Unbreakable is the first book in a new series by Beautiful Creatures co-author Kami Garcia. If you are looking for a new ghost story that is haunting and eerie, than this is the book for you.  Kennedy never thought much about supernatural possibilities, until her mother is murdered and Jared and Lukas break into her house in search of a demon.  Now the supernatural world has been thrown at her and she has no choice but to try and join the boys and the other members in the Legion of the Black Dove in hunting down the demon that killed her mother.  Each member seems to have a special gift that is unique to them, all except Kennedy.  She knows she wants to continue fighting, but is she a true member of the Legion?

I loved the Beautiful Creatures series and was excited to learn that the authors were each working on individual projects.  Garcia’s new series is fantastic.  I was surprised at how creepy she made the story and I was so intrigued by her demons hunters.   She keeps the story moving along and the reader engrossed in the plot.  The dynamic between the teens is great.  There is tension as everyone tries to work together and live together, but they all seem to  genuinely want to be friends.  I am really excited to keep going in the series.  I am hoping that Garcia continues to keep it dark, spooky and full of action.

Beautiful Creatures

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl is an intoxicating tale about love and learning how to become the person you are meant to be.  Ethan is counting the days until he can escape his hometown of Gatlin and finally start living his life.  Gatlin is your typical small town in the south where nothing interesting happens and yet so many of the founding families continue to live there generation after generation.  Things would be pretty dull for Ethan too, but he keeps having these vivid dreams about a mysterious girl that seems to need his help-and then he meets her in school.  Lena has just moved to town and is living with her uncle, the town shut-in, making her instantly scorned at school.  It also doesn’t help her reputation when strange things occur around her, like glass breaking and odd weather changes.  Even knowing that Lena spells trouble for him, Ethan finds that he can’t stop thinking about her and eventually finds a way to run into her-thankfully not literally, although he tried.  Thus begins the tale of star-crossed lovers and Lena’s fight to resist her family’s curse.

What a great witch, or should I say caster, tale.  Garcia and Stohl create such a great atmosphere in their book.  Everything seems just dark and ominous with secrets lurking under the surface.  The town feels  spooky and the plantation house is even scarier with it’s dilapidated exterior and ever changing interior.  The town’s people are as eccentric as you would expect in this small town and everyone seems to have secrets.   Lena and Ethan’s relationship is so genuine and endearing.  You can’t help but root for them to have their love conquer all.  I also find the family curse to be so fascinating.   I really like how Garcia and Stohl added the flashbacks into the story to really give you the depth of the family saga.  I am excited to read Beautiful Darkness to find out more about their doomed relationship and of course to learn if Lena can fend off her claiming any longer.

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


September Book Clubs

Here are our book clubs for September:

In-store discussions at Mostly Books

September 4th (7 PM) Non-Fiction Book Club:  The Devil’s Cup:  A History of the World According to Coffee by Stewart Lee Allen

September 21st (4 PM) YA Book Club:  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

September 25th (7 PM) Mystery Book Club:  The Reversal by Michael Connelly


On-line book discussion on Goodreads

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Marked by P C Cast and Kristin Cast

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl


July’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of July:

1  A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

2  My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor

3  The English Girl by Daniel Silva

4  Wonder by RJ Palacio

5  Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

6  State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

7  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

8  Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

9  The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

10  I Could Pee on This:  And Other Poems By Cats by Francesco Marciuliano


Here are our bestsellers for the beginning of March:

1  Deadly Stakes by JA Jance

2  Buddhist Boot Camp by Timber Hawkeye

3  Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

4  Paper Towns by John Green

5  Life of Pi by Yann Martel

6  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

7  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

8  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

9  Alex Cross, Run by James Patterson

10  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo


Here are our bestsellers for the end of February:

1  Mousetronaut by Mark Kelly

2  Deadly Stakes by JA Jance

3  American Sniper by Chris Kyle

4  Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

5  Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

6  Her Royal Spyness by Rhys Bowen

7  The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis

8  Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

9  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

10  The Kitchen House by  Kathleen Grissom