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Christopher Hinchcliffe

On May 24, 2018 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm, Christopher Hinchcliffe, author of Chasing Checkers, will be visiting the library. He will talk about his book and will even have time for questions and a book signing. It is an author visit for readers, aspiring authors, and race fans alike.

If you haven’t checked out Chasing Checkers, you should. It is about Teddy “Chex” Clark, who is a Canadian teen that has just gotten a huge break towards his dream of being a Formula One driver.


If you are at all interested in racing, this is the book for you. The parts of the book that cover what it is like to be racing is extremely accurate.

James Hinchcliffe

It should be, as Hinchcliffe has a really good source to draw from: his brother, Indy Car racer and Dancing with the Stars contestant, James Hinchcliffe. By the end of the book, you will not only be wanting the next book in the series (which he has been working on), but you will also be looking up “How to become a race car driver” on Google.

Don’t know much about racing? Neither did I! However, Hinchcliffe does an amazing job of explaining racing jargon and concepts. The best part is that he flawlessly mixes it into the novel instead of halting the story with boring paragraphs dryly explaining. So no previous knowledge needed!

Check out Chasing Checkers and check out Christopher Hinchcliffe on May 24th at the Hancock County Public Library.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

It is my turn to use.  My turn to hurt.  ~Adelina Amouteru

Adelina has survived a fever and is now a malfetto or marked.  Malfettos are looked down on by society and some are rumored to have special powers.  Society calls those with the powers the Young Elites.  The Inquisitors hunt down the Young Elites.  The Dagger Society is  a secret group of Young  Elites who are trying to find other Elites before the Inquisitors.  Who will get to Adelina first?

If you like fast-paced fantasy with a darker tone, this series is for you!

Click here to see if it is available today! 



P.S. The second book in the series, The Rose Society, is already out.  The third book is scheduled to be released on October 11, 2016.

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff: A Review

Jay Kristoff, co-author of Illuminae, describes this book perfectly:

“It’s the classic tale of boy meets girl, girl loses boy…and parents….and planet…and ends up on a crippled spaceship….with a mad computer…in the middle of an interstellar war…”

Kady Grant and Erza Mason broke up the morning their home planet, Karenza, was attacked by a warship sent by the power-hungry corporation, Bei-Tech. Grudgingly and with much fighting, Kady and Ezra help each other escape their ravaged planet on one of three Karenza fleet shuttles.  Kady – an intelligent loner who’s a brilliant computer hacker – and Ezra – an outgoing athlete -type (who is secretly still pining for Kady)  struggle to understand what happened to their planet and why while being pursued by the very warship that attacked them. Meanwhile, a terrifying and mutating virus has been discovered on-board the Karenza fleet. To make matters more complicated, AIDEN – the fleet’s artificial intelligence starts questioning the humans’ ability to protect themselves as “HE” becomes increasingly volatile. Kady and Ezra will have to set aside their post-breakup feelings and work together to stay alive on the packed fleet shuttles with a population that may be losing its mind.

Illuminae is an epic space opera set in the year 2575. Shrouded in conspiracy, it’s part sci-fi, mystery, snappy wit, horror, with a dash of romance. If you like any of these genres, you will love this book. I’ve never read anything like Illuminae (and I read a lot of books!), and I was blown away. This book is achingly beautiful, and it will rip your heart out – and put it back – and rip it out again, but you will love every minute.

Not only is the story amazing, but the physical layout of the book is a new experience in itself. Classified files, journal entries, video surveillance, IMs, AI messaging, and ship schematics add to the mystery and intensity of Illuminae’s story.  Pair this book with the audio version to increase the story’s intensity. Performed by a full-cast – the space explosions, technology blips/beeps, and horror ramp up. I was listening to this story while walking outside one evening and it kept making me look behind my shoulder nervously!

Although this book tops out at 599 pages, it reads very quickly with short suspenseful chapters peppered with photos and illustrations.

Out of 5, I give it 20 glorious stars. Treat yourself and pick up Iluminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff today – because it will give you time to read it at least five more times before part 2, Gemina, comes out in October!

Happy reading!