Showing posts from July, 2016

Trail of Broken Wings

By: Sejal Badani Genre: Contemporary Fiction- abuse Location: FIC BAD    My Mum is my hero, my mum lived with heinous abuse from a father who with anger and malice, controlled, beat, mocked and tore apart his children. My mum bore the brunt of that and its scars. Her stories feel to me like they should be in this book- like she should be one of the daughters. Except mum has broken the cycle and won the path to recovery- which is why she is my hero. Forever thankful mum! Dont read this book if you want a happy read, this book is about abuse, about suffering, about powerlessness and brokenness. “What he did to you can never be undone. But don’t let it color your life. Don’t let his actions or his way of living become your truth.” As their father lies in a coma, three Indian American sisters reunite with their mother at the bedside of the ailing patriarch. We learn the back story of this broken family, and the women they have become as a result. Three adult sisters, Sonja, Ma

Hope and Red

By:  Jon Skovron Location; FIC SKO Genre: Fantasy- Power- Vengeance Series:  Empire of Storms Trilogy  #1 Pirates... we are on a roll with pirates at the moment. This one has females pirates- Sarah Bichan- you need to read this book! This is a swashbuckling,  kung fu, pirate, romance... trilogy! In a fracturing empire spread across savage seas, two young people from different cultures find common purpose. A nameless girl is the lone survivor when her village is massacred by biomancers, mystical servants of the emperor. Named after her lost village, Bleak Hope is secretly trained by a master Vinchen warrior as an instrument of vengeance. A boy becomes an orphan on the squalid streets of New Laven and is adopted by one of the most notorious women of the criminal underworld, given the name Red, and trained as a thief and con artist. When a ganglord named Deadface Drem strikes a bargain with the biomancers to consolidate and rule all the slums of New Laven, the worlds of Hope and

The Girl from Everywhere

By: Heidi Heilig Location: FIC HEI Genre:Magical Fantasy It was the kind of August day that hinted at monsoons, and the year was 1774, though not for very much longer. Ahh Monsoons- just been in those in India! Monsoon weather speaks- it has a voice. you feel it in the air! When you feel it- you reprimand yourself for not bringing your umbrella. This book has monsoons, and pirate ships and maps, refugees, treasure and love....  almost sounds like "The Princess Bride" inconceivably -as you like it! A journey through time. A journey to love! Sixteen-year-old Nix Song is a time-traveller. She, her father and their crew of time refugees travel the world aboard The Temptation, a glorious pirate ship stuffed with treasures both typical and mythical. Old maps allow Nix and her father to navigate not just to distant lands, but distant times - although a map will only take you somewhere once. And Nix's father is only interested in one time, and one place: Honolulu

Mrs Featonby is back!

Hi everyone, While Mrs Bichan is in India I promised her that I would try and write a blog entry or two. I decided that these holidays I was going to start at 'A' in the library and take out every book that I wanted to. Well... I may have gotten a little carried away and worked myself to 'C' before I stopped and thought about how I was going to carry all of my books home. Mrs Mannell looked impressed with my selection (not so sure about the student librarians on duty though... I kept on bringing books up!) Anyhow- I am reading a book that the library has had since 2013- so let's call this blog post a 'Throwback'. By: Linda Castillo Location: FIC CAS Genre: Detective/Crime This is book one in a detective series= LOVE. And yes, I also have out the second book. Kate Burkholder grew up in the Amish community and revisits it when a suspicious crime takes place. She revisits the community she grew up in, and is forced to reflect on who she was and

Crown's Game

By: Evelyn Skye Location: FIC SKY Genre:  Russian Fantasy Series: The Crowns Game #1 Amazing cover art and magical super powers- this book looks and sounds awesome. “Imagine, and it shall be. There are no limits.⁠⁠⁠⁠”  ―  Evelyn Skye ,  The Crown's Game I hereby swear my loyalty to the tsar, And promise to abide by the rules of the Game, A duel of enchantment, until a winner is declared. To this and all traditions here before established, I commit myself As an enchanter in the Crown's Game. Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side. And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death. Raised

Anatomy of a Misft

By: Andrea portes location: FIC POR Genre: Youth fiction- love or not, maybe and with whom What a read! Anatomy of a Misfit is filled with sarcasm, humor, and a whole lot of spunk. This is one of those books where you hear the voice of the story perfectly in your head. Sarcasm included. You’re taken on an emotional roller coaster as you work your way through the pages. One minute you’re laughing, the next you’re in compete and utter shock! I never really knew what was coming, but the short chapters that seemed like a “fast forward” was a hint that told me something was coming. I felt like this depicted high school perfectly in a way. There will always be that popular girl who needs the attention 24/7. Her sidekicks who will struggle to find their own voices, but one who will help lead the other one to do so. The popular boy with the older brother everyone loves. And the guy who went through a complete makeover over the summer but is still considered the nerd. It’s the circle of li