Outlander Season 3 (2017)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

It was the reunion that Outlander fans were anxiously awaiting for. Separated by time and space, would Jamie and Claire ever see each other again? And more importantly, resume their star-crossed love affair? As you might imagine, the answers to both of these questions is a resounding yes. Based on the third book of the Outlander series “Voyager,” season three is bifurcated between this long awaited reunion and an adventure across the ocean. As such, although still enjoyable, it felt a bit scattered to me. Still, there are many enjoyable scenes and since the season ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, I will be curious to see how Season 4 takes up the mantle.


If you like Steve Berry…

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Dan Brown

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Lincoln Child

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Snowpiercer by Jacques Lob & Jean-Marc Rochette

Reviewed by Anonymous

Snowpiercer is a French graphic novel that inspired the 2013 film by the same name. I remember seeing the trailer and hearing good things about the film. I decided to read the graphic novel first and then watch the film version. The graphic novel is about environmental apocalypse where the world has frozen over to temperatures that will kill in seconds and no place is safe from the cold. Expect for a very special (originally a luxury) train that needs no tracks or fuel and is warm enough on the inside to keep people alive. Only some people were lucky enough to make it on the 1,001 car train; the rest of humanity perished. And if trying to stay warm wasn’t hard enough there is also a large disparity between the rich and the poor. The tail train cars are crammed with the poor and downtrodden, never getting a moment alone, always having to be around everyone else. What is left of the government and military control the cars near the head of the train which get progressively fancier and less populated. The book follows Proloff who comes from the very tail end car and ends up making it past a barrier into the middle class cars. He is on a mission to only move forward and to find answers about their situation and who drives this mysterious train.

I really enjoyed the fleshed out world and the visceral plight of the survivors. It’s very gritty with some sprinkles of humor and a plethora of interesting characters. If you saw the movie I highly recommend the source material.

Located in Adult Graphic Novels (GRAPHIC LOB)

Spotlight On: Children’s Playaways

Children’s Playaways: Playaways are individual audio players that allow for the listener to listen to an audiobook in a mobile format. You can either plug headphones into the device to individually listen to the book, or plug an auxiliary cord in to your car and play it throughout the car. The children’s playaways are books that are great for children or families to enjoy. Our children’s playaways are located to the immediate right when you walk in to the children’s library, on top of the audiobook collection.

The Midwife’s Apprentice / Karen Cushman

In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife, and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she most wants: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. (J PLAYAWAY CUSHMAN)


Some Kind of Courage / Dan Gemeinhart

In 1890 Washington, the only family Joseph Johnson has left is his half-wild Indian pony, Sarah, so when she is sold by a man who has no right to do so, he sets out to get her back–and he plans to let nothing stop him in his quest. (J PLAYAWAY GEMEINHART)


Hoot / Carl Hiaasen

Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in another boy’s attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed construction site. (J PLAYAWAY HIAASEN)


The Son of Neptune / Rick Riordan

Demigod Percy Jackson, still with no memory, and his new friends from Camp Jupiter, Hazel and Frank, go on a quest to free Death, but their bigger task is to unite the Greek and Roman camps so that the Prophecy of Seven can be fulfilled. (J PLAYAWAY RIORDAN BK.2)


Nate the Great Collected Stories: Volume 1 / Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

Nate is a detective. He solves crimes with his dog, Sludge, introduced in the second case, Nate the Great goes Undercover . Nate finds him in a field eating a stale pancake. (J PLAYAWAY SHARMAT)


Wringer / Jerry Spinelli

As Palmer comes of age he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his Pennsylvania town’s annual Pigeon day or find the courage to oppose it. (J PLAYAWAY SPINELLI)


Geronimo Stilton Books 17 & 18 / Geronimo Stilton

Geronimo Stilton has to risk his tail in a crazy TV game show in order to save his newspaper from a mysterious one-eyed rat. Geronimo’s sister Thea convinces him to help her find a haunted pirate treasure buried on a desert island, even thought he hates travel and ghosts. (J PLAYAWAY STILTON)


Surviving the Applewhites / Stephanie S. Tolan

Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family’s Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had. (J PLAYAWAY TOLAN)


The Devil’s Arithmetic / Jane Yolen 

Hannah resents the traditions of her Jewish heritage until time travel places her in the middle of a small Jewish village in Nazi-occupied Poland. (J PLAYAWAY YOLEN)


“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” ~Stephen King

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

A young adult novel from the 1970’s, considered ‘THE’ YA novel by some critiques, it takes place mainly at an all boys Christian high school and is from different teen boys point of view. The only female presence in the book comes in the form of teen girls that the boys objectify. The main character, Jerry Renault, deals with bullying on multiple fronts from both his teacher and other students due to his refusal to take part in the optional chocolate war the school hosts every year. This issue escalates throughout the book and creates an almost mob mentality among the students against him. While it offers an interesting view into teen boys minds and thought process, overall it was a rather boring, if a little disturbing, read.

Located in Teen Paperbacks (TEEN PBK CORMIER)

Mary and the Witch’s Flower (2017)

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

An animated film following the same vein as Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service, Mary and the Witch’s Flower is about a young girl who feels like she is nothing special. That changes when she discovers the Fly-by-Night, a magical flower that grants her powers. She is whisked away to Endor College, a special school for magical beings. On the surface it seems to be a dream come true, she is one of a kind and her powers make her stand out, but she quickly discovers not everything is as it seems. With the help of a plucky little broom stick, a stubborn cat, and an equally stubborn boy she will have to find a way to reverse magic-gone-wrong and save her friends life.

Located in DVDs (DVD MARY)

If you liked Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder by Joanne Fluke…

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Murder with a Cherry on Top / Cynthia Baxter

After her rival, who had just opened a bakery, is found murdered, Kate McKay becomes a suspect and enlists the aid of an old boyfriend to help solve the crime and save her new business, an ice cream shop.


Death by Darjeeling / Laura Childs

When a guest turns up dead at a tea for the annual historic homes garden party she is catering, Theodosia Browning, the owner of Charleston’s Indigo Tea Shop, turns sleuth to save her reputation, clear her name, and track down the real killer.


On What Grounds / Cleo Coyle

Clare Cosi, the manager of The Village Blend, finds a murder mystery percolating in her very own store when the assistant manager is found dead in the back and the police believe it to be an open-and-shut case of robbery, but certain clues lead Clare to believe otherwise.


The Diva Runs Out of Thyme / Krista Davis

Determined to take down her childhood rival at the Stupendous Stuffing Shakedown, Sophie Winston instead finds herself accused of murder when her quest for basting the perfect turkey goes horribly wrong, in a mystery complete with tasty recipes and entertaining tips.


The Cold Light of Mourning / Elizabeth J Duncan

When an unpopular self-made beauty goes missing on her wedding day, manicurist Penny Brannigan, an ex-patriate Canadian who has lived in the bride’s North Wales market town for nearly twenty-five years, realizes that another woman had posed as the bride.


Assaulted Caramel / Amanda Flower

Returning home to Harvest, Ohio, to help her grandparents run their Amish candy shop, chocolatier Bailey King must clear her grandfather’s name in the murder of a local Englisch developer and catch a killer with a sweet tooth who is trying to fudge the truth.


Death of a Kitchen Diva / Lee Hollis

When a rival food writer is found dead, facedown in a bowl of Hayley’s delicious clam chowder, new food writer Hayley Powell, to clear her name, gets into hot water with a killer.


Dying for a Taste / Leslie Karst

When her Aunt Letta is found murdered in her restaurant, ex-attorney Sally Solari steps in to keep the place running, but when her sous chef is accused of the crime, Sally is determined to clear his name and find the real murderer.


Sprinkle with Murder / Jenn McKinlay

Melanie Cooper and Angie DeLaura, the proud owners of the Fairy Tale Cupcakes bakery, race against time to save their business and catch a killer who used their cupcakes to kill a famous fashion designer.


Murder with Lemon Tea Cakes / Karen Rose Smith

When her Aunt Iris is accused of murdering her wealthy and not-quite-divorced boyfriend Harvey Fitz, Daisy Swanson must put her soups, scones and soothing teas on the back burner while her shop is under police investigation and hopes that Jonas Groft, an ex-detective from Philadelphia, can help her solve the case before her aunt is in more hot water.


Sprite’s Secret by Tracey West

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

The first book in a nine part series called Pixie Tricks, Sprite’s Secret is a great children’s first chapter book. It is a story about a young girl named Violet who gets recruited by a fairy named Sprite to round up fourteen escaped fairies who are causing mischief in the human world. Between Violet and Sprite they must come up with ways to trick the fairies into doing something against their playful nature, like doing a chore or saying please. It is a fun little adventure and a wonderful read for young kids who are just moving onto “big kid” books.

Located in Children’s Paperbacks (J PBK WEST #01)

Spotlight On: Large Print Nonfiction

Large Print (Nonfiction): Our Large Print Section consists of books that have a larger print which makes them easier to read for people with eye issues. We have both fiction and nonfiction large print books. These books are located on the first shelf to the right, before adult fiction starts. Our large print nonfiction is at the end of the first shelf, arranged by Dewey Decimal numbers.

Have a Little Faith: A True Story / Mitch Albom

Relates the author’s efforts to eulogize a beloved rabbi who is near death, while at the same time befriending a Detroit pastor who gives spiritual guidance to the poor and homeless, and describes how observing these two different religious leaders rekindled his own faith. (LP 296.7 ALB)

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End / Atul Gawande

A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. (LP 362.175 GAW)


The Orchid Thief / Susan Orlean

Describes the life and times of John Laroche, a plant smuggler and orchid thief, and the eccentric world of Florida’s obsessed collectors of rare plants. (LP 635.9344 ORL)


The Queen of Katwe: A Story of Life, Chess, and One Extraordinary Girl’s Dream of Becoming a Grandmaster / Tim Crothers

A full-length account of the National Magazine Award finalist article by ESPN Magazine traces the story of an Ugandan teen who was introduced to chess by a missionary mentor and struggled to overcome formidable levels of poverty to become her country’s national champion. (LP 794.1 CRO)

The Road to Little Dribbling: Adventures of an American in Britain / Bill Bryson

A sequel to “Notes from a Small Island” stands as the author’s tribute to his adopted country of England and describes his riotous return visit two decades later to rediscover the country, its people, and its culture. (LP 914.10 BRY)


Home: A Memoir of My Early Years / Julie Andrews

A personal account of the iconic actress’s pre-fame life traces the time between her birth in 1935 and her discovery by Walt Disney during her 1962 Broadway performance in “Camelot.”. (LP 921 ANDREWS)


Cleopatra / Stacy Schiff

Separates fact from fiction to reconstruct the life of the most influential woman of her era, revealing Cleopatra as a complex woman and shrewd monarch whose life and death reshaped the ancient world. (LP 921 CLEOPATRA)


The Wright Brothers / David McCullough

Chronicles the dramatic story-behind-the-story about the Wright brothers, sharing insights into the disadvantages that challenged their lives and their mechanical ingenuity. (LP 921 WRIGHT)


Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption / Laura Hillenbrand

Relates the story of a U.S. airman who survived when his bomber crashed into the sea during World War II, spent forty-seven days adrift in the ocean before being rescued by the Japanese Navy, and was held as a prisoner until the end of the war. (940.5472 HIL)


The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II / Denise Kiernan

The town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, boomed on U.S military-owned acreage between 1942-1944. Its electricity usage matched that of New York City, and its population reached 75,000 – yet it didn’t appear on a single map during World War II. Many new residents were women, recruited at top-dollar wages for positions from chemists to couriers. Sworn to strict secrecy protocols, they were told only that their work would ensure a swift, final World War II victory. (LP 976.8 KIE)

“Of all the things which man can do or make here below, by far the most momentous, wonderful, and worthy are the things we call books.” ~Thomas Carlyle

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Reviewed by Jen Bremer (Library Staff)

So, I actually kind of loved this book. I read it in an entire evening because I was so determined to discover how it all would end. While the storyline is a LITTLE trite, the characters were enjoyable and the mystery was intriguing. The book addresses teen issues with honesty, openness, and creativity while not being overt and boring. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy YA thriller/mysteries with romance thrown in.

Available through the Bridges Library System