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Sometimes finding your destiny comes in a way that you do not expect. Brenda Spahn, a successful business woman found her destiny after losing her business and almost going to prison. After having this experience she made a committment to God to follow the destiny she knew as a child and founded a "wholeway house" for women who had been in prison. Brenda comes to love the women she wants to help and along the way realizes that she needs them as much as they need her. A heartwarming and inspiring story of courage, faith, and even a little craziness.
- The Blind Side
It was a dark and stormy night when Josef Tock suddenly sat up in his death bed and spoke his final words: five days, he predicted, five terrible, terrible days that his newly born grandson, Jimmy, would have to endure. The first would occur in Jimmy’s twentieth year, the last in his thirtieth. But what, exactly, Jimmy would have to endure, the Tock family could only guess.
Fast forward to the present and the first of the five terrible days is fast approaching. With the help of his family, Jimmy Tock has spent every day preparing himself for whatever horrors might come. Of course, when you don’t know what those horrors will be, there is only so much that can be done.
What terrifying events await Jimmy? What challenges must he survive? The path Jimmy follows will defy every expectation and will take all the love, humor, and courage he possesses. For who he is and what he must accomplish on the five days his grandfather predicted is a mystery more dangerous and wondrous than Jimmy could ever have imagined.
- It by Stephen King,
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub,
- Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist,
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury,
- From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz
This is Mallery’s 15th book set in her beloved Fool’s Gold, CA. I have to say I am hooked. Her characters and realistic which makes it easy to relate to their personalities. Larrisa’s character is always taking on some cause or rescuing an animal which I found awesome! I highly recommend this series!
VCPL has this title in paperback and audiobook format.
- Simply irresistible by Jill Shalvis,
- A date with the other side by Erin McCarthy,
- Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March,
- Temptation ridge by Robyn Carr,
- The rocky road to romance by Janet Evanovich
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is about miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), and stars Colin Farrell (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).
Peter Lake (Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down—winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one.
VCPL has the film available in DVD and BLU-RAY as well as the book by Mark Helprin.
Amity Doncaster is a world traveler who publishes guide books about her travels. Unwittingly, she enters a carriage thinking it is public transportation, and is confronted by a killer known as the “bridegroom” – telling why would be a spoiler! Amity does not become one of his victims, but the search for him is a key element in the plot. The love interest in the novel is Benedict Stanbridge, an engineer, who considers himself boring to women – but he is also a spy for the British throne. Amity and Benedict first cross paths when she is in the Caribbean and finds him wounded. She helps care for him aboard ship, but this gives rise to scandalous gossip about the pair back at home in London. For Amity’s protection, in society as well as for her personal safety, a sham engagement is arranged with Benedict, but of course the true outcome is pretty predictable – this is a romance novel, after all! Amanda Quick has written a number of novels with a paranormal/metaphysical/psychic theme. Fortunately, this is not one of them. A subplot involves the growing affection between Amity’s widowed sister Penny and a Scotland Yard investigator. Wait, there is more to this story, but everything can’t be revealed. You’ll have to read it or listen to it! Amanda Quick is another pen name of Jayne Ann Krentz and the library has books by both “authors”. Otherwise Engaged is available in regular print, large print, and on 9 audio compact discs. The audiobook version is entertainingly read by Louisa Jane Underwood.
"Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett's brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell's luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again."
Ira Levinson, a 91 year old man, was traveling on a snow covered road one night when suddenly he lost control of his car and went sliding off the road. With a gash on his head and broken collarbone, he is unable to reach the water and food he had stored in the trunk. Trapped in the car on a freezing cold night, Nicholas Sparks takes you through the story of Ira and his wife Ruth, who died nine years before. Ruth's image stays in the car with Ira as they travel back in time through all of their memories, which helps keep Ira conscious and alert. In the meantime, you also learn the story of Sophia and Luke. Sophia, an art enthusiast, goes to Wake Forest college. One night at a fraternity party, she meets Luke, a bull-rider and helping hand on his family's failing ranch. The attraction between them is instant, but Luke seems to be hiding much more than he lets on. What is he truly hiding, and will Sophia be able to handle the truth? Neither of these couples have much in common, but their lives connect in an odd way. Like nearly all of his books, Nicholas Sparks takes you on both couples' heart-wrenching journey, which at times, seems like it's the longest ride.
“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.”
This is the story of Kvothe—Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, Kvothe the Kingkiller—the magically gifted young man who grows up to become the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. In this riveting, coming-of-age fantasy, readers are given a first-hand glimpse into the life of this man who inspires awe and fear into the hearts of all who hear his name. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players to his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, readers are taken step by step down the path that leads Kvothe to becoming his world’s most infamous fugitive. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson,
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson,
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan,
- The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett,
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how this series concluded. I think I have begun to fear the worst from the final book in young adult series. This book was fast paced and a quick read. I enjoyed how America was able to slowly piece everything together and then loved the action packed conclusion to her story. I highly recommend this book if you have enjoyed other series such as Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie or Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth,
- Matched by Ally Condie,
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins,
- Eve by Anna Carey,
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
This is the 2nd book in the Bachelors of Blueberry Cover series. I really enjoyed the first book which involved restoring a lighthouse and I was excited to see more from the series. Brodie’s character was great to follow. A bad boy with a string of broken hearts suddenly is head over heels for his new neighbor. Grace has a troubling past she is trying to find answers to and hopes to start over in Blueberry Cove. I loved their banter and the added suspense from Cami. I think Kauffman has another hit of her hands. Must read!
- To the ends of the earth by Elizabeth Lowell,
- Tempting by Susan Mallery,
- Moonshell Beach by JoAnn Ross,
- Sea of Love by Susan Donovan,
- Wanting what you get by Kathy Love
Cadence was born into the renowned Sinclair family, so flush with money and influence that they own a private island near Martha’s Vineyard. Every single summer, Cady, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and their friend Gat spend two idyllic months of leisure on the island, calling themselves The Liars. But when Cadence has an accident during her 15th summer and wakes unable to remember what happened, everything changes.
This unpredictable mystery will leave you stunned. And remember, if anyone asks you how it ends, LIE.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold,
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green,
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Based on the beloved best-selling book of the same title, this is the story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II in Germany. The narrator is actually "Death". As the movie opens, Liesel is on a train with her mother and brother. For safety, her mother takes her to the countryside and leaves her with German foster parents. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by the German couple, her adoptive father (Hans Hubermann) encourages her to learn to read and is very kind. The family eventually hides, at great peril, a young Jewish man named Max in their home because his father had saved Hans' life. Liesel and Max become very close friends, although she has friends in the town as well whose lives intertwine with hers. Rosa Hubermann has a public persona of a mean woman, but we learn slowly what she is really like. Liesel snatches a book here and there before and after she learns to read. You will understand more about that as the movie unfolds. The ending is surprising and bittersweet, but also happy in a certain way - I don't want to incorporate a "spoiler" here. This film has sad moments, but it is not a depressing movie in the long run and is highly recommended. PG-13. I would not recommend viewing it with young children. The film is directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).
If you like Playful Nostalgia, this book is for you. It's 1964 Las Vegas, and Elvis Presley is heading to Vegas for the opening of his latest film, Viva Las Vegas. Colonel Tom Parker wants someone to see that Elvis doesn’t get into trouble. Frank Sinatra nominates his friend Eddie Gianelli, a Sands casino exec and sometime sleuth, for the job. But Eddie also has to help PI buddy Danny Bardini with a girl problem that takes a serious turn when Danny is framed for a murder. Elvis, Frank, and Dean Martin all assist Eddie in trying to solve Danny’s problem. The plot thickens as Elvis also gets involved with the boys adding a comedic element. This is the eighth in the Rat Pack Series. Robert Randisi founded the Private Eye Writers of America, and is one of the great pulp fiction mystery writers.
- James Lee Burke Neon Rain,
- Michael Connelly The Narrows,
- James Rollins The Kill Switch,
- Randy Wayne White Gone
Do you think life in a women's minimum security prison is easy? Most of us have no idea of what living in prison is REALLY like. Some of the prisoners in the Federal Correctional Facility in Danbury, CT have committed crimes that do not seem to warrant the lengthy sentences they received. The author, Piper Kernan, committed her drug related offense 10 years before she was actually imprisoned. She is Smith college educated, unusual for the average prisoner - when she surrenders herself, they think she is a visitor. However, she forges bonds with many of the women who offer true friendship for the time they are together, rich and poor alike. Her description of the post-visitor inspection for contraband will make you cringe. Did Martha Stewart endure that too - probably. There are also passages about the great creativity the prisoners use from cooking to sewing with extremely limited available materials. The library has the first season series on DVD and viewers seem to love them (I have not seen them). Consider reading/listening to the book/audiobook before viewing the video. The book/audiobook is an eye opener! The audiobook is read by Cassandra Campbell, who does an excellent job of making the reader feel as if Piper herself is telling the story. The book ends with one wondering about the fates of a number of inmates who were Piper's friends. 365.43 K
Kevin J. Anderson treats the reader to a sweeping journey across the local spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy in Hidden Empire, sharing with us a fantastic slice of "future history" as seen through the eyes of several characters, both protagonist and antagonist alike. Through their eyes, we see the beginnings of a tumultuous and dangerous period of time for Humans and an alien race known as Ildirans as a vicious new threat to intelligent life in the spiral arm rises to prominence. This story is an interesting and intriguing ride all of the way through filled with discovery and mystery, with an unstoppable momentum that accelerates throughout, culminating in an Earth-shattering revelation that leaves the reader looking for more. A powerful start to what promises to be a great series.
- A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns - Book 2,
- Time: Manifold Trilogy - Book 1,
- Dune: Dune Series - Book 1,
- Ender's Game: Ender Wiggin Series - Book 1
Diablo 3 continues the tale of Sanctuary, a land populated by the offspring of Angel and Demon, known as Humans. You take the role of one of the Nephalem, a Human of extrodinary power who has the power to defy the Fates fortold by the Heavens and re-write Humanity's history.
Set several decades after the events of Diablo 2, you can choose to play one of several classes. Wizards specialize in massive direct damage and controlling the battlefield. Witch Doctors summon undead minions and battle their foes with cold and dark magic. Demon Hunters are masters of bows and traps, nimbly dodging demons and setting traps. Monks have perfected many forms of martial arts and use holy magic to disable foes and heal allies. Barbaians are massive warriors from the north, specializing in brutal melee combat and carving swathes through their foes. And Crusaders, holy warriors from the east whose faith armors them better than any platemail and go toe-to-toe with massive shields and wicked morning stars.
Travel through four Acts, battling the Prime Evils from the swamps and forests of New Tristram to the depths of the Burning Hells and ascend to the highest points of the High Heavens, all while aquiring legendary gear and powerful artifacts.
- Diablo 2,
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls,
- Torchlight 2
"Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen's hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane's close friend, has decided at last to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder...
Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford's fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen's early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford's vivid novel delves deep into Austen's world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?"
If you're interested in historical fiction, mysteries, or Jane Austen, this is an exciting read. Was Jane Austen murdered? Perhaps we will never know the answer, but it is fun to speculate. This book will keep you guessing to the last second. If you are a fan of Jane Austen's novels you will see the parallels between her stories and her family, showing how much inspiration she drew from the people in her life which may have been her undoing. This book is impossible to put down and a must read for any Jane Austen fan.
This is a fascinating story detailing the life of a little known heiress Huguette Clark. Her father W. A. Clark made a fortunate in copper mining and Huguette inherited a fortune of over $300 million. She owned numerous large estates, collected dolls and became a recluse spending the last 20 years of her life in a hospital suite (even though she was healthy). She was also a talented artist and generous gift giver. Be prepared to enter an intriguing, complex and puzzling world of a true eccentric.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is about one family's struggle to survive during the worst tsunami in history. Much of the movie is about the aftermath of the disaster and how each family member copes with the devastation as well as being separated from each other. What impressed me about the movie is the realistic portrayal of the chaos in the aftermath of the tsunami. Family members are separated, hospitals are overwhelmed, and there is almost no communication. The filming of the initial wave and the battle that the mother and eldest son go through to try and reach each other is heartbreaking.
Whether you are young or old navigating the modern workplace can be tricky. Cy Wakeman provides crystal clear advice for not only surviving but thriving in today’s work environment. The surprising key is an individual’s “ emotional expensiveness” to the company. Even if your performance is outstanding and your potential is great you could lose your job by causing emotional turmoil to your supervisors and co-workers. The author explains how to boost your value and become a prized employee. This is an eye opening look at how to succeed and even be happy at work.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed and highly advanced city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.
- Matched by Ally Condie,
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver,
- Legend by Marie Lu
A young grifter returns home to reunite with her daughter and foster brother, at the train station she sees a woman who looks just like her jump into an on coming train. Thus begins BBC America's hit clone drama a facinating and often strage journey through corporate conspiracies and cult fanatisism grounded by outstanding performances by actress Tatiana Maslany playing four regular characters with believability and complexity.
- In the Flesh,
- Game of Thrones
"The two greatest influences on the shaping of the English language are the works of William Shakespeare and the English translation of the Bible that appeared in 1611" (from the introduction).
Also known as the Authorized Version, the creation of the King James Bible was as much a political act as it was theological. Often smuggled from the continent, English translations of the Bible had been circulating in England for over one hundred years, most notably the Geneva Bible, which put King James I under immense pressure to sanction his own.
Whether you are interesed in the history of England, religion, books, or the English language, this book is a lively and engaging read. Alister McGrath traces the history of this most influential book through the wider cultural history of Europe and the Protestant Reformation.
This was a scary paranormal adventure. Stephen King continues "The Shining" with Dan Torrance, now middle aged and Abra Stone, a twelve-year old girl who is powerful with the shining. The True Knot, a group who seem like your sweet old Aunt and Uncle that travel from place to place via RV are not quite what they seem. They are more like quasi-immortal parasites who will send a chill up your spine.
You simply must give this a look, I definitely could not sleep without the lights on for a while. King does not disappoint with this second book. Warning! Not for the faint of heart...
- Elsewhere by William Peter Blatty,
- A winter haunting by Dan Simmons ,
- Snowblind by Christopher Golden,
- The turn of the screw by James, Henry, 1843-1916 ,
- Lullaby by Chuck Palahniuk
If you have ever watched the Heroes TV series, you are going to love this novel that goes little more into depth on the relationship of Hiro and Charlie. Which I have to say was my favoritie part of the series.
“Save the cheerleader, save the world” are the defining words of Heroes, the phenomenal series that has transformed television drama. They are also the cryptic marching orders for the show’s cross section of ordinary individuals united by an extraordinary bond. Each possesses a superhuman ability, and together they must prevent the course of history from taking a terrifying turn. Now, in this original novel based on the TV phenomenon, in a thrilling story that will captivate even those who haven’t seen the show, one of these unexpected saviors steps center stage on a deeply personal quest that will test the limits of his gift, the depth of his love, and the ultimate strength of his will.
Hiro Nakamura possesses the remarkable power to control time. And like his uniquely blessed comrades, he’s on a mission for the good of humankind. But another challenge awaits him: saving the love of his life from an unspeakable death. Charlene “Charlie” Andrews is the big-hearted, small-town beauty whose sunny smile and sweet soul knocked the shy Hiro head over heels. But when Charlie’s young life is snuffed out by a grisly serial killer, their budding romance is brutally cut short.
Or is it? Thanks to his astounding newfound skill, Hiro has the means to do what no tragedy-stricken lover in history ever could–turn back time. And no matter how raw his abilities, or how many twists of circumstance conspire to foil him, he vows to deliver Charlie from the evil poised to claim her. He will be her hero.
But what possible consequences might changing the past visit upon the future? How could saving one cherished life affect millions of others? And what ultimate choice will Hiro make when the power of fate rests in his hands?
Looking for a book that you don't want to put down? A man named Reese meets a young child named Annie, who he has more in common with than he'd like to remember. A story about coming to grips with a painful past, this story can get a little detailed in some descriptions, but the overall story is intriguing. You can find this book in print, ebook, or audiobook form.
Looking for something so off-beat it's on beat? This fascinating presentation of dance pieces and interviews celebrates German choreographer, Pina Bausch. It's so unique it's insane at times - hyper, compulsive, and extreme in every way. Her adventurous vision will be invigorating to anyone who appreciates dance.
In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia's story will stay with you for a long, long time.
This book came to my attention when I saw the movie trailer recently. I was intrigued by the idea of the choice Mia faced: should she cling to life and stay or should she simply accept this as her end and let go. Mia flashes of life are beautifully written and mesmerizing. I could not put this book down. This book could be crucial to any teens or adults struggling with the idea of losing a loved one. I think this book helps readers understand the struggle between fighting for life and the peace that death can bring.
- Things hoped for by Andrew Clements,
- 13 little blue envelopes by Maureen Johnson,
- After the wreck, I picked myself up, spread my wings, and flew away by Joyce Carol Oates,
- Tears of a tiger by Sharon Mills Draper,
- Driver's ed by Caroline B. Cooney
The first book in Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy had me interested from page one and kept me hooked until the end. The book promotes itself as a cross between Ender's Game and The Hunger Games, and I definitely agree with these comparisons. The story follows a young man named Darrow as he lives his predestined life in a future color-coded, caste society. While his Red clan toils away in the depths of Mars under the guise of preparing the planet for future generations to live on its surface, other society color groups happily reside above the ground, reaping the benefits of Red labor. As Darrow learns the truth about the society he lives in, he finds himself pulled into a larger movement aimed at bringing down the top of the hierarchy: the Golds. To help change the lives of those he loves, he must infiltrate Gold society and pass the tests of the prestigious Gold Institute. Can Darrow deceive the Golds? What will happen as he gets to know the worst (and best) of Gold society? What will he have to lose to achieve his goal?
- The Office of Mercy by Ariel Djanikian ,
- The Lost Fleet by Jack Campbell ,
- Pure Trilogy by Julianna Baggott ,
- The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi,
- Strykers Syndicate novels by K. M. Ruiz
From #1 New York Times-bestselling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together—and could tear them apart . . .
When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .
Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession. . . .
I really liked the Rear Window-esque plot. Lila enjoys people watching while she house sits in fabulous locations. Her habitual peeping leads to witnessing a murder through her binoculars. Lila, Ashton and several other friends work together to try to solve the mystery of who killed her and why. I was really enthralled by the latest novel in Nora Roberts’ outstanding career. It reminded me of her previous novel, Three Fates, which is still one of my favorites. The almost 500 page novel was thrilling and difficult to put down. I read over 400 of the pages in one day. Another must-read novel by one of my favorite authors!
- Gone too far by Suzanne Brockmann,
- A dark and lonely place by Edna Buchanan,
- The scent of jasmine by Jude Deveraux,
- Fire and Ice by Julie Garwood,
- Open Season by Linda Howard
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy,
- The Dog Stars by Peter Heller,
- The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker,
- Heat Lightning by John Sanford
Imagine receiving a formal invitation to meet with an individual who turns out to be your Life. Lucy Silchester, a single, late twenties female with a less than challenging job is floating along in life. After an encounter with a gentleman who professes to be her Life, Lucy is forced to examine how her choices in life have shaped her present circumstances. Easy to read, Lucy's witty and sarcastic comments catch you off guard as you gradually unravel her lies and motivations. Her relationships with her family, coworkers, and friends are humor filled and somewhat wretched at the same time. Share Lucy's journey with her Life guy as a guide in this thought provoking, moral tale with a magical twist.
- A Turn in the Road by Debbie Macomber,
- Return to Sender by Fern Michaels,
- Where You Belong by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Attorney Mickey Haller is a Los Angeles attorney who owns a small fleet of Lincoln automobiles, which he uses as an office as needed, hence the name "The Lincoln Lawyer". Mickey owes a big mortgage on an almost empty scenic home, and has two ex-wives who figure prominently in the story, as well as a teenage daughter. In a brutal assault case, Mickey may actually have found a truly "innocent" client - or is he? The plot keeps twisting and turning, with a surprising ending. This 10 disc set read by Adam Grupper is highly recommended. This title is also available in regular print, large print, and a DVD released in 2011. I have not seen the movie, but usually the book is better than the movie, so read it or listen to it first!
Daughter of the warrior queen, Isabella. Infanta of Spain. Queen of England.
To many, Katherine is known as Henry VIII's first wife, the Queen who was pushed off her throne by Anne Boleyn. In Philippa Gregory's bestselling novel, though, readers will be shown that there was far more to Katherine's story than just her marriage to one of England's most notoriuos monarchs. From almost day one, Catalina of Spain was raised knowing that she would one day be Queen of England. At the young age of fifteen, she set out to fulfill her God-given destiny, leaving her family, her home, and even her name behind in order to rule a country that did not welcome foreigners. Not even a year into her marriage, tragedy struck: overnight, Katherine was stripped of her husband, her throne, and her livelihood. Where many would have given up, though, Katherine fought on. Against all opposition, she refused to accept her newly given title of Queen Regent and settle into a life of widowhood. She continued to believe in her destiny and put all of her efforts into making it come true. Efforts that would, after many years, win her the hearts of all of England...
- Katharine of Aragon by Jean Plaidy,
- The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir,
- Sister Queens: The Noble, Tragic Lives of Katherine of Aragon and Juana, Queen of Castile by Julia Fox,
- Patience, Princess Catherine by Carolyn Meyer,
- The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
This BBC series is set in the mid-1950s in a poverty stricken area of East London. Nurse midwives work alongside an Anglican order of nuns to deliver most babies at home, as was the custom at the time. The characters are all very likable or at least interesting, which adds to the viewer's enjoyment. The key midwife is young nurse Jennie Lee, although the viewer comes to love ALL the nurses and the nuns that work together. Smoking was very pervasive at that time and so the series stays true to the period. For the squeamish, many of the birth scenes are very realistic, but the viewer also is elated to see a baby delivered successfully. Sometimes there is tragedy, but overall, this compelling series leaves us wanting to view the next season in the series. The plot lines of the episodes keep progressing in the lives of the nurses and nuns, so if possible watch this series beginning with Season One. Popular music from the time period is incorporated periodically, which adds to the viewing and listening experience.
- Doc Martin
In Such a Pretty Fat, Jen Lancaster learned how to come to terms with her body. In My Fair Lazy, she expanded her mind. Now the New York Times bestselling author gives herself—and her generation—a kick in the X, by facing her greatest challenge to date: acting her age.
Jen is finally ready to put away childish things (except her Barbie Styling Head, of course) and embrace the investment-making, mortgage-carrying, life-insurance-having adult she’s become. From getting a mammogram to volunteering at a halfway house, she tackles the grown-up activities she’s resisted for years, and with each rite of passage she completes, she’ll uncover a valuable—and probably humiliating—life lesson that will ease her path to full-fledged, if reluctant, adulthood.
This is Jen Lancaster's fifth memoir. I have to say that I am in love with Jen Lancaster's humorous view of her own life. "Jeneration X" made me laugh more than anything I've read this year. My favorite technique of hers is her use of footnotes to add in hillarity, irony, and self-depricating humor. It also made me want to look up her other books. Very enjoyable and I highly recommend reading this book and check out her other memiors!
- Wild by Cheryl Strayed,
- Paddle your own canoe by Nick Offerman,
- Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling,
- My Horizontal Life by Chelsea Handler,
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson
FBI special agent Kate O'Hare has made it her mission to nail international con artist Nicolas Fox. When she discovers his plot to plunder a venture capitalist's twentieth-story Chicago penthouse of all its cash and treasures while the self-proclaimed "King of Hostile Takeovers" is getting married, Kate is 85 percent--okay maybe 92 percent--sure that she's finally going to bag Nick Fox.
Problem is, first Kate has to convince her boss, building security, and maybe even herself, that wedding planner Merrill Stubing is actually Nicolas Fox. Second, she has to figure out how to corner and capture him without disrupting the event of the year. And third, what's going to happen once O'Hare finally gets her hands on Fox? It's going take a pro to catch a con before the fireworks over Lake Michigan go off.
I am a longtime fan of Janet Evanovich’s novels. Readers will be entertained by the quick wit of her characters and the fast-paced action. This new series reminds me of the TV show “White Collar” with the addition of sexual tension between the FBI and the fugitive. Excited to continue on with the characters in the full length novels The Chase & The Heist!
- The Thought Gang by Tibor Fischer,
- Kill Two Birds & Get Stoned by Kinky Friedman,
- Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle,
- Wicked Craving by G.A. McKevett,
- Murder of a Real Bad Boy by Denise Swanson
What would it be like if the deceased suddenly reappeared just as they were when they died. A long dead child returns to aging parents. A parent returns to their now grown children. A family that was murdered and the killer was never found. What would people do? How would they react? This is what happens in the book "The Returned". People who have died appear alive all over the world. Many questions are raised such as; how did this happen, who are they really, where did they come from and what do they want? People react in various ways. Some people accept them as who they appear to be and are happy to have their loved ones back with them. Some people accept them but do not believe they are actually the people they knew. Others do not accept them and are angry and fearful. As more and more "returned" come back the problem of what to do with them arises. This is a fascinating book. I could hardly put it down. Even the author's note was interesting. This book is the basis for the new TV series "Resurrection".
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. He hasn't thought of Lettie in decades, and yet sitting by the pond (a pond that she'd claimed was an ocean), the unremembered past comes flooding back.
Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper and resonated in unimaginable ways. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie—magical, comforting, wise beyond her years—promised to protect him, no matter what.
A brilliantly imaginative and poignant fairy tale from the modern master of wonder and terror, Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane is a groundbreaking work told with a rare understanding of all that makes us human. Gaiman masterfully shows the power that stories possess to reveal and shelter us from the darkness inside and out.
- The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern,
- The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker,
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly,
- A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness,
- Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
It’s been ten years since Alanna of Trebond made it possible for both males and females to train as knights. Despite this, no other girl has been brave enough to try. Not, at least, until Keladry “Kel” of Mindelan decides that she is up to the challenge and steps forward.
Knighthood training may have been tough for Alanna, but things are far worse for Kel. In addition to the traditional hazing and grueling schedule that all knights-in-training must deal with, Kel must also face the challenges that come with everyone knowing her true identity. Unlike her predecessor, Kel does not disguise herself as a boy. Everyone knows that Kel is a girl, and not everybody is happy with that fact. Many still think that girls should not be knights, and some of them are willing to act on that belief. Unfortunately for Kel, this includes her training master, Lord Wyldon.
Lord Wyldon is a traditionalist and is absolutely against girls becoming knights. To stop Kel from becoming a knight, he makes her life a living nightmare by putting her through an intensely grueling probationary period that no other knight-in-training has ever had to endure. Further set apart from her fellow trainees, Kel's path to knighthood is now that much harder. But she is determined to try. To say the least, Kel is not to be underestimated, as everyone is about to discover....
- The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley,
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore,
- Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith,
- Eon by Alison Goodman,
- Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder -- much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It's hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?
This is Clary's first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It's also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace's world with a vengeance, when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother?
Exotic and gritty, exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare's ferociously entertaining fantasy takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end.
- The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong,
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr,
- Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout,
- Tithe by Holly Black,
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
Meg's father has been missing for over a year. Some believe him dead. Others prefer to think of him as a cruel man who abandoned his lovely wife and children. Meg's mother continues to hang on to hope that her husband will someday return, but after more than a year without hearing even one word from him, even that hope is beginning to fray. As for Meg herself...well she doesn't really know what to think. Not, at least, until one dark and stormy night, when a mysterious stranger arrives at her doorstep with the most unbelievable news:
Meg's father is alive, but only just. Ever since disappearing more than a year ago, he has been an evil ruler's prisoner...on another planet.
Now the time has come for Meg to rescue him. With the help of her friend, Calvin, and her younger brother, Charles Wallace, Meg must travel across space and time to save her father. But are these three children really strong enough to outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?
- A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle,
- Over Sea and Under Stone by Susan Cooper,
- The Girl With the Silver Eyes by Willo Davis Roberts,
- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster,
- The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm by Nancy Farmer
When Alyss Heart, heir to the Wonderland throne, must flee through the Pool of Tears to escape her murderous Aunt Redd, she finds herself lost and alone in Victorian London. Befriended by an aspiring author named Lewis Carrol, Alyss tells the violent, heartbreaking story of her young life. Alyss trusts this author to tell the truth so that someone, somewhere will find her and bring her home. But he gets the story all wrong. He even spells her name incorrectly!
Fortunately, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan knows all too well the awful truth of Alyss' story and he is searching every corner of our world to find the lost princess and return her to Wonderland so she may eventually battle Redd for her rightful place as the Queen of Hearts.
The Looking Glass Wars unabashedly challenges our Wonderland assumptions surrounding mad tea parties, grinning Cheshire cats, and a curious little blond girl to reveal an epic battle in the endless war for Imagination.
- Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll,
- The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima,
- Monster Blood Tattoo: Foundling by D. M. Cornish,
- Faerie Wars by Herbie Brennan,
- Splintered by A. G. Howard
Why not try reading something REALLY scary for Halloween this year?
From a top secret government laboratory come two genetically altered life forms. One is a magnificent dog of astonishing intelligence. The other, a hybrid monster of a brutally violent nature. And both are on the loose…
Bestselling author Dean Koontz presents his most terrifying, dramatic and moving novel: The explosive story of a man and a woman, caught in a relentless storm of mankind’s darkest creation…
- Salem's Lot by Stephen King,
- Shadows by John Saul,
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub,
- The Keep by F. Paul Wilson,
- Lightning by Dean Koontz
What would YOU think if you woke up one day only to discover that you could suddenly see ghosts? Would you think you were crazy? Sleep-deprived? Cursed?
Unfortunately for Chloe Saunders, she doesn’t get to decide that for herself right away. When an unexpected visit from a dead school janitor causes her to have a mental breakdown, Chloe finds herself placed in Lyle House, a group home for troubled teenagers. Overnight, she goes from being a normal high school girl to a diagnosed schizophrenic. And that’s not even the worst of it.
Besides the fact that she is now seeing things she shouldn’t be able to see, Chloe is still the same “good girl” who follows the rules, does well in school, and works towards her dream of becoming a movie director. Normally, this would not be a problem. In Lyle House, though, where one of her nicer housemates is a pyromaniac who might have set her own mother on fire, being the only good girl in a group of troubled teenagers may be a weakness…one that could get her killed.
As if things aren’t already bad enough, Chloe becomes suspicious that Lyle House isn’t all it seems when her roommate is suddenly taken away, never to be heard from again. After doing a little digging, Chloe finds evidence suggesting that she might not be the only Lyle House resident parading unusual abilities around under the guise of a mental illness...
This suspense-packed, page-turner is no Twilight! Be warned: Pick this up and you'll want to read the whole trilogy!
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare,
- A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray,
- Tithe by Holly Black,
- Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr,
- The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Aerial combat brings a thrilling new dimension to the Napoleonic Wars as valiant warriors rise to Britain’s defense by taking to the skies . . . not aboard aircraft but atop the mighty backs of fighting dragons.
When HMS Reliant captures a French frigate and seizes its precious cargo, an unhatched dragon egg, fate sweeps Capt. Will Laurence from his seafaring life into an uncertain future–and an unexpected kinship with a most extraordinary creature.
Thrust into the rarified world of the Aerial Corps as master of the dragon, Temeraire, he will face a crash course in the daring tactics of airborne battle. For as France’s own dragon-borne forces rally to breach British soil in Bonaparte’s boldest gambit, Laurence and Temeraire must soar into their own baptism of fire.
- Dragon Champion by E. E. Knight,
- Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey,
- Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton,
- Joust by Mercedes Lackey,
- The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb
Kaeldra is an outsider. Her wavy, blonde hair and tall stature alone are enough to single her out as a foreigner. But what the people of Elythia really don't like about Kaeldra is her uncanny, green "Dragon-Sayer" eyes. According to legend, people with green eyes possess the power to commune with dragons. And on one fateful, stormy night, Kaeldra learns that this legend is not just some fairy tale...she really can understand dragons.
When her younger sister falls deathly ill, Kaeldra must put her special ability to the test. Seeking out the mother dragon who is nesting with her newly born draclings in a nearby cave, Kaeldra makes a dangerous bargain. In return for some of the mother dragon's milk, the only existing cure for her sister's illness, Kaeldra agrees to help care for the draclings.
Unfortunately, Kaeldra is not the only person who knows of the dragons' existence. And when the mother dragon is killed while out on a hunt, the fate of the draclings is left in Kaeldra's hands. Will she turn them over to her mighty King, who demands their blood? Or will she defy his will and take on the dangerous task of reuniting the draclings with their kyn?
In this exciting fantasy adventure, readers will fall in love with Susan Fletcher's colorful cast of characters. Readers will sympathize with Kaeldra, suffering with her in her sacrifices, rejoicing with her in her successes, and falling in love with the draclings. This is a book you don't want to miss!
- Into the Land of the Unicorns by Bruce Coville,
- Dealing With Dragons by Patricia C. Wrede,
- Eragon by Christopher Paolini,
- Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey,
- Dragon's Blood by Jane Yolen
Twice, Earth has been under attack. And twice, the aliens have nearly succeeded in wiping out the human species. If the Buggers attack a third time, eradication is inevitable. So rather than waiting for the end, Earth is pulling out all the stops and taking the war to them.
In preparation for the impending battle, the Earth’s world government has been breeding military geniuses trained for war. During their search for the perfect general to lead these elite soldiers, the government stumbles across one Andrew “Ender” Wiggin. Ender is a genius among geniuses. He has broken every record and defied every expectation. A respected leader among his Battle School peers, Ender shows plenty of promise.
There’s just one problem. He’s only ten years old. Earth’s final battle is quickly approaching, and humanity’s only hope of survival rests in the hands of a child.
Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards, Ender’s Game is a rare gem and a shining example of what the Science Fiction genre can offer readers. Whether you are a Science Fiction lover or not, Card’s intense novel should be at the top of your reading list, For aficionados, it is a definitive work of the genre; and for those new to Science Fiction, Ender’s Game is the perfect introduction.
- Old Man's War by John Scalzi,
- Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein,
- The Player of Games by Iain M. Banks,
- Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card,
- Dune by Frank Herbert
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight–she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme and often-feared skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graced as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king’s thug. Now, Katsa must struggle for redemption from her own horrifying Grace while teaming up with another young fighter to save their land from a mad king's corruption...
The winner of more than ten literary awards, including the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, the School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, and the ALA Teens' Top Ten, Kristin Cashore's debut novel will draw you into a vivid world of magic and intrigue. The strong-willed Katsa and her warrior friend Po will take you on a wild adventure that will keep you turning pages!
- Page by Tamora Pierce,
- The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley,
- Seraphina by Rachel Hartman,
- The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson,
- Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder