Observe by Andrea Pearson

It’s time for Nicole to infiltrate the Tarians and make them think she is on their side. Suddenly she can no longer stand to touch Austin or even think about him without getting sick and Rebecca says that is likely a permanent side effect. Nicole’s still not quite sure if Rebecca is even trustworthy, but feels she must go along with Rebecca’s plan until she has reason not to. Meanwhile, Anna Morse needs Nicole to come to her.

Observe is the fourth in the Mosaic Chronicles series and it’s the best yet. There were so many things I suspected that were confirmed and so many things I didn’t expect. I found it hard to stop reading when I needed to do other things because I just had to know what would happen next. I highly recommend this book and the whole Mosaic Chronicles series!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 73
Pages Read in 2017: 21,293
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Reason I Chose It: I really like the series

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Perceive by Andrea Pearson

In an effort to find the right cello to be her focus, Nicole spends time in Moses Lake. A strange meteor hit the earth there and is poisoning the land and people. Meanwhile, she is being visited by the ghost of the woman who lived in the possessed tree. There is a reason Nicole is in Moses Lake when she is and she must carry out the instructions she is given by the ghost if she wants to make the future better for Aretes.

Perceive is the third Mosaic Chronicles book and it was just as good as the first two. There was one big reveal that I guess if I had really stopped and thought about it I might have realized it was coming, but as it was it was quite a pleasant surprise for me. Another plot twist I totally didn’t see coming. There were a handful of minor editing mistakes including one that I’m really not sure what the author actually meant. I highly recommend Perceive and the entire Mosaic Chronicles series (so far at least)!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 72
Pages Read in 2017: 21,033
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Praxis by Andrea Pearson

Praxis, the second book in the Mosaic Chronicles, contains three novellas. The Focus (Nicole’s POV), The Manor (Austin’s POV), and The Angel (Lizzie’s POV). They don’t exactly carry on the story from the first book, but they are necessary in the progression of the series and some events are mentioned again later. These stories kept me up way too late one night (which contributed to some weird Kilenya/Mosaic mashed up dreams) mainly because The Manor and The Angel are so creepy. They are well-written and while it doesn’t take much to scare me, the creepiness was just the right level. Some of the stuff in The Angel is a bit… familiar… for Doctor Who fans. I highly recommend all Mosaic Chronicles fan read this set of novellas (but you must read Discern first or you’ll just be confused).

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 71
Pages Read in 2017: 20,777
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Reason I Chose It: I enjoyed the first book in the series

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Discern by Andrea Pearson

On a version of earth where fourth children are magical, Nicole heads to one of the three universities that specialize in teaching the Arete how to use their magic. She’s been unable to find her focus and channel her magic so far and feels a bit overwhelmed by Austin, a really hot Arete, who seems so powerful with his magical abilities already. People have been disappearing and magical pulses felt in Moab, so they both join an expedition to see if they can figure out just what is going on.

I was completely sucked into the story right from the start. The very beginning was a bit awkward as is usually the case when the rules and names of a new world have to be built. Once I was past that and had accepted the new vocabulary, I could barely put it down. I got a bit of a geek thrill to see Coolidge is in this series, too, and the keys of Kilenya and Ayunli were mentioned. I’m looking forward to seeing where the Mosaic Chronicles and Kilenya series converge. There were a few minor editing issues (a word where it did not belong), but nothing really distracting. This author must have an amazing imagination because she can truly craft an amazing story. I highly recommend reading Discern!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 70
Pages Read in 2017: 20,612
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The Story of Western Science by Susan Wise Bauer

The Story of Western Science covers major science advancements and the people behind them in topical and then chronological order. Each is explained to make it easy for the layperson to understand. The chapters end with links to pertinent writings and books (sometimes down to the edition) to read for more information about the topic. It would be very easy to turn into a science course for a high school student or for personal enrichment. I highly recommend this book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 69
Pages Read in 2017: 20,355
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Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker

Theras is a little boy growing up in Athens. His life is turned upside down when he must move to Sparta. He wants nothing more than the escape back to Athens even though the journey would be very dangerous.

Theras and His Town is historical fiction written for children that allows the reader to really get a good glimpse into life in Athens and Sparta and the extreme differences between the two. It is very biased toward Athens being good and Sparta being bad. I enjoyed it as much as my sons (even though I was reading it to my 8-year-old, my 10-year-old listened in and kept commenting on how good it was). I highly recommend it as a family read-aloud and for those studying ancient Greece.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 68
Pages Read in 2017: 20,039
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Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian for School

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Revelation by Karen McQuestion

Everything seems pretty quiet for the four kids in Edgewood. They haven’t heard from the Associates, school is going well, and Nadia’s parents are even allowing her to go out with Russ once a week and hold a job. And then everything changes and the kids are sent on their first mission by the Associates.

Revelation, the fourth and last Edgewood book, closed out the series with a very satisfying end. Once again, the author managed to totally blindside me with a twist I truly never expected. The story is told mostly from Russ’s point of view with a handful of chapters from Nadia’s point of view. It’s exciting to the very end and kept me second-guessing myself as to which group, the Praetorian Guard or the Associates, were the bad guys. I highly recommend this book, but definitely read the first three books before this one or it won’t really make sense.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 67
Pages Read in 2017: 19,831
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (R in EMERALD)

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