Thursday, October 14, 2010

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

I love the Stephanie Plum series. I read through the series in the spring/summer of 2008. Since then, I've been reading them as they have been published. They are sassy, crass and a lot of fun. For those unfamiliar with Stephanie Plum, she is a Jersey girl bounty hunter working for her cousin Vinnie's bail bond business. Each Plum book features a colorful cast of characters, some mayhem, usually a blown up car or building (or both) and 2 too good to be true love interest men. In this offering Vinnie has been kidnapped but due to some illegalities and past and present behaviour the only people who can rescue Vinnie is Stephanie, her sidekick Lula and her co-worker Connie. This book was pure Plum, a fun ride and enjoyable read. Loved it for an evening of entertainment.

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

I was asked if I would read the Red Queen after being somewhat iffy in my opinion of The White Queen (the first in the Cousin's War series). I did get it. I did read it. And I did like it a whole lot better than the first book. This book features Margaret Beaufort, Mother of Henry VII (grandmother of Henry VIII). She is a fantastic character and I believe that Gregory wrote her very well. She is who she is. A devout Catholic. A devout Lancaster. A devout mother. She's ambitious for her son, cunning, and very smart. I really enjoyed this one.