New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Vanessa and Her Sister by Priya Parma

Moon Rising by Tui T Sutherland (Book 6 in the Wings of Fire series)

Hazardous Duty by W E B Griffin

Gluten-free Baking by Kristine Kidd

Super Shred by Jan K Smith

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Us

I absolutely loved One Day by David Nicholls, in fact it might even be in my top 10 books.  So of course I was over the moon to discover that he has a new book out titled Us.  This is a fantastic contemporary fiction novel that explores the struggles of marriage and parenting and also the joys of being a family.  Douglas thought he had it all worked out.  He married the right girl, he has a great son – albeit it is not the easiest relationship with his son – a house in the country and even the dog to go with it.  Then his wife Connie  blurts out that she wants a divorce or at least discuss the idea of getting divorced.  The timing couldn’t be worse since their big family vacation is right around the corner.  They had decided to travel Europe before Albie left for college.  Connie convinces Douglas to go on the trip anyway and to continue discussing their future plans, but Douglas knows this is his last chance to try and win the heart of his wife all over again and perhaps find a way to have a better relationship with his son Albie.

Nicholls has such a wonderful way with words.  His writing is so eloquent and beautiful that you never want the book to end.  He  has such a unique way of looking at time while he is telling the story.  In One Day he told the entire tale by describing the same day over several years.   Us  is told from Douglas’ perspective in both the present and the past.  He may start out discussing his current life and then slip back to the past making his time very fluid. I also loved the characters.  Douglas may like things to be done a specific and organized way, but he means well.  I like how determined he is, regardless of the task.  The family dynamics were messy, like most are, but you learn that the definition of family may not be what your originally planned.  Overall, a great read.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd (Paperback)

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman (Paperback)

Navigating Early by Clara Vanderpool (Paperback)

Paperboy by Vince Vawter (Paperback)

Everything I Need to Know about Love I Learned From a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow (Hardback)

Dorothy Must Die

Danielle Paige’s book Dorothy Must Die is a dark and twisted  adaptation of the Wizard of Oz story.  Amy hasn’t had the easiest life in Kansas.  She lives with her indifferent addict of a mother in the trailer park and is often bullied at school.  However she is making plans to leave her small town for bigger and better thins, she just didn’t realize it would come so soon rather than later.  Sucked up into a huge tornado Amy finds herself dumped into the land of OZ – yep it really does exist.  This is the not the fun, bright and whimsical Oz that Dorothy found herself in.  This is the magic being brutally mined from the ground, flying monkey’s being tortured, munchkins forced into indenture servitude Oz and Amy learns that Dorothy must die.

I really liked this story.  I am going to begin by saying, I am not a Wizard of Oz fan –  at all. However I was so intrigued by the name and premise that I had to read this book.   Paige’s interpretations of all our beloved favorites like the cowardly lion, scarecrow and tinman were terrifying and imaginative.  I could feel the tinman’s sharp knives and I could feel the lions teeth.  I found myself mesmerized by Paige’s descriptions.  There were moments of  intense creepiness, but they were so well done that I had to keep reading.  I also liked Amy.  She is witty, sarcastic and has a little spunk about her.   A reluctant hero she might be, but once she decides to commit to the cause she does it with her whole being – regardless of the cost to herself.  If you are looking for a new read that is dark and edgy that also has great characters this is the book to read.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Spell Booked by Joyce and Jim Lavene

Keeper of the Castle by Juliet Blackwell (the latest Haunted Home Renovation Mystery)

Eggs in a Casket by Laura Childs (the latest Cackleberry Club Mystery)

Checkmate by Steven James (book #8 in the Bowers Files)

Cell by Robin Cook

Darkness Falls by Keri Arthur

The Death of Santini by Pat Conroy

Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis