Monday, September 25, 2017

Ruthless River by Holly FItzgerald

Ruthless River by Holly FitzGerald
336 pages

In 1973 "Holly and her husband, Fitz--married less than two years--set out on a yearlong honeymoon adventure of a lifetime, backpacking around the world.  Five months into the trip their plane crash lands in Peru at a penal colony walled in by jungle, and their blissfully romantic journey turns into a terrifying nonstop labyrinth of escape and survival.

"On a small, soon-ravaged raft that quickly becomes their entire universe through dangerous waters alive with deadly animals and fish, their only choice: to continue on, despite the rush of insects swarming them by day, the sounds of encroaching predators at night.  Without food or means of communication, with no one to hear their cries for help or on a search-and-rescue expedition to find them, the author and her husband make their way, fighting to conquer starvation and navigate the brute force of the river; their only hope for survival, in spite of hunger and weakening resolve, to somehow, miraculously hang on and find their way east to a large riverside town, before it is too late..."  --from the publisher

This is a great story that is told pretty well.  It's a quick read with all the necessary elements of adventure of a survival story.  Neither of them had survival training nor much survival instinct, and their rescue is nothing short of a miracle.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray

 by Claudia Gray-409 pages

I read this because little had been written or said about Leia's childhood after her adoption by Bail and Breha Organa. I am glad that I read this because it did not disappoint. Claudia Gray has written other Star Wars novels (I have read both Lost Stars and Bloodline) and I really liked them, so that also factored into my reading this. This story is about Princess Leia becoming the official, vested heir to the throne of Alderaan at age 16. It is also about her time in the Imperial Apprentice Legislature and her finding out about her parents' planning/starting the rebellion. She is eventually allowed to join her parents in the rebellion (obviously). Anyway, I liked this book, though not quite as much as Gray's other Star Wars novels. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan

The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
(Ranger's Apprentice #4)
304 pages / 9 hrs, 30 mins

"Still far from their homeland after escaping slavery in the icebound land of Skandia, Will and Evanlyn's plans to return to Araluen are spoiled when Evanlyn is taken captive by a Temujai warrior.  Though still weakened by the warmweed's toxic effects, Will employs his Ranger training to locate his friend, but an enemy scouting party has him fatally outnumbered.  Will is certain death is close at hand, until Halt and Horace make a daring, last-minute rescue.  The reunion is cut short, however, when Halt makes a horrifying discovery: Skandia's borders have been breached by the entire Temujai army.  And Araluen is next in their sights.  If two kingdoms are to be saved, an unlikely union must be made.  Will it hold long enough to vanquish a ruthless new enemy?  Or will past tensions spell doom for all?"  --from the publisher

This is one of the best in the series.  Flanagan balances danger and battle scenes with character development and relationships.  On to book five...

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare

Do You Want to Start a Scandal by Tessa Dare - 376 pages

All Charlotte Highwood wanted was to convince her mother and her best friend's parents that they should be allowed to go on Tour together to Italy.  That's before she is trapped into a marriage proposal by two lovers that everyone assumes is Charlotte and Lord Granville.  Now Charlotte must solve the mystery of the lovers to save herself and Lord Granville from a loveless marriage.

I found this historical romance to be fun and entertaining.  It was interesting to see the twists in the various mysteries in the book.  I look forward to reading more of the author's books.

The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten. The Tweets of Steve Martin

The Ten, Make That Nine, Habits of Very Organized People. Make That Ten.
The Tweets of Steve Martin - 105 pages

This books collects some of the early tweets of comedian Steve Martin.  I never would have read this book if not for this month's reading challenge of celebrity authors.  I'm glad I did.  I found myself giggling out loud while reading most of the tweets in this book.  It's not just his original tweets, but also the responses he got to them from his twitter followers.  I would highly recommend reading this book if you are a Steve Martin fan.  I definitely plan to start following him on twitter.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

GIrling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular by Mayim Bialik

Girling Up: How to Be Strong, Smart and Spectacular by Mayim Bialik - 179 pages

Mayim Bialik, star of Blossom and The Big Bang Theory, writes a very conversational self-help book for girls.  I had been thinking about reading this book and decided this month's challenge made it a perfect choice.  I was a little confused at to who the audience is for this book.  At times it seems that she's writing for girls around 8-10 years old.  Then other times she gets very detailed making it more appropriate for girls 14-18 years.  She had chapters on sex, relationships, stress, eating, and causes.  I thought the eating and causes sections were the best done for all ages.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman

Falling to Pieces by Vannetta Chapman - 415 pages

This was an Amish mystery which blended the English and Amish friendships together....that was very nice.  But also a good mystery.