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Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

devil in springPandora Ravenel is supposed to be seeking a husband. The London Season has started, and Pandora and her twin sister are at a society ball, dressed in their finest, to see and be seen by the town’s most eligible bachelors. Except Pandora has no interest in finding a husband. Instead, she’d rather be an independent business woman, busy with her board game business. Yet Pandora, an unusual young lady, tends to get herself into unusual situations. Even when trying to be on her best behavior, she still manages to become entangled in a scandalous situation with a handsome young rake, Gabriel St. Vincent. Gabriel, who has been very careful about avoiding marital traps during the Season, can’t believe he’s been pulled into a scandal with such an unsuitable girl. She’s high-spirited and opinionated and not at all good at fitting in with polite society. And yet, he can’t stop thinking about her.

Pandora resists being forced to marry for all she is worth. Gabriel finds himself wanting to marry Pandora at all costs. When Pandora stumbles into a dangerous situation in her business dealings, she must rely on Gabriel for help. Can two strong-willed people stay alive long enough to give their love a chance?

Lisa Kleypas is one of my favorite romance authors. She writes both historical and contemporary romance. Devil in Spring is the third book in the Ravenels series, which starts with Cold-Hearted Rake. It also features characters from her previous Wallflowers series, primarily the title Devil in Winter. Ms. Kleypas writes delightful characters–I love them all. Her dialogue is brilliant, and often makes me laugh. Truly an enjoyable book, and I can’t wait to see who is featured in the Ravenels, book 4.

Annette G.


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The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Barnhill_GirlWhoDrankMoon_FINAL_PRNT.inddEvery year, people in a particular village leave a baby in the woods as an offering for the local witch so that she won’t terrorize them. The villagers don’t seem to know that the witch in the woods is kind, and every year, she saves the babies and finds them new homes. The witch, named Xan, rescues the newest baby and accidentally feeds her too much moonlight, giving the girl magical powers. Babies with magical powers are dangerous things, as their power can be wild and unpredictable. Xan cannot give a baby with such wild magic to someone else to raise, so she keeps her and names her Luna. Luna grows up in the witch’s household. There, she makes friends with the swamp monster Glerk and the tiny dragon Fyrian. To protect Luna and those around her, Xan casts a spell that locks Luna’s magic deep inside her, kept there until she is 13 years old. Xan’s spell does not go as planned, however, and the result is dangerous to Xan. As Xan weakens, she begins to lose the strength to protect Luna, Glerk and Fyrian from a young man from the village who is out to kill the witch. Can Luna overcome the witch’s spell so that she might use her magic to protect them all? And if the witch is not terrorizing the village, who or what is the real source of evil? This is a coming-of-age story, but it is also a story of what makes a family and the power of friendship. As with all good fairy tales, this tale is a mix of bright elements mixed with dark. Winner of the Newbery Medal for 2017, The Girl Who Drank the Moon is highly recommended.

Annette G.


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Milk Cow Kitchen by Mary Jane Butters

milk cow kitchenI do not see how anyone could flip through Mary Jane Butters’ new book Milk Cow Kitchen: “cow” girl romance, cheese recipes, farmstyle recipes, backyard cow keeping and not want to own cows – those big brown eyes!  Chock full of pictures, diagrams, recipes, stories, and advice, this is one of the best farm animal books I have read and I’ve read a lot.  There’s serious chapters like about the business aspects of raising cows (things like zoning) and lighter chapters like one on cow décor.  I cannot say enough about the pictures – there are so many sweet pictures of baby calves.  I highly recommend this book and I can also definitely see this as a good book to give as a gift!

Stacy W.


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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

diabolicA Diabolic is a personal body guard who is programmed to do anything necessary for the person they are created to protect. Nemesis is a diabolic, created to protect Sidonia, daughter of an influential galactic senator. When, during an political power struggle, the emperor asks that Sidonia travel to the capital, the senator and his family fear that he will use her as a hostage. Instead, the family decides that Nemesis will pose as Sidonia and travel in her place.

Nemesis agrees to do this, as her actions will protect Sidonia. But Nemesis has no idea of how to act in the imperial court’s deadly political dance. As a created killing machine, how can she pose successfully as a human at all? When she meets the emperor’s mad nephew, Tyrus, she begins to realize that she might be more than she knows. And her abilities might be key to saving Sidonia, Tyrus, and the empire itself.

This is a space opera mixed with shades of I Robot, The Terminator, and Romeo and Juliet. It is a book about what it means to be human, and about love and friendship. The Diabolic also contains some very twisty intrigue and action. Well-plotted and fast-paced: this is a book that will appeal to sci-fi fans, no matter their age.

Annette G.


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Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey By Frances Wilson

guilty thingDespite being a school dropout, a lifelong deadbeat and drug addict, Thomas De Quincey was also an influential writer and critic ahead of his time.  He was a personal friend of several of the English Romantic poets and author Frances Wilson displays a deft understanding and descriptive style in recounting his virtues, his failings, and his many obsessions and idiosyncrasies, most particularly his fascination with sensational murders.   In Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey the reader gains a sense of the events and influences that shaped De Quincey’s life and work, along with a fascinating peek at the Wordsworths, Coleridge and other more famous personages of the Romantic period.  An afterword details the many more recent authors (including Poe, Dostoevsky, and Borges) influenced by De Quincey’s life and work.

Alison M.


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The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks

Shepherds viewI encourage anyone with a rural background or a longing for the rural life to read The Shepherd’s View by James Rebanks.  It’s actually a combination of reading and viewing the beautiful photographs of sheep and the Lake District in England where some families have been shepherds for centuries .  Rebanks explains the shepherd’s dialect, what judges and other farmers are looking for at sheep shows, the value of a good sheepdog, and all this he does with humor.  The people who live here are tough as nails and do not suffer fools gladly.  They have almost no use for “southerners” or those who dwell in big cities like London.  I thought it was funny that he says those in the area who have went south and “travelled on the Tube” consider it below the legal welfare standards for transporting sheep!  I could say the same about some flights. Not for anglophiles who are enthralled with the royal family or the “Downton Abbey” type England, this is a great book for those really interested in rural history and the common man.

Stacy W.


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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

dark matterJason Desson is a professor at a small college who could have been a brilliant professor if he hadn’t gotten sidetracked by his life with his wife and son. Jason does not regret his choices in life, as he deeply loves his family. Yet, when a colleague wins a prestigious science award, Jason feels the bite of jealousy. When he is kidnapped and drugged, Jason wakes up to find his life altered. Somehow, he has become the brilliant, award-winning professor with all the fame and glory that goes with it. But his wife is not his wife. And his son was never born. How did this happen? Does Jason now accept this new life, or does he try to reclaim his old one?

Dark Matter is a rare book that crosses many genres. It is a mystery, it’s a thriller, it’s science fiction, and perhaps most importantly, it’s a romance. Jason finds himself in quite a pickle, and it turns out that his worst enemy is himself. This is a fast-paced book, but it is also deeply thoughtful as we get insights into Jason’s life and his choices. Blake Crouch’s previous books include the Wayward Pines series. Dark Matter is one of the best books I read in recent months.

Annette G.


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The Loners By Lex Thomas

lonersRecently I finished reading The Loners by Lex Thomas. This is an older novel that was released in 2012 and is part one of at least a four part series called Quarantine. The other titles in this series are The Saints (2013), The Burnouts (2014) & The Giant (2016).

An ordinary school day leads to chaos and quarantine for the students of McKinley High. McKinley High is put under an extreme quarantine due to a biochemical disaster that allowed an infect teenager to try to take shelter at the school and thus they have infected all the students that were under 18 in the school. Anyone over 18 meets a gory unnatural death.

With no adult leadership this book reminded me a bit of Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

The school breaks into groups such as the jocks, pretty ones, nerds and among the others the loners. It is a fight for survival for the students and with the government not giving them any updates concerning the disaster each student is left to join a group and try to survive.

This book has it’s fair share of action, drama and romance. If you are looking into a book concerning the above I would recommend this one for sure!

Be sure to pick up this great read from TCPL in the YA section.

JoLene L.


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Livia Lone by Barry Eisler

livia loneThere are two types of people I would gladly see put to death in this world and that is people who abuse animals and child rapists.  I’d even volunteer to be the executioner if no one else is willing to throw the switch or pull the trigger or whatever.  When I read Livia Lone by Barry Eisler, I was able to live vicariously through Livia, a detective based on the west coast who does her utmost to make airtight cases against child molesters and rapists but sometimes things she can’t control happen: a prosecutor just putting in their time, a judge who believes in rehabilitation, etc.  In those instances Livia makes sure justice is done (meaning the perpetrator meets an untimely death)  This woman kicks butt – she does not put up with any crap from anyone.  Although there is graphic sex, I think I would give this book to my teenage daughter if I had one and say now THAT is the definition of a strong woman.  Livia was not just born this way though – she was made into the machine she is and the story is all about the horrors she endured to become the adult she is and her quest to find her sister who was separated from her early in their lives as sexual toys for grown men.  Absolutely fantastic.

Stacy W.


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Knights of the Borrowed Dark by Dave Rudden

knightsborrowedDenizen Hardwick knows his name and his birthday, but nothing else about his life before coming to live at Crosscaper Orphanage. Just before his thirteenth birthday, Denizen finds out he has an aunt, and he is going to live with her. Denizen is picked up by a mysterious man named Gray, and on the way to his aunt’s the pair are attacked by a creature out of nightmare. Denizen learns that this creature is from another world entirely, and that his aunt and her colleagues have been fighting those creatures for years. Denizen finds himself drawn into their fight, even as he tries to learn more about his parents and past life. The group calls themselves the Knights of the Borrowed Dark, and each of the Knights has their own talent and strength within the group. Denizen, it seems, may be one of the most powerful of all. Meanwhile, more of the creatures invade Crosscaper Orphanage, putting the residents in deadly peril. Can Denizen learn how to use his true power and help to save them all?
I very much enjoyed this book, and my only complaint is that I wish it had been longer. Denizen seems to have a frightening fate. His power seems vital to the Knights of the Borrowed Dark and the creatures they face are terrible indeed. Yet, he bravely embraces this new life as he earns the respect of the other Knights. The story is dark and dire, but lightened with just the right sprinkling of warmth and humor. For those who love Harry Potter and the books of Rick Riordan.

Annette G.


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