New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the past few weeks:

The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki (Hardback)

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (Hardback)

The Serpent of Venice by Christopher Moore (Paperback)

Dreaming Spies by Laurie R King (the latest featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes) (Hardback)

Bones Never Lie by Kathy Reichs (Paperback)

The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson (Book 3 in the Shades of London series) (Hardback) (TFOB Attendee)

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead (Book 6 in the Bloodline series) (Hardback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Revival by Stephen King (Hardback)

Flesh and Blood by Patricia Cornwell (Hardback)

The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson (Hardback)

We Hold These Truths by Andrew Clements (Paperback)

Fully Alive:  Discovering What Matters Most by Timothy Shriver (Hardback)

July’s Book Clubs

Here are our July book clubs.  If you would like a complete book list for each group please go to our  website.

July 10th ( 7 PM) Local Authors Book Group:  The Rug Broker by Fran Marian.  Mrs. Marian will also be joining our book discussion.

July 17th (7 PM) Fiction Book Group:  Work Song by Ivan Doig

July 20th (4 PM) YA Book Group:  Looking for Alaska by John Green

July 24th ( 7 PM) Mystery Book Group:  The Dog’s of Rome by Conor Fitzgerald

Online Book Discussions:  Teen Reads with Mostly Books on Goodreads

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Hysteria by Megan Miranda

New Release

Here are a few new releases for the week:

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult (She will be attending this years Tucson Festival of Books)

Fragments by Dan Wells (This is book 2 in the Partials sequence)

Bad Blood by Dana Stabenow (The latest novel featuring  Kate Shugak and Stabenow will be attending this years Tucson Festival of Books)

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson (This is book 2 in the Shades of London series)

The Last Little Blue Envelope

Maureen Johnson’s novel The Last Little Blue Envelope is such a wonderful conclusion to 13 Little Blue Envelopes.  When we left Ginny on the first book,  her backpack with the final envelope had been stolen and she was left not knowing the end to her aunt’s adventure.  But then out of the blue, she gets a mysterious email from a boy in London who found her backpack with the envelope.  Oliver has agreed to give Ginny  the bag back on the condition that she takes him with her to find the artwork described in the letter and split the profits with him.  Ginny doesn’t love this idea, but she has to finish the adventure and reluctantly agrees to his terms.  She also decides to bring along Keith and his girlfriend, Ellis.  Now the four take off to travel around in search of the three paintings and to finish the adventure that Ginny’s aunt had wanted her to take.

It was so much fun to watch Ginny grow-up and go on another trip.  I also loved that we didn’t get much information on Oliver until the very end of the story.  His back-story was so nicely hidden and then revealed that it just made the end that much better.  This is such a nice series for young teens with the perfect amount of drama, but not overly mature for the younger reader.