Assembly – Staff Review – Haley

Assembly by Natasha Brown (Requests)

Do you keep an inner monologue running in your mind? Assembly gives us a brief glimpse into the inner thoughts of our narrator, a black British woman getting ready to attend a garden party at the home of her boyfriend’s parents. It is a very short and stark perspective on race, class, and gender. It’s unique structure of prose may not be for everyone, but I found once I started reading it became easier to follow. Books are all stories, this was more like opening someone’s mind to take a little peek.

3 stars

Yours Cheerfully – Staff Review – Haley

Yours Cheerfully by AJ Pearce (Request)

As the daunting Mrs. Henrietta Bird has taken leave from Women’s Friend magazine, can Emmeline Lake finally become the wartime journalist she has always longed to be?  For anyone who was a fan of Dear Mrs. Bird, this sequel will not disappoint.   Immediately following the conclusion of the first novel’s story line, we join our same group of characters into a whole new adventure.  Emmeline, still working on the advice column at Women’s Friend Magazine, gets a enormous surprise and boost in her career.  


I loved this book just as much as the first one.  The story is a bit heavier in topic, but not in delivery.  There is an excellent balance in serious content vs. comedic delivery. For a fun, feel good read, you can’t go wrong with AJ Pearce.  

4 stars

Adobo and Arsenic – Staff Review – Maddie

Adobo and Arsenic by Mia P. Manansala (Request)

Lila Macapagal recently moved back home after a nasty break-up to help her aunt and grandmother run their restaurant, which is at risk of being closed. When an old classmate and local food critic dies suddenly at her family’s restaurant, Lila becomes the prime suspect in the investigation. She suddenly has to solve the case in order to clear her name and save her family’s restaurant.

Adobo and Arsenic is a fun cozy-mystery with a diverse cast of characters. Cozy mystery books are lighter mystery stories that don’t have a lot of violence and tend to have food or animal themes. This story was also a quick read, only taking me about two days, and is the first book in a new series. (The second book sounds like it’ll be good as well!)

3 stars

Nine perfect strangers – Staff Review – Maddie

Nine perfect strangers by Liane Moriarty (Request)(CloudLibrary)

Nine strangers sign up for a ten-day health retreat at the Tranquillum House, a resort that promises to change visitors’ lives. Some like Frances go to improve their health and lose weight, others go for the spiritual aspect or for reasons unspoken. The question guests will all be asking is whether Tranquillum House and its owner really fulfill their promises? And are these nine guests willing to pay the costs?

Though Nine Perfect Strangers started off a little slow as the author introduces all the characters and setting, it picked up as things took a turn for the darker. Moriarty sets readers up for a good psychological thriller.

3 stars,

Who is Maud Dixon? – Staff Review – Maddie

Who is Maud Dixon? by Alexandra Andrews (Request)

After her job at a New York publisher doesn’t work out, aspiring novelist Florence Darrow lands a job as the assistant to Maud Dixon- a mysterious but acclaimed writer. This appears to be the perfect opportunity in which Florence can work and form a mentorship. But when the two women venture on a research trip to Morocco for Maud’s next book, a car crash sets in motion a series of events that have Florence wondering who is Maud Dixon? Did she ever really know her boss?

Who is Maud Dixon? is a well written thriller that will leave readers wondering how far one woman will go to achieve her dreams. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded over time but recommend paying attention to the prologue.

3.5 stars

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Will the boys survive or will they perish on the island?

Ralph, a young boy, was with several other boys going home when their plane crashed on an island.  Now they must try to find shelter, food and water and learn to survive.  Will they make it?

 

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The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Can the world’s best detective solve a murder case before the last heir dies?

 

Sherlock Holmes, a detective from England, must solve a murder case with his colleague, Dr. Watson.  The case involves a hound dog who might be the cause of the murders, but it’s never been seen.  Will Sherlock and Watson solve the case in time?

 

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The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Fishing alone sounds fun? Well, it can be until something happens.

The time period is the 1940’s, in Cuba, near Havana. There we meet Santiago, an old fisherman who travels out to the sea in order to fish. But he has to battle a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream. Will he win the battle or sail for home, empty handed once again?

 

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The Hobbit, or, there and back again by J.R.R. Tolkien

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

You would never expect a hobbit to leave the comfort of his home…or would you?

The time period is between the time of the Faeries and the dominion of mankind.

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who would never leave his homeland, The Shire. That is, until Gandalf, the gray wizard, offers him the adventure of a life time. After he meets Thorin Oakenshield, a dwarven prince with his company, what happens next? Good fortune or a terrible ending?

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The Call of the Wild by Jack London

A book review by Callalily Crockett

 

Can a dog be kidnapped and shipped away?  Well, yes, they can.

The time is the Gold Rush in the 1840’s, in Klondike River Valley, Yukon Territory, Canada.

Buck is a dog that is half St. Bernard and half Scotch Shepard. He must try to survive the Arctic cold to get to Klondike before the weather takes their lives. It’s up to Buck to lead the others and get there in time. Will Buck survive or will he and the other sled dogs die in the Arctic?

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