Vanishing Girls

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver is a fantastic read with layers of intrigue and suspense.  Driving home from a party one night Nick (Nicole) crashes her car leaving her sister, Dara, seriously injured and herself with amnesia.  On top of the horrendous accident Nick’s parents have decided to get a divorce and her sister refuses to speak once she is out of the hospital.  Needless to say, it feels like everything in her life is changing and not for the better.  Nick tries to move forward, but all she really wants is to get Dara to start talking to her and to remember what really happened that caused her to run off the road.  Towards the end of summer Dara goes missing and Nick knows that she is the only one who will be able to find her.

Oliver captures the complicated sister bond so well: love, loyalty, jealousy, admiration, competition, and anger.  Nick’s voice is authentic and real and before long you find yourself halfway through the book.  The underlying mystery around the car accident and then the disappearance of Dara really keeps you  immersed in the book .  You want to know what happened to Dara as much as Nick does and are as stunned to discover the truth as she is.  I was so SHOCKED and never saw it coming.  Yet there is so much more to this book than the mystery of that fateful night.  Nick has to work her way through her dysfunctional parent issues, her love issues, and then find a way to move forward.  This is a book you let linger a moment before you rush off to your next read.

Tucson Festival of Books 2015 Wrap-Up

Here is a looked at the fabulous time that we had during this year’s book festival.  Thank you to all of the authors who join us at our booth!

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Tucson Festival of Books 2015

Here is who will be signing at our booth #148 during the Tucson Festival of Books 2015.  We are located south of the Student Union Building and west of the food court.

Saturday March 14th

10:00 – 10:45 PM Mary Kubica, J. M. Hayes & Alice Hoffman

10:30 – 11:00 PM  Nancy Turner

11:00 – 11:45 PM  S. C Gwynne, J. A Jance, Jenny Han Ally Carter

12:00 – 12:45 PM Becky Masterman, Bruce Holsinger & Brenda Novak

12:30 – 1:15 PM Sarah McCoy

1:00 – 1:45 PM
Erica Spindler, Gail Sheehy & Rhys Bowen

1:30 – 2:00 PM Jo Knowles

2:00 – 2:45 PM Weston Ochse & William Kent Kruegger

2:30 – 3:00 PM Craig Johnson

3:00 – 3:45 PM E. Lockhart, Jane Eppinga & Parker Anderson

3:30 – 4:00 PM Lisa See

4:00 – 4:45 PM Jonathan Maberry, Susan Cummins Miller & Mark Adams

4:15 – 4:45 PM Kathleen Kent

Sunday March 15th

10:00 – 10:45 PM Jessica Khoury & Sara Sue Hoklotubbe

10:30 – 11:00 PM Lisa McMann

11:00 – 11:45 PM Daniel James Brown, Jean Kwok, Samuel Gailey, & Andrew Smith

12:00 – 12:45 PM Janni Lee Simner & B. J. Kurtz

1:00 – 1:45 PM Jennifer Nielsen, Thomas Perry, Lori Alexander Michael Ward

2:00 – 2:45 PM Wynne Brown

3:00 – 3:30 PM H. Alan Day


4:00 – 4:45 PM Megan McDonald

March Events

Here are our events at Mostly Books for the month of March:

Monday March 16th (1:00 – 2:00 PM) Book Talk & Signing with Anne Archer Butcher, Inner Guidance: Our Divine Birthright

Thursday March 19th (7:00 – 8:00 PM) Flash Fiction & Open Mic Night

Saturday March 21st (2:00 – 3:00 PM) Children and Young Adult Book Signings with C. A Gray featuring Impossible, Richard Coan featuring Lost in Another World, Juliana Spauling featuring Little Louise and Coco, and L. J. Boles featuring The Grey Beginning

Saturday March 21st (3:00 – 4:00 PM) Book Talk & Signing with Brian Freeman, Season of Fear

Wednesday March 25th (7:00 – 8:00 PM) Mystery Book Club reading The Redbreast by Jo Nesbo

Saturday March 28th (2:00 – 3:00 PM) Poetry Book Signing with Beth Hall McCandless featuring Insights, Lynn Saul featuring In Our Language, Daris featuring Grab Hold the Dust, and Farzana Marie featuring Load Poems Like Guns: Women’s Poetry from Herat Afghanistan

Sharp Objects

Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects is sure to grab your attention from the very first page.  Camille, a journalist,  is asked to go back to her hometown and report on the murder of two preteen girls.  For someone just getting out of the psych hospital this is asking a lot.  She has been estranged from her mother and half-sister for years and now she must go home and face them.

Flynn’s writing is great and has a wonderful pace that keeps you turning the pages.  I really liked all of the small town drama and realizing that nothing in the past stays in past.  Eventually, we all have to face the consequences of our deeds.  I loved the psychological suspense of Gone Girl, but I felt like this book was even better.  A must read for any thriller fan.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hush Hush by Laura Lippman (The latest in the Tess Monaghan series) (Hardback)

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (Book 5 in the Clifton Chronicles) (Hardback)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Paperback)

The Target by David Baldacci (Mass Paperback)

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (Mass Paperback)

The City by Dean Koontz (Mass Paperback)

Shame and Captives by Thomas Keneally (Hardback)

Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Hardback)

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder (Paperback)

Unchanged by Jessica Brody (Book 3 in the Unremembered Trilogy) (Hardback)

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (the latest in the Princess Academy series) (Hardback)



New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the past few weeks:

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki (Hardback)

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Hardback)

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore (Paperback)

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R King (the latest featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes) (Hardback)

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (Paperback)

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (Book 3 in the Shades of London series) (Hardback) (TFOB Attendee)

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (Book 6 in the Bloodline series) (Hardback)