The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

The year is 1771, and war is coming. Jamie Fraser’s wife tells him so. Little as he wishes to, he must believe it, for hers is a gift of dreadful prophecy—a time-traveler’s certain knowledge. Claire’s unique view of the future has brought him both danger and deliverance in the past; her knowledge of the oncoming revolution is a flickering torch that may light his way through the perilous years ahead—or ignite a conflagration that will leave their lives in ashes.
Once again Diana Gabaldon shares with us the world of Claire and Jamie, now settled on the Ridge, their life takes on a different turn, as grandparents. But life on the ridge isn't as peaceful as they hope it to be.
 
I have been in LOVE with this series since I read the description of it on Amazon two years ago, the first three I read in just a couple days, COULD NOT put them down. But once the fourth book came out, things went down fast. Curiosity still won over and I still keep reading, but I can't wait till it's over.
 
This book has so far been the worst book in the series, for me at least. It took me over two years to finish it. I put it down and didn't pick it up for a long time. I just couldn't do it. There was too much unnecessary information and detail that blinded the main story. I don't even know what the main story was, there was nothing interesting going on in this book, only preparations and political choices. I understand that we have been with these characters for years now, but do we still need to hear about their sex life. Over and over again. Don't get me wrong I still love this series, but it is just wayyy too long. 
I would still recommend this book to everyone who started this series, and everyone should start reading Outlander right now. Because this is the best series ever. 

Children of Liberty by Paullina Simons

It's not what I thought this book was going to be about. Yes, it's a prequel to The Bronze Horseman trilogy, it's about how Alexanders parents met, and that's just it, it's about how they met and ended up together, but it's not about their life with each other. I hear there will be another book to tell that story.
Nonetheless it's not a bad story, just not what I was looking for. The characters are good but they still have to grow on me, I think it would be better if this was part of the next book, instead of a separate book. But I do like how we get to see them and how they grow up, in what kind of families and homes. It's a good book, if you read The Bronze Horseman then you will like this either  way.

 

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton

"An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park  for children. Until something goes wrong...and science proves a dangerous toy."
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton was originally published in 1990 when I was just 3 years old. This exhilarating sci-fi novel will leave you grateful that these beasts don't walk among us, but also curious about the future of genetic engineering. It is the first of the series that sparked the dinosaur craze and became Crichtons' signature novel, which quickly turned into a blockbuster movie by Steven Spielberg.
Off the coast of Costa Rica Mr. Hammond has created an amusement park full of prehistoric animals. In his mind it is very safe and secure, these animals are his pets, to say the least. He is giddy with the idea, and can't wait to open it up to the public, mainly kids. To get permission for the park to open he needs to get it approved first, and that's where all our main characters come in. As well as Hammonds two grandchildren. (One of which will drive you crazy. Lex is a 7 year old girl who really doesn't understand the words "be quiet". It's just frustrating but necessary for her to be in the story because she adds to the suspense).
I've always heard of Jurassic Park, even saw a little bit of the movie, but I never cared to read the books. Until I read Michael Crichtons' Timeline, and I liked his style of writing. Quick to the point and with a lot of imagination. My boyfriend kept telling me to read Jurassic Park so I finally bought it and started to read.
Playing with science is dangerous, what seems like harmless research, can lead to devastating results. Babies being eaten by lizards and men mauled by a 'raptor'. All in the name of science, and all the result of one mans' dream to bring joy to children. I guess when they say "back in the day when dinosaurs ruled the world" they're not kidding. Those things will take over and destroy anything that comes in their way.
I guess with todays science and technology anything is possible, and the idea of taking DNA  from fossils and than growing dinosaurs in test tubes could be the thing of the future, but it is a little far fetched. But than again this is sci-fi fiction so no need to try to make it real right. As little kids we all wish to see real dinosaurs but a lizard the size of a house trying to eat you never crosses a kids mind.
As far as the characters go, I think they could use a bit more developing, they are well introduced and they all have specific roles in the book. And most of the characters get to tell the story from their perspective. But we don't get to learn much about them as people and their history, other than what is necessary to tell the story of the park. Which is fine as well, it all depends on how well you want to feel connected to them. I thought they were fine they way the were.
The first few chapters really get you hooked and then it dies down a bit, and then once again it picks up speed and keeps you on this roller coaster ride till the end. The action keeps getting interrupted by science talk, and sometimes it just gets annoying. I don't care about chaos theory or the math side of it. I just wanted the story. Not to say that the book was bad, I liked it quite a bit, it just has too much useless information, but that just might be because I'm a girl, and I think this book was intended more for guys, girls enjoy a tiny bit of romance or at least something more than just science. There is plenty of action and teeth grinding moments to fill your adventurous side and keep you reading.