Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red – Kerstin Gier

“The first pair Opal and Amber are, Agate sings in B flat, the wolf avatar, A duet-solutio! – with Aquamarine. Mighty Emerald next, with the lovely Citrine. Number Eight is digestio, her stand is Jade fine. E major’s the key of the Black Tourmaline, Sapphire sings in F major, and bright is her sheen. Then almost at once comes Diamond alone, Whose sign of the lion as Leo is known. Projectio! Time flows on, both present and past. Ruby red…

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The Giver – Lois Lowry

The Giver – Lois Lowry

One of the most interesting things about The Giver is that for at least half of the book, a reader could classify it as a utopian rather than a dystopian.  Jonas lives in what seems to be a perfect society. Everyone is super polite and has their own individual place in society based on what the Elders think they would be suited for. Couples (who were placed together) have two children, one boy and one girl. When you first start…

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Delirium – Lauren Oliver

Delirium – Lauren Oliver

For the first time in my life I actually feel sorry for Carol. I’m only seventeen years old, and I already know something she doesn’t know: I know that life isn’t life if you just float through it. I know that the whole point—the only point—is to find the things that matter, and hold on to them, and fight for them, and refuse to let them go. First of all, this obviously came out when dystopian was “the” trend in…

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Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

Wintersong – S. Jae-Jones

“The music.” “What music?” That half-woken memory tickled again, an itch I could not scratch. “Tut,” she said, turning her smile on me. “You, of all people, should have recognized it. Can you not hear the music of your own soul singing?” Well I FINALLY finished it and boy was it worth it. I think under different circumstances I would have finished this a lot faster but life has been crazy and this book wasn’t something I just wanted to rush though. No,…

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Beyond the Highland Mist

Beyond the Highland Mist

I had been suffering, as many people have, from “Droughtlander”, the emptiness created while waiting for Season 3 of Outlanders.  In desperation, I searched through the CRDL catalog looking for something to satisfy the longing to hear/read Scottish voices weaving stories of plaid, love, magic, lairds and warriors and came across a series by Karen Marie Moning called the “Highlander Romances”.  I checked out book one, Beyond the Highland Mist, and was treated to an engaging and steamy story of…

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Renegades – Marissa Meyer

Renegades – Marissa Meyer

“Listen to me, Nova,” he said, slipping off the chair and crouching in front of her.  “There are many dangerous people in this world.  But there are also many good people.  Brave people.  No matter how bad things get, we have to remember that.  So long as there are heroes in this world, there’s hope that tomorrow might be better.” I’m rating this four stars even though for the most part I felt it was more of a three.  Let…

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Masquerade (Moser)

Masquerade (Moser)

The ending and how each of the two main characters decided to live out their lives in America seemed rather abrupt and rushed, but overall a good story.  The author includes some extra information about some of the people, places and fashion at the end of the book that was rather interesting. Title: Masquerade Author: Nancy Moser Genre: Christian Fiction Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Release Date: August 1, 2010 Format: Trade paperback Pages: 400 1886, New York City: Charlotte Gleason,…

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Tortall: A Spy’s Guide – Tamora Pierce

Tortall: A Spy’s Guide – Tamora Pierce

This is SO GOOD. I can’t even express to you all how excited I was when this showed up on my door step (I put a hold on it but the copy I had purchased showed up before the library’s copy!). Tamora Pierce and all of her books set in Tortall are THE reason why I got into young adult fantasy in the first place. I devoured each and every book and I still treasure them today. I mean, I…

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Weddings at Promise Lodge (Hubbard)

Weddings at Promise Lodge (Hubbard)

Another enjoyable story about our friends from Promise Lodge … I anticipate a 4th book in this series, as one of the characters who was supposed to get married in this book calls off her wedding, but by the end has reconciled with her intended. Title: Weddings at Promise Lodge Series: Promise Lodge #3 Author: Charlotte Hubbard Genre: Christian Fiction (Amish) Publisher: Zebra Release Date: June 27, 2017 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 368 pages (9 hours, 3 minutes) Founded by…

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The Christmas Cradle (Hubbard)

The Christmas Cradle (Hubbard)

The last of the Seasons of the Heart series by Charlotte Hubbard introduces some new residents to Willow Ridge … a nice story based during the Christmas season. Title: The Christmas Cradle Series: Season of the Heart #6 Author: Charlotte Hubbard Genre: Christian Fiction (Amish) Publisher: Zebra Release Date: September 15, 2015 Format: Audiobook (Hoopla) Pages: 368 pages (9 hours, 30 minutes) For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old…

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