Archive for March, 2012


Hello Readers.  Tonight I don’t have a book review, but have I got a deal for you! (Doesn’t that sound like such a sales pitch?)  Anyway…

I have some really great followers on my blog and am looking to build my audience.  So I’ve decided to run a contest to get some additional signups. Lots of people love to read, and I’m thinking that there are a lot of folks out there who would enjoy some good book recommendations. That said, I’m in need of new email addresses for people who YOU think would be willing to sign up for my blog.

This is how it will work: please send me a minimum of THREE email addresses for people who might be interested in joining our blog community. I will contact each of them personally (using your name as a referral), and if they sign up for the blog, I will enter YOUR name into a drawing for $100 gift card. Simple, eh? For every signup you refer, your name will get entered. There is no maximum number of email addresses, but please stick to the three email minimum. The contest will begin on April 1st and end on April 30th, and I will be announcing the winner on May 1st.

Please feel free to email me at marysilvabooks@charter.net if you have any questions. I look forward to hearing from EACH of you and hope that we can grow this blog into a fun and interactive website.  Thanks in advance for your help, and good luck to all of you. Till I hear from you, happy reading! 🙂

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So it seems timely to write about the second and third installments of The Hunger Games, given the blockbuster movie release this weekend.  Wow! If any of you readers have seen the movie, please please respond to this blog and tell us all about the movie.  I can’t wait to see it!

Anyway, back to business. The titles of these books are Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Out of deference to Suzanne Collins, the wonderful and creative writer of this series, I really don’t think that my little blog is going to make one bit of difference when it comes to her audience, but it’s good stuff, so here goes…

In Catching Fire, there’s almost a sense of relief on the reader’s part, given the fact that Katniss has already been through the Games. I mean, she’d already beaten the odds, so what could possibly be worse than that? But not so fast, my pretties. There’s always a twist in these books, and this one will have you saying OMG.

In Mockingjay, things are very political, and I was honestly glad that this was the third book. It was good, don’t get me wrong. I would compare it to coming to the end of a really fabulous meal ~ the meal was great, but your tummy is saying NO MORE. Given the fact that I listened to these books on Audible and listened to them back-to-back might be the reason that I felt that way, I’m not sure. I was in a car for hours on end, with the evil Capitol, and fire and famine and disease and death-at-every-turn, and I think that I was simply exhausted by the end of it.

So, do me a favor and read these books (or listen to them), but I’d recommend doing so in one or two-hour snippets, tops. Otherwise, you might get Games overload and find yourself a little depressed.  🙂

Next up is a book I just finished called One Dog Night by David Rosenfelt . From a style and self-deprecating standpoint, he’s my favorite writer in the world, and if you’ve never read him, you’re in for a treat. Till next time…have a great week, and happy reading my friends!

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Zero Day

Greetings Readers!  Sorry for my lapse in blogs lately ~ no (good) excuses, so I won’t bore you with any. But I do have a great book for you called Zero Day by David Baldacci.  I’ve got to wonder if he ever gets bored with pumping out great book after great book.  Anyway…

The main character in this book is John Puller, an Army Ranger with a rock-hard body who gets the dubious assignment of investigating the murders of a full colonel, and his family, in the boonies of West Virginia. In these types of situations, there’s usually a team assigned to investigate, but for some reason Puller is asked to go it alone. Once he gets to town–and I mean town, in the smallest, most rural sense of the word–more bodies are discovered, and the brown stuff starts to hit the fan. With the help of Officer in Charge Samantha Cole, the two set out to discover what in the world is causing murders in the sleepy town of Drake, WV. What had the colonel discovered that would get his entire family killed? Sprinkled into the mystery is a mining mogul who basically owns the entire town and an odd, abandoned cement-shaped dome dubbed The Bunker, where lots of “government activity” occured in the 1950s. As everything starts coming together, Puller and Sam find themselves on a life-and-death deadline that neither of them are prepared to handle.

This was a great, fast-paced read, and it had a little background and “baggage’ about Puller that I loved. That always gives some insight into the complexities of a character. So GO, right now, and download it onto your Nook or Kindle or whatever it is you read on, and enjoy!  Next up…I finished the second AND third books in the Hunger Games Trilogy.  Wow!  I’ll get to that soon. Til then, happy reading my friends. 🙂

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