"The Pioneers" reviewed by Tim Bitzer on January 3, 2020

Title: 
The Pioneers
Author: 
David McCullough
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
This is purely non-fiction and a bore. Ugh. Why did I spend the time reading this book? If you're doing historical research or maybe even genealogical research for early Ohio pioneers, it may be worth your time.
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2
Average: 2 (1 vote)

"180 Seconds" reviewed by Kate Ramsey on October 19, 2019

Title: 
180 Seconds
Author: 
Jessica Park
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
I enjoyed the idea of this book and the characters. Jessica Park did a great job of developing each character and their back story. I don't know if it is just me or if anyone else felt this way, but I felt like their were not plot twists or a climax to the story until the very end of the book. I also thought the conversation between Esben and Allison was overdone and really corny. I enjoyed when they first met each other, but after every conversation was too much. Again, I enjoyed the book, but rated it 3 stars. I would have liked more plot twists or changes in pace of the book. The book was hard to read for me because I lost my dad to cancer and this book reminded me of the struggle of cancer. That's not why I gave the book 3 stars, but just what it reminded me of. It is good to see though what cancer patients go through and how each person handles it around them and that it isn't just the person, but their family it affects too.
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"Six Wakes" reviewed by Kate Ramsey on October 19, 2019

Title: 
Six Wakes
Author: 
Mur Lafferty
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
I can’t remember the last time I stayed up this late reading a book just because I couldn’t put it down. This wasn’t my average type of book to pick up, but I’m so glad I did. I enjoyed it from cover to cover.
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

"After" reviewed by Kate Ramsey on October 19, 2019

Title: 
After
Author: 
Anna Todd
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
This book was so back and forth. I quit reading it half way through, but hate not finishing a book so I went back to finish it. I'm glad I finished reading it, but it definitely frustrated me during the book. The book definitely sucked me in for sure, but the constant betrayal of Tessa's trust and her constantly going back and forth to him made me furious. You would think she would give up on him for being such a jerk to her constantly even from the beginning. The book made me upset because it made it seem okay that he can verbally abuse her over and over again and that she will forgive him every single time. The ending had me so mad! I was more so frustrated at the whole situation of the ending than the actual book itself. Also, the fact that after they "dated" for two months and she moves in with him, ruins her relationship completely with her mom all for Hardin!? I loved that the book sucked me in to its plot, but was frustrated with the plot line. I feel like I am going to finish out the series because I am curious. I rate this book a 3 because I was flustered with the plot, but I was also sucked into the story. It's a love/hate relationship I feel like. I was rooting for Hardin and Tessa the whole time and completely despised Molly.
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"Anomalisa" reviewed by Karl on January 4, 2019

Title: 
Anomalisa
Author: 
Charlie Kaufman
This is a: 
movie
Your Review: 
A boring movie posing as deep thought. If the point was to feel sympathy for the plight of the main character's life, it failed. Reviews often state that this is a look into a lonely, mundane, and boring life and how it affects this character. The problem with the story is that his life isn't terrible, he is. There are scenes where it did seem that his obnoxious behavior is the reason for everyone deserting him, but they go nowhere and contribute nothing in the end. To paraphrase a line from the movie, there is no lesson here. Don't waste your time with this.
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1
Average: 1 (1 vote)

"Space Battle Lunchtime Volume Two: A Recipe for Disaster" reviewed by Phoenix Rayng on March 4, 2018

Title: 
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume Two: A Recipe for Disaster
Author: 
Natalie Riess
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
The second volume in this action filled, queer character graphic novel is a perfect ending and second half to the first volume. After Peony is captured by Melonhead we are left wondering where did Melonhead send her? How is Neptuna going to react? What will happen to Space Battle Lunchtime? Not only are all of these questions answered in all the right ways, we get the queer romance we all need and want in the media in the form of a human lesbian and alien lesbian's adorable relationship. The story blesses us with action we didn't get to see enough of in Volume one with a huge action scene. The ending is perfect and leaves us wondering what's next for Peony, Neptuna, and the others from Space Battle Lunchtime.
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

"Space Battle Lunchtime Volume One: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!" reviewed by Phoenix Rayng on March 4, 2018

Title: 
Space Battle Lunchtime Volume One: Lights, Camera, Snacktion!
Author: 
Natalie Riess
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
Do you like aliens, queers, and cooking shows? This is the perfect book for you. The first volume of this graphic novel duo about a human girl, Peony, lesbian lizard girl, Neptuna, and an evil (?) melonhead fighting to win an alien cooking show will make it impossible for you to put it down. The story is fresh and very unique, There's not much more I can say without ruining the whole plot. If I've caught your interest so far, I recommend you pick up both volume one and two, because after volume one leaves you on edge, you'll want volume two immediately!
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5
Average: 5 (1 vote)

"The House at Sugar Beach" reviewed by Laura Russell on February 7, 2017

Title: 
The House at Sugar Beach
Author: 
Helene Cooper
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
I have mixed feelings about this book. I don't think the author could decide what kind of book she wanted to write--an autobiography or a history book. She goes between recounting personal events and stating facts regarding the founding of Liberia and its civil wars. Topics seemed to jump around a lot and there were times I felt lost in terms of where she was in her personal story. An example of this is when she recounts nearly ten years of her life and then all of a sudden, she says "by the way, this is what was going on in my sister's life for the past 6 years and, oh yeah, Liberia's government went through this awful thing since the last time I mentioned the country ten chapters ago." I don't think adding in the facts about Liberia's government helped enhance the book in any way. I think this just should have been two separate books-an autobiography and a history book on Liberia. In addition to all of this, I found her writing to be very dry. For an autobiography, it seemed very factual, with few descriptions about how she felt during very significant events in her life. There was one moment of the book where I felt she let herself spill her emotions freely and it was at the very end of the book when she recounts being at a graveyard in Liberia. Aside from all of this, however, I really appreciated this author's story. She went through so many up and down moments in her life, and I admire her for paving her own way to get where she wanted to be, professionally. All she has been through is amazing and I feel fortunate to have known her story. This is why I am giving this book 3 stars and not any fewer.
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3
Average: 3 (1 vote)

"The Black Count: glory, revolution, betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo" reviewed by Beverly Hankins on January 31, 2017

Title: 
The Black Count: glory, revolution, betrayal and the real Count of Monte Cristo
Author: 
Tom Reiss
This is a: 
book
Your Review: 
This is an interesting historical look at the real life Count of Monte Cristo. Alex Dumas's son used his father's true exploits to inform his work in The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. Absorbing and detailed.
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4
Average: 4 (1 vote)

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