New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Moonlight Over Paris by Jennifer Robson (Paperback)

Feverborn by Karen Marie Moning (the latest in the Fever series) (Hardback)

A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab

The Things We Keep by Sally Hepworth

Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz

The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World That Values Sameness by Todd Rose (Hardback)

Kalahari by Jessica Khoury (Paperback)

Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Paperback)

Four by Veronica Roth (Paperback)

Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black (Paperback)

Sanctuary Bay by Laura Burns

Up to This Pointe by Jennifer Longo (Hardback)

The League of Beastly Dreadfuls by Holly Grant (Paperback)

Humphrey’s School Fair Surprise by Betty G. Birney (Paperback)

New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Hush Hush by Laura Lippman (The latest in the Tess Monaghan series) (Hardback)

Mightier Than the Sword by Jeffrey Archer (Book 5 in the Clifton Chronicles) (Hardback)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica (Paperback)

The Target by David Baldacci (Mass Paperback)

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen (Mass Paperback)

The City by Dean Koontz (Mass Paperback)

Shame and Captives by Thomas Keneally (Hardback)

Irritable Hearts: A PTSD Love Story by Mac McClelland

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Hardback)

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder (Paperback)

Unchanged by Jessica Brody (Book 3 in the Unremembered Trilogy) (Hardback)

Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale (the latest in the Princess Academy series) (Hardback)



New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Fear the Darkness by Becky Masterman (book 2 featuring Brigid Quinn) (Hardback)

City of Darkness and Light by Rhys Bowen (book 13 featuring Molly Murphy) (Paperback)

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen (Hardback)

The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin (Paperback)

Serena by Ron Rash (Movie-Tie In Paperback)

Vicious by V. E. Schwab (Paperback)

Burned by Karen Marie Moning (book 2 in the Fever series) (Hardback)

Twisted Fate by Norah Olson (Hardback)

The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson (Hardback)

Three by by Kristen Simmons (book 3 in the Article 5 series) (Paperback)

Palace of Dreams by Adam Jay Epstein (book 4 in the Familiars series) (Paperback)


New Releases

Here are a few new releases for the week:

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

The Round House by Louise Erdrich (paperback)

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

The Whatnot by Stefan Bachmann

The Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell


Vicious by V.E. Schwab is her first adult novel, and her book is sure to cause  excitement. Her world of ExtraOrdinaries and the monsters that we bury deep inside us has been well developed and written in such a compelling fashion that people are going to want more.  Victor and Eli have always had a bit of complicated friendship.  Before Eli came to Victor’s college, Victor was easily the top ranked student and was given all of the special privileges that came along with that.  Not only has Eli surpassed him in school, but he also got the  girl.   For the most part Victor can look passed all of this, but then Eli decides to out do him on his thesis topic.  Eli believes that people become EO, or ExtraOrdinary people who are given a supernatural power, under the stress of a near death trauma.  Naturally, Victor decides to one-up him and proclaims that they should attempt to become EOs.  This is the story of what follows and how best friends can easily be turn into archenemies.

I really liked Schwab’s dark world.  Not only do the characters have an evil side lurking within, but the entire atmosphere of the town seems  a little darker and sinister.  Schwab did a great job of creating a new mythology of supernatural people.  In some respects I felt her “superheros” were more human than most mythologies, although the characters would be the first to claim that they are no longer human.  It was really fascinating how the characters felt even more broken after they came back to life as an EO.  You would think most of them would be relieved and thrilled with their new “gift”, but in Vicious the characters felt numb and had a lack of a conscience.  I thought this was a nice twist to the standard supernatural psyche that tends to create heroes.  Additionally, their darker nature was more prevalent than you would expect, but at the same time there was some good in most of them too, just buried.  Scwhab showed more depth to her mythology by not keeping her characters locked into the traditional good or bad superhero.  My favorite part of this story is the way that Schwab tells it.  She jumps around from the present day, to several years early, to a few days before.  This sounds confusing but it really wasn’t.  Instead it made the reading engaging since you didn’t know how all the characters came to be where they are now.  It was really exciting to piece together Victor and Eli’s past relationship.  I would be happy if this a stand alone book, but I am pretty sure I would jump up and down if Schwab decides to continue with these characters and world.