A review of The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters

I think I’m developing a love/hate relationship with Sarah Waters. The thrice-Booker-nominated British novelist is known for her probing historical fiction, especially the Victorian-set Fingersmith and Tipping the Velvet. The Little Stranger is the second Waters book I’ve picked up, and that was with a mix of more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 29, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen by Lois McMaster Bujold

Following Aral Vorkosigan’s death his widow Cordelia and his protégé Admiral Oliver Jole have retreated to the planet Sergyar to deal with their individual and shared grief, and after three years are looking at turning a close relationship to something even closer. Problems arise not only there but also in their official jobs as Vicereine of Sergyar and Admiral of the Sergyar fleet respectively that make a complicated situation even more so. And the sudden appearance of Cordelia’s son Miles, more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
March 28, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Written and Drawn by Henrietta: A TOON Book by Liniers

This is an easy-to-read comic that is written and drawn by a little girl named Henrietta who has just received a box of colored pencils from her mom.  Henrietta creates her own comic called, "The Monster with Three Heads and Two Hats" and the reader is allowed to watch her artistic process unfold as she draws the story. Our author Henrietta is adventurous and brave and the main character of her comic, Emily, is too.  The three-headed monster is charming and, obviously, as the titles more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 25, 2016 | 1 comment
A review of Wake Up, Spring by Katherine and Florian Ferrier

It’s March 21st at the Hotel Strange, but its motley cast of characters have overslept their hibernation because Mr. Spring hasn’t arrived to wake them up. Join Kiki, Celestin, Marietta, Mr. Leclair, and Mr. Snarf as they search for Mr. Spring to restore order to the community in this brightly illustrated first in its graphic novel series. This is a great adventure for the winter blues, with sights set on spring. more

Reviewed by Carra on
March 23, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

I appreciate it when people share their personal stories. Stories can help us all in this journey called life. Courtesy of my co-worker Jane, I got to read the galley of Kimberly Williams-Paisley's new book Where the Light Gets In: Losing My Mother Only to Find Her Again. The popular actress tells the story of her mother's diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia, a rare form of dementia, and how she more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 22, 2016 | 0 comments
Latest from a Prolific Author Nora Roberts is a phenomenon. There's just no other way to describe an author who passed 200 published books in 2012 and has since written probably a dozen or so more. And these are books written by Nora Roberts (and her pseudonym JD Robb), not books co-written in an author factory as we see with James Patterson. She writes more

Reviewed by Jane J on
March 17, 2016 | 2 comments
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Forthcoming April Titles There’s another reason to look forward to April this year as past prize winners release new titles. Two-time Newberry winner Kate DiCamillo considers friendship and beauty contests in her middle-grade novel Raymie Nightingale. Kwame Alexander, winner of the Newbery in 2015 with The Crossover, mixes soccer, bullying and middle school in his verse novel more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
March 15, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History by Chris Kyle

The next Big Library Read from Wisconsin's Digital Library, OverDrive, will run from March 17–31, 2016. The Big Library Read offers simultaneous use of American Sniper by Chris Kyle for community-wide access.  What is Big Library Read? Big Library Read is more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
March 14, 2016 | 0 comments
A review of This Raging Light by Estelle Laure

With a dad in jail and her mom AWOL, Lucille Bennett’s problems are as followed: she’s left with taking care of the house and raising her adoring little sister, Wren. Fearful of social workers that may split the sisters apart, Lucille covers for her mother’s disappearance by dodging questions by curious neighbors. She’s also forced to get a job to pay the bills, all while trying to scrape by her last year of high school. To make matters worse, she’s nearly-irrationally in love with her best more

Reviewed by Janice - Meadowridge on
March 11, 2016 | 0 comments
Anticipated 2016 Mysteries ​For a number of years now I'm been sharing a list of mysteries, both new characters and old. Here is my spring 2016 list of titles I am looking forward to reading. Which character are looking forward to reconnecting with? Are there any new mysteries that you would recommend?Tundra Kill: A Novel by Stan Jones [2/1]character: policeman Nathan Activesetting: Alaska more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
March 10, 2016 | 0 comments
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