our staff picks
Brian's Braden's pick: The Watchman by Matt Langford: The Watchman tells the story of Adam, a young man with a learning difficulty, after his family moves from city life and into the countryside. Told through Adam's eyes we follow him and his family through struggles, upheavals and the ultimate breakdown of both the family and his unit.
Amy Biddle's pick: Black Crow, White Lie by Candi Sary: Winner of the 2012 Reader Views Literary Award for the West-Pacific region, and first runner-up in the Eric Hoffer Book Award for fiction, Black Crow White Lie tells the story of Carson Calley, a thirteen-year-old with the curious ability to heal people.
Katie French's pick- The Scourge by A. G. Henley: A young adult dystopia that stands above the rest with action-packed plotting, interesting characters and a unique world you can't help but be sucked into.
Readers' Choice Awards
chosen by popular demand
First place- The Forever Girl by Rebecca Hamilton: At twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.
Second place- Mageborn: The Line of Illeniel by Michael G. Manning: The sequel to Mageborn: The Blacksmith's Son (first place in the Readers' Choice Awards in 2012) follows our hero Mordecai. Born of a simple upbringing, he has discovered his heritage and must take up the mantle of a lord of the realm, while figuring out what it really means to be a mage of the line of Illeniel.
Third place- Homebound by Jodi McClure: Bedridden after an accident, down on his luck businessman John Adams finds himself at the mercy of Cloey Jacobs, his country bumpkin aide. Miserable and jaded, John wants little to do with the woman until she mentions an ages old mystery she's been unable to solve.
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