Monday, December 31, 2012
Rachel is a rather self-righteous Christian who has always done the right thing. She is very active in her church and has the "perfect" life. Until everything falls apart. Then she doubts God and leaves her church and home to move across the country to live with a childhood friend and start over. She rebels in her new freedom and does many things she would never have done before. But that does not really make her happy either. She still feels like something is missing from her life. Then tragedy strikes again.
This is an intriguing story and I enjoyed it very much
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Melanie has lived her whole life hiding the fact that her sister Ann is a shape-shifter. When the handsome writer, Brody, approaches Melanie because he is writing a book about shape-shifters, she is horrified. She has always protected Ann's secret. Now Ann is ill, and Brody professes to be interested in Melanie for herself, not for the book he is writing. In the end, love is the only answer.
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
It is up to Lirael and Sam to save the world from the Destroyer. Together with the Disreputable Dog and Mogget, the cat they set off to find Nick and stop Hedge from putting the spheres together which will destroy the world. Lirael is an Abhorsen and a Rememberancer and she must go into death to see the past and find out how to stop the Destroyer. Totally excellent book.
Sunday, December 23, 2012
This is an excellent second book in the series. Lirael is a daughter of the Clayr who has not received her Sight - the ability to see into the future. Her mother is dead, her father unknown and she feels like an outsider. As a loner, she explores the library which contains many dangers and she hones her skills as a mage and brings to life a dog who is her constant companion when no one is around to see her. They are sent on a quest and meet up with Prince Sameth and Mogget and they fight through the dead in an attempt to save the kingdom. To be continued....
Friday, December 21, 2012
What a gloomy book. I guess books about zombies and the apocalypse would be sad and gloomy though. Who ever heard of a happy zombie book? Humanity sucks, lots of people are crazy and they make up weird religions to justify their insanity. Sounds about right.
If you liked the other two books, you should like this one as well.
I look forward to reading the next book when it comes out.
Nikki is 17 years old. Two boys are in love with her. Jack, her former boyfriend, best friend and captain of the football team and Cole, sexy immortal lead guitarist of a rock group who took her to the Everneath and fed off of her emotions and energy for a hundered years. Six months later in the real world, Nikki has returned, drained, confused and apparantly still desired by both guys. Can love win out? Can the underworld be cheated or defeated? Waiting for the next two books in the series to find out!
I liked this book, but it was easy to put it down. A really good book captivates me and I can't put it down easily. It is a good story. Sabriel's father is the Abhorsen, who sends the dead to death. When he disappears and sends his sword and bells to Sabriel, she must temporarily take over his office as Abhorsen and try to find and rescue him. Having been raised outside of the Old Kingdom, Sabriel knows very little about the happenings of that kingdom and feels like is not well prepared for the job that she has to undertake. She is helped by Mogget, a cat shaped creature, and Touchstone, a man who she rescues. I do plan to read the next two books in the trilogy even though at times I felt like I was slogging through this first one.
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This book ties together the other three books in the "Giver Quartet". In it, we follow Claire, who had been a birthmother, but had to have a c-section, so was reassigned to work in the fish hatchery. As a birthmother, she had not been required to take the pills that stiffled emotions, and in an oversight, she was never assigned to take the pills, therefore, she alone in her community felt emotion. She realized that she loved and wanted her son and found a way to visit him when he was an infant. Later, her son was taken away by Jonas and Claire was washed out to sea in a storm. After awakening without any meomory, Claire slowly began to remember her past and her son and began a quest in search of him. She meets the evil Trademaster and trades her youth for her child. Don't we all trade our youth for our children? If you enjoyed the other Giver books, I think you will enjoy this concluding book to the quartet.
Monday, December 10, 2012
Is there another book planned to follow this one? The book was good, but the ending was rather up in the air. Months after the incident with Anna Dressed In Blood, when she dragged the Obeahman down to hell, Cas has dreams and visions of Anna being tortured by the Obeahman. He decides that he has to go and release her from hell or wherever it is that she is. Accompanied by his witch friend Thomas and followed by Thomas's girlfriend Carmel, they go to England to the Order of the Blah Blah Blah, a secret society is composed of the decendants of the druids who forged the knife that Cas is bound to by his blood and uses to send evil ghosts "on" to wherever it is that they go. There they meet Justine, who is one tough good looking witchy chick who may be Cas's rival or perhaps his friend - or both. Lots of blood and dead people abound in this second book about Anna and Cas.
Friday, December 7, 2012
This really is a fantastic book. I read it because it is on the World Book Night list for 2013. It is for high school age and up. In this book, Miles Halter, who memorizes the last words of famous people, goes to a boarding school his junior year in search of "the Great Perhaps". His roommate, Chip, goes by the name "the Colonel" and through him, Miles meets Alaska, a funny, sexy, impulsive girl. Together, Miles, Alaska, the Colonel and their friends Takumi and Lara have many adventures trying to prank the rich kids at the school. The story is funny, sad, philosophical and excellent. I totally recommend it!
Monday, December 3, 2012
I don't even like football, but I really enjoyed this book. In this story, Rick Dockery, a third string quarterback who blew the AFC championship for his team, wound up playing football for a team in Italy. He finds that he likes the camraderie, and he plays better than he did in the NFL and he has a great time there. The book is well written and captivating and a really good read.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
The book is beautifully and lyrically written. The story is an ugly one of poverty, alcoholism and teenage pregnancy. The story is told in a way that you sympathize with the characters and begin to understand their lifestyles a bit. I thought the book would be about hurricane Katrina, but that is just the backdrop for telling the story of poverty in the south.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
This book has more fighting and less plot than the first two in the series. All of the Lorics meet one another eventually except for 5, who has not yet been introduced. We follow Nine a lot who travels with Four. Six, Marina, and Ella meet Eight. They all fight Mogs, and try to destroy Setrakus Ra. There is a lot of action but a lot of loose ends that the next books in the series will need to address.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
This is book 2 in the Unwind series. The book follows the stories of Conner, Risa, and Lev and introduces Starkey, a storked boy, and Miracolina who is saved from being tithed. We also meet and follow the story of Cam, a boy who is entirely rewound. Made of parts of many unwinds,is he a person, or a monster? Does he have a soul? We learn some of the history and business and politics behind unwinding. Can it be stopped? Great book!
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The Quarter-Acre Farm: How I Kept the Patio, Lost the Lawn, and Fed My Family for A Year by Spring Warren
We are planning a vegetable garden and have been reading quite a few gardening books. This book is written more like a memoir than a how-to book, but it contains a lot of good how-to information about gardening. I enjoyed the how-to information and found quite a bit of it useful. I was not as excited about the memoir parts and I would have liked to see photos of the garden and animals. It sounds like her garden is not very photogenic, but I like photos in gardening books. I did get some really good ideas from the book - like looking for free mulch and other gardening supplies on craigslist and freecycle. There is a wealth of other good info. about how to grow and cook a variety of vegetables and fruits and some nice recipes.
Friday, November 9, 2012
This is an enchanting story about 12 year old Petra Kronos, whose father's eyes have been taken by the prince for whom he built a magical clock. The clock has the ability to control the weather, but it is not finished. Petra decides to go to Prague and steal back her father's eyes and stop the prince from completing the clock. Filled with magic and mystery, a mechanical spider and a brave little girl, this is a very good read.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
This is an inspiring story about Katie, who moved to Uganda at age 18 after high school to volunteer as a missionary at an orphanage. The experience changed her life and she wound up adopting 14 daughteres and creating Amazima Ministries to support children and help them go to school. http://www.amazima.org/
Katie took God's words about feeding the hungry and caring for orphans to heart and now her ministry serves the entire community helping to provide food, clothing, education, health care and jobs to people who would not otherwise have them.
I am touched and awed by this book and highly recommend it to others.(
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
This is a story of healing and hope and how God works in the lives of Molly and Claire who have both lived through traumatic experiences and come out damaged, frightened and lonely. As God brings them together, they help one another to heal and go on with their lives.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
I was a bit disappointed with this book. After being a strong leader of a rebel group, Elisa becomes a weak queen. I found that a bit annoying although I realize that she is only 17 years old. She struggles to rule her country and learns more about the godstone and goes on a quest to find it's source of power. A romance blooms betweeh Elisa and Hector, who goes on the quest with her and others. There will be another book in the series since this one ends with a cliffhanger. I did enjoy the book even though Elisa seemed a bit to wimpy as a queen.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Once again, Riordan came through with a totally fantastic book. It carries on with the humor found in the other books in this series which I really enjoy. In this book, Annabeth must follow the Mark of Athena, a task which none of her other siblings were able to fulfill, resulting in their deaths. Nico is trapped and they have to save him before he dies, and the Greek and Roman contingents meet - and Gaea causes it to be contetious. Percy and Jason are both leaders - can they work together? Leo feels like a seventh wheel and Piper worries about her relationship with Jason. Lots of fighting, near misses, Gods, Goddesses and demigods and monsters abound in this action packed story.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
YA. Dystopian. Teen. Some romance. Evil adults. Youth taken advantage of. Old people pay to live through the bodies of young people. Some fighting. People are not who you think they are. The end. No, not the end. This is just book #1. There will be at least one more. Ok.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
This sequel to Floors is set a year after Leo has been made owner of the Whippet hotel. He and Remi, who is now his brother since Leo's dad married Remi's mom, have another zany adventure, this time to save the hotel by paying it's back taxes. Ms. Sparks is the evil villianess and the Yancy family is back. Leo and Remy discover many more of the hotel's incredible secrets in the sub basement. Monkeys, gears, Flart and Floogers and more abound in this fantastically fun fantasy!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Abby is 12 years old and it is her time to be judged to see how much magic she has. Suprisingly, she fails. She is an ord. Ordinary. No magic at all. Ords are shunned and seen as less than human, but are also valued for their ability to not be affected by magic. Ord children have been sold for years, but that is now illegal under King Steve's rule. Abby is kicked out of school and goes to a school for ords that her older sister works at. She meets other ords and they are taught to fight the dangers that they face.
There are some odd inconsistencies, but I think children may like this book.
This is a twisted fairy tale full of gruesomeness, death, heartache, and romance. Mira is almost 16 years old. She has been raised by her godmothers because her parents had died when she was an infant. Her godmothers had forbidden her from doing many things including visiting the city of her birth. In a desperate act of rebellion, Mira runs away to Beau Rivage to find her parents graves. Instead she finds two brothers who she loves at a casino and a city full of people with fairy tale curses. Will their curses be their destiny? Mira wants to try to change things. Will she? Uber fun great story!
Friday, October 12, 2012
This is a fun, scarey book for kids in grades 4-8. Eddie and his parents move to the small town of Gatesweed where his favorite author of scarey novels, Nathaniel Olmstead, used to live - until he mysteriously disappeared 13 years ago. Now the town is cursed and the monsters from Mr. Olmstead's books seem to exist for real. Eddie makes friends with Harris and Maggie and together they try to solve the code they find in a handwritten book by Mr. Olmstead that Eddie's parents had bought at an antique sale. Can they save the town from the mysterious and evil Woman In Black? This is a wonderfully creepy story that kids love. I know, because I was reading the book in a middle school today and some 6th graders told me how great the book is.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Yet another uber cool teen sci-fi thriller! Four and Sam leave with Six who can turn invisible and create storms. Both Sam and Four are crushing on Six. They fight lots of aliens, practice fighting aliens, run from aliens, and we also meet Seven, Nine, and Ten.
Seven is Marina, living in a convent in Spain, where she later meets a little girl named Ella. Sam finds out that his father really was helping the Loriens and was even cooler than Sam had thought before. Great book! Can't wait to read the next ones!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The author uses this book to explain some of the background of the history in his Maze Runner series. He tells about the sun flares and the apocalyptic results of that - radiation, death, floods, fires, panic. This part of the story is all told a year later by Mark in the form of his flashback nightmares. Currently, a year after the sun flares, Mark and some of his survivor friends are eeking out an existence in a small village that they built. Until people come and shoot darts at them causing instant death in some, and insanity in others which eventually leads to death. Mark and Alec and Trina and Lena set out to find out who did this to them and why. We thus learn the origins of the flare virus. I did not like this book as much as the others. There is a whole lot of Mark being angry and fighting people. A lot. I started skimming over those parts to try to find the plot. There is more of Mark being angry and fighting than there is plot.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Totally cool sci-fi book for teens! Number 4, is 15 years old. He is one of 9 young aliens, one of the Garde, from the planet Lorian who were sent off in a spaceship along with their adult Cepans - caretakers and trainers who help them as their superhuman Legacys - skills develop when their home planet Lorien was destroyed. The Garde need to survive to fight off the Magadorians who have destroyed their planet and Lorien and have now targeted the planet earth. They live among us hidden, disguised as humans learning our culture so that they can more easily destroy us.
Together with his faithful dog Bernie and his first ever girlfriend, the gorgeous Sarah, his geeky friend Sam and his Cepan, Henri, John Smith, (number Four's current alias)must save himself and the remaining Garde, the planet earth, and live to re-populate Lorien.
Slightly remnicient of Men In Black and the Daniel X books, this book will surely appeal to teenagers. I am passing it on to my 13 year old son next. Can't wait to read the others in the series!
Sunday, October 7, 2012
So, now that Sam is "cured" from his werewolfism, Grace has become a wolf. Shelby, the insane white wolf has killed again and Isabel's dad has organized an arial wolf hunt to take care of the problem once and for all. Can Isabel, Cole, Grace and Sam save the wolves?
Life and death
change and hope
more bad poetry
Cole makes dope
Who's the bad guy?
Wolf or man?
Beck was wrong
for harming Sam
Wolves in winter
must be people
when it's hot
What's the ending?
Where do they go?
Read the book
if you want to know.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
I still have no idea why this book is titled "linger". Grace's parents finally wise up and realize that she and Sam are spending too much time together. Grace is disturbingly ill - because she is sick from the wolf virus or whatever it is. Cole, one of Beck's newly made wolfs becomes a major character - a rock star who wanted to be a wolf to escape from life - and Isabel is strangely attracted to him. There is lots of angst between Grace and her parents and Cole, who apparantly is a genius son of a scientist/doctor, tries to figure out how the whole werewolf thing works before it kills Grace.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Sound familiar? (Twilight)
When Grace was 11, she was mauled by wolves who wanted to eat her.
One wolf with yellow eyes saved her.
Ever since then, she has been obsessed (Twilight) with wolves.
She watches the wolves from her yard in the winter and listens to their howls at night.
She looks for the yellow eyes and listens for the distinctive howl of her wolf.
Now Grace is 17. (Twilight)
A boy, Jack, from her school is killed by wolves.
His body mysteriously disappears from the morgue.
Grace sees a wolf with Jack's eyes.
She is convinced that Jack is now that wolf.
Her best friend Olivia thinks she is overly obsessed and crazy.
Olivia should have believed her.
The men of the town try to hunt down and shoot the wolves.
Grace tries to save them.
Gunshots ring out.
A bleeding boy with her wolf's eyes and a gunshot wound shows up at Grace's door.
His name is Sam.
Grace's self-absorbed parents never even notice that there is now a teenage boy living in their daughter's bedroom.
Still, a good book. I look forward to reading the other two books in this trilogy
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampo lived in the town of Tres Montes. The people in her town believed that she had protective powers and they paid her with silver milagros to pray for them.
When a boy who she prays for dies, she realizes that her prayers are no better than anyone else's. Weary of everyone else's burdens, she takes the opportunity to leave town and work in the city.
Her older brother has also left town to try to find work and she learns that he is in danger.
Can she and Pancho, the boy who loves her, save her brother?
It is an interesting story.
Aza, who lives in the kingdom of Ayortha, where everyone sings, is ugly, but she has a beautiful voice. When she is 15, she learns how to throw her voice and calls this skill illusing. Aza winds up at the castle for the king's wedding, befriends the new queen who cannot sing well and is bribed into illusing a lovely voice for queen Ivi.
Aza finds a magic mirror and beauty potion, but learns that the prince loves the way she looked before she took the potion. Embroilled in the plot of the evil magic mirror, Aza learns that beauty without does not equal beauty within. This is a lovely story that is loosely based on the story of Snow White.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
I read this book because this week is banned book week and this is a book that has often been banned. I can see why. This is the story of Humbert Humbert, a pedophile obsessed with little girls, who moves into a house as a renter, and marries the owner , Charlotte, because he is in love with her 12 year old daughter, Lolita, who he refers to as a nymphet. When Charlotte is hit by a car and killed, Humbert runs off with Lolita on a cross country trip with her, while telling himself that she was the one who seduced him first. I enjoyed the first part of the story - it is well written and full of humor and irony. I especially liked the tale of how his first wife died. However, once Humbert runs off with Lolita, the story gets more and more icky and insane and honestly, I found it boring.
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Another most excellent book in The Missing series. A great adventure including time travel and famous people minus Bill and Ted. Jonah and his sister Katherine are once again drawn into the time traveling realm - this time with the missing daughter of Albert Einstein. Turns out that his first wife was majorly smart and highly influencial in his career (in this story at least). Mystery, intrigue, physics and women's equality! What more could you ask for? Great book in a fun series!
Friday, September 28, 2012
This is the second book in the Troubletwisters series. Twins Jack and Jaide who are troubletwisters - twins who will become wardens - supposedly - have now been in Portland for a week. After saving the East Ward, there is again trouble from The Evil. They suspect the father of the new girl Tara of being a possible agent of The Evil. Their grandmother won't tell them the whole story of what is going on because they have not yet gained control of their gifts. Despite all the trouble, they once again manage to save the day - and the town. This is a fun, well-written book.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Cas Lowood kills dead people. He is NOT a Ghostbuster. Following in his father's footsteps, and using his father's athane - a special knife used to kill the dead who are killing the living, he travels around - killing dead people so they won't kill any more living people. Quite the job for a 17 year old boy. His mother, a witch, travels with him and his current job is to kill a ghost who is called Anna Dressed in Blood due to the bloody dress she wears. In this new town, he makes some friends - a first for him - and they join him and try to help him to kill Anna, who he falls in love with and no longer wishes to kill. The entity who killed his father, however, has followed him and now he must deal with him, or be killed himself.
This is a rather haunting story and a good read.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
This is an adult tie in to the Blue Bloods series.
In it we follow the stories of Freya, her sister Ingrid, and their mother Joanna as their idyllic town is changed by some sort of evil. Although they have been banned from practicing magic, they break the rules to try to help the people of their town. Freya is caught between loving two brothers, Ingrid tries to help the women of the town and in the end, true identities and motives are revealed - or are they? Looking forward to the next book!
Monday, September 24, 2012
Ahhh, this is a much better book than the author's first book, Ruined.
This book also contains historical and factual information, but it is woven into the story and does not read like a travel guide or history textbook.
In this story, 16 year old Miranda and her older brother Rob have gone to visit York with their parents in an attempt to try to get over the tragic car wreck that Miranda and Rob had been in 6 moonths before that killed her best friend, Jenna. Ever since the car wreck, Rob has suffered from claustrophobia in cars and other small spaces and Miranda has been able to see ghosts. In York, Miranda meets Nick, a mysterious boy who can also see ghosts, and her brother befriends Sally, a waitress. When strange things begin happening in the cellar of Sally's family's pub, Miranda finds herself drawn into the mystery.
Saturday, September 22, 2012
In this book, the author has described 10 principles of Amish life and explains how we can apply these to our lives. Ahe also tells about her own life and how she has tried to apply these principles in her life. To me, the parts about her own life sounded rather sanctimonious and I was not thrilled with that aspect of the book. The Amish princples of living a simple life, in a closely knit family and community focused on the Lord sounded good and I did enjoy that part of the book although that seemed overly idealized in parts as well. There are a few recipes at the end for some breads and soups and I look forward to trying them.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Meh. This book was ok. I often wonder why authors put the words "a novel" after the title of the book. In this case - the title "Ruined a novel" is rather appropriate. The plot had interesting elements and could have been really good, but there were quite a few things that kept it from being as good as it could have been. First of all, Rebecca is supposed to be 16 years old, but her character seems much more like a 12 or 13 year old. I don't think she is ever described physically at all, and her thoughts and feelings don't reach the 16 year old level. Secondly, the author tries too hard to insert historical and cultural information about New Orleans and does not weave that information in skillfully, so many parts of the book read more like a textbook or travel guide than a novel. Thirdly, the ending is rather bogus. I don't think you could have that many prominent adults and teens from a community involved in a plot to kill an innocent 16 year old girl. One or two maybe, but almost a dozen or more - no way - not realistic.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
In this book, we learn more about Allegra's romance with Ben, and Mimi and Oliver go to hell to rescue Kingsley and Jack, Schuyler and the gang also go to the gates of hell. I guess you could say that this is one hell of a story. ;)
This book contains three short love stories about 3 of the vampires. I guess the vampire part gives it the "bloody" in the title and the love part is the valentine? But there is no mention of valentine's day in the stories and I thought the title was a bit of a misnomer.
The first story involves Oliver and Freya - a witch who is a character in a different series by the same author. The second story tells the beginning of Allegra and Ben's story, and the third story is about Schuyler and Jack. Nice, short stories to go with the series.
Monday, September 17, 2012
Mimi Force is now Regent in her father's absence. She is also a Venator and has learned that she has had a pretty cushy life. But, as an Angel of Death, she is a pretty tough warrior chick Vampire. Reality sets in and she takes over things in her fashion. Jack and Schuyler are in Italy and fall in with an odd group and Mimi has put a price on Jack's head for breaking their bond. Two Vampires have been murdered and Mimi must find out who did it and why or risk losing the conclave. Another fast paced novel!
A companion book to the Blue Bloods series, this book fills in some of the details using letters and other documents from the Repository - a library of all of the Vampire records. It tells the history of some of the characters and fills in details from earlier books. A must read for those who like the Blue Bloods books!
Saturday, September 15, 2012
I read this book in a few hours today. It is set a year after the previous book. Schuyler and Oliver have been on the lam. We find out the reason for Bliss's nightmares and visions, Schuyler is still in a love triangle w/ Jack and Oliver, there are lies, intrigue, fallen angels fighting Leviathan and Lucifer and more family secrets revealed. Mimi still has her heart set on bonding with Jack but she finds herself attracted to someone else also.
Another gripping tale!
In this book, we learn who some of the Silver Bloods are. Who are the bad guys and who are the good guys? Things are not as they seem. Bliss and Schuyler learn more truths about themselves and the boys they love, their pasts and their families. Yet, there are still many questions that are unanswered.
I read this book in less than a day too and am looking forward to the next one.
This is another fun book in the series. Schuyler and Bliss learn more about their vampire powers, become fashion models and have boy problems. Dylan, who Bliss likes has all sorts of problems that they do not understand, and Jack, who Schuyler likes, is bound to another. Mimi gets involved in the darker side and more vampires die - even though they are supposed to be immortal. The existence of Silver Bloods is debated and the deaths lead them to believe that the threat is once again among them.
Great book - read it in less than a day.