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Adult Summer Reading signups available from June 21 through July 31.

Literary Elements runs from June 21 to August 8. There will be raffles every week that you can enter by reading books & writing reviews, and entering weekly games. Also get a "BINGO" on the handout to enter a grand prize raffle for a Kindle!

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Reviews
Title
Traveling with Pomegranates
Author
Sue Monk Kidd and Ann Kidd Taylor
Review
Sue is dealing with turning fifty, an aging body and a new realization of her mortality. Her daughter Ann, at twenty-two, has received a rejection letter for grad school that has her questioning her purpose in life and her own self-worth. Both are redefining their relationship, as Ann has become a young woman and Sue begins to interact with her not just as a daughter but as a fellow adult and friend. I finished it for my book club, but probably wouldn't have otherwise. I had a hard time connecting for most of it as much of it was introspective and metaphorical, though I did enjoy the glimpses into Sue's writing The Secret Life of Bees.
Genre
Memoir
Rating
Title
Marriage Pact
Author
Linda Lael Miller
Review
The first in this new series features Hadleigh and Tripp who interrupted her first wedding and carried her away after he informs her he is already married. He of course was her childhood dream! Years later when he returns to take care of his father's ailing ranch, sparks once again fly between Tripp and Hadleigh only this time it is Tripp doing the pursuing. The premise of the book is good but the character development is not the same as other books this author has written.
Rating
Title
A Deeper Darkness
Author
J.T. Ellison
Review
This is the first book in the Samantha Owens series. If you like a mystery with multiple plot lines and interconnections you will like this book. I wish I had read this one first. I like to read the books in order
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Devaney Brothers - Michael & Patrick
Author
Sherryl Woods
Review
This book details the lives of the 3rd and 4th Devaney brothers and their reunion with their older brothers. See review for Ryan and Sean. I guess we have to wait until book 5 to meet the 5th Devaney brother, Daniel, and see why the parents abandoned their three oldest children!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Flanders Panel
Author
Arturo Perez-Reverte
Review
I thought the ending was really, really lame.
Rating
Title
Air Bound
Author
Christine Feehan
Review
I liked this book much more than Air Bound as there was more action; although a little too much at times. What I love most about the books is it is a series and the elements of family and the paranormal.
Genre
Romance
Rating
Title
Invisible
Author
James Patterson & David Ellis
Review
Emmy is convinced her sister was murdered and that she didn't die in a random fire; after all, how many people die in a fire in their bedroom. A few maybe but not over 75 and all across the country. She is trying to convince the agency there is a serial killer but no one listens to her thinking she is too distraught over her sister's death. So she turns to former Agent Harrison (Books) who also happens to be her former fiance to see if he can get the higher ups to listen. A fast past book to catch a serial killer and a great ending
Genre
Mystery/Thriller
Rating
Title
It Happened One Week
Author
JoAnn Ross
Review
This is a quick beach read. This title has two separate books in it. In the first a marketing executive who has been soley focused on her career organizes a corporate retreat which takes her back to the seaside retreat she vacationed at and met her first love. In the course of the week they discover whether it was true love and what matters most. In the second book, Maid for the Millionaire, a divorced woman who started her own maid company ends up cleaning her ex-husband's house. While this is a typcial love story, I especially enjoyed the work done for battered women.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
When Shadows Fall
Author
J.T. Ellison
Review
If you like a mystery you will enjoy this book. There are many twists and turns to the story and you can't help but fall in love with Samantha Owens! If you like this book you will enjoy the Edge of Black.
Genre
Fiction-Mystery
Rating
Title
Kiss and Tell
Author
Fern Michaels
Review
If you like the Sisterhood books you will like this one although the primary focus is on Myra and Annie. In the typcial sisterhood fashion the vigilantes have been made aware of a wrong and have set the wheels in motion to right that wrong which was a Ponzi scheme run by a father and his two children. The soul searching and ultimate reconciliation of the son and the mother made the book worthwhile as does the ending which lets you know there will be more to come!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Beekeepers Ball
Author
Susan Wiggs
Review
This is the second book in the Bella Vista series. This book focuses on Isabel Johansen who is a celebrated chef transforming her childhood home into a destination cooking school. Her plans are interrupted by a war torn journalist who has come to write her grandfathers biography. This is a story of overcoming the past, learning your ancestry and of course falling in love.
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
Kings of the North
Author
Elizabeth Moon
Review
The story begun in Oath of Fealty continues with Kieri, now king of Lyonya, frustrated by the distance of his co-ruler the elven Lady of Ladysforest while the Pargunese threat looms ever-larger. Dorrin has her work cut out for her continuing to heal the land and people that her Verrakai family twisted with dark magery. And Arcolin's troops are on the move, dealing with fights from apparent mercenaries who are also counterfeiters. If you enjoy complicated, well-realized fantasy these are excellent books. I recommend starting with an earlier series that introduces this world, beginning with The Sheepfarmer's Daughter
Genre
Fantasy
Rating
Title
The Marriage Pact
Author
Linda Lael Miller
Review
This is the author's newest three part series about three friends who vow to find Mr. Right. Tripp stopped Hadleigh's wedding when she was 18. He was the man of her dreams. Come to find out he is married and only came back to save her from "herself" based on a promise he made to his best friend, her brother, who is now deceased. Years later he returns and he is interested in Hadleigh but she is cautious and not yet ready to risk her heart again. An easy read but the character and story development in this book is not similar to other works by this author
Genre
Romance
Rating
Title
A Soldier's Secret
Author
RaeAnne Thayne
Review
We once again return to Brambleberry House on the Oregon coast and to Abigal's matchmaking efforts. This is the story of Anna and Max. Max is Abigal's nephew and he returns injured for the service to the house he considered home when he was growing up. He needed to meet the current owners as he never understood why his aunt did not leave him this house as he was her only family left. Max meets Anna who is currently one of the co-owners of the house. Let's just say there is more to Anna than meets the eye. A light-hearted summer read!
Genre
Romance
Rating
Title
Portuguese Irregular Verbs
Author
Alexander McCall Smith
Review
Short, episodic chapters tell the humorous shenanigans of Professor von Igelfeld, the author of the eponymous Portuguese Irregular Verbs, and his compatriots Prinzel and Unterholzer. Von Igelfeld is a sort of hapless bumbler who can't get the recognition he so desires for his niche philological studies, and his adventures made me smile. After much trial and tribulation, I managed to get a copy of the audio version read by Hugh Laurie (apparently it's really difficult to find in the U.S. library system!), and I enjoyed his presentation of it. He does an excellent job with multiple accents and characters, and brings out the humor in the situations in which the professors find themselves. Light, fun reading.
Genre
fiction; humor
Rating
Title
If I Stay
Author
Gayle Forman
Review
Mia's family is in a horrific car crash, leaving her parents dead and her and her little brother gravely injured. In a sort of out of body experience, Mia's consciousness relates what happens to her when she's taken to the hospital in a coma with severe injuries, filling in the story of her family and friends with flashbacks. I can see why this book was popular when it came out about five years ago. There's an intensity and page-turning quality to it as you don't know what Mia's going to decide, if she will live or die. It's also heartbreaking to read knowing that, should she choose to live, she has a lot of grief to deal with and decisions to make. It's the sort of book that left me deeply unsettled reading it, but one I won't forget anytime soon.
Genre
teen fiction; made into movie
Rating
Title
Remember Me Like This
Author
Bret Anthony Johnston
Review
Wow! A book about every parents worst nightmare, your child goes missing. His family survived (barely) in the four years since Justin went missing and then he is found. Join the family as they reconcile who they became while he was missing, how they reunited, how they survived the kidnappers release and finally put their family back together. This author's debut novel is a good one!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
The Devaney Brothers - Ryan & Sean
Author
Sheryl Woods
Review
These are the first two books in the five book series about the Devaney brothers. Three of these brothers at least were abandoned by their parents at ages 9,7, and 4. The boys came home from school one day and their parents and their twin brothers were gone, assuming the two youngest went with the parents as they were two year old twins. I'm enjoying reading the series about their lives and how they have moved on and of course about the reunions as they try to find each other and put their family back together. A good tale for an Irish lass!
Genre
Fiction
Rating
Title
Divergent Thinking
Author
Leah Wilson (editor)
Review
Twelve YA authors write an essay on an aspect of Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy, talking about a variety of topics such as the way in which the factions map to psychological classifications, whether honesty is truly the best policy in the world of the series, and the biology of fear.

Though this book definitely falls under the definition of "literary criticism," these are not the stuffy sort of essays you might think of when you hear the term (personally, I don't, but then I was an English major and classify myself as Divergent, but mostly Erudite). These authors investigate the books from all sorts of point of views, but make it accessible and interesting reading. I really enjoyed essays that looked at the science of fear or the psychology of the factions or even the one that tried to map where each of the faction headquarters are in relation to the current city of Chicago. The writers who contribute to this book clearly enjoyed the books as stories, and I never got the feeling that they were trying to hard to interpret things - they're just continuing their enjoyment through their explorations. I would easily recommend this to teens (and adults) who can't get enough of the series - and who knows, maybe they'll find a new author to try!
Genre
Literary criticism
Rating
Title
The Coroner's Lunch
Author
Colin Cotterill
Review
Dr. Siri Paiboun, a doctor in Laos, reluctantly becomes the coroner in the capital city after the communist revolution in 1975. Still, he leads a fairly quiet life until the wife of Comrade Kham dies under mysterious circumstances and Siri is determined to get to the bottom of it.

I really enjoyed the setting of 1976 in Laos, and learned a lot about the country and time period through information that was intertwined flawlessly with the story; Dr. Siri is a sort-of communist who is a bit cynical about the regime, but he can get away with saying a lot because of his position and age. He communicates with the spirits of the departed, mostly in his dreams, which means that he's often working backwards - Siri knows the solution, but just has to put together the facts to support it. As a result, this reminded me more of a classic Agatha Christie story in which some of the key parts of the puzzle aren't revealed until the very end. His friends and co-workers are well-drawn characters in their own right. I'm definitely keeping the series on my list to continue when I'm in need of a dependably good story.
Genre
Mystery
Rating