Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Fiction 9/30/2014

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=9780399164767    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250020055    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780758277046    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780544324022

The Lost Key by Catherine Coulter
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and Other Stories by Hilary Mantel
French Pastry Murder by Leslie Meier
Mr. Bones:Twenty Stories by Paul Theroux
The Perfect Witness by Iris Johansen
A Sudden Light by Garth Stein
The Zone of Interest by Martin Amis
Rise of the King by R.A. Salvatore

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Running Wild by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Carlin Reed is on the run. Her life was good until she went on a date with the wrong man, Brad. He has started stalking her. It escalated so much that an innocent woman is killed in Carlin's place. Now she is in Battle Ridge, Wyoming and off the grid. She gets a job at the local cafe but with winter coming she won't be needed as much. The owner, Kat, mentions that her cousin is looking for help

Zeke Decker has lost his housekeeper and cook and is getting desperate. Kat suggests Carlin and Zeke reluctantly agrees. Carlin learned how to cook from Kat and decides this will be a perfect place to hide. After a rough start, Carlin finds her groove and soon all the ranch hands are happy she is there except Zeke. He is finding it really hard to be around her and not making a move.

Carlin is infatuated with her new boss but knows she is leaving and is still leery after the whole Brad incident. But the attraction is too hot for them to resist and they end up getting together. But Brad is still out there and he is determined to find Carlin at any cost.

I really liked this book. I particularly liked the interactions between Carlin and Zeke. I actually listened to the audio of it through Pindigital and really enjoyed it. I am eagerly awaiting the next book and hope it is Kat's story.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

No Safe House by Linwood Barclay

This is another page-turning thriller from Barclay, who just keeps getting better and better. In No Safe House, teacher Terry Archer and wife Cynthia, who is staying at an apartment across Milford, are going through a rough patch, since their teenager daughter Grace and Cyn had a recent blow out.

One night when she is supposed to be with a friend, Grace goes along with her boyfriend Stuart who breaks into a house of a family who is out of town. His plan is to take their Porsche out for a spin and return it; no harm. But all hell breaks loose when there is already someone in the house who shouldn't be.

Holding the gun for Stuart, Grace hears a shot that could have possibly killed her boyfriend, runs for her life, and calls her father to pick her up. She doesn't remember what transpired and in an effort to protect his daughter in case she accidentally shot Stuart, Terry goes back to the house to see what went down. 

It turns out this house is on a list of Vince Fleming's, a local crook who uses homes of upstanding citizens to hide money and other paraphernalia for his clients. Vince and the Archer have a past from when he helped Cyn find out the truth about what happened to her childhood family seven years earlier, and his help cost him a bullet in his gut. As they say, no good deed goes unpunished. But Vince is a man no one should mess with, and Grace's involvement gets them into a world of trouble.

I think a lot of readers have yet to discover Barclay, who is an easy author to transition to, especially if you like the short chapters and twists of James Patterson. All his books are separate stories and are not part of a series. This isn't my favorite Barclay, but it doesn't mean I didn't thoroughly enjoy this quick, fast paced read. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Fiction 9/23/2014

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=9781400068975    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780385535977    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345544018    9780062271600

Day of Atonement by David Liss
Rose Gold by Walter Mosley
Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs
To Dwell in Darkness by Deborah Crombie
Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis
How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
Gutenberg's Apprentice by Alix Christie
Florence Gordon by Brian Morton
The Hawley Book of the Dead by Chrysler Szarlan
The High Divide by Lin Enger

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Beauty and the Brit by Lizbeth Selvig

When teenager Bonnie gets herself into trouble with an inner-city gang, Rio Montoya and sister Bonnie take refuge in the Minneapolis youth center where David Pitts-Matherson volunteers. When the gang then burns down Montoya’s house, David offers to have them stay at his horse ranch in rural Kennison Falls.

David, who is sexy, British and a war vet, is not your typical cowboy, and Rio refuses to be anyone’s charity case while they are guests. Rio has always been a horse lover and is not only falling for the land, the horses and small town atmosphere, but also for David, who has been a source a safety in the storm.

Soon David’s mom visits from overseas and brings his Kate Middleton-esque ex-finance, which threatens her budding romance with David. What’s more is Hector and his gang step-up their threats and the strong-willed Rio might have to rely on the kind-hearted and gentle Brit more than she ever anticipated.

What may sound far-fetched is plausibly executed by Selvig (Rescued by a Stranger) in this third book in the Kennison Falls Saga series. The romance between Rio and David builds slowly and surely, giving readers time to get to know her characters, and the story ends on a satisfying and uplifting note.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

For Cath Avery, the fictional world of Simon Snow is more than just entertaining – it’s life.  As a dedicated fan fiction writer, Cath lives her life online, where her Carry On, Simon story is extremely popular, gaining thousands of hits a day.  Things are good for Cath.  Until she starts college, and is left high and dry by her twin sister and former writing partner Wren, who informs her she’ll be living with a different roommate. 

Left to fend for herself, Cath must now navigate the very real world of a college freshman – interacting with new people (Cath isn’t big on new people), and dealing with a constantly irritated roommate Reagan and her ever present, constantly cheerful boyfriend Levi.  Worrying about her manic father, who’s returning to an empty house and lonely, gas station take out.  Even her hopes of escaping into fiction quickly fade as she finds little time to keep up with Carry On, Simon, and learns her Fiction Writing professor wholeheartedly disdains fan fiction in general.  And it’s only the first semester.

As a big fan of Eleanor and Park, I’m not surprised to find that I really enjoyed Fangirl.  Rowell has a way with dialogue that is really entertaining – snarky and smart but really relatable at the same time.  Her characters are quirky and endearing, and Cath’s struggle to “hide her crazy” is both funny and painfully accurate.   While not strictly a YA book, I think this is a book that both teens and adults can read and relate to with ease.  I highly recommend!

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.