Monday, August 21, 2017

The Stars at Oktober Bend

26801669By: Glenda Millard
Location: FIC MIL
Genre: Contemporary - romance

for some
twelve is a nice number
but i
am alice
fifteen times

A powerful, captivating story about Alice, who is reaching out to express herself through her beautiful-broken words, and Manny who is running to escape his past. When they meet they find the tender beginnings of love and healing.

Alice is fifteen, with hair as red as fire and skin as pale as bone, but something inside her is broken. She has acquired brain injury, the result of an assault, and her words come out slow and slurred. But when she writes, heartwords fly from her pen. She writes poems to express the words she can't say and leaves them in unexpected places around the town.

Manny was once a child soldier. He is sixteen and has lost all his family. He appears to be adapting to his new life in this country, where there is comfort and safety, but at night he runs, barefoot, to escape the memory of his past. When he first sees Alice, she is sitting on the rusty roof of her river-house, looking like a carving on an old-fashioned ship sailing through the stars.

"I loved the character of Alice, and found her voice in her poetry very compelling. Joey her brother was a stunning character, protective and loving, and Manny's back story about Sierra Leone was heart breaking. This is a gut wrenching but ultimately uplifting read." Pat

a Gentleman in Moscow

28789553By: Amor Towles
Location: FIC TOW
Genre: Historical

I sense a movie coming - surely this will be made into a movie!!!

"A Gentleman in Moscow evokes an era of the tsar when the city rivals Paris and London as a destination for elite classes throughout Europe. A member of the landed aristocracy prior the Bolshevik Revolution, Count Rostov is well versed in literature, history, and appears to be a true renaissance man. Through his relationship with Nina and Sofia, Towles shows the Count to have a genuine soft spot in his heart as well, turning him into a truly memorable character. A delight of an enchanting story to read, A Gentleman in Moscow was worth the hype of the review" Brina

'A Gentleman in Moscow' tells the story of Count Alexander Rostov, who is sentenced to live out the rest of his life on "house arrest" in the Metropol hotel, following his "conviction" by a Bolshevik tribunal. He was convicted of being an unrepentant aristocrat and is stripped of his wealth by the new Bolshevik regime. From one of the hotel's most prestigious guests, to a member of the wait staff, Count Rostov manages his fall from grace with poise and dignity.
Through his eyes we will experience the many changes in Russia, from Stalin to Khrushchev, as the hotel is the home for many meetings and dinners of the top ranking members of the politburo. A friendship with a young eight year old girl will bring color to his life that will last for over thirty years.

This book as something for everyone, humor, some laugh at loud, some more veiled, food and wine pairings, amazing friendships, much history, literature, architecture and philosophy, even American movies. Some scenes that will surely leave you with a lump in your throat. Words, and insights that had me putting the book down just to think about what I read. Tightly constructed, things in the beginning that will come into play later in the book. Such a brilliant rendering of time and place.- Diane

Friday, August 18, 2017

Close your Eyes

By: Nicci Cloke
Location: FIXC CLO
Genre: Contemporary- sad stuff

"Close Your Eyes by Nicci Cloke was a thought-provoking, and emotional rollercoaster of a YA read". Paula

Close Your Eyes is the story of a school shooting which, through interviews, messages and questionable actions, asks: Who is truly responsible?

This brutal & quite original story  deals with the repercussions of any sort of bullying. The story focuses on the events that lead to the horrific incident using transcripts, interviews, online conversations etc which adds to the drama & thriller aspect. Starting with the emergency call captures your attention from the very beginning.

At the center of the story is a group of 6 teens with one of them being the quiet "weird" one, Elijah, who you don't know at the beginning if he is shooter or victim. Their POVs tell us the story until that devastating curve ball that just "whoosh" hits you in the chest and you are numb till you realize what that even bigger curve ball is!

The book deals with the questions of when behavior becomes a type of bullying, violent, when should or if we should get involved? Where does privacy end and genuine concern begin/ Are their signs of the oncoming tragedy, or is it all 20/20 hindsight?

As the web of the group's interaction untangles, you get the feel for each one's role & start having your own theories of what is to come and opinions of fault. I believe the POVs of everyone involved were done very well, with each having the appropriate voice.

The accounts during the shooting, especially of the shooter, crank the intensity really high, and your heart is in the throat until the end- Rebecca

The Gunslinger

35822338By: Stephen King
Location:FIC KIN
Genre: Fantasy Fiction Horror- King!!!
Series: The Dark Tower #1 

First published in 1982- this is a republished version and the first in the Dark Tower series of seven titles.

This is the beginning of Stephen King's famous magnum opus, the Dark Tower. This is where the master of horror writes his great work of fantasy based on a combination of The Lord of the Rings and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

“Yet suppose further. Suppose that all worlds, all universes, met at a single nexus, a single pylon, a Tower. And within it, a stairway, perhaps rising to the Godhead itself. Would you dare climb to the top, gunslinger? Could it be that somewhere above all of endless reality, there exists a room?...'

You dare not.'

And in the gunslinger's mind, those words echoed: You dare not.”
― Stephen King,
The Gunslinger

The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed... 

This is the iconic opening line of Stephen King's groundbreaking series, The Dark Tower, introduces one of his most enigmatic and powerful heroes: Roland of Gilead, the Last Gunslinger.

Roland is a haunting figure, a loner, on a spellbinding journey towards the mysterious Dark Tower, in a desolate world which frighteningly echoes our own.

On his quest, Roland begins a friendship with a kid from New York named Jake, encounters an alluring woman and faces an agonising choice between damnation and salvation as he pursues the Man in Black.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Spilt Second

22328531By: Kasie West
Location: FIC WEs
Genre:Fantasy Paranormal
Series: Pivot Point #2

Kasie West delivers nail-biting suspense and heart-pounding romance in the thrilling sequel to Pivot Point.

“He sighed. "Does it get tiring?"
"Always thinking you're right."
I smiled. "No, not really. It's other people not realizing I'm right that gets tiring.”
― Kasie West, Split Second 

"Split Second is just another reason why Kasie West is one of my favourite authors. Along with her snarky writing, lovable characters and swoon inducing romance as well as an ass-kicking plot line, who can be disappointed?"- Melanie

Addie has always been able to see the future when faced with a choice, but that doesn't make her present any easier. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. So when Addie's dad invites her to spend her winter break with him in the Norm world, she jumps at the chance. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He's a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. She wants to change that.

Laila, her best friend, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie's memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don't want this to happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school--but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

"A wrong was just righted." 

My Life As a Hashtag

33311867By: Gabrielle Williams
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: Young Adult

'My Life as a Hashtag' is an entertaining, witty, cleverly written story about a teenage girl whose actions on social media lead to disastrous results. The main character is sympathetic, and it brings to light the importance of being mindful of how we are treating others over the internet." - Cass

A movement.
A phenomenon
A complete and Utter disaster.

I'd been warned - in French, no less. By a tram-riding, mermaid-swaying, wolf-eaten, peace-sign flipping friend. I knew she wouldn't be happy if I stayed out here by the pool, with Jed's nail tracing the length of my neck.

But I didn't want to go inside. I didn't want another drink. I wanted to stay out here and see what would happen.

What’s a girl to do when her parents have split up; her mum’s trawling Tinder; and one of her best friends has decided not to invite her to the biggest party of the year, which she then has to watch unfold on everyone else’s social media?

If you’re a girl called MC, you get mad as hell, that’s what you do.

But what begins as one girl’s private, no-holds-barred rant soon snowballs in the most public way possible.

You die when you die

28169061By: Angus Watson
Location: FIC WAT
Genre: Fantasy- Epic!!
Series: West of West#1

You Die When You Die - a mismatched group of refugees battle animals and monsters, determined assassins, depraved tribes, an unforgiving land and each other as they cross a continent to fulfil a prophecy.


You can't change your fate - so throw yourself into battle, because you'll either win or wake up drinking mead in the halls of your ancestors. That's what Finn's tribe believe.

But when their settlement is massacred by a hostile tribe and Finn and several friends, companions and rivals make their escape across a brutal, unfamiliar landscape, Finn will fight harder than he's ever fought in his life. He wants to live - even if he only lives long enough to tell Thyri Treelegs how he feels about her.

"From the batshit crazy fight scenes (which were gruesome, I tell you) to the hilarious, this book was something wild"- Nat

Prophecies, chases, foul-mouthed tribal elders, political conspiracies and a warrior with questionable depth perception. I’ll be honest, I don’t think you can beat it. More please, as soon as is humanly possible! 

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Optomists Die First

32310961By: Susin Nielsen
Location: FIC NIE
Genre: Young Adult, Romance- Mental health

...... remaking Wuthering Heights with cats.

Petula has avoided friendship and happiness ever since tragedy struck her family and took her beloved younger sister Maxine. Worse, Petula blames herself. If only she'd kept an eye on her sister, if only she'd sewn the button Maxine choked on better, if only...
Now her anxiety is getting out of control, she is forced to attend the world’s most hopeless art therapy class. But one day, in walks the Bionic Man: a charming, amazingly tall newcomer called Jacob, who is also an amputee. Petula's ready to freeze him out, just like she did with her former best friend, but when she’s paired with Jacob for a class project, there’s no denying they have brilliant ideas together – ideas like remaking Wuthering Heights with cats.
But Petula and Jacob each have desperately painful secrets in their pasts – and when the truth comes out, there’s no way Petula is ready for it.

"Oh man this book. I have never personally related to a character so much. Petula worries about everything making worst case scenerio plans for everything. I can so easily identify with this as I do the same all the time my logic being actually if I plan for the worst things are never actually going to end up as bad as I've planned for. Petula does take it to another level but I get her. I also love that she crafts and knits and spends her time making random quirky things to keep her busy. I love the relationship that develops with Jacob over the course of the book and how he helps to bring Petula back into the world after she shut so much out after the death of her younger sister. A beautiful ead about heartbreak and loss which I thoroughly enjoyed."- Kirsty

Living on Hope Street

By: Demet Divaroren
33311851Location: FIC DIV
Genre: Social issues- community- tough stuff

Hope Street- I wonder how many people in our nation live on a street where they even know their neighbors names. How can we ever know their stories... if we don't even know their names and how can we build meaningful community where we actually look out for each other- when we are so wrapped up in our own little precious worlds. It might be tough to go and engage with your neighbor, it might cost you something- but it is the right thing to do and if we want strong communities in our nation and if we truly want to fight bigotry and racism we have no choice. It is in relationships that we win that war and fight it we must!!!

We all love someone. We all fear something. Sometimes they live right next door - or even closer.

Kane will do everything he can to save his mother and his little brother Sam from the violence of his father, even if it means becoming a monster himself.

Mrs Aslan will protect the boys no matter what - even though her own family is in pieces.

Ada wants a family she can count on, while she faces new questions about herself.

Mr Bailey is afraid of the refugees next door, but his worst fear will take another form.

And Gugulethu is just trying to make a life away from terror.

On this street, everyone comes from different places, but to find peace they will have to discover what unites them.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Letters to the Lost

33857632By: Brigid Kemmerer
Location: FIC KEM
Genre: Romance

This emotional, compulsively-readable romance will sweep everyone off their feet.  

"This book was so much more than just passing cute notes back and forth, it was about sorrow and grief and friendship and family and giving yourself a second chance." Maybelle

“You want to know what I believe? I believe in fate, but I also believe in free will. Meaning, there's a path, but we're free to veer away from it. The only problem is that there's no way to know whose path we're following on any given moment. Our own? Our fate's? Other people are on their on paths, too. What happens when we intersect? What happens when someone else wipes our path clean, and we're left with no road to follow? Is that fate? Is that when free will kicks in? Is the path there, but invisible?
Who the hell knows?”
― Brigid Kemmerer, Letters to the Lost

Juliet Young has always written letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can't resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither of them knows that they're not actually strangers. When real life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

The Silent Corner

32594546By: Dean Koontz
Location: FIC KOO
Genre: Thriller Mystery

A spine tingling world of brain implants and mind control, evil geniuses, bent on control, drunk on power and wealth, armed with technological advances that will both blow your mind and keep you up at night....

“I very much need to be dead.”

These are the chilling words left behind by a man who had everything to live for—but took his own life. In the aftermath, his widow, Jane Hawk, does what all her grief, fear, and fury demand: find the truth, no matter what.

People of talent and accomplishment, people admired and happy and sound of mind, have been committing suicide in surprising numbers. When Jane seeks to learn why, she becomes the most-wanted fugitive in America. Her powerful enemies are protecting a secret so important—so terrifying—that they will exterminate anyone in their way.

But all their power and viciousness may not be enough to stop a woman as clever as they are cold-blooded, as relentless as they are ruthless—and who is driven by a righteous rage they can never comprehend. Because it is born of love.

This Monstrous Thing

31751587By: Mackenzi Lee
Location: FIC LEE
Genre; SciFi/Steampunk

In an alternative fantasy world where some men are made from clockwork parts and carriages are steam powered, Alasdair Finch, a young mechanic, does the unthinkable after his brother dies: he uses clockwork pieces to bring Oliver back from the dead.

But the resurrection does not go as planned, and Oliver returns more monster than man. Even worse, the novel Frankenstein is published and the townsfolk are determined to find the real-life doctor and his monster. With few places to turn for help, the dangers may ultimately bring the brothers together—or ruin them forever.

"This book seamlessly blends history, gothic mystery, and steampunk into a thoughtful reimagining of the creation of Frankenstein, and it's one of the best YA retellings I've read. The author has clearly done her homework on the time period, as well as the story's literary roots--and beyond that, she makes this story of clockwork men and women, struggling to survive in a world where they are feared and despised, seem solidly urgent and real. You'll feel the pinch of gears melded to human flesh and your heart will quicken as they're pursued through the streets of Geneva...and you'll feel compassion for everyone involved."- Wendy

Friday, August 11, 2017

The One Thing

By; Marci Lyn Curtis
32596137Location: FIC CUR
Genre: Contemporary- Youth Fiction, Sight Impaired

Maggie called it genius. The Judge called it illegal!

"A soaring tale of life and love, of sacrifice and renewal, and learning to see people as they really are.

I often wonder what I would do if I just all of a sudden became blind.  What would be the biggest hurdle for me, no more hockey, no more walks in nature that I could stash away in my brain photo album. No more seeing faces of those that I love and the expressions they give, never being able to see my grandchildren. No more travel in places like India and Africa-. Does blindness rob you of all life, or is there something worth fighting for to enable you to make good decisions for the future...

Maggie Sanders might be blind, but she won't invite anyone to her pity party. Ever since losing her sight six months ago, Maggie’s rebellious streak has taken on a life of its own, culminating with an elaborate school prank. Maggie called it genius. The judge called it illegal.

Now Maggie has a probation officer. But she isn't interested in rehabilitation, not when she’s still mourning the loss of her professional soccer dreams, and furious at her so-called friends, who lost interest in her as soon as she could no longer lead the team to victory.

When Maggie first meets Ben, she thinks she can add "crazy" to her list of problems. But the precocious ten-year-old isn’t a hallucination. Maggie can actually see him. She immediately befriends the kid, desperate for any chance to see again.

It turns out Ben’s older brother is the compelling Mason Milton, lead singer of Maggie’s favorite band. Music is the first thing that has made Maggie feel alive since losing her sight. But when she learns the real reason she can see Ben, Maggie must find the courage to face a once-unimaginable future...before she loses everything she has grown to love.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Severed Land

32867592By: Maurice Gee
Location: FIC GEE
Genre: Fantasy

This gripping, page-turning fantasy adventure follows a dangerous quest through a divided world.

From the high reaches of a tree, Fliss watches the soldiers attempting yet again to break through the invisible wall. Amid the explosions, a drummer boy tries to escape. As he is about to be shot, Fliss reaches through the wall and pulls him to safety. But Fliss is dismayed to find she has saved an overfed rich boy. She is even more dismayed to learn that she must accompany him back through the wall on a special mission to rescue the Nightingale.

The world they have to travel through is a perilous one, full of predatory thieves, slave masters, beggars, dippers, mudlarks, drain-sliders, spies and wall-men. It is a world where the ruling families are caught up in a lethal power struggle.

Will Fliss and the despised drummer boy learn to trust each other? Who is the Nightingale? And will they all make it back alive?

"..what an adventure: power, thievery, slavery, acts of immense courage and bravado, and a definite nod to an underworld of violence and cruelty. It's all managed brilliantly. "- Sue-


32946288By: Ally Condie
Location: FIC CON
Genre: Coming of age- family grief

By the author of the "Matched" series

“My dad used to say that life was like turning the pages in a book. 'Oh, look,' he'd say, pretending to flip the pages in the air after we'd had something bad happen to us. 'Bad luck here on page ninety-seven. And on ninety-eight. But something good here on ninety-nine! All you had to do was keep reading!”

This follows an incredibly moving coming-of-age story about 12-year-old Cedar Lee, who has moved to Iron Creek, Utah, for the summer with her mother and younger brother, Miles.
And it follows their journey trying to regroup after an accident that claimed the lives of Cedar’s father and younger brother, Ben.

Outside her new house, Cedar quickly meets enthusiastic and enterprising Leo Bishop, who gets her a job at Summerlost, the town’s yearly Shakespeare festival.

As they team up to give secretive walking tours about the life of legendary actress and hometown hero Lisette Chamberlain, they become enthralled by the circumstances surrounding the woman’s death.
Together, Cedar and Leo explore the town of Iron Creek and find a twenty-year-old mystery they might have the key to solving. Along the way, they discover the power of friendship to mend a broken heart.
Infused with emotion and rich with understanding,  that highlights the strength of family and personal resilience in the face of tragedy.

This book managed to encompass everything that I wanted in a contemporary book:
Incredible friendships ✓
Exciting adventures with a hint of mystery ✓
Hilarious dialogue ✓
Realistic family relationships ✓
A great summer feel to it ✓

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Every Last Word

By: Tamara Ireland Stone
29468037Location: FIC STO
Genre:Young Adult- Mental Health

"Clueless meets Dead Poets Society with a whopping final twist." -Kirkus Reviews

"Brilliant, brave, and beautiful." -Kathleen Caldwell 

"If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling."

“My friends can’t know about my OCD or the debilitating, uncontrollable thoughts, because my friends are normal. And perfect. They pride themselves on normalcy and perfection, and they can’t ever find out how far I am from those two things.” 

Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

A Hundred Thousand Worlds

33571226By: Bob Proehl
Location: FIC PRO
Genre: Contemporary Fiction- road trip!

"Equal parts great American road-trip narrative and coming-of-age novel, this brilliant story from a debut novelist is a treat for the diehard nerds and fans among us."

“Look at all this. It's fantastic. A hundred thousand worlds. What I love most, because I'm a hideous narcissist, is knowing many of these worlds are mine. You know what all of this is, don't you? This is the immune system of the human soul. Superheroes, space rangers, time cowboys, they are the T cells of the spirit. They were always here to save us. We made them to save us.”

 Valerie Torrey took her son, Alex, and fled Los Angeles six years ago--leaving both her role on a cult sci-fi TV show and her costar husband after a tragedy blew their small family apart. Now Val must reunite nine-year-old Alex with his estranged father, so they set out on a road trip from New York, Val making appearances at comic book conventions along the way.

As they travel west, encountering superheroes, monsters, time travelers, and robots, Val and Alex are drawn into the orbit of the comic-con regulars. For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

A knowing and affectionate portrait of the pleasures and perils of fandom, A Hundred Thousand Worlds is also a tribute to the fierce and complicated love between a mother and son--and to the way the stories we create come to shape us.

"The wit! Priceless writing here, solid little things that just make the reader savor the cleverness of it all. "-Lauren

Urban Art

16128683By: Garry Hunter
Location: NF 751.7 HUN
Genre: 3D Sidewalk Art

Street art- tells stories, street art makes you think. Street art convicts, street art sells a message. Street art is our generations cartoons that impact and declare- watch, learn and be challenged!

Urban Art is a fantastic, eye-catching, and fully illustrated book showcasing the work of the best pavement chalk artists worldwide. This colorful book focuses on the major world practitioners of 3D sidewalk art, including Edgar Mueller, Julian Beever, and Kurt Wenner. People are captivated by the illusions that pavement art creates, and this book showcases the very best of them !

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

By: Sara Barnard
30197201Location: FIC BAR
Genre: Romance, mental health and being a team!

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things comes a love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

Steffi doesn't talk, but she has so much to say.
Rhys can't hear, but he can listen.
Their love isn't a lightning strike, it's the rumbling roll of thunder.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys, it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk, and as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it. 

  A brilliant depiction of social anxiety, a swoony subtle love story that creeps up on you, and meticulously researched, respectful and just beautifully written.

This book is not only for the quiet ones, but by JOVE how the quiet ones will adore this book.-Holl

The Collapsing Empire

31568281By: John Scalzi
Location: FIC SCA
Genre: Sci/Fi- Space Opera
Series: The Interdependency #1

The first novel of a new space-opera sequence set in an all-new

"The Collapsing Empire is a smart, entertaining, easily digestible page turner. In other words, it’s a John Scalzi novel. It’s also a nice bit of old fashioned sci-fi fun – heroes do heroic things and villains do villainous things, the story has nice momentum and the world-building is fun."- Gary

Does the biggest threat lie within?

In the far future, humanity has left Earth to create a glorious empire. Now this interstellar network of worlds faces disaster - but can three individuals save their people?
The empire''s outposts are utterly dependent on each other for resources, a safeguard against war, and a way its rulers can exert control. This relies on extra-dimensional pathways between the stars, connecting worlds. But 'The Flow' is changing course, which could plunge every colony into fatal isolation.
A scientist will risk his life to inform the empire's ruler. A scion of a Merchant House stumbles upon conspirators seeking power. And the new Empress of the Interdependency must battle lies, rebellion and treason. Yet as they work to save a civilization on the brink of collapse, others have very different plans . . .

“It worked because on a social level, apparently enough people wanted it to, and because at the heart of it, billions of humans living in fragile habitats prone to mechanical and environmental breakdowns and degradation, and with limited natural resources, were better off relying on each other than trying to go it alone. Even without the Interdependency, being interdependent was the best way for humanity to survive.”
― John Scalzi, The Collapsing Empire 

Girl against the Universe

By: Paula Stokes
31371709Location: FIC STO
Genre: Contemporary Romance

❝There's a thing that sometimes happens in your brain when you're the only survivor of a horrific accident. Part of you is happy because you're alive, but the rest of you is devastated. Then the sad part beats up the happy part until nothing is left, until all you feel is a terrible sorrow for the people who didn't make it. And guilt. Guilt because you wonder if the Universe made a mistake. Guilt because you know you're not any better than those who died.❞

“The world is full of holes and uneven seams, wrinkled places that you can’t make smooth, no matter how hard you try.”

From the author of The Art of Lainey and Liars, Inc. comes a fresh, contemporary story about a girl coping with PTSD and the boy who wants to help her move on from the past.

Sixteen-year-old Maguire knows the universe is against her. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when she's around. Like that time the roller coaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch. Despite what her therapist tells her, Maguire thinks it’s best to hide out in her room, far away from anyone she might accidentally hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star who wants to help her break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for him is to stay away, but it turns out staying away may be harder than she thought.

"A funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck." Alyssa

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Genesis Fleet

33798711By: Jack Campbell
Location: FIC CAM
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Space Opera
Series: Genesis Fleet#1

Lost Fleet - large fleet battles, small marine actions; Phoenix Stars - small fleet battles, large army battles; Genesis Fleet - tiny fleet battles, small army battles.

"Jack Campbell is one of my favorite military Sci-fi authors. I am a big fan of his “Lost Fleet Series” and its various spine-off series. This new series, “Genesis Fleet” is set in the time before the “Lost Fleet”, in other words, it is a prequel to the “Lost Fleet Series”.

War weary Earth refuses to be the policeman of the universe any more. Without a universal policeman to keep order, the pirates and two-bit plundering dictators are in full force. The four main characters to emerge are a failed politician, Lochan Nakamura, looking for a new start; an Earth bureaucrat, Carmen Ochoa, who grew up on anarchic Mars; a former Marine, Mele Darcy, looking for something to fight for and a former Naval Officer with the name of Robert Geary.

The book is well written. Campbell’s trademark is he creates men and women doing what is right even if it is difficult or unpopular. Campbell also attempts to use actual physics in his space battles. The book is full of action, strong characters and complex politics on multiple worlds. I cannot wait for the next book in the saga. "- Jean-

101 uses for a Pug

17086363By: Willow creek
Location: On a table somewhere in the library
Genre: Extremely cute

This book is so cute, and the uses of a pug are amazing. so useful and versatile- they can be car washers, dishwashers, foot-warmers, and a clothes accessory....

This book will get lost for sure- but in the mean time- enjoy it and smile!!


31308000By: Chuck Wendig
Location: FIC WEN
Genre:  Sci-Fi/Thriller

Michael Crichton meets Elon Musk in this gripping sci-fi tech thriller, set in the eye-opening, paranoid world of the electrifying Zeroes.

“Earth is home to more than twelve thousand species of ants. If you weighed all the ants and all the humans, the ants would weigh more.”

Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI—a futurist who helps the Agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It’s her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland.

Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. “I’ve got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies,” he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn’t say.

What Hannah finds is a horrifying murder that points to the impossible—someone weaponizing the natural world in a most unnatural way. Discovering who—and why—will take her on a terrifying chase from the Arizona deserts to the secret island laboratory of a billionaire inventor/philanthropist. Hannah knows there are a million w
ays the world can end, but she just might be facing one she could never have predicted—a new threat both ancient and cutting-edge that could wipe humanity off the earth. 

“Science is trumped by ignorance when the ignorant are given a vote.” 

Word Nerd

By: Susin Nielsen
28501537Location: FIC NIE
Genre:  Funny Realistic Fiction- with a peanut allergy

"I don't remember much about Betty except that she was prehistoric -- like, she looked ninety-seven, but maybe she was only sixty.

Ambrose Bukowski is a twelve-year-old with a talent for mismatching his clothes, for saying the wrong thing at the worst possible time, and for words. In short, he’s a self-described nerd. Making friends is especially hard because he and his overprotective mother, Irene, have had to move so often. And when bullies at his latest school almost kill him by deliberately slipping a peanut into his sandwich to set off his allergy, it's his mother who has the extreme reaction. From now on, Ambrose has to be home-schooled.
Then Ambrose strikes up an unlikely friendship with the landlord's son, Cosmo, an ex-con who's been in prison. They have nothing in common except for Scrabble. But a small deception grows out of control when Ambrose convinces a reluctant Cosmo to take him to a Scrabble club. Could this spell disaster for Ambrose.

After being homeschooled....
"When we walked into the school, the hallways were mercifully deserted. I breathed deeply and took in the smell of books and BO and other kid-smells, and as weird as it sounds, I felt a longing -- not to be picked on again, but to be part of something bigger than just me.

"So at one point, I am on the airplane tears in my eyes (tears of joy) and laughing out loud. This book is beautiful and simple and perfect for every middle school student. Ambrose is a quirky, funny, and relateable 12 year old that I could not help but fall in love with.

A simple yet moving plot, characters you will love and hate-- this book needs to be read. If you liked Wonder and Diary of a Part Time Indian than get your hands on this book. I already miss Ambrose and Cosmo.  _Jabiz-