Monthly Archives: April 2012

Unraveling – Elizabeth Norris

A truck appears out of nowhere and mows down Janelle days before her junior year.  She dies instantly.  A severed spinal cord is just one of her massive injuries.  As her life flashes before her, Ben appears and she can … Continue reading

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Breaking Beautiful – Jennifer Shaw Wolf

This murder mystery wrapped in teen drama hits the mark.  Allie has survived an accident that apparently killed her boyfriend, Trip.  It looks like she jumped out of his truck before it went over a cliff and into the ocean … Continue reading

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The Princess of Trelian – Michelle Knudsen

The sequel to The Dragon of Trelian, once again has Princess Meglynne , her dragon and sorcerer’s apprentice friend, Calen, saving the kingdom from the evil Sen Eva.  Sen Eva is intent on bringing the ultimate evil sorcerer, who was … Continue reading

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Midnight in Peking: How the Murder of a Young Englishwoman Haunted the Last Days of Old China – Paul French

 The eastern section of old Peking has been dominated since the fifteenth century by a looming watchtower, built as part of the Tartar Wall to protect the city from invaders.  Known as the Fox Tower, it was believed to be … Continue reading

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Kill Me Softly – Sarah Cross

It seems the fairy tales we grew up with are not so magical and wonderful in real life.  Mira was orphaned at a young age and was raised by her two godmothers in a sheltered environment.  Although the godmothers will … Continue reading

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The Hunt – Andrew Fukuda

Instead of the traditional humans turning into zombies storyline that wipes out humanity, humans are facing extinction from a vampire-ish majority that crave a diet of the few remaining true humans called hepers.  The story opens with Gene, a heper doing … Continue reading

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The Wicked and the Just – J. Anderson Coats

The story takes place in Wales around 1280 when King Edward I of England conquered Wales.  He sealed his control of the Welsh by granting lands to loyal Englishmen and moving them into newly built town houses within castle walls.  … Continue reading

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Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Spain – Julia Fox

The five surviving children of King Ferdinand of Aragon and Quen Isabella of Castile were given the best of educations, were taught the nuances of statecraft and were raised to realize that their role in life was to increase the … Continue reading

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The Child Who – Simon Lelic

Leo Curtice, an attorney in a town in southern England, is excited when asked to defend a 12-year-old boy accused of murdering an 11-year-old girl.  This is a career-making case.  The excitement is short lived however, as Leo experiences the … Continue reading

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Illuminate – Aimee Agresti

Illuminate has a mix of elements that will attract a variety of readers.  It is a combination of romance, mystery, coming-of-age, self-discovery, and paranormal good versus evil.  Haven is an over-achieving, hard working girl, whose adoptive mother found her outside … Continue reading

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