Friday, August 17, 2018

Ghosted

Walsh, Rosie. Ghosted. 8 CDs. unabridged. 9.5 hrs. Books on Tape. 2018. 9780525631262. 

Love at first sight may sound like a cliche; but after a week of romantic bliss with a perfect stranger; Sarah becomes a believer. Sarah and Eddie have connected on every level and have fallen hopelessly in love. After seven days together, they know each other inside and out. But then suddenly, Eddie doesn't call. Not for a day. A week. Or even a month. Complete and utter silence. Sarah knows what they had wasn't just a fling and racks her brain trying to think of what could have happened. Is he injured? Has he died? Does he have a secret life? Never does it cross her mind that his feelings towards her have changed. Grief envelopes her life as her friends try to help her cope and move on. But what if there is something more to the story. What if something in her past is coming back to haunt her? How can she let go of the past if she can't let go of a man she's only known for a week? Breathtakingly narrated by Katherine Press, the narration spills forward and keeps readers enthralled as the story picks up speed. Press does a wonderful job bringing Sarah's paranoia, fear, hope, and worry to life with her skilled and accented oration. Surprising to the very end, each section of the story captures the reader in new unsuspecting ways. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Gah! I never wanted this book to end! It was an adorable, cozy read from start to finish and I LOVED the characters and the witty writing style of Juliet. Told through a series of letters, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, tells the story of a small island off the coast of England and how the islanders survived German occupation during World War II by forming a very unconventional literary society. Juliet is an author and Londoner whose wartime editorials have just been published into a popular book. While she is being celebrated around England she starts an odd and charming pen-pal relationship with a Guernsey islander and before long, she's writing to half the island. In no time at all she's found her inspiration for her next novel, in these odd, resilient, totally bonkers islanders. Cute, heartfelt, moving, wonderful, beautiful. I cannot wait to watch the movie adaptation!!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Study in Emerald

The illustrations were wonderful, but the plot was a little bizarre, even for me. It's a mix of Sherlock Holmes and Cthulhu, complete with a gruesome murder mystery. A detective, too smart for his own good, makes his new roommate tag along to help solve a horrifying murder that has even left the police shaking their heads. Tinged with elements of the supernatural, and smart witticisms; this graphic novel is recommended for die-hard Gaiman fans only. 

Timeline

I couldn't put this down! As a kid I LOVED the movie, so I was stoked to actually read the book. From my memory the movie follows the book pretty well, although it's been a decade so I could be very very wrong. Timeline combine history, archaeology, and science to make this an action packed historical/ science fiction thriller. Fourteenth century France comes alive for a team of archaeologists. They had no idea that the site they were excavating could still theoretically "exist." When their team lead, the professor, goes missing, the team travels to the headquarters of a multi-billion tech corporation that has been funding their digs. Little do they realize that all their historical knowledge and expertise is about to come into play when they are transported back to France, only this time, it's 600 years earlier and the castles they have been excavating are still standing. Timeline is fast paced and fascinating, the history and science blend together to make a compelling action thriller. I definitely need to re-watch the movie now!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Fables: The Dark Ages

Man, after everything was so "neatly" tied up in the last book, this one really screws with you. All the wonderful things that were accomplished came with a price. A very heavy price that none of the fables comprehended, not even Snow White or Frau Totenkinder. There is a power vacuum left behind after Gepetto is given amnesty and came to Fabletown. Not only is there a power vacuum, but many dark secrets that were hidden away were able to free themselves and they are now wreaking havoc on the homelands and in the mundy world. Shit is about to get serious. Grab some popcorn!

The Crescent Stone

An inventive new teen fantasy drama that creates a whole new realm where not everything is as it appears. Sometimes when you get an offer that is too good to be true... it is. Madeline Oliver is reaching the end of her life. Once an athletic, bubbly teenager; issues with her lungs make it hard to breathe, attend school, see her boyfriend, and soon it will be too hard to live. When a stranger approaches her and offers to cure her of her lung illness for a year of service in his world... she accepts. What she doesn't expect is that her nosy lab partner, Jason, will invite himself along for the ride. The Sunlit Lands are everything Madeline has ever dreamed of and more; it's so fantastical that she can't believe her luck. But deep down she realizes that there is a lot she and Jason aren't being told. What is the real price they must pay for their gifts? Laugh out loud funny and compelling, this teen fantasy is a hit. I can't wait for the sequel!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall

Another amazing installment in the Fables series. This one is more of a standalone that shows some of the backstories of characters. This volume is good to read before, after, or during the middle of the series; it doesn't spoil any of the series and helps flesh out some of the characters darker, more heroic, more foolhardy pasts. Each tale is illustrated by a different illustrator which helps keeps this volume fun and exciting. I loved all the stories in this collection and this is a must own for any Fables fan.