Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 2/24/15

 Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 2/24/15

 

1.  Double Fudge Brownie Murder by Joanne Fluke: Before Hannah Swensen, bakery owner, goes to her court trial, the judge is killed. Hannah is considered a suspect and she seeks to clear her name and find the real killer!

2.  Inspiralized: Turn Vegetables into Creative, Satisfying Meals by Ali Maffucci: Yes! This book looks like something I need in my life! It’s all about replacing high-carb foods, like tortillas, rice, and pasta, with a fruit and/or vegetable substitute so you don’t feel like you’re missing out!

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Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 2/17/15

Happy Birthday Book Tuesday! 2/17/15

Happy Birthday to all the books coming out this week!

1.  Fallen: Out of the Sex Industry and Into the Arms of the Savior by Annie Lobert: Wow, this book sounds intense! This is the true autobiography of a girl who joined the sex industry in Las Vegas and became a sought-after escort. However, she was also owned by a violent pimp who controlled her money and her life. When Lobert found Jesus, it changed her life and she started a ministry called “Hookers for Jesus.” This book sounds beyond inspirational!

2.  The Accidental Empress by Allison Pataki is a historical fiction piece. Sisi falls in love with the emperor, who is supposed to marry her sister. The emperor ends up saying he wants to marry Sisi as well and she finds herself thrown into the drama that is royalty.

3.  Bertie’s Guide to Life and Mothers: A 44 Scotland Street Novel by Alexander McCall Smith: This is the 9th story in the 44 Scotland Street Series. This book highlights a host of different characters that all live on the same street, from a six-year-old boy to parents of triplets.

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Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 2/10/15

Happy Birthday Book Tuesday 2/10/15

1.   
 A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler: This is a story about the different members of the Whitshank family, from grandparents to granchildren. You know I love family drama!

2.  The First Wife by Erica Spindler: This book description reminds me of Jane Eyre! Bailey’s dreams come true when she meets her knight in shining armor. But after they get married, she discovers secrets about him and her family that have her questioning everything she thought she knew.

3.  Twelve Days by Alex Berenson: This is an exciting military thriller. John Wells has twelve days to prevent the United States from attacking Iran under false pretenses!

4.  Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard: Seventeen-year-old Mare has magical powers. She was born a Red, a commoner, and only Silver, or elites, are supposed to have special skills.

5.  Blood Infernal: The Order of the Sanguines Series by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell: I have to feature this book since I had the privilege of hearing James Rollin speaks last fall. This is the epic conclusion to the supernatural thriller that is the Sanguines trilogy.

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Happy Book Birthday! 1/27/15

Today is another day filled with book birthdays!

Congratulations, authors, as all of your hard work hits shelves TODAY!

Be sure to click on the title of the books you’re most interested in, and order them on Amazon! Images and descriptions of books are from Goodreads.

 

playlist for the dead

 

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

 

A teenage boy tries to understand his best friend’s suicide by listening to the playlist of songs he left behind in this smart, voice-driven debut novel.

Here’s what Sam knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam—listen and you’ll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Sam tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it’s only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend’s story. And maybe have a chance to change his own.

Part mystery, part love story, and part coming-of-age tale in the vein of Stephen Chbosky’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now, Playlist for the Dead is an honest and gut-wrenching first novel about loss, rage, what it feels like to outgrow a friendship that’s always defined you—and the struggle to redefine yourself. But above all, it’s about finding hope when hope seems like the hardest thing to find.

 

I was here

I Was Here by Gayle Forman

 

Cody and Meg were inseparable.

Two peas in a pod.

Until . . . they weren’t anymore.

When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning?

But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her dead-end small town in Washington.

About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.

I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

 

fairestFairest by Marissa Meyer

 

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series.

 

a cold legacy

A Cold Legacy by Megan Shepherd

 

After killing the men who tried to steal her father’s research, Juliet—along with Montgomery, Lucy, Balthazar, and a deathly ill Edward—has escaped to a remote estate on the Scottish moors.

Owned by the enigmatic Elizabeth von Stein, the mansion is full of mysteries and unexplained oddities: dead bodies in the basement, secret passages, and fortune-tellers who seem to know Juliet’s secrets. Though it appears to be a safe haven, Juliet fears new dangers may be present within the manor’s own walls.

Then Juliet uncovers the truth about the manor’s long history of scientific experimentation—and her own intended role in it—forcing her to determine where the line falls between right and wrong, life and death, magic and science, and promises and secrets. And she must decide if she’ll follow her father’s dark footsteps or her mother’s tragic ones, or whether she’ll make her own.

With inspiration from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, this breathless conclusion to the Madman’s Daughter trilogy is about the things we’ll sacrifice to save those we love—even our own humanity.

 

all fall down

All Fall Down by Ally Carter

 

Grace can best be described as a daredevil, an Army brat, and a rebel. She is also the only granddaughter of perhaps the most powerful ambassador in the world and Grace has spent every summer of her childhood running across the roofs of Embassy Row.

Now, at age sixteen, she’s come back to stay – in order to solve the mystery of her mother’s death. In the process, she uncovers an international conspiracy of unsettling proportions, and must choose her friends and watch her foes carefully if she and the world are to be saved.

 

 

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Happy Book Birthday! 1/20/15

Even though January is a HUGE book birthday month, today we’re only celebrating one.

Congratulations, Tom Isbell, on your debut trilogy, The Prey!

 

Image and description obtained from Goodreads
Image and description obtained from Goodreads

 

A hot debut trilogy and a riveting story of survival, courage, and romance in a future where creating a master civilization is the only thing prized, no matter the method.

After the Omega (the end of the end), 16 year old guys known as LTs discover their overseers are raising them not to be soldiers (lieutenants) as promised, but to be sold as bait because of their Less Than status and hunted for sport. They escape and join forces with a girls’ camp, the Sisters, who have been imprisoned and experimented on for the “good of the Republic,” by a government eager to use twins in their dark research.

In their plight for freedom, these heroes must find the best in themselves to fight against the worst in their enemies.

 

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