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Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly by Adrian McKinty

police at the stationI should never have been nervous to read Adrian McKinty’s latest Police at the Station and They Don’t Look Friendly.  The reason I was hesitant was because in McKinty’s last Detective Duffy book, Duffy became seriously involved with a woman named Beth and they had a baby.  In general, in novels and TV shows, I like detectives to be very competent but single and married to the job (or they can be involved with someone if the job comes first).  A lot of times once a significant other is introduced everything goes downhill and everything starts being about the relationship which is not what I want to see or read.  Luckily for me, McKinty pays short attention to the relationship – yeah, Duffy loves her and the kid and would do anything for them blah blah blah but the book is still about a murder and how Duffy and his team start tying it to something that happened 20 years ago that was all but covered up.  I love the way McKinty writes – describing Duffy roughing up a suspect he says he “flung him into the aluminum walls of his house, aluminum that if it had somehow become sentient would no doubt have relished the action, having been in a previous incarnation the panels of a fighter plane…”  Fantastic action when the IRA comes calling to kill him and his family at 3 in the morning – shady Protestant neighbor with an M249 definitely has his back.  So his girl and the baby get bundles off to her parents out of harm’s way, he publicizes that he is moving on to other cases and secretly keeps digging.  His girl starts looking at places for them to move to in Scotland because she is tired of violent Northern Ireland.  I’m hoping that Duffy will tell her to hit the bricks (he can see the kid on weekends) or she is killed in the next installment – he can’t leave Northern Ireland!  Love, love, love this series!
Stacy W.


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How to Be a Supervillain by Michael Fry

SupervillainVictor Spoil has one major problem, he’s not bad enough. His parents are supers, supervillains to be exact. The Spoil Sports. Poor Victor has tried being bad: running with scissors (fail! doesn’t everyone wear a helmet?), not eating his peas (fail! just think of all the vitamin k AND fiber), not washing behind his ears (fail! it just felt wrong). After many attempts (“go to your room and don’t come out until your dessert is all gone!”) and tutors, Victor discovers that his parents have arranged for him to be the apprentice to The Smear. What is a twelve-year-old who hates messes to do with a supervillain who super power is to make messes? And, did you know that super battles are staged like wrestling?!?! So begins Victor’s journey with many twists and turns.
How to Be a Supervillain by Michael Fry was so fun to read and is written with many pictures to enhance the story (in the style of Big Nate or Diary of a Wimpy Kid)! I had more than one request to know what I was laughing about and ended up reading multiple sections out loud. Look forward to meeting many supers, both heroes and villains. Professor Tuba, Catman Fu, Lasso Girl, Pollinator and more…

Polly R.


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Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

voyagerThe saga between Claire and Jamie continues in the third book of the Outlander series. Throughout the story, the reader learns what happened to Jamie Fraser after the battle of Culloden. Between living in a cave and being thrown into prison, Jamie still holds Claire in his heart. We also follow Claire as she searches for what happened after the battle of Culloden and has memories of what life was like after she came back through the stones. Eventually, Claire and Jamie reunite and their many adventures begin again as they discover their deep, abiding love for each other after twenty years.

I had a hard time summarizing Voyager without giving too much away. There is so much happening in the story, but it doesn’t seem overwhelming to the reader. I found myself unable to put the book down once I started reading it because I wanted to know what happened in the twenty years of Jamie and Claire being apart. And then I couldn’t put it down once they found each other again. It was a heart wrenching and, yet, fun read. My obsession continues…

Richelle B.


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Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey

LeviathanIn the Star Trek and Star Wars universes, humanity has reached the stars. In James S. A. Corey’s Expanse universe, humans have only reached as far as the other planetary bodies and asteroids in our own solar system. James Holden is working on an ice mining ship out in the asteroid belt when his ship comes across another ship in distress. The Scopuli is abandoned, and clearly the crew have come to a bad end. James Holden and crew discover evidence on the ship that may lead to war. Before they can figure out what to do with the evidence, conflict finds them and the situation escalates to dangerous levels.

At the same time, on the asteroid Ceres, Detective Miller is searching for a missing girl named Julie. Political and trade tensions are mounting on Ceres, and then Ceres hears about the trouble with the Scopuli. Violence erupts as the threat of war becomes more of a certainty. But who is starting the war, and who are the parties in conflict? Is Mars behind it all, or Earth? Or perhaps the Outer Planet revolutionaries, a group that wants to be free of both Earth and Mars, are to blame. Detective Miller soon finds that his hunt for a missing girl ties him to the investigation to figure out what happened to the Scopuli. When Holden and Miller meet, they start on a course of inquiry which may change the fate of humanity throughout the solar system.

While this is considered a “space opera” title, it is not a Star Wars or Star Trek novel. Rather, this story has deep political undertones that drive the plot along. James Holden and Detective Miller play a role in a larger drama playing out across the solar system. The story was a little slow to build for me, but once it got going, I very much enjoyed it. Leviathan Wakes, and the rest of the Expanse series books form the bases of the TV series, The Expanse, currently in its third season on the Syfy Channel.

Annette G.


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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

firstlifeIn Firstlife, death is simply another beginning. Before you die, you must decide which realm you’re going to take when the end of your firstlife comes, Troika or Myriad. Tenley “Ten” Lockwood refuses to be forced to decide. If she doesn’t choose the right realm, her parents risk losing everything. In an effort to save their way of life, they send Ten to Prynne Asylum in the hopes that the director there can coerce her, using whatever means necessary to choose the “right” side. This book is jam-packed with action, risk, romance, and adventure. Two battling sides, families split apart, and frienemies you can’t help but both hate and love. I certainly recommend it for any young adult in need of a little book pick-me-up.

Brittany R.


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Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Only daughterIn Anna Snoekstra’s Only Daughter a spoiled rich girl who is estranged from her family after causing them multiple problems decides to assume the identity of a missing girl who looks just like her.  She comes to this decision because she is tired of constant partying and picking up guys in bars so that she’ll have somewhere to lay her head at night plus she has now started having to shoplift for food.  When she is caught shoplifting her next meal, that’s when she starts crying and says that she is Rebecca Winter, who was abducted over 10 years ago.  She’s not really thinking, she just wants to get off the street and live a nice middle class life with parents, a warm house, and food on the table for a while.  But can she really fool Rebecca’s family and her best friend?  The original detectives?  What about things like DNA?  What if her real family sees her on the news and recognizes her?  And finally, who knows if Rebecca’s family is the nice family that they portray themselves to be?  You never know what goes on behind closed doors.  I sped through this book because it was hard to put down plus I had just finished a 700 plus page behemoth that was fairly boring.  Only Daughter was just what I needed!

Stacy W.


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Ruined by Amy Tintera

ruinedI have to admit I am a fan of women who are powerful in any of the fictional books I read. Ruined by Amy Tintera is another prime example of a heroine named Em that is powerful, skillful, and mischievous at times. Em’s home world has been damaged by war and her parents were killed and her Ruined sister is missing. Ruined in Em’s home world are highly revered, however in the rest of the surrounding kingdoms they are feared due to their magical powers. Em has a plan that will save her sister as well as enact revenge up the enemy’s kingdom. Her ingenious idea was to infiltrate the enemy and pretend to be the prince’s betrothed Mary. At first her plan is going well to kill the enemy but as the book goes on her feelings start to change. Will it be enough of a change of feelings to save her sister and the rest of the Ruined?

Jolene L.


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Boy X by Dan Smith

boy xAsh McCarthy awakes to bright lights in a strange room hooked up to an IV. As things start coming back to him, he remembers watching his Mother being grabbed and injected with something while the same thing is happening to him. Where’s his Mother now, what is Kronos and why does it need to be resurrected? As things unfold, Ash must make his way through a jungle while his 12 year old body is changing in ways he doesn’t understand AND he only has 24 hours to save not only his mother, but also the world!

Boy X kept me turning the page with a sense of urgency, partly due to chapters starting with the clock ticking down and I became invested in what was going to happen next. I really enjoyed sharing this adventure with Ash and look forward to introducing him to other interested readers.

Polly R.


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Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Dragonfly-in-AmberThe second book in the Outlander series begins with Claire returning to Scotland with her daughter, Brianna, in the year 1967. Claire is very mysterious towards her daughter as she researches what has happened to the clansmen she met while married to Jamie Fraser. While at a popular tourist spot honoring the fallen Highlanders during Bonny Prince Charlie’s failed rebellion, Claire un-expectantly sees something that makes her research efforts even more important and the truth about Brianna parentage and Claire’s disappearance in 1945 come forward. At first her daughter does not believe a word Claire is telling her. Then, after some help from a distant friend, Brianna sees what the stones of Craigh na Dun can really do.

In the midst of Claire’s 1967 investigation into the past, readers are also thrown back into 1744 when Jamie and Claire are married and living in France. Jamie and Claire hope to thwart Charles Stuart’s attempt to take back the throne by befriending important historic figures and trying to defer them from making fatal decisions. However, some ghosts from their recent past show up while they are trying to save the lives of thousands of clansmen before it is too late. Will Claire and Jamie complete their goal or is the future that Claire knows already written?

I can not say how much I loved Dragonfly in Amber. The historic detail was immense while discussing battle scenes to the latest French fashions in 1744. The love between Jamie and Claire was breathtaking. The humor and dialogue were well placed and the time traveling between 200 years wasn’t too overdone like it can be in other books that contain so much detail. And so begins another series obsession that I can’t get enough of…

Richelle B.


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Six wakes by Mur Lafferty

six wakesSix people, the entire crew of a spaceship on an extended voyage, are murdered. In most books, that would be the end of story, as no one would be alive to tell the rest. But in this book, the murdered crew are clones, and as soon as they are killed, the computer reawakens them in a new clone body. Typically, they would be reborn with all their memories leading up to their last time of death. And so it should be a simple thing to work out who killed whom so that justice can be done.

But in this particular case, the six clones wake up missing 25 years of memories. For these people, they only remember when they first arrived on the ship and nothing more. And yet, their previous bodies have clearly suffered a bad end, for the evidence is before them. To top it all off, their computer artificial intelligence has been damaged, and a great deal of data has been lost. Now, the six crew members must figure out what has happened to them for the past 25 years, and figure out how that might have lead to their murders. Evidence is gathered, and characters assessed. All six characters share their points of view, and you, the reader get a chance to try and solve a locked room mystery, in space.

I really enjoyed Six Wakes. The science behind the fiction was credible enough for me to suspend my disbelief and become immersed in the story. I love mystery stories and I love scifi, so this book was a real treat.

Annette G.


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