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Name : Lisa R.

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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Sweet Discovery

What a wonderful new series for all ages. Although the heroine is young this is not your typical YA or cozy mystery. Wistful, smart and witty, our Flavia bikes throughout the English countryside noting the differences between the classes, missing her mother, hating her sisters, wishing for a warmer father and unraveling a dangerous mystery involving history, stamps, greed and murder. As addictive as a well-made slice of pie!

Interesting, Difficult, Insightful
Haunted by Questions

Lyrically beautiful writing shifts between characters and time-lines to challenge readers that gets easier to handle as the story turns soap opera-ish by act 3. However by doing so, the haunting quality of the book is lessened. You're left with many questions, including "Did I like this book?" Not sure except I wouldn't recommend as a must-read in a busy book club que.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Help-ing Others

The phenomenon continues with this surprise best-seller and crowd-pleaser. The story & characters are instantly engaging. Whether or not the dialect writing gives you pause, stick with it and you'll hear the ladies telling their secrets to you. Share your copy with mother, daughter, aunts, cousins, and friends. Looking forward to the movie, who will win the roles of Minny, Skeeter, and Abeline?

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Brilliant, Fantastic
Another Charming Flavia adventure

A strong second installment in the Flavia de Luce mystery series adds even more eye-brow raising characters from family and village communities. The story also tackles the transition in entertainment of live performances (traveling puppet shows) to broadcast entertainment (TV) in a delightful & murderous manner. Looking forward to Bradley's next twisty tale starring his pint-sized chemist detective.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Next Dogs told by today's Shakespeare

A truly sumptuously written ode to dog trainers/lovers in the "heartland" including several clear-eyed sections told from the dogs' point-of-view. Yes, there's the Shakespearean element; whether distracting or enhancing it casts a different light on the story's plot. Subtle yet long, this intimidatingly-sized book may put off readers looking for a lite snack. Take a breath and enjoy this slow feast of rich chewy words and layered characters.

Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Scary, Fantastic
A Scary Musical Debut

Joe Hill may be the new prince of horror thanks to his royal lineage (Stephen King's son) and he earned attention rightfully so with his nuanced short story collection "20th Century Ghosts." This is his 1st full length novel, an addictive wild page-turner with a main character who has more going on than the rocker persona he presents to the world. BOX is a fun scary one to open and shut. I look forward to reading Hill's later works to see if he goes deeper into the horror and lingers there longer.

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