Friday Finds – September 20, 2013

Posted: September 20, 2013 in Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can discuss books that you’ve discovered over the course of the week and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. They can be books that are new or used.  They can be ones that you’ve borrowed (library or friend), found online, heard about from a friend, etc.

Here are my finds for the week.  All have been sitting sadly on my shelf waiting to be read except for Testimony which I got for free at the library.


From the Publishers:  The United States was more a fragile hope than a reality in 1790.  During the decade that followed, the Founding Fathers – reexamined here as Founding Brothers – combined the ideals of the Declaration of Independence with the content of the Constitution to create the practical working of our government.  Through an analysis of six fascinating episodes – Hamilton and Burr’s deadly duel, Washington’s precedent-setting Farewell Address, Adams’ administration and political partnership with his wife, the debate about where to place the capitol (sic), Franklin’s attempt to force Congress to confront the issue of slavery and Madison’s attempts to block him, and Jefferson and Adams’ famous correspondence – Founding Brothers brings to life the vital issues and personalities from the most important decade in our nation’s history.


From the Publisher: Enter a world upended by the repercussions of a single impulsive action.  At an exclusive New England boarding school, a sex scandal unleashes a storm of shame an recrimination.  The men, women, and teenagers affected – among them the headmaster, struggling to contain the scandal before it destroys the school; a well-liked scholarship student and star basketball player; grappling with the consequences of his mistakes; his mother, confronting her own forbidden temptations; and a troubled teenage girl eager to put the past behind her – speak out to relate the events of one fateful night and its aftermath.


From the Publisher:  Sgt. Raymond Shaw is a hero of the first order.  He’s an ex-prisoner of war who saved the life of his entire outfit, a winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the stepson of an influential senator…and the perfect assassin.  Brainwashed during his time as a P.O.W., he is a ‘sleeper’ – a living weapon to be triggered by a secret signal.   He will act without question, no matter what order he is made to carry out.  To stop Shaw and those who now control him, his former commanding officer, Bennett Marco, must uncover the truth behind a twisted conspiracy of torture, betrayal, and power that will lead him to the highest level of the government – and into the darkest recesses of his own mind…


From Goodreads:  One day Han Alister catches three young wizard setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won’t use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.

Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana’Marianna has her own battle to fight. She’s just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father’s family. Raisa aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her—plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.


From Goodreads: 

Every year in Quill, thirteen-year-olds are sorted into categories: the strong, intelligent Wanteds go to university, and the artistic Unwanteds are sent to their deaths.

Thirteen-year-old Alex tries his hardest to be stoic when his fate is announced as Unwanted, even while leaving behind his twin, Aaron, a Wanted. Upon arrival at the destination where he expected to be eliminated, however, Alex discovers a stunning secret— behind the mirage of the “death farm” there is instead a place called Artime.

In Artime, each child is taught to cultivate their creative abilities and learn how to use them magically, weaving spells through paintbrushes and musical instruments. Everything Alex has ever known changes before his eyes, and it’s a wondrous transformation.

But it’s a rare, unique occurence for twins to be separated between Wanted and Unwanted, and as Alex and Aaron’s bond stretches across their separation, a threat arises for the survival of Artime that will pit brother against brother in an ultimate, magical battle.

  1. Another great selection of books… Testimony looks really interesting

  2. I was supposed to read Founding Brothers for an AP History class but couldn’t get into it. I’m interested to find out how you feel about it- it might be time to give it another try. I almost picked up Demon King from the library the other day. I hope you review it so I can decide whether or not to get it. 🙂

  3. bookmammal says:

    I really liked Testimony–difficult subject matter,but a good read. I’m always impressed when an author can effectively pull off the “writing from multiple viewpoints” thing–and I thought Testimony was a great example of that.

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  5. sandradan1 says:

    Anita Shreve is always good. SD

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