Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native has worked at Bookshop for six years and is our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


I’ve been assigned this book for three classes, and each time I’ve read it cover to cover. Moody is an eloquent, thoughtful writer. Recounting her childhood growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow and her college years in the Civil Rights Movement, she offers an engrossing personal look at the fight to end segregation. You’ll see how far we’ve come, how we’ve regressed, and how far we still have to go. - Flannery

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Coming of Age in Mississippi: The Classic Autobiography of a Young Black Girl in the Rural South Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385337816
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Published: Delta - February 3rd, 2004

I LOVED this. Telling the story of the Donner Party in rich detail, Houston emphasizes interpersonal dynamics within the party, largely leaving the cannibalism theme (quite effectively) to the reader’s imagination. Diary entries from a survivor who once lived in the Santa Cruz house where Houston wrote the novel give it a special local angle. - Flannery

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Snow Mountain Passage Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780156011433
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Published: Mariner Books - March 25th, 2002

You’ve heard of Vlad the Impaler – real-life basis for the legend of Dracula. This book turns Vlad into a brilliant, vicious teen girl named Lada. Set in the 15th century Ottoman Empire, the book weaves a vivid tale of family ties, courtly politics, and romance, with fully realized, complex characters. A must for any lover of historical fiction or badass girls. - Flannery

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And I Darken Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780553522341
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Published: Ember - May 30th, 2017

Helena is the child born of kidnapping and captivity, until she and her mother escaped. Thirteen years later, her father has broken out of prison and Helena must use the skills he taught her to catch him. Woven around Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Marsh King's Daughter, and alternating between Helena’s childhood and her hunt for the man she both loves and hates, this fiendishly paced psychological thriller completely floored me. Think Room, but with vengeance. - Flannery

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Challenging the status quo isn’t easy, and though becoming the first female deputy sheriff is as hard as it gets, Constance Kopp isn’t one to back down. When a mistake threatens her new career, she throws every ounce of nerve and grit she has into fixing it—with some advice from her wonderfully eccentric sisters, of course! I loved this great historical mystery. - Flannery

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Lady Cop Makes Trouble Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780544947139
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Published: Mariner Books - May 2nd, 2017

David Grann excels at bring history to life, and this may be his best book yet. In the 1920s, members of the oil-rich Osage Indian nation were murdered in increasing numbers, and the troubled, fledgling FBI was sent to investigate. While researching this forgotten chapter in American history, Grann discovered and exposed a plot more sinister than he initially realized. A gripping blend of history and true crime, this is terrific. I loved it. - Flannery

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
$23.16
ISBN: 9780385534246
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Published: Doubleday Books - April 18th, 2017

You may recall that a few years back our staff was obsessed with M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. If you, like us, loved that book, you are in luck—set ten years before Girl, The Boy on the Bridge is another smart, tense zombie book appropriate even for those like me who don’t usually like zombies. Come for the gore, stay for the characters and the deftly crafted writing! - Flannery

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780316300339
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Published: Orbit - May 2nd, 2017

There is no adequate way to describe this book in the short space I have, or to fully impart how excited I am for it. I’m burned out on dystopic fiction but can’t wait for Borne because I love Jeff VanderMeer’s unsettling, descriptive writing, the mind-bending ways his books make me think, and his worlds—in many ways recognizably ours, yet alien, altered, weird. If you want something different, look no further. - Flannery

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Borne Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374115241
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Published: MCD - April 25th, 2017

Megan Abbot is the queen of nourishing family dramas unfolding around troubled teen girls, and this is her best yet. Katie Knox’s daughter Devon is a gymnastics prodigy, and Katie and her husband will do whatever it takes to see Devon’s dreams realized. When a death happens in the supposedly tight-knit gymnastics gym, fractures in both family and community expose unpleasant truths. I was completely sucked in and didn’t want to put it down. - Flannery

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You Will Know Me Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316231060
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 25th, 2017

In her new stand-alone novel, Laurie R. King tackles a modern horror—a high school career day gone terribly wrong. Anyone who loves King’s deft writing and nuanced character building will be more than satisfied. King weaves the threads of her characters’ lives and secrets together into a taut psychological tale that is poignant and provocative and an excellent example of her range and skill. - Flannery

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Lockdown: A Novel of Suspense Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780804177931
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Published: Bantam - June 13th, 2017

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