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Horror Novels for Halloween There are so many ways to celebrate the beauty of autumn. For many, it involves getting out cozy sweaters and adding pumpkin to everything. For some of us, it means our reading turns a bit darker. What better way to get in the Halloween spirit than to start an October horror novel binge? While I tend to like the dark stuff year-round, in October, I definitely want to read something scary. I just finished two books that were exactly what I was looking for: creepy, atmospheric, and absolutely ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
October 12, 2017 | 0 comments
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Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of Family and a Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance

Each year Madison Public Library partners with UW-Madison to extend the perennially popular Go Big Read program into the broader community with book discussion groups and programs at our libraries. There will be a keynote event at the Memorial Union Theater featuring a panel of UW-Madison faculty members. But you can also read it for yourself, join a book discussion, or do some deeper exploration of the topic by delving ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
September 7, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly

If you can't get your  mind off the great solar eclipse of 2017, I've got just the thing for you - and it doesn't require special glasses. He Said/She Said by Erin Kelly is more than just a mystery novel: it stars a pair of eclipse chasers! Kit and Laura have been together through thick and thin - though at the beginning of the book, we don't know just what that means. They've been together for years, and Laura is finally pregnant after years of struggling with infertility. ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 28, 2017 | 0 comments
A review of All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Harry Potter had to fight a robot - or join forces with one to save the world from impending doom? Charlie Jane Anders, editor of the popular science fiction website i09, may have pondered such battles, as her new novel, All the Birds in the Sky, is a beautiful example of the ways fantasy and science fiction can work together and against each other.  All the Birds in the Sky is the ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Vicious by Victoria Schwab

I don't know about you, but when a book begins with a scene involving an ex-con digging up a grave, it draws me in pretty quickly. In fact, everything about Vicious, the first adult novel by Victoria Schwab (I'm a big fan of two of her teen books, The Archived and The Unbound, and I can't wait for the third book in the trilogy!) ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
January 29, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes

What's the best way to get away with murder? Being able to disappear completely works pretty well for Harper Curtis. In 1931, he stumbles upon a house in Chicago which, once he lets himself in with his stolen key, allows him to open the door to step out into nearly any year of the 20th century he desires. Inside this house he finds a dead man and a list of women's names scrawled on the bedroom wall. Somehow, he knows that he was meant to find this list, and that these names belong to women he ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of We are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

If you've read any reviews of Karen Joy Fowler's new book, We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, you've probably had the major plot twist spoiled for you already, but if not, I don't want to be the one to ruin it for you, so I'm going to keep this description brief. Rosemary has never fully recovered from her sister's disappearance at five years old. To make things worse, her brother is also missing and is wanted by the FBI. When Rosemary finally leaves home to escape from her life ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
August 6, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Pivot Point by Kasie West

At a school where the football team uses telekinesis to keep balls aloft and other students can manipulate mass to walk through walls, Addie Coleman doesn't think her ability to search the possible outcomes of her choices is terribly glamorous, since she can only see her own future, and only when she faces a specific choice. Still, it's a pretty handy power, and it's one that is particularly useful as she faces the biggest decision of her life so far: which parent she wants to live with after ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 29, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Brigid Quinn thought she left the past behind when she retired from the FBI. No longer young and blonde, her undercover days of posing as bait for human traffickers and sexual predators are over, and as her 60th birthday nears, she's enjoying adding to her rock garden and learning to cook for her new philosophy professor husband. However, when an open case that has haunted her for years looks like it may finally close with a full confession from a serial killer, she can't help but return to her ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 17, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

It takes a pretty spectacular writer to combine vampires, love at first sight, and reincarnation in a teen novel and still come up with something fresh and original, but that's exactly what Marcus Sedgwick has done in his new book, Midwinterblood. This collection of seven linked stories begins in the year 2073, when loner journalist Eric Seven is sent to investigate a colony on the remote northern Blessed Island, where the inhabitants are rumored to have discovered an elixir of ...read more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 9, 2013 | 0 comments