Another strong episode in the Morganville Vampires series, the book focuses on a road trip among our lead characters. Despite their passes to escape Morganville, it seems they can’t get far from violence and blood. These are characters you want to continue to spend time with, despite the darkness of their setting, since they hold on to hope throughout. Another older YA read – 16 and up.
Set in the Italian Renaissance, this YA novel focuses on teenager Guilia, who is sent to a convent against her will. Guilia makes for a fierce and determined heroine, though she makes some colossal mistakes that the adults among us will see coming a mile off. The setting is wonderful, as are the female role models. A neat read, for 16 and up.
I read this book due to my obsession with Broadway’s Hamilton, and it has more than rewarded the three weeks it took me to finish it. Through this sensational, eye-opening view of our founding fathers, the brilliant, verbose, and fatally flawed Alexander Hamilton stands out for his prescience, his passion for his adopted nation, and his work ethic. At the end of the book, I actually wept over his loss to our country. A triumph for Chernow, this book showed me history in a light in which I’d never considered it, filled with flawed men, gutter politics, and a genuine amazement that we had the gifts of these people at this time in our national life. Highly recommended.