Tuesday, October 30, 2012

New Fiction 10/30/12

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.

Astray by Emma Donoghue
A Christmas Garland by Anne Perry
City of Saints by Andrew Hunt
Daughter of Light by V.C. Andrews
Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet by Darynda Jones
The Giving Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini
Iced by Karen Marie Moning
Power Play by Patrick Robinson
The Sins of the Mother by Danielle Steel
'Twas the Night After Christmas by Sabrina Jeffries
A Winter Dream by Richard Paul Evans

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You Can't Hide by Karen Rose

You Can't Hide is another winning novel of romantic suspense from Rose that consists of empathetic characters, a complex plot, and enough steamy romance that keeps the pages moving steadily along.

Aiden Reagan is a homicide detective for Chicago PD and is on call when a woman plunges from the balcony of her apartment in an apparent suicide.  Also at the scene is Tess Ciccotelli, the woman's psychiatrist who was called moments before from a neighbor claiming that her patient was about to jump.  Aiden is furious with Tess, a woman who he knows as always appearing cold and detached, just like she does when she is testifying for a patient's during a trial.

While investigating the case, Aiden and his partner Murphy discover that the woman was encouraged to take her life and in fact, a recording on her answering machine has the voice of Tess prodding her on.  When another one of Tess's patient's commit suicide, all fingers again point at Tess.  And it is no surprise that she doesn't have the police on her side, since a killer who murdered a cop got off on a insanity plea thanks to Tess's testimony.

But Aiden learns that there is more to this woman than he initially thought, and how she appears in public isn't a reflection of who she is inside.  Aiden and Tess are brought closer together as they work the case, much to her defense attorney's chagrin, who thinks it is a mistake for her to cooperate with the police.  There are a whole slew of potential suspects, but no real leads.  Who could hate her enough to want her destroyed by killing her not only her career and but those she is closest to?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

No Easy Day by Mark Owen

This book had some controversy surrounding at the time of its release, due to the confidential nature of its content. It's obvious that those who were criticizing the book for that aspect didn't read it, because the book is pretty vague for the most part and does not give much new information.

I was not sure what to expect going into this book, aforementioned controversy notwithstanding. I don't usually read these kinds of books. I thought (Or at least thought so at the time) that the book was some sort of overview of what exactly happened in the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden. Instead, it's a narrative told from the perspective of one of the Navy Seals, from the beginning of his career to his retirement.

While I do enjoy reading non-fiction, I prefer fiction if given the choice, and I do like the fact that the book is told as a narrative. It's a bit jargon heavy, but the author does a good job of translating it.

One complaint that I have with the book is that in doesn't really go into detail and feels rather short. I understand why they wouldn't want to get detailed regarding the mission, but the book also has a heavy focus on the author's career and life before the mission. I thought that the idea was interesting, but it kind of glances over it.

It's a short, interesting read, but there really isn't anything substantial in it.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New Fiction 10/23/12

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.

Angels at the Table by Debbie Macomber
The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro
Back to Blood by Tom Wolfe
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury
The Elephant Keepers' Children by Peter Hoeg
The Middlesteins by Jami Attenberg
On the Seventh Day by T.D. Jakes
The Racketeer by John Grisham
The Stockholm Octavo by Karen Englemann
The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds by Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Low Pressure by Sandra Brown

Bellamy Lyston Price has written a book about her sister Susan's murder. It was written as fiction and under a pseudonym but she is outed by a nosy tabloid reporter. Now she reluctantly is on a book tour . But she starts to get threats and decides to head home to Texas.

 Denton Carter is living from flight to flight. The last charter he expects to get is from the Lyston family. They need to get to the hospital because Bellamy's dad is dying and the drive could kill him. Denton is not a fan after they accused him of Susan's murder. But Denton needs the money and agrees to fly them.

This gives Bellamy a chance to apologize even though she was only twelve at the time. Denton finds out about the threats and is determined to help Bellamy figure out what is happening. As the clues start piling up and people start dying, Bellamy and Denton must stick together. Because the killer is closer to them then they know.

I love Sandra Brown! Her books are always great and keep you guessing. Can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Looking for Wedding Books?

So I recently got engaged, and as any reference librarian would do, I started looking to see what literature was out there for brides. Now I knew of some right off the top of my head, being a fan of weddings and belonging to some wedding blogs already. But I was curious to see what other books were out for for the non-traditional and frugal bride. So far I have come up with three books that I thought were not the run of the mill wedding planning books.

The first is A practical wedding : creative ideas for planning a beautiful, affordable, and meaningful celebration by Meg Keene. Meg also runs a blog called http://apracticalwedding.com/. I enjoyed reading this book because she goes into the history of weddings as well as other topics. So some of those traditions that I thought were from way back when like the unity candle are actually fairly recent. It was fascinating to learn how weddings happened in the 1910's and 1920's. But Meg does give good tips on how to have a practical and frugal wedding. She puts a lot of ideas about weddings into perspective because it can get overwhelming fast. The main thing Meg emphasizes is that planning your wedding should be fun. If it is not fun, then think about why you are doing it and if you can complete in another way so you are not stressed about it.

The next book I really liked is Offbeat bride: creative alternatives for independent brides by Ariel Meadow Stallings. She also runs a whole host of websites called the Offbeat Empire that deals with weddings,homes and child-rearing. Ariel put out one of the first books I ever saw about non-traditional brides and non-traditional ceremonies. She wanted to create a community where whatever you wanted to have your wedding look like was accepted and supported. Not that I have anything against sites like the Knot.com but there is a lot of wedding advice on how you have to do things. I think it is nice to hear about how your wedding should reflect you and your future spouse not what "tradition" says you have to do.                                                                   

The book, Things I wish I'd known before we got married, takes a different but equally important topic on marriage. Gary Chapman also wrote the popular book, The 5 love languages : the secret to love that lasts. I find reading him very easy; it reminds me of talking to a friend. I think his advice is valid and down to earth. And even if you are dating or already married, this book would be a fast read and a great conversation starter with your signification other. I also enjoyed the Five Languages and the quiz in the back. The premise of the Five Languages is that there are 5 ways that people feel loved. Most people have one or two of these and most couples have different ways of feeling loved. So this book and the other Gary Chapman books can be a tool to increase communication to make more loving relationships. I highly recommend this author.

Tempting the Bride by Sherry Thomas

Tempting the Bride is the newest historical romance by Sherry Thomas, and the last in her Fitzhugh trilogy. After nearly being caught in a tryst with her married lover, Helena Fitzhugh is rescued by David Hillsborough, the Viscount Hastings, and her brother's best friend. David has known Helena for years, and had fallen in love with her as a teenager. Unfortunately, he showed his love with all the elegance of a boy pulling a girl's pigtails, and Helena immediately disliked him. In the following years, they settled into a pattern of insults, taunting and goading. Helena has no idea that David loves her, though her family suspects it, and she is horrified that she is going to have to marry him. David, on the other hand, loves Helena passionately, but thinks she will never love him. He also worries being forced into marriage will harden Helena's heart even more.

However, shortly after their "elopement," Helena suffers a dangerous head injury, and when she finally wakes, she has forgotten years of her life. On the one hand, this offers David a fresh opportunity to try and win her heart, without all of the misunderstanding that has built up between them. On the other hand, he fears what will happen when she regains her memory.

Sherry Thomas has a reputation for riveting characters with believable, though unusual jobs, for the 19th century. Her female and male characters are well developed, and both have agency in their quest for love and meaningful work. That holds true in Tempting the Bride, but while I enjoyed the novel, I didn't like it as much as many of her earlier works. For one thing, David's refusal to tell Helena how he feels until her accident seems unreasonable and made it hard to fully empathize with him. He doesn't simply pick friendly quarrels with her, he taunts her cruelly, and then regrets it afterwards. Helena's regard for her married lover, Andrew Martin, is also frustrating, as he is no match for her strong will, intelligence and fire. Their passion doesn't seem real, or convincing. However, I still enjoyed Thomas's writing and the conclusion to this trilogy.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Fiction 10/16/12

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 Bone Bed by Patricia Cornwell
Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford
The Elementals by Francesca Block
A Fatal Winter by G.M. Malliet
Golden Dawn by Thomas Kostigen
An Irish Country Wedding by Patrick Taylor
The Panther by Nelson Demille
People of the Black Sun by W. Michael Gear
The Road to Woodbury by Robert Kirkman
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
The Shadow Girls by Henning Mankell
Sleep No More by Irish Johansen
Tier One Wild by Dalton Fury
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
What Happens at Christmas by Victoria Alexander
Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nowhere to Run by Nancy Bush

It took me way too long to read Nowhere to Run, which is a statement in itself about the book.  It is one of those mediocre stories that grabs you enough that you want to finish it, but I wasn't dying to pick it up every day.  The writing is a bit awkward, and Bush throws in a distracting secondary story as a set up for the next book, Nowhere to Hide.  Also, the sex scenes were too mild for my taste.

In this offering, Liv Dugan receives a mysterious package shortly after her 25th birthday from her adoptive mother, who committed suicide when Liv was still a child.  Liv's mother had apparently hired an attorney to deliver the package, which contains a note, some photos of people Liv has never met, and a copy of her birth certificate revealing the names of her birth parents.

Liv's brother Hague, who is their parent's biological son, cannot seem to tell her anything about the people in the photos other than that the man running towards the camera is a "zombie doctor."  Hague suffers from a mental condition that puts him in fugue state everytime he gets agitated.

When Liv returns from her lunch break at Zuma Software company, the place is a bloodbath, as all her coworkers have been shot.  Liv is convinced that the person who caused this massacre was looking for her and is somehow connected to her past and the package.  She goes on the run and when the cops are right on her tail, takes an unsuspecting man, Auggie Rafferty, as hostage and forces him to drive her away.  Auggie may play the part of the innocent abductee, but he has secrets of his own that will comprise Liv's trust.

Nancy Bush is the sister of bestselling romantic suspense author, Lisa Jackson.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

New Fiction 10/9/12

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 Hive by Charles Burns
The Hydrogen Sonata by Iain Banks
Into the Woods by Kim Harrison
Red Rain by R.L. Stine
Silent House by Orhan Pamuk

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Dinner First, Me Later? by Candy Halliday

Halliday’s (Your Bed or Mine?) upbeat entry brings back the Housewives Fantasy Club, a suburban Chicago neighborhood group who meet every Saturday to discuss their romantic desires. Alicia is the club’s newest member and a bit of an outcast, since she is the only one divorced and childless.

When the newly single Cubs baseball player buys the house across the street, the club is determined to set Alicia up with Jake. Jake, in the midst of a custody battle, has promised his only focus will be the estranged teenage daughter who is coming to live with him, and Alicia will not risk her heart again by falling for her celebrity crush known for his playboy tendencies.

However, it doesn’t take long for Alicia to win the hearts of Jake and his daughter. Can this self-proclaimed dog and kid hater accept a second chance at love that is literally right around the corner?

This delightful offering features likable characters and is so big on heart and friendship that readers will be left feeling as if they are a part of this intimate women’s club. Admirers of Jennifer Crusie and Carly Phillips will quickly fall for Halliday’s fun-loving story.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, September 14, 2012

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Zoo by James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge

Jackson Oz knew this was coming. The animals are behaving different. They are acting out of character. Lions that were bred in captivity turning against the zookeepers. And I mean turning as in eating them. Then a pride of lions coordinate an attack in Africa. This one Oz gets recorded and people start to believe something is happening. But no one can figure out why. When Oz comes back from Africa, his chimpanzee has also been affected and he has done some very bad things.

Five years later, Oz is still trying to figure out the problem. Now he is married to Chloe who he met five years ago in Africa and they have a son Eli.The problem has gotten worse and even domesticated animals are turning against the humans. But Oz and his team figure what is causing this shift. And the answer is terrifying. Could this really happen? And will humans do what needs to be done?

This was a very disturbing book. It was very different from any other Patterson's book. Instead of people killing each other, it is animals killing people. Let's just say I will never look at a squirrel the same way again!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Fiction 10/2/12

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.

1635: The Papal Stakes by Eric Flint
Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska
Ancient Light by John Banville
Between Two Fires by Christopher Buehlman
The Blackhouse by Peter May
Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie
This Book is Full of Spiders by David Wong
The Chocolate Moose Motive by Joanna Carl
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
Dark Currents by Jacqueline Carey
Dark Storm by Christine Feehan
Darkness Rising by Lisa Wiehl
Dick Francis's Bloodline by Felix Francis
Finding Casey by Jo-Ann Mapson
The Geneva Trap by Stella Rimington
Goldberg Variations by Susan Isaacs
The Heart Broke In by James Meek
The Hot Country by Robert Olen Butler
How I Came to Sparkle Again by Kaya McLaren
In Sunlight and In Shadow by Mark Helprin
Invisible Murder by Lene Kaaberbol
The Jewels of Paradise by Donna Leon
Little Star by John Ajvide Lindqvist
Live by Night by Dennis Lehane
Mad River by John Sandford
Merge/Disciple by Walter Mosley
Paradise City by Archer Mayor
Peaches for Father Francis by Joanne Harris
Phantom by Jo Nesbo
Postcards From the Dead by Laura Childs
Redoubt by Mercedes Lackey
Rogue by Mark Sullivan
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
Say You're Sorry by Michael Robotham
Toby's Room by Pat Barker
Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid
What the Cat Saw by Carolyn Hart
The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde
A Working Theory of Love by Scott Hutchins