Amelia Gray has an unusual job as a cemetery restorer, and can see ghosts, an ability her father also has. While restoring a graveyard in Charleston, a body that doesn’t belong there is found, and Amelia assists Detective John Devlin (who has his own secrets and abilities) in the investigation.
I like Amelia’s unique job, and the setting in Charleston. There is so much history in the South; the grave restoration profession is intriguing. The background information about Amelia’s childhood and how her father gives her rules to follow is interesting. Devlin is a mysterious character, and the interaction between Devlin and Amelia is well-done. I would recommend this book (the first in the Graveyard Series by Amanda Stevens).
Fourteen-year-old Sierra Quinn is a fairy keeper in the world of Aluvia, and she hates this, primarily because she feels trapped in a life she didn’t choose. This is compounded by her abusive father, Jack, who uses the fairy nectar Sierra collects to make illegal elixir rather than for healing. It doesn’t help that these fairies are more like bees and can be very annoying and irritable.
Sierra discovers the young fairies she takes care of are dead and the queen is missing. When Jack trades her sister Phoebe to be an elixir runner to make up for lost income, Sierra goes on a journey with her best friend, Corbin, worst enemy, Nell, and Micah, a faun they meet along the way. Together, they work to make things right and rescue Phoebe.
Fairy Keeper is imaginative and well-written. It’s interesting that the fairies aren’t the cute little creatures in most stories. I like the interaction between the characters and the descriptions of the forest and mountains. I especially like the way Sierra comes to terms with her calling and how she begins to try to understand why people (specifically Nell) behave the way they do. I would recommend Fairy Keeper, and I want to read the next book in the series, Mer-Charmer.
This is a huge park with a lake near El Camino College where I am taking a class. I stopped on the way to school recently and took some pictures. I like this picture.
Erin Moran, best known for playing Joanie Cunningham on the 1970s sitcom “Happy Days,” has died. She was 56. According to TMZ, Moran’s body was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon by authorities in Indiana. The cause of death is unknown. The California-born actress, who also starred in the “Happy Days” spinoff “Joanie Loves Chachi,” had fallen on […]
via ‘Happy Days’ Star Erin Moran Dies at 56 — Variety
Passing along a great blog post about C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Source: C.S Lewis and me