Thursday, January 18, 2007

Sleeping with Fishes by Mary Janice Davidson

I loved this book so much I read it in half a day. lol Here is my review:

Fredricka Bimm is a mermaid but not your typical one. She is half human, half mermaid which makes life very interesting for her. She works for the New England Aquarium. The problem is that the fish aren’t eating and the toxin levels in the water are not normal. But then enters Thomas Pearson who is a good looking marine biologist who is trying to help the NEA figure out what is going on. Fred’s superior Dr. Barb has told her to cooperate with Thomas. And that is the least of her problems at the NEA with only one being Madison Fehr the newest intern. She is wondering if her life can get any worse when her parents need to tell her something and then she gets a weird phone call from her mom. Will Fred figure out what is the problem in the water? Yet that won’t be the end of her problems.

This is my first book by Mary Janice Davidson and it had me laughing out loud. The writing was spectacular and I loved all the side remarks that Fred made. That was what made me laugh the most. She has quite a way with words and I loved how she did such extensive research before writing. Some books don’t need a lot of that well this one did and it really showed. She also went as far to put the websites in the front of the book. I am a little biased since this author lives in Minnesota and will be doing a book signing near me. So this is also one of the first times I have ever read a book before the signing.

Now for the characters, since that is what the book mainly focuses on. I loved all of them from Thomas Pearson, Artur, Prince of the Black Sea, Jonas, to the main character Fred. Oh my word, I don’t remember laughing this hard before. If I have to pick a favorite it would be Fred, hands down. She was not your typical mermaid, which made me like her more, plus the fact that she was not stuck up. The thing that I found the most interesting was that she struggled to swim without her fins. It does make sense since she is a mermaid but she is half human too.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure and romance. It is full of stuff and twists that are going on in the book. From Jonas and how women think he is gay to Fred well being Fred. It is a fun, laugh out loud book, and I can’t wait to read more by this author. I give it a 5/5 cause there are so few good mermaid plot stories that I have read. It is definitely a rare book.

Now onto Lisey's Story by Steven King. I have wanted to read this one for awhile. This will also be my first Steven King novel as well. :)

Murder and Salutations by Elizabeth Bright

I finished this book up yesterday but wasn't feeling too good so I finally finished up my review today. Here it is:

Jennifer Shane is enjoying the banquet for the Chamber of Commerce of Rebel Forge, Virginia. She is expecting her sister Sara Lynn to be presented with Businessperson of the year, but is shocked when her name is called. To make the evening more complicated, some one has killed Eliza Glade the Chamber president. People are pointing fingers at Sara Lynn and Jennifer is determined to clear her name. Will the person be found out before anything else happens?

This is the third book in the series but by far my favorite. I loved the storyline and how all three siblings Bradford, Jennifer, and Sara Lynn really got along. They really looked out for each other. Elizabeth Bright is an amazing writer and everything written is believable. The story progresses at good pace and I looked forward to all of the card making tips. Though I am not sure who the author really is since they use a non de plume, that person does a really great job of putting feelings on paper as well as get you really involved wanting to find out what will happen next.

My favorite character was Jennifer. She was a stubborn woman but she knew when to stop. Now that wasn’t always easy for her to admit but she did see the way. Her family generally cared about her and she did her best to support them back. Lillian was a hoot as usual and she was able to find out some really good information thanks to being in a small town. I never saw so much jealousy in a small town but boy did it really affect Jennifer’s investigation. I could really relate to Jennifer not only with her love of making cards but I love a good mystery. Though I normally don’t figure things out quite so quickly and I wouldn’t put my life in danger. I am a pretty cautious person. But all in all, I loved watching the case unfold and was happy when the murderer was finally caught.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery. It has twists and turns that will keep you guessing. Plus Jennifer and her family had me laughing through most of the book. I am a stickler for reading books in order so you would want to start with An Invitation to Murder. I hope people enjoy this book as much as I have. I give it a 4/5 because I enjoyed it that much but the motive behind the murder was very believable.

Now onto Sleeping with the Fishs by Mary Janice Davidson. It will be a cozy possibly mystery type book. I love these types of books. :)