Friday, December 19, 2014

Son by Lois Lowry

Son by Lois Lowry - 393 pages

This is the fourth and final book in The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry.  It is the book that ties all the other books together.  It tells the story of Claire, the birth mother of Gabe, the young child taken by Jonas when he was slated to be killed in The Giver.
I enjoyed the story.  I liked how it tied up the loose ends of the other books.  Listening to the audio did make me more aware that even though this book had the happiest ending of any in the series -- it really is not a happy book.  It is filled with heartbreak, sorrow, and yearning.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Queen of the Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter

The Queen of the Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter  459 pages

Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers...until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters...and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies...and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing - and turning - Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima - even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.

The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney

The Invisible by Amelia Kahaney  291 pages

The most dangerous enemy is the one you can't see....

After a perilous accident that literally stopped her heart, Anthem Fleet was left with a jagged scar down the front of her chest - and a strength she is still learning to control. Her new powers helped her avenge the death of the boy she loved and led her deep into Bedlam City's dark underbelly, where she fought a network of shadowy criminals. But Anthem doesn't want to be the crime-fighting vigilante that Bedlam needs. She just wants to go to school, practice ballet, and help nurse Ford, her friend and partner, back to health.

But when a mysterious group called the Invisible starts attacking the privileged North Siders, Anthem's whole world is thrown into chaos. Invisible's threats seem like harmless pranks at first, but as their demands escalate, people start to die. Now Anthem must step up and be the hero that the city needs, or Bedlam will fall - once and for all.

The Paris Winter by Imogen Robertson

The Paris Winter: A Novel by Imogen Robertson --- 360 pages including historical notes

With a background in film and television before she turned to writing, Imogen Robertson is the well-established author of a historical mystery series set in Georgian England featuring Harriet Westerman and Gabriel Crowther.

The Paris Winter is her first "stand alone" novel, but it is also has a historical setting. Devious doings and a dark revenge figure largely in this suspenseful tale set amid the artistic and social ferment of Belle Epoque Paris and the 1910 winter flood that devastated that city.

Inspired by family documents that revealed how her own grandmother and other young English women traveled, studied and worked abroad in the years leading up to the First World War, Robertson continued her usual meticulous research into the period so that her characters' lives continually intersect with real people and events. I particularly enjoyed the strong female characters who do not passively wait to be rescued, but band together to pursue the lives and happiness they desire.

Click HERE to read Imogen Robertson's description of writing The Paris Winter.

Click HERE and HERE to read reviews of The Paris Winter

As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Makin of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes

272 pp.

A must-read for any fan of The Princess Bride, featuring hilarious on-set hijinks of the cast and crew and the touching memories of all the cast members involved. Inconceivably good.

Autumn's Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray

Autumn's Promise by Shelley Shepard Gray - 295 pages

Autumn's PromiseUntil Robert Miller met Lilly Allen, his world had been dark. A widower after only two years of marriage, he’d been living in a haze, feeling that, at twenty-four, his life was already over. But thanks to his friendship with Lilly, he now has new reasons to wake up each day. He knows his connection to her doesn’t make sense. She’s only nineteen, with a past the whole town talks about. Even more, she’s not Amish, like Robert. A marriage between the two of them could never happen.
Lilly’s heart is drawn to Robert, not to his faith. No matter how much she admires his quiet strength and dependability, she doesn’t think she could ever give up her independence and reliance on the modern world. Is their love doomed before it even begins?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss - 159 pages

This book is a hard one to categorize.  Its a novella that serves as a character study of Auri who has been featured in the author's amazing Kingkiller Chronicles epic fantasy novels.  Nothing really happens in the book but Auri's everyday life in the warrens under the University but what a unique life it is.  Rothfuss uses descriptive language beautifully and the glimpse into how Auri sees the world is very moving as she tries in her own small way to fix the broken and to find homes for the lost.   As the author states in the prologue this is definitely not the first book of his you should pick up because it drops you straight into just a small piece of the world created in the Kingkiller Chronicles.