Talon – Julie Kagawa

Talon – Julie Kagawa

It had been awhile since I had read a Julie Kagawa series and in that time I had forgotten how great of a writer she is. She is seriously the master of taking something completely fantastical (dragons, vampires, faeries) and dragging them into a world that we readers are actually familiar with. And somehow..it fits. The Talon series is about dragons. Dragons that can hide in a human skin and who have a secret society that are forever hunted by…

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Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Caraval – Stephanie Garber

Whatever you’ve heard about Caraval, it doesn’t compare to the reality. It’s more than just a game or a performance. It’s the closest you’ll ever find to magic in the world. When I first saw that people were likening this to The Night Circus, I was immediately excited. I absolutely loved everything about that book and figured that if this book was anything like that one, that there was a good change I was going to like it. It honestly…

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The One & Only

The One & Only

Shea Rigsby is in her early thirties and is stuck in a dead end relationship with a man her friends describe as a loser.  She knows she doesn’t want to marry him, but she is comfortable working as a publicist/reporter in the athletic department for Walker College, a college in the small town of Walker, Texas where she is near her mother and her best friend, Lucy who happens to be the daughter of Walker’s legendary head coach, Clive Carr.  After Shea’s parents…

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First Test – Tamora Pierce

First Test – Tamora Pierce

Keladry of Mindelan and her family have just come back to Tortall from a six year diplomatic delegation stint in the Yamani Islands. One day after an attack from a group of spidrens (monster spiders) she decides it is time to begin her training as a lady knight. The only problem with that, is that there has not been a woman who has knowingly gone through training in at least a hundred years. The only reason she is able to…

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Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally

Breathe, Annie, Breathe – Miranda Kenneally

“You need anything? Water? Tylenol? Vaseline?” “Vaseline?” He shrugs. “Yeah, for chafing. Are you having any issues?” The main character of this story is Annie. After her boyfriend (Kyle) of three years, the boy that she planned on marrying someday, dies in an accident, she decides to train for the marathon that he never got to run. She herself had never been a runner so this huge race that is difficult for even the most in-shape runner, seemed almost impossible….

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Arm Candy

Arm Candy

Nearing the big 4-0 age group is bothering Eden.  For two decades, she has been a model for the famous painter Otto, also her long time lover.  When she finally gets the nerve to leave Otto after his numerous love affairs with other women, she worries that without her looks, she will not be able to find another man.  Eden’s friends take her out and reassure her that she is still a stunning beauty and they encourage her to get out and meet men. …

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Louisiana Saves the Library

Louisiana Saves the Library

Things aren’t going well for Louisiana (Louise) Richardson.  After her husband left her, she moved to Saint Jude, Louisiana with her children to work at the university as a Library Science professor.  As her life was just beginning to settle down, the university eliminated the Library Science department and everything is up in the air again.  But thanks to her flamboyant, fashion conscious friend Sylvia, both Louise and Sylvia land positions at the Alligator Bayou Parish’s struggling library.  The library is seriously stuck in…

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The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

The Star-Touched Queen – Roshani Chokshi

Father didn’t seem to believe in horoscopes. He spoke of destiny as a malleable thing, something that could be bent, interpreted or loosened to any perspective. I’ve been wobbling between a 3.5 and a 4 for this book. On one hand, Chokshi’s beautifully lyrical writing is what always has the ability to stir something inside of me. Not only that but the premise of this, which reminded me of Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor, had me clinging to…

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The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

“Stories have changed, my dear boy,”the man in the grey suit says, his voice almost imperceptibly sad. “There are no more battles between good and evil, no monsters to slay, no maidens in need of rescue. Most maidens are perfectly capable of rescuing themselves in my experience, at least the ones worth something, in any case. There are no longer simple tales with quests and beasts and happy endings. The quests lack clarity of goal or path. The beasts take…

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Like grandfather, like grandson

Like grandfather, like grandson

When our son was in grade school and middle school, it was often a challenge to find something he would actually sit down to read.  The secret formula seemed to be non-fiction, lots of pictures, natural disasters with some believe-it-or-not thrown in for good measure.  So recently when my 96 year-old Father-in-law came for a visit and needed something to occupy him while my husband and I were at work, I turned to my formula and found “Extraordinary people :…

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