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Amelia had plans for her summer, but they are all dashed when she reports to her first day as Head Girl of Meade’s (all girl run) Creamery and finds owner Molly Meade dead. While Amelia won’t have the summer she wanted, she will get the one she needs.
Stay Sweet by Siobhan Vivian is a coming of age story set against the backdrop of ice cream. Told in part through the diary entries of a teenage Molly Meade and modern day Amelia, this story hits on so many of the tough situations that we must all learn to navigate. This story is about finding self and passion and a little bit about feminism too. Stay Sweet is the perfect summer treat. It’s a quick read that will leave you happy and satisfied at the end.
I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara
The Golden State Killer was a serial rapist and serial killer who operated in California from 1974 through 1986. He is responsible for more than 50 rapes and at least 12 murders. He is believed to be responsible for three different crime sprees in three different areas of California. In Visalia, California, he earned the name the Visalia Ransacker by committing more than 100 burglaries between 1974 and 1975. He became the East Area Rapist in the Sacramento area. And he was the Original Night Stalker in Southern California. To heighten an awareness of this killer, crime writer Michelle McNamara gave him the name “The Golden State Killer.”
Michelle McNamara had researched the Golden State Killer for years, and unfortunately she passed away in 2016, at a time when there was renewed interest in finding this uncaught killer. In 2018, an arrest was made, and I’m sure that we’ll hear more of this case as it goes to trial in the future. Michelle’s book gives readers an excellent starting point to catch up on the case. The book, I’ll be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer, is one that was finished by Michelle’s husband and other researchers. It’s a good book, but I can’t help but think it would have been a fabulous book if Michelle had been alive to finish it. It’s clear she had a passion for the subject, and she had a writing style that made the details come alive […]
After the war with Hybern, their world has vastly changed. Lands need rebuilding and politics need worked out, but Feyre and crew still want to make this year’s Winter Solstice a special one. Throughout the continuation of Feyre’s story, we catch up on how the war has affected our favorite characters emotionally and physically.
First off, I love everything that Sarah J. Maas writes. I first discovered her when I saw A Court of Thorns and Roses come through the library and thought that it had an interesting cover. From chapter one, I was hooked. Her Throne of Glass series is amazing, as well. I really liked A Court of Frost and Starlight; however, I was slightly disappointed with this part of the story. I could definitely tell that she was using this book as a bridge toward focusing more on other characters, rather than on Feyre and Rhysand. I also felt that it was an odd time of year for this novella to come out. It was published in May, yet it describes the wintry scenes of Velaris. It seemed like it should have been more of book that should be read during the holiday season. BUT, I still love this series so I was overall happy about getting to read more about the fascinating world of High Fey.
Michael Skellig is a former Special Forces soldier who owns a small limo service in L.A. His company includes two mentally and physically disabled veterans and his former interpreter from Afghanistan. One day when he is on the job driving he comes across a crime in progress and saves the lives of a celebrity named Bismarck Avila and his bodyguard. Bismarck blackmails the reluctant Skellig into becoming his driver and from then on, he is thrown into lots of crazy situations. Unfortunately, Skellig doesn’t need work to be crazy as his personal life is already nuts. He is in love with both Connie, a lawyer, and her best friend Delilah who is a police officer. This book is both funny and violent and reminded me a lot of Joe Lansdale’s Hap and Leonard books. The Driver is a great debut novel by Hart Hanson.
Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and her Daughter, Mary Shelley by Charlotte Gordon
It’s impossible to do justice to the accomplishments of two such amazing women in a short review: which is why Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley is so valuable! Author Gordon details their eventful and captivating life stories with insight, humor and understanding, alternating chapters about each woman throughout.
Wollstonecraft, an almost unbelievably productive writer, philosopher and early advocate of women’s rights, survived a troubled childhood, grew up to teach for a time and then lived and wrote in Revolutionary France. A liberal thinker who authored several books, including the famous A Vindication of the Rights of Men, followed by A Vindication of the Rights of Women, she also had an affair with an American soldier and diplomat, Gilbert Imlay, which resulted in the birth of a daughter, Fanny. Through marriage to the philosopher William Godwin, she became a mother again before dying due to complications of childbirth at age 38. The child born at this unfortunate time was Mary Godwin, who became the lover and later wife of Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, wrote Frankenstein (at age 19), and became Shelley’s widow upon his death by drowning in 1822.
The story of these two brilliant and remarkable women, their sadnesses and triumphs, and the circle of fascinating people that surrounded each of them, cannot help but attain an extra resonance during contemporary times. Author Gordon succeeds in making them come alive in the pages of her book.
In The Great Shelby Holmes, John Watson has just moved to Harlem with his mother after growing up on Army bases. Having moved many times, he is used to making new friends but he has never met someone quite like Shelby Holmes. Shelby is the perfect person to show him around his new and very diverse city and the details she sees and deduces are amazing. Before long, John finds himself helping with a dognapping case and learning how to observe the world around him. Shelby and John complement each other as well as the original Holmes and Watson but with a quirky humor that makes the two their own great detective team.
Ten years ago, Darrow led a revolution that freed his people. This same revolution shattered the existing society’s class structure, with the hope that everyone could then share the same freedoms. Yet, ten years after the revolution, it has become clear that all this victory accomplished was to unleash an endless war. Factions form, alliances shift, and discord grows. When the tide turns against Darrow, he undertakes a desperate quest to end the violence once and for all. This forth book of the Red Rising series lets us see, through the eyes of Darrow and three other characters, this next stage of the story. Through their eyes we see that winning a war creates its own set of problems.
Pierce Brown is such a wonderful writer: his books are fast paced, intelligent, and full of wisdom. They are full of exceptional world building, complex characters, and convincing politics. I am already looking forward to Dark Age, Red Rising book 5, coming in fall of 2018. Before reading Iron Gold, you will certainly want to read Red Rising, Golden Son, and Morning Star, the first three books in this highly recommended series.
I got a big kick out of The Culinary Bro-Down Cookbook by Josh Scherer. Although I thought a lot of the recipes looked gross, they looked gross in an “oh my gosh that’s like a week’s worth of calories in one serving” kind of way not a “there’s no way I would ever crave that rabbit food” type of way. First of all, you have to actually READ the cookbook-not just flip through the recipes. For example, I love his kitchen hack #7 – trusting what you are seeing happening in front of you more than simply relying on the recipe’s times and temperatures. Cooking is not baking and as he says, as long as his oil is somewhere between 325 and 400 those tater tots are gonna get crispy! As someone who is in love with plain pancakes I would have no interest in his “Cap’n Drunk Pancakes” but love how he describes his top ingredient: “4 cups nondescriptly flavored golden square breakfast cereal whose mascot holds military rank”. I do think his “Smothered Dino Nuggets” and “Meatball Bread Bowls” look delicious. Even if you do not make any recipes you have to read his section on the birthday cakes he has created in the past…hilarious. Also, be sure to read the section on how to shop at gas stations. What I like best about this cookbook is that he celebrates all the food that is supposed to be horrible for us – the more processed…the better. It’s […]
The god Apollo has fallen on hard times. Having angered his father, Zeus, Apollo finds himself cursed to live as a human, teenage boy named Lester. Apollo is pretty sure this is the worst thing that can happen to him…he even has acne! In this second book in the series after The Hidden Oracle, Apollo finds himself in Indianapolis, facing a villain named Commodus. (Yes, this is the guy that the commode is named after.) The story has a mechanical dragon, griffins, snakes, and lots and lots of humor. Apollo must defeat the bad guy, help his friends, try not to get killed, and get the prophecy that will show him the next step to in his journey to regain his favor with Zeus. It’s a lot to manage, all while navigating the streets (and zoo!) in Indianapolis.
The story begins with following the thoughts of an eleven-year-old girl, named Jazzie, who hasn’t had the easiest life. Between her abusive father leaving her mother to care for Jazzie and Jazzie’s younger sister, Janie, without any means for survival and the social repercussions of becoming poor, Jazzie has experienced a lot for her young age. However, things get even worse when Jazzie comes home to discover her mother dead on the floor of the living room in their tiny apartment. And when Jazzie makes the discovery, she also inadvertently finds out who murdered her mother.
Meanwhile, we catch up with the Baltimore crew that we have come to love despite their many flaws. Daphne’s son, Ford, is still reeling from the kidnapping and betrayal he suffered a year and a half ago. Clay has married Stevie and now has a daughter to call him “Dad” but he is still searching for his missing daughter who was hid from him by his vindictive ex-wife for 20 years. Taylor, aka Sienna, comes to Daphne’s Healing Hearts equine therapy program looking for her father, but finds herself connecting to Jazzie, the traumatized girl who has only spoken to Taylor since that awful day. Between getting shot at, discovering her father wasn’t the Monster in the Closet, and helping keep Jazzie and Janie safe, Taylor connects with Ford on a deep emotional and physical level.
I have read several of Karen Rose’s Romantic Suspense books and have really liked them all. This one was […]