Book Review: The Hidden King

Aed lives in the Maze, a world full of gangs, dirt, and starvation. With hands crippled beyond recognition, work is near impossible to come by, and he has been denied even entry into a gang. The only thing keeping him going is his partner Ninian and the little boy they look after, Ronan. But when tragedy strikes, Aed has to figure out a new way to live. Journeying to a city greater than any he could have dreamed of, he discovers secrets about himself that will shape his destiny. Will these secrets help or harm his new life?

Book Review: The Arena

Cael is a gladiator, fighting for honor and riches in Yddinas. He fights to keep his brother alive, with food on the table and a name in the city for protection. At least, that's what he tells himself. Perhaps the wealth and fame has somewhat filled his head. But as political maneuverings and gruesome plots develop, the city becomes a dangerous place, and Cael is at the thick of it. Will he survive? Will he be able to protect his little brother?

Book Review: The Void Mage

Bannen and Rena have lived with Mary, the Void Mage, for the last 2 years, training and learning more about each other. But now, they are ready to go out into the world on their own, taking on their own jobs and moving into their own house. They do this by taking on the individual shards of Toh'sellor, until the MISD decides to offer a temporary contract to work for them. Bannen and Rena team up with a pair of agents, basically their mirror images, and fight alongside them, ridding the world of pieces of Toh'sellor, one shard at a time. But it's not long before they realize that they'll have to go after the real deal if they have any chance of keeping the world safe from its chaos. Can Rena's magic defeat the biggest threat the world has ever faced? Can Bannen keep her safe while she tries?

Book Review: Daughters of Fire and Sea

Twin sisters Lyric and Runa are living on their own after their mother abandoned them years ago. Isolated, their village believes them to be witches, and are scared. To make matters even worse, Runa's body is missing. But, at just the right moment, their mother returns and they embark on a journey to find Runa's body and learn about their family's secrets. Including the magic they wield. And a war that they happen to be thrown into. Will they be able to survive, or will their family break apart under the strain?

Book Review: The Pilgrim Stone

The Edderick brothers are on a quest to find The Pilgrim Stone before the evil priestess Zamari. If she finds it before the brothers, the land of Amarant will be overrun by darkness and evil. None will be safe. Luckily, the brothers have something she doesn't--family and courage. If they work together and combine their respective strengths, they may have a chance!

Book Review: Pauper King

In this dark murder mystery, Marlowe brings our fairytales into a whole new light. All residing in the same world, the stories we were told as children are not quite what they seem... In this world, Snow White, Goldilocks, Rapunzel, Beauty and the Beast, Hansel and Gretel, Cinderella, all are recreated into something that the stories hadn't told us. A serial killer has been on a rampage in this world, destroying all that is good. Johannes--the former King--and his friends must find the killer and bring him--or her--to justice before the work is done. Luckily, they have clues to help them along the way. It seems that the killer is counting down from 10, meaning that Johannes and his crew know how many are left to save. 

Book Review: Eternal Shadow

Something has come into Earth's galaxy, and has already consumed 3 planets--assuming that Pluto is still considered a planet. But it's not done. It turns its course for Earth, allowing the scientists across the globe a chance to band together in the next 8 years before the green and blue planet is destroyed as well. But knowing humanity, will they be able to put aside their differences and political agendas for a long 8 years to ensure their survival? Or will the pettiness of human nature win out, the Earth's doom already written in the stars?

Book Review: The Things They Carried

Throughout my academic career, I have read snippets of this book. A chapter here, a few paragraphs there. Normally, it was an activity set by one of my English or Writing classes in high school and college. And although I enjoyed O'Brien's writing and could feel his pain tugging on my heartstrings, I have never had the opportunity--or courage--to read the entire book. I decided to change that this summer. I ended up reading this entire book in not only one day, but one sitting. 

Book Review: Winter Road: A Novella

Amelia just broke it off with her abusive fiance. She returned home for Christmas, hoping to leave her broken relationship behind her in the big city, but her ex-fiance, Jake, had other ideas. Used to being in control, he knows that he's going to get Amelia back. One way or another, she will be his after the night is through. 

Book Review: The Oppenheimer Alternative

It is right in the middle of World War II. Scientists are scrambling to win the war quickly by developing a weapon of mass destruction. Oppenheimer, one of the best scientists in America, leads a team at Los Alamos to create such a weapon--the Atomic Bomb. But after the war is won, there is an even bigger catastrophe about to befall all of Earth. The sun, in about 80 years, will experience a change that will wipe out all life on the planet. It is up to those same scientists to now try to prevent the annihilation of all of human life. 

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