Jason Green washed up on the beach. The media reported it as a suicide, implying that it was linked with traces of steroids in the teen's system. ButJason Green washed up on the beach. The media reported it as a suicide, implying that it was linked with traces of steroids in the teen's system. But Terry, Abby and a few others don't believe Jason took steroids, or that he took his own life. They start digging for information, which leads to threats of suspension from the sketchy principal and threats of a beating from the obviously over-steroided football player Kip. Terry and Abby don't give up, but they do get sneakier. As Terry spends his afternoons learning about boxing, and life, Abby sets up a spy network and coordinates reports from her "agents." Trusting only each other with the whole truth, the teens slowly get closer to the reason Jason died...and who killed him.
A fabulous book loaded with boxing action and spy thrills.
Gordon was a mistake. Now it's up to Cole and Sandor, Gordon's maker, to give the eighteen-year-old hemovore lessons in his new life. How to feed, howGordon was a mistake. Now it's up to Cole and Sandor, Gordon's maker, to give the eighteen-year-old hemovore lessons in his new life. How to feed, how to survive, how to go unnoticed by the omni's. If Gordon doesn't learn his lessons well, he'll end up one of the heme that gets buried alive, conscious and aware but unable to leave the coffin. And if he refuses to learn, it may be Cole who puts him there.
This is not a typical vampire tale. There's no glamour or fantasy to this gritty story. Instead, it's a story of life on the road, trying to survive against the odds and against your will. It's also Cole's story as much as it is Gordon's, and is told from Cole's point of view. Fans of Twilight won't find much similarity, but will enjoy it anyway....more
Princess Benevolence of Montagne, aka "Ben," is spoiled and childish for her fifteen years. Still pampered by her parents, she reads only fairy storiePrincess Benevolence of Montagne, aka "Ben," is spoiled and childish for her fifteen years. Still pampered by her parents, she reads only fairy stories, plays with dolls and makes mudpies. She has little to no self-control, is stubborn and wilfull, and is unable to focus on any task she is given. Then her world is destroyed. Her parents, her uncle and a royal guard went to visit her grandfather's tomb one morning. The bodies of her mother and uncle were brought back on carts. Her father and the guard were never found. Queen Sophia moves Ben, as the only surviving royal heir, into the castle and begins the long process of educating the unwilling girl in the ways of royalty. Lessons in deportment, dance, languages, dress, conversation, etiquette and more are suddenly filling Ben's life. She stubbornly refuses to learn. Meanwhile, Montagne's neighbor, Drachensbett, assumed the assassins of the royal family, are threatening war...or alliance through marriage. Their Prince Florian is about Ben's age. But the two take an instant dislike to each other. Drachensbett is determined to have the lands of Montagne one way or another.
Ben is not a likeable character in the beginning. She is interesting, however, and as the story progresses, so does her personality. There is lots of action and adventure and a bit of magic in this tale, and the writing style will sweep you into the midst of it all. With nods at traditional fairy tales, Murdock crafts a story unlike any other. Fans of strong female characters, the Princess Diaries, and Murdocks other books (Dairy Queen, The Off Season), will really enjoy this title. ...more
Jessie Arnold's knee was better and she was excited about the first snowfall of the year- she could finally take her dogs on a training run with the sJessie Arnold's knee was better and she was excited about the first snowfall of the year- she could finally take her dogs on a training run with the sled instead of the four wheeler. When she approached the dogs and put some of them in harness they were eager to pull the sled as they had been trained. The trails near Jessie's property had been checked for downed tree limbs and rocks so they used those and were having a good run. Until they ran over something- a body. Jessie notified Alex Jensen immediately and he called in the lab crew and another investigator to examine the crime scene. Soon they identified the shooting victim as Donny Thompson and roped off the area so they could continue sifting through leaves and underbrush for evidence. Later in the week someone shot at Alex's partner, Phil, which ran him off the road and put him in the hospital. A woman biker lost her brakes and flew off the road, losing her life when a tree stopped her. Alex was busy investigating all those incidents, talking to anyone who knew those who seemed to be involved. Since Donny had been shot so close to her home, Jessie wanted to help but Alex didn't want her too involved. Maxie from Homer called saying she would be in the area so Jessie picked her up in Anchorage. Maxie visited for several days during which time she helped Alex gain a different perspective on the investigation and she even had a ride in Jessie's dog sled. I really enjoyed the way Sue Henry brings in Maxie and Stretch from another series and they fit so well with the characters and story. The story moves along and never lags so that I kept turning pages until the end. ...more
Justin Goldblatt is tired of being the unpopular kid in high school. Sure there are about six kids that he is more popular than, but Justin dreams ofJustin Goldblatt is tired of being the unpopular kid in high school. Sure there are about six kids that he is more popular than, but Justin dreams of being the guy that everyone wants to be. So he devises a plan. First he needs to get Chuck the quarterback to notice him. With a quarterback as a boyfriend, Justin will be unstoppable. Too bad is plan is destined to fail. My awesome/awful popularity plan is the first novel by Seth Rudestsky, who is a Broadway actor and SiriusXM radio host. His writing didn’t really have a style to it. It lacked feeling. I wasn’t invested in the storyline and I felt like I needed adderall to keep up with his writing. The two supporting characters of Spencer and Becky did help keep the story grounded, but the main character of Justin was more annoying than relatable. ...more
Jessica, Dr. Hazlitt, Mort and Maureen Metzger went to south Florida to attend the funeral of a friend. When they arrived they learned that the policeJessica, Dr. Hazlitt, Mort and Maureen Metzger went to south Florida to attend the funeral of a friend. When they arrived they learned that the police were holding the body pending investigation of circumstances surrounding Portia's death. She had been a leader in the Foreverglades community and was loved by her friends there. So what happened? The developer had made many promises to draw people to Foreverglades and now he is conveniently forgetting them. Opposition to a further development project blocking view of and access to the beach and ocean has gotten heated. Was Portia murdered and if so, why? Did it have to do with the protests she had led? While in Key West visiting a friend, Jessica and Dr. Hazlitt experience the laid back atmosphere, Key Lime Pie and very hot and humid weather. And when Jessica was investigating a project she had an "accident." That this work site was owned by the same developer as Foreverglades threw more suspicion on his company. Jessica, Dr. Hazlitt and Mort in addition to Sam, one of the seniors, helped the Foreverglades police department checking on drug use and the origins of some incriminating rumors. It seems that where Jessica goes there will be murder...more
As I might have mentioned before, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner is my favorite comic book character, so I was very excited to see this graphic novel onAs I might have mentioned before, Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner is my favorite comic book character, so I was very excited to see this graphic novel on the library’s shelves. For those that aren’t familiar with him, in the fictional Marvel Universe, Namor is the proud ruler of a submerged Atlantis (think Yul Brynner’s Ramses from The Ten Commandments) But he’s also half-air breathing human and half-water breathing Atlantean, and thus an outsider to both cultures. He was created in 1939 by Bill Everett, which makes him the oldest of Marvel Comics’ many characters. And since his first appearance, he’s had an uneasy, and often antagonistic relationship with the surface world, which makes him one of the first anti-heroes in comics.
No where is that clearer than in this book, where a terrorist attack on an American town is blamed on Namor and Atlantis, and he must find the traitor responsible before war erupts between the two nations. It’s a tangled political tale, it’s an action filled adventure, it’s a psychological study, and most importantly, it’s an honest to goodness narrative that moves along at nice clip. There’s no decompressed story telling here. However, I get the feeling that the writers were given an editorial road map of sorts, because in some places the characterization was sacrificed to fit the plotline. In some ways, it reminded me of those old Marvel Team-Up issues, where the anchor character would have an encounter with a different super-hero each issue, usually resulting in a misunderstanding, followed by a fight. Namor’s quest brings him into contact and / or conflict with Iron Man, Wolverine, Professor X, Venom, and the Invisible Woman and each meeting reveals just how bad the situation is for our sea prince.
French artist Phil Briones brings a certain dynamism to the art reminiscent of Gene Colan’s classic work on the Sub-Mariner. Both artists like to capture that slightly off balance moment of action that lends itself particularly well to scenes that take place in the water or in the air. And there are plenty of those with a water breathing prince who can also fly. The underwater battle between Iron Man and the Sub-Mariner is amazing, and the best of book. Briones’ style is a bit loosely drawn, which some people enjoy, but which can lead to distortions of proportion. In other words, new readers, Namor’s ears normally are drawn like Tolkein elves, rather than Anime elves.
Sub-Mariner: Revolution is an entertaining read. But I must admit, for characterization and continuity reasons, I did not like the concept of Namor’s foe or how Namor dealt with him. But I loved the last chapter and the ending. Wow! You know how comic books and TV shows advertise episodes where “everything changes” and “nothing will ever be the same”? Well, this graphic novel delivers. Now, if only Marvel will capitalize on the fantastic cliff hanger, and the really intriguing opportunities left by the events of this book. Yes, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a sequel ...more
Anne Marie had invited several women to meet at her bookstore after hours on Valentine's day for a special celebration. These women were all widows anAnne Marie had invited several women to meet at her bookstore after hours on Valentine's day for a special celebration. These women were all widows and felt left out of the usual activities of the day. Their celebration was for life and friendship. During their sharing several suggestions were made including volunteer work, helping someone else and making a list of wishes. A discussion of the list better developed the idea. Twenty seemed like a good number and the items should be wishes or dreams, not goals or things to accomplish as on a 'honey do list.' The idea caught on and as time went by each woman who made a list seemed to be renewed or energized. Anne Marie decided to try volunteering at a grade school relating to one little girl. Just this act was life changing for both Anne Marie and her new friend. Lillie and Barbie both lost their husbands in the same plane crash and they were now interested in new love. People who were not in the 'widow group' were intrigued with the list and began their own. Such a simple act as making a list can have amazing results with ripple effects. The group members met frequently to share what was happening in their lives and how the lists helped them. I enjoyed reading this story with unexpected twists and turns and think a list may be a good thing...more
Fans of murder mysteries had been invited to a mystery weekend at Mohawk House in the Berkshires. It is a lovely area and far enough north that it hadFans of murder mysteries had been invited to a mystery weekend at Mohawk House in the Berkshires. It is a lovely area and far enough north that it had a surprise blizzard which closed the roads up to the hotel. Fortunately everyone was there before the storm began. Jessica and two others had been requested to be an author panel to discuss writing and especially writing murder mysteries. Part of the weekend was the presentation of a play given in parts. The attendees were to get clues from the play to help them solve the murder which took place early in the story. All this was planned for enjoyment of the hundred people besides the authors and actors. What wasn't planned was the real murder which also took place on stage. Should the weekend continue? If they called it off what would people do? They couln't leave with the roads closed. Jessica was needed to help solve the real murder and do so before the roads were cleared and the murderer would escape. As she soon realized, the list of suspects was long and the detective assigned to the case had no experience in solving such a crime. Ms. Beth (2008)...more
Daniel Morning is the golden boy; popular and bright, his early acceptance to Cornell seems to seal his future. A future his parents have been pushingDaniel Morning is the golden boy; popular and bright, his early acceptance to Cornell seems to seal his future. A future his parents have been pushing since Daniel was in eighth grade. Extra study sessions, tutors, advanced courses, school clubs and activities, even night courses at Samford University to give him an extra edge. And when that wasn't enough, a little harmless cheating to get the SAT scores needed to guarantee his place in the Ivy League school.
Misty Sandlin and her brother, Marc, and their friends, Eric and Val, also attend McCammon High, but that's about all they have in common with Daniel Morning and his buddies. Misty and her friends are barely tolerated. And it's not just their combat boots, thrift store clothes and constant presence in ISS that sets them apart. They have a strangely superior attitude at odds with their situation in life. Misty and Daniel are on the opposite ends of the social spectrum.
But Daniel has become fascinated by Misty. She seems to represent everything he craves but doesn't have: freedom, love of life, excitement. What Daniel doesn't realize is that when Misty prowls the streets of Birmingham, she really prowls. An exotic find at a local derelict furnace has given Misty and her friends the power to shift into wolves. And when Misty brings Daniel into the pack, it changes him in more ways than he could imagine.
This novel is difficult to describe. On the surface its a werewolf novel set in Birmingham, Alabama. But there are so many issues going on throughout the book that the lycanthropy isn't the only focus. The Romeo and Juliet relationship of Misty and Daniel, the yearning for freedom, relationships between the teenage friends, power and misuse of power, and discovering, and acting on, your heart's desire all play a part in this complex urban fantasy. I recommend this intense and well-written novel to older teens who want to see their city from a different perspective....more
Claire grew up being dragged about the country by her mother only to be left at the Waverly family home in Bascom, North Carolina, with her sister andClaire grew up being dragged about the country by her mother only to be left at the Waverly family home in Bascom, North Carolina, with her sister and grandmother. There she learned that her heritage was different from that of normal families. Her sister, Sydney, ran away from that heritage and then return ten years later, in need of security and love. Claire was able to give Sydney a stable home environment plus the encouragement to grow and develop her own special Waverly gift. Claire's gift was in knowing and using plants and flowers in her catering business and relationships with other people. Even Evanelle had a special gift-she gave people gifts which they would someday need. This made Evanelle seem odd but Claire realized she embraced her gift and used it to help people. When Tyler moved next door Claire tried to keep him from becoming acquainted with her world. But if that had worked she would have missed knowing his world. One of the most unusual parts of this story is the apple tree that reaches out to people and throws apples at people. The family does not eat the apples but buries them. If anyone does eat an apple they will have a vision which may or may not be pleasant or terrifying. Claire and her family seem to be guardians of such knowledge and powers....more
The cloistered Abbey of St. Tabitha inherited a house and 150 acres of land in upper New York. Being a democratic group, they elected Sister John to vThe cloistered Abbey of St. Tabitha inherited a house and 150 acres of land in upper New York. Being a democratic group, they elected Sister John to venture out in the world to examine their good fortune and she chose Sister Hyacinthe to accompany her. Shortly after arriving at their house which was almost hidden by vegetation, they discovered money and a man who had been shot and requested sanctuary. Soon they met a group of hippies and other migrant workers. Though they were out in the world less than a week they encountered illegal drug trafficking, discrimination, hit men, migrant workers and their problems and the Mafia. Sister John and Siter Hyacinthe maintained their faith and composure while dealing with all these factors and came up with a plan for their new wealth...more