Thursday, April 11, 2013

Congratulations to the Winners! (Plus A Last Chance Giveaway!)

This 2013 Spring Sampler includes excerpts from:
  • Things We Saw at Night by Jacqueline
    (January 2013)
  • Who Done It? (February 2013)
    Contributors to this anthology include
    Jon Scieszka, Adam Gidwitz, Sara Shepard,
    Rebecca Stead, and others
  • The Shot by Helen Fitzgerald (March 2013)
  • Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon (April 2013)
  • The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble (May 2013)
  • Escape Theory by Margaux Froley (June 2013)
And the winners are...

Entry #123 Kari
Entry #18 Bethany
Entry #94 Anonymous (Erica)
Entry #50 Christin
Entry #54 Christin
Entry #71 Penny McCracken
Entry #133 Jessica Cooper
Entry #149 Michelle Tidwell
Entry #79 Penny McCracken
Entry #10 Bethany
Entry #114 Kari
Entry #164 Krissy Gray
Entry #4 Dawn Burke
Entry #16 Bethany
Entry #34 Jada Redmon
Entry #172 Krissy Gray
Entry #154 Michelle Tidwell
Entry #138 Jessica Cooper
Entry #160 Krissy Gray
Entry #80 Penny McCracken
Entry #166 Krissy Gray
Entry #102 Jada Redmon
Entry #22 Bethany
Entry #33 Robin Cobble
Entry #52 Christin


All winners have been notified by e-mail. If you have any questions, please contact me at

....But wait! We have an extra ARC available. For those of you who didn't win, Soho Teen: Spring 2013 Sampler is now up for grabs. It contains excerpts of some of this spring's most anticipated titles from Soho Press. The sampler goes to the first person to leave a comment below (be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!) Ready... Set...Go!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

GUEST REVIEWS: Flash Reviews from 2013 Cabin Fever Participants

Ever get sick of hearing what Lucinda and I think of our latest reads? Ready for a fresh opinion? How about some of your fellow BCPL patrons? Here are several guest reviews we received as part of our 2013 Cabin Fever program. Thanks to all of our guest reviewers for sharing!

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire
Reviewer: Anonymous Patron @ Ridgway Library
Anonymous Patron's Rating:
5/5 Stars
Genre: Romance
Audience: New Adult/Adult
Series: Beautiful #1

Summary: Travis Maddox, Eastern University's playboy, makes a bet with good girl Abby that if he loses, he will remain abstinent for a month, but if he wins, Abby must live in his apartment for the same amount of time.

Anonymous Patron's Review: This story was amazing! I literally could not put it down! This was a wonderful love story about two people you would not think should be together until all the "pieces" unfold. I am looking forward to reading the author's other books.

Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon
Reviewer: Heather Lawrence (Mt. Washington Library)
Heather's Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Christian Fiction/Romantic Suspense
Audience: Adult
Series: Guardians of Justice #2

Heather's Summary & Review: The story of Allison Taylor and Mitch Morgan pursuing their admiration and affection for each other has enough love, adventure, and danger to keep the reader wanting to know "What happens next?" There was enough character development to understand the good guys from the bad guys but still leave a little suspicion and doubt of some of the characters' overall intentions and roles in the story. The theme of faith and belief in God is dispersed throughout the story, helping the reader see connections to events and understand why things happen from a spiritual standpoint. The book is a great example of how when a person puts his/her trust in God, even the most dangerous of situations can become a moment of strength and courage.

A Golden Betrayal by Barbara Dunlop
Reviewer: Debbie Sanders (Ridgway Memorial Library)
Patron's Rating:
3/5 Stars
Genre: Category Romance
Audience: Adult
Series: Silhouette Desire #2198 / The Highest Bidder #6

Summary: Convinced a headstrong American woman and her auction house are connected to the theft of a priceless statue, an Arabian prince kidnaps her.

Debbie's Review: A funny romance with a spunky couple that are attracted to each other as soon as they meet. Good read.

Let It Sew by Elizabeth Lynn Casey
Reviewer: S. Jeanine Hall  (Hillview Library)
Heather's Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Humor
Audience: Adult
Series: Southern Sewing Circle #7

Jeanine's Summary:
It's Christmas in Sweet Briar, South Carolina. A grinch has taken over the towns Christmas Decorating Committee, and Tori, Dixie, and Rose have been drafted to help. Charlotte Devereaux, a founding member of the Sweet Briar Ladies Society Sewing Circle, has passed away. She left behind a sketchbook of clues indicating her husband was murdered. Will Tori and her sewing circle gals have time to solve a murder and de-throne a grinch before Christmas? After all, they have a hundred Christmas stockings to make!

 Liberator by Bryan Davis
Reviewer: Marie Webb  (Lebanon Junction Library)
Marie's Rating: No star rating was given.
Genre: Christian Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult/Adult
Series: Dragons of Starlight #4

Summary: The resurrected Starlighter, Cassabrie, may be the humans' last hope on Starlight as Jason, Koren, and Elyssa struggle to warn the soldiers of the dragon king's plan to wipe them out using a deadly disease that already threatens Koren's life.
Marie's Review:
Liberator is the 4th book in a series "Dragons of Starlight." I found the books to be interesting and captivating. Davis has created a world within a world with a lot of intriguing characters. This keeps you guessing as to the outcome and actually who the good guys are and who will prevail.

Sisterhood Everlasting by Ann Brashares
Reviewer: Anonymous Patron  (Mt. Washington Library)
Marie's Rating: 4/5 Stars
Genre: Chick Lit
Audience: Adult
Series: Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants #5

Summary: In this final Sisterhood, published as an adult novel, the girls are now in their late twenties. The pants are long gone and each is missing the closeness they once shared, so Tibby organizes a reunion that could change their lives in unexpected ways.
Anonymous Patron's Review:
It was good to revisit old friends from the previous Sisterhood books. The girls learned to be bold and embrace both the joys and sorrows of a well lived life.

Super Finishing Techniques for Crocheters by Betty Barden
Reviewer: Lisa Houchins (Mt. Washington Library)
Lisa's Rating: No star rating was given.
Genre: Adult Nonfiction/Crafts
Audience: Adult

Lisa's Review: Lots of information for the beginning crocheter. Laid out well and easy to follow. Lots of pictures. Even a few cute ideas and patterns.

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