and angrier - and a town writhed in pain...

Carrie was not quite aware that she was possessed of a terrifying power. But it was enough to transform a small, quiet New England town into a holocaust of destruction beyond the imagination of man. Innocent schoolgirl or vengeful demon, Carrie will make you shudder...

Not only am I a first generation Canadian, but immigration is my profession. 

PUBLISHER: Caitlin Press
PUBLICATION DATE: February 7, 2017
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 216 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781987915341
Edited by Miriam Matejova, Wherever I Find Myself is a diverse collection of stories about the joys and struggles of immigrant women living in Canada. Often bringing with them the shadow of war and the guilt of leaving, the women in this new anthology expose their emotional pain but also their gratitude for being able to call Canada home. Their stories paint touching and charming portraits of cultural and linguistic misunderstandings, bureaucratic hurdles, attempts to navigate unfamiliar landscapes, and a desire to be accepted despite differences in accent, skin colour, or taste in food. Together they form a mosaic of emotions and world-views that underline the immigrant condition for women.

A yellow dress with ruffles, a kind Grade 1 teacher with a surname that’s difficult to spell, cockroaches in the bathroom, the contempt of strangers, and Whitney Houston on the radio–a Filipino woman recalls her experience as a six-year-old immigrant in a ghetto in Mississauga in the 80s. Browsing through a Polish fashion magazine at a European deli, a woman sees herself in an alternative universe of what her life might have been had she never immigrated to Canada. A same-sex couple moves from Minnesota to Ontario to find refuge for their love, but first they must drive a seventeen-foot truck through a blizzard and make it through the frustrating net of Canadian bureaucracy. In search of her origins, a Jewish woman travels to her birthplace in Passau, Germany. There, among rows of European picturesque houses and foreign tombstones of a Jewish cemetery, she finds no memories, only the shadow of Hitler and the ghosts of her parents.

Through these stories of courage, aloneness, and hope, new and established writers reach out to both immigrants and those whose families long ago ceased to identify with the immigrant label. Through their struggles and, at times, endearingly critical looks at Canada, they remind us that many of our perceived divisions are nothing but artificial creations of mind and that all of us are past, current, or potential immigrants.

I completed a nine-week course with a group of people, which featured DVD Study sessions and a Participant Guide with study questions (homework!) for discussion each week. The book is a lot to digest, and I'm still reading it in chunks.

TITLE: Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life
PUBLISHER: Zondervan
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 1992
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 314 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction, Psychology, Self-Help
ISBN: 9780310585909
Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances -- Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions -- Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others -- Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God's will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator -- Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: - Can I set limits and still be a loving person? - What are legitimate boundaries? - What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? - How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? - Aren't boundaries selfish? - Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Something from the library. I really enjoy this author, and I find him to be very inspirational!

AUTHOR: Joel Osteen
PUBLISHER: FaithWords
PUBLICATION DATE: October 24, 2017
FORMAT: Hardcover
LENGTH: 304 pages
GENRE: Nonfiction
ISBN: 9781455534326
The same God that leads you through green pastures guides you through the valleys. #1 New York Times bestselling author Joel Osteen shares how God uses the darkness in life for good.

All of us at some time encounter dark places that we don't understand: a loss, a sickness, a divorce, a child who breaks our heart. It's easy to get discouraged, give up on our dreams, and just settle there. We may not realize it, but when we feel buried in dark places, we are being blessed. God is using those experiences to help us grow, because we cannot reach our highest potential if we're standing in the light all the time. With Blessed in the Darkness, you will learn how to draw closer to God and trust Him when life doesn't make sense.

If we will go through the valley trusting, believing, and knowing that God is still in control, then we will come to the table that is already prepared for us, where our cup runs over.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. We loved the first one in the series!

TITLE: Fire and Ice
SERIES: Warriors, Book #2
AUTHOR: Erin Hunter
PUBLISHER: Avon Books
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 2004 (first published 2003)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 317 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Fantasy
ISBN: 9780060525590
Fireheart could hear a roaring around him, like wind in tall trees. The acrid stench of the Thunderpath stung his nostrils, together with a new smell, sharper and more terrifying. Fire!

Book Two of Warriors continues Fireheart's quest to be a true warrior, when he finds new danger lurking in the woods as the chill of winter sets in.

WindClan is missing, and hostilities between the remaining three clans place all the cats in peril. Illness and tragic accidents weaken the camp, and ThunderClan needs all its warriors to defend itself - but Fireheart suspects that certain cats may not be as loyal as they appear.

Another one from my dusty bookshelf, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. We really enjoyed the first one in the series!


TITLE: Survival
SERIES: Island, Book #2
AUTHOR: Gordon Korman
PUBLISHER: Scholastic
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2001
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 144 pages
GENRE: Childrens, Adventure/Survival
ISBN: 0439164575
Six kids.
One shipwreck.
One desert island.
Stranded. Separated.
Six kids are stuck on a desert island. They have no food. No shelter. Nobody knows they are lost. They must take from the island in order to survive. But what if they're not alone?
Something from the library, which I am reading aloud to my younger daughter. Her teacher was reading it to the class, and we started reading it at home as well so that we can enjoy the movie together afterwards!


TITLE: Wonder
SERIES: Wonder, Book #1
AUTHOR: R.J. Palacio
PUBLISHER: Oxford Childrens
PUBLICATION DATE: April 1, 2013 (first published 2012)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 400 pages
GENRE: Young Adult, Contemporary
ISBN: 9780198391012
Educational edition of this warm and moving novel about an ordinary boy with an extraordinary face

Features:

An extremely moving and engaging novel that is sure to become a classroom favourite

Told from multiple perspectives, with opportunities to explore narrative, perspective, timeline and precepts

Themes of friendship, bullying, self-image and social responsibility

Supported by extensive teacher resources online and student-focused Reading Guides

Durable, soft cover your students will want to pick up

I'm listening to:

Something from one of my favourite series, which I borrowed from my library on Overdrive.

SERIES: Night Huntress, Book #3
AUTHOR: Jeaniene Frost
NARRATOR: Tavia Gilbert
PUBLISHER: Blackstone Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: November 2, 2010 (first published 2008)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 9 hrs and 28 mins
GENRE: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy
Some things just won’t stay buried… at grave’s end.

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

As if that wasn’t enough, a woman from Bones’ past is determined to bury him once and for all. Caught in the crosshairs of a vengeful vamp, yet determined to help Bones stop a lethal magic from being unleashed, Cat’s about to learn the true meaning of bad blood. And the tricks she’s learned as a special agent won’t help her. She will need to fully embrace her vampire instincts in order to save herself—and Bones—from a fate worse than the grave.

I just finished:

AUTHOR: Caitlin Doughty
NARRATOR: Caitlin Doughty
PUBLISHER: Recorded Books
PUBLICATION DATE: September 19, 2014
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 44 mins
GENRE: Nonfiction, Autobiography/Memoir
Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty - a 20-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre - took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. With an original voice that combines fearless curiosity and mordant wit, Caitlin tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters, gallows humor, and vivid characters (both living and very dead). Describing how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes), and cared for bodies of all shapes and sizes, Caitlin becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the deceased. Her eye-opening memoir shows how our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead). In the spirit of her popular Web series, "Ask a Mortician", Caitlin’s engaging narrative style makes this otherwise scary topic both approachable and profound.

Caitlin Doughty, the host and creator of the "Ask a Mortician" Web series and the collective Order of the Good Death, is on a mission to change the way we think about death.


TITLE: Adam
AUTHOR: Ted Dekker
PUBLISHER: Center Streeet
PUBLICATION DATE: July 1, 2010 (first published 2008)
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 416 pages
GENRE: Thriller
ISBN: 9781599953175
FBI behavioral psychologist Daniel Clark is a man on a mission. After over a year of tracking a mysterious serial killer known as Eve, he feels closer than ever to discovering the murderer's true identity when he finds Eve's latest victim still alive.

In an effort to save the girl, Daniel narrowly escapes becoming another casualty on Eve's list. Despite seeing the killer with his own eyes, a gunshot wound to the head leaves him with amnesia, unable to remember any details from the incident. His drive to find the killer takes on a whole new meaning when Eve takes yet another victim, one Daniel knows all too well-his estranged wife Heather.

Determined to bring her back alive, Daniel takes his obsession to a dangerous new level, even recreating his own near-death experience in attempt to recall anything from his encounter with Eve. Soon enough he finds himself fighting for Heather's life, and, in the end, his own.

TITLE: Shipwreck
SERIES: Island, Book #1
AUTHOR: Gordon Korman
PUBLISHER: Scholastic Paperbacks
PUBLICATION DATE: June 1, 2001
FORMAT: Paperback
LENGTH: 129 pages
GENRE: Children's, Adventure/Survival
ISBN: 0439164567
Six kids. One fate.

They didn't want to be on the boat in the first place. They were sent there as a character-building experience. But now that the adults are gone, the quest for survival has begun. This first book in a suspenseful survival trilogy delivers the gripping drama of people battling the elements to younger readers.

SERIES: Kate Shugak, Book #1
AUTHOR: Dana Stabenow
NARRATOR: Marguerite Gavin
PUBLISHER: Brilliance Audio
PUBLICATION DATE: October 18, 2011 (first published 1992)
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 5 hrs 31 mins
GENRE: Mystery
ASIN: B005TKYT5S

Eighteen months ago, Aleut Kate Shugak quit her job investigating sex crimes for the Anchorage DA’s office and retreated to her father’s homestead in a national park in the interior of Alaska. But the world has a way of beating a path to her door, however remote. In the middle of one of the bitterest Decembers in recent memory ex-boss — and ex-lover — Jack Morgan shows up with an FBI agent in tow. A Park ranger with powerful relatives is missing, and now the investigator Jack sent in to look for him is missing, too.

Reluctantly, Kate, along with Mutt, her half-wolf, half-husky sidekick, leaves her wilderness refuge to follow a frozen trail through the Park, twenty thousand square miles of mountain and tundra sparsely populated with hunters, fishermen, trappers, mushers, pilots and homesteaders. Her formidable grandmother and Native chief, Ekaterina Shugak, is — for reasons of her own — against Kate’s investigation; her cousin, Martin, may be Kate’s prime suspect; and the local trooper, Jim Chopin, is more interested in Kate than in her investigation. In the end, the sanctuary she sought after five and a half years in the urban jungles may prove more lethal than anything she left behind in the city streets of Anchorage.

What are you reading? Have you read any of these books and, if so, what did you think? Please let me know in the comments and, if you are also participating in this meme, leave me a link to your blog post so that I can stop by!
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