New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

UNFORGIVEN by Kate Lauren (the latest in the Fallen series) (Hardback)

SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead (Hardback)

DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hardback)

BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick (Paperback)

TRIPLE MOON by Melissa de la Cruz (Hardback)

THE LOST by James Patterson (Paperback)

THE PROMISE by Robert Crais (the latest Elvis Cole novel)

DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH by Debbie Reynolds

THE WILD SWAN: AND OTHER TALES by Michael Cunningham

AT THE WATER’S EDGE by Sara Gruen (Paperback)

RUFFLECLAW by Cornelia Funke



Let the Dead Sleep

After reading FaceOff, I knew there were several new authors I wanted to read. My fist pick was Heather Graham’s Let the Dead Sleep. Her character that was featured in FaceOff was so intriguing that I wanted to know more about her, and let me say wow, it was excellent. The book takes place in New Orleans and is a mystery with a bit of a paranormal kick. Danni is the owner of an antique shop and for the most part nothing too exciting happens. However everything changes when a mysterious statue is brought to her store. Before she can even decide to buy it, the original owner is found dead and the statue is missing. Danni discovers that she is not the only one looking for the statue. A PI has been trying to track it down and destroy it and the long evil history that goes with it.  Joining forces, the two begin the harrowing search.

As I said before, this is a great book with not only suspense but quite a bit of creepiness too. In fact there were a few times that I had to set the book down because it was just too late at night to be reading a scary novel. Graham does a great job creating all of her characters. Their interactions are engaging and genuine and it is easy to start rooting for them. I also enjoyed the southern setting. Graham did a great job of incorporating the spooky elements of New Orleans into her tale along with a side of southern charm. If you enjoy your mysteries on the scarier side, then this is the perfect series to start.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire (autographed copies available at the store) (Hardback)

CHRISTMAS BELLS by Jennifer Chiaverini (Hardback)

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George (Hardback)

Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell (Hardback)

Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson (Paperback)

Slade House by David Mitchell (Hardback)

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn (Paperback)

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (Paperback)

The Toltec Art of Life and Death: A Story of Discovery by Don Miguel Ruiz (autographed copies available at the store) (Hardback)



Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Hardback)



Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision by Simon Winchester (Hardback)




These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Hardback)

Persuasion by Martina Boone (Heirs of Watson Island) (Hardback)

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Paperback)

Harry Potter:  The Character Vault by Jody Revenson (Hardback)

I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems (Hardback)








Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke is an engrossing spooky read. If you are craving something that will have your skin crawling before Halloween, then this is the perfect read. The book is a compilation of short stories from some amazing YA authors, such as Marie Lu, Danielle Paige, Carry Ryan, Jonathan Maberry, Leigh Bardugo just to name a few. Each author used a previously published story, movie, or song for inspiration and then re-imagines the tale. At the end they tell you what the inspiration was. Some tales were filled with bloody and disturbing details, but others were more psychological horror that really let your imagination go crazy. After I finished a story, I was excited to go on and see what new sinister creature was lurking around the next page.

The writing throughout is fantastic. Each author created complex characters in a short amount of time as well as really capturing the dark atmosphere. There were definitely times where my hair stood on edge. I really love how creepy this book is and that it is geared for YA readers. It just goes to show that some of the most haunting tales can exist without all of the graphic details.

My favorite short stories were In the “Forest Dark and Deep” by Carrie Ryan and “Hide-and-Seek” by Megan Shepard.


New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith (the latest featuring Cormoran Strikes)

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

The Hours Count by Jillian Cantor

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World by Andy Bull

The Explorer’s Guild: Volume One: A Passage to Shambhala by Jon Baird and Kevin Costner

Pioneer Woman Cooks: Dinnertime by Ree Drummond (autographed copies available at the store)

Tails from the Booth by Lynn Terry

Tiny Hats on Cats: Because Every Cat Deserves to Feel Fancy by Adam Ellis

Atlantia by Ally Condie

The Distance From Me to You by Marina Gessner

Tales From a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renee Russell (the latest in the Dork Diaries series)

Robo-Sauce by Adam Rubin



Here are a few new releases for the week:

All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani (autographed copies available at the store)

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickman

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford

An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor (the latest in the Irish Country Books)

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas by James Bowen

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (autographed copies available at the store)

The King’s Justice by Stephen Donaldson

Symbiont by Mira Grant (Book 2 in the Parasitology series)

The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Book 2 in the Young Elites series)

Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis (Book 2 in the Map to Everywhere)

Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly (Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga series)

Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith

The Drafter

Kim Harrison’s latest novel The Drafter while being very different from her Hollows series still has her crazy suspenseful action and a fearless heroine who is ready to kick butt. Peri has the rare gift of being a drafter, someone who has the ability to change the existing timeline and create a new timeline. The only problem is that she doesn’t remember the original timeline or what changes she makes. In fact, she often loses more than just a few minutes of her memory. Thankfully, she has the help of her anchor Jack. He sees all of the changes she makes during a draft and can remind her of things in the past, as well as both the original and changed timeline. But what happens when you can no longer trust your anchor, the company you work for, or your own faulty memories? Thus begins the first book in the Peri Reed Chronicles.

I loved Harrison’s Hollow series and was worried that her science fiction detour wouldn’t have the same flare, but I was completely wrong. Peri is just as fierce as Rachel and is more than happy to take down a bad guy. I found the premise of this book to be quite interesting: time traveling with a terrible side effect of memory loss, how can you not want to read that? Often we (the reader) were just as confused as Peri. She is constantly questioning who to trust and trying to wade through all of the half truths she is told. Harrison does such a great job of developing her characters. I am really excited to see how the dynamics between everyone grows and changes in this series. Needless to say any Harrison fan or time traveling fan will enjoy her new novel.