Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The story is about a thirteen year old poor peasant girl, Elena, who accidentally swaps places with thirteen year old aristocratic, Ekaterina. Elena wants to plead to the Tsar to release her brother, Luka, from the service and help save her small village from starvation. Ekaterina, on the other hand, just wants to get back to her way of living. The whole peasant life isn't really her thing. Along the way Elena and Ekaterina meet a wide array of magical characters. There is the firebird (who has gone missing!), Baba Yaga and her walking house, Dumb Doma (to be honest, these two really steal the show. Yaga is hilarious!!), and an army of Matryoshka dolls. In order to save themselves, Elena and Ekaterina first need to help save Russia. Can they do it?
Fanciful and fun this is a must read for fans of Gregory Maguire or Russian folklore.
Monday, September 29, 2014
Told through the alternating perspectives of both James and Anikwa, this story brings to life their friendship and the cultures that surrounded them. As the tagline suggested, this truly is "A story of friendship in the time of war." Boys especially, will like the hunting and wilderness aspects, but there is enough historical intrigue and friendship to interest female readers as well.
The audiobook edition to which I listened to, also added an entire new dimension to the story. The narrators were brilliant and really helped narrarted the concerns and emotions of the two twelve year old friends.
I received this book for free from Librarything Early Reviewers in return for my honest and unbiased opinion.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
The story follows Priya, a twenty seven year old women, who is going back to India for the first time in seven years to meet her family. Little do they know that she is engaged to an American, Priya plans on breaking the news to them if she can muster the courage. Once back she gets immersed in the family politics and the dramas, and is anxious to leave. But it is mango season and there is pickling to be done so she must tough it out with her family and hope for the best. Can she tell them about her fiance? Will it break their hearts?
Great book, peppered with recipes and good humor. A perfect book club pick :)
Monday, September 22, 2014
For fans of Kurt Vonnegut and black humor short stories.
I have to start by saying that I LOVED the premise of the book; three World War II era novellas set during three consecutive Christmas seasons and focusing on one particular family. Each story was also cleverly named after a classic Christmas song. Two of the stories were set in Lafayette, Indiana (yay for Hoosiers!) and one was set overseas. There is something about Christmas that is inherently romantic and these three authors did a fantastic job of writing connected, heartfelt stories about different members of the Turner family.
Abigail Turner is a young Purdue student set on never falling in love again after suffering a romantic loss at Pearl Harbor. Soon she finds out it may not be easy to lock her heart away because someone may hold the key.
Pete Turner is a former bad boy, pilot hero come home on furlough. He comes across a young widow and her daughter and realizes that he teased her his whole childhood. Is it too late to change his roguish ways?
Meredith Turner is a nurse in the Netherlands, as she treats wounded men both friend and foe she can't help but think of the one that got away. Can a Christmas miracle bring them together again?
Each story is delightful in it's own right, all three together are sure to warm any heart. For fans if inspirational historical fiction and Christmas short stories.
I received this book for free from Waterbrook Press in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
Backman, Fredrik. A Man Called Ove. 8 CDs. unabridged. 9 hrs 9 mins. Dreamscape Media. 2014. ISBN 9781629239804.
A Man Called Ove, the first novel from Swedish breakout novelist, Fredrik Backman, has found immediate worldwide success and quickly became an international bestseller. A stereotypical grumpy old man, Ove, finds his quiet solitude changing when a young family moves in next door. Ove is the kind of man that yells at kids to get off his lawn and is the bane of the local resident's association. He may come across as gruff and bitter but behind the unpleasant exterior there is a dignified man with a story of love and heartbreak. The young couple next door and a scruffy cat may be the perfect combination to break Ove out of his shell and to help him truly start living. This adorable tale may start painstakingly slow but quickly gathers speed as Ove's neighbors start testing his patience and breaking him out of his sad routine. The English edition of the audiobook, is narrated beautifully by the talented voice and film actor, George Newbern. Witty and full of heart this is a tale that readers of all ages will enjoy. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson County Public Library, Franklin, IN
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Blessed are the Peacemakers highlights, "Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called children of God." - Matthew 5:9. In this story, Brother Bear and Sister Bear must try and keep the peace as two school rivals face each other in the school. Most of the time the cubs get along, but Too Tall is a famous instigator and he doesn't like that Queenie and Ferdy are playing starcrossed lovers in Romeo and Grizzliet. Mean words are exchanged and fists are raised can Brother Bear and Sister Bear save the play and their friends? Or should they mind their own business?
A great book for Christian children and fans of The Berenstain Bears.
I received this book for free from Book Look Bloggers in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in return for my honest, unbiased opinion.
For fans of erotica, dirty books, or memoirs.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
For fans of historical fiction.
I received this book for free from Inkwater Press in return for my honest, unbiased review.