A good suspenseful mystery, Under the Lake is unique and a page turner until the last page. It is an adult natured mystery and not so cozy like I like my mysteries but I finished it in one day. I've read other Stuart Woods mysteries and I can tell this is an early one but his characters and story line are solid. This one has some supernatural details and it all makes sense. It is disturbing and entertaining.
I was hesitant to read yet another dystopian YA book after Hunger Games, The Maze, The Selection, Rot and Ruin and Unwind but, as always, its a page turner and I can't put it down. Mare is an interesting character and I worried about her safety. The society, the Reds and the Silvers, the palace, and the Scarlet Guard are intriguing and I easily sort them out. The geography and history that is sprinkled in adds to the question is this in our world? Our past? Our future? Mare's family's pain gives a depth to her motivation and heightens the stakes. I hope dystopian fans pick this one up. The characters are complicated and well developed, the plot has many red herrings, and although I really hate when you know the book is the first in a series it doesn't really end, this one does give closure and satisfaction.
Reads very much like In the Garden of Beasts and Unbroken, this nonfiction tale of rowing is insightful and harrowing. It took me awhile to get through because it is very in-depth about the sport of rowing. I appreciated the side by side telling of the Nazis and the Berlin Olympics.
I feel very unworthy to rate this a 3 but, alas, that is my rating. I didn't love it. I wanted to but it just felt like work to read. The stories are recognizable but not all that entertaining. Maybe I will feel differently after discussing it with our classic club.
A staff book club historical fiction read that had a little something for everyone. Set during World War 2 in France's countryside where people struggled with the Nazi occupation and starvation. Of course, war is complicated and relationships are tested and destroyed in war time as well as in peace time. How survivors deal with what happens during war after it is over and family come home shapes this story of love, loss, and war.
I've read 2 other Bibliophile Murder Mysteries so I picked up the first in the series to start at the beginning. A good, fast, cozy read that takes place in the world of book binding and collecting. Fun.
After reading so many reviews of this book I finally just bought it. Retail. And I was not disappointed. Frank is as unique as I expected and does so many unexpected things. The friendships in this book are so complicated and touching. A great and moving read.
Another cozy mystery from Braun. I'm almost finished with the series and it makes me sad. I love listening to the audio versions of the series while working around the house. This one does not disappoint Q solves yet another mystery with the help of his cat Koko.
I don't have this title in the HSLMC. It is more enjoyable for those in the same life phase as the characters, young career adults. I really loved the description the author gave me when she hand sold the book to me at Cincinnati's Books by the Banks- 'It reads like the movie You've Got Mail'. My favorite movie. The book is very much like the movie in that the characters are lovable and relatable. You want them to know each other and fall in love. A good, quick, romantic read.
I started teaching English and Spanish at Blancester in 1996. After getting my masters in Library Science, I moved into the library and I've enjoyed connecting people to books ever since!