the raven boys

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater is a young adult paranormal story about Blue, her family, and some boys from a nearby private school.  Everyone in Blue’s family is psychic … except for her. Blue does have a gift, she acts as an amplifier for other psychics.  Blue has had a number of readings over

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The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker

The Sea Queen by Linnea Hartsuyker continues the story that began in the Half-Drowned King.  Ragnvald has sworn to King Harald, who wants to unite all of Norway under his rule. The first book focused on Ragnvald’s rise as a warrior, and  his sister Svanhild played a more minor part.  In The Sea Queen Svanhild has grown

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witness

Witness by Karen Hesse

Witness is a Reader’s Theater written in free verse with 11 distinct voices. The audiobook cast features a different reader for each character which really brings the book to life for listeners. The audio also includes an interview with both the author Karen Hesse and the historian Leonard Marcus.   This is a short but powerful

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age of iron

Age of Iron by Angus Watson

Age of Iron is a fun book that takes place during a time just prior to the Roman invasion of Britain. It is historical fiction and an adventure story. At its heart are three characters. Dug is a middle-aged warrior.  He would prefer an easy job as a guard or something similar, but he works

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a dance of cloaks

A Dance of Cloaks by David Dalglish

A Dance of Cloaks is a story with a very large cast of characters. At it’s heart there is Thren Felhorn, master of the Spider Guild, and his son Aaron. There are several other thieves guilds with their leaders and lieutenants.  There is the king and his main adviser.  There are three great merchant families, each

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sky in the deep

Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

Sky in the Deep is an amazing, well written book based on Viking lore. It is an incredibly rich well told story about a young Aska warrior, Eelyn.  The story begins on the battlefield where once again the Aska face off against their traditional enemy, the Riki. Five years previously, Eelyn lost her brother Iri in

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daughter of the pirate king

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller

Daughter of the Pirate King is a fun story. Like many pirate tales, there is a good mix of action, adventure, and romance. A difference is that the main character, Alosa, is female. She is the daughter of the pirate king and captain of a ship in his fleet. The story opens with the capture

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a darker shade of magic

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

I love creative fantasies with rich, unique world building.  In A Darker Shade of Magic V. E. Schwab brings that to the table. In the story, there are parallel worlds which are each very different, but have one thing in common: they each have a London. There are four Londons: White, Grey, Red, and Black.  There used

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off the grid by cj box

Off The Grid by C.J. Box – One of His Best

Are you a C.J. Box fan? If so, you are in for a treat. Off The Grid is a great story and probably the best Box ever.  There is a lot going on.  The Governor asks Joe Picket to investigate some unusual activities. One of Joe’s daughters is in danger and no one knows it. 

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The Black Duck by Janet Taylor Lisle

The 18th amendment was the constitutional ban of the sale, manufacture and distribution (but not the consumption) of alcohol, also known as Prohibition, in the United States between 1920 and 1933.  It was hoped that Prohibition would reduce crime, but it actually increased crime and gang activity in many places. This book is a fictionalized

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betrayed

How Judy Got Her Grove Back – Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline

Betrayed begins with Judy Carrier in a funk. Judy is an associate attorney at the all women’s law firm of Rosato and Associates. Her boss, Benedetta Rosato, has dumped a large number of cases on Judy.  Judy doesn’t feel good about these new cases, but doesn’t feel she has any say in the matter.  Judy worries that

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