Apr 182012
 
Prophecy of the Sisters

Prophecy of the Sisters (Prophecy of the Sisters #1) by Michelle ZinkSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans, and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents’ deaths, the true meaning of the strange […]

Apr 052012
 
Beatrice and Virgil

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann MartelSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads Yann Martel’s astonishing new novel begins with a successful writer attempting to publish his latest book, made up of a novel and an essay. Henry plans for it to be a “flip book” that the reader can start at either end, reading the novel or the essay first, because both pieces are equally concerned with representations of the Holocaust. His aim is to give the most horrifying of tragedies “a new choice of stories,” in order that it be remembered anew and in more than one way. But no one […]

Mar 292012
 
Foundling

Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo #1) by DM CornishSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Set in the world of the Half-Continent-a land of tri-corner hats and flintlock pistols-the Monster Blood Tattoo trilogy is a world of predatory monsters, chemical potions and surgically altered people. Foundling begins the journey of Rossamund, a boy with a girl’s name, who is just about to begin a dangerous life in the service of the Emperor. What starts as a simple journey is threatened by encounters with monsters-and people, who may be worse. Learning who to trust and who to fear is neither easy nor […]

Mar 012012
 
Impact

Impact by Douglas PrestonSource: Personal collection (book) and local library (audiobook)Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Wyman Ford is tapped for a secret expedition to Cambodia… to locate the source of strangely beautiful gemstones that do not appear to be of this world. A brilliant meteor lights up the Maine coast… and two young women borrow a boat and set out for a distant island to find the impact crater. A scientist at the National Propulsion Facility discovers an inexplicable source of gamma rays in the outer Solar System. He is found decapitated, the data missing. High resolution NASA images reveal […]

Feb 282012
 
Cloaked

Cloaked by Alex FinnSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website I’m not your average hero. I actually wasn’t your average anything. Just a poor guy working an after-school job at a South Beach shoe repair shop to help his mom make ends meet. But a little magic changed it all. It all started with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess, who asked me to lead a rescue mission.There wasn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. And even though I fell in love along the way, what happened to me is unlike any fairy tale I’ve ever […]

Feb 232012
 
Fault Lines

Fault Lines by Nancy HustonSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Sol is a gifted but also terrifying six year old; his mother believes he is destined for greatness. He has a birthmark, like his dad, his grandmother and great-grandmother. But when they all make an unexpected trip to Germany, terrible secrets emerge about their family’s story during World War II. Perhaps birthmarks are not all that has been passed down through this family. With its domestic focus but epic scope, Fault Lines is a compelling, touching and often funny novel about four generations of children and their parents. From […]

Jan 232012
 
The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine HoweSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Harvard graduate student Connie Goodwin needs to spend her summer doing research for her doctoral dissertation. But when her mother asks her to handle the sale of Connie’s grandmother’s abandoned home near Salem, she can’t refuse. As she is drawn deeper into the mysteries of the family house, Connie discovers an ancient key within a seventeenth-century Bible. The key contains a yellowing fragment of parchment with a name written upon it: Deliverance Dane. This discovery launches Connie on a quest–to find out who this woman […]

Jan 032012
 
The Cellist of Sarajevo

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven GallowaySource: Local library (audiobook), personal collection (paperback)Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website In a city under siege, four people whose lives have been upended are ultimately reminded of what it is to be human. From his window, a musician sees twenty-two of his friends and neighbors waiting in a breadline. Then, in a flash, they are killed by a mortar attack. In an act of defiance, the man picks up his cello and decides to play at the site of the shelling for twenty-two days, honoring their memory. Elsewhere, a young man leaves home to […]

Dec 262011
 
Still Alice

Still Alice by Lisa GenovaSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures […]

Dec 072011
 
A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches (All-Souls Trilogy #1) by Deborah Harkness Source: Library and RAK from Hannah The Irish Banana ReviewLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website  A richly inventive novel about a centuries-old vampire, a spellbound witch, and the mysterious manuscript that draws them together. Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But […]