Gideon is a badass swordswoman who must accompany her house necromancer to a meeting of the nine houses (planets) for sort of a magic jousting competition and hopefully get them both out of there alive. This is a space fantasy with more political backstabbing than House of Cards and a tough as nails rogue more charming and caustic than Han Solo and then there are the animated skeletons. Gideon has a soft side too but only for her talented necromancer Harrow. A wild ride that doesn't leave you much time to breathe before the next calamity strikes and this is only the beginning. Tamsyn Muir has created a hybrid between the magical fantasies and space battles with characters you like and wonderful wit that is sure to charm young adults and adults alike.
Book two in the series begins where THE GILDED HOUR left off. We have two female doctors who are cousins, deeply aware that they are a minority in the late 1800s but aren't about to let that stop them from doing what they feel is right. Their work takes them to help women particularly when it comes to having a choice in bearing children and contraceptives which was just as much of a social and religious hotspot as it is today. As if this wasn't trouble enough, women are disappearing in the hands of an unknown killer. Sara Donati does a great job of highlighting the social issues of the day and covers a wide range of economic and ethnic groups. She has long been known as a beloved chronicler of early America. Her characters are authentic, the history is fascinating and you know when you begin one of her books you are in for a wonderful tale - this is no exception.
Caitlin Doughty gives honest answers to questions about death that people young and old have asked her over the years and let's face it - these are the questions we all have been dying to ask but have been too embarrassed. She offers frank, insightful and often humorous answers to questions that ponder the world of morticians and those fascinated with all things dead. Designed for adults but trust me plenty of kids and teens will be heard uttering eew, yuck and oh my as they furiously flick the pages. Tim Burtonesque illustrations begin each chapter and add much to the macabre material. Now I know I can't legally have my Viking funeral I will have to explore other options.
You think you know what happened to the nanny. You think you know whose skull they found in the lake and you are pretty confident by a third of the way in that you know who the bad guy is and in true Gilly Macmillan style, you would be wrong. The well off Holt family is so very lucky that Nanny Hannah has shown up after all these years, just when her grown charge is back home with her young daughter in tow. Some were very surprised to see her back. Gothic whodunnit for fans of British shockers and good old twisted endings.
This debut is for you if you reread the Narnia books, lived for the idea of a doorway to a hidden world appearing as you wandered alone in the forest and love a good gothic mystery. In the early 1900s, January's father fails to come home from one of his treasure-seeking trips for his employer, Mr. Locke and so January becomes the guardian of Mr. Locke and lives in his grand manor home. She is not white, she never really feels like she is family and with the exception of Samuel and her dog Bad, she is lonely. As a magical book falls into her hands and she discovers her parent's history and her own, January will come to the attention of some sinister people who wish to possess her. The doors she opens into many magical places lead to fantastic new worlds that so far have only existed in people's imaginations. The sinister characters, as well as the feisty heroine and friends, will worm their way into your heart.
Before 1969 there were no women at Yale. This historic first class of 575 women was the top in their class in high school or other colleges and they arrived thinking their college experience would be no different from any other college but they were wrong. They suffered harassment from male students and faculty. There were no locks on the bathroom doors and many of them had to turn down offers of dates or worse from a very lopsided student population. For every freedom, they had in high school or other schools, they now had to earn again. For every social issue, the rest of the world was engaged in - racism, Vietnam War, sexual freedom, these women had to fight harder and yell louder to be heard. They not only survived this test but excelled and went on to become leaders in almost every area after graduating. This is a fascinating look at what it really takes to change a system that has existed for generations. Agreeing to admit some women was just the beginning.
We've all been there. You try to ignore the comments, the jokes, the slight touches and worse. Now we see many women coming forward but many did not because he has all the power - you need the job and he controls your career. Such is the case for Sarah, a respected professor who is dealing with the school bully and is someone who cannot be touched. She has been warned, she has known others and up until now, has been unable to do anything about it. But what if she could? Adrenaline filled, a supercharged thriller full of misdirection and catch your breath moments.
Armand Gamache is back but still in the doghouse - humiliated and demoted but still very much respected by most of his peers and now bosses. The lovely village of Three Pines with its lovable but quirky residents are also back and in the middle of flooding of epic proportion unless the banks of the Bella Bella river hold. There is another crisis brewing when Gamache makes a promise to a missing young woman's distraught father that he will find her. Sadly, the police are short on leads, time and energy. Another great installment in this beloved series and one that the first time reader will enjoy as much as the seasoned series follower. You will soon feel a delightful bonding with this genuine character and be crime solving right alongside Canada's finest.
The mystery and fate of the Romanovs are explored in this historical tale and may well be the first to include the perspective of the family's guards and executioners. The tale is told by one of the Romanov daughters who is wounded and somehow survives falling in love with the young man who rescues her. The other side of this mystery is sought after by the daughter of one of the guards who years later on his deathbed is racked with guilt and confesses to a crime that his daughter must decipher. The tandem story works beautifully apart and then later when the families and mystery are finally solved. The writing is lush and rich in detail about the Romanovs last days, the siege of St. Petersburg and the horrible conditions the Russian people had to endure during the war and after. While the fiction lover will appreciate the rich characters and storyline, the historian will appreciate the keen attention to detail and obvious research the author put in.
A poignant tale of the immigrant's nightmare and the heartbreak of being countryless. Their story is depicted so well and with such raw emotion that you can't help but feel a little bit of their pain. The story begins as Nuri and Afra are forced to leave their home in Syria due to the war. Sadly, just as they leave their young son dies in a bombing and Afra, an artist becomes blind. Nuri is just as traumatized but must find a way to get them to England as Nuri's best friend and fellow beekeeper has done months before. As they move from camp to camp, country to country each more foreign and their situation more desperate they are still gentle with each other and do kindnesses for their fellow travelers. Just as the bees have their colonies destroyed and must now search for a new world to begin again, Afra and Nuri must learn to follow the winds hoping to find a safe place to begin again. The book is heartbreakingly beautiful and a must read to understand what life must be like for those people who did not ask to be cast from their home but now find themselves in a strange new land and uncertain future.
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