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Friday
Dec292017

The Dire King by William Ritter

Title:  The Dire King: A Jackaby Novel

Author: William Ritter

ReviewThis is it! The end game for Jackaby.

This book has everything. An evil king bent on moving our world to magic, romance between a werewolf cop and Abigail.  You will not put this book down. Great read!

Review by:  Julie

 

Wednesday
Dec272017

Stock the Crock by Phyllis Pellman Good

Title:  Stock the Crock: 100 Must-Have Slow-Cooker Recipes

Author: Phyllis Pellman Good

Review:

This is a wonderful go to book! Great for a cold winter day.  The recipes are yummy, and quick. Nothing better than tossing stuff in, in the morning and Magic!  When you get home from work you have a warm healthy meal. I like this book for the simple-ness and the options it gives you to mix it up. Great gift or for yourself!


Review by:  
Julie

Tuesday
Dec122017

Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Title:  Not Quite Narwhal

Author: Jessie Sima

Review:

This adorable book is about a young unicorn named Kelp. Being raised by narwhals in the ocean, Kelp has always assumed that he also is narwhal. But when an ocean current drags Kelp away from his family of narwhals he discovers an island and finds out that maybe he's not what he thought he was. This is an adorable book and is great for people of all ages!

Review by:  Melia

Sunday
Dec102017

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Title:  Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Review:

This story is about a native kid, Junior living on the Spokane reservation who made the choice to go to an all white school off the reservation in hopes of full filing his dreams. I think what makes this book unique is how Junior’s comics and light hearted perspective contrast some of tragic events in the book. It makes it enjoyable and engaging because you’re able to laugh and cry and relate to his coming of age story.

Review by:   Rubi

Friday
Dec082017

The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy

Title:  The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

Author: Colin Meloy

Review
Having read Collin Meloy’s first series, The Wildwood chronicles, and loving that world, I bought this book as soon as I saw it on the shelf.

And again, Mr. Meloy has taken my heart and flung it into another beautiful world. He transports the reader into the story, addressing them directly at times, breaking into second person point of view, bringing them directly into the lives of his characters. Appealing to all the senses, Meloy creates a rich background setting in which his characters exist, live, and kick up wonderful larks in 1960’s Marseille, France. The diverse cast of characters, most of whom are under 15, are quirky and lovable, from the nine year old Brit, Molly the Mouse, to the Senegalese twins, to the son of the American Consul, Charlie, and his Lebanese friend Amir.

Meloy recognizes that kids perceive the world differently than adults, and adds an element of adolescent thought process to his narration. Filled with wonderful illustrations by his wife, Carson Ellis, and if you care for bold preteens who disrupt the adult world in their own way, then this is a book for you.

Review by:  Kat

Wednesday
Dec062017

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Title:  Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Walter Isaacson

Review:

Known  for bringing us biographies of Einstein and Benjamin Franklin, now Walter Isaacson shows us the incredible life of Leonardo da Vinci.  Not only do we learn wonderful little details about the great artist’s life, but this book is filled with illustrations that enhance the reading experience even more. 

It's odd, but I love the weight of this book—heavier than most.  Perhaps a nod to the weight of influence daVinci has had on society?  Whatever the case, this one will be added to my favorites shelf for sure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

 

Review by:  Ben

 

Wednesday
Nov082017

A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Title:  A Curious Beginning

Author: Deanna Raybourn

Review:

This book is a cozy mystery, perfect for a light read, It  keeps you guessing till the end,

Someone is trying to kill Veronica!  But why?  This takes place in Victorian England.  Veronica just lost her aunt, some stranger breaks into her cottage what more could go wrong?? Then a duke shows up and says she is in danger!  It gets crazier from there! This book is a book that will keep you on your toes. Great read!

Review by:  Julie

Monday
Nov062017

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Title:  A Darker Shade of Magic

Author: V.E. Schwab

Review: To be completely honest this was a cover buy. I had no idea what the book was about, but I loved the cover, so I ordered A Darker Shade of Magic and read it after letting it sit on the shelf until a family trip. Oh. My. Gosh. I freaking loved it. The characters are wonderful and complex, with just the right amount of irritating stubbornness. The world and concept is unusual for this genre (at least in my experience), and V.E. Schwab is now on my top five list. If you like fantasy and alternate realities, then I highly suggest it. I hope that, if you do pick it up, you enjoy it as much as I did, and still do.

Review by:  Kat

Saturday
Nov042017

Dare to Do by Sarah Outen

Title:  Dare to Do

Author: Sarah Outen

Review:

Ready for an adventure?  Okay.  Get set - ready, - now go as the author heads out.  By biking, rowing, and kayaking the circle of the globe.  Did all go as planned? No.  Did she attain her goal?  Yes, though it took her longer and with serious unanticipated setbacks. Her determination and grit to complete her epic journey is a story one won’t soon forget.

 

Review by:  John

Thursday
Nov022017

Ryan Quinn and the Lion's Claw by Ron McGee

Title:  Ryan Quinn and the Lion's Claw

Author: Ron McGee

Review:

Two political refugees, who had been given new identities, are kidnapped and taken back to their home country.  It’s up to Ryan, his friends and family to re-rescue them.

Well placed plat twists and lots of action make this a great read.  I was able to jump right into the story even though I have not read the first book in this series.

Review by:  Hunter

Friday
Oct202017

The Knowing by Sharon Cameron

Title:  The Knowing

Author: Sharon Cameron

Review:

This is the companion book for The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron.  Set in the same world as The Forgetting, we follow Samara, one of The Knowing, as she desperately tries to find a way to forget.  You will spend the whole book trying to figure out how everything can possibly fit with what you learned in The Forgetting.  The end will not disappoint!

Review by:  Jannelle

Sunday
Oct152017

The Way of Letting Go by Wilma Derksen

Title:  The Way of Letting Go 

Author: Wilma Derksen

Review:

What does a person do when the unthinkable happens?  One woman’s response is recorded here as she shares her journey following the kidnapping and murder of her daughter.  Such journey, never easy, will instruct and provide encouragement as one learns from her the restorative power of forgiveness.

Review by:  John

Friday
Oct132017

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Title:  A Court of Thorns and Roses

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Review:

I would have to say that this is one of my all time favorite series I have read so far. I picked this book up after a little hesitation because of the first person perspective, but once I started it I could hardly put it down. When I finished I lasted all of twenty-four hours before buying the second one, it was that fantastic. I haven’t read a book in a long time where I relate to the characters as much as I did in A Court of Thorns and Roses. S. J. Maas is a wonder. The way she can make you viscerally feel what the characters are feeling, even in first person POV, is one of the reasons I love her work so much. Feyre is a dear, Tamlin is intriguing, and how can you complain about the shadowy and mysterious Rhysand of the dreaded Night Court? This book has everything, and you know you have found a favorite author when the only way to get out of a book hangover is to read another series by the same author. 10/10 would recommend.

Review by:  Kat

Saturday
Sep302017

One Thousand White Women by James Fergus

Title:  One Thousand White Women

Author: James Fergus

Review:

In this imaginative but well-researched novel is the tale of American women agreeing to marry Indian warriors.  The book is based on a real 1875 treaty between the Cheyenne Indian tribe and the U.S. Government. Whether or not the trading of horses for women was part of this treaty is not clear.  Regardless, the fictional protagonist, May Dodd writes well the stories of one group of ladies as they lived and learned amongst the Cheyenne.  If one enjoys Western American history this will be an enjoyable book.

Review by:  John

Friday
Sep292017

Fireband by Kristen Britain

Title:  Fireband

Author: Kristen Britain

Review:

This book is by far one of the best in the green rider series.  If you have not started reading this series it is a must! Class fantasy at its best!!

Karigan gets herself into trouble, once more ,king Zachary has some problems with second kingdom, I am not going to tell you more... you must read this series!

Review by:  Julie

Friday
Aug252017

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

Title:  The Bear and the Nightingale

Author: Katherine Arden

Review:

This is the tale of Vasilisa, who took her first breath, as her Mother took her last. A child born to magic like her Mother and her Grandmother. Raised by her nanny Dunya who is filled with stories of the old ways, Vasilisa becomes a child of the forest. She speaks to trees, animals, and the spirits of the earth and home. It is in the forest Vasilisa first meets the man with one eye, and her life changes forever.

The Bear and the Nightingale is beautifully written Russian fairy tale and I highly recommend it. 

Review by:  Aly

Sunday
Aug202017

How Art Can Make You Happy by Bridget Watson Payne

Title:  How Art Can Make You Happy

Author: Bridget Watson Payne

Review:

Feeling like you need more art in your life?  This little book will give you the permission to do it.  You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy art.  Knowing a little can help you enjoy a lot.  Included is a handy timeline of the major art movements in history.  If you find yourself looking at art in a gallery, a museum, or even on the street, art can, and should make you happy.

 

Review by:  Ben

Saturday
Aug192017

Voices in the Stones by Kent Nerburn

Title:  Voices in the Stones

Author: Kent Nerburn

Review:

Read this book and discover, maybe for the first time how deep the veins of spirituality run for Native Americans.  Soak up the reverence and spirit among those who live in the Native Way.  Read of their history in this land, the stories of how their lives intersect with their great trust and respect for the ancestors and how the voices in the stones have much to teach all of us, First People and we immigrants as we all continue to live and dwell together in this land.

Review by:  John

Saturday
Aug192017

A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley

Title:  A Mind for Numbers

Author: Barbara Oakley

Review:

Barbara Oakley makes it easy to read and understand how the brain processes and stores information which makes it easier on forming the correct study habits. While this book targets  mainly math and science subjects, it's tips and tricks will help in mastering just about any subject. I personally used this book before studying for a state exam and it definitely made a difference!

Review by:  Rubi

Thursday
Aug172017

Plutopia by Kate Brown

Title:  Plutopia

Author: Kate Brown

Review:

This book will be of interest to those who have an interest in the nuclear buildup in the United States and Russia during the 1940’s and the years following.  The author, through meticulous research shares a fascinating (and sometimes frightening) history of two cities, Richland and Ozersk where the respective governments built factories to produce plutonium for military purposes.  It may not a book to read for relaxation purposes but if one resides in Eastern Washington it is a book to read.

 

Review by:  John