Thursday, April 19, 2012

Vanish With the Rose by Barbara Michaels

Diana arrives at the stately home in the middle of a rain storm after rescuing the owners son and his latest dog from an overturned car in a ditch.  The event was foreshadowned, forewarned, de javu ( or however you spell that) or maybe the friendly weird happening would be a better explination.  She is also not what she has presented herself to be so the mystery that begins on page one continues throughout the novel.

Filled with facts of roses and gardening history which makes you want to go out and plant flowers to glorify your own spot of land the story line moves at a quick pace which keeps the reader turning pages deep into the night.  The ending comes as a surprise with a bit of Agatha Christie type ending.

Well written mystery by a prolific author which is nice because there are others that you will also enjoy.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Troubletwisters by Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Jaide and Jack discover they are a bit unusual when they drop their father's travel bag and grab an iron rod.  The world starts to twist and spin and their house is destroyed in the end.  They do not really understand any of what is going on other than the fact that they are going to live with their grandmonther, which they have never met, in a town they have never heard of. 

A delightful tale of magic and forces beyond the "normal".  Follow the twins as they twist in and out of trouble and fight forces which should be far beyond their emerging abilities.

Book one in a series for the middle school crowd.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Seer of Shadows by Avi

Horace is apprenticed to learn the new art of photography in 1872 New York City.  His master is not a very diligent worker but he does understand the new art of photos and how to sell to his customers.

When the photographer is asked to work with a wealthy lady Horace is forced into using a spy camera to take photos of the deceased daughter's portrait as part of a hoax to create more business.  Even though Horace feels trepidation at being part of a dishonest scam he goes through with his instructions.

He gets the photos that he was ordered to take along with a surprising addition. 

Follow Horace as he and Pegg, the young servant girl who was also a friend of the deceased, as they try to solve the mystery of the photo and how it appeared.

An excellent read, a bit of mystery, the birth of the art of photography and a good dose of paranormal activity to make a great page turner.

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

A favorite story of survival and adventure of young adults Hatchet is the type of book that often gets the reluctant reader to become a voracious reader. 

Brian is flying out to see his father in the oil fields when the pilot in the small plane has a heart attack and dies. Brian is lucky enough to make a crash landing in a lake but has gone so far off course that searchers do not find him and the plane has sunk into the lake.

What follows is a summer of hardship, self-knowledge and survival. Brian comes to learn much about himself as he learns how to survive with only a hatchet.