Friday, August 20, 2010

Night Shadow by Cherry Adair

Night Shadow by Cherry Adair 

Alex Stone, agent for the international antiterrorism agency T-FLAC, tracks down dangerous global criminals.  Lexi Stone, not related, switches from an Internal Affairs desk to become an agent herself.  Danger and suspense combined with romance as Lexi takes on an undercover mission while on assignment to Alex’s team to .  Paranormal abilities enable the team to follow a European terrorist who kidnap and then ransoms people.  The twist is that they brutally massacre their hostages as they then vanish into thin air.  Can Alex and Lexi stop the terrorists in time to avoid further causalities? 
     As a stand alone, this book is an action packed fun read.  The first books in the trilogy Night Fall and Night Secrets are next on my reading list.

Review by Sherry Woods, a Southwest Page Turner member 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly

The Scarecrow by Michael Connelly
When the LA Times announces crime reporter Jack McEvoy will be released from it’s staff in two weeks time, Jack decides to go out in style with one final big write-up.  As his investigation of a murder, he discovers the real murder is not the person the police have arrested.  Jack links this murder to another murder.  On the hunt for the truth, Jack, his life in peril, follows the trail of bodies.  With every twist and turn, will Jack’s search lead to the real killer?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

The Scarpetta Factor by Patricia Cornwell

Dr Kay Scarpetta, working for the NY City Office of Chief Medical Examiner finds herself knee-deep in suspense and action.  It takes all of her skills and those of her acquaintances to solve the disappearances of a prominent heiress and a string of murders, bombs, missing persons, psychotic former patients and the news media.  All embroil Kay, Benton, Lucy and Moreno in life threatening action.  Cornwall’s lengthy novel will more than satisfy Scarpetta fans.

Review by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turner member

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Canterbury Papers by Judith Koll Healey

Canterbury Papers looks like a really stuffy book, but its lively and adventurous. There is a sequel that I can't wait to read!

Nancy B., a library patron

Monday, August 16, 2010

Legends of the Fall by Jim Harrison

Legends of the Fall is a book of three novellas, one of which inspired the 1990s Brad Pitt film of the same name. This work is a bit dry, in my opinion. It is great for building vocabulary, but all but eh most seasoned adult reader might want to have a dictionary on hand when reading this. The events are told in a very factual, straight forward manner that feels more like reading a documentary than a work of fiction. The movie changes the story significantly, making it probably much more appealing to a modern audience. The concepts are ahead of their time, and the events of the stories interesting, but the style of telling is too "straight to the point" for my personal taste. Those that find fanciful, highly descriptive stories to be too "fluffy", however, might find this book very refreshing.

Review by Sheila Hall

Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Diaper Diaries by Cynthia L. Copeland

The Diaper Diaries is a hilarious "must read" for mommy to be, new mom, or mommy to be again! Cynthia Copeland does a wonderful job explaining everything from feeding your baby, to dealing with your mother-in-law, to those dreaded doctor's visits and grocery store trips. The illustrations complete the book. If you want a good laugh and need to take your mind off things, read this.

review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Bullet by Laurell K. Hamilton

Bullet, the newest release in the Anita Black: Vampire Hunter series, this book returns to her usual style. For much of the book, it seems as if the mega-series may be drawing to a final conclusion. Many of the ongoing story lines are wrapped up, but then, new, dynamic characters are introduced and a new over-arching disaster-on-the-horizon comes into focus leaving the reader hungry for the next installment. Always strong willed but emotionally confused, Anita is endowed with many of the characteristics of the modern woman. She is growing more comfrotable with her sexuality, but also more strained by the efforts of managing her highly complex life. These books are not for the "prudish" or the faint of heart, but for thos of us who embrace all of the quirks of humanity and life, it is entertaining and fascinating to watch her story unfold and the webs she traps herself in become more complicated and more impossible for her to extract herself from.

Review by Sheila Hall 

Friday, August 13, 2010

Bone Crossed by Patricia Briggs

Bone Crossed is about werewolves battling vampires in an urban fantasy world. The main character is a coyote who grew up with a pack of werewolves, and later became a mistress of another alpha wolf. The best way to describe this book is like reading “Anita Blake vampire hunter series” by Laurell Hamilton, minus the sex. I’m more of a vampire fan than werewolf, and mixing the two together just doesn’t do it for me.

Review by Tien Tran

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner by Stephanie Meyer

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner is an excellent addition to the Twilight saga! You really get to see the perspective from a "newborns" eyes. Stephanie Meyer does an excellent job describing the life of Bree Tanner as a newborn vampire. She's very descriptive and you really get to know Bree and how she views the other newborns, the Cullens and the Volturi. A must read for any Twilight fan!

Review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

One Good Soldier by Travis S. Taylor

One Good Soldier was awesome to read. You can’t go wrong with a book that has “jarhead”, hand-to-hand combat, and space terrorist. The story was packed full of “in your face” combat actions and sprinkled with a healthy dose of “colorful language.” What makes this book stood out from the other was the cool “Transformerish” aspect of the story. The story line rolls along smoothly and easily follows. The ending added a nice twist to the story. Overall, this book was definitely worth three days of reading; and it’s true, one can’t put it the book down until it’s finished.

Review by Tien Tran

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh

I Dared to Call Him Father by Bilquis Sheikh

This is a beautiful autobiography about a well known Muslim woman's conversion to Christianity in Pakistan during the 1960s. Her story gives details of the marvelous ways that Jesus came to her and how she came to know Jesus. I definitely recommend this book. It's really a wake up call. I could not put it down.

Review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Monday, August 9, 2010

Duchess by Susan Holloway Scott

Duchess, by Susan Holloway Scott, is the biography of Sarah Churchill. In the perilous and decadent world of Restoration England, Sarah resists the court pressure to become a royal mistress to instead choose a marriage of love to John Churchill. Consumed by ambition, intrigue and passion, they become the wealthiest couple in Europe - the ultimate power couple.

review by Karen Valencia, Northeast

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Raising Healthy Eaters by Henry Legere

Raising Healthy Eaters by Henry Legere. This is a wonderful guide for parents raising children of every age. It gives 100 tips plus recipes and websites for introducing, instilling and maintaining a healthy diet and lifestyle for the entire family. I am finding it very useful in my own role as a parent of a two year old. A must read for anyone who wants healhty eating as part of their child's life.
Review by Tina Bullock

Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott

The Royal Harlot by Susan Holloway Scott is a little raw, not for a teenage reader, but gives an interesting account of Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine and mistress of King Charles II, in a time when the role of royal couresan was a precarious one but also one of power, wealth, and fame.

Review by Karen Valencia, Northeast

Friday, August 6, 2010

I Alex Cross by James Patterson

Detective Alex Cross thinks that his life is finally going to calm down until he discovers that his beloved niece is brutally murdered. As Alex hunts down her killer and discovers her secret life, he also has to confront a fear of his own: his grandmother. James Patterson has done it again! His writing style and research that puts into it will make you want more.

Review by Tina Bullock, SW

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Clean Kill by Jack Coughlin

Clean Kill by Jack Coughlin/Donald Davis
Clean Kill is the 3rd title in the series about a Marine Sniper who’s operating clandestine missions under MARSOC in the Middle East. In this novel, “Kyle Swanson” and his team was tasked with locating nuclear missiles in Saudi Arabia and bring it back to the U.S. When Kyle Swanson was in the process of locating the missiles, he inadvertently found out that his old nemesis, “Juba”, is still alive and Juba was staging a coupe to overthrow the monarch in Saudi Arabia. Juba was obsessed with getting his revenge on Swanson so he abandoned his coupe attempt and instead decided to steal the nuclear missiles to lure Swanson in. I was a little disappointed with the ending because the final showdown was not sniper vs. sniper. Overall, it’s not the best in the series but worth reading if you’re a sniper junkie.

Review by Tien Tran, patron

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Go for No! by Richard Fenton

Go for No! by Richard Fenton and Andrea Waltz
This is a wonderful motivational book for anyone who wants to succeed whether in business or in life. Richard and Andrea do an exceptional job in describing the true way to succeed. not only is this book a positive and motivational one, but it is an excellent story about the life of fictional character, Eric Bratton, and what his life could be like when he meets his alternate self.

Review by Tina Bullock, Southwest

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Host: a post summer reading club review

We had so many good reviews over the summer, we didn't want you to miss out on them. So we will continue to post reviews of good books that you've read!

The Host by Stephanie Meyer
I found this book to be a fascinating mix of science fiction and romance. The writing style is much more mature than that of Ms. Meyer's earlier works in the Twilight series, and the book is not "girl-centric" in nearly such an extreme. The plot deals with the idea of whether or not it is worthwhile to give up individuality and passion in order to have a utopian society. it is told through the eyes of Wanderer, an alien trying to suppress the emotions of her host with little success., and the reader experiences the turmoil of this main character when she is faced with the splitting decision of following the heart of her host beating within her or upholding the high and seemingly noble expectations of her own people. I enjoyed the story, and it made me think about things from a different angle than what I had previously considered.
Review by Sheila Hall, Southeast

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mistress of the Monarchy: a summer reading club review

Anya Seton, in Katharine (see review from July 6) wrote of John of Gaunt as if he were the Rhett Butler of the medieval era. Allison Weir, in Mistress of the Monarchy, keeps it real by presenting John of Gaunt historically and raw. Yet, the love story of John of Gaunt and Katharine Swynford is one of medieval history's most romantic, enduring, and unusual for its time. Read both books for a fascinating study of an incredible couple who are ancestors of the royal family and five American presidents.
review by Karen Valencia, Northeast

Saturday, July 31, 2010

A Woman of Independent Means: a summer reading club review

A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey

At first I was annoyed by the narrator of this book, whose life was revealed in the many letters she wrote to family and friends. But as I read on, I came to admire her for her perseverance and independent spirit, in the face of family tragedy and a society not so willing to accept the liberated attitude she possessed. by the end I really liked her and was sad to see her letters trickle to a stop. But such is life...

Review by Elaine Hellmund

Friday, July 30, 2010

The Missing: a summer reading club review

Beverly Lewis has created another masterpiece in The Missing. The saga continues as our heroine longs for her mother. All of her clothes a missing, poetry journals and Mamma. Where is mamma?

The only clue is a letter that reads. "Please forgive me. I must do this. There's no telling when I will return." The town and family are in turmoil. Grace ended her engagement to Henry, who is aloof and emotionally un available. Grace and the family struggle to run the cattle farm with out Lettie the mother. Finally lettie reached Ohio and searches for a child she gave away as a teen mother. Will she return to PA and confide in her family her secret. The conclusion will tell all. I wait for the conclusion "the Telling. " This book is another best seller.

By Bell, a library patron

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Waiting for Normal: a summer reading club review

Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor: I borrowed this audio book to see if it was something I could incorporate in my classroom for the coming school year. This is a great book for Middle School students to discuss what is "normal" in their world and how "normal" has various definitions. As an adult I enjoyed this book because it reminds us how our actions make lasting impressions in the lives of children regardless of the length of time we spend with them.

Kim C., library patron

Friday, July 23, 2010

Same Kind of Different As Me: a summer reading club review

This book is a must! Everyone should read it!

This is a true story about a wealthy art dealer and a homeless man and the woman who brought them together. It is a story of two very different people and their spiritual journeys. It is an inspiration to all Christians and those who care about their fellow man. It made me reflect on how I am often too judgemental and often stop short of truly serving all mankind. It made me think very seriously about if I am truly "feeding" the hungry and clothing the naked.

I especially liked the thought provoking questions at the end . This book is a must for all book clubs, Sunday school classes and mission groups.

review by Judy Erwin, Northeast Branch patron

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here If You Need Me: as summer reading club review

This is a true story of how a woman made lemonade out of a tragic lemon. Following her husband's tragic death, Kate Braestrup went to seminary and became an ordained minister. She served as a chaplain for the Maine game wardens. It is a beautiful story of how she shared Gods love to people who had tragic circumstances in their lives. This was a reflection of the love and care she received following her husbands death. It showed how we can be a support to others just by being there and listening to them.

review by Judy Erwin, a Northeast Branch patron

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

A Room with a View by E.M Forster

The story takes place in the euphoric scenery of Italy and rustic England. Lucy, a prim proper lady, meets a reserved and impetuous underclassed lad named George Emerson. There is attraction and chemistry, but he has little connections in society. Her mother would certainly disappprove the match simply based on his lack of money and education. The two young people witness a brawl in Florence which leads to a murder. They both are eternally connected. Lucy's trip finally ends but not before George steals a kiss. Mean while she returns to england and is soon engaged to Cecil, the biggest snob ever. Finally, Lucy realizes her true feelings and ends her engagement with Cecil. Lastly, she marries George. I like this book because Lucy went against society and did what was right for her.

By Bernice Bell, a library patron

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Room One: a summer reading club review

Room One by Andrew Clements: I borrowed this book in hopes it was something I could incorporate into one of my lessons for the coming school year. In addition to loving the humor and innocence of the characters, I think my students will empathize and relate to the challenges of doing great things when they are part of a small group and to check their motivates when helping others. I am looking forward to reading/listening to more of Andrew Clements' books.

Kim C., library patron

Monday, July 19, 2010

Cross Country: a summer reading club review

Cross Country by James Patterson

A novel about detective, Alex Cross, as he chases a ruthless killer from Washington, D.C. to Africa. James Patterson does an excellent job with the characters, as well as all of the details. Very descriptive, heart pounding excitement that you won't want to put down! I always look forward to the next sequel.

written by Tina B., SW Branch patron

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Passing into Light: a summer reading club review

Passing into Light by Sharon Ewell Foster

Passing into Light, a genre of Christian Fiction, is a sequel to Riding Through Shadows. This book is about having a past that needs to be revisited in order to be able to go forward in life. It explores the struggles of denial, thinking that everything is fine; and the difficult journey of facing the old demons, tying up loose ends of the past, and letting go of the extra baggage we tend to carry with us. The book then captures the bliss of being able to ‘pass into light’ and begin living the life God planned for us.
This is a very good read. I recommend starting with the first novel, Riding Through Shadows to understand some of the characters and their pasts. Ms. Foster is an excellent Christian fiction writer, who uses her characters to tell the stories of the Bible. For those beginning their walk in Christianity, it is an enjoyable way to learn different parts of the Bible. At the same time, those of us who already know these stories are reminded of the lessons that are to be learned from them.

Review written by Pam W., patron

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Mr. and Miss Anonymous: a summer reading club review

Mr. and Miss Anonymous: As penniless college students, Lily and Peter finance their tuition and expenses by donating eggs and sperm to a fertility clinic. Years later, they accidentally meet again. As a news report flashes on TV during their meeting, they discover the fertility clinic was not what it appeared to be. Heartwarming twists and turns follow the couple as they save themselves and two teenage boys into a promising future.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Friday, July 16, 2010

The Secret: a summer reading club review

The Secret by Beverly Lewis

The Secret is a compelling novel of depth and suspense. Grace Byler is the heroine. The lush country side of Lancaster PA. is the refreshing back drop. Grace, a humble Amish girl of 22 is driven to serve her family and obey the traditions of the Amish church. Through out the weeks and months Grace's mother roams the hill side at wee hours of the morning. The mother Lettie Byler is deeply troubled. No one knows why. Lettie cries and mopes constantly. Her parents may know but they won't tell. Lettie tries to talk to her despondent husband with out success. Finally, Lettie runs away the night that Grace is secretly proposed to. Grace saw her mother dissapear into a cab at 4 am when Grace was to tell her of the proposal. The book was hard to put down. The final thought is the simple life is not so simple. I reccomend the book to any romantic thrill seeker.

By Bernice B., library patron

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Scoop: a summer reading club review

In a similar vein to Fern Michael's Sisterhood series, Michael's in The Scoop follows the antics of "Toots" Lounderberry and three of her longtime school friends as they try to help Toot's daughter keep the newspaper job she loves. Buying the newspaper anonymously brings unexpected complications. Michaels combines thrills, laughter, crime and romance in a thoroughly delightful read.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turners member

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

His Forever Love: a summer reading club review

His Forever Love by Missy Tippens. The legend in Magnolia, Georgia syas that a couple who holds hands around the "forever" tree will have unending love. This is a beautiful inspirational story about Bill Weelington and Lindsay Jones, and God's plans for them. Missy Tippers did a wonderful job in reminding the reader that God was not only in Bill and Lindsay's lives, but is in my life as well. Touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes.

review by Tina B., SW Branch patron

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Sisterhood Series: a summer reading club review

Three of the Sisterhood series by Fern Michaels that continue the saga of seeking justice for tohers as they did in previous books in the series. Fast paced and suspenseful, the sisters again and again place themselves in danger. In Fast Track they battle an embezzler at the World Bank; in Under the Radar the girls mysteriously lose their mentor Charles and do battle on their own. And in Razor Sharp, the girls, still on their own, head to Vegas to seek justice for an infamous madam of a bordello. All of these books keep the reader in suspense as they follow the exploits of the seven sisters.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Ultimate Gift: a summer reading club review

The Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall. What would you do for a billion dollars? When billionaire Red Stevens passes away, his greedy family comes running to the office of attorney Theodore J. Hamilton. Each walks away with a happy "sum", except 24 year old Jason Stevens, great-nephew of Red Stevens. Together Jason, with the guidance of Theodore and his secretary, Margret Hastings, go through a year of gruelling and unthinkable tasks.
This is a beautifully written book of finding one's self and realizing the important things in life. A great motivational and inspirational book. Jim Stovall covers all bases.

submitted by Tina B., SW

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Full Blast: a summer reading club review

Full Blast by Janet Evanovich: Small town newspaper editor Jamie Swift teams up with newspaper owner, Max holt, in a roller coaster read that is sure to have you laughing. A good summer read.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Twilight: a summer reading club review

Stephenie Meyer's Twilight is unique. Bella meets a mysterious Edward. Will she figure out what his secret is? This is a new take on Vampires.
Juanita S.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Summer Reading Club Review: The Anteater of Death

Lucy is the very pregnant giant anteater who loves mashed bananas and termites and is so dear to zookeeper Teddy Bentley. At the beginning a dead man is found in Lucy's enclosure and at first the zoo officials and police think Lucy killed him since they find her licking off his dead skin. It's not until the next to last chapter that we find out who the real killer is....
And in the last chapter Lucy gives birth and is a happy new mom caring for her
-Barbara Y.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Deadlock: a summer reading club review

Deadlock by Iris Johansen: Washington calls in John Garrett, a former employee of the CIA and M16, to rescue two UN workers kidnapped in Afghanistan. This is a non-stop read in following Johansen's twists and turns. Try not to hold your breath as the characters race against time in unraveling the truth.
Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Katherine: a summer reading club review

For you ladies who enjoy a touch of true romance, scandal, tragedy, and chivalry in a meticulously-researched medieval history, I recommend Katherine by Anya Seton. It tells the story of Katharine Swynford, the royal mistress of John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster. Born in 1350, Katharine, who bore John four children, became progenitress of every British king or queen from the Tudors through the Windsors as well as five presidents of the United States. Follow up by reading Mistress of the Monarchy by Alison Weir for another view of Katharine's life.
Reviewed by Karen Valencia

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Mercedes Coffin: a summer reading club review

The Mercedes Coffin by Faye Kellerman: Wealthy Genoa Greeves ties a cold case of 15 years with a present day crime. She enlists the LAPD to reopen the case and search for the connections that ties the two cases together. After all, both murder victims are found in the trunk of a Mercedes!

 Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dark Visions: a summer reading club review

L.J. Smith's Dark Visions is a series that keeps you guessing. Five extraordinary teens have psychic abilities. There is something wrong with the Zete's institute. Will they figure it out before it is too late?
-Juanita S.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Small Town Brides: a summer reading club review

Small Town Brides by Janet Tronstad and Debra Clopton

Two novellas in one novel! The first novella "A Dry Creek Wedding", involves romantic Rene Mithcell, who is fleeing Texas for Montana to get away from her ex fiance and unromantic truck driver Clay Preston whom she rides to Montana with.

The second novella "A Mule Hollow Match" involves Paisley Norton (Rene's cousin) and Trace Crawford (Rene's ex fiance) and a young niece he never knew about.

Janet and Debra did a beautiful job in writing this book. Their writing was done in good taste and is very descriptive. I would not have known that two different authors wrote this. The novellas intertwine beautifully. Very inspirational. A must read!

submitted by Tina B., SW

Friday, July 2, 2010

Fireside: a summer reading club review

Fireside by Susan Wiggs: When AJ's mother is picked up by immigration, his care falls to his father who he has never met. As a professional athlete, father Bo Crutcher finds his life upside down. Bo and AJ return to Bo's hoemtown and try to form a relationship. Will Bo and AJ return to Bo's hometown and try to form a relationship? Will Bo be able to free AJ's mom? Read Fireside, the fifth in the Lakeshore Chronicles to find out. A good read, although I recommend you read the first through fourth first.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Getting Stoned with Savages: a summer reading club review

Getting Stones with Savages by J. Maarten Troost

I always love reading Troost's travel tales. He's endured some conditions I would never be able to - nor would most travelers, but in the process he's had experiences that mere tourists don't - he's lived as the people ("when in Rome do as the Romans") - giving him a much richer experience than one gleaned from a Fiji resort. I've read all three of his travel tomes and look forward to his next adventure!

Review by Elaine Hellmund

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Edge: a summer reading club review

Catherine Coulter, well known for her romantic novels, once again proves in The Edge she is a master of mystery and suspense novels. FBI agent "Mac" MacDougal journeys to the Oregon town of Edgerton to be with his sister following a car wreck that has placed her into a coma. His sister Jilly disappears shortly after his arrival. Mac searches for answers and helps local law inforcement in trying to solve an unusual murder of a local resident. Mac's journey in finding his sister becomes hair raising. Coulter has writter a novel that keeps the reader burning the midnight candle.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kindred in Death: a summer reading club review

Kindred in Death: J. D. Robb's futuristic Lieutenant Eve Dallas continues her battle against killers. This time it is the daughter of one of the high rank officers in the New York PSD who is found murdered. A series of grizzly murders having the same MO lead Lt. Dallas and her sidekick Detective Peabody down a nightmarish path that mirrors some of her own past. With the aid of her charismatic husband and unusual group of friends, the team unravels the master plan to take out beloved family members of the persons responsible for the perceived death of the killer's mother.

Once more, Robb makes the the year 2060 come to life. This book is a must for Robb fans.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page turners member

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Divine Justice: a summer reading club review

Divine Justice: Once again, Baldacci’s Camel Club participates in attempting to save one of its members that has been marked for death. John Carr going by his alias of Oliver Stone finds himself the deadly target of a man he had previously worked with. In an attempt to protect those he knows, he leaves everyone and everything behind. He creates a new alias for himself. In the new life that he makes, his inbred sense of righting wrongs leads him into new danger. He calls out to his former acquaintances to assist in the downfall of a corrupt group of murderers. Instead, he finds himself in a situation that he will be unable to extricate himself.

Read on to discover if it all ends in a place of no return. This is a page turner in the best Baldacci tradition.

Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turners member

Friday, June 25, 2010

Corsair: A summer reading club review

Corsair by Clive Cussler 2009: One-legged Juan Cabrillo captains the Oregon, a sophisticated and fortified ship disguised as a derelict five-hundred and sixty foot freighter. As always, Cussler’s novels are based on events that happened hundreds of years earlier. Cabrillo is asked to unofficially hunt for the downed Secretary of State whose plane crashes on the way to an important peace conference in the Middle East. The roller-coaster adventures of the Oregon and its crew make the excitement of a James Bond seem dull in contrast.
Can Cabrillo and his crew find the Secretary and save the Peace conference? Read on as the historical past does indeed affect the present.
Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turners member

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Eat, Pray, Love: a summer reading club review

Eat, Pray, Love: I chose to read this book because I saw the movie preview and was interested to know why Elizabeth chose to visit Indonesia etc.
Overall this book is easy to read but confusing and long-winded at some parts. I grew up from a Far East country and some of the materials she was explaining in the book were questionable. However there were many information she mentioned, I was able to confirmed that they were true.
Because the writing was long-winded and boring at some parts, it took me a long time to finish reading. There were several chapters I was very tempted to skip but decided against it. However I did find myself feeling 'obligated' to finish reading it just so I could move on with another book.

Review by Annie G.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Photos of Summer Tea Party on FB

If you took your kiddo to the Summer Tea Party hosted by the Woodland West Branch and held at the Dottie Lynn Recreation Center, I've uploaded a few photos of the event to our Facebook. A wonderful time was had by all, as you can tell from these smiling faces. Who doesn't love a tiara and Little Debbie snack cakes?

Summer Tea Party Photos!

And we would love for you to become our fan on Facebook!

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Cardturner: a summer reading club review

I checked out this book on the cover/title alone. I am an avid cardplayer, so I was very curious about this book. I was pleasantly surprised when I found out the book was about the game of bridge, a game that I have been curious about for some time but could never find anyone who knew how to play. The story is about a young adult named Alton, who is hired by his blind uncle to turn cards for him so that he can continue to play cards despite going blind. It was a nice story and all, but I was more impressed by all the bridge talk. I feel like I have learned a little about the game!
Angie B.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Dark of Night by Suzanne Brockman

Dark of Night: The Troubleshooters are back in action as Decker deceives the others by faking Nash’s death in an effort to divert attention elsewhere. Decker finds the Troubleshooter’s receptionist Tracy has strength of her own to battle the deadly forces. Brockman’s romantic suspense is a good read! The deadly action keeps you turning pages to see what happens next. For Troubleshooter fans, this is a must read full of action.
Written by Sherry Woods, Southwest Page Turners member