Kathy's (kmartin802's) Back to School Reading List

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Kathy's (kmartin802's) Back to School Reading List

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ag. 31, 2015, 10:34pm

School started today for teachers. I decided to start a new list of the books that I will read between now and December 31. This is my third thread of 2015. Here is a link to my summer reading

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.

set. 3, 2015, 9:15pm

2. On the Run by Tristan Bancks (240 p.) -- Middle grade contemporary story told by 12-year-old Ben about the time his parents took advantage of a bank error which put $7.2 million in their account. They stole the money and ran taking their kids to an isolated cabin in the woods. Ben listens in and learns that his parents did something bad. He has to decided whether to turn them in. Before he can, the police come and Ben flees to the woods with his little sister where they barely survive for a few days. When his sister gets desperately ill, Ben finds a way to get them out and to their grandmother's where her mother gives herself up to the police but his father runs. Ben changes due to the experience and sets his course for his life.

set. 4, 2015, 5:32pm

3. The Girl Who Could Not Dream by Sarah Beth Durst (384 p.) -- Lovely middle grade fantasy. Sophie lives with her parents in a used book store but they also sell dreams out of the basement. Sophie is not able to dream but, when she was six, she drank one and when she awoke she had brought Monster back to the real world with her. He became her friend and protector. When her parents are kidnapped by someone who wanted their dreams, Sophie and her new friend Ethan have to get them back. Lots of action and a great assortment of monsters both friendly and evil. Also excellent story about friendships old and new.

set. 5, 2015, 9:35am

4. Silent City by Carrie Smith (326 p.) -- Excellent police procedural. The main character is coming back from an aggressive cancer treatment. Her first case is the murder of a popular elementary school principal. As she digs into the case, she finds that he was not universally beloved. Suspects range from disgruntled teachers to the Superintendent to the salesman who felt the principal was standing the the way of his multi-million dollar sale to the partner of the woman he was having an affair with. This was fast-paced and filled with both police politics and school politics. I really liked the main character Claire Codella.

set. 6, 2015, 2:21pm

5. The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (362 p.) -- Excellent historical fantasy. Elizabeth is an elite witch hunter until she is accused of witchcraft herself and sentenced to be burned at the state. She is rescued by the wizard most wanted where she learns he is under a curse that a seer has said only she can break. This story has an excellent, well-rounded heroine and a fast-paced plot.

set. 7, 2015, 5:50pm

6. When Gods Die by C. S. Harris (352 p.) -- In his second case, Sebastian investigates the death of the young wife of an aging peer who happens to die wearing a necklace Sebastian last saw when his mother sailed to her death when he was 11. The investigation leads to a political conspiracy to remove the Prince Regent from the throne and to secrets that his family has been hiding from him since he was 11. Great historical detail, very twisty plot, a main character who is discovering a purpose for his life, and a star-crossed romance are all nicely interwoven in this story.

Editat: set. 15, 2015, 5:03pm

7. The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (372 p.) -- Excellent mystery with a wonderful teen main character. Tess Kendrick is taken to Washington DC by her sister when her grandfather gets Alzheimer's disease. Tess had been keeping it a secret and coping as best she could. Now her sister has swept in to fix everything. Tess learns that that is what her sister does - fixes problems for the powerful in DC. Tess is sent to an elite private school for the kids of government power people and diplomats when the other kids expect her to do for them what Ivy does for their parents. Tess isn't interested but nonetheless winds up helping a weeping freshman get a cellphone with inappropriate pictures back from the boy who took them. She gets involved in a bigger problem when the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court dies on the operating table after an apparent heart attack and one of her new friend's father was the attending physician. More deaths follow as Tess and her friends investigate and while Ivy is trying to protect Tess by trying to keep her out of things. This one had me laughing and crying. A real emotional rollercoaster and the start of a new series.

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.

Editat: set. 15, 2015, 5:04pm

9. Twenty-Nine and a Half Reasons by Denise Grover Swank (284 p.) -- Rose is called for jury duty and has a vision that convinces her that the defendant is innocent. She also has to decide if she's going to sell her house and move to Little Rock to live with her boyfriend Joe who has been keeping secrets from her. She makes new friends in Neely Kate and, after some verbal battles, Mason Devereaux. Her sister Violet is still trying to break up Rose and Joe and keeps setting Rose up for blind dates. Violet is also having marriage issues because she feels she married too young and lost opportunities.

Editat: set. 15, 2015, 5:04pm

10. Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts (352 p.) -- Wonderful start to a new trilogy. Six disparate characters are searching for lost stars created by goddesses as gifts for a new queen. An evil goddess wants the stars and will do anything to get them. The romance is between artist and seer Sasha and magician Bran. Other characters are werewolf and archaeologist Riley, Sawyer who has a magical watch that lets him travel in space and time, Annika who is a mermaid sent to assist in the search, and Doyle who is an immortal soldier and swordsman.

Editat: set. 15, 2015, 5:04pm

11. Cast in Honor by Michelle Sagara (496 p.) -- When Kaylin is sent to investigate a murder she finds a shadow made human acting as a guardian for a time traveling child and a plot that will destroy the city if they can't find a way to fix time. This was filled with adventure and appearances by many of the characters from earlier books. Bellusdeo and even the Emperor from the dragons, Kaylin's Thalanni friend, the Keeper and even her sentient house have important roles.

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.

set. 16, 2015, 8:53pm

13. The Stars Never Rise by Rachel Vincent (359 p.) -- In this future world, demons are trying to take over all human life. The Church has taken control of all life. Nina lives in a small town surrounded by fences to keep out the demons. When she is almost 17 she develops the ability to exorcise demons and the Church targets her because she threatens their monopoly. She is helped by a group of teenage exorcists who are also being hunted by the Church. She falls for Finn - a boy who is really unusual. She also learns surprising secrets about the demons and the Church. First of a series.

set. 18, 2015, 4:09pm

14. The Bad Boy CEO by Sugar Jamison (188 p.) -- Pretty standard romance. Brothers who were looked down on in small town leave and make good. When called back because the aunt who raised them is ill, one brother Colt meets Zanna who was running from an abusive boyfriend and they fall in love despite not being each other's type and despite having different goals for their life. We also get some of the other two brothers' romances.

set. 19, 2015, 10:57am

15. Untimely Death by Elizabeth J. Duncan (304 p.) -- Nice cozy mystery wherein costume designer Charlotte solves the mystery of who killed the ambitious young actress playing Juliet in the summer production of Romeo & Juliet. Among the suspects are her new intern Aaron, the aging British actor who had a current relationship with the actress and who dumped Charlotte to marry his title wife Lady Deborah, also a suspect. This was an entertaining story.

set. 20, 2015, 10:31am

16. Sinner's Steel by Sarah Castille (354 p.) -- Intense and gritty romance taking place in an outlaw motorcycle club. Evie and Zane were childhood friends turned lovers until Zane ran away to avoid being accused of the deaths of Evie's and his father. He left her pregnant. They meet 9 years later when she is working customizing motorcycles and he's the VP of an outlaw motorcycle club. Besides the surprise of an 8 yo son, Evie has also attracted the attention of the President of a rival club which is at war with Zane's. Both Zane and Evie have abandonment issues to overcome along with all their other problems. The love scenes were spicy and a little kinky. 3rd in a series but stands alone well.

set. 22, 2015, 4:00pm

17. Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (351 p.) -- Alternate history with some magic thrown in. Jess Brightwell from a book smuggling family tests into the Great Library of Alexandria and has to win a place in a treacherous and corrupt organization. This was packed with intrigue and adventure and also had some romance. First in a series.

set. 24, 2015, 5:31pm

18. Without a Summer by Mary Robinette Kowal (364 p.) -- While trying to help Melody find a suitable husband, Jane and Vincent find themselves in a conspiracy planned by Vincent's father that ends up having them both tried for treason. This one talks about the prejudice against the Irish that was prevalent at the time and also the prejudice against the young men and boys who are coldmongers. Some revelations about Vincent's past cause Jane to have second thoughts about their marriage. Vincent's father is not a nice man at all.

set. 28, 2015, 4:10pm

19. The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry (332 p.) -- Cinderella retelling; Lucinda is taken in by her kind uncle and evil aunt after her parents die in a carriage accident. Her uncle is a jeweler. She meets the Amaranth witch when she drops off a special jewel that needs a new setting. She meets and falls for the handsome prince when he comes shopping for a special gift for his intended bride. She meets the clever thief when he knocks on her garret window one night seeking shelter. The thief steals the jewel, the uncle dies, the aunt throws her out. She goes to the witch to confess the loss of the jewel and is sent on a mission to get it back. The thief helps, reluctantly. Nice fairy tale.

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.

set. 30, 2015, 10:34pm

22. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (446 p.) -- Epic fantasy, first in a trilogy. Told from the viewpoint of Laia, a slave, and Elias, an elite soldier, who both want to be free. On the verge of his desertion, Elias is chosen to complete trials to become the next emperor. Laia becomes a spy for the revolutionaries who have promised to rescue her brother from the Empire. Both face brutal hardships. This isn't a romance but there are some slightly romantic moments between Elias and Laia.

oct. 2, 2015, 3:57pm

23. In the Company of Wolves by Paige Tyler (352 p.) -- Werewolf romance. Eric Becker is a new werewolf and new to SWAT when he meets another werewolf in the middle of a warehouse robbery and decides that she is The One. Jayna has been led into a life of crime but her alpha and her only goal is protecting the rest of her pack. Eric goes unofficially undercover and joins the criminal gang to try to rescue Jayna and her pack. He also has to convince her that they are fated to love each other.

oct. 3, 2015, 10:03pm

24. Inherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood (304 p.) -- Asa is the youngest daughter in the house of Fane. She and her sister Wren were caught on a planet suffering from the blight where Wren was injured. Asa is determined that Wren will live despite being in a coma. Asa takes the place of her next oldest sister who is supposed to marry the heir of Westlet. The alliance is supposed to provide Westlet with power and Fane with food. But there is so much political conniving. Asa gradually gets to know her new husband Eagle and they gradually fall in love.

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.

oct. 4, 2015, 8:05pm

27. Devoted in Death by J. D. Robb (384 p.) -- More police procedural than usual for this series, Eve has to track down a pair of spree killers who began kidnapping, torturing and murdering random strangers in Arkansas and now, 20-some victims later, have arrived in New York. Eve is assisted by Deputy Will Banner who began tracking them in Arkansas when they killed an old man he knew. The tension builds rapidly as Eve and her team need to gather clues to identify and locate the pair before time runs out for the latest victims.

oct. 7, 2015, 7:55pm

28. The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty (345 p.) -- Alternate History. NYC has magic and young Sacha Kessler is able to see it. He is apprenticed to Inquisitor Wolf whose job is to police the use of magic. Their first case deals with the attempted assassination of Tom Edison with a dybbuk - a dybbuk that looks like Sacha. Sacha is a nice Jewish boy living in the tenements with his family in about 1900. I liked seeing the various ethnic groups including a Chinese Immortal. I also liked Sacha's new friend and fellow apprentice Lily Astral who a a child of wealth and privilege in contrast to Sacha's life.

oct. 9, 2015, 8:24pm

29. Valour and Vanity by Mary Robinette Kowal (408 p.) -- Jane and Vincent are in Murano to work with glassmakers to improve their invention of glamour in glass when they run into scam artists who manage to take all their money and steal their research into that use of glamour. The pair has a hard time surviving until they manage to out -scam the scam artists.

oct. 10, 2015, 12:52am

30. The Royal Ranger by John Flanagan (454 p.) -- The final Ranger's Apprentice book has a grieving Will taking on his first apprentice in spoiled princess Madelyn. As Maddie goes through Will's training she becomes a nicer, kinder person and Will is finally able to work around his grief after the death of his wife. When the two stumble upon a group kidnapping children to sell as slaves led by the man Will blames for the death of Alyss, both of them are tested to their limits and discover their strengths.

oct. 11, 2015, 5:01pm

31. The Producer's Daughter by Lindsay Marcott (282 p.) -- This mystery has a young woman trying to rebuild her life after being imprisoned for shoplifting. Her father - a famous movie producer - has always been cold and distant but Hannah has devoted years trying to win his approval. He repays her by stealing her trust fund and trying to have her put back in jail or killed. Hannah is helped by paparazzi Mitch who believes in her innocence. The story has murder, blackmail, mob connections and tons of amoral people.

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.

oct. 13, 2015, 9:49pm

33. The Trouble with Fate by Leigh Evans (344 p.) -- Half-fae, half-were Hedi has been running from both sides of her heritage. Caring for a fae aunt who is fading is making her life hard. When her aunt is kidnapped by weres, Hedi has to turn to the man she has had a crush on since she was twelve but who broke her heart when he married. Having lost his family and been blamed for their murders, Bridge has been running too.

oct. 17, 2015, 8:44am

33. The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine (417 p.) -- Epic fantasy where the expected heir to the throne doesn't manifest the magic she should when the former Queen dies. Elli escapes the temple just before the priests are going to kill her and finds herself outside the city with the rebels. She falls in love with Oskar who rescued her and who has a strong gift for ice magic. She also learns that she is the result of prophecy - the one who has no magic but who can make the magic of the ice suurin (Oskar) and the fire suurin (Sig) strong enough to take down the evil priests and free the people.

oct. 21, 2015, 10:25pm

34. Tenacity by J. S. Law (305 p.) -- Military thriller has Lt. Dan Lewis as the only woman on a submarine investigating a murder and a suicide. The current case has echoes of a previous case she broke almost losing her life in the process. Now she has to deal with claustrophobic conditions and hostility from the crew starting with the Captain. Dan still has psychological issues from an ambush when she was beaten and which she hid from everyone. She is also a lone wolf who doesn't trust anyone to help her including her own partner. I was surprised at who the villains were and what their reason was.

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.

oct. 23, 2015, 6:44pm

36. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (310 p.) -- 2nd book in the innkeeper chronicles has Dina hosting a peace summit. Arbitrator George Camarine is trying to broker a peace between vampires, hope-stealing horde, and Merchants. All are firmly entrenched on the world of Nexus; all have compelling reasons that they want to stay; none of them are willing to compromise in any way. George has a deep plot that involves Dina and puts her inn at risk. This makes her very angry and very determined to find a way to get all parties to work out a peace agreement. I loved the world building and the way each of the alien groups were portrayed.

oct. 24, 2015, 12:19am

37. Tracks of Her Tears by Melinda Leigh (99 p.) -- Fast paced novella that opens with the murder of Bruce's girlfriend a couple of days before Christmas and ends with the murder of the girlfriend's suspected murderer. Seth and Carly are the stars of this one as Seth catches the case and Carly attempts to find a safe home for the victim's toddler daughter. Seth and Carly are also trying to repair their marriage by trying to better balance their work and home lives.

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.

oct. 24, 2015, 10:18pm

39. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (400 p.) -- Amazing story; Three years after Aral's death, Cordelia comes from Barrayar with genetic material that will allow her to have Aral's daughters. The book also tells us about Aral and Cordelia's twenty-year relationship with Admiral Oliver Jole that lets us see more of Aral's bisexuality and Cordelia's Betan views. I loved getting to know Oliver who has his world rearranged when Cordelia offers him some of the eggs so that he can also have Aral's children. I loved the new, growing relationship between Oliver and Cordelia. I was also fascinated by the whole idea of Sergyar being under development. I thought the world building was excellent. This book will stand up to many re-readings both for Bujold's prose and the nuances I missed in my first reading.

oct. 25, 2015, 9:59pm

40. The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan (364 p.) -- This story tells how Halt and Crowley met and how they managed to ruin the plans of Morgarath who wanted to seize the throne for himself. We get to see lots of the characters from the series as young people. I liked the byplay between Halt and Crowley. Middle graders will be sucked into the adventure with all sorts of daring and dangerous things happening.

oct. 29, 2015, 8:54pm

41. The Secrets of the Heart by Kasey Michaels (364 p.) -- Fun Regency romp with shades of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Baron Christian St. Clair is a trend setter who controls the ton. His outrageous costumes hide the fact that he is really the reformer Peacock who is battling against the government's laws that are bad for the poor. Gabrielle Laurence is a penniless beauty who has come to London looking for a rich husband. St. Clair has raised her to social prominence but the two are constantly arguing. Somehow those arguments lead to love. It takes some quick thinking when St. Clair's cover is almost blown but the twisty plot leads to a happy ending for all the good guys.

oct. 31, 2015, 4:34pm

42. Dumplin' by Julie Murphy (371 p.) -- Willowdean is a fat girl whose mother runs the local beauty pageant. She is mourning the death of her morbidly obese aunt Lucy and having issues with her long-time best friend because she feels they are growing apart. Mostly she's okay with the way she looks and decides to enter the pageant despite her body. Because of her example, another three misfits also enter and the four of them bond as they are getting ready to compete. Willowdean is also juggling two boys; one is her crush who is perfect and one is a little socially awkward.

nov. 1, 2015, 6:20pm

43. Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal (573 p.) -- Amazing finale to series sees Jane and Vincent in Antigua purportedly to settle his father's estate. Upon arrival they learn he isn't dead and is still plotting and scheming. When he learns Jane is pregnant he decides to keep them there. Jane doesn't have a worry-free pregnancy. She is almost bled to death by Vincent's father's pet doctor, has to go on bedrest to keep from going into labor too soon, and almost dies in childbirth. She is also very worried about Vincent who is facing horrible stress as spending time with his father brings back memory of his abuse at his father's hands and encourages his fear that he won't be a good father because of his rages. Finding that he has half-brothers and other family among his father's slaves is also a shock for Vincent. Jane learns that the slaves have their own glamour and is determined to learn about it and write a book.

nov. 6, 2015, 2:20pm

44. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (464 p.) -- Heist story in a fantasy world. Kaz Brekker recruits a crew to liberate a scientist from the Fjerdan Ice Court. He is to be paid a vast amount of money. He recruits five other young criminals to assist him: Nina (Grisha heartrender), Inej (Suli spy), Jesper (gambling sharpshooter), Matthias (Ferjan solder who is currently in prison), and Wylan (runaway merchant and explosives expert). The relationships between all the team are a big part of the story but Kaz is the glue that holds them all together. He is a massively complex character. Chapters are told from a variety of viewpoints letting the reader get to know each team member. The plotting is intricate but not confusing. Ends on a sort of cliffhanger.

nov. 6, 2015, 9:56pm

45. Dangerous Games by Tess Diamond (113 p.) -- This romantic suspense title stars Maggie Kincaid, former FBI hostage negotiator and former kidnap victim, and Jake O'Connor, former Ranger and now a Senator's security. Maggie is called back in when the Senator's 14-year-old diabetic daughter is kidnapped. Naturally this brings back memories from her own kidnapping but also the failed negotiation that caused her to quit the FBI. She and Jake butt heads but are also attracted to each other. They follow the clues and discover who the kidnapper is right before this book's cliffhanger ending. Left unresolved is the reason for the kidnapping and the fate of the kidnapped girl.

nov. 8, 2015, 6:13pm

46. Haunting Investigation by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro (352 p.) -- This started out to be a very good historical mystery. The main character was interesting as was her ghostly assistant. Philadelphia in 1924 was a well-developed setting. The crimes, starting with the supposed suicide of a social acquaintance of the heroine, were interesting. Where the story fell apart was that nothing was resolved. When the story ended, we didn't know who the murderer was or why the murders happened.

nov. 11, 2015, 10:19pm

47. Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (368 p.) -- This horror story reimagining of Frankenstein set in a small Texas town and starring an obsessive high school junior was a hard read for me. I didn't care for the main character because of her single minded focus on her experiments without any leavening of ethical behavior. She did have some snarky observations of other high school students but it wasn't enough to save the book for me. I felt sorry for both her sidekick Owen and the boy she reanimates - Adam.

nov. 14, 2015, 11:16pm

48. She Can Kill by Melinda Leigh (336 p.) -- Good romantic suspense. Cristan is a former assassination who is on the run with his daughter when his father-in-law, wife, and her family were killed in a revenge massacre by a rival gun runner. He has been running for twelve years but is trying to settle down now for his 13-year-old daughter. Sarah is also trying to start over after shedding her abusive husband. But the husband doesn't want to go away and is harassing her. Lots of tensions as the person Cristan is running from catches up.

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.

nov. 17, 2015, 9:42pm

50. Underwater by Marisa Reichardt (288 p.) -- Great story about a girl who is trying to recover her life after being up close and personal at a school shooting. She gave the shooter a ride to school the day of the shooting and had his gun pointed at her head before he turned the gun on himself. Morgan is now an agoraphobe who suffers from panic attacks and can't leave her family's apartment. She has a psychologist making house calls twice a week. She has a strong, positive relationship with her mother and younger brother. She reaches out when a new boy moves next door. He becomes her friend despite her troubles.

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.

nov. 19, 2015, 8:25pm

52. Secrets of the Dragon Tomb by Patrick Samphire (368 p.) -- Young Edward loves reading Thrilling Martian Tales and really wants to be a spy. He gets his chance with his parents are kidnapped and forced to help decode a map leading to an undiscovered dragon tomb potentially filled with treasure and incredible machines. Along with his Cousin Freddie who actually is a spy, his older sister, and his younger sister, the group has lots of adventures as they try to rescue his parents and defeat the villains.

nov. 23, 2015, 8:02pm

53. Once Shadows Fall by Robert Daniels (346 p.) -- Debut thriller starring an officer new to homicide and a former FBI profiler turned university professor. They are brought together when a series of murders occur that seem to be copies of murders committed by the man Jack Kale caught. Beth Sturgis calls Jack in when she wants to pick his brain. Jack suffers from panic attacks and suffered a breakdown that caused him to leave the FBI. However, he is brilliant and along with Beth solves this new case before too many more bodies pile up. Beth is captured by the new murderer but manages to rescue herself.

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.

nov. 26, 2015, 9:57am

56. Kill Without Mercy by Alexandra Ivy (352 p.) -- Annie comes to Newton, Iowa, because she is having visions about a serial killer. She left when her father was captured as the Newton Slayer and died in jail. She was ten, was in a mental hospital for a while, and then raised by foster parents grief-stricken that her beloved father could have done something so horrible. Rafe Vargas is in Newton to settle the affairs of a grandfather he hardly knew and resented because of the way he had treated Rafe's father. Rafe and 4 buddies - survivors of an Afghanistan prison - have formed a security company. Rafe falls for Annie and is determined to protect her and solve her problems. Nice romance and interesting suspense too.

nov. 26, 2015, 10:11pm

57. Games of Lies by Tess Diamond (102 p.) -- Middle book in trilogy which ends with a cliffhanger. In Book 1 Maggie identified the kidnapper. In book 2, she and the FBI and Jake O'Connor who works security for Senator Thebes need to find him before young Kayla goes into a diabetic coma. Along the way the learn why he is doing this and that the Senator is willing to sacrifice his daughter to protect his reputation. Jake and Maggie's relationship takes a turn to the sexual.

nov. 27, 2015, 2:10pm

58. Friday Barnes Girl Detective by R. A. Spratt (272 p.) - Funny middle grade story about 11-year-old genius Friday Barnes who decides to go to boarding school and who solves mysteries there. Friday makes great observations about others as she loses her ability to remain unnoticed. She makes a friend for the first time who is just as eccentric as she is.

nov. 29, 2015, 2:46pm

59. Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (384 p.) -- Excellent fantasy starring a young girl who goes from beloved daughter to slave to tutor-in-training to revolutionary to priestess. Raisa is captured in a raid and brought to the palace as a child slave. She's chosen as tutor-in-training when the former one was executed for aiding the revolutionaries. Raisa hopes by learning to write, which is forbidden to slaves, she will be able to finally read the bit of paper her father gave her on her 6th birthday. She falls in love with heir to the throne Prince Mati but the two have lots of problems including his inconvenient fiance and her rebel associates. The revolution happens with the help of a goddess Raisa frees - a goddess bent on revenge and destruction.

des. 1, 2015, 10:40pm

60. The 8th Circle by Sarah Cain (336 p.) -- Dark and gritty thriller where every character is painted in shades of grey. Danny Ryan is still mourning the death of his wife and son when a friend drives into his duck pond with a bullet wound in his gut. He says one word to Danny before dying that gets Danny back into investigating a sex and drugs ring filled with all the mover and shakers in Philly. The more he investigates, the more danger he is in. The book is strewn with bodies as those with secrets are more than willing to kill to keep them.

des. 3, 2015, 10:17pm

61. Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye (380 p.) -- Bann and Shay are busy planning a wedding but first they have to deal with Cernunnos who isn't quite dead enough having taken over the body of Shay's beloved dog Max. They also have to deal with the Tully clan who wants Bann to move on and take his trouble with him. Bann and Shay have to figure out how to build a marriage between two strong warriors. Shay is also working on building a relationship with Bann's son Cor. There are battles and kidnapping and one possession to deal with in this story before the happy ending.

des. 8, 2015, 4:01pm

62. Manners & Mutiny by Gail Carriger (326 p.) -- Excellent conclusion to Finishing School series. Sophronia has to foil a plot by the Picklemen to take over the government by unleashing everyone's mechanicals. She is aided by her friends Dimity and Agatha and her boyfriend turned werewolf Soap. Lord Akeldama also has a good role in this one.

des. 9, 2015, 8:32pm

63. Night Study by Maria V. Snyder (448 p.) -- Huge things happen in this episode. Yelena and Valek marry, Yelena is pregnant. She has lost her magic and Valek finds his. They need to stop a war between Sitia and Ixia. Yelena, Leif, Ari and Janco are all captured by the cartel in Sitia who wants to control magicians and who is brainwashing them into loyalty. Valek goes looking for magic-using pirates and finds a younger brother and sister he didn't know he had. Cliffhanger ending as Yelena, Valek and a small crew find themselves pitted against the might of both Ixia and Sitia.

des. 11, 2015, 5:27pm

64. The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos (304 p.) -- Excellent mystery and coming-of-age story. Mystery lover Imogene Scott has to use the skills she has gathered from the 100s of mysteries she has read to track down her father when he disappears. She begins by trying to find the mother who left her when she was 2. Her father is a famous mystery author who is also bi-polar. Immy is helped by her friend Jessa and Jessa's older brother Chad. Immy discovers lots of things about her past and her mother's past that she didn't know.

des. 11, 2015, 11:32pm

65. Magic Stars by Ilona Andrews (64 p.) -- This novella stars Derek and Julie who start with a murdered human family and end with a magical being who wants to take over Atlanta. Along the way there are murderous mermaids and an almost-immortal huntsman. I like the relationship between Derek and Julie and look forward to seeing where it goes as Julie gets older.

des. 15, 2015, 4:46pm

66. Sweet and Deadly by Charlaine Harris (264 p.) -- First mystery by Harris. Catherine Linton is back home in rural Mississippi after the death of her parents in a car accident. When she stumbles on the body of her doctor father's long-time office nurse, her suspicion that her parents' deaths were not an accident is confirmed and she begins to investigate. Her investigation uncovers long-buried secrets about people she thought she knew and puts her in danger because the murder has already killed to keep a secret and Catherine could be next. There is also a kind of side romance with her boss at the weekly newspaper but it is the mystery that stars.

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.

des. 19, 2015, 9:13am

68. Assassin's Heart by Sarah Ahiers (432 p.) -- 17-year-old assassin Lea Saldana plots revenge after a rival Family kills her family. She flees to a neighboring city looking for her exiled uncle and meets a his apprentice who falls for her and changes her outlook on life. There is a bit of a love triangle because Lea was previously in love with a son of the house that betrayed her Family. Great world building where murder is a form of worship to the city's god Safraella.

des. 20, 2015, 11:10am

69. Burning Midnight by Will McIntosh (320 p.) -- Excellent science fiction with intrepid teens, an evil billionaire, and an alien invasion. Sully buys and sells spheres at a flea market since he was ripped off by Alex Holliday. When Hunter comes offering a rare sphere, the two become partners in locating and selling spheres. When they find a new color, they attract the attention of Holliday and are chased as they try to find its match. When Hunter burns the spheres rather than surrendering them to Holliday and his goons, she develops very unexpected powers which lead to the alien invasion. Luckily, she and Sully also find a way to stop the invasion. This was exciting and action packed.

des. 20, 2015, 5:53pm

70. End Game by Tess Diamond (99 p.) -- Satisfying conclusion to trilogy. Maggie and Jake need to find a way to save the hostages and the kidnapper when the CIA muscles in on their standoff and has an agenda that is different. The CIA is more concerned with covering up its illegal activities and protecting their tame Senator than rescuing his young daughter. Maggie comes up with a very dangerous plan to rescue the hostages.

des. 23, 2015, 12:15am

71. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold (400 p.) -- RE-READ; Amazing story; Three years after Aral's death, Cordelia comes from Barrayar with genetic material that will allow her to have Aral's daughters. The book also tells us about Aral and Cordelia's twenty-year relationship with Admiral Oliver Jole that lets us see more of Aral's bisexuality and Cordelia's Betan views. I loved getting to know Oliver who has his world rearranged when Cordelia offers him some of the eggs so that he can also have Aral's children. I loved the new, growing relationship between Oliver and Cordelia. I was also fascinated by the whole idea of Sergyar being under development. I thought the world building was excellent. This book will stand up to many re-readings both for Bujold's prose and the nuances I missed in my first reading.

des. 23, 2015, 10:14pm

72. Necessity's Child by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (336 p.) -- Young Syl Vor is at loose ends now that his clan has moved to Surebleak. His older cousins have left for their apprenticeships, his young cousins have a nurse to care for their needs, his mother and aunts and uncles are too busy to spend time with him. He wants to be of use. Syl Vor persuades his mother to let him attend the local school where he will meet and mix with Surebleak's kids. Kezzi is Bedel. Her tribe has been on Surebleak hidden and keeping separate from the rest of the citizens for a long time. She is the apprentice to the head woman of the tribe. When she is caught running loose on the street, she is brought to the school where she reluctantly becomes friends with Syl Vor. Rys Lin pen'Chala fell afoul of Surebleak toughs was found outside the Bedel stronghold near death. He is nursed back to health and finds much to admire among the Bedel. They come together at the new consolidated school where Rys has to defeat his programming and Syl Vor has to defend the school in a way far to old for him.

des. 26, 2015, 10:20am

73. Dragon in Exile by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller (443 p.) -- 18th Liaden novel. This one is filled with changes and told from multiple viewpoints. Korval is trying to fit in on Surebleak which is suffering growing pains because of Korval's presence. Fans of the "good old days" would like to oust Korval so that they could have power again. Korval is also trying to finish off the Department of the Interior to eliminate that threat. Many characters from earlier books have roles in this one. There is just a hint of what is going on with Theo, Daav and Aelliana though Daav and Aelliana's changes are epic. We learn more about the Bedel and their culture. Great story!

des. 27, 2015, 7:54pm

74. Curio by Evangeline Denmark (432 p.) -- Slow paced steampunk fantasy about a girl who lives in a town controlled by Chemists but who is, unknown to herself, a Defender who are rivals of Chemists. Grey breaks the law and finds herself escaping to a curio cabinet which holds a fascinating world where she meets Blaise another Defender who has been imprisoned in it. Meanwhile, her childhood friend is left behind and joins the rebels in the city. The best part was the world building inside the curio cabinet which is made up of clockwork people and porcelain people whose motto is Beauty's Best.

des. 29, 2015, 10:58am

75. Reign of Shadows by Sophie Jordan (304 p.) -- FaJockntasy that begins a trilogy features a blind princess who has been hiding in a tower since she was born who longs for the outside world. This outside world is in almost total darkness thanks to an eclipse which hasn't gone away and hosts all sorts of dwellers who prey on the endangered humans. When Fowler comes along with two young traveling companions, Luna brings them to the tower. He is trying to dump his companions because he doesn't want any responsibility since every one he has loved has died. When soldiers of the evil king find the tower, he is convinced to take Luna to try to find a fabled land of safety. The two get to know each other and fall in love on their journey. But when Luna learns that the king is killing all young women her age, she is determined to go to him and sacrifice herself to protect other young women. Fowler tries to convince her to keep to the original plan because of his love for her. Then there is the cliffhanger ending leaving me eager for the next book.

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.

des. 29, 2015, 7:23pm

Congrats on hitting 75!

des. 30, 2015, 11:07am

77. These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker (352 p.) -- Evelyn is a bored society girl whose mother is determined to marry her off when her sister Rose is kidnapped. She travels to London, against her parents' wishes, to try to find her sister. She is assisted by Sebastian Braddock and Nicholas Fox. She learns that there are people who have unexplained powers and those who want to study them. Rose has fallen into the hands of a mad scientist who wants to experiment on her and dissect her to find the source of her power of healing. He grabbed the wrong sister as Evelyn is the one with that gift. Both Sebastian and Nicholas also have powers which they haven't told Evelyn about. This book is adventurous and has lots of intrigue and betrayals. It is not a romance but rather a coming of age story as Evelyn discovers her purpose in life.

des. 31, 2015, 3:06pm

78. The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh O'Brien (432 p.) -- Middle book in trilogy has the main character - Rosie - split in two. One is still in the control of the evil Dr. Berg and being mined of her dreams. One wakes up finding out that she has been seeded into to body of a pregnant, brain dead young woman. The one being mined finds a way to escape and is bent on killing Dr. Berg. The one in the new body has to convince the body's loving parents and her devoted boyfriend that Althea is gone and Rosie has taken her place. She also wants to find the mined one and save her from Dr. Berg. Cliffhanger ending but great story leading up to it.