Possession full of gritty realism

March 14, 2014 by  

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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  

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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  

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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

The Boy on the Porch

January 24, 2014 by  

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Reviewed by Amy Colegrove, BCPL youth services specialist What would you do if you found a little boy, asleep, on your front porch? Would you call someone to report finding the little boy? Or would you simply take the little boy into your home? This is the question that John and Marta are faced with one morning when they walk outside on their front porch. They figure out very quickly that the boy, whose name is Jacob, cannot (or won’t) … Continue reading

Short & Sweet

January 3, 2014 by  

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The Short & Sweet program at the Kyova Branch (second Thursday at 6 p.m.) has some great selections coming up in 2014! This is a fun and easy program to do … just pick up a copy of that month’s short literary selections at Kyova, or read them online, using the links posted here. At the program, join in a brief discussion of each selection, and then enjoy some sweets. We promise to wrap it up within an hour. We … Continue reading

The Book Thief is an incredible read

December 27, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager I think sometimes people throw words around carelessly. The pop star of the moment is an “icon” or some person “hates” this or that silly television show or brand of clothing. The book that I am going tell you about is about the power of words; how words can incite and how words can also save.  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is set in Germany in the late 1930s and early 1940s. … Continue reading

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