Monday, August 31, 2015

Murder in the Dark by Kerry Greenwood, 266 pages

This had an outstanding quote that I loved. Some of the characters are talking about trying to catch a killer.
"We can't have the scum of America coming here," protested Jack Robinson.
"You might be a bite late," said Bert, sardonically. "By about a hundred years. Mind you, we started with the scum of Britain, so we might as well vary the mix."
This had be laughing out loud and reading it to my husband.

Death By Water by Kerry Greenwood, 259 pages

Another great entry in one of my favorite series. It's a toss up as to if I like the show better than the books, and that's a sign of how great both are.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

The Three Musketeers With Zombies by Alexandre Dumas & Mike Rogers, 258 pages

There's very few things that can't be improved with zombies, but I wish this had stayed truer to the original book.

Blue Birds, by Caroline Starr Rose, 381 pages

This is a story of friendship between two young girls on Roanoke island. Alis, a lonely English girl who falls in love with the nature of the island, and Kimi, a native American whose sister was killed by Englishmen from a previous journey. Although the girls have every reason to distrust and even hate each other, and despite language and cultural barriers, the girls become as close as sisters in this poetic work of historical fiction.

Falling In, by Frances O'Roark Dowell, 245 pages

Isabelle Bean unexpectedly falls into another world where she discovers secrets about her family that may explain why she feels so different from other kids in her school.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

izombie, uvampire by Chris roberson & Michael Allred, 168 pages

Very different from the show, evidently if you're any sort of a supernatural creature or such, heavy black eyeliner is a must.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

China Dolls by Lisa See, 383 pages

Chinese girls trying to deal with coming to age in America at the onset of WWII. How American can you be when you don't "look" American?
This was an outstanding read. Really kept me engaged the whole time.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Miss Peregrine's home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, 348 pages

A unique book inspired by cool/creepy old photos and society's freaks. Throw in some teenage ambivalence and time travel, and you've got a good interesting read.

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga, 472 pages

An amazing ending to a fantastic trilogy that started with "I Hunt Killers". I did not see the ending coming at all, but it fit completely.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Job, True Tales From the Life of a New York City Cop by Steve Osborne, 253 pages

True stories about working as a New York City Cop. Really fascinating, I always love these behind the scenes stories.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

The Legend of Sheba, Rise of a Queen by Tosca Lee, 328 pages

What little I know about Sheba comes from the Bible. I always enjoy reading historical fiction, especially ones that look at biblical figures. This was really good. It stayed true to the Bible, while exploring what might have laid behind the minds and hearts of the main characters.

Monday, August 10, 2015

The Curse of the House of Foskett by M.R.C. Kasasian, 408 pages

A very different English murder mystery. It has almost no likeable characters and the plot is very odd, but it's a very good read. I find myself enjoying it almost against my will.

Armada by Ernest Cline, 355 pages

This was another great read by the author of Ready Player One. Still video game based, and not as geektastic, but pretty entertaining.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Your Happy Healthy Pet: Turtle, by Lenny Flank Jr., 115 pages

Read this in my quest to learn about turtles as pets, especially for beginners. I gained a lot of useful information about herpetology. My oldest son was reading this too, and we discussed how it was "kind of sassy for a text-ish nonfiction book."

Zombies of Byzantium by Sean Munger, 238 pages

Very fun take on the zombie genre, 8th century A.D., the Muslims are trying to take Constantinople, and undead creatures are trying to eat everyone.

The Martian by Andy Weir, 369 pages

I saw the blurb for this upcoming movie and saw that it was based on a book. The movie looked intriguing but I don't watch movies until I've read the book. This was more science based than I would normally pick up and when my husband read it first he said he wasn't sure I would enjoy it. It turned out to be a great read.
Astronauts are sent to Mars, there's an accident and one is left behind, believed dead. It turns out that he's still alive but has to figure out a way to survive on a lifeless planet for years until the next mission. The book was scientific but not overwhelmingly so, the inner dialogue for the astronaut was hilarious twisted, and the plot was very exciting. I can't wait to see the movie now.

Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller, 386 pages

I came across this on the new shelf and there wasn't a description on the front, but from the cover and the blurbs on it, I thought it would be a slightly darker Little House on the Prairie. Boy, was I wrong. It turned out to be set in late 1970s London, with an 8-year-old girl whose father is a survivalist. He ends up basically running away with his daughter to the woods, and the book explores the story. Very dark, creepy, and pretty depressing. Not bad, but a shock to the system when you're expecting Little House.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan, 378 pages

I read this because it is a Mark Twain Award nominee and it seemed interesting. I liked the language, characters, and style, but I did think that it wrapped up a little too neatly.