Monday, July 25, 2016

Ink and Bone: The Great Library Book 1

By Rachel Caine
The first in a trilogy

In a world where the Great Library of Alexandria is more important than anything else (including human life), the Librarians are the keepers of the books and defenders against burners and smugglers. Only the best and brightest are accepted into library training, one of which is postulate Jesse Brightwell, the sixteen year-old protagonist from a family of smugglers. As print books are too special for the common man, only one physical copy of each book is kept in the world within the Great Library. People of the world carry blanks on which to read electronic copies of books. Because of their value, physical books are a highly stolen commodity. While there is no magic in the world of the Library, there is alchemy.

This book is for readers who enjoy:
Books about libraries & books; fans of The Book Thief & Harry Potter; alternate history fans (with a bit of steampunk).

The audiobook version was incredible and I am looking forward to reading (or listening to) the second book.

~ Paula

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Infernal Devices

Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices #2)
10025305by Cassandra Clare

In the magical underworld of Victorian London, Tessa Gray has at last found safety with the Shadowhunters. But that safety proves fleeting when rogue forces in the Clave plot to see her protector, Charlotte, replaced as head of the Institute. If Charlotte loses her position, Tessa will be out on the street—and easy prey for the mysterious Magister, who wants to use Tessa’s powers for his own dark ends.

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3)
by Cassandra Clare

Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3)Charlotte Branwell, head of the London Institute, is desperate to find Mortmain before he strikes. But when Mortmain abducts Tessa, the boys who lay equal claim to her heart, Jem and Will, will do anything to save her. As those who love Tessa rally to rescue her from Mortmain’s clutches, Tessa realizes that the only person who can save her is herself. But can a single girl, even one who can command the power of angels, face down an entire army? Danger and betrayal, secrets and enchantment, and the tangled threads of love and loss intertwine as the Shadowhunters are pushed to the very brink of destruction in the breathtaking conclusion to the Infernal Devices trilogy.


Monday, July 18, 2016

Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding #2)

Princess Ever After (Royal Wedding, #2)by Rachel Hauck

Tanner Burkhardt, Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg, must convince the strong-willed Southerner, Miss Regina Beswick, that she is his country’s long-lost princess. Failure could destroy his reputation and change his nation forever. As Regina and Tanner face the challenges before them, neither are prepared for love to invade their hearts and change everything they believe about themselves. However, when a royal opponent nearly destroys Regina’s future, she must lean into God and trust He has sovereignly brought her to her true and final destiny.


Friday, July 15, 2016

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

By Seth Grahame-Smith

It is known as 'the strange plague,’  All over England, the dead are rising again, and now even the daughters of Britain's best families must devote their lives to mastering the deadly arts. Elizabeth Bennet is a fearsome warrior whose ability with a sword is matched only by her quick wit and even sharper tongue. But she faces her most formidable foe yet in the haughty, conceited, and somehow strangely attractive Mr. Darcy. As the two lovers meet in the ballroom and on the battlefield, they'll soon learn that nothing - not even bands of ninjas, hordes of flesh-eating zombies, or disapproving aunts - can stop true love.


Monday, July 11, 2016

The Cast-Iron Skillet Cookbook

By Dominique DeVito

Growing up, cast-iron skillets were the only skillets we had. I have those same skillets that I haven’t used in ages. When I saw this book I decided it was time to get them out. I scrubbed them and re-seasoned them according to the directions in the front of the book. The recipes are wonderful and you even get a little bit of extra iron from the skillet. Mom always made a pineapple upside-down cake in her #10 and there was nothing better. Why don’t you check out this book and dust off the old pans and get cooking?

~ Dixie