Blackwood Farm (The Vampire Chronicles)

August 9, 2008

From the Publisher
“Welcome to Blackwood Farm: soaring white columns, spacious drawing rooms, sun-drenched gardens, and a dark strip of the dense Sugar Devil Swamp. This is the world of Quinn Blackwood, a brilliant young man haunted since birth by a mysterious doppelganger, a spirit known as Goblin, a spirit from a dreamworld that Quinn can’t escape and that prevents him from belonging anywhere. When Quinn is made a vampire, losing all that is rightfully his and gaining an unwanted immortality, his doppelganger becomes even more vampiric and terrifying than Quinn himself.” As the novel moves backward and forward in time, from Quinn’s boyhood on Blackwood Farm to present-day New Orleans, from ancient Pompeii to nineteenth-century Naples, Quinn seeks out the legendary Vampire Lestat in the hope of freeing himself from the specter that draws him inexorably back to Sugar Devil Swamp and the explosive secrets it holds.

My Opinion
This is the first Anne Rice book I read and it is still my favorite. Her descriptive style of writing makes you taste the humid night air in the south, smell the fragrance of magnolia and other blooms in the air and you swear you can hear some crickets in the distance. The book completely sucks you into the Blackwood Farm Plantation and you can’t help but become part of Quinn’s extravagant family.
Anne Rice has created a wonderful plot with plenty of twists and turns that manage to unite the world of the vampires of the likes of the famous Lestat with the that of the Mayfair witches.
Plan in a couple of sleepless nights because you won’t be able to put this one down.

3rd Degree

August 9, 2008

From the Publisher
The Women’s Murder Club returns in a shockingly suspenseful thriller. Plunging into a burning town house, Detective Lindsay Boxer discovers three dead bodies…and a mysterious message at the scene. When more corpses turn up, Lindsay asks her friends Claire Washburn of the medical examiner’s office, Assistant D.A. Jill Bernhardt, and San Francisco Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas to help her find a murderer who vows to kill every three days. Even more terrifying, he has targeted one of the four friends. Which one will it be?

My Opinion
I love everything James Patterson writes and as a mom, his books are the perfect read for me b/c his chapters are only about 3 to 4 pages long. You can sneak a few extra chapters in while the kids are busy playing or you are waiting in the carpool to pick them up from school. If you are lilke me, you are so tired at the end of the day that you don’t get much reading done before bed. With this you may actually make it through a couple of chapters before falling asleep.

Patterson has always been great at creating believable characters and he does a great job in this book as well. The story line is very captive and keeps you guessing. Of course he throws in a little drama and romance as well for good measure.
All in all a great book to curl up with this weekend, or read little by little during the week.

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