Here are a few new releases for the week:

Unbound by Victoria Schwab (the latest in the Archived series)

Infinite by Jodi Meadows

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi (The final book in the Under the Never Sky trilogy)

Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen

Ripper by Isabel Allende

Here Comes the Easter Cat by Deborah Underwood

Patient Zero by Jonathan Maberry (mass paperback)

Think Twice by Lisa Scottoline (mass paperback)

The Son by Philipp Meyer (paperback)

Disenchanted & Co. by Lynn Viehl (mass paperback)

The Night Ranger by Alex Berenson (the latest novel featuring John Wells) (mass paperback)

Until the End of Time by Danielle Steel (mass paperback)

The Shadow Protocol by Andy McDermott (mass paperback)

Champion

Marie Lu’s Champion is the final book in the intense and amazing Legend trilogy.  June and Day have both decided to go their separate ways after risking everything to establish a peaceful co-existence between the Republic, the Patriots, and the Colonies.  June is training to become an adviser to the Elector and Day has been given all of the luxuries that he never had before.  Just as the final treaty is being drawn up between the Republic and the Colonies a plague is released in the Colonies’ cities convincing them that a treaty is unacceptable.  Now June and Day are again asked to sacrifice everything dear to them in order to keep their country safe.

Lu has such an amazing talent for drawing you right into her stories with suspense, drama, and action.  Her writing is  so descriptive that you feel like you are right in the thick of it all, which is great as long as you have nothing else planned for the day.  I have become so attached to June and Day.  Lu really knows how to create lifelike and engaging characters.  You feel every emotion that they go through and find yourself cheering them on.  I am always sad to reach the end of Lu’s books, I need more time with Day and June!   Several of us in the store are in denial that this is the end of the series since we love the characters so much.  I realize that dystopians are all the rage these days, and that perhaps many of us are starting to burn out on them, but this is a must read series.  It is easily one of my top five favorite dystopians.  And even better, now that all three are out you can read them all at once – which you will want to do as soon as you finish book one.

February Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for the month of February:

In-Store discussions

February 6th (7 PM) Non-Fiction Book Group:  Elsewhere by Richard Russo (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

February 19th (7 PM) Fiction Book Group:  The Camel Bookmobile by Marsha Hamilton

February 26th (7 PM) Mystery Book Group:  Before I Go to Sleep by S. J. Watson

Online Discussions (click here to join our forum)

Landry Park by Bethany Hagen (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (Tucson Festival of Books 2014 author)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hunting Shadows by Charles Todd (the latest novel featuring Inspector Ian Rutledge)

Evertrue by Brodi Ashton (the latest in the Everneath series)

Rule of Three by Eric Walters

A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Briggs Waller

The Velveteen Rabbit:  Or, How Toys Become Real by Margery Williams (board book version)

 

January Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of January:

1  The Inventions of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

2  Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

3  Allegiant by Veronica Roth

4  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

5  Elsewhere by Richard Russo

6  Still Life by Louise Penny

7  Storm Front by Jim Butcher

8  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

9  A Feast of Crows by George RR Martin

10  Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Under the Wide and Starry Sky

Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan is her second historical novel that has easily became a favorite read of mine.  This book chronicles the unconventional love affair of the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson and American divorcee Fanny Van de Grift Osbourne.  Fanny has left her old life in the states behind and has traveled with her children to Belgium.  After suffering a tragedy Fanny finds herself in France where she meets the charming Scot.  Before long she finds herself wrapped up in an exciting and adventurous love affair that takes them across the world and eventually to owning a large farm in the South Pacific.

The two lead such a courageous life that was fascinating to read about.  They had amazing adventures together on chartered yachts traveling all over the seas.  Horan captured the spirit of these historical figures so well.  I loved that Fanny was such a determined woman who let nothing stop her, whether it be taking care of Louis when he was frequently ill or running the entire 400 acre farm in Samoa.  She was a force to not take lightly.

Robert Louis Stevenson was the author of classics including Treasure Island, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and many others.  This was such an amazing story that now I want to read all of his books!

Pre-order your copy today.  (Book will be available January 21st)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini (sequel to Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker)

A Star for Mrs. Blake by April Smith

NYPD Red by James Patterson and Marshall Karp (mass paperback)

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (the second book in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series)

Vitro by Jessica Khoury

The Crown on Your Head by Nancy Tillman (boardbook edition)

Bones of Faerie

If you are looking for a dark faerie young adult novel, then be sure to pick-up Janni Lee Simner’s Bones of Faerie trilogy.  Simner creates such an original world and story that I found it to be an incredibly refreshing read.

Bones of Faerie is the first book in the series.  Liza has grown up in a very bleak world.  After the war with the faeries, life as they once knew it no longer exists.  There are no cars or computers, in fact there are very limited resources.  Liza also knows that when people are touched with magic they must be “dealt” with.  The evil of magic must not be allowed into the village regardless of how brutal the actions to the inflicted are.  The problem is, Liza thinks she may have been infected with magic.  She decides she much embark on a quest to better understand her heritage and her mother.

This is an excellent, albeit dark, faerie dystopian tale.  Simner did such an amazing job of describing the fear of living in her world.  The mythology of the magic is unlike anything that I have read lately.  It was not just the people that were effect by the faeries but everything: trees, water and creatures have all come to life with magical gifts.  I loved this but  found myself anxious right along with Liza during her perilous journey. You never knew what was lurking around the next turn.   Not only are the descriptions fabulous, but so are the characters.  Liza may be sheltered but she is already  starting to grown into a strong and independent heroine.  And I also loved her healer Allie with her constant optimism.  She is a the perfect balance to Liza’s often pessimistic logic.

We still have autographed copies of Faerie After, book three in the series, in-stock.  Janni Lee Simner has told us she is happy to sign books for any of her fans and will stop in the store to sign books.  Please let us know if you are interested in a personalized autograph copy.

Reconstructing Amelia

I was instantly intrigued by Kimberly McCreight’s Reconstructing Amelia and I was not disappointed with the complex story and writing.  Kate Baron gets news that no parent ever wants to hear.  Her daughter has jumped from her private school roof and has died.  Ruled a suicide by the local police, Kate spirals down into her grief not wanting to believe that her bright and happy Amelia could have really jumped.  A month after daughter’s death Kate receives a mysterious text telling her that Amelia didn’t jump.  Fueled by this new tip Kate convinces the police to re-open her daughter’s case and thus begins the reconstructing of Amelia in order to discover what really happened on the roof.

McCreight did a great job of telling the story in the present with Kate and telling the past with Amelia. You became really attached to each character as you piece together the mystery of what happened.  I also love that she included texts and FaceBook posts to help create an authentic voice for her characters.  I was completely lost in this book and couldn’t stop until the last word, and then it was bittersweet knowing about her death and still wanting more of the story.  I think this book is great for anyone who is looking for an adult novel similar to the Gossip Girls novels.  It has all of the catty girls, the elite private school drama, but has a more mature voice telling the story.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (she will be attending the Tucson Festival of Books-TFOB-2014)

Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah

Standup Guy by Stuart Woods (The latest novel featuring Stone Barrington)

Home of the Braised by Julie Hyzy (Book 7 in the White House Chef Mystery-paperback)

Black Arts by Faith Hunter (The latest novel featuring Jane Yellowrock-paperback)

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews (re-issued paperback)

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler (paperback)

Seekers:  Return to the Wild Book 4:  Forest of Wolves by Erin Hunter

Bad Kitty Drawn to Trouble by Nick Bruel

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson (hardcover picture book)