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Shomeret | 1390 comments June didn't start out very well, but it gets better.

1)The Zealeth King by Rahmal Garner (fantasy) Source: Author via Bookplex Started: 6/1 Finished: 6/3

Why Read: This book had no reviews. The author wanted some.

Comments: Seriously not recommended. It was an attempt to write epic fantasy in the style of Japanese manga. I can't say it was successful. Rated F.

2)Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran (historical fiction) 354 pages. Source: Library Started: 6/3 Finished: 6/5

Why Read: This is about a female ruler in 19th century India who revolted against the British. I love woman rebels.

Comments: The book is written from the perspective of one this queen's female guards. I liked both the viewpoint character and the queen very much and this was an original choice for historical fiction. Unfortunately, this was a sad book and I prefer to be inspired. Rating A- See my review at

3)The Book of Harlan by Bernice L. McFadden (African American historical fiction) 349 pages. Source: Library
Started: 6/6 Finished: 6/12

Why Read: The protagonist was an African American musician who went to Paris to perform in 1940 and ended up in a concentration camp. I wanted to know his story.

Comments: This book covers about fifty years of African American history. So it was a good deal more than the story of this one man. Considering how much it covered, I thought it should have been longer. I also thought that more of the characters should have been developed. Rating B+. See my review at

4)Dragon Charmer by J. C. Kang (YA alternate China fantasy) Source: Author
Started: 5/19 Finished: 6/9

Why Read: This is the sequel to Dragon Scale Lute which I thought was a fun read.

Comment: This is better than the first book. The princess who is the protagonist matures during a diplomatic mission to alternate India. Rating B. See my review at

To Be Continued...

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Melodie (melodieco) | 3644 comments You always find the most intriguing books!

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Ann (annrumsey) | 14980 comments Shomeret:
The Book of Harlan sounds very interesting. Thanks!

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Carol/Bonadie (bonadie) | 8263 comments Ann wrote: "Shomeret:
The Book of Harlan sounds very interesting. Thanks!"

It does indeed! And I agree with Melodie as well.

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