Saturday, June 28, 2014

Badlands by Jill Sorenson

Penny Sandoval isn't happy. Her father is running for President so her life has been thrust into the spotlight. He is ultra conservative so it doesn't help that she is an unwed mother. Five years again she had given birth at 18 during the earthquake that rocked San Diego. Now her parents and her have made up but Penny is still uncomfortable with the spotlight. And it doesn't help that she has the hots for her bodyguard.

Owen Jackson is a reformed convict. He first meet Penny during the earthquake and has wanted her ever since. But he feels he isn't good enough. During an event Penny and her son, Cruz, are kidnapped along with Owen. It turns out the kidnapper is Owen's brother, who has just been released from prison and owes some bad people a lot of money. They are demanding money and for Penny's father to withdraw from the race. They are taken to the Badlands and the Salton Sea.

Penny is able to to escape with Cruz. They make their way into the Badlands but now they won't last long. Owen is also able to escape and catch up with them. They are running for their lives from the elements and the bad guys. Will they be able to overcome all the obstacles?

I love the Aftershock series. It just keeps getting better and better. They are exciting and I love the characters! The next one is Backwoods.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Unbroken follows the incredible true story of Louis Zamperini, an Army pilot whose plane crashed in the Pacific Ocean in 1943, stranding him and two fellow soldiers in the middle of the water with little in the way of supplies.  And yet, his time spent drifting in the ocean (an incredible 47 days), is only part of his amazing story of strength, survival, and hope.

The book begins with Zamperini’s early life in California.  An incorrigible troublemaker in his youth, Louis discovered a talent for running that would help set his life on a track (if you’ll forgive the pun) that took him to the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  After college, he joined the Army Air Corps and became a pilot.  On a mission to search for a missing plane, his bomber crashed – of the 11 people on board, only Zamperini and two other survived. 

Carried by a raft that would drift some 2,000 miles, the men faced harrowing days of little water and food, as well as the constant threat of shark attacks, unsure if they’d ever be found.  After 47 days adrift in the Pacific, they were picked up by Japanese soldiers, and would spend the next two years as prisoners of war, facing harrowing conditions that would haunt Zamperini long after the war had ended.

Zamperini’s story is incredible in its own right, and Hillenbrand’s skill as a writer brings this story to life – I couldn’t put the book down.   It’s rich and vivid with detail, focused on one man’s incredible journey of resilience and strength.  Soon to be featured on the big screen (it’s set to reach theaters in December 2014), I highly recommend reading the book first.  The audiobook version (narrated by Edward Herrmann) was particularly well done – in honor of Audiobook Month, check out the audiobook, or download the eAudio through PinDigital.  It’s most definitely a story worth listening to!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

New Fiction 6/24/2014

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.

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
The Arsonist by Sue Miller
The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand
Eyes on You by Kate White
Cop Town by Karin Slaughter
Nine Lives to Die by Rita Mae Brown
The Beekeeper's Ball by Susan Wiggs

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cooking Up Love by Amylynn Bright

Whoever heard of a food critic who cannot cook? You probably haven’t until you meet Holly Darcy, who writes as ‘The Covert Connoisseur’ for a popular newspaper column and is hoping to remedy this by taking a cooking course at the local junior college. Her teacher, Mark Bennett, is much more delectable than anything she could ever even hope to whip up in the kitchen, so she is pleased when after a short flirtation he eventually asks her out.

Mark, a former chef, is fine with teaching but refuses to be pushed, especially by his family, into cooking again professionally, since he believes a scathing review from a food critic led to the downfall of his restaurant. Mark falls for Holly’s curves, fashion sense and bad cooking, and their chemistry sizzles both in and out of the bedroom.

But things hit the fan when Mark tries to get too close, and Holly’s little secret about her profession coupled with her family history might burn up this romance before they can make it to the final course.

After several regencies (The Duke of Morewether’s Secret), Bright’s first contemporary serves up flirtation, friction and food neatly packaged in this plausible and entertaining romance. Readers will also enjoy the nod to Pride and Prejudice in the naming of her characters.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, July 11, 2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Collector by Nora Roberts

Lila Emerson is a professional house sitter and YA author. Her newest job brings her back to New York. She is house sitting in a swanky apartment complex. The layout allows her to continue her hobby of watching the neighbors through her binoculars. Not in a creepy way but a curious way. About a week into the job Lila witnesses a murder. The woman across the way is pushed out the window. Lila is told it was a murder suicide when she visits the police to get more information. She runs into the brother of the man who is allegedly the killer. He convinces her to have coffee to find out what she saw.

Ashton Archer is convinced his brother isn't a killer. He also wants to see what Lila saw. He asks her if he can come to the apartment. After doing some research on him, Lila realizes they have a mutual friend. Lila's best friend Julie, who runs an art gallery that shows Ash's work. She agrees to let him come over and he soon has her convinced that it wasn't his brother. The police soon come to the same conclusion.

Ash is determined to find out what happened. Lila agrees to help. As they look for answers, a ruthless assassin is on their trail. They soon realize there is alot at stake. After another family member is murdered, Ash will stop at nothing to find the killer and protect Lila.

You cannot go wrong with Nora Roberts! She always delievers a great story and characters. There is always the right amount of mystery and romance. And this one was another fabulous one! If you haven't read Nora yet, what are you waiting for?!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Fiction 6/17/2014

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.  

Top Secret Twenty-One by Janet Evanovich
The Summer Wind by Mary Alice Monroe
The Red Room by Ridley Pearson
Terminal City by Linda Fairstein
The Long Mars by Terry Pratchett
Nantucket Sisters by Nancy Thayer
That Night by Chevy Stevens
Shattered by Kevin Hearne
All Fall Down by Jennifer Weiner
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Runaway Jury by John Grisham

In this back list legal thriller, Grisham examines the corruption of the "big tobacco" industry and the influence of a single juror. In Biloxi, Mississippi, late twenty-something Nicholas Easter has been selected for jury duty in the civil case of Pinex versus Jacob Wood's widow, who lost her husband to lung cancer.

Both the plaintiff and defense have hired jury consultants to analyze the every jury's move. But what the defense also has that no one else does his Fitch and his team, who will do whatever it takes and by whatever means necessary to secure a verdict no matter how illegal or unethical, even if it takes buying off a juror, thanks to the  fund of millions secured by the Tobacco companies.

But this jury is like no other with Nicholas Easter at the helm who, unbeknownst to everyone else, has his own motives. Easter's cohort on the outside, Marlee, engages Fitch to show him how much control Easter really has over the jury. Once she has him convinced she can guarantee a defense win, he bribes her with $10 million dollars, but Fitch will soon learn not everything is what it seems.

It is hard to determine who really is the "good guy" here, which keeps the plot lively. Neither Runaway Jury nor The King of Torts are the Grisham's best (I would know; I have read A LOT of Grisham) but still very enjoyable nonetheless. I like how he always keeps the reader guessing and gives good insight into the law. I never gave much thought about the dynamics and influence of a group of jurors until this book.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Forgiving Lies by Molly McAdams

Rachel Masters is a week away from finishing her junior year of college in Texas. She just needs to get through finals. Her best friend and roommate, Candice, is supposed to be studying with her but she is goofing around and trying to convince Rachel to date her cousin Blake. Rachel used to have a huge crush on Blake growing up but now that he is back in their lives he is a bit of a player and Rachel isn't feeling it. She finally agrees to go out with him. She is surprised that she enjoyed herself. But then he starts acting weird and possessive. Rachel tries to stay away but he won't let her. Then he does something unthinkable.

Logan Kash Ryan is an undercover cop in Florida. There has been a hit put out on him and his partner, Mason. They are relocated to Texas and put to work undercover to help find the Carnation killer. On there first day there, they meet there new neighbors. Kash is instantly attracted to Rachel. They become friends but Rachel isn't ready for more. As there friendship gets deeper so do their feelings and soon Rachel and Kash are in love. But nothing is ever easy. First, Kash still hasn't told Rachel who he really is. Second, Blake comes back into the picture.

This was a really great book. I enjoyed the characters and their relationships. I couldn't put it down because I had to know how it was going to end. But of course it ended on a cliffhanger! The second book is Deceiving Lies.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Fiction 6/10/2014

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.

The Rise & Fall of Great Powers
by  Tom Rachman
A Deadly Business by Lis W. Wiehl
Stormy Persuasion by Johanna Lindsey
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Ascendancy by Eric Lustbader
All Day And A Night by Alafair Burke
Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card
Midnight In Europe by Alan Furst
Robogenesis by Daniel H. Wilson
Written In My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Coming Soon: Summer Program to Waive Fines

We're joining forces with our partner blog, The Screening Room, for some Summer Reading fun! We've adopted Charlotte's Web for the Summer Reading Program, and beginning June 16, visit us here at Reads from the Field or hop over to The Screening Room to find out how you can have up to $5 in  overdue fines removed from your account.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Find it in Everything by Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore, yes the actress, has created a book of photographs she has taken through the years. What she discovered is that she would find hearts in her pictures.

In the book, which is mainly photographs, Drew talks about her love of hearts and what they mean to her. She also has a great story about her movie E.T. and his heart.

There is one photo were you think the only heart is a piece of cat food but there is actually another heart on Drew's watchband. Then there is a photo with a dog she had fostered that has fur shaped like a heart. Another one shows a hole in a shirt that is shaped like a heart.

This book was a lot of fun. I loved finding the hearts in the photos. I also loved Drew's message of hope and love. I definitely recommend this book to lift your spirits or just for fun.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

New Fiction 6/03/2014

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.

1636: Commander Cantrell in the West Indes by Eric Flint
The Bones Beneath by Mark Billingham
Vertigo 42 by Martha Grimes
Rescue Mode by Ben Bova
Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King
Yarn Over Murder by Maggie Sefton
Shield of Winter by Nalini Singh
Property of a Lady Faire by Simon R. Green
Red As Blood by Mercedes Lackey
A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton
A Moment in Time by Tracie Peterson
Child of Mine by Beverly Lewis
The Farm by Tom Rob Smith
Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson
Summer House With Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
The Herald by Ed Greenwood
Problems With People by David Guterson
China Dolls by Lisa See
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
A Dark and Twisted Tide by S.J. Bolton
The Smoke at Dawn by Jeff Shaara