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CHILDREN OF RAGNAROK:

Since Ragnarokthe great war between the gods and the forces of chaos—the human realm of the Midlands has become a desperate and dangerous place, bereft of magic.

Sixteen-year-old Eiric Halvorsen is among the luckier ones—his family has remained prosperous. But he stands to lose everything when he’s wrongly convicted by a rigged jury of murdering his modir and stepfadir. Also at risk is Eiric’s half-systir, Liv, who’s under suspicion for her interest in seidr, or magic. Then a powerful jarl steps in: He will pay the blood price if Eiric will lead a mission to the fabled Temple at the Grove—the rich stronghold of the wyrdspinners, the last practitioners of sorcery.

Spellsinger, musician, and runecaster Reginn Eiklund has spent her life performing at alehouses for the benefit of her master, Asger, a fire demon she is desperate to escape. After one performance that amazes even herself, two wyrdspinners in the audience make Reginn an irresistible offer: return with them to the Temple to be trained in seidr, forever free of Asger.

Eiric’s, Liv’s, and Reginn’s journeys converge in New Jotunheim, a paradise fueled by magic and the site of the Temple. They soon realize that a great evil lurks beneath the dazzling surface and that old betrayals and long-held grudges may fuel another cataclysmic war. It will require every gift and weapon at their command to prevent it.

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Review: Road To Somewhere (Lynn/Morris)

AUTHOR: Kelley Lynn & Jenny S. Morris
SERIES: none
PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury Spark
PUBLICATION DATE: March 11, 2014
ISBN: 9781619634718
PAGES: 212
SOURCE: purchased e-book
GENRE: chick lit/romance
SETTING: Sherman, Texas
GIVE IT TO: MS, HS

SUMMARY: Sisters Charlie and Lucy are exact opposites. Eighteen-year old Charlie can’t wait to escape her parents’ watchful eyes. When she is forced to take responsible Lucy with her on a friends-only road trip to California, Charlie is beyond annoyed. Worse, their parents are making them stop off at their grandparents’ farm in Texas along the way. Charlie must keep perfect Lucy from learning the real reasons for her road trip, before Lucy blabs and ruins all her plans.

IF THIS BOOK WERE A SONG, IT WOULD BE: “Trouble” by Taylor Swift

REVIEW: Aww. This book was seriously cute. I love the sisters’ dual viewpoints and the Sherman, Texas setting. A road trip, two romances, and plenty of teen angst kept me eagerly turning pages. Being a Texan who recently relocated to China, I love that this book helped me feel a little homesick for the first time since I got here. The authors clearly love the Texas countryside!

I have two younger sisters, so I can relate with Charlie and Lucy’s sibling rivalry. Their personalities seem to be polar opposites, so it takes some time for them to start to understand how alike they truly are. I love that the authors developed the girls’ relationship slowly and realistically. Beautifully written!

The romances are both sweet and realistic. My only complaint is that the ending is a bit of a let-down. True to life, the story just stops without resolving everything. Sequel, please!

THE BOTTOM LINE: An engrossing story of sisters, first loves, and growing up. I loved it!

STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: I will definitely order this, but it is currently only available as an e-book. Follett doesn’t currently list it, so I will have to do some searching to see where I can get a copy. Nook and Kindle editions won’t work for checkout in school libraries.

RATING BREAKDOWN:

  • Overall: 5/5
  • Creativity: 5/5
  • Characters: 5/5
  • Engrossing: 5/5
  • Writing: 5/5
  • Appeal to teens: 5/5
  • Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5

CONTENT:

  • Language: none
  • Sexuality: mild–some kissing and skin-to-skin contact; brief mention of lost virginity
  • Violence: none
  • Drugs/Alcohol: mild; brief mention of chewing tobacco
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