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All the Stars and Teeth (Grace)

Set in a kingdom where danger lurks beneath the sea, mermaids seek vengeance with song, and magic is a choice. She will reign. As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer — the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic. When her demonstration goes awry, Amora is forced to flee. She strikes a deal with Bastian, a mysterious pirate: he’ll help her prove she’s fit to rule, if she’ll help him reclaim his stolen magic. But sailing the kingdom holds more wonder — and more peril — than Amora anticipated. A destructive new magic is on the rise, and if Amora is to conquer it, she’ll need to face legendary monsters, cross paths with vengeful mermaids, and deal with a stow-away she never expected… or risk the fate of Visidia and lose the crown forever. I am the right choice. The only choice. And I will protect my kingdom.

Flight (Alexie)

Flight is a story about a half-Native American foster kid, who has named himself after his face ache. “Zits,” has struggled through the foster system since he was eight years old. He feels angry, betrayed, and alone.

Mary Poppins (Travers)

It was quite enjoyable to revisit the Mary Poppins of my youth anew through the P.L. Travers novel, which I never read as a child. I found many of the same lovable characters and stories I remembered from the Disney movie, as well as even more wonderfully funny, ironic, and whimsical adventures.

Be Careful What You Wish For (Archer)

Book 4 of the Clifton Chronicles picks up right where book 3 left off...sadly I read book 3 in 2016. Why did I not continue with the series then, I don’t know, and I wish I had as, although the characters are all familiar to me, I can’t really remember their stories and entirely how we got to where we are now.

The Handmaid's Tale (Atwood)

What a chilling and enthralling dystopian future Margaret Atwood has imagined in this novel! The main character, Offred is a “handmaid," a woman who has been forced to serve in the household of a high-ranking infertile couple as a surrogate.

The Whisper of War (Kelly)

I loved this book...If you enjoy historical fiction, I believe you will enjoy this book. The audio (available on CD and through Overdrive/Libby) was excellent!

The Giver of Stars (Moyes)

I really liked this book...but I think overall, I liked “The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek” a tad bit better. I know there is some controversy surrounding this title, and whether or not the idea(s) were plagiarized—it’s hard to tell. There are some similarities.

Hope on the Inside (Bostwick)

I generally love Marie Bostwick’s books...I liked this one but didn’t LOVE it. Although not Christian Fiction, I would generally characterize Bostwick’s books as being “clean reads”...this one fell just short of being able to call it that, which seemed uncharacteristic for her.

The Thief of Lanwyn Manor (Ladd)

I really enjoyed this story, with just enough mystery to keep the reader wondering who was behind all the strange things that were happening, but also with enough clues that, although you couldn’t be sure certain persons were the culprit, you were pretty sure they were at least involved, and just a dash of romance!

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (Skomal)

Yes, I read two books, back-to-back with the same exact title…This was a very interesting book about a real woman lighthouse keeper in Newport, Rhode Island in the 1800’s.

The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter (Gaynor)

This novel tells the story of two women, a century apart, who are the daughter of a lighthouse keeper, who, through her act of bravery during a storm, becomes a heroine; the other her great-granddaughter.

Cinder (Meyer)

I am surprised by how much I enjoyed this book! I have never been a big fan of the original Cinderella; she is really only good at being nice and pretty, making for a pretty boring character. 

Just in Time (Bostwick)

I don’t think I’ve read anything by this author that I didn’t like! Although this book wasn’t as much about quilting as some of her others, there was still quilting and sewing included!

Fahrenheit 451 (Bradbury)

This novel is the story of Guy Montag, a fireman who lives in a future where firefighters set houses on fire to burn books rather than put them out.