Wednesday, July 18, 2018

0 Review: City of Bastards


City of Bastards (Royal Bastards #2)
by Andrew Shvarts
377 pages
Published June 5th 2018 by Disney-Hyperion

Summary

Tilla, bastard of House Kent, has it made. Safe from her murderous father in the dazzling capital of Lightspire, she lives a life of luxury under the protection of the Volaris King, alongside her boyfriend Zell and best friend, Princess Lyriana.

So why isn’t she happy? Maybe it’s the whispers and stares that follow her wherever she goes, as the daughter of the traitor waging war against Lightspire. Or maybe it’s the memories of her beloved brother, Jax, who lies cold in his grave even as she tries to settle into a life in the city's prestigious University.

Then, Tilla stumbles upon the body of a classmate, a friend. The authorities are quick to rule it a suicide and sweep it under the rug, but when Tilla herself is attacked by a mysterious man with terrifying powers, she’s convinced of a conspiracy. Her friends beg her to stay silent; what she's suggesting is impossible... and treasonous.

But Tilla can't, won't, let it go. And the deeper she digs, the more questions she uncovers. How is the West beating the supposedly invincible Lightspire Mages in battle? Is it connected to the shadowy cult wreaking havoc in Lightspire? Nothing is as it seems in the glorious capital, and Tilla’s presence might just be the spark that sets the Kingdom aflame. 

My Thoughts

Before I discuss my thoughts there's a few things to go over. 

First, City of Bastards is the second book in the Royal Bastards series, so be advised, there are spoilers ahead for for book 1.

Second, in my review of the first book I refereed to the group of bastards as the Fellowship of Bastards or FoB and will continue to do so in this review. 

Third, I received an e-arc copy of this book via NetGalley. All my opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by that fact. 

Royal Bastards is a light fantasy that has all the classic elements that you would expect in that genre. It's an epic adventure that surrounds mostly bastards that so desperately want their parents acceptance. Five teens were lead on a journey to help save Princess Lyriana from a rebellion lead by their parents. The FoB had to learn to trust each other, despite their differences, and band together for survival. But like any fantasy there are causalities. Tilla's half-brother, Jax, died in the battle and they were betrayed by Miles, who let his jealousy of Zell overcome any good sense that he ever had.

So the FoB dwindled down to just three members and here's where City of Bastards picks up.

Zell, Lyriana, and Tilla finally make it to the safety of Lightspire, home of Princess Lyriana, They are accepted and protected within its walls. Zell goes to work for the palace guard. Tilla and Lyriana go to the local university. And here's where my first and foremost problem with this book lies. Even though the setting is a magical realm and technically there's no time period, I always had the feeling when I was reading, based on the context, that it was somehow medieval of sorts. But this book threw me because it felt so modern. It was as if you could take these characters out of their world and put them at any university today during a frat party and nothing would change, and because of this, it jarred my reading experience.

However, I did continue to enjoy the main story line. Even though Tilla has been accepted by the royal family, she still gets the sense, and for good reason, that she's still thought of as the traitor's daughter. That the people of Lightspire would rather see her head on a pike. Meanwhile Zell is growing distant, and Lyriana is coping rather badly with the loss of Jax. But then things start to go from bad to worse.

Tilla's roommate if found dead. It's ruled a suicide, but she doesn't buy it. Then Tilla is attacked by a mysterious figure and when she tells her friends, they tell her to shut her trap because that's treasonous talk. And they're already treading on dangerous ground. And the glorious ideal that Tilla held of Lightspire starts to look mighty shady, and she realizes that all that glitters is not gold. And with that, the FoB starts to drift apart.

Besides my previous grievance, my only other complaint is that it's a bit predictable at times. Or maybe I'm becoming a master sleuth because of all the mysteries I read. But that's beside the point. The characters are growing and the story is moving in an exciting direction. The final chapters have me eagerly awaiting for the next book, which doesn't come out until next year. Overall, I like this series. It's a light fantasy that deals with teens trying to overcome the failures of their parents and forge a new future. It's the perfect read for a lazy weekend. 

   





                                                                            

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

0 J.R. Ward's Ebook The Wedding From Hell Pt. 1 Is Out Today And It's FREE

The Wedding from Hell
Part 1: The Rehearsal Dinner
by J. R. Ward
Available: July 17, 2018
Gallery Books | E-book Original
ISBN: 9781982105365 | Free


Don’t miss #1 New York Times bestselling author J.R. Ward’s three-part ebook serialization: The Wedding From Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense Consumed (available in Fall 2018) takes us back to where it all started between arson investigator Anne Ashburn and ‘bad boy’ firefighter Danny Maguire. The Wedding From Hell is a sexy standalone novella that sets up Consumed’s storyline, leaving fans hungry for more and dying to snatch it up.





About the Book:

It’s a classic recipe for disaster: Take one bridesmaid who thinks pink is the root of all evil, mix with a best man who’s hotter than a four-alarm fire, add in their explosive sexual attraction, a nightmare bridezilla, two cat fights, and an emergency call, and you have the wedding from hell.

Experience the sizzling start of Anne and Danny’s intense relationship. Is this the start of something good...or just an erotic one-night stand that rocks their world, but must never be repeated?

About the Author:
J.R. Ward is the author of more than thirty novels, including those in her #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series. There are more than fifteen million copies of her novels in print worldwide, and they have been published in twenty-six different countries around the world. She lives in the South with her family.

Purchase Link: http://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-Wedding-from-Hell-Part-1-The-Rehearsal-Dinner/J-R-Ward/9781982105365

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Excerpt:


Thursday, October 29
T minus 48 hours ’til blastoff
College Row, New Brunswick, Massachusetts

Because women are not frickin’ groomsmen! That’s why she can’t be in the goddamn wedding!”
As Anne Ashburn walked in the back door of the shotgun apartment, that happy little explosion was not only what she’d expected all along, it also offered her the out she’d been praying for. And it was probably the one and only time she was ever going to agree with the bride.
Not about the role of females in bridal parties, but that Anne wasn’t going to be in the “goddamn wedding.”
Everyone standing in the kitchen turned and looked at her: Deandra Cox, the impending wearer of the white dress; Robert “Moose” Miller, her exhausted fiancé and Anne’s fellow crew member down at the 499 fi rehouse; and . . . Dannyboy Maguire.
Who was the only one she really noticed and, for that reason, the person she refused to look at.
Too bad Danny always made an impression. Like most firefighters, he was in great physical shape, his big body thickly muscled and ready to snap into motion in an instant. With his heavy arms linked over that chest and his long legs crossed at the boots, he was leaning back against the chipped countertop, his too-blue stare missing nothing. He was fresh from a shower, his glossy black hair wet, and Anne tried not to picture him naked under the spray, his tattooed torso arching as he rinsed the shampoo out of his—
She put her hands up to stop herself as much as the argument. “Look, I don’t want to cause any problems. I’m happy to step aside—”
“And now I have one too many bridesmaids.” The bride-to-be refocused on her intended. “My count is wrong. You wait until two days before the wedding to tell me this when you know I’m not going to like it, and now my count is off!”
As the groom focused on the linoleum floor, it was impossible not to picture a wax version of the couple on a multi-tiered cake: Deandra in skinny jeans and that tight cashmere sweater, her dark hair streaked blond, her body cocked forward like she was going to throat-punch the man she was going to marry; Moose in his New Brunswick Fire Department T-shirt, all broad-shouldered and bearded around the face, easing back like someone with the flu was about to sneeze in his face.
Ah, true love.
“I didn’t think it was a big deal,” Moose muttered. “Anne’s a member of the four-nine-nine crew, and everyone else is with me.”
“She’s a girl.” Deandra pointed at Anne. “It throws off everything.”
“I really don’t want to cause any problems.” Anne put her hands up again. “So I’ll just be in the congregation. It’s perfectly fine—”
Deandra’s glare swung Anne’s way. “The count is still wrong. And my friends have already paid for their dresses. They were a hundred and twenty dollars apiece.”
And that’s my cue to go, Anne thought. Moose may have volunteered for this, but no one else had or needed to—
“I think women can be whatever they want.”
As Danny spoke up, everyone looked at him—including Anne, who suddenly felt shades of what Deandra was throwing out.
Don’t you dare, she mouthed at him behind the bride’s back.
Danny just shrugged like he’d thrown on a pantsuit and was channeling Oprah, Michelle Obama, and Hillary Clinton all at once. “I mean, Deandra, you’re above all that sexism, aren’t you? No one’s going to tell you what’s right and wrong for your own wedding. You’re more secure than that.”
I am going to kill you, Anne vowed. “I think Deandra wants things done properly for her only wedding.”
Danny frowned in pseudo-confusion. “So you’re saying it’s okay to have a double standard for men and women? That’s a shocker given how you are at the station. I thought you believed in equality.”
“I do,” Anne snapped. “But this isn’t about equality.”
“You sure? I don’t know how you can support traditional gender roles when it comes to a wedding ceremony at the same time you defend the right for women to be firefighters, cops, and on the front lines in the military.”
“Spare me someone who’s never been in a dress having an opinion about women’s issues, okay?”
“I’m just pointing out that you don’t want women out of dresses.”
“It’s her wedding.” Anne jabbed a finger at Deandra. “She’s the bride. She gets to say what’s right and wrong for her, and she does not need some man telling her what to do.”
“Even if I’m defending the rights of women?”
“Until you grow a set of ovaries, you can shut the hell up about our rights!”
As Anne’s voice ricocheted around the kitchen, she realized that she’d marched right up to Danny—and that Deandra and Moose were watching the two of them in total stillness.
She cleared her throat and took a step back. “Anyway, Deandra’s made up her mind. And I support her decision.”
Deandra’s eyes narrowed on Danny, and something about the way the woman looked at him didn’t seem right.
“Actually,” the bride said, “maybe she should be in the wedding party.”
Anne prayed her expression stayed neutral. “Don’t compromise your vision on my account.”
“I won’t.” The woman stared at Danny. “Fine. Let’s put her in a tuxedo like the rest of the men. She can walk my sister down the aisle, just like a man should. Her shoulders are too big for a gown, anyway, and that way my count stays the way it should.”
Anne rolled her eyes. Let’s hear it for girl power.
“So it’s settled,” Deandra said with a tight smile. “You need a tux. Unless you already own one.”
For a moment, Anne waited for somebody to argue with the woman. Like Moose. But he was clearly done falling on swords over the wedding details, and Danny had just gotten what he wanted so he wasn’t going to say a damn thing.
And the truth was, after how many years of fighting fires with these men, they were her brothers in all but blood. Even though she thought Moose had lost his ever-loving mind marrying this beautiful but sour woman after knowing her for a matter of months, Anne was still going to stand up for the guy if he wanted her to—and he did. He’d asked her down at the stationhouse specifically.
“Where did you guys rent your suits?” Anne said to him.
“Tuxedoes,” Deandra corrected.
The groom blinked like he’d forgotten how to speak English. Then again, he’d been doing that a lot at the firehouse lately. “You’re actually going to wear one?”
“What the hell do I care?”
“Yes, she is wearing one,” Deandra cut in.
Danny spoke up. “I’ll go with you. I know where the place is.”

Monday, July 16, 2018

0 Review: On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service


On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (Her Royal Spyness #11)
by Rhys Bowen
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Berkley Books
9780425283516

Summary

When royal sleuth Georgie Rannoch receives a letter from her dearest friend Belinda, who's in an Italian villa awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby, she yearns to run to her side. If only she could find a way to get there! But then opportunity presents itself in a most unexpected way--her cousin the queen asks her to attend a house party in the Italian Lake Country. The Prince of Wales and the dreadful Mrs. Simpson have been invited, and Her Majesty is anxious to thwart a possible secret wedding.

What luck! A chance to see Belinda, even if it is under the guise of stopping unwanted nuptials. Only that's as far as Georgie's fortune takes her. She soon discovers that she attended finishing school with the hostess of the party--and the hatred they had for each other then has barely dimmed. Plus, she needs to hide Belinda's delicate condition from the other guests. And her dashing beau, Darcy's (naturally) working undercover on a dangerous mission. Then her actress mother shows up, with a not-so-little task to perform. With all this subterfuge, it seems something is bound to go horribly wrong--and Georgie will no doubt be left to pick up the pieces when it does.

My Thoughts

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service, book 11 in Her Royal Spyness series by Rhys Bowen is one of the most charming, delightful, and irresistible mysteries that I've read this year. It's hard not to love the main character Georgie Rannoch. She's everything an amateur sleuth should be: bright, observant, and whip-smart. 

Darcy has left on a secret mission, leaving Georgie with nothing but time on her hands. She decides to go to Italy to visit her friend Belinda, who is awaiting the birth of her illegitimate baby. But before she goes, she stops by to have tea with the Queen and check on the status of her marriage request. The Queen all but hints that if Georgie does some sleuthing for her, she'll make sure it goes through.

The Queen wants her to check in on David, the Prince of Wales because he's involved with the notorious Wallis Simpson. And if you're up-to-date with your history lessons, you know what scandal awaits him. So the Queen gets Georgie invited to a house party where she meets up with an old schoolmate, a new acquaintance, and shockingly of all, her mom. Before Georgie realizes it, she's way over her head in events that could have some very dangerous consequences. 

On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service is an absolute delight to read. Once again Rhys Bowen hits it out of the park with these timeless characters. The story takes place during a unsettling time in history. I love that the author brings this time period to life through these characters and story line. Each book in the series only leaves me wanting more. 

This is the perfect book to whittle away the summer with. 


*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a review. All my opinions are my own and are in no way influenced by that fact. 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

0 Sync's Summer of Free #Audiobooks Week 12 is Live, and This May Be My Favorite Week Yet


Can you believe we're already at week 12 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens? Next week is the last week. Where did summer go? Remember these titles are available to download for free 07/12 - 07/19 only. We're going to Colonial New England this week with The Scarlet Letter and How to Hang A WitchEverything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at audiobooksync.com.


by Adriana Mather | Read by Adriana Mather
Published by Listening Library

Salem, Massachusetts, is the site of the infamous witch trials and the new home of Samantha Mather. Recently transplanted from New York City, Sam and her stepmother are not exactly welcomed with open arms. Sam is the descendant of Cotton Mather, one of the men responsible for those trials—and almost immediately, she becomes the enemy of a group of girls who call themselves the Descendants. And guess who their ancestors were? If dealing with that weren’t enough, Sam also comes face to face with a real, live (well, technically dead) ghost. A handsome, angry ghost who wants Sam to stop touching his stuff. But soon Sam discovers she is at the center of a centuries-old curse affecting anyone with ties to the trials. Sam must come to terms with the ghost and find a way to work with the Descendants to stop a deadly cycle that has been going on since the first accused witch was hanged. If any town should have learned its lesson, it’s Salem. But history may be about to repeat itself.



by Nathaniel Hawthorne | Read by Donada Peters
Published by Listening Library

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s exploration of the dichotomy between the public and private self, internal passion and external convention, gives us the unforgettable Hester Prynne, who discovers strength in the face of ostracism and emerges as a heroine ahead of her time. As Kathryn Harrison points out in her Introduction, Hester is “the herald of the modern heroine."

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

0 I read the 4th book in the Poldark saga, and the storyline has taken a dark turn.


Warleggan (Poldark #4) 
*Originally titled The Last Gamble
Paperback, 490 pages
Published September 8th 2016 by Thomas Dunne Books
9781509808687

Summary

Cornwall, 1792-1793. Ross Poldark plunges into a speculative mining venture which threatens his financial security and his stormy marriage to Demelza. When the old attraction between Ross and Elizabeth begins to rekindle itself, Demelza retaliates by becoming dangerously involved with a Scottish cavalry officer.

My Thoughts

I first became aware of Poldark back in 2015, when PBS brought this remarkable series back to the small screen. I, along with many others, became enraptured by the complexities of characters and plot. And it has been my absolute pleasure to read the books that coincide with the series. The first two books in the series, Ross Poldark and Demelza, go along with season one. Books three and four, Jeremy Poldark and Warleggan, go along with season two. The television series follows the book remarkably well. But of course, you get more details with the books and there are a few differences. I won't point them out so as not to spoil the book for anyone who has not read it yet.

Warleggan is the fourth book in the series. And if you've been keeping up you know that George Warleggan has made it his mission in life to see Ross fail, to bring the Poldark name crashing to the ground. And in this book it looks like he succeeds. 

Francis and Ross have mended their broken relationship and things begin to look up for the Poldark family. Then in a tragic turn of events, Francis dies, leaving Elizabeth and Charles Jeffrey without a protector. Ross wants to take up that role, but this is dangerous ground since he's never really gotten over his love of Elizabeth. Not to mention George Warleggan sees an opportunity to secure Elizabeth for himself. 

Demelza loves her husband, puts her absolute trust in him, but his relationship with Elizabeth has always been a sore spot. She flirts with a charming Scottish officer, I believe, in order to get Ross to notice her. Because for all his heroic qualities, Ross is an idiot when it comes to his relationship with Demelza. Then Ross commits an unforgivable act that hurts both Elizabeth and Demelza, and it forever drives a wedge between himself and Demelza. In retaliation, she ups her flirting game with the officer, and well, you'll have to read the book to find out what happens.

Meanwhile there are smugglers, parties, Caroline and Dr. Enys get a little more serious, trouble in the mines, success in the mines, and George Warleggan always making trouble for the Poldarks. One of the things that I love about these books are the characters are remarkable human. Meaning they aren't completely good and they aren't completely evil. They make tragic mistakes. They are driven by desire and emotion as well as logic and reasoning. 

This really is an extraordinary series. And I'm so glad PBS does it justice. This is a series I highly recommend. There's a total of twelve books, and so far I've only read four. It makes me wonder what other catastrophes Winston Graham has in store for the Poldarks. 


Tuesday, July 10, 2018

1 THE DAUGHTER OF RIVER VALLEY Book Blast and Giveaway


The Daughter of River Valley by Victoria Cornwell

Publication Date: July 17, 2018
eBook; Choc Lit; 313 Pages
AudioBook; Soundings
Genre: Historical Romance
Series: Cornish Tales #3


Beth Jago appears to have the idyllic life, she has a trade to earn a living and a cottage of her own in Cornwall’s beautiful River Valley. Yet appearances can be deceptive …

Beth has a secret. Since inheriting her isolated cottage she has been receiving threats, so when she finds a man in her home she acts on her instincts. One frying pan to the head and she has robbed the handsome stranger of his memory and almost killed him.

Brought together by unknown circumstances, and fearful he may die, she reluctantly nurses the intruder back to health. Yet can she trust the man with no name who has entered her life, or is he as dangerous as his nightmares suggest? As they learn to trust one another, the outside threats worsen. Are they linked to the man with no past? Or is the real danger still outside waiting … and watching them both?

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About the Author 

Victoria Cornwall can trace her Cornish roots as far back as the 18th century and it is this background and heritage which is the inspiration for her Cornish based novels.

Victoria’s writing has been shortlisted for the New Talent Award at the Festival of Romantic Fiction and her debut novel reached the final for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon Award.

Victoria likes to read and write historical fiction with a strong background story, but at its heart is the unmistakable emotion, even pain, of loving someone.

She is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

For more information, please visit Victoria Cornwall's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and Goodreads.

Book Blast Schedule

Wednesday, July 4
100 Pages a Day

Thursday, July 5
Maiden of the Pages

Friday, July 6
Clarissa Reads it All

Saturday, July 7
Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen

Sunday, July 8
The Book Junkie Reads

Monday, July 9
SilverWoodSketches

Tuesday, July 10
To Read, Or Not to Read

Wednesday, July 11
A Darn Good Read

Thursday, July 12
Passages to the Past

Friday, July 13
Trisha Jenn Reads
History From a Woman's Perspective

Sunday, July 15
Donna's Book Blog

Giveaway

During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a signed copy of Victoria Cornwell's previous novel, The Thief's Daughter! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules

– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on July 15th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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The Daughter of River Valley


Monday, July 9, 2018

0 Review: Brightly Burning


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne
400 pages Published May 1st 2018 
by HMH Books for Young Readers
9781328948939

Summary


Seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. Her home is a floundering spaceship that offers few prospects, having been orbiting an ice-encased Earth for two hundred years. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

But the Rochester harbors secrets: Stella is certain someone is trying to kill Hugo, and the more she discovers, the more questions she has about his role in a conspiracy threatening the fleet.

My Thoughts

Alexa Donne's debut novel, Brightly Burning, is the retelling of Jane Eyre set in space. The title interested me for two reasons. One, I love retellings. I love seeing beloved characters in a new light. Two, I'm currently in the middle of my To Walk Invisible reading challenge. And this book fits perfectly into my Bronte reading challenge.

Going into this book, I was insanely curious about how Donne would pull off Jane Eyre in space. I went into this book as someone who had read Jane Eyre multiple times, so I had certain expectations. But I was also open to the possibilities and re-imaginings that the author had in store. 

The second ice age has come, and to preserve the human race, humanity retreats to the stars. They live aboard many, many ships in space. Time passes and some of the ships are now failing. Stella Ainsley lives aboard one those vessels. Stella works hard as a teacher and an engineer aboard the Stalwart. She leaves it all behind to work as a governess on the Rochester. Where she meets the handsome Captain Hugo. And their connection is immediate. But while on board strange things happen, secrets come to light, and a conspiracy is uncovered.

While Brightly Burning did pay proper homage to Jane Eyre, it was also a story unto itself. That's what makes this book such a delight to read. There were certain things I expected, but also I was pleasantly surprised by certain turn of events. It's part romance, part mystery. I didn't quite get the Gothic feel that Jane Eyre exhibits and there were parts that were predictable, but I enjoyed reading this book nonetheless.

Whether you've read Jane Eyre or not, this story will stand on its own. Alexa Donne has skills as a storyteller, and I can't wait to see what her next novel will be.


Friday, July 6, 2018

0 Review: Royal Bastards


by Andrew Shvarts
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 30th 2017 by Disney-Hyperion
9781484767658

Summary


Being a bastard blows. Tilla would know. Her father, Lord Kent of the Western Province, loved her as a child, but cast her aside as soon as he had trueborn children.

At sixteen, Tilla spends her days exploring long-forgotten tunnels beneath the castle with her stablehand half brother, Jax, and her nights drinking with the servants, passing out on Jax’s floor while her castle bedroom collects dust. Tilla secretly longs to sit by her father’s side, resplendent in a sparkling gown, enjoying feasts with the rest of the family. Instead, she sits with the other bastards, like Miles of House Hampstedt, an awkward scholar who’s been in love with Tilla since they were children.

Then, at a feast honoring the visiting princess Lyriana, the royal shocks everyone by choosing to sit at the Bastards’ Table. Before she knows it, Tilla is leading the sheltered princess on a late-night escapade. Along with Jax, Miles, and fellow bastard Zell, a Zitochi warrior from the north, they stumble upon a crime they were never meant to witness.

Rebellion is brewing in the west, and a brutal coup leaves Lyriana’s uncle, the Royal Archmagus, dead—with Lyriana next on the list. The group flees for their lives, relentlessly pursued by murderous mercenaries; their own parents have put a price on their heads to prevent the king and his powerful Royal Mages from discovering their treachery.

The bastards band together, realizing they alone have the power to prevent a civil war that will tear their kingdom apart—if they can warn the king in time. And if they can survive the journey . . . 

My Thoughts


The Royal Bastards sat upon my shelf unread for longer than I intended. I was in a fantasy mood recently, so I decided to pull it down and give it a go. I could tell from the summary that this was going to be an action-packed book that would be hard to put down.

Tilla is the main character of the book. She's the bastard of Lord Kent of the Western Province. Like the other bastards in the book, she desperately wants not only her father's love, but also wants to be acknowledged as legitimate. Which, I think, is the most heartbreaking part of this story. 

A visiting dignitary, Princess Lyriana, shakes things up when she decides to sit at the Bastards' table during a feast in her honor. At that table is Tilla; her brother, Jax; her friend, Miles, and a Zitochi warrior named Zell. From henceforth I shall refer to them as the Fellowship of the Bastards or FoB. 

The FoB plans to go to the beach after the feast and it is there where their fates are forever changed. They witness the beginnings of a rebellion that will start a civil war. They flee for their lives pursued by many different groups determined to have their heads. They face many dangers, including giant spiders--which of course is paramount in any good fantasy. The FoB must learn to trust each other and work together or die alone.

This was a quick read for me. Once I got started reading, it was hard to stop. I enjoyed the character dynamics, the bit of magic, and the overall storyline. It was predictable in some parts, but that didn't take away from the story. I would love to see this made into a television series. Jon Snow would have some fierce competition in the bastard category. I'm so glad I finally picked up this book. It was well worth the wait.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

0 Challenge Yourself To See Beyond Assumptions With This Week's Free #Audiobook Titles From #Sync



Week 11 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! Only a few more weeks left. These titles are available to download for free 07/05- 07/12 only. Overlooked heroines is this week's theme with The Invisible Girls and Girls Like UsEverything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at audiobooksync.com

by Sarah Thebarge | Read by Kirsten Potter
Published by Oasis Audio, LLC.


A girl scarred by her past. A refugee mother uncertain of her future. Five little girls who brought them together. After nearly dying of breast cancer in her twenties, Sarah Thebarge fled her successful career, her Ivy League education, and a failed relationship on the East Coast and started over in Portland, Oregon. She was hoping to quietly pick up the pieces of her broken life, but instead she met Hadhi and her daughters, and set out on an adventure she’d never anticipated. Hadhi was fighting battles of her own. A Somali refugee abandoned by her husband, she was struggling to raise five young daughters in a culture she didn’t understand. When their worlds collided, Hadhi and the girls were on the brink of starvation in their own home, “invisible” in a neighborhood of strangers. As Sarah helped Hadhi and the girls navigate American life, her outreach to the family became a source of courage and a lifeline for herself. Poignant, and at times shattering, Sarah Thebarge’s riveting memoir invites listeners into her story, finding connection, love, and redemption in the most unexpected places.


by Gail Giles | Read by Lauren Ezzo, Brittany Pressley
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing

A 2015 Schneider Family Book Award Winner! With gentle humor and unflinching realism, Gail Giles tells the gritty, ultimately hopeful story of two special ed teenagers entering the adult world. We understand stuff. We just learn it slow. And most of what we understand is that people what ain’t Speddies think we too stupid to get out our own way. And that makes me mad. Quincy and Biddy are both graduates of their high school’s special ed program, but they couldn’t be more different: suspicious Quincy faces the world with her fists up, while gentle Biddy is frightened to step outside her front door. When they’re thrown together as roommates in their first “real world” apartment, it initially seems to be an uneasy fit. But as Biddy’s past resurfaces and Quincy faces a harrowing experience that no one should have to go through alone, the two of them realize that they might have more in common than they thought—and more important, that they might be able to help each other move forward.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

0 Research says people are reading less, audiobooks have a greater impact than films, and a biography of Anthony Bourdain

A Pew Research Center study showed that "76 percent of U.S. adults have read a book in the last year, which is down from 79 percent in 2011. Jenna Bush Hager and TODAY are on a mission to get more Americans excited about reading with the "Read More TODAY" series." The Today anchors shared their picks for the best summer read. You can view it here. Here's my pick:


When debut novelist Eliza Fontaine is found at the bottom of a hotel pool, her family at first assumes that it’s just another failed suicide attempt. But Eliza swears she was pushed, and her rescuer is the only witness.

Desperate to find out who attacked her, Eliza takes it upon herself to investigate. But as the publication date for her novel draws closer, Eliza finds more questions than answers. Like why are her editor, agent, and family mixing up events from her novel with events from her life? Her novel is completely fictional, isn’t it?

The deeper Eliza goes into her investigation while struggling with memory loss, the closer her life starts to resemble her novel, until the line between reality and fiction starts to blur and she can no longer tell where her protagonist’s life ends and hers begins.


An article in Independent claims "Listening to audiobooks has a greater emotional impact than watching films." As if we didn't know that already! But it's cool that it's backed up by science. I just finished listening to a romance that definitely got my heart beating a little faster. You might want to check it out. It's also a good summer read. 😉


The moment spymaster Baron Fulkham meets the stunning Princess Aurore of Chanay, he's positive her royal persona is a ruse and that she's actually Monique Servais, the mysterious actress he met three years before in Dieppe. But as he pursues his suspicions, he uncovers a plot of attempted assassination and betrayal that could very well destroy his career, expose his own secrets...and ruin the woman he's rapidly coming to love.

The Secret of Flirting is a sizzling historical romance filled with fast-paced storytelling, an enchanting heroine, and a sexy hero, perfect for fans of Regency romance.


The world is still mourning the loss of Anthony Bourdain, chef, author, and television personality. A new book is the works about this beloved guy. The biography is being described as “an authorized portrait of the writer, veteran chef and television traveller, built from stories shared by those who knew him best.” I, for one, can't wait to read it.



Thursday, June 28, 2018

0 Ambition's Curse is the theme for this week's free #audiobooks from Sync


Week 10 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! These titles are available for free 06/28 - 07/05 only. Ambition is good, but too much ambition can lead you down the wrong pat. This week's books are Macbeth and The Curse of Crow Hollow.  Everything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at audiobooksync.com



by William Shakespeare | Read by Josh Cooke, JD Cullum, Dan Donohue, Jeannie Elias, Chuma Gault, James Marsters, Jon Matthews, Alan Shearman, André Sogliuzzo, Kate Steele, Kristoffer Tabori, Joanne Whalley
Published by L.A. Theatre Works


Infamously known as the cursed "Scottish play", Macbeth is perhaps Shakespeare’s darkest tragedy. When General Macbeth is foretold by three witches that he will one day be King of Scotland, Lady Macbeth convinces him to get rid of anyone who could stand in his way—including committing regicide. As Macbeth ascends to the throne through bloody murder, he becomes a tyrant consumed by fear and paranoia. An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: James Marsters as Macbeth Joanne Whalley as Lady Macbeth Josh Cooke as Banquo/Others JD Cullum as Macduff/Second Murderer Dan Donohue as Ross Jeannie Elias as Second Witch/Others Chuma Hunter-Gault as Lennox/Servant Jon Matthews as Malcolm Alan Shearman as Angus/Others André Sogliuzzo as Donalbain/Third Witch/Others Kate Steele as Lady Macduff/First Witch/Apparition Kristoffer Tabori as Duncan/Others Directed by Martin Jarvis. Recorded before a live audience at The Invisible Studios, West Hollywood in May of 2011.


by Billy Coffey | Read by Gabe Wicks
Published by Thomas Nelson

With the “profound sense of Southern spirituality” he is known for (Publishers Weekly), Billy Coffey draws us into a town where good and evil—and myth and reality—intertwine in unexpected ways. Everyone in Crow Hollow knows of Alvaretta Graves, the old widow who lives in the mountain. Many call her a witch; others whisper she’s insane. Everyone agrees the vengeance Alvaretta swore at her husband’s death hovers over them all. That vengeance awakens when teenagers stumble upon Alvaretta’s cabin, incurring her curse. Now a sickness moves through the Hollow. Rumors swirl that Stu Graves has risen for revenge. And the people of Crow Hollow are left to confront not only the darkness that lives on the mountain, but the darkness that lives within themselves. “Coffey spins a wicked tale . . . [The Curse of Crow Hollow] blends folklore, superstition, and subconscious dread in the vein of Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery.’” —Kirkus Reviews

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

0 Review: The Soldier Prince by Aarti V. Raman


by Aarti V. Raman
Kindle Edition | 284 pages
Published May 22nd 2018 by Karou Publishing
ASIN: B07C6ZJRQ2

Review Copy Provided In Exchange For A Review

Summary


The Soldier Prince...

Alexander ‘Iceman’ Heinrickson was born a prince. The spare heir to a European principality whose future was set in stone. Until circumstances forced him to abandon his wealthy lifestyle and royal heritage. He chose to become a soldier. After years of seeing needless combat, he works construction in New York city. And craves a normal life.  Going back home is not an option for him. But neither is leaving a brave damsel in danger. 


...And The Commoner 

Sasha Ray is an aspiring teacher and a soft touch waitress. Her life is normal. Boring even.
She also has a massive crush on the newest Tall, Blond, and Handsome who frequents the New York deli where she works. What she doesn’t know about the stranger called Iceman might get her killed. Or worse. 

For one, he turns out to be a lethally capable soldier. For another, he is the secret Prince of Stellangård, who is not used to the word no. So, when Alexander sweeps her off on a private jet to his castle nestled in the Swiss Alps for her own protection, she has no choice but to go with him. Falling for a tortured hero like Prince Alexander might be the biggest mistake of her life. 

But Sasha knows some mistakes are worth risking your heart for. With an unknown enemy closing in, Sasha and Alexander need to decide if happily ever after is just a fairy tale. Or can a Prince and a commoner find true love in the middle of danger? 

My Thoughts


Aarti V. Raman is a self-proclaimed incurable romantic. She has written several contemporary romance books, and her latest, The Soldier Prince, will make this already hot summer even hotter. This is the first book of her new series, and she sets the bar quite high. 

Alexander Henrickson abandoned his royal lifestyle to become a soldier. After years in combat, he retires from military life to become a construction worker in New York City, deciding to live a simple life instead of going home. Sasha Ray works at the diner Alex frequents. Sasha works two jobs while also trying to get a degree in teaching. 

One evening, a homeless man comes into the diner to urge Sasha to warn Alex that there are men looking for him. So she goes, believing he's in mortal danger. From there things go from bad to worse. And before you know it, Sasha is on a plane with Alex heading for his homeland of Stellangård for her own safety. Sasha knows that any attraction she feels towards Alex will be in vain. A relationship between the two will never work out, yet she can't fight her feelings.

The Soldier Prince reminded me a bit of Beauty and the Beast, in the fact that Sasha is kept against her will and there's a huge library that would make any bookworm fall in love. But right now seems to be the perfect time for Royal Romances, especially on the heals of a certain royal couple who just tied the knot. Alex and Sasha have great chemistry. Their situation seems impossible, but I still couldn't help cheering for them. But of course, this is a romance so you know the characters are going to get their Happily Ever After. 

I enjoyed this novel. The characters had great chemistry. There was enough emotional turmoil to keep me satisfied. And of course, the ending was worth it all. Raman's style breaths some fresh air into this popular genre that will have you eagerly waiting for the next book in this series.


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

0 An #Audiobook Confession

I listen to audiobooks on many devices. My kindle, computer, and this  . . . 




An iPod shuffle (3rd generation). I've had this device for what seems like an eternity. It's small, compact, and weighs practically nothing. And while technology has moved leaps and bounds since this little thing came on the market, I still prefer to listen to audiobooks on it. It's dinged and scratched, but works perfectly. 

Last week while I was charging it, my daughter asked, "What is this thing exactly?" I then went on to explain, and with a confused look on her face replied, "Couldn't you just use your phone?" This conversation left me feeling a little bit . . . old. I guess I could use my phone, but the truth is I will keep using this tiny mp3 player until it no longer works. And then maybe I will switch to my phone. 

Or search ebay hoping someone somewhere has one to sell. 

In the meantime, if you see me around with my tiny mp3 player, you can safely assume I'm listening to an audiobook.



Monday, June 25, 2018

0 My faith in humanity is a little bit closer to being restored, Mary Shelley, Bodleian's New Tolkien Exhibit

"I have a fire in my soul . . . "

You may have already seen this in the theaters last month, but if you're like me, you haven't. Now it's available to rent, but I'm going to wait until it's on Netflix to stream. Have you watched it? Is it good?



The last few weeks have hit me hard. I haven't spent a lot of time on social media lately because . . .well you know. I know I'm not the only one struggling lately, especially with the current state of affairs. On one of the few occasions I did pop on, I saw this. It gave me hope that there are decent and kind people. More than we realize. And each in their own way trying to make this world a little bit better. 



Going on vacation? Why not travel to Oxford to see the new Tolkien exhibit. 
"Oxford University’s Bodleian Library recently launched a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition dedicated to J.R.R. Tolkien and his connection to Oxford." Check out the full article here.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

0 Celebrate Pride Week With Sync's Summer of #Free #Audiobooks for Teens #ILoveAudiobooks



Week 9 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! These titles are available for free  06/21 - 06/28 only. This week's books are Doctor Cerberus and Openly Straight. Celebrate Pride Week with a novel and a play that ask: What’s the value of truth? The harm of labels? Everything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at audiobooksync.com



by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa | Read by Steven Culp, Pamela Gray, Simon Helberg, Jamison Jones, Jarrett Sleeper
Published by L.A. Theatre Works

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa's coming-of-age, coming-out cocktail with a twist of terror. Thirteen-year-old Franklin Robertson is trying to survive adolescence. His parents don't understand him, his brother torments him, he has no friends, and he's more interested in the high school quarterback than any girl. The one bright spot in his life is the glow of the black-and-white TV in his parents' basement. Here, he worships at the altar of the Saturday Night Horror Movie, hosted by the eerie Dr. Cerberus. Before long, Franklin is convinced that only by going on the show will his life be redeemed—by Dr. Cerberus himself! An L.A. Theatre Works full cast performance featuring: Simon Helberg as Franklin Robertson Jamison Jones as Doctor Cerberus Steven Culp as Lawrence Robertson Pamela J. Gray as Lydia Robertson Jarrett Sleeper as Rodney Robertson Original music by Steven Cahill. Directed by Bart DeLorenzo. Recorded before a live audience at the Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles in July of 2010. Doctor Ceberus is part of L.A. Theatre Works’ Relativity Series featuring science-themed plays. Major funding for the Relativity Series is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to enhance public understanding of science and technology in the modern world.



by Bill Konigsberg | Read by Pete Cross
Published by Dreamscape Media

Rafe is a normal teenager from Colorado. He's been out since 8th grade, accepted by his peers & championed by his progressive parents. And while that's important, all Rafe really wants is to be a regular guy. To have his sexuality be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time. So when Rafe transfers to an all-boys' boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret -- not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down and realizes his own labels aren't well-concealed. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben...who doesn't even know that love is possible.




Monday, June 18, 2018

0 Readers Make the Best Lovers, Stranger Things, and an inspiring speech!

Mathew McConaughey 5 minutes for the next 50 years of you life. This is a great speech that I think everyone should listen to. 






Penguin Random House has partnered with Netflix to publish a Stranger Things prequel novel, written by author Gwenda Bond, about Eleven’s mother and the MKUltra program. "The first two titles, set for a release this fall, will be a behind-the-scences companion book and a hardcover gift book for young readers. Additional titles for both adults and young readers will arrive later in 2019."




According to eHarmony, book readers make the best lovers. Well, who am I to argue with science. Click here to read the article.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

0 Sync is Celebrating Juneteenth With This Week's #Free #Audiobooks #ILoveAudiobooks



Week 8 of Sync's Summer of Free Audiobooks for Teens starts today! These titles are available  06/14 - 06/21 only. This week's book are My Name is Not Friday and Come August, Come Freedom. Both books in celebration of Juneteenth. "The occasion of Juneteenth, dating from 1865, is a good time to celebrate both freedom and equal rights." Everything you need to know about downloading this week's titles can be found at audiobooksync.com


by Jon Walter | Read by Dion Graham
Published by Scholastic Audio

A gorgeously written account of a freeborn black boy sold into slavery during the Civil War; think 12 Years a Slave for young adults. Well-mannered Samuel and his mischievous younger brother Joshua are free black boys living in an orphanage during the end of the Civil War. Samuel takes the blame for Joshua's latest prank, and the consequence is worse than he could ever imagine. He's taken from the orphanage to the South, given a new name--Friday--and sold into slavery. What follows is a heartbreaking but hopeful account of Samuel's journey from freedom to captivity, and back again.




by Gigi Amateau | Read by J.D. Jackson
Published by Candlewick on Brilliance Publishing

Born a slave in 1776, Gabriel grows up capable and literate only to be taken from his mother and sent to the capital city as a blacksmith’s apprentice. There in the forge, a meeting point for many travelers and news bearers, his work awakens him to the sparks of resistance that are igniting into rebellion around the globe. When he is unable to both defend the love of his life and earn the money to buy her freedom, and with the news of Toussaint’s successful rebellion against Haiti’s slave masters ringing in his ears, Gabriel makes a decision: freedom for just his own family would not be enough. Using the forge to turn pitchforks into swords and his eloquence to turn dreams into rallying cries, Gabriel plots a rebellion involving thousands of slaves, free blacks, poor whites, and Native Americans. To those excluded from the promise of the Revolution, Gabriel intends to bring liberty. Interwoven with authentic original documents, this poignant, illuminating novel about a major figure in African-American history gives a personal face to a remarkable moment in our past that is little known but should be long remembered.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

0 A Secret Garden remake, Falstaff, and the Secret Codes of a Reviewer


According to Bustle, they're remaking A Secret Garden starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters! I can't tell you how excited this makes me. I love the book! I love the 90s movie! I can't wait!

Craig Schwartz

Wait? Tom Hanks played Falstaff? How did I not know about this? I came across an article in Entertainment Weekly that declared it to be true. This all went down in Los Angeles and since I am nowhere near there, I missed out. But it sounds fantastic! Any chance it was recorded? 




Do you have a system for reviewing books? One woman made a secret code to review the books she read. This is awesome, as was the woman who made it. What kind of reviewing system do you have?



Friday, June 8, 2018

2 The Great American Read: A Book Giveaway With Dover Books

The Great American Read: A Book Giveaway With Dover Books

Prizes and samples provided by Dover Publications, Inc.

Dover Partners With PBS For The Great American Read
Hosted by Meredith Vieira, PBS’s 8-episode documentary, The Great American Read, celebrates America’s 100 most-loved novels — and Dover Books publishes a wide variety of these essential works as Thrift Editions, Evergreen Classics, deluxe hardcover Calla Editions™, and other affordable formats for readers of all ages.


Enter For A Chance To Win A Set Of 7 Titles From The Great American Read List, As Well As The Five Great English Novels Boxed Set!


Two (2) grand prize winners receive:
  • A set of 7 titles from The Great American Read list:
    • Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll
    • Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery
    • Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
    • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain
    • The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
    • The Story of Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
    • Adventures of Don Quixote, by Argentina Palacio
  • A Five Great English Novels Boxed Set:
    • Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
    • Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens
    • Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
    • Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
    • The Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
Value: $51+
Three (3) runner-up winners receive:
  • A set of 7 titles from The Great American Read list (as above)
Value: $33+
Giveaway begins May 23, 2017, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends June 22, 2017, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

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Alice in WonderlandAlice In Wonderland

Written by Lewis Carroll
Publisher’s Synopsis: One adventure follows another in this delightful tale as Alice changes size unexpectedly, attends a tea party given by the March Hare, visits a garden of talking flowers, and acts as witness at the trial of a thief who has stolen some tarts. Along the way, she meets such unforgettable characters as the Mad Hatter, the grinning Cheshire Cat, the tearful Mock Turtle, the hookah-smoking Caterpillar, the autocratic Red Queen, and other fanciful folk.
Alice in Wonderland is one of the world’s most-beloved works of fiction, charming children and adults alike with Alice’s adventures and Carroll’s audacious puns and wordplay — but at the same time it is a clever satire, lampooning Victorian education, literature, and politics. Now this enchanting fantasy, enhanced with all 42 original illustrations by John Tenniel, is ready to charm readers of all ages in this unabridged Evergreen Classics edition.

Anne of Green GablesAnne Of Green Gables

Written by L. M. Montgomery
Publisher’s Synopsis: Life is forever changed at Green Gables, a tranquil farm on Canada’s Prince Edward Island, with the arrival of a redheaded chatterbox named Anne. The spirited, precocious 11-year-old orphan finds “scope for imagination” everywhere she looks, transforming the lives of Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert, her elderly guardians, with her merry doings and misadventures. Anne — spelled with an “e,” as she gravely informs new acquaintances — builds a world of enchantment around Green Gables and its surrounding woodlands, lakes, and valleys. Thanks to the freckle-faced girl’s imaginative musings, the rustic region’s natural wonders blossom into a fairyland of endless romance. Anne’s inspired prattle, goodwill, and joie de vivre win her a warm circle of friends, just as they have won the hearts of readers around the world.
Since its first appearance in 1908, the novel has led generations of children to laugh and cry — but mostly laugh — along with this beloved story’s vivacious heroine. Now this inexpensive edition, complete and unabridged, introduces new readers to the ageless charm of a fanciful world made real by love and friendship. The inspiration for 2016 PBS movie and the 2017 CBC/Netflix Anne mini-series.
Reprint of a standard edition.

Little WomenLittle Women

Written by Louisa May Alcott
Publisher’s Synopsis: This American classic is as fresh and meaningful today as it was when it was first written in the 19th century. Largely based on the author’s own childhood, Little Women is a timeless tale of the four young March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — who grow to maturity in their mother’s tender but strong care. As different in their personalities as they are alike in their devotion to each other, the girls vow to support their beloved mother, Marmee, by behaving their best while Father is away, serving as an army chaplain in the Civil War.
Literary-minded tomboy Jo develops a fast friendship with the boy next door, and pretty Meg, the eldest, finds romance; frail and affectionate Beth fills the house with music, and little Amy, the youngest, seeks beauty with all the longing of an artist’s soul. Although poor in material wealth, the family possesses an abundance of love, friendship, and imaginative gifts that captivate readers time and again.
This inexpensive, complete and unabridged edition of this beloved novel is sure to delight a generation of new readers, as well as those reacquainting themselves with its warmth and charm.
Reprint of a standard edition. This classic was the inspiration for the May 2018 PBS three-part adaptation.

the Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Adventures Of Tom Sawyer

Written by Mark Twain
Publisher’s Synopsis: Like most boys, Tom Sawyer would rather play hooky than go to school. But Tom’s lively imagination and thirst for adventure lead him into the most extraordinary situations, from a search for buried treasure to the accidental witness of a murder in a graveyard. All of his exploits — tricking his pals into whitewashing a fence, sharing his medicine with the family cat, disrupting a church service with a pinching insect — are flavored with the humor for which his creator, Mark Twain, is justly famed.
In writing this great American classic, Twain drew upon his own memories of life in a small Missouri town before the Civil War. Since the book’s 1876 publication, generations of readers of all ages have laughed at Tom’s hijinks and taken him into their hearts, along with Huckleberry Finn, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and other memorable characters. This new Dover Evergreen Classics edition offers a fresh introduction to the lovable scamp and the enduring joys of his escapades.
Reprint of a standard edition.

The Call of the WildThe Call Of The Wild

Written by Jack London
Publisher’s Synopsis: This triumphant tale of survival, the greatest of Jack London’s works, relates the adventures of Buck, half-St. Bernard and half-Scottish sheepdog, who is forced into the brutal life of a sled-dog during the heady days of the Alaska gold rush.
Set in the harsh and unforgiving environment of the Far North, the story follows Buck as he grows daily in strength, savagery, and cunning, adapting to his hostile circumstances by responding to the stirring of his primitive ancestral traits. This unabridged edition offers young readers a fine introduction to the excitement of the classic adventure novel.
Reprint of the Macmillan Company, New York, 1903 edition.

The Story of FrankensteinThe Story Of Frankenstein

Written by Mary Shelley
Publisher’s Synopsis: With his debut nearly two centuries ago, Dr. Frankenstein’s monster captured the popular imagination and never let go, haunting even those who have never read this classic of horror fiction. This specially adapted children’s edition retains all of the excitement of the original version yet makes the enduring Gothic fable accessible to youngsters.
The brilliant scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein indulges his curiosity about the hidden laws of nature when he happens upon the secret to the animation of lifeless matter. Piecing together the detritus of butcher shops and dissecting rooms, the doctor fashions an eight-foot-tall creature whose loathsome appearance fills even his creator with repulsion. Abandoned by his maker, rejected with fear and disgust by everyone he encounters, the enraged and embittered monster goes on a murderous rampage, determined to destroy Frankenstein by striking at those closest to him.
Since its 1817 publication, this incredible and imaginative fantasy has held generations of readers spellbound. This new, specially abridged edition, enhanced with illustrations by Thea Kliros, will satisfy young readers’ appetites for gripping suspense and ghoulish thrills.
Original abridgment of a standard edition.

Adventures of Don QuixoteAdventures Of Don Quixote

Written by Argentina Palacio
Publisher’s Synopsis: “Once, there was a man who went crazy from too much reading. He only read books about knighthood; that was the problem.” So begins this charming retelling of Don Quixote de la Mancha, one of the most entertaining books ever written. Young people will delight in the hilarious adventures of the idealistic would-be knight and his “squire,” Sancho Panza, as they set out to right the wrongs of the world. Ms. Palacios, a talented storyteller, captures all the flavor and irony of the original as the two heroes ride forth to conquer evil. Along the way the well-meaning but addled knight-errand mistakes a miserable inn and its keeper for a castle and its lord; imagines an ordinary peasant girl to be the noble lady Dulcinea, perceives windmills as giants to be overcome, and gets enmeshed in other cases of mistaken identity. These, and many more incidents and adventures are retold here in a beguiling, easy-to-read version, enhanced by six new black-and-white illustrations by Thea Kliros. This edition is sure to delight today’s youngsters, just as the original has enchanted countless readers since its publication nearly 400 years ago.
Reprint of The Knight and the Squire, Doubleday & Company, Inc., Garden City, New York, 1979.

5 Great English Novels Boxed SetFive Great English Novels Boxed Set

Publisher’s Synopsis: Five volumes of landmark fiction by noted English authors include Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein,Joseph Conrad’s The Heart of Darkness, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, and Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights. Housed in an attractive slipcase, each of these classic tales is presented complete and unabridged.
Dover Original.
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