Review: The Drafter by Kim Harrison

The Drafter Book Cover The Drafter
Kim Harrison
Fiction
Simon and Schuster
September 1, 2015
432

The Bourne Identity meets Minority Report in this first highly anticipated installment in #1New York Times bestselling author Kim Harrison's sexy new suspense trilogy, featuring a brilliant special task agent at the top of her field and set in a futuristic Detroit.

Peri Reed is a traitor. At least, that’s what secret government organization she works for thinks. She’s been betrayed by her own partner and her boss, her name put on a list of operatives who have been using their skills and training for their own purposes. The problem for Peri is she doesn’t know if she’s really a traitor or not. She’s a drafter, able to make short jumps through time in order to alter events, but at a cost; she loses her memory of the event and a portion of time preceding it. Normally, a drafter has a partner who is always with them, able to help rebuild a part of the lost memories. Now Peri is on the run, with no partner, in an attempt to discover the truth and clear her name.

I found this to be a really good story, with engaging characters and an interesting environment. Which is just what I would expect from such an accomplished author. The change in genre from the Hollows series in no way impacts Kim’s ability to spin a great tale. As the story progresses, the reader is shown the impact Peri’s memory loss from drafting has on her. In one chapter she’s working alongside a character, in the next she has no memory of them at all. I’ve seen a few comments that some readers had difficulty keeping up with the time jumps and memory loss, but I had no problems. Peri’s memory loss makes it difficult for her to know who she can trust and who is trying to use her for their own ends. Can she overcome her conditioning to be reliant on another or will she break free and become her own person?

If you’re looking for a new version of the Hollows, this book is probably not for you. If you looking for a bit of sci-fi in an excellent story read this. I couldn’t put it down.

Review: Long, Hot Texas Summer by Carolyn Brown

Long, Hot Texas Summer Book Cover Long, Hot Texas Summer
Carolyn Brown
Fiction
Montlake Romance
August 26, 2014
Paperback
248
Purchased

After catching her husband kissing another woman in the barn, Loretta Sullivan Bailey left Lonesome Canyon Ranch and swore she'd never come back. But when her daughter threatens to drop out of college to become a rancher's wife, Loretta refuses to let her baby make the same mistake she did. She returns to the ranch, determined to get her daughter back in school by the summer's end and resolute on ignoring her feelings for her ex-husband. --A cowboy from his hat to his boots, ruggedly handsome rancher Jackson Bailey is none too pleased that his feisty and gorgeous ex-wife has suddenly shown up seventeen years after their divorce. But despite all their fighting and fussing, the two stubborn former lovers soon discover that old flames burn the hottest. Can they finally put aside their differences and find happiness together --forever?

Review:

I was in the mood for a quick contemporary read and Long, Hot Texas Summer fit the bill.  It is a well thought out story that has a natural flow.  It is fairly easy to know exactly how this book is going to end but the process of getting to that ending has a few surprises. The back story is revealed a little at a time throughout the course of the book and shows just how different the points of view are.  The characters are well developed and real.  Each personality is clearly defined. While it took a while to connect with the main character, Loretta, she grew on me as the plot progressed.  Early on, I had labeled her as a bit stuck up that changed by the end.  Overall, this was a read I enjoyed and would recommend if you are looking for an easy light read.

Review: Don’t Even Think About It By Sarah Mlynowski

Dont Even Think About ItDon’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

  • ISBN-13: 9780385737388
  • Publisher: Random House Children’s Books
  • Publication date: 3/11/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Source: Netgalley for honest review

Overview

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did And Probably Shouldn’t Have.

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.
So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening.

My Thoughts

I really enjoy Sarah Mlynowski’s style and the humor that she brings to her writing.  Don’t Even Think About It was a fun story about a group of student who get flu shots and suddenly have a crazy power – they can read people’s minds.  As they discover they are not alone, the story gets a little crazy since they can hear everything that people are thing but they can also hear what each other think which causes all kinds of issues.  While early on the think that it will help them stay a step ahead of everyone what they discover is that it frustrating and sometimes even lonely to be able to read what every person is thinking.  All the secrets are out and they don’t know what to do because someone is always listening.

This was a fun take and having a superpower and the challenges that it would bring to a person.  I really liked that it was not just one person but a whole classroom (well most of one) of students.  Sarah Mylnowski did a great job of balancing out the male and female perspectives in the story as well as the adult/child interaction.  Overall, it was a quick fun read.