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A review of Just Kids by Patti Smith

Confession first: I just never got into Patti Smith's most recognized and admired album Horses. I didn't love her voice and the music wasn't punk rock enough for me. I was always intrigued by Robert Mapplethorpe, however. So why did I read it? And did I like it? When Just Kids won the National Book Award it was on my radar, but ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Central Library on
June 14, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Psychiatric Tales by Darryl Cunningham

This thought provoking graphic novel includes eleven graphic stories about mental illness that cover everything from dementia to cutting and self-harming, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The author worked for many years as a health care assistant on an acute psychiatric ward and battled with his own depression before completing this book. His artwork and text reflect an informed and understanding presentation that really benefits the casual reader. Mental illness is so often misunderstood ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 13, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison

Loved this urban fantasy. Loved the funny interactions between Pia, the half human/half wyrkind (shapeshifter/paranormal creature) and Dragos the baddest (and possibly only?) dragon on earth. As I mentioned in another review, I've been watching Game of Thrones on HBO and I'll admit I was picturing ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 10, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Fall from Grace by Wayne Arthurson

Are we all flawed? In Wayne Arthurson's new novel Fall from Grace, Leo Desroches is definitely a flawed character. He was a successful journalist, married with two kids, but his gambling addiction got the best of him. He lost everything and was living on the streets of Edmonton, Canada. Then he got another chance. During a newspaper strike he was hired as a reporter. He has been getting ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
June 8, 2011 | 8 comments
A review of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Jane recently reviewed Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson in which the main character wakes every morning with no memory of how she got where she is.  I just finished reading a buzzed about YA novel that has another twist:  the main character wakes up every morning to relive the same day again and again.  The catch is, she's dead, but she doesn't know it, yet (the reader knows it almost immediately). ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
June 2, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant

Do you like historical fiction mixed in with betrayal, intrigue, and a bit of romance?  If so, then check out Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant. It is engaging, thrilling, and hard-to-put-down. ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 27, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

Jennifer Donnelly's Revolution combines the chaos of the modern world with that of Revolutionary France seamlessly. Twenty-first century Brooklyn is home to the extremely wealthy, the poor and destitute, and those somewhere in between, just trying to live their lives. Revolutionary France is also home to the extremely wealthy, the poor and destitute, and those just trying to keep their heads on. As far as I can tell, ...read more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
May 27, 2011 | 4 comments
A review of The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham

I'm loving the new HBO series Game of Thrones. The series is set in a medieval/fantasy world in which just about everyone is scheming to gain the throne of the Seven Kingdoms. The television series is based on the books by George R ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
May 26, 2011 | 0 comments
A review of Doodle Dandies: Poems that Take Shape by J. Patrick Lewis

The Poetry Foundation recently announced that J. Patrick Lewis, author of more than 50 poetry books for children, has been selected as its new Children’s Poet Laureate.  Lewis is the third poet, after Jack Prelutsky and Mary Ann Hoberman, to receive this honor. Doodle Dandies:  Poems that Take Shape is a clever collection of poems by Lewis in which ...read more

Reviewed by mpladmin on
May 25, 2011 | 1 comment
A review of The Dangerous Viscount by Miranda Neville

This historical romance is a fairy tale with a twist.  The ugly duckling is a man who is transformed into a swan.  Along the way the beautiful princess, despite liking the ugly duckling, plays a cruel trick on him. The now swan has decided to get revenge on the beautiful princess, but that revenge backfires when he falls for the princess. Our ugly duckling is Sebastian Iverley who was raised by an eccentric recluse uncle. His social skills were limited and as a child his cousins made ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
May 24, 2011 | 0 comments
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