Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018)

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

I suppose I should’ve known what I was getting into when I signed up to watch “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” After all, this is the fifth in a series of “Jurassic Park” movies so I knew lots of dinosaurs, lots of carnage, lots of action. However, this one took it to a level of bananas crazy I wasn’t prepared for, complete with dinosaur blood transfusions, clones, and, to top it all off, a villain so, well, villainous he might as well have been twirling his mustache in glee. I have always been a fan of the first “Jurassic Park” and what was lost in the subsequent movies is the smart, serious and earnest world in which it lived. This was pure summer schlocky fare, dressed up as an animal rights movie, believe it or not.

Still, stick around for the extra post-credits scene. It got me in the end, and I will probably be tuning in to the next (and hopefully last) in the series.

Available through the Bridges Library System

A Sin Such as This by Ellen Hopkins

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Renowned Young Adult author Ellen Hopkins is back in the adult genre again with a sequel to 2016’s “Love Lies Beneath.” We revisit the Lattimore family, most specifically Tara Lattimore, the thrice-divorced, newly married (and slightly psychotic?) woman who headed the last story. Newlywed Tara and husband Cavin are settled into a quasi-normal routine with her stepson Eli and her niece Kayla, who are dating. Other than that–there is not much to tell. Hopkins loses her way on this one: the tension, although building throughout, is very minimal, the characters uniformly aren’t likeable, and the payoff is incredibly rushed. The final resolution literally takes place in the last chapter, around 10 pages, and considering how out of left field it is, leaves the reader feeling robbed. Yet, I somehow waited diligently to finish and couldn’t put it down. Can’t quite recommend and yet will not fully condemn this wanna-be thriller.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC HOPKINS)

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Spotlight On: Graphic Novels (Adult)

Graphic Novels (Adult): We have a collection of graphic novels for Adults, that are located on a white shelving unit next to the board games, in the center of the library. We have both new and older graphic novels, that range from superheros to memoirs.


Run For It: Stories of Slaves Who Fought For Their Freedom / Marcelo D’Salete

This graphic novel tells unforgettable stories about Afro-Brazilian slaves who rebelled against oppression. (GRAPHIC DSALETE)


Harley’s Little Black Book

It’s the sensational debut of a massive team-up series in which Harley meets (and almost certainly annoys) the greatest heroes and villains of the DC Universe! Harley is pairing up with the greatest heroes of all time, featuring adventures with Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and more! But can she keep up with superheroes of this caliber? (GRAPHIC HARLEY QUINN)

Bizarre Romance / Audrey Niffenegger

The internationally best-selling author of The Time Traveler’s Wife collaborates with the illustrator of such seminal works as From Hell to present a collection of 16 different stories that explore the idiosyncratic nature of relationships in a variety of genres. (GRAPHIC NIFFENEGGER)


Wonder Woman: A Celebration of 75 Years

Armed with her lasso of truth and her bullet-stopping bracelets, the Amazon Princess journeys into Man’s World again and again, spreading her mission of peace and goodwill and fiercely battling injustice where she finds it. She’s a princess, a warrior and an ambassador. Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, stronger than Hercules, swifter than Mercury…she is Wonder Woman! (GRAPHIC WONDER WOMAN)


Something New: Tales From a Makeshift Bride / Lucy Knisley

Presents an illustrated memoir of what happens after the proposal, fascinated and horrified by the wedding industry the author set out to put her own stamp on the tradition and create the most adorable DIY wedding imaginable. (GRAPHIC 392.5 KNI)


Beowulf: A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes / Nicky Raven

A modern, illustrated retelling of the Anglo-Saxon epic about the heroic efforts of Beowulf, son of Ecgtheow, to save the people of Heorot Hall from the terrible monster, Grendel. (GRAPHIC BEOWULF)


Chicken with Plums / Marjane Satrapi

The author relates the story of her great-uncle, Nasser Ali Khan, one of Iran’s most acclaimed musicians, who discovers that his beloved instrument has been irrevocably damaged and renounces the world, its pleasures, and life itself. (GRAPHIC SATRAPI)


Suicide Squad: Basilisk Rising / Adam Glass

As the surviving Squad members attempt to recover from their disastrous Gotham City mission, we learn a dark secret that has been festering in the team since issue #1: a traitor stalks the Suicide Squad! The saboteur’s mission: Assassinate Amanda Waller, expose the Squad and leave Task Force X in ruins! The Basilisk strikes! (GRAPHIC SUICIDE)

Y The Last Man: Unmanned / Brian K. Vaughan 

A plague suddenly kills every mammal and cell on earth with a Y chromosome except, inexplicably, a man named Yorick and his pet monkey. Yorick’s escape artist talents come in handy as various groups try to kill him, protect him, study him, or use him for purposes he cannot even imagine. (GRAPHIC VAUGHAN #1)


“A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading.” ~William Styron

The Murderer’s Ape by Jakob Wegelius

Reviewed by Diane Basting (Library Staff)

Sally Jones is an amazing engineer’s assistant, able to learn things quickly and do a fantastic job aboard a steam ship with Chief; when the worst happens, Chief is sent to jail. Sally Jones decides she’s going to free him, the only problem is she’s an ape.

Located in Teen and Children’s Fiction (TEEN FIC WEGELIUS / J FIC WEGELIUS)

I Kill Giants (2017)

Reviewed by Cassidy Hammel (Library Staff)

I Kill Giants features a formidable bunny-ear clad heroine whose troubled home life triggers her imagination to blur the lines between reality and fantasy. This leaves the main character in turmoil, grappling with conflicts resonating from both worlds and devoid of the coping skills necessary to handle her grief. This cinematic counterpart to the graphic novel, written by Joe Kelly, incorporates stunningly picturesque northeastern coastline adding atmospheric gloom and dark notes. The all-female cast is empowering and teaches women that they can fight their own battles and that, at some point, everyone needs a little help. The line that resonated with me after I’d seen the movie was; “All things that live, die. This is why you must find joy in the living, while the time is yours, and not fear the end. To deny this is to deny life. To fear this…is to fear life. But to embrace this…Can you embrace this?”

Available through the Bridges Library System

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American Kingpin: The Epic Hunt for the Criminal Mastermind Behind the Silk Road / Nick Bilton

Describes how a former boy scout launched Silk Road on the Dark Web, where people could buy anything anonymously including drugs, spying software, forged passports, counterfeit cash and rocket launchers and the Federal agents who spent two years trying to find him.

American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land / Monica Hesse

The Washington Post reporter and author of Girl in the Blue Coat documents the trial of a man who was charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia county, sharing insight into the perpetrator’s struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend and the impact of the fires on their community.

The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir / Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

A National Endowment for the Arts fellow documents the story of how a summer job at a Louisiana law firm and the case of a convicted murderer and child molester changed her views about the death penalty and forced her to confront traumatic secrets in her own family.


At the End of the World: A True Story of murder in the Arctic / Lawrence Millman

The author relays the story about a series of murders that took place in a remote part of the Arctic in 1941.


Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History / Joe Navarro

In a real-life cat-and-mouse game between two brilliant men in the last days of the Cold War, one of the youngest agents ever hired by the FBI and an expert at reading body language, engages in a two-year long battle of wits with a former American solider whom he believed handed the Soviets the ability to utterly destroy the U.S.

The Grim Sleeper: The Lost Women of South Central / Christine Pelisek

An investigative reporter describes how she uncovered the alleged identity of a long-time serial killer who has been murdering women in South Central Los Angeles since the 1980s.


Mrs. Sherlock Holmes: The True Story of New York City’s Greatest Female Detective and the 1917 Missing Girl Case that Captivated a Nation / Brad Ricca

Presents the shocking true story of the first female U.S. District Attorney and traveling detective who found missing 18-year-old Ruth Cruger when the entire NYPD had given up.


The Spider and the Fly: A Reporter, A Serial Killer, and the Meaning of Murder / Claudia Rowe

A New York Times journalist traces her psychologically provocative, four-year conversation with a young serial killer who murdered eight women and hid them in the basement of his family home, a relationship that dangerously challenged her sense of self.

Murder in Materaff: A True Story of Passion, Family, and Forgiveness in Southern Italy / Helene Stapinski

A writer gives in to her obsession with the lurid tales about her great-great-grandmother, and travels to Italy to uncover the events surrounding a tragic tale of murder that was also a case of mistaken identity in 1870s Basilicata.

The Black Hand: The Epic War Between a Brilliant Detective and the Deadliest Secret Society in American History / Stephan Talty

Chronicles the dramatic story about the origins of the mafia in early 20th-century America and the achievements of Italian-born detective, Joseph Petrosino, who gave his life to fight it.

The Darkling Bride by Laura Andersen

Reviewed by Katy Zignego (Library Staff)

As I anxiously await Kate Morton’s newest release, I picked up this read-alike from the author of The Boleyn King. The Darkling Bride has all the elements of a Kate Morton novel: a clever heroine, an atmospheric setting, a historical mystery, and a bit of romance.

Author Laura Andersen delivered a Morton-quality story in nearly every particular. The heroine, Carragh Ryan, is an American living in Ireland, and she is hired to catalog the library at an ancient family seat, Deeprath Castle. Carragh’s interest in Deeprath goes beyond the library, however, as she is a fan of its most famous resident: the Victorian gothic novelist Evan Chase. Chase’s lost final novel, The Darkling Bride, was rumored to be based on events at Deeprath, and Carragh would do anything to find it.

The only area in which Andersen loses Morton points is the romance. Naturally, the current owner of Deeprath Castle is the dashingly handsome Aidan Gallagher, Seventeenth Viscount Gallagher, and of course sparks fly. But while Andersen is great at illustrating a setting and developing a mystery, she never really convinced me on the love story. Maybe I’m just a doubting Thomas, but I distrust any romances that involve leopards changing their spots. Overall, though, the story worked just fine without the romance, so I just ignored it and wished the author had too.

Available through the Bridges Library System

Spotlight On: Children’s Series

Children’s Series: We have a selection of chapter books that are parts of different series, including American Girl, Lego Ninjago, 39 Clues, Star Wars, and many more. These books are separate from the regular children’s chapter books. These series books are located in the chapter book area, past the new chapter books, and about the children’s bin chapter books. They are separated by series.

Meet Kit: An American Girl / Valerie Tripp

When her father’s business closes because of the Great Depression forcing Kit to make changes in her life, the nine-year-old responds with resourcefulness. Series: American Girl (J SERIES AMER GIRLS KIT)


The Cry of the Loon: a Samantha Mystery / Barbara A. Steiner

In June 1907, twelve-year-old Samantha looks forward to a happy summer with Nellie and her younger sisters at Grandmary’s country home in the Adirondacks but a series of mysterious accidents on the property lead Samantha to suspect that someone is deliberately causing trouble. Series: American Girl Mystery (J SERIES AMER MYSTERY)

High Hopes for Addy / Connie Porter

Addy’s new life in Philadelphia in the late 1860s continues to hold surprises, as she competes in a kite festival and her teacher recommends her for the Institute for Colored Youth. Series: American Girl Short Stories (J SERIES A G SHORT STORIES)


Tribes of Chima / Ruth Amos

Level 3 readers will enjoy the exciting new reader Tribes of Chima as they learn about each LEGO® Legends of Chima™ character and the tribes that inhabit this amazing land. While discovering fun facts about Lennox the Lion and his rival, Cragger the Crocodile, readers will also find tons of information about each of the other Chima tribes. Series: Lego Chima (J SERIES LEGO CHIMA)

The Maze of Bones / Rick Riordan

When their beloved aunt–matriarch of the world’s most powerful family–dies, orphaned siblings Amy and Dan Cahill compete with less honorable Cahill descendants in a race around the world to find cryptic clues to a mysterious fortune. Includes game cards which the reader may use to play an online version of the treasure hunt. Series: 39 Clues (J SERIES 39 CLUES BK.1)

Divide and Conquer / Carrie Ryan

When thousands of Viking warriors descend on medieval Paris, Dak is captured and forced to work with the invaders while Sera and Riq defend the city, a situation that places them on opposing sides. Series: Infinity Ring (J SERIES INFINITY RING BK.2)


Color Me Dark: The Diary of Nellie Lee Love, The Great Migration North / Pat McKissack

Eleven-year-old Nellie Lee Love records in her diary the events of 1919, when her family moves from Tennessee to Chicago, hoping to leave the racism and hatred of the South behind. Series: Dear America (J SERIES DEAR AMERICA)


The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559 Mirror Lake Interment Camp / Barry Denenberg

Twelve-year-old Ben Uchida keeps a journal of his experiences as a prisoner in a Japanese internment camp in Mirror Lake, California, during World War II. Series: My Name is America (J SERIES MY NAME)


Marie Antoinette: Princess of Versailles / Kathryn Lasky

In 1769, thirteen-year-old Maria Antonia Josepha Johanna, daughter of Empress Maria Theresa, begins a journal chronicling her life at the Austrian court and her preparations for her future role as queen of France. Series: Royal Diaries (J SERIES ROYAL)


Star Wars: The Weapon of a Jedi / Jason Fry 

Luke, C-3PO, and R2-D2 are stranded on a mysterious planet where a strange villain challenges Luke to a duel. Series: Star Wars (J SERIES STAR WARS)



“‘That’s what Hermione does,’ said Ron, shrugging. ‘When in doubt, go to the library.'” ~J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Wendy Project by Melissa Osborne

Reviewed by Kelsey (Library Staff)

Wendy Davies is not crazy. After crashing her car into a lake one night with her two younger brothers, John and Michael, in the backseat everything has gotten messed up. Michael is missing and the adults in Wendy’s life are trying to convince her that he is gone, but he isn’t! She knows he’s not. It doesn’t help her case when she starts to have trouble separating fantasy and reality in her daily life. In an attempt to help her sort out her thoughts and feelings, her therapist gives her a sketchbook for “whatever you can’t say out there, whatever seems too crazy for this world” (p 9) and so, begins “The Wendy Project.”

A beautifully illustrated and written graphic novel about a young girl struggling to come to terms with a life changing experience. Utilizing the classic tale of Peter Pan in a new and stunning way, The Wendy Project tells an intimate story about grief and loss of innocence that is both heartbreaking and beautiful to read and see.

I would suggest this book for readers 10+ as there is no inappropriate language or actions taking place and is a must read for anyone struggling to deal with grief, or for those who enjoy gorgeous illustrations and captivating storytelling.

Located in Teen Graphic Novels (TEEN GRAPHIC OSBORNE)