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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Linger (YA) (Kindle)

Linger (YA) (Kindle)

Linger is the sequel to Shiver and is a werewolf love story.  Sam used to be a werewolf and is now human.  He loves Grace.  There are new werewolves in Mercy Falls--Cole and Victor.  Grace's parents are concerned by her relationship with Sam and conspire to keep them separated.  Grace is sick and wants to be with Sam more than ever.  This book continues their romance and its cliffhanger ending makes me want to read #3 right now.  I read this book on my Kindle.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Child of the Northern Spring

Child of the Northern Spring

This is the first book in a trilogy.  I have never read anything by this author before and I liked the writing of this book.  It reminded me of Phillipa Gregory, one of my favorite authors.  This book was about Guinevere and her life and legend.  It was interesting to read about Guinevere's family and childhood; that was something that didn't happen in Morte D'Arthur, which I read in college.  Guinevere was a tough female character and I liked that about her.  I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.  The writing was sophisticated, the characters stem from legendary stories and there was enough action and romance to keep readers engaged.

This book was sent to me by SourceBooks to review.  

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Good Old Dog (review book)

This book was a reader friendly book detailing how to get the most out of life for your senior dog.  Common diseases and health issues were discussed.  Treatment options were reviewed.  A section was devoted for the recommended diet for an older dog.  I found this book personally helpful as I have an 8 year old Jack Russell Terrier.  I also recommended this book to a fellow teacher; she teaches a Pre-Vet class at our high school. 

I received this book from Net Galley for review.  I read it on my Kindle.

Monday, October 25, 2010

The Dead Tossed Waves (YA) (Kindle)

The Dead Tossed Waves (YA)  (Kindle)

This is the sequel to The Forest of Hands and Teeth.  The Mudo (Zombies) are back and after the people so they can infect them.  Gabry is a teenage girl who goes over the safety barrier with some not so good results.  Gabry begins to question if there is more to life than just the safety of the barricaded village and she has two love interests--Catcher and Elias.  This book has good suspense and a decent romantic triangle to it.  I don't know if there will be book 3 or not but if there is, I'd read it.

I read this book on my Kindle.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Revolver (YA)

Revolver (YA)

Sig and Anna's father dies after falling through the ice in their small mining town.  Shortly after, a huge, evil man Wolff comes looking for the gold that their father supposedly stole from him.  He holds the kids hostage and threatens to kill them if they don't tell him where the gold is and they have no idea what he is talking about.  Showing courage, the two end up making the odds a bit more even.  A good, quick read that YA boys would especially like, I enjoyed this book.  I borrowed this book from the library.

Monday, October 18, 2010

13 to Life (YA) (Kindle)

13 to Life (YA)  (Kindle)

First book in a YA paranormal series, Jessica's dealing with a lot of changes in her life.  Then she meets Pieter, a new boy in school with a hint of mystery about him.  They become close but he's hiding a somewhat wolfish secret.  A good, quick read--I enjoyed this one a lot.  #2 comes out in Febuary; I will continue this series.  

Friday, October 15, 2010

Bright Lights, Big Ass

Bright Lights, Big Ass 


This is the second memoir by Jen Lancaster and it is hilarious.  Jen writes about her life as a temp while trying to begin her life as an author, her husband Fletch, her pit bulls and her cats.  She has a dry, sarcastic wit that is totally funny.  These books are great fun reads.  Jen is brutally honest, not just towards other people but also when looking at her own life.  Love her writing!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Lost Dogs

The Lost Dogs

This book tells the heartbreaking tales of Michael Vick's fighting pit bulls.  What horrors these dogs were put through.  I think Vick is a great football player but questioned his humanity as I read this book.  These dogs were treated horribly and were not allowed to be dogs.  Throughout it all, these dogs somehow kept a soul and craved love and attention.  I find that utterly amazing.  As these dogs were saved by rescue organizations, they slowly began to move past the horrors that they had faced and most ended up finding some sort of homes that worked best  for them.  This book was moving.  

I borrowed this book from the public library.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Passionate Brood

As a big historical fiction fan, I am amazed that I have not read this author before.  The back of the book showcased several of her novels, all of which sound good.  I will have to read more by this author at some point.  In this book,
Richard the Lionheart is the historical figure of focus.  Thrown into the mix is if Robin Hood was Richard's foster brother.  This book holds true to the genre with jousting, warring, and using women as pawns to power.  The writing style is similar to that of Philippa Gregory, whose writing I love.  This book is well-written and the author obviously has done her research.  I always cringe at the plight of women in this time, as they really had no say over who they would marry or where their lives would take them.  I recommend this book to fans of historical fiction.

I received this book from SourceBooks  to review.  

I am Number Four

I am Number Four

A great read and I am not a huge fan of science fiction.  Lorien is a planet that was devastated by evil aliens.  Nine children and their guardians were sent to Earth for safety.  John is number four.  Numbers 1-3 have been killed.  John has been moving from place to place all of his life with his "father" Henri.  They end up in Paradise, Ohio and John becomes emotionally invested in the town.  He decides they'll stay and fight, and fight they do.  I really enjoyed this book and there seems to be potential for more in the series.  I hope it continues.

I borrowed this book from the public library.