Saturday, December 31, 2011

Silent Killer by Beverly Barton

For the first time I experienced not finishing an eBook prior to the due date and had it disappear on me. I am so peeved since I was all up in my book. I will check out Silent Killer again to finish it, but I was pretty far along, so I can tell you what I thought of this so far.

Cathy Cantrell has returned to her small Alabama town after spending a year in a mental rehabilitation center following the death of her husband. Mark Cantrell was a preacher who, when he answered his door, was doused with an accelerant and lit on fire. Cathy is finally feeling mentally strong after this substantial lost and hopes to gain back custody of her sixteen year-old son, Seth.

Also back in town is Jack Perdue, a former military man and Cathy's first love. After being injured in the service, he has returned as the new deputy sheriff whose first first assignment is reviewing the county's cold cases. As he starts investigating Mark's unsolved murder, other reverends in the area are murdered in the same manner as Mark, making him suspect that killer has a personal vendetta with men of cloth.

All the murdered victims seem to be honorable, upstanding citizens with no enemies, but as Jack starts digging into their past, he uncovers something much more sinister. Cathy and Jack must work together to solve Mark's murder and stop the killer before another preacher falls prey to a killer who has taken on the role of God.

I haven't been disappointed in a Barton book yet, and this one was just as satisfying. Barton is adept at balancing page-turning suspense and romance to make readers so engrossed in the story, they don't pay attention to the due date! The talented Barton passed away this year, so I am sad that we won't get any new material from her. Fortunately, she is a prolific author with plenty of back list offerings.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde

I saw this book on Angel’s Classics Revisited fiction display in the Reference & Readers Services Department a few weeks ago and it seemed like an interesting read. Turns out, this book is every former-English-major’s greatest fantasy!

Set in a parallel, futuristic universe, the novel portrays England as a place where literature is taken very, very seriously. Readers can (quite literally) get lost in a story. Literary questions are debated so hotly that they sometimes inspire violence. Plagiarism is the highest punishable offense.

In the middle of this world we find Thursday Next, a literary detective living in London with her pet dodo, Pickwick. As the story begins, Thursday is asked to investigate the theft of the original manuscript of Charles Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit. She comes close to capturing the thief, Acheron Hades, during a stakeout.

Thursday is badly injured during the stakeout, but is saved by a copy of Jane Eyre that stops Hades' bullet. A mysterious stranger aids her until the paramedics arrive, leaving behind only a monogrammed handkerchief. Next recognizes the handkerchief as belonging to Rochester, a character from Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre.

While recovering in the hospital, Thursday is instructed by her future self to visit her Uncle Mycroft in her home town of Swindon. There she discovers that he has invented the Prose Portal, a device which allows people to physically enter works of fiction.

Unfortunately, Hades follows Thursday to Swindon and manages to kidnap the Prose Portal and uses it to blackmail the literary world. Thursday chases Hades into the original text of Jane Eyre, where she finally succeeds in killing him.

As a result of her showdown with Hades, Thursday inadvertently changes to the ending to Jane Eyre. Thornfield Hall is burned, Rochester's mad wife Bertha falls to her death, and Rochester himself is grievously injured. In other words, she alters it to match the actual ending to Jane Eyre.

The novel ends with Thursday facing an uncertain future; public reaction to the new ending is positive, but there are other consequences, which set the stage for the next book in the series.

This may be the best book I have read this year. In fact, I don’t think I have ever read anything quite like it. It is unique and delightfully imaginative; a must-read for any lover of literary fiction.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

New Fiction 12/27/11

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.

77 Shadow Street by Dean Koontz
1222 by Anne Holt
Dark Revelations by Anthony Zuiker
Death Benefit by Robin Cook
The Demi-Monde by Rod Rees
Down the Darkest Road by Tami Hoag
The Innocent by Taylor Stevens
The Retribution by Val McDermid
Sleepwalker by Karen Robards
A Vine in the Blood by Leighton Gage

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Werewolf in the North Woods by Vicki Lewis Thompson

Abby Maddox is out to prove her grandpa is not a loon. He swears he saw Bigfoot and his mate in the woods behind his house in Oregon. But his neighbor, Cameron, has called in a professor, Roark Wallace, to investigate and pretty much make Grandpa Earl look like a fool. Abby ends up blackmailing Roark when she witnesses him turning into a wolf! He agrees to let her come with him to find Bigfoot.

Roark cannot believe he got caught turning. He needs to find the Bigfoot and his mate and now he has to take Abby with him. He is very attracted to her but he doesn't want his mate to be human like his brother's. But that doesn't stop him from wanting her. Along the way they give into their desire. They also pick up another hiker looking for Bigfoot. They take him with to try and throw him off the scent. But Roark doesn't realize that Cameron has another agenda in mind until he kidnaps Abby. Now Roark will do anything to get her back.

This is the second book in the Wild About You series. And it is another winner. I really enjoy Vicki Lewis Thompson's books. Also try her Nerd series!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sweet Valley Confidential by Francine Pascal

As a former Sweet Valley High reader I was thrilled to hear that Francine Pascal was going to give us a glimpse at what life was like for the Wakefield twins ten years after high school. Sweet Valley Confidential is by no means a literary masterpiece but for fans of the Sweet Valley series it was just what we needed after such a long absence.

At 27 years old, Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield are living on other sides of the country and haven’t spoken in eight months. Jessica is still in Sweet Valley, Elizabeth has fled to New York City and it isn’t too hard to figure out exactly what happened to cause the rift. The novel is told from the perspectives of both girls in the present day as well as through flashbacks from high school and college.

Liz is now writing for an online magazine that reviews Off-Broadway shows and trying to get on with her life in New York. When she gets a phone call from her mother to come home for her grandmother’s eightieth birthday she is at first hesitant, but decides to go so she can seek revenge on Jessica in the form of her date, a bartender named Liam. Of course things don’t go quite as she planned but Elizabeth goes back to New York and realizes that she is finally able to get on with her life. Shortly after returning though she discovers Jessica waiting outside her apartment door and it seems that after everything the girls are ready to put the past behind them and move on. The girls both head back to Sweet Valley for Jessica’s wedding and Elizabeth discovers a love that she didn’t even know was there all along.

These are not exactly the same Wakefields that we all remember. They drink, swear and have grown up relationships. Yes, there are some inaccuracies with supporting characters and events that happened in previous books, but overall everything seemed so familiar. I don't know that I would recommend this book to anyone new to the Sweet Valley series, or even to those fans that will be able to spot everything that is wrong with this book, but as someone who has fond memories of times spent with these characters this book is a must read.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

New Fiction 12/20/11

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.

Covert Warriors
by W.E.B. Griffin
The Devil's Elixir by Raymond Khoury
D.C. Dead by Stuart Woods
Perlmann's Silence by Pascal Mercier

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Killing Me Softly by Maggie Shayne

This is the first of Shayne's Secret of Shadow Falls trilogy. I had read the second one, Kill Me Again, and really enjoyed it, but was surprised to learn that this one, although marketed as romantic suspense, had some elements of paranormal. Fortunately, the supernatural parts were pretty low key, so I plunged ahead and am glad I did, as I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Five years ago, Dawn Jones left Shadow Falls and her first love behind, running away from the ghosts that have haunted her. Her "gift," or more like "curse," was inherited by her father, a now deceased murderer who heard the voices of ghosts that prompted him to kill.

Now, Bryan Kendall needs her back and more than ever. After a night of partying, he awoke to find his lover murdered in his bed. The evidence points to Bryan, a cop, as the main suspect. Even though his captain and mentor, Nick de Marco, believe he is innocent, they can't ignore the law, especially since this killer's M.O. is an exact copycat of the Night Strangler, a closed case from sixteen years ago in which the killer was captured and died in prison.

Now Bryan and Dawn are on the lam, evading arrest while they figure out the truth. Their digging brings them to a college professor who had ties to all the Night Strangler's victims. Working together to save him won't be easy, especially when their previous passions and emotions rears their ugly heads.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Take a Chance On Me by Jill Mansell

Cleo thinks she has finally found the perfect boyfriend in Will. And she can't wait to rub Johnny LaVenture's nose in it. Of course it is in poor taste to do at his father's wake but Johnny has been Cleo's nemesis since they were kids. But to Cleo's disappoint Will is not the man she thought he was. Now single again, Cleo is off men or so she thinks. Because Johnny is back to stay and he is suddenly not looking so bad.

Abbie is Cleo's older sister. She has the perfect marriage or so she thought. Her husband, Tom, has been acting strange and Cleo is imaging the worse. But when Abbie finds out the truth it is even worse than she thought. And then to makes matters worse, Abbie turns to her boss for comfort. Now these two sisters need to find a way to make their lives the ones they want.

Another winner by Jill Mansell. And the secondary characters are just as good as the main characters!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

New Fiction 12/13/11

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.

Dark Men by Derek Haas
Kill Switch by Jonathan Greene
The Leopard by Jo Nesbo
Locked On by Tom Clancy
Silence by Jan Costin Wagner

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Killing Floor by Lee Child

Jack Reacher has been drifting for the last six months. He has just left the Army and is finally free to do what he wants. But his first day in Margrave, Georgia he is accused of murder. But he has an alibi but it cannot be checked out until Monday. In the meantime he is sent to the local prison where he is supposed to be in a secure location. But an error occurs and he and another man Hubble are put in the worst cell block. Just trying to lay low, Jack soon realizes that it was no accident they are in this cell block. And a hit has been ordered on them. Jack must use all his training to protect himself and Hubble.

Now free Jack wants to move on. But he is drawn into the investigation when the identity of the victim is revealed. Jack will do anything to find the killers and end the corruption in this small town with the help of Detective Finlay and Officer Roscoe, his only allies.

This is the first book in the Jack Reacher series and I am hooked. It has been reported that Tom Cruise is going to play Jack Reacher in the movie. Let's just say I do not picture Tom Cruise when I picture Jack Reacher!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich

This newest Stephanie Plum novel isn't one of her best. It wasn't as funny as some of the others, and the ongoing love triangle between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger gets old. Still, series fans will want to pick this up to find out the what happened in Hawaii (just don't expect any big revelations here).

In Explosive Eighteen, Stephanie has returned from Hawaii and once home discovers an envelope containing a photograph in her messenger bag, which she believes the person sitting next to her in the airport accidentally slipped into her bag. Seeing that it is no importance, it gets pitched in the trash.

Unfortunately, this person from the airport has ended up dead, and she has several people hounding her about the photograph, including his ex-fiance, the fake FBI, the real FBI, and Razzle Dazzle. None of them believe she no longer possess the photograph and won't leave her along until she hands it over.

Meanwhile, Lula, Connie and Stephanie are operating out of a coffee shop since the bonds bus was blown up thanks to an altercation Vinnie had with DeAngelo. Stephanie and Lula go out on their usual hunts for FTAs, but Stephanie's bad juju is bad luck. Grandma thinks it is her love life, and her bowling partner gives Stephanie a love potion. Too bad Lula got to it first and is now in love with one of their most undesirable FTAs.

I have to say I will keep reading these books because Lula is my favorite character and I can't get enough of her. Plus, I am always craving fried chicken after reading a Stephanie Plum book!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

New Fiction 12/6/11

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 Angel Makers by Jessica Gregson
The Artist of Disappearance by Anita Desai
Collateral Damage by Terrell Griffin
Death Comes to Pemberley by P.D. James
Egypt by Nick Drake
The Forgotten Affairs of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
I Am Gold by Bill James
Murder in Mount Holly by Paul Theroux
Murder Season by Robert Ellis
Mr. Kill Martin Limon
Red Mist by Patricia Cornwell
Slash and Burn by Colin Cotterill
Soft Target by Stephen Hunter
Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs
Supervolcano by Harry Turtledove
The Talk Show Murders by Al Roker
The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott
Vigilante by Stephen Cannell

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Up Close and Dangerous by Linda Howard

This quick and exciting read from popular author Howard is a winner! I can't wait to read another one of her books.

Most everyone assumes Bailey Wingate is a gold-digger. How else do you explain the marriage of a thirty-something woman to an elderly business tycoon who dies after only a year of marriage? No one knows the agreement Bailey and Jim came to before he passed, that Bailey would manage the trusts of his two irresponsible and spiteful adult children in exchange for a lifetime of financial security.

Planning a trip to Denver for white-water rafting, Bailey books a flight with the private plane service of the Wingate corporation. At the last minute, Bailey's usual pilot is too ill to fly, meaning she will be flown by his business partner, sourpuss Cam Justice. Cam is none to happy either, annoyed he has to escort the frosty Mrs. Wingate to her destination.

Something goes terribly wrong mid-flight, and the engine abruptly stops. Fortunately for them both, Cam is one of the best pilots out there, and he is able to land them into a tree bank. Although they survived, they sustained terrible injuries. Now stuck on a cold, snowy mountain with no rescue in sight, their only hope of getting out alive depends on trusting each other.

I really enjoyed the relationship between Cam and Bailey, two characters who started out hating each other but eventually fall in love. Additionally, the reader learns what happened to their plane is not what it originally seemed, and Howard throws in an unexpected curve ball towards the end that really made for unpredictable and satisfying read.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New Fiction 11/29/11

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 Alpine Winter by Mary Daheim
An Amish Wedding by Beth Wiseman
Angel of Darkness by Cynthia Eden
Dead by Nightfall by Beverly Barton
Fate's Edge by Ilona Andrews
Hunter of Shadows by Nancy Gideon
Lifestyles of the Rich and Shameless by Kiki Swinson
The Scottish Prisoner by Diana Gabaldon
Silver Sparks by Starr Ambrose
Queen of America by Luis Alberto Urrea
Vampires Dead Ahead by Cheyenne McCray
Within the Flames by Majorie Liu
You're Not the One by Alexandra Potter

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Next Always by Nora Roberts

Beckett Montgomery has been in love with Clare Murphy since he was sixteen. But she was in love with another and moved away. But when her husband was killed in action, Clare moved back home with two sons and one on the away. Now six years later, Clare Murphy Brewster has a bookstore and three sons and Beckett is still in love.

Inn Boonsboro is being restored by Beckett, his two brothers, Owen and Ryder, and their mom, Justine. Every room will be named after literary characters with a happy ending. For example Elizabeth and Darcy, Buttercup and Westley, and Eve and Roarke. Beckett is proud of what they are accomplishing but he is still wants Clare. He has finally decided to make his move. But it is hard to schedule a date with three kids and a business.

They find an opening and have a great time. But there is someone else out there who wants Clare. And he isn't taking no for an answer. As their relationship grows so does the menace of the other man who wants her. Will Clare and Beckett find there happy ending?

The Next Always is the first book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy. And if the other two are anything like this one, it will be another winner for Nora Roberts!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Killer Takes All by Erica Spindler

I love you Erica Spindler! I don't know if it is the New Orleans settings, the engaging characters, or the twisty plots that keep me reading her, but I don't intend to stop.

Spindler's books really aren't series, but some of them feature minor characters from previous books that become the main characters in other books. Killer Takes All features one of the Malone brothers, Spencer, and Jane's sister from See Jane Die, Stacy Killian.

Stacy Killian is an ex-cop from Dallas who has moved to New Orleans for graduate school intending to leave the grueling life of police work behind. But once a cop, always a cop, and when her neighbors are murdered, Stacy makes a commitment to track down Cassie's killer.

Detective Spencer Malone isn't exactly thrilled with a civilian's involvement in his case. However, with no viable leads, Spencer agrees to look into Stacy's theory that Cassie and her roommate's death has to do with the role playing game, White Rabbit. Unlike other RPGs, White Rabbit isn't mainstream and takes it to another level that involves eradicating everyone until there is only one left standing.

Stacy teams up with White Rabbit's creator, Leo Noble, who has been receiving threatening postcards that pose the game's characters in gruesome death scenes. Leo, however, innocent as he seems, may know more than he is letting on.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

New Fiction 11/22/11

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.

Cat Telling Tales by Shirley Rousseau
Come a Little Closer by Dorothy Garlock
Dead Last by James Hall
Dead Man's Grip
by Peter James
Explosive Eighteen by Janet Evanovich
The Impossible Dead by Ian Rankin
Longing by Karen Kingsbury
Micro by Michael Crichton
Miss Dimple Rallies to the Cause by Mignon Franklin Ballard
Physical Education by Maggie Barbieri
Swift Edge by Laura Disilverio
The Third Reich by Roberto Bolano
Three-Day Town by Margaret Maron
Well-Tempered Clavicle by Piers Anthony

Saturday, November 19, 2011

When Harry Met Molly by Kieran Kramer

Lady Mary "Molly" Fairbanks has a knack for finding trouble. But when her fiance ditches her on the way to their elopement it wasn't her fault. The fault lies with Lord Harry Traemore. Her childhood nemesis. His mistress and her fiance left together. Now Harry is in a bind and needs a favor from Molly. But with their track record it won't be easy to convince Molly to be is false mistress.

The Prince Regent has come up with the game to find the most delectable companion. The winner does not have to wed for a year and the loser has to marry someone of the board's choosing. Harry is not ready to wed and he had the perfect mistress in Fiona. Now with no Fiona, Harry needs Molly to step in.

Molly doesn't want to go back to her life so she reluctantly agrees. At first she is awful as a mistress but starts to get the hang of things and starts winning over the other mistresses. But what she didn't expect is to start to like Harry. And Harry never expected to like Molly but she is all he can think about. As they continue the charade their feelings deepen until Harry comes up with a plan to keep Molly forever.

When Harry Met Molly is the first book in the Impossible Bachelors series. This is definitely one to read.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

“I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was” (347).

A creative and imaginative child, Jacob Portman was enchanted by his grandfather’s unusual bedtime stories about special children with strange abilities and magical powers. As the novel opens we find an older, skeptical and more jaded version of Jacob, shocked and grief-stricken by his grandfather’s unexpected death. His discovery of a bizarre collection of photographs among his grandfather’s possessions sends him searching for answers about his past.

Jacob’s journey initially leads him to a remote island off the coast of Wales. Here he finds Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, the orphanage where his grandfather grew up. As Jacob explores the elaborate estate, at first seemingly dilapidated and abandoned, he begins to doubt the possibility that his grandfather’s fantastical stories could be true. Jacob ultimately discovers, however, that the stories are not only true, but that the children in the photographs are still alive, frozen in time, re-living the same day over and over again for the past seventy years. As he falls further and further down the rabbit hole, Jacob finds himself becoming one of them, trapped between two realities, struggling to determine what’s real.

Filled with eclectic details and laced with dark humor, the novel is also accentuated by a sense of ominous foreboding, echoed in Jacob’s belief that he is being followed by some invisible, malevolent force. While the subject, tone and writing style lend themselves primarily to a young adult audience, this book could be enjoyed by readers of various age groups. The vintage photography incorporated throughout lends a unique supplemental feature to this novel, a must-read for anyone who loves YA-Crossover, Paranormal Fiction and Fantasy.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Fiction 11/15/11

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 Angel Esmeralda by Don DeLillo
Bones Under the Beach Hut by Simon Brett
Dollhouse by Kim Kardashian
KBI by John Weisman
Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
Our Man in the Dark by Rashad Harrison
Revan by Drew Karpyshyn
The Silver Lotus by Thomas Steinbeck
V is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson and Richard DiLallo

Gaby is getting married. It has been three years since her beloved husband has died and Gaby is ready. The only problem is no one knows who she is marrying including the groom! Three men have asked for her hand and she decided that on Christmas day she will have her wedding and let the groom know then. Gaby is confident in her decision and knows that the other two men will understand.

Her four kids are just as curious but they also have there own lives to worry about. Lizzie's husband Mike has cancer. Emily is trying to make partner at her law firm. Claire is thinking about leaving her husband, and Seth is trying to sell his novel. But with all their issues, they will do anything for Gaby including showing up for a Christmas wedding that doesn't have a groom!

I really enjoyed this book. It is a fast read and it is wonderful to see a family stick by each other and love each other so much. If you are in the mood for Christmas, I definitely recommend The Christmas Wedding!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Widow by Carla Neggers

This is the first Carla Neggers book I have read and The Widow is the first book in her Boston PD-FBI series. I would be willing to read her again, but I wasn't dying to finish this book either. How all the characters were connected seemed a bit confusing and implausible.

Boston homicide detective Abigail Browning FBI husband's, Chris's, murder has been unsolved for seven years. On the anniversary of his death, Abigail receives a prank call from someone claiming to know more about the murder of her husband. Is it really a prank or is something more sinister going on? Tormented by the thought of Chris's killer running free, Abigail goes back to his family cottage in Mt. Desert, Maine in hopes of bringing the killer out.

Not everyone in this quiet town is happy about her return. Grace Cooper has the FBI snooping around before she is approved for a prestigious Washington position. Mattie Young, Chris's old friend, is Grace's uncle's yard man who uses the old Garrison property near Abigail's cottage for private parties. Linc, Grace's brother, was just a kid when Chris died, and knows about the burglaries that happened around that time. None of them want Chris's death stirred up again.

The only one who wants the truth brought to light is her neighbor, the sexy Owen Garrison, who also lost someone important to him years ago near the same place Chris's body was found.

The killer isn't revealed until the end, although there are plenty of suspects to keep you guessing. The mystery behind Chris's killer and the romantic parts were strong, but I was just disappointed in some of the elements of the plot and characters. Not all the characters or back stories return in the other books in this series, so they can be read as standalones.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

New Fiction 11/8/11

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.

11/22/63 by Stephen King
The Alloy of Law by Brandon Sanderson
Battle of the Crater by Newt Gingrich
Blink of an Eye by William Cohen
The Boy in the Suitcase by Lene Kaaberbol
A Burial at Sea by Charles Finch
Coffin Man by James Doss
A Dark and Lonely Place by Edna Buchanan
Endurance by Jay Lake
Hot Water by Erin Brockovich
The Ionia Sanction by Gary Corby
Love and Shame and Love by Peter Orner
The Prague Cemetery by Umberto Eco
Rain Falls Like Mercy by Jack Todd
Scholar by L.E. Modesitt
The Sisters
by Nancy Jensen
The Templar Magician by P.C. Doherty
The Time in Between by Maria Duenas
White Truffles in Winter by N.M. Kelby

Saturday, November 5, 2011

At the Bride Hunt Ball by Olivia Parker

Madelyn Heywood will do anything not to be one of the seven women picked to participate in the bride hunt ball. So when she sees the envelope coming her way she does what any sensible girl would do: run. She goes into the garden and meets Gabriel Devine. Not knowing he is the Duke, the one responsible for the ball, Madelyn lets her guard down and lets him know how she feels. While she is distracted, Gabriel slips her the invite.

Not really having a choice, Madelyn is resigned to the fact she has to go. Her mean stepmother is promising her the cottage she grew up in if she catches the eye of the Duke and not his brother, Tristan, the one the ball is for. Madelyn is also going to keep an eye on her best friend, Charlotte. But Madelyn is in for a shock when she finds Gabriel there and he is the Duke.

Gabriel Devine, the Duke of Wolverston, wants perfection. Knowing he will never find it in a wife he has come up with the idea for the ball to marry his younger brother off. What he didn't expect was to like Madelyn Heywood. He tries to stay away but he can't stop thinking of her. Now he just as to convince her to take a chance on him.

I really enjoyed this book. I just found my next favorite historical romance author! The next book is Charlotte's story called To Wed a Wicked Earl.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick

Just like The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Selznick's new story, Wonderstruck, has something so special and magical that it will appeal to event adults, especially those who have a appreciation for history, museums and a young boy trying to find his way in the world.

While going through his mother's things after her death, Ben Wilson, who now lives in his cousin's cabin in Gunflint Lake, Minnesota, finds an old book called Wonderstruck, written by a curator of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. Out of the book falls a bookmark with a cryptic note, which makes Ben ponder whether the note came from his father, the man whose existence was always a mystery.

During this stormy night, Ben attempts to call the number on the bookmark, hoping to find out about his father, when he suddenly blacks out. The next thing he knows is that he is in the hospital, recovering from being struck by lightning. Already deaf in one ear, the accident has caused deafness in his other ear, and now he cannot hear at all.

Ben sneaks out of the hospital and sets out for the big city in hopes of learning about his father. His journey brings him to the American Museum of Natural History, which is like a beckon calling him home. What he learns there about his own history will change his life forever.

The story is told in a combination of words and pictures, and alternates between the 1920's and the 1970's. It is not everyday that an adult fiction reader like myself gets to experience a story told through pictures, so this was such a special treat. I don't want to give too much away, so just read it and be prepared to fall in love with this book!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Fiction for 11/1/11

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 Next Always by Nora Roberts
Christmas Treasures by Thomas Kinkade
The Corn Maiden by Joyce Carol Oates
Hotel Vendome by Danielle Steel
The House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Lost December by Richard Paul Evans
Mercury's Rise by Ann Parker
Out of Oz by Gregory Maguire
Petrified by Graham Masterson
Prince of Ravenscar by Catherine Coulter
Roam by Alan Lazar
Stone Spring by Stephen Baxter
Until Thy Wrath Be Past by Asa Larsson
The Wedding Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
The Wild Ways by Tanya Huff