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A Secret History Of Witches
by Louisa Morgan


This book has it all, I enjoyed the long history, the war. I loved the stories being passed between mother to daughters. The writing just kept me turning the page and wanting to know more and what was coming next. The time line was grate got a good taste of history through out.
 
 


Summers At Castle Auburn
by Sharon Shinn


Summers at Castle Auburn by Sharon Shinn is a pretty typical fantasy young adult novel; however, it is a good one--fun to read, well-paced and interesting, and different enough from its forbears in the genre to keep one guessing just enough. It was realistic in its depiction of people, showing character growth over a 4-5 year period but also, in a few characters, halting, backsliding, and other kinds of muddling or otherwise negative trends. I admit, now that I'm older I realize the realism in this, however much I hate seeing characters chose ugliness over beauty, unkindness over compassion. Still, the good guys win.
 
 


Legend Locals of the Chautauqua Lake Region
by Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie


Legendary Locals of the Chautauqua Lake Region by Kathleen Crocker and Jane Currie is a very readable and fun introduction to the history of Chautauqua County. Short and informative paragraphs illustrate a variety of photographs--sitting portraits, candid shots, individuals and groups, as well as scenic views and village, town, and occasional cityscapes. The book covers a wide range of significant locals who make the book for a variety of "legendary" reasons. I look forward to the next installment, which I trust will demonstrate the greater racial, cultural, and economic diversity the region now reflects. I would also like to learn more about the area's first resident, Native Americans.
 
 


Cold Days
by Jim Butcher


Harry Dresden, wizard and Winter Knight extraordinaire, is back on the job. This time there are powers at work that he knows very little about and he is now a part of Faerie in a way he never thought he would ever be. Not to mention Harry has just been given an impossible task by Mab and is made aware of a power that has been at work for sometime. His problems have only just begun once he realizes that there is way more to that contract he started with Demonreach on that crazy island in Lake Michigan and now events are about to unfold that leave Harry Dresden as the only person in a position to prevent complete disaster. All of your favorite characters, some more great movie and TV references and way more shenanigans for Harry and his motley crew to deal with. This was, by far, my favorite book in the series, thus far and am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book and many more to come!
 
 


The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang


Frances is a seamstress at a shop in Paris when she is commissioned to make a last minute dress for a forthcoming ball. She makes something that is quite risque and is about to get fired until the servant of an aristocrat at the ball loved her work so much that they want to pay her to be their dressmaker. She accepts the offer and comes to find out it is not only a prince but the Crown Prince Sebastian of Belgium. Frances is delighted to create unique and stunning gowns for the prince to make his forays into public as Lady Crystallia. Suddenly, when the prince decides not to let Frances meet her idol to show her her designs for a prestigious fashion show, she is heartbroken and leaves his employ. After she leaves him, Sebastian makes a disastrous decision that could effect his future forever. Will Sebastian and Frances make amends and what of Sebastian's future? A great story with amazing illustrations and an unforgettable cast of characters. Loved it!
 
 


The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken


Ruby was one of the few children left behind after a disease wiped out the majority of children in the United States under the age of 14. The ones that survived found that they had abilities that they didn't have before. For Ruby, her abilities scared her and so she refused to use hers in Thurmond. She pretended to be a Green, which meant that she was good with numbers and extremely intelligent. One day, a woman helped her escape the camp but under the condition that she would help her organization called the Children's League. Ruby realized that the League's purpose was not just trying to help other kids like her and escaped their clutches to fend for herself. She runs into a small band of kids and becomes a part of their ranks. However, she fears once they find out what she is and what she can do, they will not want her around. She grows to care for these kids, for one to love, and will doing anything to protect them, even if it means from herself. I enjoyed all of the characters especially Zu, Liam, Chubs and Ruby. If you like post-apocolyptic meets X-men, you will really enjoy this first book in series which was also adapted to be a film and in theaters now.
 
 


Sachiko
by Caren Stelson


Sachiko Yasui was a little girl when the atomic bomb was dropped by the US on Nagasaki. She had been playing house outside with several other children. Unable to move, she also could barely breathe as a result of the dirt in her nose and mouth. Dirt had also somehow appeared under her eyelids. This biography, of Sachiko through Caren Stelson, is an excellent addition to material on hibakusha, atomic bomb survivors. Throughout the book, Stelson alternates between Sachiko's story and the larger context of choices that shaped her personal experience--the actions of the US and Japanese governments, for instance. The biography is particularly notable for its more critical representation of the US' actions leading up to the end of the war and also after, for instance when President Truman commissioned Americans to scientifically study the effects of radiation in Japan but prohibited dissemination of that information to Japanese doctors and others who could have helped hibakusha like Sachiko more. At least 23 of Sachiko's immediate and extended family members died as a direct result of the bomb.
 
 


History On Trial My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier
by Deborah Lipstadt


History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier was written by Deborah Lipstadt shortly after her real-life, much longer than one day, experience in court with a Holocaust Denier. In the mid-1990s, Lipstadt received notification from the publisher of her first book, Denying the Holocaust, that someone was preparing to bring a libel suit against her. The charge: negatively affecting the career of one of the deniers she called out in the book. I leave his name out her on purpose. As Lipstadt says over and over again, one of the most important and effective ways to denounce deniers is by not giving them airspace to voice their perspectives. Unfortunately, this man made it impossible for Lipstadt to use this method. As neither backed down from the suit, the court case, taking place in London, UK, proceeded in 2000. Lipstadt overwhelmingly won. In an era of "alternative facts" nearly two decades after this trial, the book felt timely and very important. For more information on the trial and its signficance, see hdot.org.
 
 


I Felt a Funeral, in My Brain
by Will Walton


I honestly don't mind reading books in verse but this one was not done as well as others I have read in the past. I loved the length of the book and thought the story was well written but it was almost way harder to follow among the disjointed poems and song titles than it should have been. I appreciate the use of verse but was not impressed with its execution in this instance. I still liked the book, it's characters and the story.
 
 


Waiting For Unicorns
by Beth Hautala


A good book for a coming to age tale. The plot kept you interested and the characters where well written. I do miss some if the drama that books can bring, it was cute and reminds you not keep your self in the real world so you dont miss the small things.
 
 


Strange The Dreamer
by Laini Taylor


Strange the dreamer is such a captivating book, Laini Taylor has done an wonderful job creating characters. This book is so much better then the daughter of smoke and bone trilogy. Lazlo imagination is amazing.
 
 


As Old As Time
by Liz Braswell


This book was amazing, one of my favorites. To take the beauty and beast story to a new level and to have all these twists and unexpected turns. The ending is definitely not what you would expect. This version has so much more magic and keeps you turning the pages.
 
 


Wintersong
by S. Jae-jones


This book is very well written. I enjoyed it being placed in Austria and Germany, the first part of this book really draws you in, the romance and the magic is wonderful. The ending happened and was just over. Looking forward to reading the next book.
 
 


Turtles All The Way Down
by John Green


Book started very slow and stayed like that for the most part. This book does touch points on mental illness.
 
 


Bleed Like Me
by Christa Desir


This book was boring, and the plot I did not seem to enjoy. I know Christa Desir is very blunt and straight to the point, but I feel in this book it was not. I feel like this book may give the wrong idea to YA on how to address issues they may be going through. Why did the lead not go to her family? The not healthy relationship with her and her boyfriend drives me nuts.
 
 
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