Aji edited the summary of Cuban Heels Monday, May 23, 2011.
Maggie Wilson exists, but has no life. When she was nine her little sister died, and ever since then she has been sleepwalking with a rictus for a smile. At the age of 28, her non-life consists of an ex-best friend whom she hates, an ex-boyfriend she never loved, and some neighbours whom she decides to follow on holiday to Cuba in a desperate attempt to wake up in a happier world.
Once there, she sets about "accidentally" bumping into Libby and David, ingratiating herself into their lives, baby-sitting their son, and fantasising about what a wonderful friendship they are going to have.
Things go wrong when the ex-best friend arrives and warns Libby about the sad little ghost who is living in Maggie's head. From then on Maggie sees Libby as her enemy, and a compelling train-wreck of a disaster relentlessly approaches. However, after piling on some truly sweat-breaking tension, Barr bottles it and allows her characters a soft landing.
Aji edited the summary of Misguided Angel Monday, May 23, 2011.
Misguided Angel starts from where The Van Alen Legacy finished off. The opening pages see Jack and Schuyler, plotting their escape from the European Coven. Originally the Europeans gave the young lovers sanctuary from the New York coven, who want to see Jack killed after he abandoned his bonded mate to be with Schuyler instead, but the pair soon realised that they were prisoners rather than guests. Needing to complete their mission to find the Gate of Promise, Jack and Schuyler make a daring escape. This storyline takes up the first third of the book.Next the focus switches to Mimi, Jack’s abandoned twin, in New York. Mimi is now in charge of the coven, hence the coven’s drive to see Jack dead, but she soon finds herself with more problems in the form of a leaked YouTube video of a kidnapped vampire. The cover-up of the vampire video is easy enough but locating the missing vampire before she’s killed by her abductors proves more difficult. This storyline takes up the second third of the book.The final third of the book introduces a new character, Deming Chen. Deming is a Venator from the Chinese coven, tasked with finding the party responsible for the vampire kidnapping when it begins to look like an inside job. Deming is the Angel of Mercy and has some unique powers and attributes that make her an ideal investigator. It appears she will be part of further novels, exploring a new storyline involving an evil plot hatched by humans and demons.Overall Misguided Angel has something of an “inbetweener” feel. Its purpose appears to be to bridge the gap between the events of the previous book and whatever happens in the next book of this series. Jack and Schuyler’s storyline is disappointingly brief. Mimi’s part of the story does a little work to further her character development but ultimately is more of an introduction to Deming’s part of the story. Deming’s part of the story is just a vehicle to reveal the new threat to the fallen angels.
Aji edited the ridiculously simplified synopses of Mr. Maybe Monday, May 23, 2011.
Aji edited the summary of Mr. Maybe Monday, May 23, 2011.
Our heroine, Libby, works in public relations, owns a small London flat, and has terminally bad luck in love. Over the course of the novel, she is presented with the choice of two dissimilar men, Nick and Ed. She has great fun with Nick, he makes her laugh, and the sex is great, but he has no money, his friends are left-wing radicals, he lives in a grotty bedsit in Highgate (I have no idea what that means, but it sounds godawful), and he is allergic to commitment. That’s okay, though, because Libby tells herself that she can just enjoy a physical affair without becoming emotionally involved. Yeah, right. Then, at a weak moment, Libby accepts a date with Ed McMann, a fabulously wealthy investment banker who is looking for a wife. He isn’t terribly attractive, he’s a bit on the stuffy side and he can’t kiss worth beans, but he’s the Mr. Right every woman dreams of, isn’t he? Maybe not.
Aji edited the summary of A Dirty Job Monday, May 23, 2011.
Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy. A little hapless, somewhat neurotic, sort of a hypochondriac. He's what's known as a Beta Male: the kind of fellow who makes his way through life by being careful and constant -- you know, the one who's always there to pick up the pieces when the girl gets dumped by the bigger/taller/stronger Alpha Male.
But Charlie's been lucky. He owns a building in the heart of San Francisco, and runs a secondhand store with the help of a couple of loyal, if marginally insane, employees. He's married to a bright and pretty woman who actually loves him for his normalcy. And she, Rachel, is about to have their first child.
Yes, Charlie's doing okay for a Beta. That is, until the day his daughter, Sophie, is born. Just as Charlie -- exhausted from the birth -- turns to go home, he sees a strange man in mint-green golf wear at Rachel's hospital bedside, a man who claims that no one should be able to see him. But see him Charlie does, and from here on out, things get really weird. . . .
People start dropping dead around him, giant ravens perch on his building, and it seems that everywhere he goes, a dark presence whispers to him from under the streets. Strange names start appearing on his nightstand notepad, and before he knows it, those people end up dead, too. Yup, it seems that Charlie Asher has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death. It's a dirty job. But hey, somebody's gotta do it.
Aji edited the summary of Belinda Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
The novel explores the relationship between a 44 year old divorced children's book author and artist, Jeremy Walker, and a 16 year old teenage runaway who attaches herself to him. Unaware of who Belinda really is, Jeremy falls in love with her and paints her portraits nude. When he discovers Belinda's true identity, things unravel quickly as his career and freedom are threatened, as well as the love he feels for Belinda. The novel explicitly narrates the sexual union between Walker and Belinda.
The novel deals with an illegal relationship: the age of consent in California, where most of the novel's events take place, is 18. Jeremy is accused of being a child molester. The novel describes numerous relationships with large age gaps. Although Belinda is the only character who is a minor, and is much younger than any of the other characters, the novel raises the question whether genuine love can exist and whether it has a moral basis when there is such a large age gap between the lovers.
Aji edited the summary of Spirit Bound Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
The book begins with Rose taking her guardian trials, enabling her to leave St Vladimir's Academy as a qualified guardian. After passing her trials with flying colors and receiving her promise mark, Rose - along with Lissa, Christian, Adrian, Eddie and the other dhampir graduates - head to the Royal Court to begin life outside of the academy. Rose and Adrian are currently attempting a relationship after she promised him she would give him a shot after she got back from Russia in Blood Promise. However, after learning that there is a way Dimitri can be saved from being a Strigoi, Rose sets off on a mission with Lissa to break out Victor Dashkov from prison when she learns that only he can help them to find out how to turn Dimitri back into a dhampir. After successfully freeing Victor with the help of Eddie, Lissa and Rose head to Las Vegas to find Victor's illegitimate brother, Robert Doru. As a spirit user who supossedly turned a Strigoi back into a dhampir, Robert tells them that the only way to save Dimitri is to charm a silver stake with Spirit and stab him in the heart. However, it has to be a Spirit user who does the staking. While in Las Vegas, the gang meets up with Adrian, who has tracked Rose down via credit card records. While leaving a casino, they encounter a large group of Strigoi, lead by none other than Dimitri. Rose prevents Eddie from killing Dimitri because she knows there is a chance to save him. The gang narrowly escapes into the sun, leaving Dimitri to kill a bunch of humans and losing track of Victor and Robert in the process.
Once back at the court, Rose is chastised for running off with Lissa again and her hopes of becoming Lissa's guardian diminishes further. She is punished by the guardians at court and is stopped from accompanying Lissa to her college visit to Lehigh. Instead, Lissa travels with Christian, her two appointed guardians, and Priscilla Voda, the queen's best friend. While at the visit, Christian and Lissa's assigned guardians, Serena and Grant, tries to teach Lissa how to use a stake. Lissa is determined she can bring Dimitri back, so she tries to learn as much as possible about staking a Strigoi. After dinner at the college, the whole group are attacked once more by Strigoi. Lissa and Christian are kidnapped by Dimitri to be used as bait to get Rose to come to him, knowing that Rose can use their bond to find her. Rose and an army of the court's guardians head off to save Lissa and Christian and a fight erupts with the Strigoi. In the fight, Lissa attempts to stake Dimitri, with Christian's fire distracting Dmitri long enough for Lissa to get at his heart. After a number of failed attempts, she finally nails him in the heart with a stake she had finally managed to charm with Spirit's healing powers. In a blinding light Dimitri falls to the floor weeping, now a dhampir once more. Rose is hurried away from the scene and Dimitri is taken back to court where he is kept locked up. People are unsure as to how safe he is and doubt whether he is actually a dhampir again. He refuses to let Rose in to see him because of the guilt for the way he treated her when he was Strigoi. Rose is hurt by this and persistently tries to get into to see him. Eventually she gets Mikhail's help and is given access to the holding cells. Dimitri then tells Rose that he no longer loves her and that he doesn't want to see her anymore. He brokenly explains that because of the time he spent as a Strigoi, he is no longer able to love or to be loved by anyone because he feels he doesn't deserve it for what he did. Rose leaves heartbroken, but not believing that things are over between them.
Meanwhile, the royal council and Queen Tatiana had been debating over a mysterious subject. It turns out that they had voted to change the graduation age for Dhampirs from 18 to 16, meaning they would be sent out to fight at a younger age. This motion created many controversies and arguments. Rose doesn't stop herself from speaking her mind, threatening the queen in front of everyone and then being dragged out by guardians. Later, Adrian visites Rose in her room and she decides to really give it a go between them. Rose and Adrian very nearly sleep together until they realize they have no protection (aka, a condom). Instead, Rose lets Adrian drink her blood. The next day, Rose bumps into Dimitri and started to talk with him in a cafe. Suddenly, the Royal Guards burst in to arrest Rose. Dimitri tries to defend her but Rose stops him before he is killed and leaves willingly. It turns out that Rose is being accused of murdering Queen Tatiana. She is given a hearing which will decide whether she goes to trial or not. Her father, Abe, arrives unexpectantly and declares he will be Rose's representative in court, even though he is most definitely not a lawyer. After the hearing, Rose is being escourted back to her cell, and as she does, she is handed a note from Ambrose. The note is written from Queen Tatiana herself before she died. In the note, Tatiana realizes she is in danger and gives Rose information to use in case something happens to her. She reveals that Lissa's father had an illegitimate child, meaning that Lissa might not be the last Dragomir, and with a sibling, would be able to gain a seat at the Royal Council. And ironically enough, at the trial, Adrian Ivashkov's mother, Daniella tried to get her cousin to represent Rose so she would have properly be defended. But (of course) her father Abe Mazur, bursts in , and decides that he should represent Rose. It's Rose's choice, and she picks her father of course. The last line of the book, is Abe telling her that they execute high treason prisoners.
Aji edited the summary of Five Point Someone Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
Three hostelmates - Alok, Hari and Ryan get off to a bad start in IIT - they screw up the first class quiz. And while they try to make amends, things only get worse. It takes them a while to realize: If you try and screw with the IIT system, it comes back to double screw you. Before they know it, they are at the lowest echelons of IIT society. They have a five-point-something GPA out of ten, ranking near the end of their class. This GPA is a tattoo that will remain with them, and come in the way of anything else that matters - their friendship, their future, their love life. While the world expects IITians to conquer the world, these guys are struggling to survive.
Will they make it? Do underperformers have a right to live?
Aji edited the ridiculously simplified synopses of Hornet Flight Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
Aji edited the summary of Hornet Flight Wednesday, June 30, 2010.
In 1941, Winston Churchill is very worried that his country may lose the war especially when England intelligence intercepts a memo that indicates that Germany may have developed and refined a better system of radar than the one that the allies uses. They need to find this system and have someone send pictures to them so they know what they are up against. Hermia Mount, an agent who works for M-16, mounts a daring mission and discovers that the radar installation is located on the small Danish island Sandee.
Hermia secretly travels into Denmark and meets with her fiancé Arnie Olufsen, whose family lives on Sandee. He agrees to obtain the pictures of the radar installation and give them to her but his younger brother, Harald who has already been inside the edifice persuades him to led him undertake the mission. When a tragedy befalls Arnie, it is up to Harald and his beautiful compatriot Karen who must deliver the pictures to the English.