Saturday, September 13, 2014

Kill Me Softly

by Sarah Cross

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Sixteen year old Mira, who is being raised be her godmothers,  is not allowed to return to the town where she was born and where her parents passed away. She does not listen and goes to Beau Rivage hoping to discover the truth behind the accident that killed her parents. There she discovers that in this town the Grimm fairy tales are real and everyone ( including Mira) is cursed with a fate they cannot avoid. For Mira, she‘s a Sleeping Beauty “Somnolent”, doomed to prick her finger and fall into a deep sleep. Then there is the fact she has no interest in her Prince Charming “Somnolent” but is instead interested in the mysterious Felix, whose fate and he can’t or won’t explain to her.
This story is an intriguing take on fractured fairy tales. If you like the TV show Once Upon a Time you should give this book a try.

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Family Romanov

Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia
by Candace Fleming

This is the well-known ending: Nicholas and Alexandria, the last Tsar and Tsarina of Russia, were murdered, with their family by members of the Revolution. But why? And what happened before? With photographs, excerpts from family letters, newspaper accounts and revolutionary doctrines, the author succeeds in painting a portrait of the Romanov family, the experiences of the peasants in Russia at the same time, and how the two collide.

Did you ever watch the cartoon movie Anastasia? Did you know that Rasputin was a REAL guy? Did you know that Anastasia was real, even if the movie was a little...imagined? Read up on the facts of the Romanov family, and you'll find a fascinating world of the very rich, with jeweled costume parties and diamonds as big as eggs compared with the lives of peasants at the time, having absolutely nothing! There's plenty of pictures, personal letters and newspaper articles to make the whole book really easy to read and interesting!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Not That Kind of Girl

by Siobian Vivian

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

High School senior Natalie likes to have everything in control and is one of those students who has gained the respect of her teachers. Her idea of senior year does not go as planned, due to the antics of Spencer, a freshman girl she used to babysit. Also, her best (and only friend) Autumn is beginning to act different and Connor, one of the senior football players she may be getting involved with. Natalie is out to prove she is a proud and independent woman and not a sexual object for the guys at her school, but maybe there is more to it.

While Natalie can be annoying at times, readers will also find moments when they can relate to her. The secondary characters are a mix of characters to love and those you'll  love to hate. This story deals a lot with the complications of being teenage girl and struggling to find out who you are and who you should be.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Better Off Friends

by Elizabeth Eulberg

***Guest post by Amanda B.***

Maccallan and Levi became best friends the first day they met back in 7th grade. The close friendship they share over the years makes it seem to everyone else that they are couple, and their closeness interferes in what relationships they do have. Can a girl and guy just be friends or do they wind up as more? Maccallan and Levi address that very question in this story.

This story is told in alternating points of view as Maccallan and Levi look back at their friendship. This book also includes conversations between them on their current thoughts and opinions. Both the story and the characters are engaging and enjoyable.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

For the Good of Mankind?

The Shameful History of Human Medical Experimentation
by Vicky Oransky Wittenstein

Up until the 1970s, there were many examples of medical professionals experimenting on humans. In many instances, the humans who were involved in the experiments didn't know that they were part of an experiment and didn't give their consent. In some instances, patients were given false information as a substitute for what experiments were happening. This book documents many different cases where people were used, whether they knew it or not, to further medical studies.
This is a short book, less than 100 pages, but the images and the detailed explanations are horrifying. Those interested in medical science, medical ethical issues or social issues will be interested in the information presented here.