Book Review: Fingerprints Of You

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Author: Kristen-Paige Madonia

Published: August 7th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Lemon and her mum, Stella, have never stayed in one place for long. Switching accommodations and schools was already a norm to her but it wasn’t something she enjoyed doing. Watching her mum switch boyfriends at every place they stopped and moving when the relationship didn’t turn out well made Lemon wonder who the adult was in their relationship. Everything changed when Lemon found herself pregnant.

She persuaded Stella to allow her to go on a road trip to San Francisco with the reason that she wanted to see the place her mother was living during the time she got pregnant with her. Inside, Lemon wanted to closure; she needed to know who her father was and what type of person he is. On the path of becoming a mother, she needed to know the other parent that has always been absent from her life. Continue reading “Book Review: Fingerprints Of You”

Book Review: The Sweetest Spell

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Author: Suzanne Selfors

Published: August 21st 2012 by Walkers Children

Blurb:

Emmeline Thistle, a dirt-scratcher’s daughter, has escaped death twice-first, on the night she was born, and second, on the day her entire village was swept away by flood. Left with nothing and no one, Emmeline discovers her rare and mysterious ability-she can churn milk into chocolate, a delicacy more precious than gold.

Suddenly, the most unwanted girl in Anglund finds herself desired by all. But Emmeline only wants one-Owen Oak, a dairyman’s son, whose slow smiles and lingering glances once tempted her to believe she might someday be loved for herself. But others will stop at nothing to use her gift for their own gains-no matter what the cost to Emmeline.

Magic and romance entwine in this fantastical world where true love and chocolate conquer all. Continue reading “Book Review: The Sweetest Spell”

Book Review: A School For Unusual Girls

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Author: Kathleen Baldwin

Published: May 19th 2015 by Tor Teen

Blurb:

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle them in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts… Continue reading “Book Review: A School For Unusual Girls”

Book Review: The Shattered Crown

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Author: J. W. Webb

Published: March 5th 2015

Blurb:

‘You ride into peril, Corin an Fol!’

Those are the words of the witch at the ford. Corin an Fol, mercenary, brawler, womaniser and drinker, ignores them and thus finds himself caught in a tangled web of sorcery, intrigue and dark prophesy.

When the High King is murdered and his broken crown goes missing, Queen Ariane suspects the wily hand of Caswallon the sorcerer. She forms a secret council and rides out to find the Oracle of her Goddess, to see if her worries are proved right. But Caswallon is onto her and the noose tightens fast around the young queen.

Corin an Fol returns to his village seeking solace in drink. Instead he finds an old contact waiting for him who persuades him to join Queen Ariane in her fight against Caswallon. And so, like the queen, Corin an Fol is snared by the sorcerer. Our boy has a big sword and bad attitude, but is that enough to survive the hordes Caswallon sends against them?

Review:

A millennium after the previous book, Gol, The Shattered Crown focuses on a new hero, a mercenary named Corin An Fol. Just as calamity has struck Gol a thousand years before, now the same thing happens within the Four Kingdoms and the surrounding land as war is threatening to begin anew. The murder of the High King is only the beginning of everything. Continue reading “Book Review: The Shattered Crown”

Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White

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Author: Catherynne M. Valente

Published: November 10th 2015 by Saga Press (First published February 28th 2013)

Blurb:

Forget the dark, enchanted forest. Picture instead a masterfully evoked Old West where you are more likely to find coyotes as the seven dwarves. Insert into this scene a plain-spoken, appealing narrator who relates the history of our heroine’s parents—a Nevada silver baron who forced the Crow people to give up one of their most beautiful daughters, Gun That Sings, in marriage to him. Although her mother’s life ended as hers began, so begins a remarkable tale: equal parts heartbreak and strength. This girl has been born into a world with no place for a half-native, half-white child. After being hidden for years, a very wicked stepmother finally gifts her with the name Snow White, referring to the pale skin she will never have. Filled with fascinating glimpses through the fabled looking glass and a close-up look at hard living in the gritty gun-slinging West, this is an utterly enchanting story…at once familiar and entirely new.

Review:

“She put jasper-and-pearl combs in my hair and yanked them so tight I cried – There, now you are a lady, she said… She put me in her own corsets like nooses strangling my waist till I was sick, my breath gone and my stomach shoved up into my ribs – There, now you’re civilized, she said… She forbade me to eat sweets or any good thing till I got thin as a dog and could hardly stand I was so damn hungry – There, now you’re beautiful, she said…” Continue reading “Book Review: Six-Gun Snow White”

Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Daughter

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Author: Jostein Gaarder (Translater by James Anderson)

Published: March 27th 2012 by Phoenix

Blurb:

Panina Manina, a trapeze artist, falls and breaks her neck. As the ringmaster bends over her, he notices an amulet of amber around her neck, the same trinket he had given his own lost child, who was swept away in a torrent some sixteen years earlier.

This tale is narrated by Petter, a precocious child and fantasist, and perhaps Jostein Gaarder’s most intriguing character since Sophie. As an adult, Petter makes his living selling stories and ideas to professionals suffering from writer’s block. But as Petter sits spinning his tales, he finds himself in a trap of his own making.

Review: Continue reading “Book Review: The Ringmaster’s Daughter”

Book Review: Paradise Lost

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Author: Katie Fforde

Published: April 1st 2004 by Arrow

Nel Innes thinks of herself as an overweight and unattractive widow. With all her three children grown up and almost leaving the nest, Nel is content to be with Simon, her real estate boyfriend. Everything changes when she was kissed by a very handsome stranger under the mistletoe who turns out to be a solicitor named Jake Demerand. Unfortunately for Nel, he is working for the couple who inherited the Hunstanton Manor and who are also planning to turn the water meadows into a building site. Nel, horrified by the very prospect intends to prevent that from happening at all costs. Continue reading “Book Review: Paradise Lost”

Book Review: Pedigree Mum

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Author: Fiona Gibson

Published: February 28th 2013 by Avon

Kerry Tambini has had it with the London city life. Persuading her half-Italian husband, Rob to buy her aunt Maisie’s house over in Shorling, she’s all set to begin a new and wonderful family life there along with her two children, Mia and Freddie. Everything starts to go downhill when she found out Rob had made a terrible blunder in a state of drunkenness.

If that wasn’t enough, Shorling wasn’t as she remembered. Now a rather posh place where every little thing is known by almost the whole town, Kerry fears that her idea to move doesn’t sound that good after all. Left with her two children in Shorling, she decides to heed her children’s whining and get a dog; with the intention of getting back at Rob. In a new environment, Kelly has to pull herself together if not for her, then for her children. Continue reading “Book Review: Pedigree Mum”

Book Review: The Wizard’s Heir

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Author: Devri Walls

Published: November 2015 by SuperStorm Productions

Blurb:

Tybolt’s a Deviant, a hated race immune to direct magic in a world where Wizards ensure survival. But when he loses his entire family to a spell-made storm he joins an elite group of Wizard hunters, organized beneath the new non-magic wielding king.

Now eighteen, he spends his days capturing Wizards. But the nights are his, reserved to feed the starving villagers of Eriroc under cover of dark. There are always more people in need than he can help, and one of these days he’s going to hang for theft from the royal kitchens.

Although Tybolt and his fierce partner, Auriella, have imprisoned many Wizards, the one partially responsible for the storm that killed Tybolt’s family is still out there: Alistair. When an old informant claims to have information regarding their elusive prey, everything changes.

In a cruel twist, Tybolt realizes he isn’t who he thought he was at all. How can he save himself, the people, and those he loves while keeping his secrets safe? Can he hide his true nature and allow the corrupt king to remain on the throne?

Or will he have to unveil himself and risk possible execution to save them all? Continue reading “Book Review: The Wizard’s Heir”

Book Review: If You’re Gone

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Author: Brittany Goodwin

Published: June 20th by Edge of 22 Publishing

Lillian was having the perfect high school life with her best friends and her boyfriend, Brad. Everything was going on so well until the day after Brad’s graduation. Brad disappeared from Lions Port and remained missing, causing Lillian to do all she can to search for him. Frantic and close to depression, she begins to learn more about Brad than she ever did during the six months they were together.

If You’re Gone is a wonderful story about high school romance, heartbreak and the fear of the unknown. When Brad went missing, Lillian was on the brink of despair. Her desire to sing vanished and she felt that her future just wasn’t important without Brad. Most importantly, she finds herself questioning God and her faith. I have no idea how it would feel when someone I love disappears with no apparent reason, but after reading about Lillian, I think I can understand how it feels. Continue reading “Book Review: If You’re Gone”