Bistro Book Club

Monday, November 28, 2011

What Boys Really Want by Pete Hautman

AnQi, 13
Pete Hautman
What Boys Really Want
Scholastic Press 2012

So what do boys really want? In Pete Hautman’s unique romantic comedy, humor and reality meet as this question is explored again and again. Hautman perfects the he-said, she-said format in a book where both characters are immensely likable and distinct. The story adds on enjoyment with its true to life situations and is a quick and spunky read. Fans of Flipped will devour this well-written realistic fiction.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Krista, 15
Pete Hauman
What Boys Really Want
Scholastic Press 2012

I like the first part of the book, but when I got to the other part I stopped reading it because it had a lot of bad words and to much drama. It would be a good book if they just took out the bad words and some drama in the book then I would love to read this.

Rating: 3 Readable

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey

Chelsea(: , 15
Amy Garvey
Cold Kiss
Harperteen 2011

Honestly, I can say this is a good book. It took a few pages to get my attention but it was also kind of drawn out to. I'd recommend this book to people who love a demented love story. This was a unique book and I liked it. 

Rating: 4 Better than most

Monday, November 21, 2011

Perfect by Ellen Hopkins (2 reviews)

AnQi,  13
Ellen Hopkins
Perfect
Margaret K. McElderry 2011

Okay, so you're just going to have to assume that I'm going to give every Ellen Hopkins book five stars. I know that's a bit prejudiced of me, but that's just how great of an author she is. Seriously. If you haven't read her yet, I'm going to throw you out of the window.

Perfect is kind of an indirect sequel to Impulse. In Impulse, we follow the lives of Vanessa, Toby, and Connor as they try to survive a mental institution called Aspen Springs all for trying to do one thing: suicide. Perfect is the story that takes place back at the lives they left (especially Connor's) in the duration of Impulse. In this book, we are introduced to four characters: Cara, Connor's twin, the 'perfect' one that wants (and needs) to follow in her mother's and father's footsteps; Sean, a baseball player who, with the help of steroids, is the star athlete of his team; Andre, a person who is wanted to live up to his family's heritage and ancestry but wants to pursue his dreams in another direction; and Kendra, who will do anything to perfect the imperfections in her mirror image. This book has all the things you know about in a Hopkins book; beautiful poetry, amazing characters, romance, steroids/plastic surgery/anorexia/orientation and basically all the things that completes the life (unfortunately) of teens today. Not only is she an extraordinary writer, but her books deal with real-life issues in a way that is not only entertaining, but a message you can take with a grain of salt. Looking for perfection can sometimes be a curse. I hope that in the future, we'll all be able to strive for what we want; and be happy for what we get.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Hannah,  15
Ellen Hopkins
Perfect
McElderry books 2011

I really enjoyed this book. At the beginning i thought i should read the rest of the books she wrote, but this book has nothing to do with it. As soon as i got it I could barely set it down. I believe this is the best book I've read! I loved how the author set up the different characters paragraphs. Also i didn't too much favor the every three pages a new characters point of view. I very well recommend this book to others!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

Darby, 15
Christopher Paolini
Inheritance
Alfred A. Knopf 2010

        AAAAAAAMMMMMMAAAAAZZZZZIIIIIIIINNNNNNGGGGGG!  As the final book in the Inheritance Cycle, this book transcended my exceptions!  Usually you get a decline of plot the farther in the series you go or it gets redundant.  This book webbed together the plot that has stretched over the books and seemed to incline exponentially.  Not only with in sync but it also revealed foreshadowing from its precedent.  Christopher seemed to know where he was going with each small detail of his created world.  I wish for more, but also accept its completeness that other novels lack.  Overall, this book is simply amazing from every view.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima (4 reviews)

Anqi,     12 
Cinda Williams Chima 
The Gray Wolf Throne 
Hyperion     2011

       Set in a medieval world with wizards and queens, Cinda William Chima brings back to us the epic world of Hans Alister and Raisa 'ana Marianna in the third installment of the Seven Realms novels. As Raisa tries to ascend the throne after escaping from near death at her academy, more attempts on her life are made. With each near assassination, Raisa wonders who she can trust, none more so than Hans Alister, who is meanwhile dealing with his feelings for Raisia and his chosen path by the clans of the Fells. With more magic, political tension, and romance more than ever, The Gray Wolf Throne is an intense read from beginning to finish. Raisia is a confident female protagonist that thrives in the epic world of Chima's making, and Hans Alister is the hero we'll all be cheering for at the end of every novel. The romance is sweet and satisfying, and Chima's excellent story-telling leaves us feeling defeated, happy, confused, and downright mad with every turn of the page. I'm very excited for the next book to come out, and be prepared for the Seven Realms series to reach a climax that is intense and exhilirating.     

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Anthony,    16
Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne
Hyperion    2011

        This is the third book of the seven realms series about Hans "cuffs" Alister a wizard in training and protector of the princess of the fells Raisa. I thought That this book was as good as the other two but that there was not enough action. It was still a really good read and I can't wait to read the next book in this series.   

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Drake, 13
Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne
Hyperion 2011

It was a fantastic book. Filled with love, romance, war, bloodshed, and most importantly Magic. With each new twist you are lost ot a maze of havic.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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Kaycee, 15
Cinda Williams Chima
The Gray Wolf Throne 2012
The third book was really good and i cant wait for the fourth. Princess Raisas courage to tke back the throne is really cool.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Wherever You Go by Heather Davis

lyndsey, 14
Heather Davis
Wherever You Go
Harcourt 2011

i thought this book was just so sweet, and creepy at the same time i absoulutely loved it! i would read this book over and over again if i could. I LOVE THIS BOOK!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Secrets by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

lyndsey, 14
Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur
Secrets
Greenwillow books 2011

I loved this book! I read the first one and immediatly wanted to read this one and now ive finished this one and cannot wait to read the third! it as funny and sweet, i just couldnt put it down.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Love Drugged by James Klise

Lyndsey, 14
James Klise
Love Drugged
Flux 2010

I really enjoyed reading this book, it was very different from the kind of books i usually read and i as skeptical at first but i thought it was real intersting to see another view point form a different life style choice. i would definitely reccomend this book to all of my friends.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Death Catchers by Jennifer A. Kogler

Devlin, 16
Jennifer A. Kogler
The Death Catchers
2011

Thrilling, intense, and action packed with a little bit of the past all put in to one book. It was a very good read and it was hard for me to put it down. It truely will make you have second thoughts on if and how King Arther died. Just dont read it at night.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

All These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin

Dylan, 14
Gabrielle Zevin
All These Things I've Done
2011

This book was amazing. I loved it. I recommend this book to those who like life of crime books.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Beyonders, A World Without Heroes by Brandon Mull (4 reviews)

Andrea F., 18

Brandon Mull
Beyonders
2011
It is impossible to resist a book where the portal into another world is through a hippopotamus's mouth. Jason is volunteering at the zoo when he hears a strange music coming from the hippo tank. He goes over to investigate, accidentally falls into the hippo's mouth, and find himself in a world where musicians play as they float over waterfalls, where heroes are either corrupt or crippled, and where to make an enemy of the last wizard Maldor is a death sentence for all you hold dear. In attempting to find a way back home Jason makes himself an enemy of Maldor and is forced to embark on a quest for a word that if spoken in Maldor's presence would instantly kill him. He's joined along the way by Rachel, a homeschooler from our world, and Ferrin, a human looking creature who can divide his body into separate parts at will and live. What ensues is an exploration of a unique world and a book that will be loved by readers of all ages. A rip roaring adventure that has not been seen for some time. I am looking forward to the rest of the series. My rating: 9/10.

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Darby,    14
Brandon Mull
Beyonders A World Without Heroes
Aladdin    2011

          This is the first book I have ever read from Brandon Mull. I have heard of the Fablehaven series but never picked it up. When I opened this book a sudden premotion overtook me. A enticing feeling of entering a different world engulfed me. I must say this book is amazing in every sense. From the moment that feeling came I knew this new series would addict me to the level on par with the Harry Potter series. I cannot wait for the next book and am stunned to finally feel the fimiliar tension of waiting for the contienuation of the plot again.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Spencer,     13
Brandon Mull
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
Alladin    2011   

    I read this book just to try out Brandon Mull as an author, now I simply can't get enough of his books. I frustrates me beyond imagination that the next book in this series is only coming out in 2012! That's how great these books are! I would recomend this book in a heartbeat to any reader, including the anti-fantasy dweebs. :) The character build is perfect in this book and you immediatly fall in love with the characters, including the evil ones... The action moments are totally and utterly epic, and I truly could not have picked up a better book. I am very delighted to say that I have found the best book I've ever read... So far? Bravo to Brandon Mull and please, please, please... ENCORE?!?!
Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Anqi,   12
Brandon Mull
Beyonders: A World Without Heroes   
Aladdin    2011

          A-MA-ZING! Brandon Mull's Beyonders, A World Without Heroes, was such a breathtaking novel that I don't even know how to begin describing it! It is definitely one of the best fantasy books I've read in a while-and also the best of Brandon Mull's portfolio of great middle grade fiction books! A World Without Heroes is about Jason Walker, an ordinary boy living in Vista, Colorado, who routinely works at the Vista Zoo, and on hearing mysterious music pouring out of the hippo's display area, he accidently gets swallowed and is suddenly; magically; in a dangerous new world. This new land, called Lyrian, is ruled by an emperor who governs with a malicious hand and is adept at controlling the citizens of Lyrian. Jason, who wants nothing to do with Lyrian, just wishes urgently to be sent back home to planet Earth, which people in Lyrian call the Beyond. Things take a surprising turn when Jason finds refuge at a queer building titled the Repository of Learning. Here, he ventures into a part of the library obviously banned by the owner, and comes upon a book bound by living flesh. Inside, scrawled by the author of the book, is the first syllable of a powerful word that can destroy Maldor. Now made a public enemy of the Emperor, Jason has to flee and track all the other syllables to possibly conquer Maldor and find a way home. On his way, he is accompanied by another Beyonder named Rachel, who was strangely drawn to Lyrian the same day Jason was. Together, they hunt for the syllables, hoping for a chance to journey home. Action lives throughout the whole book, and so is Brandon Mull's adept hand at humor, eye-popping surprises, and descriptive style. His characters and 'rules' of Lyrian are imaginative and vivid, making Lyrian seem not so far from home. I'm not shocked that the magic in this world is so rich and otherworldly-he took me in from the beginning in his first book, Fablehaven. I had noticed that in the Fablehaven series, Brandon Mull seemed to pay more attention to Kendra, the female protaganist, while in Beyonders he spends more time developing Jason, our male hero. It's nice to see that Brandon Mull is an expert at developing both genders. I also enjoyed the flitting romance in spots of the book- and when I say flitting, I mean it-although this did not disappoint me at all. It was enough to suffice, and I thought the premise of Jason and Rachel struggling to defeat Maldor was more important anyway. Although Beyonders starts out a bit slow, it rapidly captured my devout attention, causing me to read into the night and spending most of my daylight hours as well finishing it. It's so very sad that I have to wait 'till 2012 to continue reading the second book, but I will definitely keep my eye on it!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Outlaw by Stephen Davies (3 reviews)

Julia, 14
Stephen Davies
Outlaw
Clarion books 2011

A humorous, well paced action story of a young man named Jake Knight who, after being kicked out of a British prep-school, is sent to Africa where his father is the britsih ambassador. Jake and his sister soon find trouble when they are kidnapped and held for ransom by a group of theives, but when a new group of africans come to their aid; all is not what it seems. I found reading this book believable and fun, and enjoyed it very much.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Colby, 13
Stephen Davies
Outlaw
Clarion Books 2011

The book is about how two teens get kidnapped, how they uncover a huge secret about a "terrorist" . Also how they go on an adenture all across a northern african country tricking currupted police and avoiding capture at every turn.  I want the book!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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Hope P. ,   16 
Stephen Davies  
Outlaw 
Clarion     2011

         Jake Knight always wanted adventure; as the son of a British Ambassador he doesn’t have too much opportunity for it. When he breaks one rule too many at his boarding school, Jake is sent to Africa to stay with his parents, which suits him just fine. But he gets more than he bargained for when he and his sister are kidnapped by a ruthless group of outlaws. They are rescued by another group of outlaws, and this group is headed up by the most wanted fugitive in the Sahara-Yakuuba Sor. But is everything really as is seems? Is Yakuuba Sor the  deadly terrorist everyone makes him out to be? This novel had plenty of wit, action, adventure, danger, and technology. It is an enjoyable way to spend a rainy afternoon, and any fan of James Bond style escapades and fast-paced plots should read this novel.     

Rating: 4 Better than most

Friday, November 11, 2011

Masked by Norah McClintock

Ashley, 18
Norah McClintock
Masked
Orca Books 2010

I wished the book was longer and explained more about each person. Masked is about three seperate people. Daniele who is a snoop for big business, Rosie whose dad owns the convenience store and the masked man who robs the store. This book has a lot of good twists to it. I would recommend that people who love suspense books read this.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

B-Negative by Vicki Grant

David, 18
Vicki Grant
B-Negative
Orca Book 2011

Very good book. Keeps you guessing! It's about a boy named Paddy who finds out that his life has been a lie, and he doesn't get along with his step-dad (Anthony). Anthony is trying to get Paddy to go on the road with his band. Paddy doesnt want ot so he just blurts out his is joining the armed services to shut him up. Then everyone gets mad. I reccomend this book for high school students.

Rating: 4 Q. Better than most.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Icefall by Matthew J. Kirby

Drake, 13
Matthew J. Kirby
Icefall
scholastic Press 2011

It was a fantastic read. Filled with danger, and betrayial, this adventure is astounding. Solveig is thrown from one  fist fury to another, each with unpredictable outcomes. It was a story binding, feather flying, pge turner book.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

I'll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan (2 reviews)


Anqi,     12
Holly Goldberg Sloan
I'll Be There 
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers    2011

          I'll Be There is as simple as it is inspiring, and gentle with the feeling of deep, roiling waters of philosophy. Remarkable for a debut, Holly Goldberg Sloan weaves a tale of love and beauty while exploring the depths of the relationship of one human being to another. She starts the tale by introducing one of our main characters, Emily Bell. She's an average person, but that doesn't make her mold into the background-likewise, being average has made her a personality collector, a human being who loves the stories of others. When her father, a professional musician, offers her the chance to sing in the church choir, Emily reluctantly says yes. Everybody knows that she is the most horrible singer in the world, but her father won't pass up the chance to change Emily into a musical prodigy. When Sunday comes, and Emily is suddenly singing the lyrics to the Jackson Five's I'll Be There, a boy comes in and sits in the last row. As Emily feels more and more nauseous listening to herself sing, she decides she's going to sing this song to this boy, and she's going to sing her heart out and ignore everybody else, because that's the only thing that would allow her to survive for the rest of the song. And she does. But by the end, she's she sick and embarrassed that she goes outside to throw up; and there's the boy, holding her hair as her breakfast boils into a disgusting heap in the parking lot. But then he disappears, and nobody knows who he is. As Emily Bell, the personality collector who craves for the life story of this one boy who she has never known, and never met, lives entwine with her own to create a beautiful story that resonates with hope and endurance, that tells us all we ever need is love and trust to be anything we ever wanted.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book
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Linsey,    15
Holly Golderg Sloan
I'll Be There
Little, Brown and Company    2011

            In this book, it is about two boys and a girl. The two boys are, Sam Border and his little brother named Riddle Border, and the girl is Emily Bell. Sam and Riddle’s father has been to jail and that Sam never went back to school after he was in the 2nd grade, because his father  took him out. Sam is now 17 and his little brother has never gone to school. In his life. Their father’s name is Clarence Border. Clarence and  both of the boys  travel to many different places and never lets them go anywhere untill dark. But Sam loves music, and he plays the guitar. So he goes to this church, and when he does it  changed his life, not only him but his brother too. Now Emily Bell, is also 17 and her dad has her sing. But the thing is that she can’t sing at all, and that she doesn’t want to but her dad insists that she should. When she has to sing I'll Be There in front of people in the church. She gets nervous and when she see Sam in the back row of the church she stares at him so she won’t get nervous. After she finished the song she runs out with Sam right behind her. Later on in the book her and Sam start to get closer and closer to each other. Sam’s dad finds something that Emily and given Sam then sam’s father takes him and Rildde somewhere else.   It was a good love story - boy meets girl and girl meets boy. It was slow at some places and it went by fast in the others and I did not want to put the book down, it was a good read and it was a good book about trust, friendship, and a good love story.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Mindblind by Jennifer Roy

Colby, 13
Jennifer Roy
Mindblind
marshall cavendish 2010

Mindblind is about a 14 year old  collage graduate who has Asperger's sindrome which increases his thinking mind but hinders his social mind. The book is about how he goes about a "normal" life. I want this book!!!!!!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Haunted by Jessica Verday

Melady, 14
Jessica Verday
The Haunted
SIMON PULSE 2011

This was the next book in the The Hollow Trilogy. I found every word to put me on eadge. I wish more books could be like this one. As Abby is set on a wild ride, she must face her darkest fears and fall in love with some who cant love her back. Sooooo good!

Rating: 4 Better than most

The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines (2 reviews)

Luna, 15
Kathryn Miller Haines
The Girl Is Murder
Roaring Brook Press 2011

A girl named Iris goes from a world where everything she had didnt even go through her mind until her mom killed herself and her dad lost a leg in war that she starts to think about the things she has and how money is tight for them when she overhears her dad and a man fighting about how he is not getting the job done fast enough, so she thinks she should help him, later on when a boy goes missing from her school and his pernts go to her dad she thinks she should help, but whos to blame and what happen to him? one of my new favorites!

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Hope P., 16
Kathryn Miller Haines
The Girl Is Murder
Roaring Book Press   2011

  Fifteen-year-old Iris is living in the turmoil of 1942. The world is at war, and it is affecting everyone, of course, but Iris has it worse off than most. Her mother inexplicably committed suicide recently, and ever since her life has been in a tail spin. Her father, a private detective, is struggling to make ends meet. Having lost a leg at Pearl Harbor, he is not capable of the things he used to be, and it makes his detecting much more difficult. Iris wants to help, but he refuses every time. Because of their financial situation, Iris has to leave her prestigious private school and attend public school. When a boy from her new school disappears, her father is hired to investigate. However, the kids at this school are tough, and they do not like detectives. When her father hits a brick wall, Iris secretly begins to investigate on her own. She is quickly pulled into a world of intrigue, mystery, danger, and unexpected twists and turns.  This was an entertaining novel with an ending that seems to come from nowhere.  I had the impression there would be more books with this character, and I would certainly read them.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Unforsaken by Sophie Littlefield

Chelsea, 15
Sophie Littlefield
Unforsaken
Delacorte Press 2011

The book "Unforsaken" Was a very good book in my opinion, It kept me up all night just to finish it. I would stop at a chapter and it would end in a cliffhanger so I'd HAVE to read on. It was full of adventure, fun, love and more. Id recomend this book to any people who like world wide trouble type books.(: I't is prolly one of my favorite type of books to read(:

Rating:4 Better than most

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Death Cure by James Dashner

Darby, 15
James Dasher
The Death Cure
Delacorte Press 2011

Like a brilliant statue made of pure translucent diamonds, this book entreats the reader with its mysterious unearthly shine. Hidden underneath, the sharp edges cut into your soul as the book progresses. As a reader, I found myself right beside the protagonist, empathizing and rooting for Thomas with my whole heart. Pages flew by and I became entranced in a way only a simply great book can cause. As the final book in the Maze Runner Trilogy, this book reaches past the others’ shadows and stands beside them proudly. It wraps up this series without decaying in quality and creates a paradox where you wish for more but also feel that it is complete.

So amazing!!!!!!!!! It blew me away!

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Crossing Over by Anna Kendall

Drake, 12
Anna Kendall
Crossing Over
Penguin group 2010

It is a hard topic to discus, Anna was brave enough to take on onslaughts of contriversey to give her view of what happens after death... who knows she might be right. Roger is the orpan of this book, but he has been reunited with his story. that's what all authors do.

Rating: 4 Better than most

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (4 reviews)

Jessica, 16
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red
Henry Holt and Co. 2011

Gier brings the past to life in such a fashion that she leaves the reader panting for more. Honestly, I did not expect to like this book quite as much as I did. Very well done. I loved the story, although certain aspects of the writing were very British while others were more Western. It was . . . inconsistent.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Celia, 15
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red
Henry Holt and Company, LLC 2011

I thought the book was very good. I can't wait for the next one to come out.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book


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Anqi,    12
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red 
Henry Holt and Co.     2011

           Ruby Red is a thrilling and humor-filled tale that includes time-traveling, romance, and a sassy protagonist in Gwen, a high-school girl who can see ghosts and suddenly is popping back in time-the gift her cousin, Caroline, was supposed to have. Gwen, totally unprepared for this legendary legacy, is suddenly thrown into a world that includes mystery, action, and poofy dresses from the past. There's a big problem to it all, however-she has to deal with Gideon, the only other time-traveler alive, and he's a big jerk, along with being the best looking guy she has 'ever seen in any century'. An absolutely delightful novel, Kerstin Gier, along with the fabulous translator, Anthea Bell, has brought Ruby Red to America. Not only is it good, but its one of my favorites. The suspense and romance kept me flipping through it into the night, and I wasn't ever satisfied until I realized I was at the end, and even then, I was eager for the second. A good and fast read for reader's who enjoy historical fiction, romance, and action-it is absolutely a story that can be enjoyed by many teens.

Rating: 4 Better than most

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Hope,     15
Kerstin Gier
Ruby Red
Henry Holt and Company    2011       

      Sixteen year old Gwen’s family has a reputation of being a little odd; what with her ancient home, the mysterious stranger that never leaves his post across from their door, a great aunt that sees visions, and a butler that never ages. But, slightly more secret, her family is one of very few bloodlines that possess a time-traveling gene. Everyone in her family assumes the next time-traveler will be her cousin Charlotte, so it is a devastating surprise when it turns out to be Gwen. Her unexpected and unprepared trips to the past have thrown her into a centuries-old secret, one that no one seems eager to explain to her. She will have to find out herself exactly what is going on, and what her part is in it. She finds that trusting someone could lead to your undoing, but not trusting someone could be just as deadly.  This novel deals in quick wit, action, a hint of romance, and mystery. The engrossing plot makes it easy to see why it is an international bestseller, but be warned; there is a cliff hanger ending.

Rating: 4 Better than most
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