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NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

Rating: Good (4)

Anahita's Woven Riddle  by  Meghan Nuttall Sayres

She is old enough to marry. She is beautiful. She is a weaver. She loves riddles. She is Anahita. But life is a challenge for this young woman. The sneeky, greedy Khan of their tribe would have her as his fourth wife. Despite the risk of bringing the Khan's wrath upon her people, Anahita's persuades her family to allow her a riddle contest to find her husband. She will weave a riddle into her wedding rug, and the man who guesses the answer will be her man. Will her yar (her inseparable, true love) manage to find her? This story weaves a tale you follow with your heart. When you reach the end and close the book, you will be able to say, "This was a very. Good. Book."

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Anahita's Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayres

 

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Categories: RomanceBook Review

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NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Almost Home by Joan Bauer

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Almost Home  by  Joan Bauer

Sugar knows there is bitterness in life, but ever since she could remember, her grandpa and mom have taught her to sweeten up the world no matter what. It was easy enough, until Sugar and her mother lost their home because of her dad's gambling debts. Now they are homeless, and worse, her mother begins to give up and even lose her mind. What will happen to this perservering girl that rights poems from words written across her heart? No one, not her southern bell mom, her drunk dad, or even her beloved, eccentric English teacher could ever have expected the journey Sugar would have to make before she was almost home. Joan Bauer out-did herself with this excellent book.

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Almost Home by Joan Bauer

 

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Categories: InspirationalBook ReviewRealistic Fiction

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NOVEMBER 30, 2012
The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

Rating: Excellent! (5)

The Healer's Apprentice  by  Melanie Dickerson

'I am just a woodcutter's daughter.' Rose is convinced that she will never have a love that her friend Hildy fantasizes about all the time. After all, she is just a poor woodcutter's daughter, now the healer's apprentice. So when she has to help care for the injured Lord Hamlin she refuses to entertain any daydreams about him, or his kind manner, or his deep blue eyes... She knows that he is engaged to the mysterious princess who is nowhere to be found. Despite herself, she begins to fall in love with him. When she finally realizes this fact, will it be too late? The plot thickens as an unexpected turn of events threatens the safety of everyone Rose has come to care for.

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The Healer's Apprentice by Melanie Dickerson

 

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Categories: Fairytale InspirationalBook Review

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NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Reclaiming Nick  by  Susan

Half of the Silver Buckle now belongs to Nick Noble. The thought brings both happiness and dread to Nick. He's happy that he owns part of the land where he grew up, but he also dreads having to see the people he left several years earlier. Then Nick finds out something that makes him rush home even faster- the other half of the land was left to his former best friend. However, Nick does not expect to meet Piper when he arrives back home. 
Piper Sullivan is convinced that Nick framed her brother for murder. In order to prove Nick's guilt she goes undercover at the ranch as a cook. Despite the fact that she thinks he is a liar, she begins to fall for him. Follow along with Piper and Nick as they discover just how importance forgiveness and love can be in a person's life.

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Reclaiming Nick by Susan May Warren 

 

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Categories: Book ReviewAdult Fiction Inspirational

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NOVEMBER 30, 2012
Variant by Robison Wells
 Rating: Excellent! (5)
Variant  by  Robison Wells

Variant was an excellent book with many surprising twists. Benson is a foster child who is constantly being shipped around. He applies for a boarding school for children like him who have no home to go to. The school is not what is seems and there is no turning back once you get there, you are trapped. As he adjusts to the strange ways in the school he discovers a grueling secret that could just be the end of him! This was once again an excellent book! If you read this don't get to attached to anyone because you never now what might happen!

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Variant by Robison Wells

 

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Categories: Horror Suspenseful ReadsBook Review

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Passage on the Titanic
 Rating: Not Great (2)

This book was a touching story set back in the 1910's. Ella grew up in the better part of London and had no thought in the world about how she was going to support herself when she finally moved out, until the tax collectors come calling. Her parents owe a huge amount of debt and Ella is kicked out into the world with no idea of how to live on her own. Irene, who is in England to learn midwifery, meets and helps Ella when she is in a desperate place and helps her turn her life around. Soon Ella has a nice paying job and is booked to travel to America with Irene, but she is booked on the Titanic. After that fateful night Ella is traumatized. Can she get past the fact that so many others died when she lived? A good read, but it is not for action-lovers.

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Passage On The Titanic by Anita Stansfield

 

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Categories: Book ReviewHistorical Fiction Realistic Fiction

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
The Pigman
 Rating: Not Great (2)
The Pigman   by  Paul Zindel

The Pigman was an excruciatingly boring book. John and Lorraine are two sophomores with horrible family lives. One day they meet Mr. Pignati through a telephone marathon. They tell him they are a charity and he invites them over to pick up a check. When John and Lorraine meet him he seems like a fun old guy so they keep going back and visiting him. Soon the three are best friends and have lots of fun together, that is, until John pushes their friendship too far. This book was the most boring book I have ever read. If you like fantasy, action, or both, this book is not for you.

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The Pigman by Paul Zindel

 

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Categories: Book ReviewRealistic Fiction

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
That was Then, This is Now
 Rating: Just Okay (3)
That Was  This Is Now  by  S. E. Hinton

Stealing things, hustling people in pool games, drinking and smoking... these things are part of Bryon and Mark's lives- until now. Bryon begins to notice that he is changing from a 'bad-boy' to a more respectful, kind guy. However, Bryon also notices that Mark isn't changing with him. As the story continues the gap between the two boys grows bigger and bigger, but they still hold on to their friendship. Soon, even their friendship is challenged in one life-altering decision. This book teaches that the decisions people make every day influence how they will live the rest of their lives.

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That Was Then This Is Now by S. E. Hinton

 

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Categories: Teen Zone Teen Zone Realistic Fiction

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Arthur Christmas
 Rating: Excellent! (5)

Arthur Christmas was a delightful movie for the whole family. It is basically about Santa, the elves, and his children. When one little girl is missed Arthur, Santa's youngest, goes to extremes to be sure that her Christmas is perfect! Although it seems little kidddish I can guarantee that you will love it!

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Arthur Christmas


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Categories: Movie ReviewFairytale Action & Adventure

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Need
 Rating: Excellent! (5)
Need  by  Carrie Jones

Zara is just a shell of herself when she is shipped up to her grandmother's house in Maine. With her stepfather dead she hasn't been able to be herself because she is overcome with grief. At her new school she tries to fit in but befriends Issie and Devyn, the outcasts. Besides that she is totally drawn to Nick, but Ian, another cut guy, advises her against it. With all that going Zara is just thrilled when she realizes some creepy dude is stalking her. With her friends she tries to figure out what is going on and is drawn into the secret world of Pixies and Weres. This book was very action packed and romantic.

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Need by Carrie Jones

 

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Categories: Teen Zone Book ReviewParanormal

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NOVEMBER 19, 2012
Divine
  Rating: Excellent! (5)
Divine  by  Karen Kingsbury

Mary Madison. Everybody knows who she is- the young child who was held captive in a basement, abused, and when she was rescued, was once again caught in an abusive relationship. Everybody said it was a miracle that she got to where she is today, and it was! However, she didn't escape her former lifestyle on her own- she had help from Someone. The reader gets to hear Mary's story as she is counseling a young woman caught in a similar situation. Heartache, hope, and healing all play an important part in this captivating story. I would greatly reccomend this book!

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Divine by Karen Kingsbury

 

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Categories: Adult Fiction Book ReviewRealistic Fiction

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NOVEMBER 6, 2012
Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe

Rating: Excellent! (5)

As another reendition of the story of Robin Hood, this one stands out! It is a more realistic take on the story of an outlaw becoming the unlikely hereo that saves a nation and inspires generations to fight against oppression and tyranny. I found myself laughing at parts, crying at scences and willing to pick up the remote and fight with Robin throughout the movie.

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Robin Hood starring Russell Crowe

 

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Category: Movie Review

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NOVEMBER 6, 2012
What Happened To Goodbye? by Sarah Dessen

Rating: Excellent! (5)

What Happened To Goodbye  by  Sarah Dessen

Mclean Sweet's life was always something new. That is, she was never really herself. With her dad moving all the time, she changes her name, the way she acts, even the way she looks. But in this new town, her world is turned around as the people begin to make Mclean herself.

This was one of the best books I've ever read! It's moving, and you really can relate with Mclean on so many levels. It's original and I could hardly put it down!

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What Happened To Goodbye by Sarah Dessen

 

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Categories: Book ReviewRealistic Fiction

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NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Across the Universe

Rating: Excellent! (5)

Across The Universe  by  Beth Revis

Amy is frozen. She is one of the 100 people cryogenically frozen and stuck on board of the Godspeed. Godspeed is a huge space ship that is heading for another planet, but whose journey will take 300 years. Also on board are 2000 other unfrozen passengers. Amy is violently awakened early and is in denial. Elder is a young teen boy who is being groomed to become the leader of the ship. Soon after Amy is awakened other frozens are also murdered. Elder and Amy are then wrapped up in the mystery of murder, but not without some twists on the way!

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Across The Universe by Beth Revis

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Categories: Book ReviewSci-FiMystery

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NOVEMBER 3, 2012
Beautiful Creatures

Rating: Good (4)

Beautiful Creatures  by  Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

This book was an enchanting tale of forbidden love. Ethan is an ordinary high school boy who is still recovering from his mother's death a year ago. Lena just moved in with her uncle, the town outcast. She is automatically shunned, but Ethan is drawn to her. As he finds out the truth about her he too is drawn into the mystery and adventure of her family. this is one of the best books ever!

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Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Categories: Book ReviewParanormalRomance

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