Saturday, November 18, 2017

Book of the Week - It's Hard Out Here for a Duke by Maya Rodale

This delightful Regency era story features an unlikely duke, American James Cavendish, who, along with his three sisters, reluctantly has gone to England to claim his title after being surprised by discovering he is the heir. In an inn on his last day of being a common American he meets an enticing woman and experiences a night of passion before she disappears. He has no interest in being an idle peer and hopes to return to breeding exceptional horses. Upon arriving at the ducal estate he discover his mystery woman is companion to the dowager duchess and that being a duke can be more demanding and important than he expected as well as being unexpectedly fulfilling. 

While this is 4th in the
Keeping up with the Cavendishes series, it works well on its own and has now added Maya Rodale to my list of authors to follow.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Book of the Week - A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

On her wedding day, bluestocking spinster Lady Olympia Hightower is quite nervous to be marrying Ashmont, one of of the three libertine dukes known collectively as "Their Dis-Graces. Fortified with brandy laced tea, then brandy on its own, Olympia gives in to her misgivings and bolts. Ripley, having been put in charge of wedding details for his fellow duke, takes off to chase the runaway bride and they end up going places they never expected. Enjoyable, smart characters make this late Regency era romance an enticing read.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Book of the Week - The City of Brass by S A Chakraborty

Nahri lives on the streets of Cairo, surviving by conning people with tea readings, healings, and any other scams she can make work. Her remarkable facility with languages makes her incantations seem more realistic when she conducts a ceremony to evict a spirit possessing a young girl and suddenly she gets real results and a big, beautiful, djinn appears, summoned by her singing. Having actually conjured magic, Nahri is pursued by murderous ifrit and her only chance to live is to make it to Daevabad, the city of brass, a city hidden from the rest of the world. This fresh epic fantasy is set in a richly imagined world of Islamic myth with twisty political machinations. One of the best fantasy novels of the year.

This one is going on my top ten for the year.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Book of the Week - Disappeared by Francisco X. Stork

       I read this on the train back from ALA in Chicago back in June and haven't stopped recommending it since. I devoured it in one fell swoop it was so good. Not only was it a pageturner, it asks important questions about the state of our world and makes us think.

Girls disappear in Juarez. Some turn up dead. Some are never heard of again. Newspaper reporter Sara Zapata's best friend disappeared four months ago and suddenly a message comes through threatening the lives of her family if she keeps reporting on the missing girls. Her younger brother Emiliano is in love with the daughter of a lawyer, reputed to work for the cartels. As the Narcos surreptitiously try to recruit Emiliano, Sara discovers a cryptic message from her friend and the danger escalates with a shot up house, desert survival, and betrayal. A must read.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Outstanding middle grade/middle school fiction but a wonderful read for teens and adults as well. Three different kids, three different times, different parts of the world but connected all the same. All risk their lives as they become refugees. Told in alternating narratives, Jewish Josef, flees the  Nazi Germany on the ship, St. Louis, going to Cuba in 1938, only to be turned back. Isabel and her family escape Castro's Cuba in 1994 in a cobbled together non-seaworthy raft with neighbors. In 2015 Mahmoud and his family leave Aleppo and it seems they may never find safety, with one setback following another. This powerful book will not leave any reader unchanged.