Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind (The Cemetery of Forgotten Book 1)

This is an intriguing story set in Barcelona of a boy who finds a book and is obsessed with finding the author and his other books.  Over the years, a mysterious disfigured man tries to obtain the book and Daniel finds out that all other books by that author have been burned.  There is mystery, romance, and humor in this fascinating story.

Friday, August 30, 2019

The Girl Who Loved Ghosts
This is the third book in this young adult paranormal romance series.  Once again, it is up to Kat to use her skill of traveling into the past to save her family and the other three families that are entwined with hers.  Her feelings for Evan grow stronger though he seems uninterested in her due to the presence of his friend's cousin.  The story is a fun read and leaves the reader waiting for the next book in the series.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #2)
In this second book in the series, Morrigan and her friends face many dangers and threats.  She is taught how horrible all wundersmiths were by a tortise wun and her patron is often off trying to solve problems.  Bravery and friendship abound in this fun middle grade fantasy.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) by Jessica Townsend

The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor, #1)
In this fun to read middle grade story, Morrigan is a cursed child.  She has been blamed for everything that goes wrong her entire life knowing that she will die on Eventide on her 12th birthday.  When Eventide arrives on her 11th birthday instead, she unexpectedly receives bids on Bid Day, and she is taken to Nevermoor, a magical kingdom whose existence she had been unaware of until then.  Now, she must compete in 4 trials in order to become part of the Wundrous Society or else she will be cast out and once again face death.  She has help from her friend, Hawthorne, a dragon rider, her mysterious patron, Jupiter North, and his giant talking magnificat, Fen. Lovely story, look forward to the next one in the series.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Outlander (Outlander, #1)
Claire unintentionally travels through time from 1945 to 1743.  Using her skills as a combat nurse, she manages to be useful in an unfamiliar time and gets married and falls in love - in that order.  Can she change the future to save the people she loves? 

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The Bone Thief by Alyson Noel

The Bone Thief
This is a lovely middle grade fantasy in which 11 year old Grimsley, the only non-magical person in Quiver Hollows must save the town's magic, but he can't do it without the help of his friends. Will a boy with no magic whose only skill is to be a pet funeral director be able to save the town's magic before it is too late?  I highly recommend this book!

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Chasing Eveline by Leslie Hauser

Chasing Eveline
This is a compelling YA realistic fiction book.  Sixteen year old Ivy and her best friend Matt love an old 80s band called Chasing Eveline that Ivy's mother had enjoyed.  Ivy's mom walked out on her and her father a couple of years ago and Ivy tries to connect with her memories of her mom through the music she loved.  Together Matt and Ivy hatch a plan to reunite the band and travel to Ireland to see them play.  They try all sorts of fundraising with various results.  This is a story about family and friendship and hope.