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Bunny Hand is our former Store Manager and an avid reader. She is comfortable with mystery, especially with a little romance thrown in. Dabbling a little into SF, she has found a niche in time travel, again, with a romantic twist. Add a historical twist to either category, and she is in. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735213005
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - June 13th, 2017

Helena Holbrook is the daughter of an abducted sixteen-year-old girl and her kidnapper. Jacob is a brutal man who holds mother and daughter prisoners in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for eleven years, with no running water, heat or electricity. Helena learns to live off the land and reveres and despises her father as his moods fluctuate. Thirteen years later, Helena Pelletier is the grown woman who has changed her identity and has a husband and two daughters and is living quite normally given that her entire childhood was spent in total isolation from civilization. But now Jacob Holbrook has just killed two prison guards, is the subject of a massive manhunt to capture “The Marsh King” as he has been dubbed and Helena knows exactly where he is headed – for her and her family. Her father taught her to hunt and now he is the hunted. A terrifying thriller blending the beauty of nature with the wisdom of Native American culture and remarkable human spirit and resilience.


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My Husband's Wife Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780735220959
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - January 31st, 2017

Young lawyer Lily has a lot going on in her life right now. She recently married after a very short courtship; she is starting her first criminal investigation with an interview in a maximum-security prison; and she has inadvertently just volunteered to watch her neighbor’s nine-year-old daughter, Carla, while the single mom works on weekends. The marriage to fledgling artist Ed sours quite rapidly when Lily learns the real reason for her new husband’s haste; and her prison interview with Joe Thomas, a convicted murderer who convinces Lily of his innocence and stirs passionate feelings within her, proves to be life-altering. Carla, despite her young age, has a mature propensity for getting what she wants, haunting everyone she encounters for years to come, especially Lily. Corry’s background as the writer in residence of a high-security prison has enabled her to create a psychological thriller that explores the minds and actions of some incredibly felonious and immoral, but deliciously interesting, characters.


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A Simple Favor Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9780062497772
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Published: Harper - March 21st, 2017

Stephanie blogs about the joys and challenges of motherhood and is equipped to do so as a widow and the stay-at-home single mom of five-year-old Miles. Emily, a high-power Manhattan executive in the fashion industry, is the wife of successful businessman Sean and mother to Nicky, who is Miles’ best friend in kindergarten. An unlikely twosome to form such a good friendship but they have, with Stephanie watching Nicky after school. Stephanie is in awe of Emily’s ability to juggle career and motherhood until one night when the loving, dedicated mom fails to return to pick up Nicky. Terrified and panicked, Stephanie turns to her blog and Sean for help while the police finally find Emily’s dead body in the lake by her family’s old vacation cabin. But Stephanie will soon find out that nothing is as it seems and all the secrets she confided to her alleged best friend might come back to destroy her. Darcey Bell, in her first novel, has created a masterful combination of loyalty, betrayal and true evil. – Guest Reviewer Bunny Hand


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ISBN: 9781101906668
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - March 7th, 2017

Incest is not a hushed topic in this novel but rather a tantalizing, twisted celebration of haunting love. After her mom’s suicide, sixteen-year-old Lane returns to Roanoke, a rural but oil-rich farm in Kansas, to finally meet and live with her grandparents and her cousin, Allegra, in the privileged style that seven other Roanoke girls have enjoyed. All of the girls except Allegra and Lane have either run away or suffered tragic accidental deaths; when Lane suspects the sordid truth behind their stories, she runs away as fast as she can. Years and many hard times later, her grandfather calls to say that Allegra has disappeared and begs Lane to return to Roanoke. Because of her ongoing deep affection for her cousin, she returns to help search and ease her guilt at abandoning Allegra that summer so long ago. Engel weaves between the past and present to reveal the heart of the dark family truth. Engel’s first adult novel is just that – for adults only. – Guest Reviewer Bunny Hand


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In Darkling Wood Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780399556012
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Published: Delacorte Press - March 14th, 2017

This is a charming story of love, friendship, family and fantasy. Alice adores her younger brother Theo and is terrified to learn that he needs a heart transplant in order to survive. When a perfect match becomes available, she is sent to live with her estranged and rather severe paternal grandmother, Nell, while the operation and the long recovery take place. Nell and Alice’s father have not spoken since he walked out on Alice, Theo and their mom over two years earlier. Living in her father’s childhood home nestled in the midst of a spooky forest with no heat, internet or TV, Alice discovers that things are not always explainable and that, well, fairies just might exist. A heartwarming tale of the power of believing in something unbelievable! –


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Little Deaths Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780316272476
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Published: Hachette Books - January 17th, 2017

“Grief came to her as a heaviness, an open roaring mouth that became bigger and deeper the more she focused on it until it filled up her mind with no room for thoughts, words, food or faces.” This is how Flint describes Ruth’s pain after the murder of her two children ages 5 and 3, abducted from their apartment in the middle of the night in the summer of 1965. Estranged from her husband and juggling long hours as a cocktail waitress and single motherhood, Ruth is immediately suspected by detectives, the press and neighbors. The empty liquor bottles, sexy clothing and many suitors are viewed as obvious conclusions; however, there is a deep love, determination and pride within Ruth that no one can calculate except Pete Wonickie, a rookie tabloid reporter who believes her innocence. Can he help her abate the false testimonies and bias opinions in time to save her from jail? Inspired by real events, this debut marks a new talent in crime fiction and amazing character analysis.


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The Girl Before Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780425285046
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Published: Ballantine Books - January 24th, 2017

One Folgate Street is an architectural masterpiece in London with sleek simplicity and sophisticated technology that would seem to demand a hefty rent; yet, instead it comes with a complicated and very personal application questionnaire and a stringent list of rules set forth by Edward Monkford, the property’s successful, aloof and affluent creator. Emma and her doting boyfriend Simon have their particular reasons for seeking the security of the property, and are amazed when they pass the scrutiny of the eccentric owner. The space, however, seems to transform the occupants and dark occurrences take place. Years later Jane has her own reasons for coveting One Folgate, and is also surprised to find that she has been approved to take occupancy. Delaney switches from one story to the other throughout the psychological thriller, weaving a masterpiece of duplicity, death, and deception with the correct amount of erotica injected to keep the pages turning and the reader mesmerized.


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The Dry Cover Image
$25.99
ISBN: 9781250105608
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Published: Flatiron Books - January 10th, 2017

Debut author, Jane Harper, has written this story so perfectly, you can almost feel the heat of the severe drought and taste the dust of the small Australian town of Kiewarra. Federal Agent Aaron Falk has been summoned to return to this, his hometown, for the funeral of his boyhood friend, Luke Hadler. Luke’s father sent a note to him in Melbourne saying simply “Luke lied. You lied. Be at the funeral.” Twenty years ago, Falk was under suspicion of drowning sixteen-year-old Ellie Deacon, another childhood friend, but Luke produced an alibi for him. Now Luke has killed himself, along with his wife and son. However, the local detective has some questions, and along with Luke’s parents, convinces Aaron to stay in town for a while to investigate further. Falk’s dreaded eighteen-hour visit is extended to what seems like eternity as old memories and secrets resurface to reveal a brilliant tale of suspense. Characters, setting and plot construction are perfect in this enthralling debut novel.


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Blonde Ice Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501129780
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Published: Atria Books - October 18th, 2016

This is the third appearance of Gil Malloy, ace reporter for the New York Daily News, and he just keeps getting better! This time Gil is on the top of his game as “Houston”, his old prostitute buddy from the first book, The Kennedy Connection, shows up at the office to ask his help in finding her missing husband. The search is a quick one – the husband is dead in a hotel room and security cameras reveal he was last with Melissa Ross, Victoria Issac’s (AKA Houston’s) therapist. It is not so simple though as facts begin to emerge revealing a serial killer who is female, blonde, and as ruthless as the likes of Son of Sam and The Boston Strangler, but targeting men who have been unfaithful in their relationships. Belsky has once again managed to keep the reader laughing (the blonde jokes are a great extra) while engrossed in a twisted thriller. Read all three previous Gil Malloy novels; you will have a blast!


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CrossTalk Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780345540676
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Published: Del Rey Books - October 4th, 2016

In the not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. And Briddey Flannigan is delighted when her boyfriend, Trent, suggests undergoing the operation prior to a marriage proposal--to enjoy better emotional connection and a perfect relationship with complete communication and understanding. But things don't quite work out as planned, and Briddey finds herself connected to someone else entirely--in a way far beyond what she signed up for. It is almost more than she can handle--especially when the stress of managing her all-too-eager-to-communicate-at-all-times family is already burdening her brain. But that's only the beginning. As things go from bad to worse, she begins to see the dark side of too much information, and to realize love--and communication--are far more complicated than she ever imagined.


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Fidelity Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781476733869
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

Jan Fedarcyk, retired from the FBI as the only woman to lead as Assistant Director in Charge, has written a debut novel that captures the very essence of counterintelligence, double agents and secret investigations between the CIA, FBI, and SVR (formerly the KGB). The combination of these three incredibly powerful and ruthless organizations makes for a most stimulating read. Kay, orphaned at age eight by the murder of her parents, is a sharp FBI investigator, and equally driven when she switches to counterintelligence in the New York City unit. She has only one vulnerability – her intense love for her brother and adoptive aunt and uncle. When she receives the assignment of a lifetime and finds that the impossible choice might be country or family, the story heats up to a fever pitch with an incredible conclusion that might just have you a little breathless. 


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Heartless Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250044655
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Published: Feiwel & Friends - November 8th, 2016

In her first stand-alone teen novel, Marissa tells the story—and what a story it is—of the young Lady Catherine Pinkerton who will live on to become the infamous and terrifying Queen of Hearts. Set in Lewis Carroll’s one hundred and fifty-year old Wonderland, Meyer brings his characters to life with her own original blend of madness, magic and monsters. The squat silly king has decided young Cath should be his bride, however, she has dreams of opening the best bakery in Wonderland and has fallen quite in love with the new, enigmatic and handsome court jester. Enjoy the Mad hatter, Cheshire cat, Jack the Knave of Hearts, the White Rabbit and all the well-loved inhabitants of Wonderland as the story turns deliciously dark and no one lives happily ever after. Just too much fun to miss!


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Behind Closed Doors Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250121004
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 9th, 2016

This debut novel is as chilling as it is addictive. Grace is 33 years old and still single due to her loving commitment to her 17-year-old sister, Millie, who was born with Down Syndrome. Their parents, who are indifferent to Millie, are anxious to move from London to New Zealand, so Grace will take Millie in after her graduation from boarding school. Imagine Grace’s delight when she meets Jack in the park and he falls madly in love with her and seems to adore Millie. He promises to build a house of their dreams and to take care of them forever. Grace is convinced to quit her job, sell her house and marry Jack within a few short months. Perfect marriage? Not by a long shot. Flawless Jack is the most terrifying character ever imagined, and you will not put this book down until revenge is dispensed with equally sadistic brutality. An intense tale of amazing evil. 


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The Kept Woman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062430212
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Published: William Morrow & Company - September 20th, 2016

Angie Pulaski, who has grown up in the foster care system, appears to be heartless and without morals. She has abandoned her husband, Will Trent, for over a year this time and he has begun a relationship with Sara Linton, a medical examiner in his department at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. However, a fellow investigator, Dale Harding has been murdered in Marcus Rippy’s half-constructed night club and Angie’s blood is everywhere. Marcus Rippy is a NBA superstar who has just gotten away with rape when Will could not get past Rippy’s collection of lawyers and perjurers to get the case convicted. This, combined with his uncontrollable desire to find out if Angie is dead or alive, is fuel for Will to pursue this case through the many twists and turns. Unknown daughters, more rapes, spousal abuse, creepy stalking: it’s got it all! Another thriller homerun for Slaughter.


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Redemption Road Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780312380366
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Published: Thomas Dunne Books - May 3rd, 2016

Former cop Adrian Wall has just been released after 13 years in prison for the murder of Julia Strange. At the same time, suspended Detective Elizabeth Black is about to face criminal charges in the death of two men she shot 18 times while trying to rescue Channing Shore from a basement where the two held her captive. Elizabeth cannot explain why she fired so many shots, nor can she clarify exactly why she is so anxious to see Adrian or why she is so certain he was innocent. There is Beckett, her former partner, who is insistent that she stay away from Adrian; 14-year-old Gideon Strange, Julia’s son who Elizabeth has been close to ever since she held him at the murder scene thirteen years ago; and her preacher father, comforting to everyone except his own daughter. Meanwhile, Adrian listens to the calm voice of his dead cell mate, Eli, who held onto a secret the evil warden could not squeeze out of him. These multi-faceted characters and more are the genius of John Hart, along with a bold story line that twists and turns and keeps this book in readers’ hands (even if they really should be doing other things!)


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ISBN: 9781419719158
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Published: Amulet Books - March 8th, 2016

Elston, Oregon, in the 1920’s has become a hateful and frightening place for Hanalee Denney. The war, the influenza epidemic, prohibition, and an emerging Ku Klux Klan have bred intolerance and hatred that are foreign to 16-year-old Hanalee, the daughter of a white woman and African American man. She remembers idyllic times with her father, who was killed by 17-year-old drunken driver Joe Adder, a man recently released from prison. Joe is hiding in the woods of Northwestern Oregon since the town folks want him dead after rumors of Joe’s homosexuality, yet another intolerable situation in these times. When Hanalee finds Joe’s hiding place, he reveals that her father was not killed by accident; he suspects Hanalee’s new stepfather was the killer. Hanalee knows there is some truth to his tale because her father’s spirit roams the highway as a “haint” or a troubled ghost, unable rest in peace. The story of these two young outcasts and their attempts to uncover the truth is a triumphant, insightful and gripping history lesson of the time, as well as another accomplished ghost story from Cat


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After the Crash Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316309677
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Published: Hachette Books - January 5th, 2016

I have not read such a compelling novel in a while! A three-month-old baby girl is the sole survivor of a plane crash in the Swiss Alps on December 23, 1980. Two female infants were on board and all four parents perished in the fiery crash. Is the miracle baby Lyse-Rose, the granddaughter of multi-millionaire Léonce de Carville, or Emilie, the granddaughter of Pierre Vitral, the poor owner of a traveling food truck? Neither has spent much time if any with their infant granddaughter, and in 1980, DNA genetic testing was still in the early stages. Circumstantial evidence places her with the Vitrals, but Léonce and his wife, Mathilde, never give up and hire private detective Crédule Grand Duke to solve the mystery. After failing to do so, Grand Duke has decided to shoot himself at midnight on the so-called Emilie’s eighteenth birthday. A new clue suddenly comes to him that changes everything. This story of two decades of mystery, secret love, and murder is a hugely enjoyable adventure.  


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ISBN: 9781250065315
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Published: St. Martin's Press - August 11th, 2015

Juniper Song is no longer an amateur detective; she is now a licensed detective and a partner with Chaz and Arturo at Lindley & Flores. She is managing her own cases now, and the one Rubina Gasparian, the daughter of Armenian immigrants, presents to her is most unusual. Rubina and her husband, Van, are unable to conceive a child and have hired her younger cousin, Lusig, as a surrogate, a fact that haunts Song as she sold some of her eggs in college and had not thought about it again until now. Lusig’s dear friend, Nora, has been missing for a month and Song’s job is to stop Lusig from looking for her and putting this much anticipated pregnancy at risk. The case soon changes into a search for a missing girl who was deeply involved in an ugly battle to erect an Armenian genocide memorial, a project severely contested by many. Are the tight knit Armenian community and those that antagonize them capable of murder? Step Cha pulls it all together in an unforgettable and entertaining manner with a tight plot and lots of emotion, presenting yet another great read. 


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Pretty Girls Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062499554
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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 7th, 2017

The Carroll family was torn apart some 20 years ago when Julia, the oldest of three sisters, disappeared one night after leaving a bar alone. Julia’s parents, Sam and Helen, divorced, and Sam committed suicide some years later while Lydia, the middle child, finally ran away and Claire, the youngest, settled for a marriage that was comfortable but unsatisfying. Another young girl is now missing and Claire has just witnessed her husband Paul’s murder while fighting off a robber in a dark alley. After the funeral, Claire’s house is robbed and Paul’s partner is desperately seeking a particular file from their architecture firm. Slaughter spins the rest of the story into an astonishing psychological thriller where nothing is as it seems. The pace is utterly compulsive as Lydia now joins Claire in an attempt to combine the past and the present to reveal the truth about Julia’s disappearance. This is a standalone from Karin Slaughter with unmatched non-stop entertainment.


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ISBN: 9780062347336
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 11th, 2015

I loved In the Shadow of Blackbirds, so I was excited to dive into The Uninvited, a psychological thriller set in the panic of the influenza pandemic of 1918. The world has been turned upside down by the war and the deadly flu and Americans are paranoid to the point of violence against German blooded citizens. Ivy Rowan, who has a lifelong gift for seeing ghosts, rises from her sick bed seemingly a survivor of the flu, only to discover her angry drunken father and brother have murdered a German furniture maker from town. In disgust, she leaves the farm and heads to town where she is horrified by the breakdown of governing society that the panic has caused. She is drawn to the jazz music played at the Masonic Lodge and to Daniel Schendel, the now sole owner of Liberty Furniture and has no inkling of the otherworldly revelations that are about to unfold. A hauntingly great ghost story.


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In a Dark, Dark Wood Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781501112331
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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 19th, 2016

Leonora – known as Lee in a life that she is straining to forget, and as Nora in her new life as a successful crime writer – is safe in her quiet apartment when she receives an invitation to a long past friend’s hen party (as they call them in England.) Curiosity wins over better judgement and 48 hours later she finds herself waking in a hospital bed with a police guard at the door. “What have I done?” her mind is demanding; however, memory is non-existent. What happened in that glass house in the dark woods of Northumberland with old friends and strangers? It begins to come back to her slowly and it involves her beloved James and the life she had hoped to stifle forever. She must get back to the wood before she is arrested. The story offers non-stop action, pushing at the edges until the very end. Ware is a new author from a new literary imprint


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By Vu Tran
$15.95
ISBN: 9780393352870
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 2nd, 2016

This noir page- turner is alive with history, the intrigue of Vegas, the pain of lost love, and much more. The story brings the Vietnam War era to life, and wraps it with such beautiful prose that you ache for the characters and their convoluted existence. Suzy, originally Hong, is missing; and her cop ex-husband is blackmailed into searching for her by her current husband, a violent Vietnamese gambler and smuggler who has a curious past with Hong. Tran flashes back to the saga of Hong’s and her tiny daughter Mia’s migration from Vietnam to LA in beautiful heartbreaking letters Suzy is now writing to her abandoned daughter. The contrast of violent, crazy, and tender emotions is wonderfully woven together by this debut author.


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Cress Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250007223
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Published: Square Fish - January 27th, 2015

Young Adult

Normal 0 The third in the Lunar Chronicles is as enjoyable and riveting as the first two, Cinder and Scarlet. This next take on fairy tales gone bad has Cress, a Rapunzel counterpart, in a satellite tower monitoring the security and activity of the Lunar operations. A prisoner since birth of Sybil and Queen Levana, she has been ordered to track down Cinder and her accomplice Captain Thorne, who have added Scarlet and Wolf to their team. Prince Kai is about to marry the queen in order to save Earth from war. Nothing will go as planned and readers will be captivated by the action and unpredictable plot. If you have not read the series start right now and you will be waiting, as I already am for the final chapter, Winter, due on shelves early in 2015.

– Bunny


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Follow Her Home Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781250009623
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Published: Minotaur Books - April 16th, 2013

Mystery Suspense

Steph Cha’s fine debut novel, much like S.J.Rozan’s Lydia Chen series, is a mystery thriller that incorporates the Asian community and its customs, including corruption and murder. Starting out as a seemingly frivolous endeavor on the part of good friends to dispel a nagging suspicion, the story develops into a trail of deceit that reveals a complex story line. Song, an Asian-American recent college graduate, has not yet landed a job, but has a fixation on noir fiction and Chandler’s Philip Marlowe. When her best friend Luke asks her to investigate a suspected affair between his wealthy dad and his young Asian paralegal, Song has nothing to lose and an itch to scratch. Her first attempt in the investigation lands her unconscious in the trunk of a car and the story continues to advance to murder and a hint of pornography that inflames Song’s memories of her younger sister.

– Bunny


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ISBN: 9781250007216
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Published: Square Fish - February 4th, 2014

For those of you who read Cinder and said, “I can’t wait…” oh, it is so worth the wait! The Lunar Chronicles continue at breakneck speed with the introduction of Scarlet, the granddaughter of Wing Commander Michelle Benoit, who has some interesting history with Linh Garan, Cinder’s dead stepfather. When Scarlet searches for her mysteriously missing grandmother, she meets Wolfe, member #962, and loyal soldier of the Order of the Pack. Yes, now we have Little Red Riding Hood and the big, bad Wolf, and Cinder, who is busy escaping from prison by using her new found Lunar powers on unsuspecting Captain Caswell Thorne. Fortunately, he is imprisoned for stealing a government owned spaceship, which really comes in handy. IIko makes a comeback in a most unusual way that is linked with this ship as Prince Kai and Queen Levana work, unsuccessfully, to avoid war. Scarlet is the perfect companion to Cinder, and the promise of the third book, and the re-appearance of Dr. Erland make it very difficult to wait yet another year for the final answers.

– Bunny


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ISBN: 9781250007209
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Published: Square Fish - January 8th, 2013

This is a Cinderella story, complete with the adoption thing, dead father, stepsisters and mean step-mom; however, factor in cyborgs, lunars, deadly plagues and threatening war and then you have a real story. Cinder is a cyborg and the best mechanic in New Beijing and has just met Prince Kai in disguise in the marketplace, asking her to repair a broken android that he joking calls “a matter of national security.” Cinder is distracted from fixing it immediately when her stepsister contracts the deadly letumosis disease that is plaguing the earth. Her step-mom blames Cinder for the disaster and volunteers her to the royal research clinic that is experimenting with cyborgs to find a cure. Dr. Erland not only finds that Cinder is immune to the disease but also much more. What he knows about her could end the plague and stop impending war with the Lunars and wicked Queen Levina. When Cinder finally repairs the prince’s android and learns that only she can stop him from marrying Queen Levina, the tale propels into sheer brilliance.

 

This is Marissa Meyers’ debut novel and she promises three more, all of which I will be reading as soon as the ink dries.

– bkh


All Clear Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780553592887
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Published: Spectra Books - October 25th, 2011

Connie continues her tale of Blackout, a story of time travel from 2060 Oxford to World War II battle-torn London, in this incredible novel.

The story continues with Mike, Eileen and Polly still “stuck” in London during the Blitz. They do not know why their drops will not open to get them back to Oxford, but it is becoming very clear that the long held belief that time travelers cannot affect historical outcomes is probably not true. With every incident that occurs, the three realize that they are in a position to actually change the outcome of Word War II.

The action is fast-paced and the descriptions of a city besieged by German bombs every night are remarkably real. If you are a history buff you must read this book and live in World War II for 641 pages. The end is a rush of adrenaline connecting all the dots, causing you to say to yourself, “ah, now I get it!” Willis throws in a bit of a love story at the end, which, for me, was the crowning glory of this magnificent novel. -- bkh


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ISBN: 9780345519832
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Published: Spectra Books - September 14th, 2010

As usual, I chose this novel after listening to Connie at an author signing. She had me sold when she spoke so knowledgeably about World War II and the time travel involved in the story that transports the reader to the exact moment of incredible events.

Wow, I was not disappointed! It is a history book, a science fiction book and a suspense novel thrown into one. It is set in Oxford in 2060, with time travelers going back to events from the Crusades to the Civil War to the attack on the World trade Center, but focusing on London during the Blitz.

In the midst of this action something goes terribly wrong and Michael, Merope and Polly find themselves without a “drop” to get back to Oxford. Besides being left behind in the midst of air raids, blackouts, rationing and such, the time travelers begin to get a sense and intense fear that they might be able to alter history. There is no real ending which is why I am in the middle of All Clear, the second half of the two book series.

I highly recommend Blackout to anyone who cannot get enough of World War II details, especially London from 1940 to 1945. -- bkh