Kathy's (kmartin802's) Back to School Reading List
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1. Soundless by Richelle Mead (266 p.) -- Engaging fantasy story based on Chinese mythology. Fei is an artist in her isolated mining village where everyone is deaf, many are also becoming blind, and the village depends on receiving shipments of food via a zipline in exchange for their shipment of metals. One day, Fei regains her hearing just as the lowlanders are punishing the villagers by sending less food. She and her friend/love interest Li Wei make the dangerous climb to the lowland to try to get the food shipments restored and learn what has really been going on. Fei is determined to return to her village to let them know the facts but the king's army is on their tracks. There is a nice mythical element at the end of the story.
8. Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh (357 p.) -- This is Naasir and Andromeda's romance. Naasir is the most unique of Raphael's 7 and is the only one of his kind. Andromeda is a young scholar who will soon be forced to return to her depraved grandfather's court to serve for 500 years. She is afraid that her humanity and sanity won't survive her term of service. The two have to find the Ancient Alexander's sleeping place and wake him before Lijuan finds him and kills him.
12. Court of Fives by Kate Elliott (432 p.) -- Excellent fantasy. Jes is the daughter of a Patron father and a Commoner mother and not a member of either class. She is also training secretly to take part in an athletic competition called the Fives (Her father would never allow it.) When her father's patron dies, he gets a new patron who destroys Jes's life. The new patron forces her father to end his relationship with Jes's mother and marry a woman of his new patron's choosing. Jes is forced to join the new patron's stable to train for the games. If she fails she'll be sold to the mines. And Jes's mother and sisters are thrown out of their home and put in a dangerous situation by the new patron. The new patron's nephew is Prince Kalliarkos who is also training for the Fives. If he can triumph, he can avoid having to join the army and fall into his uncle's schemes. This was an exciting story with romance and betrayal and all sorts of daring deeds.
20. Thirty and a Half Excuses by Denise Grover Swank (304 p.) -- Third book in series. Rose and Violet have opened a nursery. There is a new televangelist in town who seems interested in Rose and hires them to landscape around new church. Rose hires Bruce Wayne and David to do the work. Joe is away on an undercover assignment. She and Mason become better friends when he is there when Rose inevitably gets into trouble. Joe proposes but, after meeting his parents and learning their plans for him, Rose fears they won't work out.
21. Play by Kylie Scott (260 p.) -- Anne has some money problems when her free-loading roommate leaves with all her stuff one day while Anne is at work. To take her mind off it, some friends drag her to a party where she meets her major teenage crush Mal Ericson who is the drummer for Stage Dive. Mal is having some problems too that he is trying to cover up by being the life of the party. He quickly decides Anne would be a great pretend girlfriend and moves in with her which will incidentally solve her money problems. The relationship quickly goes from pretend to real but that scares Anne who has had no good experiences with love and can't believe that Mal is serious about her. I loved watching them come to trust each other with the good and bad parts of their lives.
25. White Tiger: A Hero's Compulsion by Tamora Pierce (152 p.) -- Graphic novel about an ex-FBI agent who inherits her uncle's role as White Tiger - superhero who fights crime. She's looking to return Sano to prison which puts her up against the Yakuza. There are appearances by other "costumes" too.
26. Secret Sisters by Jayne Ann Krentz (352 p.) -- Madeline returns to the scene of her near rape only to discover that the secrets her grandmother tried to bury 18 years ago are surfacing. Jack Reyner is her security consultant. Madeline has relationship issues and so does Jack. I loved the relationship between them as they tried to figure out who the criminal was who killed her grandmother and made a number of attempts on her life too. There were lots of villains to chose from in this fast-paced romantic suspense title.
32. In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo (376 p.) -- Unique combination of novel and graphic novel that tells a creepy, Gothic story with immortal beings, ancient curses, and love. Cora and Minnie are the daughters of the owner of a boarding house. Arthur comes to stay. He has lost both his parents but inherited his father's research into an immortal organization. Thomas and Charles come to stay too. Charles is dying and Thomas overheard their father being willing to sacrifice one of his sons in return for some favor that he had received. The kids have lots of creepy experiences with the immortals during that summer as both Charles and Cora are targeted by them. The graphic novel shows Arthur's search over the course of a century to find and destroy the immortal society.
35. Ranger's Apprentice: The Lost Stories by John Flanagan (422 p.) -- A collection of nine stories that fill in the blanks about some characters and allow other characters to shine. Both Gilan and Jenny get to star in a couple of the stories. One story also gives more information about what happens to Ranger horses when they get old. There are two weddings - Horace and Evanlyn's and Will and Alyss's.
38. Dead in Her Tracks by Kendra Elliot (99 p.) -- Zane and Stevie star in this second novella which finished the story begun in TRACKS OF HER TEARS. The story begins with the discovery of the body of a missing young woman in a seedy motel. While the police are investigating, someone enters the jail and murders the suspect in the murder of the first story's victim. Now Zane and Stevie are wondering if there is a serial killer hidden in their small, quiet town. Stevie is captured by the killer and Zane manages to save her in the knick of time.
49. Mind Magic by Eileen Wilks (416 p.) -- Lily is learning how to mindspeak and currently suffering from hallucinations until her brain adjusts. A human enemy is targeting Unit 12 by trying to frame both Rule and Ruben for crimes they didn't commit. The Washington, DC, dragon has disappeared. Lily is kidnapped by brownies to help that dragon with an amazing problem. Demi, a 17-year-old hacker who also has Asperger's, is on the run from the human enemy but helps Lily and Rule when they have to fight him. Loved learning more about dragons and brownies. Demi was a great character too.
51. The Short Drop by Matthew FitzSimmons (400 p.) -- Fast-paced and twisty thriller where new evidence surfaces about the disappearance of Suzanne Lombard, teenage daughter of then senator now vice president running for president. Gibson Vaughn was almost a brother to her and has been haunted by events around her disappearance - his father's suicide and his own conviction of hacking. He is eager to find out what happened to his friend. A variety of enemies are just as eager to keep those secrets buried and are willing to leave a trail of bodies behind them.
54. Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima (311 p.) -- Mattie Cobb and her new K-9 partner Robo investigate the death of a young girl in a drug related murder in her small Colorado town. She is just getting to know and trust Robo. She also meets veterinarian Cole Walker and becomes interested in him. Mattie is a former abused child raised in foster care so trust isn't easy for her. I figured out the villain before Mattie but still enjoyed the mystery.
55. The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag (416 p.) -- Liska has transferred to Cold Cases where she is investigating the murder of a sex crimes detective 25 years previously. It seems to her that no one she talks to wants to revisit the case. Meanwhile, Kovac and his new partner catch the brutal murder of a university professor and his wife in a home invasion. As each investigates, they soon have more questions than they started with and the two cases have some connections. This was an intense, brutal story that kept me on the edge of my seat.
67. The Iron Warrior by Julie Kagawa (364 p.) -- Conclusion to the Iron Fey series has Ethan Chase needing to find his nephew Keirran and convince him to destroy the amulet that is stealing his soul. However, destroying it will kill Keirran's girlfriend Annwyl. Without his soul, Keirran has joined with the Forgotten Queen whose goal is to take over the Nevernever and lift the veil that separates Faery from the human world. Great conclusion to an excellent series.
76. Jockey Girl by Shelley Peterson (264 p.) -- Complete wish fulfillment as a young woman escapes her abusive home with her favorite horse, finds a safe haven, and finds a way to ride her horse to victory in a million dollar race. It talks a lot about abuse and even has the girl rescue an abused dog. It also talks about addiction and homelessness as the girl meets the mother she thought was dead and learns that she is a homeless drug addict. She finds haven with her Great Aunt Mary who is an almost too-good-to-be-true character. The story was compellingly readable for me.