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Book Vote – June 2015

Time for the June 2015 Book Vote! Vote ends on the 29th, enjoy!


NUBC Reviews – The Mermaid’s Sister by Carrie Anne Noble

The Mermaid's Sister on March 1, 2015
Pages: 237
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In a cottage high atop Llanfair Mountain, sixteen-year-old Clara lives with her sister, Maren, and guardian Auntie. By day, they gather herbs for Auntie’s healing potions. By night, Auntie spins tales of faraway lands and wicked fairies. Clara’s favorite story tells of three orphan infants—Clara, who was brought to Auntie by a stork; Maren, who arrived in a seashell; and their best friend, O’Neill, who was found beneath an apple tree.

One day, Clara discovers shimmering scales just beneath her sister’s skin. She realizes that Maren is becoming a mermaid—and knows that no mermaid can survive on land. Desperate to save her, Clara and O’Neill place the mermaid-girl in their gypsy wagon and set out for the sea. But no road is straight, and the trio encounters trouble around every bend. Ensnared by an evil troupe of traveling performers, Clara and O’Neill must find a way to save themselves and the ever-weakening mermaid.

And always, in the back of her mind, Clara wonders, if my sister is a mermaid, then what am I?

The Mermaid's Sister

This is a very cute story, I feel like it could be the perfect story for the “tween” aged young adult crowd.  For those worried about you child reading too much romance, this is a good “old fashioned” love story.  Two sisters (Maren and Clara) have been raised together since a very young age.  They may not be sisters by blood, but they are closer than most blood relatives.  They were both raised by their Auntie Verity.  One was delivered via stork and the other a sea shell…And don’t forget O’Neal (sort of like a brother to them) who was delivered to their pseudo uncle Scarf via apple tree.

The children grew up in a tranquil and pleasant mountainside town (with a few visits a year from Scarf and his son O’Neil) until Maren started transforming into a mermaid.  (Will Clara turn into a stork and O’Neil and apple/apple tree?)

This book is about the adventures of Clara and O’Neil as they attempt to get Maren (the mermaid) back to her home in the sea, before she shrivels away and dies.  The journey is a bit more treacherous than originally thought and it may take them down roads they never imagined.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this tale.  The images conjured by the authors writing area amazing and colorful.  Insightful animals and creatures are bountiful in this little treasure of a book.  It is full of love, loyalty, friendship, and a little magic.  If you enjoy whimsical fantasy, this might be the next book for you!


Book of the month – May 2015

A Conspiracy of Paper (Benjamin Weaver Series #1)A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

Benjamin Weaver is an outsider in eighteenth-century London: a Jew among Christians; a ruffian among aristocrats; a retired pugilist who, hired by London’s gentry, travels through the criminal underworld in pursuit of debtors and thieves.

In A Conspiracy of Paper, Weaver investigates a crime of the most personal sort: the mysterious death of his estranged father, a notorious stockjobber. To find the answers, Weaver must contend with a desperate prostitute who knows too much about his past, relatives who remind him of his alienation from the Jewish faith, and a cabal of powerful men in the world of British finance who have hidden their business dealings behind an intricate web of deception and violence. Relying on brains and brawn, Weaver uncovers the beginnings of a strange new economic order based on stock speculation–a way of life that poses great risk for investors but real danger for Weaver and his family.

In the tradition of The Alienist and written with scholarly attention to period detail, A Conspiracy of Paper is one of the wittiest and most suspenseful historical novels in recent memory, as well as a perceptive and beguiling depiction of the origin of today’s financial markets. In Benjamin Weaver, author David Liss has created an irresistibly appealing protagonist, one who parlays his knowledge of the emerging stock market into a new kind of detective work.

Winner of the 2001 Edgar Award for Best First Novel.


Netflix Pick of the Week: A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories

I like twisted shows. I adore the BBC. It is my go to especially when I want something that has dark humor and or satire. I came across the show “A Young Doctor’s Notebook and Other Stories.” The plot is simple in the early 20th century, a young doctor arrives in a small Russian village around the time of the Russian Revolution to work in the local hospital (taken from imdb). I have only seen Daniel Radcliffe in Harry Potter. He was good but it is more of a young adult movie. This show was hilarious! It is only Season 1. Word is Season 2 is on the way.

There is lots of comedy but drama as well. The older doctor is basically hanging out with the younger version of himself. During this time he’s recounting his time in the hospital he gets sent to right out of medical school. His younger self is afraid and skittish. His older self is jaded and high. It results in the weirdest scenes that are brilliantly written and expertly acted out.



NUBC Reviews: The Test by John Lansing

NUBC Reviews: The Test by John LansingThe Test by John Lansing
Genres: Historical Fiction
ISBN: 9780989835244
on 11/1/2014
Pages: 33
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A coming-of-age story set in 1950s, small-town Long Island, at time when suburban America is about to undergo  seismic societal changes. With this backdrop, a teenage boy falls in love with one of the town's few black girls, a relationship that has repercussions leading to permanent transformations for the couple--and for the town.

We received this book for free from ARC in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect our opinion of the book or the content of our review.

Our review:

Jack Morgan is a teenager enjoying his life with his friends Gene and Greg when the first black family move into Baldwin. The moment he see’s Vida, the second oldest child, he is smitten. He doesn’t understand all of the racial implications but the first time he ask her to dance and looks into her almond eyes, he doesn’t really care. Although they both care about each other their relationship can not move forward because their parents are afraid. Vida’s are afraid of the violence that might occur and Jack’s are afraid that they will loose their friends and social status. Flash forward to the present and we see how Jack, who is ending his third marriage, still thinks about her.

This short story is only 33 pages yet it felt like so much more. I don’t know what I expected but as I read it, I could feel all of the pain that these two had because outside forces were keeping them apart. I can’t imagine someone telling me that I couldn’t be with the person I loved especially because of their skin color. John Lansing was able to give a voice to the racial tension amazingly just by describing a school dance. It was more than I expected and so worth the read.

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About John Lansing

John Lansing

John Lansing started his career as an actor in New York City. He spent a year at the Royale Theatre playing the lead role in the Broadway production of “Grease.” He then landed a co-starring role in George Lucas’ “More American Graffiti,” and guest-starred on numerous television shows. During his fifteen-year writing career, Lansing wrote and produced “Walker Texas Ranger,” co-wrote two CBS Movies of the Week, and he also co-executive produced the ABC series “Scoundrels.” John’s first book was Good Cop, Bad Money, a true-crime tome with former NYPD Inspector Glen Morisano. The Devil’s Necktie, his debut novel became a Barnes&Noble best seller and Blond Cargo is the second book in the Jack Bertolino series. Tatra Press recently published, The Test, a coming of age tale, set on Long Island in 1963 that deals with race, violence, social politics, and young love. A native of Long Island, John now resides in Los Angeles.