Plague and a bit of zen

hiddenHidden by Eve Kenin

In the frozen northern lands of the Waste, Tatiana has escaped from her imprisoned life in a lab and is out for revenge from those who used her cells to make a plague – her nemesis Dr. Ward and a man named Tolliver. When Tatiana is exposed to the illness, the mysterious Tristan takes her to an underground research facility with the intent of keeping her there to contain the infected. Working together, they join forces to put a stop to the plague.

Having only her siblings and a computer for company growing up, Tatiana finds social interaction difficult. It was interesting to follow her because she picks up more interpersonal skills along the way. And, as a Life/Charlie Crews fan I got a kick out of Tristan’s zenish bits that popped up here and there.

The air I exhale is inhaled by my insane companion. [page 110]

The sun that shines on me shines on my enemy. [page 300]

I haven’t read Driven, which precedes this book. If I had, the epilogue here wouldn’t have been a surprise for me, so reading out of order worked out okay.


Love Spell/Shomi, 2008, 978-0505527615


Tatiana has honed her genetic gifts to perfection. She can withstand the subzero temperatures of the Northern Waste, read somebody’s mind with the briefest touch, and slice through bone with her bare hands. Which makes her one badass chick, all right. Nothing gets to her. Until she meets Tristan. Villain or ally, she can’t be sure. But one thing she does know: he has gifts too-including the ability to ramp up her heart rate to dangerous levels. But before they can start some chemistry of their own, they have to survive being trapped in an underground lab, hunted by a madman, and exposed to a plague that could destroy mankind.

Sea butterfly

girlatseaGirl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Clio Ford, 17, lives with her mother but gets stuck with her father and his crew for the summer, exploring the Mediterranean in search for an artifact. There’s her father’s new professor girlfriend Julia and her teen daughter Elsa, Julia’s research assistant Aidan, and her father’s friend Martin.

In close quarters on a luxury yacht, forced to share a bedroom with Elsa, Clio has been given cook duty. Her father tells her it’s not a party cruise, it’s a working vacation. Clio befriends Elsa, mourns the loss of her planned summer which included her art store-working crush Ollie back home, and grapples with her feelings for Aidan, who Elsa has declared will be her summer fling. There are a few flashbacks that reveal what the artifact is and Clio eventually discovers what exactly they’re searching for, a huge archaeological discovery.

We also find out how Clio’s parents separated and get glimpses at Clio’s earlier childhood, which included a hit board game that she co-created with her father. Overall – a fun read, good for summer. The humour and sarcasm worked for me and it went by quickly.


A dialogue teaser:

Everyone aboard gets assigned a com device and a number.

Clio pulled the tiny orange com from her pocket and looked on the back for Aidan’s number.
“Number Four,” she said. “You’re needed upstairs.”
Silence. Then a crackle and Clio’s father’s voice. “Number Five? Did you need Number Four?”
“Uh, yeah. Copy that,” Clio said, looking at Elsa and shrugging. “We need Number Four. He has something of Number Six’s. We have Three approval. Over?”
Elsa tumbled to her side and laughed into her pile of clothes. Clio held up a hand to quiet her.
“Okay, Five,” her father said. “Four’s on his way.”
“Roger, One. Over and out.” [pp. 83/84 hardcover]

HarperTeen, 2007

Maureen Johnson’s site

Just one of the guys

Just One of the Guys by Kristan Higgins

Chastity is a tall, athletic journalist who has moved back to her hometown where her parents and brothers and long time crush Trevor live. We open with her getting dumped by her current guy, who says her strength and athleticism just weren’t that attractive for him. This was a rollercoaster read. I laughed out loud. I used exactly one small Kleenex package from my purse when things got gritty towards the end. That’s 15 tissues worth of sniffling and it felt like I’d been through the ringer right along with Chastity – bravo, Kristan.
The first person voice didn’t really distract me. This didn’t feel like a romance novel for me though because Trevor was a mystery until the very end, Chastity is with Dr./Mr. ___ for most of the book, and I got quite absorbed into the outcome of Chastity’s parents (the reason for a lot of my sniffling). But ignoring the romance label, it was definitely a worthwhile read.
While I really enjoyed this, I have to say it didn’t feel very romantic despite being a romance story.
I was sniffling so much that it took me way longer to finish reading because it felt like I was reaching for the tissue every minute. (A third arm would have been helpful because I had to put the book down every time this happened.)

oneoftheguysChastity is a tall, athletic journalist who has moved back to her hometown where her parents, older brothers and long-time crush Trevor live. She gets dumped by her current guy, who says her strength and athleticism just aren’t that attractive for him. Then Chastity meets and dates a handsome doctor, but still pines for Trevor.

This was a rollercoaster read – I laughed out loud but was also a sniffling mess when things got gritty towards the end; it felt like I’d been through the ringer right along with Chastity. I wasn’t too fond of the triangle here though –  Chastity is with the doctor for a good chunk of the book, and Trevor’s motives are a mystery until the end. I have to say, I got quite absorbed in the outcome of Chastity’s parents rather than her own problems.


HQN, 2008, 978-0373772995


Being one of the guys isn’t all it’s cracked up to be…

So when journalist Chastity O’Neill returns to her hometown, she decides it’s time to start working on some of those feminine wiles. Two tiny problems: #1—she’s five feet eleven inches of rock-solid girl power, and #2—she’s cursed with four alpha male older brothers.

While doing a story on local heroes, she meets a hunky doctor and things start to look up. Now there’s only one problem: Trevor Meade, her first love and the one man she’s never quite gotten over—although he seems to have gotten over her just fine.

Yet the more time she spends with Dr. Perfect, the better Trevor looks. But even with the in-your-face competition, the irresistible Trevor just can’t seem to see Chastity as anything more than just one of the guys…

Zach Morris is back

…on Jimmy Fallon earlier this month.

Bayside, Mr. Belding, good times.

I forgot about Zach’s ‘time outs’ until he did it during the interview. It’s like no time has passed, Mark Paul looks eerily the same as Zach. Is there really a possible Saved by the Bell reunion in the works? The interview runs about 8 minutes. Cue theme music!