Saturday, March 28, 2015

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling -- 784

Harry Potter isn't planning on returning to Hogwarts, school of wizardry and witchcraft. He is prepared to take on the task that Dumbledore left him. With the help of his companions, Harry Potter is going to find bits of Voldemort's soul to destroy them.
Doing so will test all his wits and courage, and the price to defeat Voldemort will be great.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling -- 652 pages

The wizarding world has finally been forced to accept what Dumbledore and Harry Potter have been saying all along -- the Dark Lord has returned.
Harry Potter and his friends are at Hogwarts for their sixth year of schooling, and while there, Dumbledore has begun private lessons with Harry Potter to tell him the history of Tom Riddle, who became Lord Voldemort.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowlingf

Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix by J.K. Rowling -- 896 pages

The fifth book in the Harry Potter series. Voldemort has returned and is gaining strength and followers, and the Order of the Pheonix is ready to stop him.
During Harry's fifth year at Hogwarts, dark magic is all around, and every day it is penetrating further into the Ministry of Magic, and Hogwarts itself.

Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris

Who Buries the Dead: A Sebastian St.Cyr Mystery by C.S. Harris --- 338 pages

In the tenth volume of Harris's historical mystery series set in Regency England, Sebastian and his wife Hero are adjusting to marriage and the birth of their son, Simon. Sebastian and Hero both are overwhelmed not just by the love they have found with each other, and the love they feel for their child, but also by the fragility of life and happiness.

Sebastian can never forget that he has now given hostages to fortune when he is called upon to participate in another dangerous investigation. Wealthy and socially ambitious plantation owner Stanley Preston has been decapitated in an out-of-the-way locale called Bloody Bridge, and Sebastian discovers a clue at the scene of the crime --- a piece of leather coffin strap inscribed with the name of Charles I, the king who a almost two centuries earlier was deposed and beheaded by Oliver Cromwell. By an odd coincidence, Preston was a man obsessed with collecting historical relics related to the Stewart kings, including what is alleged to be the head of Cromwell.

The mystery thickens when Hero's father, Lord Jarvis, the power behind the throne of the Prince Regent, informs Sebastian that workmen at Windsor Castle recently discovered the long lost coffin of Charles I, hidden in the tomb of Henry VIII and his Queen Jane Seymour, beneath St. George's Chapel. And the corpse of the Stewart king is missing its head.

In addition to solving Preston's murder, Sebastian is now charged with recovering the missing head before the Prince Regent comes to inspect the coffin. But the investigation is complicated by the reappearance of a deadly enemy from Sebastian's past, and the reluctant testimony of a shrewd spinster with remarkable powers of observation and a secret of her own to protect.

Another winning entry in a series that continues to combine history, mystery and romance.

 Click HERE to read a review from Kirkus.

Click HERE to read a review from the Life Is Story web site.

Click HERE to read an interview on with author C.S. Harris talking about Who Buries the Dead and the future adventures of Sebastian and Hero.

I am Alice by Joseph Delaney

I am Alice
by Joseph Delaney
The Last Apprentice
Book 12
432 pages

This is the 12th book in the Last Apprentice series and it focuses on the character Alice Deane, best friend--and true love--of Tom Ward.

Alice is the most powerful witch the county has ever seen. She may one day be the most evil. Together they work to defeat the Fiend -the world's greatest evil- once and for all.They have nearly everything they need, all except a blade hidden in the Dark, the Fiend's domain. So Alice ventures there to find it. She faces the most terrifying creatures in existence. And she once again battles old enemies who bear grudges: Bony Lizzie, Bloodeye, and more.

And there's something Tom didn't tell her. To vanquish the Fiend, Tom must sacrifice the person he loves most. Alice is hunting for the very blade that will eventually kill her.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas

Life Could Be Verse by Kirk Douglas, 104 pages

Life Could Be Verse is a collection of poems that were written by Kirk Douglas during milestone events in his life.  It is hard to believe he is 98 years old.  The book starts out with his childhood, into his early acting career, and into the meeting of the love of his life and current wife. Not only is his life story accompanied by the poems he wrote, but there are wonderful pictures of his family and his career through the years.  This was probably the shortest biography I have ever read, but also, the most touching.

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan

I Work at a Public Library by Gina Sheridan, 157 pages

As someone who works in a public library, I can really appreciate Gina Sheridan's stories.  Although, I can see some employees of the public library refraining from reading this, as they experience a lot of these moments on a daily basis.  I think it would be neat if all the patrons would read this book and see what it is really like to stand behind any desk at the public library. What it all boils down to is we are all here to help the patrons.  This book shared some very humorous stories.  I like how Gina had the chapters divided based on the Dewey Decimal System.  Some especially funny tidbits occur on page 41, questionable book titles, for example, The Hungry Games, and page 74 What is "Whiffy?"  Read the book to find out more.  I Work at a Public Library was a very quick and funny read!!