Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Fiction 9/16/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525953098    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399162367    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250003515    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780312616267

 The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
The Golem of Hollywood by Jonathan Kellerman
Queen Bee Goes Home Again by Haywood Smith
The Blood of an Englishman by M.C. Beaton
Stone Mattress by Margaret Eleanor Atwood
Edge of Eternity by Ken Follett
The Stone Wife by Peter Lovesey

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Make It Right by Megan Erickson

Max Payton has the strong and flirtatious thing down, but he has never really ventured into the boyfriend zone successfully, that is, until he has met his match in Lea Travers. Both college students at the fictitious Bowler University, Max knows of Lea, the gorgeous girl with a limp, through the same group of friends, although they have really never been friendly toward each other.

When they are forced together by a string of campus attacks which has them both assisting in a self-defense class, their banter leads to a date and more. Max, who was brought up by an emotionally distant father and was always taught to stand strong, discovers that this sassy girl has a pull on his heart. But the conflicts in his home life, especially with his father, might destroy any chance he has of a future with the only woman who has ever made him want to be a better man.

Erickson (Make It Count) creates a strong female lead in Lea who is not only emotionally flawed but also has to deal with a physical shortcoming that she battles with a gusto. Additionally, dealing with the internal conflict of finding who you are versus what is expected of you is a this pivotal moment in college life that the author handles in a relatable way. This is another enjoyable series that is carving out its niche in new adult romance.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Kubica's break out novel offers the page turning suspense of Mary Higgins Clark coupled with the shocking conclusion reminiscent of Jodi Picoult's signature twist endings.

Told from alternating perspectives of her mother Eve, detective Gabe, and her abductor Colin, this psychological novel centers around Mia Dennett, a daughter of a prominent and wealthy Chicago judge, who goes home with a guy she meets at the bar. While at his house, Colin's mood shifts and he forces her into his vehicle at gunpoint.

Colin is just the middle man who is supposed to drop Mia off to the guy who is paying him for this gig, Dalmar. He doesn't know what Dalmar has planned, but knows it won't be good, and at the last minute decides to drive north to a remote cabin in Grand Marais, Minnesota.

The reader knows from the beginning that Mia makes it home alive, but how she gets there is the big mystery. The way the story converges from chapters that alternate between " the before" and from "the after" is like two trains on a collision course, and the multiple plot threads keep you glued to the page. I don't want to spoil too much, but let me say this Plainfield author is one to watch.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

New Fiction 9/09/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525954026    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399169458    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399164446    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345548436

The Marco Effect by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Robert B. Parker's Blind Spot by Reed Farrel Coleman
Festive in Death by J.D. Robb
Lovely, Dark, Deep:  Stories by Joyce Carol Oates
Blood On the Water by Anne Perry
Perfidia by James Ellroy
Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd
The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Stella Bain by Anita Shreve

When Stella Bain awakens in a French hospital camp, she cannot remember who she is, or how she got there – she’s not even sure her name is Stella Bain.  As World War I rages around her, Stella begins working as a nurse and ambulance driver, until one day when she is overcome with the need to visit the Admiralty in London, sure it will lead her to answers about her past.

Falling ill on her journey, Stella is taken in by surgeon Dr. August Bridge and his wife.  Fascinated by Stella’s condition, the doctor offers to help treat her severe shell shock with talk therapy, hoping to piece together her missing memory.  But it isn’t until a chance meeting with a man from her past that Stella discovers who she is, and what exactly she left behind to join the war effort.

Traveling through France, England, and America, Anita Shreve takes the reader on a winding journey as Stella first fights to discover her identity, then fights harder still to get back the life she lost.  Interestingly, Stella Bain actually is a continuation of Shreve’s previous work, All He Ever Wanted.  For those who enjoy historical fiction, you’ll find a quiet and steady story with a focus on family and identity.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Thousand Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas & Jennifer Graham

Veronica Mars is back in Neptune, California. She has left New York and her future as a lawyer behind and is back to being a P.I. Her dad is less than thrilled but this is where Veronica is meant to be.

It's spring break and Neptune is the place to be. Until a college girl goes missing. And then another. Veronica is hired by the local ritzy hotel because they are starting to lose business. The clues lead to a house party that is thrown every night. The house belongs to a criminal family with ties to drugs and murder.

Soon Veronica is in over her head. But that has never stopped her. But what might stop her is the ties she has to one of the families with a missing daughter. She is shocked when she comes face to face with a person from her past. But nothing keeps Veronica down for long and soon she will solve this case but at what cost?

The events of this book take place right after the movie, Veronica Mars and is the first original book written about Veronica. I loved it! It was just like watching the TV show. The dialogue, the case, everything about this book was great. My only complaint was not enough Logan!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

New Fiction 9/02/2014

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. If you see something you like, simply click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780670026326    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399167300    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425260609    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425259399
The Secret Place by Tana French
The Eye of Heaven by Clive Cussler
The Darling Dahlias and the Silver Dollar Bush by Susan Wittig Albert
Haunted by Kay Hooper
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan
Somewhere Safe With Somebody Good by Jan Karon
An Italian Wife by Ann Hood
The River by Beverly Lewis
The Savior by David Drake
Personal by Lee Child
Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
Fish Tails by Sheri Tepper

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Billie Breslin has a golden palate, expertly identifying even the most out of the ordinary ingredients in any dish she tries.  She also has absolutely no interest in cooking.  Still, she leaves her home in California in the hopes of getting an assistant job at Delicious, the iconic New York food magazine.  After passing a number of peculiar “tests,” Billie finds herself immersed in a world of food, quickly connecting with a series of offbeat and passionate characters that help open the culinary world of the city to her.

But a year into her new job, Billie finds the worst has happened – Delicious is to be closed for good.  Offered the opportunity to stay on to answer customer letters about the “Delicious Guarantee,” Billie finds herself wandering the now empty mansion, soon stumbling upon the deserted library and it’s interesting collection of customer letters.  As she delves deeper into a set of mysteriously cataloged letters, she finds she is learning about herself in the process.

With its rich descriptions of food and the culinary life of New York City, Delicious! is a sensory experience.  No doubt drawing from her time as editor of Gourmet magazine, Reichl creates a world that is full of interesting and quirky characters that are as unique as some of the dishes served.  A perfect book for those with a passion for food, or just those looking for a light and airy read for the end of summer.