Daily Archives: August 9, 2013

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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Unthinkable – Nancy Werlin

In this sequel to Impossible, Frenella, who inadvertently started the family curse by the Faerie lord, pleas for death after 800 years confined in faerie.  The fey appear to have little compassion to her plight but agree by setting conditions … Continue reading

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