Hi! I'm Izzy, a junior at Falmouth High School. I've been working at Eight Cousins for nearly a year, and have been a patron of the store for 17 years. I love all kinds of books, for all ages. I mainly read YA and adult realistic fiction, but there will be an occasional nonfiction or picture book mixed in on my stories. Books that I enjoy often deal with human rights and politics, but I also like a good light, fluffy book now and then. This page is where I post all the books that I talk about on my instagram story. You can usually find them in the store or order them from us. Happy reading!

Currently Reading: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue (Montague Siblings #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062382818
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 4th, 2018

Summary: It's the 1700s. Monty, raised to be a "gentleman," struggles to manage his father's high expectations. In a last-ditch effort to turn him into a gentleman, his father sends Monty and his best friend, Percy, on a tour of Europe. Tagging along with them is his younger sister, Felicity, whose resourcefulness comes in handy when the trio run into alchemists, pirates, and corrupt Dukes. This YA fiction will sweep readers off their feet with its dangerous journeys and surprising, sweet romances.


Review: This book was given to me by Lizzy, another employee at Eight Cousins. It took me one night to read it--I started at 10 pm and ended at 4 am. Why would I do such a foolish thing on a school night? Because I couldn't put the book down! It was incredibly exciting, full of twists and turns. I came for the romance and stayed for the pirates! I refused to pick up another book for two weeks, because I didn't want this beautiful story to ever leave my head. I'd recommend this book for any young adult--or older adult--looking for a thrilling book which centers around an lgbt+ character but does not only focus on the romantic aspect. It was refreshing to find a novel that was so lgbt+ inclusive but also had other plot points. This is my current favorite book.

Hope Never Dies: An Obama Biden Mystery (Obama Biden Mysteries #1) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683690399
Availability: Currently not in store. Available to order. Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Quirk Books - July 10th, 2018

Summary: The 2016 election has passed, and the Obama/Biden administration is out of office. Joe, our protagonist, is worried that his friendship with Obama is coming to an end. All of a sudden, one of Joe's friends, an Amtrak conductor, dies in a terrible accident. It is up to Obama and Biden to solve the mystery of his death.


Review: I first picked up this book because I was feeling nostalgic for the Obama/Biden era, and was looking for a light read. However, I was quickly drawn in by the mystery. At first glance, this novel appears to be silly, but it is actually very well-written. While it does contain humor, it is a great mystery that centers around the bromance of President Obama and his VP Biden. I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a fun, intriguing mystery, and I am very much looking forward to the sequel, Hope Rides Again, which will come out in July.