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Blue Bloods Season One

Blue Bloods is a police procedural that seems to pack a lot into its 22 episodes. The show revolves around the Reagan Family: Frank (Tom Selleck) as the police commissioner, a job previously held by his father (Len Cariou); eldest son Danny (Donnie Wahlberg), a detective, Iraq war vet, and something of a rule-bender; daughter Erin (Bridget Moynahan), a district attorney; and younger son Jamie (Will Estes), a Harvard Law grad who chose the life of a rookie beat cop instead. (A third son, Joe, died at the hands of a group of dirty cops known as the Blue Templars; the series’ sole continuing story line follows the Reagans’ efforts to bring these rogues to justice.) Under Frank’s “plain and honest” leadership, these and other characters (Jennifer Esposito and NYPD Blue alum Nicholas Turturro play Danny and Jamie’s partners, respectively) pursue a variety of bad guys, including a child kidnapper, a band of hoods terrorizing the subway, an arrogant son of a diplomat who tries to use immunity to get away with a series of violent rapes, and miscellaneous organized crime lords and drug runners (stories involving racial profiling, terrorism, and another Mideast war veteran provide a more topical feel). The plots are pretty standard, notwithstanding a few plot twists, and the villains tend toward the stereotypical. But the family element is strong. Unlike the dysfunctional units seen so often on screens both big and small these days, this is a smart, admirable bunch who have dinner together seemingly every night; they might disagree or argue, but they always have each other’s backs, and it’s this wholesome, solid family element that gives Blue Bloods its pulse. You can find this movie on the New 50 cent DVD shelf.

The Girl Who Takes An Eye For An Eye by David Lagercrantz

Volume 5 of The Millennium Series (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, etc.) centers on the following maxim: “First you find out the truth. Then you take revenge.” One thing that anyone who’s crossed paths with Lisbeth, the lethal heroine, should have learned by now is that it’s best not to cross paths with her at all. In this installment she begins to uncover her dark past and childhood that has helped form her into her present dark state. Her journey this time is during a prison stint she is serving where she comes into contact with a lot of bad guys: shadowy immigrants to Russian hackers and crusading journalists to corrupt prison officials and guards, corrupt CEOs, corrupt mental health professionals, corrupt government workers. The book is heavy and in a different tone than some of the previous titles in the Millennium Series (the original author of the series, Steig Larsson, passed away in 2004 and Lagercrantz wrote this title and the last in the series). You can find this book in the New Adult Fiction section.

Waking In Time by Angie Stanton

Still raw from her grandmother’s death, 18-year-old Abbi takes comfort in the fact that she is starting her freshman year at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. For reasons she is desperate to understand, Abbi finds herself traveling backward through time, with each new stop providing clues to a mysterious family secret. To add to the intrigue, Abbi discovers she’s not the only time traveler. Will, a handsome white farm boy from 1927, is on his own journey forward through time, and Abbi gradually realizes that Will is not only linked to her family’s past, but also holds the key to her heart–past, present, and future. Though this may provide a quick fix for fans of time-travel romance, the novel fails to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. While Abbi is a likable-enough protagonist, the story meanders, and the dialogue often feels stilted. However, the greatest disappointment is that a potentially delicious romance between Abbi and Will fails to gain any traction for the first two-thirds of the novel. Overly focusing on the past and future often leaves the two characters unable to make a bond in their “present state.” You can find this title in the New Young Adult section.

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Vince Giordano has been the director of the Juniata County Library since 2015.

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