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KM- The Green Mile – Stephen King

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Title: The Green Mile

Author: Stephen King

Series: No

Category: Mystery,

Length:  544 pages

My Rating: 10/10

The Green Mile documents prison guard, Paul Edgecombe, and his last days working “The Green Mile”. During his time of writing his manuscript, he comes in contact with John Coffey (like the drink, but spelled different), who is unlike anyone he’s ever known. The man is a giant accused of the murder and rape of two young girls. Coffey has extraordinary powers unlike any of the hardened workers on Block E have ever encountered. As details emerge and the suspense builds, will Edgecombe and his coworkers be able to follow through with the unthinkable?

This book definitely caught me off guard. I’d seen the movie plenty of times, but never actually took the time to read the novel. It was enough to move me to tears. The gentle giant, Coffey, will completely touch your heart and reach in to its depths, and make you wonder what you could really do if you were faced with a difficult choice.

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KM-Misery’s Curse – J. Belinda Yandell

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Title: Misery’s Curse

Author: J. Belinda Yandell

Series: Yes (#3 of the Cadian Chronicles)

Category: Drama / Historical Fiction / Mystery / Fantasy

Length:  261 pages

My Rating: 8/10

Misery’s Curse continues on with Lillitha and King Scearce’s daughter and her adventures after her father’s kingdom falls to the forces of the Shallan and Chancellor Paglia. She falls in to the care of an unlikely candidate, and he does the best he can to protect her. They seek shelter in any way they can, and find that even the ones they thought could be counted on, can’t be, when faced with Tey Myssirati.

Through side streets, gypsie camps, etc., straight in to the arms of Cadia-dedre Osane, Leah must find and forge her own path. She finds more allies in unexpected places, and moves amongst those that she felt the most gilted by, the Cadia. She enters as a novice, and must hide her true identity.

Chancellor Paglia, however, may finally be coming undone. Leah realizes she has inherited her mother’s gift of tadomani and has visions she can’t quite understand yet, but with the help of Cadia-dedre Osane, she will learn to hone her skills in each field, and to work her gifts to her advantage.

This series has continued to be quite enthralling. My main complaint is that the next one is not out yet. However, I’m noticing more and more typos and grammar inconsistencies as the series progresses, almost as though the author is in such a hurry to get it finished that she is overlooking the basics. With common sense though, the missing words and errors can easily be overlooked.

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KM-Misery’s Flight – J. Barbara Yandell

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Title: Misery’s Flight

Author: J. Belinda Yandell

Series: Yes (#2 of the Cadian Chronicles)

Category: Drama / Historical Fiction / Mystery / Fantasy

Length:  301 pages

My Rating: 8.5/10

***********WARNING: This review may spoil the ending of the first book if you have not read it yet***************

Misery’s Flight picks up where Misery’s Child left off. Prince Scearce and Lillitha successfully make their way away from Oman Teret back to Jeptalla, not knowing what death and damage their elopement left in their wake. Once they arrive in the seat of Jeptalla, they are immediately married, and the province rejoices at having the beautiful new princess in their midst.

Soon, however, Lord General Bastrop, godfather of Prince Scearce, and good friend to both Rowle and King Tullus brings news to the Jeptallan seat and informs them of the demise of both of their fathers. Princess (now Queen) Lillitha screams so loudly and sorrowfully that it can be heard throughout the kingdom.

Slowly, Lillitha seems to lose her mind. They keep all sharp objects from her to keep herself from killing or harming herself. She is pregnant, and quite sick in the mind. Chancellor Paglia, still reeling from the loss of Lillitha as shallana breda, coerces the Shallan Varden to abolish the house of Kirrisian, turning the vidor-ship of the province over to Danaus, as well as put a bounty on King Scearce’s head. Worst of all, he convinces the Shallan to curse Lillitha and her child. The curse states that the child will be Tey Mysseratti (the cursed one), and that Lillitha shall labor for 7 days and 7 nights, one for each of the summers that she denied from the Shallan. Lillitha died during the 6th night of labor.

A group of citizens of Jeptalla conspire to break in and kill King Searce and tey Myseratti, believing that the child (an Abomination) is the reason the rains have stopped for so many seasons. They are unsuccessful due to one of them realizing, with a little heart, that the child is just that… a child.

Follow the adventure of a young girl barely 12 years old that must hide where ever she goes, and rely on only one man to protect her through the most difficult times of her life. For if she thought she was treated unfairly in the palace, she knows nothing of what awaits her on the outside.

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KM-Misery’s Child – J. Belinda Yandell

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Title: Misery’s Child

Author: J. Belinda Yandell

Series: Yes (#1 of the Cadian Chronicles)

Category: Drama / Historical Fiction / Mystery

Length:  198 pages

My Rating: 8/10

The novel follows the almost Medieval sounding adventures of a group of territories, most notably, the house of the vidor (ruler) of the land of Kirrisian . Every noble family is supposed to prepare one daughter to be consecrated to offer to the Shallan for choice. When the Shallan chooses a wife, he keeps her for six summers, and requires a male child to be born. Whether the woman births a male child or not, she becomes a cadia, and is taken care of for the rest of her life, as well as her family is given honor; however, she may choose to return to her home after her 6 summers are up.
The vidor, Rowle, or Kirrisian, has a daughter named Lillitha that is being prepared for consecration. She is to be given one tenth of all that the family has (as a tithe to Oman), and is only allowed out of her tower if she is covered head to toe in veils and skirts. Her life consists of rituals required by Yannamarie, who dilligently teaches her how to be refined and completely consecrated.
The younger sister, Marta, is jealous of Lillitha’s special treatment, although she knows she is allowed to do things that Lillitha can never even dream of being able to do. The oldest born, a male named Jonil, has perished from his rogue-ish ways. Also, Lillitha has a childhood crush, Prince Scearce, whom she has not seen in ages, and stopped writing to her suddenly, and inexplicably.
The time comes for the families and citizens to make the pilgrimage to Oman Teret, the home of the cadia and the Shallan. Will Lillitha be chosen? She is both excited and nervous, frightened, and doubtful by the time she actually makes it there. Between rogues, murder, riots, and many other harmful things for her family… In the end, what will it all come to?

In my opinion, the book was pretty great. I’m not usually in to historical fiction, but the Cadia and the customs of this fictitious land were quite engaging to the mind. I could almost feel Lillitha’s anguish, fear, loss, dreams, and hopes. I am definitely looking forward to the sequels!

Link to Amazon book: http://www.amazon.com/Miserys-Child-Cadian-Chronicles-ebook/dp/B00CGP37RA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377372103&sr=8-1&keywords=misery%27s+child

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KM-The Jester – James Patterson

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Title: The Jester

Author: James Patterson and Andrew Gross

Series: No

Category: Historical Fiction / Action / Mystery

Length: 496 pages

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (February 1, 2004)

My Rating: 8/10

This was quite the deviation from Mr. Patterson. And not a trip down lovers lane, as some of his more deviant works were. This was a trip into the past.

The Jester takes place from about the year 1090, and tells of a young innkeeper named Hugh that takes off to fight in the Crusades, leaving his young bride at home. After over a year spent traveling and fighting, he decides to desert the battles and return home. Upon his return, he expects nothing more than to be greeted by his wife. However, he is greeted by the ruins of his inn lying in a pile of ashes and the news that his wife has been taken. He must then embark on the dangerous mission to locate and rescue his wife, before the last thing he loves is also taken from him.

From the battle scenes to the anguish, from the jokes to the holy relics, it’s a great story line. I couldn’t put it down. Yet another of Patterson’s page-turners. The story is complicated, but interwoven so well that the turns and twists nearly have you jumping on edge, just waiting to see what will happen next.

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