Thursday, September 27, 2018

Shimmer and Burn

Image result for shimmer and burnBy: Mary Taranta
Location: FIC TAR
Genre: Fantasy/ Romance
Series: Shimmer and Burn #1

With every high comes the inevitable, unavoidable low. Pain layered upon pain; there's no escaping the broken heart inside me.”

To save her sister’s life, Faris must smuggle magic into a plague-ridden neighboring kingdom in this exciting and dangerous start to a brand-new fantasy duology.

Faris grew up fighting to survive in the slums of Brindaigel while caring for her sister, Cadence. But when Cadence is caught trying to flee the kingdom and is sold into slavery, Faris reluctantly agrees to a lucrative scheme to buy her back, inadvertently binding herself to the power-hungry Princess Bryn, who wants to steal her father’s throne.

Now Faris must smuggle stolen magic into neighboring Avinea to incite its prince to alliance—magic that addicts in the war-torn country can sense in her blood and can steal with a touch. She and Bryn turn to a handsome traveling magician, North, who offers protection from Avinea’s many dangers, but he cannot save Faris from Bryn’s cruelty as she leverages Cadence’s freedom to force Faris to do anything—or kill anyone—she asks. Yet Faris is as fierce as Bryn, and even as she finds herself falling for North, she develops schemes of her own.

With the fate of kingdoms at stake, Faris, Bryn, and North maneuver through a dangerous game of magical and political machinations, where lives can be destroyed—or saved—with only a touch.

The Waking Fire

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BY: Anthony Ryan
Location: FIC RYA
Genre: Fantasy, steampunk, sci fi!!!!
Series: The Draconis Memoria #1


Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from the veins of captive or hunted Reds, Green, Blues and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that give fearsome powers to the rare men and women who have the ability harness them—known as the blood-blessed.

But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly. The Syndicate's last hope resides in whispers of the existence of another breed of drake, far more powerful than the rest, and the few who have been chosen by fate to seek it.

Claydon Torcreek is a petty thief and an unregistered blood-blessed, who finds himself pressed into service by the protectorate and sent to wild, uncharted territories in search of a creature he believes is little more than legend. Lizanne Lethridge is a formidable spy and assassin, facing gravest danger on an espionage mission deep into the heart of enemy territory. And Corrick Hilemore is the second lieutenant of an ironship, whose pursuit of ruthless brigands leads him to a far greater threat at the edge of the world.

As lives and empires clash and intertwine, as the unknown and the known collide, all three must fight to turn the tide of a coming war, or drown in its wake.

 I saw that Django Wexler called it, “part Indiana Jones, part Pirates of the Caribbean, and part Mistborn." That was all I needed to know. I was hooked. I immediately put all my other reads on hold and plunged into The Waking Fire with more enthusiasm than I've been able to must for a book in months.

I am exceptionally pleased to say it was entirely worth it.

This was one of the most entertaining and exciting books I've read all year. There's a lot going on here, a lot of different styles and genres mashed together, but they all work. Epic fantasy? Got ya covered there with bad-ass dragons and blood-fueled magic. Historical fantasy? Yup, got ya covered there too, with a steampunk-driven sort of Victorian society. Spy thriller? A bit surprising, perhaps, but you've got spies and lies, as well as gadgets and guns. Pulp adventure? Consider yourself indulged, complete with lost continents, ruined civilizations, ancient treasures, and even jungle savages. Naval thriller? That too, falling somewhere between pirate skirmishes and WWII warfare, fueled by magic and threatened by dragon fire. Period drama? Yes, there's even a bit of that to be found here, complete with family squabbles, class warfare, and even a bit of social commentary. Bob Milne

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Meeting at the Museum

By: Anne Youngson
Image result for 9780857525529Location: FIC YOU
Genre: Romance Fiction

“Our letters have meant so much to us because we have both arrived at the same point in our lives. More behind us than ahead of us.” 
-Anne Youngson 

Please be aware I am writing to you to make sense of myself ...

A deep and luminous novel of self-discovery and second chances - a heartbreaking celebration of love, life and the surprises it throws at us

When the curator of a Danish museum responds to a query about ancient exhibits, he doesn’t expect a reply.

When Tina Hopgood first wrote it, nor did she …

Professor Anders Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. He does not know that a query from a Mrs Tina Hopgood about a world-famous antiquity in his museum is about to alter the course of his life.

Oceans apart, an unexpected correspondence flourishes as they discover shared passions: for history and nature; for useless objects left behind by loved ones; for the ancient and modern world, what is lost in time, what is gained and what has stayed the same. Through intimate stories of joy, anguish, and discovery, each one bares their soul to the other. But when Tina's letters suddenly cease, Anders is thrown into despair. Can this unlikely friendship survive?

"This is a beautiful, beautiful book. Meet Me at the Museum is told solely through letters between Tina Hopgood, a farmer’s wife in England, and Anders Larsen, the curator at a Danish museum. As they continue to write back and forth to each other, their lives, loves and losses are unveiled to each other and the reader. I savored the book and the story trying not to rush through it because it is such a poignant and wonderful tale. Youngson’s writing is thoughtful and lyrical, and her reflections on life and the passage of time are captivating. I highly, highly recommend Meet Me at the Museum; it is well worth the read." Cindy Goodreads

Tender, wise and moving, Meet Me at the Museum is a novel to cherish.’ JOHN BOYNE
‘A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again’ RACHEL JOYCE

Red Sister

Image result for 9780008152307By: Mark Lawrence
Location: FIC LAW
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Book of Ancestor #1

 'Really excellent, gritty fantasy - I'm trying to avoid comparison with GAME OF THRONES, but I'm afraid it's right there. But funnier. Very funny indeed' YA and Carnegie-shortlisted author ANTHONY MCGOWAN

I was born for killing – the gods made me to ruin.

At the Convent of Sweet Mercy young girls are raised to be killers. In a few the old bloods show, gifting talents rarely seen since the tribes beached their ships on Abeth. Sweet Mercy hones its novices’ skills to deadly effect: it takes ten years to educate a Red Sister in the ways of blade and fist.

But even the mistresses of sword and shadow don’t truly understand what they have purchased when Nona Grey is brought to their halls as a bloodstained child of eight, falsely accused of murder: guilty of worse.

Stolen from the shadow of the noose, Nona is sought by powerful enemies, and for good reason. Despite the security and isolation of the convent her secret and violent past will find her out. Beneath a dying sun that shines upon a crumbling empire, Nona Grey must come to terms with her demons and learn to become a deadly assassin if she is to survive

"Red Sister is the first in the Book of the Ancestor series, by British author, Mark Lawrence. In the world of Abeth, Nona Grey is given to Giljohn, the child-taker, by the village that doesn’t want her. After some months travelling in a cage of children, she is purchased by Partnis Reeve, the Caltess fight-hall owner in the city of Verity. That each of these changes is a genuine step up from the last says much about her village. When she is about to be hung without trial, the Abbess Glass plucks her from the gallows, taking her to the Sweet Mercy Convent to be trained as a nun. 

As a novice, Nona will undergo years of training, while her gifts and talents are assessed. The ultimate path she follows will depend on these, and if she is skilled in armed and unarmed combat, she may become a Martial Sister (Red Sister). But before Nona even arrives at Sweet Mercy, she seems to have stepped on some influential toes, toes of the rich and vengeful. More than one attempt is made to remove her and, as these are no sedate, non-violent nuns, quite a bit of bloodshed ensues. 

Lawrence begins his tale with a prologue that entices the reader to read beyond the first book, reinforcing that halfway through with another intriguing piece. As the reader follows Nona’s journey, Lawrence seamlessly builds his fascinating world, throwing in twists and red herrings to keep the tale interesting, before building to a dramatic climax. He kindly includes at the beginning an author’s note that can be referred to for information about characters and their world. Fans will look forward to Book Two, Grey Sister. Clever and original. " Miriam

“A book is as dangerous as any journey you might take. The person who closes the back cover may not be the same one that opened the front one. Treat them with respect.” 
“Your death has not been waiting for your arrival at the appointed hour: it has, for all the years of your life, been racing towards you with the fierce velocity of time's arrow. It cannot be evaded, it cannot be bargained with, deflected or placated. All that is given to you is the choice: meet it with open eyes and peace in your heart, go gentle to your reward. Or burn bright, take up arms, and fight".

The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

By: Mackenzi Lee
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Genre: Historical Fiction, LGBT

“Sweet, smart, and powerful, Gentleman’s Guide tackles timely topics that will resonate profoundly with readers--all wrapped up in a truly epic road trip. Prepare to laugh, gasp, swoon, and cheer.”- Claire Legrand, 

A hilarious and swashbuckling teen historical fiction novel, named one of summer's 20 must-read books by Entertainment Weekly! A New York Times bestseller! 

A young bisexual British lord embarks on an unforgettable Grand Tour of Europe with his best friend/secret crush. An 18th-century romantic adventure for the modern age .

Henry “Monty” Montague doesn’t care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family’s estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

So Monty vows to make this yearlong escapade one last hedonistic hurrah and flirt with Percy from Paris to Rome. But when one of Monty’s reckless decisions turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything he knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores.

Witty, dazzling, and intriguing at every turn, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue is an irresistible romp that explores the undeniably fine lines between friendship and love.

★ “Tongue-in-cheek, wildly entertaining, and anachronistic in only the most delightful ways, this is a gleeful romp through history. Monty is a hero worthy of Oscar Wilde.”- Booklist
★ “This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering one’s place in the world. A stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection.”- School Library Journal (starred review)

★ “A gloriously swashbuckling affair.”- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Calculating Stars

Image result for 9780765378385"iBy: Mary Kowal
Location: FIC KOW
Genre: SciFi -Alternative History
Series: Lady Astronaut #1

4.34 on Goodreads with 1700 ratings- that should tell you how good this book is

"Ill go out on a limb here and be mightily surprised if this novel doesn't get nommed for Hugo out of this year's candidates. It has all the right qualities, from good writing, exciting story, delicious premise, and timely application of hot topics and social issues." Goodreads Review

A meteor decimates the U.S. government and paves the way for a climate cataclysm that will eventually render the earth inhospitable to humanity. This looming threat calls for a radically accelerated timeline in the earth’s efforts to colonize space, as well as an unprecedented opportunity for a much larger share of humanity to take part.

One of these new entrants in the space race is Elma York, whose experience as a WASP pilot and mathematician earns her a place in the International Aerospace Coalition’s attempts to put man on the moon. But with so many skilled and experienced women pilots and scientists involved with the program, it doesn’t take long before Elma begins to wonder why they can’t go into space, too—aside from some pesky barriers like thousands of years of history and a host of expectations about the proper place of the fairer sex. And yet, Elma’s drive to become the first Lady Astronaut is so strong that even the most dearly held conventions may not stand a chance.

This novel was utterly fantastic. I cursed every hour of work that kept me away from it!

The plot of the novel -- a devastating meteor strike means that Earth must accelerate the space program -- is fascinating enough. Then you throw in the diversity and the civil rights issues and the awful sexism that needs to go away for it all to be successful and that makes the book even better. But what makes this absolutely stunning is the voice. Elma is just an absolute joy to read.

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

Image result for that inevitable victorian thingBy: E.K.Johnston
Location: FIC JOH
Genre: Historical Fiction and Sci Fi! 

Thats  a weird mix!!!

Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a surprising, delightful, and thought-provoking novel of love, duty, and the forces that change the world.

Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetic curation (think arranged marriage via online dating) will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her own
mother before her, but before she does her duty, she'll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Canada, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire's greatest placement geneticists, and August O'Brien, the son and heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process--just like the first Victoria.

Monday, September 24, 2018

Floored- When Seven Lives Collide

By: 7 authors of amazingnessLocation: FIC BARGenre: Contemporary youth fiction

Sara Barnard

Holly Bourne

Tanya Byrne

Non Pratt

Melinda Salisbury

Lisa Williamson

Eleanor Wood

If I got stuck in a lift with a bunch of other people, I would want to select them very carefully. These guys had no choice..

When they got in the lift that morning, they were strangers. Sasha, who is at the UK’s biggest TV centre desperately trying to deliver a parcel; Hugo, who knows he’s by far the richest – and best-looking – guy in the lift; Velvet, who regrets wearing the world’s least comfortable shoes to work experience; Dawson, who isn’t the good-looking teen star he was and desperate not to be recognized; Kaitlyn, who’s slowly losing her sight but won’t admit it, and Joe, who shouldn’t be there at all, but who wants to be there the most.
And one more person, who will bring them together again on the same day every year . . .

"What I loved about this book was the diversity of the characters' personalities with each one having a unique (even if sometimes clichéd) identity. 
Kaitlyn was fiercely spunky but underneath that bravado was someone a lot more insecure and dealing with a major life changing disability. 
Sasha was so quiet and the glue that held everyone together but showed how the quiet, stoic ones are in need of as much friendship as anyone else. 
Velvet was insecure about everything and judged herself by how others judged her.
Hugo was the quintessential rich boy desperately trying to prove he's more than another cliché. 
Dawson was famous for a while but struggling with no longer being a cute child-star and coming out again. 
And Joe who was just too nice for his own good! " Goodreads review

Monday, September 17, 2018

Saints and Misfits

Image result for 9781481499255By: S.K.Ali
Location: FIC ALI
Genre: Young Adult, Cultural

"Ali brings to life a nuanced intersection of culture, identity, and independence as Janna endures the typicalities of high school and the particularities of her evolving home life alongside the insidious impingement of rape culture. Readers will cheer Janna’s eventual empowerment."
Horn Book

Fifteen-year-old Janna Yusuf, a Flannery O'Connor-obsessed book nerd and the daughter of the only divorced mother at their mosque, tries to make sense of the events that follow when her best friend's cousin--a holy star in the Muslim community--attempts to assault her at the end of sophomore year.

There are three kinds of people in my world:

1. Saints, those special people moving the world forward. Sometimes you glaze over them. Or, at least, I do. They’re in your face so much, you can’t see them, like how you can’t see your nose.

2. Misfits, people who don’t belong. Like me—the way I don’t fit into Dad’s brand-new family or in the leftover one composed of Mom and my older brother, Mama’s-Boy-Muhammad.

Also, there’s Jeremy and me. Misfits. Because although, alliteratively speaking, Janna and Jeremy sound good together, we don’t go together. Same planet, different worlds.

But sometimes worlds collide and beautiful things happen, right?

3. Monsters. Well, monsters wearing saint masks, like in Flannery O’Connor’s stories.

Like the monster at my mosque.

People think he’s holy, untouchable, but nobody has seen under the mask.

Except me.

Janna Yusuf has two major problems: the boy who assaults her at her friend's party is well-respected in the local Muslim community, and now the boy from school she's been crushing on likes her back.Janna, a high school sophomore whose Egyptian mother and Indian father are divorced, is surrounded by caring friends and family, but there are things her non-Muslim friends don't understand, and there are things she won't tell her Muslim friends and family. It all comes to a head when her aggressor tries to publicly shame her by posting videos of her talking with her crush, a white boy named Jeremy, who, as a non-Muslim, is not considered a proper match for her…even if Janna did date, that is. As she stumbles through her social dilemmas, Janna finds out who her allies are—the everyday "saints" she's overlooked. Finally, with the help of an unpredictable niqabi on her own mission to crush misogynists, Janna gets in touch with her rage and fights back, refusing to take on the shame that belongs on the aggressor. Ali pens a touching exposition of a girl's evolution from terrified victim to someone who knows she's worthy of support and is brave enough to get it. Set in a multicultural Muslim family, this book is long overdue, a delight for readers who will recognize the culture and essential for those unfamiliar with Muslim experiences. This quiet read builds to a satisfying conclusion; readers will be glad to make space in their hearts—and bookshelves—for Janna Yusuf. (Fiction. 12-18)
Kirkus Reviews

Monday, September 10, 2018

Eve of Man

By: Giovanna and Tom Fletcher
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Genre: Dystopia/ SCI FI

"Eve of Man sounded amazing and I knew I would love it... and I wasn't wrong. It was everything I could have wanted and more. I loved it. Eve of Man is utterly brilliant and a must-read for everyone. I highly recommend that you read this stunning novel.
" Goodreads review

EVE OF MAN is the first in an explosive new trilogy by bestselling authors Giovanna & Tom Fletcher


All her life Eve has been kept away from the opposite sex. Kept from the truth of her past.

But at sixteen it's time for Eve to face her destiny. Three potential males have been selected for her. The future of humanity is in her hands. She's always accepted her fate.

Until she meets Bram.

Eve wants control over her life. She wants freedom.

But how do you choose between love and the future of the human race?

"It’s a dystopian like none I’ve ever read before built on the premise of only boys being born in decades, Eve being the first girl born in fifty years and her duty to help humanity survive.

I loved it!
It’s written in a way that keeps you glued to the pages and the characters are written so well, I adore Eve and Bram!

The story flows easily and has you rooting for the good guys throughout and I’m so glad this is a trilogy because I can’t wait to read more of this world and these characters!

Also the ending ... little cliffhanger there and I need to know how that turns out!" Goodreads review

Friday, September 7, 2018

Starry Eyes

By: Jenn Bennett
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Genre: Romance

“Don't be cautious. Be careful,' she reminds me. Cautious people are afraid of the unknown and avoid it. Careful people plan so that they're more confident when they face the unknown.”

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best-friends-turned-worst-enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day version of the Montagues and Capulets. But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to try to make their way to safety. But as the two travel deeper into the rugged Californian countryside, secrets and hidden feelings surface. Soon it's not simply a matter of enduring each other’s company, but taming their growing feelings for each other

“It's years in the making, and it's messy and convoluted, some of it even tragic. But I wouldn't change the route, because we walked it together, even when we were apart. And the best part about it is that it's unfinished. Uncertainty isn't always a bad thing. Sometimes it can even be filled with extraordinary potential.” 

”When I looked up at the stars, I saw us. You were the stars and I was the dark sky behind you”
“Without dark sky you couldn’t see the stars”
“I knew I was useful” he says
“You’re essential”

Catwoman- Soulstealer

Image result for 9780141386898BY: Sarah J. Mass
Location: FIC MAA
Genre: Fantasy- Superheroes

“Cat-woman was a good way to describe her. The ears on the dark helmet, the oversized lenses, the claws that she’d just retracted after that spectacular jump… Even her steps toward him oozed feline grace.”

The highly anticipated coming-of-age story of kick-ass super hero: CATWOMAN by international bestselling author Sarah J. Maas

When the Bat's away, the Cat will play. It's time to see how many lives this cat really has. . . .

Two years after escaping Gotham City's slums, Selina Kyle returns as the mysterious and wealthy Holly Vanderhees. She quickly discovers that with Batman off on a vital mission, Batwing is left to hold back the tide of notorious criminals. Gotham City is ripe for the taking.

Meanwhile, Luke Fox wants to prove he has what it takes to help people in his role as Batwing. He targets a new thief on the prowl who seems cleverer than most. She has teamed up with Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn, and together they are wreaking havoc. This Catwoman may be Batwing's undoing.

In this third DC Icons book--following Leigh Bardugo's Wonder Woman: Warbringer and Marie Lu's Batman: Nightwalker--Selina is playing a desperate game of cat and mouse, forming unexpected friendships and entangling herself with Batwing by night and her devilishly handsome neighbor Luke Fox by day. But with a dangerous threat from the past on her tail, will she be able to pull off the heist that's closest to her heart?

"Wow. I don’t really care for the DC icons, but I still loved this book. I loved the plot, I loved the characters, I loved everything. Near the end of the book, I thought I had everything figured out, but WHAM! There was a jaw dropping plot twist that I never saw coming! Long story short... Catwoman was absolutely thrilling"

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Catch me when you fall

Catch Me When You FallBY: Eileen Merriman
Location: FIC Mer
Genre: Young Adult- Sickness, Love

Kiwi version of  Fault In Our Stars

Shortlisted for the 2018 NZ Children's Book Awards

A love story peppered with sadness and featuring two heroes who will break your heart and then mend it again. Alex meets Jamie at the same time as finding out that her leukaemia has returned. She discovers that he is bipolar, but he is also irresistible. It complicates things.

Alex and Jamie sweep readers up and carry them with them in this story of love, struggle, courage and hope.

"Alex is 17, her leukemia has returned, and she is falling in love with Jamie Orange. Set in Christchurch, this young adult novel of first love will move even the most stone-hearted reader to tears. Such good writing and authentic characters make this a stand out book for fans of The Fault in Our Stars and Jenny Downham's Before I Die. Highly recommended, just make sure you have the tissues handy!" Carole

"A wonderful New Zealand story that gives the reader a deep insight into the challenges teenagers coping with cancer and bi-polar disorder face while trying to live a normal life and fall in love."- From Goodreads- Trish the Library Queen

Lucky in Love

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By: Kasie West
Location: FIC WES
Genre: Romance

"Cuteness" " I can't stop smiling"  "This book is an excellent read" "...the perfect read for the summer" Goodreads reviewers

“You need to empty your mind, and relax each other muscle group until you feel like you are going to melt into the floor. Then you just let it all go. All the expectations, all the unneeded worry, all the things other people want for you but you don't want for yourself.”

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love

Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment --
She wins!
In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun . . . until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust. 
Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret? 

The Arsonist

By: Stephanie Oakes
Image result for 9780147510174Location: FIC OAK
Genre: Historical Fiction- Mystery

"If you think the cover is stunning, what until you read the book! Part contemporary, part historical (1980s Berlin), part mystery, part's hard to categorize this story, but the parts all weave into an utterly compelling read. I'm a huge fan of everything A.S. King writes as well as Markus Zusak's I am the Messenger, and would place The Arsonist on a par with those books." Goodreads review

At turns heart-racing, hilarious, and heartbreaking, The Arsonistis an intricate tapestry--of love, loss, and the mysterious connections between us all

Code Name Verity meets I Am the Messenger in this riveting YA novel from Morris Award finalist Stephanie Oakes, in which three points of view are woven together in a story that's part Cold War mystery, part contemporary coming-of-age, and completely unputdownable.

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they'll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Al-Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman--the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall--is unlike anyone you've met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they're tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava's diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there's more to her life--and death--than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Sacrifice Box

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By: Martin Stewart
Location: FIC STE
Genre:  Horror, Fantasy

It’s dark, it’s edgy, there’s horror and humour. Basically it has everything. -Kirsty

Sep, Arkle, Mack, Lamb and Hadley: five friends thrown together one hot, sultry summer. When they discover an ancient stone box hidden in the forest, they decide to each make a sacrifice: something special to them, committed to the box for ever. And they make a pact: they will never return to the box at night; they'll never visit it alone; and they'll never take back their offerings.

Four years later, the gang have drifted apart. Then a series of strange and terrifying events take place, and Sep and his friends understand that one of them has broken the pact.

As their sacrifices haunt them with increased violence and hunger, they realise that they are not the first children to have found the box in their town's history. And ultimately, the box may want the greatest sacrifice of all: one of them

"The Sacrifice Box had a crazy, pacy edge to it, alongside some heartfelt moments with characters which ended up feeling like my friends. An engaging coming of age book about friendship, love and hidden terrifying truths just waiting to resurface.  Sassy

The Season

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By: Jonah Lisa Dyer and Stephen Dyer
Location:  FIC DYE
Genre: Young Adult- Romance

Film rights optioned by Warner Brothers!

"A fun, modern take on Pride and Prejudice."--Jojo Moyes, bestselling author of Me Before You 

Megan McKnight is a soccer star with Olympic dreams, a history major, an expert at the three Rs of Texas (readin', ridin', and ropin'), and she's not a girly girl. So when her Southern belle mother secretly enters her as a debutante for the year's deb season in their hometown of Dallas, she's furious--and has no idea what she's in for.

Megan's attitude gets her on probation with the mother hen of the debs, and she has only a month to prove she can ballroom dance, display impeccable manners, and curtsey like a proper Texas lady or she'll get the boot and disgrace her family. The perk of being a debutante, of course, is going to parties, and it's at one of these lavish affairs where Megan gets swept off her feet by the debonair and down-to-earth Hank Waterhouse. If only she didn't have to contend with a backstabbing blonde and her handsome but surly billionaire boyfriend.

Will Megan be able to juggle her soccer dreams and Texas society? Because the season has just begun, and the drama is just getting started

The Wrong Child

By: Barry Gornell
Location: FIC GOR
Image result for 9781409171812Genre: Youth Thriller

What the critics are saying about THE WRONG CHILD:

'A thought-provoking read' - THE SUN

'Genuinely gripping' - THE HERALD

'A study of guilt and grief' - DAILY MAIL

'Brilliant, but dark as hell' - METRO

'Astonishing' - PSYCHOLOGIES

'So visceral it seeps into your pores' - DAILY RECORD

A tragedy in a small town.
Everyone is affected.
Most people believe one child is to blame for what happened. 
But could one little boy really be responsible?
And what lengths will his parents go to protect him? 
a fantastic read. loved the story I was engrossed from start to finish- Goodreads review

Twenty-two of the 23 children in a rural village die in a disaster. By chance, the 'wrong' child, Dog Evans, lives. Crippled with survivor's guilt, his parents abandon Evans to a feral life at the margins. He is shunned by those left behind, for whom his presence is a daily insult, a reminder of unbearable loss.

As the action moves from past to present and back, we learn what took place and its shocking consequences for both Dog Evans and the wider community. Gornell's forensic gaze dissects the lives of the bereaved, fractured relationships and existences frozen the day their children died....

Deborah Cutter, separated from her husband, John, numbs her pain with alcohol and sex. Local postman Nugget holds tight to the hope that the Evans house contains valuable secrets. Parish priest Father Wittin is an embarrassing irrelevance....

As grief turns to rage, the villagers' insatiable desire for catharsis, one final blood sacrifice, becomes unstoppable. The master of 'rural noir', Barry Gornell has created a mesmerising, heartbreaking examination of rural life with a remarkable note of hope within the darkness

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Tiger Boy

Image result for 9781580896610By: Mitali Perkins
Location: FIC PER
Genre: India, Tigers and  the environment

Sunday was really wet and my brain did not want to read a big heavy book, so I snuggled down with my blanket, a nice cup of tea, lit a candle and read this book. I have been to India on multiple occasions and I love a good yarn from that country that is a cacophony. I have spent time in schools there and I can just hear the story unfold. I have seen kids swim in streams, the joy, the laughter, the diving, on those hot monsoon days.
But I never have seen a tiger- for that I am thankful!

This book is a book to address manipulation, it is a book to tell the story of the environment, it is a story that counters the folly of corruption, it is a story of bravery and integrity, it is a story about the power of education, and its centrefold- it a cute, cuddly escapee- a baby tiger.

If I had a 8-14 year old in my world- I would be reading this to them aloud!
Then we would chat about it and the power of a child standing firm for what is right, about courage and about integrity and how hard it is  outlive.

"One of the new tiger cubs has escaped from the reserve!"When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, the rangers and villagers hurry to find her before the cub's anxious mother follows suit and endangers them all. Mr. Gupta, a rich newcomer to the island, is also searching--he wants to sell the cub's body parts on the black market. Neel and his sister, Rupa, resolve to find the cub first and bring her back to the reserve where she belongs.

The hunt for the cub interrupts Neel's preparations for an exam to win a prestigious scholarship at a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn't mind--he dreads the exam and would rather stay on his beloved island in the Sunderbans of West Bengal with his family and friends.


Image result for Bearskin jamesBy: James A. McLaughlin
Location: FIC MCL
Genre:Thriller, Crime

Bearskin is visceral, raw, and compelling—filled with sights, smells, and sounds truly observed.  It’s a powerful debut and an absolute showcase of exceptional prose.  There are very few first novels when I feel compelled to circle brilliant passages, but James McLaughlin’s writing had me doing just that.” —C.J. Box, #1 NYT bestselling author of The Disappeared

Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He’s found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It’s hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he’s so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.

More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice’s obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice’s employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.

James McLaughlin expertly brings the beauty and danger of Appalachia to life. The result is an elemental, slow burn of a novel—one that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.

“He found it puzzling that so many rural people were hostile to, even terrified of, the place where they lived. It wasn't just that hard-working country folk had no time for the precious concerns of the effete urban environmentalists, what amazed Rice was how you could spend your whole life physically immersed in a particular ecological system and yet remain blinded to it by superstition, tradition, prejudice. Out west, it was ranchers' holy war on predators and their veneration of Indo-European domestic animals they husbanded on land too dry to support them. Here in the Appalachians, you saw rugged country men who refused to walk in the woods all summer because they were scared of snakes.”

"This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the perfect place to hide. Living an isolated and almost hermetic existence with his past seemingly behind him, Moore becomes involved in trying to stop a bear poaching ring that is operating on the preserve. Sounds straightforward doesn’t it? It isn’t. 

The writing is absolutely sublime...atmospheric, evocative and at times phantasmagorical. McLaughlin beautifully renders the the violence found in nature as well as the violence the man commits. This novel burns, excites and ultimately satisfies. A rare jewel that is, astonishingly, a debut. Bearskin releases in June and is a must-read."- Tammy