Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda's Daughter by Maggie Anton

Magic and mystery, passion and sorcery abound in this story of Hisdadukh and her second husband, Ravi, a rabbi learning Talmud together.  They deal with demons, fight off evil and curses and heal people's hearts and bodies as they raise their family together in the Jewish community in the 4th century.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Masked City (An Invisible Library novel) by Genevive Cogman

The Masked City (The Invisible Library, #2)
In this second, totally awesome book in the trilogy, Irene, who is a Librarian and spy, must save Kai, her assistant, who is also a dragon, from the Fae who have kidnapped him in order to start a war.  She must disguise herself and travel with the Fae to a planet deep in the chaos part of the universe in order to save him.  In the alternate Venice, it is always carnival and people wear masks, which is helpful when disguising oneself.  Once again, Irene is bold, brave and a totally kick ass Librarian-spy.   I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to the third one!

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Invisible Library by Genevive Cogman

The Invisible Library (The Invisible Library Novel) by [Cogman, Genevieve]
This is a really fun fantasy novel.  Irene is a Librarian for the Library that exists between the alternate worlds of the multiverse.  The invisible Library where she lives is large and Librarians are sent to various alternate worlds to collect books that are considered valuable.  She is sent on her mission with a new trainee named Kai, who seems a bit unusual.  There are fae and dragons, chaos, magic, vampires, werewolves, lots of bad guys and an important book to steal or somehow acquire.  This is the first book in a trilogy.  I enjoyed it and look forward to reading the others.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

The Summer that Melted Everything by Tiffany McDaniel

The Summer that Melted Everything

Fielding Bliss tells this story of the summer that he was 13 years old in 1984 in Ohio.  He is telling the story as an eighty-something year old man, so that means it must be in the 2050s in his present.  He does not spend much time in that time period, but it seems no different from now.  So, in 1984, the summer was unusually hot and a 13 year old black boy named Sal showed up in town claiming to be the devil after Fielding's father placed an ad in the paper inviting the devil.  Fielding's family takes Sal in as the sheriff tries to locate his family to which Sal provides no clues.  A large contingent of the population seems to believe that Sal is actually the devil and they blame everything that goes wrong that summer on him.  The story is well written and interesting and many people love the book.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Diary of a Maxed-out Kid by Max Candee

Set in Russia, in 1983, Max is a seventh grader, who along with his best friend Alex and others, are dealing with an 8th grade bully named Tolik, who has claimed ownership of what soon becomes the only soccer field in the area when a building is constructed in the field they used to play in.  In addition, Max finds that Alex likes Tanya, the same girl that he likes.  The story is well written, funny, and all around, a great read.  I think that middle grade kids will enjoy it a lot.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it.

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life by Wes Allison

The Taco Cleanse: The Tortilla-Based Diet Proven to Change Your Life
This is a very funny and fun to read vegan cookbook!  I totally enjoyed the commentary which include things like ways to know if the taco cleanse is right for you - "Do you experience recurring feelings of hunger on a daily basis?" and more along that line and " Can a pie be a taco?  Is Frito pie even a pie? Does Frito pie translate to "fried foot"? These are the things you must contemplate while you eat the Frito Pie Taco." The recipes are simple and easy to follow.  There is also a section on living a taco based life that includes things like taco yoga, a crossword puzzle, and a certificate of completion.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Deceived by L.A. Starkey

In this YA paranormal romance, complete with a love triangle or perhaps quintuple, Sam is the chosen one, although she does not know it.  She is also, of course, drop dead beautiful and many good looking guys like her.  When her best friend Julie dies, Sam's dream guys show up in reality and the Greek myths come to life as she is caught up in a prophesy and epic battle.  This is the first book in a trilogy.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.