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Adult Winter Reading Contest

For Readers Ages 17 & Up

The Contest Begins January 6th, 2017

The Contest Ends March 17th, 2017


Enter your reviews between January 6th and March 17th, 2017

RULES and GUIDELINES

Book Reviews

Winter reading participants are asked to write brief book reviews, each of which counts as an entry in a prize drawing. The more reviews you submit, the more chances you have to win!

Submissions can be Adult or Young-Adult, Fiction or Non-Fiction. No children’s titles, please!

What MUST be included:

* A brief description of the book….…What’s it about?
* Did you like the book?.........Why or why not? Would you recommend it to others?
* You may also include: Are there similar authors or titles others might like? Have you liked other works by the author?

What NOT to include:
* Spoilers! Please do not reveal crucial plot elements.
* Children’s books.
* Profanity, obscenities, or spiteful remarks.
* Phone numbers, mail addresses, or URLs.

If you participated in our Summer Reading Contest you will have to create a new profile with a new user name and password for the Winter Reading Contest. All participants’ records are deleted shortly after the conclusion of the contests each season.

The library reserves the right to edit or remove reviews that do not follow these guidelines.
You could be the lucky winner of one of many prizes including the

Grand Prize…

an AMAZON KINDLE FIRE HDX
or a $25 Amazon Gift Card
Winners will be notified by email or telephone after March 27th.
Reviews
Review
This book was an unexpected delight. I was wary when I read the summary: fairies? Magic? It sounded a lot like the children's series "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which frankly bored me. Fortunately, Artemis Fowl was written with an older audience in mind, and it certainly has some teeth.

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old boy genius and a criminal mastermind. He is the heir to an Irish crime family empire, but lately, the family has fallen on hard times. Artemis Fowl senior is missing, and the family fortune is dwindling.

Fortunately, young Artemis has a plan. He is one of the only human beings with knowledge of "The People," i.e., the fairies who live underground, near the earth's core. The People have powerful magic and advanced technology, but more importantly, they have gold--lots of gold.

Through trickery and careful planning, Artemis manages to abduct one Holly Short, a captain in the LEPrecon Unit, the elite fairy police force. Artemis knows the LEP (Lower Elements Police) will pay a kingly ransom in gold bars to get their officer back--but only after exhausting every other option, including a lengthy siege of Fowl Manor, Artemis's family mansion.

This book has a vast and colorful cast of characters, from Artemis's burly bodyguard, Butler, to the centaur tech genius, Foaly, to the kleptomaniac dwarf, Mulch Diggums. The novel, written in a crisp military style, with multiple points of view and plenty of humor, reads like a movie. For an even better experience, listen to the audiobook with its various Irish and fairy accents.
Title
Artemis Fowl
Author
Eoin Colfer
Rating
4
Review
This book was an unexpected delight. I was wary when I read the summary: fairies? Magic? It sounded a lot like the children's series "The Spiderwick Chronicles," which frankly bored me. Fortunately, Artemis Fowl was written with an older audience in mind, and it certainly has some teeth.

Artemis Fowl is a 12-year-old boy genius and a criminal mastermind. He is the heir to an Irish crime family empire, but lately, the family has fallen on hard times. Artemis Fowl senior is missing, and the family fortune is dwindling.

Fortunately, young Artemis has a plan. He is one of the only human beings with knowledge of "The People," i.e., the fairies who live underground, near the earth's core. The People have powerful magic and advanced technology, but more importantly, they have gold--lots of gold.

Through trickery and careful planning, Artemis manages to abduct one Holly Short, a captain in the LEPrecon Unit, the elite fairy police force. Artemis knows the the LEP (Lower Elements Police) will pay a kingly ransom in gold bars to get their officer back--but only after exhausting every other option, including a lengthy siege of Fowl Manor, Artemis's family mansion.

This book has a vast and colorful cast of characters, from Artemis's burly bodyguard, Butler, to the centaur tech genius, Foaly, to the kleptomaniac dwarf, Mulch Diggums. The novel, written in a crisp military style, with multiple points of view and plenty of humor reads like a movie. For an even better experience, listen to the audiobook with its various Irish and fairy accents.
Title
Artemis Fowl
Author
Eoin Colfer
Rating
4
Review
Neal Shusterman's latest offering takes place in a future society where technology has allowed humankind to eradicate disease, poverty, crime, and even death itself. People no longer die of old age, and even traumatic injuries leave people "deadish" at worst until they are brought to revival centers and put back together, good as new. Sounds great, but in a world where no one dies, how do you deal with overpopulation?

The answer is the Scythes, who, with society's blessing, go about "gleaning" (i.e., killing) citizens to keep the world from becoming overcrowded. Some Scythes are thoughtful, humane, and compassionate about their work; others are bloodthirsty sociopaths.

Teenagers Rowan and Citra find the Scythes' work sickening, so imagine their surprise when the famous Scythe Faraday takes them both on as apprentices. Faraday is one of the compassionate Scythes, but there are others who consider his methods "old school" and wish to train Citra and Rowan to become merciless killing machines.

Plot-driven, fast-paced, with nuanced characters, black humor, and suspense aplenty, Scythe is definitely worth checking out!
Title
Scythe
Author
Neal Shusterman
Rating
5
Review
A quirky British girl living in a small English town becomes a companion to a quadriplegic man who before his accident lived a life of luxury and adventure. At first Louisa's sunny disposition and Will's acerbic personality clash but as they begin to bond Louisa sets out to change Will's outlook on life for the better.
Realistic fiction is usually not my cup of tea, but I really enjoyed reading Me Before You. While it wasn't the most exciting read, I found the character of Louisa to be refreshing and relatable and her relationship with Will really touching. A very emotional story and definitely worth the read.
Title
Me Before You
Author
Jojo Moyes
Rating
4
Review
This is the story of three sisters who can communicate with each other inside their heads when either something wonderful or terrible is happening. They are childhood immigrants from Communist Russia and the terrible things they endured impact each of them and their adopted brother Dmitry. The main character, Antonia, has had other tragedies that also influence her and her ability to commit to her neighbor, Nick. An enjoyable read.
Title
the Language of Sisters
Author
Cathy Lamb
Rating
4