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LIBRARIAN CHAT-update 10/14/2019
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 descendent 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.

8/1/2019 - I started reading the book "Refugee" by Alan Gratz in July but was so busy, I ended up returning the book without finishing it. Hopefully I will finish a book in August!

Mrs. Amy
Whats New
Descendant of the Crane - Joan He
Tyrants cut out hearts. Rulers sacrifice their own. (YA F He)
Fake It Till You Break It - Jenn R. Nguyen
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They have endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can not stand to be in the same room together. (YA F Ngu)
Runaway Max - Brenna Yovanoff
Before she became the Zoomer. Before the strangest night of her life. Before Hawkins and the Upside Down.

Max Mayfield does not fit in. She is not soft or frilly like her mom wants her to be. She would rather be at the arcade back in California where she can visit her dad. But Maxs mom has remarried and moved her to Hawkins, Indiana.

In this "Stranger Things" prequel, peer inside the mind of one of your favorite characters from season two, revealed like never before. (YA F Yov)
Stepsister - Jennifer Donnelly
Isabelle should be blissfully happy...She is about to win the handsome princes. Except Isabelle is not the beautiful girl who lost her glass slipper and captured the princes heart. She is the ugly stepsister who cut off her toes to fit into Cinderellas shoe...which is now filled with blood.

When the prince discovers Isabelles deception, she is turned away in shame. It is no more than she deserves. She cut away pieces of herself in order to become pretty like Cinderella. But that only made her mean, jealous and hollow. Now she has a chance to alter her destiny and prove what ugly step-sisters have always known:

It takes more than heartache to break a girl. (YA F Don)
Sweeping Up the Heart - Kevin Henkes
All Amelia Albright wants is a fun vacation. She would love to go on a trip to Florida, or even to France! But Amelias father thinks a trip is just too much adventure and too much trouble. So Amelia is stuck at home, probably the only kid in the entire 7th grade doing absolutely nothing for spring break.

The week ahead promises to be boring until Amelia meets Casey at Louises art studio. Amelia has never met anyone like Casey before, and when he claims to see the spirit of Amelias mother (who died so long ago Amelia can not remember her), Amelia is not sure what to think. (YA F Hen)
The Downstairs Girl - Stacey Lee
By day, 17-year-old Jo Kuan works as a ladys maid for the cruel daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for the genteel Southern lady "Dear Miss Sweetie."

When her column becomes wildly popular, she uses the power of the pen to address some of societys ills, but she is not prepared for the backlash that follows when her column challenges fixed ideas about race and gender. When a mysterious letter arrives, Jo sets off to find out about the parents who abandoned her as a baby. But when her efforts put her in the crosshairs of Atlantas most notorious criminal, Jo must decide whether she, a girl used to living in the shadows, is ready to step into the light. (YA F Lee)
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