Title: Truly Devious (Book 1 of 3)

Author:  Maureen Johnson

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Deadly Heat by Richard Castle

Deadly Heat


Part of the plot from the last book is carried on in Deadly Heat. Nikki is still searching for the man responsible for her mother’s murder and trying to figure out if the big event that had been alluded to was a con just to distract her. Also enter in Rainbow, the latest serial killer to hit NYC, and he’s set his sights on Nikki.


There were a lot a twists and turns in this book. Definitely kept me guessing, but the carried on plot did get tiresome at times.

© Cori Large December 2013

Frozen Heat by Richard Castle

Frozen Heat


 A seemingly random crime reopens a cold case and old wounds for Detective Nikki Heat. How does a woman who Nikki does not recognize, but is found stuffed in a suitcase that was stolen from Nikki’s mother’s apartment a decade ago, linked to her mother’s murder?


 This story was all sorts of intrigue and run-around. Because of some characters coming back from the dead, I’m starting to wonder if dead is ever truly dead. Good book. Best so far, in my opinion.

 © Cori Large November 2013

Heat Rises by Richard Castle

Heat Rises


A Catholic priest is found murdered in an S & M den, Detective Heat’s crew has a long list of suspects, including their own captain.


Good book. The suspect list had me guessing until the very end. Still reading the books with Nathan Fillion’s voice reading all of Jameson Rook’s lines.

© Cori Large November 2013

Naked Heat by Richard Castle

naked heat



 Nikki Heat gets a taste of fame after Jameson Rook’s article about her is published. When the local gossip columnist is murdered, there seems to be no end of the list of potential suspects. As additional murders starts piling up, Nikki and her team struggle to find the missing connection as their suspects turn into the latest murder victim.


 This is the second book in the Nikki Heat series, based on ABC’s TV show Castle.

 Very interesting plot, it kept me guessing up until the reveal. Getting to see self-assured Rook become jealous is always amusing.

 © Cori Large November 2013

Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley


Pint-sized super sleuth Flavia de Luce assists with the opening of a Saint’s crypt and finds the body of the current organist. While the police do their own investigation, she also checks into things.


My overall opinion = okay.

The story gripped me in the beginning; I mean I was hooked by the first chapter. However the story dropped off to the point I almost stopped reading. It did pick up within the final chapters.

© Cori Endicott July 30, 2013

Bailey School Kids series books 27-30

The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

Bogeymen Don’t Play Football (27)

A student teacher comes to Bailey School Elementary and tells kids who don’t do their homework that he’s going to get them. Then the kids hear strange sounds beneath their beds all night.

Unicorns Don’t Give Sleigh Rides (28)

Liza swears a unicorn has taken up residence at Bailey City Stables, can she convince the others?

Knights Don’t Teach Piano (29)

The kids start taking piano lessons from a man whose house looks like a castle and he always wears armor.

Hercules Doesn’t Pull Teeth (30)

A new dentist who like the number 12, has huge muscles, and three dogs named Cerb comes to Bailey City.

YA Lit class project, pt. 2

This is part 2 of the reading did for my Young Adult literature class:

v  Title #13: Hatchet

  • a. Author: Gary Paulsen
  • b. Recommended Audience:      *****
  • c. Reading Recommendation:     Adolescent Boys
  • d. Curriculum Connections:         Character building, survival training
  • e. Review: Brian is lost in the wilderness when the small aircraft he is riding in crashes. He much learn to survive using the hatchet his mom gave him.
  • Evaluation: All the survival techniques he uses are real, accurately portrayed, and appropriate for the circumstances.

v  Title #14: Entwined

  • Author: Heather Dixon
  • Recommended Audience: High school girls
  • Reading Recommendation:         ****
  • Curriculum Connections: Family, trust, death, and obedience
  • Review: After their mother dies, twelve young princesses reluctantly begin their year of mourning whilst their absentee father goes off to war. The girls live for dancing, something that is now verboten. They find a hidden place within the palace where they are allowed to dance in secret, but what price will this freedom come at?
  • Evaluation: The girls must learn the hard way about being so trusting, and even though he may not show it, their father loves them no matter what.

v  Title #15: Sister Mischief

  • Author: Laura Goode
  • Recommended Audience: High school, LGBT teens, hip-hop lovers
  • Reading Recommendation:         ***
  • Curriculum Connections: LGBT, music theory, music appreciation and interpretation
  • Review: This book is about four friends who are trying to start a positive hip-hop club where straights and gays can come together in peace and safety to discuss the genre in their conservative, majority White town.
  • Evaluation: I personally did not care for the language, sex, and mild drug use in this book. However, this book is very positive towards gays and the gay youth may appreciate it.

v  Title #16: The Book of Mordred

  • Author: Vivian Vande Velde
  • Recommended Audience:           *****
  • Reading Recommendation:         Middle school and up
  • Curriculum Connections: British medieval history; Arthurian legends
  • Review: This book tells the history of Mordred from the points of view of three different women. It brings in some of the well-known theories regarding Arthur, Merlin, Camelot, and what happened to them all.
  • Evaluation: I’ve always been a fan of the Arthurian legends and the theories on what happened to the main characters. This would be a good addition to an Arthurian-love collection.

v  Title #17:      Race Across Alaska

  • Author: Libby Riddles and Tim Jones
  • Recommended Audience: High school
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: Ambition, Training for an endurance race
  • Review:                This book is about the story of the first woman to win the Iditarod.
  • Evaluation: This book is inspiring and the format teaches as well as entertains.

v  Title #18: The Canterbury Papers

  • Author: Judith Koll Healey
  • Recommended Audience: High School
  • Reading Recommendation: **
  • Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Historical figures of France and England
  • Review:                A lesser French royal is called upon by Eleanor of Aquitaine to retrieve letter she had written to the Archbishop of Canterbury. These letters could bring down her son from the English throne is discovered.
  • Evaluation: This book was really difficult to get into. I didn’t really enjoy it.

v  Title #19: Magic or Madness

  • Author: Justine Larbaletier
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School and up
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: General reading
  • Review:                A young girl and her mother are on the run from her wicked witch of a grandmother. When she ends up in her grandmother’s care, she escapes but some transports herself far away. There she must decide whether or not to go back to her grandmother or risk her life in the care of her bad-vibe-giving grandfather.
  • Evaluation: This book left so many questions unanswered. I hope there is a sequel that will answer my questions.

v  Title #20: Zazoo

  • Author: Richard Mosher
  • Recommended Audience: Immigrant and adopted kids
  • Reading Recommendation: **
  • Curriculum Connections: World War II, Vietnam War, Adoption, Hatred, Antisemetism
  • Review:                This is a story about a Vietnamese orphan who was adopted by a Frenchman and brought up in France. She befriends a strange boy who asks questions about another citizen. She does her own investigation and discovers the truth about her adopted parent and the village she was raised in.
  • Evaluation: The book was hard to get into and on more than one occasion I wanted to put the book down because I was bored.

v  Title #21: Speaking from Among the Bones

  • Author: Alan Bradley
  • Recommended Audience: High School
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: General reading, Great for Mystery Lovers
  • Review:                Flavia de Luce is a mini Sherlock Holmes and had aided the police on several occasions when they don’t know in which direction to go in. When the church organist is found dead in the tomb of the church’s namesake saint, the questions begin to pile up quickly.
  • Evaluation: I was hooked from the first chapter. I will definitely be looking up the author’s other books.

v  Title #22: First People: an Illustrated History of American Indians

  • Author: David C. King
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School & High School
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: American History, Native American History
  • Review: This book is very interesting. It goes over the history and theories surrounding all the Native American tribes and what the descendents are up to now.
  • Evaluation: This book would be good for research as well as general reading. There are lots of illustrations to facilitate understanding.

v  Title #23: Frozen Secrets: Antarctica Revealed

  • Author: Sally M. Walker
  • Recommended Audience: Late Elementary and Middle School
  • Reading Recommendation: *****
  • Curriculum Connections: Geography, Earth Science, International Relations
  • Review:                This book is about the history and evolution of Antarctica, and all the scientific research that is going on down there. Despite looking like a picture book, this book would be great as a research source or for general nonfiction reading.
  • Evaluation: This was a VERY educational book. What is going on down on Antarctica is proof of what happens when everyone comes together and work toward the greater good.

v  Title #24: The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

  • Author: Laurie R. King
  • Recommended Audience: Middle School and up
  • Reading Recommendation: ****
  • Curriculum Connections: General Reading, Using a well-known literary character in a different setting with a different author
  • Review:                This story is written from the point of view of a fifteen year old girl who becomes friends with Sherlock Holmes after he’s retired from being a Consulting Detective, and he wasn’t fictional but really did live around the turn of the last century.
  • Evaluation: This book is an interesting concept. The story is dense and not a quick read.

Bones are Forever by Kathy Reichs


Three dead infants are found hidden in an apartment. Search for the mother leads Tempe and Andrew Ryan all over Canada. Drug dealers, half-siblings, and potential diamond rights turn up. Will there be any more babies to find?


I believe I’ve only read one other book as fast as I read this one, and it was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Already hooked before the book came out. Why would some woman who obviously must not want her babies (as she keeps killing them) keep getting pregnant and carrying to term? The reason why is absolutely sickening and infuriating. Recommended.

© Cori Endicott September 2012

One Book in the Grave by Kate Carlisle


Book restoration chick, Brooklyn, has stumbled upon yet another dead body. Her latest project involves a book she gave to her best friend and his fiancée three years ago. When her friend tragically dies in a car accident, the book is stolen from his grieving fiancée. Fast-forward three years, the book has shown up and there is now skepticism over whether or not her friend died all those years ago.


This is the first Bibliophile Mystery I’ve read. I didn’t know how much I would like it since I know nothing about book restoration. I consider this to be a “quick and dirty” mystery, perfect for escapism. If you can deal with the macabre, this is for you.

© Cori Endicott June 2012

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