Staff Book Reviews-Lauren

Books Reviewed by Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

Wolf Pack

Author: C.J. Box

By: Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

Adult fiction, 371 pages

Joe Pickett finds out a drone, belonging to a mysterious man, is killing wildlife. When Joe tries to laydown the rules, he is unexpectedly asked to hold back by the FBI and DOJ and he becomes more suspicious. When bodies start piling up in and around his district, he realizes he may be dealing with the Wolf Pack, 4 evil assassins. The book is filled with excitement, sadness, and happiness with a fantastic ending. The story is unpredictable making it hard to put down.


The Nowhere Child

Author: Christian White

By: Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

Adult, 371 pages

Christian White wrote and awesome debut novel!  The story immediately starts with a surprise and continues on with twists and turns on every page!  This novel is a real page turner!

In 1990, Sammy Went, disappeared from her home in Manson, Kentucky and it tore her parents apart!  Over 25 years later an American accountant approaches Kim Leamy, a 28-year old photography teacher, who was living in Australia.  He believes that she is the missing child and she begins to try and prove those allegations.  Take a journey with Kim through the past to the present to discover the truth of the story of her life.

This storyline is exciting and as the plot thickens and each character comes to light for the role they play, it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering if she is the missing child!  You will read every word to the very end that ties everything together!


Love And Sunshine

DVD

Review by Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

Ally Craig is dealing with a broken engagement as she fosters a retired military dog while his owner is deployed. Sparks start flying when the owner, a very friendly, outgoing Airman, returns to get the dog. This is a great love story that shows wonderful chemistry between the main characters.


Lies

By T.M. Logan

Reviewed by Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

415 pages, Adult Fiction

Joe Lynch surprisingly sees his wife’s car ahead of him while heading home from work. He decides to follow her and ends up seeing her secretly meeting with another man. This meeting leads to tearing two families apart and Joe dealing with an evil killer that wants to destroy his life. The characters are very realistic. There are multiple twists and truns in the story and the final ending is a complete surprise.


Title:  Jillian Michaels 10-Minute Body Transformation

By: Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

DVD, Adult

This DVD consists of 5 10-minute workouts, a warm up, and a cool down. Each workout is a different type of workout that focuses on different muscles. It works well for people who are short on time because they can choose one 10-minute workout a day. People who don’t have to worry about time can do as many of the workouts as they want each day. It also includes trainers modifying the movements, making them harder and easier.

 

 

 


Jillian Michaels Yoga Inferno

By: Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

DVD, Adult

Yoga Inferno is a yoga inspired workout. It includes 2 30-minute workouts. The first workout is equipment free. The second workout includes a set of light dumbbells. During the workouts, Jillian moves quickly from one yoga pose to another, while adding in cardio intervals and moves that build strength. They are fast paced workouts. There are 2 other trainers modifying the exercises and poses to make it easier and harder. It’s a great way to work on balance, flexibility, and strength.

 

 


The Core 4

Author: Steph Gaudreau

By: Lauren Newman, Library Clerk

Adult non-fiction, 295 pages

This book includes detailed ways to nourish the mind and the body. Men and women can use the book. There is a 30-day program to follow that includes specific exercises, foods, and recipes. It also includes pictures followed by an explanation of each exercise on the day they are used. The book contains all of the information needed to make it a successful 30-day program!


The Nowhere Child

 

Staff Name: Lauren Newman

Date: 4/20/20

Author: Christian White

Pages: 371

Audience: Adult/Fiction

Review:

Christian White wrote an awesome debut novel. The story immediately starts with a surprise and continues on with twists and turns on every page. This novel is a real page turner!

In 1990, Sammy Went disappeared from her home in Manson, Kentucky and it tore her parents apart! Over 25 years later, an American accountant approaches Kim Leamy, a 28-year old photography teacher, who is living in Australia. He believes that she is the missing child. Take a journey with Kim through the past and the present to discover the truth of the story of her life.

The storyline is exciting and as the plot thickens and each character comes to light for the role they play, it keeps you on the edge of your seat wondering what really happened. You will read every word to the very end that ties everything together.


Date: 4/16/20

Title: Force of Nature

Author: C.J. Box

Pages: 385

Audience: Adult/Fiction

Review:

C.J. Box writes a real mystery when it comes to Force of Nature. This book has unidentified characters in unknown territory throughout the book, making it very stimulating.

Nate Romanowski knows his past will eventually come back to haunt him, but doesn’t want to tell his good friend, Joe Pickett. In 1999, Romanowski was in a secret Special Forces in Central Asia when a colleague did something evil. Now that colleague feels the need to abolish everyone who knows about it. Nate knows exactly how he’ll do it, which includes targeting the Pickett family, and does everything he can to stop it.

Force of Nature is very unpredictable. After the fantastic ending to this book, I’m ready to move on to the next C.J. Box book!


Date: 4/16/20

Title: Every Day Easy Air Fryer: 100 Recipes Bursting with Flavor

Author: Urvashi Pitre

Pages: 197

Audience: Adult/Non-Fiction

Review:

This cookbook is very helpful when it comes to using an air fryer. It prepares you with a list of helpful accessories to have when using an air fryer and the answers to common problems people have when using air fryers. Each recipe includes a picture, servings, and dietary considerations. The cookbook can be used at any time because of the variety of meals. Due to the great instructions, people who are very new or people who are very familiar to the air fryer can use this cookbook.


 

Date: 4/13/20

Title: Bombshell

Director: Jay Roach

Audience: Adult/Fiction

Review:

Bombshell is based on a true story of what it took for 3 career-oriented women, Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and Kayla Pospisil to take down Roger Ailes, CEO of FOX News, for sexual harassment. This is an important subject matter that shows how it can after a woman’s everyday life. Gretchen Carlson took the first step and filed a lawsuit against Roger for sexual harassment. The movie continues with ups and downs. The women had to deal with more than just a lawsuit and telling their story, which made the movie very unpredictable and surprising. I was extremely happy with the ending!


Date: 4/13/20

Title: Every Day

Author: Michael Sucsy

Audience: Young Adult/Adult/ Fiction

Review:

Every Day is a love story that shows teenagers we shouldn’t love people for their external appearance. We should love people for their internal spirit. The movie uses fantasy, humor, sadness, and excitement to bring that message.

Rhiannon ends up falling in love with “A” after he ends up inside her own boyfriend’s body for a day. “A” is a spirit who ends up inside a new person’s body every day. The person is always the same age, but “A” never inhabits the same person twice.

Rhiannon and the characters that “A” played always showed a strong love connection, no matter what “A” looked like. It’s a fantastic movie for young adults to watch!


Charlotte Street

Author: Donny Wallace

By: Triston Kanode, Library Specialist

Adult Fiction, 408 pages

“Charlotte Street” follows the interaction and aftermath of Jason Priestley’s brief connection with an unnamed woman after he helps her pick up her dropped belongings.  However, she leaves behind a camera, and Jason attempts to return the camera based only on the photos in contains.  With the help of his friends, Jason begins the journey to finding the woman, encountering and dealing with issues of past relationships, failed careers, and his own personal growth.  The book has a similar feeling to the film, “High Fidelity”, with the main character confronting past relationships and acknowledging their flaws which allows the characters to heal and grow.


Date: 04/09/20

Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image

Directed by: Jenny McQuaile

Audience: Young Adult/Adult

Review:

“Straight/Curve: Redefining Body Image” is a very eye opening film that explains how young girls and women are viewing themselves on a daily basis due to society’s unrealistic and dangerous beauty standards.  This documentary examines the industry beauty standards and the obstacles that are causing these issues with female body imagery, as well as showing the industries and leaders that are fighting for a wider range of diversity in the beauty and fashion world.

Constantly trying to look like a model won’t lead to a happy life and models aren’t always happy is a great thing to take away from this film.  There is a lot to be learned from this documentary for all ages and sizes.  I know that I learned a thing or two.