Saturday, January 30, 2016

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake

Gabriel Bond has just lost his best friend, Maddox Crawford. After the funeral at a pub with his four other friends, Gabe meets Everly Parker. They hit it off and end up in bed all weekend. But when Monday rolls around, real life intrudes.

Gabe is left in charge of Maddox's company. His first order of business is to meet the head of computer security. He is convinced that Maddox was sleeping with her. To his surprise it is Eve. Things just got a lot more complicated.

Eve is devastated by the loss of Maddox. He was her mentor and friend. And now she is getting anonymous information that Maddox was murdered. Then she finds out her new boss is the man she just spent the weekend with and he isn't happy with her. But they will have to get past this to try and figure out what really happened to Maddox.

This was a great book by the two authors. I'm excited that it is a series and will continue with Seduction in Session.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

After the premature death of her eccentric, scholarly father, Samantha Whipple is the last known descendant of the famous Brontë sisters. The rumor that she owns the previously undiscovered possessions of her ancestors follows her to school at Oxford, as she tries to solve the riddle of her inheritance.

Vulnerable and lost, Samantha finds the strength to forge ahead and uncover the truth about her dad, the Brontës, and most of all, herself.    

The characters are well-drawn and the story sufficiently mysterious to make this a compelling read. The plot of novels about historical figures can sometimes lumber along, but this is moderately paced, and the characters entertaining enough to keep things moving.

I think it helps to have a little knowledge of the Brontë sisters to enjoy this book, but I don't think you have to be a huge fan. If you appreciate contemporary fiction about historical figures, like Austenland by Shannon Hale, then this book is for you.

Due to be released on March 1, 2016

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

New Fiction 01/26/2016

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 Spring at Moss Hill by Carla Neggers
Sage's Eyes by V.C. Andrews
The Ex by Alafair Burke
Coconut Cowboy by Tim Dorsey
Where My Heart Used to Beat by Sebastian Faulks
No More Mr. Nice Guy by Carl Weber
The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin
Staked by Kevin Hearne

Saturday, January 23, 2016

As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as Told by Amy Heckerling, the Cast, and the Crew by Jen Chaney

It’s hard to believe Clueless debuted over 20 years ago (and harder still for myself to realize I was in middle school when it was showing in theaters for the first time...le sigh).  It’s a teen movie that’s lasted the test of time, a cult classic on par with such hits as The Breakfast Club, FastTimes at Ridgemont High, and Heathers.  It’s also, surprisingly enough, a fairly accurate adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma - yet another in a long list of reasons audiences find themselves returning again and again to the halls of Bronson Alcott High.

Decades later, Clueless remains a popular streaming choice for new and (not so) old fans alike.  Which begs the question - what makes makes Clueless the pop culture touchstone it is today?  That’s exactly what journalist Jen Chaney explores with As If!: The Oral History of Clueless as told by Amy Heckerling and the Cast and the Crew

Combing through interviews, articles, and recollections, Chaney paints an intricate picture of how each detail of the film was chosen - from the location, to wardrobe, to casting, to slang.  Viewpoints of the actors, the crew, and movie experts alike come together in a wonderful narrative that would be an interesting journey on its own, especially for anyone interested in how movies are made any why some films endure.  If you loved Clueless, if you love movies, or are just looking for an interesting read, As If! is definitely a wise choice.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dark Tides by Chris Ewan

The last time anyone saw Claire’s mother was on the night of Hop-Tu-Naa, Halloween on the Isle of Man. Forever marked with tragedy in the small community, Claire falls in with an edgy group of fellow teenagers who pull her into their tight-knit group and pressure her to go along with their random mischief.

Things take a dark and disturbing turn when, on the anniversary of her mother’s disappearance, a surprise “prank” goes terribly wrong.

And that’s all I am going to tell you about the plot, as so much of the pleasure of this book is in the suspense. It jumps back and forth in time, and frequently changes point of view, all designed to keep the reader off-kilter.

It works!  Fasten your seat belt.  If you open this book, you are in for a bumpy ride.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

New Fiction 01/19/2016

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.

Even Dogs in the Wild by Ian Rankin
Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell
The Man Without a Shadow by Joyce Carol Oates
The Forgotten Room by Karen White
The Winter Girl by Matt Marinovich
Presumed Puzzled by Parnell Hall
Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett
The Newsmakers by Lis W. Wiehl
Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning

Saturday, January 16, 2016

So You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson

What happens when you become the focus of the internet’s collective ire and outrage?  What happens when a status, a tweet, a post, becomes a lightning rod?  In today’s world of 24 hour media cycles and near constant social media updates, the internet has become many things.  The access point for information.  A place to make your voice heard.  And, on the darker side, an outlet for an angry mob and virtual pitchforks.

Ronson’s book explores several high profile cases of public shamings - names you may have heard of, or names that may be new.  While we witness the outcry and anger flashing across our screens, Ronson digs into the aftermath.  What happens after the internet calls for your destruction?  Exploring historical behavior and current studies, reaching out to experts, and listening to the shamed, Ronson collects information and presents the reader with the question - what happens when the internet calls for your head?

I found the premise of this book fascinating - it’s told in a voice that was both authoritative and conversational, hooking the reader immediately (or, at least, this reader).  Ronson strives to shine a light on all facets of the issue, taking the reader on an enlightening journey through a topic that splashes across our collective newsfeeds daily.  In the age of internet ubiquity, So You’ve BeenPublicly Shamed is an interesting (and dare I say, necessary) look at the power of our virtual actions.  Highly recommended to anyone who enjoys social and cultural studies - as well as anyone with an online profile living somewhere on the interwebs.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink

Based upon a popular podcast, this wonderfully bizarre tale brings the quirky city of Night Vale, California to life.

Get ready to be totally immersed in the audiobook, where the super-crisp-but-not-quite-robotic narration highlights the odd lives of the citizens of Night Vale, and where things are "normal," until they are not.

In a place where the secret police (who are not secret at all) monitor every move, but are ridiculously incompetent, and the library houses all manner of dangerous and deadly creatures (mostly librarians), two women try to solve the mystery of the Man in the Tan Jacket.

This is a fascinating and powerful listening experience. The narration adds a clinical (bordering on sinister) quality that was instrumental in my enjoyment of the unpredictability of story.  If you enjoy The Twilight Zone, then give this audiobook a try.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

New Fiction 01/12/2016

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.

Dictator by Robert Harris
The Good Goodbye by Carla Buckley
The Expatriates by Janice Y. K. Lee
The Bitter Season by Tami Hoag
The Girls She Left Behind by Sarah Graves
The Dressmaker's War by Mary Chamberlain
Even the Dead by Benjamin Black

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall

Jane needs a job for the summer. She does not want to work as an intern at her mother's college and be constantly under her mom's thumb. She finally stumbles upon a job as a baby-sitter. It ends up being the three half-sisters of her childhood friend, Teo. They stopped being friends when Teo's best friend, Ravi, starting hating Jane. She still isn't sure why.

Teo has been half-heartedly searching for his real dad. When Jane finds out what he is doing, she decides to help him without him knowing. As Jane spends the summer baby-sitting, she slowly starts to fall for Teo. And Teo starts to fall for Jane. But when Jane reveals that she has found his dad, Teo is less than grateful. He is angry. Will they be able to get past this to find love?

I really enjoyed this book. It shows teenagers trying to find their independence and first love. If you want a fun read I recommend this one.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

M Train by Patti Smith

Patti Smith writes with a poetic simplicity that belies the depth found in her storytelling, as she describes her daily routine and solitary life after the passing of her soulmate and partner in all things, Fred "Sonic" Smith.

From her nomadic travels, to the time spent in her favorite coffee shop, she ruminates on roads taken and sustains herself on inspiration where she can find it.

She is a creative force to be reckoned with. This is a book to be read slowly and savored.

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

New Fiction 01/05/2016

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.

My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout
Forty Thieves by Thomas Perry
The First Order by Jeff Abbott
Best Friends Forever by Kimberla Lawson Roby
After the Crash by Michel Bussi
The Past by Tessa Hadley
Doom of the Dragon by Margaret Weis
The Guest Room by Christopher A. Bohjalian
The Children's Home by Charles Lambert
1635:  A Parcel of Rogues by Eric Flint
Scandalous Behavior by Stuart Woods
Blackout by David Rosenfelt
The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

Saturday, January 2, 2016

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

Harper Connelly is trying to get over being scared of everything. She had a horrific past relationship and is hiding out in Miami under an assumed name. Instead of teaching English, like she is meant to do, she is working in a coffee shop. Only her best friend Drea knows about her past but even she doesn't know the whole story.

Trent Andrews owns the Second Circle tattoo shop. He is living his dream and thinks he is happy in his life. Until he meets Harper. He is intrigued and attracted to this timid but surprisingly strong woman.

Harper lets her guard down with Trent and starts to live again. But her ex-boyfriend makes parole and has discovered where Harper is. Harper starts receiving threatening texts and feels like she is being followed. Will Harper get her happy ending or will her ex destroy her?

I really liked this book. When Harper talked about what happened to her it was hard to read but it helped you understand why she was the way she was and all she has overcome. I also really liked Trent! The next book is The Fractured Heart and is Drea's story. Both books are in eBook format and are on our PinDigital site.