Tuesday, August 30, 2016

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the light we cannot see is a mesmerizing and emotionally charged novel by Anthony Doerr, winner of 2014 Pulitzer Prize. Dreamy prose and the stark World War II backdrop create a world of wonder and terror for the two main characters in this story. 

Blind Marie-Laure and her Paris Museum upbringing is worlds away from that of Werner, a boy who is brought up as an orphan in Germany. Though the characters exist separately and in different worlds, it becomes clear by the narrative that what is important in life is far beyond that of country, curse or religion; that the reason to do something has little to do with what is imposed upon who we are and all to do with what we do with our own light. 

Doerr smartly executes his meaning through rich description and strict adherence to his themes, weaving them together seamlessly to create fascinating insight into war-torn Europe and the human soul. The reviewer said this is now one of their all time favourite books.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

See How They Run by Ally Carter

Grace Blakely has spent the last three years trying to figure out the truth about her mother’s murder and when she finally discovers the truth she also discovers an entirely different world.

In this strange new world her mother was best friends with the Princess of Adria, her grandfather’s secretary shot the Prime Minister, there is a secret society of assassin librarians, and a secret buried treasure that has been lost for hundreds of years.

As Grace tries to navigate her way though this new confusing and intriguing reality, she has to come to terms with the fact, that the world that she thought she knew was only in her head and she has to figure out who is a friend and who is an enemy before it is too late.

The reviewer enjoyed See How They Run and it kept them questioning what was going to happen next. You can find this young adult fiction book and the second book in the Embassy Row trilogy at your local library.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar

This unforgettable historical novel is based on the woman in the Bible who is considered unclean and is healed by Jesus from her bleeding issues of 12 years. The Bible gives very little details of her life, only that she has sought many cures but that healing comes from touching the hem of Jesus' garment. The Land of Silence will draw you in to the story from the very first page.

Elianna's story begins as a young woman betrothed to the only man she will ever love with a bright future ahead of her. Suddenly, tragedy strikes, and Elianna struggles with guilt and condemnation after her little brother dies while he is in her care. Elianna loses everyone close to her except her younger sister, who eventually encourages her to pursue the prophet who has brought hope and healing to so many of her people. When Jesus calls her "daughter" she finds love and acceptance from the one who not only heals her physically, but emotionally as well.

The reviewer thought the book was excellent and recommends it to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong

In the northern wilderness there is a secret town cut off from all forms of civilization. It’s where people go to disappear, some from abusive relationships, some to escape their past, but even good people do bad things.

Casey Duncan a former police detective ends up in Rockton with her own secret past and is promised a spot for her friend only if she follows certain conditions of employment. Rockton has recently had its first real homicide and the town council is desperate to get their local sheriff the help he needs.

Now with a killer on the loose and danger lurking in the forest that surrounds them, Casey must solve the case before it’s too late and someone close to her becomes the next victim. The reviewer thoroughly enjoyed this book, if you’re looking for a great psychological thriller head to your local branch and request City of the Lost!

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer

Are you looking for a good summer read?

Download a copy of Beachcombers by Nancy Thayer from eLibraries Manitoba!

Many of Nancy’s books take place on the island of Nantucket and the main story line is often the relationship between women, in this case it’s the relationship between three sisters.

They reunite at their childhood home in support each of other to come to terms with their mother’s memory and drive off the woman who is trying to steal the father’s affections. There they find romance and sibling conflict.

The reviewer said this was certainly a very girly beach read and highly recommend it!