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The Language of Thorns Book Review 

Emily Merlin , Social Media Director

September 3, 2020

            Most adult and young adult books these days are extremely boring. I am not speaking on the actual writing, but the art. The only part you’ll see of a book, at a glance, is the cover. If you’re lucky, a map on the firs...

‘The Great Alone’ should just be left alone

Jennifer Reinfried, Copy Editor

January 25, 2019

I picked up a copy of Kristin Hannah’s latest novel, “The Great Alone,” solely because it was a Goodreads Choice 2018 winner.  This is a category I like to browse to learn of new authors and novels I might not have heard of in the past. The jacket copy tells readers to expect a tale of col...

‘Year One’ a disappointing foray into new genre

Nora Roberts is a well-known romance author. Her new book, “Year One,” represents Roberts’ first efforts in a new genre: post-apocalyptic horror. The book did not live up to her “best seller” standards.

Jennifer Reinfried, Business Director

November 21, 2018

Nora Roberts is a name many people are familiar with, even if they haven’t read any of her work. She specializes in romance novels, having written hundreds in multiple series and standalone alike. Roberts has won multiple awards, even getting the title “America’s Favorite Novelist” by The New...

‘Sadie’ targets revenge and emotions

Book cover Sadie by Courtney Summers

Mel Acosta, Staff Writer

October 10, 2018

“Sadie” isn’t any sort of soft book.  It’s raw and unsettling, bringing a whole new light to young adult thrillers.  If you’re on the hunt for a fictional true crime story, that very much could be real, this may be it for you. 

‘Pet Sematary’ is much more than a horror story

Pet Semetary by Stephen King

Jennifer Reinfried, Business Director

September 12, 2018

“Sometimes, dead is better.” This ominous and flat-out blatant warning comes from one of my favorite Stephen King characters, Jud Crandall. It sets the tone of the novel, “Pet Sematary,” right off the bat. It makes you sit back and consider the thought. Most of all, though, it brings ...

Book review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Book review: Trouble is a Friend of Mine

Allison Althof, Staff Writer

April 6, 2016

Imagine that Veronica Mars was best friends with Benedict Cumberbatch’s version of Sherlock Holmes, and that they got into as much trouble as Ferris Bueller. Something this awesome does exist in “Trouble is a Friend of Mine.” This debut novel by Stephanie Tromly starts with the witty and sarcastic...

Cassandra Clare’s work is well worth reading

“Lady Midnight: is a sequel to the series “The Mortal Instruments.”

Allison Althof, Staff Writer

March 22, 2016

If you haven’t heard of Cassandra Clare and “The Shadowhunter Chronicles” before, then it is time for you to learn about a collection of books full of adventure, comedy, romance, and some soul crushing writing. Clare opened our eyes to the shadow world back in 2007 with the release of the first...

Mutter’s Marvels a tale of innovation

Allison Althof, Office Manager

February 17, 2016

What if I told you that you could die from a common infection? What if your doctor thought that he didn’t need to wash his hands because he believed that a gentleman is always clean? Modern medicine has come a long way since the early 19th century. In Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz’s book “Dr. Mutter’s...

Cameron Jace ‘Insanity’ book review

Insanity Book Cover

Allison Althoff, Staff Writer

November 25, 2015

Retellings are a popular way of taking a story you have heard multiple times and putting a creative twist on them. One classic story that has gone through a number of retellings, both creative and classic, is “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll. The original story was published...

“Slasher Girls and Monster Boys” – 14 stories in time for fright night

Slasher Girls and Monster Boys book cover

Allison Althof, Staff Writer

October 27, 2015

Some of them might scare you, they may even steal your sleep, and others might touch you somewhere down deep. None is the same but one thing’s for sure, there will be monsters till the last page is turned. “Slasher Girls and Monster Boys” is a collection of chilling short stories written by some...

The Martian book review

Allison Althof, Staff Writer

October 14, 2015

When the odds are stacked and an entire planet is out to get you, would you give up or fight? Throughout the history of literature there have been hundreds of books about human survival, but “The Martian” by Andy Weir puts basic human instinct on a different level. Thanks to the recent movie...

“The Handmaid’s Tale” – a banned page turner

banned books graphic

Allison Althof, Staff Writer

September 30, 2015

In high school we all had to read that those books that we just didn’t want to read but knew it was inevitable. “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood is a classic novel that I gladly would have traded with one of those books. However, I can also understand why it isn’t on the required...

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