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Book Review of Speechless by Hannah Harrington, review done by Marie Yatsyk

Everyone knows that Chelsea Knot can’t keep a secret.”

After spilling a secret that almost gets someone killed, Chelsea Knot decides that she won’t speak to anyone - not her teachers, her parents, or even herself - until she learns how to “keep her mouth shut” and stop hurting others. But there’s a difference between blurting out and speaking up, and it takes some unexpected friends that are willing to give Chelsea a second chance for her to learn that difference - and to learn to forgive herself.

Book Review of Seraphina by Rachel Hartman done by Katie Byrnes

Seraphina was a very unique, original, and complex book.  When the story begins, Seraphina's world is on the brink of war.  For forty years, a treaty was all that prevented a war between the humans and the dragons.  The fear, mistrust and lack of understanding between the two species had set their world on a path that could only lead to war.  When the prince is murdered, tensions reach a fever pitch as all heads turn to the dragons.  Soon the story's heroine, Seraphina Dombegh, a gifted musician in court, is drawn into the mix.  As she investigates the murder, attenpts to stop a conspiracy that could destroy what little chance for peace was left, and tries to understand her feelings for the prince's nephew, she must also struggle to conceal her deepest secret.  I really enjoyed reading Seraphina.  The story was very suspenseful and entertaining, and Rachel Hartman's writing was skillful as well.  I think this story is most suited for ages 12 and up.

 

December 2012 Fiction and Mystery Audiobooks

BCD Albin
     Crewel
by Gennifer Albin.  Read by Amanda Dolan.  8 discs.  9+ hours.

BCD Mystery Banks
     Stonemouth
by Iain Banks.  Read by Peter Kenny.  9 discs.  11+ hours.

BCD Card
     Ruins
by Orson Scott Card.  Read by Stefan Rudnick, Kirby Heyborne, and Emily Janice Card.  12 discs.  14+ hours.

BCD Condie
     Reached
by Ally Condie.  Read by Kate Simses, Jack Riccobono and Matt Burns.  8 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD Cussler
     Poseidon’s Arrow
by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler.  Read by Scott Brick.  11 discs.  12+ hours.

BCD DeMille
      The Panther
by Nelson DeMille.  Read by Scott Brick.  14 discs.  21+ hours.

BCD Dilloway

November 2012 Nonfiction Audiobooks

BCD B Carson
     On a Farther Shore: the life and legacy of Rachel Carson
by William Souder.   Read by David Drummond.  12 discs.  15+ hours.

BCD B Dumas
     The Black Count: glory, revolution, betrayal, and the real Count of Monte Cristo
by Tom Reiss.  Read by Paul Michael.  11 discs.  13+ hours.

BCD B Elizabeth I
     Heretic Queen: Queen Elizabeth I and the wars of religion
by Susan Ronald.  Read by Wanda McCaddon.  9 discs.  
11+ hours.

BCD B Elizabeth II
     Queen Elizabeth II: her life in our times
by Sarah Bradford.  Read by Phyllida Nash.  10 discs.  10+ hours.

BCD B Green   

November Fiction Audiobooks

BCD Adler
     The Absent One
by Jussi Adler-Olsen.  Read by Steven Pacey.  12 discs.  14 hours.
BCD Albom
    The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom.  Read by Dan Stevens.  4 discs.  4 hours.
BCD Binet
     Hhhh
by Laurent Binet.  Read by John Lee.  9 discs.  10+ hours.
BCD Brooks
     The Wards of Faerie
by Terry Brooks.  Read by Rosalyn Landor.  12 discs.  14+ hours.
BCD Brown
     Tiger’s Claw
by Dale Brown.  Read by William Dufris.  11 discs.  12+ hours.
BCD Brown
     Low Pressure
by Sandra Brown.  Read by Stephen Lang.  12 discs.  13+ hours.
BCD Castle
     Frozen Heat
by Richard Castle.  Read by Johnny Heller.   9 discs.  11 hours.
BCD Cumming

Zombies vs Unicorns

In the calm before the storm, teens competed in Zombies vs Unicorns this past Saturday, October 27 at the library.  We had Unicorn Poop Cookies, Brains and eyeball lollipops for snacks.  Teens had laser tag and computer games.  This after hours program allowed teens to play in the library  without disturbing  our regular library users.  Everyone had a great time and teens have asked for more after hours programs.

Fiction Audiobooks for October 2012

BCD Amis
     Lionel Asbo: state of England
by Martin Amis.   Read by Alex Jennings.  8 discs.  9+ hours.
     “Amis’ phenomenal vim and versatility, anchoring roots in English literature, and gift for satire power this hilariously Dickensian, nerve-racking, crafty, bull’s-eye tale of a monster and a mensch. Lionel, a volatile and brutal thug much feared in his destitute Liverpool neighborhood, proudly changed his last name to Asbo, the English acronym for anti-social behavior order. Loyal to blood, Lionel has taken in his orphaned teenage nephew, Desmond. Gentle, smart, bookish, and half-black…”
     Booklist 6/1/12

BCD Anderson
     Clockwork Angels
by Kevin J.  Anderson.  Read by Neil Peart.  7 discs.  8 hours.

BCD Black
     Black Heart
by Holly Black.  Read by Jesse Eisenberg.  6 discs.  6+ hours.

BCD Blake

Book Review: Witches of East End

 Witches of East End by Melissa del al Cruz

Recommended Age: 15 and up 

Reviewer: Rathna Ramanathan

“There is nothing I can do for her. Not without breaking the
bonds of the restriction. Not without putting myself in danger as
well,” thought Ingrid Beauchamp. Yet it seems that throughout Melissa
de la Cruz’s novel, “Witches of East End”, Ingrid, Freya, and Joanna
Beauchamp continually risk losing their privileges as members of an
incognito Long Island witch family as they succumb to their inner
desires in a mortal world.

I found myself pulled under the spell of Cruz’s simple, yet
flavorful language that will surely draw any older teen or adult.
Witches of East End” represents a novel with wonderful character
development as well as a unique plot design of interwoven narratives
outlining the moral crisis faced by the three most powerful witches of
North Hampton. The only disappointment of novel, if any can be found,
was the slightly cliché ending with the usual made-up names and

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