Saturday, July 31, 2010

Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson

Betsy is the Vampire Queen. She is a bit overwhelmed at the moment. Her husband, Eric, is mad at her for some reason Betsy cannot figure out. Her werewolf friend was killed protecting her and then her mate killed himself. Her best friend Jessica was forced to choose between Betsy and her boyfriend Nick and chose Betsy. Her sister, Laura, who is the daughter of Satan, is trying not to turn evil. And Betsy is still trying to read the Book of the Dead without going crazy.

The Devil pays Betsy and Laura a visit and invites them to Hell. Laura decides to go and Betsy can't let her go alone. Once there, they find out that Satan wants to retire and have Laura take over. First, Laura needs to learn to travel through time. The first stop is the Salem witch trials. Once there, Betsy saves a woman from being killed. Without giving too much away, they continue traveling through the past and it is all connected to Betsy. Their last stop is way into the future. A future that is not good at all. And when they finally get home and Eric and Betsy are back together, everything seems to be ok. But then you read the epilogue and if you are like me your jaw will drop and will not believe what happens.

I love the Undead series. They are funny and quick reads. I cannot wait for the next one especially after the bomb that MaryJanice Davidson dropped at the end of Undead and Unfinished!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thin, Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison

The author of Hope in a Jar brings us another breezy, happy-ending, feel-good chick lit story. In Thin, Rich, Pretty three thirty-something women are dealing with issues from their childhood when they all attended the same summer camp.

Holly, who has always been a bit overweight, has just been proposed to by her current boyfriend, under the condition that she sheds a few pounds.

Her best friend Nicola, who Holly met at camp, is an actress in L.A. who struggles to get auditions. She knows this is due to her ugly nose, but that is about to change when she undergoes dramatic cosmetic surgery to change the feature that has held her back her entire life.

Lexi, a spoiled rich kid, made Holly and Nicola's life miserable at camp, teasing and tormenting them along with the other clique of mean girls. Never having to work or worry about money her entire life, Lexi has just discovered that her father bequeathed everything to her step-mother who is kicking Lexi out of the house and cutting her off financially.

As an adult, Holly is shocked to run into Lexi working at a Sephora, which seems like an odd job for someone who sees money as growing on trees. She finds out that Lexi's life is nothing that Holly would have expected. Now Holly and Nicola have a chance to repair a past rivalry from their childhood camp one summer twenty years ago.

Harbison captures on everything we love about the genre: friendship, romance, and contemporary women dealing with thirty-something issues. Thin, Rich, Pretty is another winner, and I can't wait for what she has in store for us next.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 7/27/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Darius Jones by Mary B, Morrison
Dragongirl by Todd McCaffrey
Queen of the Night by J.A. Jance
Star Island by Carl Hiaasen
Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart
The War That Came Early by Harry Turtledove
Waking the Witch by Kelley Armstrong

Monday, July 26, 2010

Silent Truth by Serrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love

Hunter Thornton-Payne is out for revenge. His best friend, well his only friend, was murdered right in front of him. For the past four years Hunter has been trying to find the man who killed him and he finally has a lead. Being part of BAD, a secret government agency, has helped him find the killer. Going undercover at a fundraiser, Hunter will finally get his answer except nothing goes according to plan when he meets Abbie Blanton.

Abbie has crashed an exclusive fundraiser in hopes of talking to Gwen Wentworth. Gwen may be the only one who has the answer to why her mother is dying. Abbie uses the very hot Hunter as cover and finally gets to talk to Gwen. Unfortunately while talking on the balcony Gwen is shot and now Abbie is on the run.

Hunter takes Abbie to a remote cabin in Montana with the promise that he will help her mother. For some reason both their agendas are leading to the same place. They decide to help each other but Hunter has a hard time trusting. Will they be able to get the bad guy and save Abbie's mother before it is too late?

Another great book in the BAD series. I enjoyed the twists and turns and there even is a mysterious man who shows up in the end. The next book in the BAD series is Deadly Promises due out in September.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Deep Storm by Lincoln Child

Naval physician, Peter Crane is asked to come to an oil rig in the North Atlantic Sea to discover the cause of illness that is increasingly causing problems, both physical and psychological, for the inhabitants. His primary strength is that he has had experience with medical issues on submarines, or so he has been told.

Sworn to secrecy, on arrival at an incredibly sophisticated and well-appointed underwater habitat, he discovers that almost everything he has been told is not exactly the truth and what looked to be a relatively straightforward task takes on a far darker, more difficult and decidedly menacing and sinister face.

Not only are the bizarre psychotic and physical occurrences becoming more frequent, but there is also a saboteur on board, threatening the oil rig. But that’s not all. There is a heavy military presence that is unexpectedly growing, and the scientific staffs’ dig, apparently exploring the Earth’s core, could ultimately unearth an ancient secret that could threaten the existence of life on earth: it is not the discovery of Atlantis they were looking at as he had overheard.

A page turner thriller, Child creates believable, imaginative and scary possibilities with good action and intriguing characters. The ending will make you wonder: could this happen? Maybe. It was a fun, fast read.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

How to Booze: Exquisite Cocktails and Unsound Advice (The Right Drink for Every Situation) by Jordan Kaye and Marshall Altier

I can’t believe how hard this book made me laugh. Not just smile or chuckle to myself, but drink out the nose~ laugh so loud~ neighbors are poking their heads out wondering what’s going on around here~ laugh. While I will never deny my penchant for drinking, I am by no means an expert on what to drink when, so this book seemed very useful. It certainly didn’t disappoint.

Marshall Altier is a bartender who has worked in some of the trendiest bars in the NYC area. He has invented a drink or two in the past as well. Both authors certainly lend credence to the belief that, like priests, bartenders are told just about anything.

The book is choke-full of examples of life’s situations and the best drinks to accompany the occasion. For example, attending your high school reunion? They state “It’s nice to get blackout, train-wreck, curb-retching, wake-up-in-where-the-heck-am-I drunk. Not all the time. Not even frequently. Maybe less than once a year. But it is a pleasant little treat to dole out to yourself when you have earned it, when the opportunity arises-that is to say, on those rare occasions when your self-respect and composure are useless to you in any event.” Their drink of choice to attain such drunkenness? The Rusty Nail of course!

More examples of life’s situations and their appropriate drink pairings; Stalking your ex? The Pisco Sour; Cocktails with people you despise? Pink Gin; Drowning out the ticking of your biological clock? The Bee’s Knees; Tawdry holiday parties? The Presbyterian; and those times when your partner won’t return your phone calls? The Last Word…

All of these suggestions come with detailed instructions on how to master that perfect drink as well as lessons on barware and garnishing. A handy drink index is at the end too. I admit I’ve tried several of the drinks listed in the book and found the sidecar to be my new favorite! Read, laugh, stir and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 7/20/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

The Blood of Lorraine by Barbara Pope
The Bird of the River by Kage Baker
Caper by Parnell Hall
The Doctor and the Diva by Andrienne McDonnell
The Old Republic by Sean Williams
People of the Longhouse by Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The Rembrandt Affair by Daniel Silva
Shadow Zone by Iris Johansen
A Spider on the Stairs by Cassandra Chan

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Uncharted terriTORI by Tori Spelling

After two best selling memoirs, Stori Telling and Mommywood, Tori Spelling is back. This time she is trying to figure out how to balance her life between work and family. She also talks about her marriage rumors and reconciling with her mom and brother.

There is talk about her former 90210 cast mates and the Guncles. Best friend Mehran is always present and they take a road trip to see Patsy. A lot of this was featured in season 5 of Tori and Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood, her reality show on Oxygen.

Tori also address all of the media attention on her supposed eating disorder. It turns out she is just very busy and had H1N1. The one liners from her son Liam are hilarious as is her having a voodoo priestess come to her house to cleanse her.

I really enjoyed Uncharted terriTORI. Tori Spelling has a way of pulling you in and seeing how funny and fun her world is. Tori does a great job telling her stories and I cannot wait for her next book!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

Giffin's newest book focuses on two women in the Boston area whose lives intersect because of one man: Nick Russo.

Single mother Valerie Anderson, already mistrusting of some of the wealthy stay-at-home moms in her community, allows Charlie to attend a birthday party at Romy's house for her son Grayson. Her suspicions are confirmed when she receives an emergency phone call that Charlie was severely burned at the party when the boys were horsing around the bonfire.

Nick Russo, Charlie's surgeon, forms a strong bond with little Charlie and an even stronger bond with his mother. Clearly the chemistry between Nick and Valerie is evident, but will Nick cross that line of not only doctor/patient but of breaking his marriage vows?

Tessa Russo, Nick's wife, is a stay-at-home mom of their two children, Ruby and Frankie and is described by her friends as having the perfect marriage. She really starts to question her life decisions and Nick's commitment to her when his hours at work are longer than ever and his time at home is fraught with distraction. Her friends and family say that Nick is not the kind to cheat, but Tessa questions if she can believe this.

I was really mad by Tessa's decision at the end of this book, but the fact that it brought out such strong emotions in me is a testament to Giffin's writing (if you have read this book, please comment here). Giffin's fans will like this newest offering; however, readers that expect their chick lit to be frothy, light, and have elements of humor should look elsewhere.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 7/13/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

Beautiful Malice by Rebecca James
Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
Damaged by Alex Kava
Faithful Place by Tana French
Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner
The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke
Live to Tell by Lisa Gardner
Lucy by Laurence Gonzales
Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
Rules of Betrayal by Christopher Reich
Savages by Don Winslow
The Whisperers by John Connolly

Monday, July 12, 2010

The Hypnotist by M.J. Rose

Malachai Samuels of the Phoenix Foundation is still on Special Agent Lucien Glass’s (of the Arts Crime Team) radar as Glass also pursues the powerful artifacts, “memory tools, ” that allow entree to past memories, in this third installation in the Reincarnationist series of murder, romance, supernatural, suspenseful mystery of ancient and current menaces.

This complex, page turning stunner takes you through the savage destruction of a stolen Matisse -- and threats of more art to be destroyed. Art smuggling, terrorism, hypnosis and past lives, and a chase for the memory tools play significant roles and focus Glass’s dealings with a treacherous milieu of international intrigue.

In the midst of all of this, Lucien becomes drawn to Andre Jacob’s niece who shares an alarming resemblance to his first love, Solange, daughter of Andre and who could hold the significant key to his pursuit.

An intricate, exciting, haunting read that will have you on the edge of your seat. Plan an all-nighter for this one.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Private by James Patterson

In Private, a new lackluster thriller from Patterson and Swimsuit co-author Maxine Paetro, Jack Morgan, after returning from Afghanistan, now runs his own private investigation company that caters to the wealthy and famous.

Jack receives a phone call from his best friend Andy that Shelby, Andy's wife, has been murdered. Andy swears that he doesn't know anyone who would want Shelby dead. As Jack and Del Cruz investigate, they discover that Shelby's past is not as squeaky clean as Andy thought.

Meanwhile, Private investigator Justine is assisting the LAPD in the case of a rash of murdered school girls that has been happening all over L.A. for the past two years. Justine and her team must locate the killer before another innocent girl dies at his hands.

And if Private didn't already wasn't enough high profile cases on their hands, Jack's uncle, a commissioner for the NFL, just reported that he needs Private's help to track down the person responsible for throwing the games for financial gain.

This book seemed to just go through the motions of storytelling, without any twists or unexpected turns. This is definitely one Patterson book you can live without; although, I am looking forward to his release of The Postcard Killers.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich

Stephanie Plum is back. Unfortunately it is all the same old same old. Vinnie gets kidnapped and it is up to Stephanie, Lula and Connie to find him. Stephanie continues to try and find FTAs while searching for Vinnie. One guy they are searching for is scary but Stephanie and Lula go to his apartment anyway and instead of finding him they find his alligator, Mr Jingles. The next one they go after works at a meat plant and he turns cows loose on them.

They finally rescue Vinnie but he owes alot of money, over a million dollars. When they think he has been kidnapped again, the three woman come up with a plan to get the money. It involves stealing and a yard sale. With Ranger always there to help her, Stephanie manages to stay in one piece. And with Joe popping up randomly to put the moves on her, it is starting to get old.

This was definitely not my favorite Stephanie Plum novel. I didn't really laugh and Grandma was hardly in it. I guess after sixteen books one of them had to finally not live up to my expectations.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

New Fiction Released the Week of 7/6/2010

Here is a sampling of new fiction released this week. Please click on the title to place a copy on hold through the Library's catalog.

As Husbands Go by Susan Isaacs
Betrayers by Bill Pronzini
The Cabal by David Hagberg
The Cookbook Collector by Allegra Goodman
The Darling Dahlias and the Cucumber Tree by Susan Wittig Albert
Discord's Apple by Carrie Vaughn
Father of the Rain by Lily King
The Fuller Memorandum by Charles Stross
The Island by Elin Hilderbrand
It All Began in Monte Carlo by Elizabeth Adler
Kings of the Earth by Jon Clinch
The Search by Nora Roberts
Silent Scream by Linda La Plante
Still Missing by Chevy Stevens
Stork Raving Mad by Donna Andrews
They're Watching by Gregg Hurwitz
Thin, Rich, Pretty by Beth Harbison
This Must Be the Place by Kate Racculia
Undead and Unfinished by MaryJanice Davidson

Monday, July 5, 2010

The Bucolic Plague by Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Who would expect a moonlighting nightclub drag queen urbanite to decide to become a gentleman goat-farmer?

That is exactly what Kilmer-Purcell and his partner, Dr. Brent Ridge, decided to do when it occurred to him that he simply found desk jockey life more than he could take and so together they purchased a 19th century mansion and its 60 acres…some interesting critters included…in Sharon Springs, N.Y.

It’s enough to make your sides hurt with laughter as he regales the reader with his tales of farm life. Funny , sometimes sweet and sometimes snide, he tells of a goat in labor, mucking stalls, Bubba the cat, the rustic life, attempts at gardening and goat-milk soap, their neighbors, caretaker Farmer John and how he and his partner fall in love with 88 goats and the land.

It’s real, down to earth…literally…and well worth reading for its ability to return us to the land.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Too Close to Home by Linwood Barclay

Teenager Derek Cutter, who believes he has located the perfect make-out pad, finds himself hiding out in his neighbor's basement while they leave for their vacation so that he can leave the door unlocked. Just when he things the coast is clear, he hears the Langley's return because the wife is feeling ill. Next thing he knows is someone comes to the door and three shots ring out. When he is confident that the killers have left, he escapes through the back door, but not without see the three dead bodies of his best friend Adam and his parents.

Dectecive Duckworth questions the Cutters and has Derek look through his friend's house to see if he notices anything missing. Later, Derek confesses to his father, Jim, that the computer tower given to Derek by Agnes Stockwell is missing. He and Adam like to mess around with old computers to see what's on them. On this particular computer, he found a story, more like a full length novel, that sounds very much like the bestselling novel written by Thackery college president Conrad Chase. The computer belonged to Agnes's son, a college Thackery student, who committed suicide a few years ago.

Shaken from the very core, Jim can't help but wonder what the connection of this computer is to the murders. And why does Chase, who his wife works for, write a novel that was on a student's computer years before? In addition, their mailbox is often mistaken for the Langley's, so were the Cutter's really the intended victims?

This is another page-turning thriller from Barclay, although I have to say he really shines in his more recent novels. Readers who liked Never Look Away will welcome the reappearance of Promise Falls Detective Barry Duckworth.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Her Last Chance by Michele Albert

Claudia Cruz used to be a cop. But after the shooting of a rapist in an alley, Claudia's career was over. But she found a new life with Avalon, a secret organization that specializes in recovering stolen art. She has been sent on assignment to Philadelphia and she butts heads with FBI agent Vincent DeLuca. She is extremely attracted to him but will not admit it. He doesn't help when he has her arrested with a lame charge.

Vincent DeLuca cannot stop thinking about Claudia. But he is a by the book guy and doesn't trust Avalon or anyone associated with it. But they soon realize that two heads are better than one. When they put there dislike aside they make a great team. And when they act on their feelings watch out!

I enjoyed Her Last Chance. It is part of the Avalon series but the series does not need to be read in order. It was a long wait for Michele Albert's newest but it was worth the wait!