A review of Horton Halfpott by Tom Angleberger

In the vast estate of the Smugwick Manor, there are many employees and only a handful of the Luggertucks who own the mansion. Unfortunately, the Luggertucks are an unpleasant bunch who make the lives of their many employees rather miserable. Until one day, when (for reasons unknown) M’Lady Luggertuck asks her maid not to tighten her corset quite so tightly. The repercussions of this startling request form the basis of this story that borders (almost constantly) on the ridiculous. Pirates and more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 27, 2012 | 0 comments
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E-reader Statistics You know how I love a good infographic and thanks to Galleycat I've found another cool one to study. This one was designed by graphic designer Boris Benko and depicts the stats with regard to the explosion of ebook use. Some of the things you can spot in Benko's graphic? In December of last more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 26, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Art of Duke Hunting by Sophia Nash

When a widowed countess saves a cursed duke is it love at first sight? Not exactly. Sophia Nash continues her Royal Entourage series with The Art of Duke Hunting (the first in the series was reviewed here). It is the love story of Montagu and March, as they like to call each other. Roman Montagu more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 25, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Wild Thing by Josh Bazell

Josh Bazell's Beat the Reaper is a funny, funny book. Jane's MADreads review gives you an excellent rundown of what it's all about.  Wild Thing is a follow-up to Beat the Reaper. While I don't like it quite as much, I think it's funny, too, and will more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 24, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Pure by Julianna Baggott

Yes, dystopian fiction is everywhere. From teen fiction like The Hunger Games and Divergent to more literary fare like Super Sad True Love Story and more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Three By the Sea by Mini Grey

From the creator of the wonderful Traction Man books comes this mystifying little tale about a cat, a dog, a mouse and a mysterious visitor. The three unlikely friends live a quiet existence in their little seaside house until a strange fox shows up at their place and introduces them to everything they have been missing in life. All of these new and exciting options cause some rifts among the friends but also teach them to work together. This book does a great job of presenting a lot of more

Reviewed by Trent on
April 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Defending Jacob by William Landay

William Landay's new book Defending Jacob begins when a young boy in a sheltered and affluent community is found murdered (stabbed and left in a park). Andy Barber, an established and respected Assistant District Attorney, immediately steps up to  find the killer and then prosecute the murderer. Surprisingly it seems that his own son Jacob is the prime suspect and Jacob is eventually charged with the gruesome crime. Could Jacob really be a sociopathic more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 19, 2012 | 0 comments
Books for the Francophile Have you been to Paris? Do you want to go to Paris?  Well, if you can’t get there just yet, how about reading about that romantic city in France? Below are both new and old titles for the Francophile in all of us. Here's your chance to do a little armchair traveling. Dreaming in French: The Paris Years of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, Susan Sontag, and Angela Davis by Alice Yaeger Kaplan more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 18, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of A Small Death in the Great Glen by A. D. Scott

We just finished this one for the mystery book group (we meet at South Madison on the second Thursday of the month). What struck me about the book was how surprised I was at the tone. This is a mystery set in the Highlands in 1950s Scotland and it uses the word Glen in the title which suggests something cozy or small-townish. Certainly A Small Death takes place in a village more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 17, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Lightning Rods by Helen DeWitt

Every library student knows the adage: Every book its reader, every reader his/her book. While I am not one to doubt Mr. Ranganathan’s philosophy (it does, after all, pretty much sum up a good chunk of library science education), Helen DeWitt’s new novel Lightning Rods may offer an interesting test. DeWitt is best known for her difficult and rewarding debut novel The Last Samurai, a book that had been rejected by numerous publishers before becoming an unlikely hit in 2000. With Lightning more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 16, 2012 | 0 comments
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