The Zero and the One , by Ryan Ruby

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Owen Whiting is a lone wolf at Oxford.

 

Having desperately tried – and failed every time- to make connections to his surrounding environment, he will finally find himself inexplicably drawn to the friendship of Zachary Foedern. Incredibly at ease with his environment and intelligent beyond measure, Zach, who has come for a year from New York, will form a strong friendship with Owen, opening his mind to concepts and ideas that he had never dreamed of. Owen will blindly follow his friend and idol, until Zach will propose his most peculiar and brutal idea of all : a suicide pact. Continue reading “The Zero and the One , by Ryan Ruby”

Stories Within Stories : Hasib & The Queen of Serpents

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Welcome to a Tale of A Thousand and One Nights

This is the tale of Hasib, the son of a wise man, who himself hadn’t inherited the wisdom of his well known father. As Hasib leaves his house to work with other lumberjacks of his village, he stumbles upon pots and pots of honey in a cave – and that’s when all his troubles begin. Continue reading “Stories Within Stories : Hasib & The Queen of Serpents”

Us Against You : The sequel to Beartown you had been waiting for!

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Welcome to Beartown

Beartown is a small, forest town, already stricken by tragedy in its community. The only way out of this place has always been its hockey club. To others it is just a sport. To Beartown, it is salvation. But when tragedy has already almost torn the hockey club apart, and people have started turning against each other, is there really any hope left for this community? Continue reading “Us Against You : The sequel to Beartown you had been waiting for!”

Children’s Book : 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World

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Let me tell you a story …

…about 101 women who were (or still are) passionate, energetic, optimistic and resourceful! Fairy tales are undoubtedly wonderful, but sometimes an alternative story can also be very good for children (and, let’s be honest, for adults, too!) 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World falls under this category : this is a fun, informative book that you can read with your children. No princesses and castles involved, but a lot of real people that actually changed the world! Continue reading “Children’s Book : 101 Awesome Women Who Changed Our World”

Treachery In Tuscany, by Phyllis Gobbell

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Welcome to Florence

Jordan Mayfair and her uncle find themselves in the heart of Renaissance : Florence. Everything starts out well; this is a trip for relaxation, after all, and a chance for her to see her romantic interest, Paul Broussard, who’s flying to Florence from France just for her.

But things will start  going terribly wrong.

Between a series of robberies around the city and the death of a young girl, Jordan will find herself investigating things the police theorizes are simple accidents. Can the death of a young girl who was full of life really be a suicide? Could it be staged?  And what can Jordan do in order to help uncover the truth?

 

As if all this wasn’t enough, Jordan will have to face cruel facts about Paul Brussard’s daughter, who does not seem to like her at all.  But could she really be more than just spoiled? Could she actually be dangerous?

 

This is a well written, pleasant mystery book. Perfectly easy to read in a day, it easily holds the reader’s attention to the end. The story peaks perfectly, becoming quite unpredictable at points. The region of Tuscany is also very well described, the author drawing a perfectly accurate picture for the reader.

 

All in all very enjoyable, it is specifically ideal for fans of mysteries. Treachery in Tuscany is the third book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series, but it can be read on its own without any plot difficulties for the reader.

 

Take a deep breath… Underwater Breathing, by Cassandra Parkin

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Take a deep breath, we are playing a game

 

Jacob has promised to protect young Ella, even from their own parents. When they argue downstairs, Jacob and Ella practice in Underwater Breathing. There, in the large old mansion’s bathtub, the two of them hold their breath for as long as possible. Under water, no sound of arguing or yelling comes through. This is how the survive. this is how they stay together.

Until one day, Jacob wakes up to find his mother and sister gone.

Years have gone by.  Jacob is trapped at home with an ill father who remembers nothing. When Ella reappears out of the blue, they will both have to face their childhood demons. They might finally realize their childhood was much different than what they remembered. Hidden secrets will resurface from the water, and the puzzle of their lives will be complete – but will they have the courage to face it? Continue reading “Take a deep breath… Underwater Breathing, by Cassandra Parkin”