A review of Genie Wishes by Elisabeth Dahl

Genie Kunkle is about to start the fifth grade and is thrilled to know that her best friend Sarah is in the same homeroom as her. Genie and Sarah have always operated as a team and fifth grade should be more of the same. Right? Problem is, Sarah met Blair at camp over the summer and the ultra-cool, trendy Blair is going to be in their home room too. As Blair and Sarah cement their friendship, Genie begins to feel left out. While she struggles with the changing dynamics around her, Genie takes more

Reviewed by Jane J on
April 23, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Between Man and Beast: An Unlikely Explorer, The Evolution Debates, and the African Adventure that took the Victorian World by Storm by Monte Reed

Paul Du Chaillu ought to have been lost to history. Even in life, much of his background in colonial Gabon was obscure by his own design, and even late in life he still appeared as something of a chimera, restlessly floating between Great Britain and America, always in pursuit of the next adventure. But for a brief time in Victorian England, Du Chaillu was one of the most famous, or infamous, explorers in an era rich with memorable pathfinders. The reason? Du Chaillu was singularly driven to more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 22, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Forget-me-nots by Mary Ann Hoberman

Ready for some rollicking and roaring word play? Check out Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart by Mary Ann Hoberman for some unforgettable poems. This is a wonderful treasury for elementary school kids. The poems are joyful and include bright and colorful illustrations by Michael Emberley. The book has 123 poems by 57 authors (ranging from A.A. Milne to Shel Silverstein to Valerie Worth, and many more phenomenal poets). It is also a great book for reading aloud! Explore other more

Reviewed by Tracy on
April 19, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

Brigid Quinn thought she left the past behind when she retired from the FBI. No longer young and blonde, her undercover days of posing as bait for human traffickers and sexual predators are over, and as her 60th birthday nears, she's enjoying adding to her rock garden and learning to cook for her new philosophy professor husband. However, when an open case that has haunted her for years looks like it may finally close with a full confession from a serial killer, she can't help but return to her more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 17, 2013 | 2 comments
A review of Sins of a Ruthless Rogue by Anna Randol

I just finished reading a bunch of galleys on my Nook. I didn't realize until I was finished with Anna Randol's new novel that it was one of the ones that I was looking forward to reading this spring. (See my Looking Forward to Love post.) In fact, I didn't remember that I read the first one in her Sinners Trio series, more

Reviewed by Kathy K. - Central on
April 16, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin

How important is the narrator to an audiobook? Many listeners have their favorites amongst narrators but often the narrator is a neutral presence. Not so Mark Bramhall who is a veteran audio book reader and one who makes an impression as he is the perfect reader for The Orchardist, a first novel by Amanda Coplin. The poetic and descriptive language is very suited to reading aloud and his somewhat slow and deliberative style suits this book perfectly. The Orchardist more

Reviewed by Mary K. - Central on
April 15, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Who Could That Be at This Hour by Lemony Snicket

Lemony Snicket’s snark + the clipped speech of hard-boiled detective novels = the tone of the first installment in a new Snicket series called, All the Wrong Questions. It tells the story of Lemony’s own education as a private eye as he tries to get the scoop about an odd statue called the Bombinating Beast, which may or may not be valuable and which may or may not have been stolen from his client. Of course, the plot is secondary to the unique voice with which Mr. Snicket tells his more

Reviewed by Carissa - Alicia Ashman on
April 12, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach

I want Mary Roach at my dinner party. Actually no, I think I would want Mary Roach to show up after my dinner party; inviting her beforehand will virtually guarantee that no one will eat. Roach, who has made her name investigating the more obscure corners of scientific research, has turned her attention to that mostly unfamiliar, yet most intimate portion of us: the gut. In Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, Roach goes where only gastroenterologists have trod from tongue to more

Reviewed by Katie H. on
April 11, 2013 | 0 comments
A review of Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

It takes a pretty spectacular writer to combine vampires, love at first sight, and reincarnation in a teen novel and still come up with something fresh and original, but that's exactly what Marcus Sedgwick has done in his new book, Midwinterblood. This collection of seven linked stories begins in the year 2073, when loner journalist Eric Seven is sent to investigate a colony on the remote northern Blessed Island, where the inhabitants are rumored to have discovered an elixir of more

Reviewed by Kylee on
April 9, 2013 | 0 comments
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A review of The Six Sisters series by Marion Chesney

I have been listening to an entertaining Regency romance series about six marriageable sisters while I fold laundry. Their father is a country vicar with money woes and he manages to marry off his daughters to ever richer husbands in order to sustain his expensive hunting habits. Each of the six Armitage daughters gets her own novel and although I'm only on book four, each book has ended in a happy marriage so far. I suspect that all six do. I'll be very disappointed if they don't. Between the more

Reviewed by Molly - Central on
April 9, 2013 | 0 comments
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