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What is a Book Review? A book review is a description and evaluation of a book. It can explain the book's strengths and weaknesses and is a fun way to express how you feel about a book. We've all had the experience of having just read a great book and then immediately seeking out someone you can talk to about it! Writing book reviews is a good way to share great book ideas to other book lovers. Remember to make your reviews as engaging as possible; be persuasive or use humor to explain how you feel about the book. Would you recommend this book? Why or why not? How does the book handle character development, plot or setting? There is no absolutely right way to write a review, so just have fun with it!
This is a sample book review written by Leavenworth Branch Librarian Brianna Springer:
The Concrete Blonde, by Michael Connelly
Is it really possible to end the career of serial killer? Michael Connelly explores that question in his thrilling page-turner, The Concrete Blonde. As the story opens, we find beloved LAPD detective Harry Bosch in civil court defending his actions in shooting a notorious serial killer dubbed by the media “The Dollmaker.” A win in the case seems inevitable for our hero until a new body is discovered, a body which follows to the last detail the signature style of the “The Dollmaker.” Is a copycat at work? Or did Bosch really kill the wrong man? In his zeal, did he adopt an attitude of judge, jury, and executioner that blinded him to the facts of the case?
Connelly deftly weaves his tale, using all of his many talents as a writer to paint the many faceted character of Harry Bosch in a novel that may well chronicle our hero’s darkest hour. As the bodies pile up and the questions mount, readers will find themselves scared silly and wondering along with Harry whether Nietzsche was right when he asserted: "Battle not with monsters, lest ye become a monster, and if you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
These sample book reviews were written by Omak Branch Librarian Sterlene Sena:
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
"When a young girl's frozen body is found in a blizzard, the lives of 3 best friends will be ripped apart. 17 years later they may have the chance to come back together; right a terrible wrong; and finally bring justice to the unknown girl know only as 'The Virgin'... Nancy Pickard takes us on a thrilling ride through the lives of those effected by the VIRGIN with startling realism. I thoroughly enjoyed following alongside the characters on an emotional roller-coaster that feels as real as our own worst fears."
Big Fish, A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace
"How many of us can say that we truly know the man we call 'father'? William Bloom only knows the stories his father has told him about his extraordinary, if somewhat unbelievable, life. Now, facing his father's mortality, William must decide if those stories will be enough for him. Told in details so astounding, they almost seem true. I loved the way this story allows us to analyze and eventually accept our parents as the enigma they are and understand that we are but a blip, albeit a significant blip, in the myriad of their lives."