The Swan Thieves – Book Review

the swan thievesThe Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova

I’ve been looking forward to “The Swan Thieves” for months and months and months, ever since I heard that Elizabeth Kostova had a new book coming out. I adored “The Historian,” her earlier book. I’ve read it multiple times (ah, for the days when my TBR stack was manageable and I could reread books…) and listened to the audio with my husband on a car trip. It has been four and a half years since “The Historian” was released so when I heard rumors of a new book, I started counting down the days before I even knew what the book would be about.

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Forest of Hands and Teeth – Book Review

forest of hands and teeth Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Mary lives in a world that is like our own in many ways. It differs, however, in much more dramatic ways. During the Return the human race began to be threatened by the Unconsecrated. As far as Mary knows for sure, her village is contains the last humans in the world and nothing lies beyond the fence but the Forest of Hands and Teeth. Mary isn’t satisfied with her life in the village, though, and clings to her mother’s stories about the world outside their village and the forest, places that seem almost mystical, like the ocean.

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Teaser Tuesday – Right of Thirst

teaser-tuesday Grab your current read.

Let the book fall open to a random page.

Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.

You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!

Please avoid spoilers!

right of thirst“But I could see them,

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City of Refuge – Book Review

city of refuge City of Refuge by Tom Piazza

How far in the past must something have happened to qualify as historical fiction when someone writes about it? Fiction about World War I and II are historical fiction, Vietnam-era, sure. What’s the cut off? The 1980s? 1990s? What about late 2005? Really good historical fiction gives the reader a feel for the time and place, helps them feel that they lived through the events being discussed. “City of Refuge” does all of these things and it does them powerfully and impeccably.

“City of Refuge” follows the lives of two families from just before Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans through months of the

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Banned Books Week 2009

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In case you missed it, this is Banned Books Week. I’m a bit behind on everything right now, or I’d have some new reviews or book spotlights especially for this week. Since I don’t, I’d love to direct you to the seven book spotlights I did last year. In each you’ll find the book’s status, the reason it was challenged, and my thoughts. Remember, just because the post is a year old, there’s no reason you can’t comment on it!

Without further ado, my Banned Book spotlights:

A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle Lord of the Flies by William Golding To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Native Son by Richard Wright

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