Marybeth K.

The Red Queen

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Victoria Aveyard

The story of The Red Queen takes place in a dystopian society where the under-class are governed by the aristocrats. This is the first book in the series, and I listened to the audio-book version offered through our digital catalog and Overdrive. Having not read a summary of the book beforehand, I had expected something more along the line of books by Philippa Gregory, however, this book reminded me more of Divergent by Veronica Roth. It took a little while to visualize the type of world the author had built, but I found it entertaining.

This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power. Fearful of Mare's potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime. But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance - Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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Marybeth – Youth Services


Duct Tape Parenting

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Vicki Hoefle
Duct Tape Parenting

A Less is More Approach to Raising Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient Kids


This book has passed through my hands a couple of times, and even though my children are now young adults, I felt compelled to read it. It helped me to recognize my own parenting hang-ups like micromanaging, doing it myself so it's done "right", and bailing them out instead of letting them make their own mistakes and deal with the natural consequences. This is how you raise children who don't feel entitled to everything. I love the commonsense approach.

The focus of this book is to stop helicopter parenting, and to encourage parents to take a step back and allow children to learn from life lessons. Vicki Hoefle states that, "Duct Tape Parenting is a hands-off approach to parenting with a focus on developing and deepening the relationship between parents and kids without anyone feeling like a doormat or a dictator." She believes that the behaviors which get the most attention will continue to grow, whereas the behaviors that are ignored will fade away. Childhood is for learning and, through practice, kids learn skills for the real world. They also develop a sense of worth and self-confidence when their parents don’t cater to their every move.

There’s a new set of 3Rs for our kids—respect, responsibility, and resilience—to better prepare them for life in the real world. Once developed, these skills let kids take charge and let parents step back, to the benefit of all. Casting hover mothers and helicopter parents aside, Vicki Hoefle encourages a different, counterintuitive—yet much more effective—approach: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up. Duct Tape Parenting gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. This is not a book about the parenting strategy of the day—what the author calls "Post-It Note Parenting"—but rather a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.

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Marybeth K., Circulation

Outlander (Audiobook)

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Diana Gabaldon
Outlander (Audiobook)

I listened to the audiobook version of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This is a gripping tale which keeps the reader actively engaged. It is loaded with romance, action, and intrigue. It’s hard to classify this book into just one genre, as it contains historical fiction, romance, time travel, fantasy, action, and military history. The author is very detailed with her description of life in the Scottish Highlands in the 1740s. It’s a carefully written book with three-dimensional characters inhabiting a complex, believable world. Now that Starz is turning the books into a television series, the books are increasing even more in popularity. Due to some of the graphic content in the book, I would recommend it for adult readers.


Claire Randall is a British combat nurse who is reunited with her husband after World War II. They take a second honeymoon to the Scottish Highlands to reconnect and to research her husband’s ancestors. While there, Claire visits an ancient stone circle known as Craigh na Dun, and upon touching the stones she is transported back in time. She suddenly finds herself in war-torn Scotland in the year 1743. She is discovered by a Scottish clan, and, although suspicious of her, they take her in. Her healing skills become valuable to the clan, and she finds safety in the arms of Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. Now she finds herself torn between two worlds and two very different men.   


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Marybeth K., Circulation/Reference


Witch and Wizard

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
James Patterson
Witch and Wizard

Witch and Wizard is the first book in this series by James Patterson. It is written as a testimonial by 15 year old Wisty, and her older brother Whit. Their lives are turned upside down when they are torn from their parents, slammed into a secret prison, and accused of being a witch and wizard. The regime, known as The New Order, is intent upon suppressing life, liberty and the pursuit of being a normal teenager. While trapped in this relentless nightmare, Wisty and Whit begin to discover that they actually have incredible powers, but will they be able to master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents and maybe the world?

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Marybeth K., Circulation



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