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Read Shadow & Bone Before the Streaming Premier!

21 Apr

April means many things to many people. To some, it’s the sign of the Easter Bunny coming with chocolates and sweets. Others might see it as the start of spring, warmer weather and vibrant gardens. 

But to many others, April 23 brings the premier of the Netflix adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s YA fantasy, Shadow and Bone, also know as the Grishaverse series. So for the month of April, I will be reviewing the original trilogy for this premier.

The first book in the series, Shadow and Bone, introduces us to the world of Ravka and our protagonist, Alina Starkov, a soldier and map maker entering a shadowed scar on the world known as the Shadow Fold, filled with only monsters and darkness. It is while there that she discovers and learns to control a newfound power.

The narrative is done through first person and Bardugo does an excellent job of letting us experience things through Alina’s eyes while still keeping things interesting and fresh. The magic system is simple enough that those new to fantasy will understand it, but interesting enough to add just enough flavor to the story and world.

So whether you’re just curios about the series as a whole or wish to read the books after watching the show, Shadow and Bone is one that I can firmly recommend. You can borrow it as an ebook from both eBCCLS and eLibraryNJ and in print from BCCLS libraries.

Written By:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

Don’t miss our exciting live Zoom event tonight: Meet the Author Book Talk with Chip Cheek, author of “Cape May”! Wednesday, April 21, at 7 pm EST
In honor of National Library Week, best-selling author Chip Cheek will present a Virtual Book Talk/ Meet the Author event tonight (Wednesday, April 21) at 7:00 pm to discuss his popular debut novel “Cape May.” Chip will read passages from the book, describe his writing process and the inspiration for the book, and answer your questions. This program will be hosted on Zoom, so registration is required.

Paying the Price for Time: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

17 Mar

Time is a thing humans have a complicated relationship with. Some don’t consider it while others feel its impact every second of every day. Most of us can agree that many of us are desperate for of it, to do everything we want to do before it’s too late. But what would you give up if you could have more? What price would you be willing to pay to have all the time in the world?

That is the question of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab. The title’s main character, Addie, makes a Faustian deal with the devil for time, but is cursed to be forgotten by everyone she meets.

The prose in this novel is an absolute delight to read and pulls you right into the story without bogging you down. The characters of Addie, Luc, and Henry are also engaging and ones that many will find relatable.

The part many may find to be the most divisive about this book is the pacing. After the bargain is made, everything moves more into a slice of life pace, with various points of tragedy and excitement sprinkled throughout. Much of this comes as a result of the switching of years between each chapter and its characters. Some may find this pace enjoyable and not detracting at all while others may find it slows the plot down and drags things along.

Through it all, The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an excellent read and one that might just help someone to appreciate all the time they do have.

You can borrow it as an ebook or digital audiobook from eBCCLS or eLibraryNJ. It is available in print from Hoboken and other BCCLS Libraries.

Written by:
Lauren Lapinski
Circulation Assistant

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