This is a dark tale of a man’s quest into the Black Mountains for the truth. There is a mystery to be solved. The narrator is a small man, a dwarf, whom we meet as he is about to hire a guide, Calum MacInnes, to take him to a cave on the Misty Isle reputed to be filled with gold. I liked the story, it had a haunting quality to it. It wasn’t entirely fair though.
In this second book of the series Alex Craft, raiser of “shades” is tasked with finding the killer who has only left feet as remains. She also has to keep from being captured by various Fae courts. Then there are the 2 guys competing for her, one is a grim reaper named Death, the other Falin Andrews is the Winter Court’s Assassin. Another rousing fast-paced mystery! I look forward to the next book in the series.
It seems unlikely that a small island conquered repeatedly would provide the world with a global language. McCrum provides a historical review of how the English language developed, how its fluidity and subversive nature allowed it to flourish and become the lingua franca of the world. He also details all the colonizing by the Brits. I wish only one timeline of history had been provided, I got a little confused going through history periods a couple of times, while focusing on other aspects of the language development.
Hunted is more like Part II of book 5, in that it picks up seconds later from where Trapped left off. Atticus, Graunuialle, and Oberon get chased across Europe, with Artemis & Diana trying to kill the 3 of them. I didn’t like to see these 2 strong female role models – Artemis & Diana – being portrayed in such a stupid manner. And as another reviewer said, Atticus is way too powerful in comparison with the “Gods” in the novel, he seems to be able to get them to do whatever he wants. I did really like the epilogue where Graunuialle got her own wolfhound.
Finally, after 12 years of training in secret to become a full druid, Granuaile is ready to for the binding ceremony. However, all the deities, that thought Atticus had died, now learn that he is still alive. The saga continues. They also have to help prevent Ragnarok. I read this book back-to-back with the next book in the series “Hunted”, which is good, because Trapped ends on something of a cliffhanger. They also kind of blended together in my mind, reading both in one straight shot. This was a fast enjoyable read, but sometimes Atticus is so arrogant, it is really annoying.
Liv is a scholarship student at a rich school. You know that Liv has been killed at the start of this novel. The question is why did she die, and why have there been so many mysterious deaths in the past. This was a fun read, not particularly deep, but I like ghost characters. The ending of the book leaves the possibility of sequel, but this probably won’t happen.
I read this for a class I took at my church this summer [we called it Summinary ]. It gives a history of liberal religion and the quest for tolerance for religious freedom. I was amazed at how often, religious change came about due to other power struggles. The Germans were chafing under Roman authority. So when Luther made his religious objections, the powers of state used the theological dispute to their advantage.
A repeated theme was reformers in one decade turning into the old guard against whom the newer thinkers rebelled in the next generation. I was surprised at how enriching I found this read.
Muller’s book is divided into four sections framed by the following four questions:
1. Who am I? what is my identity.
2. What do I love?
3. How Shall I live, knowing that I shall die?
4. What gifts shall I leave behind to the Earth?
Muller then took these meaningmaking questions and explored the questions. I particularly liked question number three. Though, I didn’t agree with all of his statements/thoughts, for example, he said that EVERY single moment is a gift, I found these food for thought. I highly recommend this title!
In this paranormal murder mystery, private investigator, Alex Craft is able to raise shades and talk to them about how they died. She stumbles upon some dark ritual murders, and now she needs to track down the killer to save her own life.
Captivating World-building. Some Romance, complicated but well structured plot twists.
Fabulous book! The first half recounts the changes in human physiology, from the time we first diverged from apes (chimpanzees specifically) to modern times. Dr Lieberman discusses the physical adaptations and what they mean for the way our bodies function. Then he takes this history of the human body and shows us evolutionary mismatches between our physiology and our modern lifestyle, first starting with the foods we eat, and then discussing our bodies needs to be physically active, that we were born to run/walk long distances, and that our bodies suffer if we fail to be active. For example he notes that people that run barefoot, rarely suffer foot injuries, in contrast to runners that wear shoes (barefooters also hit with the ball of the foot first, unlike shod runners who strike with their heel). Type II Diabetes, Heart disease, and cancer are discussed in detail. I found it especially interesting how our bodies process different types of foods, how damaging starches and carbs are, compared to protein, fat, fiber, and how the composition of what you eat, affects whether it is sent for fat storage, whether it triggers insulin shock or absorbed slowly and more healthily.
Maggie lives in a world being torn apart by cohesion breaks – aka cobeys, which are breaks in reality, where chunks of space are missing. Magic has been outlawed in the Neworld where she lives, in order to cut down on the number of cobeys, which seem attracted to magic. Her own family has had there genes chopped, so that magic doesn’t become active. Then Maggie’s Mom remarries, and Maggie knows that there is something wrong with her new step-dad, (who’s come from the OldWorld where magic is still practices) – he seems to be surrounded by shadows. Then all of a sudden some huge cobeys appear right where Maggie lives. The police come out, and start hauling people away. Maggie and her friends need to figure out what is happening and how they can stop the cobeys. Like most of McKinley’s books this title could easily be continued in a series, but she doesn’t seem to pursue the potential series.
5 stories around the motif of fire beings. I preferred Robin’s tales over her husband Peter’s (big surprise, since I’d never heard of him before). The best tale was called Hellhound, about a demon who changed sides. Peter’s tales had some very excellent sections, and then other parts seemed liked they needed fleshing out (also, could have done without the sexism – no it was a made-up time, so did Not need to be part of the context).
Beekeper Mirasol is unexpectedly chosen as the next Chalice, the most important adviser to the Master. I was absolutely delighted with this tale. Previous Chalices usually used water, or some milk, rarely blood. But Mirasol’s element seems to be honey.The pacing, the worldbuilding, the level of tension, was perfect for me. I am now seeking out all of Robin McKinley’s works.
Small town librarian MauraBeth tries to ramp up programming and usage at her library, in an attempt to keep the city council-members from closing the library in order to fund development in the town. I thought this would be a little more interesting, being a librarian, but it wasn’t very. Too much HANDWRINGING and really, 1 book club that meets every 6 weeks?
A fairy tale-like story. The rulers of Montagne have been rumored to possess and use magic. But this has been only a rumor. Grandmonther (queen mother) Benificence, her two daughters Wisdom and Temperance, along with an orphan named Fortitude and a miller’s son Tips all end up at Wisdom’s wedding to the neighboring and coveting kingdom. Its a pretty fast paced, fun tale, written mostly in letter, epistolary format.
Circus daughter Helena says she hates her life and wants to have an ordinary “real” life, and that she hates her mother. Her mother falls ill with cancer. In an alternate reality – a dreamy Alice-through-the-Looking-Glass world – Helena has to set things right, in order to return to her original world. I choose this title because its a graphic novel, which is this months challenge. It was interesting, kind of showing teen rebellion and growing up. I didn’t really care for the artwork.
I wish they could get someone like Laurel Burch to do the artwork in these Graphic Novels – please add this kind of color graphic novelists!
Jo Hemlock has spent her life hiding, hiding the fact that she’s a witch, and hiding from the evil clan of witches that killed her mother, that are now pursuing her and her grandmother. Now that she’s about to have a regular boyfriend, is when the evil clan strikes again, sending her innocent father (whom she had never met) searching for her Mom and then for Jo. Fast paced, and engaging book (not deep though). I would enjoy a sequel.
The book starts out slow. It is the story of 2 youngsters trained in the magical arts as opponents in a challenge. The venue for competition is the Night Circus. Their respective masters omit informing them of important rules of the game, like how a winner is determined.