The Book of Magic is as bewitching as I hoped it would be. If you are a fan of the Practical Magic series or the movie version of Practical Magic, you will fall under the spell of this story. Set in the present day, the Owens family finally faces the generational curse that keeps them from any kind of romantic happy ending. In her usual vibrant narrative style, Hoffman presents a bittersweet conclusion to the Practical Magic series.
With whimsical illustrations and delightful prose, Alemagna tells the story of a child combating boredom. After accidentally dropping their video game in a pond, they discover the imagination of the outdoors. Tromping through the rainy path, they come across snails and mushrooms among other mythical, magical wonders of the forest. I love the subdued color palette that is contrasted by the child’s neon orange raincoat, and that the child’s gender is ambiguous. After reading, I can’t help but want to go traipse through the woods (and find myself a neon raincoat)!
This is Leelanau County’s Community Book Pick to read during the month of November and it should be.This is a proper thriller with a strong plotline and developed characters but you will be more than just entertained—you will be enthralled, as I was, learning about living on the ‘rez, tribal traditions and culture, history that we were never taught in school as well as trying to solve the ‘who done it?’ part of a very good novel. The action and plot twists—who’s the good guy? Who’s the bad guy?—-made it hard to put this down at night. Do yourself a favor and go out and get a copy now!
If you enjoyed “Eight Perfect Murders” by the same author, you will love this creepy, psychothriller. Young woman married to the man of her dreams is perfect (TOO perfect), she is stalked by another man she had a one-night stand with while she was engaged, and there is a secret cult on the island where they are spending their honeymoon. Caught in a desperate situation and facing death, Abigail takes all the knowledge that she has gathered to take action. Will it work? This is a cliffhanger that will keep your pulse racing all night long.
If you are a true Bibliophiliac, or want to know someone who is one a bit better, get this book! It is full of not only lovely photos of bookshops around the world, but it is filled with pithy little tidbits. You could make your own Trivial Pursuit game out of all the bookish facts that this book contains. Little chats with various bookshop owners, big bookshops, little bookshops, bookshops on boats and some very, very unusual ones. It is arranged by major regions of the world so look for your favorite bookshop in that section—or better yet, mark the ones you want to visit!
This is another creepy thriller that will make you think twice about filling out surveys or participating in research studies. When Jessica signs up for a psychology study, she thinks all she’ll have to do is answer a few questions, collect her money, and leave. But as the questions grow more intense and the sessions become outings where Jess is told what to wear and how to act, she begins to feel as though something else is going on. Guess what? It is! 5 stars from me.
Marshall’s Staff Picks:
The Veronica Speedwell Mysteries (series) by Deanna Raybourn
Fun, sexy, and historical! What more could you want? And of course, the best is that it is a series. Start with “A Curious Beginning”.
Another great entry in the Bosch and Ballard World. This one focuses on Detective Renee as she tracks down two serial rapists and a murderer. As always, the book has an authenticity and timeliness seldom equaled. Highly Recommended.