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.



Here are a few new releases for the week:

All the Stars in Heaven by Adriana Trigiani (autographed copies available at the store)

See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Winter Stroll by Elin Hilderbrand

Carrying Albert Home by Homer Hickman

Let Me Be Frank With You by Richard Ford

An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea by Patrick Taylor (the latest in the Irish Country Books)

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki

A Gift from Bob: How a Street Cat Helped One Man Learn the Meaning of Christmas by James Bowen

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton (autographed copies available at the store)

The King’s Justice by Stephen Donaldson

Symbiont by Mira Grant (Book 2 in the Parasitology series)

The Rose Society by Marie Lu (Book 2 in the Young Elites series)

Black Widow Forever Red by Margaret Stohl

Happily Ever After: A Companion to the Selection Stories by Kiera Cass

City of Thirst by Carrie Ryan & John Parke Davis (Book 2 in the Map to Everywhere)

Dark Tide by Jennifer Donnelly (Book 3 in the Waterfire Saga series)

Toymaker’s Apprentice by Sherri Smith

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Young Elite by Marie Lu

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick

The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan (book 5 in the Heroes of Olympus series)

A Midwinter’s Tail by Sofie Kelly (book 6 in the Magical Cat series)

Nora Webster by Colm Toibin

Some Luck by Jane Smiley

The Innovators:  How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution by Walter Isaacson

A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack by William Joyce

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The King’s Curse by Philippa Gregory (the latest in the Cousin’s War series) (Harback)

Agatha Christie The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (A new Hercule Poirot mystery) (Hardback)

Virtue Falls by Christina Dodd (Hardback)

The Bully Pulpit:  Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Paperback)

The Accused by Lisa Scottoline (Paperback)

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang (Hardback)

Champion by Marie Lu (Paperback)

The Forbidden Stone by Tony Abbott and Bill Perkins (Paperback)



Marie Lu’s Champion is the final book in the intense and amazing Legend trilogy.  June and Day have both decided to go their separate ways after risking everything to establish a peaceful co-existence between the Republic, the Patriots, and the Colonies.  June is training to become an adviser to the Elector and Day has been given all of the luxuries that he never had before.  Just as the final treaty is being drawn up between the Republic and the Colonies a plague is released in the Colonies’ cities convincing them that a treaty is unacceptable.  Now June and Day are again asked to sacrifice everything dear to them in order to keep their country safe.

Lu has such an amazing talent for drawing you right into her stories with suspense, drama, and action.  Her writing is  so descriptive that you feel like you are right in the thick of it all, which is great as long as you have nothing else planned for the day.  I have become so attached to June and Day.  Lu really knows how to create lifelike and engaging characters.  You feel every emotion that they go through and find yourself cheering them on.  I am always sad to reach the end of Lu’s books, I need more time with Day and June!   Several of us in the store are in denial that this is the end of the series since we love the characters so much.  I realize that dystopians are all the rage these days, and that perhaps many of us are starting to burn out on them, but this is a must read series.  It is easily one of my top five favorite dystopians.  And even better, now that all three are out you can read them all at once – which you will want to do as soon as you finish book one.

November’s Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the end of November:

1  The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, from Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo (autographed copies available)

2  Moonday by Adam Rex (autographed copies available)

3  Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair by Anne Lamott

4  Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney

5  The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

6  Where’d You Go Bernadette? by Maria Semple

7  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

8  Legend by Marie Lu

9  The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

10  Takedown Twenty by Janet Evanovich

If you would like an autographed copy please call or stop in the store.

November Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of November:

1  Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (autographed copies available)

2  Cabin Fever by Jeff Kinney

3  The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom

4  We are Water by Wally Lamb

5  Champion by Marie Lu

6  Wild by Cheryl Strayed

7  Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford

8  Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

9  The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty

10  The House of Hades by Rick Riordan

Please call or stop in the store for autographed copies.

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Diary of a Wimpy Kid:  Hard Luck by Jeff Kinney (This is book 8 in the series)  Mr. Kinney will be having a book signing here on Friday November 8th at 10:30 AM.  This is a ticketed event, please call or stop in the store to receive your ticket.

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan (We have signed first editions in the store)

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett (We have signed first editions in the store)

Through the Evil Days by Julia Spencer-Fleming (This is the latest novel featuring Clare Fergusson and Russ Van Alstyn)

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (paperback)

Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger

Champion by Marie Lu (This is the latest novel in the Legend series)

Royal Rangers by John Flanagan (This is book 12 in the Ranger’s Apprentice series)

June Bestsellers

Here are our bestsellers for the middle of June:

1  A Serpent’s Tooth by Craig Johnson (autograph copies are available in the store)

2  The Cold Dish by Craig Johnson (autographed copies are available in the store)

3  Game of Thrones by George RR Martin

4  World War Z by Max Brooks

5  City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

6  And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

7  Blasphemy by Sherman Alexie

8  Prodigy by Marie Lu

9  Happy, Happy, Happy:  My Life and Legacy as the Duck Commander by Phil Robertson

10  Dare You To by Katie McGarry

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Prodigy by Marie Lu (the 2nd installment in the Legend Trilogy-as a side note, Legend as been re-released with a new cover)

The Hour of Peril:  The Secret Plot To Murder Lincoln Before the Civil War by Daniel Stashower

In One Person by John Irving (paperback)