It’s been a busy summer at our libraries, but we are still making time to relax and read a book! Here are some of our staff favs:
The Jewel by Amy Ewing
I had to read “The Jewel” by Amy Ewing because someone had mentioned that it was reminiscent of Atwood’s “The Handmaidens Tale”. I’d place this with a high school audience as it does in fact deal with pregnancy and surrogacy, but it is not on the same level as “The Handmaidens Tale” by any stretch of the imagination. Still, a great dystopian that does deal with similar topics in that a woman’s body is not her own in this fast paced, suspense filled novel. My teen loved it, and burned through it in a few hours.
Little House Living by Merissa A. Alink
Simple. Self-sufficient. Healthy.
A modern look at how to live like the days of long ago. For everyone who would like to simplify your life and to make wholesome food, cleaning supplies and toiletries, this is the book for you. Filled with natural healthy living recipes and ideas. Very interesting to read and fun to try!
Pious Deception: A Megan O’Connell Mystery by local author Joan Hetzler
This cozy mystery will pull you in on page one. You will find yourself drawn into the book by the strong characters and seemingly unsolvable mystery. Each character is so cleverly introduced to the plot you will have accused everyone by the time the mystery is solved. It is obvious Ms Hetzler has a gifted command of the English language. I highly recommend this entertaining book!
Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton
Western/Arabian Nights/Fantasy Romance–this book follows gunslinger Amani as she escapes an arranged marriage to her Uncle. Politically, the world is unstable, and djinni are rumored to still exist. Amani gets caught up in a rebellion against the throne. It’s a fluff book, but just the perfect thing to pick up during summer vacation.
Revenge of the Wild by Michelle Modesto
This was a fun Western meets YA steampunk. Westie is a foul-mouthed, one-armed girl with an attitude–bound and determined to bring the cannibals who killed her family to justice. This book almost has TOO many genres going on at once (there is even an allusion to some zombies) but overall it is a fun summer read. If you are a fan of the Steampunk genre, give this book a read!