Thursday, November 23, 2017

Stallion by Starlight by Mary Pope Osborne

Stallion by Starlight by Mary Pope Osborne-120 pages

In this Magic Tree House adventure, Jack and Annie meet Alexander the Great of Macedonia before he becomes ruler. Merlin has tasked Jack and Annie with learning something of greatness from Alexander. They also meet Aristotle, who is in Macedonia tutoring Alexander at the request of Alexander's father, King Phillip the 2nd. This was a fairly fun read, although not as fun as many other Magic Tree House books I have read.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton

I'm Trying to Love Spiders by Bethany Barton 40 pages

This book features a character that is terrified of spiders and is determined to overcome her fear.  It details fun facts about spiders such as their appearance, anatomy, eating habits, and different species.

Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi

Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michaele Razi 32 pages

This story is about a spider named Frank that loves life and loves to spin beautiful webs.  One morning he wakes up and realizes that he now only has seven legs.  He begins to question his identity as a spider, wondering if he is still one despite only having seven legs.  He begins a fun journey through different places in search of his missing leg.

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine

Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine - 352 pages
The Great Library Book 3

In this world the Great Library of Alexandria never burned and it serves for hundreds of years as the keeper of the world's knowledge.  Original copies of books are kept behind lock and key and the public can only access approved texts through their blanks that act like an eReader.  Those with the talent for quintessence manipulation are kept as prisoners in the tower in order to keep the Library's infrastructure functioning.   

But there is corruption at the heart of the library where power and wealth are being hoarded at the expense of those the Great Library is supposed to serve.  A group of rebels is continuing their quest to overthrow the Library's tyranny and restore it as a force for good in the world.  The action in this book takes place in the besieged Burner city of Philadelphia where the American colonists have been resisting the Library for over a hundred years. 

This series definitely needs to be read in order.  It's a fascinating look at the power of the printed word and the danger inherent in those who want to keep that power for themselves.     

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti - 383 pages

I chose this book because it was the Big Library Read.  While I love reading teen selections, I don't know that I would have normally chosen this particular one.  I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.  This novel dealt with many teen issues, such as self-esteem, bullying and suicide.  There were times I laughed and times I cried, as I could envision myself in the main character's shoes.  I would encourage anyone that deals with teenagers or has a teenager at home to read this novel.

Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige

Hot Cop by Laurelin Paige-288 pages

While "Hot Cop" is indeed a book filled with humor, romance, and adventure, it was not quite my cup of tea. I went ahead and finished it though, because I was just dying to know the ending. The plot itself could use a lot of work, but the writing was brilliant and the characters were extremely personable(especially since the main character is a librarian.)

Truth or Dare by Jayne Ann Krentz

Truth or Dare by Jayne Ann Krentz - 401 pages

Zoe and Ethan are settling into married life when things start to get interesting.  Zoe, a psychic interior decorator, starts sensing toxic spiderwebs at various locations throughout town.  Then their friend Arcadia seems to have a stalker.  They must work through these and more issues to get to their happily ever after.

This is actually the sequel to Light in Shadows so it was a little confusing.  I listened to this on audio and the narration was good as was the story.  However, there did seem to be several instances were previous knowledge was required.  Still I enjoyed the audiobook.