Sunday, April 21, 2019

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump by Andrew G. McCabe

The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump
This book is a must read!  It is fascinating and rather alarming.  McCabe tells about his two decade career in the FBI, how the FBI constantly learned and changed it's methods over the years, about his involvement in high profile cases like the Boston marathon bombing and how Trump has behaved in office.  After reading this book, I have a higher regard for the FBI and the work that they do.  I hope that intelligent and dedicated people continue to join and work for the FBI because we need them and the work that they do to protect the country. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Still Life by Christa Parish

Still Life
This Christian fiction novel alternates between two women, Ada and Katherine.  Katherine had given up her plane seat on a full flight to Julian Goetz, a Nobel Prize winning photographer because he wanted to get home for his wife, Ada's birthday, and Katherine wanted to stay another night with the man she was having an affair with.  Then, the plane wrecked and eventually the two women meet.  We see the events in their lives leading up to and after the plane wreck.  Ada had lived in a backwoods Christian cult until Julian photographed her and then came back for her because God told her to marry her. The book is heavily Christian and fans of Christian fiction should enjoy it.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

When Jayla and her younger brother and her father stay in the Stanley hotel, they don't realize they have been put in the haunted room, or that the hotel is haunted, but Jayla and her brother Dion find that out their first night when they see the ghost.  They learn the story about the ghost and try to help her to be free in a fun ghost story for children.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

The Dollmaker of Krakow by R.M. Romero

The Dollmaker of Krakow
This is a fantasy novel about WWII for children.  Karolina is a doll who awakens in the home of a dollmaker who lives in Krakow, Poland.  She has left the Land of the Dolls because it had been attacked by ferocious rats and she wanted to find a way to fight them and win the war. Instead, she helps the dollmaker become friends with a Jewish violinist and his daughter, Rena.  Then, however, war finds Poland and the Nazis invade. The story is touching and sad and beautiful.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Nine Candles of Deepest Black by Matthew S. Cox

Nine Candles of Deepest Black
In this YA horror novel, sixteen year old Paige has been living with her dead older sister's ghost for a year.  Her family has moved to a new, small town where they can start over, but the first friends that Paige makes include a girl who is into witchcraft.  Together, they cast a spell and bring evil and horror into the town.  I think that horror fans will enjoy this book.

Everyday Sexism by Laura Bates

Everyone should read this.  It should make you angry.  Every single day women are sexually harassed.  The Me Too movement has brought more light to the issue, but it hasn't stopped it.  It is wrong and the stories are raw and revealing. 

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

The Phantom Tree by Nicola Cornick

The Phantom Tree
This is a totally awesome story with time travel and historical romance!  We are told the stories of two women - Alison and Mary.  Alison has traveled through time from the 1500s to the present and had planned to return for her son, but was unable to.  However, she had asked her friend, Mary to leave her clues as to where her son had been taken.  Both women's stories are fascinating.  I highly recommend this book.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

The Turnaway Girls by Hayley Chewins

Twelve year old Delphernia has lived her entire life shut in a cloister in a cave with other girls where they make shimmer out of music.  The people who live in the city depend on the gold made by the girls who have never seen the city or known freedom.  Delphernia is unable to make shimmer and is mistreated by the sister who runs the cloister.  When she is unexpectedly set free she learns that the world is not what she thought it was.

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Even If I Fall by Abigail Johnson

Ever since her brother confessed to murdering his best friend, Calvin, a year ago, Brooke's life has been a struggle.  Her family members barely speak to one another.  She and her mother visit her  brother in prison every weekend, but her father and her younger sister refuse to visit.  Brooke and her sister are now home schooled and their family is shunned by the town.  Then, she becomes secret friends with Heath, Calvin's younger brother because his family has also been destroyed.  The story is touching and I think that fans of YA romance will enjoy it.