Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Reviewed by Leslie Rode

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley is a graphic novel that perfectly describes the struggles of a young woman who is at a crossroads in her life and realizes that each decision has a consequence. She is able to go back and change history one detail at a time and is able to see the result of each change, offering her an opportunity to basically re-write her history. What she discovers is illuminating.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆

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The Pineland Horror: the Story of the Jersey Devil by Gary Botsch

Reviewed by Diane Phillips

This story is based loosely on the old folklore story I used to hear as a child about the Leeds family. The Leeds family lived in the 1700s. The mother gave birth to 13 children and a devil’s curse was put on the 13th child. The thirteenth child became deformed and resembled a goat-like human with wings and was spotted through the decades in the pine barrens of New Jersey. The book creates a story line from the old folklore history which was interesting and a good read.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆

Scarpetta by Patricia Cornwell

Reviewed by Elaine Pasquali

Coroner, Kay Scarpetta, and her husband, Benton (a forensic psychiatrist), become involved in the murder of Terri, a “little person.” The murder was extremely sadistic and another little person, Oscar, is a prime suspect. The single murder evolves into serial murder. Policeman Pete Marino, who in a drunken stupor had sexually assaulted Kay, is a lead investigator. Kay’s niece, Lucy, a computer expert, handles the internet aspect of the murders.
Reader Alert: There were paragraphs and pages that were too sadistically descriptive for me to read. This is a riveting, fast moving read. Once again, Patricia Cornwell wrote a winner.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

Reviewed by Diana Murphy

I love Jennifer Weiner and I found this one to be a bit more memorable than her last few books. It follows two sisters from the 1950s through the present and tackles issues such as racism, homosexuality, abortion, eating disorders, motherhood, and more. While I don’t agree with all of the decisions the characters made, they were likable and the writing was great.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

Reviewed by Diana Murphy

I like Liane Moriarty as an author more with every book I read from her. This book was a little more lighthearted than the last two I read by her (Big Little Lies and Truly Madly Guilty) but it had its serious moments too. It has a great ensemble cast of characters, funny moments, and an interesting setting.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Marley and Me by John Grogan

Reviewed by Diane Phillips

Marley and Me was a book, that was, both heart-warming and heart-breaking. I was good with it until the end when I went to pieces. If you are an animal owner you kind of relive the feelings that you went through with your own animal. The book was written beautifully since it put you right in the middle of it, feelings and all.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆

Watch my Baby Grow by Susan Watt

Reviewed by Nancy Bellissimo

This book starts off following a real family and the growth of their newborn baby girl for her first year. I was interested in refreshing my memory on what a baby should be doing month to month. My husband and I take care of our infant grandson during the week while his parents work. Our other grandson is 21 years old, so it has been awhile since we’ve taken care of an infant. I wanted to make sure we are teaching him correctly at his appropriate age. After this baby girl reached a year old the book went into more detail as to what was normal for a baby at each stage, which was the information I wanted.

How many stars does the book deserve?: ☆☆☆☆