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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
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
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
Spirit Bound
Author
Christine Feehan
Review
If you love the town of Sea Haven, you will enjoy this author's return with Judith's story. Five sisters of the heart who have suffered an unspeakable personal tragedy have found a way of life for themselves on a farm. They all have special powers to control the elements and when one of the sisters is in trouble they all unite to assist one another. This is the second book in this series. If you like telepathy, telekenesis or believe who exert power over the elements you will enjoy this story.
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
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
Dark Triumph
Author
Robin LaFevers
Review
I'm really enjoying these stories of historical fantasy set in Brittany in the 1400s that begins with Grave Mercy. In the first book, we saw some of the political maneuvers to outwit the French and the duchess's would-be suitors. In Dark Triumph, we get a much more personal look into Sybella's backstory and learn just what it was like for her to be the daughter of d'Albret, one of those very suitors. Dark and violent at times, but appropriately so for the subject matter, and very well done.
Genre
teen fantasy
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 - 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
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
Masterminds & Wingmen
Author
Rosalind Wiseman
Review
The author of Queen Bees and Wannabes takes on the world of boys, describing the way groups tend to interact and working with dozens of boy "editors" to explain what they go through - and don't always tell adults about - in their day-to-day lives.She is primarily writing to parents, so much of the specific conversations she outlines are not ones I would have with boys in my circle. I got the most out of the beginning where she talks about boy culture and the "act like a man box." Though she has to speak in generalities, she reminds readers that the boy you're interacting with may not quite fit into what she outlines. I understood a lot of things that teen boys have told me much more completely after reading what she said. The quotes she includes from the boys with whom she worked were enlightening as well.
Genre
Parenting
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
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
Angelfall
Author
Susan Ee
Review
The world changed in an instant when the angels attacked. Six weeks later, in a southern California that's been decimated and reduced to gangs and refugees, Penryn and her schizophrenic mother and her wheelchair-bound sister Paige try to escape their apartment. But when they happen around a group of angels attacking another one and one of the attackers takes Paige, Penryn and the hurt angel, Raffe, create an uneasy alliance to try to rescue Paige. Quick and mindless reading, but entertaining.
Genre
teen dystopia
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
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
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 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
Title
The Flanders Panel
Author
Arturo Perez-Reverte
Review
I thought the ending was really, really lame.
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
Sold Into Egypt
Author
Madeleine L'Engle
Review
Writing about Joseph's story from his brothers selling him into slavery in Egypt to their eventual restoration, Madeleine L'Engle offers many personal and theological thoughts on faith, science/religion, living and dying.
Genre
Nonfiction - Christianity
Rating