Monthly Archives: August 2013

The Lost Kingdom – Matthew J. Kirby

This adventure is loosely set in the colonies during the French and Indian Wars.  It is not exactly alternative history, rather reimagined history that incorporates real people from that time.   Young Billy Bartram finally gets to accompany his father on … Continue reading

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The Coldest Girl in Cold Town – Holly Black

Gone are the days when vampires were mere rumors or legends.  Vampires have gone public thanks to a rogue vampire that went on a biting spree.  Now vampires are corralled into large fortress type cities.  Those infected and expected to … Continue reading

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Frozen – Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

Extreme pollution depicted by trashbergs, think icebergs but made of garbage,  in the ocean coupled with the ice age environment and harsh society lead the daring to seek a rumored Blue somewhere in the ocean.  Nat escapes from prison using … Continue reading

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Scarlet – A.C. Gaughen

This is a rousing tale of Robin Hood featuring one of his merry “men”, Will Scarlet, who disguises herself as male and keeps her painful past hidden.  Complete with the traditional cast of characters in Robin Hood tales, Scarlet stands … Continue reading

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Anna Dressed in Blood – Kendare Blake

Cas leads a difficult life.  He is the son of a ghost killer; ghosts that refuse to go quietly into the night but keep on killing.  When his father is killed at the hand of a particularly nasty evil entity, … Continue reading

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The Shadow Society – Marie Rutkoski

Darcy was abandoned in Chicago when she was 5 years old and spent time in many foster homes until she finally found a kind foster mother and created her own family of good friends.  But her junior year in high … Continue reading

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Thrice Told Tales: Three Mice Full of Writing Advice

How many ways can the Three Blind Mice nursery rhyme be retold and embellished?  A lot!  The mice take over this story and teach literary devices such as point of view, cause and effect, and ambiguity.  It doesn’t seem like … Continue reading

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Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock – Matthew Quick

Leonard Peacock is a kind, highly intelligent, high school junior.  So why does he wake up on his birthday, intent on taking a gun to school to kill a former friend and then take his own life?  Told in Leonard’s … Continue reading

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The Bitter Kingdom – Rae Carson

The final book in the trilogy that started with The Girl of Fire and Thorns, followed by The Crown of Embers, wraps up with The Bitter Kingdom.  In the first book, Elisa gains confidence following her arranged political marriage and … Continue reading

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VIII – H.M. Castor

This account of Henry VIII’s life from youth through the last of his six marriages is well researched – and G rated! It allows a glimpse into how an English king is molded from such a very early age. I … Continue reading

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The Daughters of Mars: A Novel – Thomas Keneally

The Durance sisters were so much alike. They were beautiful, tall and graceful girls. Both were registered nurses. Naomi moved to Sidney and was a nurse at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. Sally was the one who stayed on the … Continue reading

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Fallout – Todd Strasser

What if the Cuban Missile Crisis escalated to the point of nuclear war with both sides firing their missiles? That is the premise behind Fallout when Scott’s father has a bomb shelter built in 1962. We meet Scott’s friends and … Continue reading

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The Burning Sky – Sherry Thomas

A tumultuous political world of magic exists in hidden folds of Victorian London. Prince Titus, a powerful mage, does not truly have authority in his realm because he and his kingdom are under the thumb of a super-power mage, The … Continue reading

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Bones of the Lost: A Temperance Brennan Novel – Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist, is all set to start examining some Peruvian mummy dogs when an apparent hit and run takes her attention. The girl has no identification, no house key, and no personal belongings except for a tiny pink … Continue reading

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Raven Flight – Juliet Marillier

Her first weeks at Shadowfell were spent resting, eating and slowly gaining strength after her long and perilous journey.   Neryn now feels comfortable and secure.  All the people around her are so loving and caring.  Well, almost all.  Tali is … Continue reading

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