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Firstlife by Gena Showalter

FirstlifeFIRSTLIFE is the first book in a new series by Gena Showalter, the Everlife series.  It starts off in a unique way with a series of emails that drop you right into the story.  Gena Showalter has created an extraordinary new world where it has been revealed that life on earth is not what we thought.  Our life on earth is just the beginning and is only where we have our Firstlife.  After we die on earth we go on to Everlife.  In order to experience Everlife you must decide on a side; where you will spend your Everlife.  The only acceptable choices are Troika or Myriad.  If you die without choosing a side you end up in trapped Many Ends, which is worse than forever death. 

Once I was introduced to the main character, Tenley “Ten” Lockwood, I felt instantly connected to her.  She is a strong minded and strong willed teen that is being forced to make a decision that she is not ready to make.  Ten has learned that it is not an easy choice.  It is not black or white.  It is not good versus evil.  Both sides are pushing her to decide.  Like all teens, pushing her to decide is only pushing her further away.  Her journey is fast paced and an epic adventure unfolds taking the reader through many obstacles.

I was truly lost to this new world and Ten’s adventures.  I mourned the end of the book and absolutely cannot wait until the next installment.  This is a little edgier than YA so I guess the next genre is NA.  If you read and enjoyed Michelle Rowan’s NIGHTWATCHERS series, I think you will love this book more.  –Trudy (Jan’s Customer)


Enoch's Folly by Jamie McNabb

Enoch's FollyI thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mack, the main character, takes on a bet with his uncle, who is head of a tug and barge company in Portland.  The bet is that if Mack finishes a house boat within a certain time frame he gets title to the property (Elk Jaw Landing) if he loses he gives up his shares in the tug company and loses his town home in Portland. Mack’s wife Freddie is not happy. 
Although this is a fantasy, that is a minimal part of the story, which is about family dynamic’s, about the relationship between a husband and wife, about the baggage that we all carry and about the challenges we face in life and how we deal with it all. In the background, there is a river dragon, or is there? and if it is there, is it benign or malevolent?  It was a good book, I really enjoyed it. At the end there was mention of a sequel…I hope so because I liked Mack and Freddie. -Jody


The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

City of EmberCITY OF EMBER is a very cool book. It is centered around a girl named Lina. She lives in a city, Ember, that is the only light in a dark world. The whole city runs on one power generator that is starting to not work. The other person the book is centered around is a boy named Doon Harrow who is trying to solve the problems of Ember and draws the job pipeworks laborer, which he hoped that he would get. Then when Doon and a Lina open a mysterious door in the pipeworks that is locked until they find the key.

I really liked this book and thought that it was a great example of dystopia, which is the word for a bad place. There are other books in this series, THE PEOPLE OF SPARKS, THE PROPHET OF YONWOOD, and THE DIAMOND OF DARKHOLD.  I have just started THE PEOPLE OF SPARKS.  -Austin (Jan's Customer, age 10)


Soundless by Richelle Mead

Soundless by Richelle MeadSoundless is the new YA novel from the author of Vampire Academy.  I have never read any of her YA books, but I have read some of the adult novels and loved them.  SOUNDLESS is a little romance, a little fantasy and a little Chinese folklore.  I loved it.  Fei is a great heroine.  I always love strong female characters.  This book is not just for the teens, this adult loved it.  -Debbie




Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

Winter Garden by Kristin HannahThis is my second Kristin Hannah book and it did not disappoint. I thought the first “The Nightingale” was the best book I had ever read and I think Winter Garden may be a tie for that title.  Kristin Hannah’s writing puts you smack dab in the middle of whatever she is writing, and her writing is powerful and emotional. I am not going to tell about the story I am just going to say it is so worth reading and keep your tissues close by! This book gets 6 stars out of 5 from me. -Jody




See Me by Nicholas Sparks

See MeNicholas Sparks really had my heart racing for a while during this book.  While it had all the usual elements – guy meets girl, they both have very different backgrounds, and yet they still manage to fall in love, there was also an element of suspense and intrigue.  Both Colin and Maria have baggage from their past that is going to affect their relationship, but can the relationship survive... can they survive?  -Jill 




Break! A Tale of Cursed Blood by Eric Landreneau


The prologue had me hooked halfway through.  I really enjoyed this fantasy, the world and especially the characters.  The reason I did not give this story 5 stars, the editing could be improved, sometimes the errors interrupted the rhythm of the story. 

I look forward to more wonderful stories from Eric, I believe he has the potential to be counted among the great fantasy writers!  -Jody




Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Pretty GirlsWow!!!! I know I start a lot of reviews this way, but this had more twists and turns.  This is not a part of Karin Slaughters usual series.  This is her first psychological thriller and WOW!  There were sicko people (you know how I love sickos) and family dynamics and people who aren’t what they seem.  Sounds like a really good book to me.  It was and I loved it.  -Debbie





Storm Vengence by Pamela Cowan

Storm VengeanceThey just get better.  I love the local element, picturing the crime scene in my head, “I know that place”.  This is book two with probation officer Storm McKenzie.  There were some twists I didn’t see coming,that makes it better. A+ Ms. Cowan.  -Debbie





Reckless by Lesley Choyce


I really liked this book. It was adventurous and had mixed emotions all through the book. -Austin (Jan's customer, age 9)




ISBN: 9781499534801
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Published: Createspace - June 6th, 2014


Dear Reader:
As I near the end of a favorite book, I begin to experience “separation anxiety”.  Such is the case with AERIE, by local author, Anne Riley.  This is a wonderful book.  The characters are interesting and well developed and the plot is intriguing.  Adding to the fun is the local setting.  I very much recommend this book.  This is one of the best and most interesting books I have read in some time.  I highly recommend AERIE!  I will miss it….  –Sherry S. (Jan’s customer)
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ISBN: 9780373778317
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Published: Harlequin - December 31st, 2013


Linda always writes a great book.  The part about the old truck, and hauling flowers to market was like old times.  Bones, the dog, was very lucky to get rescued toward the end of the book.  I think she over did the sex info, but at my age of 82, we don’t need all the glory.  Otherwise she’s a great writer. –Jean (Jan’s customer)


ISBN: 9781454902492
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Published: Splinter - May 1st, 2012


An amazing book packed with adventure, action and love.  I recommend it for anyone who likes mythology. -Hope (Jan's Customer)


By James PattersonLaura Park (Illustrator), Chris Tebbetts (With)
ISBN: 9780316101691
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Published: Little Brown and Company - November 6th, 2012


I thought this book was funny and at some points adventurous. There was one part where Rafe did graffiti on a wall at school - not the best choice in the world. I liked this book because I felt like I was in Rafe's own world.  I think this would be a good book for 9-13 year olds. -Austin  (Jan's customer, age 9)


By Kate DiCamilloChris Van Dusen (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763663391
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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - August 26th, 2014


This book is about a cowboy who doesn’t have a horse, but when he sees an ad in the paper with a horse for sale, he races to get her.  When he sees the horse, Mabelline, she’s not what he wanted her to be. To run, she needs a ‘’beautiful  word ‘’. But she doesn’t  like to be alone either.

I thought this was a very good book. I liked it because it was funny. It had one part where Leroy was drooling at a western movie. I would recommend this book to 6-9 year-olds. –Austin (Jan’s customer, age 9) 


ISBN: 9781573223324
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 3rd, 2003


A stunningly beautifully written book that takes place in feudal Japan, this novel is the first in a series of 5 novels.  Hearn writes with vivid color about the religious intolerance and political fighting that
caused normal people in the very poor villages to suffer terribly at the hands of warlords.  I especially became very aware of the treatment of women during this time while also appreciating the scenic beauty of Hearns writing as the main male protagonist walks thru the woods watching a heron fishing in the river as the mists rise about him.

The primary protagonists are two very young people, a 15 year old girl who is being kept as hostage by a warlord so that her family won't fight against this warlord and a 16 year old boy who returns from gathering mushrooms for his mother to discover his village being burned and everyone laying dead around the village square.

The boy is rescued by a good warrior and protected, becomes almost royalty while the girl is promised in marriage to insure her families agreeing to the warlords goals of taking on more of the countryside.

The writing is dramatic and gave me a sense of the era.  There is a bit of romance, a bit of lost love and a hero's death and finishing this book made me want to go directly to the second in the series "Grass for his Pillow".

There is a prequel that outlines some of the earlier back story but I was warned by the person who recommended the books to me that if I enjoyed mystery and buildup, that I should read the prequel AFTER the first book.  After finishing the first book, I wanted so much to continue the story that I didn't get the prequel but instead went on to book 2.

This is an unusual book, violent yet gentle-The hero is not a Jack Reacher or Mitch Rapp but instead a man with quiet honor who gives up his goals to protect a young man's life.

I recommend this for young adults and up. –Elle (Jan’s Customer)


ISBN: 9781402288708
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Published: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky - March 4th, 2014


AVA AND PIP is the story of a fifth grader named Ava and a 7th grader named Pip. Ava is talkative and likes to write in a diary. Pip is quiet as a mouse and likes to draw. They are completely different but they are sisters. Ava and her new friend Bea make a plan to ‘get Pip out of her shell.’ And then Pip gets out of her shell and starts making new friends. What I liked about the book was that Ava was being nice to her sister by helping her and being by her side the whole book. I would recommend this book for 8-10 year olds. -Austin (Jan's Customer, age 8)


ISBN: 9780062024350
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Published: HarperOne - April 8th, 2014


WOW! I knew before I was half-way through the introduction that this book would have a permanent place on my bookshelf- that I would return to it as one visits an old friend. This author has obviously “walked the walk” and, by sharing her own experiences of the dark, offers a new perspective on what it means to live fully. Well researched, well written and intensely personal. I loved it. -Sharri (Jan's Customer)


ISBN: 9781608325856
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Published: Greenleaf Book Group - May 28th, 2013


TRAVELS WITH GANNON AND WYATT is a series of books about two boys who LOVE going on adventures. In the first book, they stop a poacher (someone who kills animals for their fur and or skin), in the second book, they are stranded on a island and use their survival skills to stay alive and in the the third book, they have to go through obstacles (like booby traps) to find Cleopatra's tomb.

I thought this series was pretty good.  I enjoyed reading about the different cultures on their travels around the world meeting different people.  These books are great for kids who are in 3rd - 5th grades.  -Austin (Jan's Customer, age 8)


ISBN: 9780385743563
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 24th, 2013


STEELHEART doesn't let fans of Brandon Sanderson down.  He continues to deliver well written, captivating stories with characters that you can believe in.  While he doesn't provide new, original powers for the world, he definitely adds a very unique twist to them that makes them all his own.  –Vaughn (Jan’s customer)


ISBN: 9780778314752
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Published: Mira Books - December 31st, 2013


As one who has experienced soul-shattering loss and is well acquainted with depression, this book struck a sensitive nerve. It took me three weeks to read it because it was too intense and personal to be absorbed in a shorted length of time. I thought about just putting it down and walking away several times. Having reached the conclusion of the story, I'm so glad I didn't exercise that option. This author is new to me, but she is a skilled storyteller. I will probably be looking to read another one of her books. That being said, I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who has had a recent loss or who is suffering from depression. Not for everyone, but I was impressed enough to add it to my personal library. -Sharri (Jan's Customer)


ISBN: 9781451638264
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Published: Baen Books - September 4th, 2012


Stephanie is an 11 year old settler with her family on ‘Sphinx’ a slightly heavy gravity world in the Meyerdahl binary star system, about 1400 years after the ‘terra diaspora’ following an unspecified world war. A lonely but precocious only child, she decides to discover who is stealing celery from her mother’s experimental greenhouse. The celery theft has been going on all over the sparsely settled planet, however because it is just celery no one has bothered to put much effort into finding out who the thief is. Unknown to the settlers, a sentient species of 6 armed telepathic ‘Tree Cats’ has intentionally kept itself apart from the humans, choosing to watch and learn more before revealing themselves. However, celery seems to increase their mind speech and ability to communicate over distance and has become a valued food for 'the people.' They also really like the taste and can smell it over a distance. There are a few humorous passages as well as one slightly gory passage that the tender hearted child might find troubling..Stephanie and ‘Climbs Quickly’ also known as Lionheart, the tree cat she found stealing celery, end up supporting each other in a battle with a large predator, a “HexaPuma” to the settlers or Death Fang to the Tree Cats. With help from the colony of Tree Cats, who refer to themselves as “The People”, Stephanie and Climbs Quickly defeat the Death Fang and Climbs Quickly is badly injured. Stephanie is found by her parents, her father-a Xeno Physician helps Climbs Quickly heal but the loss of a primary ‘true hand’ leaves Climbs Quickly unable to fend for himself in the wild. He adopts Stephanie’s family and stays to find out more about the intruders..and for an unlimited supply of celery. Climbs Quickly is renamed Lionheart by the humans, for his bravery and Stephanie is named Death Fang’s Bane by the Tree Cat clan for her courage in battle. Climbs Quickly/Lionheart has meanwhile developed a strong psychic connection with Stephanie/Death Fang’s Bane. Although the settlers are considered ‘mind blind’ ie: unable to communicate with telepathy as the tree cats do, there is hope that, with continued effort, Climbs Quickly/Lionheart and Stephanie/Death Fang’s Bane might learn to communicate. She seems to have the strongest ‘mind glow’ of all her people, so much effort is put into trying to teach her to communicate. Meanwhile there is a great deal of “Come Lassie Come, Timmy’s in the well..again” moments when Climbs Quickly/Lionheart tries to guide Stephanie/Death Fang’s Bane so she can help the people with a problem. The novel ends on a positive note, with a bad guy being discovered and the tree cats protected by Stephanie and her friend Carl. The plot is a bit simple for the adult but excellent for the youngster with an interest in animals - my granddaughter is progressing from “Magic Tee House” books to this. She actually listens to her books on audio as often as she reads to herself - having both the text book and an audio is a good learning skill for the modern child. This is the first of 3 novels that prequil the “Honorverse” of David Weber by about 400 years. In the later books, which are not aimed at the Y/A audience as this is, the tree cats have become human equals. I actually listened to this on audio disc as I have developed reading problems with my seniors eyes and found the narrator, Kristine Hvan an excellent one. Either in text or on audio, this is an excellent book, with a great brave young woman as a protagonist..a much better hero for my granddaughter than a pop singer or faux celebrity in my opinion. - by Elle H. (Jan’s Customer)


By Brandon SandersonBen McSweeney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780765320322
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Published: Tor Books - May 14th, 2013


Brandon Sanderson is, as far as I'm concerned, one of the best of the current sci-fi/fantasy authors. He has a very great talent for creating unique "powers" for the worlds he writes about, giving them all a unique flavor that is highly entertaining and enjoyable. The Rithmatist takes something that seems plain and ordinary, and turns it into a wonderful new discovery. –Vaughn (Jan’s customer)


ISBN: 9781460315194
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Published: Harlequin HQN - June 25th, 2013


From navy SEALS and PTSD to the art of tracking and the futility of revenge, this book is a near perfect blend of suspense and romance. I couldn’t put it down until I had read the last page! I’m so looking forward to reading more books by this talented author… -Sharri (Jan's Customer)


ISBN: 9780062134684
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Published: HarperTorch - April 29th, 2014


This J. P. Beaumont series just keeps getting better and better! SECOND WATCH works as a prequel but remains firmly anchored in the here and now.  While recuperating from knee replacement surgery, Beau believes he is being revisited by ghosts from his past - a soldier he served with during his tour of duty in Vietnam and a young woman whose murder marked the beginning of his career as a detective.  Still traumatized by his experiences in the war and by a case he had been unable to solve, he resolves to do something about it.  With time on his hands, he reopens the murder investigation and what was a cold case heats up.  Following the twists and turns in this story left me breathless and the conclusion - on all fronts - so satisfying!  Well written and sure to entertain! -Sharri (Jan’s customer)


ISBN: 9780989441025
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Published: Smashwords Edition - September 12th, 2014


One more time this author has succeeded in using his gift as a story-teller to bring history up close and personal. 

As the American colonies struggle toward independence, Robert is facing a unique challenge of his own.  Can he protect his family and his livelihood as a blacksmith, support his friends and neighbors, and continue to stay true to his Quaker beliefs and values?  Can he follow the light of his convictions no matter what?  Decisions cannot be made lightly and consequences must be considered.

This is a great story, well written, and I appreciate it's message.  The questions raised are universal, relevant and thought provoking.  I can't wait to read the next book in this series! –Sharri (Jan’s customer)


ISBN: 9780756645144
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Published: DK Publishing (Dorling Kindersley) - February 16th, 2009


Yoda in Action is a book about the jedi, Yoda.  Yoda is trying to go see his friend on another planet, but Ventress, a former jedi turned to the dark side, is ready to battle.  She sends droids into the forest so they'll kill him. 

I would recommend this book for kids that are new to reading and like Star Wars.  -Austin (Jan's customer, age 8)


By J. K. RowlingMary GrandPre (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780590353427
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - September 7th, 1999


Harry Potter is a boy who has magical powers. He is probably the third most famous person in the wizarding world. He survived the most darkest wizard's curse. That wizards name is Lord Voldemort. I am on the sixth book in the series. The thing that is cool about the books is that Harry is always doing what he is not suppose to. I'd recommend this series to kids who are interested in magic and sorcery. -Austin (Jan's customer, age 8)


ISBN: 9780062221063
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Published: William Morrow & Company - July 9th, 2013


This has to be one of the best “first novels” I’ve read-ever!  The author’s talent and skill with words is amazing, to be able to write a story of this scope and complexity.  I lost a lot of sleep over this book because I found it so difficult to put down.  It captured my imagination and put my mind in overdrive.  Days later and my mind is still pondering the “what ifs?”  What if scientists could really bring someone back to life at a future date? What would it mean? What if it happened to me? How would I feel?  The questions go on and on.  So many questions but none answered.  Perhaps that is the fun of it! If you’re the curious type do read this book! -Sharri (Jan's customer)


ISBN: 9780062283603
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Published: HarperTorch - September 24th, 2013


Big Nate is a series about a kid named Nate Wright who is always funny and in school, always failing test's. His enemy, Mrs. Godfrey, is always mad at him. But he doesn't care if he gets detention because he is pretty much a regular. In one book, he was talking to a kid who pretty much never got detention and said that you either   get it all the time, or never. I laughed at that, since he went to detention pretty much every day in his books. I thought these books were funny and adventurous at some part's too. -Austin (Jan's customer, age 9)


By Lemony SnicketSeth (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316123082
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012


Acquaintances: Lemony, Theodora, Moxi, Qwerty, Prosper Lost, Mitchums, Ellington, Stew, Mrs. Sallis, (Pip, Squeak) (brothers). Suspects: Mallahans, Ellington, Mrs. Sallis, Butler, Hagfire. Crime Scenes: Stain’d-By-The-Sea, Lost Arms, library, light house, mansion, Black Cat coffee, train station, cottage. Plot: When boy named Lemony finishes a unusual education he gets apprenticed by Theodora to solve a crime. The crime is that Mrs. Sallis the owner of the Mansion in Stain’d-By-The-Sea claims someone took her valuable statue “The Bombarding Beast,” but she also claims that the Mallahans stole the statue. When Lemony goes to the Mallahans a girl Moxi shows him the Bombarding Beast and somehow it’s dusty.???. Lemony goes to a hotel and stays there with his “chaperone”. The next day they plan to steal the statue, when they steal the statue Lemony falls off the rope they escape on with the statue. Lemony falls in the trees and meets Ellington who sends the statue to the Black Cat coffee shop Lemony finds it and hides it then he returns it. When he returns Ellington steals it and gives it to Hagfire to supposedly get her dad back. Problem: Who does it belong to? Solutions: Mallahans. Investigators rate story 95% - Review by Brendan W. a young reader and Jan’s customer


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ISBN: 9781614130178
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Published: Puddletown Publishing Group - June 1st, 2011


This book is a colorful account of life in colonial Vermont during the Revolutionary War. As the story begins, Caleb is left to care for his mother and younger brother after his father enlists to fight with Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys in their war against the British. One day, while Caleb is paddling his dug-out canoe along the shore of Lake Champlain, he has an encounter with Captain Mallot- a Frenchman with a dubious reputation. The story really takes off from there and leads to events that will not only affect the course of the war but will change Caleb’s life forever. Although this is not the type of book I would normally pick for myself, I liked it. The author has obviously done his research and the story is totally believable. I would like to see this book in every high school library; available to students with an interest in our nation’s history. -Sharri J. (Jan’s Paperbacks Customer)


ISBN: 9781934992050
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Published: Resplendence Publishing, LLC - April 10th, 2008


The first in a three-part series, The Centurion and the Queen pits the Celtic queen Delia against the Roman Centurion Marius against each other in 1st century Britannia. Delia is a fiery queen, fiercely loyal to her people and Marius is a compassionate and dutiful military leader. A surprising connection between them occurs and a passionate love story ensues. The violent turn of events in Delia's homeland threaten to tear them apart but the lovers try to stay strong for each other and their beliefs knowing that one day, they will find each other again.

Gloriously researched and minute in its historical detail, Minnette Meador's The Centurion and the Queen is a page-turner, making you agonize about what will happen next-will Delia escape her royal, yet depraved brother? Will Marius leave his duty for love? Well, read it, and you will find out! -Amy P. (Jan's customer)

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ISBN: 9780316204279
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Published: Little Brown and Company - August 14th, 2012


Where'd You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple is out of my usual reading realm, but it has become the first book I have ever read in under 10 hours. It is a sharp, witty, and highly entertaining story told in the form of 'documents'-- letters, emails, official reports, as well as narrated by Bernadette's precocious 14-year old daughter, Bee. Bernadette is quirky, agoraphobic, stay-at-home mom who is "allergic" to Seattle. Her husband Elgie is a salt of the earth type, and a well-renowned TED talker and genius at Microsoft, and daughter Bee is clever, smart and loving. Bundled with architectural drama, Antarctica, over-zealous private school mothers, the Russian mafia and self-help lingo and you have a novel with drama and flair. I definitely recommend it for a quick, addictive read. –Andrea (Jan’s customer & winner of weekly book giveaway)


ISBN: 9780452298118
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Published: Plume Books - November 27th, 2012


This book is not so much about dwarfism as it is about the determination of a young lady to get what she wants. Born with Diastrophic dysplasia, Tiffanie's greatest desire is to have the ability to become truly independent. As I read her story, I was amazed by her courage and tenacity as I was inspired by her unfailing optimism. Tiffanie's decision, at age fifteen, to undergo a radical bone-lengthening procedure involving serious risks wasn't something I understood at first; but after reading her story a second time, I was better able to see her point of view. My perception had changed. For anyone seeking inspiration and open to a new way of thinking, this book may well be a must read. Sherri


By Jeff KinneyJeff Kinney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780810983915
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Published: Amulet Books - October 12th, 2009


I read the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series this summer.  I thought the books were silly and awesome too.  Greg is in middle school.  He is a nerd and makes bad choices that he learns from.  I would recommend these books to other boys my age.  -Austin (Jan's Customer, age 7)


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ISBN: 9780756620257
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Published: DK CHILDREN - March 1st, 2006


The book Spider-Man: The Amazing Story is about how Spider-Man got his powers. I thought this book was awesome because I like Spider-Man and I like the story too. The characters are cool and the pictures are colorful. I would recommend this book to other 7 year old boys. –Austin (Jan's Customer, age 7)


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ISBN: 9780373753895
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Published: Harlequin - January 1st, 2012


Rafe is one of the infamous Callahan Cowboys! There has always been a war raging between the Callahan’s and the Jenkins. When the words “I’m Pregnant” came out of Rafe’s one and only love Judge Julie Jenkins mouth, a slight breeze could have knocked him over. Little did they know they were about to become the parents of not only one baby but THREE!! Hello Triplets!!! Now Julie and Rafe have a long heated history. These two are not prepared for what lies ahead in their futures, but one thing is for sure. The future is one thing that they are going to have to share! Now who doesn’t absolutely love cowboys and babies? Doesn’t that just warm your heart? For me “His Valentine Triplets” was a true American romance! I completely adored Rafe and Julie’s relationship, let alone the relationship Rafe has with his three beautiful babies! Julie and Rafe’s relationship isn’t always on calm waters throughout this book, but what relationship, or should I say what good relationship ever lasts without a little fighting? The times that Julie allows Rafe into her life shows the reader the potential for this family. Tina Leonard did an amazing job with this book and with these characters. From the first page I was drawn into the never ending feud between the Callahan’s and the Jenkins. I also found myself wishing for the best for the rest of the Callahan family. These boys have had a difficult past and they deserve the perfect women and the absolute perfect future! This being the fourth book in the series does not matter, I mean obviously you would know more about the Callahan and Jenkins families but there is no need to read the first three books to be able to read this one. With non-stop action, and unending possibilities “His Valentine Triplets” by Tina Leonard takes first place in my heart! This heartwarming American romance will leave you yearning for more! – Jan’s Customer Alicia J.


ISBN: 9780061779749
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Published: William Morrow & Company - April 3rd, 2012


Sacré Bleu is the third of Christopher Moore’s novels that I’ve read. The book he’s most famous for, Lamb, was so amazing that I now buy up his books without even reading the back cover beforehand. I just know it will be that good. Moore’s story is primarily set in late 19th century Paris at the height of the Impressionist period. The story begins with the supposed suicide of the questionably stable and earless Vincent Van Gogh. What follows is part mystery, mostly comedy, as Lucien and his “uncles” (who we know better as the painters Monet, Manet, Pisarro, Renoir, and of course, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec) paint the greatest works of their time while they buy paint from a mysterious dwarf known as the Colorman. The Colorman is accompanied by an equally mysterious woman who is simply named “Bleu” and his chapeau-wearing donkey named Etienne. Though lengthier than Moore’s other works, it read as easily and enjoyably as his others. The character of the whoring, drunken, and hilarious Lautrec is reason enough to give this a try. If you love art or art history or are interested in it at all, this comedy d’Art is for you! Sacré Bleu: A comedy d’Art is due out April 2012 - Amy P. (Jan's cusotmer)


ISBN: 9781402236617
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Published: Sourcebooks Casablanca - June 2010


Merry MacKenzie moves from a small town in Rhode Island to a small apartment building in Boston. Little does she know that shapeshifters, a ghost, a vampire, witches and a werewolf live in the building! I don't normally enjoy paranormal books but this was cute and entertaining. The next book in the series is "The Werewolf Upstairs", out now. - Linda


ISBN: 9780140230277
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Published: Penguin Books - April 1995


I'm not sure where to start with this review. I love Jodi Picoult - I find her books thoughtful, interesting and full of moral dilemas. Harvesting the Heart has all those, but the characters were almost too complex. The story centers around Paige, a new mother with a lot of unanswered questions. The pressures of being a new mother is overwhelming - so much so, that when Paige goes out to run errands, she isn't sure if she will ever return. I had a very hard time following the characters and what was going on in their head. It was a good story, but left me with a little bit of a 'huh?' feeling when I finished the last page. I'm not sure I can recommend this novel, but I would recommend Jodi Picoult any day of the week. -Jill