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Book Review of the Sisters of the Black Moon by FJ Pesando

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Name of book: Sisters of the black moon

Author Name: FJ Pesando

ISBN: 0-451-40440-8

Publisher: Onyx, Penguin group

Type of book: Adult, pre-historical fiction

Year it was published: 1994

Summary:
California, 12,000 years ago. The great glacial wall of ice has melted. Now the way is open for spear-carrying tribes from the north to swarm southward to the abundant coastal land, home to the saber-toothed tiger and bear, the wolf and mastodon, the giant sloth and long-necked camel. It is home as well to the beatiful Tidelander sisters, Morning Land and White Bird. THese two have only each other, and their own strnegth, skill and spirit, to help them survive when their tribe is annhihilated by invading warriors. This is their story-an epic of courage, passion, drama, set in a world both shining new and magically old, where together men and women face the challenges of danger, the tumult of desire, the timeless realities of life and love...


Characters:
Morning Land: She's the oldest, and by blo…

Book Review of #7 Natural born charmer by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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Name of book: Natural Born Charmer

Author Name: Susan Elizabeth Phillips

ISBN: 978-0-06-073458-9

Publisher: Avon fiction

Type of book: Adult, romance, contemporary

Year it was published: 2007

Summary:
 It wasn't every day a guy saw a headless beaver marching down the side of a raod, not even in Chicago Stars quarterback Dean Robillard's larger-than-life world. He slammed on the brakes of his brand-new Aston Martin Vanquish and pulled over in front of her. THe beaver marched right past, her big, flat tail bouncing in the gravel, and her small sharp nose stuck up in teh air. Way up. The beaver looked highly pissed...She was definitely a girl beaver because her beaver head was missing, revealing sweaty, dark hair pulled into a scraggly ponytail. He'd been praying for a litle distraction from his own depressing company, so he threw open the door and stepped out onto the shoulder of the Colorado road...Funny, sexy, and touching-Natural BOrn CHarmer is the unforgettable love story of …

Planned Books

Books I'm reading:
The Tale of Genji-Murasaki Shikibu 20/1090
Tell me your secrets-Cara Summers 103/245
The Decameron-Giovanni Boccacio 481/833
The Moonstone-Wilkie Collins 76/434
Story of the Stone- Xueqin Cao
2. The Crab Flower Club 23/582
The Russian Saga-Kate Furnivall
1. The Jewel of St Petersburg 127/250
The EarthSong Trilogy-Mary Mackey
3. The Fires of Spring 210/378
The Elven Nations Trilogy- Paul Thompson, Douglas Niles, Tonya Carter
1. Firstborn 51/305
D'Artagnan Romances-Alexandre Dumas
4. Louise De la Valliere 346/671

Books that are waiting for reviews:
Natural born charmer-Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Sisters of the black moon-FJ Pesando
The Wild Card-Rhonda Nelson
Take my breath away...-Cara Summers
Coyote Dreams-Jessica Davis Stein
The Secret Life of the bees-Sue Monk Kidd
'Till Morning Comes-Han Suyin
North China Lover-Marguerite Duras
The Mysteries of Udolpho- Ann Radcliffe
Gone with the wind-Margaret Mitchell
Earthsong Trilogy-Mary Mackey
1. The year the horses cam…

Book Review of #2 The Promise by Chaim Potok

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Name of book: The Promise
Author Name: Chaim Potok
ISBN: 0-449-20910-5
Publisher: Fawcett 
Type of book: Young adult-Adult, historical, post world war 2, 1940s-1950s, Jewish
Year it was published: 1969
Part of a Series: No name, sequel to The Chosen


Summary:


For young Reuven Malter, it is a time of testing. With his teachers, he struggles for recognition of his boldly radical methods of scholarship. With his old friend Danny Saunders-who himself had abandoned his legacy as the chosen heir to his father’s rabbinical dynasty for the uncertain life of a healer-he battles to save a sensisitive boy imprisoned by his genius and rage, defeated by the same forces of an unyielding past that challenge Reuven. Painfully, and, at last, triumphantly, Reuven grows into a guardian of the ancient, sacred promise to his people, while earning his hard-fought right to make his own beginning.
Characters:

The characters tended to be three dimensional and are completely seen as Reuven sees them. Danny is given mor…

Book Review of #1 the Chosen by Chaim Potok

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Name of book: The Chosen

Author Name: Chaim Potok

ISBN: 0-449-21344-7

Publisher: Ballantine

Type of book: Young adult-adult, historical, post world war 2, 1940s-1950s, Jewish

Year it was published: 1967

Summary:


Few stories offer more warmth, wisdom, or generosity than this tale of two boys, their fathers, their friendship, and the chaotic times in which they live. Though on the surface it explores religious faith--the intellectually committed as well as the passionately observant--the struggles addressed in The Chosen are familiar to families of all faiths and in all nations.

In 1940s Brooklyn, New York, an accident throws Reuven Malther and Danny Saunders together. Despite their differences (Reuven is a Modern Orthodox Jew with an intellectual, Zionist father; Danny is the brilliant son and rightful heir to a Hasidic rebbe), the young men form a deep, if unlikely, friendship. Together they negotiate adolescence, family conflicts, the crisis of faith engendered when Holocaust stories begi…

Book Review of Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal

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Name of book: Sweet Valley Confidential


Author Name: Francine Pascal


ISBN: 0312667574


Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Type of book: Adult, attempt at contemporary


Year it was published: 2011


Summary:

Now with this striking new adult novel from author and creator Francine Pascal, millions of devoted fans can finally return to the idyllic Sweet Valley, home of the phenomenally successful book series and franchise. Iconic and beloved identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are back and all grown up, dealing with the complicated adult world of love, careers, betrayal, and sisterhood.


Characters:
Elizabeth Wakefield: She's the "bad" girl of the book who turns somehow into Jessica. She apparently has multiple sexual partners and also became devious with a plan to make Jessica fall in love with a friend she will bring from New York. While I have never read the main body of Sweet Valley series, I did read what I call "fringe" books like Sweet Valley Superchillers. E…

Book Review of #6 Tempted Tigress by Jade Lee

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Name of book: Tempted Tigress

Author Name: Jade Lee

ISBN: 10-0-8439-5690-9

Publisher: Leisure

Type of book: Adult, romance, historical, China, interracial relationship white female/asian male

Part of Series: Tigress Sextet? #6

Year it was published: 2007

Summary: 

Not only did China's Grand Canal transport food, slaves, and deadly opium, today it was a woman's path to freedom. But her flight would end in the arms of the emperor's enforcer, where another journey would begin. Orphaned and stranded, Anna Marie Thompson could trust no one, especially not her dark captor. Not when his eyes held secrets deadlier than her own. His caress was liquid fire, but Anna was an Englishwoman and alone. She could not trust that they could tame the dragon, as he whispered, or that sadness and fear could be cleansed by soft yin rain. Safety and joy were but a breath away. And perhaps love. All was there for the taking, if she would just give in to temptation...

Characters:
Anna Marie Thompson: Witho…