Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Black Witch Chronicles: The Black Witch by Laurie Forest

The audio book is great.  I like this fantasy book, first no sex but there is an attraction.  It immolates what is happening in the world today.  Leaders who have hidden agendas, persecution close to a holocaust just placed in a fantasy world rather then the real world.  Think Harry Potter meets the evening news and classes in history.  I'm getting this for the library.  Enjoy.

Reawakened: Recreated by Colleen Houck

Fine for any high school library.  It's an mythological fantasy adventure love story.  The audiobook is good also.  Enjoy.

Haunted Home Renovation Mystery: If Walls Could Talk by Juliet Blackwell

I do enjoy a good murder mystery and the audiobook is enjoyable.  It's a good read. or a good listen too!

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

It's a sweet story to enjoy.  A good read aloud to children.  The audio book is good.  Enjoy.  Animals that are created into human characters.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Beast by Brie Spangler

This is a brutally honest book.  No magic just reality.  It's hard enough fitting in to high school and this book addresses it.  What's more is Dylan finds out he falls in love with Jamie.  Then he finds out Jamie is a transgender.  Everyone's world changes in this book.  It's a good story and I'm glad the public library carries this book.  I listened to the audio book. 

A Madness so Discreet: by Mindy McGinnis

This is a great book and I would buy for my high school library.  Mindy McGinnis has a certain style of writing that works.  Her stories are twisted and gritty.  This is my third book by her.  It's an oppressive time for women in this story.  Grace comes from a wealthy well known family from Boston.  It turns out she is pregnant and it was her father her has created the situation.  There is also a serial murderer on the loose.  It's part murder mystery and all power struggle.  It's an intensely good read.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Lucky in Love by Kasie West

It's fine for any high school library. It's part romance and part family problems and finishing high school after winning the lottery.  Lot's of problems with people wanting money from Maddie who wins big.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

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

Enjoying M. C. Beaton's audio books while driving errands and cleaning house.  Not a murder mystery but a romance.

Daughters of Mannerling: The Deception by Marion Chesney, M. C. Beaton

I'm hooked on M. C. Beaton books.  Especially audio books.  Turns out this is a romance series.  If you're in the mood for a regency romance, then here's a suggestion.

Beyond the Bright Sea by Lauren Wolk

This book is perfect for elementary and middle school libraries.  It also includes an island that was a colony for people with the leprosy disease off the east coast where pirates buried treasure.  It's a good read and a good audio book.  Enjoy.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Practical Magic by Alice Hoffman

I am a fan of Alice Hoffman.  I had the chance to listen to the audio book.  It's a great read.  Maybe more for adults then for high school.  I loved the movie and you can see how the movie reworked the original story.  I would say read the book first.  Enjoy.

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.