Dorothy Must Die

Danielle Paige’s book Dorothy Must Die is a dark and twisted  adaptation of the Wizard of Oz story.  Amy hasn’t had the easiest life in Kansas.  She lives with her indifferent addict of a mother in the trailer park and is often bullied at school.  However she is making plans to leave her small town for bigger and better thins, she just didn’t realize it would come so soon rather than later.  Sucked up into a huge tornado Amy finds herself dumped into the land of OZ – yep it really does exist.  This is the not the fun, bright and whimsical Oz that Dorothy found herself in.  This is the magic being brutally mined from the ground, flying monkey’s being tortured, munchkins forced into indenture servitude Oz and Amy learns that Dorothy must die.

I really liked this story.  I am going to begin by saying, I am not a Wizard of Oz fan –  at all. However I was so intrigued by the name and premise that I had to read this book.   Paige’s interpretations of all our beloved favorites like the cowardly lion, scarecrow and tinman were terrifying and imaginative.  I could feel the tinman’s sharp knives and I could feel the lions teeth.  I found myself mesmerized by Paige’s descriptions.  There were moments of  intense creepiness, but they were so well done that I had to keep reading.  I also liked Amy.  She is witty, sarcastic and has a little spunk about her.   A reluctant hero she might be, but once she decides to commit to the cause she does it with her whole being – regardless of the cost to herself.  If you are looking for a new read that is dark and edgy that also has great characters this is the book to read.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Spell Booked by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell (the latest Haunted Home Renovation Mystery)

Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs (the latest Cackleberry Club Mystery)

Checkmate by Steven James (book #8 in the Bowers Files)

Cell by Robin Cook

Darkness Falls by Keri Arthur

The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

 

 

The Skeleton Takes a Bow

Looking for a fun new cozy mystery series?  Then be sure to read Leigh Perry’s The Skeleton Takes a Bow.  Sid, the family talking skeleton, is finally getting his big moment in the spotlight and is starring in a local high schools production of Hamlet. Okay, so he is really just a prop in the play and it’s only his skull, but it’s a start.  Everything is going great, until he is left overnight at the high school and overhears a murder taking place.  The next day no one discovers a body.  So he and his human friend Georgia decide to do some investigating.

Perry has such a knack with the wit in her dialogue.  I find myself chuckling along with the characters.  The bone puns are just one of the things I enjoy about this series. The characters are great and I am excited to see how they continue to develop.  Everyone has a background that has been hinted at and I find myself craving to know more.  Yes this is a cozy mystery, but it still has darkness and depth to the plot.  Perry keeps her subject matter light with the aid of a talking skeleton, but some of the story is grittier.   The combination of humor and suspense really keeps you hooked from beginning to end.  This is a great series with lots of red herrings and crazy things happening.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hope to Die by James Patterson (The latest novel featuring Alex Cross) (Hardback)

Without Warning by David Rosenfelt (Mass Paperback)

Sharp Object by Gillian Flynn (Mass Paperback)

Innocence by Dean Koontz (Mass Paperback)

Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Mass Paperback)

Wicked Ways by Lisa Jackson and Nancy Bush

You Were Mine by Abbi Glines (A Rosemary Beach novel) (Trade Paperback)

Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane (Mass Paperback)

Damnation by Jean Johnson (book 5 in Theirs Not to Reason Why) (Mass Paperback)

Captive by Amiee Carter (Book 2 Blackcoat Rebellion) (Hardback)

 

The Dark Before Dawn

The Dark Before Dawn by Laurie Stevens is the first book in a gripping new mystery series.  This compelling psychological thriller kept me turning the pages from start to finish. Gabriel McRay is a homicide cop on the way out.  His personal problems have interfered with his job to the point that he has been told to resign. That changes when bodies start turning up with notes addressed to him.  As the case progresses, Gabriel realizes that the killer’s identity is hidden in memories that he buried due to childhood trauma, but now he must face them.

This story was great and and kept you guessing until the end.  Stevens did an amazing job creating complex characters.   It seemed people had their own issues to work through, along with solving the murders, making the entire story more realistic and believable. Steven’s also did an incredible job with her psychological profiling.  I was so intrigued by this aspect of the story. We recently had Laurie Steven’s in the store for a book signing and we have signed copies available for you to start a new mystery series.

November Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of November:

1.  The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney

2.  Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman

3.  100 Things Arizona Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die by Steve Rivera

4.  Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

5.  The Boys in the Boat by James Daniel Brown

6.  Insurgent by Veronica Roth

7.  Doctor Who:  11 Stories, 11 Doctors by Eoin Colfer and others

8.  Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

9.  Hansel & Gretel by Neil Gaiman

10.  Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky