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My Name is Memory by: Ann Brashares

My name is memory

I am working my way through Ann Brashares catalog of books.  I listened to this book on audio and I enjoyed it.  I don’t know if I would have liked it as much if I had read it in its’ physical form as there was a lot of jumping around from character to character and life to life.

The narrator is a memory that has lived many lives but remembers them all and in each one, is searching for its’ “soul mate”.  It was a bit strange but it was written well and I did enjoy it.

I was a bit confused at times but I did think the plot was a true romance however,the ending was awful.  It just stopped.  I said aloud in my car, “That’s it?! How is that an ending?!”  That was beyond frustrating and definitely impacted my rating.

I gave this book 3 crowns.

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Recreated by: Colleen Houck

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This is book #2 in the Reawakened series.  We are following Lily on another journey in which she is the main focus of the story.  I can’t give you more information without giving away the first story.

I listened to this one on audio and enjoyed it as much as the first.  The third installment of this series comes out in August and I can’t wait to see what happens as this story leaves off on a bit of a cliff hanger.  If you love Egyptian mythology, this is the series for you.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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Reawakened by: Colleen Houck

Reawakened

I have finally started this series and I am so glad that I did.  I love the way Colleen weaves mythology with storytelling.  Her characters are so enjoyable and lovable.  I loved her Tiger’s Curse series and now this one is right up there with it.

I listened to this book on audio and loved the narration.  This was like listening to a movie.  I was very invested in the story and could envision the scenes.  This series involves Egyptian mythology and I am obsessed.

I am currently listening to the next book in this series and realize that the 3rd doesn’t come out until August.  THis is the perfect combination of  the fantasy, magical realism and contemporary genres.

I gave this book 5 crowns.

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The Color Master Stories by: Aimee Bender

The Color Master

I picked up this book at the Dollar Tree.  The cover caught my attention as well as the author.  I did listen to this on audio book and it was narrated by several different people.

I wasn’t a big fan of the author’s other book and this was the same case for me.  This is a collection of short stories and there weren’t any that I would say that really interested me.  Some were ok, but others were just plain strange.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase by: Greg Cox BLOG TOUR, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

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If you are not familiar with The Librarians, it is a television show that is aired on TNT.  It has completed its’ 3rd season and it is a fun show to watch.

 

Greg Cox

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
GREG COX is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous novels and short stories. He wrote the official movie novelizations of WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES, GODZILLA, MAN OF STEEL,THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, DAREDEVIL, GHOST RIDER, DEATH DEFYING ACTS, and the first three UNDERWORLD films, as well the novelizations of four popular DC Comics miniseries, INFINITE CRISIS, 52, COUNTDOWN and FINAL CRISIS. In addition, he has written books and short stories based on such popular series as ALIAS, THE AVENGERS, BATMAN, BUFFY, C.S.I., FARSCAPE, FANTASTIC FOUR, THE 4400, THE GREEN HORNET, IRON MAN, LEVERAGE, THE LIBRARIANS, THE PHANTOM, PLANET OF THE APES, ROSWELL, STAR TREK, TERMINATOR, UNDERWORLD, WAREHOUSE 13, XENA, THE X-FILES, X-MEN and ZORRO.
 
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The Book:

The Librarians and the Mother Goose Chase

Synopsis 
 

For millennia, the Librarians have secretly protected the world by keeping watch over dangerous magical relics. Cataloging and safeguarding everything from Excalibur to Pandora’s Box, they stand between humanity and those who would use the relics for evil.

Stories can be powerful. In 1719, Elizabeth Goose of Boston Massachusetts published a collection of rhyming spells as a children’s book, creating a spellbook of terrifying power. The Librarian of that age managed to dispose of all copies of the book except one, which remained in the possession of Elizabeth Goose and her family, temporarily averting any potential disaster.

However, strange things are happening, A window washer in San Diego who was blown off his elevated perch by a freak gust of wind, but miraculously survived by landing on a canopy over the building entrance. A woman in rural Pennsylvania who was attacked by mutant rodents without any eyes. And, a college professor in England who somehow found herself trapped inside a prize pumpkin at a local farmer’s market. Baird and her team of Librarians suspect that the magic of Mother Goose is again loose in the world, and with Fynn Carson AWOL once again, it is up to Cassandra, Ezekiel, and Stone to track down the missing spellbook before the true power of the rhymes can be unleashed.

 

Praise for The Librarians and the Lost Lamp

“Fans of the quirky TNT series The Librarians will not be disappointed by this novel, which captures the show’s spirit of risk. VERDICT:  Daring, high-stakes action is in no short supply as Cox brings his best in this tie-in novel that will please lovers of the show and aficionados of fantasy adventure alike.” —Library Journal

My Review:
I love to watch The Librarians.  This book was very entertaining.  I felt as if I was watching an episode because I knew the characters and I was able to picture it all in my head.  In this book, the second in the series, the Librarians are on a wild goose chase, literally.  Mother Goose, or someone who is claiming to be the real Mother Goose is on the loose trying to piece together 3 parts of the book that would unleash a great power.  Each librarian is own their own journey and meet some real descendants of the original Mother Goose along the way.
It was exciting and amusing in the way that the show is done.  I will be on the lookout for additional books in this series.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
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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.

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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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Queen of Hearts by:Colleen Oaks

Queen of Hearts  Queen of Hearts Saga #1

 

I love Alice in Wonderland and have found some really great re-tellings.  I was disappointed in this version, however.  It was very drawn out and nothing seemed to happen until the last third of the book.

Since this is a saga, there is obviously more than one book so this story ended on a cliff hanger.  I will not be purchasing the rest of the series but I may borrow it from the library if I am looking to continue on.  I didn’t really stay with me and I don’t know how interested I am in this saga.  The one thing I did like is how the original characters and their names were mixed up in this story.  That was a fun twist to the original.

I gave this book 2 crowns.

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