Wicked as You Wish – Staff Review – Cherise

Wicked as You Wish by Rin Chupeco

I’ve been looking forward to this book since it was announced, so being able to read and review it was amazing. It was in all ways a great book. I really loved it. Rin is an amazing author who wrote some of my favorite books but this book brings out a whole new side of her writing. From dark and death to lighter and sillier side, but also talking about REAL issues in a way that changes our own stories.

Tala is a great character. She’s complicated. She has a magic that’s different from everyone else while at the same time being nonmagic. She’s strong and focused but is so clearly a teen trying to do what’s right or what she believes is right.
I admit, I wasn’t a fan of Alex. I know he has the right to act the way he does, but he left me frustrated and wanting to shake him half of the time. Because honestly, no one should treat their best friend the way he treats Tala.

I highly recommend this book. You can find it on the Cloud Library.

4 stars.

Circe – Staff Review – Maddy

Circe by Madeline Miller read by Perdita Weeks

Circe is the daughter of Helios, god of the sun, but unlike other gods and goddesses, she doesn’t show signs of possessing powers until later on in life when she starts interacting with mortals. As time with tell, Circe turns out to be a powerful witch- much more powerful than her family ever expected her to be. But her powers come with the price of exile to her own remote island when Zeus and other gods feel threatened. But for Circe, exile may not be the worst way to spend eternity.She can receive visitors and those familiar with greek mythology may know how this goes, at least in the beginning. Madeline Miller’s retelling of Circe gives the goddess the spotlight she doesn’t often get in mythology. 
 I listened to the audiobook version on Circe, which is available on the cloud library. This was my first time listening to an audiobook and its prompted me to listen to more. The woman who read Circe had an aesthetically pleasingvoice for the for the character of Circe. Being able to listen to the story offline while working or traveling allowed me to read a story I might not have otherwise had time for. Check out Circe and all the other great ebooks and audiobooks available for download at the cloud library!”

Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope – Staff Pick – Nancy Mes.

Star Trek: Picard: The Last Best Hope by Una McCormick

My experience with tie-in fiction has been mixed. At best, they’re an excuse to spend more time with characters and a universe that I love. At worst, they feel like cheap filler. But with The Last Best Hope, Una McCormick elevates my expectations by providing a great sci-fi novel that does a wonderful job setting things up for the new Star Trek: Picard series.

With the Romulan star set to supernova, Jean Luc Picard finds himself in charge of a massive undertaking that will require him to leave his beloved Enterprise behind. Now an Admiral, Picard must find a way to relocate billions of Romulans to new planets. Not only is this a logistical nightmare, but he faces pushback at every turn, both from people who want to downplay the severity of the supernova, and members of Federation that do not want to invest so many resources into a foreign power. To Picard, his quest is all about saving lives, but will political squabbles at home derail the most important humanitarian mission of his career?

The Last Best Hope is an engrossing novel that feels sharply relevant today’s issues. While watchers of the show know how Picard’s mission will ultimately end, it’s impossible not to get caught up in the story as he continues to hope, against all odds, that things will turn out for the best. Author McCormick does a great job of presenting all characters as complex individuals, taking time to explain to the audience why even the more selfishly minded people feel the way they do.

If you’re a fan of Star Trek: Picard, then The Last Best Hope is a must-read. An ebook version can currently be found on the cloud library. 

5 stars

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