Saturday, September 23, 2017

Mila 2.0: Redemption by Deba Driza



It's a good series and fine for high school.  Lots of action and mystery to make it a page turner.  I listened to the audiobook and the audio book is also good.  Enjoy.

Reawakened: Reignited by Colleen Houck



Oh Seth is evil.  It's a good back story.  This is a good series.  Enjoy.  Audiobook is also good to listen.

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and the Day the Floods Came by M. C. Beaton



These audiobooks are a good listen to.  Enjoy this murder mystery.

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and The Fairies of Fryfam by M. C. Beaton



Listening to audiobooks while driving and working around the house is a good way to listen to books.    I'm hook on this series and Penelope Keith reading the series.  It's a good murder mystery.

When It’s Real by Erin Watt



Nope, this story has been done before in better style.  Not for high school libraries.  I wanted to stop reading the story but forced myself to get to the end.  Save your m money and time on this one.

Twisted Tales: Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell



It's a good story.  I was always trying to figure out a story line for the princess who slept through all the action.  This is a smart answer to the question.  Fine for any library.  Enjoy.

A Rebel in the Sands Novel: Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton



I am buying this series for the library.  Thing a dessert Lord of the Rings with sultan and harems, genies and shapeshifter.  And who is betraying who.  It's a great series.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Miss Julia: Miss Julia Strikes Back by Ann B. Ross



This is one funny book and the audio book is enjoyable to listen to.  Miss Julia is one fine old school southern lady who has a good head for business.  Her first husband wasn't so good and years later she finally remarries.  She's a woman on a mission when she goes after thieves.  Very dangerous thieves.  It's pretty funny.

Daring Debutantes: Annabelle by Marion Chesney/M. C. Beaton


Audio book good.  Not for high school library.  Turns out it's a romance story.

Edwardian Candlelight: Pretty Polly by Marion Chesney/M. C. Beaton



It's pretty funny.  It's a good audio book.  Think Downton Abbey meets Jane Austen.

The Waverly Women: The First Rebellion by Marion Chesney/M. C. Beaton



The audiobook is entertaining.  It's an Edwardian romance.

Edwardian Murder Mystery: Hasty Death by Marion Chesney/M. C. Beaton



Downton Abbey meets Jane Austen.  Murder and mayhem with a hint of romance.  The audio book is good.  Enjoy.

Edwardian Murder Mystery: Snobbery with Violence by Marion Chesney



Think Jane Austen meets Downton Abbey plus Heart to Heart and you have an entertaining book to read.  Enjoy.  Not for high school library.  The audio book is a good listen.   Marion Chesney is also known as M. C. Beaton

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Daughters of Mannerling: Intrigue by M. C. Beaton



Audio books are fantastic and it's fun to listen to the British accent.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

The Daughters of Mannerling: The Banishment by M. C. Beaton


Edwardian times makes this a good read.  M. C. Beaton does it again!

Charlotte Holmes: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro



The story continues.  It's a dangerous adventure tainted with drugs and risky behavior.  It's up to Jamie and Charlotte to discover where a missing family member.  It's a good read.  But it's also a dark read.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House by M. C. Beaton



It's a good read.  The audio book is also enjoyable.  Especially read by Penelope Keith.  Enjoy.

Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit



I'm not sure about this one.  It's written beautifully but there are some dangerous moments when Anna is forced to do some things naked that little girls shouldn't do.  I think I would skip it as a choice for the library but it is perfect for public libraries.  The story is for mature readers.  It's a hard read.  Keep in mind it's when there are both German and Soviet soldiers and the two main characters have to survive to live.

Sunny: Swing it, Sunny by Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm



It's a good graphic novel that is set in the 1970's.  You'll see lots of 70's references.  It's fine for any middle school library.

Court of Fives: Buried Heart by Kate Elliott



It's a good series and lots of adventure.  Fine for high school library.  Enjoy.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Conspiracy of Us: The Ends of the the World by Maggie Hall



The series is fine for high school libraries.  A bit of romance, adventure and danger with  a touch of political play and tragedy to make the story a page turner.

Court of Fives: Poisoned Blade by Kate Elliott


The series is pretty good and fine for high school libraries.  Enjoy.

Court of Fives: Court of Fives By Kate Elliott



It's a pretty good story.  The writing is a bit simplistic but the story gets better as book 2 picks up
It's fine for any library.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert



This book is the ultimate diverse story.  Suzette is an African-American teen who's step brother is a red headed Jewish teen with emotional and mental health concerns.  Suzette is also attracted to both boys and girls.  And had to face some bullies at her boarding school.  She also learns about sex while away.  It's a good story and great for public and personal libraries.  Before you put it in a high school library, read the book first so you'll know what it is about.  It is a good read.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

The Star-Touched Queen: A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi


It's a magical story beautifully told.  The first book was wonderful and now enjoy the second book.  It feels like it's from India or an India like world.  Magic, fighting, journey and romance make this a charming story to enjoy. I'm getting this for my high school library.

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and the Witch of Wychhadden by M. C. Beaton



I love this series.  It's a good British modern murder mystery.  Enjoy.

Hunter Series: APEX by Mercedes Lackey



It's a great series.  Set in a future time and there is a war between the world of faeries and the world of humans.  The story line works because the plot is entertaining and suspenseful.  Good character and the relationships ring true.  It's a good read and I will pick up the series for my library.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Solo Kwame Alexander & Mary Rand Hess


Family dysfunction can affect any family.  With a father that is an addict and also a well known rock and roll star can mess with the family dynamics.  Mom dead from a tragic allergic reaction.  Looking for a natural birth mother and finding the meaning of life.

Magisterium: The Silver Mask By Holly Black and Cassandra Clare



It's a good series. Think Harry Potter meets The Immortal Instruments.  Enjoy.  Audio book is also good.  Enjoy.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon


This is a cute story and a glimpse of life in an Indian family's life.  Dimple and Rashi do have a connection of the intimate nature just to be aware.  The book is a good read.  Or a good audio book listen.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and the Love from hell by M. C. Beaton



It's a great audio book.  If you like a good murder mystery, Agatha Christy style, then enjoy this contemporary tale.

Lorien Legacies Reborn: Generation One Pittacus Lore



It's a good starting point that picks up where the last series had ended.  So what happened to all the teens who had special powers  after the war.  It's a good read.  Enjoy.

Better Than Good: Creating A life you Can’t Wait to Live by Zig Ziglar



It's a good listen and makes a good gift for graduates, bosses and leaders such as principals to presidents.

Mila 2.0: Renegade by Debra Driza



It's a page turner and so far I like the series.  I will buy for my high school library.  Looking forward to book 3.  Think AI meets Logan Run, meets the Jason Bourne series.  Enjoy.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer

I would buy this book for the library.  It's about grief, anger, hurt, pain and redemption.  I would say it is this author's best written work so far.

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone


This is probably one of the best stories this author has written.  I would put it in my library.  A teen with a secret that makes her vulnerable and getting help from a well trained professional.  The author's notes at the end.  Read them first.  It's a good read and I do recommend this story.  Part of it reminds me of The Dead Poets Society.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Finding Gobi: The Amazing True Story by Dion Leonard



I love a good dog story and I love travel and I love journeys.  This is a great book for elementary and middle school libraries.  The reunion of dog and man after a hard journey makes you want to hug your dog/pet and let them know how much we appreciate our furry friends.

A Hamish Macbeth Mystery: Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton



A weekend party in the country of Scotland goes wrong.  Hamish MacBeth is on the case.  It's a good murder mystery.

A Hamish Macbeth Mystery: Death of a Gossip by M. C. Beaton



Read the very first book in this murder mystery.  This is the start of it all.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Agatha Raisin: Agatha Raisin and Loves, Lies and Liquor by M. C. Beaton

I am hooked on this series and love the audio books.  Enjoy it's a good murder mystery.

Given Duet: Given to the Sea by Mindy McGinnis



It's an interesting story.  I won't get for the school library but it's great for the public library.

Monday, August 28, 2017

The Dark Artifices: Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare


If you are a Cassandra Clare fan, you won't be disappointed.  It's a good read.  It's fine for young adult libraries who enjoy fantasy and fighting between good and evil and the unconventional. It's a cast of all sorts of characters.  Enjoy the adventure.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Once and For All by Sarah Dessen


It's a good read and I will get for  my high school library.  Humor and heart ache, as well as new possibilities are a major part of this story. When a school shooting deeply affects Louna, we learn her back story. It's a good read.

A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi



This is an eye opening story.  I have no idea what it is like for Afghan women.  It's a different life then the women of Europe and America.  While reading the story, I was feeling confined by the way women were limited.  This book is a well written and I would include it in my high school library for higher level reading.  It is stories like this one that bridges the world to understanding what people go through and even changes perceptions.  It's an important read.

Timeless Career Tips for the Modern Millennial by Cara Lane



This is a good gift for those going on to the work force.  It's a good listen to.

How to Get What You Want by Zig Ziglar



It's a good listen to.  Just to let you know it is infused with Christian lessons but they are also  good global lessons.

Court of Fives: Night Flower by Kate Elliott


This novella is a good starting point to start this series.  It's a good and quick read.  Enjoy.  Fine for any high school library.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Leadership & Success Series by Zig Ziglar


This is worth buying.  I use to listen to his audio books on cassette tape in my car.  It's a feel good, motivational book.  A good gift for those in leadership roles.  Getting new jobs or college.  A good car audiobook to listen too.   Enjoy, you'll thank me later.

Alienated: United by Melissa Landers


I really wanted this to be a good solid story.  Hmmmm I am glad the public library has this book so I don't need to buy it for my high school library.  I am not excited about this story. And also the two star-crossed lovers have plenty of sex in this story.  The story line just is okay.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi



This is on my purchase list for my high school library.  Set in India or like India it is a beautifully crafted fairy tale.  A bit of darkness and a bit of magical to create an etherial story.  It's a keeper.  Enjoy.