Monthly Archives: December 2012

Navigating Early – Clare Vanderpool

This story within a story is set in Maine at the close of World War II.  Jack was raised in Kansas by a loving mother while his military father was away from home serving in the war.  His mother dies … Continue reading

Posted in 8/13 Staff Dev, adventure, highly recommend, realistic fiction

Shades of Earth – Beth Revis

This third book that began with Across the Universe, wraps up the story of Ender and Amy, with brilliant, flawless finesse.  Many of the Godspeed’s crew and the Earth-born frozen have crash landed on  Centauri-Earth.  The colony is immediately attacked.  … Continue reading

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All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Lendendary Irish Famine Ship – Kathryn Miles

Nicholas Reilly always gave his place of birth as The Atlantic Ocean.  He was born on Easter Sunday the day his vessel, the Jeanie Johnston, embarked on its maiden voyage to North America.  That he and his family and all … Continue reading

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Ashenden – Elizabeth Wilhide

This is the first time I have encountered a house as the main character in a novel, and I find I quite like it.  Ashenden is a stately English country manor house built toward the end of the 18th century.  … Continue reading

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Finding Camlann – Sean Pidgeon

The unfinished manuscript just isn’t right and archeologist Donald Gladstone is at a loss.  His publisher wants more punch to appeal to more readers. Donald wants to stick by the facts, and only the facts.  Unfortunately, there are no facts.  … Continue reading

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Love and Other Perishable Items – Laura Buzo

Some love stories are just too logistically complicated to succeed despite how well-suited the couple may be for one another. Take the Australian duo of Amelia, 15, with fierce opinions and a maturity beyond her years, and Chris, 22, a … Continue reading

Posted in chick lit

Princess of the Silver Woods – Jessica Day George

The third book in the series retelling the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses (Brothers Grimm) is every bit as good as the first, Princess of the Midnight Ball.  It is now Petunia’s turn for the story spotlight.  She … Continue reading

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Goblin Secrets – William Alexander

A curious world where an oppressed people are ruled by a police force that have parts replaced with gears (hearts, legs, eyes, etc.) and the mayor has outlawed acting, except when performed by goblins, is the setting of this 2012 … Continue reading

Posted in adventure, fantasy

Break My Heart 1,000 Times – Daniel Waters

An “Event” has occurred that killed multitudes theoretically creating a rift that has allowed ghosts to appear in increasing numbers.  Most ghosts appear daily at a certain time and place, repeating an action for a few moments, only to disappear.  … Continue reading

Posted in mystery, suspense

The Lure of the Dead (The Last Apprentice #10) – Joseph Delaney

The previous book focused on Grimalkin, the witch assassin who was striving to keep the Fiend’s head separated from the body, while being attacked from all sides.  Now it is back to Tom.  He sets out with his dear friend, … Continue reading

Posted in horror