February Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of February:

1.   The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese by Kathe Lison (Tucson Festival of Books author)
2.   Cress by Marissa Meyers
3.   Divergent by Veronica Roth
4.   The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
5.   The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by James Daniel Brown
6.   Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walters
7.   Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
8.   Still Life by Louise Penny
9.   Fallen Angles by Dean Walter Meyers
10.   Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin

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Tucson Festival of Books 2014

Tucson Festival of Books is just around the corner and we have amazing line up of authors joining us at our booth this year.  Here is our author signing schedule for our booth (#130-135).  Be sure to check our website as we get closer to the event since we are continually adding authors.

Saturday March 15th:

10:00 – 10:45 AM  Page Morgan, Sharon Sala, Becky Masterman

11:00 – 11:45 AM Nancy Turner, Jonathan Maberry

12:00 – 12:45 PM Rhys Bowen

1:00 – 1:45 PM Brandon Sanderson, Suzanne Young, Janni Lee Simner

2:00 – 2:30 PM  Richard Russo

2:00 – 2:45 PM Colleen Houck, Kathe Lison

3:00 – 3:30 PM Alice Hoffman 

3:00 – 3:45 PM Nancy Farmer, Conrad Storad

4:00 – 4:45 PM William Kent Krueger, Kris Neri

Sunday March 16th

10:00 – 10:30 AM Judy Duarte

10:00 – 10:45 AM Cornelia Funke, Chris Marie Green

11:00 – 11: 45 AM  Anne Perry

12:00 – 12:45 PM R.L. Stine

1:00 – 1:45 PM Lois Lowry, Thomas Perry, Ryan Clark

2:00 – 2:45 PM Aprilynne Pike, Deborah Crombie, Joshua Fileds Millburn, Ryan Nicodermus

3:00 – 3:45 PM J.A. Jance, Mike Lawson

4:00 – 4:45 PM Betty Leavengood, Jane Eppinga

TBA

Craig Johson

CJ Box

Sharon Kay Penman

The Beautiful and the Cursed

The Beautiful and the Cursed by Page Morgan is a gripping Gothic tale filled with gargoyles, demons, love and the dark streets of 19th century Paris.  Ingrid and Gabby move to Paris to help their mother establish a new art gallery.  Grayson, Ingrid’s twin brother, moved a few weeks earlier  to find them an estate for their new business and house, but once the girls and their mother arrive they discover that he is missing.  Determined to track their brother down, Ingrid and Gabby soon find themselves in a world filled with creatures that they once believed were only in fairy tales.

I loved this book and can’t wait to start The Lovely and the Lost.  Morgan’s world is dark and gritty and so much fun to get lost in.  You can feel the dark creature’s presence as you follow the girls into the bowels of Paris.  I really liked that she gave  Ingrid and Gabby full personalities rather than just focusing on one sister.  Even though Gabby doesn’t have the same talents as Ingrid, we discover that she is just as fierce and strong as her sister.  The gargoyle mythology was so refreshing!  Finally a new creature to fall in love with, and yes Luc is sure to steal your heart.  Morgan created a unique series that has me entranced and excited to keep following.  This is sure to capture the attention of any YA paranormal fan.

Page Morgan will be attending the year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  She will be signing at our booth (#130 to #135)  10 AM on Saturday.  Come meet her and get an autographed copy of her fabulous book.

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)

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.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Crash into You by Katie McGarry

Pawn by Aimee Carter

The Accursed by Joyce Carol Oates (paperback)

Deadly Stakes by J. A. Jance (paperback)

Best Kept Secrets by Jeffrey Archer (paperback)

Behind Enemy Lines by Jennifer Nielsen (Book 6 in the Infinity Ring)

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich (The latest Stephanie Plum novel)

Hunting Eve by Irish Johansen (paperback)

The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead (The latest novel in the Bloodlines series)

The Kiss by James Patterson & Jill Dembowski (paperback)

The Hero by Rhonda Byrne

The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Cookbook by Arthur Agatston