This one didn't grab me as much. Daine's prejudices are so overwhelming here that I kept having to remind myself of her youth as an excuse for some ofThis one didn't grab me as much. Daine's prejudices are so overwhelming here that I kept having to remind myself of her youth as an excuse for some of her behavior. I can't wait for her angst phase to be over....more
This is a slightly darker, slightly grittier Discworld novel. Pratchett's witty satire is interspersed with a few four-letter words a more overt bawdiThis is a slightly darker, slightly grittier Discworld novel. Pratchett's witty satire is interspersed with a few four-letter words a more overt bawdiness than usual. However, that doesn't take away from his excellent word play and plot construction. Once again, Sir Terry has thrilled me with a Sam Vimes adventure. Bless him....more
This historical novel brings ancient Nubia to life as one girl struggles to understand her destiny. Kandake, fourteen, is the youngest child of King AThis historical novel brings ancient Nubia to life as one girl struggles to understand her destiny. Kandake, fourteen, is the youngest child of King Amani, ruler of Nubia. Her desire is to protect the land she loves as a warrior, but the decision is not in her hands. When Great Mother announces Kandake as the heir to the throne she sadly accepts the inevitable, striving to understand Great Mother's reasoning. Meanwhile bandits have been raiding Nubia's trading caravans and Egypt, Nubia's ally and neighbor, is asking for assistance to protect its borders from the Assyrians. When Kandake's brother Alara fails to return from a hunting expedition, King Amari makes a difficult decision: Nubia must use her resources to defend her border. Alara's rescue must take second place. Unwilling to accept this decision Kandake and her friends sneak away to find Alara. As their journey progresses Kandake must use a ruler's wisdom as well as a warrior's skill to rescue her brother and prevent a war.
This skillfully crafted novel weaves cultural details into a remarkable, well-structured plot featuring a strong African heroine. The characters, including Nubia herself, are fully developed. Their motivations, inspirations, and the growing maturity of these teens are believable. Detailed without being tedious, the writing carries readers rapidly through the text to the conclusion. Though the key plot element is wrapped up, and the manuscript could easily stand alone, readers will eagerly hope for a sequel to resolve the larger political issues facing Nubia and its future Queen....more
At first glance this book looks just like every other paranormal romance that has come out in the past year: pretty girl in pretty dress against a creAt first glance this book looks just like every other paranormal romance that has come out in the past year: pretty girl in pretty dress against a creepy backdrop. However, I’m a sucker for a great cover, so I picked it up, thinking it was probably a vampire book, and checked it out. Not a vampire book. Not just like every other paranormal romance out there. In fact, this one blew me away!
Eleanor Fitt is looking forward to her brother Elijah’s return from New York. She and her mother have missed him terribly, and, as their finances have dwindled to almost nothing, they are quite anxious that he return, take his place as head of the family, and begin taking care of, well, everything. Eleanor is pondering this as she goes to meet the train from Philadelphia, the one Elijah should be arriving on. Only, he’s not on the train. Eleanor is waiting to find out if he’s sent a telegram when the screams begin, and the odor of death, dirt, and rot assails her nostrils: the Dead have arrived. She tries to hide, but one of the Dead finds her…and delivers a message from Elijah: “I can’t come. Trouble in New York has caught up with me. Don’t tell Mama – it will only worry her. And you shouldn’t worry either. If I do what he needs, I can come home.” This begins Eleanor’s epic quest to find her brother, who has somehow become involved with a necromancer who is raising the dead and sacrificing – murdering – innocent young men. Her only recourse for help is a group called the Spirit-Hunters, barely tolerated and quickly blamed even though their knowledge and methods are the only things keeping the Dead at bay. But the necromancer grows stronger, and Eleanor and the Spirit-Hunters must discover his plans and stop him before he unleashes hungry Dead on the entire city.
Part historical fiction, part paranormal, with dashes of romance, adventure, mystery and Steampunk, and, of course, zombies, this novel really defies traditional description. But if you like any of the above, try this novel. You really won’t regret it. ...more
This series beginner combines history and fantasy for a quick, enjoyable read. In Hansong (ancient Korea) Kira is the General’s daughter, the only womThis series beginner combines history and fantasy for a quick, enjoyable read. In Hansong (ancient Korea) Kira is the General’s daughter, the only woman in the king’s army, and a demon slayer. She was born with a curse gift that allows her to see in the dark, smell the stench of demon flesh, and gives her the strength and speed to dispatch the fiends back to the underworld. Despite her heroic deeds, the citizens of the Seven Kingdoms believe she is a demon herself, and they mistrust and fear her. When traitors arise and unite with the Demon Lord to overthrow the royal family, it is up to Kira to protect young Prince Taejo, her cousin. Some of the monks believe Taejo could be the Dragon Musado, the legendary warrior that prophecy predicts will save the world. Kira, Taejo, and their company must gather three treasures in order to truly defeat the Demon Lord. If, in fact, Taejo is the true Dragon Musado.
While this novel didn’t break any new genre ground, it was well-written and well-plotted. The characters lacked depth, but there was so much action that heavy character development wasn’t missed. The characters did have realistic motivations and behaviors, and they moved the story along at a rapid pace. The only real problem I had with the novel was that the writing style and plot makes it great for 5th-7th grade, but a few sexual comments scattered throughout were a bit more mature, and would make me hesitate to give it to this age range (i.e. referring to what's between Kira's legs, how she'd be in the bedroom, etc.). ...more
Audrey Whitticomb’s mom is a superhero. No, really. Every night she goes out and fights crime in the Minneapolis, Minnesota tri-cities area. Audrey woAudrey Whitticomb’s mom is a superhero. No, really. Every night she goes out and fights crime in the Minneapolis, Minnesota tri-cities area. Audrey worries about her, but hey, that’s what she was born to do. Then one day Audrey finds out her mom isn’t really out fighting muggers, bank robbers, and would-be killers. Nope. She’s fighting something worse - demons. They’re stealing, draining, and killing teenage girls, looking for the blood of the chosen one to help them cross over into our world. And if that happens, one superhero won’t be enough to stop the carnage that follows.
This novel was not what I expected. I skimmed the description, thought “superhero, cool,” and started reading. What I found was a paranormal coming of age novel. Though the demon hunting and the mystery of the disappearing girls is a prominent storyline, just as important are the personal revelations. Audrey’s mother has kept her in the dark about so many things, and in the course of this tale the teenager discovers family secrets, the existence of demons and demon fighters, a community/tribe, and a better sense of who she is. The ending wraps up most of the questions, but leaves just enough to tempt the reader with the prospect of future titles in the series. ...more