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* I didn't make it beyond the first 20 pages.
** I made it to the end, but I either skimmed or skipped large sections.
*** I might have skipped/skimmed, but I liked it and might read it again.
**** I read at least 95% of the book and it was good -- probably will be reread.
***** I read every word, and I loved it! A favorite and definite reread.
(I'm a little behind -- I only finished these a week ago...yeesh.)
The Doomsday Key, by James Rollins **** I enjoyed this, though I think I'm getting a YA attention span (ha). It just felt really long to me, even though the action never really let up (which was nice). But about 3/4s of the way through, I was ready for it to be over. Still, it was a fun story -- right along the lines of Dan Brown. Thanks to beachdog for the rec. :) The story: Starting centuries before with a strange plague and a priest who had a vision about popes, a current plot to take over the world is in play. The MCs (Sigma Force, an elite group of people fighting for good) discover a connection between three murders around the world, and soon they're split into small groups, searching desperately for the key before one of their own will die. (Adult thriller, released 2009, publisher: William Morrow)
MacKenzie's Heroes, by Linda Howard ***+ These are fun, though I'm still not a huge fan of straight romance novels. And these have a hint of mystery (probably more than a hint), but I prefer suspense with a hint of romance. ;) STill, I enjoyed them (a two-in-one). I like the family, and it's humorous to see how all the men are similarly portrayed (and nothing like any men I know, ha). The stories: 1) Zane has to take his SEAL team and find an ambassador's daughter. The two fall in love right off the bat, and after Zane discovers why she was taken, they can try and focus on their relationship. 2) Maris wakes up with a stranger, only to slowly remember that she stole a horse (she's a horse trainer) -- and she and the 'stranger' work together to reel in a group who is trying to harm horses (and fall in love in the process, of course). (Adult romance, released 2009, publisher: Harlequin)
Currently reading: A Million Suns and The Marked -- so far, I like them both :)