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review 2019-03-07 16:04
Kill the Queen / Jennifer Estep
Kill the Queen - Jennifer Estep

In a realm where one’s magical power determines one’s worth, Lady Everleigh’s lack of obvious ability relegates her to the shadows of the royal court of Bellona, a kingdom steeped in gladiator tradition. Seventeenth in line for the throne, Evie is nothing more than a ceremonial fixture, overlooked and mostly forgotten.

But dark forces are at work inside the palace. When her cousin Vasilia, the crown princess, assassinates her mother the queen and takes the throne by force, Evie is also attacked, along with the rest of the royal family. Luckily for Evie, her secret immunity to magic helps her escape the massacre.

Forced into hiding to survive, she falls in with a gladiator troupe. Though they use their talents to entertain and amuse the masses, the gladiators are actually highly trained warriors skilled in the art of war, especially Lucas Sullivan, a powerful magier with secrets of his own. Uncertain of her future—or if she even has one—Evie begins training with the troupe until she can decide her next move.

 

Easily the best book of Ms. Estep’s that I have read to date! There are definite threads of similarity to her Elemental Assassin series—like that series, this one has a detailed and complex magic system. Estep does a great job, however, of introducing the reader to the system without lecturing about it. She is also adept at creating extremely tough heroines—capable of taking a licking and keeping on ticking. Just like Gin Blanco of the Elemental Assassin series, Everleigh Blair has hidden talents that she can use to her benefit. Early in this book, Everleigh is thrown from a great height into a river, reminding me that Gin Blanco also had a big fall/jump into a river, although I can’t remember which book it happened in. I’ve got to get back to that series eventually.

Another similarity which made me smile—both women (Everleigh and Gin) are bakers! When we are first introduced to Lady Everleigh, she is baking pies for a royal event. Ms. Estep must either be a baker herself or a devotee of good baking, as she lovingly describes the confections that her characters produce.

I hope that my library is planning to acquire the second volume, Protect the Prince.

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text 2019-02-23 04:59
Reading progress update: I've read 7%.
History of Tom Jones, a Foundling - Henry Fielding

I'm enjoying a leisurely reread, after many, many years, of this classic from 1749.

 

The Wikipedia entry even gives me the word count!  I'm way behind on my goal of ten million words for the year, but this will add exactly 346,747 to my tally.

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review 2019-02-14 03:00
THE LOST FOR WORDS BOOKSHOP by Stephanie Butland
The Lost for Words Bookshop - Stephanie ... The Lost for Words Bookshop - Stephanie Butland
Loveday has worked in the bookshop since she was 15.  She does not like people very much.  Her life was changed when she was 10 and both her parents left her life.  Raised in foster care, she learns to keep her own counsel.  Now two men enter her life--Rob and Nathan.  Which one can she trust?
 
I enjoyed this book.  It was not what I expected.  I related so much to Loveday.  Though this was a sad book for me, it also held hope.  It's a book I can pick up again and again and have it speak differently to me each time I read it.  There is so much here to discover.  I got lost in its pages.
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review 2019-02-13 16:18
No Words by Ltleflrt
No Words - Ltleflrt No Words - Ltleflrt

An excellent Destiel fabric. Alpha Castiel is on the run after exposing his fanatical brothers. Omega Dean is a mechanic suffering from mutism.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/7818289
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review 2019-02-03 18:56
The Word Collector
The Word Collector - Peter H. Reynolds

The Word Collector is one of my favorite books! Some people collect stamps and baseball cards but not Jerome, he collects WORDS! In my opinion that is cool! This book helps students understand that all words big and small have meaning and impact. A great activity would be a word wall or bulletin board of kindness, this can be done inside the classroom or outside in the hallway. The students are responsible for coming up with the most amazing words they can think of. Also, I would have students draw names and write three to four kind and encouraging words that describe the person they received. This is a great way to create a community in the classroom. I truly do love this book and I can not wait to use it in the classroom!

 

Lexile 490L

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