Laura G.

These Broken Stars

Monday, October 5, 2015
Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
These Broken Stars

These Broken Stars has a little bit of everything in it:  science fiction, romance, steampunk…  The story begins aboard a massive luxury spaceliner (think Titanic) which quickly encounters disaster.  Two very different people are the only survivors.  They land on a beautiful but, apparently, deserted planet.  Lilac and Tarver are forced to rely on each other to survive and find a way home.  I thought the book was well written and enjoyed reading it.  I’m looking forward to the next one.   Laura G., Youth Services           Check our Catalog

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End

Monday, March 9, 2015
Atul Gawande
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters In the End
This book was a thought provoking look at aging, dying, our medical system and quality of life.  It doesn’t matter if we live our lives eating all the right food and doing all the right things; at some point our bodies will begin to break down.  In our current medical system the goal is always to prolong live no matter what.  The author’s premise is that we need to have hard conversations and talk to those we love about what is most important to them and what quality of life are they willing to live to keep on going.  Do we want to add more “life to our years or years to our life” and what physical and emotional cost are we willing to bear?  
 
I’m not a big non-fiction fan and I really enjoyed this.  The author brings a lot of personal experience into the book which makes for an interesting read.  Check our Catalog
Laura G. Youth Services
 

Gameboard of the Gods

Monday, October 27, 2014
Richelle Mead
Gameboard of the Gods

Richelle Mead has been a popular YA author.  This book is her first foray into adult books.  It’s also a different genre for her to write.  This is a science fiction novel set in a futuristic world that was almost destroyed by religious zealots.  In the new world, religion is tightly controlled and frowned upon by the majority.  Two very different people are put together to research what appear to be supernatural happenings in a world that doesn’t believe in the supernatural.  It was hard to piece together where things were going but it was an enjoyable read.  I’m waiting for the next one just to see what happens.

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Laura G., Youth Services

90 Minutes in Heaven

Monday, July 21, 2014
Don Piper
90 Minutes in Heaven

 

This is the true story of a pastor crushed by a semi in an accident on his way home from a conference.  Ninety minutes after he was declared dead, while a fellow minister prayed for him, he returned to life on earth.  This is his account of what he experienced in heaven as well as his account of his recovery.  I found how he coped with the aftermath to be the most inspirational part of the book.  He comes across as a real person dealing with life changing issues in a real way while not giving up his faith in God.  It is a fast and uplifting read. Check our Catalog

Laura G. YS

Archetype

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
M.D. Waters
Archetype

Set in the future, this is an adult dystopian science fiction novel.  Emma wakes up in a hospital as a blank slate.  Her husband tells her she was in an accident.  As she is relearning how to live, other memories start popping up that are not in agreement with what her husband and doctor are telling her.  The plot unfolds in surprising ways.  This book grabbed me from the first and kept me reading. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Enclave

Sunday, February 3, 2013
Ann Aguirre
Enclave

Enclave

Ann Aguirre

Enclave by Ann Aguirre is the beginning of another dystopian series for teens.  I was reminded of The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan as well as The Hunger Games.  The setting is a post-apocalyptic future in which people only live until their 20’s and there are small pockets of isolated survivors.   The book begins with Girl15 having her naming ceremony during which she is also given the role of a Huntress in her clan.  Her clan lives in the subway tunnels below New York City and has never seen sunlight.   Her job is to hunt “Freaks”, zombie like creatures, and keep them away from their settlement.  She is paired up with another  Hunter, Fade, who was born outside of the tunnels but adopted with the Enclave found him wandering alone in the tunnels.  The Freaks are getting more aggressive and decimating settlements.  After returning from a mission, Fade and Deuce are framed for a crime and exiled from the enclave.    Here their adventures really begin and the stage is set for the sequel. Check our Catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Shiver

Saturday, November 24, 2012
Maggie Stiefvater
Shiver

I listened to Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater on audio. It’s a teen fiction book in the paranormal  genre about werewolves. The author tells the story from alternating points of view.  Sam is the male werewolf who lives in the woods behind Grace’s home. Grace has been fascinated with Sam as a wolf ever since she was attacked by the wolf pack when she was younger and saved by Sam in his wolf form. When Grace finds Sam as a human on her back porch after he was shot, she realized that he is “her” wolf.  It is a paranormal teen romance that sets the story up for the sequel. As a parent myself, I found the role that the parents were relegated to in the book irritating…either completely absent and uninvolved or abusive. I didn’t like it as well as others that I have read but it was enjoyable.

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Laura G., Youth Services 

Divergent

Monday, June 11, 2012
Veronica Roth
Divergent

Divergent is another book in the YA dystopian genre. Tris is a 16 year old girl living in a society where people are segregated according to their “faction”.  People choose their factions at 16.  Factions are based to personality profiles: the Erudite (intelligent), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (courageous), Amity (peaceful), Candor (honest).  If they choose a faction different from the one their family is a part of, as Tris does, they leave their family behind and begin initiation with the new faction.  It was well written and an exciting read.  There is lots of excitement and some romance and I am looking forward to reading the next in the series. Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

Caleb’s Crossing

Friday, June 1, 2012
Geraldine Brooks
Caleb’s Crossing

Caleb’s Crossing is a fictionalized account of the first Native American graduate of Harvard College.  Caleb is the son of a chieftain of the Wampanoag Tribe on Martha’s Vineyard.  The story is told through the eyes of Bethia whose father is the Great Harbor minister.  I found the book a fascinating account of life in the 17th century as well as the settlement of Martha’s Vineyard.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

 

Delirium

Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Lauren Oliver
Delirium

This is a YA book that takes place in a futuristic dystopian world.    If you enjoy books like The Hunger Games or Life as We Knew It, you’ll enjoy this one.  Lena is an almost 18 year old girl who lives in a society that has tried to eradicate the disease of  “love” a.k.a. “deliria” with a medical procedure at the age of 18.  Lena is content with this world until she finds out more information about her mother’s death and begins a romance with a mysterious young man.  It’s a fast paced read that leaves you looking forward to the sequel.  Check our catalog

Laura G., Youth Services

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