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 […]

Nov 212011
 
Left Neglected

Left Neglected by Lisa GenovaSource: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website Thirty-something Sarah Nickerson is like so many women today—driven to succeed at home and at work, multi-tasking all day long, spread extremely thin. The morning that changes her life forever is at first just a typical morning. She’s in her car on her way to work, about to make a business call. But she takes her eyes off the road for one second too long, and she finds herself involved in a terrible accident. Sarah suffers a traumatic brain injury. Her memory and intellect are still intact, but she […]

Nov 072011
 
Fire

Fire (The Seven Kingdoms #2)by Kristin Cashore Source: Local libraryLinks: Amazon, Goodreads It is not a peaceful time in the Dells. In King City, the young King Nash is clinging to the throne, while rebel lords in the north and south build armies to unseat him. War is coming. And the mountains and forest are filled with spies and thieves. This is where Fire lives, a girl whose beauty is impossibly irresistible and who can control the minds of everyone around her. Exquisitely romantic, this companion to the highly praised Graceling has an entirely new cast of characters, save for one […]