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A review of The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose

Sometimes you need to wait until the very end to get what you've been longing for. Such is the case with The Witch of Painted Sorrows. I read an early review of this gothic novel and was immediately attracted to the cover and publisher summary, "Possession, power, passion." Sounds great, right? Socialite Sandrine Salome flees New York and her abusive husband and journeys to Belle Époque Paris to stay with her grand ...read more

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July 27, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

Wow. This is a book to think and talk about.  Greg Gaines is a middle-of-the-road high school kid and wannabe film maker. His friend Rachel has leukemia. Greg hasn't spent any time with Rachel since Hebrew School when they were in junior high, but their moms have decided that the two should hang out because Greg makes Rachel laugh and laughter is good medicine. Greg reluctantly agrees and soon he and Rachel are spending almost every afternoon together and starting to meet up at school for ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll

Ani FaNelli is living a charmed life. She's smart, skinny, rich and beautiful. She's got an amazing job at the most recognizable women's magazine in America, a killer wardrobe, enviable zip code and the perfect fiancé. The only problem is that she's not happy. She imagines plunging an expensive knife from her bridal registry into the ribcage of her handsome husband-to-be. She's got a bitter internal dialogue running about everyone in her life from co-workers to college room-mates to the hostess ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
July 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Bee and Puppycat. Volume 1 by Natasha Allegri

This graphic novel is a collection of the first four Bee and Puppycat comic books created by Natashi Allegri. The comics are based on a Cartoon Hangover animated series on YouTube. Each episode is a little over 6 minutes long and it's all adorable, adorable, adorable. If you are not familiar with kawaii - this is it. It's the phenomenon of cuteness in Japanese culture and Bee and Puppycat ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 30, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen

This latest by the author of Water for Elephants takes place in Scotland during WWII. Three Gatsby-like characters of American wealth and privilege get into a drunken New Year's Eve mess they can't fix and set off in search of the Loch Ness monster to try and redeem themselves. Maddie, Ellis and Hank travel oversees during air raids and U-boat attacks and arrive in Drumnadrochit thinking they are going to go monster ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 18, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Girl in a Band by Kim Gordon

There is just something about Kim Gordon. I mean, look at her gaze. She knows something I do not. And this book makes me feel cool by association. Girl in a Band is her story and it's raw, relatable, and authentic. I respect how she's handled her life, career and rough spots. Long before her band Sonic Youth and noise-rock, Kim was a girl who grew up primarily in middle class California with a semi-famous professor for a father and an artistic mother who allowed her a ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 9, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Eyes on You by Kate White

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from June 9–23, 2015. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of Eyes on You by Kate White for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is the worldwide digital version of a local book club. Previous ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 4, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

This is an excellent read-alike for fans of Raina Telgemeier and for fans of graphic novels exploring the middle grades. It’s a coming-of-age story about a 12-yr-old girl named Astrid who is lost and drifting away from the best friend she’s had since first grade. Astrid signs up for roller derby camp and is broken-hearted to discover that her best friend, Nicole, won’t be joining her. Nicole has signed up for dance ...read more

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May 28, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

I'm not into big time scary, but I'm fond of reading gothic horror from time to time. I went through a phase a while back where I dug deep into the origins of the genre and read The Castle of Otranto and The Mysteries of Udolpho, considered to be two of the earliest examples of gothic fiction or gothic romance. I've also enjoyed ...read more

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May 14, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World by Ella Frances Sanders

This is an enchanting little book that celebrates words from around the world that have no English translation. 52 words are illustrated and defined and as I admired the artwork and hand lettering I felt the world open up. Some of the words are profound. Some are silly. Some make you think, "Oh, so that's what they call it." You've always hoped others were thinking or feeling what you were and now you have a name for it.  Some examples include: Gezellig (Dutch) n. Describes much more than ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 5, 2015 | 0 comments