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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

"Remember, it's only a game..."
Caraval by Stephanie Garber







This is the mantra scrawled on the cover of Caraval, a book by Stephanie Garber.
This book seems to be filled to the brim with wonder, adventure, and magic on every page. I love this book, so much in fact that I have read it multiple times. I could go on and on about how much I adore this book.

I could also go on and on about how much I hate it. This book holds promises and offers of something incredible and life changing, yet its delivery is simply lackluster.

These statements directly contradict each other so let me explain in what ways this story soars and in which way it sinks. The problem with this book is that, its strengths are also its biggest weakness.

The story starts on the Island of Trisda, the home of two sisters, Scarlett and Donatella Dragna. They are the daughters of the island’s governor, a man who is as abusive and vile as he is charming. Think of the sickly-sweet Lord Licorice from Candyland. T…
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The Creeps: A Deep Dark Fears Collection by Fran Krause

For the last several years, Fran Krause has been illustrating irrational fears. He started by documenting his own, but eventually started collecting submissions from all his readers. The Creeps is a compilation of the fears he has documented. Each page features a reader's admission of their deepest paranoia.
The fears range from mundane fears like this...



Deep Dark Fears
To more odd and upsetting confessions like this one...



Deep Dark Fears
These fears are charming and vulnerable and definitely worth looking at.

Don’t see yours in the book?
You can also submit fears of your own or see the latest fears on his blog.

The Lost Colony of Roanoke is still Lost...

There's not much that can get the heart thumping like a good ole urban mystery. Mix in a lost baby girl, a potential massacre, and an overwhelming lack of evidence, and you have an enduring legend, one that has sparked imaginations throughout the centuries. Few legends capture the American imagination more than the Lost Colony of Roanoke. The colony, which was established in 1587, consisted of men, women, and children and was the hopeful project of John White and Sir Walter Raleigh, both of England. However, by 1590, when John White returned to North America to check on the colony, all of the settlers had vanished. There was a single clue: "CROATOAN", carved into a tree.
Since then, rumors, theories, and speculations have swirled around the colony and its missing inhabitants. Local assimilation, a massacre, disease, and alien abduction are just a few of the theories explaining the disappearances. The story has been handed down through generations of Americans, yet no de…

We've got an app for that. Scratch that! We've got a NEW app for that!

Have you downloaded the library’s new mobile app? NO! You are so missing out! Are you a current app user still using the old one? Don’t worry. All your account information such as checkouts, holds, etc. will carry over to the new app so DON’T WAIT. It’s available in the App Store and the Play Store. It’s so easy to find it. Just search for “calcasieu” in the appropriate store.By the way, the new app’s image includes our new mascot, Pierre the Pelican. 
Okay, I know what you’re thinking. What’s so cool about this new app? Get that cup of coffee or tea and get ready to be wowed. Where to start? What about finding stuff in the collection. Not only can you search or browse for books, music, movies, etc., but you can do this in real time. What does that mean? As soon as titles are added to our collection, they can be found within the app. So? With our old app, that’s not the case so YOU ARE missing out on some GREAT TITLES.
While searching/browsing for titles in this new app, you can filter…

Simone St. James Will Keep You On the Edge...

Very rarely do I pick up books with covers that feature a fetching young woman in 1920's garb, looking resolute, worried, or scared. These always end up being campy, poorly written, and redundant. However, in 2013, I picked up The Haunting of Maddy Clare (2012) by Simone St. James and thought, "What the heck? Let's go for it." I read it in one day. It was full of intrigue, historical accuracy, clever women, fighting the patriarchy, sexual tension (St. James can paint a steamy picture!), and, possibly best of all, ghosts. I made my mother read it, I did an entire display around it at my library job, and then unfortunately for me, forgot about it. Fast forward five years later, when I check out Lost Among the Living (2016). I read the other five St. James novels in a month. And am still
obsessing over them.

Simone St. James is a Canadian author who worked in television before becoming an author. She has made an excellent career shift. She has perfected her ability to…

Stay Safe and then Read a Book

For everyone who needs help and for everyone who is interested in helping, this is the best, comprehensive list I have found.  I swiped it from NPR, because, honestly, I trust them.

General Relief
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector. GlobalGiving, which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts. United Way of Greater Houston has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropyhas also launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The…

Digging Up the Brilliance of the Ruth Galloway Series

The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths, the first book in the Ruth Galloway series, sat on my to-read shelf for a long time. The murder mystery description had caught my eye, but at the same time, the story line described seemed mystical and almost stereotypical in it's 'British woman with bad ass job saves the day' angle. After letting it sit there for a long while, I finally dove into this one.  I regret that I didn't do it sooner. We are first introduced to British archaeologist, Ruth Galloway, through the discovery and exhumation of the body of a little girl, found in a salt marsh near Norfolk, England.  She is met by surly Detective Chief Inspector, Harry Nelson, who expects Ruth to date the body in hopes that is the solution to a long time cold case.  This brief bit of archaeological dating in tandem with the cold case intrigues Ruth, and she dives into a case that is much more complicated and much more deadly than she and Harry could have imagined.

I was right ab…