Monthly Archives: April 2017

BOOK BLAST & GIVEAWAY York: The Shadow Cipher by: Laura Ruby

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York The Shadow Cipher by Laura Ruby
Synopsis 
 

It was 1798 when the Morningstarr twins arrived in New York with a vision for a magnificent city: towering skyscrapers, dazzling machines, and winding train lines, all running on technology no one had ever seen before. Fifty-seven years later, the enigmatic architects disappeared, leaving behind for the people of New York the Old York Cipher—a puzzle laid into the shining city they constructed, at the end of which was promised a treasure beyond all imagining. By the present day, however, the puzzle has never been solved, and the greatest mystery of the modern world is little more than a tourist attraction.

Tess and Theo Biedermann and their friend Jaime Cruz live in a Morningstarr apartment house—until a real estate developer announces that the city has agreed to sell him the five remaining Morningstarr buildings. Their likely destruction means the end of a dream long-held by the people of New York. And if Tess, Theo and Jaime want to save their home, they have to prove that the Old York Cipher is real. Which means they have to solve it.

From National Book Award Finalist Laura Ruby comes a visionary epic set in a New York City at once familiar and wholly unexpected.

MEET THE AUTHOR
Laura Ruby
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 

Laura Ruby writes fiction for adults, teens and children. She is the author of the newly-released YA novel BONE GAP, as well as the Edgar-nominated children’s mystery LILY’S GHOSTS, the ALA Quick Pick for teens GOOD GIRLS (2006), a collection of interconnected short stories about blended families for adults, I’M NOT JULIA ROBERTS (2007), and the forthcoming middle-grade trilogy YORK. She is on the faculty of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children Program. She makes her home in the Chicago area.

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Home Safe by: Elizabeth Berg

Home Safe

I have a collection of books by Elizabeth Berg that I have read many years ago and loved.  On a recent trip to buy some books, I came across an Elizabeth Berg book called Never Change and purchased it.  At work one day this week, I needed to borrow another audiobook from Overdrive because I had just finished the previous one.  I couldn’t remember the name of the book I had just purchased but knew it was a two word title.  I was convinced this was it, so I downloaded it.  What a pleasant mistake!

This audio book is read by the author (my favorite situation) and the story touched my heart so deeply from the very beginning.  I feel confident in saying that this book is one of my favorites that I have read this year if not the BEST of the year!

I loved every character in this story and will definitely re-read this book, and I don’t do that!  Helen is very down to earth and Tess, her daughter, is a typical daughter who tries to minimize her mother’s involvement in her life.  I absolutely loved this book and encourage you all to read it.

I should probably tell you that I already own a copy of Never Change and know just purchased Home Safe to add to my shelves.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Maeve’s Times: In Her Own Words by: Maeve Binchy

Maeve's Times

After Maeve passed away, her husband gathered a collection of her articles from the Irish Times and had them published into this book.  I was and still am a huge fan of Maeve Binchy.  Her writing was unlike anything I had ever read before and her story telling abilities were bar none.

I listened to this on audio book and found that it was read by her daughter with the same strong Irish accent that I believe Maeve had.  It was as if I was listening to her.  Each of these stories were articles that she had written and published in the Irish Times.  There was no continuous theme except that they are painstakingly honest.

I found myself nodding my head in agreement and laughing at some of the stories.  I did enjoy it but I know that if I had read it, I may have enjoyed it more.  Short stories and/or articles are difficult to listen to.  It is much better, for me anyway, to listen to a complete story.  That being said, her writing was true to that of her full length novels.

I gave this book 4 crowns.

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Filed under Adult, Humorous, mature topics, Non-Fiction, short story, Uncategorized

Dead Letters by: Caite Dolan-Leach

Dead Letters

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Brew or Die A Java Jive Mystery by: Caroline Fardig

Brew or Die Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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Filed under Cozy Mystery, Fiction, Humorous, Mystery, Series

Her Last Breath by: J.A. Schneider

Her Last Breath

(Detective Kerri Blasco Book 2)

Description from the Publishers through Netgalley

My Review:

I guess I didn’t pay attention to the fact that this is the second book in a series when I requested it for review.  The good news:  it doesn’t read like a series because the series itself is about the detective.  Each case is different.

Yet another psychological thriller for me this month and it was so good.  I flew through the pages of this book and tried to figure out what the heck was going on.  I was hit with a twist at the end again.  You would think that with all of the thrillers that I read, I would be able to determine at least some of what the conclusion will be, but nope.  I guess that’s a good thing though.

I really enjoyed the story line and liked the characters.  I dislike the cover though.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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I received this E-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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The Whole Thing Together by: Ann Brashares

The Whole Thing Together Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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Filed under Contemporary, Uncategorized, Young Adult