Tucson Festival of Books 2016 Wrap-Up

We had such a wonderful time at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books.  A big thank you to everyone who came to visit us!  Here is a glimpse of our crazy weekend.

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New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Widow by Fiona Barton (Hardback)

Cometh the Hour by Jeffrey Archer (Hardback)

Opposite of Everyone by Joshilyn Jackson (Hardback)

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner (Hardback)

Calamity by Brandon Sanderson (book 3 in the Reckoners) (Signed Hardbacks available at the store)

Bluescreen by Dan Wells (Hardback)

Riders by Veronica Rossi (Hardback)

Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange (Hardback)

The Rule of Mirrors by Caragh M O’Brien (Hardback)

Magical Fantastical Fridge by Harlan Coben (Hardback)

Night Gardener by Terry Fan (Hardback)

Always Remember by Cece Meng (Hardback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

BLACK RABBIT HALL by Eve Chase (Hardback)

THE ARRANGEMENT by Ashley Warlick (Hardback)

THE RUMOR by Elin Hilderbrand (Paperback)

WHISPERING SHADOWS by Jan-Philipp Sendker (Paperback)

AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir (Paperback)

THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE by Cynthia Hand (Paperback)

THESE VICIOUS MASKS by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas (Paperback)

GLASS SWORD by Victoria Aveyard (Hardback)

BAD LUCK by Pseudonymous Bosch (Hardback)

FRIDAYS WITH THE WIZARDS by Jessica Day George (Hardback)

WHEN SPRING COMES  by Kevin Henkes (Hardback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson (Paperback)

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning (the latest in the Fever series) (Hardback)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose (Hardback)

Kalahari by Jessica Khoury (Paperback)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Paperback)

Four by Veronica Roth (Paperback)

Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Paperback)

Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo (Hardback)

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant (Paperback)

Humphrey’s School Fair Surprise by Betty G. Birney (Paperback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard (Hardback)

Cruel Crown by Victoria Aveyard (Paperback Novella)

Passengers by Alexandra Bracken (Hardback)

Rebel Queen by Michelle Moran (Paperback)

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Paperback)

Catfulness: The Path to Inner Peace by Susanna Geoghegan (Hardback)

Dogfulness: The Path to Inner Peace by Susanna Geoghegan (Hardback)

Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics by Chris Grabenstein (Hardback)

Rogue Wave by Jennifer Donnelly (Paperback)

 

Top Reads of 2015

Here are our staff’s top reads for 2015:

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Nature of the Beast by Louise Penny

The Gates of Evangeline by Hester Young

Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight

Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Faceoff edited by David Baldacci

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

In the Bleak Midwinter by Julia Spencer-Fleming

The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure

The Taming of the Queen by Phillipa Gregory

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

House of the Rising Sun by James Lee Burke (Hardback)

Give up the Ghost by Juliet Blackwell (the latest in the Haunted Home Renovation series) (Paperback)

Harbour Street by Ann Cleeves (the latest featuring Vera Stanhope) (Hardback)

One Step Too Far by by Tina Seskis (Paperback)

A Dictionary of Mutual Understanding by Jackie Copleton (Paperback)

The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene (Paperback)

The Precious One by Marisa de los Santos (Paperback)

Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton (Paperback)

Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiaasen (Paperback)

Rise of Titans by Kate O’Hearn (the latest in the Pegasus series) (Hardback)

Island of Shipwrecks by Lisa McMann (Paperback)

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

UNFORGIVEN by Kate Lauren (the latest in the Fallen series) (Hardback)

SOUNDLESS by Richelle Mead (Hardback)

DANGEROUS LIES by Becca Fitzpatrick (Hardback)

BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick (Paperback)

TRIPLE MOON by Melissa de la Cruz (Hardback)

THE LOST by James Patterson (Paperback)

THE PROMISE by Robert Crais (the latest Elvis Cole novel)

DEAR MR. YOU by Mary-Louise Parker

MAKE ‘EM LAUGH by Debbie Reynolds

THE WILD SWAN: AND OTHER TALES by Michael Cunningham

AT THE WATER’S EDGE by Sara Gruen (Paperback)

RUFFLECLAW by Cornelia Funke

MAX HELSING AND THE THIRTEENTH CURSE by Curtis Jobling

 

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

AFTER ALICE by Gregory Maguire (autographed copies available at the store) (Hardback)

CHRISTMAS BELLS by Jennifer Chiaverini (Hardback)

A Banquet of Consequences by Elizabeth George (Hardback)

Dark Corners by Ruth Rendell (Hardback)

Wait for Signs by Craig Johnson (Paperback)

Slade House by David Mitchell (Hardback)

Autumn Thorns by Yasmine Galenorn (Paperback)

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman (Paperback)

The Toltec Art of Life and Death: A Story of Discovery by Don Miguel Ruiz (autographed copies available at the store) (Hardback)

 

 

Witches: Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff (Hardback)

 

 

Pacific: Silicon Chips and Surfboards, Coral Reefs and Atom Bombs, Brutal Dictators, Fading Empires, and the Coming Collision by Simon Winchester (Hardback)

 

 

 

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly (Hardback)

Persuasion by Martina Boone (Heirs of Watson Island) (Hardback)

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson (Paperback)

Harry Potter:  The Character Vault by Jody Revenson (Hardback)

I Really Like Slop! by Mo Willems (Hardback)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys

Slasher Girls & Monster Boys compiled by April Genevieve Tucholke is an engrossing spooky read. If you are craving something that will have your skin crawling before Halloween, then this is the perfect read. The book is a compilation of short stories from some amazing YA authors, such as Marie Lu, Danielle Paige, Carry Ryan, Jonathan Maberry, Leigh Bardugo just to name a few. Each author used a previously published story, movie, or song for inspiration and then re-imagines the tale. At the end they tell you what the inspiration was. Some tales were filled with bloody and disturbing details, but others were more psychological horror that really let your imagination go crazy. After I finished a story, I was excited to go on and see what new sinister creature was lurking around the next page.

The writing throughout is fantastic. Each author created complex characters in a short amount of time as well as really capturing the dark atmosphere. There were definitely times where my hair stood on edge. I really love how creepy this book is and that it is geared for YA readers. It just goes to show that some of the most haunting tales can exist without all of the graphic details.

My favorite short stories were In the “Forest Dark and Deep” by Carrie Ryan and “Hide-and-Seek” by Megan Shepard.