Reviews and Blog Posts: fiction

Life after life

by Kate Atkinson

DPL Rating:
5

On a cold, snowy English night in January, 1910, Ursula Todd is born with her cord wrapped around her neck, and dies the same day. On that same night, Ursula Todd is born again, and lives. We follow Todd through many lives, many experiences, many circumstances, many choices and chances....

Montana sky

by Nora Roberts

DPL Rating:
3

Though I'm not normally a romance reader, I figured if I was going to try one, it had to be Nora Roberts. There's a reason she's so popular--vivid characters and descriptions of landscapes, just the right amount of tension and danger, and of course, the romance. 3 strong women have...

Soulless, the manga. Vol. 1

by Gail Carriger

DPL Rating:
3

Lots of folks have raved about Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, so I thought I'd try the manga version of the first book, Soulless. In it, we meet Miss Alexia Tarabotti, a preternatural, meaning that she can suck the supernatural out of werewolves, vampires, and the like. Her versioin of Victorian...

She rises : a novel

by Kate Worsley

DPL Rating:
5

It is 1740, and life isn't easy if you're not one of the upper class. Louise Fletcher is a country dairy maid, summoned to the coast and Harwich to become a lady's maid to Rebecca, a captain's daughter hoping to marry well. We follow Louise's story as she learns the...

Savage run

by C. J Box

DPL Rating:
3

This is an early entry into Box's popular Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who, in this mystery/thriller, gets caught up in a war between environmental activists and extreme ranchers. I liked the shifting perspectives, and the descriptions of the Wyoming landscape, the plot moved along at...

Brilliance

by Marcus Sakey

Gifteds. Brilliants. Abnorms. Twists. Whatever you call them, they've changed the world. True genius used to come once in a generation. Now, 1 in 100 children are born extraordinarily gifted in various ways--reading body language, tactics, medicine, numbers. Though a small minority of the population, the "normals" feel threatened by...

Celebrate Reading with Latino Authors

Bird of Paradise by Raquel Cepeda

Every day is a reason to celebrate reading. And there is no better way to do so, than to read new titles by Latino authors. Normally only read fiction? Switch it up and try a memoir. Eschew fiction because real life is stranger? Go ahead, select a new fiction title and prepare to be surprised. Don't put off reading a good book till tomorrow, when you can read one of these great books today!

Mañana Means Heaven by Tim Z. Hernandez shines the light on "Terry" also referred to as "the Mexican Girl," in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Researchers have spent nearly 60 years trying to locate the real woman Kerouac had met, Bea Kozera (Franco), until Hernandez succeeded in 2012. Fortunately for all of us, Hernandez prevailed because Bea died this August at 92 years of age. 

Attachments

by Rainbow Rowell

DPL Rating:
4

Before Rainbow Rowell hit it big with the teen romance Eleanor and Park, she published a book for adults, Attachments. This is a sweet, humorous love story, told through the eyes of Liincoln, computer security specialist at the local newspaper.  This means he has to read flagged emails. He starts...

Inferno : a novel

by Dan Brown

DPL Rating:
4

I know I don't need to promote the current Dan Brown book, Inferno, Dan Brown has plenty of fans and followers. What I am promoting is reading Dan Brown's books in the format of an eBook. First I want to say I did enjoy the Inferno Book. It's about a...

Rage against the dying

by Becky Masterman

DPL Rating:
5

Brigid Quinn is 59, retired from the FBI, and hoping to put the secrets and lies of her past behind her as she settles into life with her new husband Carlo in Tuscon. When someone confesses to being the Route 66 killer--and the murderer of Quinn's young protegee--Quinn again finds...

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