Drift Away by Jeff Shelby; 2012; 383 pages; $12.99; Creative Space; 9781478151531;checked out from Eugene Public Library via Inter Library Loan; 10/23/16-10/25/16
Noah Braddock has fled San Diego in the wake of some violence that he was involved in and has taken up residence in Fort Walton, Florida. He still hangs out on the beach but has not surfed since the death of his fiancee. He encounters a young boy on the beach who cannot find his mother and with that he gets sucked back into the violence of life. Jeff Shelby took a big risk with what he did to his lead character in the last book, but it is worth it. The Noah Braddock books are engrossing and fun to read. It is a good mystery series with a likable hero.
Cousins of the Dove, My Sister’s Prayer by Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould; 2016; 364 pages; $14.99; Harvest House, Eugene, Oregon; 978-0-7369-6290-2; provided by the Publisher for the purpose of review; 9/6/16-9/9/16
Why did I read this? Because one of the authors is a good friend of ours and she writes good stories. This combines two of my favorite genres, historical fiction and mystery. It is also the second book in the Cousins of the Dove series, the first book My Brother’s Crown is reviewed here.
This is a timesplit novel, story of two sets of sisters one in the beginning days of the United States and one contemporary. The two sets of sisters mirror each other in their behavior and attitudes. Both stories really drew me as I got upset at a couple of the choices they made when they couldn’t seemingly see what was right in front of them. It took a couple of chapters to really grab me but when it did it became a real page turner. The early American sisters are tricked into indentured servitude in the colonies by a dapper soldier who then colludes with several other men to keep the sisters in indenture. They are rescued by a couple of men of simple means but great character. The current sisters are involved in a murder mystery from their childhood, one of the sister is a professional perfectionist and the other is a recovering drug addict who is incapacitated in a severe auto accident. The addict moves in with the perfectionist to recover from her injuries. The connecting thread between the two stories is a series of letters written by the early American sisters, whom are the ancestors of the contemporary sisters.
The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman; 2010; $16.99; 325 pages; G.P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, NY; 978-0-399-25096-5; checked out from Multnomah County Library, North Portland; 3/2/16-3/4/16
Why did I read this? When I am interviewing potential volunteers for the bookstore I often ask them about the books they like and are reading. One of our newest volunteers recommended this and it sounded similar to James A. Owen’s Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.
Elizabeth is recommended by one of her teachers to become a page at the New York Circulating Material Repository. Housed within the repository are objects including toasters, coats, hats, shoes and more which people check out for a variety of reasons. They use them as props and costumes and other purposes. Housed beneath the repository is a collection of items collected by the Brothers Grimm when they were researching their collection of stories. Some of the items in the Grimm collection,which includes among other things the seven leagues boots, Snow White’s Magic Mirror and the shoes from the twelve dancing princesses, are disappearing. Before she knows it she and her fellow pages are caught up in the intrigue of those who are swiping the priceless and sometimes dangerous artifacts.
Grade-A, really imaginative and great use of literature and its place in our lives.
The League of Seven by Alan Gratz; 2014; $16.99; 350 pages; Starscape, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-3822-8; Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Albina; 9/17/14-9/18/14
When a pair of burrowing worms tap into his parents brains and begins to control them, Archie Dent jumps into the family airship with his mechanical man, Mr. Rivets to rescue them from the Manglespawn. Set in a steampunk version of the United States of the late 1800’s, Archie has to battle Thomas Edison, co-operates with Nikola Tesla and avoid the forces of evil. He is accompanied by Fergus MacFerguson, a scientific prodigy, who sometimes gets so wrapped up in the mechanics and science of things that he fails to pay attention to what is going on around him and Hachi, a warrior who is single minded in her dedication to avenge the tragedy that befell her family and village. Archie is the youngest at 13, Hachi and Fergus are 15, and the are the first three in the current league of seven. The Septembrist Society has been protecting the world and now Archie and his new friends are called upon to save the world.
Did I enjoy it? Yes, it was a dramatic story with adventure and history woven into it, which is one of the main kind of fiction I like. There was mystery in the backstory of each of the main characters to make me want to continue reading the story and the series. I haven’t been this excited to read a series of books since The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica.
What is with the title of the review? I would like someone to get me an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) the second book in the series as soon as possible (Stat). All mail and packages are transported via pneumatic tubes in the book.
Virals by Kathy Reichs; 2010; $17.99; 454 pages; Razorbill, New York, NY; 978-1-59514-342-6; Teen Fiction; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 4/2/14-4/3/14
What is the story? Tory Brennan, niece of Bones star Temperance Brennan, lives in Florida with her father and is following somewhat in the footsteps of her aunt by being really in science. Tory and her crew break into a scientific facility to find some information and rescue a canine who is being experimented on. Something in the lab or the rescued dog infects Tory and her crew and gives them some kind of powers. She and the crew use their new senses to solve a decades old murder.
Did I like it? It was okay, but the set-up takes why too long.
Why did I pick it up? I have read several books by Kathy Reichs and am a fan of the TV show Bones so I saw a new book by Kathy Reichs and decided to read it.
What is with the title of the review? I have read several of Kathy Reichs’ books and was expecting more of the same, a straight forward science oriented book with a straight shooter as the main characters. However here we get science combined with supernatural elements.