Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Get Cozy Josey by Susan May Warren (final book in the series)
Ruby's Slippers by Leanna Ellis (I swear this book was written for me!)
Sky Blue by Travis Thrasher
Dear Mom by Melody Carlson (if you have a teen-ish daughter then you need to read this book)
Jane Austen Ruined My Life by Beth Pattillo (fun story)
For Women Only by Shaunti Feldhahn (I try to read this at least once a year!)
Kiss Me if You Dare by Nicole Young (final book in the series)
She's In A Better Place by Angela Hunt (final book in the series)
Limelight by Melody Carlson (LOVED the main character!)
On A Someday by Roxanne Henke
And as an honorable mention, my choice for my favorite new author "find" of the year: Jenny B Jones. I LOVE her books!
The Katie Parker Production series (In Between, On the Loose, The Big Picture) and A Charmed Life series (So Not Happening and I'm So Sure) are great YA novels that this 40 year old mom adored. Just Between You And Me is her "adult" novel which was just as good.
My other surprise was discovering Travis Thrasher. If you haven't read Sky Blue you need to. AMAZING book!
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Green, by Ted Dekker, is the beginning and the end of the Circle Series. Book 0.
How can one book start and finish a series? I’m still not exactly sure, but Green did! Picking up where White left off and leaving off where Black picks up, Green completes the series. It pulls in the Circle Series and the Paradise Series, and answered a lot of questions that I had in reading the other books.
It has been ten years of running and hiding for the Circle of albinos. The Horde has relentlessly threatened them and even killed people to prove their hatred for Elyon’s lovers. Samuel of Hunter, Thomas Hunter’s son, is ready to wage war on the Horde. Thomas and his wife Chelise try to convince the dividing Circle that killing Horde goes against all that Elyon has shown them and would only bring more violence. Thomas issues a challenge to the Horde leader and Dark Priest, hoping to end the debating, but things spin out of control. Samuel allies with the Half-breeds and nearly half the Circle follows him.
In desperation to save his son and the Circle Thomas returns to the Histories. While there, Kara Hunter and Monique de Raison are asked by a mind-reading, red-headed, young man to reveal a guarded secret that could prove disastrous. Here in lyes the connection to the Paradise Series.
I did find it to be more violent then the other Circle books and some of the gruesome images of blood (Vampirism) were rather disgusting (just as a warning to younger readers and/or those with a light stomach.) I will say that Dekker’s delve into the whole Vampire rave was a bit disappointing.
Over all I would say it is a must read in the Circle Series. If you read it as book one it makes a bit more sense for the sake of Thomas’ son. If read as book 4 it really ties the whole series together.