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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!

Saturday, August 10, 2013


Paperback, 312 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Thomas Nelson Publishers
ISBN 1401688721 (ISBN13: 9781401688721)
edition languageEnglish
seriesAnomaly #1

Thalli has fifteen minutes and twenty-three seconds left to live. The toxic gas that will complete her annihilation is invading her bloodstream. But she is not afraid.

Thalli is different than others in The State. She feels things. She asks questions. And in the State, this is not tolerated. The Ten scientists who survived the nuclear war that destroyed the world above believe that emotion was at the core of what went wrong—and they have genetically removed it from the citizens they have since created. Thalli has kept her malformation secret from those who have monitored her for most of her life, but when she receives an ancient piece of music to record as her community’s assigned musician, she can no longer keep her emotions secreted away.

Seen as a threat to the harmony of her Pod, Thalli is taken to the Scientists for immediate annihilation. But before that can happen, Berk—her former Pod mate who is being groomed as a Scientist—steps in and persuades the Scientists to keep Thalli alive as a test subject.

The more time she spends in the Scientist’s Pod, the clearer it becomes that things are not as simple as she was programmed to believe. She hears stories of a Designer—stories that fill her mind with more questions: Who can she trust? What is this emotion called love? And what if she isn’t just an anomaly, but part of a greater design?

my thoughts

An interesting dystopian novel. Reminded me of Lois Lowry's THE GIVER.
In a future world, citizens are genetically created. Emotion is suppose to be eradicated. Guess what- it's not. Every so often an ANOMALY occurs and someone is created with something they shouldn't possess. Thalli learns about The Creator, and unfortunately for her, he's not a scientist from The State. 
This is one of the better dystopian books available today.  Thalli (short for Thallium- everyone is named after and element from the periodic table) is a likable character.   Her friends are somewhat one dimensional, but that's the idea, they slowly grow and learn they should be more than they are.  

A good book that touches upon religion without ramming it down the readers throat. This is the first in a series. I look forward to the next book. 

I give this book 4/5 stars

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Friday, August 9, 2013

Thursday, August 8, 2013


Please join C.W. Gortner as he tours virtually for the release of The Tudor Conspiracy (Book Two, Elizabeth I Spymaster Chronicles) from July 16 – August 27.

US Publication Date: July 16, 2013
UK Publication Date: July 18, 2013
St. Martin’s Griffin
Paperback; 352p
ISBN-10: 0312658494

Winter 1554. Brendan Prescott, spymaster to the Princess Elizabeth, has discovered that he is connected to the Tudors by blood as well as allegiance. Though his secret is known only by a few, it could be his downfall as he is called to London to protect the princess. 
Accompanied by his young squire Peregrine, he reluctantly leaves his sweetheart Kate behind - but in the city he discovers that no one is quite what they seem. What fate does Queen Mary intend for her sister? Is Robert Dudley somehow manipulating the princess, even though he is locked in the Tower? And should Brendan trust the alluring Sybilla, Mary's lady-in-waiting, who professes to be on his side?

As he tries to unravel the mysteries of the Tudor court Brendan's life will be put in danger many times, and along the way he learns more about his own past.

my thoughts

I love the Tudors.  I love reading about this completely dysfunctional family.  
This is book two is the Elizabeth Spymaster series, but can easily be read as a standalone book.  I haven't read book one yet, but it's on my list!

I enjoyed reading this story.  Gortner brought the characters to life.  Brendan is a wonderful character.  He is walking a tightrope between Catholic Queen Mary and Protestant Princess Elizabeth. He has all the human weaknesses and foibles you can imagine.  Does it make him a weak character?  No.  It makes him a character the reader can relate to and feel for.  He displayed raw emotion.  I found him to be an extremely likable guy.  

This book is full of all the royal intrigue, palace back biting, and overall viciousness that we have come to expect from the Tudor family.

C.W. Gortner is the author of The Last Queen, The Confessions of Catherine de Medici, The Queen’s Vow and The Tudor Secret. He holds an MFA in Writing, with an emphasis in Renaissance Studies. Raised in Spain and half Spanish by birth, he currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He welcomes readers and is always available for reader group chats. Please visit him at www.cwgortner.com for more information.