Monday, August 27, 2018

Generation One by Pittacus Lore

Generation One (Lorien Legacies Reborn, #1)

A new set of characters is introduced in this action packed sequel series to the I Am Number Four series.  Human teens who have developed legacies have been asked to go to a special academy to hone their skills, however, not all teens wish to go there and the academy is not the only group who wants to use the teens' powers.  Taylor is a healer and Kopano is not sure exactly what his powers are.  Together with Ran, Nigel, Isabella and Caleb, they have unexpected adventures as they learn to use their legacies.  If you liked the first series, you should enjoy this one as well.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Healer by Susan Miura

Healer (Book #1)
In this Christian YA fantasy novel, 17 year old Shilo learns that she has inherited the ability to be a healer from her grandmother.  Her parents are worried and don't want her to use her power from God to heal others because of the attention that would bring to her and because the gift caused her grandmother to become self-centered.  However, Shilo wants to help people and after inadvertently healing 18 year old Misty's son, Tyler, she has to hide her ability and learn how to deal with it. Shilo deals with boyfriend problems and as her family helps Misty to escape her abusive boyfriend, they deal with other issues as well.  There are gang  problems, a mission trip, romance and supernatural healing in this Christian YA fantasy novel. 

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery by Mary Amato

Open Mic Night at Westminster Cemetery
This is an excellent book!  Written in the form of a two act play, it begins with sixteen year old Lacy awakening, as it were, dead, in a the cemetery where Edgar Allen Poe is buried.  Prior to her arrival, the last resident arrived in 1913, so Lacy is seen as a "modern", by the other residents who include Sam, who died during the civil war, Poe's wife Virginia, two sisters who do needlework, and Sam's overly controlling mother, Mrs. Steele, who rules the cemetery and has the disorderly dead "suppressed".  Lacy doesn't know she is dead and doesn't remember dying.  Her last memory is of being on the way to participate in an open mic night to perform her poetry.  Throughout the story we get to know the various dead and they work through their troubles from the past, and present.  I would love to see this performed as a play!  I think it would be very entertaining.  It has humor and sadness and seems original and fun.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The Space Between by Dete Meserve

The Space Between
In this mystery/thriller, Sarah returns from a business trip to find her husband gone, the security camera footage erased and a gun in her nightstand drawer.  Her teenage son said that the last thing his father told him was to keep the doors locked and set the alarm.  As more details emerge, and Sarah has no idea if her husband is dead or alive, or guilty of a crime, Sarah recalls the good times in her marriage and becomes more and more determined that things are not what they seem.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit

Anna and the Swallow Man
It is 1939 in Poland when 7 year old Anna's father leaves and never returns.  She winds up wandering the country and others for years with a man who she knows only as The Swallow Man during the war.  The story is sad and intriguing.  I think readers of  middle grade and YA literature will enjoy it.

Friday, August 3, 2018

The Unicorn In The Barn by Jacqueline K. Ogburn

The Unicorn in the Barn

This is a sweet, cute children's book.  When Eric sees a unicorn in his grandmother's old barn, he begins working for the veterinarian and becomes sort of friends with her daughter, Allegra.  Magic, mystery, love and sadness make this a lovely book for readers of all ages.