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6/26/2009
13 Little Blue Envelopes - by Maureen Johnson
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
BookIn 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Ginny receives mysterious envelopes with instructions to fly from her New Jersey home to England from her Aunt Peg...who died 3 months ago. When she opens one envelope she must follow the instructions before opening the next one. Struggling to find herself and come to terms with her eccentric Aunt's death, Ginny takes a journey all around Europe, following the path her Aunt took while finding herself, coming to terms with her own illness. With no idea where Ginny is headed next Ginny learns about her true self and learns to trust others. This book was exciting to read and hard to put down. The adventure Ginny took was exciting and emotional and the reader can really feel it. I greatly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)



7/3/2014
A Secret Kept - by Tatiana de Rosnay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookThis book has several twists and turns and a whole lot of "real life" in between. This is a good beach read that will keep your interest. Other than taking place in France, this is nothing like "Sarah's Key".
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


6/29/2014
A Time to Keep Silence - by Patrick Leigh Fermor
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookVery interesting review of three ancient monasteries in Europe. Focuses on the meaning of silence, meditation and solitude.
Reviewed by: Petula from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/25/2009
American Beauty (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
BookIt's graduation time for many kids. That means parties and a lot of goodbyes. Despite the celebrations, Anna isn't in a party mood. Ben has been very distant and secretive and she's worried. Maybe her father's hot tattooed intern, Caine, will take her mind off Ben for awhile. Ever since her kiss with Parker, Sam has been making a big play for Eduardo's heart again. And Cammie? She couldn't care less about graduation if she tried. But when an old secret about her mother's death comes up, she'll stop at nothing to find out the truth. I liked this book because it was funny and relatable. I would recommend this book since it's charming and full of surprises!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/24/2014
Americanah - by Chimamanda Adiche
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookPart love story, part globalization tale, part social commentary, part personal journey into cultures of family, nations, races and class, Americanah is both insightful and lyrical, humorous and heartfelt...a dense digestible summer read that will leave you with many things to consider.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/22/2014
An Infamous Army - by Georgette Heyer
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA Regency novel that covers the battle of Waterloo. With lots of actual correspondence and records that Lord Wellington kept. Interesting portrayal of pre-war British citizens in Brussels on the eve of battle.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/15/2014
Anansi Boys - by Neil Gaiman
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookI heard about this author when an independent bookstore that I like won via a lottery to have the author come and sign books for his newest release. This bookstore has authors come there a lot but this event for them was a big deal. I had never heard of him but found this older book of his on CD. And I now know what the big deal is. It was great; it was a little bit voodoo/fantasy but the story and characters were so well developed that you bought into it. Story of a son with a strained past relationship with his father that leaves England to return to the states for the funeral. He finds he has a brother, but the brother was created by an old lady that cursedly made the brother out of the son. Fun to listen to with all the different accents.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/15/2014
And Then She Was Gone - by Rosalind Noonan
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookA very fast paced story set in Washington state about a child abduction. The story involves an 11 year old girl who is held for 6 years. The book chronicles the endless search efforts put forth by the parents, the effect on a younger sibling, and the subsequent recovery of the now young adult. It also touches base on therapies used to reintegrate the family.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/18/2014
Another Homecoming - by Janette Oke and T David Bunn
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
BookGood story about adoption and its effect on the family members as well as the child involved.
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/18/2014
Behind The Beautiful Forever - by Katherine Boo
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis book will make you think; it isn't surprising that this was a NY Times top 10 for 2012. Nonfiction that reads like a novel, this book explores the corrupt, dangerous and depressing lives of families living in a slum outside of Mumbai, India. You won't forget this book.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/18/2014
Between Shades of Gray - by Ruta Sepetys
Four Star Rating       Teens -
BookThe book makes you sad because you think back to this stuff and realize it really happened. Also you really feel bad for all the people who went through the stuff that happened in the book.
Reviewed by: Caitlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/7/2014
Bleeding Edge - by Thomas Pynchon
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
BookI started to read this book because it had been reviewed positively on PR and PTV--what a disappointment---I did finish it, though it was a struggle at times--it could be me because the street/21 century/computer slang that peppered the story I found very confusing---as my brain tried to decipher what was real and what was imaginary---if you have time on your hands and plenty of time to read, pick it up because it does have some interesting insights---but if you don't skip it.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/18/2014
Bringing Down The House - by Ben Meznich
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis book was not written very well, but certainly kept me on the edge of my seat in places.This true story of the MIT card counting team(s) will keep you intrigued regardless of if you are a gambler or not.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/9/2009
Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted - by Melody Carlson
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
BookAmber is the local Pastor's daughter so it's her duty to go to parties and 'witness' to those who go and get drunk, right? According to her best friend, Simi, wrong! Eventually Amber learns the danger of what is referred to as "barroom evangelism" as she is faced with the harsh realities of alcoholism in herself as well as friends. This book had a good plot and lots of interesting characters but it seemed to drag on in parts. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/8/2014
City of Heavenly Fire - by Cassandra Clare
Five Star Rating       Teens -
BookBeing the last book of The City of Bones series, it was such an intense read. Reading over 700 pages was awesome but also sad and I really didn't want it to end. But it ended good and it left openings for a new series to come which I am very happy about.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


8/21/2009
Confessions of a Hollywood Star - by Dyan Sheldon
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic/Comedy Fiction
BookIt's the end of senior year for Lola Cep and her Deadwood...er, Dellwood...cohorts. A time to move on with life and put away petty things and prepare for a new step in life away from home--college. Right? Well, you know Lola... Heartbroken about not being able to afford her dream college in England, Lola finds reassurance in her thespianism when she learns that a major Hollywood movie will be shot right in Dellwood over the summer! Everything seems to be going her way when she tells her classmates she's going to have a role in the film, and Carla Santini's scheduled to be out of the country at the time! That is, until Lola opens her big mouth... Out of the series, this one turned out to be my favorite and it was never a boring read.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


6/23/2009
Dangerous Girls - by RL Stine
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
BookThis book is about two sisters named Livvy and Destiny that go to summer camp and come back as half vampires. The process was never fully done so if they can't find the restorer or drink the blood of the vampire that bit them they will go crazy. We learn that one of the sisters has been turned fully and that she also had killed their two friends Bree and Courtney. I loved this book and I would recommend it to a friend, it was a good book, no doubt about it.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


6/30/2009
Dangerous Girls 2: The Taste of Night - by RL Stine
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
BookThis book is about two sisters, Destiny and Livvy. Livvy is a vampire and Destiny was going to be one but got turned back just in time. Destiny is determined to turn her twin sister back into a human and have Mike, her little brother, normal again. Ever since Livvy "ran away," Mike has acted out, acting like a vampire and not going outside. Livvy turned a guy she liked (Ross) into a vampire so they could be together forever. When he gets staked and dies, Livvy thinks Destiny did it. But Destiny had tried to warn Ross before the attack happened. To get back at Destiny, Livvy is going to turn her boyfriend into a vampire and Patrick (Livvy's new boyfriend) is going to turn Destiny into one. I loved this book and would recommend it.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


11/4/2009
Dark Horse - by Nickleback
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Music
MusicOverall a good compilation of the bands newer material. a few of the songs were a little weak in the "it's been done before" sense. songs 1 and 2 bring a good opening to the CD, with the slow track 3 following with a good taste. the cd picks back up around tracks 7 and 9 and then closes with a potentially horrible last track.
Reviewed by: jordan from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/21/2014
Devil's Corner - by Lisa Scottoline
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookAn entertaining murder mystery involving drugs, cops and lawyers. Set in a bad Philly neighborhood that after all the murders are solved, the residents take back and clean up. Not all the cops and lawyers are good guys as deals are struck to further their careers and put framed unfortunates in lock up. Listened to this on CD whilst driving and it made the time pass quickly.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/16/2014
Don't Call it Night - by Amos Oz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
BookOz is described as Israel's foremost living writer. The book is about Tel-kedar, a small Israeli settlement in the Negev desert. It takes place in 1989 and describes the relationship of Theo and Noa, long time lovers, as well as the odd assortment of people who live there. You feel the desert -the climate- the complications of building a nation out of the desert.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/13/1956
Dramarama - by E Lockhart
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
BookFinally away from their boring lives in Ohio, Sadye and Demi attend a performing arts summer camp. Being filled with a plethora of references to songs and musicals any thespian or theatre-goer can relate to and enjoy. Personally, I had picked this book out in a hurry and planned on reading a few chapters after a hectic day but I found the book very hard to put down. So I didn't. And I stayed up til 3:03 a.m. reading it and read the whole thing. Being involved with theatre I could really understand the way Sadye, the narrator, thought and I felt for her. Plus I have always wanted to go to a performing arts camp so I got to go vicariously through the book. Plus, the whole story fits with the theme of expressing yourself. Good hurried choice!
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/11/2014
Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor - by Patrick Taylor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
BookLight summer reading and as always very relaxing---even though this is a series, you do not have to read them in order, because of the author, going back and forth between the past and present--one of the things that makes these books more interesting is the historical lessons, especially on medical practices.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


7/14/2009
Fly on the Wall - by E Lockhart
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
BookFaced with the divorce of her parents, a best friend who is drifting away, and a major crush on a guy who seems to not even notice her, Gretchen Yee has one wish--To be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room. One day, her wish becomes a reality and the quest to learn about boys commences as she also figures out how to turn back into a human. This book was a quick read with an interesting plot but it left a few loose ends, the most penetrating one being how the heck did she turn into a fly anyways? Also I wish that the author had expanded more in the end. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


7/24/2014
Following Atticus - by Tom Ryan
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
BookThis is the best book I've read this summer so far! Tom, the author of the book, tries to climb all of the 4000 footers in New Hampshire twice in one winter. This book told of death, promises and sorrow. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good true story about a dog and his human friend.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

A Secret Kept - Tatiana de Rosnay
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This book has several twists and turns and a whole lot of "real life" in between. This is a good beach read that will keep your interest. Other than taking place in France, this is nothing like "Sarah's Key".
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



Americanah - Chimamanda Adiche
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Part love story, part globalization tale, part social commentary, part personal journey into cultures of family, nations, races and class, Americanah is both insightful and lyrical, humorous and heartfelt...a dense digestible summer read that will leave you with many things to consider.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


An Infamous Army - Georgette Heyer
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- A Regency novel that covers the battle of Waterloo. With lots of actual correspondence and records that Lord Wellington kept. Interesting portrayal of pre-war British citizens in Brussels on the eve of battle.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Anansi Boys - Neil Gaiman
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I heard about this author when an independent bookstore that I like won via a lottery to have the author come and sign books for his newest release. This bookstore has authors come there a lot but this event for them was a big deal. I had never heard of him but found this older book of his on CD. And I now know what the big deal is. It was great; it was a little bit voodoo/fantasy but the story and characters were so well developed that you bought into it. Story of a son with a strained past relationship with his father that leaves England to return to the states for the funeral. He finds he has a brother, but the brother was created by an old lady that cursedly made the brother out of the son. Fun to listen to with all the different accents.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


And Then She Was Gone - Rosalind Noonan
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very fast paced story set in Washington state about a child abduction. The story involves an 11 year old girl who is held for 6 years. The book chronicles the endless search efforts put forth by the parents, the effect on a younger sibling, and the subsequent recovery of the now young adult. It also touches base on therapies used to reintegrate the family.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Another Homecoming - Janette Oke and T David Bunn
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Good story about adoption and its effect on the family members as well as the child involved.
Reviewed by: Judy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bleeding Edge - Thomas Pynchon
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- I started to read this book because it had been reviewed positively on PR and PTV--what a disappointment---I did finish it, though it was a struggle at times--it could be me because the street/21 century/computer slang that peppered the story I found very confusing---as my brain tried to decipher what was real and what was imaginary---if you have time on your hands and plenty of time to read, pick it up because it does have some interesting insights---but if you don't skip it.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Dark Horse - Nickleback
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Music
- Overall a good compilation of the bands newer material. a few of the songs were a little weak in the "it's been done before" sense. songs 1 and 2 bring a good opening to the CD, with the slow track 3 following with a good taste. the cd picks back up around tracks 7 and 9 and then closes with a potentially horrible last track.
Reviewed by: jordan from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Devil's Corner - Lisa Scottoline
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- An entertaining murder mystery involving drugs, cops and lawyers. Set in a bad Philly neighborhood that after all the murders are solved, the residents take back and clean up. Not all the cops and lawyers are good guys as deals are struck to further their careers and put framed unfortunates in lock up. Listened to this on CD whilst driving and it made the time pass quickly.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Don't Call it Night - Amos Oz
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Oz is described as Israel's foremost living writer. The book is about Tel-kedar, a small Israeli settlement in the Negev desert. It takes place in 1989 and describes the relationship of Theo and Noa, long time lovers, as well as the odd assortment of people who live there. You feel the desert -the climate- the complications of building a nation out of the desert.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor - Patrick Taylor
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Light summer reading and as always very relaxing---even though this is a series, you do not have to read them in order, because of the author, going back and forth between the past and present--one of the things that makes these books more interesting is the historical lessons, especially on medical practices.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


High Five - Janet Evanovich
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Janet's novels are fun, quirky and humorous. I like to read them now and then for a relaxing and carefree read. High Five has a cast of unusual characters who will keep you laughing.This is a Stephanie Plum novel and her mother and grandmother are great. Stephanie's co-worker, Lula is my favorite character. These novels are also fast reading.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


In Paradise - Peter Matthiessen
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not an easy book to read. 125 people gather for a weeks pilgrimage at Auschwitz to meditate, pray, and testify(guilt from the Jews who survived, from the Germans who perpetrated this monstrosity, from the Catholics who did not intervene, etc.) They see 2000 pairs of little shoes, sweaters made from human hair and feel guilty that they belong to the same human species. We have not as yet "tamed the inner beast even a little."
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Into the Forest - Jean Hegland
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Apocalyptic Drama
- Two teenaged sisters, living in the redwood forests of Northern California, face the breakdown of civilization and the collapse of society in this apocalyptic tale. Harvard-bound Nell and aspiring ballerina Eva must survive in a forest that becomes a prison, a paradise, an oasis, and a nightmare. I was torn between speeding through the pages to find out what would happen next and lingering over the breathtaking prose. Heartbreaking and haunting...these characters and their story will stay with you.
Reviewed by: Rebecca from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Lake News - Barbara Delinsky
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- This story demonstrates how an unscrupulous news reporter can invent stories and create turmoil in peoples' lives with incorrect and twisted reporting. Luckily the victim in this story finds another news reporter to combat the lies and attacks.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Local Souls - Alan Gurganus
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A very brilliant writer in terms of plot and narrative. Depicts the souls of Falls River, N.C. with wit and wisdom. A territory I am familiar with.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Me Before You - Jojo Moyes
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An incredible book about quality of life vs length of life. This book is dramatic and keeps you wondering about the outcome until the very end. The book is full of characters you can relate to. Great read!
Reviewed by: Tina from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- You simply cannot go on vacation in Savannah, Georgia without reading this book first. It is a story based on an actual murder that occurs in this quaint southern city. The "characters" in the book are colorful and the city and its culture are described in intimate detail. I found myself noting everything mentioned in the book on my tour of the city which of course included the famous (and absolutely gorgeous) Mercer House which is where "the incident" (as the locals call it) took place. It was a fascinating read and provided much more depth to the story and its characters than the movie. However, it is fun to watch the movie while in Savannah so that you can feel like you are part of the story.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Moonlight Mile - Dennis Lehane
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I have read everything that Dennis Lehane has written. His books are always great. This one is actually a sequel to Gone, Baby, Gone. This was another winner and I love that he writes about Boston. I always try to figure out exactly the location he is talking about because he sometimes changes the names of streets, cities, etc.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


No Turning Back - Tiffany Snow
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved this book! A terrific summer read---there is suspense, wonderful romance and the storyline has humor. Just loved it! Thank you Elizabeth for recommending this.
Reviewed by: Donna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


No Turning Back - Tiffany Snow
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I loved this book! A terrific summer read - there is suspense, wonderful romance and the storyline has humor. Just loved it! Thank you, Elizabeth, for recommending this.
Reviewed by: Donna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


One Last Dance - Eileen Goudge
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- A story about a dysfunctional family involving murder, suicide and every conceivable occurrence in between.
Reviewed by: Gere from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Historical Fiction
- Orphan Train is a quick read and will make you grateful for all you have in your life, especially family. Although this is fiction, it is based on actual life events. The characters in this book are courageous and I found myself wanting to know everything about them. I won't give it away, but the ending was wonderful and I was sad when I finished reading the book because I wanted more! The section at the end of the book was very interesting and I really enjoyed the short history of the real orphan trains.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Outlander - Diana Gabaldon
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Friends had recommended this series for a long time so I finally picked up the first book. The premise is that a woman touches a rock in the Scottish Highlands and it transports her back in time 200 years. I thought the book started off slow and it took me a while to understand the native Scottish dialogue but about 1/3 of the way into the book, I was hooked. There was lots of action/adventure and a sizzling romance that kept me wondering what would happen next. I also enjoyed the Scottish history lesson as my family is of Irish descent so learning about "clan/tribe" life was interesting. The book is 600+ pages but worth the aching arms to read it. Looking forward to reading the second book in the series.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Point Of No Return - Tiffany A Snow
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Suspence, Romance
- This is the last book of the Kathleen Turner Series by Tiffany A Snow. I just got done reading the whole series and it was one of the best I've read! It is a Suspense Romance about a women that falls in love with two men and after realizing they're brothers. One man is a lawyer and the other an assassin for hire. The love triangle and the action and suspense makes this book a fast read, you will be hooked right from the beginning! Point Of No Return ends all loose ties and questions and is one of the best of the five books in the series. I suggest to read the entire Kathleen Turner Series!
Reviewed by: Kristi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Porch Lights - Dorothea Benton Frank
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Recently widowed Jackie and her son leave NYC to recuperate on Sullivan's Island, SC with her mother and the beach and ocean to help them. Great writing ... delightful southern charm and adventure in hurricane season.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reliquary - Doulas Preston and Lincoln Child
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Vincent D'Agosta & Agent Pentergast working together again to solve the mysteries of death in the tunnels of New York. Is it the beast or a homeless person?
Reviewed by: Patricia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Seasons of the Soul - Herman Hesse
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A wonderful companion for Hesse enthusiasts. Provides great insight into Hesse's spiritual and creative predilections and philosophies.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Siddhartha - Herman Hesse
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- One of the great classics of Western literature - a great conflation of spirituality, poetry, philosophy, and literature by a Nobel Laureate. This, as well as Hesse's "Steppenwolf" are required reading of the Western Canon.
Reviewed by: Shari from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Skipping Christmas - John Grisham
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- If you've seen Christmas with the Kranks then you already know the story. An older couple decide to skip Christmas and all it entails.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Songs of Willow Frost - Jamie Ford
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a wonderful book about a Chinese boy who was left at an orphanage, and his hunt for his mother and the truth about the circumstances surrounding his abandonment. It is a work of fiction mingled with historical fact from the late twenties. I have read two other Jamie Ford novels, and they are easy reads, interesting,and they bring you back to that time frame easily.
Reviewed by: sherry from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Star Flight Saga - Ben Bova
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An interesting saga with a good plot and follow through. I love SciFi and enjoyed this well written tale. Will continue to read his future and past books.
Reviewed by: John from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Supreme Macaroni Company - Adriana Trigiani
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- Quit 30 plus pages into the book---reviews had been good, why picked it up, but writing poor---how many times do you have to have a characterization repeated---they were being drummed into me---
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Swimming Home - Deborah Levy
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- As prismatic and lyrical as the emotionally undone anti-heroine around whom the story revolves, "Swimming Home" traces the ivy-esque connections that grow and them unravel amongst a group of friends, families and fans on holiday in France.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Aviator's Wife - Melanie Benjamin
Four Star Rating       Fiction - historical fiction
- Historical fiction. I heard the author speak through my library in FL and I bought this book. Story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's life. The book is a well written account of her life of which I knew little other than to whom she was married, that her child was kidnapped, and that she was an author. She was way more than that; an aviator herself and served as crew for her husband after his famous first flight across the ocean. The book also brings out the not so charming part of her husband when he was deemed to be a Nazi sympathizer. I plan on reading the author's other historical works.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Boscombe Valley Mystery - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This story only gets 4 stars because it started out very slow. Other than that, it goes very fast in the middle, with lots of suspense and surprise. This is a good book for teens and adults.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Burgess Boys - Elizabeth Strout
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- An account of the lives and complications of three siblings who are forced to unravel the braided lies and misunderstandings of their relationships when their son/nephew acts out against the Islamic Somalian refugees that have immigrated to their small Maine town.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Fiddler - Beverly Lewis
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not one of my favorite Lewis books. The story started out a little slow for my taste.
Reviewed by: Deidrah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Five Orange Pips - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This was a great short story about superstitions and how Sherlock Holmes can save the day. How can 5 orange pips change a person's life? Read to find out! I would recommend this story to any teenager/adult who wants to be challenged with a good mystery.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Golden Egg - Donna Leon
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- One of a series about Guido Brunetti, a fictional detective in Venice - with maps, meals, and great descriptions of this incredible city. Hard to understand how Venice functions at all with the amount of graft and intrigue that exists.
Reviewed by: lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Golly-Whopper Games - Jody Feldman
Five Star Rating       Fiction - Children's Fiction
- This is a story about a boy named Gil Goodson who wants to win the Golly-Whopper Games. The games are run by the Golly Toy Company. The prizes for the winners include a college scholarship and other "stupendous prizes." Exactly eighteen months and two days before the story starts, there was an incident where Gild's dad is accused of something he didn't do. Because of this incident, kids have been mean to Gil. While he is trying to get into the Games, Gil meets a girl named Bianca. They both get into the Games. Later in the Games, they play on the same team. For the Games, participants had to answer a lot of questions about the Golly Toy Company. I found this book was easy to read: there were not many words I did not understand.
Reviewed by: Zachary from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Jane Austen Book Club - Karen Joy Fowler
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- As an Austenite,I am puzzled by this book and the idea that the chapters refer to the books of Jane Austen. This is my second time through this; it is enjoyable in its own right, but bears little resemblance to those esteemed novels.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Kingkiller Chronicle: Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- A medieval setting, the first in the series, mystery, magic and gripping from the very fist page.
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Kingkiller Chronicle: Wise Man's Fear - Patrick Rothfuss
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- The second in this series, I could not wait to find out more about what was happening to the characters...and had trouble putting it down to go to sleep!
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Language of Bees - Laurie King
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- The ninth installment in King's superlative Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes series, 'The Language of Bees' reveals more of Holmes' past with the appearance of his adult son. The series began in 1994 with "The Bee-Keeper's Apprentice," in which the then 15-year-old Russell meets the retired Holmes. They realize they are kindred spirits despite their difference in age and after several years elapse, they marry. Every book is filled with mystery and adventure. 'The Language of Bees' was less satisfying than the other books for me because Russell and Holmes are separated much of the time. This lack is balanced, however, by Holmes' brother Mycroft, who is always a treat. If you like classic Sherlock Holmes stories, try the Russell/Holmes series!
Reviewed by: Teresa from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


The Last Original Wife - Dorothea Benton Frank
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Fabulous story of a woman of a certain age who discovers herself, her needs, her soul by leaving the "Barbie" world and living with her brother in historic Charleston, SC. This author draws strong determined, charming, delightful women characters.
Reviewed by: Madlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lemon Orchard - Luanne Rice
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is a great story. Although this is fiction, it could very likely happen just as Ms. Rice wrote this story. Having lived in Arizona for many years, I am acquainted with the perils the Mexican people face and their desire to come to the U.S. This is a story about documented immigrants, loneliness, loss, and love. I enjoyed this book and think you will too.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Lowland - Jhumpa Lahiri
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- Complex interweaving of the post-Ghandi politics of India and the post-adolescent rivalries of siblings as the foundation for a man and his dead brother's widow (now his wife) as they orbit each other's poignant parallel longings for connection and resurrection in Rhode Island.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Memory Keeper's Daughter - Kim Edwards
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- As a former special education teacher, I was intrigued with this book. It was fast reading and fascinating. There are a few subplots which I like. It is a story about grief, family secrets, Down Syndrome, and love. My favorite characters were Phoebe and Caroline. They are both brave, strong characters. Throughout the book, you will be pulled in by them and their strength. This novel was well written and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The School of Essential Ingredients - Erica Bauermeister
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- This was a wonderfully written book. It was a pleasure to read. The author was very skillful in her description and development of characters in combination with the sensory properties described in her culinary creations.
Reviewed by: Holly from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Silkworm - Robert Galbraith
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed this and the other Cormoran Strike novel. I like that there is very intensive character development. The "twist" is very slowly revealed, and in a way that I didn't guess, but looking back, could have. I'm glad for the news that the series will continue. Note: these are a tiny bit violent and kinda gory.
Reviewed by: Sarah from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sins of the Father - Lawrence Black
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- Good genre writing is never outdated even if the characters are without cell phones. This terse noir mystery novel follows the insightful, gloomy Matther Scudder as he assembles postmortem puzzle pieces into an explanation of the lives and deaths of both victims and murderers.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Sun and Other Stars - Brigid Pasulka
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- It took me awhile to get into this book. About a quarter of the way through,I really started enjoying it. Not only did I learn about calcio (soccer), I learned Italian phrases and the art of butchery. This is a story about family, loyalty, friendship and love. Lots of interesting characters.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Talk-Funny Girl - Roland Merullo
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Painful, hopeful, and all too possible. One of those books we read and think, "Oh my God, this is written just for me". The walls that we build to protect ourselves are made of fear... when we take them down, bit by bit, we learn there is much to love.
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Twelve Years A Slave - Solomon Northrup
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- This is an incredible story. Many of the accounts of slaves that the author encountered were totally heartbreaking and it was difficult not knowing their fates. The only critique I have is that the end came quickly and felt rushed.
Reviewed by: Katie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Under the Dome - Stephen King
Five Star Rating       Fiction -
- Not a usual fan of Mr. King's, I picked this up because of the new show. With only names and relationships similar to the show, this is a gripping story of a possible experiment taking place in a small town ... just like ours, and its impact on the people. Do people respond with kindness or greed? Are they fatalistic or optimistic? What happens to us when we face the reality of the end of all we know? Well worth the read!
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Vatican Dance - Roland Merullo
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- A young Italian/American woman's devout faith in her Church is tested as she is compelled to follow messages she believes she is being given by God. Never questioning God, when she realizes she must face the reality of her Church and the world she lives in face on, it is a life changing event for her. The plan her God has for her will rock the Church, it's followers, and the world at large, to its foundation. Its abrupt ending is exactly as it should be...leaving us with questions of how the future will look.
Reviewed by: Mary Ellen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Vertigo 42 - Martha Grimes
Four Star Rating       Fiction - Mystery
- This is another of her delicious, well written mysteries. It was worth the wait. I love her characters and well written scenes. The plot is a web which leads to the solution and a great ride she gives us.
Reviewed by: Irene from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


What She Left Behind - Ellen Marie Wiseman
Two Star Rating       Fiction -
- did not finish the second chapter, before I quit. Vacation is over and I have limited time left to crawl into a book and dwell and this book is not worthy of my precious time. Interesting premise,(I lived close to a state mental hospital and knew people who worked there before it was closed) but poorly executed.
Reviewed by: Jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Wonderland - Ace Atkins
Three Star Rating       Fiction -
- Good summer read, especially if you know the streets of Boston and are aware of the public debate that is still going on gambling and casinos in Massachusetts. Usual Robert Parker stuff nothing mentally challenging but a good excuse to stay on the couch and read.
Reviewed by: jennifer from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


You Should Have Known - Jean Hanff Korelitz
Four Star Rating       Fiction -
- I really enjoyed reading this one. Part mystery and part commentary on contemporary life in New York. The heroine is a marriage counselor who thinks she is happily married to a wonderful pediatrician who cares for children with cancer. When she finds out that isn't quite the case the mystery unfolds.
Reviewed by: Lee from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


NonFiction Reviews - Sorted by Title

A Time to Keep Silence- Patrick Leigh Fermor
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Very interesting review of three ancient monasteries in Europe. Focuses on the meaning of silence, meditation and solitude.
Reviewed by: Petula from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



Behind The Beautiful Forever- Katherine Boo
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book will make you think; it isn't surprising that this was a NY Times top 10 for 2012. Nonfiction that reads like a novel, this book explores the corrupt, dangerous and depressing lives of families living in a slum outside of Mumbai, India. You won't forget this book.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Bringing Down The House- Ben Meznich
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book was not written very well, but certainly kept me on the edge of my seat in places.This true story of the MIT card counting team(s) will keep you intrigued regardless of if you are a gambler or not.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Following Atticus- Tom Ryan
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This is the best book I've read this summer so far! Tom, the author of the book, tries to climb all of the 4000 footers in New Hampshire twice in one winter. This book told of death, promises and sorrow. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good true story about a dog and his human friend.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Heads and Beds - A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and so Called Hospitality- Jacob Tomsky
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I really enjoyed this book - it is a quick read that will keep you entertained and may get you to think about hotel experiences moving forward. Having spent some time in the restaurant business, I found this completely believable. I don't know that hotel mini bars will be safe if enough people read this book and you might think twice before you book on an internet site! I laughed at myself a couple of times realizing I have fallen for some of the hospitality tricks of the trade. Enjoy!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


How Good Do We Have to Be?- Harold Kushner
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Very well written book from the 1990's. Discusses guilt and shame beginning with the biblical story of Adam and Eve. As usual, Kushner gives his unique but logical perspective about being human and how making mistakes is part of the human experience. He provides reassurance that God's love will not be lost if we are not perfect. Very applicable in this day and age.
Reviewed by: Holly from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Killing Kennedy- Bill O Reilly
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Excellent read. Well written and just the facts, rather than the heresay.
Reviewed by: Melissa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Kitchen Privileges- Mary Higgins Clark
Three Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- I was a little disappointed in this book considering it isn't fictional. I suppose it is more difficult to write about your own life. Mary was very brave and I liked how she turned her life around after the death of her first husband.
Reviewed by: Amy from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil- John Berendt
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- You simply cannot go on vacation in Savannah, Georgia without reading this book first. It is a story based on an actual murder that occurs in this quaint southern city. The "characters" in the book are colorful and the city and its culture are described in intimate detail. I found myself noting everything mentioned in the book on my tour of the city which of course included the famous (and absolutely gorgeous) Mercer House which is where "the incident" (as the locals call it) took place. It was a fascinating read and provided much more depth to the story and its characters than the movie. However, it is fun to watch the movie while in Savannah so that you can feel like you are part of the story.
Reviewed by: Jen from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Proof of Heaven- Eben Alexander M D
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Dr. Alexander describes his "near death experience" while in a life-threatening coma, and to say the least, it is a compelling story. What makes this description even more interesting is that Dr. Alexander is a man of science and facts. Whatever your spiritual or religious affiliation, this is a fascinating read.
Reviewed by: Sharon from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Random Family- Adrian Nicole Leblanc
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- While this nonfiction book read like a novel and kept my interest, by the end I was exhausted. Reading about the generational culture of crime, poverty and neglect I grew both frustrated and amazed by a value system so far from what I am familiar with.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Reality Check- Donald R Prothero
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- This book gives excellent evidence against a lot of the anti-science movements, anti-vaccine, creationism, climate change, etc. There are some instances, however, where the author speaks negatively about something without followup.
Reviewed by: Katie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Seriously....I'm Kidding- Ellen DeGeneres
Two Star Rating       NonFiction - Memoir
- One of the "new" books on CD. Light listening. A bit self indulgent on author's part. Not a lot of content. An interesting piece on why she keeps her shows light-hearted. A piece on kindness was good; but that may be more of a takeoff on George Saunders's popular inauguration speech on kindness a few years ago. Some parts were amusing but not really funny as she can be; read by the author so that was a plus.
Reviewed by: Lauren from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Girl with No Name- Marina Chapman
Five Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Every chapter is a cliffhanger. This is an amazing true story. I am waiting for the sequel...my fave summer read so far!
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Girl with No Name- Marina Chapman
Four Star Rating       NonFiction -
- I thoroughly enjoyed this woman's amazing story. To have survived all she did at such a young age is truly miraculous. This is a quick read that will keep you intrigued and will likely leave you thinking of the countless abandoned children throughout the world.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Wild Muir- Lee Stetson
Three Star Rating       NonFiction -
- Amazing and fascinating stories of John Muir's adventures and discoveries in the West, mainly Yosemite. Short stories.
Reviewed by: Petula from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Teen Reviews - Sorted by Title

13 Little Blue Envelopes - by Maureen Johnson
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- In 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Ginny receives mysterious envelopes with instructions to fly from her New Jersey home to England from her Aunt Peg...who died 3 months ago. When she opens one envelope she must follow the instructions before opening the next one. Struggling to find herself and come to terms with her eccentric Aunt's death, Ginny takes a journey all around Europe, following the path her Aunt took while finding herself, coming to terms with her own illness. With no idea where Ginny is headed next Ginny learns about her true self and learns to trust others. This book was exciting to read and hard to put down. The adventure Ginny took was exciting and emotional and the reader can really feel it. I greatly recommend this book.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)



American Beauty (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
- It's graduation time for many kids. That means parties and a lot of goodbyes. Despite the celebrations, Anna isn't in a party mood. Ben has been very distant and secretive and she's worried. Maybe her father's hot tattooed intern, Caine, will take her mind off Ben for awhile. Ever since her kiss with Parker, Sam has been making a big play for Eduardo's heart again. And Cammie? She couldn't care less about graduation if she tried. But when an old secret about her mother's death comes up, she'll stop at nothing to find out the truth. I liked this book because it was funny and relatable. I would recommend this book since it's charming and full of surprises!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Between Shades of Gray - by Ruta Sepetys
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- The book makes you sad because you think back to this stuff and realize it really happened. Also you really feel bad for all the people who went through the stuff that happened in the book.
Reviewed by: Caitlyn from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Burnt Orange: Color Me Wasted - by Melody Carlson
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Amber is the local Pastor's daughter so it's her duty to go to parties and 'witness' to those who go and get drunk, right? According to her best friend, Simi, wrong! Eventually Amber learns the danger of what is referred to as "barroom evangelism" as she is faced with the harsh realities of alcoholism in herself as well as friends. This book had a good plot and lots of interesting characters but it seemed to drag on in parts. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


City of Heavenly Fire - by Cassandra Clare
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- Being the last book of The City of Bones series, it was such an intense read. Reading over 700 pages was awesome but also sad and I really didn't want it to end. But it ended good and it left openings for a new series to come which I am very happy about.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Confessions of a Hollywood Star - by Dyan Sheldon
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic/Comedy Fiction
- It's the end of senior year for Lola Cep and her Deadwood...er, Dellwood...cohorts. A time to move on with life and put away petty things and prepare for a new step in life away from home--college. Right? Well, you know Lola... Heartbroken about not being able to afford her dream college in England, Lola finds reassurance in her thespianism when she learns that a major Hollywood movie will be shot right in Dellwood over the summer! Everything seems to be going her way when she tells her classmates she's going to have a role in the film, and Carla Santini's scheduled to be out of the country at the time! That is, until Lola opens her big mouth... Out of the series, this one turned out to be my favorite and it was never a boring read.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Dangerous Girls - by RL Stine
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- This book is about two sisters named Livvy and Destiny that go to summer camp and come back as half vampires. The process was never fully done so if they can't find the restorer or drink the blood of the vampire that bit them they will go crazy. We learn that one of the sisters has been turned fully and that she also had killed their two friends Bree and Courtney. I loved this book and I would recommend it to a friend, it was a good book, no doubt about it.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Dangerous Girls 2: The Taste of Night - by RL Stine
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- This book is about two sisters, Destiny and Livvy. Livvy is a vampire and Destiny was going to be one but got turned back just in time. Destiny is determined to turn her twin sister back into a human and have Mike, her little brother, normal again. Ever since Livvy "ran away," Mike has acted out, acting like a vampire and not going outside. Livvy turned a guy she liked (Ross) into a vampire so they could be together forever. When he gets staked and dies, Livvy thinks Destiny did it. But Destiny had tried to warn Ross before the attack happened. To get back at Destiny, Livvy is going to turn her boyfriend into a vampire and Patrick (Livvy's new boyfriend) is going to turn Destiny into one. I loved this book and would recommend it.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Dramarama - by E Lockhart
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Finally away from their boring lives in Ohio, Sadye and Demi attend a performing arts summer camp. Being filled with a plethora of references to songs and musicals any thespian or theatre-goer can relate to and enjoy. Personally, I had picked this book out in a hurry and planned on reading a few chapters after a hectic day but I found the book very hard to put down. So I didn't. And I stayed up til 3:03 a.m. reading it and read the whole thing. Being involved with theatre I could really understand the way Sadye, the narrator, thought and I felt for her. Plus I have always wanted to go to a performing arts camp so I got to go vicariously through the book. Plus, the whole story fits with the theme of expressing yourself. Good hurried choice!
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Fly on the Wall - by E Lockhart
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Faced with the divorce of her parents, a best friend who is drifting away, and a major crush on a guy who seems to not even notice her, Gretchen Yee has one wish--To be a fly on the wall of the boy's locker room. One day, her wish becomes a reality and the quest to learn about boys commences as she also figures out how to turn back into a human. This book was a quick read with an interesting plot but it left a few loose ends, the most penetrating one being how the heck did she turn into a fly anyways? Also I wish that the author had expanded more in the end. Okay overall.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Geek High - by Piper Banks
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- When Miranda Bloom's mother leaves for England to study for a book she's writing, Miranda is forced to live with her father, step-mother, and step-sister (the former two known not so affectionately as "Demon" and "Demon Spawn"). What doesn't help her situation is that Miranda attends a school for the academically talented because she is a math genius (something she finds useless since people have calculators and all) while her step-sister is a walking Barbie Doll. When one of her best friends starts a gossip-blog about the school, Miranda is accused of being the ghostwriter, and she is blackmailed into planning The Snowflake, a dance that is the bane of the student body's social life. It was an okay read, nothing too special or extraordinary.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Girls That Growl - by Mari Mancusi
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- I loved this book. It was really good. Rayne has been asked to become a cheerleader. Well not asked really but if she doesn't she is dead. So now Rayne is a cheerleader, a slayer, and a vampire. She gets on with a little help of blackmail. Typical Rayne. The cheerleaders have heard growling and a football player has come up missing. Rayne cheers and as she leaves the locker room the door locks and she hears growling and a whole bunch of chaos. When her boyfriend Jereth comes to help he opens up the doors and the room is a mess. Jereth and Rayne go to England to get an antidote, but not before Rayne gets kidnapped and almost killed.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Girls Under Pressure - by Jacqueline Wilson
Two Star Rating       Teens - Series
- Ellie is tired of the way she looks compared to her friends and begins dieting, which quickly turns into an eating disorder somewhere between anorexia and bulemia. Girls Under Pressure was good to read but I thought Ellie's recovery from the whole ordeal was a little unrealistic, a sort of snap right out of it with no problems unrealistic. I'm not so sure if I will read the other books in the series or not.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Goddess Interrupted - by Aimee Carter
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- An absolutely amazing sequel to the book Goddess Test. It is an emotional roller coaster and will keep you hooked until the very end. Now I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
Reviewed by: Julia from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Hollow City - by Ransom Riggs
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- I love these books and can't wait for the third installment! The second in the Miss Peregrines series, these young adult books leave this adult reader wanting more! Creative, original and creepy, they will keep your interest and the pictures make the book.
Reviewed by: Lisa from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


I Know It's Over - by CK Kelly Martin
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- This book is about a boy named Nick who is struggling in life. That is before Sasha steps into the picture. Nick finds himself in a neck-deep relationship with Sasha, but more heartbreak occurs when Sasha breaks up with him. Then weeks later, she turns up and tells Nick that she's pregnant. With his emotions and hopes crashing in around him, Nick finds himself struggling once more to understand the girl he can't stop caring for, the girl who insists that it's still over. I really liked this book because it warns you that if you're going to have a really physical relationship which includes sex in it, that you need to take it seriously or this could happen to you.
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


If I Stay - by Gayle Forman
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- If I Stay is a very nice short read. It was well written and I didn't want it to end. I can't wait to see the movie when it comes out in August.
Reviewed by: Dianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


If We Kiss - by Rachel Vail
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic/Romantic Fiction
- This insane book is about a girl named Charlie who finds herself in a crazy situation: she's falling for a boy who is off limits. Why, you may ask? Well, first: her best friend is completely interested in him and soon after, her friend gets up the nerve to ask him out. And he says yes. Second: as if things weren't bad enough, her mother starts dating her crush's dad. But Charlie can't help but wonder, What would happen if we kiss? What I liked about this book was the voice that it had and how I could relate to it. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read at all and not for specific reasons.
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Insurgent - by Veronica Roth
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- This is the second book to "Divergent." It was a good book overall but I had a hard time getting through it. I did it though. It is filled with lots of information but not as much action as the first to get the book to flow a little faster.
Reviewed by: Dianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Looks - by Madeleine George
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Meghan Ball and Aimee Zorn seem like polar opposites in appearance. One uses food to escape the daily miseries of school while the other uses the lack of food. One is skeleton thin while the other is morbidly obese. What do they have in common? They are both so obvious they are invisible. Past secrets, a teacher-student scandal, and a poetry contest gone wrong unite the two girls in a scheme to right the wrongs in their lives. The inside leaflet of the book reads "...as elegantly written as a poem and as painfully honest as your own diary." And boy, is that right. No words I could say...or type...could possibly give a review better that could say it better than that. Greatly recommended.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Maximum Ride: School's Out Forever - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This is the type of book when, since the very first page, or even before you open it you know, this is going to change or control the next couple days of your life. And, since it's in a series, you finish it then absolutely need the next one. This is the type of book that throws you everywhere, so many plot-twists!!
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Maximum Ride: the Angel Experment - by James Patterson
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This book took me through many twists and turns, most of them very shocking. It was extremely hard to put down once I started reading it. I cannot wait to read the rest of this series.
Reviewed by: Ashley from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother Dies - by Sonya Sones
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- When Ruby's mother dies she is forced to travel all the way to Los Angeles, California to live with her super-famous movie star father, Whip Logan, (aka the scumbag who divorced her mom before Ruby was even born) away from her best friend and boyfriend. Hollywood seems like a foreign country to her where she's next-door neighbors with Cameron Diaz, has the room of her dreams, and attends a school where they use gongs instead of bells and take classes like "Dream Interpretation" and "The Films of Steven Spielberg". This book was easy and pleasureable (although sad) to read, written uniquely in free-form poetry and e-mails Ruby sent to her friends as well as deceased mother.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Pepperland - by Mark Delaney
Five Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Star must come to terms with the death of her mother while also managing a strained relationship with her step-father and dealing with school bullies alongside her best friend (turned boyfriend). While cleaning out the garage Star comes across two things that give her a clear path to what she must do: her mother's old Gibson guitar and an old letter from her (at the time, teenaged) mother to John Lennon that was never sent. While her therapist suggests Star should write a song for her mother to help things, Star never finds herself able but knows she will be once she 1) fixes the guitar and 2) hand delivers the letter to the former Beatle himself. This is one of the most beautiful, touching books I have ever read. Loved it.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Skin - by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- At the beginning of the book "Skin", Donnie's sister has died as a result of anorexia. He then goes back and recalls the tragic story of his parent's divorce, his life at the extreme bottom of the social ladder, and his sister's contraction of the eating disorder. On top of the distress Donnie feels every day he feels he has to struggle to personally keep what's left of his family together--make sure Karen is eating, stay in contact with his father, etc. A sad but good story.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Some Like it Hot (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
- It's prom season in Beverly Hills. Ben is back from Princeton for the summer--just in time to be Anna's date. That is until Maddy, Ben's family's close friend, becomes their houseguest. Anna's convinced she'll burn their plans. Adam finds out a secret that could easily destroy Cammie's world. Sam agrees to take Parker to prom and they do a lot more than dancing. But she gets a big surprise when her boyfriend Eduardo flies in from Paris to surprise her. Will prom turn out to be a night to remember? You bet. I liked this book because it was funny and got my attention in every chapter. I would recommend this book to anyone because it's so good!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Something Like Hope - by Shawn Goodman
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This was a wonderful book about how someone's perspective on life can change over time. It made me cry, then laugh, and I stayed up all night to read. I also learned about other people and how they reacted with their feelings.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stake That! - by Mari Mancusi
Four Star Rating       Teens - Horror/Suspense
- This is the sequel to Boys That Bite. It's about twins Sunny and Rayne. Rayne is a typical goth girl. She loves black and wants to be a vampire but her blood mate accidentally bites Sunny instead. To top it all off Rayne is now next in line for the vampire slayer. Trust me she did not want this. Rayne is supposed to slay the evil person who wants to take down Magus (Sunny's boyfriend, who was supposed to be Rayne's blood mate) and become leader of the blood coven. Magus teams her up with his army general Jereth. Rayne takes down the evil vampire but not before her injects her with a virus that will kill her in three days. I loved this book and I have just recommended it to a friend when she walked in the library.
Reviewed by: Maggie from Parchment Community Library (Michigan)


Tall Cool One (The A-List) - by Zoey Dean
Four Star Rating       Teens - Series Fiction
- This book is about a girl named Anna Percy who needs a break from all the guys in her life. And Samantha Sharpe is on the prowl for one true love. After talking, both decide to retreat to Las Castas, Mexico, the super-luxury spa. They spend the week waterskiing, scuba diving, sunning, and yes, snogging with boys. Will Anna be single forever? And will Sam find true love? I liked this book because it was funny and hard to put down. I would recommend this book to anyone really, it's so charming!
Reviewed by: Cosette from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Best Little Girl in the World - by Steven Levenkron
Four Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Pressured from her family life and aspiration to be a ballerina, Kessa develops Obsessive Compulsive tendencies that eventually turn into anorexia nervosa. With her sister away in a California commune, her brother hiding away from his family at Harvard, and the eating disorder trying her parents' relationship, Kessa is sent to the hospital where a near-death experience mixed with the likes of another anorexic girl there send her on the road to recovery. This book was well written and had a fast moving pace to it. Some of the details were quite gruesome but the overall story is moving.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Boy Book - by E Lockhart
Two Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- Ruby Oliver starts off her sophomore year without her close friends who were lost the year before in the "boyfriend list" fiasco. She makes friends with mysterious Noel, becomes closer with her friend Meghan, and undergoes continued therapy for panic attacks she experiences when faced with the subject of her ex-boyfriend. I was not aware of the fact that this book was a sequel to the book "The Boyfriend List" but the author left enough exposition to piece the story together in case you hadn't read it. The story was interesting enough, I suppose, but I found the way the main character thought shallow and frankly annoying. I have not decided if reading it's prequel will be a waste of time.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Fault in Our Stars - by John Green
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- The book was amazing! It had me on my tippy toes throughout the whole book. It made me smile at the romantic parts, but made me cry at the sad parts.
Reviewed by: Emily from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Dragonslayer - by Jasper Fford
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- An entertaining romp for teen readers through a modern world where magic and its wielders have been regulated by legislation and waning powers to jobs like electricians and sewer fixers ... until the dragon's death is predicted ... and a mad grab for real estate ensues. Nothing too literary or riveting, but fun.
Reviewed by: Sylvie from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Last Olympian - by Rick Riordan
Five Star Rating       Teens - Adventure
- Percy Jackson is half Greek god and half mortal. The Great Prophecy is drawing close. Percy might make a choice to destroy life as we know it, OR save it. I have really enjoyed this series. Percy is a great character. I love how Greek mythology is woven with normal teenagers to create these awesome adventures. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read five books full of funny comedy, sword fighting, Greek gods, and a ton of adventure. Rating 9 out of 10.
Reviewed by: Hannah from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - by Cassandra Clare
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- A really good Sci-Fi novel! If you like vampires, werewolves, warlocks etc., you will love this book. There's a surprising twist at the end that will leave you wanting to read more.
Reviewed by: Kristi from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Summer I Turned Pretty - by Jenny Han
Four Star Rating       Teens -
- I thought this book, The Summer I turned Pretty, was a good read. This book is about a girl named Belly who described her present and past experiences she has at her summer home. It is filled with adventure, love, passion, and courage and I thought it was a great book. Even though the book does take a surprising turn, I thought overall it was a good read. I definitely recommend this book to those who love adventure and romance.
Reviewed by: Brittany from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The V Club - by Kate Brian
Two Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- A group of 4 friends, all seniors in high school, start a virginity club in order to compete for a scholarship where to qualify the reciever must show "purity of spirit and mind." This book was cliched and dragged on and on. The point of view jumped around from person to person which in some cases can be good but in this case was mostly annoying and too much.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Thirteen Reasons Why - by Jay Asher
Five Star Rating       Teens -
- This is one of my favorite books because of its suspense, sympathy and honesty. It helped me understand how I can affect people's lives. I recommend this book for high school students and older because of the strong language, romance, teen partying and suicide plot. I would sometimes close the book twenty times because of the beautiful and painful dialogue. Don't be afraid to reread this book or cry.
Reviewed by: Abby from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Twilight - by Stephenie Meyer
Five Star Rating       Teens - Romantic Fantasy
- There were many expectations for Twilight from the people who hadn't read it. These people had heard it was great! entertaining! intriguing! And so much more. This book fulfilled all those expectations! Once I started to read it I couldn't put it down! I read for hours straight! It is awesome and I would recomend it to anyone looking for a thrilling romance!
Reviewed by: Summer from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Unraveling - by Michelle Baldini and Lynn Biederman
Three Star Rating       Teens - Realistic Fiction
- In the midst of a failing relationship with her family, Amanda Himmelfarb (known as "Himmelfart" by those at school) faces a complicated situation concerning herself and the used-to-be guy of her dreams. While the storyline was interesting to follow the book overall seemed a bit jumbled. At the beginning of (most) chapters, there would be a fortune cookie fortune as well as randomly dispersed throughout passages. On top of that, Amanda would write poems and those would also be mixed in as well as her mother's e-mails that she was reading. While all counterparts were a good idea to put into a book they stopped the flow of the story altogether. I've read worse, I've read better.
Reviewed by: Ashleigh from Parchment Community Library (Parchment, Michigan)


Waiting For You - by Susanne Colsanti
Three Star Rating       Teens -
- Romantic coming of age from the perspective of a teenager with anxiety/depression issues.
Reviewed by: Sasha from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Children's Reviews - Sorted by Title

Halfmoon Investigations - by Eoin Colfer
Four Star Rating       Children -
- It was a great book for me to read. Fletcher Moon is 12 years old and is already a private detective. One day he finds out that there are crimes that link together. It was a good read, but the big reveal wasn't as good as I expected it to be.
Reviewed by: Rachel from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)



I'm Not Cute - by Jonathan Allen
Five Star Rating       Children -
- It is an awesome book. I think everyone should read it. It's so funny. It is about a chick that everyone says is cute but he doesn't like hearing that. Read the book to find out what happens next.
Reviewed by: Madison from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Parties & Potions - by Sarah Mylnowski
Five Star Rating       Children -
- I could not stop reading this book! It was a perfect combination of magic comedy and the complexity of a teenage girl's life. It was hilarious. Rachel's double life was very amusing to read about. I could read this book again and again.
Reviewed by: Emily from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


Stargirl - by Jerry Spinelli
Four Star Rating       Children -
- This was a great story about how people change others around them. "Stargirl" shows how you could be different, and it's Okay. Stargirl is a great book and should be a must-read for kids and teens everywhere.
Reviewed by: Brianna from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Chocolate War - by Robert Cormier
Four Star Rating       Children -
- "The Chocolate War," by Robert Cormier, was a well-written novel and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was assigned to read it for school, but liked it so much that I read it in a little over a day. It was a well written book with good descriptions of each character, but is a little outdated as it was written nearly 40 years ago. Despite its age, I would recommend it to anyone looking for a fun read.
Reviewed by: Jeff from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The False Prince - by Jennifer Neilson
Five Star Rating       Children -
- Sage, a 15 year old was thought to be killed by pirates when he was 11, but he survived. He was living as an orphan and one day he was needed again. He came back to receive the throne when the rest of his family died.
Reviewed by: Declan from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


The Tales of Beedle Bard - by J K Rowling
Five Star Rating       Children -
- This book was amazing! J. K. Rowling is a great author, and makes it feel like the story has come to life. This book makes your imagination roar! I can't wait to read the rest of her books!
Reviewed by: Emily from Freedom Public Library (New Hampshire)


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Four Star Rating       Children - Biography
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Reviewed by: Katherine from Gilford Public Library (New Hampshire)



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