Saturday, June 30, 2012

Awake by Elizabeth Graver

Awake is the story of Anna, wife of Ian and mother to Adam and Max. Anna and Max spend much of their time together since Max has Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP) and cannot be exposed to ultraviolet light, so they sleep during the peak daytime hours, and stay awake all night. For years they have been playing and learning in solitude while everyone else is asleep.

After spending years locked up in their home as if it were a prison, Anna is thrilled to discover Camp Luna, a camp that caters to children with light sensitivities. She hopes this camp will be a chance for the whole family to gain some form of normalcy in their lives, and give Max the opportunity to see how others cope without light.

Set over the course of two summers, we begin to see the changes in the family brought on by the camp, specifically Anna, as she struggles with her roles as wife, mother and woman outside of her home. Anna realizes the she has been stuck in these same roles for so long, and now her desire to get back to the free spirited artist that she once was begins to tear the family apart.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Somebody Like You by Candis Terry

This third offering in Terry’s entertaining “Sugar Shack” series (after Second Chance at the Sugar Shack) focuses on the middle Silverthorne sibling, Kelly, a straitlaced Chicago prosecutor who is consumed with guilt for losing a case in which a killer now walks free.

She returns home to Deer Lick, MT, for a much-needed getaway, and while she is helping her sister at the Sugar Shack, in walks sexy and dangerous police officer James Harley, the man with whom she shared a drunken one-night stand that she would like to forget. James may give the appearance of a playboy, but deep down he knows that Kelly is the woman for him.

With the spirit of her deceased mother as her guide, Kelly will learn to let go of her failures, discover how to touch the lives of those around her in ways she never knew, and, finally, let in love.

It doesn’t matter that Terry (Any Given Christmas) doesn’t break new ground here since readers will quickly be enamored of the affable Silverthorne siblings, their unpredictable mother, and the quaint, small-town atmosphere. With a dash of sexy, this light but substantial story will please just about any romance reader.  Somebody Like You is available as an eBook from MyMediaMall.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, June 1, 2012

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New Fiction 6/26/12

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 Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker
Bloodline by James Rollins
The Bright River by Patrick Somerville
Courageous by Diana Palmer
A Fatal Debt by John Gapper
Heartbroken by Lisa Unger
The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton by Elizabeth Speller
Summerland by Elin Hilderbrand
Talulla Rising by Glen Duncan
Tuesday's Child by Fern Michaels
The Virgin Cure by Ami McKay

Saturday, June 23, 2012

The Last Boyfriend by Nora Roberts

Owen Montgomery is the organizer and detail man of the Montgomery brothers. The Boonsboro Inn is ready to open on schedule in part to Owen's organization. As busy as he is, Owen realizes something might be missing. And that something would be Avery McTavish.

Avery McTavish owns the local pizzeria. She has always been an honorary member of the Montgomery family but she is still nervous about proposing a new business idea to them.In part because she is starting to look at Owen in a new light. He was her first boyfriend at the age of 6 and she is considering him to be her boyfriend at age 29.

Things are going well between them except Avery cannot completely commit. Her mother left when Avery was 11 and she never really got over it. Now it is up to Owen to show Avery that he will be her last boyfriend.

This is the second book in the Inn Boonsboro trilogy. I liked the first one better and am excited for Ryder and Hope's story in the conclusion.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

La Vida Vampire by Nancy Haddock

A light, enjoyable read, Haddock's first book in the Oldest City Vampire series should find many fans and reminds me of Merit from Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampires series.  This was an especially agreeable to me since I had just finished In the Garden of Beasts for book discussion and needed something not so heavy.  Sometimes the timing and what you are in the mood for makes or breaks a book.

After being buried for over 200 years and found by the person who is renovating the old Victorian house in which she was under, Ceca Marinelli is trying to get used to the afterlife.   She now lives with Maggie, the owner of the Victorian house and her sponsor, in one of the oldest cities in the nation, St. Augustine, Florida.  Vampires are a protected species under the Vampire Protection Agency but are subject to wearing a tracking device so that there whereabouts can be monitored.

Besides studying architecture and design, Ceca fills her time by working as a guide for the Old Coast Ghost Tours.  Dressed in period costume ready to bring out some ghosts, Ceca runs into a bit of trouble when Stony, a member of the covenant to take out the vampire species, threatens to kill her.  Other oddities on the tour includes a French couple who can't take their hands off one another and a group of seniors taking full advantage of carry and conceal.

When the body of one of the tour members shows up with bite marks, all fingers point at Cecsa, and Detective March even brings in supernatural (and super sexy) specialist from Daytona, Deke Saber, to help with the case.  Despite getting off to rocky start, Saber eventually sees that Cesca is innocent, and the two will work together to discover the truth and clear her name.

The book ends on a cliffhanger when a shapershifter from Cesca's past shows up just when she and Saber agree to see where their relationship is headed.  Readers will want to pick up the next in the series, Last Vampire StandingI know I will!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New Fiction 6/19/12

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.

A Bad Day for Mercy by Sophie Littlefield
Bonfire of the Vanities by Carolyn Haines
Death and Transfiguration by Gerald Elias
Gone by Cathi Hanauer
Gone Missing by Linda Castillo
Grandad, There's a Head on the Beach by Colin Cotterill
The Key by Simon Toyne
The Line Between Here and Gone by Andrea Kane
The Long Earth by Terry Pratchett
Never Tell by Alafair Burke
The Orphanmaster by Jean Zimmerman
The Paris Directive by Gerald Jay
A Place in the Country by Elizabeth Adler
Red Star Burning by Brian Freemantle
The Risk Agent by Ridley Pearson
The Summer House by Marcia Willett
Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Terminal Point by K.M. Ruiz
Tumbleweeds by Leila Meacham
Wicked Business by Janet Evanovich
The World Without You by Joshua Henkin

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Killing Floor by Lee Child

I can't believe I have just read my first book in the Jack Reacher series this late in my life.  I should have been reading him ages ago.  Well, needless to say, I loved it.  Jack Reacher is an ex-military cop, total bad ass and a hero that readers will enjoy and will want to follow.

In this series opener, we don't know a whole lot of background about Reacher other than he is pretty much a vagrant.  He gets off the bus in small town Margrave, Georgia to check out the home of old jazz musician Blind Blake.  While sitting in the dinner enjoying his breakfast, a slew of cops walk in and claim he is under arrest.  There was a murder up at the warehouse around midnight and one witness claims to have seen Reacher walk away from the seen.

Finlay, the new chief of detectives, isn't buying his alibi, so Reacher will be in the county prison for the weekend with Paul Hubble, a local banker who's phone number was found in the victim's shoe who Finlay also brought in.  Fortunately, police officer Roscoe seemed to have a  soft spot for Reacher and will work the weekend to clear his name.

After surviving an attempt on his life and learning more about the case, he is too sucked in now to leave town, especially when there is a personal reason for him to stay.  Roscoe, Finlay, and Reacher join forces to stop the murder and corruption that has taken over this small idyllic town.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Staying at Daisy's by JIll Mansell

Daisy MacLean has just learned her husband, Steven, was in a car accident. She learned he wasn't alone in the car. Daisy learned that he was only 20 miles away when he should have been in another country all together. Daisy has learned her husband has died.

A year later, Daisy is still the hotel manager at her dad's hotel and is doing good. Until she meets Dev Tyzack. Right from the start Daisy butts heads with Dev, the ex-rugby player. She knows it is because he is so good looking and is a womanizer. He reminds her of Steven. When her old boyfriend and good friend Josh comes back into town, Daisy decides Josh is the one for her. They start dating but soon Daisy realizes she is only with Josh because he is safe. But will it be to late for Daisy and Dev?

Then we have Tara, the chambermaid. She has discovered her ex-boyfriend is getting married at the hotel.  They end up in a compromising situation and Tara takes the fall. Next we have Barney, the new porter, who also happens to be the recipient of a new kidney from Steven. Then there is Mel, who is the other woman. She visits Steven's grave every week and has a secret. And lastly is Hector and Maggie. Hector is Daisy's dad and Maggie is Tara's aunt. They have an interesting arrangement.

I love Jill Mansell books! You have the main characters but it is the secondary characters who really add to the stories. If you haven't read a Jill Mansell book yet, what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

New Fiction 6/12/12

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.


Alys, Always by Harriet Lane
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
Between You and Me by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
Conspiracy of Friends by Alexander McCall Smith
The Conviction by Robert Dugoni
Cop to Corpse by Peter Lovesey
The Demands by Mark Billingham
Gilded Age by Claire McMillan
Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
The Last Kind Words by Tom Piccirilli
Let Love Find You by Johanna Lindsey
Mission to Paris by Alan Furst
Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank
Niceville by Cartsen Stroud
The Queen's Vow by C.W. Gortner
The Red House by Mark Haddon
Serpent's Kiss by Melissa De la Cruz
The Third Gate by Lincoln Child
XO by Jeffery Deaver
You Came Back by Christopher Coake

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Lover Reborn by J.R. Ward

Lover Reborn is the 10th and newest book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J. R. Ward.  The Black Dagger Brotherhood series takes the popular vampire theme and gives it a new twist.  The Black Dagger Brotherhood are a group of vampires that include the King of the Vampires, Wrath, and a group of vampires whose mission is to fight the good fight by taking out the minions of evil called lessers. Even though these vampires seem very violent, they do have a softer side which is where the romance enters the story.  Most of the books in this series revolved around one main character’s love story while the other characters in the book support that plotline.

In Lover Reborn, the story focuses on Tohrment and No’One.  Tohrment has lost his wife, Wellsie, and their unborn son due to murder and is on the road to returning to the Brotherhood after being gone for a while to mourn.  He is a shadow of his former self but his main focus in life is now killing as many lesser as he can.  Unfortunately this is slowly killing him. No’One has returned to be reunited with her daughter and is learning how to live in the contemporary world.  Unfortunately she is a victim of rape.  So her journey entails trying to figure out who she is and what she wants to do with her life.  So this couple has a lot to figure out before even getting together.  I was insanely curious to see how and if they would end up as a couple. And they have an angel, Lassiter, to help them.

Overall I love these books but then I love the vampire and werewolf genre.  The writing is top notch and the storylines are inventive and keep you guessing what will happen next as a reader.  No two couple’s story has been the same.  Each of the characters is multilayered and enjoyable to get to know.   Getting sucked into this world is easy to do.  There is a good amount of profanity and sex so these books are not for everyone.  But if you enjoy the paranormal genre and a story with a lot of action with some romance, then this is the series for you. Enjoy!!!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kisscut by Karin Slaughter

I love Karin Slaughter, and it really takes a lot to offend me, but the subject of this second offering in her Sara Linton series was just too uncomfortable, even more me!

Country coroner and pediatrician Sara Linton and small town Georgian police chief Jeffrey Tolliver are still trying to figure out their relationship.  They don't know if they want to get married again, but there still seems to be an attraction there.  On a date at the local skating rink, Jeffrey walks out to a scene of teenager and one of Sara's patients at the clinic, Jenny Weaver, holding a gun out to a teenager boy, threatening to shoot.  Considering the safety of everyone else, Jeffrey is left with no choice but to take the girl down himself since she won't relinquish the gun.  It comes as no surprise that shooting a person, especially a kid, will eat away at Jeffrey through out the novel.

Jenny's motive for wanting the boy dead is only a small piece of this perplexing crime.  Just moments earlier, she had walked out of the restroom with blood on her shirt.  Sara found pieces of a dead new baby she tried to flush down the toilet. The more they dig, the more twisted this case becomes, and it even hits close to home to one of their own, officer Lena Adams.  It is important to read the first book in this series, Blindsighted; otherwise readers will have a hard time understanding how this case relates to Lena.

I don't want to give too much away, but let me warn you the case that Sara and Jeffrey are working on centers around a child pornography ring as well as incest between a son and his mother.  If you can handle that kind of graphic detail, then you will appreciate the complicated mystery Slaughter crafts.  However, if you are like me and can't handle this, you may want to skip this entry and move on to the third book in this series,  A Faint Cold Fear.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

New Fiction 6/5/12

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.

1636: The Kremlin Games by Eric Flint
Bad Faith by Robert Tanenbaum
Blue Earth Remembered by Alastair Reynolds
The Bourne Imperative by Eric Lustbader
Burning Midnight by Loren Estleman
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
Cubop City Blues by Pablo Medina
Curse of the Jade Lily by David Housewright
Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
Dead Scared by S.J. BoltonLinkThe Dream of the Celt by Mario Vargas Llosa
Equal of the Son by Anita Amirrezvani
The Far Side of the Sky by Daniel Kalla
Kiss the Dead by Laurell K. Hamilton
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Green Shore by Natalie Bakopoulos
Innocents by Francesca Segal
Island Apart by Steven Raichlen
Judgment at Proteus by Timothy Zahn
Kingdom of Strangers by Zoe Ferraris
Little Century by Anna Keesey
Little Night by Luann Rice
Live and Let Drood by Simon R. Green
Master and God by Lindsey Davis
Midwinter Blood by Mons Kallentoft
Redshirts by John Scalzi
Spring Fever by Mary Kay Andrews
Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville
The Seven Wonders by Steven Saylor
Spartacus the Gladiator by Ben Kane
Summer Breeze by Nancy Thayer
Undead and Unstable by MaryJanice Davidson
An Unmarked Grave by Charles Todd
Wallflower in Bloom by Claire Cook
What Comes Next by John Katzenbach

Saturday, June 2, 2012

For Love and Honor by Cathy Maxwell et al.

This delightful anthology offers three tender stories about heroic men in the service and the women who love them. It is 1812 Spain, and Captain Duroy is ordered to escort headstrong Pippa Nelson to England in Maxwell’s historical original “The Bookish Miss Nelson.”

Lynne Hinton’s quirky and lovable characters from Pie Town return in “Letters from Pie Town” to send Raymond prayers from New Mexico while he recovers from injuries sustained during his Afghanistan tour. This movement is organized by Trina, the young woman who stole Raymond’s heart.

Plagued with guilt for the brothers he left behind, Ranger Aiden Marshall returns to Sweet, TX, with a plan to break it off with Paige in Candis Terry’s “Home Sweet Home.” Little does he know that Paige has plans of her own and won’t give up on the man she loves, no matter how broken he feels inside.

Although each story is uniquely satisfying, together this timely collection gives readers a taste of how war affects the loved ones of military men. This stirring tribute to those who serve their country is one readers won’t soon forget

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, May 11, 2012