Friday, December 29, 2017

Review of Future Home of the Living God-Louise Erdrich

This dystopian novel by the acclaimed author will remind you of The Handmaid's Tale but with a Native American angle.  The world has gone into a future shock mode, with the environment out of control; normal childbirth is rare so the government captures women, especially pregnant women, to either breed them or monitor their pregnancy.  If the baby survives, the child is taken away and the mother impregnated to give birth again.  Cedar is just trying to survive capture in a world gone mad and safely have her baby, with the help of her adoptive, liberal parents and her Native American family.  Haunting.  4 Elves-Highly recommended for adults and mature teens

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Review of Jane, Unlimited-Kristin Cashore

I adored her Graceling Realm epic fantasies so I was curious to read her latest novel.  This book is a fantasy but not like any I've ever read.  When Jane loses her beloved Aunt Magnolia, she remembers that her aunt told her to never turn down an invitation to an island estate called Tu Reviens.  From the moment she lands on the island, her reality is turned upside down as she is offered five choices for her future.  The book is surprising throughout, especially the ending.  3 Elves - Recommended for mature teens and adults

Monday, December 4, 2017

Review of The Rules of Magic-Alice Hoffman

This prequel to Practical Magic is delightful.  Three siblings, witches all, are protected from magic by their mother; they are told to avoid black cats, red shoes, wearing black and walking in the moonlight.  But when they are forced to live with their aunt, all of the rules change and they are told to embrace their magic.  The only rule left is to not fall in love; because of the curse, it will end in tragedy.  Of course, avoiding love is easier said than done, and this novel follows the course of love for Franny, Jet & Vincent.  All of the characters are complex and wonderful, and you find yourself hoping that they can break the curse.  4 Elves - Highly recommended for mature teen and adults