In a future society, sixteen year old Beatrice Prior must choose one of five factions where she will spend the rest of her life. Each faction is devoted to a specific virtue: Candor (honesty), Abnegation (selflessness), Dauntless (bravery), Amity (peace), and Erudite (knowledge). Her decision is complicated during a test each sixteen year old takes that tells them which faction they would best fit in with. For Beatrice the results are inconclusive and she is warned not to revel this to anyone or risk death. As Beatrice struggles to come to terms with what her test results mean and her future she discovers that the society she lives in is not as perfect as it seems. Reminiscent of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, this is recommended for teens that enjoy dystopian fiction.
Le Cirque des Rêves (The Circus of Dreams) arrives without warning. It is extraordinary, only open at night, and has no color except for black and white. The circus is the arena in which Celia and Marco compete. Bound in a deadly game while they were children, they must demonstrate their magical abilities within the circus with no clear rules and only one intended winner. Eventually, the two fall in love complicating the game. There are other memorable characters, each with their own role and story in relation to the circus. The book is hard to describe but will appeal to both adults and young adults that enjoy reading fantasy or books about magic with an unusual twist.
When a group of bushmen in Botswana are accused of murdering a game ranger, Khumanego solicits the help of his childhood friend, Detective Kubu. Khumanego fears the bushmen will be wrongfully prosecuted due to prejudice against his people. The plot thickens as another similar murder takes place and may be linked to an earlier set of deaths in the same area. Detective Kubu unravels the mystery while facing the hardships of the Botswana desert. The likeability of Detective Kubu and the descriptions of the Botswana landscape, culture, and people make reading this book an entertaining and educational experience.
This is a harsh, honest, fast-moving and engaging book that will, hopefully, make you reconsider the principles of war. Joe loses all his limbs, his face: nose, eyes, mouth and his hearing. With no way to communicate he is left to contemplate his short 20 year life, how he got here and what future, if any, he has. The novel pulls you in as Joe contemplates everything from love and friendship to philosophy and morals. He creates an elaborate system to determine how much time passes, and more suspenseful, wonders if he will ever communicate with the outside world again. Most powerful, he contemplates the terrors of war that are kept far from public view; speaking of ‘The Great War’, but universal to those today: “anybody who went out and got into the front line trenches to fight for liberty was a goddamn fool and the guy who got him there was a liar”.
This is book is about a man Jack, who has served our country in the Middle East and survived , yet he has developed a terminal illness and is not supposed to live past the holidays. Most of his life was spent traveling which left little time to develop a relationship with his kids. He has already written letters to his wife (Lizzie) and kids to be opened upon his death.
Then on Christmas Eve, his wife goes out in an ice storm to pick up his medicine and dies in a car accident and the miracle happens! He then begins to recover from his illness and is determined to begin a new life with starting to be a better dad. Unfortunately his mother in law has other plans to raise her grandchildren so the battle begins to rebuild his family. Enjoy the journey from Ohio to a small town in South Carolina where Jack begins to rebuild his family and finds himself in love again. One would think this book was written by a female by the way it is written.
The Christmas Wedding is not your typical Patterson book. It is a brief magical story about, Gabby Summerhill, whose husband died three years ago and her four children who have not been together since the death of their father. One day Gabby calls all four children (who each have their own share of problems) with the news of her upcoming wedding on Christmas day. She asks them to be with her on this special day to marry the man of her dreams who has not been named to anyone. She also has one more gift to give them all when they arrive for the special occasion. The authors take the reader through several twists along the way before discovering who the groom will be.
Written by the author of Cold Mountain, this novel takes place in the same area of N. Carolina but in the early 1950's.
Living in an abandoned rural lodge, Lure is a young woman suddenly in the position to raise sister's young twins. Neither of them has spoken a word since witnessing their mother's brutal murder. Their father is aquitted and released from jail and the novel becomes a story of suspense.
Frazier has a powerful ability to depict sights and sounds of the Carolina backwoods and uses fire and water as important themes. Nightwoods moves quickly to a satisfying conclusion.
Life and Death in Shanghai is Cheng’s first-hand account of her life during China’s Cultural Revolution. It is a haunting narrative of Cheng’s years of imprisonment for being wrongly accused of being an imperialist spy. During her imprisonment, Cheng never gave up and never gave in to lies and false denunciations. Her story is heartbreaking, courageous, and unforgettable.
If you are curious about the steampunk genre-this is a classic example. This book takes place during World War I as Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife are assassinated and the world goes to war. That is when the story takes a twist into an imaginary world. The conflict is between the Clankers, who create machines that run on steam, and the Darwinists, who create new species. Prince Aleksandar, whose people turn against him after his parents’ assassination, is a Clanker. He meets Deryn Sharp, a girl disguised as a boy working for the British Air Service. She serves on the Leviathan, a massive airship that crashes in Switzerland where the two teens cross paths. The story is exciting all the way to the end, when you will be left wanting to know what happens next.