New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hush Hush by Laura Lippman (The latest in the Tess Monaghan series) (Hardback)

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (Book 5 in the Clifton Chronicles) (Hardback)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Paperback)

The Target by David Baldacci (Mass Paperback)

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (Mass Paperback)

The City by Dean Koontz (Mass Paperback)

Shame and Captives by Thomas Keneally (Hardback)

Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Hardback)

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder (Paperback)

Unchanged by Jessica Brody (Book 3 in the Unremembered Trilogy) (Hardback)

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (the latest in the Princess Academy series) (Hardback)

 

 

Black Ice

Bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick has shown us a world filled with guardian angels in her Hush, Hush saga and now she is taking us hiking through a blizzard in her latest novel Black Ice.  Britt is still healing from her breakup with Calvin and has decided the best way to get over him, or maybe to win him back, is to go backpacking through the Tetons.  She has been training all year for this adventure and is planning to go with her bestfriend Korbie, who is also Calvin’s little sister.  As the two set out for Korbie’s family cabin, they get caught in a terrible blizzard.  The two girls start walking in the snow and it doesn’t take long for them to become cold and wet.  Stumbling upon a small cabin Britt and Korbie ask the two boys staying there if they can spend the night.  Things take an ugly turn and the girls find themselves being held hostage by two fugitives.  Now Britt is forced to lead them off the mountain. She continues to have hope that someone will rescue her since she knows that her ex-boyfriend is on the mountain too.  As she keeps trekking down she uncovers evidence of a serial killer and begins to suspect the killer is on the mountain and looking for her.

Fitzpatrick has created an intense YA thriller that will have you chilled to the bone.  The twists and turns of the plot were suspenseful and created a fast pace. I like that Britt realized that in order to live she had to rely on herself, not the men in her life, to save her.  She is determined, resourceful and she refuses to give up even when facing extreme fear and weather.  I liked that this book is so drastically different from Fitzpatrick’s other novels.  If you are looking for a new thriller to read, this is an excellent choice.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick (the latest installment in the Hush, Hush saga)

Beautiful Redemption  by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (the latest installment in the Beautiful Creatures series)

The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin (the latest installment in the Mara Dyer trilogy)

“Who Could It Be At This Hour?” by Lemony Snicket (the first book in a new series)

September Book Discussions

Here are our September book discussions:

Online Teen Forum on Goodreads.com (Join the group Teen Reads with Mostly Books)

Changeling by Philippa Gregory (September 1st-14th)

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick (September 15th-30th)

In store book discussions Wednesday nights at 7 PM:

September 5th Non-Fiction Group:  Stiff:  The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

September 12th the Lit Wit Group:  The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

September 19th Fiction Group:  The Blossom Festival by Lawrence Coates (Unfortunately this novel is out of print and unavailable from our website)

September 26th Mystery Group:  Private:  #1 Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

 

Hush, Hush

Becca Fitzpatrick’s novel Hush, Hush is a fabulous teen paranormal read.  Nora’s life finally seems to be going back to normal now that a year has past since her father’s death.  But things take an unusual turn the instant her biology teacher enforces a new seating chart that puts her and the new kid Patch together.  Now it seems as if Patch is everywhere and Nora isn’t sure if she should be scared of him or not.  As if her life isn’t complicated enough, Elliot, a new transfer student, is aggressively pursuing Nora for dates, her best friend is attacked, and she is having weird hallucinations.

Hush, Hush has a fun psychological twist that make the story so fascinating and compelling to read.  As mysterious things begin to happen to Nora, I found myself struggling to decided if she is hallucinating the events or if someone is causing them.  I also loved that Fitzpatrick never really lets you become comfortable with Patch.  She did such a great job of displaying Nora’s conflicting emotions that it was easy to feel mistrust towards Patch.  The angel mythology that Fitzpatrick creates is fresh and exciting, making her stand apart from all of the other author’s writing in this genre.  This is a great series to start your summer reading.

On a side note, I am so excited to meet Becca Fitzpatrick at the 2012 Book Expo next week!