Pretty Girls

Pretty GirlsPretty Girls

by Karin Slaughter

Review by Jonathan Trice

 

I spend a lot of time in my car an audio books are one of my favorite ways to ease the monotony of my drive.  When looking for something new Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter was suggested for me.  This was an author I knew nothing about and a genre that I don’t spend much time reading and I was glad that I took a chance on this book.  Continue reading

A Canticle for Leibowitz

A Canticle for Leibowitz

by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Review by Sarah Reisert

In Miller’s version of the future, humanity practically destroyed itself with the advent of nuclear weapons in the twentieth century.  This book is comprised of three separate jumps in time (each about six hundred years apart, starting about six hundred years from the nuclear holocaust) in the company of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz, brothers in the southwestern United States devoted to preserving knowledge in a world that now doesn’t trust it.

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The World of Edena

The World of EdenaThe World of Edena

by Moebius

reviewed by Travis Johnson

 

Two spaceship repairmen get whisked off to the seemingly idyllic garden planet of Edena, in this vividly illustrated comic-book epic by French artist Moebius. In the copious notes to this book, the artist explains that he had to resist the urge to make his illustrations too “cluttered.”

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The Marriage Lie

The Marriage LieThe Marriage Lie

by Kimberly Belle

Review by Kathy Gallagher

 

The Marriage Lie is a mysterious love story, an intriguing page turner that kept me on my toes trying to figure out what was going on.

Will and his wife Iris are so in love. Trying to, in fact, have a child together. He leaves on a business trip the morning after attempting conception. Iris is a school teacher. While at work she hears of a plane that has crashed en route to Seattle. She thinks nothing of it until she is contacted by the airline. Iris is told that Will was one of the fatalities. Impossible, she thinks, as Will was on a business trip to Orlando. The mystery begins: is the dead man truly her husband? Is it a mistake? Continue reading

The Highwayman

The Highwayman

By Kerrigan Byrne

Review by Kate Boyle

When reading a historical romance novel, one usually knows what to expect . . . beautiful people getting together and dealing with a little bit of drama, usually dealing with class or birth. Kerrigan Byrne blows those expectations clear out of the water with the first novel in the Victorian Rebels series. Dangerous and deeply disturbed, Dorian Blackwell’s reputation precedes him. Farah Mackenzie spends her days working as a clerk for Scotland Yard, around some of the most depraved men of London. They don’t know each other . . . or do they? Continue reading

The Quality of Silence

The Quality of Silence

by Rosamund Lupton

Review by Angie Andre

In a freezing remote part of Alaska astrophysicist, Yasmin and her 10 year old deaf daughter, Ruby are on a mission. Despite betrayal, fear, and deathly cold weather Yasmin is determined to find her husband, Matt. There has been terrible accident and an entire village in Northern Alaska has been obliterated. Yasmin and Ruby brave the tundra in search of their missing Matt. As they encounter darkness they realize someone is trying to stop them from finding Matt and learning the truth. Continue reading

Vinegar Girl

Vinegar Girl  

By Anne Tyler

Review by Susan Williams

Anne Tyler’s retelling of  The Taming of the Shrew is a winner.  I listened to this book and I feel it is probably much funnier on audio since the readers, particularly the one who reads Pytor, are hysterical.

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Ready Player One

Ready Player One

By Ernest Cline

Review by Kate Boyle

I just finished Ready Player One for the third time in three years. An exciting, futuristic romp with a 1980s nostalgic twist, I find Ready Player One firmly embedded on my top ten list. I find, however, that it isn’t all that easy to describe.

Living in the stacks of Oklahoma City (literally stacks of trailers,) Wade Watt’s derives joy from one thing. He searches for deceased tech guru James Halliday’s easter eggs in the OASIS. Life on Earth is bad. Extreme poverty and dangerous climate change has driven the majority of society to seek solace in the OASIS, a virtual reality world where you can do pretty much anything. Continue reading

Winter’s Bone

Winter’s Bone

By Daniel Woodrell

Review by Pam Blittersdorf

Author Daniel Woodrell creates a memorable heroine in 16 year old Ree Dolly. Ree desparately wants to escape the poverty of her Ozark community and enlist in the Army (“where you got to travel with a gun and they make everybody help keep things clean”), but she feels duty-bound to her family. Her meth-cooking dad has posted the family home as collateral, then jumped bail. To save her younger brothers and mentally ill mother, Ree has to ask some tough questions about her father’s fate. The folks with the answers to those questions don’t take kindly to being asked. The language of the novel is gritty, genuine and suspenseful. Ree’s grim humor and determination are certain to catch you up in her story. Continue reading

You

You

By: Caroline Kepnes

Review by Lois Plale

Guinevere Beck (“Beck” to her friends) is an aspiring author, who drops into a bookstore run by Joe Goldberg, who immediately believes she is The One for him.  After she makes a purchase and leaves, he Googles her name from her credit card and discovers she is on both Facebook and Twitter.  Joe finds out everything he needs to know about her and gradually and obsessively takes control of her life – convincing her that he is the perfect man for her.  He sets up and orchestrates a series of events to make sure she falls for him, removing anything and anyone who gets in his way – even if he has to kill to do it.  Continue reading