The American soldiers who arrived in Russia to assist with switching the Bolshevik overthrow of 1917 did essentially nothing to change history, however cast as radical antagonists, they were helpful to Soviet advocates accused of…
Before I begin, let me tell you that I am an avid fan of Sophie Kinsella, of the Shopaholic fame. I’ve read (and loved) almost all of the titles from that series and I was very excited when I stumbled upon “The Undomestic Goddess”. Similar to her previous writings, Sophie Kinsella has kept a comic undertone throughout the story even when describing some serious dilemmas.
Rating: 5 Stars Age Recommendation: 15+ Warnings: Violence, Character Death, Torture Genres: Fantasy, Action and Adventure, Romance, Fiction Pages: 450 (Compact hardback version) “Now a…
JW Robitaille’s Romancing the Crime is essentially a fresh take on a classic murder mystery, crime-solving novel, but it also includes a romance that has a strong footing within the story.
I can’t believe it’s over, friends. This is it. The last book in the Out of Time trilogy. And to be honest, it was rather a lackluster finale. This is going to be a tough review to write, since I LOVED the first two books so much, and this one leaves me only with a sort of half-hearted like.
Normally, sequels fall pretty flat. They can drag along without a focused plot, just trying to shuffle along the reader from point A to point B, so the author can get to the exciting conclusion. However, A Time to Speak is a rare exception. A stellar exception, even.
Hannah Fatier has just started her first job as an anesthesiologist at Deaconess Hospital in San Francisco, she has just bought a new home, and she is newly engaged. In short, Hannah’s life is going well. That is, until a patient under Hannah’s care dies of mysterious causes during a routine operation. Someone has framed her for the death of her patient, but who? And more importantly, why?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell has quickly become one of my favorite novels. Cather, nicknamed Cath, has always relied on her twin sister, Wren, for companionship. Growing up, the two read Simon Snow and wrote fanfiction together. After their mother left, the sisters relied on the fantastical storylines they read and penned to fill a void, allowing them to fall into a magical mystical world and spend time together doing something they loved.
Out of Body by Christopher John Chater is an exceptionally odd that for many it won’t be their cup of tea. It starts how Harley gets into a car accident with his parents and everyone dies.
Jane Eyre was one of those books that you adored before you have even read it. Individuals may feel that it’s only a romantic tale yet it’s truly more than that. It’s more of a coming-of-age story and Mr. Rochester just happened to be part of it. I loved how the novel was broken into three volumes. Each volume represented a part of her life; her character development.
The Landlord is a very sinister book that is about how a landowner seeks revenge on inhabitants that do not pay their rent on time. It all starts in North Dakota, a few college boys decided to rent a house and following a couple of months, they begin to have issues with each other. Most of the time they were late when it came to paying the landlord his money, so the landlord decided to pay them a visit.
Walk in the Flesh is hardcore sci-fi leaning towards guys who prefer army life, weapons, and brutal fights. It’s a futuristic military sci-fi book with a combination of different sci-fi plots and characters put together.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, while laugh-out-loud funny and undoubtedly astounding to view on a live stage, breaks Rowling’s own rules, and that’s a huge problem for fans.
The Devil in Canaan Parish, by Jackie Shemwell, is an intricately detailed account of Southern Louisiana in the 1950s. The most interesting part of the novel, far and away, was the level of research that obviously went into the writing of this story.
Mickey Hart doesn’t do one-night stands. Until she wakes up in a luxury penthouse. With nothing but a t-shirt. And no idea who it belongs to. Enter Cale Windermere. Driven. Ambitious. Successful. And so gorgeous he could’ve walked straight out of a romance novel…
A virus created by the government is discharged before the testing was complete and it kills every adult in this world. Only children survived. Andy and her four friends travel to numerous places to accomplish something more than survive day-to-day basis. This is what Schism by Britt Holewinkski is all about.
The Andy Smithson series is composed of five books by L.R.W. Lee. From the first page of “Blast of the Dragon’s Fury,” Lee foreshadows a “strange and mysterious event” clearly. If young readers are missing “Harry Potter,” they may want to add this to their “to be read” list.
Dean Moses’s novella, A Stalled Ox, is a story of about one hundred pages that follows a piece of Howard Harrington’s life as he takes on a new investigation. He is a detective, going undercover to look into a cult that worships a character who calls himself “God.”
Just when Azalea should feel that everything is before her—beautiful gowns, dashing suitors, balls filled with dancing—it’s taken away. All of it. And Azalea is trapped. The Keeper understands. He’s trapped, too, held for centuries within the walls of the palace. So he extends an invitation.
In 1862, William and Elizabeth Darmon escape from Zanzibar, crossing hostile territory to Lake Victoria. Pursued by ruthless slavers, they flee to Niam Niam country in Darkest Africa.
Vacui Magia: Stories by L. S. Johnson is a well-written book composed of eight short stories in total that are guaranteed to send shivers down your spine with its eerie storytelling.
Princess Una of Parumvir has come of age and will soon be married. Prince Aethelbald from the mysterious land of Farthestshore has traveled far to prove his love–and also to bring hushed warnings of danger. A dragon is rumored to be approaching Parumvir.
Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You, has written several other novels that I have not yet had the pleasure of reading, but this story is “scored on my heart,” as one of her characters might say.
Josie lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans with her mother, and the year is 1950. Much the same as numerous other 17-year-olds, Josie has enormous dreams to get away from the ‘Huge Easy’ and set off for college, yet there are plenty of obstacles holding her back.
If Storm and his companions are to survive they must stay out of the way of the government’s security forces, assassination squads working for powerful hidden entities, and the internment camps for dissenters. Even his special ability is not going to be enough.
Liam Waite is a boy, only fifteen, who is living the dangerous life of a survivor after a series of terrible natural disasters, and is now trying to make it despite a lack of supplies and food. One day, however, an airship comes down, looking for his father.
Referencing the fall of Satan in a novel that is something of a mix between Paradise Lost and the “Hush, Hush” series by Becca Fitzpatrick, Fallen Angel, by David Lamour, tells Evelynn’s story of love, fear, and angels versus demons.
The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle is a phenomenal young adult, YA, book. It’s fascinating and enjoyable that two people who went to the same high school, for all four years, could have vastly different experiences and never cross paths until graduation.
The Florida Land Boom of the 1920s by Gregg M. Turner is such an intriguing read for individuals that love history. It’s about how the Roaring Twenties, millions of Americans moved to Florida, the Sunshine State, seeking quick riches in real estate.
Winter, by Marissa Meyer, is the final installment in The Lunar Chronicles. Although the reader is granted a closer look at Princess Winter and the struggles she faces, we also see Cinder, Cress, Thorn, Scarlet, Kai, Iko and everyone else we have grown to love throughout the series.
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is an extraordinarily well written Young Adult novel. Eleanor comes from a poor dysfunctional family, being forced to share her room with several siblings.
Outrageous: The Victoria Woodhull Saga Volume One Rise to Riches by Neal Katz is a historical fiction book that follows the early life of Victoria Woodhull.
The 6th Horseman follows a story of six main characters as they each play a part in the end of the world. Each of them helped out someone named “Zilla” allow a virus to spread around New York City (and potentially the world), which kills off the population and turns them into zombies of sorts.
How to Grow an Addict by J.A. Wright is a page turner without a doubt. From the very first page, you’re drawn into the main character Randall Granges world and how her story will end.
As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home.
Glass Sword was an amazing sequel to an equally amazing book called Red Queen. Glass Sword also introduced more character development and the end was a plot twist that made us ready for the next book!
A ghost story set in Japan, A Whisper of Leaves was written by Ashley Capes. Riko, and ESL teacher finds an old journal in the forest beneath Mt. Fuji and decides to take it home. As she begins to read through the journal, Riko begins to be threatened by a mysterious and angry force everywhere she turns, and finds out more than she bargained for about the author.
The Secret of Christopher Topher, by Gee Williams, tells the story of a twelve-year-old boy named Alex Smiley, and how he and his friend Karen spend four years of their lives working to save the human race. The reader is taken along with them on their journey, learning about the truth of the human race’s history. As it turns out, the Roman Catholic Church is perhaps not what it seems.
Azurite is about a princess named Zora who is the last heir to the Samarian throne. Detested by Queen Evangeline, Zora is ousted to Cara, the southernmost nation in the Realm. During her journey, she finds out that she’s a sorcerer. With the help of her wise friend, Zora will have to embrace her power called Ithilium and take back her throne. A thing that Zora doesn’t realize is that Queen Evangeline leads Samaria into darkness.
Hands down R.L. Stine is my most loved author regardless of how old I get. I am a major horror/mystery fan so growing up with his books kept me at the edge of my seat. I was really amped up for seeing his more up to date book, Don’t Stay Up Late, at the library rack. I picked it up right away and read it as soon as possible. Don’t Stay Up Late was fresh out of the plastic new and in the event that you know me very well, you’ll know how much I cherish new books. It was a hardcover and I appreciated every little thing about Don’t Stay Up Late.
Sky Knight, by Sandra Harvey, tells the story of Taliah, a woman who has spent her life training to capture thieves and villains of the Skylands. Although she’s young, she has worked hard and risen through the ranks to become a Lieutenant. Her new assignment involves chasing after a pirate named Erikson Roarke, who wants both to evade her as well as convince her that everything she thinks she knows about her government is wrong.
Having watched one friend after another succumb to the lure of Prozac, and the irresistible argument that it’s a chemical imbalance that’s responsible for all their problems (and not their difficult marriage, family circumstances or financial straits) – I’ve been searching for a book to finally put the whole ‘chemical imbalance’ debate to bed, once and for all.
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer, is a science fiction, futuristic retelling of the classic Cinderella story. In this world, Cinder is a cyborg due to an accident that occurred when she was 11, when she had to have her hand and leg replaced. Now she’s dealing with all manner of wires and mechanical parts, but there are some benefits. She can download information to fill in the blanks when she doesn’t know something, which gives her an uncanny ability to fix machines.
There are two women. Not dissimilar to any pair of women you’ve seen walking down the street, thoughts filled with love, hate, ignorance to the cameras and surveyors watching their every move. Yet completely different. Utterly and totally different. You’ve never seen these women before. You’ve never imagined them. (Well now you have. Good job.) You don’t know these women. And they don’t know you. They don’t know a lot of things.
The Quantum Door, by Jonathan Ballagh, tells the story of two brothers named Brady and Felix, who wander into the yard next door and end up getting into a mess that is extremely over their heads. Nova, their mysterious neighbor, initially tells them not to venture into her yard again. When she finds herself in trouble, however, it is up to Brady and Felix to jump in, head first, and do what they can to help.
Anyone who ever experienced bullying in school is bound to appreciate this novel. My mom gave me this book when I was going into 7th grade – appropriately, of course – and although I enjoyed it then, a re-read has reminded me of just how great it was. Click Here, by Denise Vega, tells the story of a girl named Erin Swift, who is separated from her best friend.
The first book I ever read by husband and wife duo David Feinstein and Donna Eden was ‘Energy Medicine’ – and I have to say that the book completely blew me away, and transformed my attitude to mental and physical health. I loved that book, and raved about it to anyone I could.
The Nature of Denial is about a woman, Anna Montagna, that runs from her loved ones and her successful life because of her mental illness. Anna escapes to a residential community, Mikamaw, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to spare her family from the creature that she has gotten to be. While Anna tries her best to escape from her past, it keeps on frequenting her. When her life is at stake, she notices that she needs to choose whether to go up against the past or continue running.
Sean Gibson’s The Camelot Shadow presents the story of Lord Alfred Fitzwilliam, who will do anything to save his wife, Ellen, who is dying. When approached about the possibility of King Arthur’s scabbard being preserved and its supposed abilities to heal people, he takes a chance and heads off to search for it. Joining him are his friend William Upton, and two parties both interested in taking the scabbard for their own purposes. Full of mystery and magic, this Victorian Era novel is a new and original take on the legend of King Arthur.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children has a particularly striking cover and is presented alongside old photos. Some might assume that this would take away from the text, but the pictures only make the text even more engaging. The written descriptions alone, however, are capable of instilling a sense of unease in the reader.
You know, when I first picked up Daniel Goleman’s ground-breaking book Emotional Intelligence, I was sure I was going to love it. I mean, the subject matter was right up my street, the book was full of scientific studies, the book had already been met with two decade’s worth of plaudits and acclaim.
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, has received a large number of rave reviews. It tells the story of two children, Celia and Marco, who are trained for the majority of their lives in magic. This training, they learn very early, is meant to prepare them for a challenge in which they will face off with an unknown opponent. Full of mystery, romance and magic, this dark and hauntingly beautiful fantasy is unlike anything I’ve read before.
Windswept is a romance set in early twentieth-century England. It recounts the tale of a beautiful, young lady named Magdalena who, because of her mother’s actions, has turned into a slave in her own family unit. She perseveres through both physical and psychological mistreatment on account of her dead father’s wife, Amelia. Her life is only hopelessness until the day she meets James, a young gentleman from a well-off family living close-by.
Evanthia’s Gift is a one-of-a-kind story. It all starts with Anastacia Fotopoulos, in 1956, when her world turns upside down. Deceived and heartbroken, Anastacia faces indescribable challenges such as single motherhood. After finally finding herself and healed from the past, Anastacia lets herself be happy.
I finally read one of the most iconic novels of all time as known as To Kill a Mockingbird. This novel shows the point of view a white Southern girl living in the 1930s, Scout Finch. Scout lives with her sibling, Jem, and their solitary father, Atticus, in the languid Southern town of Maycomb. In To Kill a Mockingbird, we see three important years of Scout’s life; we see childhood innocence transform to corrupted adulthood.
House with a Blue Door is about a social worker, Charles, who begins working at a geriatric house called Jarvis House. Readers see what Charles does every day, mainly every shift during his stay. While we’re reading about Charles’s routine, we meet characters that are preferred and all the more energizing over him. We meet mentally disabled characters such as Julia, Kate, Dan, Carter, and Lisa. We see what they do on a daily basis, for example, taking pills, and that is basically it.
Being a huge fan of anime, I watched No.6 because I heard it was a remarkable show. No.6 is about a utopian city, No.6, and the impact it has on two teenagers, Shion and Nezumi. For Shion, life is painstakingly choreographed. He goes to school every day, studies after school, and talks to his companion and colleague Safu. On a rainy day, Shion opens his window and starts screaming out of nowhere. Little did Shion know that because of that irrational act he would meet Nezumi, the skillful convict.
I initially began to read the Elli Friedmann series because my A.P. U.S. History teacher gave me books about the Holocaust as a gift. Being a book lover, I’ll read every book I can get my hands on. This series is all about the author’s experience before, during, and after the Holocaust.
I have never read a book as amazing as The Great Gatsby. The story is all about Jay Gatsby’s life. It’s narrated by his only real friend and neighbor, Nick Carraway. Gatsby is a rich gentleman who is essentially fixated on Daisy Buchanan, an ex-girlfriend from five years ago. He starts to throw elaborate parties and live this extravagant lifestyle all in the hopes of winning Daisy back. Eventually, after an unexpected encounter, Daisy and Jay start to talk to each other. That’s where the drama really begins.