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The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson

Title:  The Way of Kings

Author: Brandon Sanderson


I found The Way of Kings because I was looking for another good fantasy read after having powered through the first two books of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I’m on the second book of this series now, but I’m honestly still processing everything from this first book. I think that fact in itself is a testament to the thoughtfulness of Sanderson’s writing and world-building. Sanderson excels at creating engrossing characters with dynamic thoughts, and slowly reveals a politically and morally complex storyline. The narration primarily switches between three characters; Kaladin, Shallan, and Dalinar, in a world of desert-storms and fallen civilizations. This book is long and the focus is on the build-up, but wow, the pay-off is worth it. A disclaimer; this book is the first book in an epic fantasy series of 3 written with another 7 books planned. However, Sanderson writes on a tight schedule, and you can get updates on his writing process in his website. He expects to finish a new book in this series every couple of years. All in all, if you like epic fantasy and haven’t read any books by Sanderson yet, I would highly recommend reading this book.

Review by:  Allison


Disruption by Jessica Shirvington

Title:  Disruption

Author: Jessica Shirvington


In this novel for young adults, Maggie Stevens discovers the dark side of a Utopian society.  M-Bands, created by Mercer Corporation, have revolutionized daily life.  No longer will there be consequences for bad decisions because your M-Band knows what decision is best for you.  After learning firsthand what happens when you don’t get with the program, Maggie vows to take down Mercer Corporation with the unwilling help of the heir to M-Corp empire. Book 2, Corruption, is also available in paperback!

Review by:  Jannelle


We Were the Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter

Title:  We Were the Lucky Ones

Author: Georgia Hunter


This book gives you a inside view of one Jewish family’s will to survive and reunite during the horrors of Poland during WWII. This book weaves a tale that will not leave you. It will make you think about the courage these people had, the will to survive, and the courage to not give up! This is a based on a true story.  I have not cried this much reading a book in a while.... this is a must read!

Review by:  Julie


Notes from a Public Typewriter

Title:  Notes from a Public Typewriter

Editors: Michael Gustafson and Oliver Uberti


What do you get when you put a typewriter in a bookstore, roll in a sheet of paper and let anyone type anything?  You get this book.

From the silly to the profound, and everything in between, this one is interesting for sure.

Review by:  Ben


Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Title:  Annihilation

Author: Jeff Vandermeer


Annihilation has been dramatized into a movie that pales in comparison to the book. This story line follows four women into the unknown zone known as Area X. A Biologist, Psychologist, Anthropologist, and a Survery are sent into the zone to unravel the mystery within. A psychological thriller, expertly written by Jeff Vandermeer keeps you reading to the end of the first book and beyond. I recommend this series to fantasy and science fiction readers who also like a bit of mystery.


Review by:  Aly


Introvert Activity Book by Maureen Wilson

Title:  Introvert Activity Book 

Author: Maureen Wilson


This is one that you can do in any order.  Open it up whenever you have a few minutes, or make an evening of it.  There is a handy progress chart in the front so you can keep track of which ones you have done.

Review by:  Ben


Make Your Bed by William McRaven

Title:  Make Your Bed

Author: William McRaven


This book makes a great gift for yourself or for anyone really. It’s a small pick me up motivational book that packs a punch. The 10 lessons are based off the McRaven’s real life experiences as a Navy Seal and this is definitely a book you can reread over and over whenever you need to refocus or readjust your attitude.


Review by:  Rubi


Mortal Engines by Philip Reeve

Title:  Mortal Engines

Author: Philip Reeve


What if your town moved? What if the only way your town could survive is move around and eat other towns?  That is what the earth had become after earth quakes and war. This book is about Tom who lives in London.  He fell off of London during an attack on another small town. He is helped by a strange girl named Hester. That is where the adventure begins… 

Review by:  Julie


Silence: In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge

Title:  Silence: In the Age of Noise

Author: Erling Kagge


What is so lacking in our modern society is a quality called silence. When was the last time you spent any amount of item in silence? In this book we can take a few minutes to learn the lessons, and think about the quality of silence,  from a man who has spent  a lot of time doing just that. Try 50 days alone, hiking to the South Pole for starters.

Review by:  Ben


The Inheritance by Charles Finch

Title:  The Inheritance

Author: Charles Finch


In the latest installment of the Charles Lenox mystery series,  Sir Charles receives a letter from an old school chum from Harrow.  As young men they set out to discover the identity of the benefactor who has supported this friend all through school.   Never successful,  30 years later, he has asked the help of Lenox once again.  These are civilized mysteries set in London in the 1800's with compelling characters and well thought out plots.  I recommend the series.


Review by:  Dianne


Into the Dark Mountains by Jackson E. Graham

Title:  Sword and Scion 01: Into the Dark Mountains

Author: Jackson E. Graham


This debut novel by teen author Jackson E. Graham takes the reader on a fantasy journey full of suspenseful twists and turns, dwarves, dragons, heroes, and an epic struggle between good and evil. Readers will be drawn into this emotional tale, and be pleasantly surprised at the presence of both a strong male and female character. You will definitely find yourself anxiously awaiting the next book in this immersive series.

Review by:  Doreen


How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell

Title:  How to Train Your Dragon

Author: Cressida Cowell


I read the first book in this series after recommending it to someone on solely on reputation: it was fantastic.

Hiccup is an adorable, kind, soft hearted, Viking who is stubbornly determined to fit in with the other, louder, tougher boys. [He doesn’t fit the mold of a future Viking chief, but that doesn’t stop him from trying his hardest.]

Toothless, his remarkably small dragon, is sassy and melodramatic, a perfect personality for being a tiny dragon. [Even though he is small, Toothless doesn’t let his size stop him from having a bit of fun with the bigger dragons.]

The dialogue and characters are witty, despite being everyone being Vikings, and the story is short and sweet, ending after just the right amount of suspense for a young reader book. I would recommend it to both girls and boys, and anyone who just wants a short, sweet read about Vikings and dragons.

Review by:  Kat


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



Stock the Crock by Phyllis Pellman Good

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

Author: Phyllis Pellman Good


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!

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Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

Title:  Not Quite Narwhal

Author: Jessie Sima


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


Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Title:  Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie


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


The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid by Colin Meloy

Title:  The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid

Author: Colin Meloy

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


Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Title:  Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Walter Isaacson


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



A Curious Beginning by Deanna Raybourn

Title:  A Curious Beginning

Author: Deanna Raybourn


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


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