New Releases

Here are a few new releases for this past week:

Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich (Hardback)

Code of Conduct by Brad Thor (The latest Scot Harvath) (Hardback)

The Hand that Feeds You by A. J. Rich (Hardback)

Those Girls by Chevy Stevens (Hardback)

Signal by Patrick Lee (The latest Sam Dryden) (Hardback)

Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates (The latest Magical Bakery Mystery) (Paperback)

Wound Up in Murder Betty Hechtman (The latest Yarn Retreat) (Paperback)

Does This Beach Make Me Look Fat?  True Stories and Confessions by Lisa Scottoline and Francesca Serritella (Hardback)

Flight From Death by Yasmine Galenorn (Paperback)

A Murder of Mages by Marshall Ryan Maresca (Paperback)

Wicked Embers by Keri Arthur (Souls of Fire) (Paperback)

Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Hardback)

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (Hardback)

The Heart of Betrayal by Mary E. Pearson (book 2 in the Remnant Chronicles) (Hardback)

Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (Hardback)

Survive the Night by Danielle Vega (Hardback)

The Pout-Pout Fish in the Big-Big Dark by Deborah Diesen (Hardback)

R is for Rocket: An ABC Book by Tad Hills (Hardback)

 

 

Ink and Bone

Rachel Caine’s new series The Great Library is off to a promising start.  Book one Ink and  Bone introduces us to a futuristic world with steampunk elements.  Jess has never known a time when the Great Library doesn’t rule over everyone.  It dictates what people can read and only allows books to be read via tablet: real physical books are forbidden.  His family specializes in black market books so when the opportunity arises for a job within the library his father doesn’t hesitate to pay for him to get an audition.  It would be perfect having a family member inside the library working as a spy.  But once Jess starts his journey he finds that things are not that simple and in fact they are quite deadly.

What an outstanding beginning.  The atmosphere was engrossing and detailed.  I could feel myself in the gritty side streets of London as well as the sweltering desert of Egypt.  I also liked that in many ways this futuristic world felt old and reminiscent of the Industrial age.  This book was complex with layers of intrigue and I enjoyed learning key tidbits (both past and present) through letters between the heads of the library.  I should also mention, that this book is packed with action.  Whether it be with the tests that the candidates have to complete or braving a war zone, I often found myself quickly turning the page to see if everyone was okay.  That being said, Caine never  sacrifices her character development.  Jess went from being a bullied son to finding his courage, using his intelligence, and creating lifelong friendships.  This is a great read for fans of the Divergent series, Infernal Devices or all book lovers.