Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Books in for Review

Here's a small sample of the books that have recently come in for review.  Check them out and then stop by soon to read the reviews.  Enjoy!  :-)

Feathered by Tom Weston Whenever Alexandra Caroline O'Rourke, AKA Alex, met with trouble, she generally blamed her younger sister, Jackie. And Alex's sudden engagement to marry a Viking prince, against her will, probably classified as trouble. If nothing else, a wedding held in 11th century Ireland would make it difficult to invite her friends from San Diego. Regardless of blame, Jackie was the only person who could help Alex, but Jackie was still in the 21st century. And Jackie had her own problems, which included uncooperative fairies and strange songs which only she could hear. But most of all, if Jackie could not find a way to make it rain, marauding Vikings would be the least of their worries, because this is Feathered: being a fairy tale and this is an Alex and Jackie Adventure.

A Place For Us by Liza Gyllenhaal Brook Bostock has led a privileged life. The daughter of an extremely wealthy and prominent family, she married the man of her dreams and is raising two deeply loved children. But her happy home is shattered when a neighborhood teenager is assaulted during a night of drinking with the Bostocks' son and his prep school friends. The scandal receives national attention—not only because of Brook’s family name, but because of the lawsuit looming against Brook and her husband, Michael, that alleges they are responsible for what went on in their house. Suddenly the small Massachusetts town they call home seems to be turning against them, revealing the simmering jealousies and resentments that have been lurking under the surface all along. With their once-perfect family in danger of falling apart, Brook and Michael must find a way to get through this together—or risk losing everything they love…

The Crooked Branch by Jeanine Cummins After the birth of her daughter Emma, the usually resilient Majella finds herself feeling isolated and exhausted. Then, at her childhood home in Queens, Majella discovers the diary of her maternal ancestor Ginny—and is shocked to read a story of murder in her family history. With the famine upon her, Ginny Doyle fled from Ireland to America, but not all of her family made it. What happened during those harrowing years, and why does Ginny call herself a killer? Is Majella genetically fated to be a bad mother, despite the fierce tenderness she feels for her baby? Determined to uncover the truth of her heritage and her own identity, Majella sets out to explore Ginny’s past—and discovers surprising truths about her family and ultimately, herself.

Princesses on the Run by Smiljana Coh Even the prettiest dresses, latest toys, and friendliest elephant can’t cure Princess Antonia’s boredom. And when she becomes so bored, she decides to run away! Luckily, with friends like Rapunzel, Cinderella, Snow White, and Sleeping Beauty, a big adventure is sure to follow!

Theft is Legal: Gain Perspective from 13 Economic Stories and Concepts by Svetoslav S. Elenkov Theft Is Legal exposes the truth. Central banks and governments have been redistributing and concentrating wealth for thousands of years. The only things that can stop them are awareness and action. In this book you will find yourself browsing the author's real memories. You will see through the eyes of a boy in a socialist state struck by the phenomenon of hyperinflation during the years of 1996-1997. Furthermore you will read about the relationship among government, central banking, and economics. If that is not enough, you will gain from exploring concepts related to personal finance and marketing. Lastly, you will be entertained by a fictional story drawing parallels to a situation familiar to many of us today. It will shine light on the reasons why we struggle more than we should in everyday life. The book features several different writing styles so there is guarantee that one connects with you. Unlike most books of its kind, Theft Is Legal gets to the point quickly and does not repeat key concepts in perpetuity. Every page will award you with something new to ponder about. The writing is clear and easy to understand and each chapter is aided by an illustration to help visualize the author's ideas.

Steampunk: H.G. Wells No classic work lends itself better to Steampunk illustrations than The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, and "The Country of the Blind," written by H.G. Wells, who many consider to be the father of Steampunk itself. Wells’s tales of time travel and scientific romance is the perfect collection to the Steampunk series. Fans old and new will be delighted by Basic and Sumberac’s four-color illustrations spiked with Steampunk machinery, gadgets, and fashion.

Someone Else's Fairytale by E.M. Tippetts Jason Vanderholt is Hollywood's hottest actor. Chloe Winters hasn't bothered to see most of his movies. When they meet by chance, he is smitten and Chloe becomes the woman every other woman in America is dying to be, but it just isn't her fairytale.

Marriage Matters by Cynthia Ellingsen On top of grad school, clinical hours, and part-time work, Chloe is surprised to find a ring on her finger. Sharing the news about the engagement is easy, except with her best friend. Their relationship has always been why is Chloe so afraid he is going to object? Kristine is successful at running her travel bookstore, but her twenty-five year marriage is on the rocks. When her husband suggests a vow renewal ceremony, she agrees to say I Do...until a tempting employee makes her wonder whether or not she wants to be married at all. June knows what’s best for her and everyone around her. Given a second chance at love, she’s delighted to plan the family wedding of her dreams. But when June gets a little carried away in her enthusiasm, she risks losing more than the love of her life... she risks losing her family.

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