Book Reviews

Reviewed by B. Ullsvik, August 2020

Joey Mullen recently moved into the Melville heights area and is living with her brother and wife. Just down the road lives the Fitzwilliam family. The Husband is the first one Joey meets, and immediately the click. They get close very fast, and they must hide their secret from everyone. As time goes by, more and… Read more

Reviewed by B. Ullsvik, July 2020

Mardi Gras is right around the corner, and everyone in New Orleans was full of joy. Well, all except for Detective Caleb Rooney, who has been accused of murder in the line of duty.  While fighting with the charges and resigning as a detective, he makes some extraordinary discoveries. His city is under attack, and the… Read more

Reviewed by E. Mankowski, April 2020

The World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893 held in Chicago was a highlight of American ingenuity. However, behind the glamour of the fair was a grim truth of the harshness and true state of Chicago. The Devil in the White City, written by Erik Larson, juxtaposes the story of Daniel Burnham and Dr. H. H.… Read more

Reviewed by E. Mankowski, April 2020

The fourth installment of A Court of Thorns and Roses follows Feyre Archeron and her court as they recover from the war with Hybern. There are many scars seen in the damaged streets of Velaris, and unseen in the ties between members of the court. Preparations for the upcoming holiday serve as a welcome… Read more

Reviewed by E. Mankowski, April 2020

The year of 1951 marked a turning point in scientific research in the United States and later, the world. One of the most influential subjects of research, the HeLa cells, had been discovered by a scientists by the name of Dr. George Gey. The origin of the cells remained a mystery until the publishing of The… Read more

Reviewed by B. Ullsvik, April 2020

In the book Crime Scene by Johnathan Kellerman, Clay Edison is a deputy coroner, going out to answer a simple call. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary about it. It just seemed like an old man had a heart attack and died. But when Clay went outside to talk to the man's daughter, she claimed it was not an… Read more

Reviewed by K. Yanna, March 2020

When Chris spends the summer with his Aunt, he wasn’t expecting to fall in love. After almost colliding with Maia during a run, Chris’s summer takes a spin. Chris, who is recovering from an assault after coming out as transgender, and Maia, who is recovering from the death of her sister, discover the nuances of a first… Read more

Reviewed by K. Yanna, March 2020

It is almost Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Caleb Rooney, who recently quit his job at the New Orleans Police Department, is preparing his food truck, Killer Chef, to serve as many po’ boys as possible. When he overhears a plot to ruin Mardi Gras, he returns to his past job - not without consequences - to save his beloved… Read more

Reviewed by K. Yanna, March 2020

Gwendolyn Bloom embarks on a journey filled with assassins, spies, and cunning criminals when her father mysteriously vanishes. Racing around the world to find her father, Gwendolyn meets people who help her - and some who manipulate her. To find her father, and keep herself, alive, Gwendolyn must be as devious,… Read more

Reviewed by M. Zillges, February 2020

Hollow City is the second book to the series of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children. In this book it’s about the adventure to save Miss Peregrine. From the first book, Miss Peregrine was captured by the Wights but amazingly the children came up with a plan and saved Miss Peregrine from them. The only… Read more