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Reflections on the #AtoZChallenge

by Donna Huber For the A to Z Challenge, I discussed different book genres/categories. Each day, I gave a few details about the genre/catego...

May 12, 2018

Key Largo Blues by Lynne M. Spreen ~ An @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

Usually, it is Susan who encounters the great women's fiction books with mature characters, but this time I got to recommend a book to her. Although this is book 2 in the Karen Grace series by Lynne M. Spreen, I didn't have much trouble connecting with the cast of Key Largo Blues.

May 11, 2018

The Last Straw by Ed Duncan ~ A Review

by MK French

A teenage girl named Sandra witnessed a carjacking gone wrong. The boy was an inner city kid with no priors, coaxed into it, yet somehow a hitman is after the girl. Paul Elliott is a lawyer and was a friend of the girl's father, and has some history with Rico, the enforcer that had refused to kill the girl. The two team up to protect her, especially once they find out that the boy's biological father is the crime boss trying to kill the girl.

May 10, 2018

Good Neighbors by Joanne Serling ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

Good Neighbors is a novel about four families of neighbors in an upscale suburb. They all become friends due to their proximity to each other and probably wouldn't be friends for any other reason because they are all so different. This is a mainly a story of the women in this exclusive clique - the husbands are definitely part of the background and don't play much of a role in the neighborhood dramas and dynamics.

May 9, 2018

Crimson Ash by Haley Sulich ~ A Review

by MK French

In a future devastated by the virus the Devil's Dream, survivors are given a Choice: to die or to live in the government-run city where every moment is tightly regulated and observed for deviance. The Choice is given by soldiers, who are children stolen from families with their memories erased. They endure a harsh life in the City of Soldiers, and feel no emotion, which is considered a weakness. Sixteen-year-old Ember Lucille is one such soldier, stolen away eight years before the start of the book. She has no emotional connection to Solanine Lucille, who had found the leader of the rebels to try to help rescue Ember. Even getting her out of the government control isn't enough, because both sisters have secrets they are sure will devastate the other.

May 8, 2018

Everything She Lost by Alessandra Harris ~ A Review

by Susan Roberts

Everything She Lost is a story about family, friendship and mental illness. Family and friends should be able to help someone who has had a breakdown but in this book, you aren't sure if they are helping the main character's recovery or working to make her relapse.

May 7, 2018

Bookworm: A Memoir of Childhood Reading by Lucy Mangan ~ An @Audible_com Review

by Donna Huber

I remember curling up in my Mom's lap as we read together and the first book I 'read' because I had it memorized. Or how I created a little library between the wall and my bed with my Sesame Street books (those were mail days). As a pre-teen, I remember being excited to go to the mall because it meant a trip to B. Dalton bookstore and I could pick up two new Baby-Sitters Club books. Do you have memories connected to books?

Lucy Mangan shares her memories of childhood reading in her new memoir Bookworm.

May 6, 2018

Sword & Sorcery Novels for Each Age of Fantasy Readers

by MK French

Sword and sorcery literature was first coined for this subgenre of fantasy in 1961. As the name suggests, it features sword-wielding heroes with typically magic or elements of the supernatural present in the story. While there are similarities to other types of fantasy, it tends to fast-paced and action-packed. It is also considered to lend itself more to series format than say epic fantasy.

As sword and sorcery stories appeal to all age groups of readers, today I review three - one targeted towards middle grades, one that is more for teens, and one for adults.