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The Option

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Brown, Herman(2014)Recently Added Review
The Option
Young Adult

Gary dreams of being the starting quarterback of his high school football team. The current quarterback, Shane, is better than him, so Gary tries to accept that. But it does not help that Shane taunts Gary and makes him feel second-best. Shane has his own problems with drinking and driving, and supposedly his next offense will have him taken off the football team. What happens when Gary catches Shane, on film, in a compromising situation with alcohol? Will this be his chance to move into the top spot? This book contains play-by-play action while including current event issues like the use of social media, HIV, and divorce.

Reviewed by Jeanenne R., Matthews Branch

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Adultery

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Coelho, Paulo(2014)Recently Added Review
Adultery

From one of America’s widely read authors, comes an introspective and deeply psychological novel examining a woman’s journey as she embarks on an adulterous affair to re-discover the true meaning of life. Told with deep intensity, we follow the protagonist while she takes stock of her marriage, her family, and the roads that have led her to embark on an affair. While she considers the long-term consequences which the affair will have for those involved, her selfish intentions turn criminal when she realizes she may have gone too far. As she tries to reel back from her passionate, and at times, illegal actions, she will make one last discovery that tugs at her heart.

Reviewed by Alex O., Main Library

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One Plus One

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One Plus One

Take an overworked single mother, mix with two children, one a math genius and the other a bullied stepson, add in a smelly dog and a successful software entrepreneur in legal trouble, and you have a winsome tale of love and struggle in present day England. Blending warmth, humor and the ability to create endearing characters and their stories, author JoJo Moyes has scored another rewarding read. Each chapter brings a different voice, an insight into the personal thoughts and emotions of Jess, Tanzie, Nicky and Ed. Their stories come alive through appealing narration and dialogue, however sad and turbulent at times due to human failings. In her latest novel, Moyes has once again thoroughly charmed readers to the conclusion of this bestseller.

Reviewed by Linda O., University City Regional

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The Girl from the Well

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The Girl from the Well
Young Adult

A dead girl is seeking vengeance for the wrongful death given to her; she only seeks child killers, like the man who harmed her so long ago. From her perch on the ceiling, she realizes an evil spirit is upon her when a strange tattooed boy named Tark moves into the neighborhood. What is that evil lurking around him? Tark has no idea, he just knows his mom keeps trying to kill him. From the suburbs of America to the ancient shrines in Japan, this book will have you captivated. Oddly, you will be cheering for Okiku as she harms dark and evil people. If you enjoy Japanese horror, or just a good spooky ghost story, this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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The Fall

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The Fall
Young Adult

Madeline Usher and her twin, Roderick are cursed--just like everyone else in their family. The Usher twins live in a house they cannot fully escape because of an evil curse put upon the family due to their ancestor’s terrible actions against others. Madeline is stuck in the house, day in and day out. She tries to escape, but can she? This dark and spooky tale is a retelling of Edgar Allen Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher; it is not just for a young adult audience. It is also reminiscent of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s eerie tale, The Yellow Wallpaper. This reimagined tale will have you sleeping with the lights on!

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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Storm Front

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Normally I do not enjoy action stories involving weapons, chases, spilled blood and especially religious conspiracies. In this story, unflappable Virgil Flowers, Minnesota state policeman, encounters all of the above in quiet Mankato, MI, in a story involving the theft of an artifact that could change the course of Arabic, Jewish and Christian history. Several government factions are extremely interested in acquiring the stone no matter what it takes or who they hurt: thief, Elijah Jones, his daughter Ellen, two television pseudo scientists, and assorted terrorists and spies. Virgil just wants to solve the mystery before anyone is seriously injured. This is the sixth novel in this series, and sweet-talking Virgil has me anxious to read his whole collection!

Reviewed by Annette N., Independence Regional

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Reality Boy

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Young Adult

Gerald Faust became a reality TV star at five-years-old. Now 16 and still dealing with the anger issues that made him infamous, Gerald struggles to adjust to high school. His classmates and teachers think they know Gerald, but they only know the edited and warped version of five-year-old Gerald that aired on television years ago. They also don`t know about the family secrets the television cameras didn`t reveal. Gerald narrates his story in fast-paced language, jumping back and forth between the present-day and the events that occurred during his reality show years. Despite his understandable cynicism, Gerald`s story is a tale of healing and ultimately about the path one takes to find a place in the world on your own terms.

Reviewed by Bobbie M., Independence Regional

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Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved a Nation

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Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved a Nation

In 1814, the United States was two years into an unwise and unwinnable war. The summer after burning Washington, British forces marched on Baltimore to do the same. You know the rest of the story (or you should). There was a night bombardment of the main fort and a heavy rainstorm. And as the sun broke, a very large flag was hoisted over the ramparts. An American hostage watching from a nearby ship set his feelings to verse. Said poem was set to the melody of an English drinking song, working its way into the national consciousness. Author Steve Vogel demonstrates how close to disaster the siege of Baltimore could have been, and how poem and song despite all objections have remained with us as our National Anthem.

Reviewed by John C., Main Library

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The  Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel

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The Boy Who Drew Monsters: A Novel

Warning: This is not the ghost and monster story of your childhood. Jack Peter has obsessions; his newest is drawing the horrifying monsters that he sees. Jack Peter is able to see the monsters because he has Asperger's syndrome. Holly, his mother starts hearing things, while his father, Tim starts chasing a ghost he is seeing. Nick, Jack Peter’s only friend, is strangely obsessed with the monster drawings. Only Jack Peter knows the truth behind all of the strange disturbances in his small Maine town. This book is sure to give you chills that will creep up your spine; the twist at the end is truly a surprise. If you like ghost stories and The Twilight Zone, this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Maeve C., University City Regional

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The Hypnotist's Love Story

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The Hypnotist's Love Story

Everyone knows that embarking on a new relationship brings joy, compromise and lots of baggage. Ellen suddenly finds herself enjoying a great career as a hypnotist while dating a boyfriend who has an adorable son. To top it all off, he has his own stalker! Things get even more interesting when Ellen decides to start looking into her new boyfriend’s life and finds out who the “stalker” is. But what she doesn’t expect is the biggest surprise of all. Told by both Ellen and the deranged stalker, this story will both amuse and baffle you as you begin to wonder why you’re rooting and sympathizing with “the bad guy”! Part comedy and part romance with a few twists, this book is an entertaining light read.

Reviewed by Alex O., Main Library

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