The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Reviewed by Holly (Library Patron)

This is an excellent read during this current health crisis. This book takes place during FDR’s presidency and tells the tale of five women who participated in Eleanor Roosevelt’s WPA pack horse library. Besides being an interesting historical period, this book tells of the bond that develops between five fictional women who participated in this program in the rugged mountain back roads of Kentucky. As the women become more committed to the task of delivering books they also discover the strength of their characters. While living thru the trials and tribulations of everyday life they not only discovered their individual strength, they discovered their strength as a team and the power of being/having friends. As a reader, one can relate to each character as they navigate thru their own moment of conflict. The writing style and descriptions are excellent. I highly recommend this book as an individual or book club read.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC MOYES)

Pokemon Adventures Vol. 1 by Hidenori Kusaka and Mato

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Pokemon Adventures loosely follows the events of the first Pokemon games, Red, Blue, and Green versions. The protagonist, Red, is an impulsive, sometimes over-confident, young boy trying to become the world’s greatest Pokemon Trainer. His rival, Blue, has the same goal, and a head start in terms of experience.

Despite the familiar source material, Pokemon Adventures offers a darker reading into the family-friendly franchise. Stakes are higher, danger is more frequent, and the battles can be deadly. At the same time, the manga captures the energetic and cute art the Pokemon franchise is known for as well as the humor of the cartoon.

With bite-sized chapters and engaging artwork, the first volume of Pokemon Adventures is a quick read that expertly expands the world of Pokemon.

Available through the Bridges Library System

The Runaway by Hollie Overton

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I liked it. It was a fast paced read, interesting characters that had flaws, so they were realistic. The setting in Los Angeles was spot on. LA does have a huge homeless population and the author gave the reader insight on the tragic lives of these people.

This book is part of a series and although a lot of issues were resolved, a few things ended up dangling. I want to read the next book!

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC OVERTON)

A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer

Reviewed by Manasi K (Library Patron)

This book is truly magic. With twists and turns that are unpredictable. The main character is Brystal Evergreen. Her life started out as just a girl in a lonely village with no comfort. But as the years passed she and her friends made a big impression on the Northern, she discovered a big secret about Mrs.Weatherberry, and then she was entitled the name of the Fairy
Godmother. Also, she spoke to the Government about the unfair laws about what women can do and what they can’t. Brystal and her friends were just children who were abandoned by their parents but without that cruel act, her greatest achievements could not have been done. Brystal is Solicitous, Brave, and Assertive. She lets nothing get in her way even if she is hurt. Brystal is proud of herself yet has compassion towards others. This story is magnificent and if you like this book you will surely like others of Chris Colfers series. The genre of this book is fiction and has a bit of magic. I rate this book a 10/10 because it has a plot and the feeling you get reading the book is unique.

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Winning American Mah Jongg Strategies by Elaine Sandberg

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I’ve been playing with friends for about 10 months and needed to fine tune my game. I started with Sandberg’s Beginners Guide so I knew this advanced guide could help.

It is easy to read with good illustrations and includes quizzes too. I’m playing an online version now, so I can apply what I learned right now.

I recommend this book.

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The Last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen

Reviewed by Elizabeth (Library Patron)

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 out of 5 Stars – If you ask, I’ll tell you to read it.

The Last Mrs. Summers (Royal Spyness #14) is yet another in a series of light-hearted mysteries set in the 1930s. Lady Georgiana Rannoch O’Mara returns from her honeymoon and finds herself with little to do at her estate after her husband goes off to parts unknown for a secret mission.

Lady Georgie decides to go with her friend Belinda to visit a cottage that Belinda’s grandmother has left her in her will. Belinda and Georgie spend the night in the small, run down cottage, but they’re unimpressed. In the morning, they decide to find a local hotel to stay in while Belinda finds a local workman to fix up the cottage. As they’re in town, they meet up with Rose. Rose is the daughter of Belinda’s late-grandmother’s cook, but now she’s Mrs Summers, the second wife of Tony Summers. Rose, Tony, and Belinda all were part of a group of friends in their childhood.

As Belinda and Georgie arrive at the estate on the cliffs, they begin to have an uneasy feeling (beyond just not really wanting to be there). Mrs Mannering, the housekeeper, seems to always be around and hovering. She has been with the household since the first Mrs Summers was a child. Rose confides in Belinda and Georgie that she things her husband may have killed his first wife, and she is scared for her safety.

Tony and Belinda have a little history, but Belinda wants nothing to do with a married man. When Tony tries to start something, Belinda immediately asks him to leave her room. She then goes to take a bath and returns to a murdered body in her bed!

The solving of the mystery seemed a little far fetched in many ways, but it wrapped up nicely in the end.

The book ended quite abruptly, and I couldn’t figure out why my Kindle wouldn’t turn the page. Then I realized I was at 100% and the book was over.

Thank you NetGalley and Berkley Publishing for the ARC

Will be published August 2020

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

Reviewed by Avery H (Library Patron)

“I thought this book was really good because it had romance, friendship, etc. I really like how at the beginning of the story Auden has nobody. She is really shy and has no interest in making friends. By the end of the story, she knows that she belongs at her dad’s house and she is way happier there. While she’s there, she makes really great friends and she even meets a guy that turns into her boyfriend. This story taught me that you need to live your best life. You can just sit around and wait for good things to happen. You actually need to try

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC DESSEN)

Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder, Jock, and Francesco Francavilla

Reviewed by Jess H (Library Staff)

Batman: The Black Mirror isn’t really about Batman, it’s about Commissioner Gordon and Gotham City. Dick Grayson, former Robin and this graphic novel’s Batman, is chasing down someone called the Dealer and their cache of Gotham villain memorabilia. Commissioner Gordon faces a far more personal enemy, his son, James Jr. In the backdrop, the city of Gotham writhes in darkness, always on the verge of disaster.
If you like mature Batman stories, this one is a must read.

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