Let's hit all my childhood reading buttons: Magical horses in mirrors. A little girl without her family, sent away from home during the War. Big old mLet's hit all my childhood reading buttons: Magical horses in mirrors. A little girl without her family, sent away from home during the War. Big old mansion.
Check, check, check.
Emmaline is a young girl living at Briar Hill with other children suffering from stillwaters. They are being cared for in the mansion of a one-time wealthy woman who donated it to the efforts of the war-torn; the suffering children. Emmaline's best friend is Anna, who is farther along in her sickness than anyone else - but also fortunate to have the most amazing colored pencils that Emmaline likes to use for drawing. There is also Benny, who is a bit older than Emmaline, and the little mice (three girls much younger), and Jack, and the Sisters, and Thomas, who cannot fight in the War because he is missing an arm.
And Emmaline has a secret that's not very much of one - she can see winged horses in the reflections around the mansion. She sees them poking into teacups and eating rulers, and one day, one pretty white mare with a grey muzzle and a star like a spark shows up in the garden. The mare has a hurt wing and cannot fly. Emmaline doesn't know why the mare is there, at least not at first - then she discovers a letter from the Horse Lord explaining he sent the mare there to the garden to recover, and whomever finds her needs to protect her from the Dark Horse, who will be hunting her for her weakness.
But Anna's getting sicker, and so is Emmaline, and she might not be able to save the white mare if she's too sick to leave the mansion...
This is a wonderful, magical book that brings to mind The Secret Garden and The Little Princess with their worlds lying next to each other and magic just around the corner. I want to add this book to my library and share it with my nieces and other children who might love it as much as I do. ...more
Broken is a superhero without all her powers. Michael can see possible futures. Ian is a baby who might hold the hope for mankind - and the rest of thBroken is a superhero without all her powers. Michael can see possible futures. Ian is a baby who might hold the hope for mankind - and the rest of the universe - or could be the most destructive creature ever born.
In 2107, the Earth has been visited by aliens. Extrahumans have superpowers - flight, luck, healing - and are mistrusted by normal humans. Michael has been told by his mentor, Joe, he has something special to do - protect a baby that could save the human race. He's also looking for Broken, a superhero who has left that world behind, as she shows up in his visions of possible futures. The problem is, the thin man is also looking for the baby to turn him into a weapon of the future.
If Michael, Broken, and Ian can get off planet, they might have a chance but if the thin man catches up to them, the hope of mankind and peace will be destroyed.
A very intriguing look at a possible future with superheroes and a charismatic, dangerous leader who wants to rule the universe. ...more
A true story of a man's quest to understand the bright lights in the sky - starting from Roswell and continuing into possibly today. Searches into aniA true story of a man's quest to understand the bright lights in the sky - starting from Roswell and continuing into possibly today. Searches into animal mutilations (photographs not for the squeamish included), a family indulging (kind of) the patriarch's search for the unexplained, and some of what he (and his sister) discovers along the way.
If you're looking for an explanation - this is not the novel you're looking for. If you're looking for something that leaves you with more questions than answers, something that might inspire you to do your own digging, this is the book you're looking for.
The final page of the book is somewhat frustrating, and I will leave it at that - but if you're a fan of The X-Files, you will probably enjoy this book because it has the feel of a story that might have come right out of that series.
A cute story about a girl who gets angry at her neighbors, who happen to be hunters. She uses her magic finger to change them into the animals they huA cute story about a girl who gets angry at her neighbors, who happen to be hunters. She uses her magic finger to change them into the animals they hunt, with typically Dahl consequences.
I enjoyed it, even though I am ambivalent on hunting, having grown up around hunters and eating hunted meat. ...more
This is a delightful tale of a father who goes out for milk for his two children and is late returning. And because of his lateness, he tells the kidsThis is a delightful tale of a father who goes out for milk for his two children and is late returning. And because of his lateness, he tells the kids a story about why he's late, involving aliens, time-traveling dinosaurs, non-sparkly vampires, volcano gods, and pirates.
Did I mention non-sparkly vampires?
Great fun and it's nice to see a dad who can think on his feet. ...more
I saw the words "Holy Dog" and had to pick this one up.
At birth, Jeanne was saved by her parents' dog, Gwenforte, who killed a poisonous snake set toI saw the words "Holy Dog" and had to pick this one up.
At birth, Jeanne was saved by her parents' dog, Gwenforte, who killed a poisonous snake set to bite Jeanne. Thinking Gwenforte had attacked Jeanne, Jeanne's parents killed Gwenforte. But after realizing what Gwenforte had done, they buried her and most families spent some time at the grave, asking for protection of their children. Jeanne realizes she can see possible futures and that she could be branded a witch.
...and then Gwenforte comes back to life.
Jacob is a young Jewish boy, living in another village. His village is attacked and burnt to the ground, with his parents telling him to run, run, and they will meet him elsewhere. But Jacob is different too - he has a healing power.
William is a young man conscribed to the monastery. He's also the bastard son of a knight of the Crusades - but his mother was a Saracen woman and William is very very tall, very very dark, and very very strong - so strong, in fact, he breaks a stone bench by pounding on it.
These three children (and Gwenforte) are put into each other's paths, possibly to help one another, possibly because their magics are sympathetic. But there is another person looking for them, because, as their story progresses, we find out they are wanted by the King of France.
A wonderful telling of a particular time in history, where you're not quite sure who to root for, and whether the storytellers (and those listening to the story) are out to help or hurt the children. ...more
This is my first Flavia de Luce novel and I enjoyed reading it. Number eight in the series, I was able to follow along with Flavia and her not-so-triuThis is my first Flavia de Luce novel and I enjoyed reading it. Number eight in the series, I was able to follow along with Flavia and her not-so-triumphant return to her family home, Buckshaw. She finds her father hospitalized and her family in a bit of turmoil over it. As Flavia leaves home to visit her friends in the village, she gets tapped to take a message to a local wood carver...only to find said carver is deceased and appears to have died in a very peculiar manner.
A possible murder is just what she needs to keep her mind off her father's illness and Flavia throws herself into the investigation immediately, ignoring the holiday season around her, Flavia is intent on trying to find out just what happened to Mr. Sambridge, the wood carver? And why was there an entire first edition set of children's books on his shelf, along with one that didn't fit, with the name of neighborhood teen in it?
As she embroils herself in the mystery, Flavia discovers there's more than one death to investigate and takes it upon herself to solve them both, managing to find herself in trouble, too.
A delightful cozy told from the point of view of a girl starting the journey to adulthood. I would recommend them to anyone with a penchant for mysteries and delightfully intelligent girls. ...more
A very engaging story on one level about the rescue of a dog deliberately abandoned in a slot canyon where there would be no way for said dog to escapA very engaging story on one level about the rescue of a dog deliberately abandoned in a slot canyon where there would be no way for said dog to escape and on another level, about the affects bullying had on a boy throughout his schooling and on into his adulthood. ...more
It's been a very long time since I read this series - I am thinking at least ten years, maybe pushing fifteen at this point, because I recall readingIt's been a very long time since I read this series - I am thinking at least ten years, maybe pushing fifteen at this point, because I recall reading the first two in the series and thought this was the last one. It is, which means I've actually missed a few books and ought to go back and look for them at some point.
We return to the worlds of Firekeeper and her beloved companion, Blind Seer. The pair of wolves have made their home on the Nexus Islands, where the gates allow instant teleportation throughout the world - at least where there are other gates to open up in that country. The Nexians have discovered the Fire Plague might well be transferred through those gates and don't want to risk anyone else catching it - so have shut down the gates.
Unfortunately, the continent's countries want to make use of the gates to deliver goods and people to other countries without the issue of actual, you know, travel, and when they are thwarted in their use of the gates, they decide to band together and take the gates back by force.
In the meantime, Firekeeper - through instigation by the Meddler, an ancient not-quite god who is also not-quite alive - thinks it would be a good idea to find out where the Fire Plague came from and possibly hunt down a way to cure/stop it. The only problem with that is the trail takes her far away from the Nexus Islands, into a part of the world she's never been in, where the Royal Beasts are sworn to protect a certain magic user who might be able to solve a lot of the problems currently cropping up in the Nexus Islands.
An excellent conclusion to a series with some amazing characters. ...more
I picked this book up for a friend and decided to read it first before passing it on. Not that I have any problems, no, no, but being in the biz, I fiI picked this book up for a friend and decided to read it first before passing it on. Not that I have any problems, no, no, but being in the biz, I figured I ought to take a look.
This book changed my life.
There are so many pertinent questions and answers within these cardboard covers, I can't even go into all of them.
If you are a superhero in need of some help, go to your local League of Justice. But if you need another kind of help, well, this book is for you. ...more