Friday, April 28, 2017

Of Things Gone Astray by Janina Matthewson

Of Things Gone Astray
The lives of several individuals are drawn together as each one loses something important to them.  Mrs. Feathersby loses the front wall of her house, Robert loses his job - and his workplace and all the people that he used to work with, Marcus loses the keys off of his piano, Delia loses her sense of direction and Cassie loses her girlfriend.  Jake has lost his mother and now he is finding lost items, but losing his father.  Interesting story.

Shadowlands (Shadowlands #1) by Kate Brian

Shadowlands (Shadowlands, #1)

Mystery and suspense abound as Rory is stalked by a serial killer and then she and her family have to go into the witness protection program.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Beheld (Kendra Chronicles #4) by Alex Flinn

Beheld (Kendra Chronicles, #4)
In this book, Kendra uses her magic mirror to search for her lost love James and she shares tales of how she participated in modernish versions of 4 different fairy tales - Little Red Riding HoodRumpelstiltskinEast of the Sun and West of the Moon, and The Ugly Duckling.  The book is fun to read filled with humor, love and excitement in the retold fairy tales.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Maybe A Fox by Kathi Appelt

Maybe a Fox
This story is beautifully written, but heartbreakingly sad.  Jules is 11 years old and her sister Sylvie is 12.  The story deals with the death of their mother, the death of their friend Sam's older brother Elk's best friend, a soldier who died in Afghanistan, and the disappearance of Sylvie.  Jules and Sylvie often wonder what happens when people die?  Do they come back as something else?  Maybe you turn into wind?  Maybe you turn into stars?  Maybe...

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Forever Summer by Jamie Brenner

The Forever Summer
Wow!  I really enjoyed this book!  Family secrets are revealed and Marin learns that many things are not what she thought as she meets a half sister and grandmother that she never knew existed while going through issues in her own love life and we see a variety of characters struggle and grow through love, life, death and renewal.

Monday, April 17, 2017

My Fairy Godmother is a Drag Queen

My Fairy Godmother Is a Drag Queen
This is a totally fun to read modern Cindarellaish retelling.  In this story, Chris is the Cinderella stand-in, living with his not really wicked step-mother and his step-brother and sister.  When they all go to a fancy ball for the handsome and eligible bachelor, JJ Kennerly, part of a wealthy political family who his sister, Kimberly hopes to catch the attention of and marry for his money, Chris is left at home.  That is, until drag queen Coco Chanel Jones shows up and takes Chris to the ball where he sees the handsome JJ and it is love at first sight for both of them.  The story is funny and heart-warming and overall, a fun read.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Mirrored by Alex Flinn

Mirrored (Kendra Chronicles) by [Flinn, Alex]
I loved this third book in the Kendra Chronicles.  It can be read as a stand alone book, but the first two are fabulous and I highly recommend them as well.  In this modern retelling of a slightly twisted Snow White story, Violet is an ugly duckling who transforms herself into a total knock out when she finds out she is a witch.  Kendra helps her with this.  Although Violet has always been in love with Greg,  he, alas, only has eyes for Jennifer, a mean girl who bullied Violet mercilessly.   Years later, Violet becomes the step mother to Celine, a fair skinned, dark haired beauty, Greg and Jennifer's daughter.  Celine is befriended by Goose, a little person, ok, a dwarf, but that term is not politically correct.  He is funny and wonderful and totally in love with Celine.  The story is a totally fun read and Alex Flinn is one of my favorite authors!