Jul 192013
Review: The White Queen

This was an interesting story that mixes history with a bit of magic. The story revolves around the life of Elizabeth Woodville, and is full of political intrigue and war. I found the story quite long. There was a bit of repetition, and everything seems to move slowly. There were several times when I started to get bored because there wasn’t a lot happening. This may be partly because I’m not a history buff, and don’t know much about English monarch history. I got lost in the extensive cast of characters at times. I loved the addition of the magic. […]

Sep 072012

Enclave (Razorland #1) by Ann Aguirre Audiobook narrated by: Emily Bauer Source: Local library Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups-Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember. As a Huntress, her purpose is clear–to brave the dangerous tunnels outside the enclave and bring back meat to feed the group […]

Sep 062012
Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden Source: Local library Links: Amazon, Goodreads Speaking to us with the wisdom of age and in a voice at once haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri tells the story of her life as a geisha. It begins in a poor fishing village in 1929, when, as a nine-year-old girl with unusual blue-gray eyes, she is taken from her home and sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. We witness her transformation as she learns the rigorous arts of the geisha: dance and music; wearing kimono, elaborate makeup, and hair; pouring sake to […]

Jul 302012

Watch (WWW #2) by Robert SawyerNarrated by Jennifer Van Dyck, Jessica Almasy, Marc Vietor, A.C. FellnerSource: Audiobook from libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Sixteen-year-old Caitlin Decter was born blind. But, thanks to an implant in her head, she can now see the real world—and also see webspace, the structure of the World Wide Web. There, she’s found a nascent consciousness, which she’s helped bring forth, letting it, too, see the world for the first time. The consciousness takes the name Webmind. Caitlin’s parents know about it, and so does WATCH, a secret US government agency that monitors terrorist activity on […]

Jul 112012

Incarceron (Incarceron #1) by Catherine FisherAudiobook read by Kim Mai GuestSource: Local libraryLinks: Goodreads, Author’s website Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Very few prisoners believe that there is an Outside, however, which makes escape seems impossible. And then Finn finds a crystal key that allows him to communicate with a girl named Claudia. She claims to live Outside- she is the daughter of the Warden […]

Jun 122012

Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Michelle RowenSource: Local library – audiobook read by Cynthia HollowayLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Jillian Conrad never believed in vampires. But she’s just become a living, breathing weapon against them. Attacked by a desperate scientist, she is injected with a serum that was supposed to act as a deadly poison to vampires. And when the scientist is gunned down in front of her, his secrets die with him. Declan Reese was only half-vampire, but he hates them with all his heart. He knows that the poison in Jillian’s veins could finally destroy the undead kingdom. Also, […]

May 182012
Never Knowing

Never Knowing by Chevy StevensSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website All her life, Sara Gallagher has wondered about her birth parents. As an adopted child with two sisters who were born naturally to her parents, Sara’s home life was not ideal. The question of why she was given up for adoption has always haunted her. Finally, she is ready to take steps and find closure. But some questions are better left unanswered. After months of research, Sara locates her birth mother—only to be met with horror and rejection. Then she discovers the devastating truth: her mother was the only […]

May 082012
Irma Voth

Irma Voth by Miriam ToewsSource: Local libraryLinks: Goodreads, Author on Twitter Nineteen-year-old Irma lives in a rural Mennonite community in Mexico. She has already been cast out of her family for marrying a young Mexican ne’er-do-well she barely knows, although she remains close to her rebellious younger sister and yearns for the lost intimacy with her mother. With a husband who proves elusive and often absent, a punishing father, and a faith in God damaged beyond repair, Irma appears trapped in an untenable and desperate situation. When a celebrated Mexican filmmaker and his crew arrive from Mexico City to make […]

Apr 182012
Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters #1) by Michelle ZinkSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents’ deaths, the true meaning of the strange […]

Apr 052012
Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann MartelSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads Yann Martel’s astonishing new novel begins with a successful writer attempting to publish his latest book, made up of a novel and an essay. Henry plans for it to be a “flip book” that the reader can start at either end, reading the novel or the essay first, because both pieces are equally concerned with representations of the Holocaust. His aim is to give the most horrifying of tragedies “a new choice of stories,” in order that it be remembered anew and in more than one way. But no one […]