Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater’s newest novel Raven Boys is the start of a new series featuring a psychic’s daughter Blue and a handful of the Aglionby private boarding school  students, commonly known as Raven boys.  Blue herself has no psychic abilities  even though everyone else in her life does.  She has been told that she has the rare gift of supercharging a psychic’s sight, but truthfully finds this to be a dull talent.  Her whole life she has grown up trying to stay away from the Raven boys.  They are nothing but spoiled brats temporarily residing in her small town.  Well, that’s one reason.  The other reason is that for years her mom and her mom’s friends have told her that her first true love will die if she kisses him.  That kind of makes it even more important that she stays away from them, which is fine until she meets Gansey and his posse.   Now she finds herself drawn into his quest to discover a long lost king with all the challenges and heartache that comes along with it.

This was a great book!  I especially loved all of the repeated raven references.  You really can’t get away from that bird, whether it be the boys’ school, their pet, or the missing Welsh king himself, the raven is everywhere.  I thought Stiefvater took a unique approach to her book by giving none of the main characters any magical powers – or at least none that we know.  Instead the focus is looking for a ley line, which holds all of the magical powers.  It was fun and easy to relate to the teens searching for magic instead of learning to use magic.  The characters are charming, developed, and sure to keep getting better as the series progresses.   And how can you not love a book that uses the phrase, “top shelf” in non-joking fashion from a teen character – what a fantastic use of language.  If you are looking for a paranormal book that isn’t the typical vampire or angel theme, then pick-up Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys.  You are sure to like it and want more.

March Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of March:

1  The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

2  Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (autographed copies still available)

3  Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition) by Diana Gabaldon (autographed copies still available)

4  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (autographed copies still available)

5  Just One Day by Gayle Foreman (autographed copies still available)

6  Unwanted by Lisa McMann

7  Deadly Stakes by JA Jance (autographed copies still available)

8   Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

9  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

10 Tucson Hiking Guide by Betty Leavengood (autographed copies still available)

Stop in the store or call us at 520-571-0110 for any of the above titles.

New Releases

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

Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare (This is the latest in the Infernal Devices series-#3)

Breaking Point by C. J. Box (This is the latest novel featuring Joe Pickett-#13)

Sweet Tea Revenge by Laura Childs  (This is the latest novel in the Indigo Tea Shop series)

Chasing the Prophecy  by Brandon Mull (This is the latest novel in the Beyonders series-#3

Tucson Festival of Books 2013 Wrap-Up

We had such a good time at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  So much so, that it has take a week to get back into the swing of things.  The authors that joined us this year were amazing!   We really couldn’t have done it without them and are so thankful that they had time to join us in our booth.  Here are a few pictures from the 2013 TFOB.  

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Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of March:

1  Deadly Stakes by JA Jance

2  Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye

3  Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

4  Paper Towns by John Green

5  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

6  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

7  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

8  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

9  Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson

10  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Tucson Festival of Books Schedule Update

Michael Palmer might not make it for his Saturday March 9th 1 PM signing due to weather but will be at his Sunday 10 AM signing.

There was an error on the last schedule, Jennifer Nielsen will be signing Saturday March 9th from 10-10:30 AM.

Bruce Coville will be joining us Saturday March 9th at 3 PM. His signing will most likely be for 45 minutes so come early.

See everyone tomorrow rain or shine!

Final Schedule for Tucson Festival of Books Authors 2013

Here is our final schedule for the authors who will be signing with us at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Out booth numbers are 127-130 and we are directly south of the U of A bookstore located in the Student Union Building. Our booth is directly off the sidewalk. As you can see, we have a fantastic group of authors who will be joining us. Be sure to come meet the authors and get their latest book autographed.

Saturday March 9th

10:00 AM Charles de Lint, Thomas Perry, Nina Kiriki Hoffman

10:00AM Jennifer Nielsen ( this is a half hour signing)

11:00 AM Patrick Rothfuss, JA Jance, Hilary Davidson

11:30 AM Lisa McMann, Joanne Levy

12:00 PM Michael McGarrity, Karen Thompson Walker

1:00 PM Michael Palmer, Jeri Westerson, Conrad Storad

1:30 PM Maggie Stiefvater

2:00 PM Craig Johnson, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Susan Vreeland

2:30 PM James Rollins

3:00 PM Lisa Genova, BA Shapiro, Mary Casanova

4:00 PM Kate Mathis

Sunday March 10th

10:00 AM Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Betty Webb, Judith Knight

11:00 AM Deanne Stillman, Fran Marian, Betty Leavengood

12:00 PM Andrew Gross, Kerrelyn Sparks, Nancy Turner

12:15 PM Susan Cummins Miller

1:00 PM Dana Stabenow

1:30 PM Gayle Forman, Alice LaPlante

2:00 PM Jane Eppinga

2:30 PM Diana Gabaldon

3:00 PM Ellen McMahon

4:00 PM Ben Small

Running Out of Time

Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix is an  award-winning book for children that is also great for adults. I loved it.  The story is of a family living in the 1840’s isolated from everyone but the small community around them.  They live in a one room cabin, go to a one room school and have just what you would expect from that era.  But, when children begin to get sick and die, Jessie’s mother pulls her aside and shares a huge secret.  It is really 1996 and they are living as an exhibition for the rest of the world to visit and see what life was like.  Her mom needs her to escape and get help as the one thing that was promised was access to medicine which is now being denied.
This book was great.  It captivated you from the start and was such a good read that I was disappointed when it was finished.  The moral and ethical question of telling someone the truth of their existence and what is “real” continue to make me think about the book.  The book is so apropo.  No matter your age, this is a wonderful story.
Margaret Peterson Haddix will be signing at our booth  on Saturday March 9th at 2:00 PM, so stop by get an autographed book.