This is the story of a group of friends who attend a Night of Dreaming, a strange and fantastical circus. During the performance Miss Finch disappears and reappears as someone else. It is a strange tale and one I am not 100% sure I understand.
The continuing story of the cyborg Cinder and her ragamuffin group of friends trying to save the people of the Earth and Luna (the moon) from the evil queen of Luna, Levana. Cinder, Captain Thorne, Scarlet and Wolf discover a girl imprisoned on a satellite. Believing she has information and skills that can help them overthrow Levana they set out to rescue Cress.
When the daring rescue goes awry the group ends up separated. Meanwhile Queen Levana moves along the wedding plans to Emperor Kai. Can Cinder rescue her friends before it’s too late. What will Cinder decide about her own future. Can she give up her freedom to save all the rest of inhabitants of Earth?
I love Maggie Stiefvater’s work. So when I discovered that she had written one of the stories in the Spirit Animal series, I had to read it. In the series, some individuals are able to bond with animals at their 11th birthday. 4 young children have bonded not just with any animals but with the great beasts from the legends. Abeke has bonded with a leopard, Connor a shepherd boy bonded with a giant wolf, Meillin bonded with a giant Panda, and Rollan a street urchin bonds with a falcon. This was a fast-paced enjoyable story.
Time Magazine journalist, Amanda Ripley, examines the superpowers of education thru the stories of 3 American foreign exchange students. Kim goes to Finland, Tom to Poland, and Eric to South Korea. She asks why do US students continue to lag behind other developed countries.
So, do you think parental involvement with extracurricular activities helps children in school? actually there is a slight negative correlation with parental extracurricular involvement and children’s education scores. However, reading to your kids, or reading at home (books, magazines) and discussing books, social issues, etc with your kids, is associated with higher educational scores.
Why is education so under-valued in the US? and why does this field get so much more respect in other developed countries? Why do we as Americans think Mathematics is really an optional topic. An interesting example was of the Bama pie making factory. They couldn’t find smart enough people to work in their factory, so they opened another factory in Poland (okay, they can probably get skilled and cheap labor there). Another example, was that even Head of Maintenance jobs require a fair amount of skill these days. One needs to be able to be able to read blue-prints, perform applied mathematical equations, motivate subordinates, and communicate well, including writing reports.
I wish she has examined the effect of students studying in groups. I had one prof who clearly believed in it, and it was a practice that I took up, finding other motivated students to study with.
She claims to only be transmitting information, and letting the reader decide, but she does seem to have a something of political agenda (though it is neither right nor left). She advocates stronger requirements for both teachers (of which we seem to have a plethora) and for students to pass classes. She dismisses technology and gadgets.
Twitter for Dummies is all encompassing book on Twitter. Twitter is used by millions of people around the World to communicate with each other. From the casual friends to use in the business sector Twitter is a hit and this book tells you the ins and outs of the media.
Kacey Cleary’s whole life imploded four years ago in a drunk-driving accident. Now she’s working hard to bury the pieces left behind—all but one. Her little sister, Livie. Kacey can swallow the constant disapproval from her born-again aunt Darla over her self-destructive lifestyle; she can stop herself from going kick-boxer crazy on Uncle Raymond when he loses the girls’ college funds at a blackjack table. She just needs to keep it together until Livie is no longer a minor, and then they can get the hell out of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
But when Uncle Raymond slides into bed next to Livie one night, Kacey decides it’s time to run. Armed with two bus tickets and dreams of living near the coast, Kacey and Livie start their new lives in a Miami apartment complex, complete with a grumpy landlord, a pervert upstairs, and a neighbor with a stage name perfectly matched to her chosen “profession.” But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle all of them. What she can’t handle is Trent Emerson in apartment 1D.
Kacey doesn’t want to feel. She doesn’t. It’s safer that way. For everyone. But sexy Trent finds a way into her numb heart, reigniting her ability to love again. She starts to believe that maybe she can leave the past where it belongs and start over. Maybe she’s not beyond repair.
But Kacey isn’t the only one who’s broken. Seemingly perfect Trent has an unforgiveable past of his own; one that, when discovered, will shatter Kacey’s newly constructed life and send her back into suffocating darkness.
He Will Never Forget
The broken body hanging from a tree in Texas Hill Country. . .the frozen figure huddled in a meat locker. . .only at second glance does the truth become apparent. What seems like suicide is far more sinister, and the terror is only beginning…
One devastating moment changed Greer Templeton’s life and ended two others. Now, with a body found on her property and Texas Ranger Tec Bragg on her doorstep, Greer’s nightmare has returned. With each new victim, her link to Tec’s case grows, and soon it will be too late to run.
And Never Let Them Live. . .
Greer hoped the past was behind her, but an obsessed killer has never forgotten the bond that unites them. One by one, he will track down his victims, finish what was started–and make Greer’s dying wish come true.
Fate has thrown two sworn enemies…
Of all the hotel rooms rented by all the adulterous politicians in Chicago, female Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde had to choose the one next to 1308, where some hot-and-heavy lovemaking ends with a death. And of all the FBI agents in Illinois, it had to be Special Agent Jack Pallas who gets assigned to this high-profile homicide. The same Jack Pallas who still blames Cameron for a botched crackdown three years ago—and for nearly ruining his career.
Into each other’s arms…
Work with Cameron Lynde? Are they kidding? Maybe, Jack thinks, this is some kind of welcome-back prank after his stint away from Chicago. But it’s no joke; the pair is going to have to put their rocky past behind them and focus on the case at hand. That is, if they can cut back on the razor-sharp jibes—and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.
Splendors and Glooms is a 2013 Newbery Honor Book and kind of reinforces my idea that the Newbery Award is not about books that kids would choose to read themselves. It is about books that adults think kids should read or need to read. Which means the books are generally not popular and are not going to be books kids will pick up on their own. Splendors and Glooms is a heavy book that deals with some very tough topics like child abuse, unwanted male attention, death and evil all the while set in Victorian England. It is a long read with a lot of descriptive language reminiscent of Victorian literature. It is a book that I would actually say is more geared towards older kids because of the situations and language (there are a couple of swear words).
Splendors and Glooms is the story of three children: Clara, Lizzie Rose, and Parsefall. Clara is a privileged girl who is the only surviving child of a cholera epidemic that killed all her brothers and sisters. Her house is one of mourning even years after the fact. Lizzie Rose is a child of the theater who was orphaned when her parents died who plays at being a lady. Parsefall is another orphan who was rescued from the workhouse, loves being a puppeteer and picks a pocket or two. Lizzie Rose and Parsefall live with Grisini the puppeteer. He doesn’t treat them very well, barely feeds them and makes them work for him. The three meet when Clara begs to have Grisini do a show at her birthday party. She disappears the next day with no trace. Then Parsefall and Lizzie Rose discover a new puppet who looks just like Clara and come to believe that Grisini is a magician who turned her into a puppet. Grisini disappears leaving the children on their own until they discover a letter from Cassandra asking them to come live with her. Cassandra is a witch who has visions of being consumed by fire because of the fire opal she possesses. Grisini tells her that a child must steal it from her in order to free her (thus the request for the kids). The kids arrive at her country castle and start trying to figure out what is going on and how they can get out of it.
So not my favorite book. The story was overly dramatic and gruesome at times for a children’s book. The ending was way too simple to be realistic and diminished the drama of the previous 400 pages. And the plot got a little convoluted and a bit boring to tell you the truth.
Hard to read, but absolutely fascinating, this book not only tells the story of a school shooter, but also is written by someone who considered it before his life got turned around. The parallels between Vann and Kazmierczak’s early lives are staggering. The line between mass murder and living a normal life is surprisingly easy to cross, a point brought up by the author. Anyone interested in true crime, psychology, sociology and related fields will find this book difficult to put down. It brings a very human element to a seemingly otherworldly type of crime. Very informative.
This is a fantastic book for the beginning fantasy watercolorist with information on faces, hands, feet, and everything in between. It also has beginning watercolor instruction for those not well-versed in it already. I absolutely loved this book and plan to add it to my personal collection soon. It was exactly what I was looking for!
This is a great book especially for those wanting to begin with oils, acrylics, or digital media. Watercolorists would have to adapt the shades of the washes from lightest to darkest. Hodgson lays it all out step-by-step as the title implies, instructing the artist on drawing out and painting fantasy characters and backgrounds. He walks the artist through six different paintings, all using various methods, creatures, and poses. A good reference to keep on hand as well. Just wished it was geared a little more for watercolor too.
A fun read for knitters everywhere. While the secrets are not necessarily new revelations to those of us knitting for awhile, the book brings humor and good-hearted advice to the craft. Some of the patterns are truly delightful and I can’t wait to knit them up. I ended up adding this book to my personal collection because I just enjoyed it that much. Sit back with a cuppa and read Stiefel and Souza. You won’t regret it.