A review of When She Woke by Hillary Jordan

"When she woke she was red. Not flushed, not sunburned, but the solid, declaritive red of a stop sign." So opens Hillary Jordan's sophomore novel (after Mudbound). Up until recently Hannah Payne has lived a pretty blameless life. Raised in a fundamentalist christian family she has always followed more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 5, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie by Julie Sternberg

When Eleanor's parents sit her down for a serious talk, she's afraid someone has died. No one has, but to Eleanor, the news that her beloved babysitter, Bibi, is moving to Florida, is just as terrible. Perfectly capturing the voice of an almost third-grader, Julie Sternberg's story of how a little girl learns to grieve the loss of an important adult in her life and accept new situations and people is a tale that any child can relate to. And, with short sentences and chapters, it's a great book more

Reviewed by Krissy on
November 4, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Taming of the Rake by Kasey Michaels

Do you like connected historical romances? Then check out The Taming of the Rake, the first in Kasey Michaels' new series about the Blackthorn brothers. If the first one is any indication, they are filled with adventure, humor, passion, danger, and, of course, love. Oliver 'Beau' Blackthorn mistakenly thought that he was in love and that his bastard status in society wouldn't matter. Fourteen- more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
November 3, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Orchard by Theresa Weir

I've enjoyed just about every novel Theresa Weir has written (both as herself and as Anne Frasier) so I was curious to read her memoir of life on an Iowa apple farm. That I liked the book isn't a shocker. And the fact that the book is darker in tone then the cover suggests was also to be expected more

Reviewed by Jane J on
November 1, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

I rarely, if ever, get a chance to read award-winning books while they are still nominees, but I believe I'm ahead of the curve on this one. Girl wonder Téa Obreht's first novel is already winning awards and is now a National Book Award 2011 fiction finalist. And she's only 26!  Obreht was born in Belgrade in the former Yugoslavia in 1985 and has lived in the United States since the age of more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 31, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Ten Birds by Cybele Young

In her new book, writer, illustrator and artist Cybele Young tells a fanciful tale of ten funny little birds who are trying to get to the other side of a river. Young's beautiful black-and-white illustrations are “Exceptional,” “Outstanding,” and the birds might even call them “Highly Satisfactory.” More than just a simple counting book, this very clever little fable shows that the simplest solution to a problem can sometimes be the best. For fans of: more

Reviewed by Trent on
October 28, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

I'm a fan of a lot of the urban and post-apocalyptic fantasy fiction that's been the publishing craze the last couple of years, but every now and then I just want a good, traditional fantasy novel set in another world (one without vampires or wolves). When I read about Rae Carson's debut, I thought it would be just the ticket. Happily I was right.  Princess Lucero-Elisa of Oravalle isn't having a very good day as the book opens. She's about to be married to a man she's never met, Alejandro more

Reviewed by Jane J on
October 27, 2011 | 0 comments
Shivery Books A couple of shivery tricks to get you in the mood for Halloween. First up is the Suicide Collectors by David Oppegard. There are a lot of “it’s the end of the world as we know it” books. There are a lot of reasons for the world coming to an end: more

Reviewed by Gregg - Sequoya on
October 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

Hey, sis, 1938 sure was a silk year if you lived in Manhattan and had enough spinach to treat a pretty tomato right. The Depression was winding down, the jazz was gearing up and the gin was flowing freely. Amor Towle's Rules of Civility captures this slice of life in the most perfect detail and yes, civility. I was half imagining Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant in Holiday and more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
October 25, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Domestic Violets by Matthew Norman

Stories about thirty something Dads stuck in corporate jobs they hate, trying to stay hip with Foster the People t-shirts, playing in bands on the weekends and flirting with the checkout girl at Whole Foods? Matthew Norman’s debut, Domestic Violets, fits this description perfectly and is a great first novel. Tom Violet lives in DC with his wife and daughter; toiling away at a soul-sucking for a company he sarcastically calls the “Death Star.” He battles his boss Greg on a daily basis and the more

Reviewed by Katharine - Central on
October 24, 2011 | 0 comments
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