Apr 27

Series Saturday: (UPDATED) Lunar Chronicles

Posted on April 27, 2018 at 10:56 AM by Lindsey Kult

Updated Lunar Chronicles

This week we are revisiting Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series! The series ended with Winter - but there is now a graphic novel accompanying series for fans who cannot get enough! This series is a favorite of Lindsey's. She likes it because it doesn't have the obnoxious "teenage angst" that comes with so many Young Adult series. The strong female characters are a breath of fresh air as well! 


Young Adult, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Retelling Fairy Tales, Romance

Location in Library: 

Young Adult, YA MEYER


A futuristic Earth and Moon

Meet the Characters: 

Honestly, you already know a lot of these characters! The main characters are based on the fairy tales so many of us know and love. The main character is Lihn Cinder, a cyborg living New Beijing with her stepmother and two stepsisters. She is working in the market with her goofy android assistant, Iko, when she meets the Prince. Her working relationship turned friendship turned romance with the Prince leads to a shocking discovery about her past that pits her against the evil Lunar Queen. As the series continues, Meyer introduces characters based on Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, Snow White, and their respective princes. 

Number in the Series: 

There are four main books in this series. There are numerous short stories that can be read between the books. Check Goodreads for the full list. 
  1. Cinder
  2. Scarlet
  3. Cress
    3.5 Stars Above 
  4. Winter
Wires and Nerves Series (Graphic Novel series that takes place after the events in Winter): 
  1. Wires and Nerve
  2. Gone Rogue

Final Word: 

This series is a futuristic retelling of the classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Unlike the original stories, the heroines in this series can take care of themselves through their cleverness and bravery. These books are lengthy, but action packed and highly entertaining. Meyer does not follow the original plots exactly, leading to twists that the reader does not see coming! 
Apr 06

Travel Inspired by Books!

Posted on April 6, 2018 at 3:47 PM by Lindsey Kult

“They reached town - a charming covered bridge, a steepled church. Because it was a heavy-lidded, gray day, all of the twinkling Christmas lights were on. Snow-dusted wreaths hung from lampposts. They strolled past shops with cheese and chutney, maple syrup, nutcrackers, wind chimes, pottery…” -Elin Hilderbrand, The Castaways

Sometimes you love a book so much that not only do you not want it to end, but you want to visit where the book takes place to relive the magic! Even though “it’s just a book,” you might already feel like you’ve been there and want to experience it in person. Here at Howard Miller Public Library, the staff members have certain books that have inspired their travel bucket list. Do you have a book that made you want to plan a trip?


Staff Member: Lindsey

Book: Agatha Raisin Series, by M.C. Beaton

Location: The Cotswolds, UK

Why She Wants to Travel There: “Despite all the murder that apparently happens in the sleepy Cotswolds, it sounds like a wonderful place to vacation! The villages are quiet, friendly, and cozy. Each village has a pub with classic British pub food and plenty of green hills to ‘ramble’ across. The villages are made up of small cottages, which tend to have incredible gardens and the bridges over the rivers are gorgeous. While there doesn’t seem to be much in terms of tourist traps (a good thing, right?), each village is full of history, beauty, and charm! A perfect place to relax and unwind.” tpei013_js_anne_lake_shining_waters_0811

Staff Member: Susan

Book: Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery

Location: Prince Edward Island

Why She Wants to Travel There: “Wind-swept dune grass, quaint villages, and simple small-town life are captured so wonderfully in Mongomery’s Anne of Green Gables that I have wanted to visit since I first read the books when I was young!  I loved reading about Anne’s predicaments and friendships along with the descriptions of this charming place. Prince Edward Island almost feels like one of the characters! I hope someday to experience Anne-girl’s world—to stay in an old farmhouse, looking out over what may have been Anne’s “Lake of Shining Waters” and lose myself all over again in one of the books.”


Staff Member: Miss Jess

Book: Elin Hilderbrand books

Location: Nantucket, Massachusetts

Why She Wants to Travel There: “Hilderbrand makes Nantucket summers sparkle with amazing local restaurants, beautiful beaches, and drives through the charming outskirts of the island. Doesn’t everyone want to own a Land Rover or Jeep? The winters are steeped in fresh-cut garland, local tradition, and a touch of mistletoe. Her characters either are life islanders or they return from the mainland and never want to leave. I can totally understand why!”


Staff Member: Mary

Book: Murder on the Orient Express, by Agatha Christie

Location: Across Europe and the Middle East

Why She Wants to Travel There: “I recently read Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express. Most of the cities on the Orient Express train route are well-known from listening to the news of the Middle East—often as places of conflict. I wished for the nostalgic experience of traveling this route by train, and visiting these cities—Calais, Paris, Milan, Venice, Belgrade, Istanbul, Aleppo, Athens--when they were exotic business or vacation destinations. Wouldn’t it be relaxing to view the southern European scenery through a train window, and be served in the luxurious dining car by the likes of very proper M. Bouc? Of course, I could do without the train being stuck in a snowdrift for days, as happens in Christie’s famous murder mystery!

The Orient Express was a favored mode of travel for Europe’s wealthy and high-born. It became known as the King of Trains and the Train of Kings. Europe by luxury train, anyone?”

Mar 23

Series Saturday - Alaskan Courage

Posted on March 23, 2018 at 5:00 PM by Lindsey Kult

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This week’s Series Saturday is one of Leann’s favorites - Dani Pettrey’s Alaskan Courage series! This series is Christian Romantic Suspense and is comparable to Lynette Eason, Dee Henderson, and Irene Hannon. That’s pretty impressive for a first time author!


Christian Fiction, Suspense, Romance, Mystery

Location in Howard Miller:

Christian Fiction, CF Pettrey


Yancey, Alaska

Pettrey provides such detailed descriptions of this small town that it becomes a character in the series.

Meet the Characters:

This series centers around the McKenna family. This family has a habit of getting into dangerous situations. Often they find murder victims or get into life or death situations.

Cole McKenna is a search-and-rescue diver who also uses his skills to run an adventure tourist post in town. He has a strong relationship with God and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He can handle just about anything - except the return of Bailey Craig.

Bailey Craig was Cole’s sweetheart 12 years ago until she spiraled out of control and broke his heart. Now she has to return to Yancey and Cole and is not excited about it. She believes in God, but does not believe she deserves forgiveness for her past.

Piper McKenna is Cole’s sister and is as spunky as get out! Well… it’s a toss-up between spunky and being a thrill junky. She has no problem putting herself in harm’s way! Something that drives Landon Grainger crazy...

Landon Grainger is Cole’s best friend and a key member of Yancey law enforcement. Landon was “adopted” by the McKenna family; making his undying love for Piper a struggle. He is a strong, protective, and honest man who is very loyal to those he loves.

Reef McKenna is the “prodigal” brother. He hasn’t seen his siblings in years because of his career in Winter sports. Can’t say more without spoilers!

Gage McKenna works for the family adventure tourist post as the guide for cruise passengers. Gage is much less trusting than Cole and Piper. He tends to immediately judge people and has to learn to trust God. He is masculine, but Pettrey shows how wounded and vulnerable he truly is.

Darcy St. James used to be an investigative reporter, but she’s realizing that it’s hard to quit a life of thrilling stories. She’s a very strong willed and independent woman who loves God.

Kayden McKenna hasn’t been the same since her mom passed away. She’s still tough and can handle a lot, but she’s nervous to fall in love again. She’s not as outgoing as Piper and Cole, but she is still passionate and protective of her siblings.

Justin Westin works with Landon. He is protective over Kayden and prays for her often.

Number in the Series:

Leann says that this series should absolutely be read in order. While each book focuses on a new pair of characters, the previous storyline/plot is often resolved or referenced. We have all of these books available at the library and all of them on OverDrive.

0.5 Shadowed - Only available on OverDrive

  1. Submerged

  2. Shattered

  3. Stranded

  4. Silenced

  5. Sabotaged

Final Word: This series has a lot to love: suspense, adventure, mystery, romance, family values, and God's love. It definitely is not just a clean read - faith in God and Christianity plays a major role in this series. The family dynamic is wonderful and Pettrey has created a realistic group of characters that you can't help but love.