As the chief of the new Cambridge Forensic Center in Massachusetts, a joint venture of the state and federal governments, MIT and Harvard, Scarpetta is confronted with a case that could shut down her new facility and ruin her personally and professionally.
I missed reading a few of her books before this one so I felt a little lost as to what exactly the background of the story was, but I caught on fairly quickly. The story mainly takes place in about a 24 hour period. I did feel there were a few gaps in some of the interactions between the characters but I wasn’t sure if it was because I skipped reading a few of the previous novels or just the way she had written it. It was a fast paced, very riveting book, which shows that the author still has it when it comes to her Scarpetta books. I could see the twists almost before they occurred but it was a very good read.
After her twelfth birthday, Rory checks off a list of things she is finally allowed to do, but unexpected consequences interfere with her involvement in the movie being shot at her school, while a weird prediction starts to make sense.
I read the three books in this series out of order and I still do not have the answers to all the questions that have cropped up as a result. I enjoyed the book, girls, especially, will enjoy reading it. There is light romance as the girls show an interest in boys for the first time. There is coming-of-age angst as Rory looks forward to and realizes that all of her goals as a 12 year-old are not what she imagines them to be. But the questions I have as a result of reading them out of order will hopefully be answered eventually. How did Rory manage to snag a movie star boyfriend in the 3rd book when they weren’t at the end of the 2nd one, why do 2 of the characters write on a blackboard to each other in the 3rd book, and probably a couple of others I don’t remember now. These should have been explained in the 2nd book! I guess that’s one way of bringing the reader back.
In the sequel to the acclaimed The Girl of Fire and Thorns, a seventeen-year-old princess turned war queen faces sorcery, adventure, untold power, and romance as she fulfills her epic destiny.
I enjoyed this second book of the series much more than the first. While the first really focused on the religious aspect of the land and characters, this one focuses more on the political intrigue of a person in power. And it is more difficult when that person is a 17 year old queen, who never imagined she would be in this position. I cannot wait for the next book.
When seventeen-year-old Cammie wakes up in a convent high in the Alps, she slowly comes to realize that she’s been tortured, the last four months have been erased from her mind, and an ancient terrorist organization is hunting for her.
I really like this quirky little series by Ally Carter. Who would ever imagine a series of schools that train young girls to become spies for their country? Cammie awakes to find that she is missing her whole summer and part of her senior year in spy school and spends her time trying to make up her school work while trying to recover her memory. This book takes us to many different locales in the pursuit of the truth.
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In this next installment of the companion series to the Vampire Academy series by Mead, we get to see how hard it is to keep the vampires and their half-human, half-vampire offspring, separate and secret from the human population. Sydney is finding it harder and harder to keep her emotions under control. She should be very cautious about becoming close to them but as she spends more time with them, she finds herself becoming more entangled in their lives. A very fun series that is well written and keeps you looking forward to the next book.
Eleven-year-old Neela must solve the mystery when her beautiful but cursed veena, a classical Indian musical instrument, goes missing.
This was a good book but I thought it was a little long on details, mainly due to the explanation of culture and such. I don’t know that too many of my students will give it the attention needed to finish. I enjoyed it and I don’t think that boys will even want to pick it up.
Fifteen-year-old Lizzie Cohen recalls what it was like growing up with her imaginative but disturbed older sister Tess, and how she is striving to reclaim her own life since Tess died.
I thought the book was well written but I don’t think I would recommend this to anyone younger than high school age. It has a lot of disturbing parts where you aren’t really sure if Tess is mentally disturbed, if she only suffers from anorexia, if she is really what she imagines herself to be. It takes her sister Lizzie a long time to come to terms with what happened to her sister and you worry if she will ever do so. This did take me longer to read than I thought it would and definitely not for younger readers.
When a downtown bar erupts in sudden violence that leaves eighty people dead, Lieutenant Eve Dallas discovers that the bar’s patrons were exposed to a lethal cocktail of chemicals and illegal drugs that a sinister killer administered through an airborne method.
While I am not a big fan of Nora Roberts’ romance books, I do enjoy reading her Death series with Eve Dallas and Roarke. Just the right amount of romance, intertwined with mystery and the illusion that a rich man is out there for all of us. I hope they never make this into a movie because I think it would never come close to the world I have imagined in my head. A fast, good read, I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a book with a twist at the end.
At last, Zoey has what she wanted: the truth is out. Neferet’s evil has been exposed, and the High Council is no longer on her side — but she’s far from done wreaking havoc in the vampyre world. First, a mysterious fire ravages the stables. Then, Neferet makes a devastating move that will test them all.
A good teen vampire series, with a mix of supernatural creatures to boot, a popular book with teen girls. I enjoy this series, as I have all the books by the Casts, it keeps me coming back to see if Zoey will ever just be able to enjoy being a teen without all the weight of saving the world on top of it all. Not too serious, just a touch of teen romance, and vampires, all the things girls like to read.
Tracking down a con man who has disappeared from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy, Stephanie Plum calls on Joe Morelli for help when a second felon goes missing from the same hospital.
Another hilarious Stephanie Plum adventure in which she blows up more cars, comes close to being a pink bridesmaid, and too close to fire for her comfort. Still unsure of being with either Morelli or Ranger but I don’t know if it would change the mood of the books if she actually chose one. A fun, quick book, I recommend the series to anyone who hasn’t read them.
In the historic town of Norvelt, Pennsylvania, twelve-year-old Jack Gantos spends the summer of 1962 grounded for various offenses until he is assigned to help an elderly neighbor with a most unusual chore involving the newly dead, molten wax, twisted promises, Girl Scout cookies, underage driving, lessons from history, typewriting, and countless bloody noses.
In the similar vein of Gary Paulsen, Jack Gantos writes of a childhood summer comprised of strange happenings in his hometown. I’m currently reading this to my older students and they are finding it to be hilarious, and I did too, in parts. One question he never answered in the book was whether or not he shot a hole in the screen of the town’s new drive-in theater. A good recommend to either boys or girls.
A community of mice and a cheese-loving cat form an unlikely alliance at London’s Cheshire Cheese, an inn where Charles Dickens finds inspiration and Queen Victoria makes an unexpected appearance.
A very whimsical story, with the mice and cat inspiring the stories of Charles Dickens, but in this the animals only talk to each other and not the humans around them. It was cute but I thought it dragged on a bit for me.
When her parents swap urban life in Minneapolis for rural life on a farm 100 miles away, twelve-year-old Taylor feels as if she is living on another planet.
Another girl on a farm book, but I enjoyed this as much as the other. It’s difficult transition as a child to move, and probably more difficult when you aren’t sure you will ever fit in or remember to take your barn boots off before getting on the school bus! A cute story of perseverance and pluckiness that will appeal to girls.
Twelve-year-old Foster McFee and her mother escape from her mother’s abusive boyfriend and end up in the small town of Culpepper, West Virginia, where they use their strengths and challenge themselves to build a new life, with the help of the friends they make there.
Foster is a very confident young lady when it comes to her abilities to bake cupcakes, but not always so sure about the rest of her life or the world, as a result of her family shattering just a bit when her father dies in combat. She makes her way into the lives of the people in the town they settle in, although at first, they think it will be temporary. A great book to recommend to girls, which I already have and it’s a hit with them!
When fourteen-year-olds Wren and Darra meet at a Michigan summer camp, both are overwhelmed by memories from six years earlier when Darra’s father stole a car, unaware that Wren was hiding in the back.
This book asks the question I’m sure some people think, what would happen if a child victim ran into someone who may have helped her. And the person who helped wonders what would have happened if she hadn’t? Both girls go through a process of denial, dislike, then a final revelation that as children, neither was in charge of what ultimately happened. A quick read, intense and I enjoyed the different formats the author uses to distinguish the voice of each character throughout the book.
In 1863, twelve-year-old Will, who longs to be a drummer in the Union army, is stuck in his sleepy hometown of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, but when the Union and Confederate armies meet right there in his town, he and his family are caught up in the fight. Includes historical notes, glossary, and a timeline of events.
I enjoyed this book more than I anticipated and I can see how it would appeal to boys immensely. The author seems to have really done her research for the time period and the town, as she uses real townspeople and places like the church and stores as cement for her story. Very authentic and I found myself really losing myself in the story. Very good book.
Small but fast twelve-year-old Will Tyler, an avid football player in the down-and-out town of Forbes, Pennsylvania, takes matters into his own hands to try and finance the city’s football team, giving the whole community hope in the process.
Another sports book that boys are sure to enjoy, Mike Lupica does put a little bit of a twist in this, but it still ends with the underdogs winning in the end. I guess this book can give hope to those boys who want to be able to play sports but don’t have the funding, but I found it a little unrealistic. Like I stated though, boys will enjoy this book.
Nine-and-a-half-year-old Maple and her older sister, Dawn, must work together to face treacherous terrain, wild animals, and poachers as they trek through Vermont’s Green Mountains seeking a miracle for their prematurely-born sister.
The utter belief of these 2 sisters, that they have to accomplish their mission if their baby sister is to live, is endearing. It shows the love of siblings in a different way than I have ever read. A must-have for my library!
Because living with “modern-hippy” parents on a goat farm means fourteen-year-old Janie Gorman cannot have a normal high school life, she tries joining Jam Band, making friends with Monster, and spending time with elderly former civil rights workers.
I think that the character Janie learned 2 lessons during the course of this book, one is be careful what you wish for and the other is when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Janie thinks living on a farm would be fabulous, as a child, but as a teenager, it’s not what she hoped for. This is a book I could definitely recommend to my older readers, a good book and a good debut YA book.
Over the course of history men and women have lived and died. In fact, getting sick and dying can be a big, ugly mess-especially before the modern medical care that we all enjoy today. How They Croaked relays all the gory details of how nineteen world figures gave up the ghost.
This was a most interesting and enjoyable book to read, and I am not one to read nonfiction, for the most part. It held my interest and will hold the interest of probably most kids. It was factual and informational and just gory enough for those wanting gore. The entries were short, usually one or two pages, with larger print, which appeals to a lot of kids. The accompanying facts were also very interesting to read. I will be recommending this one.