Book Review: The Frame-Up

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The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

There is so much to like about a book that combines comic books, mystery and mayhem, romance, and geek culture. Not your standard Cozy Mystery, The Frame-Up follows MG as she navigates life as a no-nonsense, passionate comic book writer.

When MG discovers a potential comic book link to a series of local crimes, she teams up with hot cop Matteo to try to find the connection. Like any good cozy mystery, MG soon branches out on her own and fun and quirky hijinks ensue.

Part of what makes this a great read is Molin’s depiction of MG. Her decisions and actions throughout the story don’t always make sense to the reader and at times she bumbles things and obstructs the investigation. In her excitement, MG places herself and others in dangerous situations without fully thinking through the consequences. She’s flawed. She’s a real person. She’s relatable to the reader.

The Frame-Up has just a hint of romance — more of a will-they-or-won’t-they scenario — and sets up the storyline between MG and Matteo for future installments. Molin’s writing is light and funny, with just the right amount of pop culture references to not feel trite. The Frame-Up is a fun, easy read for when you’re not looking for something serious – great for a lazy afternoon or weekend.

 

Review by Andover Library Staff

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Book Review: My Dear Hamilton

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My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie

 

I chose this book initially because like most of the country I had fallen under the spell of Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Surprisingly, this book turned out to be one of my favorite books I’ve read so far this year. My Dear Hamilton gives us a glimpse into the life of Eliza Schuyler before she became Mrs. Hamilton.

As with most historical fiction the authors embellished some of the characters and events. I did appreciate the extent of the authors’ research into the actual people, places and events that took place during Eliza’s lifetime.

I love historical fiction, especially the Revolutionary War era. If you are a fan of Hamilton the musical you will really enjoy this book. Perfect mix of historical facts with great imaginative writing.

Review by Andover Public Library Staff

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Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge: A Book You Can Read in One Day

The 2019 Reading Challenges are here!  Are you struggling with what to read in the Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Reading Challenge categories? We can help! Throughout the year, we will highlight several juvenile, YA, and adult fiction (or non-fiction) books in most of the categories.

These aren’t the only books we have available in each category but are ideas that can help you spark inspiration, help clarify the category, and (hopefully) make your decision easier.

 

We’re continuing our discussion of books with the category “A Book You Can Read In One Day.”

 

So, what qualifies as a ‘book you can read in one day?’ The answer varies from person to person. Typically, books between 200-275 pages would fall into this category. Below are books in the library’s collection that have fewer than 275 pages. Included are fiction, non-fiction, and YA titles!

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My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwait: 226 pages

 

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News of the World by Paulette Jiles: 209 pages

 

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Exit West by Mohsin Hamid: 231 pages

 

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 Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata: 176 pages

 

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry by Neil deGrasse Tyson: 224 pages

 

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondō:  224 pages

 

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 The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: 213 pages

 

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The End We Start From by Megan Hunter: 160 pages

 

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Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer: 195 pages

 

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The Great Passage by Shion Miura: 222 pages (audio book)

 

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Slade House by David Mitchell: 241 pages

 

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Orphan Train by Christina Kline: 278 pages

 

Happy Reading!

 

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Book Review: All Fall Down

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All Fall Down by Ally Carter

Grace knows she isn’t crazy. She witnessed her mother’s murder and is determined to find the man responsible – whatever the cost. But faced with a lack of evidence and supporting witnesses, she is deemed irrational by those around her and her accusations largely discredited. When she unexpectedly encounters her mother’s killer hidden among the social elite, she decides to take matters into her own hands to prove the truth of what happened.

All Fall Down” in the first book in Ally Carter’s Embassy Row trilogy that follows Grace’s investigation into her mother’s enigmatic past. Perhaps the best aspect of this book is the unreliable narrator; part Anastasia, part Memento, this book keeps the reader guessing at what is fact and what is supposition., the story is entertaining and fast-paced

This series will appeal to a wide variety of readers and is especially perfect for any reader that enjoys suspenseful YA fiction mixed with a hint of romance. While the plot has its issues (as most do), it is engaging and fast-paced, and leaves the reader instantly reaching for the next book in the trilogy.

Review by Andover Public Library Staff

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