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The Throne of Fire
by Rick Riordan-  audio- This is the second book in his Egyptian YA series. Carter and Sadie Kane are descendants of the pharoahs and are able to do magic. Now Chaos is rising from the prison that he’s been in for centuries and the Kanes have to find the Sun God Ra to fight him.  That isn’t going to be easy since the directions about how to raise him have been cut into three parts and hidden. They only have five days to find the parts and raise Ra.
I liked this book more than the first one. That may be because of listening to it on audio. It slows down fast action books so I enjoy it more. I also love the tendency of a certain character to randomly yell out, “Weasels are sick!”  It sounds like something that would happen where I work.

Changes
by Jim Butcher-  I was so excited when I realized that there was a Dresden Files book I hadn’t read yet. Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan calls him to tell him that their daughter was kidnapped. That comes as a shock because he didn’t know they had a daughter. Now he has to rescue her from the Red Court vampires who want to use her for a spell that will kill her and all her blood relatives.

Three Wishes by Liane Moriarty – Three triplets in their 30s are celebrating their birthday when one stabs another with a fork. The story traces how they got to this point. The three sisters have very different lives but each envies the lives of the others.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Book 7)
by J.K. Rowling – I had to reread this in preparation for the next movie. I hated the 1st Deathly Hallows movie. I thought it was really boring. But, I haven’t been a fan of many of the movies because I like the books. I was surprised at how much I had forgotten in this book even though I’ve read it several times.

Minding Frankie
by Maeve Binchy – I had no idea what this one was about but I’ve been on the library waiting list for months just because I like all her other books. This books uses characters that have been in her other books in addition to some new people. Noel is an alcoholic in a dead end job when he is called to the deathbed of a woman who he had a fling with. She has terminal cancer and is pregnant. She won’t survive the delivery (suspend disbelief) and wants him to raise their child. The whole neighborhood rallies behind him to clean up his life, led by his cousin Emily from America.

This is probably the most depressing book she’s written. Everyone would benefit from liberal doses of antidepressants in the drinking water. There is a social worker who is obsessed with removing the baby from the house. She stalks Noel and the other people in the neighborhood to try to find a reason to take the kid away. She goes on and on about how busy she is but has the time to follow these people around every day? It is sort of strange.

The Paid Companion
by Amanda Quick – This is an English adventure/romance. An Earl hires a paid lady’s companion to pose as his fiancee. He is quite a catch and wants the eligible ladies to ignore him during the season while he investigates a crime. Of course, he ends up falling in love with the woman he hired because she is smart and spunky. That doesn’t even count as a spoiler since that always happens in this type of book. But, it was a fun read.

Where am I reading? Eqypt, Mexico, Ireland, England x2, Australia