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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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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

outlanderClaire Randall is in Scotland in 1945 after being reunited with her husband, Frank, after both of them served in World War II. While in Scotland Claire continues her hobby of botany, which leads her to an ancient stone circle called Craigh na Dun. While studying a flower, she places her hand on one of the stones and ends up in the year 1743. Chaos ensues as she is ambushed by a British dragoon, who is an ancestor of her husband, Frank. Then she is kidnapped by Scottish Highlanders and taken to the castle of the clan MacKenzie. During this entire ordeal, she is befriended by a young Scot named Jamie Fraser. Many escape plots by Claire are foiled because of the heightened senses of the clan MacKenzie because they think she is possibly a British spy. Then during one of her escapes, she is caught by the same man who ambushed her when she first came to 1743, Jonathan ‘Black Jack’ Randall. She is then forced to marry James Fraser in order to have clan protection from the British. More chaos ensues and Claire finds herself falling deeply in love with the red-haired Scotsman. But how can she choose between the life she knew with Frank and the life she has now with Jamie?

Before starting Outlander, I was unsure if I would like the story premises. A timetraveling lady falls in love with a Highlander? (Insert eye rolling) However, there is much more than a romance involved in this story. Between an enthralling sense of historical accuracy, some witty dialogue between the many characters, and the interesting dynamic between Jamie and Claire, I found myself falling deeply in love with the book (and maybe Jamie Fraser). Good thing there is several books in the series with the author writing another book to add so I can continue my obsession with the ‘Outlander’ series.

Richelle B.


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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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