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Book Review: Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion

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Warm Bodies - Isaac Marion R is a young man with an existential crisis--he is a zombie. He shuffles through an America destroyed by war, social collapse, and the mindless hunger of his undead comrades, but he craves something more than blood and brains. He can speak just a few grunted syllables, but his inner life is deep, full of wonder and longing. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse. Just dreams.

After experiencing a teenage boy's memories while consuming his brain, R makes an unexpected choice that begins a tense, awkward, and strangely sweet relationship with the victim's human girlfriend. Julie is a burst of vibrant color in the otherwise dreary and gray landscape that R lives in. His decision to protect her will transform not only R, but his fellow Dead, and perhaps their whole lifeless world.

Scary, funny, and surprisingly poignant, Warm Bodies is about being alive, being dead and the blurry line in between
3/5 stars (liked it) I  admit that I really …

Book Review: Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay

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Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is taken with her parents by the French police as they go door-to-door arresting French families in the middle of the night. Desperate to protect her younger brother, Sarah locks him in a bedroom cupboard-their secret hiding place-and promises to come back for him as soon as they are released.

Sixty Years Later: Sarah's story intertwines with that of Julia Jarmond, an American journalist investigating the roundup. In her research, Julia stumbles onto a trail of secrets that link her to Sarah, and to questions about her own romantic future.
4/5 stars (really liked it) This story alternates between Sarah in 1942 and Julia in 2002, both taking place in France.  Sarah, her mother & father are taken by the French Police to a concentration camp.  Not knowing the severity of what is happening, Sarah locks her 4 year old brother Michel in a secret cupboard promising to return to him and get him out.…

Book Review: The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston

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The Witch's Daughter - Paula Brackston My name is Elizabeth Anne Hawksmith, and my age is three hundred and eighty-four years. If you will listen, I will tell you a tale of witches.  A tale of magic and love and loss.  A story of how simple ignorance breeds fear, and how deadly that fear can be.  Let me tell you what it means to be a witch.

In the spring of 1628, the Witchfinder of Wessex finds himself a true Witch. As Bess Hawksmith watches her mother swing from the Hanging Tree she knows that only one man can save her from the same fate: the Warlock Gideon Masters. Secluded at his cottage, Gideon instructs Bess, awakening formidable powers she didn’t know she had. She couldn’t have foreseen that even now, centuries later, he would be hunting her across time, determined to claim payment for saving her life.

In present-day England, Elizabeth has built a quiet life. She has spent the centuries in solitude, moving from place to place, surviving plagues, wars, and the hea…

Book Review: The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

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The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early forties, the town of Pagford is left in shock.

Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war.

Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils ... Pagford is not what it first seems.

And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen. Who will triumph in an election fraught with passion, duplicity and unexpected revelations?
3/5 stars (liked it) I read the first page and very much recognized J.K. Rowling's writing in it.  I thought the beginning of the story was slow and there were so many characters that I had trouble keeping track of them.  By the middle of the book I did not have as much trouble.  This book has taught me that I should always treat my chi…

Book Club December: The Ice Storm - Rick Moody

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The Ice Storm - Rick Moody The year is 1973. As a freak winter storm bears down on an exclusive, affluent suburb in Connecticut, cark skid out of control, men and women swap partners, and their children experiment with sex, drugs, and even suicide. Here two families, the Hoods and the Williamses, com face-to-face with the seething emotions behind the well-clipped lawns of their lives-in a novel widely hailed as a funny, acerbic, and moving hymn to a dazed and confused era of American life.

This book takes place in 1973 and how do I know that?  Well the author was kind enough to remind me several times, which actually got really old.  The book is told from several points of view and takes place in a single night.  I didn't really care for the characters or the story.  The book just didn't really go anywhere.  Not one of my favorite book club picks.
The book for January is:  Shanghai Girls - Lisa See

Book Review: Don't Breathe a Word - Jennifer McMahon

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Don't Breathe a Word - Jennifer McMahon On a soft summer night in Vermont, twelve-year-old Lisa went into the woods behind her house and never came out again. Before she disappeared, she told her little brother, Sam, about a door that led to a magical place where she would meet the King of the Fairies and become his queen.

Fifteen years later, Phoebe is in love with Sam, a practical, sensible man who doesn't fear the dark and doesn't have bad dreams--who, in fact, helps Phoebe ignore her own. But suddenly the couple is faced with a series of eerie, unexplained occurrences that challenge Sam's hardheaded, realistic view of the world. As they question their reality, a terrible promise Sam made years ago is revealed--a promise that could destroy them all.
4/5 stars (really liked it) First of all I LOVE the cover.  The child looking at you is kind of creepy.  I thought the beginning was a little confusing.  I love how the story alternates between Phoebe in the presen…