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March 2020

A Witch in Time

by Constance Sayers

This beautifully written story follows a young woman who is cursed to relive a doomed love affair through many lifetimes both as muse and frustrated artist. The curse started in 1895 and from then on the pair of star-crossed are damned to re-live their affair before dying tragically young lifetime after lifetime. It doesn’t help that their is a demon in charge of keeping the curse maintained who also happens to be in love with the young woman. Can the curse ever be broken or will the star-crossed lovers be doomed to relive another doomed affair?

Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Lady Hotspur

by Tessa Gratton

Another Shakespeare play getting another high fantasy makeover with the next book in her saga of Innis Lear. This time Henry IV is the bard’s play that is featured. It takes place centuries later after the events in The Queens of Innis Lear. As revolution, love and betrayal corrupt the descendants of two warring kingdoms three woman together or apart have the power to bring the once powerful Aremoria back to life or destroy it forever.

Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk

Posted in: Adult Fiction


February 2020

The Queens of Innis Lear

by Tessa Gratton

Shakespeare’s play King Lear meets high fantasy in this adult retelling of a classic play. The crown will not to go the one that loves their father more but the one that will win the battle. Battle-hungry Gaela, master manipulator Reagan and restrained, starblessed Elia all have the right to take their father’s place and rule Innis Lear. But regardless of who wins the war the shores of their beloved home will weep the blood of a house divided.
Recommended by: April Balasa, Patron Services Clerk    

Posted in: Adult Fiction


January 2020

Magic for Liars

by Sarah Gailey

This book has more twists than a bag of pretzels. Imagine a school for magic, set in the rolling hills of California, from an adult’s point of view. Now throw in an unsolved murder, a non-magic private eye, and messy sibling relationships. It’s an edge-of-your-seat whodunit, and I could not put it down.

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, School Liaison 

Posted in: Adult Fiction


December 2019

The Taster

by V.S. Alexander

For those looking for a tame WWII historical fiction book, this may be a good match. Magda Ritter finds herself recruited by the Third Reich to be one of several tasters for the Fuhrer at his mountain retreat.  While it was interesting to read about the people behind the scenes with the Third Reich, I felt that the plot line could have been stronger.  Atrocities of the Holocaust are discovered by our Magda who conspires with others to eliminate Hitler.  For those of you looking for an action packed wrap up to this story, you will be disappointed as the story falls flat.

Recommended by: Theresa Hildebrand, Patron Services Manager

Posted in: Adult Fiction


The Darkdeep

by Allyson Braithwaite Condie

Four main characters, 2 male and 2 female, discover an abandoned houseboat and within it a mysterious well that they name the Darkdeep. By diving into the well, they are able to bring figments of their imagination to life. These figments last only seconds at first but then longer and longer creating problems. This book contains lots of adventure and constant excitement.

Recommended by: Becky McCormack, Youth Services Assistant Manager   

Posted in: Adult Fiction


November 2019

The Good Liar

by Nicholas Searle

Now a motion picture playing in the theaters, and a book you can’t put down.  An older gentleman whose appearance deceives the wealthy women he seeks to con, finds his next target online, a widow who appears to be vulnerable, but who actually has a secret of her own.  You will find The Good Liar full of surprises!

Recommended by: Deborah Keuper, Reference Librarian   

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Christmas shopaholic : a novel

by Sophie Kinsella

A lighthearted book that will make you laugh based upon the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella, where Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), a lovable character,  finds herself in a variety of hilarious but difficult situations.  Becky adores shopping, and what better time for it than Christmas.  When her parents decide to move, her vegetarian sister and husband come to town, and Becky finds herself hosting Christmas, what could possibly go wrong?  Becky’s husband Luke started Brandon Communications, the largest financial PR firm in London, and Becky has recently started working with her lifelong friend Suze, in a gift shop in Suze’s stately home.

You will find Christmas Shopaholic full of holiday cheer and unexpected gifts.

Recommended by:  Deborah Keuper, Reference Librarian

Posted in: Adult Fiction


September 2019

Becoming Superman

by Michael Straczynski

A writer’s journey from poverty to Hollywood with stops along the way at murder, madness, mayhem, movie stars, cults, slums, sociopaths, and war crimes.

I’m a few pages from finishing this but a very inspiring memoir from the author that wrote Marvel’s Thor and Babylon 5. This guy had an absolutely horrendous life and still managed to become a marvelous writer. One of the first memoirs I have read and truly enjoyed, cheering him on all the way.

Recommended by: Carol Maresh, Cataloger II

Posted in: Adult Fiction


Gods of Jade and Shadow

by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Set in Mexico during the Jazz Age, this story combines elements of fairy tales, a hero’s journey, and Mayan folklore into an unforgettable read. Cassiopeia Tun lives in the home of her wealthy grandfather, scrubbing floors and polishing boots to make up for her mother’s marriage to a poet-nobody. In his grand house, grandfather keeps an old wooden chest at the end of the bed and forbids anyone to open it. One sweltering afternoon, when the family travels to partake in the cool waters of a healing spring, Cassiopeia decides that she’s had enough. She unlocks the forbidden chest and unknowingly releases the Mayan God of Death, Hun Kame, who was deposed and decapitated by his brother. Together, the pair must travel the world to recover what was stolen and reinstate Hun Kame to his throne in the underworld. If you love mythology, mystery, and magic this book is for you!

Recommended by: Kara DeCarlo, School Liaison 

Posted in: Adult Fiction


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