Thursday, August 25, 2016

Remember by Eileen Cook

Remember by Eileen Cook  312 pages

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protestors. Her father runs the company that trademarked the "Memtex" procedure that wipes away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn't be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who's as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper's noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she's shocked her father won't allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she's plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for seeking answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she's ever believed about her life...

Lisolette & Witch's Forest, v. 1 by Natsuki Takaya

Lisolette & Witch's Forest, v. 1 by Natsuki Takaya - 192 pages

Lisolette has moved to the east of the east of east with twin children Alto and Anna.  There the nearby forest is full of witches.  Lisolette is rescued from a witch that attacks her by Engetsu, who looks very familiar to an old friend.

This is the first book in Natsuki Takaya's new series.  You can tell that the first book is mainly world building and that there is still some to do in future volumes.

Illusion Town by Jayne Castle

Illusion Town by Jayne Castle - 340 pages

Hannah and Elias aren't the first ones to wake up in Illusion Town with no recollection of how they got married.  However, in their case, it seems they did it to escape some motorcycle thugs that were trying to capture them.  Unlocking the mystery of their memories will lead them to corporate espionage, hidden identities, and more kidnappings.

This book is in both the Harmony series and the Arcane Society series.  It was a pretty good entry into both series.  It almost seems as if the author is resetting both series once again.

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier

Sophie Quire and the Last Storyguard by Jonathan Auxier - 444 pages
A Peter Nimble Adventure

Sophie Quire's life changes the day she tries to save some books from being burned.  It brings her to the attention of the city Inquisitor Prigg who is trying to get rid of all "nonsense".  It also brings Peter Nimble into her life as he rescues her from Prigg and then asks her help in repairing an old book.  That old book will lead Sophie and Peter on an adventure to save the world.

This is the second Peter Nimble book and it was just as good as the first one.  I really enjoyed reading on how Peter's life has changed since regaining his sight.  I also enjoyed the introduction of the new character Sophie.  I hope that further adventures are written for both of them.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May  458 pages

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by - and hiding from - the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming in to her own powers as the last of the Falconers.

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker

The King Slayer by Virginia Boecker  377 pages

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule - namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

Having lost her stigma, a magical source of protection and healing, Elizabeth's strength is tested both physically and emotionally. War always means sacrifice, and as the lines between good and evil blur once more, Elizabeth must decide just how far she'll go to save those she loves.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3) by Kazu Kibuishi

The Cloud Searchers
Book 3
by Kazu Kibuishi

Emily, Navin, and their crew of resistance fighters charter an airship and set off in search of the lost city of Cielis. There they hope to find help from the Guardian Council's powerful Stonekeepers.
It's a mission that Alledia's survival depends on, and time is running out. Emily's got to find Cielis before the Elf King finds her.

About the Author:

Kazu Kibuishi is the Eisner-nominated creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series, and of a collection of his popular webcomic, COPPER. He is also the cover illustrator of the 15th anniversary paperback editions of the Harry Potter series.