Recommend by Analiese
The Lake House
An abandoned house in enchanting Cornwall coupled with a seventy year old cold case of a missing child. Set in two time frames, 1930s Cornwall and 2003 London/Cornwall the author introduces two mysteries that need solving, both involving missing people.
Recommend by Ashley
First off, I have to say that Peter Pan is total evil! Sorry, I know that is a spoiler alert, but better know now then later. One night when Wendy Darling parents went to a ball, leaving her and
her brothers alone, Peter Pan comes to the Darling children's nursery, and— dazzled them by flying. Amazed by his god like powers, they follow him out of the window and straight on to morning into Neverland, an intoxicating island of freedom. Little did Wendy know that has time passes, Neverland holds terrible secrets rooted in blood and greed.
A Court of Thorns and Roses
When Feyre kills a wolf in the barren woods near her home in Prythian, she never thought it will change her life forever. A monstrous creature soon comes to the cottage, accusing Feyre of murder and demanding she return with him to the Fae realm as
payment for the life she took. To Feyre surprise, the hideous turns out to be one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin (the beast) transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns!!! But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it .
Yellow Brick War
After Dorothy kills the wizard, she and Amy get sucked back to Flat Hills, Kansas. The Wicked witches follow, attempting to trap Dorothy in Kansas for good. But Dorothy still has the ruby slippers, and pops back to Oz before they can stop her. That leaves Amy
and the witches trapped in Kansas and Dorothy unopposed in Oz. The only way for the group to go back to Oz falls on the wicked shoulders of Amy Gumm.
Recommend by Carol
Roots: The Saga of an American Family
I read this book after watching the original mini series many years ago and loved it. The 2016 mini series just started on Memorial Day and is playing on the History Channel. If you are a fan of historical fiction give this book a try. Kunta Kinte is stolen from his African home and put into slavery in the South. This book follows his family’s story several generations. Use this book for one of the squares on the June game board for the Adult Summer Reading program.
If you like magic wrapped up in some suspense as well, this is the book for you. Dane and Mandy are a popular magic act that has been together for forty years. Not just as an act but also as husband and wife. Tragically they are separated by a car wreck that takes Mandy’s life and leaves Dane injured and rebuilding his own. Mandy, supposedly dead, wakes up in 1970 where she is nineteen years old and then finds that she is living in the future for her, which is present day for Dane. On an off chance they meet each other and….. Guess you will have to read the book to find out the “and”.
The Girl on the Train
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Some compare this book to “Gone Girl” but judge for yourself.
Recommend by Molly
Welcome to Night Vale
Greetings from the desert town of Night Vale—where teenagers are shapeshifters, angels and aliens are commonplace, and librarians are monsters not to be messed with. Our story begins with two women: pawnshop owner Jackie and PTA treasurer Diane, both of whom are looking for the mysterious King City. Their quest brings them together and leads them on an adventure of epic proportions. Welcome to Night Vale is delightfully weird and darkly funny. (If you’re a fan of the book, be sure to check out the online podcast!)
The Forgotten Garden
Reminiscent of the classic, The Secret Garden, this novel combines family secrets, dark fairy tales, and a mystery that spans three generations. When her beloved grandmother Nell passes away, Cassandra must follow the clues through her twisted family tree to unravel her past and to understand her future. The Forgotten Garden is a beautifully written story that seamlessly weaves together the past and the present.
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
Twentysomething Annie Aster, has never been one to follow the crowd. A lover of all things Victorian fashion and Austenian, Annie just doesn’t quite fit in in modern San Francisco. You can imagine her surprise (and delight) when a Kansas wheat field circa 1895 appears in her backyard, complete with a mailbox that provides a communication link between the two times. Armed with the knowledge of the present and the key to the past, Annie must try to prevent a murder that may influence her entire existence. The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster is magical realism at its finest.
Recommend by Paige
Carrying Albert Home
In a one of kind, somewhat true adventure, Carrying Albert Home tells the story of two still fairly newly married couple, their pet alligator and a rooster traveling from West Virginia to Florida. Homer, a proud coal miner and his wife Elsie, who would like to be anything other than a coal miner’s wife set off on the trip in order to return Albert the Alligator to a more appropriate climate. A fun listen, this story is similar to both Big Fish and Forrest Gump. A trip that should only take two weeks ends up taking much longer as the pair run into a number of interesting characters and end up getting themselves into some sticky situations. This is a great listen for any summer road trip!
Recommend by Vicki
Raymie makes two new friends at baton twirling lessons during the summer. They make a most unusual trio and rescue each other in a most unexpected way. An amazing story makes a fantastically well written book by Newbery Award winning author.
Warren the 13th and the All-Seeing Eye
This was a creepy fun adventure/mystery with a cast of marvelous characters. Super illustrations add to the creepyness of the storyline.
The Lightning Queen
Do not be put off by the cover of this book, look inside. What do you know of about the Hill of Dust, in the remote mountains of Mexico during the 1950’s? Begin the journey by reading about the Mixteco Indians that live there and their friendship with the wandering Romani aka Gypsies that travel the countryside. A marvelous main character will lead you through this mystical adventure.