Tuesday, December 30, 2014

New Fiction 12/30/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525953999    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250047335    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345543851    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399171130

The Silence that Speaks by Andrea Kane
Robert Parker's The Bridge by Robert Knott
No Fortunate Son by Brad Taylor
Saving Grace by Jane Green
Die Again by Tess Gerritsen
Rain On the Dead by Jack Higgins
Deadly Assets by W.E.B. Griffin

Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Green Rider by Kristen Britain

Karigan G'ladheon life changes the day she bested a wealthy aristocrat classmate. Knowing that she would be expelled for such an action, Karigan decides to run away, an action that put her on a new path.

On her way home she finds a Green Rider, one of the legendary messengers of the king with two black arrows protruding from his back. As he lay dying, the rider makes Karigan promise to fulfill his mission of getting the letter he holds to the king.

But everything is not it seems on her journey. Karigan will face forces that she had never dreamed existed and some she had thought to be a myth. She does not travel on this journey alone, as she has her traveling companion, a horse called horse, and The Green Rider F'ryan Coblebay, the green rider who died. The ever-present arrows protruding from his back are a reminder of what is at stake. She meets many different people on her journey, some friends and some foes.

I don’t want go into too much detail as I do not want to spoil anything. This is the first book in the Green Rider series by Kristen Britain. The author is detailed in making the world that Karigan lives in. I would recommend reading the rest of the Green Rider book series.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Gift to Remember by Melissa Hill

Darcy Archer loves books. So much in fact she works at a bookstore in New York. Her love of books might be why she is still single. She believes in true love and the fairy tale. On the way to work one morning, she literally runs into a man. Unfortunately, she knocks him out. When the ambulance arrives she realizes he was walking a dog. Feeling responsible, Darcy takes the dog. Not sure what to do, Darcy leaves her contact information at the hospital so his family can claim the dog. But by the next day Darcy hasn't heard from anyone.

When Darcy is finally contacted it is by the doctor. It turns out the mystery man has amnesia. Darcy comes to the hospital and is soon pulled into the mystery of Aiden Harris. She goes to his house and starts to piece together his life. But not is all it seems. Will Darcy find true love?

I really enjoyed this book. It reminded me of the movie While You Were Sleeping. It's a great story for a little winter reading!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Glitter and Glue by Kelly Corrigan

In Glitter and Glue, Kelly Corrigan shares her personal experiences after college when she traveled with her best friend to Australia, which doubles as nice break from her know-it-all mother. Kelly has grand notions that she is going to explore the world, but of course, things never go as planned.

Soon the money runs short, and she is forced to find employment if she intends to continue traveling. Kelly secures the job of a nanny for John, a widower who works for an airlines and often travels and who has two young children that need tending to. What is meant as a short stint to collect a paycheck becomes much more.

Kelly learns what it takes to be a mother, or the glue, to a family who is without one. There is also a budding romance between Kelly and John's stepson who sometimes lives in room above the garage. Now an adult with her own kids, Kelly, who has been diagnosed with cancer, reflects on her summer nannying and comes to have a stronger appreciation for her own mother.

In this breezy and heartfelt memoir, Kelly Corrigan (LiftThe Middle Place) drives home that in her family, her dad was always the glitter, or the person who could make you laugh and was easy to get along with. Her mom, however, was the glue, and even though their relationship could be rocky, it was her mom that held everything together. This book will have readers questioning who the glitter and glue are in their own families.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Snowblind by Christopher Golden

Twelve years ago, the small town of Coventry in New England was hit by a blizzard that no one can forget. Still haunted by the memories of that terrible storm, the town prepares for yet another one.

As ghosts from the past come out of the storm to warn them, the community must come to grips with the fact that the coming storm will be even deadlier than the last one - unless they can work together to stop it.

I loved this book! It's fast paced, just the right amount of scary, and definitely a page turner. The characters are easy to connect with, and that combined with great storytelling make this a book that's really hard to put down.

The structure and tone are very reminiscent of Stephen King, so if you like his books, you'll love this one! Mr. Golden, I'll be keeping my eye on you!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

The Cinderella Murder by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke

Susan Dempsey was in college when she was murdered. Now twenty years later, she has become the focus of the new TV show, Under Suspicion. Laurie Moran created this show and the pilot episode was a huge success. It has been a year since the first and only episode and Laurie really wants to tell Susan's story. Now finally getting the cooperation of Susan's mom, roommates, boyfriend and a famous director, filming has been green-lighted.

Laurie and the crew travel to California. Along for the ride is Laurie's son, Timmy, and her dad, retired cop Leo. Leo wanted to come to keep an eye on things.  A woman indirectly connected to the project was murder and Leo is suspicion. As they start the interviewing, it soon becomes clear that this case might be harder to solve then they thought. Everyone is a suspect and then one of the producers is attacked. Will they make it through this episode and catch a killer or will this be the end of the show?

This is the start of a new series by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke. We first met the characters in Mary Higgins Clark's I've Got You Under My Skin. This was a good start and a good mystery. Can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Delicious! by Ruth Reichl

Running away from a family tragedy, Billie Breslin has dropped out of college to pursue a food writing career in New York City, where she lands a job as an assistant Delicious! This century-old Pickwick Publication magazine runs it's office out of a federal mansion.

During her first year she becomes close with the staff, including Sammy, the eccentric travel editor, the cooks and even a smoothie eating canine. But one of the most important relationships she forms is with Sal Fontanari, the owner of a family run Italian cheese shop where she takes on a second job.

When Pickwick unexpectedly shuts down the magazine, Billie is asked to stay on to maintain the magazine's promise of "The Guarantee," where readers can get a refund for any recipe that isn't spectacular. It is a message from one of the readers that leads Billie to dig up a recipe in the second floor library, which has been locked up for years. In the library Billie discovers a letter from a precocious 12-year old girl to the renowned chef James Beard during WWII rationing and is sent on a search for information on the young girl, Lulu, that has been hidden for decades.

This is the type of story that pulls you in early on and keeps you entertained until the end and is peppered with quirky and endearing characters. Just be warned that the detailed and delightful food descriptions will make you hungry. This is escapist fiction at its best.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New Fiction 12/9/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781439199350    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780345545879    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780765337351    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781250047069

The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant
Saint Odd by Dean R. Koontz
The Iris Fan by Laura Joh Rowland
Perfect Sins by Jo Bannister
You Know Who Killed Me by Loren Estleman

Saturday, December 6, 2014

No Limits by Lori Foster

Cannon Coulter has made a name for himself in the mixed martial arts world. After his last fight, Cannon has returned home to Ohio to get some rest and deal with the death of a man from his past. Upon returning, Cannon is told that he has inherited half of the man's business and his house. The other half goes to his granddaughter, Yvette Sweeny. Three years ago Cannon walked away from Yvette because he thought she was to young. He doesn't think that anymore.

After a traumatic incident three years ago, Yvette moved away to California. Now she finds herself back in Ohio and having to dealing with her past. And Cannon. She had such a crush on him and finds herself still crushing on him.

Now they are both living in the house they inherited and they can't resist each other. But then someone starts vandalising the property at the house and the business. Is it someone from their past or is there a new threat to Cannon and Yvette?

Another great start to a new series from Lori Foster! Cannon and Yvette are first mentioned in Dash of Peril from the Love Undercover series. I recommend them all! Start with When You Dare and don't look back!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Whatever It Takes by JM Stewart

A house fire leaves Washington dojo owner Becca Morgan and daughter Allie at the mercy of her ex-husband, Jackson Kade, for a place to stay until she can get back on her feet. Always putting his work first before his wife and daughter, Jackson wasn’t the man she thought she married so Becca had no choice but to leave him a little over a year ago, and he had willingly signed the divorce papers without protest.

Although never able to say the words, Jackson has not stopped loving her and now that she is back in their house, he will do whatever it takes to convince her to stay. Unfortunately, he was brought up by distant parents that never showed affection, and this is all he knows.

But Becca will need Jackson to prove to her that he can open up, that he can give her those three little words, and that he will put his family first. Jackson is up to the task if it means making his family whole once again.

The enjoyment of Stewart’s (Risking It All) story about second chances lies in the sensuality of her characters’ desires, but clunky writing weakens the execution. The lengthy descriptions in the middle of conversations forces readers to go back and read what the original question was, creating too much distraction for this to be recommended. This is Bk. 2 in the Morgan Family Romance series.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | First Look at New Books, January 16, 2015

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Fiction 12/2/2014

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.

http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476736914    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476766584    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780802123091http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=978161695408

Collision by Mercedes Lackey
Hush by Karen Robards
Enter Pale Death by Barbara Cleverly
The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid
Scorched Eggs by Laura Childs
Once Upon a Grind by Cleo Coyle
Woman With a Gun by Phillip Margolin
The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen
The Big Finish by James W. Hall