Kushiel's Dart

Saturday, November 11, 2017
Jacqueline Carey
Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Kushiel's Dart kicks off Michigan native Jacqueline Carey's epic historical fantasy series which spans three trilogies and has become beloved to fantasy readers.

In the land of Terre d'Ange, a place of unsurpassing beauty and grace (and not wholy unlike France in our world), where angels had walked and beget a race guided by the principle "Love as thou wilt," Phèdre, "a whore's unwanted get," is born with a scarlet mote in her left eye. Thus marked as the Chosen of the angel Kushiel, God's punisher, Phèdre has the dubious honor of experiencing pleasure in pain. Raised in the Court of Night Blooming Flowers, she is trained as a highly-skilled courtesan and spy and uses her myriad talents and skills to save her beloved, Elua-blessed land of Terre d'Ange.

I have both read this book and, several years later, listened to the audiobook--I enjoy it that much.

The wordbuilding of this novel, and its subsequent sequels, is fabulous, intricate though not confusing. Phèdre's tale takes her and her companion protector Joscelin on a journey from her home in Terre d'Ange's capital Elua City to the snow-encrusted mountains of the barbaric Skaldi (think Vikings and Germans), across the seas magically controlled by the mythic Master of the Straits to another barbaric land, that of the England-like Alba, and back to her native Terre d'Ange. This book is epic in scope and page count--but so very much worth it.

Political machinations, treason, love, danger, desire, enslavement, sacrifice, redemption--this book and series has it all, and more.

Ready to start your journey in Phèdre's world? Check out this first book as an ebook using your library card number and PIN on Overdrive to read on your computer or using the Libby app to read on your tablet or smart device.

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Brandi T., Reference

The Nameless City (eBook)

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Faith Erin Hicks and Jordie Bellaire
The Nameless City

I enjoyed reading this fast-paced graphic novel for kids. A city is called “The Nameless City” because it has been taken over and renamed by so many groups over the years it’s hard to keep track of its name. The current government will soon have held it for 40 years and there are a few different ideas for what the next steps should be. While some want to grow a stronger army, one official has the idea to share the city amongst the feuding countries. The story unfolded without giving me all the details so I’m anxious to read the second book when it comes out.

I appreciated the ambiguity of the culture, location, timeframe, etc., so the focus was on the main character and the plot. I think it could have been a little longer to have more time to explore the main character’s familial relationships, but lack of this made his newfound relationship with a girl who grew up in the city more believable.

Find the book on the MCLS Overdrive website. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.


Janice H., Youth Services

A Murder in Time

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Julie McElwain
A Murder in Time

A time traveling mystery


If you love mysteries I think you’ll love this book! A superstar FBI agent from modern times accidentally time travels to the 19th century and stumbles across a serial killer’s work. The two biggest twists to your regular mystery story are: how Kendra tries to disguise the fact that she’s from the future while profiling a serial killer in the 1800s and how she has to explain which class she’s in and learn the duties of household staff during this time period. This book was selected as the Big Library Read this summer.

Check our catalog for this book or find the ebook on the MCLS Overdrive website (you will need your library card number and PIN to access it).


Janice H., Youth Services

The Sleep Revolution

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Arianna Huffington
The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

Transforming Your Life, One Night at a Time

This was an interesting read about the importance of sleep. Lack of sleep risks include heart attack, stroke, diabetes and obesity as well as problems on the job and in our relationships. The author, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post, offers some possible help to getting more sleep including the familiar--put aside the electronic devices, exercise more, and meditate--but some less so, including suggestions on how to use the latest sleep-tracking devices and sleep-optimizing hotels. Also included are some actual meditations in the back. Our library owns the physical book plus it is available through to download on your mobile device as an ebook as well as an audiobook. I plan to listen to the meditations on the audiobook when it becomes available.


Interested in reading this book? Check our catalog.

Want to download the ebook or audio to your iPad, Kindle, or other mobile device using Overdrive? Find the ebook and the audiobook on the MCLS site. You will need your library card number and PIN to access it.

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Betsy H., Reference

Kingston's Project

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Carrie Beckort
Kingston's Project

Elijah Kingston’s stories will captivate and touch you in more ways that one as you embark on their emotional and encouraging journey. I could not put this book down and was reluctant to say Kingston’s Project is an enlightening debut novel by Carrie Beckort. Sarah Mitchell & good-bye to it when I came to the end.


How do you find the strength to embrace a future that's different than the one you planned?

For Sarah Mitchell, the answer is simple—you don't. For two years, Sarah has shut herself off from most of the world around her. She needs to move on, but doesn't know how to begin.

Unexpectedly, Sarah is presented with an opportunity that could change everything. Elijah Kingston, her firm's largest client, wants her to lead a highly confidential assignment. When Sarah learns the shocking nature of Kingston's project, she is torn between Elijah's promise of healing and her fear of falling deeper into despair.

Kingston's Project is a poignant story about the effects of grief and the loss of hope. Can Sarah find happiness again, or is the hold from her fear and guilt too strong to break free?   ebook through MCLS

Tania K., Circulation

Backstage Pass (Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1)

Monday, March 31, 2014
Olivia Cunning

Hello, friends!

This is your quiet library page here with my first book blog appearance. I have to confess when I was informed that part of my job responsibilities includes blogging my reads with all of you, I was a little circumspect. You will find that my reading preferences are...oh let’s just say, not innocent. Nope! Not. At. All. Therefore, I forewarn you if you’re not into erotic romance novels then this isn’t the blog for you. Sorry! If you are a fan then go ahead and shout out, “hooray!” and read on.  :)

OK. March was a great month for book releases by some fun authors. Therefore, I thought it would be good to kick off my blog based on that. In recognition of March’s newsstand release of Sinners at the Altar by Olivia Cunning, I introduce you to the first book of her Sinners on Tour series: Backstage Pass. Now I won’t throw you any spoilers by telling you all about this book. However, I’ll leave you with this: It’s an interestingly entertaining sneak peak into the behind-the-scenes lifestyle of the fictional rock band: Sinners. Packed full of uninhibited raunch, Backstage Pass certainly falls under the smutty fun reads category. I have to admit that some of the “scenes” are a little too over the top and not my particular sort of kink; but there’s just something about this amusing rock band that drew me in and made me a fan. Backstage Pass takes love, sex and rock & roll to one hot and steamy level; starting with the story of Sinner’s lead guitarist, Brian “Master” Sinclair and Human Sexuality college professor, Myrna. So dig in, let go of your inhibitions and enjoy “your” Backstage Pass!

This book is available in eBook format, check our catalog

Tania, Circulation

Wild Tales: A Rock & Roll Life

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Graham Nash

Graham Nash's songs defined a generation and helped shape the history of rock and roll—he’s written over 200 songs, including such classic hits as "Carrie Anne," “On A Carousel,” "Simple Man," "Our House," “Marrakesh Express,” and "Teach Your Children."  He co-founded The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & (sometimes) Young.  I read this as a downloadable e-book using the kindle app on my ipad - and discovered something really cool - this ebook contains 4 videos, 34 audio clips!  Graham Nash talks about song writing a great deal, specific songs will have a little icon that you can press and listen to the song as you read how and/or why he wrote it!  Diane, Admin.  Check our catalog!
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In My Father's Country:An Afghan Woman Defies her Fate

Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Saima Wahab
In My Father's Country

This is one of the most interesting books that I've read in a year. Saima's father was killed when she was 3 and at age 15 her uncles took her to the U.S. where she graduated from college. She then went back to Afghanistan as an interpreter and she soon was trying to teach the American troops how to deal with the Pashtun culture which is so different from ours. As an American citizen, she could see both sides of relationships and tried hard to explain it all to the Afghans and Americans. I learned so much from this book and it was fascinating to view her personality and what she was trying to do with her life. Check our catalog


Sue N. Youth Services

Echoes of Titanic

Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Mindy Starns Clark
Echoes of Titanic

I read this on my Nook in 48 hours-it was really good. Kelsey Tate's great grandmother survived the Titanic and the book jumps back and forth from the present day to 1912 when Adele and her cousin Joselyn experienced the trip and the collision. In the present day, the book includes a company takeover when decendants insist that it was actually Joselyn who survived. Kelsey is sure it was Adele and fights to clear her family name. There is also a love interest and much info about the family company and the workings of it. This was fascinating and I was anxious to get to the end to see how it would all come out. Check our catalog Check our catalog for the ebook

Sue N. Youth Services

The Thorn

Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Beverly Lewis
The Thorn

Read on my nook.  A Christian fiction book about two Amish sisters.  The older sister, Hen, has married outside of the family and is finding it difficult to adapt even though she loves her husband and child.  When she begins to ease back into the Amish ways, it causes friction in her family.  The younger sister, Rose, struggles with being Amish and seeing what is happening in her sister's life.  This is a great characteer book.

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Sue N., Youth Services