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Shirin Yim Bridges – Artemisia of Caria

21. Artemisia of Caria by Shirin Yim Bridges (2010)
The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses Book 2
Length: 24 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Started/Finished: 24 July 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to the lovely tour guides at Goose Bottom Books for sending me a copy to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 10 May 2011
Why do I have it? I do enjoy true history geared toward children.

Artemisia of Caria was the first ruling Queen of ancient Greece. She was made an Admiral by the Persian King Xerxes and fought in many battles. I found it interesting that Artemisia was taken so seriously at a time when Greek women were considered second class citizens.

I really enjoyed this book because I like history and tales of strong women. I give this book an A!

A! – (90-95%)


May you read well and often

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Lou Aronica – Blue

8. Blue by Lou Aronica (2010)
Length: 400 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started: 15 February 2011
Finished: 25 February 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? 8 January 2011
Why do I have it? I like fantasy.

Chris Astor is a forty-year-old divorced father of one – a daughter named Becky who has gone through much in her young life. Now, as Becky faces more obstacles, something strange happens.

Miea is the young queen of a fantasy land that Becky and her father created when Becky was little, a land that finds itself in horrific, even deadly trouble. Together, the three must uncover the secret that has brought them into contact. The secret to the future, to their purpose, lies in their imagination.

I enjoyed this book very much. It was very moving and a book that I will enjoy having on my bookshelves. I tend to cry a lot at touching books and that is what happened as I read this book. I give it an A!


A! – (90-95%)


May you read well and often

James LePore – Anyone Can Die

7. Anyone Can Die by James LePore (2009)
Length: 48 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 20 February 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Tracee at Pump up Your Book
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 1 February 2011
Why do I have it? I like short stories.

Set in the world of A World I Never Made, these three short stories feature the characters Pat and Lorraine Nolan, Megan Nolan and Max French.

The first short story is Till Death do us Part; Pat and Lorraine Nolan meet three ne’er-do-well natives on their Mexican honeymoon. In God’s Warriors, cynical Megan Nolan witnesses a shocking act that calls into question her loyalty to friends or her loyalty to money. In the third short story, Max, FBI Agent Max French exacts a deadly price years after a very personal crime.

I enjoyed Anyone Can Die by James LePore. It was an very interesting introduction to the characters of A World I Never Made. I give it an A!


A! – (90-95%)

Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire

Kathryn Meyer Griffith – The Nameless One

The Nameless One by Kathryn Meyer Griffith (1993) (Author’s Revised Edition 2011)
Length: 35 pages
Genre: Short Story
Started/Finished: 25 January 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kathryn for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 22 January 2011
Why do I have it? I have liked Kathryn Meyer as an author ever since I read her book Witches in high school.

When archeologists Laura and Julian Bennet discover the tomb of an ancient Egyptian Queen known in legend as ‘The Nameless One’, they choose to ignore the whispered curses about the Queen and her sorcerous ways. Upon opening the tomb, they unknowingly release an evil into the world that is better kept buried. Will they be strong enough to pay the price for defeating it? I really enjoyed this short story by one of my favorite authors. I did a paper on the Curse of King Tut in college and am very interested in Egyptian history. I give this story an A!


A! – (90-95%)


Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire

Matt Haig – The Radleys

5. The Radleys by Matt Haig (2010)
Length: 366 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 14 January 2011
Finished: 24 January 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Kristin at Free Press
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 28 December 2010
Why do I have it? I live quirky books and I love horror.

The Radleys are a normal dysfunctional English family. Peter is an overworked doctor, Helen is an unhappy housewife, Rowan and Clara are their teenaged children – Rowan is being bullied and Clara is an anemic recent vegan. The only secret that the Radleys have is a seventeen-year-old one that no one knows but themselves. Peter and Helen are vampires, trying to raise their children as normally as possible.

When Clara commits a shocking and oddly satisfying act of violence, she attracts the attention of the police, forcing her parents to shatter the shield of lies around their children. Uncle Will, a practicing vampire, arrives to throw off the police and in the process and cracks the Radleys idyllic marriage wide open.

I enjoyed this book very much and give it an A!


A! – (90-95%)

Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire

Joel M. Andre – Cry of the Fallen

4. Cry of the Fallen by Joel M. Andre (2010)
The Black Chronicles Book 1
Length: 224 pages
Genre: Horror
Started: 17 January 2011
Finished: 19 January 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Dorothy at Pump up Your Book
How long was it on my TBR pile? Since 8 September 2010
Why do I have it? I like horror.

Lauren Bruni is a detective with the Arizona Police Department whose life is falling apart. Her marriage has disolved, her daughter is missing and her partner has begun to hate her. When increasingly violent murders begin to occur that seem to be somehow connected to Lauren, she must find a way to protect her people from a demonic killer known as the Cowboy. I really liked this book even though it was extremely violent in parts. I give it a B+!


B+! – (89-94%)


Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire

Jacquitta A. McManus – Anyia: Dream of a Warrior

3. Anyia: Dream of a Warrior by Jacquitta A. McManus (2010)
Labyrinth’s Door Book 1
Length: 64 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Started/Finished: 12 January 2011
Where did it come from? Many thanks to Jacquitta for sending me a copy of this book to read.
How long has it been on my TBR pile? Since 20 July 2010
Why do I have it? I like fantasy.

Anyia has always dreamed of being a warrior, a forbidden art for the women of her village. Amoondia is the only woman ever to become a warrior – her name legend in her community. Anyia attempts to find Amoondia to learn from her, but will Anyia’s one act of disobedience be her last when she is kidnapped and used as a pawn in the coming war. I really enjoyed this middle grade story that also has activities for children as well. Anyia has the makings of a strong will that will carry her through other stories. I give this book an A!

Happy Reading to you all, Emeraldfire and Rosefire