Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Books In For Review

A nice selection of books have just arrived for review.  Check them out and then stop by our site in a few weeks to read the reviews!




Life's A Witch by Brittany Geragotelis Hadley’s the envy of every girl—and the desire of every guy. But being at the top of the social pyramid has its drawbacks. Hadley’s always kept her frenemies close and her secrets closer—one big secret in particular. Her key to magically having it all is that she’s an actual witch. As a descendant of the first woman executed in the Salem Witch Trials, Hadley understands the consequences if her secret gets out. The only ones who know about her powers are members of her coven—other kids and parents who, like Hadley’s own family, have magic in their blood. But there’s no way to cover up an attack that causes every adult in the coven to vanish. All the evidence points to an age-old rival coven as the culprit. Now it’s up to Hadley to lead the young witches against the Parrishables and to rescue their missing parents. At the same time, she’s caught up in her feelings for a mysterious guy named Asher, who has plenty of secrets of his own. With everything at stake, can Hadley trust her magic—and her heart?  

The Heartbreak Killer by Pamela Proehl Rachel Carter is a twenty-eight year old school teacher who is haunted by troubling dreams of being murdered by the notorious Heartbreak Killer. Being psychic and having dreams that have resulted in deadly outcomes before, she is terrified of being the killer's next victim. Through the encouragement of her best friend, Heather Bankston, Rachel consults with another psychic who is world renowned for dream translation to determine if she is, in fact, envisioning her impending death. Will the Heartbreak Killer hunt her down and massacre her as part of his master plan or is her dream just a play of her own mind? Enter into the mind of a deranged not-so-ordinary killer who, driven by a force so uncharacteristic, leaves numerous beautiful women dead in his wake. His grisly slayings are triggered by a psyche so demented that he, himself, is slowly going mad. Travel through the unraveling of a mystery that takes you from murder, to love, to deception, and finally to a truth so shocking and a secret so unimaginable that it leaves all who are involved shaken to the core.  

Turning This Thing Around by Keith Maginn Turning This Thing Around is an inspiring memoir of overcoming personal struggles. This brutally honest, deeply personal account of redemption takes readers on a moving spiritual journey. Confronted with a myriad of obstacles–a debilitating arthritic disease, narcolepsy, anxiety and depression–the author was outwardly happy, but inwardly miserable. Pushed to the lowest point of his life, Maginn shares how he gradually turned things around and used his experiences to grow as a person. Supplemented by heartfelt poetry by the author and with quotes from Gandhi to Dr. Wayne Dyer to Eckhart Tolle, Turning This Thing Around has universal themes that speak to nearly everyone, as we all must face challenges as part of being human. It is a self-help memoir of sorts: the author discusses not only what he overcame, but also how he did so–and how others can, too. Unlike many popular memoirs on the market, this is a story that more people can relate to. Maginn was not raised in an eccentric family (Jeannette Walls in The Glass Castle, memoirs by Augusten Burroughs), nor did he travel to Italy, India and Indonesia, as Elizabeth Gilbert did in Eat, Pray, Love. Rather, Turning This Thing Around is a story of a normal young man’s resiliency when battling extraordinary circumstances.

The Sister Season by Jennifer Scott  It’s December 21, and the Yancey sisters have been called home. When the girls were young, holidays at their family farm meant a tinsel-garnished tree, the scent of simmering food, and laughter ringing through the house. But as the years unfolded, family bonds fractured, and the three sisters scattered and settled into separate lives. Until now. The Yancey sisters are coming to spend the holidays with their mother. They’re also coming to bury their father.

ABC Hanukkah Hunt by Tilda Balsley "It's Hanukkah from A to Z. An Alphabet of things to see!" A colorful, interactive, rhyming search for Hanukkah foods, gifts, and symbols.  

Rifka Takes A Bow by Betty Rosenberg Perlov Rifka’s parents are actors in the Yiddish Theater, and one day she finds herself center stage in a special role! A slice of immigrant life on New York’s Second Avenue.  

Sadie's Almost Marvelous Menorah by Jamie Korngold When Sadie runs to show her mother the Hanukkah menorah she made in school, she trips, the menorah shatters, and she is devastated. But she finds that the shammash candle is unbroken, and a new family tradition is born.  

Esther's Hanukkah Disaster by Jane Sutton It’s hard to pick the perfect gift, and Esther the Gorilla’s choices seem all wrong at first. But it all gets sorted out when she invites her animal friends to a joyful Hanukkah party.  

Don't Sneeze at the Wedding by Pamela Mayer Anna is excited to be the flower girl at her aunt’s wedding, but that morning she wakes up and ... achoo! “Don’t sneeze at the wedding!” everyone warns her, but will their remedies work?