Beauty Queens

July 19, 2013 by  

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Reviewed by Barb Biggs, BCPL branch manager “Maybe girls need an island to find themselves. Maybe they need a place where no one’s watching them so they can be who they really are.” – Libba Bray, Beauty Queens The premise of Libba Bray’s young adult book Beauty Queens sounds like a new twist on the classic Lord of the Flies: A plane carrying 50 contestants from the Miss Teen Dream Pageant crash lands on a (maybe) deserted island and the … Continue reading

Phillip Pullman’s other series

July 9, 2013 by  

By Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist If the name Philip Pullman rings a bell, it’s most likely from his wildly popular “His Dark Materials” series. These award-winning books, which include “The Golden Compass,” even had a film adaptation released not too long ago. Sadly, even though the film was all kinds of awesome, it didn’t do quite good enough at the box office to warrant making any further movies. BUT! We aren’t talking about His Dark Materials today. We are … Continue reading

Gone Girl is emotionally charged

July 8, 2013 by  

By Jamie Bayne, BCPL Information Services supervisor Poignant prose has become a rare commodity in a world where people want information in a nanosecond (or less).  Twitter requires our thoughts and conversations to take no more than 140 characters; texting demands we get our message out in 160. In a world of such abbreviated dialect, finding a novel like Gone Girl: A Novel becomes almost ritualistic in its beauty.  What begins with a seemingly innocent story of boy meets girl, … Continue reading

Ring of Fire series

June 27, 2013 by  

by Renee Schmutz-Sowards, BCPL circulation specialist Someday I’ll write a review about a standalone book – really, I will. But not today! Today I want to talk about a series that I love, but that at the same time can be slightly … “whelming” (which is not quite overwhelming). I am talking about the notable and prolific sci-fi writer Eric Flint’s Ring of Fire series. (Here’s where the confusion starts, because it is alternately known as the 1632 series. I … Continue reading

The Pandora of Books

June 7, 2013 by  

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by Barb Biggs, BCPL Branch Manager One of the many services we perform for patrons at Boyd County Public Library is something called Readers’ Advisory. If there is a particular author that you like and you have read all of his or her books, we can steer you toward a similar author. Think of us as the Pandora or iTunes Genius of books!  For example, if you love Dorothea Benton Frank’s books, we could suggest a few like authors. If … Continue reading

If I Stay

May 10, 2013 by  

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by Amy Colegove, BCPL information specialist All I can say is, “Wow!”  As a consistent reader of young adult fiction I can honestly say I have never read a book as powerful as “If I Stay,” by Gayle Forman. It raises the question: Do we really have the option to decide if we live or die? How do we even begin to make that decision?  I’m not sure that I am capable of doing that now as an adult, much … Continue reading

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