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review 2018-04-22 16:50
Moon Thrall - Donna Grant

The second book in the LaRue series brings us a reporter on a mission to inform everyone she can of what lurks in the shadows of New Orleans, and the youngest LaRue brother who takes on the mission to stop her from reporting any more of the truth. Their story was quick but didn’t feel rushed. It had action and adventure and the characters really do pop off the page. I always enjoy a DG book and this one doesn’t disappoint. I liked how things developed between Court and Skye. It felt real and believable even with the story being around 200 pages. The curse of the novella doesn’t visit this story, which always make it stronger. I look forward to reading more about the LaRue brothers.

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review 2018-04-11 09:36
Murder at Half Moon Gate (Wrexford & Sloane Mystery, #2)
Murder at Half Moon Gate - Andrea Penrose

I like these books; the first one had some plotting problems towards the end, but this one offered a much tighter and surprising story.  The author does an excellent job with atmosphere and setting too, although I can't comment on historical anachronisms.  Penrose does include an author note at the end discussing the backdrop of the story and offering some non-fiction titles for further reading.

 

There's a stronger element of romance to these books than there were in the previous historical mysteries by Penrose, but it's not at all overbearing, and the characters are much more sympathetic.  I was worried the author was going to drag Charlotte's big dreaded secret out even longer into a 3rd book, but she pulled it out right at the end (and spoiler - it's not even a little shocking).  I continue to like the two waifs Charlotte has taken under her wing too; I generally don't like kids in my mysteries much, but they work here and they're never purposefully cute or cloying.  

 

I'd put this series in just about the same class as the Lady Darby series by Anna Lee Huber - so if you like those, you might enjoy these.

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review 2018-04-06 18:53
Moon - Steve Tomecek
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

I found a few of these Jump into Science books in the Little Free Lending Library. I work with children and they ended up being perfect books to focus mini-lessons around. 

A very informative read with a lot of great pictures. The book is a bit wordy so I wouldn't recommend for very small children unless they are very interested in the subject matter. I read this one to a five-year-old who loves space and he was completely enthralled. I'm sure he didn't take in all of the information that is packed into this book, but it was good exposure to facts about the moon. I would suggest these for older children.

The book also includes a little experiment to visually learn how craters are made.

Very interesting read. This is a great book series.
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review 2018-04-05 04:43
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill
The Girl Who Drank the Moon - Kelly Barnhill

 

Yes. There is a witch in the woods. There has always been a witch.

- Opening lines

 

Magical babies are dangerous babies, Glerk tried to remind himself, day after day. When he wasn't cradling Luna. Or singing to Luna. Or whispering poetry into her ear as she slept.

-Chapter 5

 

A story can tell the truth, she knew, but a story can also lie. Stories can bend and twist and obfuscate. Controlling stories is power indeed.

- Chapter 38

 

Knowledge is powerful, but it is a terrible power when it is hoarded and hidden.

- Chapter 38

 

The village has always known about the witch, and about the sacrifice. Once a year, the Council of Elders takes the youngest baby and leaves it in the woods to appease the witch. But... the witch (Xan) has no idea why they leave the baby, so she takes it to the village across the forest and gives it to a loving home. Except for Luna... The witch accidentally feeds Luna moonlight (instead of the starlight she usually feeds the babies). The moonlight makes Luna magical. Luna grows up with Xan, Glerk (the swamp monster), and Fyrian (a Perfectly Tiny Dragon who thinks he is a Simply Enormous Dragon).

 

With characters like Xan, Glerk, Fyrian, and Luna, how could this story fail? The characters are amazing and the world is magical. People have been recommending this book to me all year, but I kept putting it off. I don't know why, but the cover just didn't appeal to me. Once I started reading it, I loved it. 

 

Recommended to: Grades 5 & up. Fans of magical stories or fairy tales.

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text 2018-04-02 18:28
BLOG TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Shadow of the Moon by Kwen D. Griffeth
Shadow of the Moon - Kwen D. Griffeth

The grisly murder of a diplomat’s son in Central Park draw NYPD Detective Gerald Meeker and FBI Special Agent Andee Trakes into a twisted and confusing investigation. Within hours, the evidence indicates the man was executed in the manner saved for werewolves. Andee Trakes is assigned to liaison with a history professor, who is an expert on folklore and legends.

Professor Alwyn Lloyd, handsome, articulate and successful, not only agrees the method of death was indeed an execution, he claims to be a werewolf. Andee is torn between the desire to date the man and the suspicion to arrest him.

From the initial killing in the park, a bloody spree is ignited that soon has Andee and Lloyd forced to work together to protect themselves and family members.

Shadow of the Moon explores the world of werewolves and paints a picture of what is good about them, as well as bad. The story explains what is beautiful as well as ugly about the wolf.

The story is fast paced and full of interesting characters and several twists and turns to keep both the fantasy as well as the suspense and romance enthusiasts entertained.

 

Source: archaeolibrarianologist.blogspot.de/2018/04/blog-tour-excerpt-giveaway-shadow-of.html
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