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The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

queenofthetearlingPrincess Kelsea on her 19th birthday is brought to her kingdom to begin her rule. She’s been in hiding since the age of 3 for her own safety. She was raised by two strict and loving caregivers whose only job was to train her for Queendom. We see Kelsea grow as the novel progresses and she’s suddenly faced with many important decisions – none of which she feels prepared to make. However the beautiful sapphire necklace around her neck seems to be a guide on which she can rely.

Her queen’s guard are a loyal and (mostly) lovable bunch.  We get a taste of a love interest but I hope there’s much more in book two since I missed this element in a historical fantasy.

I enjoyed this book as a first in the series. It leaves many questions unanswered which is a bit frustrating but I can appreciate the set-up nature of this first book. One other item that bothered me – although this book takes place in an alternate history setting , I was still surprised to see some pop-culture references. In some way, this tiny detail stole a bit of the book’s legitimacy in my eyes.  Find it in our catalog here. 


75th Aniversary of the Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz

In 1939 two major films were released. They have remained beloved favorites of everyone who has seen them.

On Tuesday, September 30 at 7pn, film historian, Steven Frenzel will give us a history of the filming of Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. His program will show highlights from both films and little known facts. Did you know that Dorothy’s shoes were originally silver, but were changed to red for the film? Or that fire almost stopped the filming of Gone with the Wind twice?

1939 was a huge year for films. Gone with the Wind garnered the most with 13 and The Wizard Oz had 10, but quite a few other movies were also  nominated in many categories. They would both go on to win multiple awards.


New and Notable – Science Fiction

Here are some new science fiction titles that have been getting loads of critical buzz!  Click on the links to find them in our catalog:

black moonBlack Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows. Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world. Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.



raising steam

Raising Steam by Terry Pratchett

Change is afoot in Ankh-Morpork. Discworld’s first steam engine has arrived, and once again Moist von Lipwig finds himself with a new and challenging job.



(As listed in Booklist July/August 2014)


Let’s Talk Books!

Jessica talks about My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf.  Find it in our catalog by clicking here.

Movies, Music and More...

Pictured in the Stacks…

Have you ever noticed the blue cart by our collection of music CDs?  This cart holds items that are too big to fit on the shelves.  These items include anniversary editions, anthology collections and other multiple CD sets.  Take a look the next time you visit us – perhaps you’ll find one of your favorites!