Young Adult Recommends: Deliverance

May 18, 2015
by C. J. Redwine
19099494With Rachel captured and Logan imprisoned, little hope is left for the Baalboden survivors. The two still must complete the seemingly impossible task of destroying both the Commander and the technology controlling the Cursed One but they have already survived many attempts on their lives, and are stronger than their enemies know. It will take courage, strength, and cunning to save each other, but the cost for victory will be steep. The rising action leads to an intense climax and a powerful conclusion to the Defiance trilogy.
by Julia
Balzer + Bray, 2014

Young Adult Recommends: Exquisite Captive

May 12, 2015
Exquisite Captive
by Heather Demetrios
18106985Nalia is the last of an ancient jinni bloodline, but now she is a slave on the dark caravan and forced to obey her cruel human master, Malek. Her only hope is Raif, her sworn enemy, and he imposes an impossible price for freedom. But Nalia needs her jinni bottle for the unbinding spell to work. And it is the bottle Malek wears around his neck. Exquisite Captive begins the Dark Caravan Cycle, a captivating story of magical jinn, three wishes, and the price of freedom.
by Julia
Balzer + Bray, 2014

Young Adult Recommends: Chasing Power

May 5, 2015

Chasing Power
by Sarah Beth Durst

13518255With the help of her telekinetic powers, Kayla is a master thief. She is careful not to let anyone learn of her power, so she never expects to be blackmailed by a boy she’s never met. Daniel may have the ability to teleport, but he needs Kayla to help him find his kidnapped mother. To save her, they must find three stones of power that could potentially change the world. Chasing Power is an intricate story filled with Mayan legends, voodoo charms, and mind powers not to mention unexpected plot twists, deadly secrets, and shocking betrayals that will have readers yearning for more.

by Julia

Bloomsbury, 2014

Young Adult Reads: Winterspell

March 7, 2015

by Claire Legrand

9781442465985Clara Stole has much to fear. Her father has been taken by strange and deadly creatures to Cane, a war-torn land of snow, faeries, and magic. To find him, Clara must rely of the cursed prince Nicholas, if she can trust him. But before she can save her father, Clara may have to save Cane first. In this dark, Nutcracker-inspired fairy tale, Clara’s journey is a harrowing one, filled with danger and sorrow and love, one that readers won’t forget.

by Julia

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2014

It’s About the Tone of the Tome

March 7, 2015

by Lou Borgenicht

There is a unique pleasure in finishing one book and immediately choosing the next one you are going to read. That is why it is crucial to have a a stack of unread books on your shelf, books you have purchased over the past year at the King’s English. Part of the joy of finishing a book is the expectation of reading the next.

There is also the subrosa issue of the pressure to read a book that your friends, relatives or favorite bookseller (Jan in my case) have suggested that you like. A few years ago about ten people suggested I read a popular novel. (For the sake of the author and my credibility I will not mention the title). I bought it and tried to get into it several times without success.

When a friend asked me,”What do think about the fact all those people suggest you read a book which you cannot?”

I replied, with unconscious hubris, “It makes me wonder what is wrong with them.”

Since then I take anyone’s literary advice with extreme caution.

9780345543851So this month I was reading a book that “everyone loved.” A chapter or two a night without engagement. Half way through I put it down and grabbed Tess Gerritsen’s latest mystery. An internal medicine physician for about ten years she gave up medicine to write. She was also a friend of one of my medical school friends: MIchael  Palmer who wrote medical thrillers and who died unexpectedly a year ago.Tess had just been in town; unfortunately I was unable to hear her reading.

Her latest, “Die Again”, was captivating and I could not wait to read it for a few moments each night before bed. FInally I finished it yesterday afternoon, reading it consistenty for a couple of hours. I wanted to finish it before my vacation.

The next morning I awoke with both a sense of accomplishment and great expectation.
What book would I take on my vacation?

9780767913737I perused my book shelf. A paperback definitely. There sitting on top of the pile of unread books was, “River of Doubt”.

I read the first few pages and was hooked. I am looking forward to my ten day vacation in Maui. There is something comforting about reading about Teddy Roosevelt’s travails in the moist torpor of Hawaii.

Hidden moral: There is no accounting for taste. Especially with books..

Young Adult Recommends: Dissonance

March 6, 2015

by Erica O’Rourke


Whenever a choice is made, a new Echo universe is created. Delancey has the ability to Walk between these realities, but problems soon arise when she begins sneaking out to see an Echo of her crush. Del’s forbidden relationship leads her to a secret anomaly that could destroy the entire mulitverse. Dissonance is completely unique, with well thought-out concepts of how important every choice a person makes really is.


Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, published July, 2014

Author Jennifer Jordan reviews “After the Wind” by Lou Kasischke

December 29, 2014

After-the-Wind-book-image_s1After the Wind is a story that’s taken Lou Kasischke nearly 20 years to tell. And history will thank him for the effort.

It’s an emotional, visceral memoir about his having survived Mount Everest’s most infamous day – May 10, 1996 – and at its essence, is a love letter to his wife Sandy, as well as an apology for his “selfish” obsession with climbing.

He says it took him this long to write it because he didn’t want to be part of the media circus following the tragedy and its fixation on the dead. And there were a lot of dead on Everest in 1996 – nine all told, four of them from his team alone, with a fifth left permanently maimed.

For the millions who followed the story and read the various books, articles, and blogs, After the Wind is a trove of first-hand, eyewitness details about what went so terribly wrong on the mountain. Until now, Kasischke and his teammates had remained all but silent, except for one: Jon Krakauer, who wrote the bestselling Into Thin Air.

Krakauer came to Everest as an embedded journalist on Kasischke’s team for Outside Magazine, a position which, in Kasischke’s view, dangerously changed the team dynamic by putting undue pressure on its climbers and their leader, Rob Hall, to perform and perform well in the perilous world of high altitude. For Hall, it also became a goal to set a new record of putting more clients on the summit than any other team ever had. This detail, unlike so many others we’ve read over the years, finally begins to explain how and why Hall made so many catastrophically bad decisions on summit day, resulting in the deaths of nearly half of his climbing team, including himself.

After disaster struck, and the living were left to count the dead, most of the survivors retreated from the mountain, determined to keep their private hell private. Thankfully for those who have followed the story for nearly two decades, and are still hoping for more and better insight into the tragedy, Kasischke changed his mind.

Jennifer Jordan is the author of two books on K2, “Savage Summit” and “The Last Man on the Mountain.” Like millions, she has also been following the Everest 1996 disaster since its first hours.


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