Wednesday, February 26, 2014

10 Things I Loved About Uninvited by Sophie Jordan

Davy has everything. A cute and attentive boyfriend, good friends, a loving family, and a full ride to Juilliard as soon as she graduates from high school. But the world around her is starting to crumble. Violence is on the rise and people are frantic to find a way to protect themselves and the rest of society from anyone who could harm them. Testing for the "kill gene" is becoming mandatory and is something Davy hasn't really thought about until her results come back positive. Suddenly she is a threat to her family, her friends, her classmates, and anyone else she might come in contact with. She's uninvited from her prestigious school, loses her scholarship, and is placed in a classroom with other kill gene positive teens where the concern is more about locking them up than letting them learn. The only bright spot, ironically, is Sean - the boy who wears his kill gene tattoos proudly but seems filled with contradictions. Can she ever accept her fate the way he has? As her entire world falls apart, Davy struggles to understand who or what she is. Could she really be the monster everyone suddenly sees? And what will she have to do to keep herself alive?

And if you want to see a really cool book trailer you should totally watch this before jumping into my spoiler filled 10 things list.

  1. The premise. Scary and way too close for comfort. This kind of gene testing is pretty much already here. This is set in a near future and with many of the things going on in our society, the paranoia against people with a specific gene or background is something we see every day. To see it play out in Davy's world is chilling.
  2. The age-old question: Nature vs. Nurture. Are people born killers or do they become killers because of circumstances or both? This kind of question has been discussed for hundreds of years. Davy's situation brings this to light in a way that cannot be ignored. You care about her and, therefore, are forced to take a look at this question.
  3. Davy. I loved the way she was this great girl. There was absolutely nothing about her to make you believe she was a killer. Which made it so much more terrible when everyone changes their behavior toward her. She's strong. And she has to make horrible decisions, particularly toward the end of the book. Yet despite everything that she's going through, she manages to hold on to the person she was - or at least the most important parts.
  4. Mitchell. Davy's brother could have been just a throwaway character. And to some extent he kind of was, but in the very little amount of time that we do see him he's so strongly developed that I have a real soft spot for him. He's so protective of Davy and he's literally the only person from her past life who truly believes in her.
  5. Sean. He's really not what you expect him to be and I loved that. I was kind of rolling my eyes when he was first introduced, but his character is developed so well and with so many nuances that my eye rolling stopped pretty quickly. I love the way his relationship with Davy develops.
  6. Gil. From the first moment he's introduced I just knew I was going to like his character. And I did. He's so sweet and harmless and adds to the element of frustration that these people are being judged based solely on this one gene.
  7. Sabine. I was so excited that Davy went back for her. She rounds out the little group nicely and I'm dying to know more about her.
  8. The dilemma. After the "exercise" when Davy is presented with an absolutely impossible decision, I was amazed and intrigued by the decision Jordan made. There was obviously nothing else Davy could have chosen but to shoo the other carrier, but it is not an easy decision and...
  9. The ramifications of that decision will haunt her. I really liked the turn this made with Davy becoming the killer she's been told she is, but in the most manipulated way possible. But even though in a lot of ways her hands were tied, she's still living with the fact that she shot a man in cold blood. A man who was tied up no less. A man who has been diagnosed with the exact same gene she has and whose main crime is trying to escape - something she is actively planning at that moment. I can't wait for the next installment.
  10. There's more! Yeah! I'm so intrigued by this world and by Davy and Sean and Gil and Sabine and I want to know what happens next!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Laydown Lowdown

Valentine's Day may have passed but there is a lot of love to go around this week with dozens of new releases in Romance today.  "Four Weddings and a Fireman," by Jennifer Bernard, "Rushing Amy," the 2nd "Love and Football" novel by Julie Brannagh, "A Little Too Hot," by Lisa Derochers, "When the Duke Was Wicked," by Lorraine Heath, "Take a Chance," by Abbi Glines, "Devil's Prize," by Kat Martin and "The Warrior's Bride," by Amanda Scott are just some of the titles available in the genre today.

Over in Mystery, you'll find "Death of a Policeman," by M.C. Beaton, "Blackberry Pie Murder," by Joanne Fluke," "The Chase," by Lee Goldberg and Janet Evanovich, "The Red Road," by Denise Mina, and "Raiders of the Nile," by Steven Saylor. 

Slide over to Science Fiction/Fantasy for "The Eldritch Conspiracy," by Cat Adams, "Hammer of Angels," by G.T. Amasi, "Circle of Death," by Keri Arthur," "Honor's Knight," by Rachel Balch, and "The Undead Pool," by Kim Harrison.

Finally, look out for "Killer Frost," by Jennifer Esteep and "The Secret Diamond Sisters," by Michelle Madow in Young Adult today.

Will any of these books make your "to-read" list?  Share with us!  Happy Reading and remember to support your local bookstores whenever possible. 

Saturday, February 22, 2014

January Book Club: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Renee has spent her life trying to be what everyone expects her to be. She is the stereotypical Paris concierge with her abrupt and coarse-ish manners, constant blaring of the television, and blank expression... at least on the outside. Inside she lives a rich life of philosophical ponderings, reading, and enjoying Japanese cinema. Other than her best friend, no one knows the real her and she's worked hard to keep it that way.
In her building lives the twelve year old genius, Paloma. A girl with a brilliant mind, but a child's longing for connection and purpose, Paloma has determined to kill herself and burn down her family's apartment on her thirteenth birthday unless she can find something in the world that would make her continued existence worthwhile.
Enter the Japanese gentleman Ozu who connects with both Renee and Paloma, sees through their facades, and brings them together in unusual ways ensuring that all of their lives will never be the same.

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Rebecca T: I enjoyed the overall story. I fell in love with Paloma's voice and I wanted so much more of her. I really liked the conversations between Ozu and Renee. However, I did feel that the translation did not do this book justice. I listened to it on audio and I think that this really helped. If a new translation of this was produced I would probably read it again as I felt like I missed a lot from some of the density of the language. The story was really enjoyable and the characters were wonderful.

For February we are reading Ransom Riggs' second book Hollow City so read along and check back next month for our reviews!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

10 Things I Loved About Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

So many great series are coming to an end and making me long for more! Last week I reviewed Tahereh Mafi's conclusion to the Shatter Me trilogy and today I'm giving you my 10 things about Veronica Rossi's trilogy ender.

Also, last night Jenn N., Eileen, and I (plus Jenn N.'s Dad) got to go to the Dark Days book signing in NYC and had an absolute blast. So now I'm reviewing my personalized and autographed copy of Into the Still Blue. Meeting favorite authors is my favorite thing in the world!

But enough exclamation points - here's what I loved about Into the Still Blue (spoilers ahead).

  1. Aria and Perry's relationship. Although the two of them got together in the first book, their relationship has been a bit of a journey. In this final book they are back together again. Last night Veronica said that this book is more the story arc of them as a couple rather than them individually and I definitely found that to be true. It was good for their characters and for the overall movement of the story that they were working as a team, but are still individuals as well.
  2. The alternating POV's. I know that this has been true throughout the series, but I appreciate the way the story continues to be told through both Aria's and Perry's eyes. They both see things differently and are involved in different aspects of the larger story, so you need both of their perspectives to really get the whole picture. I personally also have a tendency to write things from multiple POVs so I enjoy reading ones that are done well. Aria and Perry have distinctive voices, but have also become more alike as their relationship has deepened.
  3. Roar :( Poor Roar. I really did like his character arc in the final book. I liked that it took him time to work through the things that had happened in Through the Ever Night and that he's not miraculously "all better" even at the end. But I also liked the way that he does improve and how Aria and Perry are able to help him in different ways.
  4. Cinder. Pardon me while I go cry my eyes out please.
  5. Last night Ransom Riggs pointed out that this trilogy is kind of a person vs. nature conflict more than anything else, something Veronica pretty much agreed with. It's such an interesting thing that I hadn't really considered before, but it's pretty true - the aether storms are really the major antagonist - the thing that is threatening everyone's life and safety. But I also think that there are some pretty strong people antagonists in Hess and Sable, but they are also pretty nuanced (especially Hess) and make for some interesting conflict that Perry and Aria have to deal with.
  6. Soren. I never in a million years thought that I would love him, but his character arc was AMAZING and I would love to get a short story or novella from his perspective.
  7. It wasn't easy for them to escape Hess and Sable. I know this might seem like an odd thing, but I really liked how freaking hard it was for them to get out of the Komodo. Sometimes I feel like escape/rescue attempts in books and movies are way too easy. This hit the right note of being hard without keeping them stuck for too long either.
  8. Loran. LORAN! Holy. Cow. I can't believe Aria found her father. And the little tiny bit we get of his character wasn't nearly enough. Loved that reveal.
  9. Basically every secondary character. Even if they are the most minor character, I feel that Rossi gives them such life and personality.
  10. The ending. This was another trilogy that ended on a perfect note for me. There was loss and danger and sad things, but everything was necessary for the whole story that got told. And it ended at the right moment. Enough resolved to feel complete and satisfying without closing everything off so it feels like the characters only existed for this story. Ending on a high note.
So that's what I loved about it. What did you like?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Laydown Lowdown

Happy Tuesday everyone!  If you've gotten slammed with snow in your area like we have, I hope you're all dug out and safe.  This is certainly ideal weather to hibernate with a good book like one of this week's new reads.

With, "Concealed in Death," Nora Roberts presents the 38th "Eve Dallas" caper under her pseudonym, JD Robb.  Other new releases in mystery today include "Love Story, With Murders," by Harry Bingham, "Dead Water," by Ann Cleeves, and "Moving Target," (Ali Reynolds #9) by JA Jance.

Over in Science Fiction, you'll find "Runner," by  Patrick Lee, "Twilight Watch: Book 3," by Sergei Lukyanenko," and "Like A Mighty Army," the 7th Safehood Series novel by David Weber.

Rush over to Romance for "Reflected," by Rhiannon Held, "The Promise," by VJ Duhraven, "Vampire Most Wanted," (Argeneau Vampire #20) by Lynsay Sands, and "Once in a Lifetime," by Jill Shalvis. 

Other new releases in Fiction include "Brotherhood of Fear," by Paul Grossman, "The Innocent Sleep," by Karen Perry, "The Book of Heaven," by Patricia Storace and "My Name is Resolute," by Nancy E. Turner.

Oddly, there are no new releases in Young Adult today but if you're in the New York City area, you might want to check out the Dark Days Tour featuring Kiersten White, Veronica Rossi, Tahereh Mafi, and Sophie Jordan which stops there tonight.  I'll be there with fellow BWOBNY bloggers Rebecca T. and Eileen plus my awesome dad.  Future tour stops will be in Washington, DC; Brentwood, TN, and New Orleans, LA.

Will any of these books make your "to-read" list?  Share with us!  Happy Reading and remember to support your local bookstores whenever possible.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sail Away With Me by Kate Deveaux

Today we are pleased to be one of the stops on the "Sail Away With Me," by Kate Deveaux blog tour as sponsored by TLC Book Tours.

"Sizzling shipboard romance — Jody throws caution to the wind as she lets go of her inhibitions and indulges in one magnificent week of pleasure. Passions surge, lovers tangle and two lives will never be the same again.

Jody knew she was in trouble the minute she stepped on board the gleaming cruise ship and into the arms of the sexy celebrity guest, Taggart Keith. For just one week, Jody gives into the seductive flames of desire and succumbs to Taggart’s charms. But when she returns to land, can Jody resist the temptation of even more pleasure." -

Just in time for Valentine's Day, "Sail Away With Me," by Kate Deveaux provides a fantastical romantic escape from the winter blahs.  The on-board romance develops quickly with a lot of heat and explicit sex scenes which will draw readers in.  However, once Taggert and Jody left the ship and decided to pursue their relationship, things got really interesting.  You'll have to read this book yourself to find out if Jody and Taggert's relationship is strong enough to survive long distance, meddling exes, kids and more. 

In addition to Jody and Taggert, I also loved Jody's interestingly named friends Cricket and Petunia.  Especially Petunia - she was hilarious.  I hope Ms. Deveaux has plans for more stories featuring Jody's friends in the future. 

If you love Erotica/Romance, check out "Sail Away With Me," by Kate Deveaux.  For details on where to purchase the novel, please visit the author's website.  For more reviews, please visit the rest of the tour stops

Please note that I received no financial compensation for this review.  I was provided with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Laydown Lowdown

Valentine's Day is just three days away and there are just three new releases in Romance today:  "Heart Trouble," by Mary Kay Andrews, "Taming a Gentleman Spy," by Maggi Andersen, and "If You Only Knew," by Dixie Lee Brown.

Meanwhile, if you're a  Mystery/Thriller fan, you're in for a treat this week as there are many new titles to chose from.  James Patterson started things off early as usual with "Private: LA," being released  yesterday. "Where Monsters Dwell," by Jorgen Brekke, "The Deliverance of Evil," by Roberto Costantni, "Killer," the 29th "Alex Delaware" novel by Jonathan Kellerman, "Nothing Personal," by Mike Offit, "She's Leaving Home," by William Shaw, and "The Cat, The Devil, and Lee Fontana," by Shirley Rousseau Murphy are all available today.

Over in Science Fiction/Fantasy, you'll find "The Waking Engine," by David Edison, "Wild Cards III: Joker's Wild," by George R.R. Martin, "The Martian," by Andy Weir, and "Judge of Ages," by John C. Wright.

If you're looking forward to the "Divergent" film but haven't read the book yet, you'll be pleased to find the novel by Veronica Roth, now in paperback with a spiffy new movie-tie-in cover.  Other new releases in Young Adult include "The Tyrant's Daughter," by J.C. Carleson, "Lady Thief," by A.C. Gaughen, "All That Glows," by Ryan Graudin, and "Split Second," by Kasie West.

Will any of these books make your "to-read" list?  Share with us!  Happy Reading and remember to support your local booksellers whenever possible.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

10 Things I Loved About Tahereh Mafi's Ignite Me

 Yesterday on my personal blog I may have raved a bit about Tahereh Mafi's writing style. And next week is technically my week to post. But then I kind of stayed up until 2 am to finish Ignite Me, finishing it in less than five hours, and I was breathless the whole time so here goes. 10 reasons I loved the finale to the Shatter Me trilogy.

If you haven't read the book then I would suggest stopping at the end of point 3 as I simply couldn't say what I wanted to say without SPOILERS. You have been warned.

  1. I really didn't know what to expect from this third installment. I had some vague ideas, but overall it was a revelation. I loved that it was so unpredictable.
  2. Everything made sense. So even though I didn't know where everything was going or how it was going to play out nothing felt uncomfortably surprising. Everything really made sense in the world Tahereh had made and with the characters she had developed thus far.
  3. Each character developed realistically. Based on what they had gone through both in the books that we've seen and in the things we've learned and learn about their lives I thought that Juliette, Warner, Adam, and Kenji acted and reacted in a way that made sense.
  4. KENJI. Oh my goodness Kenji. I would have to say that he was my favorite character in this book. If Shatter Me was about the relationship between Juliette and Adam and Unravel Me was about the relationship between Juliette and Warner, then Ignite Me, in a lot of ways, was about the relationship between Juliette and Kenji. And no, there is no quadrangle so shut up. But the way their friendship developed was so sweet and made so much sense. The moment when Juliette calls Kenji her best friend had me getting teary-eyed. Really. And their shared moment on the roof. And when Kenji opened up about how hard it can be to be the "funny" one. And when James tries to hook Kenji up. And everything.
  5. Aaron. Or Warner as I will always think of him. I loved that he was broken down throughout this book. He didn't change the core of who he was, but he had to shatter and unravel in order to fully ignite into the full potential of the person he could be. It honestly made me think of a line from the song "Fixer-Upper" from Disney's Frozen: "We aren't saying you can change him / 'Cause people don't really change / We're only saying that love's a force that's powerful and strange / People make bad choices if they're mad or scared or stressed / But throw a little love their way, and you'll bring out their best." If there were lyrics that described the way Juliette and Warner's relationship develops during this book I think this would be it - for both of them.
  6. James. Oh James you are the sassy adorable heart of the group in so many ways.
  7. The brother moment. When Warner finds out that he and Adam are brothers? SO MANY TEARS. The way he reacts. And the way Adam reacts. And the way they both just look at James. And it was just so wonderful and perfect.
  8. Action! The plan and Juliette and Kenji's attack on the supreme commander's ship and blowing up things and learning to fight and ... if the emotional development wasn't enough, there was plenty of action to keep things moving and intense.
  9. Juliette. Seriously. Her character developed so perfectly. I have a feeling some people will say that there's too big a difference between who she was in the previous book and who she was in this book, but personally I think (and I just reread the entire series in less than a week) that her character arc was paced very well. She is still dealing with a lot of the things that she has been dealing with throughout, but she is learning how to deal with those things and finding strength in herself. I was cheering every time that she said that her decisions were about more than who she was in love with or not in love with or who wanted her more. She began to be able to see the larger picture, and I applauded the fact that, although she does make a decision, she waits until she can make it on her terms and she is sure that it is what she truly wants and not just based on lust or physical attraction or even emotional baggage. And how amazing is she when she learns how to use her powers? Because I really want to see that in movie format. When she throws all the men off the ship!? Love. It.
    Brava Tahereh!
  10. The ending. At first I was disappointed with the ending - not because I didn't like it, but because there are SO many things left open. I want there to be like five more books. ha. But the more I have thought about it (in the whole 9 hours since I finished it) the more I like it. I like that it's a beginning more than an ending. I like that there are all of these possibilities and challenges ahead of them. It doesn't feel like the characters' story is over this way. And I can think about all of the things that could happen. The things that needed to be resolved were resolved and everything wasn't wrapped up with a pretty bow. I also was immensely grateful that there was no epilogue of like "ten years later" or something. Tahereh leaves that up to us to imagine and I LOVE her for that!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Laydown Lowdown

It's the first Tuesday in February, there is just 10 days left to get a little something special for your Valentine.  Perhaps one of this week's new books is just perfect for your sweetie or a treat for yourself. 

If you're looking for love, check out "Rocky Mountain Rebel," by Vivian Arend,   "Can't Stop Loving You," by Lynette Austin, "Do or Die: Reluctant Heroes," by Suzanne Brockman, or "Be With Me," by J. Lynn,all available in Romance today.

Migrate over to Mystery/Thriller for "Miss Dimple Picks a Peck of Trouble," by Mignon F. Ballard, "The Ghost Runner," by Parker Bilal, "Baptism," by Max Kinnings, "Who Thinks Evil: A Professor Moriarty Novel," by Michael Kurland, "Cold Storage, Alaska," by John Straley, and "The Girl With a Clock for a Heart," by Peter Swanson.

Skate on over to Science Fiction/Fantasy for "Annihilation," by Jeff Vander Meer, "The Flight of the Silvers," by Daniel Price, "Definitely Maybe," by Arkady Stugatsky, and "Three Princes," by Ramona Wheeler.

Over in Young Adult, you can pick up not just one but two new releases from Tahereh Mafi. "Ignite Me," the conclusion to her "Shatter Me," trilogy is available today along with "Unite Me," a bind up of two novellas previously only available in e-book format.   Other new releases in the genre include "Scintilate," by Tracy Clark, "Something Real," by Heather Demetrios, "Cress," by Marissa Meyer, and "Vengence," by Megan Miranda.

Other new releases today include "Confessions of a Wild Child," by Jackie Collins featuring her popular heroine Lucky Santangelo, "Cell," by Robin Cook, "That Part Was True," by Deborah McKinlay, "I Always Loved You," by Robin Oliveira, and "Doing Harm," by Kelly Parsons.

Will any of these new releases make your "to-read" list?  Share with us and remember to support your local bookstores whenever possible.  Happy Reading!

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Fixer by T.E. Woods

Today, we're happy to be a part of the blog tour from "The Fixer," by T.E. Woods.  "The Fixer," is one of several new titles available from Random House's new imprint, Alibi Books.

"Never a doubt. Never a mistake. Always for justice. Never for revenge. She’s the person you hire when you need something fixed—permanently. With a strict set of criteria, she evaluates every request and chooses only a few. No more than one job per country, per year. She will only step in if it’s clear that justice will not be served any other way. Her jobs are completed with skill and precision, and never result in inquiry or police investigation. The Fixer is invisible—and quite deadly. 
In the office of a clinical psychologist in Olympia, Washington, a beautiful young woman is in terrible emotional pain. She puts up walls, tells lies, and seems to speak in riddles, but the doctor is determined to help her heal, despite the fact that she claims to have hurt many people. As their sessions escalate, the psychologist feels compelled to reach out to the police . . . but it might be too late.

In Seattle, a detective gets a call from his son. A dedicated journalist, he wants his father’s expertise as he looks into a suspicious death. Together they follow the trail of leads toward a stone-cold hired killer—only to find that death has been closer than either could have imagined." -
"The Fixer," is a fantastic read.  It's a multi-layered mystery.  First you're wondering just who is The Fixer.  Once you learn that you're wondering just who put The Fixer in the fix she finds herself in.  Outside of the mystery I also loved the moral questions raised when considering The Fixer's line of work.  Despite her strict rules and her desire for justice, the reader has to decide for themselves if The Fixer is working for a greater good or is just as bad as the criminals she goes after.  I found myself struggling with this long after I finished the book.

In addition to musing the morality of The Fixer herself, I also found myself thinking of the detective, Mort, who investigated the case.  Like The Fixer, Mort has a heartbreaking history that propels his motives.  At the novel's conclusion, life is still unsettled for him but fortunately he returns in "The Red Hot Fix."

 If you love thrillers or great stories that make you think, definitely download "The Fixer," by T.E. Woods.  For information on where to buy it, please visit the author's website.  Or, click here for the Rafflecopter where you can enter to win a copy of "The Fixer," "The Red Hot Fix," and a $25 e-giftcard to the e-book retailer of your choice.  For more reviews and information on "The Fixer," by T.E. Woods, please visit the rest of the tour stops.

Please note that I received no financial compensation for this review.  I received a digital advanced reader's copy in exchange for an honest review.  Special thanks to NetGalley, Alibi, and TLC Book Tours.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

First Things First: The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly

Happy February and welcome back to "First Things First."  Each month I'll be reviewing the first book in a long-standing series.  "The Lincoln Lawyer," is the first novel in Michael Connelly's best-selling series of the same name and is also the basis for the recent Matthew McConaughey film. 
Mickey Haller has spent all his professional life afraid that he wouldn’t recognize innocence if it stood right in front of him. But what he should have been on the watch for was evil.
Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense attorney who operates out of the back seat of his Lincoln Town Car, traveling between the far-flung courthouses of Los Angeles to defend clients of every kind. Bikers, con artists, drunk drivers, drug dealers — they’re all on Mickey Haller’s client list. For him, the law is rarely about guilt or innocence — it’s about negotiation and manipulation. Sometimes it’s even about justice.
A Beverly Hills playboy arrested for attacking a woman he picked up in a bar chooses Haller to defend him, and Mickey has his first high-paying client in years. It is a defense attorney’s dream, what they call a franchise case. And as the evidence stacks up, Haller comes to believe this may be the easiest case of his career.
Then someone close to him is murdered and Haller discovers that his search for innocence has brought him face-to-face with evil as pure as a flame. To escape without being burned, he must deploy every tactic, feint, and instinct in his arsenal — this time to save his own life. -
This book was fantastic. From the minute Mickey meets Louis Roulet, an affluent young man accused of assaulting his date, you know that something isn't quite right.  Is Roulet being set up?  Or is he really an abusive man?  As Haller begins to prepare his defense and investigates Roulet, we get some answers and that's where the real story takes off and you're on a fast paced ride as Haller soon finds himself in more trouble than he ever bargained for. Soon everyone in Haller's life is a suspect in what seems to be a sinister plot against Haller's life.  You'll be guessing everyone's true motives until the very end.

In addition to the great plot, the characters were also fantastic.  Connelly does an amazing job of making them not just characters on a page but real people.  Haller is a very interesting and complex person.  He's a brilliant lawyer.  His legal tactics are clever and he works hard but his problem is he knows he's good and as a result he's more than confident. He's a tad arrogant and that arrogance ultimately leads him into the mess he finds himself in here.  Regardless, he's also charming and and a little snarky which is a combination I find irresistible.  Haller's ex-wife describes him as a "... a sleazy defense lawyer with two ex-wives and an eight-year-old daughter and we all love you."  However I didn't find him sleazy.  While he may represent some awful people, he also sees the good in some of his other clients who've just made poor choices and found themselves in legal trouble such as his driver, Earl.  Even the minor characters in this novel such as the prostitute Haller routinely represents have depth.

I have yet to see the film adaptation of "The Lincoln Lawyer," but I'm a little reluctant to as this book was so wonderful.  I am about to the start "The Brass Verdict," the second novel in the series.  "The Brass Verdict," also features Harry Bosch from Connelly's other best-selling series.  "Bosch," has also been adapted into a television show for Amazon streaming and will debut this month. I look forward to starting that series as well.

If you haven't read "The Lincoln Lawyer," yet, go get it!  You're in for a real treat. If you have read it, seen the film or read any of Connelly's other novels, I'd love to hear your thoughts on them below.  Please try to keep your comments spoiler free.