Signal: a Sam Dryden novel by Patrick Lee

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Reviewed by Judy B (Library Staff)

The most compelling thriller I have read since I blew through The Martian. More action adventure than science fiction, an ex-Special Forces operative and a FBI agent join forces to thwart a generations -long conspiracy with technology that allows them to affect events before they even happen. Its continued use will result in the death of millions. How do you combat something that knows what you will do before you even do it?

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC LEE)

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

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Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

I feel a strong obligation to review this book for you guys because I think the disturbing and slightly terrifying cover is keeping people from reading this fantastic story. Gabi is a larger-than-life teenager who is dealing with difficult obstacles with admirable honesty, aplomb, and wit. Written in a diary format, Gabi’s voice is so hilarious and authentic that Quintero is able to take a quantity of dramatic events that would be melodramatic and soap-operatic in other books and make them both realistic and sympathetic. Even if you have to check it out digitally on OverDrive just to avoid that cover, please get to know Gabi. You won’t be sorry.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC QUINTERO)

The Martian by Andy Weir

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Reviewed by Emi Weiss (Library Staff)

Lots of hype about this book, and now, movie, preceded my experience with The Martian. The book is okay; the movie is good, and I guess I’m glad I experienced both. However, as a sci fi fan there were some elements missing in my opinion. Unfortunately, I cannot mention those elements here as it would spoil it for you. I recommend reading the book and then watching the movie. The book outlines all the “science” that the movie glosses over quickly. The movie does a great job with Martian scenery and suspense. As a reader, I knew what parts were changed for Hollywood, and that gave me a nerd based ego boost.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WEIR)

After You by Jojo Moyes

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Reviewed by Pat Plamann (Library Staff)

For those of you who followed Louisa Clark as she met the greatest challenge of her young life in Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, the good news is we find out what has happened since in After You. Despite the fact it deals with grief and moving on, the novel is funny and a roller coaster read. One strongly misses a character from the prequel, but added characters have great storylines that will keep you reading into the night!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MOYES)

The Stranger She Loved: A Mormon Doctor, His Beautiful Wife, and an Almost Perfect Murder by Shanna Hogan

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Reviewed by Emily Terasa (Library Staff)

In this chilling telling of a real-life murder, readers are transported to the heart of Mormon country in Utah. The beautiful former beauty queen, Michele MacNeill, died a few days after routine plastic surgery. Her death was ruled to be from natural causes, but her daughters always believed their father killed their mother.

Martin MacNeill, the husband, is cold, calculating, and able to paint the picture of being a devoted husband, but under the surface many discrepancies from his past come about.

Following the years of toil for the daughters, as well as the trial, this book is full of shocking tidbits as the state tries to convict this devious man of murder.

Located in Adult Nonfiction (364.1523 HOG)

Emma: a Modern Retelling by Alexander McCall Smith

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Reviewed by Judy B (Library Staff)

As a devoted Jane Austen fan, I was hesitant to read a “modern retelling”. The only inducement was its author, the award winning Alexander McCall Smith (of “The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency” series as well as many other series). I was not disappointed. Mr McCall Smith kept the spirit and flavor of the original but in a current mode. I can’t wait to read more modern retellings of Jane Austen’s other novels being planned by Pantheon Books.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MCCALL SMITH)

Mosquitoland by David Arnold

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Reviewed by Melissa Rader (Library Staff)

It’s no secret that I love a good, quirky narrative voice and Mary Iris Malone (aka Mim) completely won me over. In Mosquitoland we travel with Mim across the country, away from her father and new step-mother and toward her mysteriously estranged mother. Peppered along the way with richly-drawn characters and Mim’s signature wit, this is not a journey you’ll easily forget.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC ARNOLD)

Modern Pioneering: More than 150 recipes, projects, and skills for a self-sufficient life by Georgia Pellegrini

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Reviewed by Terry Zignego (Library Staff)

If you are looking for unique recipes for preserving food, this book is full of “fun-spiration”. Recipes include champagne, strawberry and black pepper fruit roll-ups, homemade tinted lip gloss using beet juice, red wine popsicles and spicy red pepper hummus, just to name a few. A chapter on foraging wild edible plants is an extra bonus. I’m adding this book to my Christmas list.

Located in Adult Fiction (640 PEL)

I Hunt Killers Trilogy by Barry Lyga

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Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

 

Book 1: I Hunt Killers, Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a complicated guy with a complicated life. His best friend, Howie is a hemophiliac who bleeds and bruises at a touch, and for whom Jazz gets tattooed in thanks for the extraordinary things Howie is willing to do for him. His girlfriend is the beautiful, strong, determined Connie whose father would rather have her dating anyone but Jazz. Neither of those defines him, though, as much as the fact that his dad is a convicted serial killer. No, his father, Billy Dent is THE convicted serial killer of the century, and lots of folks around Lobos Nod (and, possibly, the rest of the country) think Jazz may be one, too, because Jazz grew up being trained to be a serial killer by his “Dear Old Dad.” Things have calmed down a bit since Billy was put away four years ago, until dead bodies started appearing, looking suspiciously like the work of Billy Dent. Is it Jazz? Is it a copycat? All Jazz knows is, it’s not him, and offers his “expertise” to the local sheriff, G. William Tanner, and Jazz’s ability to see crime scenes from the killer’s point of view proves advantageous as the killings escalate.

Book 2, Game, has Jazz heading to New York City to help the New York police try to profile, ascertain and capture Hat-Dog Killer before he removes any more body parts from his victims as he dispatches them.

Book 3, Blood of my Blood brings the FBI into the mix, and Jazz races to find connection and solutions before Howie bleeds to death on the floor in Lobos Nod, and Connie perishes at Dent’s hands in a room in New York. Jazz knows he is the only one who can save his friends, and bring the killing spree to an end.

The writing is superb, the pacing is perfect, and the knowledge of serial killers, police procedure, and teenage pig-headedness is spot on. If you’re looking for a good heart-pounding murder mystery, you can’t go wrong with the I Hunt Killers trilogy.

I listened to the audio version of all three of these books, Book 1 as a Hachette Audio book, and the others from downloadable audio on Overdrive. Charlie Thurston is the narrator of all three, and is marvelous.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC LYGA)