Archive for July, 2013

New Books in the Library

Posted: July 29, 2013 in Good reads

This week we take a quick look at just a few of the great new books on the library shelves!  Remember that we are always buying new fiction for your reading pleasure so come and check out our displays.  Also, if there is a book you think we should have but don’t, let us know by using the Suggest A Book feature at the top of the page, and we will do our very best to acquire it for you!

Gameboard of the Gods by Richelle Mead

gameboardThe author of the phenomenally successful Vampire Academy and Bloodlines books is back with the first installment of a new series!  Here is what Goodreads has to say about the story:

“In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military’s most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills.

When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger. As their investigation races forward, unknown enemies and powers greater than they can imagine are gathering in the shadows, ready to reclaim the world in which humans are merely game pieces on their board.”

 

Bad Monkey by Carl Hiaasen

hiaassenWe haven’t read this murder mystery yet but it looks pretty great.  Any book that features a protagonist with a human arm in his freezer is okay by us!  Hiaasen is a prolific crime writer whose books are known for their oddball casts of characters and their balmy South Florida setting.  Let’s read the blurb!

“Andrew Yancy–late of the Miami Police, soon-to-be-late of the Key West Police–has a human arm in his freezer. There’s a logical (Hiaasenian) explanation for that, but not for how and why it parted from its owner. Yancy thinks the boating-accident/shark-luncheon explanation is full of holes, and if he can prove murder, his commander might relieve him of Health Inspector duties, aka Roach Patrol. But first Yancy will negotiate an ever-surprising course of events–from the Keys to Miami to a Bahamian out island–with a crew of equally ever-surprising characters, including: the twitchy widow of the frozen arm; an avariciously idiotic real estate developer; a voodoo witch whose lovers are blinded-unto-death by her particularly peculiar charms; Yancy’s new love, a kinky medical examiner; and the eponymous Bad Monkey, who earns his place among Hiaasen’s greatest characters with hilariously wicked aplomb.”

 

The Lucy Variations by Sara Zarr

zarrSara Zarr, author of popular YA books How To Save a Life and Once Was Lost, is back with a new one, this time about a jaded sixteen-year-old former concert pianist who is struggling to reclaim her sense of self.  We happen to have a bit of a soft spot for books about musicians (we loved cellist Mia and rock star Adam in If I Stay & Where She Went as well as quirky clarinet player Lennie in The Sky Is Everywhere) so we are pretty keen on this one.

Here’s what the publisher has to say:

“Lucy Beck-Moreau once had a promising future as a concert pianist. The right people knew her name, her performances were booked months in advance, and her future seemed certain.

That was all before she turned fourteen.

Now, at sixteen, it’s over. A death, and a betrayal, led her to walk away. That leaves her talented ten-year-old brother, Gus, to shoulder the full weight of the Beck-Moreau family expectations. Then Gus gets a new piano teacher who is young, kind, and interested in helping Lucy rekindle her love of piano — on her own terms. But when you’re used to performing for sold-out audiences and world-famous critics, can you ever learn to play just for yourself?”

 

 

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