Romance

Cover art of The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost

Santopolo, Jill
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Monday, Mar 19, 2018

Lucy Clark meets Gabe Samson in a Shakespeare class on September 11th. The pair spend the day together anxiously watching the news and later viewing the holes in the skyline where the Twin Towers once stood. This day shapes their lives. After a turbulent year apart, the couple reunites and begins dating. Their idyllic love is passionate, deep, and all consuming. But their careers pull them apart. Lucy wants to stay in New York working on a children's television show.

Cover art of The Light We Lost

The Light We Lost

Santopolo, Jill
4
Rated by
Kari E.
Sunday, Mar 11, 2018

Lucy Clark meets Gabe Samson in a Shakespeare class on September 11th. The pair spend the day together anxiously watching the news and later viewing the holes in the skyline where the Twin Towers once stood. This day shapes their lives. After a turbulent year apart, the couple reunites and begins dating. Their idyllic love is passionate, deep, and all consuming. But their careers pull them apart. Lucy wants to stay in New York working on a children's television show.

Defy

Sarah B. Larson
4
Wednesday, Jun 29, 2016

Alex has been forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the kings’ army. Her quick wit and fierce sword fighting skills have landed her a revered spot on the prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the castle, she can’t stop him from kidnapping her, another guard, and the prince, taking them deep into the jungle and hostile enemy territory.

This book had a very slow start, picked up 150 pages in and was interesting but predictable. Alexa literally blushed every 2 pages so that was a bit annoying. I wish she had been a stronger heroine. The constant love...

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The Great Hunt

Wendy Higgins
4
Thursday, May 25, 2017

When a dangerous beast begins to terrorize the kingdom, fear panics the citizens. But soon a proclamation is sent out: kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of the king’s hand in marriage. Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom, but she can not bear to marry a complete stranger, until a mysterious young hunter catches her eye. She can’t deny her attraction to him, or his strange resentment against her. As they both continue to surprise each other, Paxton’s perilous secrets he has so meticulously buried begin to surface.

Fast paced with beautiful...

If I Stay

Gayle Forman
4
Monday, Jun 27, 2016

On one February morning, Mia goes out for a drive with her family and everything changes. Her parents are dead and she is in a coma. She must make a choice whether to stay in the land of the living or give up. But what is the point of being alive if there is nothing to live for?

There is a kind of book that will touch your heart, or awaken a lingering memory or a potential fear that will haunt your mind so that even long after you’ve fallen asleep, your unconscious self is still wading through the details. Your dreams will be fitful and when you finally awaken, you will find...

Cover for Song to Song

Song to Song (DVD)

Terrence Malick
4
Rated by
Zachary C
Tuesday, Dec 12, 2017

The term "visual poem" gets thrown around a lot when describing Terrence Malick's most recent work, starting with 2011's Tree of Life. Even before then his films relied heavily on visuals to help tell the story, but his work increasingly favors beautiful imagery and strives towards creating feelings and moods more so than a continuous narrative thread. Thus, dialogue is intermittent and often jumps around. I can certainly see why this might not appeal to people.

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The Ring and the Crown

Melissa de la Cruz
4
Monday, Mar 6, 2017

Princess Marie is sickly, quiet, and shy. She has never lived up to the standards of Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. She lives in the most powerful empire the world has ever seen, due to the help of the Head Merlin and his control over the only supply of magic in the world. Marie must marry and produce an heir to keep the empire strong against their greatest enemy: Prussia. The two kingdoms need to unite to stop the never ending war, and the only way is for Marie to marry the heir to the Prussian throne. But she has always loved Gill, one of her...

The Heir and the Spare

Emily Albright
3
Monday, Feb 29, 2016

Evie needs to find out who her mother really was. She embarks on a quest into her mother’s past when she is given letters written to her before her mother died. One of the first things she has to do is to attend Oxford university, her mother’s alma mater, where meets Edmund. She can’t help but be attracted to the charming and handsome boy, who also happens to be the second prince of England. They spend more and more time together as they try to figure out the clues her mother left her. But doubts arise as she learns that he can not be with an untitled American, when she finds out her true...

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Heroes Are My Weakness (Audiobook)

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
5
Rated by
Amanda H.
Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

I put off reading Heroes Are My Weakness for a long time. Susan Elizabeth Phillips is one of my favorite authors, and for years her contemporaries were the only time I ventured outside of historical romances, but this gothic-inspired standalone got lackluster reviews when it first came out and many fans lamented its darker tone compared to her usual zany, fun style.

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Because I'm Watching

Christina Dodd
3
Rated by
Traci M.
Saturday, Oct 7, 2017

Jacob Denisov sits alone in his darkened home, waiting for death. Torture at the hands of North Koreans has left him with little will to survive. Surprisingly, death does not come when a car crashes into his house, landing just inches from Jacob. For Maddie Hewitson, driving into a house is just the latest episode of odd behavior she has experienced since coming to Virtue Falls, Washington. For Maddie and Jacob, this first meeting is the spark that will allow them both to heal and discover new life and love together.

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