Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I Am Pusheen the Cat

Aaaaa-dorable. This is a quick read... and by read, I mean it's mostly illustrations. Sweet, sweet, adorable illustrations. At my library it's classified as a young adult graphic novel which is very misleading. It's not really a kids book either though (it's 175 pages), do I have no idea how to best shelve it. Regardless, it's an adorable collection of Pusheen images. Pusheen cooking, being lazy, eating, sleeping, getting ready for holidays, etc. Super cute. A must for fans of the internet sensation or of cute adorable cats.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Batgirl: Volume 1

Not one of my favorites, I was hoping for more of a back story to see how Babs got into the crime fighting biz, but unfortunately that's never really gone over. This volume covers several small crime fighting stories that end up all interconnecting in the end. There are good villains, action, and plot but overall i wasn't that impressed. The illustrations are great, but I wasn't in love with any of the characters. Meh.

The Knockoff

Sykes, Lucy & Jo Piazza. The Knockoff. 10 CDs. unabridged. 12 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9780553551013.

Long time Marie Clare fashion director, Lucy Sykes, teamed up with Yahoo Travel editor, Jo Piazza, to pen a hilarious high fashion novel that will have readers in stitches. Imogen Tate, editor in chief of Glossy magazine, must compete with her former assistant, Eve Morton, who is intent on taking over her job and pushing Glossy into the digital age. Eve bullies her way to the top and tries to make forty something Imogen feel like a dinosaur at every turn. Eve turns the beloved magazine into an app, fires most of the staff, and creates the most hellish work environment imaginable. Can Imogen become tech savvy enough in time to save her job? Imogen and Eve must battle over fashion in the digital age; is there still a place for style innovators or just tech imitators? The story is narrated beautifully by Audie award winning, Katherine Kellgren; who does a fantastic job of bringing to life the sarcasm, wit, and incredulity of the characters. Verdict For fans of Sex in the City, The Devil Wears Prada, and high fashion. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Patterns of Evidence: Exodus

Fans of archaeology and biblical history will enjoy this intriguing and eye opening DVD, Patterns of Evidence: Exodus. Narrated by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), this documentary follows the story of Exodus and debates if there is any historical evidence that supports it. For decades scholars, archaeologists, and even some Jewish leaders have doubted if the exodus of Israelite slaves from Egypt ever occurred, based on lack of historical proof. This documentary goes into great depth and tries to solve the religious dilemma. With interviews from leading Egyptian archaeologists, and Israel president and prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu and Shimon Peres. Over the course of two hours, they uncover a pattern of evidence that challenges viewers to rethink what they know. For too long, historians have focused too long on a few key words that made it seem as if Ramses was the pharaoh that let the Israelites go. In Ramses time, there is no proof of the exodus. However, several hundred years earlier there is ample evidence of an exodus, by changing the timeline there is plenty of historical proof that the exodus could have occurred. For fans of history, archaeology, and biblical studies.

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

The Invention of Fire

It's been a long time since I read a medieval mystery so I suppose I was about due. The Invention of Fire, was a complex, literary novel filled with a large cast and several simultaneous stories. It's not for the faint of heart. Sixteen corpses were discovered in a London sewage ditch, and John Gower (think Little Finger from Game of Thrones but waay less handsome) has been told in secret that he should investigate. What he uncovers is a nest of half truths, flat out lies and dangerous, dangerous motives that will affect all of London. Intriguing, but... slow and a bit hard to get into. For fans of medieval mysteries and Chaucer only.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Batman: The Killing Joke

I don't know what took me soo long to read this classic. Alan Moore is a legend and this book definitely lives up to his reputation. This comic showcases the Joker's madness as he tries to drive the Commissioner Gordon insane by shooting his daughter and then taking him to a carnival of horrors. Throughout the comic we learn about the Joker's troubled past and why he is the way he is. With Batman's help, Gordon is able to stay strong and fight the insanity. Together they must try to defeat the Joker once and for all. Visually stunning.

Enchanted August

Bowen, Brenda. Enchanted August. 7 CDs. unabridged. 8.5 hrs. Books on Tape. 2015. ISBN 9781101915028.

Bowen, an award-winning children's book author, makes her adult debut with this captivating beach read. Young mothers, Lottie and Rose, spy an ad for a cottage for rent on Little Lost Island in Maine. Neither can afford it, but they are desperate for some space from their families, so they place ads of their own looking for two other boarders to share the rent. Their ad turns up the brilliant (albeit publicly shamed) actress, Caroline Dester, and stodgy old Beverly Fisher, who is trying to recoup after the loss of his pet. This quartet of quirky renters fall in love with the island and its ways and despite their differences, start to befriend one another. The island is the perfect place for them to come to terms with failed careers, marriages, dreams, and heartbreak. Narrator, Sierra Boggess, does a fantastic job of bringing to life the flawed, yet beautiful characters. Verdict For fans of light, breezy, beach reads. - Erin Cataldi, Johnson Co. Public Library, Franklin, IN

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Ms. Marvel: Crushed

This series just keeps getting more impressive, the third installment is no exception. In this issue Kamala saves Loki from ruining the school dance, discovers that she isn't the only inhuman with super powers in Jersey, and meets the boy of her dreams; a desi boy who her parents would actually approve of. Life is going great... until it's not. hit hits the fan in a very big day. Can Ms. Marvel save the day, is the job too big for even her? Who are the people she can trust to back her up when she needs it? Solid installment and I can't wait for the next one!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Love May Fail

Anything Matthew Quick writes is cause for celebration. This book is no different. In all honesty, it may be one of my favorites from him. I ADORE the characters in this quirky, offbeat, feelgood novel, and you can't help but rooting for all of them. As with Quick's other novels, this book deals with mental illness (hoarding, depression) and even throws in some opiate addiction. The story is told through the perspectives of four wildly diverse characters: Portia Kane, a recently liberated woman who had been married to a pornographer, Mr. Vernon, a former high school english teacher contemplating suicide, a zany nun who is on her deathbed and just wants to hear from her son, and Chuck Bass, an ex-heroin  addict who just wants to fall in love and be an elementary teacher. All four characters find themselves intertwined, can they save themselves? Find love? Rekindle that old spark? A fantastic read and I can't wait for the next Quick novel!

Thursday, July 2, 2015


I finished this book in one day. I loved it. I almost felt as if it could be an episode of X-Files or something.

When Laurel accepts her best friend's invitation to go on a weight loss cruise, she has no idea what to expect. The cruise is celebrating the launch of Solu, a new diet supplement that is supposed to melt the weight off you. Everyone on the ship is estimated to lose at least 5% of the body weight during the week of the cruise. Viv is beyond excited, she hates her body, and can't wait to shed some pounds, Laurel on the other hand, is completely happy with the way she looks. Sure she could stand to lose a pound or two, but it doesn't bother her. While on board, they bump into many celebrities and overweight rich people, but one man in particular catches Laurel's eye, Tom. Tom is a former child star, and absolutely stunning. He is the official host of the cruise, and besides Laurel, might be the only one not taking Solu. After a few random encounters the two find themselves growing closer as Laurel and Viv find themselves growing more distant. The Solu is having a weird effect on people and each day the signs are more noticeable. Can Tom and Laurel get to the bottom of it before it's too late? An exciting fresh young adult read!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Blondes

Any book that has rave reviews from both Margaret Atwood AND Stephen King deserves to be checked out. Plus the premise of a plague that only targets blonde women (natural or dyed) and turns them into frenzied, evil attacking machines is just too cool to miss out on. The plot is cool, but the pacing and the main character left a little to be desired for me. I didn't hate it, I just didn't love it. The main character, Hazel Hayes, isn't the most likable of characters. She's pregnant and unsure of anything she kind of drifts around in her narration and it can be a little maddening at times. The other characters though are pretty memorable. Her lover's (and baby's father) wife is pretty over the top, but in a weird, good way. I would definitely give this book a try, I just don't know how much you'll fall in love with it.