An interesting and unique tale, The Glass Sentence describes a world that has been torn into different time zones. The surviving civilizations call this the Great Disruption, and have tried to adapt to this new life the best they can.
Many people became mapmakers, mapping the various corners of the globe and assisting in stabilizing this new world. Sophia’s parents and her Uncle Shadrack did this, but her uncle stopped traveling to care for his niece when Sophia’s parents disappear during a trip.
Years later, when Sophia is a teenager, changes start coming to the land, and Shadrack decides it is time for him and Sophia to go and try to find her parents. However, before they can begin their venture, Shadrack is kidnapped. Sophia, with the help of a boy named Theo, travels the different lands in an attempt to find her uncle, and by doing so Sophia learns more about the world around her. She also discovers many dangers that she never could have imagined, and finds out that there is one danger that may be close to destroying the world.
A historical fiction, What the Lady Wants is based on the story of Marshall Fields and his mistress, Delia. They first met on the night of the Great Chicago Fire, and Fields impresses Delia as she watches him lead the way in rebuilding the city. Throughout the years their friendship and mutual attraction eventually turned into a relationship, even though both were married. However, both of their marriages were unhappy for various reasons, and so they turned to each other. Their relationship was a huge scandal, but it didn't stop them.
What the Lady Wants also gives insight into America's "Gilded Age" and how Marshall Fields and other business owners helped shape the modern business world.
I thought this was a fascinating book, with great information about Chicago, the time period, and the socialites who lived there.
Before the Japanese invaded the rest of Asia during WWII, most of the Asian countries were colonies of European nations. Great Britain was one such nation, so they had a military presence in Asia. One of the British ships adopted a dog, Judy, as a mascot. When the Japanese invaded, she was captured along with many other British soldiers.
No Better Friend tells the extraordinary and unique story of Judy, the only service animal to ever be held as a prisoner of war. The courage that Judy and her follow POWs showed in the Japanese prison camps is incredible. This is a great story for animal lovers and history buffs.
Elizabeth has always loved to cook, and being the chef at a New York City restaurant is a dream come true for her. But, lately Elizabeth hasn't gotten the same pleasure from cooking that she used to, and the restaurant's business is suffering because of it. When the owner brings in a new celebrity chef to help boost business, Elizabeth decides she needs to take a break and try to rediscover her love for food. Elizabeth has been avoiding going home to Seattle for years because of unresolved issues with her sister, Jane, however she decides this might be the perfect opportunity to use Jane's kitchen and be at her sister's side as Jane is going through chemotherapy.
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are easy to relate to, the plot is well developed, and the love of reading is a theme mentioned several times. This is a great, feel-good story that would be an excellent beach read this summer.
When a bicycle accident puts her into a coma for five days, six-year old Rose spends those five days dreaming of a magical island where she has all sorts of heroic adventures with a boy named Hugo. From then on, every time Rose falls asleep she dreams of the island and Hugo.
Years later Rose is married with three children, and her dreams are an escape from what she sees as an ordinary, boring life. But, everything changes on the day that Rose runs into Hugo in real life and her dream life and real life merge. Rose isn't sure what person she wants to be, the wife and mother of the real world or the daring hero of her dream world. But, her questions about her identity and the questions her and Hugo's connection bring up threaten both worlds.
Hugo & Rose was different, and it took me until about halfway through to get into it. Once the story picked up though, it got really interesting. Rose and Hugo have "known" each other for most of their lives, so when they became a reality to each other, it was fascinating to see how both of them handled it. If you are looking for a new psychological thriller, this should be the next one that you read.
Betty Bunny has never had chocolate cake before, but once she tries some, she knows that it's her new favorite food. She loves it so much that she wants to eat it all the time, but Betty has to learn to be patient and eat a healthy dinner first. When she doesn't get what she wants, Betty starts to display some bad behavior, even throwing her dinner at her older siblings.
This funny and charming book shares a scene that most parents are very familiar with. It's a great story to read aloud because Betty Bunny's antics will make your entire family laugh out loud.
When D.C. prosecutor Anna Curtis finds out that her sister, Jody, has been accused of killing a local hero, the high school football coach, she immediately heads home to Michigan. Anna is sure that she can prove her sister's innocence, but soon finds that there are many things she doesn't know about her hometown, and her sister. With some extra help from her childhood friend and Afghan veteran Cooper, Anna is determined to unravel the secrets surrounding the coach and to clear her sister's name.
I really enjoyed A Good Killing for several reasons. It's a well written mystery with plenty of suspense, and an ending that kept me guessing until the last page.
I loved Kimberly McCreight’s first book, Reconstructing Amelia, so I had high expectations for Where They Found Her. Those expectations were definitely met, as Where They Found Her was a gripping book.
After the body of a baby is found on the campus of Ridgedale’s local university, reporter Molly Sanderson is put on the story. The story hits close to home for Molly, who is still pulling herself together from the pain of her miscarriage. However, Molly is determined to get justice for the unidentified baby, and chases down every lead. As she gets closer to the answers, Molly discovers that there are many buried secrets in Ridgedale, and there are many people who will do what they can to keep those secrets buried.
This is another well written mystery by McCreight, and one of my favorite adult books of the year so far.
After Alice’s father dies in a shipwreck, she is sent to live with her Uncle Geryon, a relative she has never heard of. Her new home, and the occupants, are very strange, plus Alice is still trying to deal with her father’s death. A late night trip into Geryon’s library, that is forbidden to Alice without permission, changes Alice’s life.
Alice finds out that she is a Reader, someone who can control magic through books. Geryon is a Reader as well, and begins to train her.
Between a relative she doesn’t know, talking cats, fairies, and a boy who is living in Geryon’s library, Alice doesn’t know who to trust. She needs to find the strength to do what she needs to in order to find out what happened to her father and protect herself from those who would want to use her.
The Forbidden Library is a great new fantasy book for children. I thought it was interesting, and a good start for a brand new children’s series.
Calder, Petra, Tommy, Zoomy, and Early are all kids who have experience in solving thefts of pieces of art. So, when thirteen pieces of art disappear from a small museum in Chicago, one of the trustees, Mrs. Sharpe, asks the children to investigate.
There is a multitude of suspects, including the trustees, Mrs. Sharpe's son who pops up in unexpected places, and a group of people in black jackets who seem to be following the five children. There are many pieces of the puzzle, but the children have help from a teacher, the ghost of the original owner of the museum, and the pieces of art themselves.
There are a lot of components to this story, which can make it tedious because it's difficult to tell what is actually important and what is a red herring. However, that makes it a great story for children who like puzzles. I really enjoyed the story because I think art heists are fascinating, and the thirteen pieces of art that are stolen in the story are actual missing pieces of art that were stolen from Boston in 1990. Pieces and Players reminds us that great pieces of art can teach and inspire us, and should be protected and shared.