Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Haunted Ground

I picked up this book awhile ago and just got to reading it.
Well I am a little disappointed. It wasn't what I expected. I'm a person that likes to get the history behind what a story is trying to allude to.

In this case it was about the bogs and bog people from Ireland. Being that my father was an historian and did research of over 800 years of Irish history, I heard a lot about the bog people.

It's fascinating when reading this story about what their beliefs, ideals, and their intentions were when these historians dug up the bogs what was present in the sodden old logs. It gave them info about what tools they used, the system of labor it took to accomplish. And like one of the professor's said in the story it is concrete clues as to what whole society of the bog people, the way of life was like.

I liked how the two main characters Cormac and Nora worked together. She understood how important it was to excavate by hand to find microfossils, insects remains, seeds, plant matter. Anything helps especially when Nora was trying to find out who this person was that they found buried in a bog.
Nora explained to Cormac that she worked in a lab and learn t that
it is very mysterious the way unsaturated fatty acids are replaced by saturated fatty acids with two carbon atoms less. The body's organic compounds aren't broken down in the usual way, but chemically transformed.
All this is taken in account. Who is this person, what happened to them? A modern CSI back in time.

Haunted Ground was very slow reading in about half the book. But found it to pick up toward the end. That's when strange things started to happen for Cormac and Nora. They started to put things together. They found out who and why innocent people were missing. The story took on a life. Sadly I had to wait.

I myself did not know what was happening. There was a twist. The ending of story was good. After answers were found out the body in the bog started to change. The cell walls had begun to break down at a fast rate. Opening to spread of invading mold and bacteria that would gradually transform the body. As it did to all living and dead things.

This is the interesting part of who and what these bog people were. Not scary, but what about the bog, the ground itself? Hmm...

I give Haunted Ground 3 

This is a bookcrossing book and is going on it's way to WI very soon.
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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Strange Blood

This is a book and author that is new to me. It is the second book in series. But it isn't a book that should be read after the 1st. The main character is Megan Rhys.
I like her. She is a woman that seems to know what she is doing, confident in her work. Shame the men around her life doesn't think so.

It wasn't a blood and guts book. The horror in it was what the murderer did to the victims. I actually didn't want to look for who did it.

Although I never thought who did it was the one. I actually thought the person should of been someone more creative. But I guess it wouldn't of worked out as good.

Something I forgot to add the 1st time. I noticed reading this book that the author at times would go right into a another subject where I got confused . I thought I was still reading one thing but I wasn't. It was a little hard to follow. But it just happened a few times though.

I intend to read the 1st book called Frozen. I do have a soft spot for the characters, Megan and others around her.

This book is on it's way now to NY and is a Bookcrossing book.

I give Strange Blood 4 

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Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Darkly Dreaming Dexter

I read this book for one of my book groups. A nice book for the time of season. I seen some of the shows of Dexter and I just wanted to read more on him. He is a different sort of chap. Loves the idea that his Dark Passenger wants to get rid of the bad things in life. Never knowing what the history of himself was, it was hard for Dexter to understand why he was doing what he did. But with the guidance of his adoptive dad his actions were put in focus. His he a monster?

Dexter is a blood specialist. An ideal career choice for his Dark Passenger. We all have dreams Dex says. Does his actions count in sleep? Weren't we all crazy in our sleep? What was sleep a process that we dump our insanity into a dark subconscious pit and come out on the other side ready to eat cereal instead of the neighbor's children?
Who can argue with that LOL!

Characters that I liked the most were Dexter of course. His girlfriend Rita. Even though she had problems of her own there was some kind of connection that the two of them had. Some of the cops at the prescient that Dexter worked at, I even like a tidbit of, Doakes the Sgt that got on Dex's nerves.
His sister Deb was ok but at times I couldn't stand her. For a cop she was very sloppy in her work. Made her look like a cop that shouldn't be.
I liked his adoptive father, Harry, he understood Dex, he tried to keep him focused on what the importance of who to be a monster to.
The most hated character was LaGuerta. She was a ignorant person and a cop that thought she was too good for what she did.

I thought the ending was a surprise. But I thought it to be a bit on the light side. I thought the police work was written sloppy. It made the Miami police look like they were rookies.

I said before I watched some of the shows for Dexter. They are based on Darkly Dreaming Dexter. Alot of what is in the show is put in and not true to the book. Sadly this is done quite a bit. Did that make me enjoy Darkly Dreaming Dexter less? No it did not. I still would like to read the two books that follow. How can I not read more on this lovable monster. LOL!

This is a bookcrossing book. And I am sending it on it's way to NJ as a surprise

I give Darkly Dreaming Dexter 4

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Friday, September 28, 2007

C is for Corspe

Every now and than I like to read a cozy. And I started reading the Alphabet mysteries (what I call them) a while ago and I took a liking to them.

My thoughts on this book are not as good as I would like them. First it was slow reading from the start but when it got to the 100th page it started to pick up.
Kinsey was not as active as she usually is. It was on the mild side. I like the idea that she did fess up to that as a child she used to go snooping. And this activity carried into her detective work. Good thing, it helped her.

This is the 1st time I actually read a detective book that the detective lost her client. Although Kinsey did a wonderful job finding out what she had to.

I will continue to read the rest of the ABC's and hope they get better. This is a bookcrossing book and I am sending on to Ohio next.

I'm giving C is for Corpse 3 

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Monday, August 27, 2007

Pawleys Island

This is the first time to read any of Dorothea Benton Frank's books. And I found that I liked this book a lot. It is funny while being sincere of the people being so helpful and loving, finding a peaceful path to live by with friends that have things in common.

My favorite characters are Abigail, Huey, and Miss Olivia. Miss Olivia is awesome. I hope I'm that aware of my surroundings and up on current affairs when I'm that age.
The one thing I couldn't stand in this book was the author using the word y'all so many times. I know it's a southern style book but even the southerners don't use ya'll that much.

Why does everybody like Pawleys Island? "The island was a place where you figured things out, made sense of your life and learned to live with yourself, forgive yourself. All the while humbled by it's astonishing power and beauty". You just need some time on Pawleys to find the truth of your own heart and to be grateful again for your life.

My funniest part of the story was how Huey loved his Coca Cola LOL! A guy after my own heart :D

It is a blessing to have friends and a place to go to that you know will accept you with open arms for yourself.

I give this book 5
This is a bookcrossing book and will be on it's way to Canada.

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Saturday, July 21, 2007

Bel Canto

I don't have any favorite characters from this book. They were equally good. I guess if I had to pick one it would be Roxanne Coss. She was an American and came to this party that they had and did her job. What she found was that she learnt a lot about herself
that she would of never guessed of herself.

My thoughts on Bel Canto are very simple really.
A beautiful story, a love story of all kinds. The story is compared to the Stockholm Syndrome, In this day it is hard to see people relate in a gentle way to captors (bad guy). But the way the story is told one wishes it was that simple to love of a different kind, to be isolated from the harsh world, to live in a world without hate.
One can only try and make a better world for the future.

To make the world a bit more tolerable to live in
and have it mesh together.

The story is slow. At the 100th page it starts to pick up but quickly stands still. I was glad when I got to the end to finally see the characters do something different.

A shame that the ending wasn't so good. To read such a lovely story and to have the ending aburtly end sloppy I thought was pretty bad.
It was like a good movie using all the good moves and story lines to find it not knowing where to go but down hill.

That was the only cons I had for Bel Canto. I would recommend this book. And I am giving the author, Ann Patchett another chance by reading another book of hers called The Magician Assistant. This will be going on my wishlist.

Bel Canto is a bookcrossing book. And it will be making it's way to Canada.

I give Bel Canto 5

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Friday, June 29, 2007

To all who tried to comment on Dead Until Dark

I know some people have been trying to comment on my post for Dead Until Dark.

I did some re-creating and made another post. And now it seems to have the comment button. I also copied your comments with links back to your blog to the new post from The Granny post.

Thank you for commenting and looking at my blog. I really do appreciate it :)

Dead Until Dark

I heard so much good news about these books. When I won this title in a swap I was glad it was the first book. I didn't know how I was going to like it but as I got into the book, I thought this isn't bad. I like it.
Who knew that I was going to read something different about vampires. Especially some people accepting them as just another person. Crazy, LOL!
Anyways my favorite characters are Sookie, of course, Sam, and who can forget about Sookie's grandmother :D I don't care for Bill "the vampire" too much. That might change later.
I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series.
This is a bookcrossing book and I don't know where it's going to go yet.
I give this book: 5
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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

The Granny

The Granny
Author: Brendan O' Carroll
This was a good book to finish the trilogy. It was sweet how all came together. And see how Agnes' children came together in rough times and supported one another even though it was tough at times to like their family members.
I hated to see the story end. I enjoyed how Agnes dealt with her life. And found love in a Frenchman named Pierre.
What are some things I noticed in book? There was a part of the story that focused on one of Agnes' children, Dermot. Even though the book was about Agnes and her children, grandchildren there is a part like the 2nd book that tells the story of one of her children more.
It is hard to say anything about The Granny without giving away the best of the trilogy. I am glad to see how all Agnes' children did find that best path for them to follow. A happy ending for all.
Being Irish myself I remember being part of a family that was that close and children were the answer.
I certainly recommend this trilogy to read. A very heart warmly, light read for everybody. I also recommend to read "The Young Wan". It fills gaps where you might have questions about Agnes, Redster (husband), and Marion, Agnes' (bff!) It was written after the trilogy.
I give this book 4 

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Montana 1948

Montana 1948
Author: Larry Watson
I thought this story was a good read. I found myself wanting to know more about the characters.
This book is compared to the book "To Kill a Mockingbird". I believe To Kill a Mockingbird was a much stronger book. I found Montana 1948, the characters somewhat weak. And something was missing from it. What was missing from it? A reason for why Frank did what he did. Why just single out Indian women? He was a doctor, people both men and women looked up to him.
The story was told in 1st person by David Haydon. Son of Wesley and Gail Haydon. David through the story you could tell was seeking out who his father really was.
Being that his dad was a sheriff in Montana, why wasn't Wesley dressed like a real cowboy? Instead he wears brogans and a fedora. Not Stetsons and boots. He just didn't fit the ideal person to be in the occupation that he had.
David's mom wanted his dad to work as a lawyer for what he graduated as. But being from a family with a father of his own that is tough as nails and following tradition. Wesley could not be anything else. Of course one son is favored over the other and it wasn't Wes. But Wes stood back and let his brother get the attention and let his dad feel good.
Being that David's Uncle Frank gets all the attention and is a doctor is another reason why David doesn't understand why the actions that his family took when they heard about Marie being sick and she not wanting Frank Haydon to look after her.
Marie was an Indian girl that helped the Haydon household do their daily routine. Especially David. She fell sick and died. She wouldn't let Frank near her. The story finally came out from Marie that Frank was touching the Indian women in inapporiate ways.
Again David is wondering why his father is not believing Marie. It took a woman, Gail Haydon to believe and push the issue. Wes finally did some research on this. And it is a shame that the period of time like 1948 that it was against all moral law that white people didn't associate with the Indians. So on the sly Wes had to meet with the Indian elders. Who most should respect.
Again Wesley is in a fix when his own father who does not want to believe that his favorite son has done something immoral.
With the period of time this book was set in the old saying, "Children should be seen and not heard" was apparent in this story. David knew all along what was going on. He also knew why his family kept sending him out of ear shot. But David never found the right moment to say anything. He was the smartest of them all. He seen his father carry around grief on his shoulders and no one to share support with. David was growing up. To think in the begining he thought the hardest part of his job was the criminals that he had to face.
Wesley did what he had to do. Wes never got to complete and teach his brother a valuable lesson. To let Frank become a man that his patients and family could respect again.
Something bad happened to Frank one night. And Wesley's father,David's grandfather never wanted to have anything to do with Wesley and his family again.
David knew after what happened solved their problems. Especially Indian women could go back to seeing a doctor without fear of being assaulted. David's family started a new life. And for the very first time David saw his father being his own man. Wesley started his own family's tradition.
"Don't blame Montana"! I think that sums it up. It wasn't the state, but some of the family that wouldn't support other family. It was a growing and learning experience for a son that will have a greater respect for his father and mother. A son,brother and husband that made bad choices and paid dearly for it.
What would I have like to see in the story? One thing is probably more written about why Frank did what he did. Why did he have to treat women, (Indian) especially like that?
I give this book:

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The ABC's of Love

The ABC's of Love
Author: Sarah Salway
Not my usual kind of book to read. But I thought it wasn't too bad, cute. It reminded me of that show Sex and the City where Carrie and her girlfriends cope with their lives and each other's.
It is so hard to have a relationship these days. And keep the relationship going without getting bored.
One thing that hit me quickly in this book is when Verity talking about her relationship with John and he mentioned about Verity's mustache. He said she shouldn't shave it that it was sexy.
How embarrasing. Didn't he know what we girls go through with our ritual of beauty ? We don't want to be reminded about our short coming no matter what the other person thinks. Sheesh! LOL!
Here are some of my other thought that were brought up in the story.
Why is it that we just wish our grandparents wouldn't make a big deal out of nothing?
Vertity's relationship with her grandmother took her on a "mystery trip" even though Vertity didn't have such a great time, her grandmother for years talked about how she loved it.
I wish grandparents would be intune with how we feel.
Why is it that we are glad to see our SO's when we want to,?And when they pay attention to us when they want to, like when we are watching our favorite tv show and that's all we care about at the time, we rather they do something else?
Oh how I can relate to Vertity wanting to be locked up in a stationary store. I too like the clean crisp smell of stationary. With all the little gadgets you have to keep you organized.
I guess in England they are just getting around to taking the phone booths out. Since technology has caught up with the idea of cellphones. It seems eons ago when that's all we had was to go to a public phone.
I like it. When Brian (Vertity's co worker) said when she painted her flat yellow she had herself her own sunlit island.
I never heard anything put that way. I like it.
I believe like Vertity that most things are better as memories, like photographs. I sit myself and look at the old photos and think back if that moment was the most joyful one. Than the soon to be unremembered present moment.
I would recommend this book, especially to people that are in relationships. They really could relate to a lot what is said.
I give this book 4
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Monday, March 19, 2007

The Perfect Family

The Perfect Family
Author: Carla Cassidy
When I started reading this book I didn't know it was the kind that it was going to be hard to put down. I was looking forward to what was coming up next.
What was my favorite character? I can't say that I did have a favorite character because they were all so good. I guess if I would have to pick one I will have to say, Alex.
Why Alex? Alex had this second chance on love with Marissa. And he walked into something that was going on in Marissa's life that wasn't so easy. Poor guy went through some changes in his own life because of her and her children.
My thoughts on the story: Well I can tell you that I would be scared out of my mine if I had someone stalking me. And on top of that killing people as presents to me. Yuck! And just like Marissa my No.1 concern would be my children. I would do anything to protect them. What makes it real strange is the people that Marissa felt secure with, the ones that save lives are the ones that she needed to watch out for.
To think her husband a firefighter. A person that dedicated his life to helping others that someone caused him harm and his family.
Scary to think that this could happen in real life if you let your imagination run.
Was there anything I didn't like in this story? There was one thing I didn't like. At the end, in the epilogue when Marissa finally got her life settled down. She stopped going to the firehouse. Not because of the past but because of her future. She didn't need them anymore. I just wish it wasn't written up like that. By not going at all anymore it just sounds like there is more important things in her life and she has no time for anyone else. I just saw it that she was bringing joy to the men that protect. But I do understand why it was written like that.
I do recommend this book to read. Not only is it a thriller it does have romance too. Which everyone loves a good ending.
I give this book: 5 
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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Finn MacCool

Author: Morgan LLywelyn
I grew up on the Irish history. And Finn MacCool I can say was not a disappointment. I was taken in with the thoughts in my mind of ancient Ireland. The book in my option captured all what I have learnt throughout the years.
Did the man become the legend or the legend become the man? I think it was a little of both. Finn a great warrior himself not only was strong but he would recite poetry. He felt the poetry in him and lived it.
He took fianna's what was said to be not worthy and made them as dignified as any royal people. Finn made them believe in themselves. He made the Fianna's the best, the elite.
Did Finn have a magical side? Oh yes he did. Legend says that Finn could pick thorns out of his heels while running. Which by the way was a feat that any man had to pass if he wanted to be part of the Fianna.
Once in a battle with a Scottish giant Finn scooped up a large clod of earth and flung it at the Scott. The clod fell into the sea and turned into the Isle of Mann. The hole it left filled up with water and became Lough Neagh.
Irish history is well off with myths and legends
They weave true history with threads of myths and lore.
Finn did marry a woman named Sive. Finn thought that she was presented to him as a deer. They had a son named Oisin. Who later followed in his father's footstep's and had his love for poetry.
The end for Finn MacCool was his poetry and his fear that someday Goll MacMorna, the man who killed Finn's father would kill Finn.
The magic that these tales bring has given a few versions of where Finn is today.
Some say he died by getting in the middle of a fight that a couple of the members of the Fianna were having. Another story is that Finn is sleeping in a cave waiting to awake so that he can defend Ireland in their time of need.
I give this book: 4 
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Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tears of the Giraffe

I started reading this series a while ago. Starting with No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Tears of the Giraffe gives the characters a more interesting, softer side of them. Precious helped a woman with her grief of a son that was lost. Mr. J.L.B. took in some orphan children so they wouldn't be alone. But to be loved by both he and Precious.

What does it mean, Tears of a Giraffe? A giraffe has nothing to give except for it's tears. Just as people give something to be kind.

My favorite characters? They would have to be Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni

With her kind heart and an adventurous spirit of breaking new ground of a woman being a detective. And his hard working, and sometimes naive soul they become good friends and now will be married.

Were there things in the story that stood out? Yes there were.
Mr. J.L.B. is a mechanic and he is trying to keep the cars running as best he can. With new technology coming out he is the only one that knows the basics of the older cars. He doesn't know why the younger men don't want to learn basics.
Not so much different as today with all the new fangled things that are in cars today. Mechanics need to be up on all new things.

Also there is a spot in the book about the orphan children needing others to take care of them. If no one else does who will. So the habit of this continent is to take care of the children. It just isn't 1 person left. The whole village pitches in. Much like the Irish did back in their barbaric ways. If 1 person could do it many did. They fostered children. So no one was left alone
In a way today the message is lost. Many don't want to do anything. What a shame :(

That is just another example of how Mma Ramotswe, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's generous souls come together.

I give this book: 5 

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

The Secret of the Old Clock

This book is the 1st in a series about a young girl named Nancy Drew.
I used to read these books when I was a kid. My dad and I would go to the bookstore, or to Woolworth (a 5&10 store) to get a ice cream soda and look at the books. Each time I would get a Nancy Drew book. I would try to get them in order too. Sadly my mom threw out my books and I can't pass them down to my kids. But this year my son Matthew got me the 1st six books in the series for Christmas. What a wonderful surprise!
I finished The Secret of the Old Clock and this is what I thought of it.
Nancy Drew never let me down. It was nice to see that Nancy still had ingenuity when she was solving a mystery. Who would of thought that a young girl of 18 would find herself being a sleuth. It is a little strange that a 18 yr old would act so maturely. And that she in this case, would be so kind and happy for people that she helped. I think that's what attracted me to these stories. Plus they are mysteries too. LOL!
Who was the center of this mystery? Josiah Crowley, He was the man that befriended some nice people who really cared about him. And wanted to leave his estate to them. To the dismay of his family and friends, his estate was left to family members that weren't too kind. Was there another will?
What was so special about The Old Clock? The clock held a 2nd will that was a later version of Josiah Crowley's orginal will and testament. Actually the clock held a notebook where the will was at.
The outcome? The outcome was a good one as usual. After finding the 2nd will, Carson Drew, Nancy's lawyer father helped out the bank who was Josiah's executor. Getting all family and friends together to read out the will, and making some nice people happy. They all than could make ends meet. And making some of Josiah's family namely The Topham's not so happy. Nancy found out that they took Josiah in when he was alive just to get what was in his will. And hide that there possibly might be a 2nd will. They also held possession of the old clock too. Mysteries solved!
What I never thought about Nancy Drew books when I was young is the chapter content. Each chapter has a name to it.
Also at the end of the story Nancy takes something with her from the case. This story she received the clock. And there is a little peek of what the next book is called. Hmm now I know why I kept going back to read about her. I'm ? years older now and enjoyed reading Nancy Drew again
I give this book 5 

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This is not a bookcrossing book of any kind. It will stay with me as my Permanent Collection.

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Saturday, January 06, 2007

Four to Score

This series is one of my favorites. I loved Stephanie Plum the first time I read about her in Visions of SugarPlums. So I thought I would review one Stephanie Plum book at least.

Stephanie never really wanted to be a bounty hunter. It just so happens that her cousin Vinnie, owned a bail bound place and was looking for some help. Well Stephanie needed a job and he had one, so she gave it a whirl.

Her love interst, Joe Morelli, WoHo! boy do sparks fly when they are together. She might bumble around some but Stephanie always gets her guy. Or girl too in the case of Four to Score.

Did I notice anything different in this book?: Well yes in a way. Stephanie seems to be growing up. What do I mean? In the begining she was a mess at this bounty hunting stuff. Even with her guy Joe trying to help her. LOL! there was always light hearted laughter through out the story. but now it's straight to the point, for real bounty hunter Stephanie.

Is the outcome effected in any way? Stephanie is not as funny with her bounty hunting as she used to be. She is serious about her job now. So book really doesn't start getting funny til around the middle. But it does keep your interst. There's always that hint of tension between her and Joe. That really throws her off. LOL!

New characters that I like: Grandma Mazur
Stephanie's dad,
Lula . And I can't forget Ranger

Why do I like these characters? Grandma Mazur is a hoot. In the story Grandma went on a surveillance trip with Stephanie and crew. She spotted the person that they were watching for and Grandma jumped on the poker table (at the casinos in New Jersey), ran after the person and while outside talking with the rest of the crew some hoodlums came up behind them and Grandma turned around with her gun that she wasn't allowed to have ;),
Stephanie's dad is getting more vocal. Especially when it comes to Sally,Stephanie's new friend. Sally is a Drag Queen and dad is old school. He doesn't like the idea of Sally doing what she does. So in explaining he says some wierd things. And who couldn't like Lula. Lula is an ex hooker that Stephanie helped out in the first book. And now she works in the office of the bail bond place.
And I can't forget about Ranger. Eye candy for Stephanie? A nice guy who does things his own way, very mysterious bounty hunter that helps out Stephanie too.

Other characters that are alright: Stephanie's mom
Old school, Jeresy mom. Always has a good meal waiting
Joe Morelli
A cop that knows Stephanie since grade school. Not bad to look at but is/will be Stephanie's main squeeze. And also helps out Stephanie in ways she doesn't even know. LOL!

I do recommend this series. What fun, books I call my comfy books :D

I give Four to Score 5 

Amazon says
What do customers ultimately buy after viewing their item?
7% buy Two for the Dough by Janet Evanovich
5% buy One for the Money (A Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich
5% buy Three To Get Deadly (A Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich
3% buy Eleven on Top (A Stephanie Plum Novel) by Janet Evanovich

This is a bookcrossing book and I don't know where the next adventure for it will be. But hope whoever gets it will love it as much as me :)

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