Tuesday, July 26, 2016

The Emperor of Any Place by Tim Wynne-Jones

Sixteen year old Evan is trying to cope with his father's sudden death and in amongst his father's things he finds a diary of a Japanese soldier stranded on a small Pacific Island in World War II. He has no idea what this has to do with his father, or why his father was reading it and as he reads he learns that an American soldier was also stranded there. 

Evan knows his grandfather was a spit and polish marine but he's never met the man. Evan's father and grandfather had a major falling out when Evan's father became a draft dodger and escaped to Canada during the Vietnam war. 

As Evan reads the diary the story evolves to include ghosts and zombies that also live on the mysterious island. If things aren't complicated enough Evan's estranged grandfather shows up to "help" him deal with the legalities of his father's death.

The reviewer found the historical aspect, especially, how two enemies work together to survive the most intriguing part of the story. Young adults will also be intrigued by the appearance of the ghosts and zombies. If this sounds like something you would want to read, head to your local branch and request a copy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Essential salads: 110 tasty salads made with greens, grains, beans, potatoes, pasta, fruit and more! by The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

This book is all about healthy salads. Canadian Living’s food specialists have perfected some of the best salads out there and tested them to make sure they will turn out as perfect in your kitchen as they do in the Canadian Living test kitchen. 

The book also covers the best salad-making techniques and tips and you can have these salads with any meal at any occasion. The reviewer loved that most of these recipes were short and easy and could be made with everyday ingredients. They also appreciated the bright and colourful pictures. If you’re looking for new salad ideas head to your local branch and request a copy of this book!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

Jude Deveraux brings Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice into the 21st century.

Casey Reddick is pretty satisfied and doesn't let much drag her out of her kitchen. She doesn't realize she's renting her guesthouse from a movie star until he shows up naked in her outdoor shower. Casey hasn't seen any of his movies and thinks he is trespassing, meanwhile, movie star Tate thinks she's a peeping star-struck fan.

Through a series of events both are cast in the lead roles of a local stage production of Pride and Prejudice. They continue their feud as Lizzy Bennett and Mr. Darcy. The play and the modern day story are intertwined.

Deveraux's characters are modern counterparts to Austen's. The evil Wickham is played by Tate's devious brother-in-law. Included in the plot is an underage young girl who plays the part of Lydia, the youngest Bennet sister. Thankfully the 21st century advancement in women's rights makes for a better for comeuppance and redemption when all is revealed.

If this sounds like your type of read, come into your local branch and request a copy.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Fallen Too Far by Abbi Glines

The wealthy son of a rocker. A tough farm girl from Alabama. Two step-siblings from different worlds and one summer in Rosemary Beach.

The last thing Blaire Wynn wants is to move in with her father's new family in Rosemary Beach, but she has no choice. Blaire's mother has passed away after a long illness, leaving behind a mountain of medical debt and no way for Blaire to keep their small farm.

She's even more disappointed to discover that her father has left for Paris, leaving her with her new stepbrother, Rush Finlay. The cynical, condescending, and unapologetic son of an infamous rock star, Rush is as spoiled as he is gorgeous - and he immediately gets under Blaire's skin.

But as the summer goes by, Blaire begins to see a side of Rush she never expected, and the chemistry between them becomes impossible to ignore. Unknown to her, Rush has a secret that could destroy Blaire's entire world. Will she find out what he's hiding before she falls to far?

The reviewer liked this book a lot, but the ending just left them hanging; and they are patiently waiting for the next eBook in the series to be released. If this sounds like something you’d like to read, head to eLibraries Manitoba and download a copy today!