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books

Jul 17 2013

Parasite

author: 
Grant, Mira

Attempting to fill the void left by her Newsflesh Trilogy, Mira Grant gives us another near-future made dystopic by a health cure gone wrong. This first entry in the Parasitology series brings us likeable characters, a quasi-believable medical threat (though to be honest far less plausible than how she envisioned zombies), corrupt business practices, mad egomaniacal scientists, strained family relationships and two sweet dogs.

reviewdate: 
Jul 11 2013
isn: 
978-0-316-21895-5
Jul 05 2013

Into the Forest

author: 
Hegland, Jean

Sort of like the movie 2 Days in New York that I watched last week, I am not sure if I admired or hated this book. The writing is good, I guess. It's sophisticated, but not showy, but the characters might be a little hard to love.

reviewdate: 
Jun 30 2013
isn: 
0-934971-50-1
Jun 30 2013

Buried on Avenue B

author: 
De Jonge, Peter

It's weird when a book takes place in a neighborhood you know incredibly well, but is in a universe you've heard about but don't recognize, populated by alcoholic, bigoted police officers. Buried on Avenue B has a second location, Sarasota, Florida, which is not far from Tampa, where I went to grad school. The people in the Publix grocery stores in Sarasota are depicted as nicer than the ones I encountered in Tampa, but there was one commonality--old men bagging groceries. De Jonge assumes they're doing it for the minimum wage. In my naivete, I want to believe it is for something to do.

reviewdate: 
Jun 26 2013
isn: 
978-0-06-209712-5
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