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books

Jun 22 2013

Hallowed Ones, the

author: 
Bickle, Laura

Amish teen Katie is looking forward to going on Rumspringa with her boyfriend Elijah. Instead she finds herself fighting evil, as well Elijah and the community elders. If the premise sounds ridiculous, unfortunately its execution kind of is. Unless it's meant to be silly, like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and books of that ilk?

reviewdate: 
Jun 22 2013
isn: 
978-0-547-85926-2
Jun 22 2013

Night Sweats: an Unexpected Pregnancy

author: 
Crossett, Laura

I've now read the material in this book three times, once as a series of blog posts, the second time in manuscript and now as a gen-u-ine book. Three times, and each time I was dazzled by Laura's honesty, insight, generosity, kindness, love, snark and beautiful writing.

The title pretty much tells you what it's about, the non-LC subject headings give you a few more clues:

Crossett, Laura--Confessions.
Pregnant women--Mental Health.
Christian biography--United States.
Pregnancy, Unplanned--United States. [Extra fun: search your favorite library catalog for "unplanned pregnanc*" and see what subject headings your results yield.]
Wayward spinsters--Iowa--Iowa City.
Intrauterine contraceptives--FAIL.

(Disclaimer: I am friends with Laura, and I helped with the subject headings.)

reviewdate: 
Jun 17 2013
isn: 
978-1-304144874
Jun 16 2013

Perfect

author: 
Shepard, Sara

Yes, I'm three books in to Pretty Little Liars. I don't even like it anymore, but I'm not sure I can stop.

reviewdate: 
Jun 16 2013
isn: 
978-0-06-1975585
Jun 16 2013

Dead Ever After

author: 
Harris, Charlaine

You know I love the Sookie Stackhouse series, right?, but like with so many endings to television series, the finale was a bit of a disappointment. I'm okay with who Sookie ended up with, but the whole book was a set-up for it, and there were lots of loose ends unnecessarily tied up.

reviewdate: 
Jun 11 2013
isn: 
978-1-937007-88-1
Jun 09 2013

Flawless

author: 
Shepard, Sara

One thing I appreciate is that the series doesn't attempt to drag one secret out for the entire gazillion books. In the beginning of the second Pretty Little Liars book, you find out the big deal from book one.

reviewdate: 
Jun 7 2013
isn: 
978-0-061975578
Jun 09 2013

Pretty Little Liars

author: 
Shepard, Sara

It's the fault of my Facebook 50 Books in 2013 group and specifically my smart, feminist, zine friend Caitlin that I powered through the first and then second books in the Pretty Little Liars series in a large, rotund hurry. I mean who could resist this tantalizing write up: "Pretty Little Liars by I forget. It's been a long time since I had so thoroughly enjoyed such an objectively terrible book."?

reviewdate: 
Jun 4 2013
isn: 
978-0-061975561
Jun 01 2013

Succubus on Top

author: 
Mead, Richelle

Thanks to Alex Wrekk, I've been watching the Canadian supernatural procedural Lost Girl. The show is about a succubus, just like, you guessed it, this second installment of Mead's Georgina Kincaid series. For those you don't know, a succubus takes a partner's life force during sex.

reviewdate: 
Jun 1 2013
isn: 
978-0-8217-8078-7
Jun 01 2013

Bunheads

author: 
Flack, Sophie

This novel about 19-year-old corps de ballet dancer Hannah Ward reminded me a little of the nun memoir Through the Narrow Gate because it was about the protagonist's struggle with the sacrifices required to please her god, in this case the artistic director of the "Manhattan Ballet."

reviewdate: 
May 28 2013
isn: 
978-0-316-12653-3
Jun 01 2013

Frost Burned

author: 
Briggs, Patricia

I didn't sleep for even a minute on my cross-country flight, which left JFK at 9pm and landed at SFO more than six hours later at midnight and change. Most of the time I was too busy reading Frost Burned, the latest entry in the Mercy Thompson series. (Note to Loud Melissa: you really need to get started on these, now that you've caught up with The Hollows!)

reviewdate: 
May 27 2013
isn: 
978-0-441-02001-0
May 26 2013

Through the Narrow Gate

author: 
Armstrong, Karen

Against the wishes of her parents (but with their permission), Karen Armstrong entered a convent at 17. Her memoir reveals what being a nun was like in 1960s England--the spiritual, physical and emotional challenges, as well as the joy of feeling called and chosen to strive to be close to God.

reviewdate: 
May 25 2013
isn: 
0-312-11903-8