Monday, October 14, 2013

Reading Games: Update

We had another busy week in the library and more reviews came pouring into my inbox.  While the students still hold the lead, at 17, the faculty and staff are catching up at 10 reviews.  You can find new book reviews on our Twitter and Facebook feeds.  In addition, below are some book reviews for titles we do not have in the library.  If you would like to read one of these titles, please email us and we will happily add it to our collection.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire reviewed by Racquel, Class of 2015
Hourglass by Myra McEntire is a thrilling time travel romance written from the perspective of 17 year old, Emerson Cole. She goes on a journey and comes to terms with a special ability that she had previously thought was just her own brand of crazy. Through her own time line and others, she copes and battles with who she truly is. I loved the book and its characters. I especially appreciate the backstories we were given that helped round out the characters. 

Pearl by Tabitha King reviewed by Chris, Bookstore Staff.
The NYT magazine featured an article about Stephen King and his family this summer. It’s intriguing to think about a family with four writers- is it nature or nurture? I decided to give his wife Tabitha King a try. Her book Pearl takes place in a small town in Maine. The story revolves around the arrival of Pearl, an African American woman trying to fit into a closed community.  It wasn’t a great book but if you were stuck in a cabin it would entertain you during your stay.

Timepiece by Myra McEntire reviewed by Racquel, Class of 2015
As the second book in the Hourglass trilogy by Myra McEntire, Timepiece did not disappoint. The author took the story from Emerson's friend's Pov Kaleb. He is a human empath with time related abilities who tries to deal with his own feelings about his life and block out those from people around him. It was a thrilling and interesting second novel and I truly can't wait to read the third.

The Sweetest Swing in Baseball by Rebecca Gilman reviewed by Sara, Class of 2014
 The Sweetest Swing in Baseball is a play written by Rebecca Gilman. Dana, an artist, copes with depression that drives away her friends, her boyfriend, and her coworkers. After her boyfriend leaves, she attempts to commit suicide, but fails and winds up in a mental ward in the hospital. In the ward, she meets an alcoholic named Michael and a man named Gary who attempted to kill Kevin Bridges, a famous TV reporter. Dana enjoys the company of Michael and Gary as well as the safety of the institution, but her insurance only allows her to stay for 10 days. With her two new friends, Dana pretends to have the personality of Darryl Strawberry, a famous baseball player. A hilarious, well-written, and thought-provoking play, The Sweetest Swing in Baseball never has a dull moment.

Endless Knight by Kresley Cole's reviewed by Racquel, Class of 2015
Kresley Cole's Endless Knight is an average post-apocalyptic fantasy novel. Imagine The Hunger Games with supercharged players in a post-apocalyptic zombie novel. Cole had an interesting idea that didn't quite carry through in here writing through the first person narrative of 16 year old eve, a blond rich cheerleader turned warrior princess. It was a mediocre book with a brilliant plot.

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick reviewed by Racquel, Class of 2015
My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick is a YA romance novel from the view of Samantha Reed. Her mom is a republican senator running for office. Next-door, a large family lives, leading a life Sam's mother finds inadequate. When Sam begins dating the boy next door, Sam struggles with keeping him a secret and maintaining the life she held before. It was an adorable story with an interesting plot. 

The Girls by Lori Lansens reviewed by Marianne, Faculty
When 29 year old conjoined twins, Rose and Ruby, are informed by their doctor that they will most likely not live beyond their current age due to an aneurism in Rose’s brain, Rose decides to write her autobiography and convinces Ruby to add a few chapters from her own viewpoint.  The novel is a quick read, and although the story ends with the girls’ physical decline, the emotional triumphs experienced by each girl as she seeks a life of individuality keeps the story from being maudlin.  It’s an interesting study of siblings.


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