Not one of my favorite Joan Bauer books, but a good read nonetheless. Sugar has a great voice and I like her interest in writing. This book deals withNot one of my favorite Joan Bauer books, but a good read nonetheless. Sugar has a great voice and I like her interest in writing. This book deals with some tough issues--homelessness, foster care, mental illness. I think Almost Home would pair well with Pictures of Hollis Woods. ...more
This book was unusual to say the least. I liked Claire. She was definitely going through a tough time. Her relationship with Tate is unexpected. At thThis book was unusual to say the least. I liked Claire. She was definitely going through a tough time. Her relationship with Tate is unexpected. At the end of book, I was pleased with the ending and had an overwhelming urge to go read some Emily Dickinson. ...more
A foreign exchange student and trips abroad add excitement to the lives of the members of the Mother-Daughter Book Club. This time around they're readA foreign exchange student and trips abroad add excitement to the lives of the members of the Mother-Daughter Book Club. This time around they're reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.
What I thought: As sad as I am to see this series end, Wish You Were Eyre was a solid book. It was definitely Meg and Becca's book though the others get their usual time. My favorite part is the Wyoming penpals' visit.
This series lends itself easily to a reading challenge. Here is the Mother-Daughter Book Club Reading Challenge: Little Women by Louisa May Alcott Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Betsy-Tacy series by Maud Hart Lovelace Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
The only one I haven't read is the Betsy-Tacy series. I guess I'll have to give it a try. ...more
Emmeline Thistle shouldn't be alive. Born with a twisted foot, the midwife left her at the edge of the forest to die. But kindly cows kept her warm thEmmeline Thistle shouldn't be alive. Born with a twisted foot, the midwife left her at the edge of the forest to die. But kindly cows kept her warm through the night. Years later, Emmeline is still a survivor. Being a dirt scratcher's daughter with a twisted foot isn't easy. Emmeline escapes death again when the river floods her village. She is swept downriver and found by a dairy man's son. The Oak family nursed Emmeline back to health, but not without danger. Harboring a Flatlander is illegal. It is at the Oaks' dairy farm that Emmeline discovers her gift. She can churn cream into chocolate, a delicacy that is only legend in the kingdom. Such a gift places Emmeline in great peril. First she is kidnapped and then a treacherous queen enslaves her. Will Emmeline ever find her true love Owen Oak again?
What I thought: A magical tale! Suzanne is to be applauded for her world building, the legends and peoples especially. I couldn't put The Sweetest Spell down. Emmeline goes from one catastrophe to another. Owen Oak is a grand true love. I like that Suzanne created an original fairy tale. I love, love Emmeline's voice. I'm glad we also get Owen's point-of-view. It adds depth to the story. ...more
Life is looking up for Lily Sanderson (AKA Waterlily, Crown Princess of Thalassinia). She bonded in name only with Tellin so she can still be with QuiLife is looking up for Lily Sanderson (AKA Waterlily, Crown Princess of Thalassinia). She bonded in name only with Tellin so she can still be with Quince, her human boyfriend. Lily and Tellin bonded to save his kingdom. A meeting of the monarchs of all the mer kingdoms leaves Lily distraught. The environmental problems that plague Tellin's kingdom are also harming other kingdoms. Lily and her friends (both human and mer) work diligently to provide aid to the endangered kingdoms. In the meantime, Calliope, mer couples counselor extraordinaire, is back. An ancient law requires Quince to undergo three tests before he and Lily can truly be together.
What I thought: Just for Fins was a very interesting story. The environmental parts were fascinating. I wonder how well we would care for the oceans and seas if there were human life in them. The chemistry between Quince and Lily was just right. Not a patch on Forgive My Fins but better than Fins are Forever. I liked seeing Lily grow as a character as she assumed her role as crown princess. Since the dust jacket is calling this a series and not a trilogy, I'm hopeful that there will be another book.
Any other fans of Tera Lynn Childs' Fins series out there? Have you found other books that have couples who exhibit the same chemistry as Quince and Lily? I'm always looking for another good book. ...more
When she was just ten, Jenny and her older brother Tom were walking home from music lessons through the woods. Something tragic and unexplainable happWhen she was just ten, Jenny and her older brother Tom were walking home from music lessons through the woods. Something tragic and unexplainable happened that night. Tom disappeared...never to be seen again. It was like the trees swallowed him. Seven years later, Jenny is determined to bid her brother a proper goodbye. She returns to the place he disappeared only to find herself transported into the faery realm. There she discovers her brother Tom is the faery queen's piper and he's forgotten his former life including Jenny. Resolved to rescue Tom, Jenny relies on the dubious help of Jack, guardian of the edge of the forest. Where does Jack's allegiance lie? With Jenny? With the faery queen? With the faery king? Only time will tell.
What I Thought: A strangely wonderful book. Jenny is a strong character. I suppose she has to be as Jack is so duplicitous. Jenny quickly realizes everything is mixed up in the faery realm. Her determination to save her brother is admirable. She risks everything for Tom. The ending was great. I won't spoil it for you here. Fans of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream will like The Treachery of Beautiful Things. ...more