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Always (Forever Trilogy, Book 3)
Always (Forever Trilogy, Book 3)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 341
Review Date: 5/31/2006


Darci has never given up searching for her kidnapped husband, Adam Montgomery. But her quest has taken her deeper into the world of psychic phenomena than she ever dreamed -- or dared to go. When the FBI enlists her help in locating the missing father of undercover agent Jack Rose, Darci signs on for the covert operation, not knowing that her attraction to handsome, sexy Jack is about to lead her into deadly territory -- and into an era long past. For Jack has a protector, a mysterious nineteenth-century lady who pulls them into a time and place where Darci is stripped of her abilities. Can she find the key that links to the modern-day crimes she's set out to solve? And will a showdown with a wicked force from the past hold her hostage...for all eternity?


American Indian Myths and Legends
American Indian Myths and Legends
Author: R. Erdoes and A. Ortiz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/3/2007


"American Indian Myths and Legends" is a collection of 166 stories selected and edited by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz that represent the heart and soul of the native people of North America. In contrast to the more familiar classical myths of ancient Greece and Roman, the genesis for these stories is much more organic, rising from the animals, plants and herb that made up the every day world of the people who told these tales. These tales also reflect the diversity of the peoples group under the name of American Indians, from the Seneca and Alconquian of the East to the White Mountain Apache and Navajo of the Southwest to the Brule Sioux and Nez Perce of the Plains.
However, teachers at any level who are studying myths can certainly find stories that can be used to create fascinating comparison/contrasts with tales on similar subjects from classical, Celtic, Hindu, African, or any other mythology they can get their hands on for class. I can see an excellent unit being developed just on the various creation myths of both humans and the worlds related in this book, which would provoke students to think about what difference the differences in these stories make in terms of how a people view the world and their place in it.
Note: Many of the stories in this volume were collected by the authors in their extensive field research. Others are classic accounts, which are presented in their original forms, while the rest come from 19th-century sources that have been retold by the authors in an effort to do away with the artificial style typical of the period and restore their authenticity. The result is that there is a wide spectrum of American Indian history and culture covered within these pages.


Ancient Mysteries
Ancient Mysteries
Author: Peter James, Nick Thorpe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/13/2006
Helpful Score: 1


territory. Now science writer Peter James and archaeologist Dr. Nick Thorpe have teamed up again to examine Ancient Mysteries, pledging allegiance to no theory or theorist, free to explore any explanation supported by the evidence. As often happens, they must finally throw up their hands in confusion, but getting there is half the fun.
Did King Arthur really exist? Who was Robin Hood? How did the enormous stone heads of Easter Island find their way to their resting places? Why did the Mayans disappear? These are some of the 37 big questions tackled by James and Thorpe in nearly 700 pages. A few of their selections may seem curious when compared to the puzzles that have gripped us for centuries, but overall their penetrating analyses of legend and archaeological data are fascinating and engagingly written. For those who can tolerate a bit of uncertainty in their reading, Ancient Mysteries will be a profoundly satisfying look into the fuzzy boundaries of our knowledge.


Angels (Walsh Family, Bk 3)
Angels (Walsh Family, Bk 3)
Author: Marian Keyes
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 372
Review Date: 5/31/2006


Thirty-three-year-old Brit Margaret ("Maggie") Walsh is going through a "bad patch": she's drunk her contact lenses for "the third time in six weeks"; she's lost her job; and her nine-year marriage to Garv is over. Thus begins Keyes's enormously entertaining fifth novel. She resurrects the "maintenance-level dysfunctional" Walsh family: sisters Claire (Watermelon), Rachel (Rachel's Holiday), Helen and Anna, plus a befuddled dad and hyper-as-a-hummingbird mum. Maggie, however, is the "good" sister, so it is especially shameful when she must slink back home. She tends to the "mourning sickness" over her failed marriage, which Keyes describes with surprising depth and verisimilitude, and begins fantasizing about what might have been with her first love, Shay Delaney. Accepting an invitation from her best friend, Emily, a struggling screenwriter, Maggie visits L.A., the mecca of reinvention. She decides to trade in her "plain yogurt" persona for that of bad girl and takes an oft-bumpy walk on the wild side, with results that are riotously and embarrassingly silly. Amid her drunken nights and poor flirting choices, she throws herself into the glittering cesspool of La-la-land: acting as Emily's assistant, she witnesses the superficial frivolity and vicious fickleness of the entertainment business. Keyes's observations may be familiar (on aura reading, fake boobs, sadistic eyebrow groomers, the dependence of social status on cars), but her cleverly hilarious approach, especially as a foreigner, keep them fresh. Although this is unquestionably a fun read, Keyes refrains from turning it into fluff and delivers a well-rounded story.


Animal Liberation
Animal Liberation
Author: Peter Singer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 5/31/2006


The modern animal rights movement may be dated to the 1975 publication of Animal Liberation by Australian philosopher Peter Singer," declared Newsweek of the first edition, and this "bible" for animal rights activists has just undergone a second edition. Singer continues his "blistering indictment of so-called humane use of animals in scientific research" ( LJ 12/1/75), describes the current (and still atrocious) state of animal testing, and brings up to date the activities of the animal rights movement, nascent at the time of the first edition's release. This is a necessary purchase for any animal rights collection. See also Heidi J. Welsh's Animal Testing and Consumer Products , reviewed in this issue, p. 98.--Ed.


The Baker's Boy (Book of Words, Bk 1)
The Baker's Boy (Book of Words, Bk 1)
Author: J. V. Jones
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 100
Review Date: 5/31/2006


An ancient prophecy, court intrigue, and a world war directed by magical means are the basis for this three-book series set in the world of the Four Kingdoms. It stars Jack, a young man of unknown parentage whose magical talents will be either his salvation or his bane; the highborn young woman Melliandra, determined to run away from her life of privilege rather than be married to a man she despises; the tragic knight Tawl, whose mission is doomed from the day he undertakes it; the evil Baralis, traitor to his King; and a cast of many more, all finely drawn. For countless years magic has fueled a conspiracy to capture the crown of the Four Kingdoms. Now, as the King lays dying, traitorous powers prepare a political marriage to secure the taking of the throne. But the highborn young Melliandra refuses to bethroth a sinister prince, and flees the castle with Jack, a kitchen apprentice terrified by his sudden power to work miracles. Stalked by the conniving sorcerer Baralis, Melli and Jack embark on a dark and wondrous journey--in which an ancient prophecy, The Book of Words, will bear frighteningly true.


Beach Music
Beach Music
Author: Pat Conroy
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 131
Review Date: 5/31/2006


The hero, Jack McCall, describes himself as a man on the run from his past: the suicide of his beloved wife; the destructive influence of his icy, manipulative mother and mean, bullying, alcoholic father; the betrayal of his youthful ideals, his faith in the Catholic Church, his boyhood friends. Conroy takes on these emotionally laden issues in chapters so direct and powerful that readers will be moved by his intimacy with the material, and perhaps astonished by his authority over it. Conroy meshes complex plot lines with ease. Jack, a food and travel writer, fled with his toddler daughter, Leah, to Rome in 1982 in the wake of his wife Shyla's suicidal jump from a bridge in Charleston, S.C., and her parents' subsequent lawsuit to deny him custody of Leah. He returns home some years later because his mother is dying of leukemia. In addition to becoming embroiled in family tension, he begins a slow process of reconciliation with Shyla's parents, who eventually tell him the stories of their respective Holocaust experiences; with his first love, Ledare Ashley, now a scriptwriter employed by their youthful chum, Mike Hess, to write a screenplay of their growing-up years; and with his parents and siblings. He witnesses the return to Waterford of another friend, Jordan Elliot, who has been presumed dead for 18 years after he was accused of murder during a protest against the Vietnam War, and who was betrayed by the fourth member of their boyhood clan, Capers Middleton, who is now running for governor of South Carolina.


Best Kept Secrets
Best Kept Secrets
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 196
Review Date: 5/31/2006


Alexandra Gaither is a savvy, beautiful attorney who finally has the power to get what she has always wanted-justice. Twenty-five years before, her mother died a scandalous death. Now as she investigates her mother's former lover, his best friend, and the father figure to them both, she will risk everything to uncover their best kept secrets.


Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, Bk 5)
Blind Alley (Eve Duncan, Bk 5)
Author: Iris Johansen
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 215
Review Date: 5/31/2006


In her latest thriller about Atlanta detective Joe Quinn and the love of his life, forensic sculptor Eve Duncan, Joe gives Eve a skull to reconstruct. Eerily enough, the face resembles 17-year-old Jane MacGuire, who has been offered sanctuary by Eve and Joe after surviving a rough-and-tumble life on the streets. Now it seems that a killer is trying to erase all evidence of her face because it is identical to that of a statue of a woman who died during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Several look-alikes have already been killed in Europe, and Scotland Yard sends in hunky Mark Trevor to help. Eve mistrusts him, but Jane, who has had recurring nightmares related to the killings, believes that he's there to help her. Eve and Joe want to protect Jane, but the intrepid teenager knows that unless she confronts the killer, she will live the rest of her life in fear. Johansen has become adept at mixing supernatural elements with intriguing suspense, and her new tale will please both fans and new converts with its unpredictable journey from Atlanta to the archaeological digs of Herculaneum in Italy.


Bloodlines
Bloodlines
Author: Sharon Sala, Dinah McCall
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 229
Review Date: 5/17/2006


Twenty-five years earlier Olivia Sealy had been kidnapped, and her parent murdered. Olivia was later returned to her family (left in a shopping mall) but has no recollection of the kidnapping. Fast forward several years later...the discovery of a suitcase holding the skeletal remains of a two year old girl, killed twenty-five years earlier is found. Questions start being asked and Olivia suddenly finds herself becoming a target for murder. As if this isn't enough for her to balance...she has to deal with the detective that's investigating the case...her childhood sweetheart that her grandfather made her give up.

Trey Bonney thought he got on with his life but when the old bones lead to the doorstep of the only woman he's ever loved he's about to realize that he's not as put together as he thought he was. Trey and Olivia need to put the past to rest but those feelings aren't going away and in fact are growing in intensity. They're not children playing at love anymore, their adults with deep feeling. Will Trey be able to solve the old murder and keep his Livvie alive or will the past finally get it's revenge?


Bone Cold
Bone Cold
Author: Erica Spindler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 155
Review Date: 5/31/2006


June 1978, thirteen-year-old Harlow Anastasia Grail and her six-year-old friend are kidnapped and held for ransom. Harlow manages to escape but not before the kidnapper cuts off her right pinkie in retaliation for her parents calling in the FBI. Fast forward to January 2001, Harlow has assumed a new identity and career as Anna North, a suspense writer. Anna is a reserved person who stills suffers nightmares. She doesn't trust or make friends easily, but she is content with her new life. Content that is until the letters begin. Someone, who knows Anna well, has sent messages to all her friends revealing her true identity. Anna begins to fear for her safety and that of her "little sister", a troubled teenager that Anna sponsors. Not knowing whom to trust, Anna turns to two men. Dr. Benjamin Walker, a psychologist who specializes in the effect of childhood trauma on adult personality and behavior wants to use Anna and her past for a book he is working on. Quentin Malone, a detective who works homicide, who doesn't seem to believe Anna is in any serious trouble. Anna finds herself attracted to both men, yet unable to trust either.
What a book! Erica Spindler has woven a fascinating story with so many twists and turns in the plot; I can't even begin to review all of them without giving away vital information that would spoil the book for you. Ms. Spindler has outdone herself this time. If I had any complaints, I felt like the heroine was a little wimpy at times. But, I was so engrossed in the story, it was just a minor annoyance. If you like romantic suspense, this book is for you!


The Carriage House (Texas Rangers, Bk 1)
The Carriage House (Texas Rangers, Bk 1)
Author: Carla Neggers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 77
Review Date: 5/31/2006


Brimming with Neggers's (The Waterfall) usual flair for creating likeable, believable characters and her keen recognition of the obstacles that can muddle relationships, this suspenseful modern-day tale is delightfully populated with 19th-century ghosts. When Tess accepts a rundown house by the sea in lieu of payment for a design job, she never expects a skeleton buried in the cellar and the handsome, taciturn widower next door to be part of the package. But the skeleton vanishes before anyone else sees it, throwing doubt on Tess's claims and throwing her into a panic, as the stealing of the skeleton likely points to murder. This also puts a damper on her unsought, but irresistible, romance with neighbor Andrew. Neggers seasons her people with warm, genuine details that give everyone, even the most secondary characters, a depth and quirkiness unusual in a genre that relies too often on stereotypes to fill out the cast. Tess's frequent references to her mother's death from cancer when Tess was a child seem an awkward and a heavy-handed way to give the heroine some baggage, but Tess and Andrew's magnetic dance toward each other and the tense drama surrounding the identity of the missing skeleton engage the reader instantly. Neggers delivers a colorful, well-spun story that shines with sincere emotion among a field overstocked with contemporaries that rely on lots of flashy passion but little soul.


Cause For Alarm
Cause For Alarm
Author: Erica Spindler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 55
Review Date: 5/31/2006


Spindler's latest romantic suspense (after Shocking Pink) moves fast and takes no prisoners. Kate and Richard Ryan, the perfect couple (money, good looks, successful power careers, great house on Lake Pontchartrain), adopt a baby girl to make their lives complete. Unbeknownst to them, the birth mother, Julianna, a young woman on the run from her ex-lover, CIA contract-killer John Powers, is more than a tad unhinged. Unable to tear herself from the beautiful lives of the Ryans, Julianna falls for Richard and becomes his mistress. Meanwhile, baby Emma fulfills Kate's life in a way material success never could. But Powers is closing in on all of them, vowing bloody revenge, and Kate finds herself turning to old boyfriend Luke Dallas, bestselling author of detective stories, for aid and comfort. Though marred by an occasionally clunky prose style, Spindler's newest is an intriguing look into the twisted mind of someone for whom murder is simply a business.


A Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows, Bk 1)
A Cavern of Black Ice (Sword of Shadows, Bk 1)
Author: J. V. Jones
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 5/31/2006


The first volume of Jones's (The Barbed Coil, etc.) new trilogy is set in a sub-arctic land so vividly realized that it contributes notably to the book's suspense and emotional impactAeven as it almost overpowers its characters. Ashd March, the adopted daughter of a nobleman; Raif and Dray Sevrance, two accomplished archers; and Angus Lok, a once formidable warrior, are becoming increasingly aware, through alarming signsAa camp of murdered men, a recurring nightmare of ice and blood, an ominous call to armsAof a magical evil coming their way. The destinies of these four, particularly of Ash and Raif, become progressively entwined, even entangled, as the novel lumbers toward its inconclusive ending. Throughout, Jones skillfully mixes bits borrowed from history, folklore, religion (her shamans are particularly well done) and other fantasy works, but her attention to these details and her determination to introduce every element of her trilogy at once slow the pacing and sometimes create more confusion than clarity. Nonetheless, Jones has a real gift for evocative description, and the novel will satisfy most saga lovers.


Chemistry (Barron's Ez-101 Study Keys)
Review Date: 7/16/2006


Outline Notes: Themes, keys, formulae, glossary of chemistry terms for your introdutory college course. Study keys will help guide you through lectures, labs, your textbook and tests in introductory chemistry courses.


The Children of Wrath (Renshai Chronicles, Bk 6)
The Children of Wrath (Renshai Chronicles, Bk 6)
Author: Mickey Zucker Reichert
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 5/31/2006


A stout volume concludes Reichert's second saga about the Renshai, paranormal humans who share a world whose realization is heavily influenced by Norse mythology, with dark and light elves, normal humans, and the Old Norse gods themselves. The curse of sterility that the dark elves have sent to humanity can now only be removed by the recovery of the missing shards of the Pica Stone, which must be sought in an action-filled quest involving all the races in Reichert's fantasy world. The Norse pantheon resumes direct intervention in this world, an intervention handled with literary skill and folkloric scholarship that further raises the level of suspense. This book is not the ideal place to start an acquaintance with the Renshai, but those who know them from Beyond Ragnarok (1995) and Prince of Demons (1996) and the earlier Renshai Trilogy (The Last of the Renshai [1992], The Western Wizard [1992], Child of Thunder [1993]) won't want to part company with them until they've read it.


Cover of Night
Cover of Night
Author: Linda Howard
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 398
Review Date: 9/3/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Loved the character development and storyline. Excellent Suspense with some romance thrown in!


Crafts to Decorate Your Home
Crafts to Decorate Your Home
Author: Mary Engelbreit
Book Type: Spiral-bound
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 47
Review Date: 6/8/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Get ready to 'Breit"en up your home!! Mary Engelbreit shares her magic and whimsy in this idea-filled books of projects you can make!


The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light and Shadow: Ships of Merior, Bk 1)
The Curse of the Mistwraith (Wars of Light and Shadow: Ships of Merior, Bk 1)
Author: Janny Wurts
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 5/31/2006


Two brothers, heirs to lands and locked in a blood feud, are drawn across a dimensional portal into a world where they are hailed as the promised saviors. As Arithon, the Master of Shadows, and his half-brother Lysaer, the Lord of Light, prepare to do battle against the Mistwraith, who has for centuries cloaked the world of Athera in darkness, they face an additional battle born of their mutual distrust of each other. Although fantasy author Wurts breaks no new ground in this series opener, her elaborate and vivid world-building and complex protagonists recommend this title to fans of epic fantasy.


Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Bk 1)
Daughter of the Forest (The Sevenwaters Trilogy, Bk 1)
Author: Juliet Marillier
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 223
Review Date: 5/17/2006


A great read. Nice to have a female as the central character in a fantasy book


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