|Princess at sea |
by Cook, Dawn.
Adult Fiction COOK
Although the idea is not a bad one and the characters aren’t too shallow, this book is filled with unimaginative, unreal coincidences which are both simple and unrealistic. It just felt as if everything that happened was outside the realm of logical, no matter in what emotion way you looked at it. However, I suppose it could just not be my cup of tea. I suppose I simply look for logic behind every book and, when I don’t find it, I’m disappointed. The character dialogue was interesting, thought.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Mar 9, 2014 at 5:30PM
|My life in Middlemarch |
by Rebecca Mead
Adult Nonfiction PR4662 .M43 2014
Mead uses George Eliot’s book Middlemarch to consider the lives of its characters, particularly Dorothea Brooke’s, in light of her own and that of George Eliot. It’s an interesting proposition to take your favorite book and look at its influence on your life. Parts of it were wonderful, but the digressions into other of Eliot’s work made me feel the author didn’t have enough to say about Middlemarch and was stretching her subject. But, it could just be me. [I’ve not read all Eliot’s books.] Definitely worth reading if you loved Middlemarch.
posted by EmilyEm on Mar 7, 2014 at 4:02PM
|The body in the piazza |
by Page, Katherine Hall.
Adult Fiction PAGE
The 21st Faith Fairchild mystery, Faith and Tom are on an anniversary trip to Italy to see the sites, art and of course enjoy the food. After, a weekend in Rome, they are to travel to Tuscany, where Faith's former assistant Francesca has opened a cooking school. However, on their first night in Rome, the Fairchilds stumble upon a dying man in the Piazza Farnese—Freddy a travel writer they have just spent the evening with. When they leave Rome for the cooking school, the mystery follows them, many of the guests at the school are not who they seem, and somebody is intent on sabotaging Francesca's new business. As always, Faith will need to use her skills to determine the truth and find the culprit. I have always enjoyed this series—particularly our heroine Faith and the wonderful recipes at the end of the book. The descriptions of Italy and the food were enticing—making me wanting to take a trip to Italy by the end! However the “mystery” was a little wanting and felt convoluted and rushed at the end. A 3 out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Mar 6, 2014 at 11:22AM
|Angela’s ashes [compact disc] |
by Frank McCourt
Adult Fiction E184.I6 M117 1997b
posted by Leynia on Mar 5, 2014 at 8:44PM
|The Mother-Daughter Book Club |
by Frederick, Heather Vogel
Children's Fiction FREDERI
This is a really good book. It shows how much mothers care for their daughters. If you are the type who likes books with love and crushes and kissing this is the book for you.
posted by chaya rox on Mar 5, 2014 at 2:36PM
by Griffo, Michael
Teen Fiction GRIFFO
Gay vampires??? Awesome!
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:39AM
|The evolution of Ethan Poe |
by Reardon, Robin.
Adult Fiction REARDON
This book has a very different view of Catholicism.... and now I want a ying-yang tattoo! =)
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:39AM
|Rainbow boys |
by Sanchez, Alex, 1957-
Teen Fiction SANCHEZ
My favorite person is Kyle... he's soooo freaking ADORABLE!
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:37AM
|Suicide notes : a novel |
by Ford, Michael Thomas.
Teen Fiction FORD
This book was so funny, I almost peed myself!
posted by merlin on Mar 4, 2014 at 10:36AM
by Palacio, R. J.
Children's Fiction PALACIO
I read this book and almost started crying. Its a sad book but has a happy ending. It has a good lesson: IGNORE EXTERNALS! I was also surprised to learn it was her first book. Its really amazing!
posted by chaya rox on Mar 3, 2014 at 2:33PM
|Out of sight, out of mind |
by Kaye, Marilyn.
Teen Fiction KAYE
This is an AMAZING book. If you are the type who likes mysteries and fantasies, this book is for you! The book is part of a series called GIFTED. I have only read this book but I am sure the rest are just as good.
posted by chaya rox on Mar 3, 2014 at 1:40PM
|The treachery of beautiful things |
by Long, Ruth Frances, 1971-
Teen Fiction LONG
It's safe to say that this is my absolute, favorite book of all time. You HAVE to read this book. It's a must. I put off reading this book for so long, but honestly this book is incredible, fantastic, awesome, and amazing. The romance is gorgeous and everything is so perfect and finished in the end. I've never, ever read a book that made me feel this way. It's so amazing. You've got to read The Treachery of Beautiful Things.
posted by booklion246 on Feb 27, 2014 at 10:47AM
|Princess of the Midnight Ball |
by George, Jessica Day
Teen Fiction GEORGE
I was surprised by how much I liked it. Yes, the characters weren’t deeply developed, but how can you expect an author to develop twelve main characters? Saying that, the plot was adorable and I loved the twists. For a teen book, I found it very enjoyable.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Feb 26, 2014 at 1:52PM
|Prada and prejudice |
by Hubbard, Amanda
Teen Fiction HUBBARD
Being a huge fan of Jane Austen’s work, I assumed I would enjoy this teen parody of the original. However, I was sadly disappointed. The idea was funny and inventive, but the characters fell short and the plot was often annoying. It could have been such a good book, but sadly it failed miserably.
posted by A.E.C.M. on Feb 26, 2014 at 1:49PM
|Ruby red |
by Gier, Kerstin
Teen Fiction GIER
Read this book a while ago and never really finished the series. I really want to now. Planning on re-reading this then reading the entire series.
posted by booklion246 on Feb 26, 2014 at 11:51AM
|Duck at the door |
by Urbanovic, Jackie.
Easy Picture Book URBANOV
I like to have at least one Easy Picture Book on my reading list, especially when it's clever and brings a smile to both young and old. This is my current favorite.
posted by Minnetonka Library Staff on Feb 25, 2014 at 5:25PM
|Into Beautiful North, The |
by UrreaLuis Alberto
Adult Fiction URREA
Luis Alberto Urrea draws on his own borderland experience to write this engaging story. A small Mexican village is inhabited only by children, women and old men since men of working age have all gone north to find work. Narco-traffickers start appearing in the village and create a sense of insecurity. Nineteen-year-old Nayeli, after having seen The Magnificent Seven at the local movie theater, decides to go north and recruit a group of men to live in and protect the village. She and some friends start an remarkable trip that will bring them to Tijuana first and then San Diego. They have amazing adventures along the way; including crossing the border illegally twice and taking a road trip to Illinois where Nayeli hopes to find her father who has long been incommunicado. This is a hard-to-put down book with characters that make you feel like you want to know them better and be a part of their story.
posted by Lorenzo T. on Feb 25, 2014 at 12:59PM
|Great expectations |
by Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870
Adult Fiction DICKENS
A classic by Dickens, Great Expectations is the story of Pip. He is an orphan who, due to a mysterious benefactor, comes into a goodly sum of money or his “expectations”. This is written in first person and is told by an older Pip, a Pip who is not only older but wiser. It may be a rags-to-riches story, but it's not necessarily a happy story. It is a story about Pip, his harsh and cruel sister Mrs. Joe and her kind and fatherly husband Joe, an escaped convict Magwich, a beautiful but cruel girl Estella, and the corpse-like jilted bride Miss Havisham. The story centers around Pip and how, when he comes into his expectation, he becomes snobbish and unlikeable, looking down on Joe and his childhood friend, Biddy. He puts social position and class, etiquette and learning, gentility and leisure, above his friends. Eventually circumstances change (as they always do), and Pip learns a variety of lessons. I found the beginning of this novel a bit slow—though I am not sure why (maybe it was getting use to the dated language)—however I loved the last third of the novel—exciting, surprising & bittersweet. Particularly enjoyed being surprised by some of the characters—Magwich, Wemmick & Miss Havisham specifically. A 4 out of 5 stars
posted by Marsap on Feb 24, 2014 at 2:39PM
|Love saves the day |
by Cooper, Gwen, 1971-
Adult Fiction COOPER
The novel is told primarily through the eyes of Prudence, a young cat rescued from a construction site in Manhattan by Sarah. After three years together, one day Sarah doesn’t come home. Prudence is then taken to live with Sarah’s estranged daughter Laura and her husband Josh. Prudence continues to hope that someday Sarah will return for her. The history between Laura and Sarah becomes known by the chapters narrated by two of them—which I enjoyed more than the chapters by Prudence. What I particularly enjoyed were the descriptions of the Lower East Side in the 1970s, from the drugs, to the homeless people to the music scene to the beginnings of gentrification. The final events of what took place in this area were heartbreaking. The one criticism I have of the book is that the author did not fully commit to writing the Prudence chapters as a cat—with a cat’s understanding of the human world. At times Prudence doesn't understand the workings of the human world—then in the next paragraph she will use a word like saran wrap—if you are going to use the technique of writing as an animal you have to fully commit to it. For an excellent example of this read the Art of Racing in the Rain—a book I loved. All in all, I enjoyed the last part of the book and it was, in the end, a sweet read. A 2 ½ out of 5 stars.
posted by Marsap on Feb 24, 2014 at 11:35AM
|Mind games |
by White, Kiersten
Teen Fiction WHITE
This book was sooo good! It had me hooked from beginning to end. The plot was so confusing, but really interesting! The characters were great and had a lot of depth to them. Kiersten White is definitely one of my favorite, favorite authors! I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
posted by booklion246 on Feb 24, 2014 at 10:21AM