21. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Tammy, Teen Books

Where she Went by Gayle Forman, 264 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/17/2014

where she wentThe sequel to If I Stay, the story starts three years after the last book. This time the story is told entirely from Adam’s point of view as well. Adam is still dealing emotionally with what happened after Mia’s accident. The story tells how he is coping (or not) with his band’s sudden fame and his own popularity in the midst of his sadness and anger. A moving work that has a lovely ending.

 

21. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Dying to tell by Rita Herron, 354 pages, read by Melody, on 11/20/2014

What happened to Sadie Nettleton’s twin sister at the psychiatric hospital all those years ago?

Sadie Nettleton fled Slaughter Creek ten years ago, leaving behind the only home she’d ever known—and the only man she ever loved. Unable to cope with her sister’s madness, or the terrible secret she and her sister share, Sadie swore never to return. But when her grandfather is murdered, and her sister charged with the crime, Sadie has no choice but to come back and face the ghosts of the past…

For Sheriff Jake Blackwood, time has not dimmed the love he felt for Sadie Nettleton—or the pain of her leaving. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to help her uncover the truth about her grandfather’s death and what happened to her sister at the asylum. As their investigation leads them deeper into a world of secrets, lies, and betrayal in Slaughter Creek, Sadie becomes the target of a madman who will do anything to keep the truth buried. Jake would give his life to protect Sadie. But can he again risk giving her his heart?

20. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein, 304 pages, read by Angie, on 11/19/2014

Alexandriaville has been without a public library for 12 years. Luigi Lemoncello is a famous inventor of games and puzzles who grew up in Alexandriaville. He has turned the old bank into the most amazing library ever and in order to celebrate its opening he holds a contest for 12-year-olds. The winning twelve 12-year-olds get to attend a lock-in at the library. It turns out to be more than a lock-in though. The library is full of games and puzzles the kids have to solve in order to find the way out of the library. The winners get to be Lemoncello’s spokesperson. Kyle is one of the twelve lucky kids selected to participate in the lockin. He is a huge fan of Mr. Lemoncello’s games and does a great job with all the challenges in the library. He is joined by other kids from school, some friends some not. The kids eventually pair up into two teams to solve all the puzzles. The other team is headed by Charles who is your typical bad guy with a superiority complex. The kids learn how to operate within the library and how to be true to Lemoncello’s dream for the perfect library space.

This book is a librarian’s dream book full of puzzles that require library knowledge to solve. The kids learn about the dewey decimal system and how the library is set up. The games are tricky using books and rebuses and library cards. The library itself is more wondrous than any library could ever be. I love how the characters are constantly referencing book titles; you could create a pretty good reading list from the titles listed in these pages. My only complaint was the characters. They are all pretty stereotypical with little depth. I think this is a book kids will gravitate towards though…who doesn’t love puzzles!

20. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Graphic Novel

El Deafo by Cece Bell, 233 pages, read by Angie, on 11/20/2014

El Deafo is a semi-autobiographic account of the author’s childhood. Cece started out as a normal kid, but at age four she got meningitis and lost her hearing. This fabulous graphic novel details Cece’s struggles with different hearing aids, friends, boys, school and everything else kids have to deal with. Cece was able to hear and speak before she became ill so she still retained some ability after losing her hearing. She was able to manage day to day life by learning to read lips and wearing a hearing aid. The book does a wonderful job of describing Cece’s difficulties in making or keeping friends. Some of the kids thought she was weird because she was deaf, some over compensated and treated her differently, and a few were actual friends. In order to overcome her difficulties, Cece created a superhero alter-ego named El Deafo, which the author also did in real life. El Deafo could do all the things Cece couldn’t do. I was definitely reminded of Smile while reading this book. Bell does an excellent job of recreating her childhood and making it accessible to young readers. Like Telgemeier’s Smile and other books, I think this one is going to be really popular.

Download2Now this is a marvelous book which uses the creative process to help readers visualize their dreams and bring them into their consciousness.  What better way for a creative person to dream than through art?  Ms. Gaynor’s three step process of dreaming, creating and reflecting is very beneficial.  Gaynor is a licensed therapist who uses art therapy to help women realize their dreams.  The book includes a year of monthly entries by artists using her process as well as a transformation deck and tips for creating your very own dream book.  There is so much information packed in this volume that I couldn’t hope to do it justice in this review.  Go to the MOBIUS catalog and pick it up.  It is well worth your while!

download (1)This little book is filled with fantastic tips for would-be freelance writers.  Everything from how to interact with editors to what types of pieces editors look for is covered.  The book is short and to the point.  There is no fluff.  I highly recommend it to anyone who is even thinking about diving into the freelance world.  It is guaranteed to not be a waste of time!

 

downloadOne word:  Hilarious! You don’t have to have worked at a library to find this book funny.  Anyone who has worked with the public will be able to relate to the stories found within this book.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and even went to Ms. Sheridan’s Tumblr site, iworkatapubliclibrary.com for more stories.  The things that happen in public amaze and astound me even though I have worked with the public most of my career.  People never cease to amaze me.  Enjoy!

19. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction

The Iron Trial by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, 295 pages, read by Angie, on 11/19/2014

Call Hunt is probably the only kid who ever tried to fail at getting into the Magisterium. Call’s father is a mage so Call knows about magic, but his father hasn’t done any magic since Call was a baby. Call’s mom was killed in the last mage war, leaving only a note that said to kill the child. Despite all his efforts Call does get into mage school and is whisked off to be an apprentice for the most prestigious mage Master Rufus. Along with Tamara and Aaron, Call studies magic and learns to fit in at school. There are the typical school situations, Jasper the Bully, Celia the Crush, Drew the Bullied and of course the unspeakable evil who wants to destroy everything. Call is also given more information about how his mother died, what his father actually thinks of him and the truth behind his background. The last is a pretty big shocker that is definitely going to play out in future books.

I admit that I thought this book was a bit of a chore to get through. The comparisons to Harry Potter are plentiful and this book just doesn’t compare in terms of story and quality. Call is definitely no Harry. In fact, he is an obnoxious brat a lot of the time and not the easiest character to root for. A lot of the other characters just seemed one dimensional and under-developed. The world building is decent, but I thought the magic and the previous wars could have been fleshed out a bit. It is set in the modern real world, but it doesn’t really explain how magic interacts with the world. It seems that normal people don’t know about magic yet there are all these chaos animals out there and there have been a lot of mage wars. Not sure how they keep all that from the general public. This is the beginning of a five-part series; not sure I’ll read the rest but I do hope it improves.

index.aspxHollywood was built on beautiful and complicated matinee idols: James Dean and Marlon Brando are classic examples, but in the 1990s, the actor who embodied that archetype was River Phoenix. As the brightly colored 1980s wound down, a new crew of leading men began to appear on movie screens. Hailed for their acting prowess and admired for choosing meaty roles, actors such as Johnny Depp, Nicolas Cage, Keanu Reeves, and Brad Pitt were soon rocketing toward stardom while an unknown Leonardo DiCaprio prepared to make his acting debut. River Phoenix, however, stood in front of the pack. Blessed with natural talent and fueled by integrity, Phoenix was admired by his peers and adored by his fans. More than just a pinup on teenage girls’ walls, Phoenix was also a fervent defender of the environment and a vocal proponent of a vegan lifestyle–well on his way to becoming a symbol of his generation. At age eighteen, he received his first Oscar nomination. But behind his beautiful public face, there was a young man who had been raised in a cult by nonconformist parents, who was burdened with supporting his family from a young age, and who eventually succumbed to addiction, escaping into a maelstrom of drink and drugs.

And then he was gone. After a dozen films, including Stand by Me and My Own Private Idaho, and with a seemingly limitless future, River Phoenix died of a drug overdose. He was twenty-three years old.

In Last Night at the Viper Room, bestselling author and journalist Gavin Edwards toggles between the tragic events at the Viper Room in West Hollywood on Halloween 1993 and the story of an extraordinary life. Last Night at the Viper Room is part biography, part cultural history of the 1990s, and part celebration of River Phoenix, a Hollywood icon gone too soon. Full of interviews from his fellow actors, directors, friends, and family, Last Night at the Viper Room shows the role he played in creating the place of the actor in our modern culture and the impact his work still makes today.

Great book.  Interesting read.  I had no idea of how his final night played out.  Truly tragic.

 

18. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Lisa, Teen Books

Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho, 366 pages, read by Lisa, on 11/18/2014

What if you live for the moment when life goes off the rails—and then one day there’s no one left to help you get it back on track?

Althea Carter and Oliver McKinley have been best friends since they were six; she’s the fist-fighting instigator to his peacemaker, the artist whose vision balances his scientific bent. Now, as their junior year of high school comes to a close, Althea has begun to want something more than just best-friendship. Oliver, for his part, simply wants life to go back to normal, but when he wakes up one morning with no memory of the past three weeks, he can’t deny any longer that something is seriously wrong with him. And then Althea makes the worst bad decision ever, and her relationship with Oliver is shattered. He leaves town for a clinical study in New York, resolving to repair whatever is broken in his brain, while she gets into her battered Camry and drives up the coast after him, determined to make up for what she’s done.

Their journey will take them from the rooftops, keg parties, and all-ages shows of their North Carolina hometown to the pool halls, punk houses, and hospitals of New York City before they once more stand together and face their chances. Set in the DIY, mix tape, and zine culture of the mid-1990s, Cristina Moracho’s whip-smart debut is an achingly real story about identity, illness, and love—and why bad decisions sometimes feel so good.

18. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

The Marshal's Witness by Lena Diaz, 224 pages, read by Melody, on 11/17/2014

Everyone has secrets. Hers may get them killed.

Breaking protocol and going on the run with a protected witness wasn’t in U.S. Marshal Ryan Jackson’s plans. And even though Jessica Delaney’s testimony nearly put away a crime boss, Ryan can’t afford to trust her. Still, the duty-dedicated marshal will do whatever it takes to protect Jessica and uncover the mole leaking her new identity. But staying seconds ahead of the ruthless killers on their trail is easier than keeping himself safe from Jessica’s unexpected vulnerability and irresistible determination.

Now, as the net around them tightens, Ryan’s deepest loss may be the one danger he never anticipated.

18. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Letting Go by Molly McAdams, 336 pages, read by Jessica, on 11/17/2014

91tgtfeijzL._SL1500_Grey and Ben fell in love at thirteen and believed they’d be together forever. But three days before their wedding, the twenty-year-old groom-to-be suddenly died from an unknown heart condition, destroying his would-be-bride’s world. If it hadn’t been for their best friend, Jagger, Grey never would have made it through those last two years to graduation. He’s the only one who understands her pain, the only one who knows what it’s like to force yourself to keep moving when your dreams are shattered. Jagger swears he’ll always be there for her, but no one has ever been able to hold on to him. He’s not the kind of guy to settle down.

It’s true that no one has ever been able to keep Jagger—because he’s only ever belonged to Grey. While everyone else worries over Grey’s fragility, he’s the only one who sees her strength. Yet as much as he wants Grey, he knows her heart will always be with Ben. Still they can’t deny the heat that is growing between them—a passion that soon becomes too hot to handle. But admitting their feelings for each other means they’ve got to face the past. Is being together what Ben would have wanted . . . or a betrayal of his memory that will eventually destroy them both?

cat loversCollection of touching stories about cats and their people. Some will make you laugh while others may make you cry, but all will seem familiar to anyone who has loved several cats in their life.

 

decorators problem solverThis is an excellent book. It was just what I was looking for and had answers to some painting issues I had ran into. As well as suggestions for a tiling question I had for my bathroom and some problems I may have when I start replacing some old carpet with hardwoods. For each common problem the author offered three different solutions. Some varied by skill or price but others were just different ideas that may appeal more to one person than another person. Each one photos to illustrate the problem and the solutions and step-by-step instructions. Or as specific as the instructions could be trying to answer a variety of people’s problems.

 

17. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Weekend Bathroom Makeovers by Amy Matthews, 175 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/02/2014

weekend bathroom makeoversInteresting ideas for some basic remodeling, paint, tile etc., that can be accomplished in a few days. More of an idea book than a how to book though.

17. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: How To's, NonFiction, Tammy

Bathrooms by Editors of Time Life, 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/03/2014

bathroomsGives detailed steps for plumbing, tile work, grout, sealant, everything you would need to know to repair or do basic improvements to your bathroom, provided you have the right tools.

 

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Bathroom Makeovers by Editors of Time Life Books , 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/01/2014

bathroom makeoversIdeas and some step by step tips to update home bathrooms. Some good ideas provided you have the right tools and budget.

 

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Floors and Stairways by Editors of Time Life Books , 128 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/05/2014

floors and stairwaysIdeas and instructions for replacing old flooring with a variety of different materials. Even tells you how to check to make sure the sub-floor is solid before beginning and how to replace it if it isn’t. Good information and instructions.

 

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Paint Saves the Day by Lucianna Samu, 207 pages, read by Tammy, on 11/02/2014

paint saves the dayTIps on using color to change the appearance of a room, furniture, lamps, etc. It also addressed how to tackle some common painting problems and how to paint on unusual surfaces. Good information with helpful instructions.

17. November 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Fiction, Melody, Romance, Thriller/Suspense

Shattered valor by Elaine Levine, 374 pages, read by Melody, on 11/14/2014

Every step leads her deeper into danger…

Eden Miller has her life arranged exactly as she wants it–until a reunion with her high school BFFs places her in the middle of a turf war with a ruthless prison gang, their terrorist allies, and the hunters tracking them. Her every move draws her deeper into the danger surrounding Ty Bladen and his team of terror fighters, but his seductive charm and engaging smile make her believe his promises of protection.

A secret is a dangerous thing…

When the terrorists Ty Bladen is tracking infiltrate his remote ranch in Wyoming, he learns the past he buried cannot be so easily escaped. Though he’s recovering from a bullet wound he received in Afghanistan and is hunted by an unseen enemy, he knows he can’t leave Eden alone to face the danger swirling around her, danger he and his team have brought to her–even if the has to risk letting her near his frozen heart. But when she learns his terrible secret, will she stay or will she run?