The Murder House

The Murder House by James Patterson
Genre: Crime Thriller
ISBN: 9780316410984
Published: September 28th 2015 by Little, Brown and Company
Rating: 3.5

James Patterson is one of those writers who I should know to avoid because his story will consume my life, but I know it’ll be worth it, so I listen to it anyway and then in the middle of it, my face looks like this:

Person 1 killed person 3 but person 2 gets blamed but actually person 25 killed 74. PSYCH you thought you had it figured out. Oh, here’s one random fact that doesn’t add up. And now we’re back to square one, but with more hoops to jump through.

Now my face looks like this:

Finally about 3/4 through the way, I figured out who the bad guy was. But I made an assumption (I won’t share it, to keep this review spoiler-free) and when that truth was revealed, my face looked like this:

So there was the adventure of listening to The Murder House.

As far as the book itself, there were good things and bad things. Some of the good things included the rollercoaster mentioned above of feeling like patterson was just messing with my head, the fact that the characters were so clearly defined and constructed, and the plot itself.

Some of the not so good things included the violent descriptive murder scenes (which is one of the reasons I didn’t continue with the Alex Cross series. I quit after Kiss the Girls.). I understand those scenes were in there to make me hate the bad guy and desperately want him to get caught and go to jail, but I also wasn’t happy with how descriptive it was.

There was also a lot of overdramatic moments between some of the characters that made me want to roll my eyes, even in the heat of a very serious moment.

Lastly, Patterson is great at writing violence and murder, but not so great at writing subtley-blosoming romance between two unlikely characters. It felt awkward.

Overall I have mixed feelings about The Murder House. It was an excellent story, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who can’t handle a good murder scene. The writing isn’t phenomenal, but I also enjoyed 85% of my time spent listening to it. So make your judgement on how you tend to respond to violence and gore, and let me know what your face ends up looking like.

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About the Book

No. 7 Ocean Drive is a gorgeous, multi-million-dollar beachfront estate in the Hamptons, where money and privilege know no bounds. But its beautiful gothic exterior hides a horrific past: it was the scene of a series of depraved killings that have never been solved. Neglected, empty, and rumored to be cursed, it's known as the Murder House, and locals keep their distance.
Detective Jenna Murphy used to consider herself a local, but she hasn't been back since she was a girl. Trying to escape her troubled past and rehabilitate a career on the rocks, the former New York City cop hardly expects her lush and wealthy surroundings to be a hotbed of grisly depravity. But when a Hollywood power broker and his mistress are found dead in the abandoned Murder House, the gruesome crime scene rivals anything Jenna experienced in Manhattan. And what at first seems like an open and shut case turns out to have as many shocking secrets as the Murder House itself, as Jenna quickly realizes that the mansion's history is much darker than even the town's most salacious gossips could have imagined. As more bodies surface, and the secret that Jenna has tried desperately to escape closes in on her, she must risk her own life to expose the truth--before the Murder House claims another victim.
Full of the twists and turns that have made James Patterson the world's #1 bestselling writer, THE MURDER HOUSE is a chilling, page-turning story of murder, money, and revenge.

Manners and Mutiny

Manners and Mutiny by Gail Carriger, Narrated by Moira Quirk 
Genre: Steampunk, Historical Urban Fantasy, Romance, YA
ISBN: 9780316190282
Published: November 3rd 2015 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Rating: 5

I’ve been looking forward to this book since I finished the last one. Gail Carriger is one of my favorite writers. Hers are the books I’d sit down on an empty weekend to re-read the entire series, just to try to relive the excitement and the brilliance of the plot, and the life of the characters.

At the beginning of the series we see Sophronia hiding in a dumbwaiter and dropping a trifle on a guest. She’s a rambunctious, over energetic, stir crazy girl. But by the end of the series, she has grown into an elegant, cunning, and well finished lady. Mind you she is still our beloved Sophronia! just with a little more…Qualite’.

The story tied up every loose end in an epic and fulfilling conclusions that leaves the reader satisfied for the opportunities in the characters futures. We don’t need to know every detail of their futures: we know they will succeed in making their own way. I am so happy with the way this series ended!

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About the Book

If one must flirt…flirt with danger.
Lessons in the art of espionage aboard Mademoiselle Geraldine’s floating dirigible have become tedious without Sophronia’s sweet sootie Soap nearby. She would much rather be using her skills to thwart the dastardly Picklemen, yet her concerns about their wicked intentions are ignored, and now she’s not sure whom to trust. What does the brusque werewolf dewan know? On whose side is the ever-stylish vampire Lord Akeldama? Only one thing is certain: a large-scale plot is under way, and when it comes to fruition, Sophronia must be ready to save her friends, her school, and all of London from disaster—in decidedly dramatic fashion, of course.
What will become of our proper young heroine when she puts her years of training to the test? Find out in this highly anticipated and thrilling conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Finishing School series!


About the Author

Check out my interview with Gail Carriger here!
Gail Carriger writes comedic steampunk mixed with urbane fantasy in three series: two adult, the Parasol Protectorate and Custard Protocol, and one YA, the Finishing School series. Her books are published in eighteen different languages. She has twelve NYT bestsellers via six different lists (including #1 in Manga). She has received the Alex Award from the ALA (for her debut Soulless) and the Prix Julia Verlanger and the Elbakin Award from French readers. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea.

Swords and Scoundrels

Swords and Scoundrels by Julia Knight
Genre: Urban Fantasy
ISBN: 9781478960164
Published: October 6th 2015 by Orbit
Rating: 4.5
This was a fun beginning to a great new trilogy. A brother and sister’s relationship that is all fun and games on the outside, but on the inside is so real in it’s rocky ships and stormy seas. There is tension and emotion from love and hate, and confusion from not-quite-love mixed with not-quite-hate. The characters are brilliant and complex, the magic is deep, and the story twists and turns like the city it sits on. I’m super excited for the next turn of the series!
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About The Book

Two siblings.
Outcasts for life.... together.
What could possibly go wrong?

Vocho and Kacha are champion duelists: a brother and sister known for the finest swordplay in the city of Reyes. Or at least they used to be-until they were thrown out of the Duelist's Guild.
As a last resort, they turn reluctant highwaymen. But when they pick the wrong carriage to rob, their simple plans to win back fame and fortune go south fast.
After barely besting three armed men and a powerful magician, Vocho and Kacha make off with an immense locked chest. But the contents will bring them much more than they've bargained for when they find themselves embroiled in a dangerous plot to return an angry king to power....
Swords and Scoundrels is the first book in The Duelist's Trilogy -- a tale of death, magic, and family loyalty.

About the Author

Julia Knight is married with two children, and lives with the world’s daftest dog that is shamelessly ruled by the writer’s obligatory three cats. She lives in Sussex, UK and when not writing she likes motorbikes, watching wrestling or rugby, killing pixels in MMOs. She is incapable of being serious for more than five minutes in a row.


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