Sunday, August 8, 2010

E-Book Deal and Recent Reads

It's been a very busy few weeks for me.  I was on vacation last week and of course with the joys of full time employment that means double the work before I leave and double the work when I get back from vacation so I've been busy little bee.

In the meantime I have managed to squeeze in some reading.  The first book I read was To Speak for the Dead by Paul Levine which is the first book in his Jake Lassiter series.  If you've read some of my previous posts you may know that I'm a huge fan of Paul Levine's Solomon vs. Lord series (even though I loathe Victoria).  I'd been scouring used books stores trying to find the first book in the Lassiter series and having no luck.  Some time ago I'd signed up for Paul Levine's newsletter and a few weeks ago I recieved an e-mail that said Paul had re-released 3 books in e-book format.  The first two Lassiter books and one stand alone.  Not only that but they have been released at the (temporary) very attractive price of $2.99 - that's right $2.99 and what's more is that proceeds from the sale of the first Lassiter book goes to the Four Diamonds Fund which supports cancer treatment for children at the Penn State Hershey Childrens Hospital.  It's a win-win I had to buy them.

I've since read To Speak for the Dead and while I didn't enjoy it as much as the Solomon novels it was still a very good read and if your interested in courtroom legal thrillers I'd recommend scooting over to the website and purchasing the e-book.

I also read Missing Pieces by Joy Fielding - I spent the whole book waiting for something to happen and then it finally did and it was over in 2 pages.    Basically the writing was okay, the characters were thoroughly unlike-able and the suspense was non existent - just an overall mediocre read for me.

The last book I read was for the book club and I didn't expect to enjoy it but it's one of my best reads so far this year.  I'm going to post a full review on it later but The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton was totally awesome.  I finished the book and could not think of one negative thing about it.