Orphan Train

Orphan TrainOrphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I love books that just suck you in from the first page to the last. I was so enthralled with this story that I didn’t put it down til I was finished reading it. I absolutely loved it! I felt like I was just another person sitting with Vivian and Molly, drinking tea, and listening to their stories. They seem like an unlikely pair for being friends with Vivian being 91 and Molly only 17 but they have a lot in common. They both were abandoned by their parents and were moved from home to home. Vivian traveled the Orphan Train back in the early 1900’s and Molly is a foster child. The story had some parts that made me cry both happy and sad tears. This is a must read book if you’re looking for an adventure back into the past.

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Book Summary:
The author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be delivers her most ambitious and powerful novel to date: a captivating story of two very different women who build an unexpected friendship: a 91-year-old woman with a hidden past as an orphan-train rider and the teenage girl whose own troubled adolescence leads her to seek answers to questions no one has ever thought to ask.

Nearly eighteen, Molly Ayer knows she has one last chance. Just months from “aging out” of the child welfare system, and close to being kicked out of her foster home, a community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping her out of juvie and worse.

Vivian Daly has lived a quiet life on the coast of Maine. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past. As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

The closer Molly grows to Vivian, the more she discovers parallels to her own life. A Penobscot Indian, she, too, is an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past. As her emotional barriers begin to crumble, Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life – answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of second chances, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are

Air Bound (Sisters of the Heart, #3)

Air Bound (Sisters of the Heart, #3)Air Bound by Christine Feehan
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Another spectacular book by Christine! I love Airiana and her powers. She is strong, loving, and highly intelligent. Even though the first impression of Max was not very well received she eventually came to trust him and love him. As always there is some action and these two have to fight to stay a live, not only for themselves but for the kids they saved. I can’t say much more because of spoilers but it’s a must read! I couldn’t put this book down. I can’t wait for the other books in the series to be out!

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Book Summary:
For as far back as she can remember, Airiana Ridell has always been aware of her extraordinary gift. She can intuit revealing and illuminating ‘patterns’ in the air around her-whether in a spray of mist, in billowing clouds, or in the dense swirls of an impenetrable fog. Her abilities led to her placement in a secret government training facility when she was a child, but everything changed after her mother was murdered.

Airiana fled the program, but she couldn’t outrun the desperate members of a shadowy cabal who want her, who need her, who will kill to get her. Kidnapped and held aboard a ship bound for dangerous seas, her only chance for rescue is Maxim Prakenskii. He has his reasons for helping her, but he isn’t about to reveal them to Airiana. Not yet. Not as the two are drawn together as moth to flame. Not when there are so many secrets yet untold that could shatter the quaint community of Sea Haven and all who reside there..

Into The Fae (Gypsy Healers #1)

Into The FaeInto The Fae by Quinn Loftis
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great book by Quinn! Peri is a kick in the pants. Her sarcastic side surely shows. However, Peri struggles with being mated to Lucian and accepting that she is his other half. With the new threat gaining power, the Great Luna send Peri, Lucian, Sally, Costin, and a few others to help find 5 new gypsies healers. They are off on an adventure that is full or triumph and heartache. This is the first book to the Gypsies Healer series and I can’t wait to read the second book!

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Book Summary:
With peace finally descending on the Romanian Grey Wolves, longtime fae ambassador to the wolves, Perizada, has been given a new mission by the Great Luna. But Peri’s desire for revenge against her sister, Lorelle, burns in her heart. Further complicating matters, the great white wolf, Lucian Lupei, has been returned to the pack after centuries trapped in the Dark Forest, and it appears he is destined to be with Peri. Can she put aside her thoughts of vengeance long enough to accept Lucian’s love and complete her mission?

The City

The CityThe City by Dean Koontz
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Welcome back Dean Koontz! My love for his books have been rekindled after a 10 year split! I absolutely love this book! It’s has twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, and I just couldn’t put ti down. I laughed, cried, said a few choice words (yes they were out loud), and even ignored people to I could live in this world for a few more minutes. I even told my friend ” You know a book is awesome when the suspense is making your heart race because you know something is about to happen, and you just want to keep reading faster because it’s killing you not knowing.” This is how great this book is! I’m very happy I got this book as and ARC from NetGalley.com

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Book Summary:

The city changed my life and showed me that the world is deeply mysterious. I need to tell you about her and some terrible things and wonderful things and amazing things that happened . . . and how I am still haunted by them. Including one night when I died and woke and lived again.

Here is the riveting, soul-stirring story of Jonah Kirk, son of an exceptional singer, grandson of a formidable “piano man,” a musical prodigy beginning to explore his own gifts when he crosses a group of extremely dangerous people, with shattering consequences. Set in a more innocent time not so long ago, The City encompasses a lifetime but unfolds over three extraordinary, heart-racing years of tribulation and triumph, in which Jonah first grasps the electrifying power of music and art, of enduring friendship, of everyday heroes.

The unforgettable saga of a young man coming of age within a remarkable family, and a shimmering portrait of the world that shaped him, The City is a novel that speaks to everyone, a dazzling realization of the evergreen dreams we all share. Brilliantly illumined by magic dark and light, it’s a place where enchantment and malice entwine, courage and honor are found in the most unexpected quarters, and the way forward lies buried deep inside the heart.

Rogue Wave (The Water Keepers #2)

Rogue Wave (The Water Keepers, #2)Rogue Wave by Christie Anderson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another great adventure with Sadie, Rayne, Ash, and the whole group. This time Sadie and Rayne are back and forth, she learns about her father and where she is from. Her moms new boyfriend is in cahoots with Ash and Voss and gets into a bit a of trouble. Not only does this put Sadie life on the line but also her mothers life as well. The ending will leave you wanting to grab the third book right away!

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Summary:
After five months of blissful pretending, Sadie and Rayne are practically the couple of the year. At least, according to Sadie’s friends at school they are. But she knows the truth. Their feelings are just an illusion. Now, with graduation and college right around the corner, Sadie realizes she can’t put off the inevitable any longer. She has to make a choice. Take the easy way out and run away from her problems, as usual, or move forward with courage and discover her own destiny. But when Ash Hastings, the son of the black-eyed man who almost drove Sadie to her death last November and Rayne’s supposed best friend, makes an unnerving appearance in Sadie’s life again, the path to her future takes an unexpected turn. And this time, Sadie’s life isn’t the only one in danger.