Oct 252011
 
Blindness

Blindness by José SaramagoSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads In an unnamed city in an unnamed country, a man sitting in his car waiting for a traffic light to change is suddenly struck blind. But instead of being plunged into darkness, this man sees everything white, as if he “were caught in a mist or had fallen into a milky sea.” A Good Samaritan offers to drive him home (and later steals his car); his wife takes him by taxi to a nearby eye clinic where they are ushered past other patients into the doctor’s office. Within a day the man’s […]

Oct 112011
 
Bedtime Stories

My son is at the age where he loves bedtime stories. This has only started in the last six months or so, but we now have a pretty good ritual of reading two or three stories every night before bed. Here are a few of my favourites that we have read over the last little while. The Very Noisy Night by Diane Hendry, Illustrated by Jane ChapmanSource: Personal collectionLinks: Amazon, Goodreads A sweet story about a little mouse who is too fidgety to sleep. He hears all kinds of noises and needs constant reassurance that they are normal noises that […]

Oct 042011
 
Raven Queen

Raven Queen by Pauline FrancisSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads I have lived the life of a princess since the day I was born. But it did not bring me what I wanted. I am still trapped. My beloved Ned speaks of love, freedom, a future. To walk with him in the forest, our raven soaring above us, is my only joy. But my father plans that I shall be betrothed to the King and I am afraid. Queens of England have a habit of dying. I have no desire to take the throne, no wish to find myself in the […]

Oct 042011
 
The Marbury Lens

The Marbury Lens by Andrew SmithSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s blog Sixteen-year-old Jack gets drunk and is in the wrong place at the wrong time. He is kidnapped. He escapes, narrowly. The only person he tells is his best friend, Conner. When they arrive in London as planned for summer break, a stranger hands Jack a pair of glasses. Through the lenses, he sees another world called Marbury. There is war in Marbury. It is a desolate and murderous place where Jack is responsible for the survival of two younger boys. Conner is there, too. But he’s trying to […]

Aug 232011
 
Ashes, Ashes

Ashes, Ashes by Jo TreggiariRating: 3/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Lucy is one of the few survivors of the plague that wiped out most of humanity. She has been living alone in a tree house in what used to be Central Park in New York City. When she meets Aidan, a fellow teenaged survivor, while being chased by a pack of hunting dogs, she decides to join his band of survivors. The dangers keep coming when she learns the dogs weren’t an accident, but were sent by the Sweepers to find her. What makes her so special to […]

Aug 172011
 
If the Shoe Fits

If the Shoe Fits by Stephanie RoweRating: Did Not FinishSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Behind Every Successful Woman Is the Right Pair of Shoes. Run hard. Run fast. Just don’t try to run in heels. Especially if your name is Paris Jackson and youre fashion-impaired. Designer labels and stilettos aren’t exactly Paris’s thing. Give her a pair of sneakers and she’s a happy woman. That’s why she’s spending nights designing running shoes for her start-up company, and why she doesn’t have time for an ex-husband on a therapy quest. A best friend with a death wish. A mom […]

Aug 162011
 
Between Shades of Gray

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys Rating: 5/5Source: Local library Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website, Book’s website Lina is a regular, art loving teenager in Lithuania in 1941. One night her family is rounded up with thousands of others and herded into train cars. They are deported to prison camps far away. Over time, they are sent further and further north into the cold winters of Siberia where they are expected to work until they die. This is a heart-breaking story based on real history. I’ve never heard of this tragedy as it is rarely taught in schools. I applaud […]

Aug 092011
 
Bitter Sweet

Bitter Sweet by LaVyrle SpencerRating: 3/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads Newly widowed, still beautiful, and suddenly wealthy, Maggie Pearson Stearn has come home to Wisconsin to start a new life. The recent death of her much-loved husband has left an empty space in her heart. Back on familiar ground, with a gratifying business venture off to promising start, she finds a new zest for life in the rekindling of old friendships-and of her love affair with her high-school sweetheart. But he is married, and she finds herself marooned between two generations of selfishness and disapproval-her mother’s and her daughter’s. This […]

Aug 052011
 
Kiss

Kiss by Ted DekkerRating: Did Not FinishSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website After partially recovering from a six-month coma, Shauna McAllister has returned home, but her memory of the car accident that caused it has been erased. Her estranged father, a senator with eyes on the White House, and her abusive stepmother blame Shauna for the tragedy. Wracked with guilt (the accident left her brother severely brain damaged), she attempts to piece together scattered images from that horrible day. What she eventually discovers will astonish and endanger her. A crisp Christian read about responsibility. I could not get into […]

Aug 042011
 
Ripple Effect

Ripple Effect (Time Thriller Trilogy #1) by Paul McCuskerRating: 4/5Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Elizabeth is fed up with being embarrassed by her parents, and decides to run away. She convinces her best friend Jeff to leave with her. When she doesn’t show at their meeting spot, and can’t be found anywhere, Jeff is under suspicion for her disappearance. But she didn’t run away. She had a bath, and when she got out, everything seemed slightly off. She had traded places with her “time twin” in a parallel universe. Can she stay strong when everyone is insisting her […]