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Carnal Innocence by Nora Roberts

Caroline Waverly is a famous violinist comes home to Innocence, Mississippi to live in her grandmother's home. Caroline needs to have roots and peace from her life, parents, and hectic touring schedule. However, Caroline finds a quiet town with a few murders -- 4 to be exact. She also finds Tucker Longstreet, a neighbor who owns the plantation next store. The FBI come into town to help catch Innocence’s serial killer. What do the four women have to do with Tucker? What is Caroline’s real story? Will she stay in Innocence permanently?

I love Nora Roberts’s books. They are page turners with lovable characters, and this is a smart story that occasionally has twists that come out of left field -- like this book. Read it and you will like it.

Submitted by: Teresa Seed

Ali's Pretty Little Lies by Sara Shepard

I have been a huge fan of all of the books, but I really think Sara Shepard should move on to something new. I feel the last few books in the series have not been all that good and really rushed. However, I will still continue to read them. They are a quick read and still hold my interest long enough to finish in a few days. I also find it kind of fun to see what she takes from the show's writers and now incorporates it into her writing and character development. When I got to the end I did really still want more.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

Into the Night by Suzanne Brockmann

A lot of information about how the SEALs train and why. Also some historical info about WWII and the original Frogmen. All this is mixed with the romance and current terrorist attack. Well done.

Submitted by: Darcy Geer

Carolina Moon by Nora Roberts

In Carolina Moon, Victoria "Tory" Bodeen has a gift. A gift of sight: she can see the future. Coming home to Progress, South Carolina after years of running from her family and herself, Tory comes back to the haunting murder of her best friend Hope Lavelle. Hope was brutally assaulted and killed when they (Tory and Hope) were 8 years old. Hope has an identical twin, Faith, and an older brother Cade. Will Faith and Tory become friends? Tory comes home to reconnect with her grandmother and aunt and uncle but not her parents. Her father, thinking that her sight is a connection to the devil, unmercifully abuses Tory. Cade becomes involved with Troy with much regret from his mother. A murder happens in the town. With Tory's return, is Hope’s murderer killing again? Can Tory, with her gift, help catch a killer? This book is fast paced. Most of the characters are likeable and fun.

Submitted by: Teresa Seed

The Paperboy by Pete Dexter

The Paperboy was an okay book. I never really felt a connection to any of the characters in the novel because none of them were very likable. I read the novel because I wanted to watch the movie. However, after reading the novel, I do not feel that I really want to see the movie. I am extremely happy that I checked this one out from the library.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

The follow up of a terrorist attack and the attempt to find out who was guilty, who goofed, etc. It features two love stories and the beginning of another. It also deals with racism. Well done.

Submitted by: Darcy Geer

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is a fast and easy diary style novel. Charlie writes letters to an anonymous friend. His letters are about his life: school and teachers; friends and family; sex, drugs, and rock and roll. I suppose we are supposed to be moved by the things he writes, but I have to say, I never felt much for any of the characters in this story, as they were very flat. It was an entertaining, "read it in one night" book, but don't expect much more than that.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

The Walking Dead: Rise of the Governor by Robert Kirkman & Jay Bonansinga

Being a huge fan of the graphic comics and even a bigger fan of the show, I was excited to read this book. I was not disappointed during this read. It truly showed the growth of evil one man needs to endure, even if he really has no intentions of being evil. The ending was very unexpected and satisfying. If you are a fan of the show or the comics, I would definitely recommend this read. I just found the Governor in the comics as a disgusting character and it translated through the series. After reading the prequel to his character formation, I actually feel a bit sorry for him. Again, a great read for any fan of the Walking Dead.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson

Midnight Sun by Elwood Reid

This book is about two men looking for a girl who was kidnapped by a cult who live deep in the woods of Alaska. I found myself asking, "what else could happen?"

Submitted by: Mercy Bautista

The True and Outstanding Adventures of the Hunt Sisters by Elisabeth Robinson

I was given this book by a friend who told me it was one of the best books she has ever read. With that in mind, I was excited to read this book. However, I did not like how the book was written. The book is a compilation of letters and faxes written by the self centered Olivia, a movie producer in Hollywood. The letters are all written by Olivia to her sister Maddie (who is dying of cancer), her friend Tina, her ex Michael, parents, doctors, and various people in Hollywood. The problem with this is that the reader never sees any of the letters that were written back. So, it is a one sided continuous story that never seems to end. I never felt a connection with any of the characters. Basically, it was not uplifting or depressing, sad or happy, just neutral.

Submitted by: Jennifer Johnson


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