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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 worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.

 

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

This is an epic tale of revenge, class revolt, alliances, and vicious warfare. If you need a frame of reference, think The Hunger Games meets Game of Thrones, but on a colonized Mars. It’s a fast, bloody thrill ride that will leave you wanting book two, which is good, because the final book in the trilogy comes out in February 2016, and I, for one, can’t wait.  --Flannery

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ISBN: 9780345539809
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Published: Del Rey - July 15th, 2014

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

Stiefvater is my absolute favorite YA writer, and one of my favorite writers, period. I devour her gorgeous sentences and reread her dark, lovely books, discovering new things in them every time. If you haven’t discovered her yet, now is the time! The final book of her phenomenal Raven Cycle comes out in April, so do yourself a favor and read this one immediately.  --Flan

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ISBN: 9780545424936
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Published: Scholastic Paperbacks - July 30th, 2013

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

This is my favorite YA novel of the year. Dark, gripping, and refreshingly unique, it blew me away. Complex characters from all walks of life inhabit this rich, fully imagined world, and their relationships give the story heart and soul. Filled with romance, intrigue, and magic, the book revolves around a thrilling heist. I absolutely loved it!

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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 29th, 2015

The Ghost Fields by Elly Griffiths

When a WWII aircraft is found buried in the moors with the pilot inside, forensic archaeologist Ruth Galloway is called in and finds herself embroiled in another murder investigation. Revolving around a secretive aristocratic family and complicated by a film crew, this dryly funny book has an intriguing mystery and features the ever-endearing Ruth. I loved it!

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Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2015

Dry Bones by Craig Johnson

Craig Johnson is one of my absolute favorite mystery writers. His characters are realistic and lovable, and the Wyoming setting is as much a character as they are. His mysteries are always deftly plotted, and his sparse writing style is infused with dry humor. I’ve read every book in this series, and they just keep getting better, as evidenced with Dry Bones. I love these books!

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Published: Viking - May 12th, 2015

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

This is not a celebrity memoir--it's even better. This is an actual, legitimate guide to dating written with a sociologist after a year-long, worldwide sociological study. Filled with information, personal stories from a variety of people, and anecdotes from Aziz's own life, this book is incisive, educational, and above all, hysterically funny. I absolutely loved this book, and found it honestly helpful.

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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

I tore through this book in three sittings. It's a fascinating topic, and Ronson's wit and charm make this an engaging read. Ronson covers a variety of types of public shaming - from the disgraced Jonah Lehrer to people whose social media posts led to overwhelming humiliation to the victims of sex scandals and many more. He presents a well rounded story for each example - from the cause to the aftermath. This book is thought provoking, making you seriously think about the glee with which our society takes down those we perceive as societal offenders. Luckily, Ronson's humor makes what could have been a depressing, overly serious topic fascinating and readable.

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Published: Riverhead Books - March 31st, 2015

Spinster by Kate Bolick

Blending her own life story with the history of spinsterdom and the story of five women who influenced her "spinster wish", Bolick has written a book that touches the heart of many women chafing at the pressure to marry and settle down. As well as making me look critically at our society and my own life and desires, Spinster made me want to read the work of the women who influenced her and I can't think of anything I consider a higher recommendation than that.

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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

Rain: A Natural and Cultural History by Cynthia Barnett

I LOVED this book! It was completely fascinating, and made me think about rain in a completely different way. It touches on everything from the role rain played in the creation of our planet and continues to play in its survival, to the invention of the Macintosh raincoat to a tiny town in India that bottles the scent of rain. It talks about our future in this changing climate, and about how we have altered areas of the planet to create the problems happening today (I'm talking about you, Southern Florida!). Engaging and thorough, this is a fantastic book.

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ISBN: 9780804137096
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - April 21st, 2015

Voices in the Ocean by Susan Casey

I loved Susan Casey's first two books (The Wave, The Devil’s Teeth), but neither had the impact on me this did. After a personal encounter with wild dolphins, Casey began traveling the globe researching all things dolphin. Exploring their complex lives, intelligence, and most of all, their complicated relationship with us, this thought-provoking book is marked by Casey's brightly descriptive prose. By turns awe-inspiring, heartbreaking, and infuriating, this book stays with you. I highly recommend it.

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ISBN: 9780385537308
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Published: Doubleday - August 4th, 2015

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