Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

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 Title/Author Hunted/Meagan Spooner

Though not wholly original, this take on Beauty and the Beast adds an additional fairy tale twist from a source you wouldn’t expect. Yeva, the plucky heroine, is not always sensible but generally likable, and you root for her to get her happy ending. The only sore spot comes from certain clunky conversations that slow the narrative and may have you scratching your head, but overall a fun read for teen and adult alike. How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆
Title/Author In Calabria/Peter S. Beagle

The brilliantly lyrical author of The Last Unicorn and The Unicorn Sonata has done it again. Beagle has turned to unicorns over and over to remind us of the wonder we so often forget as a rapid-paced modern world moves by. That modern world goes straight up against the mythic in an odd epic of tiny proportions. On one side stands Claudio Bianchi, out-of-touch farmer and sometime poet who has discovered a unicorn on his farm in provincial Italy. Against him are a strange cast of characters – reporters, gangsters, and PETA-like protesters who invade when they uncover his secret. Beagle weaves the conflict together like the master he is, setting the stage for a confrontation that asks you to consider: can the ephemeral beauty of nature ever truly be captured? How many stars does the book deserve? ☆☆☆☆

Adult Summer Reading Club reviews

From Paulette Aspesi

The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

Though the tale that was told was a good one, I did not like the writing of this book. Had too much unnecessary detail at times that ending up confusing and obfuscating the story. Was she telling the story of the zoo, the Zabinski’s or Warsaw during WWII. You could say that they all are important but the way she skipped around did not make it enjoyable reading.
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Title/Author Holocaust Journey by Martin Gilbert 

This book was too much a travelogue. It made real sense if you were in the class and had the background to follow what was going on; or, if you wanted to use it as a guidebook if you were doing the places he went to, but if you know little or nothing about the Holocaust this is definitely NOT the book for you. It could be very confusing and all over the place because it is not done topically or chronologically as to when the events happened, but chronologically as to the trip they went on- from place to place. He even told you about individual streets and turns to make, etc. At times it was boring and that is hard to do for this topic.
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Title/Author The Iced Princess by Christine Husom

Newly hired woman gets killed in the Cami Brooks’s store, Curio Finds, & Cami is on a mission to find the culprit.
Second book of the series and it was not as good as the first. Plot not too believable, not good character development and not enough meat to the story. A waste of time.
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Title/Author Beartown by Backman, Fredrik

I love his books and his characters, but this one was particularly sad.
A town is dying, but the thing that could save it is a great hockey team- and it looks like one has come along. But throw into the mix a rape by the star player and the consequences that follow and you have a really bad situation.
Once you read this and enjoy it you will want to read his others, but make sure you read them in order because in the others there are recurring characters.
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