An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley

AgeLicense

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

In this stunning graphic memoir, Lucy Knisley recounts her charming adventures through Europe, including picnics at the Eiffel Tower, romance in cafes, and plenty of interesting food and cute cat cameos. While this is part travelogue and journal, Knisley digs deeper into her anxieties about her life and career and where she is headed. An Age of License comes from a French saying that points to young people having time to do what they want when they are young; they are given a license to explore. This is a wonderfully whimsical and beautiful graphic memoir that many will enjoy.

Available through the CAFE Library System

Terrier by Tamora Pierce

Terrier

Reviewed by a Library Patron

In Terrier, Tamora Pierce tells the story of Beka Cooper as she trains for a spot in the Provost’s guard. She’s determined to prove to everyone that she’s capable of fending for herself no matter what her family says.

Nearly all of Pierce’s books tell of a fictional female character in a Medieval setting, but this one is my favorite (and its sequels, Bloodhound and Mastiff).

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC PIERCE BK.1)

ANZAC Girls (2014)

ANZAC

Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

Based on the book by Peter Rees, the bravery, determination and selflessness of the women and men in WWI is portrayed here to make the viewer feel they are right there with the Australian and New Zealand nurses in Egypt, Greece, and France. It follows the lives of five nurses based on their letters, journals, and historical records. Scenes are realistic, but beautifully shot. Special features include pictures and information about the five nurses featured in this series. I predict you will move through this series very quickly, always wanting to see the next episode.

Available through the CAFE Library System

The Intern’s Handbook by Shane Kuhn

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Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

Shane Kuhn’s debut black comedy that reads like a handbook is a fast-paced mystery filled with dark twists and characters with multiple motives. The protagonist is an assassin who divulges the rules that have kept him alive in his cutthroat profession. Anyone who is a fan of Dexter will love The Intern’s Handbook.

Located in Adult Fiction with the new suspense books (FIC KUHN)

Love, Rosie (2015)

LoveRosie

Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

Based off the novel of the same name by Cecelia Ahern, Love, Rosie is a cute, quirky romantic movie about two friends who seem perfect for each other, but never at the right time. Rosie and Alex have been best friends forever, but when Alex moves to Boston, and Rosie receives an unexpected surprise, their paths diverge, and while they cross occasionally, it seems like they will never get together. Starring Lily Collins and Sam Claflin, this is a sweet, poignant movie about finding the one you are destined for.

Available through the CAFE library system.

The Liar by Nora Roberts

Liar

Reviewed by Susan Walsh (Library Patron)

The Liar is a wonderful book. For all the single mothers or parents with toddler children you will love the child character in the book. The book does have a good plot, I will say it is one of her better books.

Located in the New Adult Fiction Romance section (FIC ROBERTS, NORA) and also as a no-wait Browsing title!

Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy

Skulduggery

Reviewed by Tenzin T. (Library Patron)

Skulduggery Pleasant is a (so far) 5 book series about a girl named Stephanie Edgely (aka Valkyrie Cain) whose uncle–the famous writer of horror novels, Gordon Edgley (much like Edger Allen Poe)–has passed away. But when she attends the reading of the will, it is revealed that her uncle has left her his mansion and royalties to his books, which she will receive when she turns eighteen. But what she saw her uncle as was not the half of it. After spending a night in her uncle’s house she is plunged into a magical world of spies, murderers, and Skulduggery Pleasant…

Skulduggery Pleasant is an amazing series in whole. Every book ends (mostly) with all ends met, but cliffhangers are not off limits. The book has its share of violently described scenes but is suitable for those 10 years and above. I highly recommend it.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC LANDY BK.1). Also available as a CD Book!

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Thousand Dollar

Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

Smart and sassy, just like Veronica Mars herself, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is a gritty romp through Neptune, CA just like old times.

I was extremely entertained by this book and absolutely adored spending more time with Veronica and the gang. Co-written by the creator of the series, Rob Thomas (a well-known YA writer in his own right), this first mystery in the book series picks up where the Veronica Mars movie left off.

Overall, I wouldn’t say that this book is essential for every fan to read, but if you are like me and found that spending three seasons and one feature-length film with the inimitable Veronica was not nearly enough, The Thousand Dollar Tan Line is a wonderful way to slip back into that rich world.

As a bonus, the audiobook is read by the one and only Kristen Bell, and her performance is outstanding.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC THOMAS)