Crossed by Ally Condie is a dystopian novel originally released in 2011. It is the 2nd book in young-adult series the Matched Trilogy. The book continues the quest of Cassia Reyes. She left the world she used to know, and its totalitarian system, and went to the Outer Provinces. She was in pursue of an uncertain future she believed she would had with Ky Markham, the matched she first doubted. However, what she found was a rebellion plot and a visit from another man important to her.
Matched by Ally Condie is a dystopian young adult novel first published in 2010. It is the 1st book in the Matched Trilogy novel series. The story in the series is set in a place where society is strictly controlled and someone turns 17 will have to do the “matching” test to determine her/his life partner. Cassia Reyes, a seventeen-year-old girl, started doubting the matching system when it showed the information of an outcast at school, Ky Markham, when she had already Matched with Xander Carrow, her best
First released in 2012, Elizabeth the Queen by Sally Bedell Smith (subtitled The Life of a Modern Monarch) is a brilliant biography of one of the most important figures in history, Queen Elizabeth II. In 1962, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was crowned the Queen of the United Kingdom (and also Canada, Australia, and New Zeeland). It was an immense responsibility for a 25-year-old woman who also had to raise her children.
Bob Dylan in America by Sean Wilentz is part a biography and part a cultural-historical study. Originally released in 2010, the book not only chronicles Dylan’s life journey and music career in the early 60’s, but it also explores the social, political, and cultural background at that time. Wilentz portrayed many aspects that gave influence on Dylan’s works, from the folk revival, to Beat literature, to the nation social-political situation.
Agent 6 by Tom Rob Smith is a historical-fiction mystery novel originally released in 2011. It is the 3rd and final book in the thrilling Leo Demidov Trilogy (also widely known as Child 44 Trilogy). Restricted by law, ex-MGB agent Leo Demidov could only watch when his family went to New York for a “Peace Tour.” When the tour ended tragically and his country would not let him investigate the case, Leo decided to take matters in his own hand.
The Secret Speech by Tom Rob Smith is a thrilling historical-fiction novel first published in 2009. It is the 2nd book in the mystery series Leo Demidov Trilogy (also known as Child 44 Trilogy). Soviet citizens, especially ex-MGB agent Leo Demidov, were shocked by Khrushchev’s secret speech stating Stalin was a tyrant. Instability hit the country during its revolution. Former hero Leo Demidov struggled to follow the change and made peace with the past.
Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith is a historical-fiction mystery novel originally released in 2008. It is the 1st book in the thrilling Leo Demidov Trilogy, also widely referred to as Child 44 Trilogy. The book introduces Leo Demidov, ex-MGB agent and a hero from Stalin era of the Soviet Union. He used to be a believer in the state’s law and policy that “there is no crime.” His believe started to fall apart when he investigated a series of horrifying child murders.
The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss is a fantasy novella first released in 2014. It is the 3rd book, labeled as volume 2.5, in The Kingkiller Chronicle epic series. The stories are told from Auri’s perspective. It follows her quests exploring the secret ancient rooms and tunnels below the University, known as the Underthing, while waiting for an appointment with Kvothe.