Michelle’s Review: The Warrior Heir by Cinda Williams Chima

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Before he knew about the Roses, 16-year-old Jack lived an unremarkable life in the small Ohio town of Trinity. Only the medicine he has to take daily and the thick scar above his heart set him apart from the other high-schoolers. Then one day Jack skips his medicine. Suddenly, he is stronger, fiercer, and more confident than ever before. And it feels great-until he loses control of his own strength and nearly kills another player during soccer team tryouts.

Calvert’s Review: Eon/Eona Duology by Alison Goodman

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For those that read Tamora Pierce books when they were younger, the EON/EONA series is a modern take on the ‘girl undercover in a male-dominated field’ genre. It brings elements of Chinese mythology to the table: each energy dragon has a human dragoneye that channels the dragons’ power to wield magic and influence the weather [along with the other dragoneyes]. Eon’s dragon is the Mirror Dragon, thought to be missing for hundreds of years. The return of the Mirror Dragon is what sets off the chain of events that leads to an empire in turmoil.

Michelle’s Informal Return to the Blog

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So this is the post that I have simultaneously dreading and looking forward to writing. It’s one of those dreaded (and often times most read) posts where the blogger makes their excuses for a hiatus and what they’ve been doing outside of their blog. I decided a little while ago that I wouldn’t make excuses [...]

Christina’s Review: The Wild Vine by Todd Kliman

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As mentioned before in blogs by Michelle and I, we are founding members of the Virginia Wine and Book Club. I am not a wine connoisseur, but I am a lover of Virginia wine. There is something about the local industry and the taste of the wines I am drawn to. I am a huge advocate for Virginia wines, so it is no surprise after being introduced to Todd Kliman’s book, The Wild Vine: A Forgotten Grape and the Untold Story of American Wine, I had to read it and blog about it.

Guest Post: Sunset Rising by S.M. McEachern

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My mother always told me, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” In fact, she used to say it repeatedly because I had four sisters and we tended to…um…disagree a lot. There were times the pure-sheer frustration of not being able to speak my mind—to right the injustices caused by my sisters or some kid at school—made me feel like I was going to self-implode. My mother obviously didn’t understand or else she’d let me have my say…because if she would do that, she would see that I was right and the other person was, quite simply, wrong. But she wouldn’t let me speak when I didn’t have anything nice to say.

Christina’s Review: Lincoln’s Sanctuary

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I cannot count how many books on Abraham Lincoln I have come across in my history studies… Lincoln’s life and death…Lincoln the fearless commander-in-chief… Lincoln the godly leader…old, honest Abe. Matthew Pinkser introduced me to a new side of a Lincoln I have not been in touch with before…Lincoln, the man.

Michelle’s Review: A Dog’s Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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One of the beauties of being in a book club is reading books that you would probably never ever pick up. That’s not to say I don’t enjoy dogs, and sometimes books about dogs, but it’s not really a type of book that would normally grab me. It’s an experience to read something outside of your usual comfort zone and I was surprised by this particular book.

A Dog’s Purpose has the description of being a book for humans. I expect that I will have a greater understanding of the larger message for humans within this book after our club meeting. All I can figure out is what a dog’s purpose in life is, not an overall human purpose in life.

Be prepared to cry.

Bloggiesta 2014: My To-Do List

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This time last year I was a little baby blogger and didn’t learn about Bloggiesta until it was basically over. This year, I’m excited to attempt to participate. Basically, it’s a blogging event aiming at improving our blogs and our knowledge base. I could definitely benefit from this…have you seen the mini-challenge topics?! If only [...]

Michelle’s Review: One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

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So many facts! I’ll be happy if I remember just a few to brag about my intelligence to others.

This wasn’t a dry nonfiction book regurgitating facts in a loosely connected way, making the reader scramble for an accurate timeline. Bill Bryson writes in a voice that is both factual as well as unique, making far less of a textbook and more of an interesting documentary.

I discovered this book at the 2013 Book Expo America. I was so lucky to get the Advanced Reading Copy signed by Mr. Bryson. It had not even been a year since I first read one of his books and was likely in a bit of a fangirl state. This book seemed like everything I would enjoy: American history, the Roaring Twenties, and covering a wide range of subjects therein.