Book Review: The Witches by Stacy Schiff

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Witches-Stacy-SchiffStacy Schiff’s The Witches: Salem 1692 was an incredible disappointment. I’m an avid reader; two of my favorite subjects are history and the supernatural. I’m enthralled by both fictitious history and the bloody reality of our collective past. Therefore, when my favorite non-fiction author published a work on the Salem Witch Trials – combining history and the supernatural – I was thrilled. Schiff’s 2010 Pulitzer Prize winning work, Cleopatra: A Life, had taught me nearly as much about the ancient world as my university class, “Roman Achievement.” Schiff painted ancient Alexandria so vividly that, should I ever invest in time travel, the Egyptian city will probably be my first stop.

Cleopatra’s clever nature, her humor, her strife, it all beat like a living heart off the pages in Schiff’s biographical work. I expected The Witches to deliver a a similarly educational but moving portrait of New England’s dark history. After reading Cleopatra…

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Book Review: The Witches by Stacy Schiff

Team Avatar, Detectives at Your Service

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It’s no secret that I’m a huge admirer of Avatar: the Last Airbender, tv show and comics both, so pardon me while I fangirl a little, and bear with my semi-academic writerly argument. But Team Avatar? Totally a detective group, solving the mysteries going on in their own specific time and place with people they know, and (side bonus) getting at solutions for the universal mysteries that recur throughout history and across the earth. You know the ones – situations that crop in history class which seem dead and gone except, wait, they’re still happening.

This is going to become ENTIRELY SPOILERY, by the way. HUGE SPOILERS ahead. If you haven’t seen the show and read the comics, turn back and save yourself reading experience while you still can. I mean it.


So. Mystery in The Promise (parts 1, 2, and 3)?…

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The movie “13 HOURS” drives book sales

Both are excellent the book and the movie

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American Sniper was yesterday; 13 Hours is a new military movie that is set in the Middle East. The movie is in theaters and the book is sky rocking the charts.

13 Hours by Mitchell Zuckoff was already a best seller at the time it was published. The movie with John Krasinski playing the Navy Seal drives with its publicity boosting the book.

13 Hours: What Really Happened In Benghazi by MItchell Zuckoff

The harrowing, true account from the brave men on the ground who fought back during the Battle of Benghazi.

13 Hours13 HOURS presents, for the first time ever, the true account of the events of September 11, 2012, when terrorists attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex in Benghazi, Libya. A team of six American security operators fought to repel the attackers and protect the Americans stationed there. Those…

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant Official Trailer – “Tear Down The Wall”

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The Divergent Series: Allegiant In Theaters March 2016! Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, Octavia Spencer, Ray Stevenson, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Daniel Dae Kim and Naomi Watts.

After the earth-shattering revelations of INSURGENT, Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love.

Allegiant (Divergent Series)

AllegiantThe explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New…

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INTO THE HURRICANE Best Action Adventure Book for Teens

It’s almost a cliche at this point to say that a teen book isn’t just for teens anymore. Parents treasure this book just as their teens that love reading it.


Jack Hall proceeds, in the action-packed new adventure book, to the popular teen action author.

The response that came in for INTO THE HURRICANE as Best Action Adventure Books for Teens is remarkable. Jack Hall, the author of INTO THE HURRICANE, appears to hit the spot.

Buy INTO THE HURRICANE from Amazon, ISBN No 978-0996998512

Jack Hall’s new series is vivid. There is nothing more exciting than reading the action-packed page turner. Be prepared to stay up all night reading.

Into The Hurricane is an adventure story, that takes the reader on an intense journey from the boys home in Texas to Norfolk, Virginia through to the ship’s dramatic moments going into the hurricane. The book combines a unique adventure onboard an ocean freighter with the treacherous betrayal of the Captain.

Butch Carson and his friend Bill Cody spending the most exciting, distinctive, and around-the-clock adventurous time of their summer vacation on a freighter traveling the Atlantic. They experienced the force of a hurricane that they are going into like few others ever have.

Captain Dexter was thrilled when the weather forecast came in about the storm. He placed such great importance on staying out into the Atlantic for his personal gain, that he made a reckless decision, he ordered to change course south, further out into the Atlantic and directly into the hurricane.

Their journey is truly a unique adventure. Both young teens have the rare privilege to discover a conspiracy to sell the shipping line, that they are sailing on. The two boys are hired as part of the crew and Butch realizes, that Captain Dexter is part of a conspiracy to force the owner into selling to his archrival. Butch and Bill have to find a way to warn the owner, Mr. Bendel, not to sell the shipping line. The insidious plot makes an exciting story of adventure.

Butch Carson Adventure series by Jack Hall

There is nothing more exciting than reading a Butch Carson Adventure, that is an action packed page turner. The book series which are full of suspense and adventure takes the reader directly into the story told.

The Butch Carson Adventure series is a collection of journeys where Butch Carson, an American teenager who discovers plots and conspiracies, is accompanied by his best friend, Bill Cody. Each book will inspire an interest and open up to learn something about the world around us. In addition to the story told, each book is notable for its selection of remarkable facts.

Butch Carson is an everyday teenager, a student-athlete from Texas Riviera High School, that is an exceptionally popular teen. Jack Hall is the master of the action-packed adventure story.

Best Action Adventure Book for Teens

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INTO THE HURRICANE Best Action Adventure Book for Teens

Book review: Midnight’s Children

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When I finally completed Salman Rushdie’s bestselling novel “Midnight’s Children,” I was truly, truly relieved that I persevered till the very last page for it truly is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece that left me marveled and humbled by his ability to blur the lines between magic and history.

Set in the postcolonial era, this novel is as much the autobiography of protagonist Saleem Sinai as well as the story of India. Saleem, who was born at the stroke of midnight on India’s independence, inexplicably shared his life’s triumphs and disasters with the fate of his nation. This coincidence also endowed him magical powers in his large cucumber nose to sniff out danger when others were unable to and telepathic powers to connect with other children like him who were born in the early hours of independence, a group which he called “midnight’s children.’

“It is the privilege and the curse of…

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Book review: The Fault in Our Stars


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Even though I have not watched the movie *yet*, but over the past weekend after finishing John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars,” I LOVED IT so much because it touched on the topic of life’s fragility in such a delicate and exquisite manner it brought tears to my eyes.

Falling sick is possibly everyone’s greatest fear and in one way or another, we can all relate to the contents of the book for we would have experienced it ourselves or witnessed our loved ones being ill, and it always hurts us to see them battling helplessly on the hospital bed.

“The Fault in Our Stars” is a cross between a teenage love story and terminally ill-existentialism narrative, a combination is that bound to melt hearts and minds. For me, the letter below is one of the most beautiful parts of the book and it would surely be a shame if I did…

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