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.

 

NEW RELEASES

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson

Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon (Book 11 in the Mitford series)

Deadlands: Ghostwalkers by Jonathan Maberry

Killing Lessons by Saul Black

Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert

1944: FDR and the Year that Changed History by Jay Winik

Killing Reagan by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

Bits & Pieces by Jonathan Maberry (Book 5 in the Rot & Ruin series)

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs (Book 3 in the Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series) (Limited number of signed copies available at the store.)

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow

Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson

Blood & Salt by Kim Liggett

Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski

The Tattooed Heart by Michael Grant

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

Bad Magic by Pseudonymous Bosch

A Shiloh Christmas by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Olaf’s Night Before Christmas Book by The Disney Group

Click, Clack, Ho! Ho! Ho! by Doreen Cronin

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (Hardback)

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer (Hardback)

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory (Paperback)

The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank (Paperback)

The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson (Paperback)

Falling in Love by Donna Leon (The latest featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti) (Hardback)

Field of Prey by John Stanford (Paperback)

Predator One by Jonathan Maberry (The latest featuring Joe Ledger) (Paperback)

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu (Hardback)

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong (Age of Legend Trilogy) (Hardback)

A Forest Divided by Erin Hunter (Warriors: Dawn of the Clans #5) (Hardback)

Tucson Festival of Books 2015

Here is who will be signing at our booth #148 during the Tucson Festival of Books 2015.  We are located south of the Student Union Building and west of the food court.

Saturday March 14th

10:00 – 10:45 PM Mary Kubica, J. M. Hayes & Alice Hoffman

10:30 – 11:00 PM  Nancy Turner

11:00 – 11:45 PM  S. C Gwynne, J. A Jance, Jenny Han Ally Carter

12:00 – 12:45 PM Becky Masterman, Bruce Holsinger & Brenda Novak

12:30 – 1:15 PM Sarah McCoy


1:00 – 1:45 PM
Erica Spindler, Gail Sheehy & Rhys Bowen

1:30 – 2:00 PM Jo Knowles

2:00 – 2:45 PM Weston Ochse & William Kent Kruegger

2:30 – 3:00 PM Craig Johnson

3:00 – 3:45 PM E. Lockhart, Jane Eppinga & Parker Anderson

3:30 – 4:00 PM Lisa See

4:00 – 4:45 PM Jonathan Maberry, Susan Cummins Miller & Mark Adams

4:15 – 4:45 PM Kathleen Kent

Sunday March 15th

10:00 – 10:45 PM Jessica Khoury & Sara Sue Hoklotubbe

10:30 – 11:00 PM Lisa McMann

11:00 – 11:45 PM Daniel James Brown, Jean Kwok, Samuel Gailey, & Andrew Smith

12:00 – 12:45 PM Janni Lee Simner & B. J. Kurtz

1:00 – 1:45 PM Jennifer Nielsen, Thomas Perry, Lori Alexander Michael Ward

2:00 – 2:45 PM Wynne Brown

3:00 – 3:30 PM H. Alan Day

 

4:00 – 4:45 PM Megan McDonald

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Trial by Fire by Josephine Angelini (YA Hardback)

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas (the latest in the Throne of Glass series) (YA Hardback)

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas (YA Paperback)

Winter People by Rebekah L Purdy (YA Hardback)

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies (YA Hardback)

Jewel Amy Ewing (YA Hardback)

Island of Legends by Lisa McMann (Book #4 in the Unwanteds series) (Middle Grade Hardback)

Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix (Book #7 in the Missing series) (Middle Grade Hardback)

Acceptance by Jeff VanderMeer (Book #3 in the Southern Reach Trilogy) (Fantasy Paperback)

Fall of Night by Jonathan Maberry (Book #2 in the Dead of Night series) (Horror/Thriller Paperback)

Daring:  My Passage by Gail Sheehy (Memoir Hardback)

Simple Dreams by Linda Ronstadt (Memoir Paperback)

Fallen Women by Sandra Dallas (Fiction Paperback)

 

 

 

 

Dragon Factory

If you love Lee Child and/or James Rollins then you must read Jonathan Maberry.  His Joe Ledger character is like Jack Reacher but with a secret science military team to back him up.  He is a martial arts expert and a cop, so he knows how to handle the bad guys when them come around.  Dragon Factory is book two in the series.  Joe Ledger and his team are going up against two separate geneticists.  One creating exotic transgenic monsters and mercenaries and the other is continuing the Nazi Master Race that began with Josef Mengele.  Both groups are set on bringing down Ledger and taking over the world, but Ledger is ready to go to war in order to stop them.

What I really love about this series is how complex everything is.  It is never just one bad guy against Ledger, it’s more like one bad guy, his grown kids, plus several other creatures lurking around reeking havoc.  The science, specifically the genetic manipulation, is taken to the extreme in Dragon Factory.  It is frightening to think what people could do, but boy does it make for an intense and crazy read.  If you are looking for a new thriller author to read, Maberry is a great choice and you will be glued to the series.

 

Tucson Festival of Books 2014 Wrap-Up

We had another fabulous book festival this year.  Our booth had almost 50 authors for book signings and it was wonderful.  We would like to thank all of the amazing authors who join as well as all of our staff and volunteers.  Here is a brief look at who was at our booth.  Some of the authors were missed in pictures because sometimes things were just a little crazy.

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