The Charmed Wife

Jane’s Pick: The Charmed Wife by Olga Grushin At a glance, The Charmed Wife is a modern retelling of the Cinderella story. Cinderella and Prince Charming have now been married 13 years, and all is not so happily ever after. The Charmed Wife is such an unusual and original book and saying too much about…

Blackbird Volume 1

Rebecca’s Pick: Blackbird Volume 1 by Sam Humphries & Jen Bartel Nina Rodriguez is known affectionately to her family as “crazy baby.” Ever since the earthquake and the appearance of that magical beast, she’s believed fiercely in the existence of wizards. Paragons. Cabals. Cirques. Nina has scoured the online forums to discover the secrets of…

The Last Wish

                                                Bob’s Pick: The Last Wish by Andrzej Sapkowski This book was very enjoyable. Like many other good books, it could be read at many different levels. It is multi-layered like a delectable campfire S’mores, alternating events chapter by chapter to offer the reader morsels of crisp reality followed by rewards of tasty insights and…

Today I am Carey

Sara’s Pick: Today I am Carey by Martin L. Shoemaker Set in the near future, an android assists Alzheimer’s patient, Mildred, with long term care. He is able to fill in the gaps in her memory of the past and can replicate the appearance and personality of family members so when she asks “Is that…

The Hazel Wood

Rebecca’s Pick: The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert Alice has never met her maternal grandmother, famed author Althea Proserpine, though she’s dreamed of it often. Althea’s life, what little Alice knows of it, is as fairytale-esque as her stories and filled with a mysterious wonder that Alice longs to know more of – much to…

HBO Game of Thrones

Bob’s Pick: A Review of the Game of Thrones TV Finale – The Coup As the world of Westeros has often operated on the principles of Machiavelli, it would be worth examining what actually happened in the GOT finale. To summarize the outcome, the Old Guard hereditary leaders of Westeros, referred to by Daenerys as…

Clariel

Rebecca’s Pick: Clariel by Garth Nix Prequel to the Abhorsen series, Clariel is set in the Old Kingdom, 600 years before the story of Sabriel, and told from the point of view of Clariel, daughter of an elite goldsmith who has both royal and Abhorsen in her bloodline. Clariel doesn’t want to follow the path…

Mrs. Caliban

Jane’s Pick: Mrs. Caliban by Rachel Ingalls First published in 1982, Mrs. Caliban has been republished this year. Even though it is a reissue – it feels very relevant today. How to describe this small gem of a book? A surreal Mrs. Dalloway? Shakespeare’s Tempest turned on its head?  A satire of a modern romance…

The Forgetting

Kathryn’s Pick: The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron “The past is never really gone. It only lies in wait for you, remembered or forgotten.” After browsing for an E-book on our Overdrive site, I stumbled upon The Forgetting. I am so happy that I did. This novel follows our young heroine, Nadia, who lives in the…

The Shape of Water

Alberto’s Pick: The Shape of Water directed by Gullermo del Toro. Stars: Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins and Octavia Spencer From master storyteller Guillermo del Toro comes an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where Elisa works (Sally Hawkins), trapped…