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Books of the week July 12-17

Title: “The Forest of Vanishing Stars”

Author: Kristin Harmel

Genre: Historical fiction

At 2 years old, Yona is kidnapped from her wealthy German parents and raised in the cruel wilderness of Eastern Europe. Many years later, in 1941, when the woman who took Yona from her home and raised her dies, Yona is left in complete isolation.

Her solitary life is suddenly interrupted by a group of Jews seeking refuge in the forest from Nazi terror. She discovers the horror going on outside the forest walls.

Yona decides to teach the group how to not only survive but thrive in the unforgiving wilderness.

What Yona doesn’t expect is what the Jews will teach her. After years of being alone, she opens her heart.

Yona never understood the need for family and community until she met these unbelievable people.

When her past and present collide, Yona sees what is really important and how easy it is to sacrifice for those who care for you.

This book is inspired by unbelievable true stories. Determination, strength and love are what drove each person to keep going and not give in or give up, and their stories deserve to be told.



Title: “Spoiler Alert”

Author: Olivia Dade

Reading Level: Adult


“Spoiler Alert” is a modern-day nerd romance.

April is a geologist who spends her free time writing fanfiction or posting on a private fandom message board for “Gods of the Gates.” The majority of her personal life is devoted to the show and all the things she would do differently.

Her life turns upside down when she finally posts one of her cosplays. Her picture goes viral and earns her a date with Marcus Caster-Rupp.

Marcus Caster-Rupp is one of the hottest actors in Hollywood. He achieved his fame by playing Aeneas in “Gods of the Gates.” Most of his day is spent pretending he is the golden boy who doesn’t have a single thought in his head; however, this is just a cover to keep the outside world out. In his spare time, he writes fanfiction for “Gods of the Gates” under the name Book!AeneasWouldNever.

After reading nasty comments on an amazing cosplayer’s picture, he decides to take the girl out on a date.

This book is a perfect blend of real-world problems and the beauty of fandoms and romance. The two main characters go on journeys of self-reflection that aren’t forced or over-written. This is definitely a must-read new release!