Patron Reviews

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

Kite Runner

Review written by: Blake Ellis
5

The Kite Runner, written by Khaled Hosseini, is an entertaining read that focuses on the betrayal and redemption of two friends, Amir and Hassan. Taking place in Afghanistan, Amir and Hassan are avid kite flyers, and have their eyes set in winning their local kite flying tournament. After Amir shockingly betrayals Hassan, the story takes many twists and turns as Amir seeks redemption for his act of betrayal. Although a bit graphic at times, the Kite Runner is one of the most entertaining books I have read, and offers a lot of valuable themes and meanings. I would recommend this book to anyone.

By Author/Artist: Khaled Hosseini

To Kill a Mockingbird

Review written by: Ashlynn Belise
4

To Kill a Mockingbird takes on many themes of society in the past that are still relevant now. One major theme of the story is dealing with race and treatment of individuals. Atticus Finch takes on the responsibility defending Tom Robinson, a black man, in a case of rape. When this book was set in the south, while there was still very high racial tension and discrimination against african americans. when Atticus took on this case he knew the repercussions that would come from defending a black man. Many people no longer supported Atticus and thought he was making a big mistake. In this book, his children learned a lot about accepting people for who they are and not judging a book by its cover. The message the reader takes away is to view all sides of a story accurately and without an opinion before forming one of your own.

By Author/Artist: Harper Lee
Format: Paperback book

Maximum Ride: the Angel Experiment

Review written by: mba11
5

We got this as an audio book during a recent road trip & it was quite captivating! So much so, that I've continued on with the whole series. It's a great hit for the author - venturing into the YA audience. So, it's narrated by Max, a 14 y.o. girl, who is taking care of her `flock', or family of `bird-kids'. She's in charge of Angel, the youngest, (6 y.o.) & her brother known as "Gassie" (8 y.o.), Nudge (11 y.o.), Iggy & Fang, also both 14. They were all `science experiments' in that they received bird DNA by evil scientists. Altho' 1 `white coat' (as they call them) was good: Jeb. He helped them escape from "The School" & lived with them in seclusion in the CO mountains, until 1 day he mysteriously disappeared. So, they've been surviving on their own for 2 yrs. Until, 1 day, `Erasers' appear & kidnap Angel. Erasers are 1/2-wolf, 1/2 human hybrid bad guys. & the story continues how they make a plan to rescue Angel & how that all unfolds. Overall, very exciting stuff! 

By Author/Artist: James Patterson
Format: audio book
ISBN: 9781419338441

To Taste Temptation

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

An American veteran of the French and Indian Wars is now a successful merchant with a younger sister to launch. However, this is a cover for his true purpose: to question the few other survivors of a massacre which he suspects was caused by a traitor in their midst. He asks a widow who is informally engaged to a fellow survivor to chaperone his sister and they gradually become involved. The book surrealistic descriptions of how PTSD affects the traumatized and how it may affect each person differently. Well written and moving.

By Author/Artist: Hoyt, Elizabeth
Format: ebook

The Serpent Prince

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

A gently bred spinster finds a naked viscount nearly beaten to death near her country home and nurses him back to health. He is trying to avenge the death of his brother, who was pushed into a duel and killed because he was an obstruction to some fellow investors, and they are pushing back. Her affections shift from her local vicar who has been courting her but never asking for her hand to the nobleman, which puts both in danger. The book is well written but the titular fairy tale composed for the novel falls flat.

By Author/Artist: Hoyt, Elizabeth
Format: ebook

The Leopard Prince

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

A spinster heiress falls for her land steward, a man far below her on the social scale and falsely accused of murder by a local landowner with a grudge. Interesting to compare the present and historical mores regarding illegitimacy and sexual and social standards. Well written.

By Author/Artist: Hoyt, Elizabeth
Format: ebook

The Raven Prince

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

In 19th century England, a barren widow finds herself in need of money and takes a job as a secretary to a disagreeable earl in need of a wife and heir. They develop a mutual unrequited attraction. During the course of her work, she discovers the name of a high end brothel he uses and finds a way to substitute herself there masked. Complications occur and love wins out. Though somewhat formulaic, it is well thought out and written.

By Author/Artist: Hoyt, Elizabeth
Format: ebook

I've Got Your Number

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

An engaged woman loses her engagement ring at a hotel and has her cell phone stolen. She finds a cell phone abandoned in a plant by an executive's PA, which she appropriates so the hotel staff and others can contact her about her ring. The executive calls the phone and the two become entangled in each other's situations and eventually falling for each other. The plot twists and turns and a comedy of errors ensues. Well written and insightful.

By Author/Artist: Kinsella, Sophie
Format: ebook

The Valcourt Heiress

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

In medieval England, an heiress runs away from a marriage arranged by her witch of a mother and is rescued by a knight who recently inherited his brother's title and properties. The main keep was attacked and devastated by anonymous men seeking silver allegedly stolen by his brother. The girl helps to restore order as well as discover who the culprits are and their involvement in her own situation. Tender feelings develop between the knight and heiress as murder and palace intrigue seek to keep them apart.

By Author/Artist: Coulter, Catherine
Format: ebook

Can You Keep A Secret?

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

A woman working at the British corporate headquarters for a company founded by an American and his deceased English friend reveals all her secrets to a fellow passenger in a panic while flying on a plane going through turbulence. She later discovers this other business class passenger is the American founder. Embarrassing situations and romantic complications ensue. If you get upset by embarrassing situations and comedy of errors, you may get nervous reading Sophie Kinsella. I have had to set her books aside for a few minutes to calm myself down before proceeding as this type of humor can trigger sympathetic anxiety.

By Author/Artist: kinsella, Sophie
Format: ebook

Trouble at the Wedding

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

A girl who was raised as "poor white trash" in turn-of-the-century Mississippi inherits a fortune and seeks to move up in New York society with minimal success. She becomes engaged to a down on his luck English earl whom her uncle/trustee doesn't like or trust. He hires a rakish duke to try to talk her into delaying or canceling the Wedding. Of course, the duke and deb end up fighting a losing battle against a fierce attraction. The author did a good job of writing the characters' backgrounds and motivations and making them believable. An enjoyable read.

By Author/Artist: Guhrke, Laura Lee
Format: ebook

The Undomestic Goddess

Review written by: Laura Brooks
4

Sophie Kinsella is excellent at writing humorous romances. This story is about a female corporate attorney on the verge of partnership who discovers a memo on her desk that indicates she made a major error of omission that will seriously jeopardize her career. She panics, runs away, and hides out in a small town, where she gets mistaken for an interviewee for a housekeeper position. She settles into this unfamiliar situation and discovers love and a peace she never knew in her former life as well as a plot at her former law firm. If you get anxious over comedy of errors, you may find this book difficult to tolerate at times, but all comes out right in the end.

 

By Author/Artist: Kinsella, Sophie
Format: ebook

Superman: Peace on Earth

Review written by: Eric
4

One of the great things about superheroes is that they give us an escape from the mundane problems facing the world, presenting us with fantastical, and therefore safe, problems and threats. Yet every so often a superhero will tackle a real-world problem, to show the complexities of the issue and why they couldn’t really do anything about it, if they were real. One such story is Superman: Peace on Earth. Written by accomplished comics and TV author Paul Dini, and gorgeously illustrated by Alex Ross, it shows Superman confronting the very real problem of world hunger. His solution is to use his powers to deliver food to all the areas of the world that need it. During his labors, he is met at various times with thanks, suspicion, or anger. It is on his last delivery that he is confronted with the worst response. A military warlord threatens to kill the people of a village rather than let Superman give them the food. It is after this conflict that he realizes that world hunger is a problem that a superhero cannot solve, that it is something humanity has to work out itself. While Superman does use some Biblical quotes to get his point across, the work as a whole is not in any way preachy. Dini’s writing is evocative and emotional, while at the same time economic, taking up very little of the panel space, which gives the lush paintings of Alex Ross room to shine. Ross has a very photorealistic style, bringing the events of the book vividly to life. The story is also part of a series, with other books starring Wonder Woman, Batman, and my favorite, Captain Marvel (also known as Shazam). They are all worth reading.

 

By Author/Artist: Paul Dini & Alex Ross
Format: Book

Tiger

Review written by: mary adelman
5

Book one in "The Five Ancestors" is truly a captivating read, that gets you hooked to keep on reading till you're done w/all 7 in the series! It was especially fun to be able to read alongside (actually, behind) my son as he had 1st encountered them during the school year. Also cool is that the author went to MSU!

By Author/Artist: Stone, Jeff
Format: paperback

Anonymous Sources

Review written by: Kristi Garcia
3

I listened to an interview on NPR with the author who spent two decades traveling the world as a reporter for NPR and the BBC - the book sounded intriguing. I wanted to like it more than I did. It was a quick read and I liked the general plot but I felt the entire book built up to a rather abrupt ending. I found myself saying out loud a few times, "Come on! That would never happen!". I cannot give details without spoilers.

By Author/Artist: Mary Loise Kelly
Format: e-book
ISBN: 1476715548

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