Contagious Reads Book Report

October 12, 2014 Book Report 0

CR Book ReportWelcome to the Contagious Reads Book Report (please say in your head like the Colbert Report)! We’ll be recapping all the books we read this week that didn’t get the full review treatment

Lindsay’s Book Report

TomorrowTomorrow is a Long Time
by Tabitha Vohn
published in November 2014
4 Stars

Goodreads

Cal Morrison is a Midwestern farmboy who was thrust into fame during the Old Hollywood era. Now, at eighty-five, he sees his life as wreckage. At the mere age of twenty-four, Eileen has seemingly little in common with Cal, except that she fell in love with him on screen.

When Cal and Eileen meet by chance, she discovers that her feelings for him are not without merit, and he sees in her a chance for true love and, more importantly, for redemption.

A controversial experiment offers the key to them both. With the help of a German scientist, Eileen will enter Cal’s memory and, together, the two will create an alternate reality within the realm of dreams. Replacing the memory of his first wife (his leading lady in his most controversial film, The Last Tomorrow), Eileen will step into the 1960’s and discover whether love can exist between her and Cal, and whether loving him unconditionally will be powerful enough to alter the course of his destructive future.

But there is one thing that neither has fully considered: what happens once they wake?

Tomorrow is a Long Time asks the question of how powerful one person’s influence can be in our lives, the lengths we go to for love, and whether it is worth it.

This is the third book I’ve read by Tabitha (Finding What Is, Requiem for the Fallen) and I’ve come to rely on her for a dramatic, heart-wrenching story. They’re all love stories at their core, but the romance is unorthodox. They’re not your standard boy meets girl, love, marriage, kids. No way! In Requiem, it was an emotionally destructive romance, while in Finding, there was both a romance with an older professor AND a three-way relationship with a man and his girlfriend.

And now? Tabitha brings us Eileen, a young woman and an accomplished violin player, who has never been able to find a man who can live up to her obsession. Cal, once a famous movie star, now an 85 year old wreck, has discovered his own obsession; a beautiful musician he just can’t get out of his head. Through an experiment, they’re able to make an attempt at living a different life; one where they are the same age but in a different time, to see if their romance could possibly make sense.

Because of the nature of the book, there are actually three stories with overlapping themes. You have the present day, the imagined past, and you have the play in which they are acting, The Last Tomorrow. These three stories combined also make it a long story, weighing in at over 130K words. While reading, I was constantly bombarded with all kinds of emotions, and ever since I finished it, I’m still left with plenty to think about. This is one that will linger for a long time to come.

TopSecret21Top Secret Twenty One
by Janet Evanovich
published on June 17, 2014
3 stars

Goodreads | Amazon

Catch a professional assassin: top priority. Find a failure-to-appear and collect big bucks: top score. How she’ll pull it all off: top secret.

Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures. So Stephanie is going to have to do something she really doesn’t want to do: protect former hospital security guard and general pain in her behind Randy Briggs. Briggs was picking up quick cash as Poletti’s bookkeeper and knows all his boss’s dirty secrets. Now Briggs is next on Poletti’s list of people to put six feet under.

To top things off, Ranger—resident security expert and Stephanie’s greatest temptation—has been the target of an assassination plot. He’s dodged the bullet this time, but if Ranger wants to survive the next attempt on his life, he’ll have to enlist Stephanie’s help and reveal a bit more of his mysterious past.

Death threats, highly trained assassins, highly untrained assassins, and Stark Street being overrun by a pack of feral Chihuahuas are all in a day’s work for Stephanie Plum. The real challenge is dealing with her Grandma Mazur’s wild bucket list. A boob job and getting revenge on Joe Morelli’s Grandma Bella can barely hold a candle to what’s number one on the list—but that’s top secret.

Sometimes I feel like a dog, who refuses to give up their bone no matter how slobbery and chewed up it is. I know that sounds bad, and that’s really not how I mean it. I just mean, this series has seemingly gone on forever, and I’ve put in such an investment over the years. Now I HAVE to finish it. Every book I think, This is it. This is the end of the series. Right? Nope. I’m not sure how long Evanovich plans to drag it out, but I wouldn’t mind knowing how many more books I’ve committed myself to.

Overall, the characters are fun. I’m always guaranteed a few chuckles, and a decent mystery and some excitement. A little bit of sexy heat.  I guess my main complaint is that the characters never grow or change. They have the exact same faults as they did in book one, and the underlying plot is always the same.

I would go so far as to recommend maybe the first three books, and then stop. I’ll just tell you how it all works out in the end.

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One woman stuck in a house full of boys, I immerse myself in books and save my sanity by reading, writing and blogging. I'll read just about anything, from any genre, and LOVE supporting Indie authors. <3
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