Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vision Impossible by Victoria Laurie

Vision Impossible is the latest in the Psychic Eye series, featuring psychic Abby Cooper. This installment finds her and her fiancée, Dutch serving their country in a big way. Abby has done some consulting for the FBI in the past, but this latest case involves stolen military tech, and the CIA. Not to mention going undercover in a foreign country.

The story moves along at a nice fast pace. Abby and Dutch make a great team, even when monkey wrenches get thrown at them.

This mission finds them in their most dangerous position yet, mostly with new supporting characters. I missed Abby's friend and PI, Candice in this one.

Some of it felt a little over the top, but I couldn't put it down!

I'm giving Vision Impossible, 4 Stars.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011

What I've Been Reading on Summer Vacation

Once Bitten by Kalayna Price. 
First book in Haven series. Cat shifter turned vampire has to find a rogue shifter.
3 Stars.
The Real Macaw by Donna Andrews.
Meg Langslow series #13. Meg and Michael are coping with four month old twins, an animal menagerie in their living room, and murder of course. This is a great addition to the series and I can’t wait for more!
5 Stars.
Heartless by Gail Carriger.
The Parasol Protectorate #4. Alexia is on the vampire’s hit list, thanks to the imminent arrival of the infant inconvenience. She also learns of a plot to assassinate a queen, and more than she wanted to know about her father. Another fun, and funny, read!
5 Stars.
This Side of the Grave by Jeaniene Frost.
Night Huntress #5. Cat and Bones are back and trying to stop imminent war between the Vampires and Ghouls. 
4 Stars.
Knit One, Kill Two by Maggie Sefton.
Knitting Mysteries #1. Kelly Flynn learns how to knit, while solving her aunt’s murder in Colorado. Nice cozy, will read more of this series. And includes recipe and two knitting patterns. 
3 Stars.
Magic Bleeds by Ilona Andrews.
Kate Daniels #4. Kate is the only one that can take on Atlanta’s newest threat, her own family. 
4 Stars.
Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.
Mercedes Thompson #3. Mercedes is up against the Fae in this installment of this great series.
4 Stars.
Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs.
Mercedes Thompson #4. Mercedes is in trouble with the local vampires, and manages to get herself in trouble with the one vampire in her hide out location as well. 
4 Stars.
Magic Strikes by Ilona Andrews.
Kate Daniels #3. Kate has to help the shifters, especially Derek, who she feels responsible for, even if he makes it hard to help him. This series just gets better and better!
4 Stars.
Smokin’ Seventeen by Janet Evanovich.
Stephanie Plum #17. This book is a light, fun read as always. I do wish she would let Stephanie have a real life though. I’m ready for the triangle to be a couple. 
3 Stars.
Magic Burns by Ilona Andrews.
Kate Daniels #2. Kate has to take on the gods themselves in this book, and picks up a stray.
4 Stars.
Divergent by Veronica Roth.
Divergent #1. There are some similarities between this book and Hunger Games, mostly the post apocolypse/ dystopian setting. Instead of the geographic districts of Hunger Games, people are divided by personality types. Great story, and I can’t wait for the next one!
5 Stars.
Blood Bound by Patricia Briggs.
Mercedes Thompson #2. Mercedes tangles with vampries at the request of her friend Stefan. 
4 Stars.
Hexes and Hemlines by Juliet Blackwell.
Witchcraft Mystery #3. Lily gets consulted by the police on a murder investigation. Nice mystery, can’t wait for more Lily Ivory!
4 Stars
I think that catches me up with my summer reading list. Hmm....maybe more knitting and less reading if I ever want to finish my knitting project!
We are headed to the Florida Keys for a little more scuba and fun with friends!
Happy Summer!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I have been reading, really!

I have been reading, but I have also been traveling and I have not found a painless way to post from my iPhone. My husband and I had planned this huge vacation this summer. We were going to take the little plane and fly to Mount Rushmore, Ogden UT, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, the Grand Canyon. It was going to be amazing!

The first monkey wrench was the weather. Iowa has had some terrible weather this summer. We were basically delayed a week due to weather. We could only fly VFR (visual flight rules), so that limited our travel possibilities.

Then the plane was leaking fuel, so into the shop it went. While we were waiting for that repair we drove up to Minneapolis and Mall of America and the Raddisson with Waterpark of America in it. I got to shop, and go to IKEA. We did the theme park in Mall of America, both of the kids rode the crazy Sponge Bob roller coaster.

We got back from Minneapolis, the plane was fixed, but we had some weather again, which delayed us for a couple more days. Finally we took off. We made our scheduled fuel stop in Sioux City, IA, and got delayed by weather again and ended up spending the night. On the bright side, I finally got to try Tastee's In and Out. They are loose meat sandwiches that I have heard about from my husband and brother-in-law for years.

Finally, we were able to make it to Rapid City, SD. On the way there we flew over the Badlands, which looked incredible from the air. I finally got to take the kids to Mount Rushmore, and of course we did some of the tourist traps on the road to Rushmore, like the Maze and Bear Country USA. We also did Deadwood, Wall Drug, the Crazy Horse Monument, and drove through part of the Badlands.

I think I forgot to mention that we spent a couple extra days in Rapid City. On the 4th of July we took off for Ogden, UT. We got to about Custer, SD, and started to smell a burning smell. It was determined it was a problem with the landing gear, and my husband eventually had to pump the gear down by hand. We turned around and flew back to Rapid City to get the plane looked at.

After going back and forth with the mechanic in Rapid City, we decided that since the plane was flyable we would take it back to our home airport in Iowa City for the necessary repairs. We spent about a day and a half in Iowa City, and then loaded up the Prius and headed west by car.

I think all that we're missing at this point is the boat. I guess we haven't really traveled by train either. We drove from Iowa City to Cheyenne, WY, on day one. Then from Cheyenne to Salt Lake City on Day two. We spent a day with my grandmother and on Day 3 headed south. We were aiming for Vegas, but weren't happy with the hotel situation and pressed on to Barstow, CA, and here we are.

We still have to visit my parents, my other grandmother, squeeze in Legoland and the Grand Canyon and be back in Iowa City to regroup before heading to the Florida Keys!