Sunday, October 22, 2017

The Stolen Marriage by Diane Chamberlain - Reshelved Books

Hello Dewey Readers!

I just finished an absolutely amazing book.  It was just the book I needed to distract myself from my life. I could NOT put it down.  What was this magical book, you ask?  Diane Chamberlain's The Stolen Marriage.  


I love Diane Chamberlain.  She blends suspense with women's fiction (and this time historical fiction) in a way that just makes you keep wanting more. 

In this novel we meet Tess, a young woman who is studying to become a nurse and who is engaged to a newly minted young doctor named Vincent.  Tess and Vincent grew up together in Baltimore's section of Little Italy, both as devout Catholics and both with families who love the couple and each other dearly.  It is also1943, the middle of WWII, and  the beginning of a large polio epidemic, which at this point is hitting it's hardest in Chicago.  Vincent, being the good man and enthusiastic new doctor he is, goes to Chicago to volunteer his time.  What he claims to be a few weeks turns into a few months and Tess is well... she's upset and lonely.  So, rather than sit home and sulk, Gina and Tess take a girl's weekend trip to Washington D.C.  Only Tess makes one large and horrifying mistake that changes EVERYTHING.  

Now, while I absolutely adored this book I did have one complaint.  I wanted more.  I felt that the ending was too abrupt, and prior to the epilogue, I was hoping that this novel would continue into a sequel.  WHY DID IT HAVE TO END SO QUICKLY!?!? 

So Dewey Readers, I give you a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  (But, I gave it 5 on GoodReads.)  

Until the next read!
~Jessica  

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Witchfinder's Sister by Beth Underdown - Reshelved Books


Hello everyone!  

In honor of the spooky pumpkin spice latte season, I bring you a review that's rather witchy, at least in the historical sense.  When we think of historical witches, we often think of Salem, Massachusetts and the Salem Witch Trials that took place in the 1690's.  Beth Underdown's The Witchfinder's Sister takes us to pre-Salem overseas in England in 1645 where like in Salem, women were hunted, tried, and murdered for being a suspected "witch." 


This novel follows the story of Alice Hopkins, who after becoming a recent widow when her husband dies in an accident, is forced to return to her childhood home, which is now owned by her brother Matthew Hopkins.  Alice, after miscarrying and losing many children while her husband was alive, is pregnant once again.  This is both a blessing and a curse.  It is a blessing because it is something that she has yearned for, for so many years and because it is the last physical tie she has to her deceased husband, but it is also a curse because now it will be so much harder for her to remarry.  It appears as though her future lies with being a single mother under the rule of her brother's home.  But then Alice loses this baby as well.    
One night, Matthew comes home late and terribly frightened.  He saw something, but when questioned by Alice he will not speak of it.  Alice herself had felt something... animal and dog-like come inside with Matthew that night but she cannot explain the phenomena and wishes to forget it.  It is after this, that Matthew begins to hunt women, especially those without family, children, or who have had children recently  pass, as well as those who may be suffering from mental distress and tries and kills them for being witches.  According to this Wikipedia article, the real life Matthew Hopkins is believed to have murdered 300 women for suspected witchcraft.  Isn't that crazy?


I always had a fascination with the witch trials, which I why I decided to pick up this book.  That being said, historical fiction isn't always my thing.  While I found this book interesting, I wasn't overly blown away with it, especially towards the end.  So dear Dewey Readers, I leave you with a rating of 3 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  

Until the next read!

~Jessica 
  

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige -- Reshelved Books

Once upon a time a girl went into a book store with thou who shalt not be mentioned.  The girl got a strange urge to purchase 3 books that all somehow spin off of or relate to the Wizard of Oz.  This review is on one of those books.  


Behold 3 Wizard of Oz-esc books in the ever growing to-read pile! 

Hello there Dewey Readers!  I told you I was going to start getting back into the swing of things, and I am!  My last review was of Stephanie Perkin's new horror novel, which is quite fitting for October.  Today's review is along those lines... not horror, but the Wizard of Oz.  We are talking about Danielle Paige's novel Dorothy Must Die.  

Amy Gumm lives in Kansas in a trailer park with her single mother, who after an accident has become addicted to pain medication.  On a day that a tornado is supposed to rip through the trailer park, Amy's mother gets up off of the couch to go out to a bar, leaving Amy home with her mother's pet rat.  Next thing you know, Amy's trailer is lifted into the sky and transported into the Land of Oz... which isn't as magical and vibrant as one would think.  When Amy and the rat step out of the trailer, the trailer falls into a deep, dark pit.  The land around them is barren, and the munchkins she meets are fearful and depressed.  This is because after being given the ability to have magic, Dorothy has become greedy and in her greed she has become truly the Wicked one.  To save Oz and to save magic, Amy is recruited by the order of the Wicked to KILL Dorothy.  

This book was a fun read, and while I wasn't sure why I picked it up (it's not something I'd usually go for)  I'm glad I walked home with this one and it's sequel.  The characters, well besides Dorothy, are likable, the writing flows and is easy to read, and the plot isn't dull or boring like a series sometimes could be.  Plus, the whole ninja-esc Amy / rat companion reminds me of my early 2000 days watching Kim Possible on the Disney Channel. 

So Dewey Readers, I leave you with a rating of 3.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  It's definitely a series worth checking out.   

Until the next read!
~Jessica 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer- Reshelved Books

Happy Monday everyone!

It's very gray here in the Tri-State area today.  Gray days make the best reading days!

My book for this week is Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer. A review that is short and sweet.


This book is sheer perfection. (Which is why my review is so short.  I don't want to take away from the book.)

Juliet Young is a seventeen year old who lost her mother in May.

Declan Murphy is a seventeen year old who lost his little sister at the hands of his alcoholic father 4 years before. 

Both Juliet and Declan lost themselves. 

Brought together by lose and grief; Declan and Juliet are able to find themselves in each other. 

The reason why this is sheer perfection is how Kemmerer is able to tell the story- bringing two characters together in a way that is unconventional.  Kemmerer was able to keep Declan's secret from Juliet and as a result, Juliet never ran away from Declan.  Juliet's feelings for Declan only grew, even after finding out who he was. 

Through the power of honesty and words, Declan and Juliet are able to heal. 

This book is worth all 5 coffee beans. Hands down. Without a question. 
Kemmerer told a wonderful story that came full circle.  There weren't any holes.  You weren't left wondering what could have been when it was over. 

~ Jillian


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hello Dear Dewey Readers!


Today I am writing to you from inside the local coffee shop while working on my #ToRead pile and trying to figure out life...  One of my new goals is to try to figure out where people actually hang out.  What do people do?  Where can I find these people in their mid 20's - early 30's... and do you think they will want to come to my library book clubs? Usually I like to sit home with my books in between loads of laundry... but today is the beginning of a new reading era!
I was not forgotten! 

About a year ago (Can you believe it has been that long already!) I wrote about reading in strange places... like the Stop and Shop Pharmacy.  I even took a #bookstagram photo of a book within a case of yogurt! Obviously the coffee shop is not strange, but today I am going to give you a quick snap shot of my experience. 

The experience: 
I am sitting in the corner with my back to the wall.  There are about 4 other girls sitting on their computers typing, and small groups of people scattered about just hanging out. Many of the men in here are with their respective dates.  I feel sort of guilty for taking up a small bistro table that could theoretically fit 3 people for me & my clunky purse...  but oh well.  I have also been waiting quite a while for the barista to take my order... but that's probably just my anxiety...No. I think she really forgot about me.      

So Dewey Readers, while I wave down the barista and try to overcome my table guilt, tell me, do you read in public? & Where do you hang out?  

Until the next coffee bean review! 

~Jessica 


P.S. I am currently re-reading Delirium by Lauren Oliver. My November book club choice for I Read Ya.  Is it better to love and to suffer than to have never have known love at all? 
    

Thursday, October 5, 2017

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins - Reshelved Books

Hello everyone.  

The past two weeks have been difficult, and as a result I've been suffering from a gigantic reading slump.  For someone who loves books, this has really sucked.  But I have been trying to power through and get back to it! 



So dear Dewey Readers, today I'm going to give you my take on Stephanie Perkins' new novel, There's Someone Inside Your House.  I loved Anna and the French Kiss.  It was a cute romance set in Paris, who wouldn't like it? Right?  Well, this novel is a totally different direction for Perkins because it's a horror story. While parts of the novel border on gore, I wouldn't say it's scary or grosteque.  Rather, it is Perkins' take on the movie Scream.  To say I was excited to read this novel would be an understatement.   

I was EXTREMELY excited for this novel since I first found out that it was going to be published back at this year's BookCon.  When I placed the purchase order for the book at the library, I sat there with great anticipation waiting for the UPS man to arrive with a package.  Is it my YA order?  No? Maybe next week... 

I actually never watched the movie Scream, although I have seen bits and pieces of it while flicking through television channels once upon a time.  That being said, I basically know the way that the story plays out and was able to clearly say that, yes, this novel is Scream.  

But while reading it I became a little disappointed.  In the back of the novel, Perkins writes that she had wanted to read this book, so her friend suggested that she write it instead.  Isn't that what author's do?  Write the book you want to read. (I remember someone saying something alone those lines back during my undergrad creative writing courses.)  But anyway, I wasn't blown away with this novel, and I just expected something little bit more. 

So Dewey Readers, I leave you with a short review and short coffee bean rating of 2.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  

I also promoted this novel at my library in our YA Monday Book Talks before reading it.  If any of you have read it, comment below with what you thought! 

Until the next read.
~Jessica  



P.S.  Here is my YA Monday video. (I look tired. I'm putting on a face mask right now!)  More to come & suggestions are welcome! 





Thursday, September 28, 2017

The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot- Reshelved Books

Guys... I haven't been this excited about a book in a long time...

I just started a new job in a library, and part of this new job is to take the books that patrons return and discharge them from their library card record.  Once you've discharged a book, they get placed on a shelf until they're moved back to their home within the stacks. 

It was in doing this process that I found my book for this week... The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot.  I looked at the cover of the book and thought "No way!" and then I checked the title page and saw that this book was published in 2016 (10 years after the first three books!!)! 

I almost fell over.
Yes, that is a ceramic cat... Once you read the book, you'll understand... :)
I kid you not.

The Boy Series has to be my absolute favorite series from Meg Cabot.  The way that these books are set up is the best.  In The Boy is Back, Cabot presents the story through text conversations, emails, chats and voice transcriptions.  Cabot used the same set up in the three books preceding The Boy is Back (except maybe she didn't use texts in those three.. I can't remember- I read those books about 10 years ago).

So.  I did want any reasonable and responsible adult would do.

On my way home from work, I signed up for a library card at my local library and I headed straight to the adult fiction stacks to find The Boy is Back!

That was this past Thursday night and I just finished the book this morning which is Sunday (the day that I am writing the review. Not the date that the review will be posted). Three and half days isn't bad when you work full time and have an 8 month old to take care of!                                    

Reed Stewart is the boy that comes back to his hometown- Bloomville, IN.  It seems that his parents got themselves into quite the jam with paying for dinner with a postage stamp... One thing leads to another and it's revealed that maybe, Reed's parents are in a little too deep with cats and judge's gavels...

After a plea from his sister-in law Carly; Reed comes back home to help his brother, Marshall and her with "The Judge" and Connie.  Reed hasn't been back home in 10 years, he was kicked out of town by his father and Reed never looked back.  When Reed left all of those years ago, he walked away from his high school girlfriend, Becky.  

Like all great love stories, there is a story behind what happened the night that Reed's father kicked him out of Bloomville for good.  The story involves Becky and Reed... Someone may have been injured after a golf cart may have crashed into a pool...

Becky, who is a true homegrown girl, took over her father's moving business and now helps seniors adjust and move into senior friendly homes.  Reed and his family hire Becky to help with The Judge and Connie. 

Will Reed and Becky re-connect??  Will the cats take over?? Was Becky really the one who drove the golf cart that fateful night into the pool?!

You'll have to read to see!!

The Boy is Back is every much of adorableness and awesomeness that The Boy Next DoorBoy Meets Girl and Every Boy's Got One are.  I found myself giggling when I was reading this book (like the uncontrollable kind).  Even though the book is written through messages and from the perspective where the characters are telling each other of their encounters with one another, it was easy for the reader to see the picture that Cabot was painting.  The book is a lighthearted and easy read- it quenches the thirst for those who want to be instantly satisfied. 

I would totally recommend this book in a heartbeat. Which is why I can't help but give it 5 out 5 coffee beans.  Everything from the ceramic cats, to the gavels, to the feral cats and raccoons- it was a book that is capable of putting a smile on your face. 
   
See you all next week!
~ Jillian


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle- Reshelved Books

**Jillian's Bonus Review**

This week's bonus review is brought to you by the letter "L"! "L" is for library and for the happiness that comes being surrounded by books all day :)

 I'm have some serious mixed feelings on this book... The Infinite Moment of Us by Lauren Myracle
I never look at review of books, but this one was necessary.
(Note: I started to quickly skim through reviews about half way through the book)

The more reviews I found, the more I saw that readers felt the writing style was a rough, the plot was cheesy. One review even said the book was sexist!
I thought that the book presented the spark that brings two people together. Yes, they met by a weird happenstance but I don't feel that their relationship was unbelievable. 



This book is story about Wren and Charlie, two seniors who on their last day of high school, feel this instant connection to one another. Two people who never had true interaction with each other- are now pulled together!  They spend so much time together! They eat, sleep and breath each other!  They're enamored with one another and they can't get enough.  Now, I don't know about you; but that sounds like young love to me!

I liked this book in the beginning- I did! I got halfway through the book and then I decided that I was going to start writing the review. Which lead to Google. Which then lead to GoodReads, which lead to a mixed bag of feelings.

I was sad to see that many readers gave it such a low rating on GoodReads :(

Yet at the same time, I understood where they were coming from.

I felt like the emotions between Charlie and Wren were real.  I thought that their feelings were the ones that everyone has at some point in their life.

I'm a believer that young love is raw- it's something that's just as emotional as it is physical.  So to hear Myracle explained the actions in the manner that she did... I don't know, it didn't seem like it was that unbelievable.

THAT being SAID...!!

Once you pass the middle of the book, AFTER Wren's first time with Charlie, then the writing style used to describe their relationship is really rather adult.  (Think the teen version of Fifty Shades of Grey....Not my personal favorite...) Hot and heavy and something that you would read about in an adult novel. 

Not a YA novel.

I did find Charlie to be an adoring character, Wren...eh... She became needy and got on my nerves. (But what else is new??)

I give this book 2.5 coffee beans out of 5.  Two and a half because I only enjoyed the beginning of the book which was the only part that was worthy of the review.

~ Jillian

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms - Reshelved Books

Happy almost fall everyone!

How has everyone been?? I am sorry for my absence but I am back and ready to go! 

Would you believe me if I told you that this book sounds *very* familiar to me and that I have read it before...?

Well, this book sounded very familiar to me and I felt like I've read it before. 

You guys also know that I've never given a novel a crappy review before but I suppose there's a first time for everything!

The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay by Kelly Harms is going to be my first review on a book that I did not like. 

The reader meets Lily Stewart, an artist who gets evicted from her apartment after missing one rent payment.  While Lily is cleaning out her apartment, we see that Lily finds annulment paperwork from her Las Vegas marriage. Annulment papers from TEN YEARS AGO! TEN (10) count 'em, 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10, years ago!! HOW CRAZY!

After meeting with her best friend-divorce attorney, Renee, Lily decides that she's going to find Ben Hutchinson and tell him all about her delay in the paperwork and how it was all a big misunderstanding!!  (I'm still confused as to how you could even consider Renee to be a best friend when for most of the book, she's been a horrible person).

Ugh.

Then as the book continues we see the interactions between her and Ben; how the town of Minnow Bay tries to keep her and Ben together. Blah blah blah.

My issues with this book reside with Lily herself.

As a character, she is so flat! She does the same things over and over again and there is no change. (What's that saying? Doing the same things over and over again when the outcome is the same is the definition of insanity??) She's too stubborn to believe that anything new could be of benefit to her. 

I don't understand how helping Simone played any part of the development of Lily's character. Ben seemed like a big jerk and then he turned and became this tolerable person on a dime. He was mean and nasty to Lily YET everyone knew that they were perfect for each other.  (...What?)  I feel like there wasn't enough dialouge between the two of them, we didn't learn a lot about Ben. 

No one deserves to be treated like a jerk.  Even if it's a character in a book. 

The title "The Matchmakers of Minnow Bay" is confusing because there were no matchmakers.  Unless Colleen and Jenny were the matchmakers.  But I don't feel like that can be said when all they did was make a flat tire, kept Lily from getting a new tire and throwing a birthday party for Ben's mom, Carla.

I mean... Really?

The only part of the book I found to be funny was when Lily attacked Renee with the bristles on the broom because there was a robber in her apartment. 
(I probably laughed waaaaay too hard at that.)

I am sad to say that I can only give this book 1 coffee bean out of 5...

I was able to snag a copy of this book on sale for $9.00 and I think that's a fair price.  I wouldn't go out of my way to read this book....

~ Jillian

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart - Reshelved Books

Hello Dewey Readers!

I never read E. Lockhart before but I always felt like I had.  I liked her, even before I knew that I liked her.  Does that make sense? Probably not.

Anyway, I was super excited to read Genuine Fraud.  I was even more excited when it came in to the library, and being the librarian who places the ya book orders, got to check it out first. *happy dance!*

This book wasn't what I expected it to be, even though I'm not really sure what I expected.  For most of the book I wasn't sure if I liked it or not, but at the same time I couldn't put it down.   Maybe this post doesn't make much sense, but I think the whole premise of the book was to not make sense in the sense of hiding the true sense.  (what?)

 
So, for a brief summary of this book.  

There's a girl named Jule.  When Jule was little (7 or 8) her parents were brutally murdered.  They were spies, and Jule grows up to follow in their footsteps.  She's tough, she's beautiful, and she's not afraid to kill.  There's also a girl named Imogene.  She was / is Jule's friend, but she's been missing.  Is she dead?  Is she alive? Why is Jule pretending to be her?  How many people has Jule killed?  Is Jule even who we really think she is?  Are the romances that Lockhart suggests in the novel real, or are they part of Jule's games?

This is the uncertainty that encompasses this book.  

I'm not a fan of action novels, and sometimes the uncertainty of this novel threw me off.  However, there were some really interesting lines and prose made me keep wanting to read.  That being said, I had assumed that once I reached the end of the novel, everything would sort of tie together and fall into places, but I'm not quite sure that it really did. But I kind of liked it??

So For the Love of Dewey Readers, I give you a rating of 3.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  

Friday, September 8, 2017

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan - Reshelved Books

Hello everyone!

As we enter fall, I leave you with my last beachy summer read... soon I'll be reviewing beachy winter reads (insert girl with hand-flip emoji here).  Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny Colgan is everything that a summer beach read should be.  It's light, but not air-headed, it's beachy, but not overly, and it talks about food in a way that doesn't leave you too hungry.  

I really wanted to take a cute picture of this book with a cupcake....
but here's my pumpkin iced latte and fish named Shamu Pitbull Bielen-Ward.  

This novel follows the story of Polly, a young woman in her twenties who recently separated from her husband after their advertising business tanks.  During this separation, Polly is forced to move onto an island off the Cornish coast called Waterford.  Waterford is a town strictly and primarily made up of locals.  There is a bridge connecting Waterford to the mainland, but this bridge goes underwater depending on the tides at various times during the day.  So it's safe to say that people don't venture out too often, nor do people venture in.  There is one bakery in town, which is run by a grumpy older woman who just so happens to be Polly's landlady.  

I'm not always crazy about novels that take place in other countries, at least with regards to chick-lit.  I always seem to have the Kinsella's Shopaholic series in my head when I read British slang within chick-lit novels.  However,  I wasn't put-off by that in this novel.  Colgan tackles tough issues such as death, tragedy, change, and growing old to realize that you might no longer be needed -- at least not in the same capacity you were before.  Throw in Polly's love for baking, her friendship with the local fisherman, a love interest with a beekeeper, a pet  Puffin, and wa la! 

On the back of this novel (the paperback  U.S. version) there are reviews by other authors such as Jane Green and Meg Donohue that proclaim this novel to be "delicious" and "cozy."  I can ascertain that yes, it is.  

So dear For the Love of Dewey Readers, I leave you with a review of 4 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  Colgan also has a novel called The Bookshop on the Corner (about a librarian who quits her job to drive a book truck!)  I think I'll be putting that on my to-read list!

Until next time!
~Jessica 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

If Birds Fly Back By Carlie Sorosiak - Reshelved Books

Hello Everyone! 

I recently just finished Carlie Sorosiak's ya novel If Birds Fly Back.  For those of you who love books like Eleanor & Park & Our Chemical Hearts, I think you just might find yourself loving this one as well. 



Do my sea shells look like birds? 

This novel is told from the perspectives of two different characters. Linny, who's sister Grace has runaway, and who dreams of becoming a filmmaker - a dream which is shot down by her doctor parents, and Sebastian, a boy who never knew his father but learns that his father is a famous author, still alive, but very old (in his eighties!)  When Sebastian leaves home to track down and meet his father, Linny and Sebastian's worlds collide, and thus this novel is formed.  

Not only is Sebastian's father in his 80's, which is shocking to find out, especially when Sebastian is only around 17.  (His father REALLY should be his grandfather.)  But, Linny & Sebastian meet his father while volunteering at his nursing home.  Yes, you read that correct, his father is patient in a nursing home.  

While tackling subjects such as paternal abandonment, sibling abandonment / teenage runaways, and coming of age, this novel also becomes a story of falling in and learning to recognize first love. 

One thing worth mentioning, is while I absolutely adored this novel (trust me, you will NOT be able to put this one down!) I wasn't a fan of Linny's screen play tidbits.  Sections of this novel break away from prose, and are written in a screen-play format.  This is fitting because Linny's passion is film making, and also because these sections are Linny's way of working through her sister leaving, and for tying together the title of the novel with imagery of "finding one's wings."  However, I think I would have liked the novel even more if these snapshots of Linny's screen play were eliminated and if Sorosiak found another way to tie together the birds and Grace's disappearance... I'm not sure how she could do this.  It might have even been better if these screen play fragments were fleshed out more.  Basically, I found myself skipping over these parts and not really paying much attention to them at all.  

Overall, I'm going to give this novel 4 and 3/4 Coffee Beans.  I really want to give this novel 5 Beans, and I did on my GoodReads page.  However, because of my screen play critique, and for the purposes of this review, I just don't think I can.

Until the next read!

~Jessica 

Friday, August 25, 2017

My First Bookclub

Hello everyone.  

I don't have a review to give you today. I've been busy!!  But I did want to stop by and let you all know how my first bookclub went.  This past Monday I held my Fiction Addiction Bookclub at the library, and to say that I was nervous was an understatement. You know when you take notes, have questions ready, but get too nervous to read them (or see them) so you just decide to wing it?... Well that was me! 

Surprisingly, it went quite well.    


We discussed The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman and 14 people came! Including Grandma & my boyfriend.  (See review here).  13 copies of The Kitchen House went out (next month's Fiction Addiction selection) and 6 copies of Words in Deep Blue (which will be my first meeting for Adults Who Read YA.)

Everyone seemed thrilled to be there, and they didn't mind when I switched two of the characters up.  But I guess it didn't hurt that I gave them ice cream either. 

One thing I have noticed through this process of hosting a book club and making selections is that I forget what I read.  Maybe I read too fast, or maybe I read too much.  Last night I was looking over my GoodReads for books I may want to choose in the upcoming months, and I realized I couldn't remember what ANY of Diane Chamberlin's books were about...just that I love them and have given them all 5 stars. Does anyone else have this book amnesia problem? I think next month, rather than pick a new book, I might just re-read one that I have read but only vaguely remember the details of.  

Anyway, until next time!

~Jessica       

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger - Reshelved Books

Hello Dewey Fans! 

I just finished a new novel called Follow Me Back by A.V. Geiger.  It's a ya suspense novel that tackles twitter, anxiety, and fangirl culture.  

This photo was really hard to take.
I had to hold my computer backwards & upside down. 


A Brief Summary 
The novel centers around a love for a pop star named Eric Thorn.  There are Twitter pages devoted to those who love Eric, where the accounts post photos of him, essentially stalk him, and believe that they are "friends in the head" with him.  One of these Eric Thorn fans is Tessa Heart, who's Twitter handle is @TessaHeartsEric.  Tessa is agoraphobic so this Twitter interaction is just about all the communication that Tessa has with the outside world.  However, Tessa wasn't always phobic of being outside or with people.  How she became agoraphobic is one of the mysteries this novel uncovers. 

Eric Thorn also has his own private Twitter...Can you guess what it's called?.... @EricThornSucks. A hate account about himself? Yes.  Because Eric hates the Eric that the fangirls love and that his PR team has made him become.  The famous Eric is not the real Eric, and the famous Eric sort of sucks.  The fangirl nature of this book is explored when @EricThornSucks begins DMing @TessaHeartsEric.  

What I Thought  
At first I thought I might choose this book as a book club choice for my Adults Who Read YA group, but then I thought "eh...maybe not."  If it weren't for the suspense / thriller aspects of this book it could have easily fallen flat while being seen as "too childish" due to the fangirl obsession.  However, I really could not put this book down and finished it rather quickly.  The more I thought about this book, the more I liked it.  However, I don't think I'll be doing it for the next book group... at least not yet. 

So Dewey Readers, I leave you with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  

Until the next read! 

~Jessica  

Sunday, August 6, 2017

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus- Reshelved Books

Who is ready for a new review on a new book?! 
I hope you all are eagerly waving your arms up in the air! haha.

I don't know how old the majority of our readers are but if you fall into the mid to late twenties and up, you should know about all of those classic John Hughes films from the 80s! 
Sixteen Candles! Pretty in Pink! St. Elmo's Fire! The Breakfast Club!

And this 90s baby does love Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club   :)

Let me know what you're favorite John Hughes movie is!  You can post down below OR find us on Facebook! FortheLoveofDewey is now a group and we'd love it if you joined!

But onward to the good stuff...   


One of Us is Lying is Karen McManus' debut novel.   As a YA fiction story, One of Us is Lying is a story about five teenagers, one who mysteriously ends up dead in detention.  The "who done it" and the why are what you as the reader are trying to figure out.  

This book is a mash up between the game of Clue and The Breakfast Club.

From what I could find out there on the great internet, it seems like McManus was influenced by the writings of Agatha Christie for her debut novel.  According to Book Club Babble, McManus used The Breakfast Club as her primary inspiration. 


Which is something I can totally see... Take for example Brian and Simon.  For anyone who has seen this movie, do you think that McManus loosely based Simon on Brian?? Brian had the intentions of suicide but was never success.  Simon actually *dies*...
Tabitha Lord of Book Club Babble did an *amazing* review with Karen McManus. I strongly recommend to everyone to go and check out her review!  Another good review on the book was done by The Big Thrill- you can check out that review here.

Lord brings up great questions that included awesome points.  I love how she brings up how nowadays, teenagers don't have a sense of privacy (which is true, when I was in high school, TEXT MESSAGES were just becoming a thing! and I am by no means old!).  How social media has taken over and made things that were once private, public.  (Not only that, but suicide is something that's increasing in teenagers :(  )

I very much liked the delivery of the story!  I liked how as the reader got deeper into the novel, the plot became more twisted.  The police were pitting Bronwyn, Nate, Cooper and Addie against each other- something that should have pulled them apart, made them stronger together in the end.  You slowly learn about Simon's life and 

As, I said before (because for anyone who knows me, I love to repeat myself) I liked how the book was a spin on The Breakfast Club: you had the athlete, the criminal, the brains, the outcast and the pretty girl.  While the five of them were able to walk out together at the end, One of Us is Lying loses the outcast. 

There was a twist at the end of the story that I was not expecting.  I could see how the "killer" was who they were, but I would never have imagined who was helping them.

I give this book 5 out of 5 coffee beans.  It held the right amount of suspense and it answered all of the questions that it laid out.  I didn't get tired of the characters and I didn't find them to be annoying.  The book progressed in a way that didn't leave you feeling ripped off. 

~ Jillian



Thursday, August 3, 2017

Words In Deep Blue by Cath Crowley - Reshelved Books

Why hello there, For the Love of Dewey readers!

Today I offer you a review for a well promoted  (by publishers on the IG) and highly esteemed ya novel, Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley.  

This book takes place in an Australian used bookstore.  Could the setting be any more perfect?  In this bookstore there is a shelf where patrons underline words in books, leave notes and thoughts within the margins, and write letters in the hopes of someone specific finding them...while others do so in the hopes that these notes are never found at all.  In this novel there are two main characters, Henry, who's parents own the bookstore and who is suffering from his first "I don't love you anymore," and Rachel, Henry's at one time best friend, who is forever changed since she tragically lost her brother Cal to a drowning accident, and who is and always has been, secretly in love with Henry.  




In addition to love and loss, this novel also touches upon the idea of jobs that pay to live and jobs that become a meaningful part of life.  Can money buy happiness?  Sometimes, I think that it could, and I sort of wish I chose a career where a master's degree would bring in the big bucks $$$.  After all, if you're not comfortable can you ever be truly happy, or would you forever be strapped with worry?   Then again, if your passion lies within a job that doesn't pay much, would doing something else for the rest of your life lead to resentment?  Maybe resentment exists with both options. This is what I was thinking about when Henry's family proposes selling the bookstore in the hopes of giving Henry and his sister George a better life.  The bookstore itself almost seems like a fairytale place.  It is an oasis amongst the stacks.  It is something that I know I would LOVE to call home... but is it feasible for the long run? 

Overall I adored this novel.  It's cute yet thought provoking, despite Rachel's grief, isn't overly sad or depressing.  So Dear Dewey Readers, I leave you with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans

P.S. This is book is my second library book club book, and is also the 1st book to be discussed in my new group for Adults Who Love to Read YA in September!!!  For those of you in the New Jersey area who love to read ya, message or comment below to find out how you can join!

~Jessica  


Friday, July 28, 2017

The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman

Hello wonderful For the Love of Dewey Readers!!! 

I have news for you!  I am officially an Adult Services Librarian & I'm in charge of 2 new Book Clubs a month!  My first Book Club is called Fiction Addiction and my second Book Club is for Adults who love to read YA.  I am SO excited. 

So today I am sharing a review with you that will also be my first Fiction Addiction Book Club book in August, The Charm Bracelet by Viola Shipman.  (For those of you in the NJ area, reach out to me and I can share with you the details so you can join!) 


This novel explores the idea of intertwining maternal family relationships, as symbolized through a charm bracelet that has been passed down from generation to generation.  The charms were collected from important events within each woman's life, allowing them to take on a certain type of strength and energy.  The strength found within these charms made me think of mine (and Jillian's) collection of healing crystals.  

But anyway, let's talk about the plot.  This novel follows the story of Lauren and Arden, a mother daughter pair living in Chicago who gets called back to Lauren's original southern home when she learns that Arden's mother, Lolly, is becoming forgetful.  Lolly begins to exhibit signs of dementia.  She has post-its everywhere to remember simple tasks and names, and she frequently begins to forget to arrive to her shift at the local ice cream parlor, Scoops, on time.  Together the three begin to recall the past all the way back from Lolly's mother, while worrying about what the future will hold.  Ultimately, this novel also explores the feelings of heartbreak, of true love, and of regret.    

Broken down into sections based off of the charms, this story is a powerful journey about placing value in one's life, remembering the past, and making memories within the present / future.  But most importantly, it is about learning to value what you have now while you still have it, and to not let regrets take over the good memories.  

I think that this novel hit on my anxiety a little bit, because our Grandmother had suffered from Alzheimer's and dementia (and to be honest, for someone only 25 years old, I can't remember s**t).  While I thought that this novel overall came off as "sweet" and endearing, and I loved how Shipman broke the book into sections based off of the charms, it didn't engulf me in the same way that some of the other novels I have read the summer so far have.  So dear Dewey Readers, for this reason I leave you with a rating of 4.5 out of 5 Coffee Beans.  I hope this Book Club goes well, and I hope that by the time August 21st rolls around I can still remember what I've read! 

~Jessica    

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

I Need a Lifeguard Everywhere but the Pool by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella

Hello everyone! I'm offering you a quick review on Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serrritella's latest novel and mother-daughter series. 

I love Lisa and Francesca's books.  They are funny.  They are witty.  And they are absoutely and 100% what I look forward to every summer.

Can we take a minute to look at the title of their latest "chick-wit" book?



Isn't it just... awesome?  It's true, it's quirky, it's funny... And I LOVE it.  

So, for those of you who aren't familiar, Lisa Scottoline, who normally is known for her thrillers, collaborates with her daughter on a series they call "chick-wit." This chick-wit consist of short little blurbs about life, womanhood, and the mother-daughter relationship.  They are light, they are airy, and they are just wonderful.    


This book in particular focuses on life and learning how to become your own lifeguard.  To me, this book in particular focused a bit to heavily on the 2017 Presidential Election.  Scottoline and Serritella do not disclose who their candidate was or what political party they are affiliated with, but I have an inkling as to which way they sway.  For me, the focus on the election sort of lowered my rating of the book (if this were a longer review, it would be 4.5 or 4 coffee beans instead of 5).  However, the election was such a large and controversial part of this year, that it's only natural that it's a large part of this year's chick-wit. 

Over all I absolutely love this mother-daughter team.  Definitely check out this book or one of their other chick-wit books this summer!  You will NOT be disappointed! 


     


Aren't they fun!?