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Jan 25, 2022

Natasha and Daniel live in New York City living two different lives. Natasha wants truth and a-to-b points in life, and Daniel wants to be the best for his father and make his father’s dreams come true, but not everything can happen their way. Their lives crossed and stars tried to align, but will the stars every make the right constellation? This book was definitely a read for the ages! I was never disappointed with any part of the book. The feelings that arose from this book were very strong and I would absolutely recommend this to everyone!

Jan 25, 2022

I’ll Give You the Sun is Jandy Nelson’s second novel, and her most acclaimed - it won the Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature in 2015. The story follows twins Noah and Jude Sweetwine as they struggle with love, death, art, and each other. It’s set on the California coast with a cast of artists, surfers, and occasional vengeful ghosts. The audience switches between Noah’s point of view in their younger years, and Jude’s after they’ve grown up a little. The twins used to be so similar they could nearly read each other’s minds - but jealousy and tragedy rip them apart. I’ll Give

Jan 25, 2022

Mr. and Mrs. Bennet have five daughters and Mrs. Bennet is desperate to get them all married so they won’t have to live on the streets after their father dies. A new family, the Bingleys, have moved to town. Mr. Bingley is a handsome man who takes an immediate liking to the eldest Bennet daughter, Jane. With Mr. Bingley, comes his closest friend, Mr. Darcy. A man who is insufferable and indignant to most. Elizabeth Bennet dislikes him the minute she meets him, over hearing the ignorant words he says. Mr. Darcy appears to not like Elizabeth, as well. But, they start to spend time together

Jan 25, 2022

This story follows the past and present of main characters, Macy Sorenson and Elliott Petropoulos. For years the two spend weekends and summer vacations spending time together and growing closer as they navigate high school together but separately. One night changes everything and they become strangers for 11 years until they run into each other again.


I think the most compelling aspect of this book is the fact that it's set in the present and past. I love books like this because you get a sense of what has happened and what is now happening and how they connect. My heart truly belongs to

Jan 25, 2022

1920s Shanghai is not a place for the fainthearted. The city is split down the middle between two gangs, the Scarlet Gang and the White Flowers, and the streets are perpetually stained crimson with blood. 18-year-old Juliette Cai, the heir of the Scarlet Gang and a former American flapper, holds a personal grudge against the White Flowers — after all, its heir gifted her with a love laced with betrayal. But there’s much more to worry about besides the blood feud — foreigners overstepping their bounds, an impending civil war, and something more sinister in the shadows. A monster is coming for

Jan 24, 2022

Bloodlines by Richelle Mead is a paranormal, young adult, Vampire Academy spin-off series. Jill Dragomir is in danger, threatening Lissa’s place as queen. When Jill is sent into hiding, Sydney is assigned to be her protector. Her childhood was defined by the condemnation of Moroi, but now she must live among them. Although I didn’t care for Sydney in the Vampire Academy books, I was hooked on her character by the end of this novel. I especially enjoyed her interactions with Adrian. Bloodlines is packed with action, character growth, and witty banter.

book cover for Enduring Freedom

Enduring Freedom

By Jawad Arash and Trent Reedy
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Rated by Kristen Re.
Jan 21, 2022

In Enduring Freedom we get the human side of war from two perspectives.  The novel shares how two people from different backgrounds react to the same events.  The setting takes place mainly in Farah, Afghanistan after 9/11.  Joe, a U.S. Army soldier from Iowa, is serving his first tour in Afghanistan when he meets Baheer, a sixteen-year old local.  There is a language barrier at first, but there is no mistaking that they both want to defeat the Taliban.  They forge a friendship in which they rely on each other's bravery and knowledge to make it through some tough situations. 


It is a great

Jan 19, 2022

Set in the 1950’s, Josie lives in New Orleans above a bookshop. What sets her apart from regular girls is that her mother works as a prostitute, and Josie cleans the house her mother works from. However, this is not the life that Josie wants for herself. She wishes to go to college and have a happier future than she would if she stayed in New Orleans. Unfortunately, this all changes when a wealthy man is murdered and Josie’s mother is involved with the case. Josie ends up having to deal with her job, escaping the Mafia, trying to get into college, worrying about her friend’s father, and

Jan 19, 2022

Caitlin is a popular teenage girl living in the United States, living a very comfortable lifestyle. Martin is a poor teenage boy living in the bush of Zimbabwe in South Africa. Caitlin gets an assignment at school to write to a pen pal. She ends up with Martin. Martin is the top of his class and is the only one at his school who gets a pen pal from America. They learn more and more about each other and their very different lifestyles. They create an unbreakable bond and have the adventure of a lifetime together.


This book is unforgettable. It opened my mind to see how the world is such a

Jan 19, 2022

In the third and final book of The Hunger Games series, Katniss is in her new home of district 13. After Katniss returned from the quarter quell Peeta was left to the capitol. Katniss misses him dearly and is mentally out of it. Katniss now also has the stress of leading the rebels in a rebellion and being their mockingjay. Katniss will need to show the people of Panem how much she cares for them and Panem’s future. Will Panem become better than ever, or crumble to pieces?


After reading the two previous Hunger Games books before this one, I was disappointed. It was a well written book, but

Jan 19, 2022

In this twisted fairy tale, Marissa Meyer reveals the backstory of the Queen of Hearts in her book Heartless. Set in Wonderland, main character Catherine must decide what life she wishes to lead. Catherine is the daughter of a Marquess, however, she wishes she could own a bakery with her maid Mary Ann. Unfortunately, her societal role prevents this career and her parents wish for her to marry the King. Her life is turned around when she meets the court jester and must choose if she wants to be the perfect daughter or choose the path that makes her happy.


I enjoyed reading this book because

Jan 19, 2022

A powerful tale of a young woman succeeding despite everything working against her.
The book opens when Echo--the protagonist shares a name with the author--is six. Smoke rolls into her apartment's windows from a nearby fire that is spreading her way. Her younger brothers are stuck in cribs and her mom is passed out on the bathroom floor from crack cocaine. It's a good introduction to Echo's world. The book closes with her beginning a new life at Dartmouth University. The story is how she manages to go from one place to the other, with plenty of pain and heartache along the way.
Echo's story

Cover of Love and Other Disisters by Anita Kelly

Love and Other Disasters

By Anita Kelly
4
Rated by Gregg W.
Jan 18, 2022

Hello and welcome back to #NewTitleTuesday, where we take a sneak peek at an adult new release that hits the shelves today!


Contemporary romances are absolutely having their moment, especially those with a breezy, witty, compulsively readable - yet undeniably sexy - tone that leaves readers with a flush on their cheeks an smiles on their faces. Romcoms like Casey McQuiston's "Red, White, and Royal Blue," Emily Henry's "Beach Read," and Talia Hibbert's "Act Your Age, Eve Brown" have always have been in heavy demand on patrons' holds lists - not only by throngs of steady romance readers, but

Jan 11, 2022

In the second book of The Hunger Games series Katniss is dealing with the aftermath of surviving The Hunger Games. She is very glad to be back home but nothing feels quite right. People in district 12 are being beaten, she is supposed to get married soon, a rebellion is starting, and her relationship with Peeta is almost invisible. Katniss and Peeta need to truly convince the citizens of Panem that they are madly in love. Katniss is dealing with all of this when the Quarter Quell challenge is announced. She is going to have to go back into the arena and fight for her life once again in The

Jan 11, 2022

Tobey Maguire reprises his role as Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, made in 2007. In the third installment of the franchise, Peter must go through the motions of vengeance and remorse while dealing with 2 of his most grueling foes yet, Venom (Topher Grace) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church).


This movie is a conflicting place. It continues the trend of Spider-Man having to save MJ (Kirsten Dunst) from the villain(s). In some parts, it felt too packed with a run time of 2 hours and 19 minutes. I feel like if they stuck to one villain, it could have turned out better. The movie is still

Jan 10, 2022

In The Silent Patient, a well named painter named Alicia murdered her husband six years ago. However, she does not speak a word about the murder. Her therapist, Theo, wanted to understand the real reason why Alicia murdered her husband. But can he ever understand Alicia's ways?


I loved the book! The Silent Patient is really an amazing book to read if you like mystery/suspense books. I loved this book because the plot line was absolutely shocking. I do not want to spoil it for others, but let me just say that The Silent Patient is one of the best books I have ever read in my entire life! My

Jan 8, 2022

When she was younger, Jude and her sisters were taken to a strange land, different from their earth. The High Courts of Faerie where different types of fey live. Though, her and her sisters were the only humans in this kingdom. The fey are not fond of humans and think of them as inferior. Jude wants to prove herself worthy and become a knight in the court. As she tries to make her way up, betrayal happens within the court, making it crumble. Jude uses deception and other tricks to work her way in which then leads to her having to create bonds with feys to keep her sisters, and herself. 


Jud

Jan 5, 2022

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is a romantic fiction novel that is extremely realistic. The book is told through the perspective of Lily who is a woman that moved to Boston and is ready to start her own flower shop. As she lives in the aftermath of her father’s death, Ryle Kincaid enters her life. Ryle is a handsome neurosurgeon who works long hours and is against romantic relationships. However, Lily may just be the exception to his aversion. Their relationship becomes complicated when Atlas Corrigan shows up. Atlas was Lily’s high school love who moved away years ago, but his appearance

Jan 5, 2022

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne is a romantic realistic fiction novel following the story of two coworkers who are enemies. The coworkers Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman are assistants to the co-CEOs that run a publishing company. The publishing company was established when the Gamin and Bexley publishing companies merged. Each company had a set way of doing business and even after the merger, the employees don’t get along and often keep to themselves. The same is true for Lucy and Joshua who always get on each other’s nerves. Lucy is happy, upbeat, and likable, while Josh is uptight

Jan 5, 2022

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens is a realistic fiction novel. The book follows the character Kya as she navigates growing up alone and apart from the rest of society. The novel details her journey and her constant growth of knowledge through the highs and lows of friendships, romantic relationships, work, etc. She lives in an area called “the Marsh” and enjoys her lifestyle being one with the wilderness. Kya learns how to be independent, yet two men named Tate Walker and Chase Andrews desire to change Kya’s lifestyle with a romantic relationship. She faces the ridicule of society, which

Verity by Colleen Hoover

Verity

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Jan 5, 2022

Verity, by Colleen Hoover, is a fiction novel filled with suspense and romance. The book is told from the perspective of Lowen who is an author with a struggling career in New York. However, her career takes an unexpected turn when Jeremy Crawford shows up in her life. He offers her the job of a lifetime: finishing his wife’s famous book series. As Lowen begins her new job she is faced with challenges along the way. Lowen discovers secrets that Jeremy’s hurt wife, Verity Crawford, never intended to get out. Now Lowen fights the dilemma of whether or not to tell Jeremy the truth. The book takes

Jan 5, 2022

The Giver, by Louis Lowry, is a Science Fiction book. Jonas, who lives in a futuristic society, is selected to be the new receiver of memory. In his community, there are strict rules. For example, one being the precision of language. Therefore, the people in the community do not know colors, feelings, and holidays. Jonas, when selected to be the new receiver of memory, has to hold the painful experiences that occurred in their past. Will Jonas be able to handle the pain and continue living in his community? Or will he leave?


I think The Giver is an interesting book. I don’t, however, love

Jan 5, 2022

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, by Taylor Jenkins Reid, is a Mystery/Thriller. Evelyn Hugo is ready to tell the audience about her secret life. She chooses Monique Grant, a reporter, to write her biography. Many people wonder why she chose Monique. When Evelyn tells Monique about her success, struggles, and her seven husbands, Monique listens with curiosity and is determined to write a good biography. However, when Evelyn is about finishing her story, Monique realizes that both Evelyn and her lives are very similar.


I think The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is an incredible book because

Jan 4, 2022

Yadriel is a Blacksheep. His whole family brujos and brujas fit into their roles as spirit savers and healers respectfully. But Yadriel, a transgender boy, is stuck in the middle identifying as a brujo but being acknowledged as a bruja by most of his family. To prove he is a brujo, Yadriel appoints his cousin (the other Blacksheep of the family) in saving the day through the powers of the brujos. Yadriel succeeds in using the brujo powers but summons the wrong spirit. Instead of helping his family, he summoned the spirit of bad boy Julian...


The book had a good premise I enjoyed the

Cinder

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Jan 4, 2022

The disease, Letumosis, is eating away at the shining city of New Beijing. Kai, the Prince, of New Beijing is holding a ball in a few days. And the Lunar Queen Levana is plotting. Meanwhile, Cinder, part metal and full-time mechanic, is facing her malicious family, prejudice, and mounting chores with only her tools and her android with a “flawed personality” Iko...


The premise was so eye-catching. But, the book was so disappointing. Meyer’s writing fell short. The main problem was that writing wasn’t vivid and it left the book without depth. The plot was predictable, I failed to feel

Namesake by Adrienne Young

Namesake

5
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Jan 4, 2022

Fable has yet to reach her happily-ever-after as she has now been snatched into a world of smoke and mirrors after being abducted by Zola, her father’s rival. In Namesake, plans unfold, intentions are set, and love keeps getting in the way. Meanwhile, Fable is caught in the middle.


I enjoyed Namesake, as Adrienne Young continued to impress. Fable’s world continued to catch my attention as danger and politics intertwined. But, I will say that Namesake wasn’t as memorable as Fable. Many messes were made and relationships twisted plans, and I was less entranced. Like most series, the second

Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable

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Jan 4, 2022

“You weren’t made for this world, Fable,” were the last words Fable’s father, Saint, said as he abandoned her on the dredger island of Jeval. Abandoned on the island, Fable fought to escape Jeval dredging gems and trading them for copper to West, a helmsman to the ship named Marigold. Meanwhile, as Fable accumulated copper, she began to draw murderous gazes...


This book was a dream to read. Fable was an admirable heroine, introspective, clever, and independent. Her resourcefulness and nerve latched me into turning pages faster than usual as the plot passed through an enrapturing adventure

Jan 4, 2022

Welcome to 2022's first edition of #NewTitleTuesday, where we take a look at a new title released today that hits the publishing world - and patrons' holds lists. One of January's standouts, heralded by prominent literary voices including Publisher's Weekly and the New York Times, is FIONA AND JANE, a striking literary debut from Jean Chen Ho. 


A novel in stories centered around the friendship of two young Taiwanese-American women that stretches over twenty years as they navigate love, relationships, careers, and ambition as they begin as friends in grade school and grow up over remarkable

Jan 3, 2022

In this gripping novel, Katniss Everdeen is a 16-year-old girl living in a hopeless world. Her father has passed away. Her family barely has enough food to survive. Then it gets even worse. Katniss’ sister Prim gets selected to be a part of The Hunger Games. Katniss takes her sister's place and has to fight for her life in a game of death. Katniss is competing in the Games when her fellow contender Peeta, also from District 12, expresses his fondness of her. How will Katniss balance the need to live for her family and the way she feels for Peeta?


The Hunger Games would have been more

Dec 30, 2021

This book has 6 different ghost stories. The main character in each book is Nancy Drew. She has to solve the mystery of The Campus Ghost, The Ghost Dogs of Whispering Oaks, Blackbeard’s Skull, The Ghost Jogger, The Curse of the Frog, and The Greenhouse Ghost. Nancy Drew doesn’t believe in ghosts but things like dogs that are dead coming back alive change Nancy Drew’s mind. These are six scary bone-chilling stories that you must read! A ghostlike professor haunts a lab, ghost dogs preserve fortunes in gold, pirates come from the dead to claim their treasure, a pleasant ghost assists them to