Saturday, February 18, 2017

Spotlight: Meeting Lydia by Linda MacDonald

About the Audiobook

Author: Linda MacDonald
Narrator: Harriet Carmichael
Length: 8h 43m
Publisher: Essential Music⎮2016
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release date: Nov. 17, 2016
Synopsis: “Edward Harvey. Even thinking his name made her tingle with half-remembered childlike giddiness. Edward Harvey, the only one from Brocklebank to whom she might write if she found him.”
Marianne Hayward, teacher of psychology and compulsive analyser of the human condition, is hormonally unhinged. The first seven years of her education were spent at a boys’ prep school, Brocklebank Hall, where she was relentlessly bullied. From the start, she was weak and frightened and easy prey for Barnaby Sproat and his gang. Only one boy was never horrible to her: the clever and enigmatic Edward Harvey, on whom she developed her first crush.
Now 46, when Marianne finds her charming husband in the kitchen talking to the glamorous Charmaine, her childhood insecurities resurface and their once-happy
marriage begins to slide. Teenage daughter Holly persuades her to join Friends Reunited, which results in both fearful and nostalgic memories of prep school as Marianne wonders what has become of the bullies and of Edward Harvey. Frantic to repair her marriage, yet rendered snappy and temperamental by her plummeting hormones, her attempts towards reconciliation fail. The answer to all her problems could lie in finding Edward again... But what would happen if she found what she seeks?

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About the Author: Linda MacDonald

Born and brought up in the town of Cockermouth in the Lake District in England, Linda MacDonald has a degree in psychology from Goldsmiths’, London University, and a PGCE in biology and science. She retired in 2012 from teaching psychology in a 6th Form College in order to focus on writing, and has now published three print novels, the first of which is now an audiobook. She lives in Beckenham in Greater London, and travels to speak to various groups about the inspiration behind the ‘Lydia’ series and the psychology of internet relationships.

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About the Narrator: Harriet Carmichael

I've always loved doing voices.  I grew up with Radio 4 being on constantly in the background. Somehow the voices and accents broadcast over the years soaked in. And now I do voices. Or if you ask my agent, I'm a "voice artist".

For the last seven years I've spent most of my days in front of a microphone: as myself; as seven-year-old boys; talkingbaboons; angsty teenagers (usually American); androgynous talking cats; Glaswegian Grannies; the cast of The Archers...  

After university I trained at The Oxford School of Drama and then acted mainly with touring theatre companies - some brilliant, some not so... I had a lot of fun, but once I started doing voiceovers in warm studios with good coffee, being on the road lost some of its appeal.

And the voice can do much more than people think. Tone, timing, pitch and accent can all
vary depending on the job. From commercials and corporates to cartoons, computer games and audiobooks, it's a brilliant job and, really, I owe it all to Radio 4.





Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Goodreads Summary: Whatever you've heard about Caraval, it doesn't compare to the reality. It's more than just a game or a performance. It's the closest you'll ever find to magic in this world . . . 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.


Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.



I went through this book and I hate that because I couldn't really take my time and savor it like I wanted but it was so freaking good and I practically zoomed through this. The book blurb tells you exactly what the book is about. 

Caraval is a game and a dangerous game at that. Nothing is not what it seems. The whole aspect of it was entrancing. I felt like a player myself within the game. Its like a whole different world.

The characters were easy to connect with. Scarlet is the older sister that has taken on the role as the mother. Their mother abandoned them when they were younger and Scarlet feels like it is her responsibility to be there for Tella. She is the most logic one of the two and loves Tella very fiercely.  She would give up practically anything for her sister

I liked Julian as a character. He was full of humor and was the comical aspect for the story. I loved that he is bold and has wit. The romance between them was mild and you could tell how it was building at some point. 

The father? Was a complete vile man. The violence that he inflicted and the control he had was not justifiable. 

This does have a dark tone to it but it fit well for this book.

Rating 4 Stars

Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Scythe by Neil Shusterman

Goodreads Summary: Thou shalt kill.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery. Humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control.

Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.











I just finished the book and I had to hurry and write down my review before I forgot. This story is about a dystopian world that does not experience natural death, sickness, or anything of that nature. That means with mortality outdone the world's population is growing. To handle this Scythes are appointed to be the bearer of death which is called gleaming (killing)

Rowan and Citra are two teenagers that are chosen to be Scythe's apprentices under the mentoring of Scythe Faraday. They must each learn the way of gleaming and the lives of a Scythe. When one apprentice is chosen the other gets to go back to their lives but to show that no loyalty between Rowan and Citra which ever one wins they would have to gleam the other. 

This has the vibe and tone of all of Neil Shusterman's writing everywhere. It was dark and it had suspense as well. Rowan and Citra are both alike and at the same time different. Their personalities always clashed  a lot but the friendship between them bloomed nicely. I think this could have done without the romance. I didn't really think it was necessary for them.

The world that was created was different from anything that I read and had an original turn on it. With the scythes symoblizing death it still contradicted the immortality of the world because the uncertanity was there. It was still sudden and people did not know when they would die. Instead of dying from sickeness or natural causes they were killed and it was just. 

The scythes had morals that they lived by but to the scythe it didn't matter if it was right or wrong. It was all right in there eyes of how or why they gleamed regardless of losing their humanity. 

This did have some parts where it dragged but it wasn't to much. I felt this wrapped up nicely and it was a quick read. 

4 Stars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Cover Reveal for ACOWAR!

This book right here?..........It will destroy me. I know it will. I just know. We have waited so long for this and I will try my best not to devour this when I get it because I want to sit and fully enjoy and invest myself in it but there are so many questions that I feel are going to be answered and of course more are going to rise.

Also can we talk about the drama?! We all know how ACOMAF ended and I don't want to spoil it if some of you all haven't read it but we know that there is going to be some MESS! This is when the s*** just got real. Seriously. I have a bunch of scenarios as to how this book can play out but I'm going to keep cool and go with the flow.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Java and the Librarians Ep. 1: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Our first episode of Java and the Librarians was a great success! We had so much fun discussion our thoughts, opinions, and feels of this book. Although we did have a few technical difficulties it was still so much fun. I cannot wait until the next one for next month.

For February we will be reading Save me the Waltz by Zelda Fitzgerald.
Goodreads summary: One of the great literary curios of the 20th century, Save Me the Waltz is the first and only novel by the wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald. During the years when her husband was working on Tender is the Night—which many critics consider his masterpiece—Zelda Fitzgerald was preparing her own story. The novel strangely parallels events from her husband’s life, throwing a fascinating light on Scott Fitzgerald and his work. In its own right, it is a vivid and moving story—centered upon the confessional of a famous glamour girl of the affluent 1920s and an aspiring ballerina—that captures the spirit of an era


If you have not watched our first episode then tune in for that. 
Remember you can use our hashtag #javandlibrarians on all your social media platforms with your questions or comments and we will answer them live


Friday, January 13, 2017

A Series of Unfortunate Events Release!

Netfix just got real. I have been waiting for this to finally come on netflix and I'm going to binge watch this sucker till its crazy!

I watched the movie when it came out a while back and I really liked it. I know there was some disappointments with it because of how off it was from the books but I hadn't read them at the time. With this series, it seems to be kinda true to the story but we all will see.












At first when it was announced that Neil Patrick Harris was going to be cast I didn't really see it. But when I saw the trailer I could see it was a good fit.






Then the Baudelaire children are cast good too. I think the whole cast is good but I haven't seen it yet. I'm just going off of the pics and trailer. I can't wait to see it and I hope it turns out to be good!








Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday #1: 2017 Debut Authors That You Are Excited For?


These are some of my top 5 debut authors books that I am currently waiting for. 😊



Welcome, welcome to Caraval―Stephanie Garber’s sweeping tale of two sisters who escape their ruthless father when they enter the dangerous intrigue of a legendary game.

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the far-away, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nevertheless becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.


Marinda has kissed dozens of boys. They all die afterward. It s a miserable life, but being a visha kanya a poison maiden is what she was created to do. Marinda serves the Raja by dispatching his enemies with only her lips as a weapon.

Until now, the men she was ordered to kiss have been strangers, enemies of the kingdom. Then she receives orders to kiss Deven, a boy she knows too well to be convinced he needs to die. She begins to question who she s really working for. And that is a thread that, once pulled, will unravel more than she can afford to lose.

This rich, surprising, and accessible debut is based in Indian folklore and delivers a story that will keep readers on the edge of their seats.





Our world belongs to the Equals — aristocrats with magical gifts — and all commoners must serve them for ten years. But behind the gates of England's grandest estate lies a power that could break the world. 

A girl thirsts for love and knowledge.

Abi is a servant to England's most powerful family, but her spirit is free. So when she falls for one of the noble-born sons, Abi faces a terrible choice. Uncovering the family's secrets might win her liberty, but will her heart pay the price? 

A boy dreams of revolution.

Abi's brother, Luke, is enslaved in a brutal factory town. Far from his family and cruelly oppressed, he makes friends whose ideals could cost him everything. Now Luke has discovered there may be a power even greater than magic: revolution. 

And an aristocrat will remake the world with his dark gifts.

He is a shadow in the glittering world of the Equals, with mysterious powers no one else understands. But will he liberate—or destroy?


Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.




It’s 1945, and Lorna Anderson’s life on her father’s farm in Scotland consists of endless chores and rationing, knitting Red Cross scarves, and praying for an Allied victory. So when Paul Vogel, a German prisoner of war, is assigned as the new farmhand, Lorna is appalled. How can she possibly work alongside the enemy when her own brothers are risking their lives for their country?

But as Lorna reluctantly spends time with Paul, she feels herself changing. The more she learns about him—from his time in the war to his life back home in Germany—the more she sees the boy behind the soldier. Soon Lorna is battling her own warring heart. Loving Paul could mean losing her family and the life she’s always known. With tensions rising all around them, Lorna must decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice before the end of the war determines their fate.