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Book Reviews

Train Dreams
Denis Johnson
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5 Stars

While brief in length, Train Dreams is an atmospheric novella that resonates deeply with its haunting lyricism. Through spare prose, author Denis Johnson presents Robert Grainer, an itinerant laborer whose spirit is tested by heartrending loss and the profound changes of early 20th-century America. Blending history, fiction, and magic realism, Johnson evokes nostalgia for the Pacific Northwest, a setting that serves as a mirror for the struggles and contemplative solitude of Grainer. It is a compact book whose mysteries stay with the reader, much like a strange but realistic dream.

-Brian
Posted 9/25/2020

The Last Odyssey
James Rollins
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4 Stars

With just enough facts from the scientific and historical records, James Rollins writes an enthralling story that leaves the reader wondering “what if?”  Pick up this newest installment from one of my favorite series.  Fast-paced and intricately plotted with well-developed and believable characters this novel was hard to put down and takes you to the gates of Hell and back.

-Michelle
Posted 8/17/2020

Devolution
Max Brooks
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4 Stars

Intensifying and believable, Max Brooks’s novel reads like it’s a true account. Written in journal form, Kate shares the horrors that follow a volcanic eruption as her isolated community takes on what she always thought was a myth. Plot-driven, dramatic and gruesome with courageous and spunky characters, this is a novel that was hard to put down

-Michelle
Posted 8/17/2020

The Silent Wife
Karin Slaughter
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5 Stars

Where to begin…if I didn’t love Karin Slaughter so much I’d be scared to death of her! This is the 10th book in her Will Trent series, and it was worth the wait. Intensifying and intricately plotted, this book was impossible to put down, but beware, it will keep you up at night. A gruesome look into brutal crimes against women, it is not for the faint at heart. After investigating a brutal crime scene, Will soon realizes and he must must look at the past in order to solve the present and for that, he will need help from Sara and her painful memories. Gritty, engaging, suspenseful and violent, this is one not to miss.

-Michelle
Posted 8/17/2020

Carnegie's Maid
Marie Benedict
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3 Stars

Lady’s maid to Mrs. Carnegie, Clara Kelly lives her life holding a big secret.  Sent to America by her family in order to work to help the keep their farm in Ireland, a series of unforeseen circumstances lands her in a position to do just that.  Likeable and sympathetic, readers will fall for Clara and root for as she navigates unfamiliar territory and spurs Andrew Carnegie to become a true philanthropist.

-Michelle
Posted 8/17/2020

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
Kim Michele Richardson
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4 Stars

Courageous Pack Horse librarian Cussy Carter, travels through her mountain community bringing books to patrons who otherwise would not have access to books. Born with a rare genetic disease, Cussy must deal with prejudice and danger daily in order to complete her route. Bittersweet and heartfelt, historical fiction that draws the reader into Cussy’s inspiring story.

-Michelle
Posted 8/17/2020

Ghoster
Jason Arnopp
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4 Stars

Kate Collins thought she had finally found the one when she met Scott Palmer. The day before she is set to move in with him, he seems to have vanished. Determined not to overreact, Kate arrives at the apartment the next day only to find no trace that Scott was ever there at all; all of his furniture is gone, except for his cell phone. Intent on finding answers, Kate begins to search through his phone while dealing with the troublesome aspects of her new place: creepy phone calls, scratches on the front door, and menacing blue figures that seem determined to get her away from Scott’s phone…

Ghoster is a fast-paced horror novel with short chapters that build the suspense. Although readers may not always like Kate, her voice is authentic and funny enough to keep you invested. A perfect summer read for those already thinking about Halloween.

-Amity
Posted 7/31/2020

Things We Have in Common
Tasha Kavanagh
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4 Stars

15-year-old social outcast Yasmin has a habit of watching people closely, especially her popular classmate Alice. But one day, Yasmin notices that she’s not the only one watching Alice, and Alice may be in danger…

Things We Have in Common is a suspenseful novel that will keep you reading so you can see how the ending unfolds. But don’t expect a nonstop thriller with twists and turns – this story of obsession is a slow burn, focusing instead on creepy atmosphere and compelling characters. Although Yasmin is not always likable, she is captivating and sympathetic, and readers will be invested in her story. Recommended for fans of You by Caroline Kepnes, this novel has crossover appeal for both teens and adults.

-Amity
Posted 7/31/2020

Readers Advisory Staff

Looking for that great new read? The Villa Park Public Library has a fantastic Readers Advisory staff that is happy to recommend novels. Whether you’re looking for new authors like your old favorites, or you’re ready for something completely new, our RA staff is here to help. They run reading groups and book discussions to help make reading a more social experience. These folks know their stuff!

Looking for a Recommendation?

If you’re looking for a recommendation you can contact one of the readers advisory staff.

Amity
Favorite genres:
Horror, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Young Adult Literature, Books about weird animal friendships
Amity’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
Brian
Favorite genres:
Classic Literature, Film, and Philosophy
Brian’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
Denise
Favorite Genres:
Mysteries, Graphic Novels
Denise’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Erin
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Young Adult Literature
Erin’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
John
Favorite Genres:
Alternate History Fiction, Suspense
John’s bookshelf on Goodreads
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Kandice
Favorite Genres:

Chick Lit, Suspense, and Mysteries

Michelle
Favorite Genres:

Historical Fiction, Psychological Thrillers
Michelle’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Nancy
Favorite genres:
Literary Fiction and Regional American History.
Nancy’s bookshelf on Goodreads.
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Sean
Favorite Genres:

True-life biographies, Non-fiction
Sean’s bookshelf on Goodreads
Sandy
Favorite Genres:
Fantasy, Film
Suzanne
Favorite genres:
Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Young Adult Literature
Suzanne’s bookshelf on Goodreads.

 

 

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