I am not usually a big reader of historical fiction, but I am so glad that I decided to listen to this one. Eel is a fantastic main character - a sweeI am not usually a big reader of historical fiction, but I am so glad that I decided to listen to this one. Eel is a fantastic main character - a sweet young man working as hard as he can to take care of a younger brother and make a better life for himself. The problem? Not everyone is as honest as Eel. When Eel is accused of theft, he is forced to leave his steady job. Amazingly, one of the worst disasters in London gives Eel the best opportunity of his life.
When Cholera strikes the Soho district the people are under the common assumption that the miasma was the cause - meaning that the filthy air they breathed was the cause of the sickness.
Eel watches the people around him fall ill and die. He finds himself working as the assistant to Dr. John Snow, a doctor who doesn't believe in the Miasma theory. Instead he believes the cholera is being spread by drinking contaminated water from the Broadstreet Pump.
The town council doesn't believe Dr. Snow's theory and want proof before they will agree to take the handle off of the pump. They give Dr. Snow only a few days to gather the information he needs to prove the water is causing the deaths. Eel is a great help. He knows the people in the community and is trusted more than Dr. Snow.
Deborah Hopkinson has taken actual events from this terrible time in history and created a very interesting teen and tween novel. I feel like I learned so much while listening to this book. ...more
Glory’s mother died when she was young, leaving her alone with her father and a strict practice schedule. WiGlory, a young piano prodigy, is missing.
Glory’s mother died when she was young, leaving her alone with her father and a strict practice schedule. With about an hour of free time a day, Glory lives an isolated life revolving around practice, school work, and recitals.
When Frank moves in next door, Glory is immediately drawn to him. Frank’s artistic and romantic nature is exactly what Glory needs. Frank nurtures Glory and gives her something she’s been missing from her demanding father – love.
As her relationship with Frank deepens, Glory begins to have trouble at her recitals. For reasons unknown to her or her father, she randomly breaks into playing Chopsticks in the middle of her classical pieces.
The reader is left to put together the pieces of Glory’s life using handwritten notes, YouTube videos, IM transcripts, etc. The mystery of Glory’s disappearance and the validity of the reality she relies on unfolds in the pages of this unique multi-genre book.
This is a very fast read. It doesn’t take long to get sucked into the story.
There is even an App available for this book. It is $6.99. ...more
Angel of Death is the second book in the Forensic Mystery series written by Alane Ferguson. This one picks up where The Christopher Killer left off. CAngel of Death is the second book in the Forensic Mystery series written by Alane Ferguson. This one picks up where The Christopher Killer left off. Cameryn is back on the case of the latest mysterious death in Silverton, Colorado. Deputy Justin Crowley is trying to get closer to her, but she continues to pull away, allowing the stress of seeing her mother for the first time in fourteen years or so to change her. She basically pulls away from everyone in her life; even her father and best friend. The mystery is a good one, but what turned me off of this book is Cameryn's attitude through the whole book. I know there are stresses she is facing, but she came off a whiny instead of stressed. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the first. The author did a good job of wrapping up the ending while still leaving it open enough for a definate sequel. If you liked the first one (THE CHRISTOPHER KILLER) then give this one a try. ...more
Sherlock Holmes wasn’t always the great detective we know him as today. Once, he was a young teenage boy just learning the ways of the world. DEATH CLSherlock Holmes wasn’t always the great detective we know him as today. Once, he was a young teenage boy just learning the ways of the world. DEATH CLOUD is the first in a series of Young Sherlock Holmes stories.
On a holiday from school, Sherlock is devastated to find out he is going to have to stay with an aunt and uncle he has never met. His father has been called to war, his older brother is too busy in London, and his mother isn’t well. Sherlock doesn’t hold out much hope for the holiday break.
In addition to being stuck in a house full of strangers, he finds out that his uncle has arranged for a tutor to see him every day. He is upset about being expected to work during his vacation until he meets Amyus Crowe. Crowe is an unusual man. He is from America, doesn’t teach like any teacher Sherlock has ever met, and has a pretty daughter named Virginia. It turns out Sherlock doesn’t mind having a tutor after all.
When two men turn up dead in the small town where he is staying, whispers of the plague start spreading and cause people to panic. Sherlock has a feeling it isn’t the plague, but doesn’t know how to figure out what is really happening. With the help of Crowe, a homeless boy named Matty, and the brave American girl, Virginia, Sherlock works his way through his first case.
DEATH CLOUD has a nice mixture of mystery, suspense, and humor. There were several times I chuckled out loud. His sidekick Matty was a hoot.
I listened to DEATH CLOUD on audio book and it was great. First of all, the English accent makes it fun to listen to, but that isn’t all. The narrator does a wonderful job changing his voice for the different characters. His “Virginia” isn’t even that bad. You can definitely tell it is supposed to be a girl talking. He had to really work when he did Mr. Crow’s voice since he is from Texas.
REBEL FIRE is the second book in this series. I’d like to read it, but have others begging to be picked up first. I hope I get to it eventually....more
Henry Whelp lives in a reformatory for troubled boys called the Home for Wayward Wolves. He’s been there since his father was thrown in jail for killiHenry Whelp lives in a reformatory for troubled boys called the Home for Wayward Wolves. He’s been there since his father was thrown in jail for killing Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. He’s been mad at his father ever since and embarrassed when people bring it up. He doesn’t like people thinking he is going to twist off and go on a killing spree like his dad, but everyone thinks killing is in his blood.
Henry lives in Dust City, a dark and dangerous place known for its black market dust. Dust is a mind-altering drug that has the entire population addicted. The wolves, foxes, ravens, and hominids all crave dust to make them feel better and heal their sicknesses. At one time, the dust was a good and magical thing – actual fairy dust given out by the fairies themselves in order to make people live up to their potential. Something has happened to all the fairies though. They have disappeared without a trace and the only way to fill the need is for the thaumaturgical companies to create synthetic dust to push on the public.
Henry has always tried to stay away from dust and only accepts it when administered by medical personnel. He is afraid it will turn him into a killer like his father, but when there is a murder at the Home where he lives, Henry is forced to hunt for the truth about it, what really happened the night his father killed Little Red and her grandma, and what happened to the fairies. With the help of Fiona, a beautiful she wolf, Henry jumps into the world of the black market, hoping he can find his way out again.
DUST CITY is so creative. The mix of different fairy tale characters and story lines is amazing. Cindy Ella is the headmaster at the Home for Wayward Wolves. The policeman on Henry’s case is Detective White (Snow White) and Jack (Beanstalk) is Henry’s best friend. As soon as I read the first page I was hooked. These wolves aren’t the typical wolves we’ve seen in fantasy novels lately so if you are in the mood for something unique, give this one a try....more
A person can only take being treated like dirt for so long. Str-S-d (Stressed) has had it. She creates a blog in order to vent her frustrations and poA person can only take being treated like dirt for so long. Str-S-d (Stressed) has had it. She creates a blog in order to vent her frustrations and post reasons why the "popular" kids at school are making her life miserable. At first she just complains about things in general, but it doesn't take long for her to zero in on particular people at school. Lucy is the first name she posts on her blog. Lucy is the Queen Bee of the school and treats Str-S-d like garbage. After a particularly bad day, she posts that she wants Lucy DEAD!!! She just wishes she would die.
Little does Str-S-d know, someone is reading her blog posts. Soon, Lucy disappears. Vanishes without a trace. The small community of Soundview is scared. One of their best and brightest is gone.
Madison Archer is a great girl. She manages to be nice and friendly and stay away from the gossip and meanness that most of her crowd relishes in. She is Lucy's friend and one of the last people to see her alive. Like everyone else in town she is worried and hopes for Lucy's safe return, but doesn't have a good feeling. It doesn't help when she starts receiving mysterious notes telling her that her friends are in danger. Who could be sending her the notes? Is it her anonymous Internet stalker, the new boy at school she kind of has the hots for, or the one responsible for Lucy's kidnapping?
Soundview goes into panic mode when two more students go missing. The two other names that Str-S-d added to her blog. Two of Madison's close friends. Madison gets pulled into the crazy killer's world. She puts herself into dangerous situations and puts her trust into someone she doesn't know in order to save her friends. Will she be able to get them out alive or will she be caught like her friends?
Will Str-S-d realize what is going on or will she continue to add people to her list?
WISH YOU WERE DEAD is a an edge-of-your-seat thriller. Once you start you won't want to put it down. ...more