Rain Reign
Ann M. Martin
November 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Kris

Rose has Aspergers and lives in a small town that does not quite know how to handle her.  She loves homophones and the book is filled with them.  She names her dog Rain, Reign.  This is a beautiful story about a special needs child and her bond with her dog.  A hurricane hits, and her dog gets lost, sending Rose’s world into a spiral.  I became attached to the characters and missed them when the book ended.

Vampires in the Lemon Grove
Karen Russell
November 17, 2014
Reviewed by: Tonia

A vampire who resists the urge to feed, a scarecrow who haunts a bully, humans transformed into creatures for one man’s gain….  This collection of short stories from the author of Swamplandia will be sure to click with fantasy and horror fans!

 
Annihilation
Jeff VanderMeer
November 14, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

This is the first in what's called The Southern Reach trilogy.  All three books in the trilogy were published  this year and I would put it in the SF category.  Someone other than me suggested it for fans of the TV show "Lost" and I totally agree.  I enjoyed the 3 books but if you are looking for a series with closure, this isn't it. More questions than answers, but a fun ride.

 

In Zanesville
Jo Ann Beard
November 11, 2014
Reviewed by: Chrissie

In Zanesville is about a teenaged girl growing up in the 1970s. Jo Ann Beard is a great writer and this book is truly funny, but the humor isn't the only draw. I'd like to quote a bit of the book to convince you to read it, but it's impossible to choose just one favorite line. If you enjoyed Haven Kimmel's A Girl Named Zippy, I think you'll like this one too.

 

 
The World of PostSecret
Frank Warren
November 7, 2014
Reviewed by: Laura

Ten years ago, Frank Warren gave blank postcards to random strangers, asking them to write a secret on it and mail it to him in Maryland. He hoped to receive 365, but received so many more that the project has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, eventually spawning a website, international exhibits and events, and five best-selling book compilations. This sixth (and perhaps final) PostSecret book contains more never-before-seen secrets, as well as information about the project from Warren’s perspective. At times chilling, hilarious, touching, and bizarre, these anonymous confessions have the potential to expand your sense of community and connection to others.

 
The Shadow Hero
Gene Luen Yang
November 3, 2014
Reviewed by: Kristin

Gene Luen Yang is a master of the graphic novel format.  Here, he has created an origin story for the Green Turtle, the very first Asian American super hero (created in the 1940s). In so doing, he not only wrote an excellent super hero story, but also a meditation on racial identity in America.  If you enjoyed American Born Chinese, this is a must read!

Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
Katherine Pancol
October 29, 2014
Reviewed by: Nancy

When Joséphine Cortès finally kicks her do-nothing, two-timing husband out of the house, she struggles to make a living for herself and her two daughters.  Despite the criticism and contempt of her own family members, mousy, insecure Joséphine gradually emerges as an entirely new creature.  

Haunted Ohio
Chris Woodyard
October 25, 2014
Reviewed by: Tonia

Like ghost stories told around a campfire?  Want to visit something local people think is haunted?  Try the Haunted Ohio series by Chris Woodyard.  Just in time for the Halloween season!

Reality Boy
A. S. King
October 22, 2014
Reviewed by: Desi

Gerald is a 15 year old dealing with more than his fair share of teen angst. When he was 5 years old his mother enlisted the help of television nanny to help deal with his outbursts. His time in the spotlight has made him a social outcast. He meets Hannah at work and together they try to figure a way to circumvent the damage the adults in their lives have caused.

Cataract City
Craig Davidson
October 17, 2014
Reviewed by: Robin

I found this title via The National Reading Group Month/Great Group Reads Committee list. Great list and if you are looking for ideas for books to read or for you group, check it out.  This book has flat out fantastic writing and the characters leap off the page. When I would look up from the book, had to shake my head to realize I was in Ohio and not in upstate NY or Canada with Dunk or Owe.  It is definitely going on my best of 2014 list.