Saturday, April 4, 2015

A to Z April: D Reviews - The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr/Double Helix by Nancy Werlin

Again I'm finding it will be easier to share the synopsis from Goodreads and then give a quick couple sentence review/reason that I liked it.  Like yesterday I have two very different types of books I'm featuring today. First is another chick lit book, and the second is another YA, again kind of a science fiction type of story.

First is The Dewey Decimal System of Love by Josephine Carr.  As someone who wanted to be a librarian for quite a few years before I finally got a library job (more than 10 years, wow!) the title itself grabbed my attention.  At the time I read it I wasn't quite to the 40 year age, but now that I am, it might be something I should go back and re-read.  Here's the synopsis:
Behind a french twist and sensible clothes, forty-year-old librarian Alison Sheffield hides an extravagant nature. But after last night, even her most proper attire can't disguise the signs-the pink cheeks, the extra-poufy hair, the bounce in her step. Alison Sheffield is in love.
The heart-palpitating, nausea-inducing, silly, inexplicable, absurd and pointless kind of love found in a romance novel. And for once in her life, what Alison needs to know she can't find in any reference book-she can only live it...

Second is Double Helix by Nancy Werlin.  I am a fan of this author, and this is a good sci-fi story about something that has always been a subject of interest to me, genetics.  A little bit older story, came out in 2004 I believe, but a great book for anyone interested in science fiction YA stories.  It also includes a male protagonist, so that could be a good push for getting a boy to read it.  Here's the blurb from Goodreads:
Eli has lucked into a job at Wyatt Transgenics offered to him by Dr. Wyatt, the famed scientist. The salary is substantial, the work is interesting, and Dr. Wyatt seems to be paying special attention to Eli. It's almost too good to be true. Is there a catch?
Eli's father is vehemently against his taking the job, but won't explain why. Eli knows that there's some connection between Dr. Wyatt and his parents something too painful for his father to discuss. Something to do with his mother, who is now debilitated by Huntington's disease. As he continues to work at the lab, and to spend time with Dr. Wyatt, he begins to uncover some disconcerting truths about himself about his very makeup.  

Rich and suspenseful, with a hair-raising conclusion, this is Nancy Werlin's most dynamic novel yet one that explores the ethics and amazements of genetic engineering.

Have you read either of these books?  Josephine Carr doesn't have as many other books available as Nancy Werlin does, so maybe you've read some other of Werlin's books.  Do you think you'd want to read either of these?

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