New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Prodigy by Marie Lu (the 2nd installment in the Legend Trilogy-as a side note, Legend as been re-released with a new cover)

The Hour of Peril:  The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

In One Person by John Irving (paperback)

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January Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of January:

1  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

2  Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy

3  The Hobbit by J R R Tolkien

4  In Sunlight and in Shadow by Mark Helprin

5  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

6  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

7  The Round House by Louise Erdrich

8  The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman

9  The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

10  Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Deadly Stakes

Deadly Stakes by JA Jance is the eighth installment in the Ali Reynolds series and it is an engrossing mystery.  Ali has been asked to help unofficially investigate a ghastly murder and help clear the name of an innocent woman.  While working on this case, Ali finds herself intrigued by another case.  A  teen boy has discovered a dying woman in the desert while he is retrieving a hidden box buried by his absent father.  Her gut is telling her that the two cases are connected somehow, she just has to keep digging and find the murderer before he strikes again.

Jance did such an amazing job of juxtaposing multiple points of views in her mystery    You are really able to relate to all of the characters, not just Ali, and you get a sense of their outlook on the murders.  This added depth to side characters who might not be given as much attention by another author and created a more compelling read.   Jance always does a great job of continuing the growth of Ali.  You really feel like Ali is a flesh and blood person who has had to battle personal relationships, job changes, and is learning where she fits in.  I also love that she keeps bring back characters from past books and creating a whole community of people that I want to read about.  Needless to say, this is another great read by Jance.

JA Jance will be signing with Mostly Books on Saturday, February 9th at 5 PM, be sure to pre-order your copy now!  (Deadly Stakes will be out on February 5th)

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for today:

Ever After by Kim Harrison (the 11th book featuring Rachel Morgan)

Everbound by Brodi Ashton (the 2nd book in the Everneath series)

Boundless by Cynthia Hand (finale to the Unearthly series)

Nancy:  The Story of Lady Astor by Adrian Fort

Private Berlin by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan

Anna Dressed In Blood

What a fantastic ghost story filled with horror, revenge, grief, all mixed in with compassion, friendship, and love.  Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake is the story of a teen boy, Cas, whose sole mission in life is to destroy ghosts who are reeking havoc on people.  His job has him traveling all of the time, making it very difficult to have friends and a normal life.  Of course, other people tend to make his job harder by trying to help, so it really works best that he is alone.  Everything is great until Cas decides to destroy the infamous Anna Dressed in Blood.  For some reason this ghost is different,  in fact this town is different.  Suddenly Cas’ cover stories are being dissected and more people are getting involved in his ghost hunting, making his task even harder.

Blake did such a incredible  job creating the horror atmosphere.  You could really visualize how scary Anna would be with her blood dripping dress and dark veins.  I also thought it was great how Cas kept thinking the house was  alive.  This just made the scenes a little creepier and fun to read.  Blake did a good job of balancing the horror with the humor.  Her characters were constantly lightning the mood with sarcastic comments and off-handed teenager remarks.  I really liked the concept of the book and was happy to read something dark that didn’t involve angels or vampires.  I am looking forward to the sequel, Girl Of Nightmares,  but at the same time I am wondering where the story will go next.

The Art Forger

B. A. Shapiro’s debut novel The Art Forger  is a compelling tale of art heist and forgers.  Claire Roth has decided to do the unthinkable and forge a Degas for someone.  However, when the masterpiece is brought to her she starts to question the authenticity of the painting, which had been hanging in a museum for a century.  Now the quest for the truth begins. 

This book is perfect for a cozy mystery reader; it has all the fun of a mystery without the blood and guts.  Shapiro does such a great job detailing all of the ins and out that are involved when forging art. I had no idea that much of the decision of declaring a piece of art a forgery is based on opinion.  Yes, there are tests that can be run to determine dates, but often people are making forgeries at the same time as the artist.  It was also fascinating to learn about Isabella Stewart Gardner’s museum and the historical thefts that took place there.  I really enjoyed how Shapiro captured Isabella’s voice and loved that she wrote a portion of this character through letters.  It just added a whole new layer to the character and made the story more fun to read.  Be sure to read this novel soon because Shapiro will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books March 9th and 10th.

The Tail of Emily Windsnap

This book is about Emily, a twelve year old who has always lived on a houseboat, but has never gone into the water  because her mother is afraid of the water.  Her mother finally allows her to take swimming lessons at school and she discovers her mermaid transformation. She meets another mermaid named Shona and gets introduced to a school for  mer-kids. There she discovers her true identity and finds her long lost father.

The book is written well and makes us love the witty, adventurous young girl. A nice mix of mystery, action and fantasy; a great read for a young person.