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What we've read lately, for 2011.


Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
MacKayla Lane’s life is fine and dandy until the day she gets a call saying her beloved sister, Alina—studying abroad in Ireland—has been murdered. She soon finds a message from Alina on her cell phone, a very cryptic cry for help that bids her, “find the Sinsar Dubh”. Along the way she mets a very testy, very sexy mentor, in one Jericho Barnes and learns the fae? Not as pretty as we're led to believe by the fairy tales.
(Again, this one is reviewed more fully at the Examiner. Click here to read it, if you wish.)

Index to Murder by Jo Dereske
Wilhemina (Helma) Zukas is surprised when her friend the artist Ruth tells her that someone has broken into her home, and slashed her latest series of paintings. Even worse, the subjects of those paintings, several of Ruth's ex-lovers, are turning up dead. And with no other leads, the cops are starting to suspect Ruth might have had a little more in mind that just publicly exposing her troubled love life to the whole of the little town of Bellehaven. And what do these murders have to do with an Environmental group? Helma is determined to find out. I picked this one up at the library and enjoyed it very much. Do you like mysteries, and cozy mysteries, you will enjoy this one too, I think.
(Again, a fuller review is up at the Examiner, if you wish to read it, please click here.)

Sandry's Book by Tamora Pierce.
A friend of ours reviewed this a few years back, but I finally got around to reading it myself. Sandry's book tells of four orphans from varying situations (one from money, one a thief, one the daughter of sailors, and one an outcast) who are taken under the wing of a wizard, and brought to his school, Winding Circle, to hone each of their unique skills. When a crisis hits the town, and they're cut off from the community, and their teachers, it's up to these four to use their newfound specialities to save themselves from disaster. Filled with magic, wonder, and as interesting a world as Tortall, as with all Ms. Pierce's books, this one doesn't disappoint.
(Again, there's a more detailed review at the Examiner, Click here to read it.)

Voices of Dragons by Carrie Vaughn.
A young woman living in Denver, has grown up with Dragons living on the other side of the border, and fearful of them. Then one day she stumbles across that border and learns they are intelligent creatures who--at least one young one--wishes to communicate and reason with the humans. When a pilot goes down and sees her with the dragon, time is short before the word of her secret gets out, and the centuries-long misunderstanding sets the two sides at each others' throats. Teens may enjoy this first foray into YA by the author of the best selling (and I might add one of my favorites) Urban Fantasy "Kitty" series. But unfortunately I found this heroine, in my opinion a little on the TSTL side.
(I received a review copy of this YA novel from Harper Collins for my honest review. I've a full review up at the Examiner. Click here to see.)


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Updated May 8, 2011