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Books I read in December...

Title: Love come softly
By Jantte Oke
Pages: 188
Rating: B
Summary: Love Comes Softly introduced the characters of Marty and Clark Davis, whose tragic circumstances brought them to a "marriage of convenience" on the frontier prairies during the mid 1800s.

MyThoughts: Love comes softly is a nice little book, that I read in a few hours. It's prefect for a rainy sunday afternoon.

Title: Graceling
By: Kristen Cashore
Pages: 480
Rating: C
Summary: If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do with it? Graceling takes readers inside the world of Katsa, a warrior-girl in her late teens with one blue eye and one green eye. This gives her haunting beauty, but also marks her as a Graceling. Gracelings are beings with special talents—swimming, storytelling, dancing. Katsa's Grace is considered more useful: her ability to fight (and kill, if she wanted to) is unequaled in the seven kingdoms. Forced to act as a henchman for a manipulative king, Katsa channels her guilt by forming a secret council of like-minded citizens who carry out secret missions to promote justice over cruelty and abuses of power

MyThoughts: I read Fire by Cashore before Greacling. I enjoyed Fire very much and saw a lof of reviews on fire as well, but I also noticted the rating as well and comparted them with Greacling, more like'd Gracling. So I thought since I enjoyed Fire so much Graceling should be a pleassure. I'm not saying it was good not, it;s just unlike fire it was kinda on the boring side.

Title: The Cage
By: Ruth Minsky Sender
Pages: 256
Rating: B
Summary: This reflective Holocaust memoir presents a series of brief scenes from 1939, when the author was 12 and Hitler invaded Poland, through the Russian liberation of the Mitelsteine labor camp in 1945. Like many other survivors of the Holocaust who have written accounts, Sender presents harrowing descriptions of life and death in the ghetto and concentration camps, and gives fervent testimonials to the love, strength, and dignity that helped make her survival possible. However, this telling stands out in other, equally important respects. Riva's widowed mother is arrested early on, and much of the first part of the book concerns the then 16-year-old's courageous efforts to preserve a family with her younger brothers. Later, after a brief ordeal in Auschwitz, Riva is transported to a slave labor camp, where she becomes seriously ill.


Title: On Writing
By: Steven King
Pages: 320
Rating: A
Summary: Short and snappy as it is, Stephen King's On Writing really contains two books: a fondly sardonic autobiography and a tough-love lesson for aspiring novelists.

MyThoughts: I love the book on writing...

Title: Heaven and Earth ( three sister Island trilogry book 2) 
By: Nora Roberts
Rating: B
Summary: Hard-edged Ripley Todd is one of the island's two police officers the other being her brother as well as a temperamental witch in denial of her powers. When paranormal researcher Dr. Mac Booke visits the island, Ripley greets him with her customary hostility ("I didn't know they gave out degrees for the study of crapola"). Nevertheless, Mac, a self-proclaimed "rich geek" with a Jimmy Stewart-like affability and an athlete's physique, pursues Ripley romantically and professionally. A brief, overly dramatic encounter between Ripley and a possessed, blood-thirsty reporter adds a touch of suspense, but the novel's finale is hardly deserving of all the buildup it receives.

Mythoughts: Books two is more about Ripley then Nell. Which I didn't like at first. Out of all three of the women in the series Ripley was my least favorite. However as the story was told I got to understand her more, and that made the story more interesting for me and what keep me reading. But Ripley is still my least favorite just not as bad as before.

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