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Book Number: 37

Number Of Pages:378

Book Title: Eve

Author: Iris Johansen

Summary: Eve Duncan is a forensics sculptor. Eve lost her own child many years before when Bonnie was kidnapped and she is still trying to discover what happened to Bonnie. Bonnie's dad now comesback into Eve's life and wants to help her discover the truth.

Rating: (optional) 8.5/10

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Book Number: 38

Number Of Pages:403

Book Title:Silencing Eve

Author: Iris Johansen

Summary: Eve Duncan is still hunting to find out the truth about her daughter's mysterious disappearance at the age of 7. Eve has been kidnapped and her friends are now hunting for her. Will Doane kill Eve before she can be rescued?

Rating: (optional) 8/10

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Book Number:39

Number Of Pages:237

Book Title:Sure Fire

Author: Jack Higgins and Justin Richards

Summary: The 15 year old Chance twins have just lost their mum to a traffic accident when they discover that their Dad whom they have never met is here to be their guardian. The teens know nothing about hin, nor does he know anything about kids or them. He's a spy who gets kidnapped and the kids must rescue him.

Rating: (optional) 8/10

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Book Number: 40

Number Of Pages: 214

Book Title:Sharp Shot

Author:Jack Higgins and Justin Richards

Summary: The Chance twins are finally living with their Dad at a borrowed flat in London. An old acquaintance of their father shows up at the flat looking for John Chance and the adventure begins as the teens try to help

him. Who is good and who is evil is the question Jade and Rich ask themselves as they try to link up with their Dad and stay alive.

Rating: (optional)8.5/10

 

 

Book Number: 41

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title:Revenge of the Dragon Lady

Author: Kate McMullan

Summary: Wiglaf is still trying to get some money to pay his first year tuition at Dragon Slayers Academy. The Beast of the East has set out on a quest to kill the slayer of her son; Wiglaf is the dragon slayer she wants. He has to figure out how to kill her or hide from her or just make her go away.

Rating: (optional) 7.5?10

 

Book Number: 42

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title:Little Giant - Big Trouble

Author: Kate McMullan

Summary: Worm(the dragonet who calls Wiglaf Mommy) has been taken from his home in the Dark Forrest, and the team go to rescue him from the Giant child, Grubella. Grubella is a spoiled brat who thinks she should get anything she wants and be able to do with it as she likes, including putting Worm in a bird cage and catching and eating the students from DSA.

Rating: (optional)8/10

 

Book Number:43

Number Of Pages: 110

Book Title: Never Trust a Troll

Author:Kate McMullan

Summary: The now co-educational Dragon Slayers Academy is set to start for our group's second year. Wiglaf's little brother is going to attend as a Class I student and a Troll is in his class. Wiglaf is chosen by fate to mentor the troll and mayhem ensues as the troll breaks rules and all sorts of other things as he tries to become a dragon slayer so he won't have to go into the family business of Troll robber under a bridge.

Rating: (optional) 8.5/10

 

 

 

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May I join in? I know I'm ultra late, and won't get anywhere near the total, but I do love my books.

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Book Number: 19

Number Of Pages: 256

Book Title: Doctor Who - Shroud of Sorrow

Author: Tommy Donbavand

Summary: The Doctor and Clara land in 1963 the day after Kennedy was killed. They notice that people are seeing faces of dead friends and relatives that are getting more and more corporeal.

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I know I'm really, really late, but may I still join? I love reading and this would be a great motivation to do more of it happy.gif

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Book Number: 44

Number Of Pages: 241

Book Title: How To Cheat a Dragon's Curse

Author: Cressida Cowell

Summary: It's Freya'sday's Eve and the celebrations welcoming the coming of spring are in full force in Berk. Fishleggs is sick and Hiccup is worried. To cure his friend he has to find a rare plant before ten am. If it exists it is in the village across the bay, home of the Hysterics who hate the Hooligan Tribe.

Rating: (optional) 7/10

Review: (optional) Great book in a series meant for those ending grade school and starting middle school. The books are different enough from the movies and shows yet still contain the same heartwarming and endearing Hiccup Haddock the Third's memorable character which makes the book's with Toothless's constant whining.

 

I suggest you read the first post, start reading as nothing before your first post here counts and start posting your reads using the code in the first post. A PM to the Book Challenge group will probably get you acknowledged admittance. Happy Reading, Starlitt. I started late, too, in October.

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Book Number:34

Number Of Pages:192

Book Title:Queen of the Flowers

Author:Kerry Greenwood

Summary:The Honourable Phryne Fisher is chosen to be Queen of the Flowers in a parade, along with four young princesses of the flowers. Then, a few days before the parade, one of the young girls disappears.

 

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Book Number: 12

Number Of Pages: 272

Book Title: License to Pawn: Deals, Steals, and My Life at the Gold & Silver

Author: Rick Harrison

Summary: Just Rick talking about how he got into the pawn business and some stories from his pawn shop pre and post Pawn Stars.

 

I got a 3ds for Christmas so I have a feeling that my reading is going to be cut down for a couple of months as I play with my new toy. biggrin.gifbiggrin.gif

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Book Number: 45

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title: A Wedding for Wiglaf?

Author: Kate McMullan

Summary: A story in the local newspaper alerts matchmakers to the fact that a princess is searching for a husband. He must be a dragon slayer, have red hair, and a name that begins with the letter W. Mordred decides Wiglaf fits the bill and writes the princess to let her know. Wiglaf can be hers for the promised pot of gold for Mordred. Unfortunately, as a really young man Wiglaf is not interested in matrimony.

Rating: (optional) 8.5/10

 

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Book Number:35

Number Of Pages:461

Book Title:In the Garden of Beasts

Author:Erik Larson

Summary: In 1933, William Dodd and his family went to Berlin because Dodd had been appointed the American Ambassador to Germany. At this time, Hitler was still trying to appear a reasonable man who didn't want war and had only good intentions toward the world. It was about a year later, on the Night of the Long Knives, that the mask came off. During this year, Dodd's daughter Martha went from supporting the Nazis as the saviours of Germany, to being a Communist ready to fight the Nazis on all fronts. Amazing story.

 

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Book Number:46

Number Of Pages: 231

Book Title:Which Witch?

Author: Eva Ibbotson

Summary: The most powerful wizard in the area is tired of waiting for a younger wizard to come and learn to be his replacement so he reluctantly decides to hold a contest and marry the winner of the local best dark arts witch. A white witch who wants to be dark falls for him and enters the competition.

Rating: (optional)8/10

Review: (optional)Fun read for middle school readers as it is hilarious.

 

 

Book Number:47

Number Of Pages:739

Book Title:Command Authority

Author:Tom Clancy with Mark Greaney

Summary: Jack Ryan is in his final term as President of the United States and Russia is experiencing growing pains as her leader decides to gather former states back into the fold. Not all of the citizens in these states want to rejoin Russia and the free world is not in favor of the plan either. Meanwhile the Campus is having growing pains of its own as the group regroups and relocates after the drastic encounter it had with enemies in its last encounter. Jack Junior has opted to go to the UK and work on his business analyst skills as a safer occupation than spying as the world settles back after the events in the last book.

Rating: (optional) 7/10

Review: (optional) The constant shift from present day to 30 years ago and the back story when Jack Sr was an operative for the CIA in UK tends to blur a bit with present day Jack Jr's life in the UK.

 

Book Number:48

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title: Class Trip to the Cave of Doom

Author: Kate McMullan

Summary: Mordred is upset. Wiglaf has slain 2 dragons and not a single gold coin was recovered for him from either Dragon's horde. He decides the students of DSA are going to go out and hunt down Seetha's horde and bring it back to him.

Rating: (optional)8/10

Review: (optional) Dudwin, Wiglaf's younger brother shows up and makes himself invaluable to the trio of Class I students. Amusing and holds a youngster's attention as they learn to read and appreciate chapter books/stories.

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Book Number:36

Number Of Pages:324

Book Title:The Maid and the Queen

Author:Nancy Goldstone

Summary:This is the story of Joan of Arc, the girl who saved France from the English, and set the true King of France upon the throne. But it is also the story of her patron -- Yolande of Aragon, the Queen of Sicily, and probably the most astute politician of her time.

 

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Book Number:49

Number Of Pages:109

Book Title: 97 Ways to Train Your Dragon

Author:Kate McMullan

Summary: Two boys at the DSA find, take and hatch a dragon egg. The book deals with the problems they run into while trying to hide the pipling as it grows.

Rating: (optional)8/10

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Book Number:50

Number Of Pages: 256

Book Title:Starry Night

Author: Debbie Macomber

Summary: A thwarted reporter tries to earn her place on the paper's actual news reporting staff by getting an interview with a reclusive best selling author.

Rating: (optional)7.5/10

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Book Number: 7

Number Of Pages: 572

Book Title: L'Appel du Coucou (french version of The Cuckoo's Calling)

Author: Robert Galbraith (J.K.Rowling)

Summary: Lula Landry is dead and the conclusion comes to a Suice. One day, the brother of the victim, John Bristow goes to see the detective Cormoran Strike to prove that is wasn't a suicide but a murder. With the help of Robin, his temporary assistant, Stike will try to figure out what happened to the girl.

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Book Number:37

Number Of Pages:300

Book Title:The Collegium Chronicles: Foundation

Author:Mercedes Lackey

Summary:Mags has been working as a slave in a mine since infancy, being fed enough just to live, freezing in the winter, and being taught to read only because the law requires it. He doesn't even know that the way he's treated is illegal. All he knows about his parents is that they were evil bandits, killed in a fight with the Guard. Then one day, a beautiful white 'horse' shows up, and claims him as a Herald of Valdemar, and his whole life changes. Perhaps now he can find out the truth about his origins.

Rating: 4/5

Review: This is one of the best books I've read in the Valdemar series.

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Book Number:38

Number Of Pages:257

Book Title:The Collegium Chronicles: Intrigues

Author:Nercedes Lackey

Summary:When Herald Trainee Mags is the victim of paranoid rumours that he's going to assassinate the King of Valdemar he runs away to prevent this from happening. When he discovers the real assassin is hiding in Haven, he must stop him all by himself.

 

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Book Number:51

Number Of Pages:295

Book Title:Takedown Twenty

Author: Janet Evanovich

Summary: Trenton New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is trying to bring in Uncle Sunny who is on the lam. Stephanie and her pal Lula are also trying to figure out who is killing old ladies and dumping their bodies in dumsters.

Rating: (optional)9/10

Review: (optional)Following Stephanie's inept but always comic efforts to bring in the people who have missed their court dates so her cousin Vinnie can recoup his money on their bail bonds and she can pay the rent is a laugh filled journey until she solves who done it.

 

Book Number:52

Number Of Pages:372

Book Title:The Whole Enchilada

Author:Dianne Mott Davidson

Summary: Goldie Schultz encounters a stream of bad luck as she attempts to keep her catering business going in Aspen Meadows, CO and herself alive.

Rating: (optional)8.9/10

 

 

Book Number:53

Number Of Pages:470

Book Title:Red Velvet Cupcake Murder

Author:Joanne Fluke

Summary: Doctor Bev has returned to plague Hannah Swensen in Lake Eden, Minnesotta. Hannah and her family and friends try to avoid Bev but Lake Eden is too small a community to really allow that, so Bev manages to stir up their lives until her murder which Hannah is forced to solve as she is the number one suspect.

Rating: (optional)8/10

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Book Number:54

Number Of Pages:419

Book Title: King and Maxwell

Author: David Baldacci

Summary:Former Secret Service Agents Sean King and Michelle Maxwell stumble into one of their most deadly cases ever as a grieving young teen asks them to find out what really happened to his father while his dad was on military assignment in Afghanistan.

Rating: (optional)9/10

Review: (optional)[/u]Sean and Michelle's search for the truth and apprehension of criminals is written with Baldacci's flair for catching the reader up in the world of crime and politics. A wonderful read.

 

 

Book Number:55

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Book Title:Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Author: J. K. Rowling

Summary: Harry Potter discovers he is a wizard and goes off to a magical school in the fall after his 11th birthday. We get to know Harry, his awful family and the inhabitants of Hogwarts Castle along with Harry as he finds his way in his new world and fights the evil Voldemort who killed his parents 10 years ago.

Rating: (optional)7.8/ 10

Review: (optional)This is the first in an exceptional series which deserves the praise heaped upon it and its author JK Rowling. A wonderful fantasy novel to enchant all who come prepared to be entranced.

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Book Number: 8

Number Of Pages: 788

Book Title: Une Place a Prendre (french version of The Casual Vacancy)

Author: J.K. Rowling

Summary: In the town of Pagford, United Kingdom, Barry Fairbrother, who's a member of the local council, dies siddenly. That's the story of what happen to people in the town after his death. The elections to take his place at the council, what happen to people close to him

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Book Number: 56

Number Of Pages: 305

Book Title: A Catered Christmas Cookie Exchange

Author: Isis Crawford

Summary: Bernie and Libby Simmons, the owners of A Taste of Honey, have agreed to judge a cooking show on television. The show will be shot in their hometown featuring 8 local older ladies who have an annual holiday cookie exchange. This year's event is being televised and judged the prize will be more than just bragging honors. Someone has decided it's worth killing for and the girls will find out who caused Millie's death.

Rating: (optional) 8/10

Review: Light hearted fun read for mystery fans who like series.

 

Book Number:57

Number Of Pages:334

Book Title: Winners

Author: Danielle Steele

Summary: An Olympic Hopeful downhill racer is in a tragic accident at a ski resort Christmas vacation of her senior year. Her struggle to make it back to a full life and her dad's to let her is the plot of this book.

Rating: (optional)7/10

 

Book Number: 58

Number Of Pages: 179

Book Title: The Witch Tree Symbol

Author: Carolyn Keene

Summary: Pennsyvania Dutch country is the setting for most of this tale when Nancy and her 2 best friends try to find out what happened to a fewllow River Height's womans inheritance.

 

Book Number: 59

Number Of Pages: 212

Book Title: The Mystery at the Ski Jump

Author: Carolyn Keene

Summary: Nancy Drew stumbles into a weird happening on her way to her home to pack and go on a sleuthing adventure with her Dad. A woman is selling beautiful mink furs door to door and stock in some mink ranches. Then the seller snitches nancy's driver's license and uses it give hersel a new stolen idenity to get our sleuth in trouble with the law. Nancy, Bess, and George track down the thieves and solve her dad's case too.

 

Book Number: 60

Number Of Pages:218

Book Title: The Vanishing Shadow

Author: Margaret Sutton

Summary:In a small rural town's outskirts a brother and sister spend their annual 3 week stay with their maternal grandparents on their farm while their parents take a vacation. 15 year old Judy is inquisitive, outspoken and friendly. her older brother Horace is shy, scared of his own shadow and a fledgling newspaper reporter for the neighboring big town's paper. Judy is bored and feeling ill-treated by her grandmother and brother when she encounters a small mystery which she decides to solve.

Rating: (optional)7/10

Review: (optional ) Book is a fun, lively tale of a pre World War II teen stretching her wings and finding out what is truly important in life.

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Book Number: 4

Number Of Pages: 464

Book Title: The Cuckoo's Calling

Author: Robert Galbraith

Summary: When the popular supermodel Lula Landry falls to her death from the balcony of her apartment in London, her death is soon deemed as suicide. However, Lula's brother John Bristow suspects that someone might be behind her sister's death and he enlists the help of Cormoran Strike, a private detective, to find out if Lula's death was actually a murder.

 

(And it's only been like, what, five months since my last book? I should probably start reading more...)

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Book Number: 20

Number Of Pages: 315

Book Title: CSI - Body of Evidence

Author: Max Allan Collins

Summary: The CSI team is divided in two teams to investigate two cases. The first one starts when a woman finds some pictures of a crime in her boss's printer. The second case is the investigation of the murder of the mayor's secretary, who had gone missing, when her body is found.

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Book Number:39

Number Of Pages:248

Book Title:Owlflight

Author:Mercedes Lackey & Larry Dixon

Summary:When Darian's parents disappear and are presumed dead, Darian is apprenticed to the local healer mage, where he is bored and unhappy. But when his teacher dies protecting the village from a raiding army, and Darian escapes to be adopted by the Hawkbrothers, he realizes that he was meant to be a mage after all.

 

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