Monday, September 25, 2017

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book

By: Jommy Sun
32497911Location: GRA SUN
Genre: SciFi Funny Graphic Novel of cuteness

This book is a hardcover hug to the human heart- Sadie

everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too is the illustrated story of a lonely alien sent to observe Earth, only to meet all sorts of creatures with all sorts of perspectives on life, love, and happiness, all while learning to feel a little better about being an alien—

Here is the unforgettable story of Jomny, a lonely alien who, for the first time ever, finds a home on our planet after learning that earthlings can feel lonely too. Jomny finds friendship in a bear tired of other creatures running away in fear, an egg struggling to decide what to hatch into, an owl working its way to being wise, a tree feeling stuck in one place, a tadpole coming to terms with turning into a frog, a dying ghost, a puppy unable to express itself, and many more.

Through this story of a lost, lonely and confused alien finding friendship, acceptance, and love among the creatures of Earth, we will all learn how to be a little more human. And for all of us earth-bound creatures here on this planet, we can all be reminded that sometimes, it takes an outsider to help us see ourselves for who we truly are.

The true colour of forever

34839652By: Carrie Firestone
Location : FIC FIR
Genre: Romance

This novel combines humour, romance and wisdom while taking on timely issues including teen drug abuse, bullying, ethnic discrimination, and the importance of being kind and doing good.

After high school senior Sadie helps a baby in distress, she becomes an internet sensation and is introduced to other 'hometown heroes'. Despite all their differences, the five teens hatch passionate plans to secretly right local wrongs. But when they breach the boundaries of their world, they discover that there might be truth in the saying 'no good deed goes unpunished'.

Sadie is a high school junior who hung out with the seniors, as her own class was full of losers. The summer after she said goodbye to them all, including her bestie, she goes to work at a local fruit and veg stand--at least, she starts the summer doing that. Then comes the Incident. Which changes everything.

"Sadie is our narrator, fiercely observant, full of big questions, full of heart. She ends up at a community lunch where she meets some other local teens. The group of them get together, and then decide to form a secret organization that does random acts of kindness.

The story involves them all--goals, setbacks, motivations, promises. Problems, such as one girl's horrible descent into heroin addiction. Misunderstandings. Along the way, parents slowly become human beings, with pasts and problems of their own.

It's a fast-paced, vivid book full of typical teen humor, passion, grim things and good things. A dash of wish fulfillment, but in the best way. I found the book nearly impossible to put down."- Sherwood
 

Emoji- Pride and Prejudice

30656426BY:Jane Austens cell PHone
Location: GRA AUS
Genre: an emoji Pride and Prejudice

ICYMI, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice told in texts and emojis.

What would happen if the characters of Pride and Prejudice could text each other? Would Elizabeth call Mr. Darcy a [poop]? Would Darcy drink and dial and accidentally reveal his true feelings [heart]? In this laugh-out-loud re-telling of Jane Austen's famous work, you'll get a condensed modern interpretation of the world's greatest love story . . . all told through texts and emojis. Featuring hundreds of classic and new emojis along with a removable poster (featuring all the emojis), this is the perfect gift for the Austen lover.

Fun, fluffy retelling of the classic 

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Friday, September 22, 2017

ALEX- Approximately

31331865By: Jenn Bennett
Location: FIC BEN
Genre: Romance- contemporary

“Sometimes you have to endure painful things to realize that you're a whole lot stronger than you think.”

HIS WAS SO ADORABLE. It's basically a YA retelling of You've Got Mail set in California with surfers, pastries, fog, and museums.-CAIT


Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met . . . and neither of them knows the other’s real name.

When Bailey moves to sunny California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to track him down. But finding someone based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic (and potentially attractive?) colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex? 

 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Noumenon

32600718By: Marina J  Lostetter
Location: FIC LOS
Genre: Sci Fi- Space Opera

In all, this is a very different kind of sci-fi novel because it twists around so many familiar tropes in inventive new ways. - BETH


With nods to Arthur C. Clarke’s Rama series, the real science of Neal Stephenson’s Seveneves, a touch of Hugh Howey’s Wool, and told through echoes of Octavia Butler’s voice, this is a powerful tale of space travel, adventure, discovery, and humanity that unfolds through a series of generational vignettes.

In 2088, humankind is at last ready to explore beyond Earth’s solar system. But one uncertainty remains: Where do we go?

Astrophysicist Reggie Straifer has an idea. He’s discovered an anomalous star that appears to defy the laws of physics, and proposes the creation of a deep-space mission to find out whether the star is a weird natural phenomenon, or something manufactured.

The journey will take eons. In order to maintain the genetic talent of the original crew, humankind’s greatest ambition—to explore the furthest reaches of the galaxy—is undertaken by clones. But a clone is not a perfect copy, and each new generation has its own quirks, desires, and neuroses. As the centuries fly by, the society living aboard the nine ships (designated “Convoy Seven”) changes and evolves, but their mission remains the same: to reach Reggie’s mysterious star and explore its origins—and implications.

A mosaic novel of discovery, Noumenon—in a series of vignettes—examines the dedication, adventure, growth, and fear of having your entire world consist of nine ships in the vacuum of space. The men and women, and even the AI, must learn to work and live together in harmony, as their original DNA is continuously replicated and they are born again and again into a thousand new lives. With the stars their home and the unknown their destination, they are on a voyage of many lifetimes—an odyssey to understand what lies beyond the limits of human knowledge and imagination.

Confessions of a High School Disaster

29220723By: Emma Chastian
Location: FIC CHA
Genre:Young Adult Contemporary





In the tradition of Bridget Jones’s Diary, a lovably flawed high school student chronicles her life as she navigates the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love in a diary that sparkles with humor and warmth.

 I’m Chloe Snow, and my life is kiiiiind of a disaster.
  •  My best friend, Hannah, is driving me insane.
  •  I think I’m in love with Mac Brody, senior football star, whose girlfriend is so beautiful she doesn’t even need eyeliner.
  •  My dad won’t stop asking me if I’m okay.
  •  Oh, and my mom moved to Mexico to work on her novel. But it’s fine—she’ll be back soon. She said so.

Mom says the only thing sadder than remembering is forgetting, so I’m going to write down everything that happens to me in this diary. That way, even when I’m ninety, I’ll remember how awkward and horrible and exciting it is to be in high school


"This book is hilarious and charming and I enjoyed every page. Chloe is, for me, a perfect funny contemp narrator: delightfully (lightly) bitchy, sharply observant in ways that felt both deeply, wonderfully specific and true to the character and her age, and possessing the kind of shoulders-back confidence I would've killed for as a kid and loooved living vicariously through on the page.

This book is just so damned fun to read. Among the things Chastain nails are theater kid culture, teen boredom, the way popular high school boys flirt, and Chloe's villainous mom, who is terrible in the most pitch-perfect way: she's a wannabe novelist, and Chastain infuses her airy emails with the woman's comic attempts at "writerly" prose. Every page has a funny or totally right observation that made me like, "YES, THAT."" Melissa
 

Dog Man

35850827By:Dav Pilkey
Location: GRA PIL
Genre: Graphic Novel- Humour
Series: Dogman#1

New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, the crime-biting canine who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!

Dog Man was silly, scrawly, goofy, and fun.  - Raina

George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty? 

I really appreciate how Pilkey pushes boundaries of good taste here, but in a way that's going to thrill kids and probably annoy adults. The whole premise for Dog Man is a little macabre--a dog gets his head sewed onto a cop's body--but because the whole thing is couched in such silliness, you're not inclined to put that much thought into it. My favorite moment was when two cops high five each other while one of them is holding a pile of crap, and it splatters everywhere. Soooo gross, but, sooooo awesome!- Jason

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Who Runs the World

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By: Virginia Bergin
Location: FIC BER
Genre: Dystopia

Welcome to the Matriarchy

Sixty years after a virus has wiped out almost all the men on the planet, things are pretty much just as you would imagine a world run by women might be: war has ended; greed is not tolerated; the ecological needs of the planet are always put first. In two generations, the female population has grieved, pulled together and moved on, and life really is pretty good - if you're a girl. It's not so great if you're a boy, but fourteen-year-old River wouldn't know that. Until she met Mason, she thought they were extinct.

"It's 60 years into the future, and women run the world.

From the Little Ones to the Teens, the Mummas and Grandmummas - there are only women. Men have been, for the most part, wiped out by a virus that women are immune to.

You can imagine 14 year old River's surprise, then, when she comes across a boy, Mason, in the woods. Who is he and how did he get there? Plus, what will this mean for society? 
An interesting read that raises interesting questions and maybe would be a good way for teenagers of both sexes to get a little introduction to gender, sexism, the patriarchy and misogyny.- Sharon



Dunkirk- Retreat to Victory

Image result for 9781509860043By: Julian Thompson
Location: NF 920 THO- Movie Section
Genre: Dunkirk

I went to see the movie.

Relentless
Desperate
Hopeless
Helpless
Lucky- oh so lucky
Unlucky
Brave
Foolish
Determined
Resigned

It was a movie that commanded silence, it was a movie that made we went to drag trump in by the hiar and make him watch it with a bunch of 18 year old men and yell at him to never ever allow them to go through what those lads had to.
It made me angry!

Here is the book of the same!

I Have No Secrets

34042519By: Penny Joelson
Location: FIC JOE
Genre: Mystery- Health- YF

A page-turning thriller seen through the eyes of a unique narrator, this is a truly original, heart-rending and compulsive book for young adult readers. Perfect for fans of Wonder, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Looking for JJ.

Jemma knows who did the murder. She knows because he told her. And she can't tell anyone.

Fourteen-year-old Jemma has severe cerebral palsy. Unable to communicate or move, she relies on her family and carer for everything. She has a sharp brain and inquisitive nature, and knows all sorts of things about everyone. But when she is confronted with this terrible secret, she is utterly powerless to do anything. Though that might be about to change
...


"This was a really terrific read that encompassed many things - but the best thing about it was Jemma who's character voice shone through the entirety of the story and kept you on her side from the very opening pages.

So she has cerebral palsy - she cannot communicate but has an active and intelligent brain, misses nothing going on around her and is also somewhat of a deep thinker. Living in a family of fostered children, all with their own issues, one day somebody tells her a secret. A murderer. Thinking it safe to toy with Jemma, to scare her, they don't realise that she may soon be able to tell..

This was a clever story because it plays with the emotions, shows very clearly what life is like for Jemma but manages not to be saccharine or overly sentimental. Then you have a murder, various snapshots of life within the household and a fairly fascinating study of the new and innovative possibilities opening up for people with disabilities.

It is a compelling and utterly gripping story that is fast and effective, I loved Jemma, I loved all the family even the rather difficult Olivia and you just get absorbed into their lives and their ups and downs, it is almost like living with them for a while. The crime elements are layered into the character drama and its damned addictive I can tell you!

With a strong, engaging and intuitive character voice, I Have No Secrets is a top notch young adult novel that will appeal to all ages.- Liz Barnsley
"

Monday, September 18, 2017

One of Us is Lying

32887579By: Karen M McManus
Location: FIC MCM
Genre: Young Adult- Mystery

“I stand and hold out my hand. She gives me a skeptical look, but takes it and lets me pull her to her feet. I put my other hand in the air. 'Bronwyn Rojas, I solemnly swear not to murder you today or at any point in the future. Deal?'
'You're ridiculous,' she mutters, going even redder.
'It concerns me you're avoiding a promise not to murder me.”
 

A Geek,
A Jock
A Criminal
A Princess

A Murder

Who would you believe?

  If One of Us Is Lying was a television series, I would binge-watch it wholeheartedly.- Larry

Yale hopeful Bronwyn has never publicly broken a rule.

Sports star Cooper only knows what he's doing in the baseball diamond.

Bad body Nate is one misstep away from a life of crime.

Prom queen Addy is holding together the cracks in her perfect life.

And outsider Simon, creator of the notorious gossip app at Bayview High, won't ever talk about any of them again.

He dies 24 hours before he could post their deepest secrets online. Investigators conclude it's no accident. All of them are suspects.

Everyone has secrets, right?

What really matters is how far you'll go to protect them.

A Talent for Murder

35396622By: Andrew Wilson
Location: FIC WIL
Genre: Mystery- Historical Fiction

A Talent for Murder is the fictionalised story of the real-life disappearance of the novelist in 1926 of Agatha Christie – a story she would never speak of. Author Andrew Wilson has blended fact with fiction, mixed with intrigue and old-fashioned mystery. A highly enjoyable novel which I have no trouble in recommending.- Brenda


Agatha Christie, in London to visit her literary agent, is boarding a train, preoccupied with the devastating knowledge that her husband is having an affair. She feels a light touch on her back, causing her to lose her balance, then a sense of someone pulling her to safety from the rush of the incoming train. So begins a terrifying sequence of events—for her rescuer is no guardian angel, rather he is a blackmailer of the most insidious, manipulative kind.

“You, Mrs. Christie, are going to commit a murder. But, before then, you are going to disappear.”

Writing about murder is a far cry from committing a crime, and Agatha must use every ounce of her cleverness and resourcefulness to thwart an adversary determined to exploit her expertise and knowledge about the act of murder to kill on his behalf.

The Last Days of Magic

By: Mark Tompkins
30849999Location: FIC TOm
Genre: Fantasy- Historical Fiction

Fantastic . . . an honest, beautifully detailed book and an entertaining read."
--DIANA GABALDON,
THE WASHINGTON POST

 
"A fantastical treat."
--PEOPLE

 
"Simultaneously sweeping and intricate . . . Tompkins's amazing debut novel conjures an epic battle for the soul of Ireland. Filled with papal machination and royal intrigue, magic and mayhem, faeries, Vikings, legates, kings and queens, angels and goddesses, this is one wild and breathless ride."

--KAREN JOY FOWLER


In the thirteenth century depicted in THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC, magic is still a part of the world and Ireland is one of magic’s last strongholds. The descendants of the Nephilim (i.e. the Sidhe) are still abundant in Ireland. The Catholic church, determined to destroy the Nephilim and to annex the Irish church, teams up with Richard II of England and sets its sights on Ireland. What follows is a desperate battle for control of Ireland and the magic that still resides there.

The major players in THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC are many. Fighting for Ireland and to save the Nephilim are Aisling, one third of the triune goddess Morrigna; Liam, Aisling’s half-sidhe protector; Conor, Aisling’s significant other; Rhoswhen, a sidhe priestess/witch; Fearghal, the sidhe high king and Rhoswhen’s father; and Brigid, a druid priestess. The English that feature prominently include Richard II, Chaucer, and Robert de Vere (9th Earl of Oxford). The members of the Catholic church include Cardinal Orsini (the chief exorcist) and the legate. Members of the French court include Queen Isabeau of France and her daughter, Isabella. Those of undecided loyalties include Jordan, a hireling of the Catholic church who studies magic and witchcraft in secret, and Najia, a witch that Jordan initially takes as a slave and later frees.


With such a large cast of characters, you might think it would be hard to keep track of everyone. It’s not, thank goodness! Each character has their own unique set of strengths and weaknesses. The characters, especially Jordan, are intricate. Is Jordan a good guy? Or is he a bad guy? It was great fun trying to guess. Aside from Jordan, Richard II is pretty much my absolute favorite aspect of this book. Tompkins does a great job of showing his megalomaniacal side while still infusing enough pathos for me to feel sorry for him and his fate. - Bridgette


 
"Plundering the treasure chest of human myths, from mysterious biblical giants to ferocious Celtic faeries, Tompkins has created a fantasy adventure with the shifting perspectives of dreamscape. A novel rich and strange."
--GERALDINE BROOKS


THE LAST DAYS OF MAGIC will bring you into a mystical world of faeries and enchantments that you will be hard-pressed to leave. This ride through Celtic history — amidst goddesses, Celts, and Vikings — is a story rich in love, family, and history.  - Jaime
 

Friday, September 15, 2017

Age of Assassins

35129970By: R J Barker
Location: FIC BAR
Genre: Fantasy and Assassins!
Series: The Wounded Kingdom #1

"If you’re looking for a compelling mix of fantasy and mystery along with a bit of wisdom and heart to go with your deadly intrigue, then I strongly urge you to pick up this book as soon as you can. I had an immensely good time with it, and I can’t wait to continue with the next book in the Wounded Kingdom series. "- Mogsy

To catch an assassin, use an assassin...

Girton Club-foot, apprentice to the land's best assassin, still has much to learn about the art of taking lives. But his latest mission tasks him and his master with a far more difficult challenge: to save a life. Someone, or many someones, is trying to kill the heir to the throne, and it is up to Girton and his master to uncover the traitor and prevent the prince's murder.

In a kingdom on the brink of civil war and a castle thick with lies Girton finds friends he never expected, responsibilities he never wanted, and a conspiracy that could destroy an entire kingdom.


“Bad friends are worse than no friends,” 

Ed Sheeran- Devide and Conquer

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By: David Nolan
Location: NF 920 NOL
Genre: ED

I am not going to lie- I am an Ed fan- love his voice, love his style, love his music and love how he rolls.
Don't like his tats or perhaps some of his lyrics...  but who is this guy, what has made him tick and be so real and true to himself....
So when my legs don't work like they used to before, but I still look wonderful in a dress, and I have misty eyes from a mountain below and its late in the evening- I will still be listening to Ed!

From pub open mic gigs to headlining at Madison Square Garden and performing with the likes of Sir Elton John and Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran has conquered the world.

Self-described as a 'spotty, chubby, ginger teenager' with a love for Damien Rice and Nizlopi, Ed Sheeran was never an obvious bet to become a global superstar. And yet that's exactly what he's achieved, winning plenty of awards (and hearts) along the way. But how did a young musician go from selling CDs from his rucksack to becoming the millenial record-breaking international stadium act?

Tracing his story from his bohemian childhood in Yorkshire and Suffolk to the release of his third album Divide, music journalist David Nolan chronicles Sheeran's musical life and times. Featuring exclusive interviews with friends, relatives, musical collaborators and key figures in his rise to stardom, Divide and Conquer tells the story of how Ed Sheeran went from school drop-out to one of the world'd most successful musicians.

Sherlock a Study in Pink

30280513By: Steven Moffat
Location: GRA JAY
Genre: Sherlock Manga
Series: Sherlock#1


"The art style is amazing, I would never have imagined Benadryl Cabbagepatch fitting in so well with manga. I would highly recommend this to any fan of Sherlock wanting their fix, if not just for the artwork alone.
"- Jay



That was sublime! I absolutely love the BBC series because Holmes has always been one of my favorites and Moffat has done a beautiful job of bringing him and Watson into today's day and age. He uses the classic cases as the bare bones to a plot that he then cleverly modernizes.

This is the graphic novel version of the modern BBC version of A Study in Scarlet. I read Scarlet many times and until Moffat's first episode aired, I would never have even known where to begin modernizing it in a way that doesn't water down Doyle's perfect character, setting and mood. That Elementary show? Trash! compared to this.

The illustrations were spot on. I love graphic novels, but generally when they are adapted from television or films the characters end being either way too perfectly beautiful, or the exact opposite. Not so here. The characters look like the characters. Cumberbatch looks almost like a caricature of a person in real life, so to pull off that level of animation is a feat.- Kandice



"It genuinely made me laugh some of Sherlock's faces that were pulled and I love it when a book/manga can do that. Overall a brilliant story with awesome characters displayed in a form of art I love"- Charlie

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Ballad of Black Tom

By: Victor Lavalle
26883558Location: FIC LAV
Genre:- Horror- urban fantasy

Jazz, Harlem,  rascism, and the occult........ This book is also a re-telling of the Lovecraft story The Horror at Red Hook!

Next year some of the Year 13's are studying the Horror genre! Why? ... Anyway I am supporting there nightmares by buying in a few new titles, here is the first, it has a great title and a cool cover, cool quotes and a horrorible plot!

“Nobody ever thinks of himself as a villain, does he? Even monsters hold high opinions of themselves.”

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn't there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father's head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom opens a door to a deeper realm of magic, and earns the attention of things best left sleeping.

A storm that might swallow the world is building in Brooklyn. Will Black Tom live to see it break?


"The strongest feature is how he brings together the horrors of the real world: racism, police brutality, murder, injustice; with the supernatural horrors and evil powers at work beneath the surface of that real world. This is a story that deals with the human capacity for evil, the effects of repression and injustice, and the evil and despair that can exist just beneath the thin veneer of so-called civilized society.
This novella also has its terrifying moments. The end was unpredictable, and quite scary.-Steve

"The veil of ignorance has been set over your face since birth. Shall I pull it free?"
 

The Silent Invasion

33777895By: James Bradley
Location: FIC BRA
Genre:  Sci Fi- Dystopia- apocalyptic
Series:  The Change #1

"Fascinating, frightening and utterly compelling" Garth Nix

It's a decade from now and the human race is dying. Plants, animals and humans have been infected by spores from space and become part of a vast alien intelligence.

When 16-year-old Callie discovers her little sister Gracie has been infected, she flees with Gracie to the Zone to avoid termination by the ruthless officers of Quarantine. What Callie finds in the Zone will alter her irrevocably, and send her on a journey to the stars and beyond.

I loved the book because it's an intense, exciting and politically aware young adult novel about the possible end of the world - at least as we know it.This is young adult fiction that's astutely honest about the world we live in.-James

Frost Blood

33593802By: Elly Blake
Location: FIC BLA
Genre: Fantasy- magic
Series: Frostblood Saga #1


FIRE MEETS FROST

Fast-paced and compelling, Frostblood is the first in a page-turning new young adult three-book series about a world where flame and ice are mortal enemies—but together create a power that could change everything.

“You don’t know the effect your words have on me, Lady Firebrand. It took years to build up this ice. You will melt it and then I will be broken. 

Seventeen-year-old Ruby is a fireblood who must hide her powers of heat and flame from the cruel frostblood ruling class that wants to destroy all that are left of her kind. So when her mother is killed for protecting her and rebel frostbloods demand her help to kill their rampaging king, she agrees. But Ruby's powers are unpredictable, and she's not sure she's willing to let the rebels and an infuriating (yet irresistible) young man called Arcus use her as their weapon.

All she wants is revenge, but before they can take action, Ruby is captured and forced to take part in the king's tournaments that pit fireblood prisoners against frostblood champions. Now she has only one chance to destroy the maniacal ruler who has taken everything from her and from the icy young man she has come to love.

Stephen Florida

31945100By: Gabe Habash
Location: FIC HAB
Genre: Young Adult Literary Fiction- coming of age


Foxcatcher meets The Art of Fielding

“In Stephen Florida, Gabe Habash has created a coming-of-age story with its own, often explosive, rhythm and velocity. Habash has a canny sense of how young men speak and behave, and in Stephen, he’s created a singular character: funny, ambitious, affecting, but also deeply troubled, vulnerable, and compellingly strange. This is a shape-shifter of a book, both a dark ode to the mysteries and landscapes of the American West and a complex and convincing character study.”
—Hanya Yanagihara, author of A Little Life


Stephen Florida follows a college wrestler in his senior season, when every practice, every match, is a step closer to greatness and a step further from sanity. Profane, manic, and tipping into the uncanny, it's a story of loneliness, obsession, and the drive to leave a mark.

The  hero of Gabe Habash’s debut novel is a young, sinewy, macho stud at a North Dakota college on a wrestling scholarship, hellbent on attaining a championship title.

If you’re rolling your eyes already, you stop it right now. My hatred of all things sports-related is unrivalled, and I absolutely loved this novel.

Stephen is—to put it mildly—singled-minded in his devotion to wrestling. He got into it in school back in Florida and after his parents’ tragic deaths when he was a teenager his motivation tripled as a way to shelve the grief.

He’s cocky and awkward, but somehow has managed to befriend a fellow wrestler at the college ("I’d rather be alone, and being with Linus is the same as being alone but also a fix for loneliness, a positive solitude") and stumble into a romantic relationship with a classmate ("Every step of her life dents the earth harder, like she’s sucking up more air than everyone else"). Through his bumbling attempts to connect with them, we see a lot of weird and wonderful bits of Stephen beneath all that strong, silent bravado.

So that when his behaviour starts to get weirder and weirder, I was already so deeply invested in him that I fretted over just how far over the line he was going to go. I certainly won’t spoil anything but let’s just say I was holding my breath a lot of the time, wondering how violent things might get, how psycho Stephen might turn out to be. I loved how Habash kept this tension throughout yet still gave me such an emotionally satisfying ending.

The descriptive passages about the actual wrestling were a joy to read. I am not interested in wrestling beyond its innate homoerotic potential, and probably didn’t understand a lot of what I was reading, but I was transfixed.

Stephen was written off as a strange guy, none too bright, by most of the other characters, but Habash gives us access to the quirky workings of his mind. Sometimes that was disturbing, to be sure, but often it was elating.

Most reviewers talk about how deeply this novel explores masculinity, intimacy and sexuality: it sure does all that! But what grabbed me by the collar was the depth of characterization and the brilliant writing that wrested Stephen up and off the page. Easily one of the best debut novels of 2017. Like the wrestler at its heart, the story is enigmatic and not easily pinned down.- Shawn Money



"Spanning a college wrestler's senior season, STEPHEN FLORIDA is unlike anything else. Eerie and unsettling, it can be hard to live in Stephen's head, but it is impossible to stop reading, or forget what you find there. As a character, Stephen is unpredictable, sympathetic, focused, frenzied, cold, and tender. He is hard to love and yet I love him. We are lucky to have a new novel like this: something you haven't seen before, that makes you remember what good fiction is capable of. "- Tyler

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

War Bringer

By: Leigh Bardugo
29749085Location: FIC BAR- good luck finding it though
Genre: Superhero novel!
Series:  DC Icons #1

Arghhh a super hero- the best superhero- has her own novel written by Leigh Bardugo. What a combo!!!!
I'm not the only one who is excited- Goodreads has a 4.26 rating with over 1500 reviews- that is VERY good. And the cover.......

She will become one of the world’s greatest heroes: WONDER WOMAN. But first she is Diana, Princess of the Amazons. And her fight is just beginning. . . .

Diana longs to prove herself to her legendary warrior sisters. But when the opportunity finally comes, she throws away her chance at glory and breaks Amazon law—risking exile—to save a mere mortal. Even worse, Alia Keralis is no ordinary girl and with this single brave act, Diana may have doomed the world.

Alia just wanted to escape her overprotective brother with a semester at sea. She doesn’t know she is being hunted. When a bomb detonates aboard her ship, Alia is rescued by a mysterious girl of extraordinary strength and forced to confront a horrible truth: Alia is a Warbringer—a direct descendant of the infamous Helen of Troy, fated to bring about an age of bloodshed and misery.

Together, Diana and Alia will face an army of enemies—mortal and divine—determined to either destroy or possess the Warbringer. If they have any hope of saving both their worlds, they will have to stand side by side against the tide of war


Next in the series is Batman: Nightwalker and number three is Catwoman!!!! these will go off in here! 



The Hunter

22852787By: Tom Wood
Location: FIC WOO
Genre: Spy Thriller Espionage
Series: Victor the Assassin #1

HIS NAME IS A COVER, HE HAS NO HOME AND HE KILLS FOR A LIVING. 

 FAST MOVING AND ABSORBING!!

 In his first novel in the explosive Victor the Assassin series, it's not about right and wrong - only about who lives and who dies.

 

“They were all dressed in suits, long coats, carrying briefcases. City drones on their way to service the hive.” 

Victor is an assassin, a man with no past and no surname. His world is one of paranoia and obsessive attention to detail; his morality lies either dead or dying. No one knows what truly motivates the hunter. No one gets close enough to ask.

When a Paris job goes spectacularly wrong, Victor finds himself running fro his life across four continents, pursued by a kill squad and investigated by secret services from more than one country. With meticulous style, Victor plans his escape...and takes the fight to his would-be killers
 

  "This was to me a surprisingly good and addictive read. The author takes what might have been a sort of "been there done that" action adventure and turned it into a thoughtful interesting read with some pretty original twists... " Mike

The Last Place on Earth

By: Carol Snow
https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1464250024l/22718711.jpgLocation: FIC SNO
Genre: Young Adult- Mystery

WHEN SHE SEARCHES FOR HER MISSING FRIEND, SHE UNCOVERS A MYSTERY

Daisy and Henry are best friends, and they know all each other's secrets. Or, so Daisy thinks, until she wakes up one morning to find that Henry and his family have disappeared without a trace. Daisy suspects Henry's disappearance is connected to their seriously awkward meeting the night before, but then she finds a note from Henry, containing just the words "SAVE ME."

Deeply worried, Daisy convinces her unemployed brother to take her on a rescue mission into the California mountains. As they begin to home in on Henry's exact location, they also start to find some disturbing clues . . . clues that call into question everything Daisy believes she knows about her friend. Why is he so hard to find? What kind of trouble is he in, exactly? And most importantly, who is actually saving who?

Carol Snow showcases her wit and dry humor in The Last Place on Earth, a novel that is as funny as it is fascinating.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Where you'll find me

29102856By: Natasha Friend
Location: FIC FRI
Genre: Mental illness- youth

“Natasha Friend, I loved your book. I peeked at the first page and was hooked.” —Judy Blume

Heartfelt and heartbreaking, Where You'll Find Me by Natasha Friend is a moving story about the sometimes unconventional bonds of friendship and family.

The first month of school, thirteen-year-old Anna Collette finds herself. . . .
Dumped by her best friend, Dani, who suddenly wants to spend eighth grade “hanging out with different people.”
Deserted by her mom, who’s in the hospital recovering from a suicide attempt.
Trapped in a house with her dad, a new baby sister, and a stepmother young enough to wear her Delta Delta Delta sweatshirt with pride.
Stuck at a lunch table with Shawna the Eyebrow Plucker and Sarabeth the Irish Stepper because she has no one else to sit with.

But what if all isn’t lost? What if Anna’s mom didn’t exactly mean to leave her? What if Anna’s stepmother is cooler than she thought? What if the misfit lunch table isn’t such a bad fit after all?

With help from some unlikely sources, including a crazy girl-band talent show act, Anna just may find herself on the road to okay.
 


“You know how depression hits?' She takes another drag and blows the smoke out slowly. 'It's like an avalanche. No warning. You're just knocked off your feet. You reach for a ledge . . . no ledge. You reach for a branch . . . no branch. You just keep falling. When you hit the bottom, everything around you settles like concrete. You're up to your neck and you can't move. All you can do is wait.” 

Where You'll Find Me is one of those books that sneaks up on you with its depth. Anna's voice is perfect - snarky, funny, heartfelt. A real gem.- Robin

 

Ariadnis

By: Josh martin
30983420Location: FIC MAR
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Erthe 31


TWO NATIONS.
TWO GIRLS.
ONLY ONE WILL SURVIVE

"So, you ask, if it is not about a competition or war, then what is Ariadnis about? It is about love, strength, duty, betrayal, family, and growing into yourself. There is a lot of focus on relationships, but this is not at the expense of the plot."Atlas- Goodreds

Back then I thought that if it weren't for that cliff, our cities would be one and there would be no need for all this fierceness toward each other. But then I learned about pride and tradition and prophecy, and those things are harder than rock.

Joomia and Aula are Chosen. They will never be normal. They can never be free.

On the last island on Erthe, Chosen Ones are destined to enter Ariadnis on the day they turn eighteen. There, they must undertake a mysterious and deadly challenge. For Joomia and Aula, this means competing against each other, to end the war that has seethed between their cities for nine generations.

As the day draws nearer, all thoughts are on the trial ahead. There's no space for friendship. No time for love. However much the girls might crave them.

But how you prepare for a task you know nothing certain about? Nothing, except that you must win, at whatever cost, or lose everything.


"What made Ariadnis stand out for me was how the central "quest" - trying to get a book of knowledge which was pre-ordained in prophecy hundreds of years before - isn't really the central theme of the book. At least not for me. My favourite thing, other than the wonderful world building, interesting supporting cast of characters, and great heroines was this; the story was of Aula and Joomia growing up and becoming the people they were capable of being. It's a coming of age story which is steeped in fantastical elements, and yet it is also incredibly relatable. Aula is every young girl, trying to find love from those around her and responding to rejection with rebellion. Joomia is every shy and introverted teen who is too afraid to stand out, for fear of the expectations attached with it becoming too much. There's also great diversity here; characters come in a wide variety of colours and sexual orientations - just what modern fantasy needs more more more of."- Rosemarie