Divergent

Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent is an incredible dystopian story about Tris’s (Beatrice), self discovery and the true meaning of courage.  The future version of Chicago that Tris has been living in has been peaceful for years.  Her society has divided up into five faction to ensure that everyone lives peacefully.  The factions are: Candor (honesty is the only way), Abnegation (always being selfless), Dauntless (putting bravery before everything), Amity (living peacefully at all times), and Erudite (continually seeking knowledge).  Tris was born into the Abnegation faction of her society.  This means that she puts selflessness above everything.  However, it has never been an easy task for Tris and at her Choosing ceremony she has to decide if she is Abnegation or Dauntless.  This one decision alters the course of her life and  perhaps her entire society’s philosophies and well being.

This book is great!  I was slightly concerned in the beginning of the book because it was a little slow moving as we learned about the different factions and met Tris.  However, this quickly changed once she chose a faction.  I loved how Roth developed her characters through the book.  Tris started out so meek and unsure of herself and grew into a force to be reckoned with.  Not only did she become strong physically but her beliefs of right and wrong became clearer to her even as things grew more complicated.  I also loved the drama that comes with the question, does the cute boy hate me or like me?  This is such a universal question, whether it be in a contemporary fiction, fantasy, or dystopian novel no one ever seems to know who likes who.  Okay, we knew Four liked Tris, but it was fun to watch it play out anyway.  I am really excited to see what happens in Insurgent.  The ending of Divergent got really crazy really fast and I am sure Insurgent is going to dive right into the action.  This is a must read for any YA enthusiast.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Accused:  A Rosato & AssociatesNovel by Lisa Scottoline

Doctor Who:  The Vault:  Treasures From the First 50 Years  by Marcus Hearn

The Pioneer Woman Cooks:  A Year of Holidays:  140 Step-By-Step Recipes For Simple, Scrumptious Celebrations by Ree Drummond

The Shadowhunter’s Codex: Begin a Record of the Ways and Laws of the Nephilim, the Chosen of the Angel Raziel by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis

Altered by Gennifer Albin (Book 2 in the Crewel World series)

Horde by Ann Aguirre (Book 3 in the Enclave series)

Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis and Torstein Norstrand (Book 2 in the Seven Wonders series)

October Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of October:

1  Unwanteds by Lisa McMann

2  Bang by Lisa McMann

3  Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

4  The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

5  Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

6  These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

7  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

8  Police by Joe Nesbo

9  Still Life by Louise Penny

10  The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion

We have autographed copies of Lisa McMann’s Unwanteds, Vision, and Wake series.  Please call or stop in the store if you would like a copy.

How the Light Gets In

In Louise Penny’s novel How the Light Gets In things are still unsettled for Inspector Gamache.  Most of his star detectives have left the department and he still hasn’t spoken to his old friend  Jean-Guy Beauvoir.  Needless to say, he is thrilled to leave the city behind and investigate a report of a missing person  from Three Pines.  Gamache  knows bigger plots are afoot and he begins to question if there is anywhere for him and his loyal detectives to find safety.

Louise Penny’s latest novel How the Light Gets In was wonderful!  I have been in love with this series since Still Life and even after eight other books Penny still surprises me with her ending.  I love reading a mystery that has me guessing who-dun-nit until the very end and Penny does this each and every time.  Her writing is rich and filled with beautiful descriptions of village life.  I love escaping to the snowy north and catching up with my favorite characters.  This is a must read series for anyone searching for a new psychological murder mystery that also has fabulous characters.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (This is the final book in the Divergent Trilogy and we have signed editions in stock)

Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas

Silent Night by Robert Parker (Helen Brann)

Provence, 1970:  M.F.K. Fisher, Julia Child, James Beard, and the Reinvention of American Taste by Luke Barr

Week In a Day by Rachel Ray

Reality Boy by A. S. King

Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (paperback)

The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (paperback)

Bits & Pieces by Judith Byron Schachner

 

Just One Year

Just One Year is Willem’s perspective of the story that was told in  Just One Day , which was so needed!  We yearned for over a year to hear his side of the story because we needed to know that he felt the same magical connection that Allyson felt for him.  His year was just as heart-wrenching and hopeful as Allyson’s.  He found himself traveling the world searching for his mystery girl, but instead found a way to find peace with his past.  Much like Allyson, they both needed this year to discover who they are, who they want to be, and how to come to terms with their families.

Forman writes amazing love stories.  You are instantly drawn into the story and the characters’ emotion filled lives.   She captures all of the ups and downs of first love beautifully with her eloquent writing.  I have enjoyed all of her novels and am looking forward to her next adventure.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Police by Joe Nesbo (This is the latest novel featuring Harry Hole)

Fingal O’Reilly by Patrick Taylor (This is the latest novel in the Irish Country Books)

Nos4a2 by Joe Hill (paperback)

Revealed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast (This is the latest novel in the House of Night series)

UnSouled by Neal Shusterman (This is the latest novel in the Unwind Dystology)

UnWholly by Neal Shusterman (paperback)

When Did You See Her Last by Lemony Snicket (This is latest novel in the All the Wrong Questions series)