Saturday, January 04, 2014

Week in Review: December 29 - January 4

From December:

The 5th Wave. Rick Yancey. 2013. Penguin. 457 pages. [Source: Review copy]
Bluffton: My Summer with Buster Keaton. 2013. Candlewick Press. 240 pages. [Source: Review Copy]

From January:
The Real Boy. Anne Ursu. 2013. HarperCollins. 341 pages. [Source: Library]
The Apprentices. Maile Meloy. Illustrated by Ian Schoenherr. 2013. Penguin. 432 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
The Story of the Treasure Seekers. E. Nesbit. 1899. Puffin. 250 pages. [Source: Bought]
The Captive Maiden. Melanie Dickerson. 2013. Zondervan. 304 pages.
Woman's Guide to Reading the Bible In A Year. Diane Stortz. 2013. Bethany House. 144 pages. [Source: Book I Bought]


This week's favorite:

The Captive Maiden is a retelling of Cinderella. Like the movie Ever After, it retells the familiar story grounding it in reality without the magical touches. Our heroine, Gisela, and our hero, Valten (a duke) will get their happily ever after, but, they'll have to work a lot harder for it! If you'd like to read this one, Amazon has the kindle edition on sale for $1.99; Barnes and Noble also has this Nook book on sale for $1.99.

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2 comments:

collettakay 10:45 AM  

I'm also doing a book to help me read the Bible through in a year. I hope you enjoy!

Kailana 11:37 AM  

I just ordered The Captive Maiden for my Kindle. :)

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