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Spring and Summer Mysteries For the past couple of years I have been periodically sharing the mysteries that I have been looking forward to reading.  In honor of spring finally arriving and summer on it's way I have put together another list of mysteries that I would like to read while sitting outside and enjoying the weather. Which favorite character would you like to catch up with and go on an adventure with?  Destroyer ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 22, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Reboot by Amy Tintura

The snow has finally melted and I am up to my chinny-chin-chin in teen books to consider for this summer's Teen's Choice Review books. Here's a sneak peek at two of the contenders for this year. Reboot, by Amy Tintera is the first book about the undead I've ever read. After I got past a teen zombie getting knifed in the head (and therefore, effectively killed), the book just sort of ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
April 18, 2014 | 0 comments
Pulitzer Prizes Announced The Pulitzer Prize for books was announced Monday evening, bringing to a close the season of big book awards. Donna Tartt’s literary bestseller The Goldfinch took the top honors in the fiction category, beating out Phillip Meyer’s multi-generational saga The Son, and ...read more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 17, 2014 | 0 comments
50 Mystery Novels to Read As a mystery reader I couldn't pass up checking out the following article from :  "50 Essential Mystery Novels that Everyone Should Read." During this latest patch of cold weather I would love to take the article's suggestion to curl up by the fire with a good mystery. I think they have some pretty good titles on the list and I've listed the first dozen or so here.  ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 16, 2014 | 0 comments
Best New Titles for May The May list of librarian picks is up at LibraryReads and heading the list is a young adult novel, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. In addition to this great novel, the list has a great mix that will have something for everyone. The Bees by Lalline Paul is set entirely in a beehive. Flora 717 is a sanitation worker in the hive and of the ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J - Central on
April 15, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Freshman year of college is bad enough. But for Cath, freshman year has brought on an unparalleled amount of anxiety. Between her twin sister becoming a person she doesn’t know, to a completely-bewildering roommate and her roommate's charming -- and cute! -- boyfriend, as well as worrying about her manic father and her estranged mother, her freshman year has more obstacles than she knows how to handle.Her only escape is the magical world of Simon Snow, an eight-book saga that is awaiting its ...read more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
April 11, 2014 | 0 comments
Top 10 Historical Fiction Novels Do you like reading novels about the past? Then check out Booklist's Top 10 Historical Fiction: 2014. I really enjoyed Amy Tan's novel  about early 20th Century Shanghai and highly recommmend it. Have you read any on the list? Are there any titles you would add?   ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 10, 2014 | 0 comments
A review of Chi's Sweet Home by Kanata Konami

Guess what?!? Garfield is going to be 36 years old! And he's still a star. Garfield Souped Up: His 57th Book was published earlier this year and I'm sure there's more Jon, Odie and lasagna in store for us in the future. Don't get me wrong, Garfield is still my gold standard of cat comedy, but I'd like to take a little time to introduce you to (or remind you of) some newer, more global kitties. Two of these felines ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 8, 2014 | 0 comments
New Mysteries I've read a couple of mysteries and some romance galleys.  Of the mysteries I read, first was Ann CleevesDead Water: A Shetland Mystery. It is the latest in her Shetland Islands mysteries. This well-written series has engaging characters, local color, well-described settings. After the last book, I ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 7, 2014 | 1 comment
A review of Hades and the Helm of Darkness by Joan Holub

Young Zeus and his buddies are standing by the sludgiest, stinkiest river in the world when boiling hot steam suddenly blasts their behinds--"Yeowch!" To find the Helm of Darkness, our heroes will have to win their way past talking skeletons, crockydeads and a three-headed dog. Wait a minute, what is a Helm of Darkness anyway? And why did Poseidon suddenly forget that he has a right foot AND a left foot? Oh brother, this quest is not going to be easy! Lots of action and plenty of puns make ...read more

Reviewed by Abby on
April 4, 2014 | 0 comments