Summer Reading 2014

Doctor Sleep is a scary good sequel

April 10, 2014 by  


By Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager I am not a person who enjoys scary movies, but give me a scary book, and I’m all over it.  I think the physical act of reading a book allows you to use your imagination and create your own scary images (which are way scarier than any movie).  As I read, I become attached to the images that I come up with.  So, just like everyone else, I get pretty bummed if a book … Continue reading

Like conspiracies? Meltzer’s book is full of them

March 24, 2014 by  

history decoded

Reviewed by Kellie Nunley, BCPL Technical Services supervisor In his book, History Decoded: The 10 Greatest Conspiracies of All Time, Brad Meltzer has compiled an irresistible combination of history and the most notorious conspiracies in America’s past. Whether you are a fan of the popular TV show, Decoded, or are just a history buff, you will be entertained by this book. Meltzer leads readers through the process of interviewing experts and analyzing documents in an entertaining way. And, if you are … Continue reading

Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective

March 24, 2014 by  

randi rhodes ninja detective

Reviewed by Denise Dillow, youth services supervisor at Boyd County Public Library Do you have what it takes to be a ninja detective? Do you have martial arts skills like Bruce Lee and investigative skills like Sherlock Holmes? If you do, then you are in good company with Randi Rhodes, the main character in Randi Rhodes, Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit. The book is the first novel by Octavia Spencer, who won the Academy Award for best … Continue reading

Possession full of gritty realism

March 14, 2014 by  


Reviewed by Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services Supervisor I’m a huge fan of the paranormal romance genre. That being said, I’ve read a lot of really terrible paranormal romances. Thankfully, one of the best writers of the genre is J. R. Ward. Her gritty realism makes her characters jump off of the page and really dig their way into your heart. I always know when I pick up Ward’s newest novel I will not be doing anything else till the … Continue reading

Tudor Roses: way more than knitting

February 21, 2014 by  

tudor roses

Review by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist I recently stumbled across a mesmerizing book that has had me in a bit of a conundrum over whether or not to review it. On one hand, this book has utterly captured my imagination; it’s intriguing, hauntingly beautiful, fascinating and has left me eager to share it with anyone and everyone. So, why the internal debate? Well, you see, it is basically a knitting manual. And I don’t knit. Actually, can’t knit. Or … Continue reading

The Good Dream is a heartbreaker

February 7, 2014 by  

the good dream

Reviewed by Amanda Clark, BCPL adult programming supervisor What happens when the old maid in a 1950 East Tennessee town is determined to save an abused child?  She may become the one who gets saved. Donna VanLiere chronicles each step of the way for Ivorie Walker in her first full-length novel, “The Good Dream.” The book starts rather slow, but I believe VanLiere designed it that way. Ivorie Walker is a thirty-something woman who is believed to be past the … Continue reading

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