Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman by Brady Stefani

The Alienation of Courtney Hoffman
Is Courtney crazy?  Was her grandfather crazy too?  Or do aliens really visit her and talk to her?  Her mother thinks she is crazy and her mom's creepy doctor boyfriend has Courtney admitted to a mental hospital.  That does not stop Courtney from eventually learning the truth.  The aliens are real, the world could end, and only Courtney can save the world.  I like this book and think it should appeal equally to girls and boys who enjoy stories about aliens and adventure.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

I thought this book was like a Christianish book based loosely on The Princess Bride. Set in the Holy Roman Empire, in Germany, Margaretha is not a princess, but the daughter of a duke.  Her newest suitor, the finely dressed Lord Claybrook seems nice enough, but later we find that like Humperdink, he is not at all what he seems.  In order to save her family, Margaretha, who is a rather flighty chatterbox, shows that she is braver than she thinks by running off with the stable hand, who had been brought bloody and beaten to her father's healer.  Colin, however is not a stable hand and together they go through many dangers, although no fire swamps.  Like Princess Buttercup, Margaretha is quite feminine, but she proves herself to be a strong and worthy heroine.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I enjoyed it.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Furies by Mark Alpert

The Furies

I really like that the author does some scientific and historical research to back his stories.  The Fury family are witches - you know, the ones who were burned at stake in the US and in Europe.  In this story, they have a genetic difference that keeps the women from aging beyond young adulthood, but that does not happen with their men.  John Taylor gets accidentally pulled into a war between some of their men and the rest of the group, when Ariel, one of the women in the group chooses him.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley. I have also read some other books by this author.  I like his writing and look forward to reading more of his books.

Deception in the Shadows by T.L. Haddix

Deception in the Shadows (Shadows Collection Book 6)
So, this book is part of a series and I have not read the others in the series.  I have read and enjoyed other books by this author though. I think it is probably better to read the whole series.  The book is a steamy romance/murder mystery/soap opera.  Carrie's uncle Ron is murdered and she finally finds out that she and her best friend Robbie actually both care for each other romantically.  In the investigation of her uncle's death, many other bizarre details are found out and many characters who have probably been introduced in previous books weigh in.  The book ends with a bit of a cliffhanger to lead one to read the next book.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Faithful by Alice Hoffman

Oh my goodness all the feels in this book!  It is so wonderful!  I cried and I laughed and I cried some more.  Alice Hoffman is a genius with words and this book is just beautiful.  Shelby was driving when she wrecked her car slipping on an icy patch and her best friend was put into a vegetative state.  She blames herself for years and spends time in a mental hospital and harms herself and yet, she periodically receives encouraging postcards from an unknown sender.  She is in some bad relationships and has to learn to love and forgive herself before she can love anyone else.  The writing is just so beautiful.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley and I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Luna was raised by a witch named Xan, a bog monster and a perfectly tiny dragon.  She does not know that she had been taken from her mother, who then went insane, by the leaders of a town that was enthralled by sorrow.  Luna does not know that Xan accidentally enmagicked her and then locked away her magic to keep her safe. As she nears her thirteenth birthday, however, the spell locking away her magic weakens and she begins to understand and many wrongs become apparent.  The story is magical and rather lovely.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin by Stephanie Knipper

The Peculiar Miracles of Antoinette Martin: A Novel by [Knipper, Stephanie]
This book is lovely, sad, and a bit creepy.  It reminds me a little bit of Alice Hoffman's magical realism.  Rose is dying and she finally calls her sister Lily to come back to their childhood home, a cut flower farm, that Rose is running with Lily's ex-boyfriend, Seth.  Rose needs Lily to care for her non-verbal, autistic daughter, Antoinette, who has the peculiar gift of being able to heal people and other living things.  Healing others, however, gives her seizures.  Lily is joined by her best friend Will, who is a doctor.  Together, can they save Rose and Antoinette?  I enjoyed that parts of the story were told by Antoinette, explaining how she felt even though she could not express it verbally.  The story is mostly sweet, but also a bit peculiar.  I received this book free to review from Netgalley.