Last year, I started off with a handful of “self-help” and “encouragement” titles, it was deliberate and planned. This year I stood in front of my “TBR” (To Be Read) shelf and touched titles until I decided on what to read. Sometimes picking a book is the hardest part, the second hardest part is cracking open the cover. Folks, I don’t care what your reading…just pick up the book, open it, and start on Chapter One, line one and get started. You’ll be glad you did.
Katherine Howe – The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane
What a fun read! I started this one blind. I didn’t read any reviews, I didn’t read the back cover, I had zero ideas what the book would be about. Honestly, from the title, I still didn’t have a clear idea of what I was getting myself into. Katherine Howe starts the reader off with a flashback of old Salem, Massachusetts in 1681. In case you haven’t had your coffee yet today, this is the time of the Salem witchcraft trials and suspicions. The story continues on to 1991 with a college student, Connie Goodwin, who is working on her doctorate. It ends up that Connie has to spend her summer cleaning up her grandmother’s house. While cleaning up, Connie finds the name Deliverance Dane hidden in her grandmother’s house, along with an old key. She begins to investigate and discovers more than she imagined. Deliverance Dane was one of the witches tried and burned during the Salem Witch Trials. Why is her name, and this key, in her grandmother’s house?
The book has romance, mystery, historical fiction, drama, friendship and all that comes with a good lead character. I very much enjoyed viewing the Salem Witch Trials from a different perspective, two actually. Connie Goodwin does her best to explain away everything that she learns and experiences. While the stories from 1681 encourage the reader to imagine that maybe the Salem Witch Trials weren’t all that far-fetched. Perhaps there was actual witches and magic behind the suspicion.
Super easy read, highly recommended, especially if you have read Witches or enjoyed The Book of Life series.
“She was always puzzled that people say that darkness falls. To her it seemed instead to rise, massing under trees and shrubs, pouring out from under furniture, only reaching the sky when the spaces near the ground were full.” -Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe
Marissa Meyer – Cress (Book 3 of the Lunar Chronicles Series)
I need to back up a little before reviewing this particular book. The book series The Lunar Chronicles starts off with Book One: Cinder. The story is based upon a cyborg teenager, she is a mechanic and property of a lady, who only keeps her around to help make money to pay for her fancy stuff and two children. Cinder is treated like a slave and spends her time working, tinkering and hanging out with her robot-friend Iko. The story continues as Cinder discovers her true identity, and falls in love with Prince Kai. Along the way she makes friends (and enemies) and starts off an adventure to make sure that Earth is safe from the evil Lunar Queen. Book 2 of the series continues on with Cinder and her adventure but focuses on two of her companions, Scarlet and Wolf. And then we have Book 3, Cress.
Cress continues the story of Cinder and her quest to save Earth. In this book, the reader gets to know Cress. Cress is a programmer/hacker and was kept as a slave to spy on Earth for the Lunar Queen. Eventually, Cress becomes Cinders’ ally and joins the plan to overthrow the Lunar Queen. This book is filled with trouble, drama, friendships, and teamwork.
The Lunar Chronicles, in general, would be a safe bet for 10th-12th grade readers. The romance is subtle, the friendships and story lines are captivating, and the adventure is a lot of fun to read (or listen to.) I would label Marissa Meyers storytelling as sci-fi meets fairy tales. And she does a fantastic job keeping the reader’s attention with solid writing and suspense. Book 3, Cress, wraps up quite a few of the unfinished story lines from the prior two books. Near the end, almost all the leading characters from the first two books have joined together making everything fall into place for the reader.
If you are a fan of YA (Young Adult) books or are yourself, a High Schooler looking for a fun read definitely give The Lunar Chronicles a look.
“Do you think it was destiny that brought us together?”
He squinted and, after a thoughtful moment, shook his head. “No. I’m pretty sure it was Cinder.” -Cress, Marissa Meyer
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