The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

hungergamesThis trilogy had my attention from beginning to end.  I couldn’t stop reading and I didn’t want the  books to end.  The challenges in this book kept me drawn in and on the edge of my seat!icn_5star (review by Lisa Yannone-Soto)

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Bobby and Jean of Newburgh by Irene Wegle

This book gave a lot of history on Newburgh.  It was a slow read as I tried to place sites from the past onto our current roads.  It was really nice to learn where some of our current school, library and other buildings originated from.  icn_5star (review by Lissa Yannone-Soto)

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Riverbend Road by: RaeAnne Thayne

Riverbend Road (Haven Point, #4)I love to read series and this is another one from RaeAnne Thayne, the Haven Point series. It is funny, sad and serious, but you will definitely enjoy it. 4.5strslg

Review done by: Donna Rickey

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Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger

ordinarygraceIn this charming little Minnesotan back water in the 1960’s, there is a death, then another, then two murders, and a suicide.  While the backdrop sounds grim, it is narrated by the 13 year old son of the community paster.  It is full of ordinary and amazing grace/  You will finish pondering the fact that generally there are not good or bad people; there are just people.  icn_4star

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A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

suitableboyPost independence Indian romance with  all the messy business of getting married in a society that arranges marriages. Do we have enough for the dowry?  Is his skin too dark? Does he make enough money,  Is he too short for our protagonist , Lotta? Meanwhile, Lotta, a good Hindu, has her eye on a nice Muslim boy.  There are some dark bits, but many funny sweet parts.  Also, some of the characters are more British than the British.  icn_5star

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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

cuckooscallingI heard on NPR that Robert Galbraith was J.K> Rowlng.  I loved,  ” The Casual Vacancy” and all the Harry Potter books and was not disappointed with her new genre.  She has a real gift for looking at messing family life and how it creates loveble, strong, characters (Detective Cormoran Strike) and monsters (Bristow).  The dialogue is spot on too!  Her clothing desigher, Guy Some will have you snorting.  icn_5star

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Keep Calm by Mike Binder

keepcalmThere were some interesting character sketches, but they never developed into actually “developed” characters.  The plot moved along briskly, but there was one foolish bit of writing and then another and with so many wonderful books out there, who can waste time with partial efforts?  icn_2star[1]

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