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

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Aug 30, 2016

    Tagged: Teens

    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.  

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

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Aug 30, 2016

    Tagged: Teens

    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.

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  • The Dream Thieves by Stiefvater, Maggie

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Aug 30, 2016

    Tagged: Teens

    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!

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

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Jul 7, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    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.

     

    Read by Doris Grossman –  The Watermark

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

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jul 7, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction Teens

    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.

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

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jul 7, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction Teens

    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.  

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  • Captive Prince by Pacat, C. S.
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jun 21, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    Damen, heir to the throne of Akielos, is betrayed by his half brother.  Sold into slavery to the royal house of Vere, Damon must keep his identity a secret because of his actions in the ongoing war with Vere.  Damon must also learn to live a very different life as he also tries to save the lives of the other slaves who have also been sent to Vere from Akielos.  

    Eagerly awaiting book two!

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  • The Woman in Blue: A Ruth Galloway Mystery by Griffiths, Elly
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Jun 13, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    While house sitting for a friend in nearby Little Walsingham, Cathbad sees a mysterious woman dressed in blue in the church's graveyard. When a young woman turns up murdered, he realizes he might have seen a real woman rather than a ghostly figure. Ruth is drawn into the mystery when an old friend travels to Little Walsingham to attend a seminar for female priests. She has been receiving threatening letters and asks for Ruth's advice. The mystery deepens when another death occurs.

    The mystery is well devised, but even better are the ongoing relationships between Ruth and DCI Nelson. Nelson learns of a personal betrayal that strikes at his heart. The foundation of his world is shaken. Ruth continues to feel a deep connection to Nelson, but she knows circumstances are against her.  

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  • Lord of the White Hell by Hale, Ginn
    ★★☆☆☆

    Reviewed by Teresa G on May 18, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    Kiram Kir-Zaki, a Haldim teenager, has been given a place at a prestigious boarding school, the first time ever a Haldim has been awarded admission. At the Sagrada Academy he is placed in the care of an upperclassman, Javier Tornesal. As Kiram learns about life as an outcast, he is befriended by Javier, and the two young men form a close bond. But something evil lurks within Javier, and Kiram must help his friend discover what it is so it can be dealt with.

    The characters are fairly stereotypical and the world-building is not strong. The mystery surrounding Javier's curse is the only plot element that keeps the reader plodding forward. Nothing is resolved by the end of the book, so reading book two is a must to find out the resolution.

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  • Lakeside Cottage by Wiggs, Susan

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on May 9, 2016

    Tagged: Family

    Each year Kate and her son Aaron retreat to the peaceful haven of Lakeside cottage, but this year the place is going to be anything but restful. This year a stranger in town catches Kate's eye.

    JD has come to Lakeside to avoid the clammer of publicity after performing an act of heroism back home in Washington, D.C. While the media isn't on to him yet, a certain neighbor and her son are making him rethink his "being alone" idea.

    A very tender romance develops between Kate and JD.

    Reviewed by Doris Grossman, Watermark Reader's Advisory

     

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  • The English girl : a novel by Silva, Daniel,

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on May 9, 2016

    Tagged: Audiobooks

    A thought provoking government spy thriller with familiar characters. Lots of intrigue and unbelieveable action, based on famous artists of past centuries.

    Reveiwed by Doris Grossman, Watermark Reader's Advisory Club

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  • Siddhartha by Hesse, Hermann,

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Apr 21, 2016

    Tagged: Body, Mind & Spirit

    The clarity of this short work allows one to look through surface concepts to its profound depth. Siddhartha is a moral allegory which tries to explore the enigma of human loneliness and discontent to the simple principals of community and compassion.

    Review submitted by Tia Pildas, Access Service member.

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  • Blood Kiss by Ward, J. R.,

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Apr 12, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    Daughters of the aristocracy are raised to provide heirs for the race, but Paradise has other ambitions. The elite fighters known as the Black Dagger Brotherhood is opening the call for soldiers to all interested parties, and being the daughter of the King’s chief advisor isn’t going to stand in her way.

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  • The marriage of opposites : a novel based on the life of Rachel Pizzarro by Hoffman, Alice.

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Apr 12, 2016

    Tagged: Family Fiction

    1800’s Danish West Indies island of St. Thomas is the backdrop of a small community of Jews who fled the brutality of the Inquisition in Europe. 

      Rachel, whose family is the “pillar” of the community, weds an older man with three children to save her father’s business;  but when the husband dies, she meets his nephew, Frederic. Their love is a scandal but also her enduring salvation.

    Submitted by Doris Grossman - Watermark Reader's Advisory Club member

     

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  • Days of Infamy by Turtledove, Harry.
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Robert S on Apr 4, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    A horrible book that you can’t stop reading: What would have happened if Japan had invaded Hawaii after attacking Pearl Harbor? Author Harry Turtledove explores the lives of a number of characters, but the most haunting is that of Japanese Commander Genda, who creates and plans the invasion of Hawaii, the bombing of California, and the sinking of three American aircraft carriers. Very difficult reading, Days of Infamy offers no happy ending, just a scary look at Hawaiian life, primarily from the view of the Japanese conquerors. 

     

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  • Veterinary Medical School Admission Requirements
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Mar 28, 2016

    Tagged: Environment & Nature Education Jobs & Job Seekers

    Have a passion for the health of companion animals? Volunteered at shelters and wished you could do more? Dreamed of being veterinarian? This book covers the how, when, and where issues of applying to accredited schools, then offers a few more guiding steps. Learn about funding your dream, campus life, and what it takes to serve in one of the planet’s oldest professions.

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  • Night eternal by Toro, Guillermo del,

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Mar 28, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    By the end the Fall your heart is aching and you’re not sure if you stand to read on, but you’re hooked. Finding faith in midst of chaos is man’s greatest strength and at the fall of Night Eternal  may be humanity’s only saving grace.

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  • The fall by Toro, Guillermo del,

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Mar 28, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

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  • The strain by Toro, Guillermo del,
    ★★★★☆

    Reviewed by Tamoul Q on Mar 28, 2016

    Tagged: Fiction

    Fans of the Walking Dead will rush to get their favorite goodies before picking up the Strain.  When a jumbo jet lands in New York with passengers and crew dead on arrival, the CDC send out their most experienced team of pathologists, Ephriam Goodweather and  Nora Martinez.  What they uncover is will lead them to an old man on a mission to save the world from a creature of darkness.

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  • The Shattered Gates: Book One of The Rifter by Ginn Hale
    ★★★★★

    Reviewed by Teresa G on Feb 16, 2016

    A mysterious key. Time travel through a gateway to a distant land. A strange religion. It all blends together, but it isn't always clear how it fits together. Even so, the characters are very compelling. I liked them immediately and would like to know more about them. And I want to know how all the puzzle pieces fit together. I'm looking forward to Book 2 of the Rifter—hopefully my questions will be answered.

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