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A review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

The explosion of dystopian/post-apocalyptic young adult fiction has been well documented. In fact if you want to see something really cool take a look at this Hunger Games readalike pathfinder from Lawrence Public Library in Kansas. But all these apocalyptic worlds can get a little depressing and wearying. Which is what drew me to Rachel Hartmen's high-fantasy Seraphina. Seraphina ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 31, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of This Is How by Augusten Burroughs

I'm a Youth Services Librarian, so I don't often venture into the world of adult books, except for the rare James Patterson novel or a book about parenting. I do occasionally go on self-help kicks, but I have to admit -- I have never finished one. Diet books, meditation, the power of positive thinking -- I have started many books on these subjects, but they just haven't been interesting enough to get me to the last page. When I saw that Augusten Burroughs had written a self-help book, though, I ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 30, 2012 | 0 comments
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A review of Pond Babies by Cathryn Falwell

Pond Babies initially caught my eye with its cover illustration of a mother and child who have different skin tones. After recently joining the adoption community, I have become more aware of the lack of books that celebrate families that don’t look alike. As I read this book, I was excited to note that the author has also chosen to highlight mother/baby animal pairs that don’t look exactly alike (frogs, loons, deer, etc.). I realize that the analogy doesn’t extend fully (the animal ...read more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
July 27, 2012 | 3 comments
A review of I Shall Wear Midnight by Terry Pratchett

There has been a recent influx of teen series that are steeped in science fiction or fantasy elements: Hunger Games, Percy Jackson, Leviathan, and of course, ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 26, 2012 | 0 comments
Forthcoming Titles I posted my first batch of anticipated summer mysteries last month but that was just the beginning. As summer rolls on the books I'm looking forward to reading keep coming. Here is part 2 of my 3 part summer mystery list. Behold a Pale Horse by Peter Tremayne (7/17)setting: Ancient Irelandcharacter: Sister Fidelma, sister to the king ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 24, 2012 | 5 comments
A review of Killed at the Whim of a Hat by Colin Cotterill

Colin Cotterill has been on and off my mystery radar for a while. I'd read his first book The Coroner's Lunch a while ago and came back to Cotterill every now and then. But much as I enjoy Laotian coroner Dr. Siri Paiboun, somehow Cotterill just never stuck as a must-read author for me. That may have ...read more

Reviewed by Jane J on
July 23, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Obstinate Pen by Frank Dormer

Picture books that can please a wide range of ages can be hard to come by, but The Obstinate Pen is a winner. Uncle Flood is excited to start writing his story, but when his new pen chooses to write digs like "You have a big nose!" instead of the words he wants it to write, the pen quickly finds itself flying out the window. The pen goes on a wild adventure in the hands of various adults, all the while telling them what they need to do ("Kiss her, banana head!") or peppering them with more ...read more

Reviewed by Krissy on
July 20, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of The Walking Dead Volume 16: A Larger World by Robert Kirkman

The Walking Dead is quickly becoming a household name thanks to it's record-breaking televsion series. Having just ended it's second season, the show has found an entirely new audience just as it seemed the zombie craze was beginning to die out. The graphic novel series that the show is based on has been proving that theory wrong for years, as the ...read more

Reviewed by Kris - Pinney on
July 19, 2012 | 0 comments
A review of Afterwards: A Novel by Rosamund Lupton

Why does a particular story grab your attention? I've found many reasons why a book has made me keep reading to all hours of the night.  Rosamund Lupton's new novel Afterwards is one of those books. This literary thriller is the story of a loving mother who fights to protect her family in the wake of a tragic fire. Only she can get to the bottom of who is trying to destroy her children. The ...read more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
July 17, 2012 | 2 comments
Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon

Looking for a fun and light summertime read?  You might try Wife 22, which could be called a middle-ager's version of Bridget Jones's Diary.  Instead in this contemporary novel there is no handwritten diary but there is heavy use of social media, such as email, Google, and Facebook. Alice Buckle has been married ...read more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
July 16, 2012 | 0 comments
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