The Uncommon Reader

From Ellen Druda
Author:  Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader
 This is a quick 120 page book about what would happen if the Queen of England was able to escape her minders and mingle, just a bit, with the commoners.   Once she is exposed to the wonderful world of books and reading, her majesty discovers so very, very much.  Light hearted and lovely.

Hello from Heaven

From Elaine Pasquali
author: Guggenheim, Bill and Judy Guggenheim
Hello from Heaven
This book presents different types of after-death communications, as evidence of eternal life and eternal love. Raymond Moody, who reported his seminal research on near-death experiences in his book, Life after Life,  has high praise for this work.  It certainly provokes thought about life, love, and the transcendence of our spirits.  It’s both a fast and interesting read and chapters can be read out of sequence.  This book has made me stop, think, and question some of my own experiences.

Dead In The Family

From Robin McCracken
author: Harris, Charlene
Dead In The Family
Hooked on True Blood, the HBO Series brought me to read all of the Sookie Stackhouse books.  I just finished book 10 and to my surprise,  Charlene Harris seems to be having no problem keeping this series alive, if they follow her series of books. Dead in the Family have new  characters in it to keep it going with its suspense of Vampires, Shape Shifters and Wolves.  Can?t wait for book 11. You go Sookie.

Sarah’s Key

From Linda Lennon
author: de Rosney, Tatiana
Sarah’s Key
In 1942 thousands of Jews were rounded up in Paris and transported to Aushwitz.  On the 60th anniversary of the Vel d Hiv, Julia Jarmond is  asked to write an article for an American magazine about the event.  She discovers Sarah, a connection to her family and revelations about  herself. Great historical fiction!

The Last Song

From Gina Cortina,
author: Sparks, Nicholas
The Last Song
This book was a great summer read! A bit predictable but I truly enjoyed this sweet story about a daughter and her dad getting to know each  other all over again.  The main character also falls in love with a lot of drama along the way.  One of Sparks’ best novels yet!

Maximum Ride

From Minouche Philippi
author: Patterson, James
Maximum Ride
Maximum ride is a fast read. Its a fast read because it is fun, imaginative, and adventurous. It centers on a group of various children who all have certain genetic enhancements. One of these enhancements is the ability to fly. The children are from a place called “The Institute” and soon they leave this place only to find themselves lost in an unfamiliar world…OURS. Despite the odds, the crew sticks together, until the ERASERS find them. Erasers are other mutant type children from the same secret facility; only they all seem to turn into werewolves with
superhuman strength!

From the beginning, the book is a fun read. It’s told from the viewpoint of Max, the oldest of the children. In her early teens, it is her who must protect the others while somehow raising them, keeping them together, and keeping everyone as a unit. The Erasers are sent out to capture them, kill them, or do whatever it is they have orders to do. Patterson mixes a modern day world with a little pop-culture thrown in here and there for reminders with fantasy. The Erasers run the streets as humans but at any time can be descending upon the kids by Hummer or
Helicopter, armed with bare claws or assault rifles. The action scenes that consist of everything from car chases and helicoptor scouting to hand to hand combat is very well detailed. The most menacing of the ERASERS is Ari, who taunts Max and the others, partly because he has a connected past with them, which is further revealed later in the story.