Books I am reading and have recently read :)

Mary Queen of Scots, by Susan Watkins. Non-fiction book about Mary Queen of Scots. Mary's inheritance gave her both the Scottish throne in 1542, when she was only six days old, and a claim to the English throne that would lead to her death. It gave her an upbringing in France, cultural and intellectual center of Europe, where she witnessed the power play of her Guise relations, married the heir to the French throne, and became queen of France, only to be widowed at 18. Her reign as ruler of Scotland were tumultuous including two disastrous marriages and rumors of adultery and murder. Mary was in exile for 18 years as Elizabeth I's prisoner, passing the long days of captivity at her embroidery or her prayers. Mary seemed to be the center of a network of intrigue, double agents, and coded dispatches. Mysterious circumstances lead inevitably to her trial and execution.
January 2019
Forget Me Not, Ellie Terry.

Astronomy-loving Calliope June has Tourette syndrome, so she sometimes makes faces or noises that she doesn't mean to make. When she and her mother move yet again, she tries to hide her TS. But it isn't long before the kids at her new school realize she's different. Only Calliope's neighbor, who is also the popular student body president, sees her as she truly is―an interesting person and a good friend. But is he brave enough to take their friendship public?

As Calliope navigates school, she must also face her mother's new relationship and the fact that they might be moving―again―just as she starts to make friends and finally accept her differences.

January 2019

Marooned in the Artctic, by Peggy Caravantes. In 1921, four men ventured into the Arctic for a top-secret expedition: an attempt to claim uninhabited Wrangel Island in northern Siberia for Great Britain. With the men was a young Inuit woman named Ada Blackjack, who had signed on as cook and seamstress to earn money to care for her sick son. Conditions soon turned dire for the team when they were unable to kill enough game to survive. Three of the men tried to cross the frozen Chukchi Sea for help but were never seen again, leaving Ada with one remaining team member who soon died of scurvy. Determined to be reunited with her son, Ada learned to survive alone in the icy world by trapping foxes, catching seals, and avoiding polar bears. After she was finally rescued in August 1923, after two years total on the island, Ada became a celebrity, with newspapers calling her a real “female Robinson Crusoe.”
December 2018
Ever the Hunted, by Erin Summerill. Seventeen-year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, a legendary bounty hunter—until her father is murdered. Britta goes go on a treacherous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the killer. It isn't long before Britta discovers that she has more power than she knows.
December 2018
Secondborn, by Amy A. Bartol. 

On Transition Day, the second child in every family is taken by the government and forced into servitude. Roselle’s eighteenth birthday arrives with harsh realizations: she’s to become a soldier for the Fate of Swords military arm of the Republic during the bloodiest rebellion in history, and her elite firstborn mother is happy to see her go. Roselle’s privileged upbringing has earned her the resentment of her secondborn peers. Her decision to spare an enemy on the battlefield marks her as a traitor to the state. But Roselle finds an ally—and more—in fellow secondborn conscript Hawthorne Trugrave, can Roselle create a destiny of her own?

December 2018

The Bear and the Nightingale, by Katherine Arden. Winter lasts most of the year at the edge of the Russian wilderness, and in the long nights, Vasilisa and her siblings love to gather by the fire to listen to their nurse’s fairy tales. Vasya loves the story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon. Wise Russians fear him, for he claims unwary souls, and they honor the spirits that protect their homes from evil.
When Vasya’s widowed father brings home a new wife from Moscow. Fiercely devout, Vasya’s stepmother forbids her family from honoring their household spirits, but Vasya fears what this may bring. And indeed, misfortune begins to stalk the village.
November 2018
Winter Garden, by Kristin Hannah. Nina and Meredith sit spellbound at their mother’s bedside, listening to a story that spans more than sixty years and moves from the terrors of war-torn Leningrad under siege to modern-day Alaska. Nina and Meredith discover a secret so shocking, so impossible to believe, it shakes the foundation of their family and changes who they believe they are.
November 2018
Everless, by Sara Holland. Jules Ember is ready to cash in some of her life blood to save her father. Her life is controlled by the rich Gerling family. Resentment for all she and her father has had to endure after being dismissed from the Gerling family estate as servants has made Jules bitter. This is a fantasy/dystopian story about a Jules and her determination to survive against all odds.
November 2018
Holocaust book reviews coming soon, summer of 2018
Stalking Jack the Ripper, by Kerri Maniscalco. Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.  Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.  May 2018
We Were the Lucky Ones, by Georgia Hunter. Thinking that they would be safe in their home and neighborhood the Kurc family ignored the warning signs as many of their Jewish friends were leaving Random Poland. Surviving by the sheer will to live this is a story of what happened to their family during WWII.  April 2018
Before We Were Yours, by  Lisa Wingate. This fictionalized story is written about the Tennessee Home for Orphan Children.  Rill and her 4 siblings have an idyllic life living on the river. When her father takes her mother to the hospital to deliver a baby the children's life change forever.  April 2018
The War Within These Walls, by Aline Sax and illustrated by Caryl Strzelecki. Graphic Novel that depicts a Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw Poland.   April 2018
A Mad, Wicked Folly, by Sharon Biggs Waller. Talented, beautiful, and rich... what more could a girl want. In the year 1909 a girl wants more freedom to gain an education and have a say in what her future holds.Victoria Darling searches for the inner strength to seek what she truly wants. Great historical novel with a bit of romance.
April 2018
Railhead, by Philip Reeve. (Beehive Award Nominee) The Network is a hazardous mess of twists and turns and nothing is as it seems. Zen Starling, a petty thief, is hired by the mysterious Raven to steal one small box. What is the box? Something that just may end everything in the galaxy.  March 2018
The Girl in the Tower, by Lisa Schroeder. (Beehive Award Nominee) This book was okay... Middle school level book. Retelling of Rapunzel. If you like fairy-tales you would like this quick easy to read story. Violet and her mother are locked in a tower by an evil queen. The castle gardener lets Violet out to play in a secret garden. The evil queen finds out and wisks Violet away to a new life.  March 2018
A Bandit's Tale, by Deborah Hopkinson. (Beehive Award Nominee) I really liked this book :) Sold to a Padrone going to America, Rocco learns the trade he was purchased for, pic-pocketing. This is a story of a young man who immigrated to the United States in an unusual way. Making the most of the circumstances that he was placed in Rocco learns how to survive in a new country.    March 2018 
Words in Deep Blue, by Cath Crowley. Years ago, Rachel had a crush on Henry Jones. The day before she moves away, she tucks a love letter into his favorite book in his family’s bookshop. Now Rachel has returned to the city hoping to find herself again. Working in the "letter library" provides a distraction and helps Rachel realize that life can be bearable again.  March 2018
Girl in the Blue Coat, by Monica Hesse. In 1943 Hanneke works finding things for her customers. When a customer asks her to find a missing girl she gets involved in more than she bargained for. Story takes place in Amsterdam in 1943. February 2018
Mars One, by Jonathan Maberry. Tristan has known since he was 12 years old that he was going to Mars with his parents to start a new colony! Now at 16 it is a reality. Is he ready to leave his friends, his girl friend... This is an adventure story based on the Mars One project.    February 2018
Soundless, by Richelle Mead. Fei lives in a secluded mountain top village. For as long as she can remember no one has the ability to hear. The rocky terrain and frequent avalanches make it impossible to leave the village so Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zip-line that carries food up the mountain in exchange for the minerals they mine. When the food supplies start to shrink Fei and all the villagers are plunged into crisis. Fei is awoken one night by a searing noise... Fei has many choices to make, can she save her people.  February 2018.
Carnegie's Maid, by Marie Benedict. Clara Kelley is on her way to America! She is a poor Irish farmers daughter who has no money in her pockets but has high hopes of becoming a servant on her arrival. After passing through customs and entering her new country she is surprised to hear her name being called out. Seeing no one else claiming to be Clara Kelley she waves her hand and finds herself whisked away to a life that is not her own but one that provides her with a job. Great historical fiction.  February 2018
Stealing Snow, by Danielle Paige. Being committed to a "home" is all that Snow can remember. Snow's arms are covered with scars from an accident with a mirror... was it an accident? Is her life really what she believes it is?  Re-imagining of The Snow Queen.   February 2018
Tell Me Three Things, by Julie Buxbaum. Jessie's world turned upside down when her mother dies and her father elopes with someone he just met clear across the country. Jessie has a new step-mom, a new school, and a new step-brother that she doesn't feel accepted by.  A mysterious email shows up one day complementing her and giving her something to look forward to.   January 2018
Learning to Swear in America, by Katie Kennedy. What if you are a genius and it is up to you to save the world? Yuri, a Russian, is that young genius brought to America to join a team to save the world from a Asteroid hurtling toward earth.   January 2018
Booked, by Kwame Alexander. Like lightning/you strike/fast and free/legs zoom/down field/eyes fixed/on the checkered ball/on the goal/ten yards to go/can’t nobody stop you/
can’t nobody cop you…
This is a book written in verse. Soccer, love, family, and friendship.   January 2018
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford.  This is a historical fiction about a young man Henry who is Chinese American growing up in the 1940's. Henry is a "scholarship" student at an all white school and has to endure bullying and isolation. He finally meets another "scholarship" student, Keiko a Japanese American. They become friends and endure the hardships in their school together. When the Japanese Americans are rounded up and taken to internment camps Henry and Kieko's friendship faces many challenges. Great historical fiction giving insight to being Chinese American during WWII.    January 2018
The Novice, by Taran Matharu. Fletcher was abandoned as a baby and taken in by the man who he calls his father, Berdon - a blacksmith. On market day Fletcher meets an odd man who changes his life forever. Sinister forces, new friendships, and rivalries are Fletcher's new reality. does he have what it takes to become a Battlemage?   January 2018
Six of Crows, by Leigh Bardugo.  A convict, a sharpshooter, a runaway, a spy, a heartrender, and a thief all combine their talents to pull off a job that will change their lives forever. Great book that is contending for a Young Adult "Beehive Award" this year.   December 2017
Salt to the Sea, by Ruta Sepetys. Each one born in a different homeland, each of them haunted by war, all are refugees. This is a great WWII book that was totally unexpected. This book is written through each of the characters perspectives about how their lives are effected and the challenges they face.   December 2017
What I Saw and How I Lied, by Judy Blundell.  Evie and her mother have always had a good relationship, at least that is what Evie thought. Evie likes school and has friends, at least that is what Evie thought... Not much in Evie's life is what she thought it was. Story of growing up and making decisions that can have an impact on your life for good or bad.  November 2017
Walk on Earth a Stranger, by Rae Carson. Lee has a strong family tie. Living in the back woods of Georgia, Lee and her father mines for gold, just enough to make ends meet and not to draw too much attention to their claim. The power to divine gold runs in her veins... Lee has a special talent - one that the wrong person has intentions on using. Great Beehive Award nominee.  November 2017
Conversion, by Katherine Howe. Senior year at St. Joan's Academy takes on a reminiscent phenomenon of the Salem Witch Trials.  When bizarre things start happening at Colleen's elite school the administration, parents, and fellow students try to find someone/something to blame. This story flashes between Salem and modern day Danvers and the events that build up to a sad conclusion.   November 2017
The Fixer, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. Tess has been keeping a secret, her grandfather and caretaker has Alzheimers.  When the school calls home to talk to her grandfather about a disruption in class the secret is out. Ivy, Tess' sister comes into town and changes everything for Tess and her grandfather. Ivy fixes everything, it is what she does for a living. When Ivy, Tess, and their grandfather try to make a new life together, Ivy soon discovers she can't fix everything.  November 2017
The Lotterys Plus One, by Emma Donoghue. Having two moms and two dads is different enough for most families all living under the same roof, but Sumac Lottery - the fifth of seven kids, finds out what it means to add one more! This is a story of acceptance and unconditional love.  November 2017
Crossing Ebenezer Creek, by Tonya Bolden. Freedom means different things to different people. When General Sherman marches through Georgia and passes the plantation where she is enslaved, her life changes instantly. Marching with Sherman's army isn't easy but it means freedom. This story is taken from true events that happened on Sherman's march.   November 2017
Dark Breaks The Dawn, by Sara B. Larson. In the kingdom of Eadrolan, the Light Kingdom, you gain your full powers. Everything is sharper, smells, sights, and intuition. For Princess Evelayn it is especially important in order to protect her kingdom. Powers of Light and Dark are fighting for dominance. Evelayn is young and is finding that trust is a hard thing to learn.  October 2017
Wild Lily, by K.M. Peyton. The untamed life is always worth living... This book begins in the 1920's and takes you through decades of the characters lives! Lily is a tenants daughter living in a workers cottage on the estate of her wild and crazy friend Antony, a spoiled rich kid who gets everything he ever asks for except his fathers love.  October 2017
Rootless, by Chris Howard. What happens when you live in a world without trees? You build them of course! Banyan is a builder just like his dad before him. When Banyan's dad get "taken" he has to make it on his own. Banyan meets a woman with a strange tattoo of a tree on her body and his whole world turns upside down. October 2017
The Last Academy, by Anne Applegate. This book took me by surprise! Great characters, plenty of plot and action. Camden is at odd's with her best friend Lia as she heads off to prep school. Camden is determined to make the most of her experience but then weird things start happening to those around her! October 2017
Adrift, by Paul Griffin. What started out as a gathering on the beach turned out to be a night that changed their lives forever. Matt, John, Drianna, JoJo, and Stef are all have great futures ahead of them. One decision changed all of their lives... forever.    October 2017
Rook, by Sharon Cameron. History has a way of repeating itself... Sophia Bellamy wonders what life used to be like before parliament was corrupt. The arranged marriage with Rene Hasard is a last chance to save her father's position in the commonwealth. Sophia quickly discovers her fiance is not all he seems to be. This story has romance, intrigue, and suspense. Great book!   October 2017
Almost Autumn, by Marianne Kaurin. Ilse is a typical 15 year old. She enjoys spending time with her friends and has occasional disagreements with her mother. The German occupation has gotten more difficult in Norway, Jewish families are fleeing the persecution. Ilse's father gets arrested along with all men over 15 and sent to a work camp. After a heated argument with her mother, Ilse decides to run away. When Ilse gets back to her family apartment her mother and sisters are gone. Ilse's life is forever changed. This is a Holocaust story about WWII and the Nazi occupation in Norway.  October 2017
Curses and Smoke, by Vicky Shecter.  Lucia wants to understand the causes of the constant tremors of Mr. Vesuvius. Living in her beloved city of Pompeii Lucia spends a lot of time venturing in the forests surrounding her city. Having fallen on hard times Lucia's father has arranged a financial marriage as a means to fund his gladiator school. If you have an interest in the history of Pompeii you will like this book.
September 2017
Divided We Fall, by Trent Reedy. When Daniel joined the National Guard unit at the age of 17 he thought it would be a great way to pay for college and honor his father who was killed in Iran. When the National Guard was called in to help manage a protest Daniel's life changed forever.   September 2017
Zero Day, by Jan Gangsei. At the age of 8 Addie Webster is kidnapped. 8 years later she mysteriously reappears. Where has she been and what has happened to her? Addie tries her best to adjust, but is she trying too hard? Her best friend Darrow is catching glimpses of the "old" Addie but she isn't that Addie anymore. Addie fights an internal struggle...  Great fast paced book.  September 2017
Hunted, by Meagan Spooner. This book is a great retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Yeva has grown up with a longing to go back to the simple life her father talks about. When misfortune falls upon her father they return to the mountain home that she has longed for. When her father disappears it is up to Yeva to rescue him. September 2017
Breathe, by Sarah Crossan. Bea is living as a third class citizen. No running, no exercising, no dancing... it uses too much oxygen. Bea's best friend Quinn is a premium. He gets all the oxygen and privileges he needs. On a planned outing to the "Outlands" they encounter Alina, a young girl trying to flee into the Outlands. Bea and Quinn have their lives changed forever when they help Alina escape. September 2017
Small Great Things, by Jodi Picoult. Ruth is a labor and delivery nurse and loves her job. During a routine  newborn check she is abruptly reassigned. Ruth is surprised when she finds out that the parents have requested that she not touch their infant. Ruth is black and its the first time she has encountered issues at work that are because of her race. Great book that makes you take a hard look at your personal beliefs.  
September 2017
Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. Yup I re-read this great book in preparation for the release of the movie in November. 5th grade isn't so bad right? Well if you were born with a facial deformity it is. All his life Auggie has been surrounded by his family. Society isn't always nice to those who appear different. Great story about a young boy, his teenage sister, and learning life isn't always fair.  August 2017
Between Two Skies, by Joanne O'Sullivan. Hurricane Katrina wreaks havoc in the tiny fishing town in Plaquemines Parish. What happens when you loose everything you love? Is it possible to pick up the pieces? August 2017
Alex & Eliza, by Melissa De La Cruz. This is a well written love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. The American Revolution is in its infancy when Alex and Eliza meet. Don't want to miss reading this one.  August 2017
The Valiant, by Lesley Livingston. Born with an innate desire to be a warrior in her fathers army, Fallon discovers how strong she really is when all that she loves is taken away. Taken captive by the  Roman Empire, Fallon learns how to become free while being enslaved. February 2017
Sophie Someone, by Hayley Long. Sophie is a girl that speaks sorta English and sorta Belgian. Most of Sophie's life is a mystery to her until one day she makes a discovery that changes everything! She finds out who she is. This book is sometimes hard to understand with the vocabulary but worth it.
Februrary 2017
King's Cage, by Victoria Aveyard. Third book in the Red Queen series. Mare is a prisoner of King Maven. Because of his obsession with Mare he is unwilling to let her be executed... sometimes death is easier than being left alive. The battle continues!   February 2017
Take the Key and Lock Her Up, by Ally Carter. This is another great novel by Ally Carter. Plenty of suspense and action. Grace and Jamie are on the run... someone is trying to kill them and Grace is determined to find out who it is and why they want them dead. Fans of the Embassy Row novels will not be disappointed.  January 2017
Cross My Heart, by Sash Gould. Secrets... do you have a secret that if you gave it away you could have a wish granted? Laura soon discovers the price for giving away her secret... was it worth it?    January 2017
37 Things I love; in no particular order, by Kekla Magoon. What happens when your life starts falling apart? You re-evaluate and figure out what is important! A book about loss and friendship.   January 2017
The Ring and the Crown, by Melissa De La Cruz. Two little girls grow up together living in a palace. One is healthy the other one sickly. After a bit of magic goes array Aelwyn gets banished from the palace. After years of training Aelwyn returns to serve her childhood playmate Marie. This is a story of friendship and adventure.
December 2016
AfterWard, by Jennifer Mathieu. Kidnapped for four years Ethan finally makes it home along with Dylan Anderson a little boy with nonverbal autism. This is a story told with two perspectives, Ethan and Caroline - Dylan's sister.  It is a touching story of trying to find normalcy after a traumatic experience. December 2016
Somewhere There is Still a Sun, by Michael Gruenbaum with Todd Hasak-Lowy. This a survivor of the holocausts story. Michael Gruenbaum is a young jewish boy growing up in Prague when the German army overtakes their city. Misha's parent try to shield him from the impending take over but the atrocities start happening to those Misha loves. First his father is taken, arrested and never seen again, then he, his mother, and his sister are removed from their home to go to the jewish ghetto. From there his family is transported to Terizen where they do what they can to survive. December 2016
The Glittering Court, by Richelle Mead. Switching places with a former lady's maid is the only way out of an arranged marriage that is entirely unacceptable in Lady Adalaide's mind. Finding an opportunity to flee the country and go to a new land fits nicely into Ada's plan to take charge of her destiny. I am looking forward to the second book in the series that comes out in June. November 2016
Girl Waits With Gun, by Amy Stewart. After having an encounter with a motor driven vehicle, Constance takes on the city bad boy and insists on repairs to her carriage. Constance and her sisters do not fit the mold of women in her era, they are living together on a farm, unheard of! Constance inlists help from the local sheriff's department to bring the bad boy to justice. Fun story with a look at strong female characters in a male driven society. November 2016
Auggie & Me, by R.J. Palacio. This is a sequel to Wonder. This is a book told in 3 part of teens reflecting on their interaction and friendships with Auggie. Interesting look at how being friends with someone who "looks" so different affects their lives for better or worse.  November 2016
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, by J.K. Rowling/John Tiffany/Jack Thorne. Harry Potter doesn't understand his son Albus. Everything he tries to do to fix their relationship seems to send them further apart. This book is written in play form and is a little difficult to read at first but well worth the effort for Harry Potter fans.
October 2016
out of my mind, by Sharon M Draper. Melody has a photographic memory, she is like a video camera, she can recall all she has seen and heard. There is only one problem, Melody can't communicate. This is a great story about a young girl who has cerebral palsy and the challenges she faces everyday.  October 2016
Glass Sword, by Victoria Aveyard. The race is on to find the Reds who have unusual abilities. Is Maven a friend or foe?  The struggle between the Silvers and the Reds continue.  October 2016
Life as we knew it, The dead and the gone, This world we live in,The shade of the moon, by Susan Beth Pfeffer. What would happen if an asteroid collided with the moon? A lot more than you may think. This series takes on what life would be like if the moon were to go out of its orbit.  September 2016
Red Queen, by Victoria Aveyard. Turning 16 isn't so great if you are a lowly red, conscription to the army serving the Silvers is your destiny. Mare is different but she doesn't know how different she is until she finds herself working in the palace. Great book 1st of a series.  August 2016
The Future We Left Behind, by Mike A. Lancaster.  When does technology go too far? How do you tell reality from the "upgrades". This book takes you into the future and makes you glad you are in the past.  August 2016 
A Cold Legacy, by Megan Sheperd. Set in the Scottish moors this book is a new spin on Frankenstein. This is the last book in the Madman's Daughter trilogy.
August 2016
The House Girl, by Tara Conklin. Lina Sparrow is an up and coming lawyer who is working on a historic case of seeking reparations for the descendants of American slaves. What she finds takes on a whole new meaning to her as she seeks a descendant of the slave Josephine from the Bell plantation. Great historical fiction.
July 2016
Torn, by David Massey.  What is it like being a War Child in the battle scared country of Afgahistan? Who do you trust? If you are a medic who do you try to save?
July 2016
Taken, by Erin Bowman.  Eighteen is not the birthday you look forward to, at least not in Claysoot. If you are a male your life in the community ends at midnight on your 18th birthday going away celebration. Not everyone in the community is willing to give in so easily. Great start to this series. June 2016
Escape The Mask, by David Ward. Coriko and Pippa have found a friendship that allows them to survive the Grassland. Living in damp prison cells and collecting "shards" is the only way of life Coriko knows. The Masks are always present to control the slaves. Tensions arise as it becomes apparent that the Masks are preparing for war, but against who?    June 2016
The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. Rachel is doted on by her father and tolerated by her mother. By Jewish standards she has past the age of finding a suitable husband. To save her fathers business she is married off to a widower with 3 children. Scandal, duty to family... great story.  June 2016
The Power of Six, by Pittacus Lore. The Lorien Legacies continues. With their legacies developing the remaining Garde become more of a threat to the Mogadorians, who are becoming more diligent in seeking them out to destroy them. Who survives? May 2016
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore. The first book in the series (don't watch the movie... I heard it wasn't good :/) John and Henri are on the run from the Mogadorians. Four or John is a member of the Garde from the planet Lorien sent to Earth to survive the war on the home planet. Unexpected hero's help John escape death many times. I love Bernie Kosar.
May 2016
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me; A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past, by Jennifer Teege and Nikola Sellmair. This is a non-fiction book about Jennifer Teege and her experience of discovering who her grandfather was. At the age of 38 realizing that her grandfather was a Nazi Officer who cleared the Krakow Ghetto and was over the Plaszow concentration camp effected her deeply. May 2016
October Mourning; A Song for Matthew Shepard, by Leslea Newman. A book written in poetry form about the tragic loss of a young man's life, Matthew Shepard, because he was gay. Different voices in each of the poems. April 2016
The Mayflower and the Pilgrims' New World, by Nathaniel Philbrick. This is a non-fiction book about the Mayflower and the Natives of the Plymouth area. I found it interesting to read about the interactions between the Pilgrims and Indians, how they worked together and how land was purchased from the different tribes. April 2016
Princess Academy; the Forgotten Sisters, by Shannon Hale. Another one of Shannon Hales books that won't disappoint. When it is time for Miri and the other girls at the palace to return to their homes, Miri is given another assignment. Great easy read. March 2016
The Girl With the Iron Touch, by Kady Cross. If you are into the Steampunk Chronicles this is a book you don't want to miss... Emily gets kidnapped by rogue automatons and the crew set out to rescue her. Finley has to turn to Jack Dandy and confront her true feelings for him.  February 2016
A Whole New World, by Liz Braswell. This is a new spin on the Tale we all know "Aladdin". The characters are the same but this book takes them to a whole new level. If you are an "Aladdin" fan you will enjoy this book. February 2016
Counting by 7's, by Holly Goldberg Sloan. Willow has always been considered different. When a tragedy happens true friends come and help Willow in unsuspecting ways. Being different isn't always bad.  February 2016
The Nightingale, by Kristin HannahI loved this book. This book takes place in the quiet village of Carriveau France. It is a story of a family who is affected by WWII and the women that were part of the French Resistance. January 2016
All In, by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. This book is a great murder mystery. Cassie Hobbes is an investigator who works with the Naturals, a team that has unique profiling talents. January 2016
Ink and Ashes, by Valynne E. Maetani. Claire's father passes away when she was very young so she did not get to know him. She is always reminded that she is inquisitive just like her dad. When Claire tries to find out who her father was she finds more than she bargained for. January 2016
The Hired Girl, by Laura Amy Schlitz.  The year is 1911. Joan can no longer attend school because she has to attend to the women's work on the farm. Joan loves school and learning which makes her new life even more difficult to accept. When her father burns her books she takes her life into her own hands and runs away. A new life and a new name should give Joan the opportunities she is seeking. December 2015
Terrible Typhoid Mary: A True Story of the Deadliest Cook in America, by Susan Campbell Bartoletti. The year is 1906 and Typhoid outbreaks are happening. Through detective work the spread of Typhoid was traced back to Mary, a cook. Interesting look into history and what today would be an infringement of human rights.
December 2015
Black Widow: Forever Red, by Margaret Stohl.  Enter... Natasha Romanoff, the black widow. One of the world's most lethal assasins. In this "Female Super Hero" book Natasha has to face the man from her nightmares when young girls all over Eastern Europe begin to go missing.  December 2015
The Dovekeepers, by Alice Hoffman.  This book centers around several women who through different circumstances end up in the stronghold of Masada. The settlement is made up of Jews who fled before the Romans overtook Jerusalem. Strong and resilient in a society that favors men, these women are able to overcome many obstacles. Great historical book.  November 2015
Challenger Deep, by Neal Shusterman. This book is about the journey of Caden Bosch. It is a powerful and moving book about mental illness.  Inspiration for this book comes from the experiences of Neal Shusterman and his son who suffers mental illness.  November 2015
Out of The Dragon's Mouth, by Joyce Burns Zeiss. Mai flees South Vietnam at the request of her father who promises her he will find her. His last words to her are, "you must survive." Mai learns ways to survive the harsh conditions of the refugee camp. This is a great story of a young girls determination to survive.  November 2015
The Martian, by Andy Weir. Travel to Mars, be left for dead, try to figure out how to survive. Read the book before seeing the movie!  October 2015

Fallout, by
Todd Strasser. It is 1962 and the Cuban missile crisis is a reality. Some families (who are mocked and made fun of by their neighbors) build bomb shelters in their yards. Scott's dad is one of them, even his mother thinks his dad is crazy and wasting their money. As tensions continue to build and the inevitable happens (a stretch beyond what happened in history) the panic is worse than even Scott's father could imagine. October 2015

Under a Painted Sky,
By Stacey Lee. It is 1849, an era that does not offer a lot of options for women. Even fewer options if you are Asian or a black slave. Annamae and Samantha find themselves on the run, disguising themselves as boys and heading west during the gold rush seems to be their only option. Great story about the determination of two young women and the challenges they face.  October 2015

The Raft, by
S.A. Bodeen. Robie lives on the Midway Atoll, a Pacific island. Can you imagine living on an isolated island and being deathly afraid of the water? Welcome to Robie's life! Robie's worst nightmare couldn't be happening could it?  September 2015

Two Old Women,
by Velma Wallis. This book is an Alaskan - Athabascan Indian legend. What becomes of the elderly when they no longer contribute to the community? Different cultures treat the elderly as their culture dictates. This was a great legend about two old women and their determination to survive in the cold climate of Alaska.  September 2015

The Heir,
by Kiera Cass. Book 4 in the Selection Series. The story continues with Princess Eadlyn preparing to one day become Queen of Illea. With social classes being a thing of the past, thanks to her father Maxon, the country is trying to adjust. What measures will a monarchy take in order to provide a stable government? September 2015

The Kiss of Deception,
by Mary E. Pearson.  Lia runs from an arranged marriage that was to unite two kingdoms and strengthen their alliance. Lia uses the survival skills she learned from her older brothers to evade those searching for her. An assassin, the prince who she was to wed, and her fathers court are all searching for her. The Kiss of Deception is the first book in the Remnant Chronicles. Great read! September 2015

by R.J. Palacio. 5th grade isn't so bad right? Well if you were born with a facial deformity it is. All his life Auggie has been surrounded by his family. Society isn't always nice to those who appear different. Great story about a young boy, his teenage sister, and learning life isn't always fair.

August 2015

Down from the Mountain,
by Elizabeth Fixmer. Eva grows up in a place that is special because everyone that lives there has been chosen to be saved from Armageddon. All her life she has been taught the heathens on the outside will corrupt and bring in the evil influence into the compound. When faced with a choice to save her mothers life, Eva must decide who she believes.  August 2015

Dove Rising,
by Karen Bao. This story takes place in a moon colony. It is a story of suspense, deception, and survival. Summer 2015

All Fall Down,
by Ally Carter. The first in a series of Embassy Row novels. Grace becomes silent after witnessing the death of her mother. Living on embassy row with her grandfather she makes discoveries about what she believed was true. Friendship, mystery, murder. Summer 2015

100 Sideways Miles,
by Andrew Smith. Finn makes sense out of the world by measuring everything by miles. Seizures make his life unpredictable. Best friends make the world of difference. Summer 2015

by Lisa Heathfield. Pearl loves living in Seed, a place where everyone is carefree and happy. Life is fine until Kindred Smith brings some outsiders to live in Seed. Ellis, the outsider, shares things with Pearl that makes her question her life in Seed. Summer 2015

Enrique's Journey,
By Sonia Nazario. Non-fiction story about Enrique's journey to the United States to find his mother. Enrique lives in Honduras with his grandmother. His mother left him when he was 5 years old to work in America. She promised she would send enough money to have him join her. When he turns 16 he sets out to find her. Summer 2015

by Donna Jo Napoli. Brigid and her sister have been sent to family members further down the coast of their island to be kept safe from the impending invasion. Dressed as boys they are kidnapped by slave traders. Brigid escapes and vows to rescue her sister.

Summer 2015

The StorySpinner,
by Becky Wallace. Johanna desires to become a story spinner just like her father Arlo. The death of Johanna's beloved father brings an unexpected change to Johanna's life. I really liked this book. Summer 2015

by Amanda Hocking. Bryn has never fit in, her blonde hair and blue eyes make her stand out from her community. Bryn works harder than any of her class to become a member of the Kings elite guard. Someone is attacking the changelings so the order to bring them in has put all of the elite guard on high alert.  First book from The Kanin Chronicles. Summer 2015

Se7en Second Delay,
by Tom Easton. The Government finally has comprehended Mila. Before the tracker is implanted, Mila asks for 7 seconds... for privacy. The agency complied. 7 seconds was all Mila needed to put the odds in her favor. Great fast paced book.  Summer 2015

by Teri Terry. The final book in the Slated series. Kayla is dealing with memories and finding inconsistencies every where she goes. Who is her birth mother, why was she slated? Great conclusion to the series.  May 2015

by Teri Terry. Book two in the Slated series. Kayla is living with Mum when she starts having some memories. Kayla seems to have a sense of people she can trust and those she should avoid, memories? Maybe. Good read.   May 2015

Ashen Winter,
by Mike Mullin. Book two in the Ashfall trilogy. Survival has become even more personal for Alex and Darla. How far would you go to help others in need? That is a question that every man and woman begins to ask them self in the post Yellowstone super-volcano world.    May 2105

Montana, by
Gwen Florio. Lola is notified that her reporting job in Kabul has been pulled. She is needed back in the United States by her employer. Lola is not excited about the reassignment and decides she will make her way back to Kabul to show her editor that she has a news worthy story to tell. Before Lola heads back to Kabul she decides to visit her friend, also a reporter, who has purchased a cabin in Montana. This was a great murder mystery.   May 2015

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikery, by
Gabrielle Zevin. What would you do if you found a baby left in your book store? A.J. Fikery, a widower, decides he will take care of her. Maya changes A.J. Fikery's life.

May 2015

I shall Be Near to You, by
Erin Lindsay McCabe. Historical fiction book taken from actual events that happened during the Civil War. Rosetta and Jeremiah are married a few days before Jeremiah heads off to enlist for the Civil War. Rosetta has always been head strong and she decides she will not be left behind. She does the unthinkable and enlists as Ross Stone.  May 2015

An Amish Christmas,
by Cynthia Keller. One family is dramatically changed when they are suddenly find themselves without anything of material value. Family relationships become very strained. Imagine cramming everything you own, family of five, into a '69 Mustang. A car accident occurs while they are lost on a back road through no where. An Amish family offers them a place to stay while their car is getting fixed. More than the car gets fixed in this book.    April 2015

Alone, by
Gerard d'Aboville. This book is a true story about a man who set out to cross the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the USA solo. It is a story written in journal entry format. He has many experiences with sharks, big waves, hunger, and loneliness.  April 2015

The Silver Donkey,
by Sonya Hartnett. Blind and alone in a forest trying to find his way home a young soldier is befriended by two children. A sliver donkey takes on a significance as the book progresses. The story line is not complex but the reader can discover deeper meaning.  April 2015

Lemon Tart,
by Josi S. Kilpack. Culinary mystery. Sadie Hoffmiller was just minding her own business when her neighbor was found dead in a vacant lot. Things like that don't happen in her neighborhood. Sadie decides she needs to solve the murder.  April 2015

by Ilima Todd. Nine is part of a batch who are looking forward to their remake when the unthinkable happens... Is being remade really the path to happiness? Nine finds answers to many questions she didn't realize she had.  April 2015

While We Run,
by Karen Healey. The sequel to When We Wake. Tegan is being used by the Australian Government to raise money and awareness of cryonics. Tegan is a revived cryronic so who better to influence others to be put into a state of "super sleep" to journey to another planet and start a new civilization. Why aren't there other cryonic revivals to support the process? April 2015

Love Saves the Day,
by Gwen Cooper. Story told through the viewpoint of Sarah, Laura, and Prudence the cat. If you are a cat lover this book is for you. It is a character driven story line of the relationship between a mother and a daughter and one cat with an attitude.  March 2015

by Mike Mullin. Alex is celebrating getting a weekend home while his parents are off visiting relatives. His celebration is short lived when an explosion rocks his house. The unthinkable has happened, the supervolcano - Yellowstone Geyser Basin blows! Ash keeps falling and with the ash comes the insanity of survival. First of what I hope will continue as a great series.  March 2015

The Living,
by Matt De La Pena. Shy is working on a cruise ship to make enough money to help pay for his senior year expenses and to have enough to help his mother pay off the hospital bills incurred when his grandmother came down with a deadly disease. His job was going great until he had an encounter with a man who was intending to commit suicide by jumping over board. What the man said before he jumped didn't make sense at first. Natural disasters and criminal behavior make this a intriguing story. First of a series. March 2015

Wish, by
Beth Bracken & Kay Fraser. Wish is a beautifully illustrated book about friendship and fairies. Story line is very short but the illustrations tell more of the story with the depth of detail. March 2015

Going Vintage, by
Lindsey Leavitt. Mallory will be the first to admit that her near perfect life has been pretty shallow. After finding out her boyfriend cheated on her on social media she swears off all technology while she finds her true self. While "Off" technology, Mallory finds a list her grandmother made in high school so she decides she will make a list herself. March 2015

Staying Strong,
by Demi Lovato. 365 inspirational messages written by Demi Lovato who, as a young recording star, faced struggles with addiction and depression.    March 2015

Threatened, by
Eliot Schrefer. Threatened takes on several meanings in this book. Luc is orphaned after his mother and sister die. His life is one many children experience in Gabon Africa. Luc's life is perilous to say the least. Living in a remote jungle among chimpanzees, has he finally found the family he longs for?   March 2015

maybe one day, by
Melissa Kantor. Zoe and Olivia have been best friends since they were nine years old and attending a premier ballet school. Life couldn't be better until they were both cut from the dancing program the summer before their junior year. Facing life without dancing seems the worst thing that could happen. This is a great book, sure to be a hit! March 2015

by, Cheryl Strayed. Just like the title of the memoir suggests, Cheryl strays from the path her life had taken before the death of her mother. Hiking the Pacific Coast Trail gives Cheryl time to "find" herself again. I would think the more mature reader would enjoy this book. Non-fiction.  February 2015

Where She Went, by
Gayle Forman. Sequel to If I Stay. The futures of Mia and Adam take dramatic turns in this book. Read it to find out if it ends the way you think it should.  February 2015

The Young Elites, by
Marie Lu. Adelina, Teren, and Anzo all lived through the blood fever epidemic that left so many dead.  Some of the survivors were left "marked." This is a new series by the author of Legend, Podigy, Champion, and won't disappoint the readers. Fast moving plot and character surprises. Great first installment of what looks to be another popular series.  February 2015

Gorgeous, by
Paul Rudnick.  Becky Randle is an ordinary girl in every way. Her growing up years were average, her social life was below average, but she did have dreams of making it big. Finding herself on her own at the age of 17 while cleaning out her mother's belongings she comes across a phone number that changes her life forever. This book has a great storyline, I would have loved it if it didn't have so many of the unnecessary "F" bombs. February 2015

Huge, by
Sasha Paley. Summer boot camp for the huge! April and Wil are new room-mates at Wellness Canyon, a life changing weight loss camp. April wants to be there to make changes in her life and Wil was sent there by her gym owner parents. April's goal - loose weight become popular, Wil's goal - gain weight agitate her parents. Both girls discover a lot about themselves in the process. February 2015

A Haunted Love Story, by
Mark Spencer. This is a true story about the haunted "Allen House" in Monticello, Arkansas. Interesting book that makes you wish you could visit the house that has several ghosts in residence. After wondering about the resident ghosts owners Mark Spencer and his wife start to do research on their lives. Entertaining book, do you believe in ghosts? January 2015

Life in the Fat Lane,
by Cherie Bennett. How would your life change if you developed a disease that made you gain weight. Lara's life spiraled out of control. Once one of the popular girls who had no problems with her weight, Lara thought she was nice to everyone. What Lara discovers about herself and the disease she has changes her life forever.  January 2015

by Megan Miranda. 3 minutes without air -  loose consciousness, permanent brain damage begins at 4 minutes, death is possible at 5 minutes/probable at 7/definite at 10. I was pulled out from under the ice at 11 minutes. Why did I survive is the question Delany struggles with. Strange delusions start happening or are they delusions. Great book!   January 2015

The Dressmaker of Khair Khana,
by Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. When the Taliban took control of Kabul the lives of the Sidiqui family changed forever. The men had to flee to keep from being killed and the women were  forced to wear the chadri. True experience of Kamila Sidiqui and her ingenuity to survive the circumstances of her new life.  December 2014

Ordinary Grace, by
William Kent Krueger. Great book! Frank and Jake discover what a true friend is when they come to the end of a summer filled with life changing experiences. Life will never be the same for the two brothers. Story about how people in a small town deal with several tragedies one hot summer.  December 2014

Mortal Heart, by
Robin LaFevers. Grave Mercy, Dark Triumph, and now Mortal Heart. Another great story by Robin LaFevers. Growing up as a daughter of St. Mortain, Annith starts to question the integrity of the Abbess and what the purpose of the convent.   December 2014

Up for Sale, by
Alison Marie Behnke. Human trafficking and the modern day. It doesn't happen here in the USA right. Insight into the issues with human trafficking and the courageous individuals who are its victims.  November 2014

Second Star to the Right, by
Deborah Hautzig. Leslie is a perfectionist. When you are a perfectionist and living a privileged life you have everything going for you right? Leslie's pursuit for perfection takes her on a downward spiral landing in the hospital. This book gives insight on how one family deals with anorexia and its effects on the entire family.  November 2014  

The Pirate's Wish,
by Cassandra Rose Clarke. What is Ananna's wish? Find out in this sequel to The Assassin's Curse. More adventure, twists and turns. Great pair of books for those who like adventure and a little romance.  October 2014

All The Light We Cannot See,
by Anthony Doerr. Marie-Laure looses her eyesight at the young age of 6. Her widowed father makes sure she lives a full life and has the experiences a sighted child would have. War comes to France, Marie's and her father flees to the country side with other Paris citizens. Marie's life is changed forever when her father is summoned back to Paris for questioning and never comes home. Great historical fiction that tells the stories of many people and how they were affected by WWII.

October 2014

The Assassin's Curse,
by Cassandra Rose Clarke. Ananna was born and raised aboard a pirate ship. When she is told she has been promised to marry the son of another pirate clan, she rebels and flees when she gets the opportunity. Ananna has to put her survival skills to use to evade the assasin that has been sent after her. Ocotober 2014

Graduation Day,
by Joelle Charbonneau.  Book 3 of the Testing series. Cia has regained memories the Testing and has come to realize that the testing methods need to come to an end. As Cia discovers more about the truth behind the testing her life is in danger. I was not disappointed in this third book of the series. Fast paced action.   September 2014

Independent Study,
by Joelle Charbonneau. Book 2 of the Testing series. Cia enters the university with those other students who were selected from the "testing". Life couldn't be better for Cia until she finds a message she left for herself.    September 2014

The Silver Sea, by
Julia Golding. Freydis was left for dead after a raid on her father's stronghold. With her brother taken prisoner, her father is bent on revenge. Upon her father's return to Bjarkoy, Freydis is found alive and soon delivered to a neighboring village where her courage, strength, and family loyalty is tested. This book is a viking tale, great read.   September 2014

The Caged Graves, by
Dianne K. Salerni.  Verity returns to her birth place to met and marry the man who has courted her while living with her aunt. Her homecoming isn't exactly what she expected. Verity soon finds out that she was not told the truth of why she was sent to live with her aunt after her mother died. Romance, grave robbers, witchcraft, and more put Verity's life in danger. Great read! 

September 2014

Orphan Train, by
Christina Baker Kline. This book contrasts the lives of two women, Vivian - an Irish immigrant, and Molly - a 17 year old foster child. The story alternates between modern day Maine and  1854-1929 mid west farmland as Molly finds herself relating to Vivian and her experiences as a child who was sent from New York to the mid-west on the orphan train. I thought this was a great read. It makes you look at life living on your own as a child.  August 2014

The Testing, by
Joelle Charbonneau.  The Seven StagesWar left Earth a wasteland. Cia has been chosen from her class as one of elite to receive the "Testing" for future leaders of the United Commonwealth. On the eve of Cia's departure her father warns her to trust no one. Why? Cia soon finds out as she enters the testing facility along with other students from different sectors to complete the Testing.   August 2014

Slated, by
Teri Terry. Kayla has slated which means all of her memories have been erased. Soon Kayla finds that she is different from the other slated kids, the government is trying to find out why. Kayla has to walk a fine line or she will be returned. Who can she trust? August 2014

The One, by
Kiera Cass. The final book of the Selection triology. This last book won't disappoint the fans of the Selection. A Kingdom in turmoil continues and who does Maxon choose? Read to find out.

August 2014

Swim That Rock, by
John Rocco & Jay Primiano. Jake keeps up hope that his Dad will come back, his mother is stuck in a world of her own, and meanwhile they are just about to loose the family business. Jake needs to earn money and fast, his Dad took out a loan with the local mob and they want payment now. Summer 2014

Buzz Kill, by
Beth Fantaskey. All Millie wants to do is graduate from high school and get on with her life. All is going as planned until she stumbles upon the dead body of the head football coach. With her father being unfairly accused of the murder, Millie sets out to find out who the murderer really is.

Summer 2014

Rebel Spring, by
Morgan Rhodes. Another great summer read. Cleo's royal family has been destroyed and she is now prisoner in her own home. King Gaius, a ruthless leader is seeking after something and destroying her people to find it.  Summer 2014

Cured, by
Bethany Wiggins. The sequel to Stung continues to be a page turner. Loved it. The race is on to find the cure if it is out there. Jacqui is tired of being protected by the males in her family. Having lost her female identity at the age of 8 Jack decides to strike out on her own.  Summer 2014

Ghost Hawk, by
Susan Cooper. This book was one of my favorite summer reads. Life is changing in the America's and Little Hawk knows his future will be different from his ancestors. The pilgrims arrive along with small pox and the desire to own the land. This is a story of friendship and acceptance.

Summer 2014

The Emperor's Conspiracy, by
Michelle Diener. This novel is set in the nineteenth-century London. Charlotte has wealth and grace but where does she come from. This feels like a historical fiction although not taken from a historical event. May 2014

In A Treacherous Court, by
Michelle Diener. The setting is 1525 when women have no control over their future. Susanne is a talented painter and is being sent to be a personal illuminator for King Henry VIII. This is a quick read. Historical fiction. May 2014

The Distant Hours, by
Kate Morton.  Kate Morton uses alternate time periods in the telling of her stories. The plot can be more complicated but I enjoy her writing. The Distant Hours is a World War II story. The Blythe spinsters live in a decaying castle, each of the sisters has something in her past that haunts them. Great story! May 2014

Hidden Girl: the true story of a modern-day child slave by
 Shyima Hall. Shyima is one of eleven children living in poverty in Egypt. Shyima's life is forever changed when she goes with her mother to talk to an older sisters employer about a broken contract with Shyima's older sister. Child slavery is illegal but happens even here in the United States. April 2014 


The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. Laurel returns home to help care for her ailing mother unlocking memories she had buried when she left home to pursue an acting career. A name whispered by Laurels mother on her death bed sent Laurel on a search to resolve the memory of a murder she witnessed and to give her mother the needed peace she desires. April 2014


The Bear by Claire Cameron. A family canoe camping trip turns into a nightmare as bear invades their camping spot. Quick thinking by Anna's father diverts the bears attention. This book is based on true story of a couple that was attacked by a bear in October 1991 in Algonquin Park.  April 2014


The Secret Duaghter of the Tsar, by Jennifer Laam. If you are intrigued by the Romanov's and their history, this book may be for you. Veronica, a young academic, was writing a paper on Alexandera Romanov for her tenure project. Approached by a Russian historian and the promise of new information on the Romanov's proved to be more than she bargained for. April 2014


When We Wake, by Karen Healey.  Teagen heads out to meet friends at a environmental protest. When she arrives she hears gun shots and the crowd quickly disperses, she wonders who was the intended target. Teagan wakes up and finds that everything is different, she wonders about her friends attending the protest and why she is wearing a hospital gown. She finds herself in the future, a hundred years later....   March 2014


Not A Drop To Drink, by Mindy McGinnis. How far would you go to protect the commodity that would keep you alive. That is what Lynn has to determine as she tries to protect her water source. Gripping story about making tough choices and while struggling to survive.  March 2014


the girl with no name, by Marina Chapman. Being abducted at a very young age and abandoned in the jungle by her abductors a young girl miraculously survives. This is the story of a feral child who by power of observation survives in the jungle and then again through horrific circumstances in the human world. You can't help but be touched by the true life experiences of the woman known as Marina. March 2014


Mind Games by Kiersten White. Females with psychic powers are being recruited to attend an elite school for the gifted. Annie qualifies to attend while sister Sophia is still being evaluated to see if she has what it takes to enroll. The sisters education at this elite school quickly goes different directions. The first of many books to come. Fast paced with unexpected plot makes me anticipate the next book in the series.  February 2014

The Trap by
Andrew Fukuda. The last book in the Hunt, Prey trilogy. The train stops and new dangers await as Gene and Sissy find themselves in the catacombs in the Ruler's Palace. The last book has twists and turns and an unexpected ending! Great series.  February 2014

Fire Storm by
Andrew Lane. Sherlock Holmes is back and off to new adventures in the Andrew Lane "The Legend Begins" series. For those Sherlock Holmes fans they do not disappoint. In Fire Storm Sherlock is off to find his friend Virginia and her father who have mysteriously disappeared. Great mystery adventure story.   February 2014


Stung, by Bethany Wiggins. A real page turner! Fo wakes up from a bad dream or was it a dream. Her room has been ransacked, she is very weak, and her home looks as though it hasn't been lived in for years. She stumbles to the bathroom and hears footsteps. Cautiously she goes to the door to peek out, what she sees startles her. She knows she has to get out of her house fast but how. This book was action packed from the beginning to the end!  February 2014 


FallOut, by S.A. Bodeen. Sequel to Compound. Eli and Eddy get reunited after the 6 years spent underground in the compound. Adjusting to above ground for Eli and having a family again for Eddy has its challenges. Just when they think they are getting back to "normal" Eli suspects they are being followed. Are they? You will have to read the book to see what happens. February 2014


he Different Girl, by Gordon Dahlquist. What is it like to be different and isolated. Veronika, Caroline, Isobel, and Eleanor soon find out how different they are when a shipwreck survivor - a girl - washed up on their island. January 2014


The Captive Maiden, by Melanie Dickerson. Cinderella reinvented. This was a fun read with a little romance, adventure, twists and turns in the plot along the way.   January 2014


What's Left of Me, by Kat Zhang. Addie and Eva inhabit one body. By natural selection one of them will disappear forever leaving one Soul. Who will be the dominant soul and why does one soul have to disappear?  Great story.   January 2014


My Story: Elizabeth Smart,with Chris Stewart. Elizabeth tells about her horrific abduction and how she was able to rise above what happened to her and to move on with her life. She is an amazing young lady. This book makes you reflect on how you deal with diversity. January 2014


Wrapped, by Jennifer Bradbury. In 1815 London Agnes doesn't have many options for her future. A misplaced mummy changes Agnes life. Egyptian mythology blends nicely with this historical fiction.     January 2014


The Originals, by Cat Patrick. Three girls. One Life. Sharing one public life hasn't been a problem for Lizzie, Ella, and Betsy until they get into high school and want to have a social life. Why are they sharing one life? Find out in this great novel by Cat Patrick.  December 2013


Longbourn, by Jo Baker. This historical fiction is very similar to Pride and Prejudice with the servants taking the lead roles. This novel gives a great glimpse into the hardships the servants face and overcome daily. Great historical fiction.  December 2013


he Girl in the Gatehouse, By Julie Klassen. Being disgraced Mariah is banned from her home and sent to live in a gatehouse on her distant Aunts estate. Mariah is too proud to ask for assistance from her father so she depends on her novel writing to provide money for her expenses. The book is set in 1813 when it was considered improper for women to write. Good historical fiction. December 2013


Blackmoore: A Proper Romance. by Julianne Donaldson. Quick read about two very different families and how their lives intertwine. Set in the 1820’s, it is a Regency romance that tells the story of Kate and her struggle to follow her heart. November 2013


The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton.  This is a great book filled with mystery, ulterior motives, and just a hint of romance. Cassandra is on a journey to uncover missing links in her grandmothers past. In the process Cassandra discovers a lot about herself and what has been missing in her life. Great book! November 2013


Monument 14: Sky on Fire, by Emmy Laybourne. This book is the sequel to Monument 14. It is a great conclusion that keeps you going to the last page. Survival after a chemical weapons spill pushes the kids to their limits. As one group leaves to find help the others hang on hoping to survive as more people come to their place of refuge. October 2013


Unravel Me, by Tahereh Mafi.   Unravel Me is the sequel to Shatter Me.  The war with the Reestablisment is raging on. Juliette is still trying to understand the extent of her powers to help in the war but is having a hard time coming to terms with her power and its effects on her love interest Adam. I have to admit… I didn’t like this book as well as Shatter Me, I had a hard time getting into it and read several books before finishing it. October 2013

Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 - Michael Vey: rise of the Elgen - Michael Vey: Battle of the Ampere,
by Richard Paul Evans.

Fourteen-year-old Michael discovers he has special electrical powers and soon becomes aware that there are other teens with similar powers, but something or someone is hunting them. Exciting series with plenty of twists to keep you intrigued. September 2013

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,
by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer. Non-fiction. Inspiring story about a young man that doesn't have a lot going for him but with his ingenuity he is able to improve his living conditions and make life better for his entire community. This book gives the reader a look at daily life in Malawi, Africa and the hardships the people endure. September 2013

Keeping the Castle
, by Patrice Kindl. This book is a quick and entertaining read. Althea takes on the responsibility of keeping her family and the castle they live in together after the untimely death of her father. Althea knows the only option open to her is to marry someone wealthy. Will she ever find someone? Great book...   August 2013

Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, by Jennifer Chiaverini.  Great historical fiction. Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley was born a slave and earned her freedom with her sewing skills. Elizabeth’s reputation as an expert seamstress gave her access to the political elite. She became the exclusive dressmaker for Mary Todd Lincoln. Elizabeth became more than Mrs. Lincoln’s dressmaker she was also a confidant. One of the best historical fiction books so far this year. Summer 2013


Every Day, by David Levithan.  Every day a different body.  Every day a different life.  Every day in love with the same girl. You think you have it bad? How would you like to wake up every day and try to figure out who you are! Modern day fiction that takes a new spin every day the main character wakes up. Very entertaining. Summer 2013


Rapunzel Untangled, by  Cindy c. Bennett.  Modern day spin on the Fairy Tale of Rapunzel.  A girl trapped in a mansion. A mysterious old woman. The boy who will change everything.  This book was a fun, quick read.  Summer 2013


Strands of Bronze and Gold, by  Jane Nickerson.  This book is a retelling of the fairy tale Bluebeard.  Mystery, intrigue, and suspense… this book has it all. Sophia’s beloved father dies and she becomes a ward of her elusive Godfather. What begins as a magical time soon takes a turn.  Summer 2013


Un Remembered, by Jessica Brody.  Seraphina is discovered in the middle of the ocean floating among the wreckage of an airliner. She has no memories of her life before she wakes up in a hospital room. Pieces of memory start to return leaving Seraphina wishing she could forget again.  Summer 2013


Dualed, by Elsie Chapman.  Have you ever wondered if you have a double out there somewhere? In the book “Dueled” you know you do and before your twentieth birthday you will receive your orders to eliminate your alternate before they eliminate you. Summer 2013


After the Snow, by S.D. Crockett.  Willo lives with his family in the wilderness. He was born into a world of ice and snow. Survival is tough and for those living in the wilderness, illegal. Willo’s returns from trapping and discovers his family has been taken. Willo is determined to rescue his family but in doing so he just may jeopardize his own freedom. Summer 2013


Buried in the Sky, by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan. 
Buried in the Sky is a Non-fiction account of an ill-fated day in August 2008 when 11 climbers lost their lives on K2. The book is a gripping look into what drives men to climb and the lives of the Sherpa’s hired to help them summit. Summer 2013


Crash, by Lisa McMann.  Jules thinks she is going crazy. The billboard she passes daily is like a movie that replays a crash over and over again. When the visions start showing up every time she turns of the TV she realizes she needs to do something or go crazy. Summer 2013


Women of the Frontier, by Brandon Marie Miller.  Non-fiction book about 16 women of the frontier. Triumph and tragedy, these women were tough.  Summer 2013


Prisoner B-3087, by Alan Gratz.  Fictionalized Holocaust book based on a true story of Yanek Gruener’s harrowing experience of being transferred to ten different concentration camps. It is a story of hope amid the horror. Summer 2013


The Selection, by Kiera Cass.  For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth. To be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels. To live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon.  To America Singer it becomes a nightmare. Being caught in a process she doesn’t agree with and having to hide her feelings for a young man one caste below her own.  Summer 2013


The Elite, by  Kiera Cass.  With six girls left in the selection where does America’s heart truly reside? This is a sequel to The Selection. Summer 2013


Ashes, by Ilsa J. Bick.  An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky and people drop dead. The old and the young are spared. Alex wonders why she and a few other teens are still alive. Ashes is a thrilling novel about the will to survive while living among the devastation. Summer 2013

The Dark Unwinding
by Sharon Cameron. Katherine is torn by the task ahead of her. Katherine has been sent to gain evidence against her eccentric Uncle and have him committed to an asylum. Katherine finds herself in a conflicting situation. Mystery with plenty of twists and turns.  May 2013

Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son  all sequels to The Giver by Lois Lowry. After reading the Giver again I decided to read the rest of the series. They were all great!   May 2013

The Giver by Lois Lowry. Having purchase "The Gift Edition" of The Giver I decided to reread it. If you haven't read The Giver it is a powerful book, one of the first dystopian novels published. Jonas lives in world where everyone and everything is the same. When he gets his calling at the age of twelve his life changes - you be the judge whether it is for the good or not...   5/7/13

The Last Princess
by Galaxy Craze. This is a book set in the future. Natural disasters has changed the world and the royal family is facing a revolutionary overthrow. Eliza made it out of the palace alive and has joined the revolutionary cause to find a way to save her siblings. 4/29/13

A Change of Fortune
by Jen Turano. After financial ruin, getting jilted by her fiance, and loosing her family Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. To find the people responsible and clear her family name. Fun book with a touch of romance and a lot of detective work. 4/23/13

Same Kind of Different As Me
by Ron Hall & Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. This a non-fiction book about the homeless and the difference two people made for the people at Union Gospel Mission. 4/17/13

Buried in the Sky
by Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan. This is a non-fiction book about the ill fated ascent to the summit of K2. A very interesting glimpse into the passion of submitting and the lives of the "Sherpa" who assist the climbers. Very engaging from the beginning to the end. 4/12/13

Summerset Abbey by T.J. Brown. Downton Abbey is what this book reminded me of, two sisters and a governess' daughter who they treat as a sister. Rowena oldest but not the leader she should be, Victoria young and frail, and Prudence the one who finds herself on the outside. When Their father dies they are taken in by their Uncle and then circumstances change. 4/09/13

The Tutor's Daughter
by Julie Klassen. Fun, light, romance that has a strong female protagonist that is destined to live a solitary life.  4/2/13

by Andrew Fukuda. Second in the series, follows The Hunt. Gene and the remaining humans are running for their lives searching for the last colony of humans that they were promised existed. What Gene finds isn't what he and the others were expecting. Hang on because this is a fast paced thriller.


by Morris Gleitzman. This is the sequel to Once. A holocaust survival book. You find yourself cheering on Felix and Zelda. They witness atrocious crimes against the Jewish people but do find those willing to risk their own lives for them. 3/18/13

The Namesake
by Jhumpa Lahiri. This book gives a glimpse into the lives of a family that moves from Calcutta and their attempts to adjust to living in the U.S. Gogol struggles as he tries to become Americanized at the expense of loosing his culture and the expectations of his parents. 3/13/13

Amber House
by Kelly Moore. The Amber House has many secrets. Secrets that come to light after Sarah's grandmother passes away and she is staying there with her mother and little brother. This is a book with mystery and unexpected turns. 3/02/13

Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne. First of what reads like what could be a series. Imagine being on the bus on your way to school when a powerful hailstorm hits. The world takes a dramatic change for the worse. This is survival story that has many unexpected heroes.  2/24/13

The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda. Gene has been trying to fit in his whole life. He can't show emotions or any revulsion about the bloody meat he eats at school every day. One slip and he will be dead within minutes. Gene is a human living among the hunters.  Genes life changes forever when he is chosen to go to the Hepper Academy. Fast paced. 2/14/13

Article 5
by Kristen Simmons. Life changed drastically after the War. Everyone lives under the Federal Bureau of Reformation. Ember is 17 and survives in a world where you can be arrested for reading the wrong books or breaking curfew. The FBR is becoming more bold and students from school start to disappear.  A great book, thought provoking, just be warned - you won't want to put it down!  2/5/13


Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. a riveting and often brutal tale of WWII action and espionage with a powerful friendship at its core... publishers weekly review. Verity is arrested by the gestapo and she knows she doesn't stand a chance to survive. If she can keep telling them what they want to know she can stretch out what time she has left.    1/30/13


The Richest Man In Babylon, by George Clason. Inspiring book on gaining personal wealth and the attributes you need to succeed. 1/25/13


My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century, by Rachel Harris. The last thing Cat wants for her 16th birthday is a extravagant gala thrown by her soon to be step mom. A trip to Florence, Italy is a peace offering from her dad. Cat is instantly in love with the city and the magic it offers. Walking into a gypsy tent for a fortune telling changes her life forever. Fun story with romance and adventure.  1/22/13


Midnight in Austenland by Shannon Hale. Great story with self discovery, mystery, and romance rolled up into one. Follow up to Austenland but it could stand alone. Fun, quick read.  1/17/13


Once by Morris Gleitzman. Felix is a great story teller, it is a way to fill time until his parents come back to get him. Holocaust story of young people trying to survive in Poland during World War II.



Survive by Alex Morel. Jane has it all figured out, on the flight home for Christmas is when she will pull the switch. Jane is living in a "home" since her attempts. Everything has gone as planned, she is on the plane, in the bathroom and circumstances change. (a few swears)  1/10/13


Human.4 by Mike A. Lancaster.  Have you ever wanted to be hypnotized? Kyle volunteers to be hypnotized at the community talent show - did it back fire? Why was everyone else frozen in place?

Was it hypnotism gone wrong or something more sinister?  1/8/13


52 Reasons to Hate My Father by, Jessica Brody. Lexi is an heiress with a troubled life. Waiting impatiently for her 18th birthday when she finally gets control of her trust account and her own life, Lexi soon finds out her father has different plans. Funny, entertaining, with a little romance thrown in. Great book...  1/6/13


Enchanted by, Alethea Kontis. Ever wonder why things happen to you that are unexplainable. Maybe you are a haefairy. Sunday Woodcutter had always been able to do unusual things. An enchanted frog changes her life forever. 1/3/13


In The Shadow of the Lamp by, Susanne Dunlap. A historical fiction set in 1854 and the influence that Florence Nightingale had on nursing. Molly finds herself unemployed after a false accusation gets her fired. The option she chose was daring and changed her life forever.  12/19/12


The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette by, Carolly Erickson. Historical Fiction. Another authors perspective about the young Marie-Antoinette and her experiences in the corrupt French court. Being so young made it hard for Marie to know who she could trust.  12/14/12


The Bad Queen by Carolyn Meyer. Historical Fiction. You are born to obey, has been drilled into Marie-Antoinette since the day she was born. The life of privelege comes at a dear price as Marie-Antoinette begins her new life at the age of 14 when she goes to marry the dauphin of France.   12/11/12


Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale. Miri and the girls from Mount Eskel's princess academy are in the capital to help prepare Britta for her upcoming wedding. Rumors of revolt and those seeking power put Miri in a position to test what she believes and what her destiny is. Another great read by Shannon Hale. 12/4/12 


The Springsweet by Saundra Mitchell. A companion book to The Vespertine. I have to admit I did not read Verspertine first but I don't think you would need to. Zora is trying to get beyond some tragic events in her 16th summer (those events happened in Vespertine - they come to light throughout the book). Fleeing Baltimore to the plains of Oklahoma Territory, Zora discovers who she is and comes to terms with the tragedies she has suffered.  12/1/12


An Elephant in the Garden by Michael Morpurgo. This book is inspired by historical facts of the bombing of Dresden during WWII. A zookeeper knowing that bombing of Dresden is looming ahead takes a young elephant home with her at the end of her work shift in the evenings. This is a story of survival and determination told from a German citizen perspective.  11/25/12


The Skin Map by Stephen R. Lawhead. A time travel book with a lot of twists and turns! The Skin Map is a unique blending of epic treasure hunt, ancient history, alternate realities, cutting-edge physics, philosophy, and mystery.  11/12/12


To Die For by Sandra Byrd. Another historical fiction book about Anne Boleyn and her ill fated life with Henry the VIII. Much lighter and entirely different from The Other Boleyn Girl. If you like historical fiction I think you will like this one too!  11/4/12


The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillippa Gregory. If you like historical fiction you will enjoy reading about the ill fated Anne Boleyn and her sister Mary. It is certainly a rich and compelling story of love, ambition, and intrigue. 10/29/12


Wide-Awake Princess by E.D. Baker. Think of every fairytale you have ever heard of and put them into one book, that is what you will get when you take on this quick read. I had a great time remembering fairytales being retold in one volume.  10/22/12 


Learning to Swim by Sara J. Henry. This book is a moving psychological thriller. Troy Chance dives into freezing water to save what she thinks is a young child that fell from a passing ferry. Her life will never be the same as the mystery surrounding the young child unwinds.  10/13/12


The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges. This story is set in St. Petersburg, Russia 1888. This book is a great historical fiction with paranormal intrigue. 10/7/12


Anastasia's Secret by Susanne Dunlap. Have you ever wondered what may have happened to Anastasia the privileged daught of the last tsar of Russia. Did she survive the fate of her family? Great book and perspective on one of my favorite characters from history, Anastasia. 10/3/12


The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal. Magic and mystery in a medieval setting. Entertaining quick read.  9/23/12


Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein.  Interesting read about the Lost Colony of Roanoke. If you like historical fiction you will like this one.  9/22/12


Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. GREAT book! One you won't want to miss. Ismae finds her true calling in life - serving Mortain, God of Death. 9/21/12


Sister by Rosamund Lupton. Wow, good mystery/suspense all rolled into one!  9/19/12