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The One and Only Ivan
Revolutionary War on Wednesday
Leprechaun in Late Winter
Ella Enchanted
The Courage of Sarah Noble
Plain Murder
Gone-Away Lake
Circling the Sun
Maggie and Max
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl
The Night Sister
Tuck Everlasting
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Bedknob and Broomstick
Mister Monday
Alice Through the Looking Glass
The Birchbark House
The Hobbit
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Monday, September 13, 2010

Book Review: Eight Days to Live by Iris Johansen

Synopsis (taken from Goodreads):

Eve Duncan and her adopted daughter, Jane Macguire, are pitted against the members of a secretive cult who have targeted Jane and have decided that she will he their ultimate sacrifice. In eight days they will come for her. In eight days, what Jane fears the most will become a reality. In eight days, she will die. It all begins with a painting that Jane, an artist, displays in her Parisian gallery. The painting is called "Guilt" and Jane has no idea how or why she painted the portrait of the chilling face. But the members of a cult that dates back to the time of Christ believe that Jane's blasphemy means she must die. But first. she will lead them to an ancient treasure whose value is beyond price. This elusive treasure, and Jane's death, are all that they need for their power to come co ultimate fruition. With Eve's help, can Jane escape before the clock stops ticking?

My thoughts:  Where to start?  Reading the Eve Duncan books are like watching the movie 2012 for me.  I loved the movie!  I thought it was thrilling and very fast paced and it kept my attention through the whole movie.  However, throughout the whole movie, my husband and I were saying "yeah, right" and "how lucky  can you get"?  That is exactly how I feel about this book.  It grabbed me from the very first sentence.  I was totally into the book and nothing could distract me once I started reading.  But, through the whole book I am thinking, " lucky can you get" or "how many times can you escape death that closely"?  It was crazy how many times Jane MacGuire almost gets herself killed and at the last moment, escapes.  It's also frusterating to me how spoiled and childish Jane acts (much like Eve Duncan in previous books).  She has no thought for those who care about her.  Everything is her fault and so she is the one (and the ONLY one) who can fix it and so she constantly is putting herself into danger. 

So, while I thought the book was fast paced, exciting and thrilling, I was not impressed with the childishness of the characters and the total unbelievability of the storyline. 

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