The Storyteller by: Jodi Picoult

Image     Jodi Picoult is one of my favorite authors.  Her books are written with such detail and truth.  Every time I read one of her books, I feel as if I am there watching the story unfold in front of me.  I know that when I read her books, I can expect to feel all sorts of emotions.  Jodi Picoult is a true storyteller.

Her newest novel, The Storyteller, is the story about a young women who is struggling to make peace in her life and with herself.  Sage Singer is baker and the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor.  She is asked to do the unthinkable by someone that she has come to befriend even though he is a former SS soldier.  The raw emotions that are revealed by each character in this book, force the reader to think about what they would do in that situation.

The story is told from the points of view of different characters.  Some of the story takes place in the concentration camps, while other parts are in the present.  Jodi has a way of tying everything together so that the reader is not lost in the movement of the story.  You must get this book when it is released on February 26, 2013.  I give this book 5 crowns for book clubs.         Image

Heart of Ice by: P.J. Parrish

Image   I don’t know where I have been, but I have never read a book by P.J. Parrish before.  I had no idea what I was missing out on.  I love a good mystery and let me tell you, this is a Great mystery novel!  The author, P.J. Parrish, is actually two sisters that work together long distance.  What a team!

Louis Kincaid is the PI in the story that works with the local Michigan police department to help solve a decades old murder that his daughter fell upon, literally.  This is not an easy case to solve.  Every new suspect has reasons for possibly committing this horrific crime.  Every time I thought I had an idea as to who commit this murder and why, the storyline twisted.  It was an absolute page-turner and I am so glad that I was introduced to this author.

I recommend picking up this book when it is release on February 26, 2013.  You will not want to put this book down until until it is finished.  I give this book 5 crowns for book clubs.  5_crowns

Forbidden Sister by: V.C. Andrews

V.C.. Andrews My love for reading started when I was very young.  I would rather read a book then do most things.  My favorite series as a child was the Babysitters Club series.  I then moved up to Sweet Valley Twins and Sweet Valley High but I will never forget the very first “forbidden” book I ever read; Flowers in the Attic, by V.C. Andrews.  I say that the book was forbidden because I was usually only allowed to read books appropriate for my age level and that was not one of them at the time.  I don’t know how I got away with reading it, but I did.  I remember that I was hanging out with my childhood friend and she had borrowed the book from her friend.  When it was my turn to borrow the book, I was nervous and excited all at the same time.  I do recall enjoying the book but I also remember thinking it was unlike anything that I had ever read.  So thank you Amy for sharing that book with me.

When the opportunity arose for me to read and review the latest book in the V.C. Andrews franchise, I jumped on it.  To be honest, I hadn’t read any other book by the author since my time with Flowers in the Attic.  I was curious to say the least about how this new book would be.  Forbidden Sister is the first in a new series.  It is the story of a young Emmie Wilcox and her struggles with dealing with her older sister who is a forbidden topic in her family.  Emmie tries everyday to not be like her sister, she doesn’t want her father to ever think that she will turn out to be like her.  This is not the easiest thing in the world to do because Emmie barely remembers Roxy and all she knows of her now is that she is a high-end prostitute.  Emmie feels like something is missing in her life and she knows it is the relationship that she should have with Roxy.  Through a series of tragic events, Emmie does try to build a relationship with her sister.  This story is mostly about that relationship.

I did enjoy this book and I am interested in reading the series because I would love to know what happens next for these sisters.

I would give this book 4 crowns for book club groups.        4_crowns

As I did a little research for this book, I found out that V.C. Andrews passed away in 1986.  The estate hired a ghost writer to write in the same style.  I thought that was an interesting idea.  It makes me wonder why someone would want to ghost write for someone else.  Wouldn’t you want the credit for your own work?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this.