Book Discussion Reminders

Don’t forget, this Saturday (June 4th) at 1 PM we will be discussing Melissa De La Cruz’s novel, Blue Bloods.  This is a young adult paranormal/fantasy book that is about teens awakening to their vampire selves.  Taking place in Manhattan, this book is filled with fashion, drama, and a fun new look at the history of vampires.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  (If you would like to read our review on this book as well as several others in the series, click here).

June 18th we will be talking about James Rollins’s thriller novel, Doomsday Key.  This is an action packed adventure that mixes technology, science, and suspense.

July 16th we will be discussing the novel The Map of True Places by Brunonia Barry.  This is a general fiction book that is about a woman who heads back to Salem, MA to help take care of her father.  While home, she rediscovers herself and her roots.  This is a fabulous look at Salem culture, Nathaniel Hawthorne, navigating ships, and witches.  (As a side note, I absolutely loved this novel!)

Currently, we will not be having a book group meet the weekend before July 4th.

Mid-May Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of May.

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

2  Dead Reckoning by Charlaine Harris

The Land of Painted Caves by Jean M. Auel

1001 Things to Spot in Fairyland by Gillian Doherty

Worth Dying For by Lee Child

10th Anniversary by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro

Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff by Christopher Moore

10  Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen

Stop in the store for a book or order online from our website, and have it mailed to your house.

Blue Bloods

Blue Bloods  by Melissa de La Cruz is a highly addictive teen fantasy read.  Schuyler Van Alen is your typical teen outcast who is struggling to find her place in an incredible uppity private school in Manhattan.  Her family was once the most powerful and influential families in New York City, but now all that remains from the fortune is the family name.  Things suddenly start to change when Jack Force, the most popular boy in school, starts to talk to her and she gets an invitation to the most prestigious  group in Manhattan.  Oh, and lets not forget about her classmate that mysteriously dies and the fact that all of the socialites of Manhattan are vampires.  I thought de La Cruz did an excellent job on her vampire mythology.  She made the “creatures of the night” much more complex then other novels have and really captivates the reader with their history.  It was such a refreshing twists that she is sure to standout in the genre.  The historical information about the settlers on Plymouth Rock was also interesting to read and gave the book just one more level of depth.  I loved that de La Cruz mixed her writing format up by including letters from the settlers into her story.  It was such a great way to keep readers engaged.  I enjoyed Schuyler’s character; sure she is a teenage girl, but she isn’t whiny or overly self-involved.  Instead, she is independent, resourceful, and driven to find the truth.  Needless to say, as soon as I finished the first book I was rushing out to get the second so I could find out what happens.

If you would like more reviews on this series, check our website ( under goodreads and authors.

I recently had the opportunity to meet Melissa de La Cruz at the book expo in New York City last week and it was wonderful.  She took the time to talk to each of her fans during her book signing and write a personal note with her autograph.  It was just great to see an author who is excited and engaged with each fan.

End of the Week Trivia

Here is your end of the week trivia question:

Unemployed and living on state benefits, this single mother wrote much of her first novel sitting in a local Edinburgh cafes and banging away on a manual typewriter in her sister’s home.  By the time she had completed six of the seven books in her projected series, she was name “the greatest living British writer”-and she certainly has become by far the riches.

Identify the author and leave your answer as a comment.  Check back on Sunday to see if you were correct.

New Releases

Graveminder by Melissa Marr (Came out on May 17th)  This is an adult paranormal story from the author of the teen fantasy series Wicked Lovely.  (As a side note, we are really excited to meet Melissa Marr Wednesday at the Book Expo in New York City.)

The Warlock by Michael Scott This is the fifth book in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series

The Jefferson Key by Steve Berry (Came out on May 17th) The latest novel featuring Cotton Malone

The Dead Town by Dean Koontz (Mass paperback edition) This is the fifth book in his Frankenstein series

Burn by Nevada Barr (Mass paperback edition) The latest novel featuring Anna Pigeon

In the Blink of an Eye

Michael Waltrip’s In the Blink of an Eye:  Dale, Dayton, and the Day that Changed Everything is a must read for any NASCAR or Dale Earnhardt fan.  Waltrip discusses his life leading up to working for Earnhardt and the struggles of failing to win a race.  The reader learns that Earnhardt really took Waltrip under his wing and help build up the confidence that had been previously shattered.  He then moves into talking about that fatefully day when Earnhardt crashed, and Waltrip’s won his first Dayton win.  Instead, it was a day filled with conflicting emotions, which eventually lead to a temporary downward spiral.  Waltrip does a great job of paying tribute to Dale Earnhardt and discussing the details of that day and the days following.  Overall, the book was just a fascinating read.

Friday Trivia

Here is your end of the week trivia question:

Identify the title inspired by the literary passage below and its author.

I have forgot much, Cynara!  gone with the wind, flung roses, roses riotously with the the throng, Dancing to put thy pale, lost lilies out of mind.

The quote is from from Ernest Dowson’s poem “Cynara”.  What novel title did this passage inspire and who is the author?  Leave you answer as a comment and check back to find out if you were correct.