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If you could live forever, would it be a gift… or a disease?
A doctor created a genetic mutation meant as a gift to society—to those at random in future generations who were born with it: Immortality. But the risk of overpopulation and questions rising about the imbalance of only few being Immortals brings the ruthless President Wilde to a different stand—a facade of peace and equality whereas Immortals are executed daily—thus creating the ruination of the United States… and the world soon after.
Scarlett Caldwell is a girl of many mysteries—but along with that, she’s an Immortal. Having run away from a very young age and forced to forget the part of her identity that could get her assassinated, she turns to very few of her friends and spends the majority of her days hiding in the Immortals Legion, a compound for Immortals in hiding. But times are changing and tensions are only growing—Scarlett knows she can’t stay hidden forever. When she encounters an unfairly attractive Exterminator who, despite seeming rigid, has an amusing thing or two to say, she is left absolutely livid. But beyond that, beyond all the parts of him that she hates, there’s a secret. And Scarlett will do anything to unravel it.
Cain Hawkins is an Exterminator, a member of the country’s new authority specially trained to hunt down and exterminate the remaining Immortals. He truly believes that being an Exterminator is what he is meant for—despite what he may or may not know. And when a skirmish with an Immortal on the street leaves him questioning every last bit of himself, he will have to rise to stand with his president and failing country, or run from everything he was conditioned for. Besides, Cain has a secret: He is an Immortal too.
Their first encounter is far from the last, for an opportunity rises for the two to (unwillingly) work together. Already, they are left with a spark—a spark of hope for a future where Immortals are not prosecuted. And no matter if Cain sees the spark or not, the question still remains: How long will it be until a single spark ignites a fire?
TUCK EVERLASTING meets STAR WARS in this compelling and romantic novel by 14-year-old author, Shanti Hershenson.
I discovered I had the disease when I was in the seventh grade, when it was fine to be anything but normal, when people were never checked or hunted when everything was both at peace and on the brink of chaos.
But mostly, when news of the disease had not yet surfaced on the Web—or anywhere else.
I discovered there was a problem with my health—if one could even call it that—on what was supposed to be a delightful weekend trip to the mall. We went only because a store or two was on clearance—little did we know, it would close days later due to a mandatory closure caused by… well, me. They don’t know that, though.
My realization was brought down upon me with the impact of a sports car—a car that moved too fast down the street and did not notice a scrawny twelve-year-old, shopping bags stuffed in each hand, dashing across the scorching asphalt.
My friends had dispersed and gone their separate ways. I was the only one from our group left at the intersection. I was to be picked up across the street and taken to a home that I cherished.
A home that I never saw again.
With the excitement of my newest purchases resonating in the form of a laugh spilling from my lips, I began to dash across what I thought to be a desolate road.
A road that was supposed to be down for construction.
A road that bridged the mall from the upmost parking structure.
The moment I reached the halfway point on the street, I heard a sound. A grueling, painful sound. Before I could even register the horror I was hearing, I saw it—a fancied, sleek sports car that moved too fast to spot anything in absolute, let alone myself.
And then it happened—the car slammed into my body so quick and painless I thought I was dead. But I wasn’t.
I tumbled over, scrapes collecting on my skin. There was no pain. There was no blood. There was almost nothing at all. My arms bent in ways I didn’t know were possible, though it did not feel as permanent as one would think. I was dizzy, the sun being the most of my worries. Its rays beat down on my helpless, confused body.
The screams came next—a boundless symphony of sounds that came both from the bewildered onlookers, and, myself, too. I screamed without knowing what I was doing. I screamed because it was horrifying, because a miracle had ensued that, at the time, seemed nothing short of impossible.
I recall the splintering sound of police cars in the distance, fear building up inside my frame. I sat up, inspecting the tremulous crowd of onlookers with eyes that stung. The police drew closer. The crowd grew tighter. But I was okay. I swore that I was okay and alright, but I didn’t feel that way.
I was horrified for reasons I couldn’t begin to dissect.
The sound hitting my ears suddenly felt thick, as though I were underwater. But I heard the words from the onlookers, from the police—the very people who were supposed to protect me.
And then one, final word that meant hardly anything to me at the time (but would, of course, later).
I stood up. I brushed the dust scattered across my sweater which was already stained with sweat. There was no blood, to my further surprise. I did the one thing that would’ve broken the heart of any twelve-year-old—that shattered mine into a million disintegrating pieces.
I ran from the words, from the thoughts and theories circulating in my brain.
I ran from the monstrosity of what I felt. From the confusion.
I ran and hid for the years when things were uncertain, when the buildings transformed and built up, when there were no longer houses and instead apartments and sleek office buildings. I ran when the information about the disease was no longer thought of as a conspiracy theory, but a fact of reality, and when my alleged death was no longer marked as accidental. I ran when I found out there were more of them—of us—when the word disease was associated with one more.
When a girl falls in pony-love, she wants it to be forever.
Desperate to be near horses, a hopeful girl with no horse experience begs for a job at a stable. Then she falls in love with a beautiful but mischievous pony, only to have it bought by another family. Abby’s heart aches when her barn job becomes helping the new owner learn to ride the best pony ever. Can her faithful heart let go of what never belonged to her?
Abby's Pony Love is a cute story for any child that has wanted something so much it almost hurts. It also will be loved by children who love horses. This novel tells Abby's story of wanting a pony and getting a job at a barn. She falls in love with a horse that she names Glory. She wants her but can't afford to buy her. Abby struggles as she sees the new owners riding Glory and not appreciating the horse as much as she does.
This book actually reminds me of my niece when she was young. She also loved horses and got a job at a barn, but she was lucky to get her own horse. She did have to work very hard to keep her horse there and to train for competitions. Now as an adult, she once again has a new horse and is loving riding it.
The messages that are great for kids were about working hard, overcoming jealousy, learning to be happy for others, and creating friendships with those you didn't think you had a lot in common with. I feel that this book would be perfect for 7- 13-year-old kids. It would also be a fun read for parents with their kids, or a teacher to read out loud to their class. This is the first book in a new series called Dream Pony Riders.
Publication Date: 10/4/22
Hardcover ISBN: 9781639930500
Retail Price: $26.99
Page Count: 384
Historical Fiction Cover image: Photo12/Alamy Stock Photo and faestock/Shutterstock Book design: © Shadow Mountain Art Direction: Richard Erickson Design: Cheryl Dickert Smith
***I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own***
Based on the true story of the free-spirited daughter of Queen Victoria.
Princess Louise’s life is upended after her father’s untimely death. Captive to the queen’s overwhelming mourning, Louise is forbidden to leave her mother’s tight circle of control and is eventually relegated to the position of personal secretary to her mother—the same position each of her sisters held until they were married. Already an accomplished painter, Louise risks the queen’s wrath by exploring the art of sculpting, an activity viewed as unbefitting a woman. When Louise involves herself in the day’s political matters, including championing the career of a female doctor and communicating with suffragettes, the queen lays down the law to stop her and devotes her full energy to finding an acceptable match for her defiant daughter. Louise is considered the most beautiful and talented daughter of Queen Victoria, but finding a match for the princess is no easy feat. Protocols are broken, and Louise exerts her own will as she tries to find an open-minded husband who will support her free spirit. In the Shadow of a Queen is the story of a battle of wills between two women: a daughter determined to forge her own life beyond the shadow of her mother, and a queen resolved to keep the Crown’s reputation unsullied no matter the cost.Queen Victoria and her nine children
To say I was excited to finally peruse the pages of this book is an understatement. I love history and I love reading about royalty, so this was a fantastic read for me. Once again, I'm amazed at the research that Author Heather B. Moore always does when she writes a book. I was fascinated throughout the whole book and also loved examining the Chapter Notes found at the back of the book.
In The Shadow of A Queen is based on the life of Princess Louise who was free-spirited and one of nine children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Louise was ahead of her time in her thinking and in broadening her talents for a woman of the mid-1800s. She became a very accomplished painter and sculptor. Louise willfully went against her mother many times even though she loved her and was dedicated to the crown and monarchy. Out of all of Queen Victoria's children, I think Princess Louise was the most outgoing and loved by all social classes of people. She also was the only child to marry a commoner, whereas the rest of her siblings married another Royal.
This book must be devoured by those who love royal history and enjoy reading a great love story like Louise and John Campbells'. It will also be a great selection for those who'll love to read about a brave, determined woman who was ahead of her time. Be forewarned, this was not a quick read because it is over 350 pages long. I went down a rabbit hole wanting to know more about Princess Louise and her accomplished life when I finished reading. Don't let the historical aspect of the book turn you off though if you're not a lover of history. This is a compelling story that will stay with you long after you finish the book. Moore has an excellent writing style and is a master writer of Historical Fiction.
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More Information About Princess Louise's Life
In her public life, she was a strong proponent of the arts and higher education and of the feminist cause. Her early life was spent moving among the various royal residences in her family's company. When her father died in December 1861, the court went into a long period of mourning, to which with time Louise became unsympathetic. She was an able sculptor and artist, and several of her sculptures remain today.
Before her marriage, Louise served as an unofficial secretary to the Queen from 1866 to 1871. The question of Louise's marriage was discussed in the late 1860s. Suitors from the royal houses of Prussia and Denmark were suggested. Still, Victoria did not want her to marry a foreign prince and therefore suggested a high-ranking member of the British aristocracy. Despite opposition from members of the royal family, Louise fell in love with John Campbell, Marquess of Lorne, the heir of the Duke of Argyll. Victoria consented to the marriage,[which took place on 21 March 1871.
After a happy beginning, the two drifted apart, possibly because of their childlessness and the Queen's constraints on their activities.
In 1878, Lorne was appointed Governor General of Canada, a post he held from 1878–1884. Louise was viceregal consort, starting a lasting interest in Canada. Her name was used to name many features in Canada, including Lake Louise and the province of Alberta.
Following her mother's death in 1901, she entered the social circle established by her elder brother, the new king, Edward VII. Louise's marriage with Lorne survived thanks to long periods of separation; they reconciled in 1911, and Louise was devastated by Lorne's death in 1914. After the First World War, she began to retire from public life, undertaking few public duties outside Kensington Palace, where she died at the age of 91.
“Peek into the House of Hanover and view the strength of two women: Queen Victoria and her daughter Princess Louise. This story weaves compassion and conflict into breathtaking and gripping historical detail.” —Julie Wright, author of A Captain for Caroline Gray
“Moore crafts an intriguing portrait of the independently-minded Princess Louise and her tensions with the English royal family. Moore sets the stage with meticulous research, and she expertly combines fact with fiction, with psychological insights on Victoria's mercurial moods and the impact of her controlling nature. It adds up to a worthy portrait of a woman divided by duty and self-determination.” —Publishers Weekly
“Moore's tracking of Louise's commitment to women's suffrage and public education and of how Louise manages to follow her own interests and desires without alienating her famously moody mother is striking. Fans of Marie Benedict and Jennifer Chiaverini will enjoy this portrayal of a strong woman who successfully forges her own path.” —Booklist Available