Historical and romantic elements combine with fantasy and suspense to tell a unique story of love and loss, betrayal and redemption. A Maine doctor follows a mysterious young woman, Lanore, into a hidden world that exists outside the boundaries of time. The Reckoning Book Two of The Taker Trilogy Lanore McIlvrae had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, and Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all time. Now, two hundred years after imprisoning Adair, Lanore is trying to atone for her sins.
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Just be warned that these posts can increase your TBR piles and wish lists. The Winter Witch by Paula Brackston came unexpectedly from the publisher. In her small Welsh town, there is no one quite like Morgana. Concerned for her safety, her mother quickly arranges a marriage with Cai Bevan, the widower from the far hills who knows nothing of the rumours that swirl around her.
A dark force is at work there—a person who will stop at nothing to turn the townspeople against Morgana, even at the expense of those closest to her. Forced to defend her home, her love, and herself from all comers, Morgana must learn to harness her power, or she will lose everything. Return to Tradd Street by Karen White for review from the publisher.
She misses him desperately, but her broken heart is the least of her problems. Despite an insistence that she can raise their child alone, Melanie is completely unprepared for motherhood, and she struggles to complete renovations on her house on Tradd Street before the baby arrives.
When Melanie is roused one night by the sound of a ghostly infant crying, she chooses to ignore it. She simply does not have the energy to deal with one more crisis. That is, until the remains of a newborn buried in an old christening gown are found hidden in the foundation of her house. Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford wants to travel the world, pursue a career, and marry for love.
When war breaks out, the spirited young woman seizes her chance for independence. Linda Bamber has combined her love of fiction from the past with her propensity to shake things up, taking what she likes and gleefully sharing it with us.
As entertaining and contemporary as these stories are, they also remind us what we, too, love about the classic texts she takes apart and reassembles. Alternating between admiration and attitude, the stories layer their plots with commentary, history, and politics, pausing as they build only to make room for the sanity and wit of the authorial voice.
Emotional and genuine, these stories are also playful, inventive, and hilariously funny. It is not too much to say that her work takes its place in the same literary sphere as the works it engages. And the tension between her and her mother still simmers. With a lyrical Southern voice, White delivers an emotionally moving novel of a woman in search of a new beginning and a man haunted by the past.
At thirty-two, pregnant and recently divorced, Jillian Parrish and her seven-year-old daughter find refuge and solace on Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Jillian had experienced her best childhood memories here-until her best friend Lauren Mills disappeared, never to be found. When Beth Kephart met and fell in love with the artist who would become her husband, she had little knowledge of the place he came from—an exotic coffee farm high in the jungle hills of El Salvador, a place of terrifying myths and even more frightening realities, of civil war and devastating earthquakes.
In each of her memoirs she has written about love, using her own life to seek out universal truths. Over memorable quotes about books and reading from writers, political figures, and celebrities. A handy aid for speech writers and public speakers, this entertaining collection will delight anyone who loves books.
The Descent by Alma Katsu for review from the publisher. Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of his temper. When Adair was freed years later, she was sure that he would find her and make her existence a living hell. Four years later, Lanore has tracked Adair to his mystical island home, where he has been living in self-imposed exile, to ask for a favor. She wants Adair to send her to the hereafter so she may beg the Queen of the Underworld to release Jonathan, whom she has been keeping as her consort.
Will Lanore honor her promise to Adair to return? Or is her intention to reunite with Jonathan at any cost? What did you receive? The meme allows bloggers to share what books they receive in the mail or through other means over the past week. We re-cover the ground we have traveled in our past.
But when Farida contracts malaria and finds herself caught in the middle of a civil war, reality crashes in around them. The Descent by Alma Katsu, which I received for review from the publisher. Lanore McIlvrae has been on the run from Adair for hundreds of years, dismayed by his mysterious powers and afraid of his violent—even murderous—temper. The Witch Sisters by Alma Katsu is an e-short story spin-off from The Taker series that continues the Gothic feel of her previous novels.
Adair finds himself in England on a nervous steed as he gallops through fens wood, a forest of many superstitions and secrets. In the darkest of evenings, Adair meets Penthy, a fair-haired young woman, who lures him back to her cottage that she shares with her more wily sister, Bronwyn. Adair is intrigued by these women living alone together in the woods, but he also is aware of his own power and gives into his own vanity, remaining with them for several days as they dote on him.
The salty soil had turned it into a nightmarish landscape. It made trees into stunted hunchbacks, gnarled and twisting in on themselves. It is easy for readers of the series to see why Adair would be attracted to her, but she is less like Lanore in that she allows her sister to lead the way.
These sisters are resourceful medicine women, and they pride themselves on the good they do for the village women. It is not until they look beyond the sexual object in their cottage do they realize the magic they have at the tip of their fingers.
Readers may want more spells, illusion, and displacement either on the part of Adair under the control of the sisters or from Adair as he decides how best to punish these women — in true Adair fashion. The Reckoning, the second book in the trilogy, was published in June Companion Club Recruiting NOW February 7, by Serena The Taker by Alma Katsu was a book I enjoyed for its paranormal elements, but also for its characters, Adair — who seemed like evil incarnate — and Lanore — a young woman obsessed with the local hottie.
It is much more. A combination of historical fiction, paranormal magic, and romance, with a great nod to some literary greats, including a personal favorite of mine, Edgar Allan Poe. Check out more with my review. The Reckoning by Alma Katsu continues the journey of Lanore as she travels the globe and hide from Adair and his wrath. Believe me when I tell you that Adair is not an immortal man you want to make angry. Learn more with my review though beware of spoilers. As a companion, you get to talk about the books, promote local events where Adair and the books come together, and more.
Let us convert you with some decadence. Literary Events Abound Sept. Over six days, readers and writers have the chance to meet authors. Alma Katsu, whose books The Taker series have been reviewed here, will be participating on a literary and genre fiction panel hosted by the National Book Festival that also features novelists Julianna Baggott and Louis Bayard as well as Salon.
In addition to literature, Fall for the Book Festival also offers panels on the election and how to tap political independents and navigate the political landscape as well as a higher education panel to look at the challenges ahead for universities. On Saturday, Sept. On the final day of the festival, attendees can hear from Congressman Tim Ryan , check out the George Mason Alumni Reading, and check out writing from student writers at the Falling for the Story event.
Check out the full schedule. In addition to the Fall for the Book festival in Virginia, the D. This weekend, the Baltimore festival brings back Free Friday Feedback at 12 p.
From book sales to performances by the Baltimore Public Schools, the festival offers entertainment focused on books, music, and more.
The Taker Trilogy
True love can last an eternity On the midnight shift at a hospital in rural Maine, Dr. Luke Findley is expecting another quiet evening of frostbite and the occasional domestic dispute. A mysterious woman with a past and plenty of dark secrets, Lanny is unlike anyone Luke has ever met. He is inexplicably drawn to her And as she begins to tell her story, a story of enduring love and consummate betrayal that transcends time and mortality, Luke finds himself utterly captivated.
Now, more than three months later, I have accumulated enough emotional distance to deal with the story again. It should go without saying that I would never discourage a teen from picking up books from those shelves. I would say: Read what you want to, but know what it is you are wanting. And that is why I am sitting here to elaborate. The Taker could be called a gloomy thriller, dark historic fiction or a book about alchemy and magic.
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Last checked: 50 Minutes ago! Get a free 7 day subscription! Including imprisoning the man who loves her behind a wall of brick and stone. She had no choice but to entomb Adair, her nemesis, to save Jonathan, the boy she grew up with in a remote Maine town in the early s and the man she thought she would be with forever. But Adair had other plans for her. He used his mysterious, otherworldly powers to give her eternal life, but Lanore learned too late that there was a price for this gift: to spend eternity with him. He is a monster in the flesh, and he wants Lanore to love him for all of time.