Golden by Jessi Kirby


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Publication Date:May 14, 2013
Love, tragedy, and mystery converge in this compelling novel from “an author to watch” (Booklist).Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

Review –

This is a wonderful story about self-discovery, romance,friendship, and the road not taken.  It was offered free on Pulseit and I knew right away that it was  going to be one that I would long remember.  The characters are as true as today and the attention to details made it shine.  If you cry easily better have a Kleenex handy near the end.

Even if you are not a fan of YA(young adult literature) or have never read any-please give this story a chance.  You won’t be sorry.


1930 (Book Two-Aryl’s Divide) by M.L. Gardner


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Publication Date:April 18, 2013
The long awaited second book in the 1929 Jonathan’s Cross trilogy. It’s June, 1930 and life is harder than ever. The residents of Rockport, Massachusetts have just held a memorial service for Aryl Sullivan. Everyone searches for ways to cope and continue on with life, except his pregnant widow, Claire, who is devastated. Caleb drowns his sorrow in a bottle of whiskey and Jonathan anxiously awaits the birth of his child. Once again, Maura is put to work to see them past the worst of it, facing setbacks of her own. As the gears of life slowly start to move again, new friends are made and old enemies return to finish what they started. At Maura’s inarguable insistence, Claire meets Gordon, a widower, and they begin to forge a bond through a common sorrow. As Claire begins to move on and accept her new life, Aryl returns. While a happy reunion at first, all is not as it seems with Aryl. As his self destruction becomes obvious to everyone, Jonathan and Caleb must do what they can to save their friend.
Review –
Fantastic follow-up to the first book and I found it very hard to put down.  I love the description of the sea and the lives of the fishermen who rely om its bounty.  Really looking forward to the next installment.

1929 (Book One-Jonathan’s Cross)by M.L. Gardner


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Publication Date:January 7, 2011
Jonathan Garrett has just lost everything. He and his two best friends were operating one of the top brokerages in New York City until the stock market crash of ’29. With nothing but the clothes on their backs, these men must start over. Renting a shabby apartment from a business rival with his eye on tormenting Jonathan, they begin to rebuild as best they can. Their wives struggle to make the best of their situations, each coping in her own way. They begin to make friendships that promise to last a lifetime. As the jobs become fewer and danger is at their backs, the stakes get higher for these men to find a way out. Their current poverty, their respective pasts, and their own struggles all threaten to ruin them. With hope, close friends, and a lucky twist of fate, they escape the city just in time. They return to their hometown of Rockport Massachusetts to begin a new life. Living modestly, and faring better than the friends they left behind in the city, they begin to think things are taking a turn for the better. But tragedy is never far behind…
The book is the first in a trilogy by author M.L. Gardner and promises to be the must read book for historical fiction fans everywhere. Irish character accents in this book are intentional. They are not typos.
Review –
My husband read this book before me and said I needed to read it. Now, we don’t like the same type of books at all so I was skeptical but I told him I would and I did.   I loved it. in fact, after the tears stopped and I could see again I immediately bought the next in the series and read it too. It was superb.  The writing in both books is so descriptive that it’s like you are there on the streets of New York and later in Massachusetts and the dialogue is great. I wish I had the audio version so I could have heard the irish brogues.  This is a great series and I WILL be following it to the end.

Joyland (Hard CaseCrime)by Stephen King


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Release date: June 4, 2013 | Series: Hard Case Crime
Set in a small-town North Carolina amusement park in 1973, Joyland tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a carny and confronts the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the ways both will change his life forever.
“I love crime, I love mysteries, and I love ghosts. That combo made Hard Case Crime the perfect venue for this book, which is one of my favorites. I also loved the paperbacks I grew up with as a kid, and for that reason, we’re going to hold off on e-publishing this one for the time being. Joyland will be coming out in paperback, and folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book.”Stephen King
Review –
Although this book wasn’t a typical Stephen King book, at least to me, it was great.  It’s a great book  to read at the beach or lake cabin or craft room chair (as is my case) because it’s simply a ghostly murder mystery that takes place at an amusement park and what better time to visit an amusement park if not summer.  It’s also about a dying boy who has a profound effect on those around him. I cried when he died and I usually don’t cry when I read a Stephen King novel so that’s another reason that’s it’s not typical. 
This one is a MUST READ for the summer or anytime.

Haunted House by Jack Kilborn and J.A. Konrath


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Publication Date: May 17, 2013
BEYOND AFRAID… It was an experiment in fear. Eight people, each chosen because they lived through a terrifying experience. Survivors. They don’t scare easily. They know how to fight back. BEYOND TRAPPED… Each is paid a million dollars to spend one night in a house. The old Butler House, where those grisly murders occurred so many years ago. A house that is supposedly haunted. BEYOND ENDURANCE… They can take whatever they want with them. Religious items. Survival gear. Weapons. All they need to do is last the night. But there is something evil in this house. Something very evil, and very real. And when the dying starts, it comes with horrifying violence and brutal finality. There are much scarier things than ghosts. Things that will kill you slowly and delight in your screams. Things that won’t let you get out alive. HAUNTED HOUSE People are dying to leave Jack Kilborn, author of AFRAID, TRAPPED, and ENDURANCE, brings back some favorite characters from those earlier novels and puts them through his own unique brand of hell. One that hurts real bad. One that will scare you to death. Are you brave enough?
If anyone can scare the pants off of you, it’s Jack Kilborn and that’s a good thing if you’re a horror book fan like I am.  There are characters in the story from his other books but you don’t HAVE to read them to reap the full benefits of the horror and gore.  It’s a great summer read and I’m looking forward to his next one.
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Trunk Music(Harry Bosch #5) by Michael Connelly


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Publication Date: September 1, 2008
Back on the job after an involuntary leave of absence, LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch is ready for a challenge. But his first case is a little more than he bargained for.
It starts with the body of a Hollywood producer in the trunk of a Rolls-Royce, shot twice in the head at close range – what looks like “trunk music,” a Mafia hit. But the LAPD’s organized crime unit is curiously uninterested, and when Harry follows a trail of gambling debts to Las Vegas, the case suddenly becomes more complex – and much more personal.A rekindled romance with an old girlfriend opens new perspectives on the murder, and he begins to glimpse a shocking triangle of corruption and collusion. Yanked off the case, Harry himself is soon the one being investigated. But only a bullet can stop Harry when he’s searching for the truth . . .

Review –
I never get tired of a good Harry Bosch and as you can tell I don’t care in which order I read  the series.  This one is number 5 in the Harry Bosch Series and in  a few days I will listen to the latest, which is number 18. It’s makes no difference to me because Harry is always Harry.
If you’ve never read or listened to a Harry Bosch book(and I can’t imagine that) you really need to pick one up the next time you’re at your local library or your favorite bookstore or online store.  You won’t be sorry.

Oh, The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss


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Release date: January 22, 1990 | Age Range: 4 – 8 years |
Dr. Seuss’s wonderfully wise graduation speech is the perfect send-off for children starting out in the world, be they nursery, high school, or college grads! With his trademark use of humorous verse and illustrations, Dr. Seuss addresses the the ups and downs life presents while encouraging readers to find the success that lies within them all.
“Don’t be fooled by the title of this seriocomic ode to success; it’s not ‘Climb Every Mountain,’ kid version. All journeys face perils, whether from indecision, from loneliness, or worst of all, from too much waiting. Seuss’ familiar pajama-clad hero is up to the challenge, and his odyssey is captured vividly in busy two-page spreads evoking both the good times (grinning purple elephants, floating golden castles) and the bad (deep blue wells of confusion). Seuss’ message is simple but never sappy: life may be a ‘Great Balancing Act,’ but through it all ‘There’s fun to be done.'”—(starred) Booklist.
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Wonderful book for kids of all ages and adults too.

Sector C by Phoenix Sullivan


Book Description

Publication Date:August 30, 2011
Amazon Top 100 (2012) ___________________
A rise in stroke-like cases has CDC analyst Mike Shafer on alert. Patients in every demographic in the Great Plains area, from toddlers to healthy adults to the elderly, are succumbing to rapid deterioration – and death.
Veterinarian Donna Bailey, meanwhile, is dealing with an outbreak of her own. It looks like mad cow disease. But to be affecting so many species? Impossible.
Whatever it is, it’s spreading. Fast.
As state and federal agencies race to contain the growing threats, Mike and Donna’s searches for Patient Zero intersect at a big-game compound in a remote corner of North Dakota. There they find their answer buried in a secret thought extinct for 10,000 years. A secret entrepreneur Walt Thurman will kill to protect.
But even if Mike and Donna can escape the compound with the secret of Sector C, it may already be too late.
Because after today, extinct no longer means forever. ___________________
Ripped from today’s research and tomorrow’s headlines, SECTOR C is a near-future medical thriller fans of Michael Crichton and Robin Cook are sure to enjoy.
Review –
This was a very satisfying read because it had a bit of everything: African safari meets Old Stone Age, disease outbreak,murder,mystery and smart savvy woman character.  It held my interest and in fact I found it hard to put down.  I don’t know if the premise put forth in the story could really happen but  let’s hope we don’t find out.sabertooth

The Sun, The Moon, And Maybe The Trains by Rodney Jones


Book Description

Publication Date: September 29, 2012
John Bartley’s days are filled with working in the mill or the garden, and he can’t wait to see Zella at the next barn dance. But when he stumbles through a hidden portal in the forest, everything he’s ever known falls behind him. A hundred and thirty-four years behind, to be more exact.
Tess can’t quite believe John’s tale of time travel. Does he really not know what a cell phone is? A car? Indoor plumbing? To convince the girl he’s swiftly falling for that he’s not crazy, John must delve into Tess’s history–his future–and solve the mystery of his hometown’s demise. But when they learn its fate, each faces a sudden, wrenching choice. Save their love, or save the past?
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This is a story involving time travel. From the past to the future and back again and then from the future to the past and back again.  Sounds too good to be true-yup, things do not always go smoothly and add in a love story, maybe one-sided but maybe not and you have a wonderful, fast read, perfect for any warm weather day.  I loved it.

What Really Happened In Peru (The Bane Chronicles) by Cassandra Clare

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Publication Date:April 16, 2013

Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices know that Magnus Bane is banned from Peru—and now they can find out why. One of ten adventures in The Bane Chronicles.There are good reasons Peru is off-limits to Magnus Bane. Follow Magnus’s Peruvian escapades as he drags his fellow warlocks Ragnor Fell and Catarina Loss into trouble, learns several instruments (which he plays shockingly), dances (which he does shockingly), and disgraces his host nation by doing something unspeakable to the Nazca Lines.This standalone e-only short story illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality populates the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. This story in The Bane Chronicles, What Really Happened in Peru, is written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah Rees Brennan.

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For those of you who are familiar with the Mortal Instruments Series, this story gives some background information of Magnus Bane(one of my favorite characters) and we learn some interesting facts about him. It was a short and very fast read.

I can’t wait to read the next installment of this series.