A new fantasy series involving a clash between humans and the Gods who toy with the fate of humankind. The world that Aaslo and Mathias live in seems simple at first. Aaslo is a much-revered forester tasked with preserving the precious wooded areas while Mathias is destined to save the world or at the very least rule the village they all live in. Something bad happens as it always does that will separate the two friends/brothers forever and leave Aaslo in the unlikely position of hero. This fantasy world is well mapped out and the interplay between the human world and the realm of the Gods flows seamlessly. The witty telepathic banter between Aaslo and Mathias is priceless. For fans of Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Brandon Sanderson and all those fantasy authors who have the gift of creating a new world that readers accept as home. Can't wait for the next installment.
A futuristic religious-based fantasy thriller where two cops and a couple of specialists save the world from total Apocalypse. A killer is on the loose in New York City and he is not just your average murderer. He is a super-strong messenger of death looking to annihilate the 36 righteous men straight out of the old Hebrew texts and when he is finished it will mean the end of the world. In Steven Pressfield's future, the world is already spinning out of control faster than the climate control soothsayers predicted. The story moves at a brisk pace and is reminiscent of Dan Brown's religion-based novels.
The story made headlines - three people dead from a mass suicide and a baby found upstairs in her crib. Libby was that baby and living a modest life until the call that turned her into the owner of a mansion in Chelsea. As she begins to piece together her history, we get to visit the other children that lived in that house and what their experience was there. A sinister story that is tense, well-paced and a plot that pulls you in so that you can't put the book down until you know the truth. For fans of Lisa Jewell, this is one of her best and one I would recommend for any thrill-seeking reader.
Who determines who is sane or insane? This question has plagued psychiatrists, psychologists, doctors, attorneys, and others forever.
This is the story of eight "very sane" psychiatry students and a doctor who submitted themselves to an examination using the exact same criteria and all of them were committed to various mental institutions where they had to prove their sanity to be released. These pseudopatients upset the apple cart because it showed the full extent of the difficulty in proving mental illness. Like Nellie Bly before them, these courageous test subjects had to endure poor quality care, indifference and over medication. No surprise that the medical community tried to discredit Dr. Rosenhan and his study and he never ended up publishing his book. Susannah Cahalan having been misdiagnosed and institutionalized, understands firsthand how difficult it is to make a clear diagnosis and the need for greater understanding. She provides a fascinating look at how barbaric the treatments were, how far we have come and how much better we need to be.
Downton Abbey takes over New York City with an Agatha Christie type female detective. Lady Phil has come to New York for the summer and it is turning out to be interesting as she is asked to help a friend whose daughter's debutante party is tainted with the murder of the daughter's intended. Phil and her staff of butler and lady's maid (both of whom are well equipped to care for their boss both at home and in her professional capacity) begin sleuthing to find the killer. Phil is delightful, smart and loves danger especially the mystery man who may offer a romantic diversion. This is a must for those historical murder mystery lovers particularly those that appreciate a smart woman who doesn't cater to what polite society thinks.
3 1/2 stars for me.
Priscilla is tired. Tired of waiting for a marriage proposal from her much older boyfriend and really tired of being the sole caretaker to her elderly mom so when the plea came from her brother-in-law to come to Italy and help corral her teenage niece, Cilla got on a plane.
When a little attention and outright flirting comes from a sexy teenager who is a family friend and her niece's crush, Cilla relishes it and sadly takes advantage of the situation and his youth. Like the warm Tuscan sun, the reader gets pulled into the lush language, historical beauty and sexual tension of Italy. It is a bit like Francis Mayes meets 50 SHADES OF GREY.
What do you get when you cross Mary Poppins with a foul-mouthed firefighter? - Lillian. When Lillian's very wealthy friend that she hasn't seen since school asks her to come right away because she needs her Lillian takes a look around at her dead-end life and goes. Lillian is unprepared for what the job being offered, that of being a live-in governess to a set of very unusual twins. The kids have a skill? affliction? talent? that might make it difficult for their dad and stepmom to reach their political dreams. Soon it becomes clear that Lillian and these kids are going to have to take on the world. Funny, very unusual and a total tearjerker at the same time, this is an insane look at parenting and love. As Smokey the Bear would have told Lillian - only you can prevent kids on fire.
The years have passed since Elio first discovered Oliver and any relationship since that time has been dissected by both of them. This story is so much more than that - it is truly about finding love wherever and with whomever you can. The author has eloquently described the butterflies in the stomach of that first attraction, the danger of an inappropriate couple and finally the acceptance that comes with time and age that it really doesn't matter. This is a lush story of the love between fathers and sons, fathers and daughters and partners no matter what the sex or age. The Italian countryside is lush, the language is musical and the message is clear - the heart doesn't care. A sequel but easily works as a standalone.
This is the second installment of a time-traveling young woman with a gift of holding an old object and knowing its story or that of its owner. Xanthe lives with her mom in a quaint English village where they operate an antique shop, giving Xanthe plenty of access to objects and when she picks up a chocolate pot she knows that the love of her life (lifetimes ago) is in trouble. We follow their story and discover other time travelers known as "spinners" from the 17th century. Well crafted and completely believable, this novel has curiosity, danger, mystery and a touch of romance. A time travel historical novel with a spin.
From the first essay we know a few things about Gary Janetti - he is a very funny writer, he is gay and very content to be that way and he has a few words he would like to say about his childhood, young adulthood and all those people who put him down instead of rising him up. He is very good at calling out the curmudgeon in all of us like the bellman who hates it when you use the bell, the school bully who thinks it is a riot to erase the "r" off Gary's name and all the cranky customers he has dealt with along the way. Don't think this is just a rant book because some things do make him happy - addictive old soap operas, Patti LuPone and Mykonos
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