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Splintered

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Howard, A.G.(2013)Recently Added Review
Splintered
Young Adult

Alyssa is the descendant of Alice from Lewis Carroll’s novels. Her family has been cursed with madness, for not only is Alyssa’s mother in an insane asylum, Alyssa also keeps the secret that she hears the thoughts of plants and insects. When her mother steadily grows worse, she is signed up for treatments that might kill her. Alyssa is willing to do anything to save her mother, even if it includes visiting Wonderland to break the curse with the two boys she holds most dear. If you are a fan of romance then definitely give this book a read.

Reviewed by Anna G., Matthews, NC

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Barrier

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Patrick Jones(2014)Recently Added Review
Barrier
Young Adult

Jessica is smart, good at math and science, and interested in manga and anime. She also is diagnosed with social anxiety disorder. When her school counselor realizes her difficulties, it is recommended that she attend an alternative high school called Rondo. In addition, she begins private therapy. Jessica’s first days of school are filled with nervousness and the unexpected, but as she follows her therapy plan, she makes progress. Also, a manga club is started at her school and she joins. But will these changes help her deal with her numerous fears? Will she find a group of friends to call her own? This book is written in first person and describes one girl’s journey to finding her true self.

Reviewed by Jeanenne R., Matthews Branch

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Cress

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Meyer, Marissa(2014)Recently Added Review
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Cress
Young Adult

In this third story of the Lunar Chronicles, a new character is introduced—Cress. She is a young computer hacker genius who has been shut away on a satellite for seven years doing Queen Levana’s bidding. While using her sleuthing abilities, she intentionally helps Cinder hide, going against orders from Queen Levana to find her. At the same time Cinder and her crew attempt a rescue of Cress, the queen’s head thaumaturge, Sybil, arrives to get an update report from Cress. A fight erupts, causing the group to become separated. Will they ever get back together and accomplish their mission to prevent the marriage of Levana and Kai?

Reviewed by Donna R., Mint Hill Branch

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The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

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“I have been to hangings before, but never my own.” So begins The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson by Nancy Peacock. Persimmon, or Persey as he is know, explains his life under slavery as Master moves from Louisiana into Texas just ahead of the Union Army. Master attempts to kill Persey on the river, since they both want the same woman. Persey lives and has tumultuous adventures while on the run, eventually joining with the Comanche as he’s trying to save the woman he loves. This realistic historic fiction novel is full of adventure and derring-do. A quick paced, thoughtful read that is sure to haunt.

Reviewed by Gina d., Main Library

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Moving Day: a Thriller

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Moving Day: a Thriller

Stanley and Rose Peke are downsizing; moving from New York to California. They’ve raised their kids, have lovely grand children and are ready to downsize. When the movers show up a day early, everything changes. Nick and his team pick only the elderly for their favorite scam; nobody ever realizes they’ve been had until Stanley. This incident sets off emotional wells both men thought long closed. Nick and Stanley conduct a showdown in Middle America and they don’t really care who gets hurt along the way. This book moves rapidly toward a thrilling conclusion, an ultimate showdown between these two survivors who share a winner takes all mentality.

Reviewed by Gina d., Main Library

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Ready Player One

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Ready Player One

In a dark future where everyone learns, works, and plays on one all-encompassing online world, a young man may have found the first step to the greatest treasure hunt of all time. The multi-billionaire founder of the world`s most successful digital life simulator left all of his wealth to whoever solves his massive, elaborate treasure hunt. Three keys must be found in order to become the most powerful person on the planet, anyone can win, they only have to solve the puzzles and collect the keys by matching the creator`s obsession with 80`s pop culture, video games, movies, and TV shows. This fun, highly reverent ode to the past set in the future is a must for fans of online gaming, 80`s pop culture, or great sci-fi.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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Aquaman Vol 1: The Trench

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Aquaman Vol 1: The Trench

A great reboot for an underrated hero, this is one of the gems on DC`s publishing crown. This comic opens in a world where Aquaman is the butt of jokes about his `friends` the fish, questions of his efficacy out of water, and even public doubts about the existence of Atlantis and his underwater race. All he wants is a quiet existence with his wife in their lighthouse home, away from his abdicated throne, the mocking press, and occasionally venturing out to help people (he is still a hero, after all). Then the Trench arrive, an insatiably-hungry race of carnivores from the deepest underwater caverns, a race that is only a legend to the mighty and ancient Atlantean empire, and a massive threat to anyone who lives near water.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1

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Taylor, Tom(2013)Recently Added Review
Injustice: Gods Among Us Vol. 1

This non-canon standalone story is written as a prequel to the video game. I have never played the game. I don`t know if it properly ties into the game from the creators of Mortal Kombat. I only know that it is the best comic about DC superheroes I`ve read in years. The Joker finally broke our best hero, Superman is alone and his city destroyed. With the best intentions paving a road before him, Superman decides to bring about world peace, usurping personal freedoms, pushing aside national sovereignty, and using his allies to bring his own vision of “justice” whether the world wants it or not. It is exactly what Batman has always feared, and has secretly planned for. Dark, funny, surprisingly poignant, if you like DC, read this book.

Reviewed by Jonathan W., South County Regional

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The Finest Hours: the True Story of the US Coast Gaurd's Most Daring Sea Rescue

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The Finest Hours: the True Story of the US Coast Gaurd's Most Daring Sea Rescue

In the winter of 1952 a savage Nor’easter caught two aging tankers in a death grip in the waters off of Cape Cod. Both ships broke in half and surviving crew members clung to the halves of both vessels bobbing in the angry sea. Most of the crew would be rescued by the heroic efforts by members of the US Coast Guard particularly by those crewing the 36 foot lifeboats. This reviewer heard mention of this event and this book by a relative in the Boston area film business as the story is being made into a movie by Disney. For the reader this story is a reminder of the Coast Guard saying “The Blue Book says we’ve got to go out and it doesn’t say a damn thing about having to come back.”

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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Perfect

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Joyce, Rachel(2014)Recently Added Review
Perfect

Rachel Joyce has you sitting on the edge of your seat throughout her latest novel, Perfect. The Hemming’s picture perfect family starts to unravel innocently when their son, Bryan was told by his best friend that two seconds were going to be added to time. He was terrified of this event and became obsessed that something very bad was going to occur. What started as a normal school day turned into Bryan`s nightmare when his mother decided to take a different route to school due to traffic and fog conditions. What happened on that foggy morning impacted every person in that family. The reader will be captivated by how the events of one morning changed everything.

Reviewed by Lynne H., South County Regional

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