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Title
Thankless in Death
Author
J.D. Robb
Review
I have very mixed feelings about this novel. It was my first time experiencing Nora Roberts' mystery novels with her futuristic Lieutenant Eve Dallas and her husband Roarke. These characters are interesting and rich but there was not much mystery in the plot - more follow the very bad guy until the inevitable time he is caught. I'm not much of a fan of creepy villains who have no reason to become psycho murderers and the torture and murder was way too graphic for me. I wish there was more attention to the actual plot development and less time spent in steamy intimacy of the main characters - something no doubt fans of her romances really like but less germane to a good thriller novel, in my opinion. I doubt I will read any others in this series.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
Damned If You Do: A Jesse Stone Novel
Author
Brandman, Michael
Review
I love the Jesse Stone character and always enjoy reading these newly crafted novels based on Robert B. Parker's style. I miss the original author but it's a little like Nancy Drew novels - the main character is still fun to follow and I enjoyed this book very much. It was a little quick but better than no Jesse Stone at all!  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
The Darkest Minds
Author
Alexandra Bracken
Review
The reviews compare this series to The Hunger Games and the Divergent books. It is true that the action and dystopian type society are the same. The characters are very well developed and show great courage and creativity. I didn't like the cussing for this age group--would not want my middle schooler reading this for that reason only. I also felt this story is more of a tragedy. Poor Ruby. Absolutely everything goes wrong for her and with the tiniest glimmers of hope that are so quickly smashed to smithereens. Her sacrifice at the end of the book left my heart so heavy. Even though I don't like the cussing, I want to know how her story ends. Surely there is something good for Ruby waiting somewhere. . .  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
The Calder Game
Author
Blue Balliet
Review
This book takes Calder, Petra, and Tommy overseas to London and introduces us to the artist Alexander Calder. I love the beginning of the book and the idea of mobiles, and balancing objects, and having art available to the "common" people. I wasn't so crazy about the end of the story. It just didn't seem to fit the style of the two previous books. Things I thought were clues, weren't clues. Things resolved in too pat a way. I just missed the way the mysteries were solved in the first two books. I did like how Calder's dad fought to find his boy and insisted on bring Tommy & Petra to London to help find the clues that Calder would have left. I just didn't feel like they solved the clues or found any--more like they found that they needed each other and not just Tommy.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
The Wright 3
Author
Blue Balliet
Review
Calder's best friend Tommy moves back to town and is not very excited that Calder has made friends with Petra--who herself isn't too fond of Tommy. The three friends manage to help save a house that was designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright from demolition. I was so intrigued by the introduction to Wright and his architecture that we have a late summer trip planned to visit the Civic Center in Marin that was also designed by Wright.   Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
Chasing Vermeer
Author
Blue Balliet
Review
We are introduced to Calder and Petra, who are 6th graders in Miss Hussey's class. They get caught up in a museum mystery involving a missing Vermeer painting. We learned so much about art and were introduced to Vermeer, which led to checking out art books, a visit to a local museum, and has me very eager to purchase a set of pentominoes for myself. ;-)  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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The Penderwicks : a summer tale of four sisters, two rabbits, and a very interesting boy
Author
Jeanne Birdsall
Review
The four girls in this story are always getting into scrapes of some kind. They fight and bicker amongst themselves but stick together against outsiders. I appreciated the realness of the relationships of the characters and how when conflict arises they figure out how to forgive and be friends again.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
The Beyonders: A World Without Heroes
Author
Brandon Mull
Review
I loved this story!!!! It is perfect for readers of all ages. I especially like that Brandon Mull creates some truly evil wicked characters without a lot of gore or cussing or "evil" language. Making this a perfect hero vs. villain story! This book 1 of the trilogy left us desperately waiting for the next book on CD to come in from the library. So glad this is a complete series and we don't have to wait years for the sequel. ;-)  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/28/2014
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Title
The Runaway King
Author
Jennifer A. Nielsen
Review
The story of Jaron continues as he struggles to establish himself as king over his country. He never felt like a royal and believes that his dead brother would have been a far better king. So when his Captain of the Guard betrays him and says that the people will never accept him as king, Jaron readily believes he will never win the hearts of his people. We loved this story and gasped in surprise as the ending! Poor Jaron, everything seems to be against him! Can't wait to read book 3;-)  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/27/2014
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Title
The $1,000 Challenge: How one family slashed its budget without moving under a bridge or living on government cheese
Author
Brian J. O'Connor
Review
The author is a columnist for the Detroit news, a paper newspaper in 2013. Can you believe it?. He has a good sense of humor. He set out to reduce the money that he, his wife, and their child spent in their daily lives. He touches on every possible option to reduce spending, which gives the reader food for thinking about how he (the reader) can do likewise. A great, FAST read. Recommended.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/27/2014
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Title
Learning Curves
Author
Cindi Myers
Review
What a fantastic summer read! Not only does Learning Curves have a wonderful pace, but the themes were woven beautifully into a gentle romance story. Misconceptions around society's views on how "perfect" we should look, and the biases that accompany those notions are confronted in each of the main characters. It made me realize that each of us is capable of being the person judging, as well as the person being judged. Refreshing, well written and purely pleasurable book to read on those long, lazy summer days!  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/27/2014
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Title
The Death of Pie
Author
Tamar Myers
Review
For anyone who has not yet read the books featuring a certain owner of an unusual inn with an extraordinary family tree, they will be brought up to date on her history in this book. There are plenty of suspects in this murder mystery and many puns are spread around during the investigation until a suspect is caught.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/27/2014
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Title
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
Author
Jennifer E. Smith
Review
I've been dying to get my hands on this book from the moment I read the blurb on it. It does not disappoint. This is such a sweet and heartbreaking story at the same time. The story is sweet, in the scenes with Oliver, and heartbreaking in the ones with Hadley's dad and family drama.   Check Availability
Date Posted
7/26/2014
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Title
Murder and Marinara
Author
Rosie Genova
Review
Set in a New Jersey shore town with lots of attractions and tourists to appreciate them, the family owners of a well-established Italian restaurant find themselves having to struggle to stay in business. The reason… a murder that is assumed to have involved food served to a visitor with some future plans that has the community divided in its enthusiasm.   Check Availability
Date Posted
7/26/2014
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Title
The Watcher
Author
Charlotte Link
Review
Although judging by the great number of books sold by this author, she has enjoyed a good deal of success, I found her descriptions over long and simply too wordy. For my taste, three pages is a bit too long for a person to discover the body when the author has made it clear that there is a body to be found. Thus, after a hundred and fifty pages or so, I gave up on this one.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/25/2014
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Title
Cheap Shot
Author
Ace Atkins
Review
As a very long time Robert B. Parker fan, it's been a pleasure to know that there has been someone like Ace Atkins to take up the mantle. He has done a creditable job of mimicking Parker's style and copying the flavor of Spenser and the other characters. Lot of fun.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/25/2014
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Title
Cockroaches
Author
Jo Nesbo
Review
If you haven't read Jo Nesbo, you're missing out on a real treat. Cockroaches is the eleventh of his that I've read & enjoyed. His protagonist Harry Hole (pronounced in two syllables) is a complex and very human character. Nesbo's prose (obviously well) translated from the Norwegian is a pleasure to read. It's no wonder that more than 20 million copies have been sold!  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/25/2014
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Title
NOS4A2
Author
Joe Hill
Review
One of the most disturbing books I have ever had the misfortune to read, and I have read "Sybil" by Flora Schreiber. I honestly could not wait for the book to finish. The characters are very hard to relate to and I couldn't form an attachment to any of them. The story itself is mediocre at best, and jam packed full of death, rape, and just plain distressing scenes. Not a book I'd ever want to read again.   Check Availability
Date Posted
7/25/2014
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Title
The Man in the Flying Lawnchair
Author
George Plimpton
Review
I've been meaning to read Plimpton ever since I saw the documentary about him on PBS. This book was published after his death so it does have a bittersweetness to it, yet Plimpton's sense of humor shines through. To his flirtation with becoming a Playboy photographer (his model is a woman he meets and has tatoos, making it difficult to photograph) to competing at Amateur night at the Apollo, he always tries new things. Sometimes he fails, but by God, at least he tries. Favorite essays: the title essay about a man who takes off in a lawnchair that is held up by balloons, and his tribute to Jackie Kennedy Onassis where he tells a story about being recruited to play a pirate for a joint birthday party for Caroline and John Junior. As mentioned, there's a bittersweetness to the collection for Plimpton died way too soon, but a lovely sense of humor goes through the essays as well.  Check Availability
Date Posted
7/24/2014
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Title
Thirteen Reasons Why
Author
Jay Asher
Review
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher, is a must read, without a doubt. I was so moved by this story and the two main characters involved that I couldn't put their story aside until it was complete. At first, considering the content and theme, I wanted to experience this novel from the sideline, kind of like watch it unfold from a safe distance. Well, the author did not allow for that, at all. I fell into the broken lives of Hannah Baker and Clay Jensen from the get go, and I was not released until Hannah's story was complete.But it's an important book, and I think everyone should read it. I'd recommend that parents read it first, then introduce it to their children aged 13 and up. Teachers definitely need to read it, as well.   Check Availability
Date Posted
7/24/2014
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