Category Archives: Staff Book Reviews

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult & Samantha Van Leer

Why I checked it out:  A friend recommended this book. She said, “Between the Lines” is your kind of book, Jerilyn. It has fairytale people coming alive inside a book.” Why I liked it: The story is told in the alternating voices of … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

Why I liked it: I actually didn’t like it at first; it paints a miserable picture of a dog-eat-dog society that develops after our world runs out of oil and global warming swallows our coastal cities. Nailer is a likeable … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Enchanted by Alethea Kontis

Why I checked it out: I love novels that incorporate a variety of fairy tales into the story. Why I liked it: “Enchanted” includes themes from “Cinderella”, “Rumplestiltskin”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Jack and the Beanstalk”, and “The Frog Prince.” Sunday is … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

Why I checked it out: A dystopian take on Edgar Allen Poe’s short story? Yes, please! What it’s about: Araby Worth lives in a land decimated by a plague. The rich are protected by porcelain masks and the poor are … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Deadly Pink by Vivian Vande Veld

I was excited to find that Vivian Vande Velde has a new book out that revolves around gaming and virtual reality. I loved her earlier book “Heir Apparent” with its virtual reality “sword and sorcery” adventure. I was a little … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Why I checked it out: Rick Riordan, the author of the Percy Jackson series, wrote a convincing recommendation on his blog. Why I liked it: “Shadow and Bone” is a fast-paced fantasy set in a country at war. While many … Continue reading

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Staff Review: What Happened to Goodbye

Reviewer: Library Associate Tricia Price Why I liked this book: It’s a light read, but an engaging story about how Mclean deals with life after her parents divorce and she starts moving every few months because of her dad’s job. … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Why I checked it out: I enjoyed all of Maggie Stiefvater’s previous books and wanted to check out her newest story which is due out on September 18. Why I liked it: “The Raven Boys” entertains with its unpredictability. Filled … Continue reading

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Staff Review: Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Reviewer: Library Associate Tricia Price Why I liked this book: It’s interesting to think about what life would be like aboard a spaceship making a three hundred year journey to colonize a new planet. The story is told by Elder, … Continue reading

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Staff Review: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Why I checked it out: I’ll admit it, I picked it up because the cover was pretty. But I checked it out because it’s dystopian and I found out there’s a television show it in the works based on the … Continue reading

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