Mortal Heart

“If Death could grant you a wish, you would use it for someone else? Trade your happiness for someone else’s?” Mortal Heart – Robin LaFevers

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Mortal Heart  (His Fair Assassin #3) written by Robin LaFevers

Published by: HMH Books for Young Readers in November 2014

Blurb:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

My Take on It:

I loved Annith’s character from book one in which she briefly had a part. She is kind and devoted and loyal, but has she been as content with this role as everyone has thought? Just as I was surprised to learn of Sybella’s past in the 2nd book, I loved looking into Annith’s life and seeing what has shaped her and how she would decide her own future. There were some twists and turns to her story that surprised me and kept me hooked. I also loved seeing all three of the dear friends together again. Truly I fell in love with all of the characters of this series including the young duchess of Brittany.This book, the whole series, will go on my favorites shelf because of the uniqueness of he story line and the historical accuracy woven in. Plus I tend to enjoy a dark, brooding, or flawed character that has goodness at the heart. It was totally entertaining!

The Infernal Devices Series

You may recall that a couple of months ago I reviewed Clockwork Angel, the first in a trilogy called The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare.

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Well, I have just finished Clockwork Prince and  Clockwork Princess. This was a great series. I enjoyed jumping back into the shadowhunter world. I think I even enjoyed this series more than the Mortal Instruments probably because I love the historical eras. After reading the 2nd book it took my a little bit to get in deep with the 3rd book. I’m not totally sure why, but I wonder if it was because I was afraid of how the problems would be resolved because I had come to care about the characters. Don’t you love that? When you become connected to these characters and concerned for them? There was great action and a major love story that held a surprise that I didn’t expect. There were events that bothered me a tiny bit but not enough to change the fact that overall I enjoyed it a lot.

I find it difficult to review a series because so much is contained in 3 books that its hard not to give away any secrets to potential readers.

Overall I would give this  series 4out of 5 stars. I highly recommend it!

The Help

6th Review from My Best Loved Books: Books that Change the Heart and Mind

A Favorite Quote: “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.”  -Kathryn Stockett, The Help

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The Help written by Kathryn Stockett

Published by : Penguin Group, Putnam Sons, Amy Eihnhorn in February 2009

Blurb:

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women–mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends–view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don’t.

My take on it: I LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! I can’t say “loved” enough times.The blurb gives the perfect intro, there is not much more that I can add to that except for my feelings while reading this book. This was my book choice for my book club shortly after it came out. It touched me so much that even though I had two other books from the library sitting on my night stand I couldn’t move on from it to something else for a couple of weeks! It was so extremely touching and the message so strong. Like the blurb says, “pitch-perfect voices”. The way Stockett wrote them really brought them to life for me. It made me laugh out loud and it made tears fall. It is a long book but well worth it! An ABSOLUTE must read!!!!

A Long Walk to Water: Based on a true story

5th Review from My Best Loved Books: Books that Change the Heart and Mind

A Favorite Quote : “One step at a time, one day at a time, just today, just this day to get through.” – Linda Sue Park, A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story

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A Long Walk to Water written by: Linda Sue Park

Published by: Clarion Books in November 2010

Blurb:

The New York Times bestseller A Long Walk to Water begins as two stories, told in alternating sections, about two eleven-year-olds in Sudan, a girl in 2008 and a boy in 1985. The girl, Nya, is fetching water from a pond that is two hours’ walk from her home: she makes two trips to the pond every day. The boy, Salva, becomes one of the “lost boys” of Sudan, refugees who cover the African continent on foot as they search for their families and for a safe place to stay. Enduring every hardship from loneliness to attack by armed rebels to contact with killer lions and crocodiles, Salva is a survivor, and his story goes on to intersect with Nya’s in an astonishing and moving way.

My take on it:

I guess the reason that this is on my best loved list is because of how eye opening it was to me. I don’t think of myself as totally oblivious to the world, but it made me dive into the very real struggles in Sundan. This is a story that really makes you appreciate what you have. Honestly, I even felt a little embarrassed for myself for not realizing that in the year 2008 and even now there are areas of the world that struggle each day for something that is easily at my finger tips. It took me out of the comfortable and cushy life that I live and helped me to see some of the true difficulties that others lives through. It reminded me not to take too much for granted and reminded me the good it does to reach out and help those in need. It was a short yet captivating read with a very powerful message. Besides having a great message it was a very entertaining read. (Another good one to read with your kids when they are mature enough! I certainly plan to!)

Speaker for the Dead

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A Favorite Quote: “When you really know somebody you can’t hate them. Or maybe it’s just that you can’t really know them until you stop hating them.” – Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead

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Speaker for the Dead written by Orson Scott Card

published by Tor Books in August 1994

Blurb:

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told of the true story of the Bugger War.
Now long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens’ ways are strange and frightening…again, humans die. And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery…and the truth
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My take on it:

It’s hard to review this book without first telling you to read Ender’s Game! Speaker for the Dead is the 2nd book in the Ender’s Quintet. The first 2 books are my favorites. Maybe you recall that Ender’s Game was recently made into a movie? The movie was fine, but like they say, “don’t judge a book by its movie”…. they do say that right? Well if not, they should! There is so much content and detail in books that you can never add to the movie, but I digress. Maybe that is a topic for another time.

***There may be a minimal spoiler for the 1st book in this review***

Speaker for the Dead is an amazing story about truth. In this story a speaker for the dead is called upon to discover and tell the truth of the life of someone that has passed on. The truth is not always pretty and it can be  painful to those left behind, but it can also heal. Ender Wiggins knows better than anyone the importance of telling the story of the dead, especially after experiencing first hand the guilt that comes from being the key soldier in the defeat and complete annihilation of a species in the Bugger War against earth. I loved the way this story takes the reader through the lives of a family on the brink of self destruction all while striving to learn from and help a new alien species that has been discovered. It was a very touching story with a beautiful ending.