The Princess in Black and the Perfect Princess Party by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale

Reviewed by Stephanie Ramirez (Library Staff)

Princess Magnolia loves frilly dresses and dainty hats, tea parties and unicorns. Today is her birthday and she can’t wait to celebrate with her other Princess friends! But where does Princess Magnolia keep going during her party?? Why, the Monster Alarm won’t give her a moment’s peace since she’s not only Princess Magnolia–she’s the Princess in Black! Fighting monsters and protecting goats are all in a day’s work for the Princess in Black but will Princess Magnolia be able to enjoy her special day? This delightful entry in the series is full of the same whimsical illustrations by LeUyen Pham and the story level is great for medium level chapter readers. Fun for kids and parents, too!

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC HALE)

Fortune and Glory: Tantalizing Twenty-Seven by Janet Evanovich

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I’m not a quitter. I have now read all 27 of the Stephanie Plum books. This one is same-old, same-old. Stephanie gets caught in dangerous situations, has at least one car totaled and cannot decide between the two men in her life.

The author has added a new character into the storyline, it didn’t help much, but there is a new book in the works featuring Gabriela.

Evanovich has made her money on this series and I think it’s time for Stephanie to hang up her stun gun and handcuffs, and settle on her man. Enough said.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC EVANOVICH)

The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

Reviewed by Lia (Library Patron)

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old boy who has dyslexia and ADHD. He was always a troubled kid, getting kicked out of many schools, not having many true friends, and seeing things that no one else could. His whole life flipped on its head when he discovers that his father (who he never knew) is a Greek god. In this book, he finds friendship, family, and adventure. Percy and two of his new friends set out on a quest to settle an ongoing battle between the gods. Within the fourteen days he had to complete his quest, he discovers things out of this world. This book has a hint of everything–adventure, mystery, action, and of course Greek and Roman mythology.

I love this book and the whole Percy Jackson and the Olympians series! I have read it once before, but am now reading it again and I still love it! I can appreciate how this book sets up for the other books in the series. The author is one of my favorites because he knows how to hook people in and his foreshadowing skills are amazing! Some parts seem so unexpected but then I remember how the author hinted about it earlier in the book. Connecting the dots is truly a great feeling. I’d like to think that I am well-versed in this genre. I think that teens who are interested in Greek and Roman mythology, or just fantasy in general, would greatly benefit from reading this book.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC RIORDAN)

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Arthur visits his late wife at the cemetery everyday. Maddy is a bullied teenager who escapes to the solitude of the cemetery. They start an unlikely friendship that also includes Arthur’s next door neighbor Lucille.

This is gentle reading at its best. Arthur’s reflections on life were spot on. I could relate to all the characters. The book was loving, happy, sad and brought me to tears.

I immediately borrowed the next two books in the series and binge-read them. I recommend you borrow all three at the same time, you will want to know what happens next. The titles are: Night of Miracles and The Confession Club.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BERG)

Smooth Operator by Stuart Woods

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

I’ve read a few of the Stone Barrington series, this book branches out featuring Teddy Fay, the first of a new series.

Fay is ex-CIA and a master of disguise. He is called in when the Speaker of the House’s daughter is kidnapped. It looks like a terrorist attack, but why are they asking for a vote to go a certain way instead of a ransom?

This novel keeps you guessing. Teddy Fay is as ruthless as the bad guys, but he gets the job done – for the good guys.

It was a good read for its genre.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC WOODS, STUART)

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)

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

Redemption by David Baldacci

Reviewed by Jayne S (Library Staff)

Redemption is the fifth book of Baldacci’s Memory Man series. I picked it up on a whim, since many of our patrons are big fans.

It did not disappoint. The main character, Amos Decker is a FBI consultant with a perfect memory. He returns to his hometown, where he had been a police detective, to visit his family’s graves.

While there a solved case emerges with new questions? Did rookie Amos make mistakes sending an innocent man to prison 13 years ago?

There are a lot of twists until the very end. Even though I started on book 5, he reviewed just enough (but not too much) so I could relate to the supporting characters. I do plan to go back and read books 1-4, so that confirms I give a 👍 to this suspense novel.

Located in Adult Fiction (FIC BALDACCI)

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Reviewed by Jane Oliver-Purton (Library Staff)

Castle Crenshaw (Ghost) is a runner; a very fast runner. Will he be fast enough to compete on the Defenders? Will he always have to run in his rolled up jeans and ratty old high tops? This is a quick read with a lot of depth and heart, and when it comes to finding your way within the difficult life of poverty, anger, and need, the Defenders just may be the key. This is the first book in the series, Track, now complete with Patina, Sunny, and Lu. It’s definitely a series worth reading.

Located in Children’s Fiction (J FIC REYNOLDS BK.1)