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Everyone interested in the Big Read - AND THE WINNER IS . . .

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Question: Which book would you like to select for the Big Read?

Options:

Dark Witch

Takedown Twenty

Cross My Heart

Innocence


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Dark Witch (Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy Series #1) by Nora Roberts.  

A huge and sincere thank you goes out to Shannon, aka KickButtMama, for the wonderful choices.  Thanks so much Shannon!

I'll toss a post out next Wednesday to see if everyone was able to borrow it from their library, friend, cousin, ??? and how everyone is doing.  Thanks so much for doing this!  It should be a great time. :)



The following are four excellent suggestions for our Big Read.  For those that didn't see the other post (and are interested): we'll all read the same book over a month then have a cool discussion about it.

Each of these are at the two libraries by me, so hopefully they're near you too.  I swiped the descriptions from Barnes & Noble, and made them clicky if you'd like to see the covers, etc.  I'll probably wrap the poll up Thursday evening, unless you ladies would like a different date.  

Thank you for participating!  This should be fantastic. 


Dark Witch (Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy Series #1) by Nora Roberts

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive….


Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
 
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor. 
 
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.


Cross My Heart by James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross is a family man at heart--nothing matters more to him than his children, his grandmother, and his wife Bree. His love of his family is his anchor, and gives him the strength to confront evil in his work. One man knows this deeply, and uses Alex's strength as a weapon against him in the most unsettling and unexpected novel of James Patterson's career.

When the ones Cross loves are in danger, he will do anything to protect them. If he does anything to protect them, they will die.

CROSS MY HEART is the most powerful Alex Cross novel ever, propelled by the ever-ingenious mind of James Patterson, the world's #1 bestselling writer.


Innocence by Dean Koontz 

In Innocence, Dean Koontz blends mystery, suspense, and acute insight into the human soul in a masterfully told tale that will resonate with readers forever.

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen.
 
She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found.
 

But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance—and nothing less than destiny—has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching. 


by on Jan. 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM
Replies (31-40):
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jan. 14, 2014 at 6:11 PM
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Exactly!  I think she wrote it in because she was working on another non-fiction book at the time (9 Parts of Desire) and she allowed it to bleed over into her fiction work, but it didn't fit in.  Almost all reviews I've read about it talk about how they would give many more stars for the first 200 pages but that the last 50 just blew it.

I think I know what you're talking about, but I really called all of the endings... Snow, Coin, Peta, Gale, and her.  It seemed like the only logical endings for each of their plotlines.  Although Peta and she were heartbreaking.

Quoting TidewaterClan: Lol, pretty cheesy of her. What does that have to do with the plague?


Possible spoiler alert but will try to keep it vague!

That very last dramatic scene in HG was spot on. The way the one character had a complete personality change threw me off. It makes sense based on the circumstances, but still seemed not quite right.


Quoting bluerooffarm:

Edited to say:  **********Spioler Alert for Year of Wonders***********



The end of the Mocking Jay made complete sense to me, I could see it all coming.  (I am clair-freaking-voyant that way LOL.  I drive my husband crazy when we watch movies with a "trick ending")

With Year of Wonders, we were following along with a village during the plague years and then poof the main character goes off to the middle east and becomes a wife in a harem.  No warning, just total change. 

Quoting TidewaterClan: That's good to know so I don't bother spending time on that book.



Did you happen to read the Hunger Games trilogy? I thought the last one did that at the end.




Quoting bluerooffarm:

Even worse than that are the books that take a sharp left turn and fall off a cliff at the end.  Geraldine Brooks Year of Wonders did that.  I actually threw the book across the room at the last chapter!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan:

I hope she does too.  I've read series where that happens and it gets a little stale.  

One other thing that drives me nuts is when the author has an incredibly long book, then wraps up the end in 10 pages.  I thought "The Night Circus" was like that.  She went through 20 pages sometimes going into detail about something small.  The whole book is 528 pages long, and it felt like the last 10-15 wrapped it up in a rushed sort of way.

Quoting KickButtMama:

Since I read fast, I actually prefer series to stand alone books. Nora Roberts has always been a fav of mine (I'm obsessed with her In Death series written under the JD Robb pen name) but I have to say in the last few book series, she's started repeating story lines. Which bums me out. Like the Key series (another fav) and the 3 Sisters Island (also a fav) were exactly the same characters. So I'm hoping she gets out of her rut! 

Quoting TidewaterClan:

I know I've read a few of hers, so I'm looking forward to reading that one if it's the winner.  I made sure to put the 1/3 trilogy on there in case anyone else likes trilogies (I love reading series myself if the first one is good).

Quoting KickButtMama:

I have loved all of Nora Roberts Irish series - the Gallagers, etc- so I'm interested in Dark Witch. 







TidewaterClan
by on Jan. 14, 2014 at 8:14 PM

Maybe she accidentally copied and pasted the wrong ending in, lol.  :)

I agree on Peta.  How much nicer could he be before she noticed him?  I had most of the rest; definitely Coin and Gale.  He should have been history (in her heart) during the first game.  Haymitch was actually one of my favorites.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Exactly!  I think she wrote it in because she was working on another non-fiction book at the time (9 Parts of Desire) and she allowed it to bleed over into her fiction work, but it didn't fit in.  Almost all reviews I've read about it talk about how they would give many more stars for the first 200 pages but that the last 50 just blew it.

I think I know what you're talking about, but I really called all of the endings... Snow, Coin, Peta, Gale, and her.  It seemed like the only logical endings for each of their plotlines.  Although Peta and she were heartbreaking.

Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Jan. 14, 2014 at 10:26 PM
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I want in! Lol...

3 of the 4 are on my list to read anyway....Dont usually read Koontz not a big fan

Nora Roberts would be my #1 since so many vetod Evanovich...lol
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 8:03 AM
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Haha!  Maybe!

I kind of understand hanging onto her love for Gale, since he was such a strong connection to the world of hunting her father had introduced her to; however I agree that she made her choice in the first game even if she didn't see it that way.  Haymitch was one of my favorites too, I had even pictured him as Woody!  I actually whooped the first time we got to see him on screen!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Maybe she accidentally copied and pasted the wrong ending in, lol.  :)

I agree on Peta.  How much nicer could he be before she noticed him?  I had most of the rest; definitely Coin and Gale.  He should have been history (in her heart) during the first game.  Haymitch was actually one of my favorites.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Exactly!  I think she wrote it in because she was working on another non-fiction book at the time (9 Parts of Desire) and she allowed it to bleed over into her fiction work, but it didn't fit in.  Almost all reviews I've read about it talk about how they would give many more stars for the first 200 pages but that the last 50 just blew it.

I think I know what you're talking about, but I really called all of the endings... Snow, Coin, Peta, Gale, and her.  It seemed like the only logical endings for each of their plotlines.  Although Peta and she were heartbreaking.


TidewaterClan
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:25 AM

That makes sense about Gale.  I was glad that Peta was tougher, and more resourceful, than he'd appeared on the surface.

Woody really is the perfect match for Haymitch.  Have you seen the second movie?  Did you like it?

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Haha!  Maybe!

I kind of understand hanging onto her love for Gale, since he was such a strong connection to the world of hunting her father had introduced her to; however I agree that she made her choice in the first game even if she didn't see it that way.  Haymitch was one of my favorites too, I had even pictured him as Woody!  I actually whooped the first time we got to see him on screen!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Maybe she accidentally copied and pasted the wrong ending in, lol.  :)

I agree on Peta.  How much nicer could he be before she noticed him?  I had most of the rest; definitely Coin and Gale.  He should have been history (in her heart) during the first game.  Haymitch was actually one of my favorites.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Exactly!  I think she wrote it in because she was working on another non-fiction book at the time (9 Parts of Desire) and she allowed it to bleed over into her fiction work, but it didn't fit in.  Almost all reviews I've read about it talk about how they would give many more stars for the first 200 pages but that the last 50 just blew it.

I think I know what you're talking about, but I really called all of the endings... Snow, Coin, Peta, Gale, and her.  It seemed like the only logical endings for each of their plotlines.  Although Peta and she were heartbreaking.



TidewaterClan
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:26 AM

I'm glad you're in Jinx!  It'll be great hearing your take on the book.

Quoting Jinx-Troublex3: I want in! Lol...

3 of the 4 are on my list to read anyway....Dont usually read Koontz not a big fan

Nora Roberts would be my #1 since so many vetod Evanovich...lol


bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:37 AM
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I saw it.  I regret not seeing it in Imax!  LOL

I liked it.  I think they are doing a really good job at sticking with the storyline so far.  They do leave a lot out, but that's to be expected.

Quoting TidewaterClan:

That makes sense about Gale.  I was glad that Peta was tougher, and more resourceful, than he'd appeared on the surface.

Woody really is the perfect match for Haymitch.  Have you seen the second movie?  Did you like it?

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Haha!  Maybe!

I kind of understand hanging onto her love for Gale, since he was such a strong connection to the world of hunting her father had introduced her to; however I agree that she made her choice in the first game even if she didn't see it that way.  Haymitch was one of my favorites too, I had even pictured him as Woody!  I actually whooped the first time we got to see him on screen!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Maybe she accidentally copied and pasted the wrong ending in, lol.  :)

I agree on Peta.  How much nicer could he be before she noticed him?  I had most of the rest; definitely Coin and Gale.  He should have been history (in her heart) during the first game.  Haymitch was actually one of my favorites.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Exactly!  I think she wrote it in because she was working on another non-fiction book at the time (9 Parts of Desire) and she allowed it to bleed over into her fiction work, but it didn't fit in.  Almost all reviews I've read about it talk about how they would give many more stars for the first 200 pages but that the last 50 just blew it.

I think I know what you're talking about, but I really called all of the endings... Snow, Coin, Peta, Gale, and her.  It seemed like the only logical endings for each of their plotlines.  Although Peta and she were heartbreaking.




TidewaterClan
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 1:10 PM
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Awesome. I'll look forward to seeing it then.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

I saw it.  I regret not seeing it in Imax!  LOL

I liked it.  I think they are doing a really good job at sticking with the storyline so far.  They do leave a lot out, but that's to be expected.

Quoting TidewaterClan:

That makes sense about Gale.  I was glad that Peta was tougher, and more resourceful, than he'd appeared on the surface.

Woody really is the perfect match for Haymitch.  Have you seen the second movie?  Did you like it?

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Haha!  Maybe!

I kind of understand hanging onto her love for Gale, since he was such a strong connection to the world of hunting her father had introduced her to; however I agree that she made her choice in the first game even if she didn't see it that way.  Haymitch was one of my favorites too, I had even pictured him as Woody!  I actually whooped the first time we got to see him on screen!  LOL

Quoting TidewaterClan:

Maybe she accidentally copied and pasted the wrong ending in, lol.  :)

I agree on Peta.  How much nicer could he be before she noticed him?  I had most of the rest; definitely Coin and Gale.  He should have been history (in her heart) during the first game.  Haymitch was actually one of my favorites.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Exactly!  I think she wrote it in because she was working on another non-fiction book at the time (9 Parts of Desire) and she allowed it to bleed over into her fiction work, but it didn't fit in.  Almost all reviews I've read about it talk about how they would give many more stars for the first 200 pages but that the last 50 just blew it.

I think I know what you're talking about, but I really called all of the endings... Snow, Coin, Peta, Gale, and her.  It seemed like the only logical endings for each of their plotlines.  Although Peta and she were heartbreaking.




TidewaterClan
by on Jan. 15, 2014 at 7:17 PM

 FOR UPDATE!

Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Jan. 20, 2014 at 8:44 PM

Yikes!! I missed the decision post!!

Do we have the "read by" date yet?? I think I mmissed something!!

HELP! I'm lost!

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