New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Wait for Signs:  Twelve Longmire Stories by Craig Johnson (Hardback)

First Impressions:  A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love and Jane Austen by Charlie Lovett (Hardback)

George Marshall by Debi and Irwin Unger (Hardback)

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom (Paperback)

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin (Hardback)

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater (Book 3 in the Raven Cycle) (Hardback)

Tales of Great Beasts by Brandon Mull (Special Edition of Spirit Animals) (Hardback)

Skippyjon Jones Snow What by Judith Byron Schachner (Signed Copies available) (Hardback)

Here Comes Santa Cat by Deborah Underwood (Hardback)

Please visit the store or call if you are interested in the signed editions.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes (Hardback)

The Care and Management of Lies:  A Novel of the Great War by Jacqueline Winspear (Hardback)

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (Hardback)



The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Hardback)

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire (Paperback)

Outlander Starz-Tie in Edition by Diana Gabaldon (Paperback)

Fireborn:  A Souls of Fire Novel by Keri Arthur (Paperback)

The Highway by C. J. Box (Paperback)

The Huey’s in None the Number by Oliver Jeffers (Hardback)


The Dream Thieves

The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater is book two in the Raven Cycle and it was amazing!  The quest for the missing Welsh Raven king continues and much has changed now that the ley line is awake.  It has caused several unsavory characters to take notice of the small town of Henrietta and the magical power that resides there.  In fact Mr Gray, a hit man, has been sent to the town to search for a magical item that procures  things from dreams called the Greywaren.  The hit man is not the only trouble in town, Ronan begins to spin out of control with his reckless street racing as he attempts to understand his family’s legacy.  It seems Gansey’s group is slowly unraveling.

The first book was great, but this one was fabulous.  Ronan’s past and supernatural talent were so much fun to read about.  Without giving too much away, I love the dark creatures that he creates and the inner strength he eventually finds in himself.  And I still love Blue and Gansey.  Blue may doubt her place, but we all know she is going to grow into something amazing as the series continues.  You can feel the hidden potential behind her reserved nature.  Gansey is always charming and he cares so much for his friends.  I think he is going to find away to keep everyone together and find his king, but sadly I have to wait for the next book to find out.  Aside from the characters, my second favorite part about this series is all of the ravens.  There are pet ravens, raven mascots, raven kings, the list goes on and on and makes any raven enthusiast smile.  This is such a unique supernatural story and is easily one of my top reads during 2013.

Raven Boys

Maggie Stiefvater’s newest novel Raven Boys is the start of a new series featuring a psychic’s daughter Blue and a handful of the Aglionby private boarding school  students, commonly known as Raven boys.  Blue herself has no psychic abilities  even though everyone else in her life does.  She has been told that she has the rare gift of supercharging a psychic’s sight, but truthfully finds this to be a dull talent.  Her whole life she has grown up trying to stay away from the Raven boys.  They are nothing but spoiled brats temporarily residing in her small town.  Well, that’s one reason.  The other reason is that for years her mom and her mom’s friends have told her that her first true love will die if she kisses him.  That kind of makes it even more important that she stays away from them, which is fine until she meets Gansey and his posse.   Now she finds herself drawn into his quest to discover a long lost king with all the challenges and heartache that comes along with it.

This was a great book!  I especially loved all of the repeated raven references.  You really can’t get away from that bird, whether it be the boys’ school, their pet, or the missing Welsh king himself, the raven is everywhere.  I thought Stiefvater took a unique approach to her book by giving none of the main characters any magical powers – or at least none that we know.  Instead the focus is looking for a ley line, which holds all of the magical powers.  It was fun and easy to relate to the teens searching for magic instead of learning to use magic.  The characters are charming, developed, and sure to keep getting better as the series progresses.   And how can you not love a book that uses the phrase, “top shelf” in non-joking fashion from a teen character – what a fantastic use of language.  If you are looking for a paranormal book that isn’t the typical vampire or angel theme, then pick-up Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Boys.  You are sure to like it and want more.

March Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of March:

1  The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint

2  Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (autographed copies still available)

3  Outlander (20th Anniversary Edition) by Diana Gabaldon (autographed copies still available)

4  The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (autographed copies still available)

5  Just One Day by Gayle Foreman (autographed copies still available)

6  Unwanted by Lisa McMann

7  Deadly Stakes by JA Jance (autographed copies still available)

8   Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

9  City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

10 Tucson Hiking Guide by Betty Leavengood (autographed copies still available)

Stop in the store or call us at 520-571-0110 for any of the above titles.

Final Schedule for Tucson Festival of Books Authors 2013

Here is our final schedule for the authors who will be signing with us at this year’s Tucson Festival of Books. Out booth numbers are 127-130 and we are directly south of the U of A bookstore located in the Student Union Building. Our booth is directly off the sidewalk. As you can see, we have a fantastic group of authors who will be joining us. Be sure to come meet the authors and get their latest book autographed.

Saturday March 9th

10:00 AM Charles de Lint, Thomas Perry, Nina Kiriki Hoffman

10:00AM Jennifer Nielsen ( this is a half hour signing)

11:00 AM Patrick Rothfuss, JA Jance, Hilary Davidson

11:30 AM Lisa McMann, Joanne Levy

12:00 PM Michael McGarrity, Karen Thompson Walker

1:00 PM Michael Palmer, Jeri Westerson, Conrad Storad

1:30 PM Maggie Stiefvater

2:00 PM Craig Johnson, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Susan Vreeland

2:30 PM James Rollins

3:00 PM Lisa Genova, BA Shapiro, Mary Casanova

4:00 PM Kate Mathis

Sunday March 10th

10:00 AM Michael Palmer, Daniel Palmer, Betty Webb, Judith Knight

11:00 AM Deanne Stillman, Fran Marian, Betty Leavengood

12:00 PM Andrew Gross, Kerrelyn Sparks, Nancy Turner

12:15 PM Susan Cummins Miller

1:00 PM Dana Stabenow

1:30 PM Gayle Forman, Alice LaPlante

2:00 PM Jane Eppinga

2:30 PM Diana Gabaldon

3:00 PM Ellen McMahon

4:00 PM Ben Small

February Book Clubs

Here is what our February Book Clubs are reading:

In-Store Discussions:

February 6th (7 PM) Non-Fiction Group:  The Worst Hard Time:  The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl by Timothy Egan

February 20th (7 PM) Fiction Group:  The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope

February 27th (7 PM) Mystery Group:  Broken by Karin Fossum and Charlotte Barslund

Online Disscussions:   Teen Reads with Mostly Books on Goodreads  

Crash by Lisa McMann

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Legend of Tril:  Soulbound by Heather Brewer

(All of the YA authors will be attending this years Tucson Festival of Books-yay!)