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Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Genre: Historical Fiction Publication Date: 3 April 2018 Source: Publisher via Edelweiss Synopsis from the Publisher: “Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania—derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and…

Book Review – Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta

Title: Memory of Water Author: Emmi Itäranta ISBN: 9780062326157 No. of Pages: 272 Genre: Speculative Fiction Origins: Harper Voyager Release Date: 10 June 2014 Bottom Line: More of an ecological warning Synopsis: “In the far north of the Scandinavian Union, now occupied by the power state of New Qian, seventeen-year-old Noria Kaitio studies to become…

Review – Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland

Title: Promise of Shadows Author: Justina Ireland ISBN: 9781442444645 No. of Pages: 384 Genre: Young Adult; Fantasy Origins: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers Release Date: 11 March 2014 Bottom Line: Very cute and creative Synopsis: “A teen who is half-god, half-human must own her power whether she likes it or not in this…

Audiobook Review – The Cider House Rules by John Irving

Title: The Cider House Rules Author: John Irving Narrator: Grover Gardner ASIN: B0007OP31U Audiobook Length: 24 hours, 11 minutes Genre: Fiction Origins: Mine. All mine. Bottom Line: Ho-hum story that seems designed to upset or polarize the reader with its lengthy and very clinical, almost prurient, gynecological discussions. Synopsis: “Raised from birth in the orphanage…

REVIEW – A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Title:  A Prayer for Owen Meany Author:  John Irving Narrator:  Joe Barrett Audio Length:  26 hours and 57 minutes Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books):  “In the summer of 1953, two 11-year-old boys — best friends — are playing in a Little League baseball game in New Hampshire. One of the boys hits a foul ball…

REVIEW – If I Stay by Gayle Forman

Title:  If I Stay Author:  Gayle Forman Synopsis:  One bright morning, Mia has it all – a loving family, a bright future, an adoring boyfriend, a musical gift, a once-in-a-lifetime best friend.  Yet, that is all taken away in an instant, forcing Mia to make the most difficult decision of her life.  Thoughts:  The premise…

Weekend Cooking – REVIEW – Substitute Yourself Skinny by Chef Susan Irby

Title:  Substitute Yourself Skinny Author:  Chef Susan Irby No. of Pages:  230 First Released:  May 2010 Synopsis (Courtesy of Powell’s Books):  “In this calorie-slashing collection, Bikini Chef-to-the-stars Susan Irby offers 175 inventive recipes for switching up ingredients that keep calories to a minimum. Here, you’ll get expertly crafted recipes that include offerings for every meal…

REVIEW – The Recipe Club by Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel

Title:  The Recipe Club: A Tale of Food and Friendship Author:  Andrea Israel and Nancy Garfinkel No. of Pages:  363 First Released:  October 2009 Synopsis (Courtesy of B&N):  “Lilly and Val are lifelong friends, united as much by their differences as by their similarities. Lilly, dramatic and confident, lives in the shadow of her beautiful,…