Fiction

Defy the Stars

Saturday, June 17, 2017
Claudia Gray
Defy the Stars

This is a teen science fiction story that I found very enjoyable.  It appears to be the first book in the series and I’m looking forward to the next one.  Neomi is a young soldier defending her planet from Earth.  Abel is a one of a kind “mech” or robot who was left behind for 30 years in an abandoned space ship.  They meet as a result of a battle and start on an adventure to save her planet by sacrificing Abel.   Along the way they learn about the politics of the solar system as well as themselves.  There’s plenty of adventure, just a bit of romance and an ending that leaves you waiting for more.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Everything, Everything

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Nicola Yoon
Everything, Everything
An interesting twist for a basic “star crossed” love story.  Very clever dialogue and an easy read.  A great beach book. Check our catalog
 
Barb C., Tech Services

This is your life, Harriet Chance!

Friday, June 2, 2017
Jonathan Evison
This is your life, Harriet Chance!
After Harriet's husband Bernard dies, she is notified about an Alaskan Cruise that he won. Harriet decides to take the trip, and her life will never be the same. There is something for everyone in this book!  Check our catalog
 
Sue A2, Reference

Mercy

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Michael Palmer
Mercy
I found it hard to put this book down, and stayed up much too late on a work night to finish it. Dr. Julie Devereux is a doctor who is passionate about helping patients to heal, and is also an outspoken advocate of a patient's right to die. When her fiance, Sam, is left a quadriplegic after a motorcycle accident, she begins to question her convictions. He begs to die; Julie begs him to continue living. Just as he begins to reconsider, he suddenly and mysteriously dies from what appears to be a massive heart attack--from being scared to death. Julie finds a pattern in other cases similar to Sam's, and as her investigation of these gets closer to the truth, someone makes it clear they want her out of the way. If you enjoy medical thrillers, don't miss this one.  Check our catalog
Laura P., Circulation

Caraval

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Stephanie Garber
Caraval
The twists and turns in the adventures of sisters Scarlett and Tella at Caraval had me turning page after page, minute after minute.  Think magical theatre meets game show, directed by a mad maestro. The description of this fancifully dark world surrounded me and pulled me in. This book has it all – sisterhood, mystery, romance, masquerade, adventure, and magic.
 
Scarlett and Tella escape their cruel father and his tiny island, just to be tossed into a world more sinister then they could have imagine. Scarlett is a selfless young woman who thinks only of protecting her sister and escaping her father. Her younger sister, Tella, only thinks of herself and living life to its fullest. They find themselves trapped in Caraval playing for the ultimate prize of One Wish. It’s only a game but the lines between reality and fantasy are quickly blurred. 
 
 
Sara D., Youth Services

First Grave on the Right

Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Darynda Jones
First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones cover

This is the first installament in a fun, fast paranormal romantic suspense series. The wise-cracking, smart, capable, and kick-butt protagonist, private investigator, and Grim Reaper Charley Davidson uses her unique supernatural abilities to help solve murders in Albuquerque, NM. She's surrounded by a wonderful cast of secondary characters who add flavor and fun to Charley's exploits.

One warning to you: once you start this series, you will not be able to stop! Luckily for us all, author Darynda Jones recently published the 10th book in the series and shows no signs of stopping soon!

So, grab this first book, sit back, and hang on for a wild ride in Charley's world, which just keeps getting better and better!

Check our catalog for this book.

 

Brandi T., Reference

A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Bruce Cameron
A Dog's Purpose: A Novel for Humans

For any dog lover out there, this is a heartwarming and insightful tail. Written from a dogs perspective, this story tells the emotional journey of one dog and his quest, over many lives, to find his purpose.  The narrative swings from sadness to happiness to laugh out loud funny.  Guaranteed you will never look at your dog quite the same way.  Check our catalog.

Tanya H., Reference

 

Behind Closed Doors

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
B.A. Paris
Behind Closed Doors
Jack and Grace look to be the perfect married couple.  Or is it the perfect lie?  A suspenseful story line that keeps you engaged in the story and what is to come.  I enjoyed this book and definitely would recommend it.
 
 
Jeremy
Administration

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Friday, April 28, 2017
Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
An elegant apartment building in the center of Paris is the setting for this story told through two narrators - concierge Rene Michel and twelve-year-old Paloma Josse - who are both hiding parts of themselves. Their lives are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu. Written by a philosophy teacher, this novel tackles philosophy, class consciousness, and personal victories in a moving and funny way.  Check our catalog.
 
SueA2, Reference

The Cardturner

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Louis Sachar
The Cardturner

Okay, okay, my only exposure to playing the card game bridge was when I was 12 years old and my dad tried to teach me.  He lost me at "left bower" . . . nevertheless, both my parents were avid bridge players - my mother still plays occasionally when her friends need a fourth.  That's what attracted me to this book.  

Alton Richards is a high schooler who is "volunteered" by his parents to drive his wealthy, sickly, great-uncle to and from his bridge club 4 times a week and be his cardturner.  Alton at first finds this job to be boring and tedious but before long, he starts to pick up on the rules of the game and begins to learn bridge.  He begins to forge friendships with his uncle's bridge buddies and with a girl his age, Toni, who used to be his uncle's card turner until they had a falling out.  
 
Along the way, Alton learns some things about life, death, love and himself.
 
The author gives quite a bit of information about playing bridge - but if you're not interested in that you can skip those details and still enjoy a good story about a young man forging friendships with both kids his own age and adults that are a couple generations older than he is.  Check our catalog.
 
Peggy G.,Circulation

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