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Eragon (Inheritance, Bk 1)
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I did not read the book. It was for our library, however, the students have continually checked it out.

Diggers (Bromeliad, Bk 2)
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If you are a Pratchett fan you know this trilogy will delight and amuse. If you are new to his work you are in for a treat. Like P.G. Wodehouse, Terry Pratchett is one of a kind, blending unparalleled humor with a delightful mixed-up jumble of philosophy, science, and fairy tale. As always, pick up a Terry Pratchett novel and prepare to laugh.

The Toll-Gate
The Toll-Gate
Author: Georgette Heyer
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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This was such a great book! It's become my new favorite Heyer. I guess I never sought out "The Toll-Gate" before, because the reviews led me to believe it was more of a mystery than a romance, and I expected the mystery to be the "cozy" variety. Instead, there is a lot of action, giving the hero an opportunity to show his mettle. It involves a missing person, robbery, and murder, and is pretty interesting. But there is in fact a delightful romance in the center of the book. The main characters spend quality time together and it doesn't take them until the very end of the book to realize they are love.

The hero, Captain John Staple, is a big, dependable ex-military man who knows his own mind. Readers of "The Unknown Ajax" will be familiar with this variety of Heyer hero. The heroine, Miss Nell Stornaway, has been running her grandfather's estate. She is intelligent, capable and mature. That is, not a foolish flibbertigibbet barely out of her teens who gets herself into trouble to drive the plot forward. The book also emphasizes that she is a tall and strong woman, not a frail little flower, and so is a good match for the hero. I love a story where the conflicts are external, and the hero and heroine are honest and straightforward with each other from the start. And I also love a story where the hero is smitten with the heroine from the start.

The dialogue between the characters is one of the chief delights of the book. In fact there is dialogue on almost every page, and very little narration.

Because the hero spends so much of his time trying to solve the mystery, this book has a lot more adventure than a book that uses London high society as a setting. The stakes are a lot higher than who gets to dance with who at Almacks. It all takes place in an isolated spot in the countryside, and there is a small but vivid cast of characters, including a few of the heroine's servants, her grandfather, a highwayman, an orphaned boy, and a couple of villains. Heyer disposes of those villains in a very cold-blooded way which I couldn't help but enjoy.

Every one of the characters is perfectly drawn. In short, 5 stars. I don't see how this book could be improved on. If you love traditional Regencies, grab it!

Blood Claim
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i liked it but gift of the raven and winner takes all were really good.

Evening Class
Evening Class
Author: Maeve Binchy
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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I got this book as a gift for someone else but it looked great

The Zombie Survival Guide : Complete Protection from the Living Dead
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I am a fan of the apocalypse, really any kind, but especially Zombies. It is written as though it is a true how too book, quoting military facts, "media stories" and "first hand accounts". Not to say that the information in this book would not be helpful, there are many tried and true survival tactics and some really good advise. Max Brooks has a very vivid and active imagination and did not leave any stone unturned. He tells us how to deal with different types of Zombies, from "Night of the Living Dead" slow movers to the more modern fast paced "Walking Dead" undead. He goes over different weaponry and their uses, benefits and down sides. Camping and scavenging, bugging out and hunkering down. Like I said, this is not a how to guide so if you are serious you will be better off getting a "real" survival guide but this is an interesting book to read.

The Valley of Amazement
The Valley of Amazement
Author: Amy Tan
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Audio CD
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I like Amy Tan, she is a very talented author. I have enjoyed Joy Luck Club.

I listened to this book for over 24 hours of mind numbing boredom. I finished it. I had to for some reason. I just did not enjoy my this book. The book was lacking. There was so much sex, but it was poorly done. No really it was lame, insipid, boring, dull. The story was dull, as we hear whining characters continue to talk about how betrayed and unloved they felt, as they try to grow but never really do grow.

Basically a story about women who have sex a lot, with men who mistreat them. They get pregnant, they get abandoned, they pull themselves up out of the mud. The find forgiveness and love and reunite. Blah blah blah it was dull. Her other stuff was better.

Miss Wonderful (Carsington, Bk 1)
Miss Wonderful (Carsington, Bk 1)
Author: Loretta Chase
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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This was a fun first book of a series. I really enjoyed the storyline and the very strong female character. She was sassy and had a great diabolical mind! LOL
The hero was very engaging, and very likable. I enjoyed how open and honest he was about his past and how he is handling it.

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Naked Werewolf, Bk 2)
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I'm glad Maggie got her own story. But, she had moments where I really, really wanted to smack her. She could be just plain stupid. I also didn't really "get" the romance. Maggie spends (at least to me)a lot of time pushing Nick away. So, of course, he is hopelessly in love with her.
Here is to hoping the next book is better!

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Holiday fun wrapped up in three holiday themed stories.
Each brought a nice story of the holiday season and very enjoyable.

Long Lost (Myron Bolitar, Bk 9)
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Book Description
Myron Bolitar hasn't heard from Terese Collins since their torrid affair ended ten years ago, so her desperate phone call from Paris catches him completely off guard. In a shattering admission, Terese reveals the tragic story behind her disappearanceher struggles to get pregnant, the greatest moment of her life when her baby was born...and the fatal accident that robbed her of it all: her marriage, her happiness, and her beloved only daughter.

Now a suspect in the murder of her ex-husband in Paris, Terese has nowhere else to turn for help. Myron heeds the call. But then a startling piece of evidence turns the entire case upside down, laying bare Terese's long-buried family secrets...and the very real possibility that her daughter may still be alive.

In grave danger from unknown assailants in a country where nothing is as it seems, Myron and Terese race to stay a step ahead of Homeland Security, Interpol, and Mossad. Soon they are working at breakneck pace not only to learn what really happened to Terese's long-lost little girlbut to uncover a sinister plot with shocking global implications.

My Review
This book was more action-packed than other Myron Bolitar books, and it also took place
in Europe. The pacing was fast and furious resulting in a hard-to-put-down read. Coben definitely makes you laugh out loud with Myron and Win's antics and as usual he keeps you wondering how it will end. I now looking forward to reading the next book in the Bolitar series and highly recommend Coben's books to those who love stories that are fast-paced with unexpected twists.

Lucky Boy
Lucky Boy
Author: Shanthi Sekaran
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Hardcover
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Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran, through a heartbreaking story, documents serious societal issues. Infertility. Motherhood. Adoption. Immigration. The book grounds the big issues through the characters of Solimar and Kavya, two mothers deeply and unequivocally in love with a child. I know throughout the book that this book is going to end in sadness for one of them, but I keep furiously reading and unrealistically hoping until the last page that somehow it will work out for both of them.

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All Dressed in White: An Under Suspicion Novel
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I really enjoyed this book. In reality, I enjoy most of Mary Higgins Books. This mystery has so many twists and turns in it that more than 5 times while reading, I thought I had solved the mystery and knew who the killer was. But, each time she would twist the plot and someone else would look guilty. I never did figure this one out and was totally surprised at the end to realize who the killer was and what their motive had been. This is one of her books that I simply couldn't put down and after all, that is the true feature of an excellently written book. I hope she continues to write for the next 20 years or so. If there's an award she hasn't won they may as well give it to her now. Wonderful book.

Turning Angel (Penn Cage, Bk 2)
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Book Description
After winning the most dangerous case of his career, prosecutor Penn Cage decides to remain in his Southern hometown to raise his young daughter in a safe haven. But nowhere is truly safenot from long-buried secrets, or murder.... When the nude body of prep school student Kate Townsend is found near the Mississippi River, Penn's best friend, Drew Elliott, is desperate for his counsel. An esteemed family physician, Drew makes a shocking confession that could put him on death row. Penn will do all he can to exonerate Drew, but in a town where the gaze of a landmark cemetery statuethe Turning Angelnever looks away, Penn finds himself caught on the jagged edge of blackmail, betrayal, and deadly violence.

My Review
This is a story that will grab your attention right from the start. It was hard to put down and the plot had many twists and turns. The ending was a surprise that I didn't see coming. The subject matter was disturbing but the characters are very realistic. I loved the setting of the book - the South in Natchez Mississippi, a historic civil war city. I now look forward to reading the 3rd book of the Penn Cage series and highly recommend this author to those who love page-turning mystery novels.

Gemina (The Illuminae Files)

You HAVE to read the first book to understand this second one. But this second one..I devoured it in a night. It's AMAZING. You will NOT want to put it down. That's all I'm saying.

The Blue Nowhere
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This book has more twists and turns than a 10 foot long corkscrew,I enjoyed this book.

Gone with the Wind
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This is one of my favorite books of all time. In fact, this book is the reason I became such an avid reader. This classic is one that everyone should read.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, Book 1)

The story never gets old and the artwork is simply stunning. It's worth it to read it again just to see the wonderful designs on the pages!

Fatal Fiction
Fatal Fiction
Author: Kym Roberts
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
Book Type: Paperback
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Fatal Fiction by Kym Roberts is the first book in A Book Barn Mystery series. Charli Rae Warren is returning home to Hazel Rock, Texas after having left over twelve years ago at age seventeen. Charlie Rae received a call from Marlene Duncan, a realtor. Marlene needs Charlie Rae's signature in order to sell The Book Barn (families bookstore). Charlie Rae is surprised by the appearance of the bookstore. It is bright fuchsia (outside) and called The Book Barn Princess. The inside of the store is also pink (which happens to be Charlie Rae's favorite color) and contains tacky princess items (which Charlie Rae liked when she was a teenager). This is her father's attempt at making amends (the reason Charlie Rae left town at 17). Charlie Rae enters the store calling out for her father, Bobby Ray. Charlie Rae parts the curtain to the backroom and finds Marlene dead on the floor with a sparkly pink belt around her neck. Charlie Rae wants to leave town and head back to Denver, but she is broke (and Sheriff Espinosa insists she stay put). Bobby Ray ends up at the top of the suspect list (of course). It does not help that no one has been able to reach him or find him. Charlie Rae with help from her old high school beau, the football coach and his team, and the beauty shop owner revamps the shop to turn it back into a profitable enterprise. Charlie Rae also starts nosing around asking questions so she can clear her father's name, and he can return home (and she can go home). But someone does not like Charlie Rae asking questions. Why was Marlene killed? Will Charlie Rae be able to find the culprit?

Fatal Fiction is easy to read, but the humor is not the type I enjoy. Charlie Rae is a hard character to like or relate to (at least for me). She is either overreacting, acting idiotic, or admiring some man's physique (or thinking about his kisses, touching him, etc.). Charlie Rae acted like an escaped psychiatric patient off her meds (especially after she finds the body). Charlie Rae is a college graduate and in her early 30s. I just expect more intelligence and adult behavior from her. I felt that there was too much quirkiness in the book. There is the pink armadillo (shop mascot), Charlie Rae's uncooperative hair (mentioned more than once), Scarlet Jenkins who is always perfectly turned out and lives in an airstream behind her shop, the bouquets for Marlene that block the entrance to the store (and she feels she cannot move them aside so she can open the doors), Charlie Rae's lack of clothing to wear while in town, and let us not forget Mr. Perfect--Cade. I only provided a few examples (I could go on). I give Fatal Fiction 2.5 out of 5 stars (I did not like it). The mystery was the best part of the book (and the only reason I kept reading). Many readers will not be able to figure out who killed Marlene. The mystery plays out over the course of the book (there is no real investigation and few clues). I liked that the book setting is a bookstore, but I just felt that Ms. Roberts needed to dial back the eccentric and silliness (at least for me).

Kindness Goes Unpunished (Walt Longmire, Bk 3)
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Another good entry in the Longmire series. I recently finished watching Season 5 of the Longmire series on Netflix and it left me wanting more...especially with the cliffhanger ending. Kindness Goes Unpunished is the third Longmire novel and the 4th that I have read. I really enjoy the Longmire TV shows and the novels are just as good...I need to finish reading them! Anyway, this one has Longmire and his Indian cohort, Henry Standing Bear traveling to Philadelphia because Henry had been invited to lecture at a Native American conference about his collection of Mennonite photos featuring the Native Americans of Wyoming. Longmire decides to tag along so he can visit his daughter, Cady, who is an attorney there. But as soon as they arrive, Cady is assaulted resulting in a head injury and coma. It turns out the assault is related to a drug operation along with government corruption in the city and of course Longmire takes action to solve the case. Vic's family, the Morettis, also live in Philadelphia and they are there to help out.

This novel was a little different with Longmire being out of his element in the big city rather than the big sky of Wyoming but it definitely works! Overall, another fast-paced outing from Johnson that I would recommend. Hope to get to the next in the series soon.

Death of a Toy Soldier (Vintage Toyshop, Bk 1)
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This is the first book in a series and it accomplished what it set out to do: Establish the main characters and make you like them. I liked the heroine, Liz McCall, very much; she was easy to befriend! She is helping her father out by moving back to her hometown and assisting her father with his new antique toy store. He sunk all his pension into it and is not the best at business. He had been chief of police in their small town but was shot and wounded severely and had to retire. He still likes to go out periodically and arrest people. Citizen's arrest, of course. That drives Jamie crazy! We also meet a former boyfriend, the one that stood her up for their prom, the new chief of police who is really nice and nice to look at, her brother and sister-in-law, her cat, Othello and various other characters. And then somebody gets killed. It wasn't nearly to the end before I figured out who-dunnit. There was a lot of humor in it (which is essential to me) especially the occasional pun contest. It was a fun book to read and I highly recommend it!

When There Is No Miracle: Finding Hope in Pain and Suffering
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This book gives help to shed light on the age old questions so many have asked. Why didn't God answer my prayers? Why didn't God heal my loved one? Why does God allow suffering and pain when He can take it away? These are deep heartfelt searches for answers, but sometimes the answers we want do not come.
With our limited abilities as flesh and blood all we can see is our sorrow and distress, and need for relief. God is all knowing and all powerful and sees a much bigger picture, an eternal one.
The author helps guide us to open our minds and hearts to God's purpose and working past our expectations of delivering the miracle we so desperately need and want. He addresses this through scripture and real life accounts. In doing so I felt he balanced human emotions with God's truth. What he shares helps prevent us from looking at God as genie in a bottle waiting to grant our wishes. He approaches this issue directly but with the compassion of someone who had been there relates to where we are. While some might see book as depressing I found it hopeful. It beautifully reminded me that no matter what I face or how God chooses to answer, faith and trust in Him is all I need. I found this book encouraging and enlightening.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Kregel Publications. My comments are an independent and honest review.

Sins of a Duke (Griffin Family, Bk 4)
Sins of a Duke (Griffin Family, Bk 4)
Author: Suzanne Enoch
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I like the book but it tends to lag in places and draw out the plot a little to long for me.

Catnapped! (Dead-End Job, Bk 13)
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Since the police do not care that a cat has gone missing it will take Phil and Helen to find the cat nappers. How can they concentrate on finding a kitty when there is drama around the Coronado. Margery's is not a widow and her ex is back in town.

There are 3 cases going on and 2 are very simple and easy to figure out. The other the author does not give you enough clues. With so many cases jammed into each book, they piggy back each other and are easy to figure out.

A Dead-End Job Mystery
1. Shop Till You Drop (2003)
2. Murder Between the Covers (2003)
3. Dying to Call You (2004)
4. Just Murdered (2005)
5. Murder Unleashed (2006)
6. Murder with Reservations (2007)
7. Clubbed to Death (2008)
8. Killer Cuts (2009)
9. Half-Price Homicide (2010)
10. Pumped for Murder (2011)
11. Final Sail (2012)
12. Board Stiff (2013)
13. Catnapped! (2014)
14. Checked Out (2015)
15. The Art of Murder (2016)

When All The Girls Have Gone
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I really wanted to like this book more than 3 stars as I consider myself a Krentz fan and have probably read everything she has written under all of her pen names. However, I just couldn't enjoy the women's revenge plot line. There was too much intrigue and not enough romance for my taste. You do get the happily ever after, but I wanted to see more romance and less financial machinations.

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