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January 16, 2019

Fool's Errand by Jenna Zark ~ a Review

by MK French

On Monday, I reviewed the first book in Jenna Zark's Beat Street series. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on the second book - Fool's Errand.

January 15, 2019

The Light Over London by Julia Kelly ~ a Review

by Donna Huber



It's been a while since I read a WWII story, but I couldn't pass up A Light Over London when I saw it at Netgalley. It is a wonderful story told in two timelines.

January 14, 2019

The Beat on Ruby's Street by Jenna Zark ~ a #KidLit Review #MondayBlogs

by MK French

In the summer of 1958, Ruby Tabeata is proud of being a Beat and not like the "average" eleven-year-old. She lives in New York City with her Beat parents and older brother, writes poetry, hopes to attend a Jack Kerouac reading and make her way through Greenwich Village. When she's accused of stealing fruit, it starts a cascade of events that sends her a children's home and shows her the power of art and protest.

January 13, 2019

A Great American Author: Pat Conroy

by Susan Roberts

None of Pat Conroy's book turned up on the Great America Read book list.  If it had been the 'Susan Great American book list', his books would own the first three spots and the rest would be in the top 20.  Pat Conroy was my first real introduction to the genre of modern Southern Fiction.  He had a mastery of the language that pulled you into his stories so that you felt like you knew the characters and you could smell the salty air as you read.

January 12, 2019

Poseidon's Academy by Sarah A. Vogler ~ a Review

by MK French

Over sixteen hundred years ago, humans banded together to kill the gods that had been using them. The gods' powers then rained down onto humanity, so that they could wield those powers for themselves. There is a prophecy that the gods will return, and one with the power of Zeus will control lightning and save the world. Hailey Woods is the first person born with the powers of Zeus in a century, but she's thirteen years old and hardly knows how to handle the power she does have. She enrolls in Poseidon's Academy, an underwater school that is very exclusive. The benefit of being underwater also means that Hailey can't use her power or be harassed to put on a show, allowing her to feel like a normal teenager. However, she overhears nymphs plotting against the human students and will do what she can to stop them from enacting the prophecy.

January 10, 2019

Miracles of the Swan's Reflection by Rose S. King ~ a Review

by MK French

The crown prince Taj and the warrior Neriah are joined by three other warriors chosen by God to protect the various worlds of Creation. The fallen angels Bartholomew and Apollo had caused the shattering, which is now felt across realities, and are searching for the shards that give life to each world. Bartholomew is hoping to collect them, creating a holy weapon that can tip the balance against God. In addition, he had cursed Taj and Neriah so that they don't remember their prior lives when they're reborn in new worlds, which makes it more difficult to fight the fallen angels.

January 9, 2019

Literary Realism and Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary

by Donna Huber

Madame Bovary is the first translated book I remember reading. It was part of my summer reading list in high school and I really enjoyed it. Whenever I think of Madame Bovary, I remember the wedding bouquet. Perhaps in Emma, I saw my own ideas of romance being overly influenced by the novels I read.

Today, I thought I would share some background information on Flaubert and Literary Realism as well as digging a bit deeper into some of the literary themes and devices used in Madame Bovary.

January 8, 2019

White Stag by Kara Barbieri ~ a #YALit Review

by MK French


Janneke is the last child in a family of daughters, so she was raised instead as a boy would have been, hunting and tracking. As a result, she escaped the slaughter in her village but was still taken captive by Lydian. She is forced to be the thrall to his nephew Soren, who later uses the hunt for a new king after the Erlking's death to draw her further into his world. The two grow closer through the battles, and eventually, a choice has to be made in order to save both the world of monsters and that of humans.

January 7, 2019

New Women's Fiction Books for January #MondayBlogs

by Susan Roberts



There are some really great women's fiction novels coming out this year. Here are 4 that come out this month that you don't want to miss.

January 6, 2019

The Island of Always by Stephen Evans ~ a Review

by Donna Huber

The Island of Always by Stephen Evans is my first book of 2019 and it was a good one.

January 5, 2019

5 New Novels for Fans of WWII Stories

by Susan Roberts


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Now that the holidays are over, there are lots of new books being published.  There are some fantastic new historical fiction books set during the WWII era.  Here are reviews of five of them.

January 4, 2019

Making Time for the Things You Love

by C. M. North


Goodreads has a way of making me feel nervous, joyous and depressed, all at the same time. I love it as a book community, but every time I visit (which is usually several times a day) I can’t help checking for new reviews of 22 Scars, which is where the nervousness comes in - what if there’s a new bad review?

January 3, 2019

The Duke I Once Knew by @OliviaDrake1 ~ a Review & Excerpt

by MK French


Abigail Linton and Maxwell Bryce had romantic feelings for each other when young, but Max and his infant sister were brought to London after his mother's death. Fifteen years later, Abigail had gotten fed up with her older siblings perpetually using her to soothe their lives with no consideration for her wants. She accepts the post of governess for Max's younger sister, thinking that he would be away from the estate. Circumstances send him back to the estate along with his libertine friends, and the two meet again for the first time in fifteen years.

January 2, 2019

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton ~ a Discussion

by Donna Huber

I enjoyed doing the Great Read PBS posts last year, so I think I'm going to continue to do that type post with books that I'm not truly reviewing. I hope you enjoy the fun facts and a different look at books.

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