Thursday, July 30, 2015

Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

India "Indy" Savage does not like being shot at. Especially since she has no idea why. It might have something to do with her barista, Rosie. Now Rosie is missing and Indy is playing detective to figure out what the heck is going on.

Enter Liam "Lee" Nightingale. Indy has been in love with him since she was 5 years old. But he acts like she is a little sister. Lee runs a security company and makes it his mission to protect Indy. But what Indy doesn't know is that Lee wants her too. And he will not only protect her from the bad guys but from herself.

Rock Chick is full of unforgettable characters and witty dialogue. I would love to work at the bookstore and be part of Indy's group of friends. This humor filled book reminds of earlier Stephanie Plum books but hotter! Start with Rock Chick then don't stop until the last book!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

New Fiction 7/28/2015

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.

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain
The Forgotten by Heather Graham
The Color of Light by Emilie Richards
Wishes For Christmas by Fern Michaels
Perfect Touch by Elizabeth Lowell
Wired by Julie Garwood
The Dying Grass by William T. Vollmann
The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward
Silent Creed by Alex Kava
Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay
Half a War by Jow Abercrombie
If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison
Badlands by C.J. Box

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

For fifteen year old Aristotle Mendoza, the summer is likely to be more of the same: he’s alone, he’s bored, and not really bothered by either fact. He prefers to be alone. Until he meets Dante Quintana.

The two make an unlikely pair from the start. Dante is open, friendly, and a bit of a know it all.  Ari is quiet, thoughtful, and sometimes angry in a way he can’t quite name. Dante offers to teach Ari to swim.  Soon they find themselves spending the summer together, sharing books, sketches, and stories, talking about their lives in a way that is both comfortable and perplexing - for Ari anyway. Really, Ari doesn’t want to make friends.  But life has other plans for Aristotle and Dante.

This is the kind of book that pulls you in right from the start - do not be surprised to find yourself having finished it in one sitting, then picking it up eagerly five minutes later to start reading it all over again. The text is spare and direct, but moving in a way that is quiet and rare.

Saenz creates characters that are deep and real - their struggles with adolescence, sexuality, and identity; the need to question everything about the world around them; and the deep seated desire to discover where they fit in that world. At times funny, uplifting, thought-provoking, and devastating, this is a YA book with definite crossover appeal for adults. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a beautifully told story about friendship, family, and love.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson

Part of WITSEC and living under an ALIAS, psychologist Mia Richards is working with investigator Vargas to counsel recently released prison inmate Cole “Shank” Shepherd, his informant and a member of the Dirty Eleven Motorcycle Club.

Mia has an ulterior motive to seduce Cole and use him to exact vengeance on the biker who killed her husband and left her for dead during a home robbery. But Cole isn’t just some thug she can exploit, and her physical attraction to him makes her plight so much more complicated. Cole makes her feel alive, and even though he knows he is out of her league, Cole wants to claim Mia as his.

Unwilling to rat out his Uncle Bill, Dirty Eleven’s leader, Vargas’ threatens Mia that he will send Cole back to prison where he will be killed by a rival MC if she can’t get him to comply, which comprises their love and his life.

Despite the end of the TV series Sons of Anarchy, the popularity of motorcycle clubs and bikers in romance is on the rise, as seen in Sarah Castille’s Sinner’s Motorcycle Club and Julie Ann Walker’s Black Knights, Inc. series. Sorenson (Wild) has done her homework here, capturing the culture of this group of outlaws while providing electrifying steaminess, which will leave readers breathless and hungerly awaiting Bk. 2, Shooting Dirty.

Originally published in Xpress Reviews: E-Originals | August 21, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

New Fiction 7/21/2015

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.

The Tournament by Matthew Reilly
The Other Son by Alexander Soderberg
The Redeemers by Ace Atkins
Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
Here Comes the Bribe by Mary Daheim
Who Let the Dog Out by David Rosenfelt
The Novel Habits of Happiness by Alexander McCall Smith

Saturday, July 18, 2015

The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine

Uptempo and wonderfully enthralling, The Girls at the Kingfisher Club reimagines the fairy tale of the Twelve Dancing Princesses in 1920’s New York City - the girls escaping their isolated lives and contemptuous father each night amid the raucous backdrop of Manhattan’s jazz scene.

For eldest sister Jo (or “The General” as she is somewhat affectionately known to her sisters), teaching the girls to dance is a means of saving their sanity, the speakeasies they visit each night  a lifeline to a world outside. So long as they follow the rules.  Don’t give out your name. Flirt all you like, but don’t get romantically involved. Know when to run. And know who’s in charge. 

For Jo, life is routine - sipping bootleg gin and keep a watchful eye on the dancing “princesses”.  Until a man from her past resurfaces, throwing her world off balance at the same time her father declares it’s time for the girls to be married off - whether they like it or not.

Valentine’s world of dancehalls and jazz comes alive on the page - I have to say, for a retelling, this story is thoroughly unique.  It’s the kind of story that draws you from the beginning, weaving you into a different time and place, which becomes harder and harder to leave. Highly recommended for fans of the Jazz Age, historical fiction in general, or anyone looking for a story that will transport you.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Liar by Nora Roberts

Shelby Foxworth is a widow at 24. Her husband, Richard, was lost at sea. But Shelby soon finds out Richard isn't the man she thought. He left her with millions of debt and she finds a secret deposit box with multiply passports in different names. Shelby decides it is time to go back home to Tennessee where her family will welcome her back. With her three year old daughter Callie, Shelby is determined to make a great life for them.

Griffin Lott is a transplant from Baltimore and couldn't be happier living in Rendezvous Ridge, Tennessee. Or so he thought until he meets Shelby. He is instantly in lust with Shelby and in love with Callie. He knows he'll have to take it slow. But then Shelby starts being harassed by Richard's past and Griff will do anything to protect her. Shelby wants to prove that she can stand on her own. But when people start dying, Shelby realizes maybe it is ok to lean on Griff and her family.

Another great one by Nora Roberts! I don't know how she continues to write such great stories. If you are a fan of Nora Roberts, be sure to check out her In Death series written as J.D. Robb.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

New Fiction 7/14/2015

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.

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
Scents and Sensibility by Spencer Quinn
Dance of the Bones by Judith A. Jance
The Hunters by Tom Young
Naked Greed by Stuart Woods
Bombs Away by Harry Turtledove
Cold Frame by Peter T. Deutermann
Deadly Election by Lindsey Davis
The Naked Eye by Iris Johansen
After the Storm by Linda Castillo

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Letters to the Lost by Iona Grey

Jess Moran is running for her life - or, rather, from her life - when she takes refuge in an abandoned cottage on a dark street in London.  The next morning, frightened and unsure what to do next, she is distracted by a letter written on beautiful stationery, seeking someone from the past.

Before she knows it, Jess is thrust into a romance out of time.  When Stella and Dan meet, fate seems to be against them.  She is married to an indifferent husband.  He is a B-17 bomber pilot who lives with the constant fear that his next mission may well be his last.  All the while, WWII rages around them.  As Jess begins to scour their letters, immersing herself deeper and deeper into their ill fated love affair, her path becomes clear: she must do everything in her power to help Dan find Stella, before it’s too late.  And maybe, in the process, she can find herself.

As this story slips seamlessly between narrators and time periods, Grey’s beautifully written prose draws you in from the start.  WWII era and modern day London come alive for the reader, while her characters create a story that is both hopeful and heartbreaking - a true achievement for a debut author.

This is not simply a book for historical fiction fans - anyone looking for an engaging, emotional read is bound to enjoy this book.  Perfect for a relaxing weekend or a vacation trip, when you can let this story consume your attention for a few days.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Martian by Andy Weir

Mark Watney is stranded on Mars. He is part of an expedition when a dust storm happens six days into the mission. His crew is able to get off of the planet but Mark is left behind presumed dead. Now Mark has to figure out how to survive. The next expedition isn't for four years, so he needs to make the supplies last and find a way to communicate with Houston.

Through a satellite, Houston discovers Watney is still alive. They are working around the clock to find a way to help him survive. Soon they are communicating but of course nothing lasts. Watney is on his own again but has a plan. Will he make it off of Mars?

I love this book. My coworker told me about it a couple of years ago but I never listen to her! That was my mistake. After I watched the trailer for the movie coming out in October, I had to read it. Best decision I've made about a book!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

New Fiction 7/7/2015

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.

The Annihilation Score by Charles Stross
Code of Conduct by Brad Thor
1636:  The Cardinal Virtues by Eric Flint
Twice In A Lifetime by Dorothy Garlock
Someone Always Knows by Marcia Muller
The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes
The Insider Threat by Brad Taylor
Nemesis by Catherine Coulter
A Necessary End by Holly Brown
Dexter Is Dead by Jeffry P. Lindsay
Down Among the Dead by Peter Lovesey
Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
House Rivals by Mike Lawson
Green Hell by Ken Bruen
Looking Through Darkness by Aimee Thurlo
Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
One Way Or Another by Elizabeth Adler
A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave

Driving toward Sonoma County in her unhemmed, unfinished wedding dress, Georgia Ford has only one goal in mind: home.  Because for Georgia, her perfect life and perfect fiance now seem to be anything but. And in a moment, the only logical decision is to return to the comfort of family.

But her place of solace turns out to be a misnomer of monumental proportions.  Because her parents have separated without telling her.  Her brothers are avoiding each other. And, worst yet, her father has decided to sell his beloved vineyard to a rival company.  Suddenly, it’s not just the future of her wedding that’s uncertain. 

Told with an intoxicating blend of wit, emotion, and heart, Eight Hundred Grapes will transport you.  Scenic descriptions of Sebastopol open up for the reader - you can practically smell the soil and feel the sun on your face. But as beautiful as the setting is, it’s the interplay of characters that will draw you in most.  Family dynamics play at the forefront of this book, at times endlessly frustrating and thoroughly relatable.

Characters are interesting and flawed in the best way. This is the perfect book for summer (or really any season), with a glass of wine by your side (naturally) and several uninterrupted hours of reading ahead of you.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date by Katie Heaney

Through a series of essays written during grad school, Katie Heaney details her romantic conquests (or lack thereof) over the years.

Starting with her first crush in kindergarten all the way through her online dating adventure at 25, we are with Katie as she swoons over boys, and then men, that she never even has a single conversation with.

Katie’s misadventures in the land of love were very entertaining to read, and this could have easily turned into a list of complaints about leading her solitary life.

Instead she embraces her singledom and acknowledges that for the most part it has been her choice to remain relationship free as she is not willing to negotiate on her standards and beliefs.