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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 10/29/2019
10/29/2019 - Finished two books last week, "House of Salt and Sorrows" by Erin A. Craig and "Run, Hide, Fight Back" by April Henry. One is fantasy, the other is realistic fiction.

"House of Salt and Sorrows" takes the story of the 12 Dancing Princesses and puts in a great cursed by the gods plot twist. The story is set on a remote island kingdom were the god of the sea, Pontus, is worshiped. Their mother died shortly after the youngest princess was born and since then, one by one, the princesses have been dying, drowned in a tub, fell off a cliff, died from the plague, fell off the library ladder. Annaleigh, now second in line to the thrown, is wondering if the family is really cursed or if someone is killing her sisters. Determined to find out, she starts looking into the life of the latest sister to die, Eulalia only to discover more questions than answers.

"Run, Hide, Fight Back" is another fantastic book by April Henry! Teenagers Miranda Nash, Cole Bond, Javier Ramirez, Parker Gray, Amina Abdi, and Grace Busby are all in the Fairgate Mall when a group of people start shooting into the food court. April Henry has given each teen has their own background story that influences the way they react during the attack. Will the teens pick the right time to run, hide, and fight back? Will they survive or will they end up victims? Definitely a book worth reading.

10/14/2019 - If you are looking for a good SciFi/Fantasy book read "Sorcery of Thorns" by Margaret Rogerson. The story has a refreshingly new plot line with a hint of Sherlock Holmes mixed with magic and demons.

Elisabeth Scrivener has lived in one of the Great Library since she was abandoned as a baby. Now 16, she is training to become a warden (a person who protects sorcerers magical books from being misused or being damaged and becoming a Malefict). One night the Library wakes her up and she discovers the Director dead with no wardens in sight. One of the books has turned into a Malefict and, since it is her sworn duty to protect the people from magic, she goes after it and destroys it. Through a wicked twist of fate she is framed for the murder of the Director and sent to the Magisterium (the governing body of scorcerers) in Brassbridge for questioning.

18-year-old sorcerer, Nathaniel Thorn, is sent to pick up Elizabeth. A descendant of the Magister Thorn who raised an army of dead to protect the people, his family receives their enhanced powers from one of the most powerful demons in the realm, Silas. Nathaniel is drawn to Elisabeth our of curiosity to discovery why she seems resistant to magic and because she always seems to be in some sort of scrape.

Together Elisabeth and Nathaniel must figure out what is going on before all of the Great Libraries are destroyed and along with them possibly the whole realm.

9/30/2019 - Just finished the book "Contagion" by Teri Terry. It is book one in the "Dark Matter" trilogy. If you are looking for a book with a ghost, budding psychic ability, a rampaging disease that kills 95% of the people who catch it, and a good teen romance, I would definitely recommend this book.

Sharona (Shay) is from London, England but now lives in Killin, Scotland with her mother. When running from a bully she finds a missing persons flyer from a year ago and recognizes the face of the girl on it. Shay was the last person to see the girl before she disappeared but because she went on summer vacation, never heard about it. Finding that poster sets off a runaway train of disasters, disease and the discovery of all kinds of secrets.

Callie is the girl on the poster. While Shay is trying to track Callies family down, Callie, who is being experimented on in a secret facility, is killed. Her body is destroyed, but her soul remains behind as a ghost no one can see. She manages to escape the facility she has been trapped in as it is being destroyed by fire but the disease they injected her with escapes at the same time. Callie wants revenge.

Kai is Callies brother and when he meets Shay the sparks fly between them. He is driven to find out if his sister is alive and punish whomever took her.

9/19/2019 - Yes, It took me almost 6 weeks to finish a book. Life has been busy. The book I just finished is "The Downstairs Girl" by Stacey Lee. The book is set in Atlanta after the Civil War, when women are seeking the right to vote and the segregation laws are being introduced.

Jo Kuan is a Chinese girl who lives in abolitionist hiding rooms under the house of a newspaper printer with Old Gin, the Chinese man who took her in as an abandoned child and raised her as his own. She has been raised to keep her head down, be polite, and blend in. Chinese were not subjected to the segregation laws, yet they were not white. After being fired from her job as a hat maker because she was "making customers uncomfortable", she decides to secretly take a job at the newspaper upstairs and become the unknown voice of of advice columnist "Miss Sweete". At the same time Ole Gin makes her take a job as a ladies maid for a young lady she was tormented by as a child.

I really enjoyed this book and unraveling all of the secrets that could destroy the lives of various characters in the book if they ever came to light.

Mrs. Amy
Whats New
Angel Mage - Garth Nix
More than a century has passed since Liliath crept into the empty sarcophagus of Saint Marguerite, fleeing the Fall of Ystara. But she emerges from her magical sleep still beautiful, looking no more than nineteen, and once again renews her single-minded quest to be united with her lover Palleniel, the archangel of Ystara. (YA F Nix)
Rebel - Marie Lu
Eden Wing has been living in his brothers shadow for years. Even though he is a top student at his academy in Ross City, Antarctica, and a brilliant inventor, most people know him only as Daniel Wings little brother.

A decade ago, Daniel was known as Day, the boy from the streets who led a revolution that saved the Republic of America. But Day is no longer the same young man who was once a national hero. These days he would rather hide out form the would and leave his past behind. All that matters to him now is keeping Eden Safe...even if that also means giving up June, the great love of Daniels life.

As the two brothers struggle to accept who they have become, a new danger creeps into the distance that has grown between them. Eden soon find himself drawn so far into Ross Citys dark side, even his brother can not save him. At least not on his own. (YA F Lu)
Return of the Temujai - John Flanagan
"Rangers Apprentice: Brotherband" book 8 (YA F Fla)
Steel Tide - Natalie C. Parker
Book 2 in the "SeaFire" series. (YA F Par)
The End and Other Beginnings - Veronica Roth
No world is like the other.

Within this masterful collection of short stories, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and being. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people must still confront deeply human problems. (YA F Rot)
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