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.



5 comments:

Jessica Cooper said...

Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire was a wonderful book!!! I feel in love with the characters.... too bad this isn't a series...

BCPL - please purchase this author's other books! I will be sure to check them out. :)

Tracy said...

I've got good news for you, Jessica! Although there isn't a technical sequel to Beautiful Disaster planned, those who can't get enough of Travis and Pidge can read Walking Disaster, which is their story from Travis's POV. Also, Jamie McGuire is planning to write Travis's brothers' stories as well!

As to your suggestion that we purchase more Jamie McGuire books: I'm on it. I will send some titles to our Technical Services Department today for consideration. (If some of the older titles are unavailable, you might also want to try our Interlibrary Loan service: http://www.bcplib.org/about/services.html#ILL)

Jessica Cooper said...

Tracy - that is wonderful! I am looking forward to readint them all! :)

Amber said...

This is cool!

Pinky028 said...

I've never seen that crochet book, but I definitely want to check it out! Finishing is always the hardest part for me.

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