Review: Illuminate by Aimee Agresti
Aimee Agresti / September 17, 2017

Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books Release date: March 6, 2012 Pages: 531 Summary: Haven and two of her peers have been offered a rare opportunity: an internship at a five-star hotel! Room and board is included, and they’ll get school credit. Haven thinks it sounds too good to be true, and she’s right. The people who run the hotel are actually in the business of buying and selling souls for the devil, and their next big target is Haven. My thoughts: Illuminate was a pleasant surprise! If you think you’re through with angel books, think again! Illuminate brings something entirely new to the table. Aimee Agresti takes her sweet time when writing this essay, but when it finally begins in earnest, it’s impossible to put the book down. Her mythology is fresh, and it’s actually more about demons than angels. The way they’re portrayed is wonderfully different; I loved Agresti’s striking mixture of evil and beauty! The whole awesome-internship scenario is a bit unbelievable at first, but as the glamorous surface slowly fades away, you’ll find yourself completely sucked in. In fact, it’s the darkness in Illuminate that makes it so compelling. The horror aspect is played nicely: just as Haven…

Mrs. de Winter
Susan Hill / September 5, 2017

Mrs. de Winter (1993), a novel by Susan Hill, is the sequel to the very famous book Rebecca. Rebeccas was written by Daphne DuMaurier and published in 1938.   This is a great stand-alone book. You don’t even have to read Rebecca to understand it. Hill took on what must have seemed to many as an insurmountable job when she agreed to write the sequel to Rebecca. Rebecca, one of the greatest romantic novels ever written, would be a tough act to follow, but Hill did a marvelous job.   Mrs. de Winter continues the story of the new Mrs. de Winter, wife of Maxim de Winter, whose first wife Rebecca was found murdered. Maxim was not convicted of the crime, but left his much-loved England to live in exile where he met his new young wife. And he told her the truth of what actually happened. Or did he?   Poor Mrs. de Winter lives through this exile, and then is suddenly safely back in England, the England she loves, much as Maxim loves it. They are happy. They have found their little piece of England, colored all in green with the bright colors of the rainbow all around…

Physics In Minutes by Giles Sparrow
Giles Sparrow / September 5, 2017

  “A Refreshing Introduction to Physics.” This book is an excellent collection of key concepts for the student who needs to have a firm grasp of the subject of Physics. It’s also great for teachers and lecturers who may have a momentary lapse of the facts in the classroom. This is because the author Giles has key facts in bite size but concise statements. In a pocket size book that can be easily carried in the smallest bag, Giles takes you on a physical ride of physics, covering such topics from Newton’s Law of Motion, through Relativity, Particle Physics, to Neutrinos, to String Theory, to Schrodinger’s Cat; and more; a perfect introduction to the complex world of physics. Misty BaileyHey there, my name is Misty and I’m a book blogger 17 years old. While you may be thinking that most teens would spend most of their time blogging on their day and their life and blah blah blah. Well, I actually want to be some sort of journalist when I get that far and I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I love all things technology, whether it be computers or televisions or whatever. More Posts

Nina Revoyr / August 24, 2017

  Wingshooters (2011), a riveting book by Nina Revoyr, hits us in the heart with the bigotry found in the small town of Deerhorn, Wisconsin, as it regards a little nine-year-old girl named Michelle. The daughter of a white American dad and a Japanese mother, little Michelle is left to survive in this nasty little town, her parents off living their own lives and abandoning her. Little Michelle ends up living with her paternal grandparents.   Revoyr tells us much of the story from the view of Michelle’s young impression from when she was a child, but is now in her 40s and living in California. A backward glance of a difficult time that leaves the scars for years to come.   Ostracized, with stones thrown at you, hostile looks from adults, name-calling — what a horrible thing for a child to endure. Revoyr does a wonderful job of telling us (from deep within the author’s self perhaps or a darn good imagination) of what that little girl went through. Add in a couple who have recently moved to the city, a black family, and the town simmers with its hate and eventually boils over into the ugliness that is…

Live Raw By Mimi Kirk
Mimi Kirk / July 5, 2017

  “Even the pages look good enough to eat!” By its size, this is not a book that you can easily carry around with you, as it is larger than an A4, but it is worth buying. If you are thinking about eating more raw foods or going completely raw, then this book will definitely put you on the right track. The pages are as crisp and clear and refreshing as the food recipes themselves that you may find it hard not to want to lick the pages! Mimi’s recipes take the pain out of preparing delicious raw foods. In fact, to look at most of them they do not look raw. Bread from raw products? Yes, she does that too, plus pates, smoothies, soups, cream cheeses, quiches; her list is extensive. She makes her raw foods look so appealing and appetizing that the transition from cooked to raw or partially raw seems a real pleasure to contemplate. Mimi is a classic model for what her book is about. Eating raw certainly can keep those wrinkles at bay, or at least slow them down dramatically. Misty BaileyHey there, my name is Misty and I’m a book blogger 17 years old….

The Lifeboat
Charlotte Rogan / June 25, 2017

The Lifeboat (2012), a harrowing tale by Charlotte Rogan, is a novel of survival on a drifting lifeboat after a luxury liner catches fire and is probably going to sink to the bottom of the ocean floor, and the problems that arise afterwards. What would you do to survive?  This book will most definitely make you seriously ponder that question. Exactly how far would you go to survive to stay alive? A debut novel by Charlotte Rogan, an outstanding debut novel, tells us the story of Grace Winter and what means she takes to survive on that lifeboat during the summer of 1914. Separated from her new husband, Henry, as she is crammed into the lifeboat, Grace remembers his anguished face as he looked down at her. Too many people, not enough provisions; of course, some people will die. Fighting ensues among the survivors, with two strong leaders (male and female) leading the charge. Grace is faced with legal issues once rescue comes. What did Grace do? Why did Grace do it?  This book delves into the deepest part of a person, and the deepest part usually includes a silent voice or action that might not be heard or seen…

Jonathan Kellerman / May 1, 2017

  Victims (2012), the 27th in the Delaware series. Written by Jonathan Kellerman, this is another WOW book from one of my favorite authors. Starring psychologist Alex Delaware, along with his friend and cohort LAPD Detective Milo Sturgis, Kellerman once again gives us a book that we won’t forget for a few scary nights.   Our fabulous crime-solving duo take in the murder scenes, work the cases, and scare us along the way. Kellerman has killer-good writing in all his books. He develops his characters so we either like them or don’t like them, admire them or don’t admire them. He uses excellent, clever plotting and gives us a good dose of the goosies while he’s at it. Kellerman is a master at his craft, and that craft hasn’t lost its acute sharpness as the years have passed. You can pick up one of his older books and see the same great writing that you get in the more recent books.   A horrible murder scene, victim viciously displayed, and one clue, an empty piece of paper except for the question mark on it. The first victim isn’t particularly liked by anyone. More victims fall prey to the same killer,…

Martina Boone / April 29, 2017

  Compulsion (2008), a murder mystery in the Psychologist Alex Delaware and Los Angeles Police Department Detective Milo Sturgis series, makes you think twice about trusting that person offering you help. A badly inebriated young girl disappearing along the side of the road after her car breaks down, an older woman stabbed to death at her front door, two women sliced and diced in a beauty salon in a very small desert town many years ago, a couple that mysteriously disappears in New York a while back, and a young teen who disappeared 16 years ago – what do they all have in common? Possibly the same murderer? Possibly different murderers? With his insightful, sharp, snappy writing, with no excess words, Kellerman gives us another great book of suspense. You always enjoy the unusual friendship between Delaware and Sturgis. This book takes you into different worlds — the world of the rich, the difficult life of the transgender sector, the politics of the police department, the life of the normal people, and the antics of a spoiled dog. It gives you the satisfaction you expect from a Kellerman book:  just lots and lots of good plotting and detail, which gives…

The Stolen Child by Brian McGilloway
Brian McGilloway / April 17, 2017

  “An abstract short story that leaves the reader hanging.” This was a good solid read of a poignant issue, with an excellent twist on where I thought the story was going. At times however, it felt like I was reading a set of unconnected extracts. There wasn’t enough background on the couple’s loss, which would have made me sympathize more with their situation. As it was, the story seemed to be just a sketch of a couple whose lives had been touched by tragedy, who eventually find a way to resolve it. A better connection of the plot between the scene breaks would have made this a really good tale.   Misty BaileyHey there, my name is Misty and I’m a book blogger 17 years old. While you may be thinking that most teens would spend most of their time blogging on their day and their life and blah blah blah. Well, I actually want to be some sort of journalist when I get that far and I’d say I’m doing pretty well. I love all things technology, whether it be computers or televisions or whatever. More Posts

The Language of Flowers
Vanessa Diffenbaugh / April 17, 2017

  The Language of Flowers (2011), a debut novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, is a book full of joy, laughter, sadness and growing. Just think about being tossed out of the system when you are 18 with nowhere to go. What will happen to you? Some of the brightest make it from sheer guts and determination, and that’s what Victoria Jones does; and Diffenbaugh tells us a great tale of the trip that Victoria Jones takes to get where she might belong.   Sleeping in a San Francisco park, Victoria has little to help her, guide her, and relies on one lovely memory during her life in the foster care system in a home where flowers were spoken of with reverence and in the language of flowers. Each flower has a special meaning. The young Victoria remembers those flowers, their connections, and soon grows her own flower garden in the park. Noticed by a local florist, Victoria soon uses her knowledge of flowers to create beautiful flower arrangements, arrangements that have meaning.   We all have choices to make in life. We hope we make the right choice at that given time. Victoria is faced with such a choice as she…