Friday, November 4, 2011

TGIF (2) Gateway Books

TGIF is a weekly feature created and hosted by Ginger at GReads! that re-caps the week’s posts and has different question each week.

This Friday's Question:
Gateway Books: Which particular book opened you up to a new genre?

For Fantasy/Urban Fantasy, I'd actually stumbled upon Stray by Rachel Vincent which happened to be in the wrong section.  I picked it up and when I read the synopsis I had thought Were cats sounded interesting.  Back then I'd been reading

There are only eight breeding female werecats left….

And I'm one of them.

I look like an all-American grad student. But I am a werecat, a shape-shifter, and I live in two worlds.

Despite reservations from my family and my Pride, I escaped the pressure to continue my species and carved out a normal life for myself. Until the night a Stray attacked.

I'd been warned about Strays — werecats without a Pride, constantly on the lookout for someone like me: attractive, female, and fertile. I fought him off, but then learned two of my fellow tabbies had disappeared.

This brush with danger was all my Pride needed to summon me back… for my own protection. Yeah, right. I'm no meek kitty. I'll take on whatever — and whoever — I have to in order to find my friends. Watch out, Strays — 'cause I got claws, and I'm not afraid to use them….

There were two books that got me into reading Crime Thrillers/Medical Thrillers.  Blindsighted by Karin Slaughter and The Surgeon by Tess Gerritsen.  Admittedly, I didn't realise the first book I picked up of Tess Gerritsen's was the fourth in the series Body Double (I hate reading out of order!)

I also will admit that both these books were fairly graphic.  I even had nightmares about someone breaking into my house after reading The Surgeon.  Creepy. But I loved it lol.

A small Georgia town erupts in panic when a young college professor is found brutally mutilated in the local diner. But it's only when town pediatrician and coroner Sara Linton does the autopsy that the full extent of the killer's twisted work becomes clear.

Sara's ex-husband, police chief Jeffrey Tolliver, leads the investigation -- a trail of terror that grows increasingly macabre when another local woman is found crucified a few days later. But he's got more than a sadistic serial killer on his hands, for the county's sole female detective, Lena Adams -- the first victim's sister -- want to serve her own justice.

But it is Sara who holds the key to finding the killer. A secret from her past could unmask the brilliantly malevolent psychopath .. or mean her death.

A serial killer is on the loose in Boston. The victims are killed in a particularly nasty way: cut with a scalpel on the stomach, the intestines and uterus removed, and then the throat slashed. The killer obviously has medical knowledge and has been dubbed "the Surgeon" by the media.

Detective Thomas Moore and his partner Rizzoli of the Boston Homicide Unit have discovered something that makes this case even more chilling. Years ago in Savannah a serial killer murdered in exactly the same way. He was finally stopped by his last victim, who shot him as he tried to cut her. That last victim is Dr. Catherine Cordell, who now works as a cardiac surgeon at one of Boston's prestigious hospitals.

As the murders continue, it becomes obvious that the killer is drawing closer and closer to Dr. Cordell, who is becoming so frightened that she is virtually unable to function. But she is the only person who can help the police catch this copycat killer. Or is it a copycat? To complicate matters even further, Detective Moore, often referred to as Saint Thomas as he continues to mourn the loss of his wife, is getting emotionally involved with the doctor.

And, lastly the two books that actually started me in the Young Adult and Middle Grade series was Twilight by Stephenie Meyer and Harry Potter and The Philospher's Stone by J.K. Rowling.  I was very reluctant to read either of these books to begin with.  I tend to steer clear of books that have been so hyped up, but with the Harry Potter books, it took me until I watched the first movie to pick up the books and then I was hooked.  Twilight was something my cousin mentioned to me and so I bought it the next day and read it.  I'm not afraid to admit I loved it, but since I've been reading YA for a while now there are so many books that absolutely trump Twilight.

Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed for ever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The reason: Harry Potter is a wizard!

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Bella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. Up until now, Edward has managed to keep his vampire identity a secret in the small community he lives in, but now nobody is safe, especially Bella, the person Edward holds most dear. The lovers find themselves balanced precariously on the point of a knife—between desire and danger. Deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, Twilight captures the struggle between defying our instincts and satisfying our desires. This is a love story with bite.

This Weeks Posts (From Friday Night):

Enjoy!  I'd love to hear what books started you on a new genre!!

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