Eternal

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Eternal by C.C. Hunter continues Della’s story. After Della is reborn, she struggles with her strange relationship with Chase. She and Chase share a vision of two trapped vampires that are trying to stay alive. Della and Chase try to identify and save the trapped vampires. Suspense is ongoing and, once again, the book answers some questions and ends in a cliffhanger – C.C. Hunter style!  Which makes it even more interesting.

Anna and the Swallow Man

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Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit is historical fiction set during World War II. Seven-year old Anna is left alone after her only parent, her father, is taken away. She meets the Swallow Man who speaks many languages just like her father did. Heart wrenching, worrisome, maddening, uplifting and also frustrating, the story doesn’t really end; it sort of drops off.  I researched into the potassium iodide that the Swallow Man supposedly took for his psychosis, but the uses for potassium iodide never were for mental disorders.  That frustrated me a bit.  I like things to be accurate as much as possible, especially with historical fiction.

The Ghost Chronicles

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The Ghost Chronicles by Marlo Berliner is a story about a teenager named Michael. Michael gets in a fatal accident and can see his body from the outside. He watches his mother and brother as they receive the news of his accident and its outcome. He meets another ghost, Tom, who explains to Michael what is going on and shows him ghosts at a haunted penitentiary that are all in different stages of despair. Throughout the rest of the book, Michael is trying to understand what his purpose is in not moving on. Michael meets Abraham Lincoln and because of this meeting, he figures out what Tom’s purpose is. The visit with President Lincoln was short but inspirational; “There is no greater joy than one’s children.” -Abraham Lincoln. The meeting with Lincoln was my favorite part of the book. The story’s unanswered questions and ending left an opening for a sequel.

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Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the arc of Natural Hair Coloring by Christine Shahin Wood! This book includes thorough and helpful information on dyeing hair with henna, cassia, amla and indigo powders. Do’s and don’t’s list how to test for correct and natural ingredients and what not to dye your hair with. Detailed instructions for all hair colors, including charts and photographs, make this book user friendly.

Cable Left, Cable Right

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Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the arc of Cable Left, Cable Right by Judith Durant! This book is very descriptive with wonderful pictures showing great detail. Perfect for knitters familiar with knitting vocabulary, not for beginners. Bead-work designs and the helpful charts, that go along with these designs, show weight of yarn used and size of beads needed for different projects. Advice on fixing ripples and calculating stitch count are also included. The projects are beautiful and intermediate and experienced knitters will love it!

Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies

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Thanks to NetGalley and Storey Publishing for the arc of Crochet One-Skein Wonders for Babies! This book is a bit beyond beginning crocheters, but would be wonderful for intermediate and beyond. The illustrations, charts and descriptions offer great detail and help with each project. The hats, and clothing are beautifully done. I especially like the crocheted animals! I plan on purchasing this book and, of course, working on the animals first!

Illusive

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Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones is a story with a bit of dystopia, mystery and sci-fi wrapped into one! Fun characters and snappy dialogue make Illusive an entertaining read. Powers received from a vaccination changed a small percentage of the population. These changed people are choosing to help the government or help themselves by becoming criminals. I like how the author reveals Ciere’s past; a little at a time. The suspense builds up continually and the unpredictability kept me on my toes. I am looking forward to Deceptive, the second book in this series!

The Western Front

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The UVU Veteran Success Center along with UVU’s Art & Design Department helped bring the World War I front alive again with their commemorative book, The Western Front, 100 Years Later.

I have read this book as part of my 2016 Reading Challenge – a book that your child recommends to you.  My daughter works at UVU and attended the Veteran Success Center event and received The Western Front, 100 Years Later.

This beautiful book is made in remembrance of World War I Veterans and it gives the reader an education on the war and its battles.  I did not know much about WWI, but by reading The Western Front, I learned that 450 French soldiers fought off 10,000 German soldiers for six days and the small resistance never broke!  I am touched by several stories included in this book.  The French school children learning American History and honoring American soldiers; the story of the amazing pigeon soldier of 1918, Cher Ami; and the story behind the poem, In Flanders Fields.  

I am also very impressed with all that Utah Valley University strives to celebrate!

Reborn(Shadow Falls After Dark)

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Reborn by C.C. Hunter is a spin-off series of the Shadow Falls books. The fun characters from the Shadow Falls series are back in the new After Dark books, plus a few new characters have been added. Della is still spunky, but she is trying to tone it down and be kinder to others. The book begins when Della becomes heartbroken after visiting her family. They send Della back to Shadow Falls after her father thinks he catches her sneaking a bottle out of his liquor cabinet. She was actually looking for photos of his family that he has hidden in the cabinet. C.C. Hunter placed a mystery within this supernatural story, just as she has in her other books and it adds another level of interest. I would have given this book five stars, but it makes me sad to see typographical errors in published books. There aren’t a lot of errors, but enough to knock the rating down.

Eragon (audiobook)

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Eragon by Christopher Paolini as an audiobook? Wonderful! Gerard Doyle narrates dramatically and manages to produce unique voices for each character. The beginning of the Inheritance Cycle series brings true fantasy to life and deserves another shot at becoming a movie. In a time ripe with Harry Potter, the Eragon movie promotions boasted that Eragon has a sword and Harry has a wand. This put a damper on the whole movie for me because Eragon is not an arrogant character and I happen to like both the Inheritance books and the Harry Potter books. Maybe someday Christopher Paolini can have another go at the film industry and complete the entire Inheritance series! I highly recommend this audiobook and I hope the rest of the series is read by Gerard Doyle also, so I can enjoy it just as much as I did the reading of Eragon.