A review of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

What book-lover doesn’t love the idea of a 24-hour bookstore? The title seemed to promise some kind of cozy mystery, but it quickly zipped out of the cozy and into cyberspace. Sloan did a nice job of bridging the gap between traditional detective/puzzle-solving fiction and cyber-thriller fiction by overlaying the legacy of a secret-society mystery in a dusty bookstore facade with the problem-solving forces of millennials in the Google age. With respect to both traditional book learning, and more

Reviewed by Carra on
September 29, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Everything Leads to You has a little something for everyone. A coming of age story a la Sarah Dessen, a mysterious letter which leads to a beautiful girl, a hardworking protagonist who is already on her way to becoming a Hollywood set designer, and of course, romance. Emi is spending her last summer before college living in her brother’s apartment while he is away. His only instruction was to do something epic in it. Emi’s not quite sure what that means, but more

Reviewed by Jill O on
September 26, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger

I’m glad Cork O’Connor is back. He is one of my favorite mystery characters. He is a big city cop turned private investigator who is part Irish and part Ojibwe. Windigo Island is a story about good and evil, the choices we make, and how those choices make us who we are. Cork is asked to help find a missing young Native American girl who has run away. It leads him to the city of Duluth and the oil fields of North Dakota, where sex trafficking has taken a strong foothold. With the help more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
September 25, 2014 | 0 comments
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Banned Books Week Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, The Prince, Persepolis and Captain Underpants. They seem like books that would have nothing in more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 24, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Surprise-Inside Cakes: Amazing Cakes for Every Occasion--with a Little Something Extra Inside by Amanda Rettke

Three cakes worth? Four cakes worth? Five pounds from taste-testing? Ten?  This stunning new book cost me only the time it took to place it on hold, check it out, read it thoroughly and share more widely with our library community. It didn't take much time for me to decide I wasn't ready to bake any of the cakes - the author is honest about the practice needed to perfect these cakes and that price was too steep for me at this moment. However, I fully plan to dedicate my life to surprise more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 23, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of The Dead will Tell by Linda Castillo

Apple pies, horse and buggy rides, beautiful fall foliage and a dead man hanging from the barn rafters. This is a scene from the opening paragraphs of Linda Castillo’s latest installment of Chief Kate Burkholder’s adventures in The Dead Will Tell. If you haven’t read anything in this Amish detective series start with the first one Sworn to Silence and get yourself on the holds list for the others because you will be hooked. Kate has finally moved in with her boyfriend, former more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
September 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Bats in the Band by Brian Lies

Waking after a long winter,The bats are hungry, but not for dinner.It’s music they need; a dance, a songSomething to play and enjoy all night long.With offbeat characters and rhymes,These bats have the best of times.Playing and singing galore,Country, blues, quartet and more.Read this book just onceAnd you’ll get the gist,No matter your taste,It’s a book not to be missed. more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
September 19, 2014 | 0 comments
National Book Award Longlist Announced The signs of fall are beginning to surround us, as the days grow colder and the leaves begin to turn. For readers, fall really arrives when the major book prize nominees are announced. The longlists for the National Book Award were announced this week, narrowing the field to ten books in each of four categories. Many of the names on the fiction list are familiar: Pulitzer Prize more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
September 18, 2014 | 0 comments
Recommended Romances I was thinking we hadn't had a romance review on MADreads for a bit, so thought I should write about something I've read. But when I looked back over my recent reads, I found three titles I wanted to bring to your attention. First up is one that is considered to be in the new category of books called "New Adult". These books (often romances) are written for and about 20-somethings who are in those first stages of adult life. First love, first time living on their own, etc. And more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
September 16, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair by Joël Dicker

Did you catch all that? The Truth about the Harry Quebert Affair is a book about a book about a writer going backwards. Even more than that, it's from one writer to another. And a mystery. This is one of the most confusing books I've read in a long time, yet it kept me riveted and invested. I wanted to figure this whole thing out! It starts with a young writer named Marcus Goldman. His college professor and writing mentor Harry Quebert, also one of America's most respected writers more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
September 15, 2014 | 0 comments
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