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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
The Scorpio Races

Liz in the City, January 2, 2013

The story was gripping from the first page. Maggie Stiefvater transports you to an island that seems familiar--except for the bloodthirsty water horses that threaten everything in their path--and the annual races that take place to show each rider's prowess at harnessing these deadly creatures. By slyly slipping in a love story with two equally compelling characters, it was one of the few books I've read in which I truly had no idea how it was going to end.
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The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work

Liz in the City, August 9, 2012

Thankfully, this book is not "do these things and everything in your life will be wonderful and happy." In fact, the author says that having a Pollyanna attitude is exactly what he's warning against. Instead, Achor encourages the reader to make small changes in her/his life that will eventually change how s/he sees the world, and therefore, becomes happier for it. I, Ms. Cynic, started doing some of the things suggested (like thinking every morning of three things I'm grateful for), and while it's definitely not changed my outlook and life overnight, I think I'm becoming less stressed and more focused on what matters than on the niggling annoyances that have been slowly been overwhelming me for the past year. My suggestion: give the book a read. The worst that could happen is nothing and the best that could happen is, with the smallest of efforts, you feel a bit better. And this comes from someone who usually scoffs at "self-help" books.
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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
The Night Circus

Liz in the City, August 9, 2012

I picked this book up, hearing about it from the buzz it created since it had first been self-published then discovered by a "real" publishing company. Can I just say that I hope Erin Morgenstern writes more--a lot more books--in the future years? The sense of place, the well-fleshed-out characters, the feeling that I was actually in the circus was all masterfully written. The story takes place over several decades, but I didn't get lost once (similar to how well "The Time Traveler's Wife" made sure you knew when and where events were happening). Even if you hate clowns, haven't been to a circus since you were 8, or aren't a fan of books that take place in the Victorian Era, if you like a good story, a novel with a purpose, and prose that makes you read well past your bedtime, you'll enjoy "The Night Circus."
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Matched (Matched #1) by Ally Condie
Matched (Matched #1)

Liz in the City, January 2, 2012

I read Matched, looking for something to fill the void left by the end of The Hunger Games. Ally Condie's dystopian tale of a girl torn between the boy she's always been in love with and a boy who's been the mysterious outsider of her community brings together the familiar themes of teen love, following your dreams, and questioning authority. Except in Cassia's case, questioning anything in her society could mean the end of her--and everything she's known. I'm eagerly awaiting the second book, Crossed!
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Heaven's Shadow by David S Goyer
Heaven's Shadow

Liz in the City, September 10, 2011

I picked up Heaven’s Shadow by Batman Begins screenwriter David S. Goyer and Michael Cassutt. Before realizing a legitimate screenwriter had penned this, I thought the prose sounded like it was ready for the big screen. I immediately got pulled into the plot, and despite a few lags, couldn't stop turning pages to find out what was happening next.

I found myself rooting for the team leader, Zack Stewart, who embodies the “everyman adventurer.” He's a science fanatic who is dealing with personal loss and the joys of parenting a teenager. As someone who used to dream of being an astronaut, the scenes of the astronauts at work and in mission control seem spot on. The technical jargon is relayed so non-techies feel included. I'd recommend this for people who like science with their fiction, kids who wanted to attend space camp, fans of The X-Files, or readers who want minimal description cluttering up the story. BTW, it's the first of a trilogy, something that's not immediately clear from the beginning (or ending) of the book.
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