May is Mystery Month

May is National Mystery Month and there are a bunch of YA mysteries coming out this month that sound fantastic!

The Agathas by Kathleen Glasgow and Liz Lawson

Who killed Brooke Donovan? It’s the biggest mystery of the summer, and everyone in Castle Cove thinks it’s the wrong guy. Fans of One of Us Is Lying and Riverdale can’t miss this page-turning who-done-it that’s sure to be the next must read Young Adult thriller!

Last summer, Alice Ogilvie’s basketball-star boyfriend Steve dumped her. Then she disappeared for five days. She’s not talking, so where she went and what happened to her is the biggest mystery in Castle Cove. Or it was, at least. But now, another one of Steve’s girlfriends has vanished: Brooke Donovan, Alice’s ex-best friend. And it doesn’t look like Brooke will be coming back. . .
Enter Iris Adams, Alice’s tutor. Iris has her own reasons for wanting to disappear, though unlike Alice, she doesn’t have the money or the means. That could be changed by the hefty reward Brooke’s grandmother is offering to anyone who can share information about her granddaughter’s whereabouts. The police are convinced Steve is the culprit, but Alice isn’t so sure, and with Iris on her side, she just might be able to prove her theory.
In order to get the reward and prove Steve’s innocence, they need to figure out who killed Brooke Donovan. And luckily Alice has exactly what they need–the complete works of Agatha Christie. If there’s anyone that can teach the girls how to solve a mystery it’s the master herself. But the town of Castle Cove holds many secrets, and Alice and Iris have no idea how much danger they’re about to walk into. 

Two Truths and A Lie by April Henry

A group of teens are trapped in an old motel with a murderer in this chilling YA mystery by New York Times  bestselling author April Henry.

Nell has always wanted to be an actor, but doubts her ability. As a member of her school’s theater program, she prefers working backstage. On the way to a contest, an unexpected blizzard strands her acting troupe in a creepy motel. Soon they meet a group of strangers from another high school–including the mysterious and handsome Knox, who insists they play the game Two Truths and a Lie. When it’s Nell’s turn, she draws a slip of paper inked in unfamiliar handwriting:
I like to watch people die.
I’ve lost count of how many people I’ve killed.

Suddenly a night of harmless fun turns into a matter of life and death. As guests go missing, it becomes clear that a murderer is hiding in their midst ready to strike again. In a room full of liars and performers, the truth is never quite what it seems. Nell is going to have to act like her life depends on it–because it does.

The Counselors by Jessica Goodman

From New York Times bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake.

Camp Alpine Lake is the only place where Goldie Easton feels safe.
She’s always had a special connection to the place, even before she was old enough to attend. The camp is the lifeline of Roxwood, the small town she lives in. Alpine Lake provides jobs, money and prestige to the region. Few Roxwood locals, though, get to reap the rewards of living so close to the glam summer that camp, with its five-figure tuition and rich kids who have been dumped there for eight weeks by their powerful parents. Goldie’s one of them.
Even with her “townie” background, Goldie has never felt more at home at camp and now she’s back as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, to arrive. Because Goldie has a terrible dark secret she’s been keeping and she is more in need of the comfort than ever.
But Goldie’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. When a teen turns up dead in the lake late one night, she knows that the death couldn’t have been an accident. She also knows that Ava was at the lake that same night.
What did Ava see and what does she know? Why hasn’t she said anything to Goldie about the death? Worse–what did Ava do?
But asking questions offers no answers, only broken bonds of lifelong friendship, with hidden danger and betrayals deeper than Goldie ever imagined.

YA mystery lovers are in for a fantastic summer of reading!

Megan’s More than 10 Top Picks of 2015

Normally I love making lists of books, but I agonize over these end of the year favorites lists. After reviewing all the books that I read this year I discovered that this is the first time in many years that I read more adult (non-YA) books that YA books. Does this mean I am a real grown-up now? I hope not! I also noted that this was a year dominated by science fiction, fantasy, and amazing graphic novels.  Ok, let’s get started!

  1. The String Diaries by Stephen Lloyd Jones.

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2. Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

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3. Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.

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4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik.

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5. The Passenger by Lisa Lutz. (This is a bit of a tease as it isn’t due out until March 2016)

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6. Bingo’s Run by James Levine.

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7. Lock In by John Scalzi.

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8. The Martian by Andy Weir.

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9. Descender, vol.1: Tin Stars by Jeff Trillium.

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10. Rat Queens, vol. 1: Sass and Sorcery and vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygot by Kurtis Wiebe.

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Of course, I can’t finish this list without mentioning some of my favorite YA books.

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Happy Reading!

~Megan

Lastest Additions

Oh, what a difference a year makes! Last year at this time we where digging out of a late fall blizzard and bracing ourselves for more snow and record cold. It was weather that demanded we hunker down and read. A year later it’s nothing but clear skies and temperatures in the 60’s. It’s perfect weather for an outdoor project or a walk on the beach. I managed to squeeze both of those into my day yesterday; an audiobook and my dog my constant companions. My amazing and handy brother built me a bench from our grandmother’s old bed frame. Look at all that sun! Note the T-shirt! Later, Kevin (the dog) and I explored a new stretch of beach down at Edgewater and discovered this unusual structure. All the while, I was riveted by Career of Evil, by Robert Galbraith. This third book in the Cormoran Strike series is definitely my favorite. One of my awesome colleagues already entered this title into the Reading Room.

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Whether you are looking to hunker down and read or trying to soak up every last bit of warmth and sunshine, the Reading Room will help you find the perfect book. Check out some of these Latest Additions or explore the extensive back list of titles.

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Career of Evil by Robert Galbraith.

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Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things by Jenny Lawson.

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Ana of California by Andi Teran.

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This is Your Life, Harriet Chance! by Jonathan Evison.

And finally, here is a sneak peek at a book coming in 2016:

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys, February 2, 2016 (put yourself on hold now!)

Happy Reading!

~Megan

Latest Additions

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The frost is not yet on the pumpkin and the days are still glorious. The librarians here have enjoyed the weather of the past week and reading these books.

Aquarium by David Vann

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Early One Morning by Virginia Baily

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All the Stars in the Heavens by Adriana Trigiani

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Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson

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The Mountain Story by Lori Lansens

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And don’t forget about the books coming Tomorrow, November 10th!

The Promise by Robert Crais

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Destiny and Power : the American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush by Jon Meacham

Crimson Shore by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

 

~Ann

Be First

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Be first to read some of these debut novels coming in August!

THE DAUGHTERS by Adrienne Celt

Lulu can’t sing. Since the traumatic birth of her daughter, the internationally renowned soprano hasn’t dared utter a note. She’s afraid that her body is too fragile and that she may have lost her talent to a long-dreaded curse afflicting all of the mothers in her family.

BARBARA THE SLUT AND OTHER PEOPLE by Lauren Holmes

A fresh, honest, and darkly funny debut collection about family, friends, and lovers, and the flaws that make us most human.

MRS. SINCLAIR’S SUITCASE by Louise Walters

Roberta, a bibliophile works at The Old and New Bookshop in England. She discovers a letter inside her grandmother’s old suitcase that provides insight into her grandmother’s past and to the family’s history.

THE GIRL WHO SLEPT WITH GOD by Val Brelinski

A family’s world is upended when the oldest daughter returns from a missionary trip to Mexico and discovers she’s pregnant with—she believes—the child of God.

THE SECRETS OF LAKE ROAD by Karen Katchur

Twelve-year-old Caroline doesn’t understand why her mother avoids the family lakeside home, which she herself loves.

~Ann

Looking Ahead to 2013

I know we still have a few more days of looking back over 2012, but I am ready to start looking ahead to 2013.  Most of my highly anticipated releases of 2013 are young adult books, but there are a handful of adult books that I can’t wait to read.

I am eager to get a turn with Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini, due out in January. This is the story of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, a freed slave names Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley.

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I am also very excited about the January release of Fables vol. 18: Cubs in Toyland, by Bill Willingham. This is one of my favorite graphic novel series and I highly recommend. If you are new to graphic novels, this is a fantastic place to start.

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February brings the next installment in the Flavia de Luce mystery series. I love the audiobook versions of these books and can’t wait to listen to Speaking from Among the Bones by Alan Bradley. Don’t know about Flavia? Start with The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie.

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This summer you’ll find me on a patio somewhere with a copy of Lost Lake by Sarah Addison Allen. There is no cover art for this one yet, but based on her past books I am sure it will be lovely. These are my favorites:

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July will also bring the final installment of the Spellman Files, The Last Word by Lisa Lutz. This is one of my favorite series and I am excited that there will be more and sad that is will be over. I am sure Lisa Lutz has something else spectacular and fun just waiting to be released. I hope. Please be true. Again, no cover art, but the rest of the books in the series got new art. I like it. Start at the beginning with The Spellman Files.

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And last, but not least, I *hope* that I will get the final installment of the Locke & Key series, Omega by Joe Hill. There is no release date as of yet, but I am keeping my fingers crossed that I will get my hands on it sometime in 2013. I loved this series so much that I am considering a reread while I wait. Check out the first one, Welcome to Lovecraft.

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What books are you looking forward to in the new year?

Happy Reading (and Happy New Year)!

˜Megan

 

The End of a Series

The countdown has begun for the sixth, and final, book in Jean M. Auel’s epic Earth’s Children series. What started with Clan of the Cave Bear will conclude with Land of Painted Caves, due out on March 29, 2011.

I’ve never read the books but they have been bestsellers since the first one came out in 1980. Check out what staff thought of Auel’s books in the Reading Room.

— Julie

News for Sherlock fans

No, not Sherlock Hemlock (although I love him too), but Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s masterful detective, Sherlock Holmes. Orion Publishing Group has announced that Anthony Horowitz, author of the Alex Rider series and the BBC series “Midsomer Murders” and “Foyle’s War,”  has been chosen to bring Holmes back to literary life.  

Horowitz has said he will try to “produce a first rate mystery for a modern audience while remaining absolutely true to the spirit of the original.”  According to the Vancouver Sun, this is the first time Doyle’s estate has approved a new Sherlock Holmes story. It is due to be published in England this September, and I for one will be on the lookout for it’s arrival in the US!

— Julie