I received this book as part of Member Giveaway. This book follows two sisters from a poor neighborhood who are accepted into a prestigious high school, one for her academics and the other on her dancing skills. The book focuses on Sonya (the dancing sister)'s invisibility at school and how she gains the attention of the mean girls at their school. There is an excellent romance between a poor little rich boy (who fills his pre-Sonya days with meaningless sex) and Sonya who changes him by her honest and refreshing naivete. There is bullying by a secret society and an unbelievable betrayal. I enjoyed the book. I liked Sonya and although her boyfriend's change was a little sudden and the plot was not completely new, it does progress smoothly and quickly. I enjoyed it. It will be a great YA read. Another great book from Miss Dubois. Highly recommended.
Vickie Myron, a library director in the small town of Spencer, Iowa, adopts a kitten dropped in the bookdrop. She asks her library board to accept the kitten as the library cat. Dewey Readmore Books stays with the library in Spencer for 18 years. This book discusses the towns effect on him, his effect on the town and Dewey's effect beyond the city limits. An excellent, heartfelt read. Recommended for all library or cat lovers.
Alice is a busy mom: she volunteers at her three kids' schools, takes charge of her kids activities and knows what is best for everyone. She is also going through an extremely nasty divorce and custody battle with her husband of more than 10 years, Nick. She has grown apart from her sister, Elizabeth and all her friends, except for the other mothers from her kids' school. Then one day, she hits her head and forgets the last decade. The last thing she remembers is being 14 weeks pregnant with her first child and deliriously happy with Nick. The book follows Alice as she meets her kids and current friends for the first time. Alice also meets her boyfriend and has to balance the love she still feels for Nick with that relationship. The characters are well-drawn and everyone is really dynamic. The kids are funny and true to life. I loved this book. Laughed and cried my way to its happy ending.
This is a hilarious book. God tells us the real reasons behind all the best stories in the Holy Bible. Javerbaum writes God in such a way that if you are not easily offended, you will be awesomely amused. At times however, it is slightly too offensive, even for those of us with huge funny bones. I'd recommend to forgiving Christians, atheists who wonder, and anyone who enjoys a quick laugh (although not too quick, the book is 400 pages long).
Another excellend entry in the Inspector Erlendur series. Two unrelated missing persons cases from 30 years ago haunt the inspector and finally get connected and solved by the depressive detective in this Icelandic mystery. The detective's son and daughter figure more in this book than others I have read, with Eva Lind (daughter) requesting a meeting between her long separated parents. There is also a suspected "suicide" being investigated off-the-books.With his obvious police intuition, Erlendur smells and discovers something fishy. Again, excellent read and definite recommend to fans of mystery, Indridason or Erlendur.
This short story of the In Death series fits nicely between Indulgence and Treachery in Death. Eve Dallas is driving home Father Lopez when a bloody, old woman falls out into her arms. The woman extracts a promise from Eve to find "Beata" and casts some type of possession spell to ensure that promise is kept. Robb usually keeps her books in this realm, but this tangent to the other keeps in line with the series. Beata is a dancer who disappeared a few months ago and the old woman is her Romany gypsy grandmother who came looking for her. When she got too close, the grandmother was killed and she became Eve's. I loved this short story, but I am a huge fan of the series and can now claim to have read every single book in the series, so not sure if this is an unbiased review. I recommend to any reader who has enjoyed In Death, fans of supernatural short stories or anyone needing a 2 hour break from the world. :)
Lucy, a children's librarian in the small town of Hannibal, Missouri goes to work one day and finds Ian Drake, her favorite voracious 10 year old reader hiding out in the library. He has run away from his fundamentalist Christian home and run to the safest place he can think of--the library. Lucy, an unintentional rebel and runaway, takes Ian on a 10-day trip which goes from Missouri to Vermont. They run into cops, overly attentive boyfriends and ferrets. They must also evade the man in the matching car who is following them. Both characters are obsessed with reading and Lucy just knows (as a fellow library worker, i know the feeling) that reading will save him and tries her best to give him what he needs to survive the next few years. Ian is precocious and funny. Lucy is trying to work out her father's immigrant (and possibly criminal) past, as well as her responsibility for the predicament she's in.I loved it.Highly recommended, particularly for those working with children and/or teens in the library!
Super impressed!If you are looking for sparkly vamps, you won't find them here!Ryker has written a vampire story where the vamps are smelly, underground-dwelling, desperate, cow's-blood-drinkers. Keith Harris, the main character is tough as nails and the story ends up being a quick, but fulfilling vampire story.
Dave is not your average zombie. He doesn't eat brains (or anything else, for that matter). After being murdered by a local gang, he rises from his grave and returns back to the only family he has left, an uncle. He learns to speak almost normally from daytime television and and at night, he wanders the streets, trying to help the less fortunate among the living. He makes friends. Dave crawled out of the grave one day and becomes a better human than he ever was. But, unfortunately for Dave, the gang members who stabbed him to death see him one day and want him dead (again).