Tuesday, February 9, 2016

New Fiction 02/09/2016

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=9780525954576    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781101946824    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399176142    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780425283783

Runaway by Peter May
Find Her by Lisa Gardner
Arcadia by Iain Pears
The Wolves by Alex Berenson
Breaking Wild by Diane Les Becquets
The Arrangement by Ashley Warlick
Into Oblivion by Arnaldur Indridason
Shoot by Loren Estleman
Morning Star by Pierce Brown

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Against the Wall by Jill Sorenson

Former Chula Vista Locos gang member and graffiti artist Eric Hernandez has been released after a three year stint in prison for the killing of a rival thug and is now living with his sister-in-law and her new husband, the brother of his former lover.

After getting her heart broken by Eric, Meghan, a student at San Diego State University, lives with her boyfriend Chip, although it is clear that her feelings for Eric have not waned during his time away. But Eric knows that in order to keep it on the straight and narrow and for chance as a tattoo artist at Fine Ink, he has to steer clear of Meghan.

When a “slut walk” to support women’s rights hosted by Megan and her friend incites threats, Eric can’t stop worrying about her safety. To make matters worse, tangling with a gang member’s girl brings him at the front and center of the life he is trying to leave behind.

First person narration that alternates between Eric and Meghan hikes up the emotion and intimacy of Sorenson’s (Caught in the Act) new adult debut. Tackling serious elements such as domestic abuse and gang violence, the author never lets the compelling plot take a backseat to the sexy love story between her two imperfect, yet likable characters.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | January 29, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Lady Agnes Mystery - Volume I by Andrea Japp

There are dark forces at work in this gripping tale set in 1304 in France.  The Pope is in danger, and the cruelty of the Inquisition has been unleashed on the powerless, setting the stage for battles between the Knights Templar and the Knights Hospitallers.

Against this violent backdrop, the recently widowed and fiercely independent Lady Agnes de Souarcy fights to maintain control over her small farm.  She uses her wits to cleverly navigate around her sinister half-brother, and to protect her young daughter and adopted son from all who would seek to harm them.  But is it enough?  Who is friend and who is foe?

This fast-paced historical mystery will keep you guessing until the last page, and then leave you eagerly anticipating Volume 2.  If you enjoy court intrigue, and intricate plots in historical settings, you might also enjoy Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies.  

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

New Fiction 02/02/2016

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=9780345541406    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780316329408    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780778318651    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781455581542

Breakdown by Jonathan Kellerman
Honky Tonk Samurai by Joe R. Lansdale
Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf
The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel
The Cellar by Minette Walters
Robert B. Parker's Blackjack by Robert Knott
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
Jane and the Waterloo Map by Stephanie Barron
The Art of War by Stephen Coonts

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Gabriel Bond has just lost his best friend, Maddox Crawford. After the funeral at a pub with his four other friends, Gabe meets Everly Parker. They hit it off and end up in bed all weekend. But when Monday rolls around, real life intrudes.

Gabe is left in charge of Maddox's company. His first order of business is to meet the head of computer security. He is convinced that Maddox was sleeping with her. To his surprise it is Eve. Things just got a lot more complicated.

Eve is devastated by the loss of Maddox. He was her mentor and friend. And now she is getting anonymous information that Maddox was murdered. Then she finds out her new boss is the man she just spent the weekend with and he isn't happy with her. But they will have to get past this to try and figure out what really happened to Maddox.

This was a great book by the two authors. I'm excited that it is a series and will continue with Seduction in Session.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

After the premature death of her eccentric, scholarly father, Samantha Whipple is the last known descendant of the famous Brontë sisters. The rumor that she owns the previously undiscovered possessions of her ancestors follows her to school at Oxford, as she tries to solve the riddle of her inheritance.

Vulnerable and lost, Samantha finds the strength to forge ahead and uncover the truth about her dad, the Brontës, and most of all, herself.    

The characters are well-drawn and the story sufficiently mysterious to make this a compelling read. The plot of novels about historical figures can sometimes lumber along, but this is moderately paced, and the characters entertaining enough to keep things moving.

I think it helps to have a little knowledge of the Brontë sisters to enjoy this book, but I don't think you have to be a huge fan. If you appreciate contemporary fiction about historical figures, like Austenland by Shannon Hale, then this book is for you.

Due to be released on March 1, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Fiction 01/26/2016

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=9781501131202    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062390486    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062240040    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780805097320

The Spring at Moss Hill by Carla Neggers
Sage's Eyes by V.C. Andrews
The Ex by Alafair Burke
Coconut Cowboy by Tim Dorsey
Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Carl Weber
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
Staked by Kevin Hearne

Saturday, January 23, 2016

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew by Jen Chaney

It’s hard to believe Clueless debuted over 20 years ago (and harder still for myself to realize I was in middle school when it was showing in theaters for the first time...le sigh).  It’s a teen movie that’s lasted the test of time, a cult classic on par with such hits as The Breakfast Club, FastTimes at Ridgemont High, and Heathers.  It’s also, surprisingly enough, a fairly accurate adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma - yet another in a long list of reasons audiences find themselves returning again and again to the halls of Bronson Alcott High.

Decades later, Clueless remains a popular streaming choice for new and (not so) old fans alike.  Which begs the question - what makes makes Clueless the pop culture touchstone it is today?  That’s exactly what journalist Jen Chaney explores with As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and the Crew

Combing through interviews, articles, and recollections, Chaney paints an intricate picture of how each detail of the film was chosen - from the location, to wardrobe, to casting, to slang.  Viewpoints of the actors, the crew, and movie experts alike come together in a wonderful narrative that would be an interesting journey on its own, especially for anyone interested in how movies are made any why some films endure.  If you loved Clueless, if you love movies, or are just looking for an interesting read, As If! is definitely a wise choice.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dark Tides by Chris Ewan

The last time anyone saw Claire’s mother was on the night of Hop-Tu-Naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. Forever marked with tragedy in the small community, Claire falls in with an edgy group of fellow teenagers who pull her into their tight-knit group and pressure her to go along with their random mischief.

Things take a dark and disturbing turn when, on the anniversary of her mother’s disappearance, a surprise “prank” goes terribly wrong.

And that’s all I am going to tell you about the plot, as so much of the pleasure of this book is in the suspense. It jumps back and forth in time, and frequently changes point of view, all designed to keep the reader off-kilter.

It works!  Fasten your seat belt.  If you open this book, you are in for a bumpy ride.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Fiction 01/19/2016

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=9780316342513    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780062416094    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780451474629    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780385539975

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
The Forgotten Room by Karen White
The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich
Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall
Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett
The Newsmakers by Lis W. Wiehl
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning