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HOT OFF THE PRESS!
Check out the older not-so-hot-off-the-press reviews from each staff member.
From our October 2016 Newsletter:
On the world of Barsk, uplifted elephants are isolated away from all other uplifted species in the galaxy–with the exception of the koph trade, a unique substance only found on the glum planet that the elephants call home. The residents of Barsk hold a tight monopoly on their main export, which grants its users the ability to Speak to the dead. When Fants start to disappear on their way to the final resting place, as foretold by the first Speaker hundreds of years ago, it’s up to Jorl — a historian, Speaker, and one of the few Fants to have ventured past the homeworld —to discover their fates, and ultimately to decide the fate of his people. A compelling story, rich universe, and characters that, despite appearances, are surprisingly human make for an immensely enjoyable read. – Darcy
It is a challenge to review any title that is illustrated by legendary artist Moebius. His artwork is so incredible, the visualizations so profound, that it tends to overshadow the story. This time, the story stands up to the amazing artwork, thanks to science fiction author Alejandro Jodorowsky. This dystopian vision of the future isn’t as heavy as most dystopian titles: in fact it is a bit silly, while maintaining a serious note. The book is fun to read, easy to enjoy, and offers a rich visual and imaginative heritage. Perfect for anyone who enjoyed “Heavy Metal” magazine or the artwork of Moebius. – Sam
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, Myers brings Carroll’s characters to life with his 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! – Bunny
Magic is not always a loud, in your face thing. It can be the subtle twist of words shrouded in mystery.
Mysteries like the Graces that pull you in and quickly become obsessions, sweeping you away in the promises we think they make us. The promise that we can escape ourselves and become someone new. Someone shiny and beautiful while the truth stays hidden, buried beneath smiles and laughter. The whole town is drawn toward the Graces and their air of mystery and magic. They are beautiful, eccentric, rich, and powerful. Their lives seem perfect as they effortlessly live with everyone else bending around them for just a moment of their attention. River, the boring new girl in town, will do anything to be one of them.
I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. It pulled me into this fascinating dark world the author has beautifully created. It discusses how dark our obsessions can be while at the same time being fueled by things we all have in common. The simple desire to feel loved and cherished. – Constance
I cannot rave enough. And rave, rave, rave is what I truly want to do here. Towles sophomore effort is destined to be a classic. He has captured the sensibility and the timing of a classic Russian novel while maintaining insight and humor in the story of Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov, who has been sentenced to house arrest in Moscow’s Hotel Metropol for an undetermined time, for being a member of the Russian aristocracy. He is a man who maintains his dignity and the lifestyle to which he was born, even as the borders of his life are now defined by this hotel and its inhabitants. The sentence itself is somewhat comical, as the Metropol is the most luxurious hotel in Moscow and the Count has full rein of the hotel and its amenities. It is within the Count’s daily activities that we appreciate his discipline and the life he creates within these confines. His past and his present are presented in seamless form, written with prose that will take your breath away.
You will not be surprised to hear that I did not want this book to end and I am truly envious of those of you who have yet to treat yourself to these pages. – Terry
Robert Dickinson’s The Tourist is a terrifically smart time-travel novel. Dickinson gets everything right about time travel, were it real: the time tourists and the time tourism business, the music fans from the future shadowing Bach and Beethoven, and more darkly, how all our human prejudices and politics would get themselves mapped onto slices of time, with one period admiring, hating, and ignoring another, just as we do to each other now on account of race, religion, and gender. The narrative is a wonderful puzzle, as the reader puts together pieces of time to figure out just what is going on, just what is at stake. The Tourist is a challenging, intelligent, and satisfying read. – David
Mostly Void, Partially Stars and The Great Glowing Coils of the Universe are the first two volumes of the Welcome to Night Vale script books. Whether you’re a long time listener, or you’ve never heard of Night Vale at all, this is the place to start. Each volume contains a year’s worth of podcast episodes, illustrations by “our favorite weird artist” Jessica Hayworth, and behind the scenes introductions by the extraordinary creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Night Vale is a quiet desert community where conspiracy theories are always true, and all us residents can do is tune in to the Community Radio and hope for the best. In these volumes, you’ll learn about the forbidden dog park, Old Woman Josie and the angels, a foreboding glowing cloud (ALL HAIL), and a budding romance between our subversive radio host and that new scientist with his perfect hair. – Gary
Elizabeth Sanderson knows true horror when her teenage son goes missing, and her son’s friends have made a pact to hide a terrible secret. Is the apparition with black-hole eyes the ghost of her son, Tommy? Who keeps leaving pages of his diary on the floor? In this chilling tale of the seductive power of evil, and the willful loss of innocence, the Devil’s strength lies in silence. Tremblay is a master of misdirection, playing Three-card Monte with the reader’s wits. Just when you think you’ve finally solved the mystery – the supernatural boiled away to the dregs of human evil – Tremblay uncorks a shocking revelation that will leave you doubting all your assumptions. Fans of “Stranger Things” will love this riveting novel by the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of Head Full of Ghosts. –R.J. Crowther Jr.
Karigan G’ladheon is on her way home from a fight at school when a thundering of hooves fills the forest. A messenger of the king, a Green Rider, comes to a halt in front of her only to slide off his horse with a bloody arrow sticking out of his back. With his last dying breath, he urges Karigan to swear to complete his mission and deliver the message he carries to the king. Reluctantly, Karigan agrees, finding herself compelled to complete the mission. The dead man’s horse guides her down a path only he knows, pulling her into a world of unknown magic and danger thought to be long gone. With a hooded figure and assassins hunting her through the woods, it will take everything she has to try and survive let alone deliver the message worth dying for. From start to finish I couldn’t help turning the pages of this story filled with engaging characters and a unique world that captures the heart. – Constance
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. – Guest Reviewer Bunny Hand
If there’s a body around, Hannah Swensen will find it. Mike, detective and friend, calls Hannah’s talent “slaydar.” The mayor’s former girlfriend Phyllis Bates is dead and the list of suspects includes Hannah’s dear friends. Lisa is jealous because her husband Herb is not coming home nights and Phyllis, his high school sweetheart, works closely with him. Herb, the absent husband, might not have liked the very unprofessional kiss Mrs. Clause gave him on stage. Especially when Mrs. Clause is Phyllis, and Lisa is in the audience. Are the philandering mayor and his very angry wife on the suspect list? With help from her mother and her good friend Norman, Hannah begins to investigate, interrogate, and poke into alibis. Will she be able to nose around and remain safe? Will there be a happy ending and a Merry Christmas? Will the reader have time to bake all the yummy recipes in the book? Read and bake with pleasure. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale
Set in a Venetian renaissance setting, this book has the complex world-building and strong characterization that made “Avatar: The Last Airbender” great. In this world, great artists have a bird-like daemon called a Genius. With the help of their Genius, they can work magic using their artistic talent. An oppressive ruler has killed or captured most of the Geniuses. A team of four orphans, sheltered and supported by a sympathetic duke, go questing for a sacred artifact to defeat the oppressive regime and save their Geniuses. They are pursued by a renegade sorcerer and his man-made servant, the four-armed Tulpa. The nuanced interactions, particularly between minor characters, brought an exceptional complexity and depth to both the imaginative and unique world and the ideas behind it. I look forward to further exploring DiMartino’s creation. – Guest Reviewer Rachel Steinberger
Snow has lived in an institution since the tender age of six, but not for tender reasons. She tried to walk through a mirror into another land and will carry the scars of her attempt for the rest of her life. At the institution she has her daily pill regime (kindly nicknamed her dwarfs), which numb different things depending on the day, to try and normalize her. That is the goal for all us right? To be normal and fit in. To control that anger inside that tries to lash out and destroy. What if Snow’s abnormalities are what will save her? The boy in her dreams calls her princess and pushes her towards a tree promising they will all kneel for her on the other side; that she is what they have been waiting for. This book was a great start to a series I am excited to see more of, and an interesting retelling of The Snow Queen. – Constance
Addison and Molly Cooke have problems. Their archeologist uncle has been kidnapped, they are wanted by the police for trashing a museum, and their aunt is missing. Book-smart Addison feels he has the solution: find the second key leading to a lost Incas treasure (the first key was kidnapped with their uncle) and the two kids will get their family back. There are problems with his plan which Molly is only too happy to bring to Addison’s attention. Never fear, Addison has the solution too – create a team. Raj is a survivalist and Eddie speaks Spanish. Armed with his uncle’s wallet and credit cards, the four friends head to Peru to find the Olvidado River. Hidden doors, secret passages, and an ossuary loom in their future. Join four active children as they get plenty of mental and physical exercise, and more than their share of danger and trouble. Action and humor throughout. A fun read. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale
Love can hurt and pain can push us to make rash decisions. What if to escape that pain one night you made an irreversible decision that would change your life forever? The gift of eternity is not always a good thing. In this Persephone and Hades retelling, Brodi Ashton weaves a story of love, misunderstandings, betrayal, and unwavering loyalty where the bounds of what we will do for self-love, or love for someone else, are tested. This book shows you can spend a lifetime trying to change the outcome of one bad choice and how even in our darkest times, though we may be blind to those around us who care, they are still there waiting for us to see them. The way that the author took this ancient myth and made it her own unique world has given it a special place in my heart. – Constance
The year is 1242. The place, a dark inn in France. It’s a perfect night for a story. Slowly, travelers at the inn begin to unravel the tale behind three mysterious, magical children who are quickly becoming legends across Medieval France. Who are these children? Are they magical or are they saints? And is the dog that travels with them truly a holy dog brought back to life? Echoing the great medieval classic, The Canterbury Tales, various narrators each tell their own tale, but along the way they unravel the bigger story of William, Jeanne, and Jacob. Gidwitz paints a vivid image of medieval France (the book itself is illustrated like a medieval manuscript!), and his mix of heart and humor make this book an utterly magical read. Who else could weave a tale of acceptance, love, and hope, complete with farting dragons? – Kelly
From Our September 2016 Newsletter:
Once in a great while, a novel comes along with such wondrous storytelling, such lush, vivid prose, that it swallows you whole and spits you out transformed. Das’ The Devourers is that rarest of books. We meet Alok Mukherjee, a closeted historian, as he is seduced in the seething, spicy-sour markets of Kolkata by a stranger who claims to be half-werewolf, born of a shapeshifting rapist and Cyrah, a Mughal prostitute. Alok is seduced by the stranger’s stories, which come to life with hallucinatory vividness, carrying Alok back to 17th century India. The stories are the journals of Cyrah and the stranger’s father, filled with guilt, the lust for vengeance, the beautiful, gruesome transformative power of the shapeshifters, and the universal hungers for love, to create, and to shed our social skins. The shapeshifters tear off their skins to reveal a purer self, beyond race, beyond gender, or binary sexuality. There is real horror here, but even the most gruesome scenes are suffused with sensuality, reminiscent of Anne Rice’s early novels. Alok is liberated by the stranger’s stories, but liberation rips with the teeth of love and tragedy. I was up ‘til dawn devouring The Devourers and woke with the scents of blood, musk, and sandalwood in my nose, not to mention tears in my eyes. Astounding. – R. J. Crowther Jr.
In The Queen of Blood, humanity lives in an uneasy balance with the spirits of the natural world. The spirits make possible all life, but they also are greedy for life's inevitable harvest--death. To protect themselves, people rely upon the queen, and her coterie of magical women. The novel follows Daleina, a young girl with magical powers, as she rises through the ranks of witches. And as she does, the title of the novel becomes redolent with unexpected connotations and references. You read the book with a growing horrid fascination, until by the end you are amazed and appalled. The heroine of The Queen of Blood is a woman of steel--and you have to be someone of steel yourself to read her story. A great read. Highly recommended! -- David
Centuries ago, aliens came down and kicked our asses back to the stone age, or damn near. They did it with thelemity ... a weapon which might as well have been magic. Then things got interesting when a few humans discovered they could use this power as well. Now, half a millennia later and we're still at it. The Forever War. Those able to wield thelemity either fight the good fight or they're thrown to the wolves. Humanity is extremely divided and our world is the very definition of “post-apocalyptic.” It's Ender's Game X The Hunger Games X Red Rising and as awesome as a Peter Hamilton novel. Many points of view and loads of world-building (and world-shattering) make this one a little slow to start, but once the ball gets rolling it really rolls. Don't miss this one. – Guest Reviewer Patrick Heffernan
Clyde Barr makes his way on to the page for an adrenaline-drenched first outing. __ Within days of Clyde’s return to Colorado from a three year stay in a Mexican prison, his youngest sister, Jen, calls him for help. She knows that she will be murdered in just a few days, after she helps her captor get something he wants from her workplace. This is all the information that Clyde needs to step into the action and run to her rescue.
Clyde once lived with his three sisters, his drug-addicted mother, and an assortment of abusive men who came in and out of their lives. The backstory of this family forms the bonds and the conflicts which make Clyde who he is today. In fact, 16 years earlier, Clyde left his sisters behind and found action and adventure across multiple continents while he has worked as a handyman, hunter, soldier of fortune, and much more.
Back in the states, he believes he is equipped to handle some truly terrifying bad guys and reconnect with his past to help him accomplish his impossible task. It all happens at break-neck speed, including the pace at which you will be turning the pages. – Terry
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. – Bunny
Lots of high tech details, action and adventure await the reader of Killfile. John Smith has a special gift where he can read people’s thoughts. Maybe this is a curse, not a blessing, since he can hear those pesky songs that go through your head and relive your most painful memories. A former valuable CIA agent, John now works freelance as a private consultant. His latest client is rich software genius Everett Sloan who hires John to check out a former employee for possible intellectual property theft. John’s identity becomes compromised and he finds himself on the run from unknown enemies. He, along with Sloan’s associate Kelsey Foster, goes off the grid where he can hopefully use his special skills to save himself and Kelsey, and also solve the mystery of the data that may or may not be stolen. For fans of the Preston and Child stories with Pendergast as well as James Rollins supernatural adventures. – Linda
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. – Bunny
In this “un-putdown-able” adult debut from Forman (If I Stay, etc.), 43-year-old Maribeth Klein does not have time for the heart attack she is having. She has deadlines at work, four-year-old twins, and a husband who is incapable of managing any of the household chores. Nonetheless, she ends up in the hospital having a double bypass. She has no chance to recover from her ordeal; her demanding home life does not let up even as her need to convalesce becomes more serious. She takes matters into her own hands, reclaims her life in a very unpredictable way, and then tries to deal with the aftermath of her decision. At times you will sympathize with her, and at other times you question the path she has taken, but there is no question that you will not put this book down until the last satisfying page. – Terry
The summer before her senior year of high school, Jules is vacationing with her estranged father and his family from his remarriage when she receives the news that Maggie Kim, her BFF, has been found dead, facedown in the family’s swimming pool, a presumed suicide. Maggie had always been larger than life, dramatic, and the center of her social network’s universe – her death doesn’t make sense to Jules, seeming to lack both presentation and flair, and cause. Jules swelters her way through an informal but determined investigation, exploring the dark shadows that linger among Maggie’s family and friends, and gaining insights into her own relationship with Maggie. A fine contribution to the LA noir subgenre. – Maryelizabeth
The fantasy island of Fennbirn’s sequence of rule is unique and terrible: each generation a set of specially gifted triplets is born – when the sisters become sixteen, it’s the cue for a battle to the death, with the last sister standing crowned Queen. The sisters are separated as toddlers, and are raised by separate factions, each seeking to enhance their gifts : Mirabella to direct the elements; Katharine to consume deadly poisons unscathed; and Arsinoe to exercise power over nature, both flora and fauna. The most amazing aspect of this book is that Kendare had me equally emotionally invested in each of the three to be the surviving ruler. A dark and delightful epic fantasy! – Maryelizabeth
Enter Farenwood, a world where magic is color and color is talent. Young Alice somehow lacks all three things. Yet with undeterred resolution, she knows--with or without magic--she must try to find her father who disappeared three years ago. When Oliver, a young boy whose magical talent is deceiving and lying decides to help her, they enter Futhermore, an upside-down world of reckless magic and absurdities. In Furthermore nothing is quite what it seems and Alice’s journey goes well beyond finding her father. When characters collide and worlds unravel, Alice’s story ultimately becomes one of what it takes to trust, find, and love yourself for everything you are and more. A book that will stay with young readers long after they turn the last page. – Kelly
From our August 2016 Newsletter:
As booksellers, we are always looking for something new; a book that explores unchartered territory where others have not yet gone. We found it.
What is Dark Matter? Some of that answer is for scientists and others much smarter than me to explain, though this extraordinary novel does a great job initiating readers to the concept of a window into the fifth dimension.
Jason Dessen is a very smart man. He is also a very content man, who lives a simple life as college physics professor with his wife, Daniela, and teenage son, Charlie, in suburban Chicago. He often wonders where his life would have led him if he had made different choices, like pursuing his theories about quantum mechanics. When he finds out, the results are not what he or anyone else could have predicted. I don’t want to ruin this wild ride of a novel with any of the plot lines; I just suggest that you run to Mysterious Galaxy and pick up this book immediately. Just don’t plan to do anything else until you have turned the last page. – Terry
This July Indie Next Pick is an Easter egg-filled examination and celebration of popular culture and fandom, and a great story. I confess I was cautious at first, concerned that with its literary imprint and blurbs, the convention circuit setting might be just a device. But Proehl rapidly reassured me with his alternate universe parallels to comics, television shows, and familiar convention inhabitants. Proehl mostly supersedes the tropes of the genre through affectionate and knowing point of view characters, from former-cult-TV-series lead actress and fugitive mother Valerie Torrey, her precocious son Alex, indie comics creators Brett and Fred, and rare-as-a-unicorn female comics writer Gail. Their stories are interwoven with tales of the AHTW universe’s comics characters, and Valerie’s retellings of episodes of her show as bedtime stories for Alex. AHTW didn’t quite push every fannish button for me, but like a really good Joss Whedon show, it succeeded so well I am loath to quibble about the shortcomings. – Maryelizabeth
When describing this book, my first instinct is to quote the opening to Charlie’s Angels: “Once upon a time, there were three little girls…” Except these three grew up Asian American in an alternate San Francisco where demonic invaders from another dimension periodically wreak havoc, and have invested some people with superpowers. San Francisco’s premier superheroine is Aveda Jupiter. Aveda’s assistant is her childhood BFF, Evie Tanaka, who is also the caretaker for her teenage sister, Bea. Evie’s assistant role includes managing Aveda’s public image, including wardrobe clean-up after battling demonic cupcakes, and offering measured responses to a local columnist’s mean girl comments. But when Aveda is injured, Evie must doff her cartoon duck t-shirt and don the attire of the city’s protector. Can Evie handle the spotlight? A great fun read – and did I mention there’s hot nerd romance?! – Maryelizabeth
McHugh’s debut novel The Weight of Blood was one of my favorite books of 2014. It had the perfect combination of menace and page-turning suspense, all told in exquisite prose. In her sophomore effort, Arrowood, she manages to accomplish this once again. Arden Arrowood returns to her historic childhood home in Keokuk, Iowa after inheriting the family legacy. Tragedy struck almost twenty years ago when Arden’s twin sisters were abducted while playing outside. Arden struggles with her recollections of that fateful day; then she meets Josh, a cold case fanatic, who believes the man she initially suspected may have no involvement. The truth may be more horrifying than Arden could have ever imagined, and the result is a chilling atmospheric thriller that haunted me for days. – Sarah
Enter the 15th century Ottoman Empire, where Lada and her brother Radu have been wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia from a young age and cast into Ottoman rule. Together they learn to not only survive, but also help Mehmed, the son of the Sultan, claim his title and conquer the lands. Lada, who is a re-imagined Vlad the Impaler, is a brutal, fierce, unfeeling—and compulsively readable character. I loved the dual perspectives of both Lada and Radu, which lets us fully experience the tensions of religion, politics, war, and love in 15th century eastern rule. This is a novel rich in setting and thoughtful in narrative, and ultimately one I loved every minute of. – Kelly
After reading a letter from a solicitor, Emily Cavanaugh, a fifty-one-year-old college professor and widow, becomes a wealthy landowner in Stoney Beach, Oregon. With the inheritance come the problems. Developers and the mayor want the property for a large hotel. Her cousin by marriage alternately seems to resent her and court her. Her renters have mixed reactions to her presence. Rumors hint that her aunt might have been murdered. The local sheriff is not helping. Luke Richards was her sweetheart in years gone by – the one who vanished and Emily never recovered. Then her housekeeper dies – murder or accident? Her property is set on fire. Emily and Luke, fearing she could be in danger, begin a serious investigation that leads her into her aunt’s past. This cozy mystery, complete with all the required components, is literate and well written. Emily is a remarkable main character who parallels the characters and experiences in her life to her beloved classics. Luke is a classic leading man. The story takes unexpected turns leading to a terrifying conclusion. Beware small towns, their secrets, and their residents. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale
If I told you the storyline of All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, you may not think this is a book for you. But if I tell you how much love and compassion are poured into the characters and the writing, you may change your mind. Despite the setting, many taboo subjects, and the huge age gap between the two main characters, this is a love story that will draw you in and stick with you long after you turn the last page.
Wavy meets Kellen when she is just 8 years old and Kellen is a young man of 21. They both have complicated and violent backgrounds and are immediately attracted to one another. Wavy’s parents are drug addicts and meth dealers who are beyond inept in taking care of both Wavy and her younger brother, Donal. As a result of her childhood abuse, Wavy refuses to communicate with almost everyone in her small world of family and school. Kellen was brought up in a life of violence and drugs, but has a heart of gold and intelligence that few notice or care about. They form an unbreakable bond through their shared history and the circumstances that make up their lives. This bond is strengthened and tested in ways beyond imagining and this is the storyline of this dazzling, page-turning debut.