Booking Your Weekend

Amazing Eclipse Reads Every Friday, Book Ink Reviews will post a list of book recommendations to book your weekend full of adventure. Click on the titles to read the reviews, click on the pictures for book blurbs and purchase options to enjoy. Red Rising by Pierce BrownTomorrow's Kin by Nancy KressMoonstroke by Blaine C. ReadlerTrickery by Jaymin Eve and Jane WashingtonThe Forgetting by Sharon Cameron 

A Lady in Shadows by Lene Kaaberbøl

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A Madeline Karno Mystery, A Lady in Shadows continues to follow Doctor Death in her new murder mystery. But true to the country settings, the press changes her name is Mademoiselle Death.
An intelligent, turn of the century woman? Sign. Me. Up.  A woman that chooses to honor the dead by doing both forensic work and autopsies? Yes, please. This is a gem and a fantastic follow up to Kaaberbøl's original about London's Ripper, Doctor Death.

I enjoyed the expansion on Madeline, to see her drive begin to be fulfilled and that it isn't hampered by any of the men in her life. I enjoyed that she is a modern, feminist thinker. Kaaberbøl deals with reproduction (hard not to when it is a story focused on France's real life Ripper) and toes a very uneasy line with ideas of abortion and artificial insemination.
Though it is supposed to be a mystery, I really have to disagree. I knew "Who Dun It" at about a quarter of the way into the book. And…

The Space Between Words by Michele Phoenix

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"Endure with courage, resist with wisdom, and persist in faith." 
Ever so often you read a book that entangles your heart so deeply that you cannot walk away from the ending unchanged. The Space Between Words is one of those novels, team. The world of the seventeenth century tortured, terrorized French Huguenots meets the modern world of a tortured, terrorized soul and survivor of the French Bataclan attacks. As we unfold the mystery found within a sewing box full of archaic Bible passages hidden in the false bottom, we also find ourselves on the path to healing for Jessica.
It has realistic portrayals of PTSD while never mentioning the actual name. It shows that humans can be shaken without being shattered. And over and over again it shows the resounding resilience and courage and strength we can find in one another if we were to just reach out. 
At turns, your heart will hurt and rejoice. You will find evil and peace and in the end it is up to you to decide if…

Plank's Law by Lesley Choyce

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Fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Tuesdays with Morrie will absolutely and utterly enjoy this quirky, real, raw look at a boy becoming a man with an expiration date. He starts out with a very short, and incredibly immature bucket list to get drunk, to get high, to drive a Lamborghini, to get arrested, and to get a girlfriend.

Everything changes when Trevor stands atop a cliff, contemplating ending it all, and meets the wise old man the book is named after. With Plank's guidance, he takes a chance on a girl he met in the hospital and everything in Trevor's world is changed.

Y'all. My heart is so happy with this little gem. It really is little. It rook me all of three hours to read. It's almost short enough for me to consider it a short story. But that doesn't take away from the life lessons to be learned from a terminally ill teenager and a crotchety old man.

We learn to live life every day, a day at a time. There is no reason to get bog…

Moonstroke by Blaine C. Readler

Click here to buyThe Book ✯✯ Another lunar adventure is now under my belt. Though there is plenty of action and the plot coasts along at a good pace, it is devoid of much background for any of the characters. I don't really care for any of them, even when they are in danger and that always saddens me. 
The science behind the moon wasn't as in depth as I was expecting from a science fiction novel--even if it is a young adult science fiction.
And frankly, it may be a disservice to this novel that I've already read Artemis by Andy Weir. Compared to that one, this is just a nice little soft science, easy story ride. Artemis did it better by far, but that doesn't mean that this one won't grab younger readers from the very first opening line: "He's dead."
For a moon-full of teenagers and only a handful of adults, they survive impressively well for twelve years completely on their own. I'm not sure if this is meant to be a stand alone or a first of many,…

Plague Land by Alex Scarrow

Click here to buy:The Book ✯✯✯ A solid start to a series that sometimes falls under horror and sometimes falls under science fiction. still not sure how I actually feel about Plague Land,though. It's an interesting premise of what happens when we're attacked by an intelligent super virus. The first half of the book is littered with descriptions of how the virus attacks humans and animals. Over and over again it is vividly pictured and it is nightmare-inducing. Cleverly done, and when a book gives me nightmares I have to give it props. However, it is geared towards 14+. People die, frequently. And no one is safe. Because of this, though realistically gruesome and nondiscriminatory, I downgraded a star. This is not for kids. Just because our main protagonist is a 17 year old doesn't mean that sensitive, younger kiddos should read this "young adult" novel. 
The last star was taken off because no one is fleshed out. Ha... once you read the book you'll tota…

Nyxia by Scott Reintgen

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This gorgeous science fiction by Scott Reintgen is where Red RisingAvatar, Ender's Game, and The Maze Runner meet. But it also stands entirely on it's own with a unique and diverse cast of teen characters. In fact, I highly recommend that any teacher or librarian in city schools pick this up immediately for your students that love science fiction. Reintegen is a North Carolina urban city teacher that had his students provide feedback to make Emmett what he is, and it was a brilliant idea.
Emmett is a poor African American kid from Detroit. He doesn't run in any hard gangs, he doesn't do drugs. He is a good kid with a kind heart and his mother has cancer. He grows into a leader of his own that recognizes it doesn't always need to be him leading. He's strong and determined and it serves him well throughout the book. Emmett is hand selected by Babel Communications for an interstellar space mission with the promise that he will earn $50,000 a month…