Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton

Seeker (Seeker, #1)As the story begins, fifteen year old Quin is training to be a Seeker who will help people and right the wrongs in the world.  She soon learns that her job as Seeker does not live up to her expectations.  She has been training with two boys (love triangle alert), John, who she is in love with, and Shinobu, who is a distant cousin.  The story is told by several different characters and covers the beginning, a year and a half later, and the distant past.  There is romance, sci-fi/fantasy, and lots of action in this first book in this YA series.  I think that readers of YA fantasy will enjoy it.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Mask of Shadows by Linsey Miller

Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows, #1)
Sal is a viscious thief who kills a bunch of people in a contest to join the elite group that guards the queen.  Sal is also gender fluid and is in love with the woman who is assigned to teach her how to read and write. 

Prisoner of Ice and Snow by Ruth Lauren

Prisoner of Ice and Snow (Prisoner of Ice and Snow, #1)
In this middle grade fantasy, 13 year old Valor who is better at archery than most adults, gets herself arrested through an elaborate ruse so that she can be put in the same top security prison as her twin sister so she can break her sister out of that prison that no one has ever escaped from.  Set in frigid Russia, the story has mystery, intrigue and politics all on a 13 year old level.  I think middle grade children will enjoy this story.

Waking Up White by Debby Irving

Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race
The author shares her life story of how she came to realize that she was white and privileged and how she has tried to help educate other white people about how privileged they are to combat racism.
I think she has a lot of guilt.  She did bring up some points about things I was unaware of with the GI bill and systematic housing discrimination.  I listened to the audio version of this book.  I think some people will be very touched by it.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance
Weylon Grey's story is told by a varried cast of characters consisting of people who he interacted with in his life including his adoptive sister,Lydia, and his girlfriend, Mary.  Weylon was raised by wolves for several years and he can talk to the animals and perhaps he can control the weather. This is the author's first book and I look forward to her future books. 

(((Semitism))) Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump by Jonathan Weisman

Semitism: Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump
"Anti-Semitism tends to be invisible until it isn't."  This book is a chilling reminder that anti-semitism, often a less visible form of bigotry, is alive and thriving in the US and growing in popularity and acceptance under the Trump regime.  Jews face hatred from the alt-right who back Israel because they want the Jews to all leave the US and go to Israel, and from the far left who promote the BDS to the point that they are anti Israel and anti Jewish. The author shares his experience as a journalist of the virulent hatred of the online attacks on Jewish journalists especially and the technique of the alt-right neo-Nazis of surrounding the name of a Jewish journalist with three parentheses on each side to mark them for easy searching to target them online with hateful messages and images including death threats and gas chamber photos.  Many policies of hatred perpetuated by the Trump regime and its followers as well as an explanation of the alt-right and neo-Nazis are explained in eye opening ways.  I highly recommend this book.

Monday, February 5, 2018

The School For Psychics by K.C. Archer

In this YA paranormal romance, Teddy is still living in her parent's garage, having been kicked out of college and is in trouble for gambling.  When she is caught in a casino that she has been banned from, she is given the choice of going to a school for psychics.  She falls in with a group of misfits and learns how to use her own psychic ability that she had not known that she even had.  Mystery, intrigue and romance abound in this first book in a new series.  I think that fans of Twilight and Harry Potter will enjoy it.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The Boy on The Bridge by M.R. Carey

 The Boy on the Bridge (The Hungry Plague, #2)
This story is a prequel to The Girl With All The Gifts.  In this book, a group of scientists has gone on an expedition to study results of tests in an attempt to find a cure for the plague that has turned  much of the population into zombies.  The two main characters are Stephen, an autistic teen genius, and Dr. Khan, a pregnant scientist who has acted as Stephen's mother for years.  When Stephen sneaks away from the group to observe the hungries, he encounters children that are hungries, yet have still managed to retain thought processes.  There are political elements and danger and infighting among the crew of the Rosie, the large tank like vehicle that they are traveling in.  Readers who enjoyed the first book should enjoy this one as well.