Tuesday, March 31, 2015

New Fiction 3/31/2015

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=9780062349378    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780525954934    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780451417077    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780758276575

The Dead Play On by Heather Graham
The Harder They Come by T. Coraghessan Boyle
Girl Underwater by Claire Kells
The Shadows by J. R. Ward
Killer Gourmet by G.A. McKevett

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hush by Karen Robards

Riley Cowan has been thrown for a loop. She has just discovered her ex-husband's body. After the initial shock of the discovery, Riley takes his cell phone. Once she gets away she calls the police anonymously. The ruling is suicide but Riley knows that isn't true. There is no way Jeff would kill himself. She tries to find answers on Jeff's phone but is attacked before she can get any.

Finn Bradley is working with the FBI investigating the Cowan family to find missing money. The head of the family is in jail after stealing millions from investors but no one knows where the money is. Finn was at the site where Jeff's body was and saw Riley steal the phone. He stakes her out, which is a good thing. He is able to save her from her attacker.

Finn has basically becomes her shadow and is sure Riley is hiding something. Riley is attracted to this mysterious man but she is hiding a pretty big secret. Can she trust him or will that be her biggest mistake?

I am a huge fan of Karen Robards and this one did not disappoint! I enjoyed the characters and the story. And I wasn't able to figure out who was behind it all until the very end when I read who the bad guy was!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New Fiction 3/24/2015

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=9780316198820    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780316323932    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780553390636    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780553391350

The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons
Inspector of the Dead by David Morrell
Someone Is Watching by Joy Fielding
The Angel Court Affair by Anne Perry
Kill Me, Darling by Mickey Spillane
The Stranger by Harlan Coben
The Love Letters by Beverly Lewis
The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos
The Cavendon Women by Barbara Taylor Bradford

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Running Interference by Elley Arden

Cleveland Women’s Professional Football League player Tanya Martin hasn’t spoke with Cam Simmons, now a Super Bowl MVP, in five years. They were always close friends, but he seems to have forgotten about her when he left his past behind.

Now that it is the off-season, he is back in town to convince his hardworking mother to move to Boston where he plays. After overhearing that Tanya’s father will lose the gym that is a South City neighborhood institution if he doesn’t come up with thirty grand to stop a foreclosure, Cam offers the cash, but Tanya refuses, not wanting to have any strings tied to Cam. In fact, the only thing she wants from Cam is a physical relationship. He agrees to her terms even though spending these few weeks with her has him wanting more.

When a bachelor auction showcasing Cam as the top prize proves to be the Hail Mary play they need to raise the funds, Tanya’s feelings are put to the test, especially when a beautiful news anchor is determined to place the winning bid.

Readers need not like sports to appreciate the strong female lead Arden (Kemmons Brothers Baseball series) has created in Tanya, and adding to the entertainment is the the sweat-inducing physicality that occurs both on the field and off.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Forged in the harsh underground mines of Mars, Darrow is a Red - part of a society of pioneers that endure brutal, desolate conditions to collect the Helium-3 that will one day make Mars habitable for those desperate to escape a dying Earth.  Food is scarce, laws are brutal, and life is tenuous.  But Darrow is a Helldiver - smart, headstrong, and unafraid - knowing that their sacrifice will one day create a new world.

Or so he thinks.  Until his wife Eo is killed for rebelling, and Darrow is saved from death by a group of rebels called the Sons of Ares, who reveal a brutal truth: Mars has been inhabited for generations by a ruling class calling themselves the Golds.  And the Reds are nothing more than slaves.

Heartbroken but furious, Darrow agrees to disguise himself as a Gold, undergoing surgeries and grueling training to join their superhuman ranks.  Soon he infiltrates the Institute, the elite Gold academy that will give him the opportunity to take down their society from the inside.  But first he must survive it.

For someone that doesn’t necessarily read science fiction, I devoured this book in a matter of days.  I’ve heard it compared to books like TheHunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones (and once to Lord of the Flies, which I found particularly interesting).  The world Brown creates is richly detailed and complex, weaving elements of ancient Rome with futuristic space colonies in a fascinating way.  Don’t think this book’s appeal is limited simply to genre or dystopian fiction fans - I recommend it to anyone looking for an engrossing, action packed read.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

New Fiction 3/17/2015

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=9780062356406    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399165535    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399172144    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476778068

The Witch of Painted Sorrows by M.J. Rose
Mademoiselle Chanel by Christopher Gortner
The Stolen Ones by Owen Laukkanen
Host by Robin Cook
A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear
The Pocket Wife by Susan Crawford

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Unleashed by Rachel Lacey

Cara Medlen has avoided her good looking neighbor for almost a year. And a good thing because when they meet for the first time he accuses her of abusing her foster dogs.  Of course it is a big misunderstanding but Cara is determined to stay away. But he isn't making it easy. And it doesn't help she needs his advice on how to rescue some abused dogs.

Matt Dumont is leaving North Carolina to move back home to Boston and start up a PI business with his brother. He just needs to wrap up his last case and he is off. What he doesn't need is to have feelings for the woman next door. Talk about bad timing. And then Cara asks for his help. One thing leads to another and soon Matt and Cara aren't so sure about the futures they had planned.

This was a sweet contemporary romance. I really enjoyed it. I liked the dogs! This is one to read. The next book focuses on Cara's friend Merry, For Keeps.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Her by Harriet Lane

The protagonist in Lane's psychological thriller, Nina Bremner, keeps everyone in the dark, including the reader, which makes for a totally compelling plot that keeps you hooked.

Nina, an artist, lives in the same English neighborhood as Emma, a frazzled mother of two, and spots her for the first time at the market. Hoping not to be seen, she scoots out without being detected. Later, she calls Emma to inform her that she found her wallet on the ground in the store and offers to drop it by. In the subsequent chapter you learn that Nina actually took the wallet out of Emma's purse when her back was turned.

The two form a friendship, one that seems perfectly natural to Emma, but Nina's motives are anything but altruistic. Nina keeps up a charade of acting like a helpful friend, but commits actions, many cringe-worthy, to intentionally torture Emma. The actions continue to escalate and become darker, but to what end?

This is what really makes the pages fly by, as you want to know why Nina does what she does. The chapters alternate between the voices of Nina and Emma, so the reader is privy to what Emma thinks is happening and what Nina is actually doing. You know early on that Emma and Nina have a past connection, but nothing more is revealed, and the ending may leave readers unsatisfied. I don't know if I have ever read another book that ended more abruptly. Perhaps Lane is planning a sequel?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Fiction 3/10/2015

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.

Life or Death by Michael Robotham
Cold Betrayal by Judith A. Jance
The Valley by John Renehan
Endangered by C.J. Box
The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa
All the Old Knives by Olen Steinhauer
World Gone By by Dennis Lehane

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler’s first book is full of as wide a variety of stories as you’d expect from an episode of Saturday Night Live.  And just as funny to boot.  Each essay (or list, or poem) is different and wonderful, full of laughs, or emotions, or advice, or something else entirely.

In a (generally) linear timeline of her life, Poehler describes her journey as a comedian: studying improv Chicago, moving to New York and becoming part of the Upright Citizens Brigade, joining the cast of Saturday Night Live, and eventually going on to star in the hugely popular Parks and Recreation.  She also gives the reader glimpses of her life beyond stardom - family, friends, relationships, and more.

Part of the fun of Yes Please is its variety - sometimes like a diary entry, sometimes like reminiscing about a fond memory, and sometimes like a matter of fact pep talk from a friend with only your best interests at heart.  Poehler’s writing is conversational and warm, and - as you’d imagine - full of impeccably timed jokes and comedic observations.  Highly recommended to those who love comedy, particularly if you loved books like Bossypants by Tina Fey,  Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (AndOther Concerns) by Mindy Kaling, and Girl Walks Into a Bar by Rachel Dratch.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mean Streak by Sandra Brown

Dr. Emory Charbonneau is out training for a marathon, She has gone to North Carolina to train on a mountain road. Having gotten into a fight with her husband, Jeff,  the day before, Emory is ready to clear her mind and run. One minute she is running and the next she is waking up in a strange cabin. Inside the cabin is a strange man. He appears to want to help but Emory is leery. There isn't much she can do about her situation since she has a concussion.

Soon a storm comes and there is no way to leave the cabin. She starts to see the stranger in a new light but still cannot trust him. And when she finally makes it back to civilization, her problems are just starting. Because someone is trying to kill her.

Another fantastic romantic suspense book by Sandra Brown. This one kept you guessing until the end. Cannot wait for her next one!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Fiction 3/3/2015

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=9780446557900    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781476780283    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9781595549051    http://pinnacle.polarislibrary.com/polaris/view.aspx?isbn=9780399158148
Killing Monica by Candace Bushnell
Into the Maelstrom by David Drake
Chasing Sunsets by Karen Kingsbury
Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl
Cuba Straits by Randy Wayne White
Too Bad to Die by Francine Mathews
Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chaiverini
The Assassin by Clive Cussler
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs
Epitaph by Mary Doria Russell
Who Buries the Dead by C.S. Harris
The Edge of Dreams by Rhys Bowen
Murder on the Champ de Mars by Cara Black
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro