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Flannery's Reviews

Flannery’s life has been about books since before she could read. While she mainly reads mystery, fantasy, and young adult, Flannery also enjoys some good non-fiction and the occasional novel. The Watsonville native worked at Bookshop for years and was our Used Book Manager and mystery section leader. In real life she enjoys fuzzy cats, the wild outdoors, and cupcakes.


The Driver by Hart Hanson

When Army vet Michael Skellig’s veteran-staffed limo company is hired to drive a famous rapper, things take an unexpected detour into trouble. This is a thrill ride, with a lovably eccentric cast of characters and a sly sense of humor that refuses to shy away from or sugarcoat the realities that veterans face. Hanson was the creator of TV’s Bones and he has a unique pop culture sensibility that plays out wonderfully here. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9781101986363
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Dutton - August 8th, 2017

Hiddensee by Gregory Maguire

I adore the Nutcracker ballet and even have a collection of Christmas nutcrackers, so I’m beyond excited that Gregory Maguire, master of fairy tale reinvention, has turned his nimble mind to crafting a backstory for the mysterious Herr Drosselmeyer and the Nutcracker! I can’t wait to see what magic he works on this beloved tale and what poignancy he scatters through it—delights waiting to be savored like the sweetmeats cracked from a nut. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780062684387
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: William Morrow - October 31st, 2017

Yesterday by Felicia Yap

Imagine our world, with a catch - memory expires. The world is stratified into two spheres: Duos, whose memory lasts 48 hours, and Monos, who remember only the past 24. Alternating between a rare Mono/Duo married couple suspected of murder, the detective rushing to crack the case before time - and memory - runs out, and the victim’s erratic diary entries, this is a dark and twisty tale of domestic suspense that kept me hooked until the shocking end! - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780316465250
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mulholland Books - August 1st, 2017

Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody

I’ve been assigned this book for three classes, and each time I’ve read it cover to cover. Moody is an eloquent, thoughtful writer. Recounting her childhood growing up in Mississippi under Jim Crow and her college years in the Civil Rights Movement, she offers an engrossing personal look at the fight to end segregation. You’ll see how far we’ve come, how we’ve regressed, and how far we still have to go. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780385337816
Availability: Backordered
Published: Delta - February 3rd, 2004

Snow Mountain Passage by James Houston

I LOVED this. Telling the story of the Donner Party in rich detail, Houston emphasizes interpersonal dynamics within the party, largely leaving the cannibalism theme (quite effectively) to the reader’s imagination. Diary entries from a survivor who once lived in the Santa Cruz house where Houston wrote the novel give it a special local angle. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780156011433
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - April 24th, 2002

And I Darken by Kiersten White

You’ve heard of Vlad the Impaler – real-life basis for the legend of Dracula. This book turns Vlad into a brilliant, vicious teen girl named Lada. Set in the 15th century Ottoman Empire, the book weaves a vivid tale of family ties, courtly politics, and romance, with fully realized, complex characters. A must for any lover of historical fiction or badass girls. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780553522341
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ember - May 30th, 2017

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Helena is the child born of kidnapping and captivity, until she and her mother escaped. Thirteen years later, her father has broken out of prison and Helena must use the skills he taught her to catch him. Woven around Hans Christian Anderson’s story The Marsh King's Daughter, and alternating between Helena’s childhood and her hunt for the man she both loves and hates, this fiendishly paced psychological thriller completely floored me. Think Room, but with vengeance. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780735213005
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Lady Cop Makes Trouble by Amy Stewart

Challenging the status quo isn’t easy, and though becoming the first female deputy sheriff is as hard as it gets, Constance Kopp isn’t one to back down. When a mistake threatens her new career, she throws every ounce of nerve and grit she has into fixing it—with some advice from her wonderfully eccentric sisters, of course! I loved this great historical mystery. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780544947139
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Mariner Books - May 2nd, 2017

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

David Grann excels at bring history to life, and this may be his best book yet. In the 1920s, members of the oil-rich Osage Indian nation were murdered in increasing numbers, and the troubled, fledgling FBI was sent to investigate. While researching this forgotten chapter in American history, Grann discovered and exposed a plot more sinister than he initially realized. A gripping blend of history and true crime, this is terrific. I loved it. - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780385534246
Availability: Not On Our Shelves, But Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Doubleday - April 18th, 2017

The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey

You may recall that a few years back our staff was obsessed with M. R. Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. If you, like us, loved that book, you are in luck—set ten years before Girl, The Boy on the Bridge is another smart, tense zombie book appropriate even for those like me who don’t usually like zombies. Come for the gore, stay for the characters and the deftly crafted writing! - Flannery

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ISBN: 9780316300339
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Orbit - May 2nd, 2017


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