6.06.2014

Two Popular Author Reviews

I'll let you in on a secret - librarians TOTALLY judge books by their covers before deciding to check them out.

We judge them on who blurbed them and whether to grab it.

And, there are certain authors that, when you see they have released a new title, you just check out automatically to see how it stacks up against their previous work.

Hence, my latest reviews...

Tempting Fate by Jane Green was a no-brainer pick up from the new shelf (I've been a fan since Jemima J came out years ago). Gabby has been happily married to Elliott for nearly two decades, and she dreads going "out to the bars" with her girlfriends, but grudgingly goes - only to be chatted up by a younger, cutie-cute guy. They form a friendship, and then... well, I don't want to spoil much, but this chick lit novel delves into the meaning of family, loyalty, aging, and who we spend our lives with. This was a thoroughly engaging, thought-provoking novel, while still being light enough to be considered girly literature. Green is always a solid hit - recommended!

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is this young adult author's latest novel, and my, what an interesting story it is. The "Liars" are in fact cousins/friends who spend every summer together on their own private island off Massachusetts with their families (yeah, wee bit of money and prestige with this family)...until the summer Cadence dives into the ocean, and can't remember anything once she comes back out. This is a thoroughly engaging, twisty, perplexing and thought-provoking novel, and is one you definitely WANT to discuss after it's over - but only with someone who has read the absolutely did-NOT-see-it-coming ending. Young adult fiction continues to blow my mind. :-)


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