The Pink Carnation series by Lauren Willig

Reviewed by Chris (Library Staff)

Can’t get enough of 19th-century romantic spy thrillers like the Scarlet Pimpernel or the Purple Gentian? Meet 21st century modern researcher Eloise Kelly’s as she tries to unmask an obscure & elusive spy—The Pink Carnation. As she conducts her research, more and more questions occur. Like, how did the Pink Carnation save England from Napoleon? What happened to the Scarlet Pimpernel & the Purple Gentian? And can she possibly escape her own bad luck in the game of romance?

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WILLIG)

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

Political intrigue, simmering romance, and a handmaiden of death all bring this 15th century historical fantasy to life. Seventeen-year-old Ismae is sent undercover by her unusual Convent to the high court of Brittany to protect the country’s young duchess. Low-born and trained as an assassin, Ismae does her best to navigate the pageantry and subterfuge of court life, as well as determine who she can trust.

This is the first in a trilogy, and each title features a different handmaiden on her mission from the Convent. I will definitely be reading book 2!

BONUS: The final installment of the trilogy was published this past November so if you begin the series now, you won’t have to wait for the next volume 🙂

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN LAFEVERS)

The World of PostSecret by Frank Warren

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Frank Warren’s latest compilation, The World of PostSecret, is packed with anonymous secrets that are humorous, hopeful, heartbreaking and everything in between. What began as a small neighborhood art project quickly blossomed in communities across the globe. Strangers all around the world were given an opportunity to cathartically release their deepest secret and discovered, in the end, secrets have more than the power to divide us, they can connect us to hope we didn’t think was left.

Available through the CAFE library system.


More Things in Heaven and Earth by Jeff High

Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

Although he would rather be working at a research hospital, a young doctor takes a job in a rural Tennessee community in order to help pay off his med school loans. Luke Bradford finds it difficult to fit into the tightly knit community, experiencing both the pros and cons of small town life. Good character development and a few mysteries are developed as part of the plot. This is a feel-good read with a happy ending.
If you enjoy the Mitford series or are just looking for a thoroughly pleasant read, give this a try.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC HIGH)

Farm Team by Linda Bailey

Reviewed by Diane (Library Staff)

With the hockey season upon us, Linda Bailey offers fans an inspiring tale of an underdog team from Stolski’s farm. The team has made it to the playoffs and only the Bush League Bandits, the meanest bunch of cheaters ever to strap on skates, stand between them and taking home the Stolski cup. Hockey fans new and old will appreciate this heartwarming tale!

Located in Children’s Picture Books (E BAILEY)


Parade’s End (2013)

Reviewed by Pat (Library Staff)

Benedict Cumberbatch plays Christopher Tietjens, a noble Englishman, whose indiscreet, manipulative wife, the onset of WWI, and the affections of a young suffragette all challenge this honorable character to remain loyal to his admirable principles. Cumberbatch displays great emotion and acting skill throughout. I want to view it again!

Located in Adult TV Series (TV SERIES PARADE’S END)


The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Reviewed by Marcy (Library Staff)

You might say this book is about relationships – relationship between Peter, sent on a mission in a far away galaxy, and his wife, left to continue on earth as society is crumbling. He is a missionary being sent to a distant planet called Oasis to bring the word of God to the aliens. He is pulled between the needs of his unusual congregation and that of his devoted wife. Yes, this is science fiction. I’m not typically drawn to sci-fi but this book kept me captivated. It’s written with imagination yet is an interesting read.

Available through the CAFE library system.

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Mia Dennett, an art teacher from a connected Chicago family goes missing. While her disappearance seems strange at first, she eventually returns with no memory and her new life is chaotic. The story, told in contrasting points of view, before and after the disappearance, allows the reader to try and solve the mystery of Mia. For anyone who enjoys suspenseful thrillers, The Good Girl by Mary Kubica will dazzle and delight with a well-written prose and a tantalizing, surprising ending that will shock readers.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC KUBICA)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

Reviewed by Jennifer Rude Klett (Library Staff)

All Quiet On The Western Front has been exalted as the best war novel ever written. I would agree with that lofty label. This World War I tale is magnificently told in first person by WWI veteran Erich Maria Remarque about a young German infantry soldier named Paul. While Remarque himself reportedly did not spend much time at the front, and the book is not based on his experiences, the story brings the Great War up close and personal in a fearfully realistic way. I understand why this deserving fiction book is required reading for many high school English classes. Still, one complaint: I did not like the ending. Did you?

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC REMARQUE)

Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson

Reviewed by Judy (Library Staff)

I just finished a great children’s book called Ice Dogs by Terry Lynn Johnson. It is a story about a 14-year-old girl in Alaska who mushes sled dogs in races. She sets out one day, comes across a city boy in a snowmobile accident, and they get lost and have to survive in the wilderness for days. Well-written and exciting.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC JOHNSON)