Monday, November 20, 2017

Unearthly: Hallowed by Cynthia Hand

The story continues.  Filled with adventure, romance and a bit of survival in the war of angels.  It's not easy being a teen but to have unusual background makes it that much more interesting.  It's a fine story for high school and will add to my high school.  Enjoy.  Oh and audio book also very good.

Unearthly by Cynthia Hand



I thought oh, pretty girl in pretty dress on cover.  I was happily surprised that I enjoyed this book.  I listened to the audiobook and thought it worked well.  Yes I would buy this book for the high school library.  It has a good sense of balance and drama.  Dusted with a bit of romance and it's a good read. Enjoy.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa De La Cruz



True story of history put in a young adult book.  A must for any high school library especially now that the musical Hamilton is out.  The audio book also very good.  Enjoy.  lots of tension in this story.

The Whole Thing Together by Ann Brashares

This is a book that is set in contemporary time and is about family dysfunction and how it can get out of control.  It's also a book about sisters and brothers.  It's a great read and I would get for the library. Enjoy.  Also audio book is very good.

The Book Jumper by Mechthild Glaser



This is translated from German.  It is brilliant and well written.  Fantasy at it's best for any reader to enjoy.  Meet the characters from famous children's books and enjoy.  Find out who the dangerous people are.  It's magical.  Enjoy.  Audio book also very good.

How to Hang a Witch: Haunting the Deep by Adriana Mather



This story works.  What's interesting is that the story really comes from the author's family story.  She actually had a relative that survived the Titanic sinking.  With family stories and journals and letters, she creates a fictional account that is part historic and part fantasy.  Enjoy.  I'll get for my high school library.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather



I didn't know that I would like this series.  It's good.  And I ended up reading the second book.  Actually I listened to the audio books.  What's interesting is Adriana Mather, the author is actually a relative of Cotton Mather.  Many generations later but she created a story.  It's pretty cool.  I'll probably get this for my high school library.  Enjoy.

Three Dark Crowns: One Dark Throne by Kendare Blake



Seriously if you are a fan of Game of Thrones this is a series that will appeal to teens who are into the  show.  It's pretty intense.  Enjoy.

If There’s No Tomorrow by Jennifer L. Armentrout



When at first I started reading I thought where is this going and why should I care about these characters.  But I stuck with it and will now buy this for my high school library.  I think every teen should read this.  It's solid.  An important read.

Small Medium at Large by Joanne Levy

It's a sweet story and fine for upper elementary and middle school libraries.  Enjoy

Horizon: Deadzone by Jennifer A. Nielsen



It's a good story for middle and high school.  Enjoy the series.

Partials: Isolation By Dan Wells


This is the backstory of a series.  I haven't started the rest of the series but so far I like what I'm reading.  Adventure and some violence.  Enjoy.

Reawakened: Reunited by Colleen Houck


This is a series that explores Egyptian mythology and contemporary world.  It's fine for high school.  Enjoy.

There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins



This is one teen horror book. A serial killer is on the lose.  Would I buy it for my school?  Probably not. The story had some good points but overall I would skip it.

Jane, Unlimited by Kristin Cashore


This is one very interesting story.  I love and adore Kristin Cashore.  Met her at CSLA 2017 and heard her speak.  This story is very different.  Let's just say if you are a Doctor Who fan, you will get this book.  I liked the book but I'm thinking it's not for every read.  There are alternative endings to this story.  Enjoy.

A Million Junes by Emily Henry



This is a great story.  A little bit of paranomral and a bit of love story for teens.  Fine for any high school library.  I have in my high school library.  Enjoy.

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn


This is an intense story.  The audio book is also good.  There was a real spy network of women fighting the fight.  This historical fiction works well, very believable and the page turner.  It should be in high schools so students and adults understand the sacrifices that were made.  I would say for older mature readers some of the women are tortured and also forced to have sex.  Again this is a good book.  It's historical drama at it's best.  It's a good read.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Land of Stories: Trollbella Throws a Party by Chris Colfer



Just as charming as all the other books.  It's a short story, fine for any elementary library.  Audio book also charming.  Enjoy.  Great illustrations as well.

Agatha Raisin: The Witches’ Tree By M. C. Beaton



Agatha Raisin is a fun read.  or listen too.  Go to Britain and visit the small town and meet the characters that are friends of Agatha Raisin.  Enjoy.

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life & Business by Charles Duhigg



Great book and the audiobook is a great listen.  Looking for improvement and also understanding of habits.  I would listen to this book again.

The Diviners: Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray



Oh must get for my high school library.  This is one intense book and Libba Bray is not afraid to make you scared.  The audio book is well done.  Ghosts, lies, government cover up and murder is just the beginning of this story.  Wait till you get to the end!  I'm looking forward to book 4.  Enjoy.

Sarah Booth Delaney: Rock-a-Bye Bones by Carolyn Haines



I do love a good murder mystery and I'm hooked on this series.  It's funny, dangerous, sexy and sleuthing.  Enjoy a good southern story.

Ruined: Avenged by Amy Tintera



The story continues and the intensity just builds.  Fine for any high school library.  The audiobook also good.  Enjoy.

Ruined: Ruined by Amy Tintera



This is one crazy story and fine for high school.  Adventure, romance and family, with lots of power and politics makes this one intense story.  Add magic and this amps up the story.  Enjoy.  Audio book also good.

Kate Grable: Bad Hair Day By Carrie Harris



I like this series.  I hope there are more.  I am going to buy for my high school library.  It's funny and a great murder mystery.  Enjoy.  The audiobook also good.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Kate Grable: Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris



This is a funny monster book that I will get for my high school library.  Kate is a nerdy girl who boys want to ask out for Homecoming dance.  She's got a lab at school she likes to work.  Enjoy, it's a fun read.

Practical Magic: The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman



Alice Hoffman is one of my favorite authors.  The audio book is great as well as the story.  This is the back story of Practical Magic.  Enjoy the story of love, loss and redemption.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate



In a world where refugees and fleeing from dangerous situations and facing new ones, this story should be added to libraries.  Wishtree is a story about making changes for the better.  Enjoy.

Little Beach Street Bakery: Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan



The audiobook is a good easy listen too.  The story is a sweet story.  Enjoy.

The Taking: The Countdown By Kimberly Derting



It's entertaining adventure.  Aliens and kidnapped teens.  The audio book is entertaining.  Enjoy.

The Taking: The Replaced by Kimberly Derting



It's a good series and I will get for my library.  The audio book is also good.  It's pretty entertaining plus a love triangle.  I think teens will be entertained.  Enjoy.

Six of Crows: Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo



Leigh Bardugo is brilliant!  This layered story brings you in to the best con game ever and the worst.  I am so buying this for my library.  The audio book is also great.  Best fight scene ever written.  Oh I don't condone fighting but it was well written.  Cringe worthy.  It's a great book.  Lots of turns and double turns.  Enjoy.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Project Nemesis: Nemesis by Brendan Reichs



Think Gone by Michael Grant and Lord of the Flies and a bit of Project X.  It's survival, it's a mystery and it's a group of teens ending up stuck in their town and everyone else is gone.  If you liked Gone,  you'll like this story as well.  The audio book is also good.  Enjoy.  Will get for my high school library.

The Crossover: Booked by Kwame Alexander


Fine for any school library.  It's a good story.  Enjoy.

Twisted Tales: A Whole New World by Liz Braswell


Audio book is good.  Fine for any high school library.  It doesn't follow the traditional story exactly nor does it follow the Disney animation as much either.  A fresh look at a classic story.  Enjoy.

Ladies in Love Series: Amaryllis by Marion Chesney/M. C. Beaton


It's a regency romance novel.  A quick entertaining read.

Merry Muffin Mystery: Much Ado About Muffin by Victoria Hamilton



The audio book tells a good murder mystery story.  Enjoy.

Haunted Home Renovation Mystery: Dead Bolt by Juliet Blackwell



The audio books is good.  I just enjoy a good murder mystery.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

The War That Saved My Life: The War I Finally Won by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This book should be in every library.  It's a great series.  The audio book also very good.

Agatha Raisin: Hiss and Hers by M. C. Beaton



It's a great murder mystery set in Great Britain.  You have got to love Agatha Raisin.  Enjoy the audio book as well.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Dividing Eden: Into the Garden by Joelle Charbonneau



It's a novella.  Very short story.  Read the backstory that starts Dividing Eden.  Enjoy.

Agatha Raisin: Busy Body by M. C. Beaton



The audio book is a delight to listen to with this murder mystery.  Enjoy a good mystery.

Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel



There is some mature content in this story.  Alcohol, sinister people, and sex.  Would  I put this in the library.  No.  But it is a page turner and I'm glad the public library has it.  It's a big mystery.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Talk Like Ted: The 9 Public-Speaking Secrets of the World’s Top Minds



This is a good book as a gift for someone going to college or speak to groups of people.  The audio book is a good helpful one to listen to when one is looking for improvement.  Enjoy.

The Daughters of Mannerling: The Homecoming by M. C. Beaton/M. C. Beaton


Audiobook is fun to listen to and take a break from Young Adult books.  Enjoy this regency romance.

Replica: Ringer by Lauren Oliver

Lauren Oliver  always comes through.  Series fine for high school libraries.  Adventure and survival.  Enjoy.

The Disappearances by Emily Bain Murphy



The audio book is good.  Would I buy it for my high school library, probably not but I'm glad the public library has it.  It's different but it's fine.

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library: Mr. Lemoncello’s Great Library Race by Chris Grabenstein



Enjoy.  This is a great story that is every librarian's dream when it comes to researching fun.  Enjoy and add this to your library collection.  The audio book is also great!  Enjoy.

The Crown’s Game: The Crown’s Fate by Evelyn Skye



I like this series.  It's written beautifully and the plot has many layers to it.  Fine for any high school library.  Enjoy.

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui


It's important that we understand what refugee families have sacrificed and endured to make it to a safe place to raise their family and just to live and survive.  This is a graphic novel of a family in the 1970's living in Vietnam and how things become dangerous for them.  It's the story of a girl and her family making the journey to a new world, America and adapt to a different culture and time.  Now she's a grown woman, married and just gave birth to her first child.  It's a time to step in to her mother's shoes and see her mother differently.  It's brilliant.  We need these stories.  I'm also pairing this with another book I'm reading,  Tigerfish. This too is the story of another refugee, also leaving with her family from Vietnam.  We must treasure these stories they are part of the global history that so many other families share.