Patron Reviews

Reviews of books, movies, CDs and audiobooks written by ELPL Patrons.

The Bone Yard

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
4

The sixth in the Body Farm series, this is another forensic thriller. Hidden shallow graves are found north of a former boys reform school. Dr. Brockton is called in to investigate. What he discovers is a plot far thicker and larger than anyone ever imagined. This was a great book, full of details and plot twists, right up until the end.

By Author/Artist: Jefferson Bass
Format: Hardcover

The Fourth Bear

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
3

This book is the sequel to The Big Over Easy. It was only a little less strange. In this story, DI Spratt investigates the death of Goldilocks and looks into ursine affairs. Also in this mix is the Gingerbreadman, a psychopathic serial killer. Who is controlling all these events? Read The Fourth Bear to find out.

By Author/Artist: Jasper Fforde
Format: Hardcover

The Big Over Easy

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
3

This book was quite bizarre, in a somewhat endearing way. The story is a mystery; the mystery of who killed Humpty Dumpty. Investigating the death is Jack Spratt, head of the Nursery Crime Division. The book has many twists and turns, but comes to a stunning and unexpected conclusion.

By Author/Artist: Jasper Fforde
Format: Hardcover

Carved in Bone

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
4

This is a very exciting and well-written forensic mystery. The book centers around Dr. Bill Brockton, a University of Tennessee anthropology professor. He works with law enforcement agencies to solve murders. This book centers around a body found in a cave, and the town from which she came. Dr. Brockton is thrown into a world of old feuds and old families. I really liked it!

By Author/Artist: Jefferson Bass
Format: Hardcover

The Hunger Games

Review written by: Nina Natla
4

The hunger games is about one girl and one boy who go to a battle for life and death.Katniss and Peeta went for District 12 and they both one the The hunger games.

By Author/Artist: Suzanne Collins
Format: hardcover

Days of Blood and Starlight

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
5

This book is the sequel to Daughter of Smoke and Bone. It continues to follow the stories of Akiva and Karou, but now they are separate and at odds. Much of the book consists of the characters adjusting to their new roles. Without giving anything away, this book is very exciting and full of action. Anyone who read the first one and liked it will enjoy this one.

By Author/Artist: Lanie Taylor
Format: Hardcover

The Raven Boys

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
5

This is a very good book. The story follows five characters. Four of them are students at a very fancy all-boys prep school. The fifth is a normal girl from town. The boys are searching for a mythical 'ley line,' which supposedly has an ancient Welsh king buried at the end. Throughout the book they find clues and draw closer to their goal. I highly recommend this book to any who like mystery, adventure, or paranormally.

By Author/Artist: Maggie Stiefvater
Format: Hardcover

Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Review written by: Eileen Reeves
5

I really liked this book. The writing was good and the story was familiar without being old or boring. I loved the characters and the descriptions of the more monstrous ones. The ending was a great cliff-hanger that left me wanting the next one. I recommend this to any who enjoy modern fantasy.

By Author/Artist: L. Taylor
Format: Paperbck

Be Careful What You Wish For...

Review written by: Alan
5

This book is about Samantha, a klutzy girl that is taunted by a really mean girl named Judith. One day she helps a lady named Clarissa find directions home, so Clarissa reveals her magical identity and gives Samantha three wishes. Samantha makes pretty normal wishes which are taken at face value by Clarissa, which ruins Samantha's life. The ending is really good, and this book is full of twists and suspense. Recommended for young teens and horror fans.

By Author/Artist: R. L. Stine
Format: Paperback

Bossypants

Review written by: Kristi
4

I chose this book for humor week for the ELPS summer adult reading program - it was the only humor one that interested me. I did laugh out loud a few times and found myself watching the Palin sketches on you tube as I read. Ive only seen a couple episodes of 30 Rock and now I want to start from the pilot and watch them. Tina is funny and awkward and unconventional - I especially liked her stories about being a working mother and being a boss but feeling too scared to tell her babysitter to not trim her daughhters nails too short.

By Author/Artist: Tina Fey
Format: e-book
ISBN: 0316056898

Out of the Silent Planet

Review written by: Jan
4

Out of the Silent planet is the first of a trilogy of science fiction stories that C.S. Lewis wrote. Ransom, a professor of philology (study of language/linguistics), is on a summer hike when he is kidnapped by two people and taken by spaceship to another planet, They are bringing him as a sacrifice, but he is able to escape. Much of the story is Ransom figuring out who and what live on this planet. - is it safe? what is safe? who are these other beings? what are their motives and desires? who can you trust? what do you do with things you can't see? The book tells of a tragedy, a long journey, and a growing knowledge of himself and others.

By Author/Artist: C.S. Lewis
Format: paperback

i know i am, but what are you

Review written by: Lorri
1

I enjoy Samantha Bee on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and looked forward to reading her book. It is a collection of essays about her life from childhood to the present. Unfortunately, I found it more disturbing than funny especially the stories from her younger years. It is nice that she can laugh about these experiences and I think the book would have worked better as a memoir than a comedy.

By Author/Artist: Samantha Bee
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 35935004129116

al jaffee's mad life

Review written by: andrew holmes
5

the book is the story of al jaffee's life from when he was a kid to when he work at mad. the story is much more then a story it is some ones life that they have lived though

mad life was a very intresning book about al jaffee's life. it explans almost everything that happens in his life from the good to the bad and everything in between. this book is not for the funny side in you. it's very sad and is not for little kids.

By Author/Artist: mary-lou-weisman
Format: hardcover

Dead Ever After

Review written by: Kristi Garcia
2

Many have tuned into the Sookie Stackhouse series as a result of the popular HBO series - True Blood - but I have been reading the series since the beginning as part of my guilty pleasures. This is the final book in the series and although I won't give any spoilers, it ended as I expected. Plus it was science fiction week for the reading program, so it just made sense to check it out. The reason I say that it ended as expected is because the last 3-4 books in the series didn't seem to have close to the suspense and punch as the initial books. It wasn't the goodbye I was hoping for with Sookie but I have always looked at the series as a quick read that didn't require too many brain cells - and I would say this continued to ring true. I will say that much of the prior storylines that seemed to build book after book seemed to take a hiatus of resolution or were just dismissed in this final book. Fourteen years of building storylines and it seemed things were "resolved" in a paragraph. That being said, I enjoyed the series overall - the characters, the story lines, the relationships, and quirky Bon Temps.

By Author/Artist: Charlaine Harris
Format: e-book
ISBN: 193700788X

When You Reach Me

Review written by: Nina Natla
4

By sixth grade Miranda and her best friend Sal knew how to navigate their NYC neighborhood . They know where its safe to go and who to avoid.Things got crazy because Sal gets punched by a kid on the street for what seems like no reason and he isn't friends with Miranda anymore.

By Author/Artist: Rebecca Stead
Format: Hardcober

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