in_excelsis_dea (in_excelsis_dea) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Books 201-215

I would like to hit 300 books by Dec 31, but with NaNo and all, I don't think I'm going to make it. So I'm just going to read what I can and when I can. To be honest, the last month I've barely read anything. Two books in one month is pitiful for me. Got to step it up.

Anyways, my book list. Some mystery and some YA and a couple of randoms. One not-really repeat, no fan fic (which is what I have been reading the last month).

201. The Cabinet of Curiosities by Denis Preston and Lincoln Child

I read one of the later books when it came out four years ago and was pretty lost. But when I saw the newest one at the library, I decided that I should start at the beginning. Couldn't find the first one, but this was the earliest they had. Great book. It's not a book you can read quickly, which is why it took me so long to read. I love the characters and this was the first meeting between Nora and Pendergast, so it was early enough that I didn't feel lost like in the other one I read. The mystery was great, the identity of the killer was surprising and I really liked the ending and the supernatural element. Great book and I plan on reading the rest of the series.

202. Still Live with Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Adored it. I really liked Corrie, Pendergast was great as usual and the plot was intriguing. And the very end is just freaky when you learn why the murders were committed. This book really treads a fine line between horror and not being horror, and I loved it.

203. Sacrificial Lamb by Karin Hofland.

I read a ton of mystery books. And to be honest, while I liked it, it did take me awhile to get into it and I wasn't that impressed. This was an ARC I got from my grandmother because the author is my aunt. I've been hearing about this book for probably eight years now, and heard about what the publishers initially said and stuff. To be honest, I went into it thinking that it would be much worse than it was. I was pleasantly surprised, but not that surprised. Yes, I will read more (I know that she has written at least two more), but it's really only because of the whole relative thing.

204. Just Take My Heart by Mary Higgins Clark

Great. I found that this book felt different than her other books and I really enjoyed it. Also, I was surprised at the identity of the murderer at the end, which is not that common for me and MHC's books.

205. Brimstone by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Great. I loved the occult/devil angle. I loved the ending. I loved the beginning when D'Agosta and Pendergast meet up. I really liked this book.

206. If Looks Could Kill by Katie White

Eh... I will read the two others my library has, but I wasn't that impressed.

207. Cemetary Dance by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Wonderful. I so adore this series.

208. Dance of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Same as above. This is the book I read originally and reading it after reading the prequels makes such a difference. I adored this book the second time around, and I'm counting it because I felt that the first time I read it didn't really count because I was so lost. I didn't realize the full potential of the book at the time, but now I so do. Plus while I vaguely remembered a scene or two, most of the book was a complete mystery including the end. To be honest, I don't know if I even finished it the first time around.

209. The Wheel of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

The ending was shocking. I wasn't as in love with the "murderer" in this book as I was in the others, but I still really enjoyed it. And the casino scene was terribly amusing. I adore Pendergast and Constance is really growing on me.

210. The 8th by James Patterson

Good...but not great. I still enjoy the series, but I'm not as into it as I was at the beginning.

211. Critical by Robin Cook

All right. I found the mystery a bit confusing, but it's Robin Cook and I like Jack and Laurie, so I didn't mind as much.

212. This Side of Heaven by Karen Kingsbury

I read this book in like 30 min. I thought it would be like a Jodi Picoult book, but it wasn't at all. I'm Christian, but I'm not into the whole Christian literature thing, so that kind of grated on me while reading the book. Also the characters seemed superficial at times and this book wasn't deep at all. Not a fan.

213. The Book of Death by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Awesome. I just adored this book. I can't wait to see what happens next in the series. I'm disappointed that Smithback died, but I really loved the twists in the plots. I like how the mysteries aren't really over until the very end. And the end! What a cliff hanger.

214. Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

I liked Tyler a lot. I found that the book was a bit triggering, to be honest, but I still enjoyed it. Tyler really grew on me as a character. And the ending was pretty open.

215. Pretty Face by Mary Hogan

Eh. Another book that I blazed through. Typical YA. Set in my hometown for about half of the book. Set in Italy for the rest. A bit too "perfect", the parts in Italy imo. And I really didn't feel like this book had much substance. The ending just kind of...ended. But it wasn't bad.
Tags: christian, fiction, mystery, paranormal, teen lit, thriller, young adult

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