A review of True Highland Spirit by Amanda Forester

The Scottish highlands are very well trod ground for romance novelists (just try searching under the subjects ‘Love Stories’ and ‘Scotland Fiction’ in LINKCat to see what I mean). While it’s getting harder to inject some novelty into the subgenre, author Amanda Forester makes an entertaining and unique entry with True Highland Heart. The expected is there—men in kilts, rogues with brogues, bonnie lasses and the romance of the Scottish landscape—but Forester puts her characters more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 11, 2015 | 0 comments
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Summer Reading Club The Summer Reading Club is winding down but there is still time to register and enter slips for what you're reading. As of this moment we have 1129 books entered. You can see what people are reading and get some ideas yourself. So far the book listed by the most people is more

Reviewed by Jane J on
August 10, 2015 | 2 comments
A review of Hansel & Gretel : a Toon graphic by Neil Gaiman

Any fans of Neil Gaiman should probably check this out. It's the standard story of Hansel and Gretel, the woodcutter's children who are left in the woods when then the family is hit by hard times. One night Hansel hears his parents, worried over their lack of food, discuss leaving him and his sister in the woods. Being resourceful and forewarned, Hansel uses whites stones to guide the pair back to the arms of their parents. However, there is still not enough food and again they are led off into more

Reviewed by Tina - Central on
August 7, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of In the Dark Places by Peter Robinson

Blood stains, possibly human, found in an abandoned hanger—a missing tractor from a hobby farm—a missing man are all threads in Peter Robinson’s most recent book In the Dark Places (or Abattoir Blues in the United Kingdom) coming out in August.  I always look forward to a new book from Robinson. He writes a good involving mystery but even more important to me is the character development in his series.  This, of course, focuses on Alan Banks more

Reviewed by Liz - Sequoya on
August 6, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan revisits her familiar themes of mother-daughter relationships, female oppression, and Chinese/American cultural conflict. This novel spans three generations from the late 1800’s through mid 1900’s, and describes the life of Violet Minturn and her upbringing in an upscale courtesan house in Shangai. The plot jumps expertly among the lives of Violet’ more

Reviewed by Carra on
August 5, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Dumplin' by Julie Murphy

Willowdean is pretty comfortable in her own skin. A self-described fat girl in a small town Texas, she’s got a job that’s tolerable, a great best friend, a gorgeous guy who kinda might be sorta interested in her and a long hot summer ahead of her. Unfortunately, summer is also when Clover City gears up for its second-most obsessive event—the Miss Teen Blue Bonnet Pageant--and Willowdean’s mother (winner in ’97) is fully immersed in the sequin-strewn spectacle. It will be the first summer that more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
August 4, 2015 | 1 comment
A review of Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This book was a pleasant surprise. What’s been billed as a book on romance in the modern age written by Aziz Ansari, comedian and star of Parks and Recreation, is: A book on romance in the modern age A sociological examination at relationships and how they’ve changed over the years, and An investigation of how our lives today are inextricably bound to technology This book is chock-full of research conducted in conjunction with renowned more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
August 3, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of The Monkey goes bananas by C.P. Bloom

This is a fresh look at the conundrum of the monkey on an island who has a yen for the bunch of bananas hanging from a tree on another island, separated by water, and a hungry predator, in this case, a shark.  Bloom and Raymundo have created a story with just a few words, and highly expressive, cartoon-style illustrations.  Monkey tries various methods to reach the bananas, or make the bananas reach him, and is foiled again and again, in progressively more dramatic and hilarious ways more

Reviewed by Karen on
July 31, 2015 | 0 comments
A review of Pennyroyal Academy by M.A. Larson

Okay, I admit it, I picked this one for the cover, but can you blame me?  With the rearing dragon, the perfect castle right out of Disneyland and the witch silhouettes sneaking up the mountains, this book promised some major excitement.  But, wow, did it deliver!  With a few sly nods to traditional princess tales, M.A. Larson's Pennyroyal Academy boldly lays claim to fresh fairytale territory where behavior trumps birth, what you don't know can kill you, and where the strength, more

Reviewed by Abby on
July 31, 2015 | 0 comments
100 Swoonworthy Romances Back in June, NPR asked readers to nominate their favorite romantic novels and the response was so big they had to shut down the poll after more than 18,000 nominations came in. Well the tally is in (and the experts have spoken) and now the only thing left to do is read.  The experts, including local Bobbi Dumas who runs the national more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 30, 2015 | 0 comments
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