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Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Benjamin Parzybok: IMG A Brief History of Video Games Played by Mayors, Presidents, and Emperors



Brandon Bartlett, the fictional mayor of Portland in my novel Sherwood Nation, is addicted to playing video games. In a city he's all but lost... Continue »
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Silence (Hush, Hush Saga) by Becca Fitzpatrick
Silence (Hush, Hush Saga)

Larena, October 18, 2014

Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult


Coldwater, Maine


Nora Grey wakes up in a cemetery only to realize that she can’t remember the last several months and that she has been missing for weeks. Nora tries to resume her daily life by hanging out with her best friend, Vee, dealing with school and avoiding her mother’s new boyfriend who is very creepy. As she struggles to put the pieces together she can’t help feeling that everyone knows more about her disappearance than she does.

Now Nora has met a stranger that is very mysterious and that she finds she is both drawn to and afraid of. At least he is able to shed some light on her memory loss. Unfortunately this leads Nora to find out that she is about to embark on the fight of her life and that she is in the middle of ancient enemies that is almost more than she can comprehend. If that wasn’t enough she is also falling in love. With all the strange occurrences happenings it bring the feeling that she has already done this before.


This is another great story in a series that is proving hard to forget. Watching Nora go through all the trials she is going through and how she deals with all the obstacles thrown in her path makes for a story that keeps readers turning the pages just to see how it will all turn out. It is a different take on fallen angels that makes for an intriguing read. The story comes to life with all the details provided in the story and yet it doesn’t overwhelm the reader with too much to take in. This one will also have readers wanting to read the last book in the series just to see how everything will eventually turn out for Nora and those she loves and cares about. It is also a story that will have readers wanting to read more from this author.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Gone Girl

Larena, October 11, 2014

Contemporary, Suspense, Romance


New York City & North Carthage, Missouri


Nick and Amy Dunne are getting ready to celebrate their fifth wedding anniversary. It is a warm summer morning in North Carthage. As the presents are wrapped and the reservations made Nick’s beautiful and clever wife disappears. Now the police are investigating. Nick might be the town golden boy but he isn’t helping with his deceit, his lies nor his inappropriate behavior. He is definitely bitter and evasive, oddly so, but that doesn’t make him a killer or does it?



This is story that is full of suspense and so many twists and turns that soon the reader is doubting even themselves. This a book that sucks the reader in with all that is happening and wondering just what will happen next and just what the truth is. Just when the reader thinks they have figured out the mystery something else is thrown into the mix that makes them wonder if they are on the right track or not. The story will also keep the reader guessing until the very end on just how this one will end. This is one book that is worth reading and will have readers re-reading over and over even when they know the ending because with all the nuances in it readers are sure to discover something new with every read. It does have a somewhat abrupt ending but overall it still an excellent book.
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The Prince Who Loved Me (Oxenburg Princes) by Karen Hawkins
The Prince Who Loved Me (Oxenburg Princes)

Larena, September 22, 2014

Historical, Romance


A handsome prince who is also a rake and doesn’t believe in true love meets a lass that is stubborn and who won’t settle for less.

Prince Alexsey Romanovin enjoys a carefree life with flirting and more with any lady that crosses his path. Then the interfering Grand Duchess Natasha decides it is time for Alexsey, her grandson, to wed. Alexsey soon finds himself in Scotland determined to put an end to those plans. Bronwyn Murdoch seems the perfect answer as she isn’t to the duchess’s taste at all as she is brainy, bookish and bespectacled.

Bronwyn has little time for a handsome flirt when she is at the beck and call of her ambitious stepmother and her social butterfly stepsisters. She is sure no spoiled arrogant prince would be seriously interested in a firm-minded female like herself. Now she is determined to have some fun and turn the prince’s game around on him and show him that an ordinary woman can bring a prince to his knees.


This is a fun story that takes the fairy tale of Cinderella and turns it into a Scottish tale that has a lot of humor in it. The characters are fun and interesting and keep the reader glued to the pages as they see just what will happen next and if Bronwyn will get a happily-ever-after. This a great start to a new series that if the rest of the stories prove to be as original as this one it is going to be one series that will be a lot of fun and will pull at readers’ heartstrings. Readers will also never look at Cinderella the same again after reading this one. It will also have readers wondering just what fairy tale will be next that will get it own twist.

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Sway by Kat Spears
Sway

Larena, September 17, 2014

Contemporary, Young Adult


Each one bought their popularity and he now owned their secrets. Now the question is will it cost him the one person he loves the most.

Jesse Alderman is also known as Sway. He is the one person that can get things people want for them. He is also a high school senior that is emotionally detached. He knows what he wants until he meets Bridget Smalley, the girl of his dreams. Now he is out of his element and in uncharted territory.





This is a modern day Cyrano de Bergerac that is told with unapologetic truth and biting humor. It also proves to be a book that once the reader starts it they will have a hard time putting it down. The high school world comes to life with every word that is read. The characters and what they are dealing with in each of their lives and how those lives intersects in powerful ways that will prove to be a very hard book to forget long after the reader has finished reading it. It is also interesting to see how Jesse starts out one way and how over the course of dealing with others his true self comes out. The story is rich in detail and will pull at the reader’s emotions as they go through each part of Jesse’s life. This is a book that will have readers wanting to read more by this author as she paints a picture that feels real with each word that is read. This is one book that is worth reading and should be put on the keeper shelves of readers. This is a story that will pull at reader’s emotions and will have them looking at the world around them a little bit differently.
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The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1) by Maggie Stiefvater
The Raven Boys (Raven Cycle #1)

Larena, September 17, 2014

Contemporary, Paranormal, Young Adult


Henrietta, Virginia


Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother every year on St. Mark’s Eve. Blue’s mother sees the soon-to-be dead as they walk past them. Blue has never seen them until this year when she sees a boy emerge from the dark and speak to her.

A rich student at Aglionby, a private school, Gansey is that boy. Blue has always stayed away from the Aglionby boys also known as Raven Boys as they can only mean trouble.

For the first time ever she ignores her policy of staying away as Blue is drawn to Gansey in ways she can’t completely explain. He is on a quest that has drawn three other Raven Boys into it. Adam is a scholarship student that resents the privilege around him. Ronan whose soul has emotions ranging from anger to despair. And Noah the watcher who notices everything but says very little.

All her life as long as she can remember Blue was told that she would cause her true love to die. She never thought it would be a problem as she doesn’t believe in true love. Now her life is caught in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys. Blue isn’t so sure of anything anymore.


This is a start to a series that with this story proves to be very intriguing. While it starts a little slow the pace picks up and moves at a faster pace that pulls the reader into a world where the possibility of magic makes for a book that is very engrossing. The characters prove to be complicated and fascinating as they each deal with their pasts that aren’t as simple as they would wish. The emotional roller coaster that each character takes sucks in the reader as they get lost in each one’s struggle to overcome the obstacles that are in their way. While it ends with a cliff hanger of sorts it proves to be a good way to end the book and will have readers wanting to read the next book to see what is going to happen next and just how it will all play out.
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