Here’s what I read the past week:
November 25: “The Chemist” by Stephenie Meyer, a thriller at 518 pages. Blurb from book: She used to work for the
government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was
one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn’t even have a
name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without
warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long.
They’ve killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still
poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon. When her former handler offers
her a way out, she realizes it’s her only chance to erase the giant target on
her back. But it means taking one last job for her ex-employers. To her horror,
the information she acquires makes her situation even more dangerous. Resolving
to meet the threat head-on, she prepares for the toughest fight of her life but
finds herself falling for a man who can only complicate her likelihood of
survival. As she sees her choices being rapidly whittled down, she must apply
her unique talent in ways she never dreamed of. I don’t know how
Stephenie Meyer does it, but she managed to get me obsessed with another book.
I did not want to put this one down. I’ve read some snarky reviews that compare
the main character to Jason Bourne, but I didn’t see it. I thought it was well
written. Enough so, the characters stayed in my head long after I had finished. U.S.
November 29: “Switching Hour” by Robyn Peterman, Magic & Mayhem Book One, a paranormal comedy novella at 116 pages. Blurb from book: Released from the magic pokey and paroled with limited power is enough to make any witch grumpy. However, if you throw in a recently resurrected cat, a lime-green Kia and a sexy egotistical werewolf, it’s enough to make a gal fly off the edge. Not to mention a mission…with no freaking directions. So here I sit in
trying to figure
out how to complete my mysterious mission before All Hallow’s Eve when I’ll get
turned into a mortal. The animals in the area are convinced I’m the Shifter
Whisperer (whatever the hell that is) and the hotter than asphalt-in-August
werewolf thinks I’m his mate. Now apparently I’m slated to save a bunch of
hairy freaks of nature? If they think I’m the right witch for the job, they’ve
swallowed some bad brew. I enjoyed Robyn’s first book so much (which
was a contemporary), I’ve been trying her paranormal stuff. The first book in
the vampire series ended on a cliffhanger and I gave that up. At least this one
doesn’t do that, although the story is clearly the beginning of a series. Thing
is, I’m not so sure I want to read any more. It’s possible I just don’t get her
humor (I apparently don’t get a lot of people’s humor), but it might have
helped if I liked the main character more. Asscrack,
Monday was a busy day for me. I was at the fitness center for a little over four hours doing my best to be seen with my books (a couple of ladies showed interest, so not too shabby). Then I headed to the mall to get new iPhones for me and Daughter. I’m glad I made an appointment for 3:30. I could have waited for hours and I was meeting friends for dinner at six.
Both of our iPhone 5s were unreliable, what with the battery draining too quickly or not charging sufficiently. Now we’re owners of the iPhone SE (hers in slate grey because—BLACK, mine in rose gold because—PINK) and our old covers even fit (no new expense there). It’s been a pain getting the phone set up, though. I have to upload all my apps again, then log into them (and hope to remember the passwords!). And then OCD me has to have them in the same order as before.
This is why I hate changing phones. TOO MUCH WORK!
Oh wait. Daughter said she knows how to copy old phone data to new phone. We’ll see. Regardless, I hope to own this phone a good long time, since it’s not a hand-me-down.
So… How’s your reading coming along? Do you read more during this time of the year? I think I do. It’s not like you can go outside and play in the dark. Well, you can, but it’s COLD out there! Plus, it’s DARK! J