Monday, June 18, 2018

The Love That I Have

Image result for 9781460754634By: James Moloney
Location: FIC MOL
Genre: Historical Fiction- Holocaust

For fans of The Book Thief, a powerful and heartbreaking story set during WW2 that stays with you long after the final page is read.
From award-winning Australian author James Moloney, comes a fresh and compelling story about love, loss and profound bravery.

Margot Baumann has left school to take up her sister's job in the mailroom of a large prison. But this is Germany in 1944, and the prison is Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin.

Margot is shielded from the camp's brutality as she has no contact with prisoners. But she does handle their mail and, when given a cigarette lighter and told to burn the letters, she is horrified by the callous act she must carry out with her own hands. This is especially painful since her brother was taken prisoner at Stalingrad and her family has had no letters from him. So Margot steals a few letters, intending to send them in secret, only to find herself drawn to their heart-rending words of hope, of despair, and of love.

This is how Margot comes to know Dieter Kleinschmidt - through the beauty and the passion of his letters to his girlfriend. And since his girlfriend is also named Margot, it is like reading love letters written for her.

Although essentially a holocaust love story, it certainly takes a very different perspective and the power of love in protecting our human spirit; not receiving but giving. I found this simple idea challenging and relevant especially in today’s increasingly disconnected society. Love in our culture is not usually presented this deeply; often it is sexualised and trivialised.
I also enjoyed the challenge to stereotypes with a German guard that was helpful and inmates that were unpleasant. Margot’s family itself shows the full range of attitudes from her mother’s anti-Semitism to her father’s indifference. Even Margot overthrows her own attitudes during the story and then at the end undeservedly finds herself the victim of prejudice at its very worst. 

Furthermore and Whichwood

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By: Tahereh Mafi
Location: FIC MAF
Genre: Fantasy

Born as blank as canvas in a world brimming with colour and magic, Alice's pale skin and milk-white hair mark her as an outcast. Because, for the people of Ferenwood, colour and magic are one and the same. And since the disappearance of her beloved father, Alice is more determined than ever to prove herself and her own magical abilities.

To do so she'll have to travel into the mythical, dangerous land of Furthermore, with the help of a fiercely annoying boy named Oliver. But nothing in Furthermore is as it seems, and it will take all of Alice's wits to find her father and return him safely home

Tahereh Mafi does such a great job with writing these dark, imaginative MG novels. I love them!- Hailey

The magic, the tale, the characters - it all came together beautifully to become the whimsical, wonderful content between these pages.- Alexa 

The beauty the remains

Image result for 9780525578284By: Ashley Woodfolk
Location: FIC WOO
Genre: Young Adult, LGBT, Contemporary

“For the sensitive among us
sometime the noise
is just too much...”

Music brought Autumn, Shay, and Logan together. Death wants to tear them apart.

Autumn always knew exactly who she was—a talented artist and a loyal friend. Shay was defined by two things: her bond with her twin sister, Sasha, and her love of music. And Logan always turned to writing love songs when his love life was a little less than perfect.

But when tragedy strikes each of them, somehow music is no longer enough. Now Logan can’t stop watching vlogs of his dead ex-boyfriend. Shay is a music blogger struggling to keep it together. And Autumn sends messages that she knows can never be answered.

Each of them wonders: How different would my life be if this hadn’t happened? And now that it has . . . what’s next?

Trigger Warnings: Death of a sibling, death of a best friend, death of an ex-boyfriend, suicide, leukemia, alcoholism, mentions of drug dealing, marijuana use, death of a queer character.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Blackfish City

Image result for 9780356510033By: Sam J. Miller
Location: FIC MIL
Genre: Sci Fi- Dystopic

"Ambitious, imaginative and big- hearted"- Publishers Weekly

Blackfish City is a remarkably urgent—and ultimately very hopeful—novel about political corruption, organized crime, technology run amok, the consequences of climate change, gender identity, and the unifying power of human connection.

After the climate wars, a floating city is constructed in the Arctic Circle, a remarkable feat of mechanical and social engineering, complete with geothermal heating and sustainable energy. The city’s denizens have become accustomed to a roughshod new way of living, however, the city is starting to fray along the edges—crime and corruption have set in, the contradictions of incredible wealth alongside direst poverty are spawning unrest, and a new disease called “the breaks” is ravaging the population.

When a strange new visitor arrives—a woman riding an orca, with a polar bear at her side—the city is entranced. The “orcamancer,” as she’s known, very subtly brings together four people—each living on the periphery—to stage unprecedented acts of resistance. By banding together to save their city before it crumbles under the weight of its own decay, they will learn shocking truths about themselves.

“Everyone can afford to be nice to each other, when no one is trying to exterminate anybody.”  


Image result for 9781338053807By: Gordon Korman
Location: FIC KOR
Genre: Realistic Fiction 

"Compelling, humorous and intriguing" Publishers Weekly

Chase's memory just went out the window.
Chase doesn't remember falling off the roof. He doesn't remember hitting his head. He doesn't, in fact, remember anything. He wakes up in a hospital room and suddenly has to learn his whole life all over again . . . starting with his own name.
He knows he's Chase. But who is Chase? When he gets back to school, he sees that different kids have very different reactions to his return.
Some kids treat him like a hero. Some kids are clearly afraid of him.
One girl in particular is so angry with him that she pours her frozen yogurt on his head the first chance she gets.
Pretty soon, it's not only a question of who Chase is--it's a question of who he was . . . and who he's going to be.
From the #1 bestselling author of Swindle and Slacker, Restart is the spectacular story of a kid with a messy past who has to figure out what it means to get a clean start.

"As a high schooler, I generally think Gordon Korman, while excellent, is too juvenile of a writer for me to seriously enjoy at this point. So when my ten-year-old sister raved about it and incessantly recommended it to me, I was very skeptical. However, this book pleasantly surprised me. It took on a lot of tough topics like bullying, injury, and self-image, while simultaneously keeping it light hearted. Plus, there were enough twists to keep it interesting for even a mature reader, yet it still wasn't too much for a younger reader. It struck the perfect balance. It was a wonderfully written children's book." Skutti

The Mountain

Image result for 9780857056917By: Luca D'Andrea
Location: FIC DAN
Genre: Thriller/Mystery

“Some say you become an adult when you bury your parents; others, when you become a parent yourself. I didn’t agree with either of these two philosophies. You become an adult when you learn to apologise” – Jeremiah Salinger

"A very good story for when you are stuck at home with a coldy flu."- Colleen.
Sounds like the perfect time of year to read this book then!

"The novel contains some fantastic writing and a twist you will NOT see coming! I was genuinely amazed at how much this seemingly cold case, gripped me. In the process of his case Salinger uncovers revelation after revelation, some of which shake him to his core"- Abby

An atmospheric commercial thriller for readers of Stephen King and Joel Dicker.Jeremiah Salinger blames himself. The crash was his fault. He was the only survivor. Now only his daughter Clara can put a smile on his face. The depression and the nightmares are closing in. But when he takes Clara to the Bletterbach - a canyon in the Dolomites rich in fossil remains - he overhears by chance a conversation that gives his life renewed focus. In 1985 three students were murdered there, their bodies savaged, limbs severed and strewn by a killer who was never found. Salinger, a New Yorker, is far from home, and these Italian mountains, where his wife was born, harbour a close-knit, tight-lipped community whose mistrust of outsiders can turn ugly. All the same, solving this mystery might be the only thing that can keep him sane

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Mandelbrot the Magnificent

Image result for 9780765398055By: Liz Ziemska
Location: FIC ZIE
Genre: Historical Fiction-  Holocaust-Maths

"Such a short book to pack such a wallop. How magical is mathematics, how mathematical is magic? I’ll be thinking about this novel for a long time."-Laura

"Liz Ziemska has fashioned a beautiful story about one famous survivor and the magic and mathematics he's brought to the world." --Karen Joy Fowler

Mandelbrot the Magnificent is a stunning, magical pseudo-biography of Benoit Mandelbrot as he flees into deep mathematics to escape the rise of Hitler

Born in the Warsaw ghetto and growing up in France during the rise of Hitler, Benoit Mandelbrot found escape from the cruelties of the world around him through mathematics. Logic sometimes makes monsters, and Mandelbrot began hunting monsters at an early age. Drawn into the infinite promulgations of formulae, he sinks into secret dimensions and unknown wonders.

His gifts do not make his life easier, however. As the Nazis give up the pretense of puppet government in Vichy France, the jealousy of Mandelbrot's classmates leads to denunciation and disaster. The young mathematician must save his family with the secret spaces he's discovered, or his genius will destroy them.

"What a beautiful, perfect gem of a story. This is a gorgeous intersection of history, mathematics, and magical realism; a story of a family, a war, a mathematician, and sacred geometry all rolled into one novella that can be read in about an hour. I recommend this to absolutely anyone."- Megan

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The Pavee and the Buffer Girl

By: Siobhan Dowd
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Genre: A graphic novel with heart- prejudice- Irish gypsies

"Smart, clear-eyed, unsentimental; tough but full of truth" - PATRICK NESS

A stunning graphic novel adaptation of Siobhan Dowd's moving story of prejudice and violence, the uncertainty of lives lived on the fringes of society, and of love in its many forms. Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the
Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called 'tinker-stinkers', 'dirty gyps' and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.
Jim and his family have halted by Dundray and the education people have been round mouthing the law. In school the Traveller kids suffer at the hands of teachers and other pupils alike, called 'tinker-stinkers', 'dirty gyps' and worse. Then the punches start. The only friendly face is Kit, a settled girl who takes Jim under her wing and teaches him to read in the great cathedral chamber of the cave below the town. With Kit and the reading, Jim seems to have found a way to exist in Dundray, but everyday prejudice and a shocking act of violence see his life uprooted once again.

The Wild Robot

By: Peter Brown
Image result for 9781848127272Location: FIC BRO
Genre: Sci Fi/Fantasy yarn!

The illustrations in this books are just gorgeous...

When robot Roz opens her eyes for the first time, she discovers that she is alone on a remote, wild island. Why is she there? Where did she come from? And, most important, how will she survive in her harsh surroundings? Roz's only hope is to learn from the island's hostile animal inhabitants. When she tries to care for an orphaned gosling, the other animals finally decide to help, and the island starts to feel like home. Until one day, the robot's mysterious past comes back to haunt her....

"Picture book author/illustrator Peter Brown gifts us with The Wild Robot: a spare, haunting tale of figuring out the roots of your humanity, and trying to reconcile what you learn with the reality of the life you are living. It's a story of family and community; of learning what loneliness is and how to fight it; of growing together and coming apart; of the interaction between the human world and the natural world. It's a story of sacrifice and overcoming fear of the unknown and different; of changing for both the ones you love and for yourself (and knowing when not to, knowing when you are enough). It's a story that has resonated with me every day since I finished it." Melissa 

Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Earlie King and the Kid in Yellow

By:Danny Denton
Location: FIC DEn
Image result for 9781783783656Genre: Irish, Dystopic Sci Fi

A noir thriller, a lyric romance and a dystopian saga in one fearless debut novel

Ireland is flooded, derelict. It never stops raining. The Kid in Yellow has stolen the babba from the Earlie King. Why? Something to do with the King's daughter, and a talking statue, something godawful. And from every wall the King's Eye watches. And yet the city is full of hearts-defiant-sprayed in yellow, the mark of the Kid. It cannot end well. Can it? Follow the Kid, hear the tale. Roll up! Roll up! 

Cosmic cracks of thunder tore holes all round the darkness, and great howls loitered, gone and returned, gone and returned. The storm was building into jaws again.
"It's raining in Ireland. It's been raining for as long as anyone can remember. Half the country is underwater and Dublin, criss-crossed by canals and buzzing with drones, is the province of violent gangs, drug-runners and human traffickers. Chief among them: the Earlie Boys, commanded by the man known as the Earlie King. The kid in yellow – yellow skins, the ubiquitous waterproofs worn by everyone in the city – was once a runner for the Boys, but has been cast out in disgrace after getting the King's daughter pregnant. Now she's dead and all the kid in yellow wants is their baby, the babba, held captive by the King.

The Earlie King & the Kid in Yellow depicts a society suspended between dystopian future and collapsed world. People still scroll through their devices, play videogames, and watch TV (though the terminology has become a little warped – 'TeleVisio', for instance). Yet the slide backwards into earlier beliefs and practices is already evident. A wandering preacher leads a group who believe a particular statue of the Virgin Mary can heal the sick and predict the future. There's a séance scene that could've come straight out of a Victorian novel. (Saint) Vincent Depaul is future-Dublin's pyromaniac Robin Hood, a champion of the poor who may be one man or a vigilante group.

The tale of what happens between the King and the kid is told in several ways. We start off following a reporter who spies on the Earlie Boys. There's the first-person account of a former cop, told a while after the fact. There are extraordinarily vivid extracts from a play, which provide glimpses into the machinations of the King's cadre at the same time as they undermine the reliability of the whole construct. The fragmented approach encourages the sense that this story is a folk ballad, a patchwork of imagination, hearsay and myth. All the main figures are known by invented titles or have truncated or blank names that obscure their real identities, turn them into symbols. Meanwhile, in interludes, the spectre of Mister Violence – the postmodern bogeyman, the gleefully evil embodiment of all that's bad – stalks the city, peering over troublemakers' shoulders with a grin.

Danny Denton has crafted such a richly imagined world here that I could spend hours listing every little detail I loved, from the clothes to the tech to the subtly altered language. (I was halfway through the book before the thought occurred to me that 'clap hands', a phrase commonly used to indicate agreement, might be a linguistic evolution of an emoticon – a spoken emoji.) The language is cracked and beautiful; the rain-soaked city could not be more evocatively depicted. Somehow, it's a sweet love story, a gangland thriller, and a dark dystopia all in one, and it works. It dazzles.

I can hardly believe this is a debut novel, it's so accomplished and intense, so completely bewitching. Highest possible recommendation. Read it as soon as you can."- Blair- Goodreads. com

Dear Martin

Image result for 9781471175565By: Nic Sone
Location:  FIC STO
Genre: Youth Fiction- Realistic stuff

Raw, captivating, and undeniably real, Nic Stone joins industry giants Jason Reynolds, Angie Thomas and Walter Dean Myers as she boldly tackles American race relations in this stunning debut.

"I think Dear Martin speaks for itself about racism and hatred and prejudice. It’s hard to write a book that makes a reader feel, but reading this book just made me feel like I was being punched in the gut, over and over. This was just so emotionally real"- Elise

“You ever consider that maybe you not supposed to 'fit'? People who make history rarely do.”

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for the Ivy League—but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs. And despite leaving his rough neighborhood behind, he can't escape the scorn of his former peers or the ridicule of his new classmates. Justyce looks to the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore? He starts a journal to Dr. King to find out.

Then comes the day Justyce goes driving with his best friend, Manny, windows rolled down, music turned up—way up, sparking the fury of a white off-duty cop beside them. Words fly. Shots are fired. Justyce and Manny are caught in the crosshairs. In the media fallout, it's Justyce who is under attack.

"This book is absolutely beautiful, important, and poignant. It opens eyes & minds about issues that are happening RIGHT NOW, and it offers perspective from people who are the ones facing those issues. This is a book everyone should read."- May 

The Yark

Image result for 9781776571727By: Bertrand Santini
Location: EAS SAN
Genre: Roald Dahl esk..

This book is gold, I haven't enjoyed reading a book like this in such a long time. I have been stuck on non-fiction local history though to be fair.
But this book- yes! BFG x Monsters Inc x Hansel and Gretal.
I laughed- and I think I cried too. But I laughed most. The language is perfect- brilliantly translated as well.
It is not a book you would read to 8 year olds - unless they were naughty, I love it being a book that is -well- maybe a little bit badass!

If I need a chuckle because I'm annoyed at annoying times- I am going to go to fetch this book and gobble it up!

The Yark loves children...with the love of a gourmand! This hairy monster dreams of child buffets—ham of boy, orphan gratin, schoolchild purée, breaded babies, girl rillettes.

But he has a problem: his delicate stomach can only tolerate the flesh
of nice children; liars give him heartburn, savages spoil his teeth. There are not nearly enough good, edible children around to keep him from starvation.

Then the Yark does find delicious, sweet Madeleine. Will he gobble her up?
Or will she survive long enough to change his life?

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Stories of your life and others

Image result for 9781101972120By: Ted Chiang
Location: FIC CHI
Genre: Short Stories -Science Fiction

"Simply put, this is the single best collection of short fiction (science fiction or otherwise) that I have ever read. While my personal favorite is "Hell is the Absence of God," each and every story has something memorable, something original and something brilliant to offer. If you have not experienced Mr. Chiang's warmly intelligent and scientific yet emotional prose, then do yourself a favor and IMMEDIATELY go and get a copy of this collection. You will be very glad you did. "- Stephen-

Ted Chiang's first published story, "Tower of Babylon," won the Nebula Award in 1990. Subsequent stories have won the Asimov's SF Magazine reader poll, a second Nebula Award, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award, and the Sidewise Award for alternate history. He won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1992. Story for story, he is the most honored young writer in modern SF.

Now, collected here for the first time are all seven of this extraordinary writer's stories so far-plus an eighth story written especially for this volume.

What if men built a tower from Earth to Heaven-and broke through to Heaven's other side? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics were arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there were a science of naming things that calls life into being from inanimate matter? What if exposure to an alien language forever changed our perception of time? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were literally true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into fiery pits were a routine event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions posed by the stories of Ted Chiang. Stories of your life . . . and others.

Whale Talk

Image result for 9780062687753By: Chris Crutcher
Location: FIC CRU
Genre: Young Adult- sports, swimming

“A truly exceptional book.”—Washington Post

"Crutcher's superior gifts as a storyteller and his background as a working therapist combine to make magic in Whale Talk. The thread of truth in his fiction reminds us that heroes can come in any shape, color, ability or size, and friendship can bridge nearly any divide.”—Washington Post

Bestselling author Chris Crutcher’s controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of outcasts as they take on inequality and injustice in their high school.

 "This book touches on child abuse, racism, bullying, domestic violence, accidental death... sure it all sounds like perhaps too much, but I'm telling you it really comes together well. Simply gold."- Wendy 

There's bad news and good news about the Cutter High School swim team. The bad news is that they don't have a pool. The good news is that only one of them can swim anyway. Bestselling author Chris Crutcher’s controversial and acclaimed novel follows a group of outcasts as they take on inequality and injustice in their high school.

T.J. Jones hates the blatant preferential treatment jocks receive at his high school, and the reverence paid to the varsity lettermen. When he sees a member of the wrestling team threatening an underclassman, T.J. decides he’s had enough. He recruits some of the biggest misfits at Cutter High to form a swim team. They may not have very much talent, but the All-Night Mermen prove to be way more than T.J. anticipated. As the unlikely athletes move closer to their goal, these new friends might learn that the journey is worth more than the reward

"Crutcher offers an unusual yet resonant mixture of black comedy and tragedy that lays bare the superficiality of the high-school scene. The book's shocking climax will force readers to re-examine their own values and may cause them to alter their perception of individuals pegged as 'losers.'"—Publishers Weekly  

A Maori Word A Day

Image result for 9780143772132By: Chris Crutcher
Location: 499 KEL
Genre: Te Reo Maori

Exploring the most common, modern and contemporary words in use today, A Maori Word a Day is the perfect way to kickstart your te reo journey!

A Maori Word a Day offers an easy, instant and motivating entry into the Maori language. Through its 365 Maori words, you will learn the following:

- English translations
- Word category, notes and background information
- Sample sentences, in both te reo Maori and English

 "For those who fancy dipping their toes into Te Reo without having to devote themselves to lessons or full-on immersion into the language, this is the ideal way to do it.
"A Maori word a day" is the easy peasy way to develop your knowledge of Te Reo, one of our country's official languages, and your knowledge of everyday greetings, farewells, introductions and a host of other handy Maori words will develop quickly and competently"- Tony

This example is on a special day for me- I reckon it is now Avocado day!!! Check out its meaning- hehehe

Monday, May 28, 2018

Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk

By: Kathleen Rooney
Location: FIV ROO
Image result for lillian boxfish takes a walkGenre: Historical literary fiction

..."that's going to be me at age 85". I could only wish!
It's so damn REFRESHING to read a novel that inspires humanity!!  ELYSE

“Transporting…witty, poignant and sparkling.”
People (People Picks Book of the Week)

“Extraordinary…hilarious…Elegantly written—Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed)

“In my reckless and discouraged youth,” Lillian Boxfish writes, “I worked in a walnut-paneled office thirteen floors above West Thirty-Fifth Street…”

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young.

Ash Princess

By: Laura Sebastian
Image result for 9781509855209Location: FIC SEB
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Ash Princess Trilogy#1

"If you're in the mood for some royalty rebellion, dark politics, and some swoony romance then I highly recommend Ash Princess. It also sets up for the sequel very nicely, and I cannot wait until that book comes out!"- Amy

From author Laura Sebastian comes Ash Princess, a nail-biting YA fantasy debut full of daring and vengeance.

The queen you were meant to be
The land you were meant to save
The throne you were meant to claim

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. Ten years later, Theo has learned to survive under the relentless abuse of the Kaiser and his court as the ridiculed Ash Princess.

When the Kaiser forces her to execute her last hope of rescue, Theo can't ignore her feelings and memories any longer. She vows revenge, throwing herself into a plot to seduce and murder the Kaiser's warrior son with the help of a group of magically gifted and volatile rebels. But Theo doesn't expect to develop feelings for the Prinz.

Forced to make impossible choices and unable to trust even those who are on her side, Theo will have to decide how far she's willing to go to save her people and how much of herself she's willing to sacrifice to become Queen.

Dinnertime Goodness

By: Nadia Lim
Image result for 9780143770619Location: NF 641.5 LIM
Genre: Dinnertime Goodness

Kev likes Macaroni Cheese
Mr McNair likes a chicken Chorizo casserole
The students like- so they tell me- lasange and risotto and steak that is blue...

Maybe Nadia's new book will help them....

But I have a rule in this library- everytime a student gets out a recipe book- they need to cook me something from it-
Come and grab this book- I am hungry...

Fresh, seasonal dinners the whole family will love.
Dinnertime Goodness delivers more than 85 nourishing and delicious dinners from Nadia Lim and the My Food Bag team. These are meals the whole family will enjoy, selected from My Food Bag Foodies’ favourite recipes.
Tasty, quick and healthy, they use the freshest seasonal ingredients and make the most of New Zealand-grown produce, meat and fish. Together with speedy weeknight dinners and restaurant-quality meals, you’ll find inspiring vegetarian, gluten- and dairy-free options complete with detailed nutritional analysis.
Packed with delicious, achievable, satisfying recipes, this book promises to become an indispensable companion in the kitchen.

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Colour of Bee Larkhams Murder

By: Sarah J. Harris
Location: FIC HAR
Image result for 9780008271510Genre: Crime- Contemporary

'A rich tapestry... distinctive and compelling' Observer  

Both a refreshing coming-of-age story and an intriguing mystery, The Color of Bee Larkham’s Murder is a poignant and unforgettable read—perfect for fans of bestselling authors such as Fredrick Backman and Graeme Simsion.

In the tradition of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, a captivating mystery about a boy with synesthesia — a condition that causes him to see colors when he hears sounds — who tries to uncover what happened to his beautiful neighbor, and if he was ultimately responsible.  

Thirteen-year-old Jasper Wishart lives in a world of dazzling color that no one else can see, least of all his dad. Words, numbers, days of the week, people’s voices—everything has its own unique shade. But recently Jasper has been haunted by a color he doesn’t like or understand: the color of murder.

Convinced he’s done something terrible to his new neighbor, Bee Larkham, Jasper revisits the events of the last few months to paint the story of their relationship from the very beginning. As he struggles to untangle the knot of untrustworthy memories and colors that will lead him to the truth, it seems that there’s someone else out there determined to stop him — at any cost.

"The Color of Bee Larkham's Murder" by Sarah J. Harris is a unique, engrossing mystery. Author Harris has created a tome with many twists and turns, and with great sensitivity, in sharing Jasper Wishart's struggle, within his limited frame of reference, to help unravel the mystery. Kudos to Harris for a superb five star read. -Fran-


Image result for 9781492675327By: Claire Legrand
Location: FIC LEG
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Empirium #1

Cover love....

"Laini Taylor"

In this thrilling new high-fantasy trilogy, a magic-wielding queen and a ruthless bounty hunter are separated by centuries but connected by a prophecy

The stunningly original, must-read fantasy of 2018 follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable--until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the f
ate of their world--and of each other.

"Here, my lady. I'll help you back to bed and send for some tea. And a cinnamon cake, perhaps?"
Rielle leaned heavily into Evyline's broad body. "Perhaps three cakes would do the trick."
"Three cakes are, generally speaking, much more effective than one, my lady."

Orphan Monster Spy

Image result for 9781474942386By: Matt Killeen
Location: FIC KIL
Genre: Historical Fiction -WWII

A Jewish girl-turned-spy must infiltrate an elite Nazi boarding school in this highly commercial, relentlessly nail-biting World War II drama!

Deeply disturbing and chillingly good.”- Elizabeth Wein author of Code Name Verity

“Sarah...was an awesome kick-ass protagonist...A white-knuckle surge through some terrifying rapids of plot-twists and drama.”- Coffee Stars and Books
After her mother is shot at a checkpoint, fifteen-year-old Sarah--blonde, blue-eyed, and Jewish--finds herself on the run from a government that wants to see every person like her dead. Then Sarah meets a mysterious man with an ambiguous accent, a suspiciously bare apartment, and a lockbox full of weapons. He's a spy, and he needs Sarah to become one, too, to pull off a mission he can't attempt on his own: infiltrate a boarding school attended by the daughters of top Nazi brass, befriend the daughter of a key scientist, and steal the blueprints to a bomb that could destroy the cities of Western Europe. With years of training from her actress mother in the art of impersonation, Sarah thinks she's ready. But nothing prepares her for her cutthroat schoolmates, and soon she finds herself in a battle for survival unlike any she'd ever imagined

All American Murder

By: James Patterson and Alex Abramovich
Image result for 9781780898735Location: NF 920 PAT
Genre: Real life bad sport stuff

All-American Murder is the first book to investigate Aaron Hernandez's first-degree murder conviction and the mystery of his own shocking and untimely death.

"A great read- wow"- Jonnie Peters!!!

"I could not put this book down. I bought it a few hours ago and stayed up until 4am reading it. It was written so well and had so much information I never knew about. I was a fan of Hernandez, until it came to light that he was involved in Lloyd’s murder. The story fascinated me and still does. Patterson did an amazing job writing about it and the details he used. Truly a great read!"- Tabby-

Aaron Hernandez was a college All-American who became the youngest player in the NFL and later reached the Super Bowl. His every move as a tight end with the New England Patriots played out the headlines, yet he led a secret life--one that ended in a maximum-security prison. What drove him to go so wrong, so fast?

Between the summers of 2012 and 2013, not long after Hernandez made his first Pro Bowl, he was linked to a series of violent incidents culminating in the death of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who dated the sister of Hernandez's fiancée, Shayanna Jenkins.  

Written in Patterson's easy-to-digest style, "All-American Murder" was both an interesting and captivating reading experience.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

The Queens Rising

Image result for 9780008245986By: Rebecca Ross
Location: FIC ROS
Genre: Fantasy
Series: The Queens Rising#1

An intricate tale of love, loyalty and revenge...

The book also felt like a standalone, which was a refreshing change. So if you like castles, worlds that vaguely remind you of ancient Ireland, libraries + books, battles, warrior queens, hints of magic, and strong friendships, then this will probably be another fun read!- Cait-

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

"Oooh man. This has some of the loveliest, most visual writing I've ever laid eyes upon. Like... every sentence.... every paragraph... was crafted so perfectly. I feel so inspired."- Brittany-

House of Echoes

Image result for 9780804178136By: Brendan Duffy
Location: FIC DUF
Genre: Gothic Horror Mystery

“Tragedies might be bursts of misery, but regret was forever.” 
“Ben knew that no matter how far you run, you're still yourself when you get there.”

In this enthralling and atmospheric thriller, one young family's dream of a better life is about to become a nightmare.

House of Echoes is a novel that shows how sometimes the ties that bind us are the only things that can keep us whole.

Ben and Caroline Tierney and their two young boys are hoping to start over. Ben has hit a dead end with his new novel, Caroline has lost her banking job, and eight-year-old Charlie is being bullied at his Manhattan school.

When Ben inherits land in the village of Swannhaven, in a remote corner of upstate New York, the Tierneys believe it's just the break they need, and they leave behind all they know to restore a sprawling estate. But as Ben uncovers Swannhaven's chilling secrets and Charlie ventures deeper into the surrounding forest, strange things begin to happen. The Tierneys realize that their new home isn't the fresh start they needed . . . and that the village's haunting saga is far from over.

“Duffy expertly builds suspense, leaving readers eager to know what happens while simultaneously dreading the outcome. This creepy page-turner will appeal to fans of Stephen King and anyone who loves a good ghost story.”—Library Journal


An Unkindness of Ghosts

By: Rivers Soloman
Image result for 9781617755880Location: FIC SOL
Genre: LGBT- SciFi/Fantasy

“Pretty was a strange thing to concern oneself over. Pretty was subjective and fallacious.”

"...It is one of those rare finds that pulls you in—body and soul—after a mere page or two. Aster was magnificent as the protagonist. Such an odd character, but one I couldn’t help but love.

The story takes place on a giant spaceship, one that’s been traveling for about 1,000 years. Solomon brilliantly used this ship as a microcosm for greater society. She expertly spoke volumes about human nature, gender, the stratification of people by economic status" Basia-

Odd-mannered, obsessive, withdrawn, Aster has little to offer folks in the way of rebuttal when they call her ogre and freak. She's used to the names; she only wishes there was more truth to them. If she were truly a monster, as they accuse, she'd be powerful enough to tear down the walls around her until nothing remained of her world, save for stories told around the cookfire.

Aster lives in the low-deck slums of the HSS Matilda, a space vessel organized much like the antebellum South. For generations, the Matilda has ferried the last of humanity to a mythical Promised Land. On its way, the ship's leaders have imposed harsh moral restrictions and deep indignities on dark-skinned sharecroppers like Aster, who they consider to be less than human.

When the autopsy of Matilda's sovereign reveals a surprising link between his death and her mother's suicide some quarter-century before, Aster retraces her mother's footsteps. Embroiled in a grudge with a brutal overseer and sowing the seeds of civil war, Aster learns there may be a way off the ship if she's willing to fight for it.