Adult Fiction

Six of Crows

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This book is like Ocean's 11 in a magical, mythical world with a good portion of sexual tension thrown in. I loved it. It was fun and moved quickly and I am looking forward to the next book.

Work Song

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Butte, Montana was once a bustling city of 100,000 in the early 1900s, filled with miners from all over the world looking for work in the cooper mine. Butte and Park City share a similar past from boom to bust during the 19th and 20th century, hence any local history buff would enjoy this work of fiction by Ivan Doig. Work Song is a story about a gentleman working in the town’s local library, who then discovers the inner workings of the miners’ labor movement. Did You Know: Park City Library was once housed in the old Park City Miner’s Hospital, across the street. The Miner’s Hospital was built by the local miners’ union to provide medical treatment to the miners and their families.

Dead Until Dark

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Dead Until Dark is the first novel in Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Mysteries. You probably recognize the main character, Sookie Stackhouse, from the television show True Blood. While there are some similarities, the thirteen book series of novels takes the story of Sookie, Bill, Eric and Sam in a much different direction. In this first book, we meet Sookie, Bill and a few other major characters. We are also introduced to the town of Bon Temps, Louisiana - and the theme of small town life, a big part of the story. If you love paranormal romance with relatable, female main characters, try Dead Until Dark. If you enjoy Sookie's role as heroine, you are guaranteed to love the next twelve books, too.

Red Rising

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EPIC read! This sci-fi/fantasy novel had me hooked right from the beginning. I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi/fantasy, but I could not put this book down! It is so addictive. Take a chance and check this one out. You will not be disappointed.

Daughter of the Forest

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A heart-achingly beautiful love story about Sorcha, a strong young woman with 6 doting older brothers who are turned into swans by an evil enchantress. Sorcha, the only person who can save them, undertakes a seemingly impossible task that ultimately takes her away from her forest in a fantastical adventure that is full of sorrow, violence, adventure, magic, and amazing love.

The Samurai’s Garden

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This sweet novel follows a Chinese teenager's recovery from tuberculosis in a remote Japanese village on the eve of the Second World War. Tsukiyama's straightforward, elegant style belies the complexity of characters and emotions that her well-crafted story unfolds. A tender and easy read that will unexpectedly remind you of life's simple gifts.

The Girl With All the Gifts

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While I usually refrain from zombie books, The Girl with All the Gifts, was a treat to read and one of the best endings I’ve experienced in a while. Melanie and the other children wait in their cell daily until it is time for class, Melanie’s favorite part of the day. Unlike regular school children, these pupils eat larva for lunch, and attend school in a highly secure military structure after the virus has taken most of the planet. When everyone is forced to leave camp, boundaries between Melanie and the military personal (including her favorite teacher) become fluid as they fight for their survival among zombies who do not have the rare intellect Melanie features.

The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

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The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: "I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her". A search for Maya’s mother, A. J.’s rare book, and good childcare advice ensues. A new love interest in the form of a book salesperson appears and Fikry's cantankerous shell is further softened. This book is full of humor and tears: a great mix.

Ordinary Grace

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Ordinary Grace is a stand-alone novel written by Krueger, known for his best-selling Cork O’Connor mysteries (also highly recommended). Frank Drum, teenage son of a preacher in a small town in Minnesota, narrates this story of a summer of death, anger, spiritual uncertainty and love. Present is an endearing old-fashioned innocence. I started listening to the CD and was forced to take the book home as I couldn't wait to discover the end of the story. Reviewed by Juli

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

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The improbable love story of the Scottish writer Robert Louis Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny. Their life was fascinating and filled with so many adventures.