Forgot your password?
BookChallenge, July 28, 2013 in Books
Posted September 11, 2013
Sign me up, please
Updated to here
@Little-Star: The language of the book doesn't matter. It's not a problem if you read in French.
@Zovesta: Any goal is fine. Most people don't reach 250.
@stellalala: Epic poems count.
Number Of Pages:345
Book Title:Holy Thief
Summary:Moscow, 1936. Captain Alexei Dmitriyevich Korolev of the Moscow Militia is investigating a terrible crime. A young woman has been murdered and her mutilated body displayed on the altar of what had once been a local church. Captain Korolev is still a Believer in Stalinist Russia, when if discovered, he could be sent to the Zone, in Siberia. But now other dangers await him, because the murderer may not be some random lunatic, but someone very powerful indeed, and Korolev could find himself the next victim.
Posted September 12, 2013
Book Number: 13
Number Of Pages: 688
Book Title: The Eye of the World
Author: Robert Jordan
Summary: Rand, Mat, and Perrin are living normal lives in the remote village of Emond's Field, but all that comes to an end when monsters from legend come hunting them. They have a part to play in the eternal conflict with the Dark One, and this book covers the first battle in a new war.
Posted September 14, 2013
Book Number: 10
Number Of Pages: 235
Book Title: Herr der Nacht (orig.:Night's Master)
Author: Tanith Lee
Summary: The gods of the flat earth don't care for mankind any longer, but the demons love to meddle with the fates of the mortals to entertain themselves.But as cruel and selfish as Azhram, the Lord of all demons, acts, he realizes that he doesn't want mankind to be destroyed.
Book Number: 11
Number Of Pages: 463
Book Title: Herr des Todes (orig.:Death's Master)
Summary: More legends from the flat earth, this time mostly about Uhlum, the demon personifying the Master of Death and how a human woman, Narasen, got to be his queen.
Book Number: 12
Number Of Pages: 254
Book Title: Herr der Illusionen (orig.: Delusion's Master)
Summary: Chuz, the two-faced, once crazy, once calculating demon plays his cruel games to a point that the Lord of the Night, Azhram himself, feels like he has to intervine.That leads to a tragic war, in which Dunziel, a woman he loved more than anything before, was killed by an action Chuz animated.
Book Number: 13
Number Of Pages: 557
Book Title: die Herrin des Deliriums (orig.:Delirium's Mistress)
Summary: Azhram's and Dunziel's daughter, Azhriaz, should have spend her life on a foggy island, captered in dark dreams.That what her father, who's still desperate about her mother's death wanted.But thanks to her beauty and her amazing spirit, she captivates the heart of her father's sworn enemy, Chuz.She becomes a godess among mankind until she realises that's not what she was searching for.Even Azram recognised her amazing spirit before she died.
Book Number: 14
Number Of Pages: 411
Book Title: Nächtliche Zauber (orig.: Night's Sorceries)
Summary: These are storys of some people surrounding the lives of Azhriaz and Chuz during their capricious course of life and fate.
Posted September 14, 2013
Book Number: 31
Number Of Pages: 354
Book Title: The Healing Spell
Author: Kimberley Griffiths Little
Summary: Eleven-year-old Livie keeps thinking that she's the cause of her mamma's coma - or sleeping sickness, as she calls it. With the added weight of a secret pet baby crocodile and her struggle to find her place in her family, she seeks help from a traiteur, Miz Allomend, a person who has the gift of healing and lives in the heart of the swamp.
Book Number: 32
Number Of Pages: 214
Book Title: Dewey the Library Cat
Author: Vicki Myron
Summary: A true story of the mysterious appearance of a long-haired orange tabby which was found in the library book drop box on a cold winter morning. Vicki Myron welcomed him with open hands and introduced Dewey Readmore Books to his new home: the library.
Book Number: 33
Number Of Pages: 146
Book Title: The Homework Machine
Author: Dan Gutman
Summary: The D Squad, four kids with completely different personalities are bonded together by Belch, a special computer that does their homework for them. But one day, things spiral out of control - someone gives the police a tip on the homework machine and Belch has suddenly become a computer smarter than anyone can imagine. Can the four friends fix this mess?
Book Number: 34
Number Of Pages: 162
Book Title: Return Of The Homework Machine
Summary: When Brenton, the creator of the homework machine, thinks through what happened the last time they had Belch, he realises that the most vital part of the homework machine was never really destroyed. Can the D Squad track it down and find it before it falls into the wrong hands?
Book Number: 35
Number Of Pages: 297
Book Title: Dark Life
Author: Kat Falls
Summary: Ty has been living subsea all his life and lately, the government supply ships have been attacked and ransacked by outlaws. But when one of his neighbours' homestead almost gets destroyed by the same outlaws, he, along with the help of a Topsider called Gemma, who has come subsea to look for her brother, has to fight for the home he loves.
Book Number: 36
Number Of Pages: 230
Book Title: Elvis & Olive
Author: Stephanie Watson
Summary: A new girl has moved into the vacant house across the street, whom Natalie had mistaken for a boy at first. Annie is everything that Natalie never has for a friend before - wild, daring, and 'don't-carish' about her appearance. But things don't go smoothly and they soon find themselves in trouble! Can they get themselves out of this mess?
Book Number: 37
Book Title: The Stranger Next Door
Author: Peg Kehret (and Pete the cat)
Summary: A new kid moves in next door and Alex is glad to have a friend as he himself has recently moved in with his family. However, Rocky isn't very friendly and Alex is beginning to have doubts about him. When street signs begin to get cut off and fires flare up in vacant houses out of nowhere, Alex and his cat, Pete, know that something fishy is going on.
Posted September 15, 2013
Book Number: 3
Number Of Pages: 416
Book Title: And the Mountains Echoed
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Summary: A beautifully written story that covers the lives of many people and shows that every decision we make has impact on lives around us - which will proceed and impact even more others, and that we are all connected. It is a story that starts in modern Afghanistan where a brother and sister are separated, and continues to tell their life stories and the stories of those around them.
Ohh, this sounds fun. Sign me up, please!
Posted September 15, 2013
Book Number: 1
Number Of Pages: 272 (Bulgarian edition)
Book Title: Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelly
Summary: Victor Frankenstein is a bright young lad, who's got it all - loving family, a lot of money, good education. But one day he discovers the secret of life itself and creates a living creature out of human parts. He is scared of what he's done and runs away from it. And his life is changed forever.
Book Number: 2
Number Of Pages: 254 (Bulgarian edition)
Book Title: Steppenwolf
Author: Hermann Hesse
Summary: Harry Haller is a loner and a very depressed man who writes the story of his life, leaves it to his landlord's son and then disappears. The latter publishes it and names it "Harry Haller's Records (For Madmen Only)". It's kinda book in the book.
Book Number: 3
Number Of Pages: 240 (Bulgarian edition)
Book Title: Lord of the Flies
Author: William Golding
Summary: A plane crashes on a lonely island and the young boys flying in it are left alone. At first everything was perfect - no adults, no rules, no orders - they could do whatever they wanted. But then the problems started. And the killings. And the shame.
Book Number: 4
Number Of Pages: 102 (Bulgarian edition)
Book Title: The Girl With the Golden Eyes
Author: Honore de Balzac
Summary: Henri de Marsay is the Adonis of Paris. Every girl wants to be with him and every man wants to be him. One day he sees a girl with amazing gold-coloured eyes and immediately starts making plans about having her for himself.
Book Number: 5
Number Of Pages: 154 (Bulgarian edition)
Book Title: The Metamorphosis
Author: Franz Kafka
Summary: It's a book with 8 of Kafka's most famous stories.
Book Number: 6
Number Of Pages: 320 (Bulgarian edition)
Book Title: The Bast*rd of Istanbul
Author: Elif Shafak
Summary: In Turkey there is the Kazanci family - 7 women, all different from one another, with a curse on their head - every man in the family dies suddenly. That's why they send their only male relative in America - to avoid the curse. He never comes back and marries Rose - a typical arizona woman, who has a child from her previous marriage - Armanoush (half american, half armenian). One day she decides to visit her turkish family and goes to Istanbul.
Edited because of the name of the last book
Book Number: 38
Number Of Pages: 442
Book Title: Joust
Author: Mercedes Lackey
Summary: Vetch was an Altan serf, forced to labor for the man of Tia who now owned what had been his family’s farm after the tides of war turned against Alta. Starved and abused, his hate sustained him until the day a Jouster of Tia… a dragon rider… paused at his master’s holding for a drink and witnessed the man beating him. Jouster Ari carried Vetch off to train him as a dragon-boy, charged with the care of his dragon Kashet. Vetch quickly realized that Kashet was different from the other dragons, the only one who didn’t need to be drugged into tameness. As he learned the reasons why, he became determined to tame a dragon of his own… and with luck, escape back to his own people with his tamed dragon.
Book Number: 39
Number Of Pages: 402
Book Title: Alta
Summary: etch, now using his true name Kiron, had not only tamed a dragon, he did escape back to Alta with her. But while the leader of Alta’s few Jousters welcomed him and his dragon and showed a willingness to listen to his untraditional ideas for improving the Jousters as a whole, not everyone was as welcoming. Kiron and the young men he was teaching to be tamers of dragons discovered some of the secrets of the Magi… a group of magic-users who supposedly wielded their powers for the good of Alta, but who were instead maneuvering themselves into being the true rulers from the shadows while using the monarchs as puppets… and quickly found themselves in danger of losing their lives to something more sinister than an enemy’s lance.
Book Number: 40
Number Of Pages: 448
Book Title: Sanctuary
Summary: Having fled Alta and the Magi with several nobles and a handful of Jousters with tamed dragons, Kiron now faces the problems that come with establishing a new settlement. Once known as the Lost City of the Desert, Sanctuary is swiftly becoming the destination of people from both Alta and Tia, fleeing the horrors perpetrated by the Magi, who have moved into Tia as well.
Book Number: 41
Number Of Pages: 291
Book Title: Aerie
Summary: With the expansion of Sanctuary, daily life is becoming difficult in the overcrowded city. Then Kiron finds another city, this one thought to be a mere legend, the city of the ancient cliff-dwellers. As they ease the problem of overpopulation, though, they all must still deal with the difficulties of combining two peoples into one, especially when those two peoples had been at war for most of the last three hundred years.
Book Number: 42
Number Of Pages: 333
Book Title: A Season for Tending
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Summary: Christian fiction. Rhoda Byler is gifted with a green thumb, growing herbs for folk remedies and berries for her small canning business in her Old Order Amish community. But she also has an unusual ability: a touch of premonition which often lets her know when others are in danger. But this ability has gotten her half-shunned by her neighbors due to their beliefs. In a nearby community, Samuel King is struggling to keep the family’s orchard afloat while dealing with personal problems which include an overly dependent girlfriend and a sister on Rumschpringe who is making potentially disastrous choices. But one of Leah’s choices brings Samuel to Rhoda’s garden, and he decides Rhoda’s expertise in canning may be the solution to saving his family’s apple business.
Book Number: 43
Number Of Pages: 318
Book Title: The Winnowing Season
Summary: Christian fiction. After a tornado devastated the family orchards, Samuel King brings a group of friends and family… including Rhoda Byler… to Maine, with the intent of establishing a new Amish settlement along with new orchards. His brother Jacob, who has been courting Rhoda, is a part of the group. But Jacob’s mysterious past life among the Englishers rears its head, calling him to leave for a time and forcing Rhoda and Samuel into a closer association due to the work of establishing the property.
Book Number: 44
Number Of Pages: 422
Book Title: To Love Again
Author: Bertrice Small
Summary: For mature readers only. Cailin Drusus, raised with the wealth and privilege of her Roman father, nonetheless shares the pride and resourcefulness of her Celtic-born mother. She escapes the destruction of her family and their home, sheltering with the Dobunni Celtic chieftain who is her grandfather. She marries a Saxon warrior, who helps her reclaim her family's stolen lands. But as she labors to bring forth their first child, an unsuspected enemy drugs her and has her sent as a slave to far-away Byzantium. But Cailin is determined to beat the odds and somehow make her way back to Britain and her husband, and find her missing child.
Book Number: 45
Number Of Pages: 324
Book Title: Deceived
Summary: For mature readers only. Valerian Hawkesworth, Duke of Farminster, is surprised to learn that he's been betrothed since childhood to the heiress of a sugar plantation in the Caribbean, but nonetheless sets out to claim his bride. But Charlotte Aurora Kimberly has no intention of marrying anyone just yet, and especially not some pompous duke who has never before bothered to contact her. Going over the betrothal contract for herself, she discovers that it merely states that Charlotte Kimberly is to wed Valerian Hawkesworth when she is seventeen... and her socially ambitious stepsister's first name is also Charlotte. But what will happen if the duke learns of the deception?
And, a question... should we put what form of book alongside the page count? I only ask because there can be differences between hardcover or trade paperback and mass-market paperback. Sure, the font size and type is generally smaller in a mass-market, but they still tend to have more pages than the hardcovers or trades.
Book Number: 2
Number Of Pages: 512
Book Title: Witch World
Author: Christopher Pike
Summary: Jessie has just graduated from high school. Her celebration trip to Las Vegas turns out nothing like she imagined, when she meets some bizarre strangers and gets initiated into a new world.
Review: The story was interesting, but I couldn't shake the feeling that the tone didn't quite match the subject matter. The writing level seemed addressed to tween level, but the book dealt mostly with threats and murder.
Number Of Pages: 151
Book Title: Off With Their Heads: The Prequel to Alice in Deadland
Author: Mainak Dhar
Summary: Prequel and third book in the series. This is the story of how India became the Deadland and tells short histories of the characters that starred in the other books.
Review: I felt that there was enough history explained in the first two books that made this one largely unnecessary. A couple of the character backstories were really fascinating to read, but the rest of the book didn't hold my interest nearly as much.
Number Of Pages: 213
Book Title: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Author: Stephen Chbosky
Summary: Set in the early 90's, this is the story of Charlie, he's entering high school and just getting over the suicide of his best friend Mark. He is introduced to the world of sex, drugs, dating and music and tells his life in a series of letters written to an anonymous person simply called "you" or "friend".
Number Of Pages: 107
Book Title: Of Mice and Men
Author: John Steinbeck
Summary: This short novel is the story of George and Lennie, a couple of bindlestiffs who end up in Soledad, California with only $10 between them and the dream of one day living off the ranch they are saving up for. However Lennie's mental disability often lands them in hot water and George hopes they can stick around at this new job for at least a month to save up and finally buy the ranch.
It's gotten hard to read actual books ever since my friend introduced me to fan-fiction :s Quick question, books that are not fan-fiction on apps like "wattpad", do they count as books?
I'd like to sign up. I don't think I've ever read 250 books in a year, ever, and I love to read! LOL! Lately been too busy cross stitching and Internetting to read much but I'm wanting to change that so...
Posted September 16, 2013
Number Of Pages:352
Book Title: Les 5 derniers dragons: un vent malsain (volume 7)
Author: Danielle Dumais
Summary: While we see the journey back to their country, we also see what happens to princess Launa and her two a baby dragons.
Posted September 16, 2013
Book Number: 14
Number Of Pages: 384
Book Title: Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Author: Jenny Lawson
Summary: A mostly-true memoir of the life of the blogger "The Bloggess", covering growing up with her taxidermist father, meeting her husband Victor, and having her daughter Hailey while dealing with crippling anxiety and an active imagination.
Review: This book had me laughing so hard at some points that my chest hurt and I was wheezing, but by the end I was having more difficulty taking it seriously. Worth a read if you're looking for a laugh, but it may not carry you all the way through to the end.
Sign me up! It'll motivate me to read more than I have been.
Posted September 17, 2013
I keep forgetting about this! *scolds self* I need to figure out a way to remind myself!
Number Of Pages: 485
Book Title: City of Bones
Author: Cassandra Clare
Summary: As Clary is pulled into the magical world of shadow hunters she finds that her whole life is a lie, and she may not be as safe as she thought she was.
Number Of Pages: 453
Book Title: City of Ashes
Author: Cassandre Clare
Summary: As more and more of Valentine's plans are reveled and as Jace struggles with what is right, both the Downworlder world and the Shadowhunter world reel back in shock of a crime not even spoken of.
Book Number: 7
Number Of Pages: 576
Book Title: City of Glass
Summary: As Clary fights to save her mother, Valentine works on bringing the downfall of the Clave. With truths and lies, who can be trusted? And how much longer can Alicante stand?
Book Number: 8
Number Of Pages: 424
Book Title: City of Fallen Angels
Summary: This should be the calm after the storm right? Wrong. Returning to New York the world of Shadowhunters is still a dangerous place, but why? As everyone races to find the threat and Clary and Jace try to sort out their relationship the end of this book will leave you gasping.
Book Number: 9
Number Of Pages: 534
Book Title: City of Lost Souls
Summary: As Clary discovers a shocking secret about Jace she gives herself up to Johnathan to find inside info. Will Clary be able to escape from his grasp and defat the army he is raising or will he subdue her into submission before she even gets the chance?
Book Number: 10
Number Of Pages: 454
Book Title: The Angel Experiment, Maximum Ride
Author: James Patterson
Summary: Life as a scientist created mutant is hard, especially when you and your family have escaped and been on the run from lupine-human experiments ever since they destroyed your safe heaven. Max, 98% human DNA 2% avain, and her flock are on the run, trying to discover the secrets of their past.
Number Of Pages: 410
Book Title: Schools Out - Forever, Maximum Ride
Summary: As Max tries to settle down and live a normal life The School soon shatters her perfect vision. On the run once again Max may have to face her biggest challenge yet, herself.
Book Number: 12
Number Of Pages: 407
Book Title: Saving the World and Other Extreme Sports, Maximum Ride
Summary: As the flock splits up and a new plan for world domination comes into view, can Max and the gang save the world once again?
Number Of Pages: 256
Book Title: The Final Warning, Maximum Ride
Summary: AS Max decides to help her mom she leads the flock to Antarctica, but even in one of the most remote places in the world Max and the gang must keep their wits about them to pull out of a sticky situation.
Number Of Pages: 305
Book Title: Max, Maximum Ride
Summary: As Maxes mom is captured and a mysterious something starts attacking off the shores of Hawaii the flock goes on its next adventure under the sea, not the best place for bird kids.
Book Number: 15
Number Of Pages: 291
Book Title: Fang, Maximum Ride
Summary: As Fang and Max's relationship gets stronger the flock goes to africa and meets, surprise, another bird kid and supposedly Max's soulmate, Dylan. Heading back to the states Max finds that Dylan slowly becomes part of the flock but when the worst imaginable crisis strikes will Max be able to hold it together?
Book Number: 16
Number Of Pages: 312
Book Title: Angel, Maximum Ride
Summary: As Fang disappears to make his own flock and everyone keeps telling Max she has to save the world the two groups must work together to defeat the Doomsday cult and save the world.
Book Number: 17
Number Of Pages: 380
Book Title: Never More, Maximum Ride
Summary: As Max and the flock once again try to save the world, it looks doubtful they will suceed and just as Dylan worms his way into Max's heart Fang shows up once again and the show off between the two just might decide the fate of the world.
Book Number: 18
Number Of Pages: 453
Book Title: Island of Fire, The Unwanteds
Author: Lisa McMann
Summary: As Alex struggles to restore Artimé he must also make plans to save his friends stuck on the silent island and figure out his feelings for bath Sky and Lani. And just when it seems that everything gets calm a threat from Quill as well as islands beyond soon shows up on Artimé's borders.
Posted September 18, 2013
Number Of Pages:217
Book Title:Chain of Evidence
Summary:This is the ninth book in a series of mysteries set in 16th century Ireland. Mara is the Brehon of the Burren, a judge who also investigates crimes and hands out sentences. Under ancient Irish law, murderers are not executed or sent to prison, but pay fines to the surviving family in order to make up for their offense. Only in the case of a person murdering a close relative is the punishment more severe -- to be sent out to sea in a boat without an oar. In 'Chain of Evidence', a cattle raid leads to the discovery of a body trampled by the cows. But was this an accident, or murder? And if it was a murder, was it murder by a close relative?
Jumping in here a bit late and with no hope of reaching 250 books, but it might give me a push to read more than I have been. So sign me up and let the reading begin!
Posted September 19, 2013
I'd also like to join, although a bit late.
Posted September 20, 2013
Number Of Pages: 123
Book Title: My Teacher Is an Alien
Author: Bruce Cowell
Summary: Sixth grade has been perfect so far for Susan - until her wonderful teacher, Ms Schwartz, gets replaced by the weirdo, boring teacher, Mr Smith. But one day, Susan catches him peeling off his face and realises that Mr Smith is actually an alien! Nobody will believe her except Peter Thompson, the class brainiac. Can the two friends get rid of the alien or is the class doomed to a terrible fate?
Number Of Pages: 201
Book Title: Dogs of the Drowned City #1: The Storm
Author: Dayna Lorentz
Summary: Shep, short for German Shepherd, is confused and bewildered when his boy suddenly leaves him, along with the rest of the family. Then a girldog shows up at the window and convinces him to escape. Shep just wants to go back to his boy but he soon discovers that the city is deserted and the other dogs, trapped in their homes, need to be rescued, for danger is lurking right around the corner.
Book Title: Wolves of the Beyond #3: Watch Wolf
Author: Kathryn Lasky
Summary: Faolan has finally made it as a wolf of The Ring, along with his closest friend, Edme. But when he finds out that a war is brewing between the wolves and the grizzly bears of the Beyond, a race to find the real traitor begins. For he must stop the war from beginning, being a wolf pup that was raised by a grizzly bear mother.
Number Of Pages: 234
Book Title: The Last Invisible Boy
Author: Evan Kuhlman
Summary: Finn Garrett has lost his father recently and he has began to turn invisible ever since. Can he find a way to fix himself before he disappears completely?
Posted September 20, 2013
Number Of Pages:293
Summary:Book Four in the series about Alexia Tarabotti, the preternatural. Alexia has reunited with her suitably chastened and repentant husband, Conall, but someone is still trying to kill her, even to the point of sending mechanical hedgehogs to do the deed. A plan is worked out to protect her, involving vampires and adoption schemes, and then Alexia discovers a plot to murder Queen Victoria herself, and life gets even more dangerous.
Number Of Pages:390
Book Title:Catching Fire
Summary: Katniss and Peeta go on their victory tour and try to squash rebellion in the districts.
Book Number:11 (Re-read)
Number Of Pages:391
Summary:A full-scale war begins between the districts and the capitol.
Number Of Pages:578
Book Title:The Diviners
Summary: Evie moves from a small town to New York City and gets involved with a series of mysterious murders.
Number Of Pages:143
Book Title:Bridge to Terabithia
Summary: Jess wants to be the fastest runner, but a unique new girl beats him and they soon form a special bond.
Number Of Pages:320
Summary:June, a military prodigy gets mixed up with the most wanted criminal in the country when he becomes the prime suspect for her brother's death.
Ahh, this challenge sounds perfect, and hopefully will motivate me to read more!
Sign me up, please!
Posted September 22, 2013
Book Number: 46
Number Of Pages: 369
Book Title: Rosamund
Summary: For mature readers only. Rosamund Bolton, the young heiress to Friarsgate Manor, travels to the court of Henry VII to escape the machinations of her wicked uncle who has been plotting for years to gain control over her property. While there, she befriends the young widowed Katherine of Aragon as well as Meg Tudor, newly betrothed to Scotland's King James IV. She also catches the wandering eye of the young Prince Henry, whereupon the king betroths her to one of his favored knights and sends her home once more. Widowed several years later and with only daughters, Rosamund finds herself once again in danger from her uncle.
Book Number: 47
Number Of Pages: 371
Book Title: Until You
Summary: For mature readers only. Having eliminated the problem of her scheming uncle, Rosamund sets off to the Scots court to visit her old friend Meg Tudor. She is pursued by a persistent suitor, but instead meets the handsome Earl of Glenkirk. Preferring not to marry again just yet, she nevertheless accompanies him to the Mediterranean duchy of San Lorenzo on a secret mission for James IV. Upon their return, the pair make plans to wed, but tragedy soon parts them forever. Has she lost her last chance for happiness?
Book Number: 48
Number Of Pages: 378
Book Title: Philippa
Summary: For mature readers only. Rosamund's oldest daughter Philippa is a creature of the court. To her mother's dismay, she rejects the very idea of inheriting Friarsgate, believing no man of the court would willingly leave it for a northern estate. Her mother's business partner and distant cousin aids in matching Philippa with the Earl of Witton, a man who has spent much of his adult life in the king's service, and the two accompany their monarchs to the great gathering in France that would become known as The Field of the Cloth of Gold... and uncover an assasination plot beyond anything they would have believed possible.
Book Number: 49
Number Of Pages:407
Book Title: The Last Heiress
Summary: For mature readers only. When Philippa rejected the Friarsgate inheritence, her youngest sister Elizabeth accepted it instead, and ruled the manor alone and well from the age of 14. Now 22 and considered an old maid, she is faced with a journey to Henry VIII's court to try to find a husband in order to have an heir of her own. There, she scandalizes her family, long associates of Katherine of Aragon, by befriending the king's new sweetheart, Anne Boleyn. Unable to find a suitable man at the court, Elizabeth returns home and soon falls into the arms of an attractive Highlander sent south by his father to find better sheep to improve their family's flocks. But can they each overcome their pride enough to stay together?
Book Number: 50
Number Of Pages: 340
Book Title: Foundation
Summary: Mags, a slave in a gem-mine, had but one goal in life: stay alive. Told he was the child of bandits and Bad Blood by the mine owners, he was starved and overworked along with a ragtag collection of other children. He had no idea what it meant when a white-clad man on a white horse, accompanied by a riderless white horse, appeared at the mine and insisted on taking him away. And then the unpartnered horse spoke in his mind:Mags had the makings of a Herald of Valdemar, and he, Dallen, had Chosen him and was taking him to the capital city of Haven. Now a whole new world opened up before the young man. For the first time in his life, he was warm, properly clothed, and fed well. All he had to do to “pay” for this bliss, was learn whatever lessons he was given at the new Heralds’ Collegium. He even had friends, Amily the daughter of King’s Own Herald Nikolas, Bardic Trainee Lena, and Healer Trainee Bear. But he also discovered that not all was as perfect as it seemed at first. Not only were many Heralds who distrusted the whole idea of a Collegium, preferring the “old way” of one-on-one mentoring, but foreign “diplomats” to the Court seemed far more interested in seeding discord than actually practicing diplomacy.
Book Number: 51
Number Of Pages: 328
Book Title: Intrigues
Summary: Now accustomed to the Collegium, and even a star member of a new sports team, Herald Trainee Mags was very happy with his new life. But he still had some nagging doubts; having been told for over a decade that he was Bad Blood, he sometimes wondered if he truly deserved what he had now. Determined to learn something of his past, Mags received permission to search the Guard Archives from the area near the gem mine in which he was once a slave. What he learned, was that he had indeed been found in a bandits’ hideout… but that his parents had been prisoners of the bandits, foreigners that none of the other prisoners could understand, but dressed richly enough that they were being held in hopes of gaining a ransom. Elated by his find, Mags went off to tell his friends … only to discover himself suddenly treated with suspicion, because the Foreseers had had visions of the King covered in blood, and the only person near him was foreign-born. One even specifically saw Mags with blood on his own hands, and all of them seemed to assume that the vision was of an assassination attempt… leaving poor Mags in the situation of having to prove himself innocent of a crime that hadn’t even happened.
Book Number: 52
Number Of Pages: 326
Book Title: Changes
Summary: Herald Trainee Mags, once a slave in a gem-mine, had always been a bit of an outsider at the new Herald's Collegium. Still, he had a place on a Kirball team as well as a close group of friends: Healer Trainee Bear, Bardic Trainee Lena, and Amily, the daughter of King's Own Herald Nikolas. Due to Mags' friendship... and courtship... with Amily, Nikolas comes to see in the young man the makings of an excellent spy, and not only trains him in the art, he makes Mags his working partner in an attempt to ferret out foreign agents working in Haven. But when the agents they were after turn up poisoned, they discover danger far closer to the Palace than they'd suspected... and that danger was about to reach out and touch Amily.
Book Number: 53
Number Of Pages: 330
Book Title: Redoubt
Summary: Herald Trainee Mags has a lot on his plate… he’s a star on the Kirball team, he’s trying to sort out his feelings for Amily, the daughter of his mentor, King’s Own Herald Nikolas, and his friends Lena and Bear have problems of their own to deal with. And then his unknown past reaches out for him as he’s out in the city on an assignment from Nikolas, taking him prisoner and possibly giving a clue to a previously unknown threat to Valdemar, if only he can break free to get the word out.
Book Number: 54
Number Of Pages: 286
Book Title: Karen
Author: Marie Killilea
Summary: Nonfiction. This book follows the life of Karen Killilea, along with her family, starting with her birth. Born three months premature and weighing less than two pounds in 1940, Karen suffered from cerebral palsy. In an age where the accepted wisdom for dealing with such afflictions was that the afflicted had no mentality so the best thing was to leave her in an institution and forget she’d been born, her parents refused to believe it. They found a doctor willing to work with them and learned to work as their daughter’s physical therapists in order to teach her to walk, feed herself, and write. This book shows how the cerebral palsy affected not just Karen, but her entire family as well.
Book Number: 55
Number Of Pages: 302
Book Title: With Love From Karen
Summary: Nonfiction. Sequel to Karen, this picks up the story of the Killilea family when Karen is twelve, and continues on their journey through her high school years. Highlights include Karen’s correspondence with a group of soldiers in Korea, the marriages of sisters Gloria and Marie, and the family’s decision to raise show Newfoundlands to give Karen a chance to compete with the non-handicapped… while she couldn’t personally take the dogs into the show ring, she could and did assume the duties of care and feeding and grooming for the shows.
No registered users viewing this page.