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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 Spots in a Box by Helen Ward

What’s a guinea fowl to do with no spots? Ask for some, of course! In Spots in a Box by Helen Ward (Candlewick Press, 2015), a spotless bird writes a letter requesting some spots. He gets big spots, and little spots, bright spots, and connect-the-dot spots, fancy spots, and - even - not-spots! The humorous illustrations are a perfect combination to the words. The reader sees the guinea fowl try out all sorts of spots – with cardboard boxes, colorful dots, and packaging materials scattered ...read more

Reviewed by Tracy on
July 3, 2015 | 0 comments
Locus Awards Announced The winners of the Locus Awards were announced this past weekend and Katherine Addison (of Stoughton) won for Best Fantasy Novel. The competition was tough, but The Goblin Emperor took it. Addison has written for years as Sarah Monette, but with a new publisher she had to pick a pseudonym. Thus, Katherine Addison, and the very successful The Goblin Emperor (which I loved, btw) ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 1, 2015 | 1 comment
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 A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

In her new series Deanna Raybourn introduces the intrepid Veronica Speedwell and sets her on course to figure out two mysteries. One involves the murder of a German baron and the second concerns Veronica's own natal origins. As the book opens, Veronica is getting ready to set out on a new butterfly hunting expedition having spent the last few months caring for and then burying one of the women who raised her. Though Veronica called the women her aunts, in reality she was not a blood relation. ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 29, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of One big pair of underwear by Laura Gehl

I have read a lot of counting books, but One Big Pair Of Underwear is something so much more. Don't be distracted by the obviously silly title, or hysterical pictures of bears tugging on giant tighty-whitey or seals on scooters... this book is a just using those adorable and humorous entities to distract you from realizing it is a vocabulary book. Like it's nursery rhyme ancestors did so well, this children's rhyme sneaks in rare words like greedy, gobble, narrow, nook, craving, twisty into it' ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
June 26, 2015 | 0 comments
Summer Reading Club The Summer Reading Club has been underway for a bit and I just checked in online to see what people are reading. As of a minute ago 362 books have been logged by readers. Way to go SRC members! You're racking up the books. So what are people reading? Sylo ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
June 25, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Exploring Calvin and Hobbes: An Exhibition Catalogue by Bill Watterson

Ahhh, this brought back a lot of good memories. I still miss this as a daily cartoon; really nothing else since has grabbed me the same way and it has been interesting, working in a library, to see the "gospel" of Calvin being passed on from parents to children. It was quite interesting to read the interview with Bill Watterson, both to learn of how the concept was discovered, how he worked on it, and ultimately why he decided to stop. Also interesting was his take on the current state of ...read more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
June 24, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher

In this age of flash-communication when messages are prized for their brief and fleeting nature, digging into Letters of Note is an inspiring reminder of the power of the old-fashioned written word. Eclectic, indeed, this collection of real-life letters of historical and cultural significance includes love letters, threat letters, advice letters, and plea letters; letters from children, prisoners, scientists, presidents, and movie stars. Some letters are funny; some letters are heart- ...read more

Reviewed by Carra on
June 23, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Humans and Dragons have lived together for years with a tenuous truce between them. Yet factions of both humankind and dragonkind are trying to spark a war. Seraphina lives in the palace, daughter of a diplomat, and child of both a human and a dragon. She hides her scales and tries not to call attention to herself, all while working to find a role in the Royal court that would preclude marriage and discovery.I'm a big fan of intrigue, so I liked the Royal intrigue that gets set into play in ...read more

Reviewed by Karen on
June 19, 2015 | 0 comments
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