Firstlife by Gena Showalter
FIRSTLIFE is the first book in a new series by Gena Showalter, the Everlife series. It starts off in a unique way with a series of emails that drop you right into the story. Gena Showalter has created an extraordinary new world where it has been revealed that life on earth is not what we thought. Our life on earth is just the beginning and is only where we have our Firstlife. After we die on earth we go on to Everlife. In order to experience Everlife you must decide on a side; where you will spend your Everlife. The only acceptable choices are Troika or Myriad. If you die without choosing a side you end up in trapped Many Ends, which is worse than forever death.
Once I was introduced to the main character, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood, I felt instantly connected to her. She is a strong minded and strong willed teen that is being forced to make a decision that she is not ready to make. Ten has learned that it is not an easy choice. It is not black or white. It is not good versus evil. Both sides are pushing her to decide. Like all teens, pushing her to decide is only pushing her further away. Her journey is fast paced and an epic adventure unfolds taking the reader through many obstacles.
I was truly lost to this new world and Ten’s adventures. I mourned the end of the book and absolutely cannot wait until the next installment. This is a little edgier than YA so I guess the next genre is NA. If you read and enjoyed Michelle Rowan’s NIGHTWATCHERS series, I think you will love this book more. –Trudy (Jan’s Customer)
Enoch's Folly by Jamie McNabb
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mack, the main character, takes on a bet with his uncle, who is head of a tug and barge company in Portland. The bet is that if Mack finishes a house boat within a certain time frame he gets title to the property (Elk Jaw Landing) if he loses he gives up his shares in the tug company and loses his town home in Portland. Mack’s wife Freddie is not happy.
Although this is a fantasy, that is a minimal part of the story, which is about family dynamic’s, about the relationship between a husband and wife, about the baggage that we all carry and about the challenges we face in life and how we deal with it all. In the background, there is a river dragon, or is there? and if it is there, is it benign or malevolent? It was a good book, I really enjoyed it. At the end there was mention of a sequel…I hope so because I liked Mack and Freddie. -Jody
The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau
CITY OF EMBER is a very cool book. It is centered around a girl named Lina. She lives in a city, Ember, that is the only light in a dark world. The whole city runs on one power generator that is starting to not work. The other person the book is centered around is a boy named Doon Harrow who is trying to solve the problems of Ember and draws the job pipeworks laborer, which he hoped that he would get. Then when Doon and a Lina open a mysterious door in the pipeworks that is locked until they find the key.
Soundless by Richelle Mead
Soundless is the new YA novel from the author of Vampire Academy. I have never read any of her YA books, but I have read some of the adult novels and loved them. SOUNDLESS is a little romance, a little fantasy and a little Chinese folklore. I loved it. Fei is a great heroine. I always love strong female characters. This book is not just for the teens, this adult loved it. -Debbie
Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
This is my second Kristin Hannah book and it did not disappoint. I thought the first “The Nightingale” was the best book I had ever read and I think Winter Garden may be a tie for that title. Kristin Hannah’s writing puts you smack dab in the middle of whatever she is writing, and her writing is powerful and emotional. I am not going to tell about the story I am just going to say it is so worth reading and keep your tissues close by! This book gets 6 stars out of 5 from me. -Jody
See Me by Nicholas Sparks
Nicholas Sparks really had my heart racing for a while during this book. While it had all the usual elements – guy meets girl, they both have very different backgrounds, and yet they still manage to fall in love, there was also an element of suspense and intrigue. Both Colin and Maria have baggage from their past that is going to affect their relationship, but can the relationship survive... can they survive? -Jill
Break! A Tale of Cursed Blood by Eric Landreneau
The prologue had me hooked halfway through. I really enjoyed this fantasy, the world and especially the characters. The reason I did not give this story 5 stars, the editing could be improved, sometimes the errors interrupted the rhythm of the story.
I look forward to more wonderful stories from Eric, I believe he has the potential to be counted among the great fantasy writers! -Jody
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Wow!!!! I know I start a lot of reviews this way, but this had more twists and turns. This is not a part of Karin Slaughters usual series. This is her first psychological thriller and WOW! There were sicko people (you know how I love sickos) and family dynamics and people who aren’t what they seem. Sounds like a really good book to me. It was and I loved it. -Debbie
Storm Vengence by Pamela Cowan
They just get better. I love the local element, picturing the crime scene in my head, “I know that place”. This is book two with probation officer Storm McKenzie. There were some twists I didn’t see coming,that makes it better. A+ Ms. Cowan. -Debbie
Reckless by Lesley Choyce