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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Scourge




Book #104 Read in 2016
The Scourge by Jennifer A. Nielsen

The Scourge is a plague that has killed many people and is making a reappearance so the Governor has quarantined all ill people to Attic Island to The Colony to live out their final days.  But is all as it seems?  Ani and Weevil are brought to The Colony and immediately begin to question the going ons on the island which does not endear them to the wardens.  What will happen to these two brave kids?  This would be a good read for middle and high school readers.  It is full of action.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.
Book #103 Read in 2016
Frost Blood by Elly Blake

Ruby is a Fire Blood, meaning fire burns within her and she can use it as a weapon.  The Frost Bloods rule the Kingdom and are hunting Fire Bloods.  Ruby is broken out of prison by some monks who want her to free the Frost King from his curse by using her fire.  This book reminded me of the His Fair Assassin series, which is a compliment because I loved those books and loved this one as well.  This is the first in the series and I highly recommend it to both high school readers and adult readers.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Friday, September 23, 2016

My Best Little Buddy


Book #102 Read in 2016
My Best Little Buddy by Tom Templeman

This book is a must read for cat lovers.  Tiger and Sophie are cat siblings owned by Tom and his wife and this book details their lives with the cats from kitten hood until old age.  The cats come alive through Templeman's apt descriptions.  A great read!

Speed of Life


Book #101 Read in 2016
Speed of Life by J.M. Kelly

Twin sisters Amber and Crystal are raising baby Natalie together.  Their parents are more than slightly dysfunctional so the twins have pretty much raised themselves and have plans for life after high school.  Those plans go astray when Crystal's Guidance Counselor finds a college far away which has a mechanics program that seems tailor made for Crystal.  Will the sister stick with their original plan or will their future  take a different path?  This was a good read and high school students would enjoy it.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Monday, September 19, 2016

The Rains


Book #100 Read in2016
The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

This is, of course, the first book in a series.  That being said, I want book #2 now.  In a small town, brothers Patrick and Chance live with their aunt and uncle after their parents died in a car accident.  One night the adults in their town are taken over by a parasite that makes them do horrible things to the children.  Some sort of air-borne spore is causing it and seems to affect those 18 or older.  Will the brothers be able to save their fellow young townspeople?  This book was action packed and a quick read.  Highly recommend for high school readers.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Book that Matters Most


Book #99 Read in 2016
The Book that Matters Most by Ann Hood

Ava's husband has left her for another woman.  To try to bring some happiness back to her life, she joins her best friend's library book club.  The theme of the book picks is "the book that matters most" and each member select a book choice.  Besides book club, which allows her to meet a much younger man, Ava is also stressing about her daughter, Maggie, who is in Europe and making bad choices.  I read this book in one sitting.  It was a wonderful read.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko


Book #98 Read in 2016
The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaenko by Scott Stambach

This was an odd book but I liked it.  Ivan is a deformed young boy who lives in a Russian orphanage/hospital.  He has one arm, nubs for legs and loves to read and write.  This book tells his story....as he sees it.  He describes fellow patients, his daily routine and the various nursing staff who rotate in and out of his life.  It is a quick read.  I received a copy of this book from Amazon Vine in exchange for a honest review.