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  • The Raven King by Stiefvater, Maggie
    ★★★★☆

    So many questions! Will Gansey find Glendower, and if he does what will it mean? Will Gansey survive the year? Will Blue's kiss truly kill him? Will Maura return? What will Blue learn about her father, Artemus? Will Noah ever be at peace? Will Adam come to terms with his abusive father and enabling mother? Will Ronan destroy himself, or learn to live with the secrets he's uncovered about himself and his family? Is Henry Cheng friend or foe? Questions, questions, questions as Maggie Stiefvater brings her Raven Cycle to a close. If book three, Blue Lily, Lily Blue was a bit slow paced, The Raven King makes up for it in spades.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Aug 30, 2016

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  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Stiefvater, Maggie
    ★★★☆☆

    Blue Sargent's mother has disappeared. The mysterious Mr. Greenmantle comes to take Barrington Whelk's place as Aglionby Academy's Latin instructor. When he and his diabolical wife, Piper, begin to endanger Cabeswater and the lives of those who love it, the Raven Boys must devise a way to get rid of him for good. Professor Malory arrives from the U.K. with a canine companion known only as Dog. As tragedy strikes, the lives of 300 Fox Way are forever changed.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Aug 30, 2016

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  • The Dream Thieves by Stiefvater, Maggie
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    Continuing the story begun in The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves reveals the secrets kept by both Niall Lynch and his son, Ronan. Ronan also learns the secret of his schoolmate and bitter rival, Joseph Kavinsky. Ultimately their shared secret creates a bond between the two that only death can sever. The Gray Man takes a more prominent role as a visitor to 300 Fox Way. But for every secret revealed, there are more questions. The cliffhanger ending leaves the reader wanting to know more and quickly!

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Aug 30, 2016

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  • The Boston girl : a novel by Diamant, Anita,
    ☆☆☆☆☆

    I loved this book! I read it all day Friday, couldn’t put it down! The story brought back memories of other stories told by my grandmother and mother. The plot helped me recall stories of my family living down the street, around the corner, or two blocks away, but always together. That I was a part of that group, part of that family life in the 40s made this book touching in many ways, from memories from of grade school to high school and on to World War II. The author is wonderful.

     

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    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Jul 7, 2016

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  • The Raven Boys by Stiefvater, Maggie
    ★★★★☆

    Blue Sargent's entire family is psychic.  Blue's only power is to amplify the abilities of others.  Growing up in Henrietta, VA, Blue has a great life with her mother and other female relatives who share the big house at 300 Fox Way.  But one night while helping her mother record the names of the people from Henrietta that will die in the next year she sees a boy and hears him speak his name.  He is one of the "Raven Boys" who attend a local prep school for the ultra elite.  Typically arrogant and privileged, the Raven Boys are despised by the residents of Henrietta.  When a group of them seeks out psychic help from the residents of 300 Fox Way, Blue is drawn into a mystery involving ley lines, Welsh legend, and the disappearance of another student several years before.

    The writing is great and the story is very well developed.  There are many twists and turns and, of course, it ends on a cliffhanger leaving the reader eager for the next installment.

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jul 7, 2016

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  • The Summer I Learned to Fly by Reinhardt, Dana
    ★★★★☆

    I chose this book because the protagonist has a pet rat and she meets a mysterious boy who knows all about rats.  I was disappointed that the rat didn't play a more prominent role.  It was still a decent story.

    Drew looks back to the summer of 1986 when she works in The Cheese Shop which is owned by her mother.  They have an ongoing feud with the local health inspector, Fletcher Melcher.  She has a crush on the college age student, Nick, who works in the shop and is coming into conflict with her mother more and more often.  Drew seems adrift in a strange new world.  Then she meets Emmett Crane, a mysterious boy who gives her a new perspective on life.  

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jul 7, 2016

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