Spring Giveaway Winners + Last-Chance Giveaway

And the winners are… *Drumroll, please*

  Peggy H.-  Empire of Night, The Madman of Piney Woods, Diamond Boy

  Kim- A Memory of Violets, Dead Wake

  Sarah J.- The Book of Strange New Things, Dream Lover, What Alice Forgot

  Tiffany B.- The Mauraders, Irritable Hearts, Alive in Necropolis, Widow Basqiat, Blowing on Dandelions, Soul Healing Miracles, The Cuckoo’s Calling, Advent

  Bethany- The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Love by the Morning Star, The Aviator’s Wife, Both of Me, The Mapmaker’s Children

….But wait! We still have several unclaimed books! Maybe you missed out on the giveaway the first
time around or simply didn’t list it as one of your selections in the
last round, but now’s your second chance to win!  Here are the titles up for grabs:

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
REALISTIC FICTION/NOVEL IN VERSE (Tween/Teen)
“Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with
highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his
declining health.”  –NoveList

NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER & one of BCPL’s Best Books of 2014


Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly
by
Conrad Wesselhoeft
REALISTIC FICTION/ADVENTURE (Young adult/teen)
“Seventeen
year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of
the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring
drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.”  –Publisher’s Description

 
 Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
CHRISTIAN HISTORICAL ROMANCE (Adult)
(2nd copy) “Widow and single mother Katherine struggles to run her Oregon
boarding house by herself, but she learns to find the faith, wisdom, and
courage to transform her life and relationships when she meets widower
Micah Jacobs.” –NoveList
 

The Love Playbook by La La Anthony
NONFICTION/SELF-HELP (Adult)
Subtitled Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness. The author is a television personality, actress, and wife of  New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

Soul Healing Miracles by Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha
NONFICTION/SPIRITUALITY/SELF-HELP (Adult)
(2nd copy) Subtitled Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and Practical
Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical
Bodies.

Each book goes to the
first person to claim it with a comment below (be
sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!). Please only
choose one book per day, but if a title remains unclaimed the following
day, you may choose another title. Ready…
Set…Go! 

Spring 2015 Giveaway

Hello, strangers! Since posting our Best of 2014 lists in January, I’ve been on a bit of a reading hiatus due to the demands of work and school. Thus, with no time to read and even less time (or remaining brain power) to write a considered review, I’ve been lax about keeping up this blog. But that’s all changing now! I finish my degree this month, and I can’t wait to catch up on all the new books I’ve been eying enviously while I’ve been buried in text books.

In preparation for my reading binge, I’ve also been cleaning out the book shelves in my office and at home. I have finished copies and ARCs that I’m ready to part with. A few are remainders from our last giveaway that were never claimed, and others are highly anticipated new or forthcoming releases. So you know what that means: it’s Spring Giveaway time!

As always, the rules of entry are at the end of the post. Please note that all prizes must be picked up at a BCPL location within two months of notification or they will be returned to the stockpile for the next giveaway. Contest ends at 12:00 AM on Tuesday, May 26th.

So without further ado, here are our giveaways for Spring 2015:



Final Copies/Finished Publications:

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl #1
* Hardcover *

Moving from Texas to Washington, Sunshine, an adopted sixteen-year-old,
discovers that her new home is haunted and that the ghosts may have
revelations about her past.. –NoveList

A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor
* Trade Paperback *

Soon after taking a job at a home for orphaned flower girls, Tilly
Harper finds a notebook that tells the tale of two flower girl sisters,
Flora and Rosie, who were heartbreakingly separated forty years before.. –NoveList

Advent  by James Treadwell
Advent Trilogy #1

* Hardcover *
Five centuries after a magician flees with a small ring that contains
all of the world’s magic, fifteen-year-old Gavin is dispatched to the
home of his aunt because of his ability to see things that others do not
believe exist, a power he must use to stop evil from escaping into the
world. –NoveList

Soul Healing Miracles by Dr. & Master Zhi Gang Sha
* Hardcover *

Subtitled Ancient and New Sacred Wisdom, Knowledge, and Practical Techniques for Healing the Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical Bodies.
What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
* Hardcover *

Suffering an accident that causes her to forget the last ten years
of her life, Alice is astonished to discover that she is thirty-nine
years old, a mother of three children, and in the midst of an
acrimonious divorce from a man she dearly loves. –NoveList

The Love Playbook by La La Anthony
* Hardcover *

Subtitled Rules for Love, Sex, and Happiness. The author is a television personality, actress, and wife of   New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
* Trade Paperback *

A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow
Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy
ambassador’s daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international
acclaim. –NoveList

Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
Love Blossoms in Oregon #2
* Trade Paperback (2 copies available) *
Widow and single mother Katherine struggles to run her Oregon
boarding house by herself, but she learns to find the faith, wisdom, and
courage to transform her life and relationships when she meets widower
Micah Jacobs. –NoveList

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Cormoran Strike #1
* Trade Paperback*

Private investigator Cormoran Strike has a day he’ll not soon forget.
The 35-year-old, who lost a leg in Afghanistan, spends the night in his
bare-bones London office after a relationship-ending fight with his
girlfriend. That morning, he sports a cut on his face (she threw an
ashtray) as he rushes out the door, barreling into a new temp secretary
he can’t afford, almost sending her down a staircase. The forgiving
temp, Robin, quickly proves useful when they get a case: a famous young
model supposedly jumped from the top of her penthouse apartment, but her
brother believes she was murdered. Entering the realm of the mega-rich,
Strike and Robin question celebrities and fashionistas, trying to
uncover the truth in a beautifully written book that was pseudonymously
written by none other than J.K. Rowling.  –NoveList



Advance Reading Copies (ARCs), in order of publication:

The Mapmaker’s Children by Sarah McCoy
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: May 2015 *
When Sarah Brown, daughter of abolitionist John Brown, realizes that her artistic talents may be able to help save the lives of slaves fleeing north, she becomes one of the Underground Railroad’s leading mapmakers, taking her cues from the slave code quilts and hiding her maps within her paintings. She boldly embraces this calling after being told the shocking news that she can’t bear children, but as the country steers toward bloody civil war, Sarah faces difficult sacrifices that could put all she loves in peril. Eden, a modern woman desperate to conceive a child with her husband, moves to an old house in the suburbs and discovers a porcelain head hidden in the root cellar–the remains of an Underground Railroad doll with an extraordinary past of secret messages, danger and deliverance. Ingeniously plotted to a riveting end, Sarah and Eden’s woven lives connect the past to the present, forcing each of them to define courage, family, love, and legacy in a new way. –NoveList

Empire of Night by Kelley Armstrong
 Age of Legends #2
*ARC –
Book Release Date: April 2015 *
Separated while trying to save the children of their village, twin sisters Ashyn and Moria must draw on all their power and influence to defeat enemies of legend and avert war in the empire.  –NoveList

The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: April 2015 *
George Sand leaves her estranged husband and children to embark on a life of art in bohemian Paris. A talented writer who finds monetary and critical success, Sand adopts a man’s name, often dresses as a gentleman and smokes cigars. Through her writing, politics, sexual complexities and views on feminism, Sand is always seeking love. This novel has spurred me to learn more about George Sand, a woman truly ahead of her time.  –NoveList

Dead Wake by Erik Larson
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: March 2015 *
In cinematic terms, this dramatic page-turner is Das Boot meets Titanic. Larson has a wonderful way of creating a very readable, accessible story of a time, place, and event. We get three sides of the global story–the U-boat commander, British Admiralty and President Wilson–but what really elevates this book are the affecting stories of individual crew and passengers. — Robert Schnell for LibraryReads.  –via NoveList

The Marauders by Tom Cooper
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: February 2015 *
After the BP oil spill devastates the Gulf Coast, the oddballs and lowlifes who live in the sleepy, working-class bayou town of Jeannette will do anything to reverse their fortunes, including Gus Lindquist, a pill-addicted, one-armed treasure hunter obsessed with finding the lost treasure of pirate Jean Lafitte.  –NoveList

Irritable Hearts by Mac McClelland
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: February 2015 *
In 2010, human rights reporter Mac McClelland left Haiti after covering the devastation of the earthquake. Back home, she finds herself imagining vivid scenes of violence and can’t sleep or stop crying. It becomes clear that she is suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, triggered by her trip and seemingly exacerbated by her experiences in the other charged places she’d reported from. The bewilderment about this sudden loss of self-control is magnified by her feelings for Nico, a French soldier she met in Haiti who despite their brief connection seems to have found a place in her confused heart. While we most often connect it to veterans, PTSD is more often caused by other manner of trauma, and can even be contagious–close proximity to those afflicted can trigger it in those around them.  –NoveList

Diamond Boy by Michael Williams
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: November 2014 *
When Patson’s family moves to Marange region of Zimbabwe, he begins working in the mines, searching for blood diamonds, until government soldiers arrive and Patson is forced to journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister and a better life.  –From the Publisher, via NoveList

Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: December 2014 *
When her carry-on bag is accidentally switched with Elias’s identical pack, Clara uses the luggage tag to track down her things. At that address she discovers there is not one Elias Phinn, but two.  –From the Publisher, via NoveList

Basquiat by Jennifer Clement
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: November 2014 *
An exploration of the achievements and tragic early death of New York artist Jean-Michel Basquiat is presented through the story of his relationship with his lover and muse, Suzanne Mallouk. –NoveList

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: October 2014 *
Called to perform missionary work on a world light years away where the
natives are fascinated by the concepts he introduces, man of faith Peter
Leigh finds his beliefs tested when he learns of natural disasters that
are tearing Earth apart.  –NoveList

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
Companion to Elijah of Buxton

* ARC –
Book Release Date: September 2014 *
Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada
(originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are
still haunted by two events of half a century before–the American Civil
War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those events
caused to the survivors. 
–NoveList

The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs
Bella Vista #2
* ARC –
Book Release Date: June 2014 *
While transforming Bella Vista, her childhood home, into a
destination cooking school, chef Isabel Johansen finds her plans
interrupted by war-torn journalist Cormac O’Neill who has arrived to dig
up old history.  –NoveList
Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan
* ARC –
Book Release Date: June 2014 *
Mistaken for one another when they are sent to the grand English country
estate of Starkers on the brink of World War II, Hannah, a distant
relative hoping to be welcomed by the family, and Anna, sent to spy for
the Nazis, both unexpectedly fall in love.  –NoveList

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
* ARC – Book Release Date: April 2014 *
Seventeen
year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of
the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring
drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.  –Publisher’s Description

Crossover by Kwame Alexander
* ARC – Book Release Date: March 2014 *
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with
highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his
declining health.  –NoveList
NEWBERY MEDAL WINNER & one of BCPL’s Best Books of 2014

Alive in Necropolis by Doug Dorst
* ARC – Book Release Date: July 2008 *
Navigating adult responsibilities in a California city where the
dead outnumber the living, rookie cop Michael Mercer becomes
increasingly obsessed with the mysterious fate of his predecessor, an
officer who believed he policed the dead.  –NoveList

Rules of Entry

1. To enter the drawing, you must complete two tasks
First, you must leave a comment at the bottom of this post
stating which titles you would like to receive. If you do not leave a
comment at the bottom of the post, I will not know which prize(s) to
give you if you win the drawing. You may choose as many titles as you like; you
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Fall 2014 Giveaway Winners + Last-Chance Giveaway

And the winners are… *Drumroll, please*

  Holly-  Wild Rover No More, The Cuckoo’s Calling, Goat Woman of Largo Bay

  Kaci K- The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Book of Strange New Things, The Madman of Piney Woods, The Aviator’s Wife, Blowing on Dandelions

  Rebecca- The Cove, How to Be a Good Wife, Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy

  Jeannie- Frida & Diego, I Stand Corrected

  Sarah J.- The Saint, Saving Grace, Girl in the Garden

  Donna K.- The Greenglass House, The Aviator’s Wife

  Christin- The Beekeeper’s Ball, Love by the Morning Star, Blowing on Dandelions

  Beth- Buzz Kill

  Becky H.- The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends

….But wait! We still have several unclaimed books! Maybe you missed out on the giveaway the first
time around or simply didn’t list it as one of your selections in the
last round, but now’s your second chance to win!  Here are the titles up for grabs:

Glorious by Jeff Gunn
WESTERN/HISTORICAL FICTION (Adult)
“Rising to a life of influence and wealth after a hard-luck youth
in late 19th-century Arizona Territory, Cash McLendon flees in the wake
of a tragedy and tries to win back the heart from a woman from his past
only to be targeted by his former father-in-law.” –NoveList

Silver People by Margarita Engle
HISTORICAL FICTION/NOVEL IN VERSE (Middle grade/tween)
“Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face
discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American
recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the
great canal.” –NoveList

The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
HUMOROUS FANTASY (Tween/Teen)
“The Mighty Shandar returns to the Ununited Kingdoms and vows to eliminate the dragons once and for all — unless sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange and her sidekicks from the Kazam house of enchantment can bring him a legendary jewel: The Eye of Zoltar.” –NoveList

 

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
REALISTIC FICTION/GLBTQ ROMANCE (Teen/Young Adult)
“When Alek’s high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to
summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan,
who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways” –Publisher

Each book goes to the
first person to claim it with a comment below (be
sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!). Please only
choose one book per day, but if a title remains unclaimed the following
day, you may choose another title. Ready…
Set…Go!

Fall Giveaway Update + New Giveaway Title!

Guess what I found on my doorstep yesterday? St. Martin’s Press sent me an Advance Reader’s Copy of Jane Green’s newest novel, Saving Grace, due for release on December 30, 2014!

Saving Grace seems to be a slight departure for this bestselling author of chicklit or women’s and domestic fiction. This one veers into the territory of psychological suspense. Check out the back-cover copy:

Literary power couple Ted and Grace Chapman are the envy of all who know them. But beneath the surface lies Ted’s temper and the precarious house of cards that their lifestyle is built upon. When they hire a new assistant, things begin to crumble, sending Grace on a dark journey that could cost her her marriage, her reputation, and even her sanity.


From the New York times bestselling author of Tempting Fate, comes a searing and emotionally charged novel about one woman’s search to find herself, and another woman’s obsession to make her disappear.

The description certainly caught my attention, and I thought that several of you might want the chance to read this before the late December release. So I decided to add it to our 2014 Fall Giveaway! As a result,  I have also extended the contest entry deadline until 12:00 AM on Wednesday, October 29th. For those who have already entered but would like a chance to add Saving Grace to their prize wish list, please just add a new comment to the original  Fall Giveaway Event blog post using the same post name and relisting your choices. Good luck!

Enter the 2014 Fall Giveaway Event! »

Fall 2014 Giveaway!

It’s time for another giveaway! This time around, I have Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) of highly anticipated new releases, a few older ARCs, and several new,  finished copies of best-selling fiction titles.

As always, the rules of entry are at the end of the post. Please note that all prizes must be picked up at a BCPL location within two months of notification. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.   Update 10/15/14: Due to the addition of a new giveaway title, the contest has been extended until Wednesday, October 29, 2014!



So without further a do, here are our giveaways for Fall 2014:



Final Copies/Finished Publications:

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
* Trade Paperback (2 copies available) *

A story inspired by the marriage between Charles and Anne Morrow
Lindbergh traces the romance between a handsome young aviator and a shy
ambassador’s daughter whose relationship is marked by wild international
acclaim. –NoveList

Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
Love Blossoms in Oregon #2
* Trade Paperback (2 copies available) *
Widow and single mother Katherine struggles to run her Oregon
boarding house by herself, but she learns to find the faith, wisdom, and
courage to transform her life and relationships when she meets widower
Micah Jacobs. –NoveList

The Cove by Ron Rash
* Trade Paperback *

Living deep within a cove in the Appalachians of North Carolina during
World War I, Laurel Shelton finally finds the happiness she deserves in
Walter, a mysterious stranger who’s mute, but their love can’t protect
them from a devastating secret. –NoveList

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
Cormoran Strike #1
* Trade Paperback (2 copies available) *

Private investigator Cormoran Strike has a day he’ll not soon forget.
The 35-year-old, who lost a leg in Afghanistan, spends the night in his
bare-bones London office after a relationship-ending fight with his
girlfriend. That morning, he sports a cut on his face (she threw an
ashtray) as he rushes out the door, barreling into a new temp secretary
he can’t afford, almost sending her down a staircase. The forgiving
temp, Robin, quickly proves useful when they get a case: a famous young
model supposedly jumped from the top of her penthouse apartment, but her
brother believes she was murdered. Entering the realm of the mega-rich,
Strike and Robin question celebrities and fashionistas, trying to
uncover the truth in a beautifully written book that was pseudonymously
written by none other than J.K. Rowling.  –NoveList

The Girl in the Garden by Kamala Nair
* Hardcover *
A conflicted young woman seeks clarity about her impending marriage by
remembering a childhood summer when she discovered a long-hidden secret
while visiting her mother’s ancestral home in an Indian village outside a
mysterious jungle. –NoveList

The Goat Woman of Largo Bay by Gillian Royes
Shad Mysteries #1
* Trade Paperback *

Working at the side of an American employer who would rebuild a
Caribbean hotel, Shadrack, a bartender and amateur detective, encounters
a woman on
the run who is being targeted by a group of election riggers. By the
author of Business Is Good.  –NoveList
How to Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman
* Hardcover *

In the tradition of Emma Donoghue’s Room and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go
to Sleep
, a haunting literary debut about a woman who begins having
visions that make her question everything she knows. Marta and Hector
have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through
raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in
fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life before Hector.
He has always taken care of her, and she has always done everything she
can to be a good wife–as advised by a dog-eared manual given to her by
Hector’s aloof mother on their wedding day. But now, something is
changing. Small things seem off. A flash of movement in the corner of
her eye, elapsed moments that she can’t recall. Visions of ablonde girl
in the darkness that only Marta can see. Perhaps she is starting to
remember–or perhaps her mind is playing tricks on her. As Marta’s
visions persist and her reality grows more disjointed, it’s unclear if
the danger lies in the world around her, or in Marta herself. The girl
is growing more real every day, and she wants something.  –Publisher’s Description



Advance Reading Copies (ARCs), in order of publication:

Saving Grace by Jane Green
ARC – Book Release Date: December 2014

A literary power couple hides behind a carefree public face the
painful realities of the husband’s raging mood swings and the wife’s
past secrets until a too-good-to-be-true new assistant enters their
lives, with dangerous consequences.
ADDED TO GIVEAWAY on 10/15/14

Wild Rover No More by L.A. Meyer
Bloody Jack Adventures #12
* ARC – Book Release Date: November 2014 *

In 1809, just when it looks like Jacky Faber and her beloved Jaimy will
finally find their romance, Jacky is accused of treason and must flee
Boston while her friends attempt to clear her name. Of course that means
wild adventures for our fun-loving heroine, who manages to secure a job
as a governess–and run away with the circus. –Publisher’s Description

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
 *ARC –
Book Release Date: October 2014 *
Called to perform missionary work on a world light years away where the
natives are fascinated by the concepts he introduces, man of faith Peter
Leigh finds his beliefs tested when he learns of natural disasters that
are tearing Earth apart.  –NoveList

The Eye of Zoltar by Jasper Fforde
Chronicles of Kazan #3
* ARC – Book Release Date: October 2014 *

The Mighty Shandar returns to the Ununited Kingdoms and vows to eliminate the dragons once and for all — unless sixteen-year-old Jennifer Strange and her sidekicks from the Kazam house of enchantment can bring him a legendary jewel: The Eye of Zoltar.  –NoveList

I Stand Corrected by Eden Collingsworth
* ARC –
Book Release Date: October 2014 *
A fascinating fusion of memoir, manners, and cultural history from a successful businesswoman well-versed in the unique challenges of working in contemporary China. During the course of her long and successful business career, no country has fascinated Eden Collinsworth more than China. After numerous business experiences that might best be called “unusual” by Western standards, she had a crucial insight: despite the growing status of China as a world economy and the unprecedented range of Chinese investments overseas, businessmen in mainland China–well-educated and speaking English–were fundamentally uncomfortable in the company of their Western counterparts. This realization spawned a Western etiquette guide for Chinese businessmen, which went on to be a huge best seller in China and formed the basis for new curriculum supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education. In I Stand Corrected, Collinsworth tells the story of the year she spent writing that book, creating a counterpart that both explains Chinese practices and reveals much about our own Western culture. She explores topics including the non-negotiable issue of personal hygiene; the rules of the handshake; making sense of foreigners; and that which is considered universally rude. She also scrutinizes some of the Western etiquette that has guided her own business career, one which has unfolded in predominately male company. At the same time, I Stand Corrected is a retrospective journey, a wry but self-effacing reflection on the peripatetic career she led while single-handedly raising her son. Like all parents, she didn’t always have answers, and here she details the many, often ludicrous, attempts to strike a balance that was right for both of them.  –NoveList

The Madman of Piney Woods by Christopher Paul Curtis
Companion to Elijah of Buxton

* ARC –
Book Release Date: September 2014 *
Even though it is now 1901, the people of Buxton, Canada
(originally a settlement of runaway slaves) and Chatham, Canada are
still haunted by two events of half a century before–the American Civil
War, and the Irish potato famine, and the lasting damage those events
caused to the survivors. 
–NoveList

The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Friends, Foes & Faux Friends by Megan McCafferty
Jessica Darling’s It List #2
* ARC –
Book Release Date: September 2014 *
Twelve-year-old Jessica Darling receives another cryptic list from her older sister, Bethany. While hosting a slumber party and planning a Halloween costume, Jessica tries to navigate the seventh grade social scene, with mixed results.  –Publisher’s Description

Greenglass House by Kate Milford
* ARC –
Book Release Date: August 2014 *
At Greenglass House,
a smuggler’s inn, twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son,
plans to spend his winter holidays relaxing but soon guests are arriving
with strange stories about the house sending Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, on an adventure.  –NoveList

Frida & Diego by Catherine Reef
* ARC –
Book Release Date: August 2014 *
A biography exploring the tumultuous lives, marriage, and work of the artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera is illustrated with archival photos and full-color reproductions.  –NoveList

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz
The Original Sinners #5
* ARC –
Book Release Date: July 2014 *
Eleanor is determined to break from her Catholic upbringing, but
when her life is saved by a priest she offers him complete obedience and
enters into a world of desire as he reveals his deepest secrets to her.  –NoveList

The Beekeeper’s Ball by Susan Wiggs
Bella Vista #2
* ARC –
Book Release Date: June 2014 *
While transforming Bella Vista, her childhood home, into a
destination cooking school, chef Isabel Johansen finds her plans
interrupted by war-torn journalist Cormac O’Neill who has arrived to dig
up old history.  –NoveList
Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan
* ARC –
Book Release Date: June 2014 *
Mistaken for one another when they are sent to the grand English country
estate of Starkers on the brink of World War II, Hannah, a distant
relative hoping to be welcomed by the family, and Anna, sent to spy for
the Nazis, both unexpectedly fall in love.  –NoveList

Glorious: A Novel of the American West by Jeff Gunn
* ARC –
Book Release Date: May 2014 *
Rising to a life of influence and wealth after a hard-luck youth in late
19th-century Arizona Territory, Cash McLendon flees in the wake of a
tragedy and tries to win back the heart from a woman from his past only
to be targeted by his former father-in-law.  –NoveList

One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva
* ARC –
Book Release Date: May 2014 *
When Alek’s high-achieving, Armenian-American parents send him to
summer school, he thinks his summer is ruined. But then he meets Ethan,
who opens his world in a series of truly unexpected ways.  –NoveList

Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey
* ARC – Book Release Date: May 2014 *
Seventeen-year-old Millie joins forces with her classmate,
gorgeous but mysterious Chase Colton, to try to uncover who murdered
head football coach “Hollerin’ Hank” Killdare–and why.  –NoveList

Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
* ARC – Book Release Date: April 2014 *
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in his family.  –Publisher’s Description

Silver People by Margarita Engle
* ARC – Book Release Date: March 2014 *
Fourteen-year-old Mateo and other Caribbean islanders face
discrimination, segregation, and harsh working conditions when American
recruiters lure them to the Panamanian rain forest in 1906 to build the
great canal.  –NoveList

Crossover by Kwame Alexander
* ARC – Book Release Date: March 2014 *
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with
highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his
declining health.  –NoveList

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee
* ARC – Book Release Date: January 2014 *
Ophelia, a timid eleven-year-old girl grieving her mother, suspends her disbelief in things non-scientific when a boy locked in the museum where her father is working asks her to help him complete an age-old mission.  –NoveList

Rules of Entry

1. To enter the drawing, you must complete two tasks
First, you must leave a comment at the bottom of this post
stating which ARCs you would like to receive. If you do not leave a
comment at the bottom of the post, I will not know which prize(s) to
give you if you win the drawing. You may choose up to ten titles; you
are not guaranteed to win your top choices, but I do my best. Second, you must log in to the Rafflecopter Widget with your e-mail address or Facebook account and Click
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Spring 2014 Giveaway Winners + Last Chance Giveaway

And the winners are…
# 46  Margaret
# 53  Bambi B.
# 98  Stacie Downs
# 7 Britt A.
# 81 Tara
# 2  Britt A.
# 102  Stacie Downs
# 93  Tara
# 60  KarynsPlanit
# 83  Tara
# 74  Tara
# 34  Jada Redmon
# 12  Britt A.
# 39  Jada Redmon
#79 Tara

It looks like those bonus entries really paid off for some of you this time around! 🙂

….But wait! We still have one unclaimed book. For those of you who didn’t win, Mother, Daughter, Me by Katie Hafner
is now up for grabs. Maybe you missed out on the giveaway the first time around or simply didn’t list it as one of your selections in the last round, but now’s your second chance to win! The book goes to the
first person to leave a comment below (be
sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!)

Ready…
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Spring 2014 Giveaway!

Now that it looks like spring is here to stay—rain and all!—it’s time for our annual Spring Giveaway here on Book News and Reviews. Although I don’t have as many titles up for grabs as in some of our past giveaways, I do have some really, really good ones this go-around. Several are even still months away from their publication date, so this is truly an opportunity to read what could be the next big thing before it is discovered by everyone else!

As always, the rules of entry are at the end of the post. Please note that all prizes must be picked up at a BCPL location. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014. 

Here are the titles I have available:

Greenglass House by Kate Milford (August 2014)
It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always
quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’
adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy
night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings
again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive
guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to
the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo
and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web
of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House—and
themselves. –Publisher’s Summary
Frida & Diego: Art, Love, Life by Catherine Reef (August 2014)

Nontraditional,
controversial, rebellious, and politically volatile, the Mexican
artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera are remembered for their
provocative paintings as well as for their deep love for each other.
Their marriage was one of the most tumultuous and infamous in
history—filled with passion, pain, betrayal, revolution, and, above all,
art that helped define the twentieth century. Catherine Reef’s inspiring and
insightful dual biography features numerous archival photos and
full-color reproductions of both artists’ work. –Publisher’s Summary
Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan (June 2014)
Upstairs, downstairs, and in which lady’s chamber?
   On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English
country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a
disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in
a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into
the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British
fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the
Nazis. But there’s a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a
maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.
   And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they?
  In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two
girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War
II—until it goes so very, very right!
–Publisher’s Summary
Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau (June 2014)
Testing Trilogy #3
In a scarred and brutal future,
The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The
rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and
cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight. But she can’t do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will
follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk
the lives of those she loves—and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal
classmatesThe stakes are higher than ever—lives of promise cut short or fulfilled;
a future ruled by fear or hope—in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle
Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.

The Final Test is the Deadliest!  –Publisher’s Summary
The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman (June 2014)
In 1913, little Malka Treynovsky flees Russia with her family. Bedazzled
by tales of gold and movie stardom, she tricks them into buying tickets
for America. Yet no sooner do they land on the squalid Lower East Side
of Manhattan, than Malka is crippled and abandoned in the street.

Taken in by a tough-loving Italian
ices peddler, she manages to survive through cunning and inventiveness.
As she learns the secrets of his trade, she begins to shape her own
destiny. She falls in love with a gorgeous, illiterate radical named
Albert, and they set off across America in an ice cream truck. Slowly,
she transforms herself into Lillian Dunkle, “The Ice Cream Queen” —
doyenne of an empire of ice cream franchises and a celebrated television
personality.
Lillian’s rise to fame and fortune
spans seventy years and is inextricably linked to the course of
American history itself, from Prohibition to the disco days of Studio
54. Yet Lillian Dunkle is nothing like the whimsical motherly persona
she crafts for herself in the media. Conniving, profane, and irreverent,
she is a supremely complex woman who prefers a good stiff drink to an
ice cream cone. And when her past begins to catch up with her, everything she has spent her life building is at stake.   –Publisher’s Summary
Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey (May 2014)
To Bee or not to Bee? When the
widely disliked Honeywell Stingers football coach is found murdered,
17-year-old Millie is determined to investigate. She is chasing a lead
for the school newspaper – and looking to clear her father, the
assistant coach, and prime suspect.

Millie’s partner is gorgeous, smart—and keeping secrets
Millie joins forces with her mysterious classmate Chase who seems to want to help her even while covering up secrets of his own.
She’s starting to get a reputation…without any of the benefits.
Drama—and bodies—pile up around Millie and she chases clues, snuggles
Baxter the so-ugly-he’s-adorable bassett hound, and storms out of the
world’s most awkward school dance/memorial mash-up. At least she gets to
eat a lot of pie.
Best-selling author Beth Fantaskey’s funny, fast-paced blend of Clueless and Nancy Drew
is a suspenseful page-turner that is the best time a reader can have
with buried weapons, chicken clocks, and a boy who only watches gloomy
movies…but somehow makes Millie smile. Bee-lieve it.

 –Publisher’s Summary

A Creature of Moonlight by Rebecca Hahn (May 2014)

As the only
heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and
privilege, not living in exile—but now the time has come when she must
choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king
wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild
dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.
Fans of Bitterblue and Seraphina will be captured by a Creature of Moonlight, with its richly layered storytelling and the powerful choices its strong heroine must make. 
–Publisher’s Summary
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft (April 2014)
Seventeen year-old dirt-bike-riding daredevil Arlo Santiago catches the
eye of the U.S. military with his first-place ranking on a video game
featuring drone warfare, and must reconcile the work they want him to do
with the emotional scars he has suffered following a violent death in
his family. Adios, Nirvana author Conrad Wesselhoeft, takes
readers from the skies over war-torn Pakistan to the dusty arroyos of
New Mexico’s outback in this young adult novel about daring to live in
the wake of unbearable loss. –Publisher’s Summary
Cold Calls by Charles Benoit (April 2014)

Three high school students—Eric, Shelly, and Fatima—have one thing in common: “I know your secret.
Each one is blackmailed into
bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who
whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over
their heads. But how could anyone have obtained that photo, read those hidden pages, uncovered this
buried past? Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the
stranger who threatens them—before time runs out and their shattering
secrets are revealed . . .
This suspenseful, pitch-perfect mystery-thriller raises timely questions about privacy, bullying, and culpability.  –Publisher’s Summary
Crossover by Kwame Alexander (March 2014)

“With
a bolt of lightning on my kicks . . .The court is SIZZLING. My sweat is
DRIZZLING. Stop all that quivering. Cuz tonight I’m delivering,

announces dread-locked, 12-year old Josh Bell. He and his twin brother
Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in
his blood, he’s got mad beats, too, that tell his family’s story in
verse, in this fast and furious middle grade novel of family and
brotherhood from Kwame Alexander (He Said, She Said 2013).
   Josh and Jordan must come
to grips with growing up on and off the court to realize breaking the
rules comes at a terrible price, as their story’s heart-stopping climax
proves a game-changer for the entire family.  –Publisher’s Summary
Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle (March 2014)
One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama
Canal, which connected the world’s two largest oceans and signaled
America’s emergence as a global superpower. It was a miracle, this path
of water where a mountain had stood—and creating a miracle is no easy
thing. Thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under
the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day.
   From the young “silver people” whose back-breaking labor built the
Canal to the denizens of the endangered rainforest itself, this is the
story of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever
undertaken, as only Newbery Honor-winning author Margarita Engle could
tell it.  –Publisher’s Summary
Unhinged by A.G. Howard (January 2014)
Splintered #2 (Warning: Summary contains possible SPOILERS for Splintered)
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole. She was crowned Queen of
the Red Court and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the
boy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly
appealing Morpheus. Now all she has to do is graduate high school.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an
asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much
simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to
tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging
Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
Could she leave Jeb and her parents behind again, for the sake of a man
she knows has manipulated her before? Will her mother and Jeb trust her
to do what’s right? Readers will swoon over the satisfying return to
Howard’s bold, sensual reimagining of Carroll’s classic. 

–Publisher’s Summary
Mother Daughter Me by Katie Hafner (2013)
A health and technology journalist documents
the author’s efforts to promote family bonds and healing during a
haphazard year spent sharing a home in San Francisco with her
complicated octogenarian mother and teenage daughter.   –NoveList
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver (2013)
Visited by a high-powered attorney who has initiated a clemency petition on her behalf and who is also the mother of her victim, death-row inmate Noa is slowly persuaded to share the events surrounding the murder in spite of her reluctance to reveal the whole story or have her life extended.   –NoveList
Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (2012)
His Fair Assassin #1
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae
escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of
the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has
blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny.  –NoveList

Rules of Entry

1. To enter the drawing, you must complete two tasks
First, you must leave a comment at the bottom of this post
stating which ARCs you would like to receive. If you do not leave a
comment at the bottom of the post, I will not know which prize(s) to
give you if you win the drawing. You may choose up to five titles; you
are not guaranteed to win your top choices, but I do my best. Second, you must log in to the Rafflecopter Widget with your e-mail address or Facebook account and Click
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“Enter” on the widget only after you have posted your comment below. After
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Fall 2013 Giveaway Winners + Last Chance Giveaway!

Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
Cover Description:
Grace Doll had everything a girl could want:      
Fame. Fortune. Beauty. Everything except her      
freedom. So
when a powerful movie producer      
forces an experimental treatment on Grace–one      
that’s purported to make beauty immortal–she      
stages her own
death to escape him. With the      
help of trusted friends, Grace slips into
hiding.        
She’s forever flawless. Forever young, and      
forever pursued by
her past.       
But when a stranger arrives on
her doorstep,        
holding the key to a life she thought she’d       
left behind,
Grace must decide   between the      
safety she’s known…and embracing the
role      
she was born to play.      

And the winners are…
# 127  Jada Redmon
# 53  Pinky028
# 62  Pinky028
# 56  Pinky028
# 6 Bethany
# 65 Pinky028
# 68  Kari Crum
# 134  Jada Redmon
# 85  Anonymous (Jen)
# 135  mrsshreve
# 80  Anonymous (Jen)
# 18  Jessica Cooper
# 88  Anonymous (Jen)
# 103  Kayla Druin
# 140  Catherine Spann
# 93  Anonymous (Jen)

….But wait! We have an extra giveaway available. For those of you who didn’t win, Grace Doll by Jennifer Laurens
is now up for grabs.The book goes to the
first person to leave a comment below (be
sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!) Ready…
Set…Go!

Fall 2013 Giveaway!

I just finished my annual Fall cleaning, and guess what I found? A handful of ARCs (Advance Reading Copies), just waiting for you to claim them!

Rules of entry are at the end of the post. Please note that all prizes must be picked up at a BCPL location. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013.


Here are the titles I have available:

Enon by Paul Harding (September 2013)
A devastating portrait of a father desperately trying to come to terms
with the loss of his beloved thirteen-year-old daughter, killed in an
accident. –NoveList
The 100 by Kass Morgan (September 2013)
When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to
recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and
love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.   –NoveList
Letters from Skye by Jessica Brockmole (July 2013)
A love story told in letters spans two world wars and follows the correspondence between a poet on the Scottish Isle of Skye
and an American volunteer ambulance driver for the French Army, an
affair that is discovered years later when the poet disappears.   –NoveList
Blood & Beauty by Sarah Dunant (July 2013)
A tale inspired by the lives of Borgia
siblings Lucretia and Cesare traces the family’s rise in the aftermath
of Rodrigo Borgia’s rise to the papacy, during which war, a terrifying
sexual plague, and the family’s notorious reputation forge an intimate
bond between brother and sister.   –NoveList
Mother, Daughter, Me by Katie Hafner (July 2013)
A health and technology journalist documents
the author’s efforts to promote family bonds and healing during a
haphazard year spent sharing a home in San Francisco with her
complicated octogenarian mother and teenage daughter.   –NoveList
The Village by Nikita Lalwani (July 2013)
Traces the
efforts of a team of journalists to understand and document life in an
experimental open prison where convicted murderers share their lives in a
humble village, a site that becomes increasingly and dangerously subject to the dubious moral codes of its drama-seeking visitors.   –NoveList
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown (June 2013)
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder, and a homeless teen rower.   –NoveList
The Execution of Noa P. Singleton by Elizabeth L. Silver (June 2013)
Visited by a high-powered attorney who has initiated a clemency petition on her behalf and who is also the mother of her victim, death-row inmate Noa is slowly persuaded to share the events surrounding the murder in spite of her reluctance to reveal the whole story or have her life extended.   –NoveList
Transatlantic by Colum McCann (June 2013)
A tale spanning 150 years and two continents reimagines the peace
efforts of democracy champion Frederick Douglass, Senator George
Mitchell and World War I airmen John Alcock and Teddy Brown through the
experiences of four generations of women from a matriarchal clan.   –NoveList
Walking with Jack by Don J. Snyder (June 2013)
Documents the author’s efforts to fulfill a
promise to caddy for his son if the latter qualified for a professional
tour, describing his training at age fifty-seven to study caddying in
Scotland, where he lived like a monk.   –NoveList
Icons by Margaret Stohl (May 2013)
Icons #1
After an alien force known as the Icon
colonizes Earth, decimating humanity, four surviving teenagers must
piece together the mysteries of their pasts–in order to save the
future.  –NoveList
Wasteland by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan (April 2013)
Wasteland Trilogy #1
In a post-apocalyptic world where everyone
dies at age nineteen and rainwater contains a killer virus, loners
Esther and Eli band together with a group of mutant, hermaphroditic
outsiders to fight a corrupt ruler and save the town of Prin.   –NoveList
Game by Barry Lyga (April 2013)
I Hunt Killers #2
After solving a deadly case in the small town
of Lobo’s Nod, seventeen-year-old Jazz, the son of history’s most
infamous serial murderer, travels to New York City to help the police
track down the Hat-Dog Killer.   –NoveList
Read Tracy’s review of Book 1, I Hunt Killers.
A Week in Winter by Paul Harding (February 2013)
Follows the efforts of a woman who turns a
coastal Ireland mansion into a holiday resort and receives an assortment
of first guests who throughout the course of a week share laughter and the heartache of respective challenges.   –NoveList
Niceville by Carsten Stroud (June 2012)
Niceville Trilogy #1
When a young boy literally disappears before
security cameras while walking home from school, an ensuing search is
conducted by ex-Special Forces veteran Nick Kavanaugh, who with his
lawyer wife encounters an ancient malevolent power linked to a deep
crater.   –NoveList

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Updated on 10/18/13 to add:

Apparently there is still some confusion about entry. Basically, there are two separate steps which MUST be completed to finalize your entry.

#1 Make sure you leave a comment at the bottom of this post stating which ARCs you would like to receive. Otherwise, I will not know which prize(s) to give you if you win the drawing.

#2 Log in to the widget above and click “Enter.” (See image below.) You must log in with your e-mail or Facebook account so that I will be able to contact you if you win. I began using the Rafflecopter widget for two reasons: 1) to protect contact information of participants; only I will see your e-mail address as opposed to if you were required to post it with your comment and 2) to facilitate multiple prize entries and select winners randomly.

There are also additional tasks, such as liking the BCPL Facebook page or commenting on another post on this blog. You will earn extra entries for completing these tasks

Congratulations to the Winners! (Plus A Last Chance Giveaway!)

This 2013 Spring Sampler includes excerpts from:
  • Things We Saw at Night by Jacqueline
    Mitchard
    (January 2013)
  • Who Done It? (February 2013)
    Contributors to this anthology include
    Jon Scieszka, Adam Gidwitz, Sara Shepard,
    Rebecca Stead, and others
  • The Shot by Helen Fitzgerald (March 2013)
  • Strangelets by Michelle Gagnon (April 2013)
  • The Sweet Dead Life by Joy Preble (May 2013)
  • Escape Theory by Margaux Froley (June 2013)

And the winners are…

Entry #123 Kari
Entry #18 Bethany
Entry #94 Anonymous (Erica)
Entry #50 Christin
Entry #54 Christin
Entry #71 Penny McCracken
Entry #133 Jessica Cooper
Entry #149 Michelle Tidwell
Entry #79 Penny McCracken
Entry #10 Bethany
Entry #114 Kari
Entry #164 Krissy Gray
Entry #4 Dawn Burke
Entry #16 Bethany
Entry #34 Jada Redmon
Entry #172 Krissy Gray
Entry #154 Michelle Tidwell
Entry #138 Jessica Cooper
Entry #160 Krissy Gray
Entry #80 Penny McCracken
Entry #166 Krissy Gray
Entry #102 Jada Redmon
Entry #22 Bethany
Entry #33 Robin Cobble
Entry #52 Christin

  

All winners have been notified by e-mail. If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]

….But wait! We have an extra ARC available. For those of you who didn’t win, Soho Teen: Spring 2013 Sampler
is now up for grabs. It contains excerpts of some of this spring’s most anticipated titles from Soho Press. The sampler goes to the
first person to leave a comment below (be
sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!) Ready…
Set…Go!

Spring 2013 Giveaway!

Yay!… As of 7:02 this morning, it is officially spring! Which means it’s time for our annual spring cleaning! Lucinda and I have once again bravely faced up to the piles of Advance Reading Copies (ARCs)  invading our offices and homes, and we’ve ruthlessly decided to
part with the bulk of them. The good news for you? We’ve got 25 ARCs up for grabs, just waiting for you to claim
them!

Rules of entry are at the end of the post. Please note that all prizes must be picked up at a BCPL location. Contest ends at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2013.


Here are the titles we have up for grabs!

The Wednesday Daughters by Meg Waite Clayton (July 2013)

Companion Novel to The Wednesday Sisters
In the tradition of Kristin Hannah and Karen Joy Folwer, Meg Waite Clayton,

bestselling author of The Wednesday Sisters, returns with an enthralling new

novel of mothers, daughters, and the secrets and dreams passed down through

generations. –Excerpt from Publisher Overview

Five Star Billionaire by Tash Aw (July 2013)
Phoebe is a factory girl who has come to Shanghai with the promise of a job—but when she arrives she discovers that the job doesn’t exist. Gary is a country boy turned pop star who is spinning out of control. Justin is in Shanghai to expand his family’s real estate empire, only to find that he might not be up to the task. He has long harbored a crush on Yinghui, a poetry-loving, left-wing activist who has reinvented herself as a successful Shanghai businesswoman. Yinghui is about to make a deal with the shadowy Walter Chao, the five star billionaire of the novel, who with his secrets and his schemes has a hand in the lives of each of the characters. All bring their dreams and hopes to Shanghai, the shining symbol of the New China, which, like the novel’s characters, is constantly in flux and which plays its own fateful role in the lives of its inhabitants. –From Publisher Overview

Second Suns by David Oliver Relin (June 2013)
“Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives,” from the author of Three Cups of Tea.

Transatlantic by Colum McCann (June 2013)
Three iconic transatlantic flights—Newfoundland, 1919; Dublin, 1845 and ’46; and New York, 1998—are interconnected in this latest from the National Book Award–winning author of Let the Great World Spin.

The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom (June 2013)

The Blood of Heaven
is the story of Angel Woolsack, a preacher’s son, who flees the
hardscrabble life of his itinerant father, falls in with a charismatic
highwayman, then settles with his adopted brothers on the rough frontier
of West Florida, where American settlers are carving their place out of
lands held by the Spaniards and the French. The novel moves from the
bordellos of Natchez, where Angel meets his love Red Kate to the
Mississippi River plantations, where the brutal system of slave labor is
creating fantastic wealth along with terrible suffering, and finally to
the back rooms of New Orleans among schemers, dreamers, and would-be
revolutionaries plotting to break away from the young United States and
create a new country under the leadership of the renegade founding
father Aaron Burr.
The Blood of Heaven
is a remarkable portrait of a young man seizing his place in a violent
new world, a moving love story, and a vivid tale of ambition and
political machinations that brilliantly captures the energy and wildness
of a young America where anything was possible. It is a startling
debut. –Publisher’s Overview

Crime and Privilege by Walter Walker (June 2013)
In the tradition of Scott Turow, William Landay, and Nelson DeMille, Crime of Privilege is a stunning thriller about power, corruption, and the law in America—and the dangerous ways they come together. –Excerpt from Publisher Overview

Fox Forever by Mary E. Peterson (March 2013)
Jenna Fox Chronicles #3
Before he can start a life with Jenna,
seventeen-year-old Locke, who was brought back to life in a newly
bioengineered body after an accident destroyed his body 260 years ago,
must do a favor for the resistance movement opposing the nightmarish
medical technology.

Criminal Enterprise by Owen Laukkanen (March 2013)
Kirk Stevens and Carla Windermere novels #2
When a secretly unemployed man begins robbing
banks in a desperate struggle to hold onto his once-successful life, FBI
Special Agent Carla Windermere and Minnesota state investigator Kirk
Stevens approach the case from respective angles and reconnect when the
robber develops a taste for violence.  –NoveList

The Still Point of the Turning World by Emily Rapp (March 2013)
Relates how the
author’s hopes for her infant son were shattered when he was diagnosed
with a fatal degenerative disorder at nine months, and describes how she
coped with her grief by studying great works of art, literature, philosophy, and theology.  –NoveList

A Thousand Pardons by Jonathan Dee (March 2013)
Forced back into the working world after her corporate lawyer husband’s spectacular downfall, Helen discovers a talent for public relations and is tempted away from her dysfunctional family by her childhood crush, now a movie star who needs her professional assistance. –NoveList

A Tangle of Knots by Lisa Graff (February 2013)
“Destiny leads 11-year-old Cady to a peanut butter factory, a family of children searching for their own Talents, and a Talent Thief who will alter her life forever. –Provided by publisher. Includes cake recipes

The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff (February 2013)
Margot Rosenthal is brought by her father, a
diplomat, to a peace conference in Paris where she meets Georg, who
gives her a job and a reason to question everything she thought she knew
about where her true loyalties should lie.  –NoveList

Saturday Night Widows by Becky Aikman (January 2013)
Describes the author’s experiences as a young widow and the pivotal relationships she forged with five other widows, recounting the stories of their losses and bravery as exchanged throughout a year of monthly Saturday night meetings, during which the author met and fell in love with her current husband. –Novelist

Everything Was Good-Bye by Gurjinder Bastan (January 2013)
The story of an Indo-Canadian woman as she
struggles to compromise the demands of her tradition and culture and her
wish for a Canadian lifestyle. –NoveList
*Two Copies Available!*

The Intercept by Dick Wolf (January 2013)
Jeremy Fisk #1An adrenaline-fueled thriller debut in the tradition of Three Days of the Condor from the
famed creator of TV’s Law & Order, featuring NYPD Special Agent
Jeremy Fisk, who is New York City’s last hope against an ingenious,
multi-pronged terrorist attack. –From the Publisher

Accelerated by Bronwen Hruska (2012)
Single dad Sean Benning begins to question the ethics and motives behind the administration at his son’s accelerated school for the gifted and talented when he is pressured to put his son on medication for ADD. –NoveList

The Dog Lived (and So Will I) by Teresa J. Rhyne (2012)
Recounts the author’s journey nursing her adopted
beagle Seamus through his cancer treatment as she learned to deal with
medical situations, unknowingly preparing herself for her own later
triple-negative breast cancer diagnosis. –NoveList

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams (2012) 
When a murderer strikes the city, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a beak, the press christen him the Man of Crows. Catherine becomes obsessed with the grim crimes, and as she devours the news, she discovers she can channel the voices of the dead, and comes to believe she will eventually channel the
Man of Crows himself. –NoveList

Other Waters by Eleni N. Gage (2012)
Her happy life in New York shattered by a
property dispute in India that culminates in her father’s claim that a
curse has been placed on them, Maya rejects family superstitions until a
series of misfortunes prompts her to visit relatives in India to break
the curse.  –NoveList

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (2011)
Offered a second chance by the Atlanta Police
Department to catch a serial killer who has eluded them for years,
former FBI profiler and alcoholic Keye Street begins a deadly
cat-and-mouse chase with an adversary who has taken a personal interest
in her. –NoveList

Wildefire by Karsten Knight (2011)
Wildefire Series #1

After a killing for which she feels
responsible, sixteen-year-old Ashline Wilde moves cross-country to a
remote California boarding school, where she learns that she and others
have special gifts that can help them save the world, but evil forces
are at work to stop them. –NoveList

Becoming Marie Antoinette by Juliet Grey (2011)
Marie Antoinette Triligy #1
Imagines the early life of the doomed
eighteenth-century queen, who at a young age learns from her mother, the
ambitious Empress of Austria, that she must leave her coddled life in
the Austrian court to marry the dauphin of France. –Novelist

The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy (2011)
As World War II draws closer and closer to
Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be
made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her
mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting.
What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the
enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door
to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on
Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed
upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though
Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes
that she can keep their relationship- and her family- safe. But when
she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must
decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of
a stranger–From book cover.

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (2009)
Condemned by sixteenth-century demands for
lucrative dowries in order to marry, young Serafina is ripped from an
illicit love affair and confined in an Italian convent, a situation
against which she passionately rebels and reminds the convent’s doctor
of her own unhappy early years. –NoveList

 
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Congratulations to the winners of our Fall 2012 Giveaway!

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois
(May 2012)
“Thrilling, thoughtful, strange, gorgeous, political, and
deeply personal, Jennifer duBois’s A Partial History of
Lost Causes
is a terrific debut novel. In prose both brainy
and beautiful, she follows her characters as they struggle
to save each other. This is a book to get lost in.”
–Elizabeth McCracken

Entry #57 Kayla Druin
Entry #106 Rachel C.
Entry #211 Tiffany Holbert
Entry # 75 Kayla Druin
Entry #114 Michelle Tidwell 
Entry #17 Kari
Entry #122 Tiffany Holbert
Entry #131 Nikole Seay
Entry #128 Tiffany Holbert
Entry #177 Bethany
Entry #56 Anonymous (June M.)
Entry #129 Nikole Seay
Entry #224 Sami H.
Entry #83 MaryBeth G.
Entry #180 Bethany
Entry #136 Jessica
Entry #227 Anonymous (Rachel M.)
Entry #45 Marissa L. Sanders
Entry #19 Kari
Entry #144 Jessica
Entry #175 Bethany
Entry #153 Barbara P.
Entry #222 Sami H.
Entry # 149 Barbara P.
Entry #212 Dasha
Entry #88 Cindy H.
Entry #132 Mary Ann

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is still up for grabs. It’s a contemporary fiction novel with a historical twist and a dash of political intrigue. The ARC goes to the first person to leave a comment below (be
sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!) Ready…
Set…Go!

Fall 2012 Giveaway!

It’s time for our annual Fall Cleaning—because once a year just isn’t enough! Lucinda and I have once again bravely faced up to the piles of ARCs invading our offices and homes, and we’ve ruthlessly decided to part with the bulk of them. The good news for you? We’ve got dozens of ARCs up for grabs, just waiting for you to claim
them!

Rules of entry are at the end of the post. Please note that all prizes must be picked up at a BCPL location. Contest ends on Friday, October 12, 2012.


Here are the titles we have up for grabs!

Adult Fiction 

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane (October 2012)
In 1926, during Prohibition, Joe Coughlin defies his strict law-and-order upbringing by
climbing a ladder of organized crime that takes him from Boston to
Cuba, where he encounters a dangerous cast of characters who are all
fighting for their piece of the American dream. –NoveList

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton (October 2012)
Classic Morton: 16-year-old Laurel Nicolson sits dreaming away in her
childhood tree house when she spies her mother speaking to an unknown
man. Later, Laurel witnesses a terrible crime. But it’s not until 50
years have passed that she can ask her mother the pertinent
questions—which leads to a story involving three strangers in wartime
London. Morton’s best-selling work is always classy and nuanced; great
for reading groups. 

–Library Journal

The Ruins of Lace by Iris Anthony (October 2012)
In this stunning debut from the pseudonymous Anthony, King Louis XIII’s
ban on lace gives rise to a black market that weaves together the lives
of four women in 17th-century France and Flanders. Katharina Martens is a
Flemish lace maker who considers it her God-given duty to craft the
“exquisite, beautiful” fabric, never mind that her work—often conducted
without firelight or lanterns, in order to keep the lace clean of soot
and ash—has left her hunched and nearly blind. As the end of her
lace-making career draws nigh, to be followed by the sordid existence of
former craftswomen relegated to a life of “doing… vile things,” her
sister, Heilwich, struggles to save enough money to buy Katharina’s
freedom from the abbey where she works. Meanwhile in France, Lissette
Lefort and her cousin Alexandre must procure a length of forbidden lace
to pay off the conniving count of Montreau, who threatens to reveal
Lissette’s father’s role in an attempted assassination of the king. As
beautifully fashioned as the sought-after lace, this story is sure to
impress.  –Publishers Weekly

The Woman Who Died a Lot by Jasper Fforde (October 2012)
Thursday Next #7
Forced into semi-retirement after an
assassination attempt, Thursday Next finds her recuperation challenged
by the personal and professional struggles of her children and Goliath’s
constant attempts to replace her with synthetic duplicates. –NoveList

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers (September 2012)
In the midst of a bloody battle in the Iraq
War, two soldiers, bound together since basic training, do everything to
protect each other from both outside enemies and the internal struggles
that come from constant danger. –NoveList

Thy Neighbor by Norah Vincent (August 2012)
Losing himself in drugs and alcohol for years
after the violent deaths of his parents, Nick Walsh pursues a
relationship with an enigmatic woman while conducting a spying campaign
on his neighbors as part of his obsessive drive to come to terms with what happened. –NoveList

The Pleasures of Men by Kate Williams (August 2012) 
When a murderer strikes the city, ripping open the chests of young girls and stuffing hair into their mouths to resemble a beak, the press christen him the Man of Crows. Catherine becomes obsessed with the grim crimes, and as she devours the news, she discovers she can channel the voices of the dead, and comes to believe she will eventually channel the Man of Crows himself. –NoveList

The 500 by Matthew Quirk  (June 2012)
Former con artist and Harvard Law student Mike Ford accepts a position with the DC-based Davies Group, a consulting firm whose specialty is pulling strings for the five hundred most powerful people inside the Beltway. –NoveList

A Once Crowded Sky by Tom King (July 2012)
Tom King’s debut novel opens in an
imaginative world of comic book superheroes struggling to take on normal
lives after sacrificing their powers to save the world. –From the Publisher

Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon (May 2012)
Baring her soul in an anonymous survey for a
marital happiness study, Alice catalogues her stale marriage,
unsatisfying job and unfavorable prospects and begins to question
virtually every aspect of her life. –NoveList

A Partial History of Lost Causes by Jennifer DuBois (May 2012)
Abandoning her life when her father succumbs
to Huntington’s disease, Massachusetts native Irina discovers an
unanswered letter from her father to an internationally renowned chess
champion and political dissident, whom she decides to visit in Russia. –NoveList

Arcadia by Lauren Groff (May 2012)
In a haunting story of the American dream,
Bit, born in a back-to-nature commune in 1970s New York State, must come
to grips with the outside world when the commune eventually fails. –NoveList

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (March 2012)
When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen’s wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies. –NoveList

Wayward Saints by Suzzy Roche (2011)
Mary Saint,
the rule-breaking, troubled former lead singer of the almost-famous band
Sliced Ham, has pretty much given up on music after the trauma of her
band member and lover Garbagio’s death seven years earlier. Instead,
with the help of her best friend, Thaddeus, she is trying to piece her
life together while making mochaccinos in San Francisco. Meanwhile, back
in her hometown of Swallow, New York, her mother Jean struggles with
her own ghosts. When Mary is invited to give a concert at her old high
school, Jean is thrilled, though she’s worried about what Father
Benedict and her neighbors will think of songs such as “Sewer Flower”
and “You’re a Pig.” But she soon realizes that there are going to be
bigger problems when the whole town–including a discouraged teacher and
a baker who’s anything but sweet–gets in on the act. –NoveList

A Walk Across the Sun by Corban Addison (2011)
Orphaned and homeless after a tsunami
decimates their coastal India town, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her
15-year-old sister, Sita, are abducted and sold to a Mumbai brothel
owner, where they endure a torturous existence before they are helped by
a Washington, D.C. attorney who is able to combat human trafficking. –NoveList

The Rafters by A.C. Montgomery (2011)
Sonambulist Saga #1
The Rafters
visits an arcane world, where at crucial intervals, Callings of varying
power and purpose are brought into being. Unaware, each is connected to a
Messenger who alone can lead them to their true identity. Follow a
Calling, who due to memory loss, runs ever further from his Messenger,
into an underworld hungry to claim his power for its own villainous
purposes. The scenery and elaborate personalities construct a complex web of plotting and intrigue. –NoveList

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (2011)
The story of a woman whose gift for flowers helps her change the lives of others even as she struggles to overcome her own past.  –From the Publisher

Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (2011) 
A continuation of “Shanghai Girls” finds a devastated Joy
fleeing to China to search for her real father while her mother, Pearl,
desperately pursues her, a dual quest marked by their encounters with
the nation’s intolerant Communist culture. –NoveList

Land of Marvels by Barry Unsworth (2009)
In 1914, as the nations of
the West are making a play for political power and oil in the Middle
East, Somerville, a British archaeologist, finds his excavation of a long-buried Assyrian palace threatened by construction of a new railroad to Baghdad. –NoveList

So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwartz (2008)
Thirty years after a vengeful plot destroys a family, the
implications of that act continue to reverberate as Jon must decide
whether to end his affair or his marriage, and his wife becomes involved
with an older man linked to their families’ past. –NoveList

The Mayor’s Tongue by Nathaniel Rich (2008)
Follows the dual stories of two men–young
Eugene, a passionate reader who devotes himself to an adventurer writer,
and elderly Mr. Schmitz, who in a series of ominous letters to a
missing friend describes his growing desperation about his wife’s
deteriorating health. –NoveList






Adult Nonfiction

A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons by Elizabeth Dowling Taylor (January 2012)
Chronicles the life of a former slave to James and Dolley Madison, tracing his early years on their plantation, his service in the White House household staff and post-emancipation achievements as a memoirist. –NoveList

Death in the City of Light by David King (2011)
Documents the World War II effort to catch a physician serial killer in Paris, describing the covert information network that the chief French detective built with such groups as mobsters, nightclub owners, and Resistance fighters. –NoveList

Until Tuesday: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever who Saved Him 
by Luis Carlos Montalvan (2011)
“Tuesday has a personality that
shines. I am not kidding when I say it is common for people to pull out
their cell phones and take pictures of and with him. Tuesday is that
kind of dog. And then, in passing, they notice me, the big man with the
tight haircut. There is nothing about me–even the straight, stiff way I
carry myself–that signals disabled. Until people notice the cane in my
left hand, that is, and the way I lean on it every few steps. Then they
realize my stiff walk and straight posture aren’t just pride, and that
Tuesday isn’t just an ordinary dog. He walks directly beside me, for
instance, so that my right leg always bisects his body. He nuzzles me
when my breathing changes, and he moves immediately between me and the
object–a cat, an overeager child, a suspiciously closed door–any time I
feel apprehensive. Because beautiful, happy-go-lucky,
favorite-of-the-neighborhood Tuesday isn’t my pet; he’s my service dog.”
Captain Luis Montalvan returned home from his second tour of duty in
Iraq, having survived stab wounds, a traumatic brain injury, and three
broken vertebrae. But the pressures of civilian life and his injuries
proved too much to bear. Physical disabilities, agoraphobia, and
crippling PTSD drove him to the edge of suicide. That’s when he met
Tuesday – his best friend forever. Tuesday came with his own history of
challenges: from the Puppies Behind Bars program, to a home for troubled
boys, to the streets of Manhattan, Tuesday blessed many lives on his
way to Luis. Until Tuesday unforgettably twines the story of man and
dog.” – Provided by publisher.

This Is Not the Story You Think It Is by Laura Munson (2011)
The author details what happened when her husband of over twenty years
told her he wasn’t sure he loved her anymore and wanted to move out. And
while you might think you know where this story is going, this isn’t
the story you think it is. Laura’s response to her husband: I don’t buy
it. 

Love Is a Four-letter Word edited by Michael Taekens (2009)
Presents true stories of heartbreak and bad
relationships, reflecting on the contributors’ breakups with humor,
regret, insightfulness, and nostalgia. –NoveList

The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson (2009)
The humorist and advice columnist for “Ask Amy” describes her
inspirational, haphazard experiences with divorce, traveling throughout
the country, and resettling in her hometown, where her extended family
helped her to raise her daughter. –NoveList






Fiction for Kids & Teens

What Happens Next by Colleen Clayton (October 2012)
*2 Copies Available*
Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader, a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled, but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it. Back home and alienated by her friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the AV room with only Corey “the Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect…or so she thinks. –Book Jacket

Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (October 2012)
Astrid Jones copes with her small town’s gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she’s sending love to the passengers in the
airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they’ll know what to do
with it. Maybe it’ll make them happy. Maybe they’ll need it. Her mother
doesn’t want it, her father’s always stoned, her perfect sister’s too
busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There’s no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she’s trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love–and asking the right questions–will affect the passengers’ lives, and her own, for the better. –From the Publisher

The Golden Door by Emily Rodda (October 2012)
Three Doors #1
At night the skimmers fly over the Wall looking for human prey and the people of Weld huddle in their houses, but after his two brothers set out through the magic doors in an attempt to find the Enemy and don’t come back, young Rye knows that he must follow and find them. –NoveList

Every Day by David Levithan (August 2012)
Every morning A wakes in a different person’s
body, in a different person’s life, learning over the years to never get
too attached, until he wakes up in the body of Justin and falls in love
with Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. –NoveList

Soulbound by Heather Brewer (June 2012)
Legacy of Tril #1
Seventeen-year-old Kaya, a Healer who wants to
learn to fight, must attend Shadow Academy where fighting by Healers is
outlawed, and so she asks two young men to train her in secret, leading
to a choice that will change their lives forever. –NoveList

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage  (May 2012)
Washed ashore as a baby in tiny Tupelo
Landing, North Carolina, Mo LoBeau, now eleven, and her best friend Dale
turn detective when the amnesiac Colonel, owner of a cafe and co-parent
of Mo with his cook, Miss Lana, seems implicated in a murder. –NoveList

Cinder by Marissa Meyer (January 2012)
Lunar Chronicles #1
As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder,
a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai
and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world
in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story. –NoveList
Lucinda’s Review

The Midnight Palace by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (2011)
When a mysterious threat reenters the lives of
twins Ben and Sheere, separated as babies and reunited as teenagers in
1930s Calcutta, the siblings must confront an unspeakable terror, with
the help of their secret society of fellow orphans. –NoveList

Noah Barleywater Runs Away by John Boyne (2011)
When life at home becomes too difficult, eight-year-old Noah
sets out to see the world and have an adventure, and in the forest he
meets a toymaker who has a story and some advice to share. –NoveList

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown (2011)
When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating
Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly
mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious.

Sisters Red by Jackson Pierce (2010)
Fairy Tale Retellings #1
After a Fenris, or werewolf, killed their grandmother and almost killed them, sisters
Scarlett and Rosie March devote themselves to hunting and killing the
beasts that prey on teenaged girls, learning how to lure them with red cloaks and occasionally using the help of their old friend, Silas, the woodsman’s son. –NoveList

The Maze Runner by James Dashner (2009)
Sixteen-year-old Thomas wakes up with no memory in the middle of a maze and realizes he must work with the community in which he finds himself if he is to escape. –NoveList

Spellbinder by Helen Stringer (2009)
Spellbinder #1
Twelve-year-old Belladonna Johnson, who lives
with the ghosts of her parents in the north of England, teams up with an
always-in-trouble classmate to investigate why all of the ghosts in the
world have suddenly disappeared. –NoveList





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Congratulations to the winners! (And Last Chance Giveaway!)

Congratulations to the winners of our 2012 Spring Giveaway!

Dark Parties by Sara Grant (2011)
Sixteen-year-old Neva, born and raised under the electrified
Protectosphere that was built when civilization collapsed
in violent warfare, puts her friends, family, and life at
risk when she tries to find out if their world is built on a
complex series of lies and deceptions. –NoveList

Entry #94C.

Entry #147Regina
Entry #70Marissa L.
Entry #24Jada R.
Entry #20mary
Entry #66Jeanine H.
Entry #143kelli
Entry #47Elizabeth
Entry #26Cindy H.
Entry #52Allison B.
Entry #124Amanda T.
Entry #118Carolsue A.
Entry #133Sara G.
Entry #97Kari C.
Entry #141Donna B.
Entry #25Marie

Entry #94C.
Entry #85Barbara P.
Entry #101Dawn K.
Entry #102Donna B.
Entry #68Jeanine H.
Entry #145kelli
Entry #46Elizabeth
Entry #28Cindy H.
Entry #64Jeanine H.
Entry #54Allison B.
Entry #127Amanda T.
Entry #118Carolsue A.
Entry #70Marissa L.


All winners have been notified by e-mail.
If you have any questions, please contact me at [email protected]

….But wait! We have one more ARC available. For those of you who didn’t win, Dark Parties is still up for grabs. It’s a dystopian thriller that might appeal to fans of Suzanne Collins, Scott Westerfeld, Lauren Oliver, or Jeanne DuPrau. The ARC goes to the first person to leave a comment below (be sure to leave your e-mail address so I can arrange pickup!) Ready… Set…Go!

Spring 2012 Giveaway Event!

Last Fall, we did a little early spring cleaning and hosted our first Book News & Reviews Giveaway Event. Well, now that Spring has finally arrived (though some days it already feels like summer here!), it’s time for more spring cleaning. Lucinda and I have taken stock of our mountainous TBRs and decided that it is time to part with a few more ARCs that we’ve been holding on to. We’ve got dozens of ARCs up for grabs, just waiting for you to claim them. Rules of entry are at the end of the post. Contest ends on Friday, April 13, 2012. 

Adult Fiction & Nonfiction

More Than You Know by Penny Vincenzi (April 2012)A tale set against a backdrop of the glossy magazine and advertising worlds of 1960s London follows a harrowing courtroom custody battle between Eliza, who gave up her writing job to marry; and her ex-husband, Matt, an edgy working-class man. –NoveList

The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan (April 2012)
Centering around Harvard’s Red Book, a collection of personal triumphs and failures from graduates, this tongue-in-cheek novel follows a group of roommates from the class of 1989 as they prepare for their twentieth reunion weekend. –NoveList

Paris in Love by Eloisa James (April 2012)
Chronicles the year that the author and her family lived in Paris, describing her walking tours of the city, her school-age children’s attempts to navigate foreign language schools, and her thoughts on the pleasures and eccentricities of French living. –NoveList

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw (March 2012)
When a car of inebriated guests from Carmen’s wedding hits and kills a girl on a country road, Carmen and the people involved in the accident connect, disconnect and reconnect throughout 25 subsequent years of marriage, parenthood, holidays and tragedies. –NoveList
The Bedlam Detective by Stephen Gallagher (Feb. 2012)
“Sebastian Becker, a former policeman and Pinkerton agent who now works as the special investigator to the Masters of Lunacy, looking into cases involving any man of property whose sanity is under question. His latest assignment takes him to the small town of Arnmouth to determine whether Sir Owain Lancaster has gone around the bend.”–Provided by publisher. –NoveList

Situations Matter by Sam Sommers (Feb. 2012)
An exploration of the unconscious forces that influence life reveals the unrecognized power of context in everyday situations while sharing recommendations for using contextual insights to reshape how one sees the world.  –NoveList

The Stranger You Seek by Amanda Kyle Williams (2011)
Offered a second chance by the Atlanta Police Department to catch a serial killer who has eluded them for years, former FBI profiler and alcoholic Keye Street begins a deadly cat-and-mouse chase with an adversary who has taken a personal interest in her. –NoveList

Catherine the Great by Robert K. Massie (2011)
Presents a reconstruction of the eighteenth-century empress’s life that covers her efforts to engage Russia in the cultural life of Europe, her creation of the Hermitage, and her numerous scandal-free romantic affairs. –NoveList

The Train of Small Mercies by David Rowell (2011)
While a young black porter struggles with first-day duties on board the Robert F. Kennedy funeral train, a woman sneaks away from her disapproving husband to pay respects to the assassinated senator, and a wounded soldier awaits a reputation-restoring interview.  –NoveList

In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda (2011)
In a fictional retelling of a true story, ten-year-old Enaiat leaves his small Afghanistan village after the Taliban takes over in 2000, and when his mother is forced to leave him in Pakistan, he endures a five-year ordeal to make his way to Italy. –NoveList

The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy (2011)
As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship- and her family- safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger–From book cover.

One Day by David Nicholls (2010)
Over twenty years, snapshots of an unlikely relationship are revealed on the same day–July 15th–of each year. Dex Mayhew and Em Morley face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. –NoveList
You Don’t Look Like Anyone Else I Know by Heather Sellers (2010)
An unusual and uncommonly moving family memoir, with a twist that give new meaning to hindsight, insight, and forgiveness. The author is face blind–that is, she has prosopagnosia, a rare neurological condition that prevents her from reliably recognizing people’s faces. Growing up, unaware of the reason for her perpetual confusion and anxiety, she took what cues she could from speech, hairstyle, and gait. But she sometimes kissed a stranger, thinking he was her boyfriend, or failed to recognize even her own father and mother. She feared she must be crazy. Yet it was her mother who nailed windows shut and covered them with blankets, made her daughter walk on her knees to spare the carpeting, had her practice secret words to use in the likely event of abduction. Her father went on weeklong “fishing trips” (aka benders), took in drifters, wore panty hose and bras under his regular clothes. She clung to a barely coherent story of a “normal” childhood in order to survive the one she had. That fairy tale unraveled two decades later when she took the man she would marry home to meet her parents and began to discover the truth about her family and about herself. As she came at last to trust her own perceptions, she learned the gift of perspective: that embracing the past as it is allows us to let it go. And she illuminated a deeper truth that even in the most flawed circumstances, love may be seen and felt. –NoveList

The Kingdom of Ohio by Matthew Flaming (2010)
Discovering an old photograph of a beautiful mathematical prodigy, antiques dealer Peter remembers his initial dismissal of the woman’s claim that she has discovered the key to time travel, a capability that enables Peter’s journey to New York at the dawn of the mechanical age. –NoveList

The Language of Secrets by Dianne Dixon (2010)
Successful hotel manager Justin is devastated by the deaths of his estranged parents, who hid from him the existence of a child who shared his name and died at the age of three. –NoveList

How to Read the Air by Dinaw Mengestu (2010)
Leaving behind his marriage and job in New York, Jonas, the son of Ethiopian immigrants, sets out to retrace his mother and father’s trip and weave together a family history that will take him from the war-torn Ethiopia of his parents’ youth to his life in the America of today. –NoveList

Imperfect Birds by Anne Lamott (2010)
Anticipating a successful final year of high school in a new community, star student and athlete Rosie gives way to behaviors that reveal to her increasingly horrified parents that she has been abusing drugs and telling costly lies. –NoveList

Fireworks Over Toccoa by Jeffrey Stepakoff (2010)
Eighty-four-year-old Lily Davis Woodward looks back at a turning point in her life, when she had to choose between her World War II soldier husband and the poor Italian immigrant planning the fireworks display to celebrate the soldiers’ return. –NoveList

Dogfight: A Love Story by Matt Burgess (2010)
Dreading the prison release of his violent older brother, who blames him for his imprisonment and for stealing his pregnant girlfriend, young drug dealer Alfredo struggles with cultural clashes in Queens while planning to steal a pit bull for a homecoming dogfight. –NoveList

The Mullah’s Storm by Thomas W. Young (2010)
When their plane is shot down while transporting an important Taliban detainee, navigator Michael Parson and Army interpreter Sergeant Gold fight for survival in the harsh blizzard terrain of Afghanistan, where they struggle to outmaneuver terrorists and dubiously trustworthy villagers. –NoveList

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (2010)
When nine disparate characters are trapped together after an earthquake, each of them takes a turn telling “one amazing thing” about his or her life. –NoveList

One Day by David Nicholls (2010)
Over twenty years, snapshots of an unlikely relationship are revealed on the same day–July 15th–of each year. Dex Mayhew and Em Morley face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself. –NoveList

The Last Bridge by Teri Coyne (2009)
“For ten years, Alexandra ‘Cat’ Rucker has been on the run from her past. With an endless supply of bourbon and a series of meaningless jobs, Cat is struggling to forget her Ohio hometown and the rural farmhouse she once called home. But a sudden call from an old neighbor forces Cat to return to the home and family she never intended to see again. It seems that Cat’s mother is dead. What Cat finds at the old farmhouse is disturbing and confusing: a suicide note, written on lilac stationery and neatly sealed in a ziplock bag, that reads: ‘Cat, He isn’t who you think he is. Mom xxxooo’ One note, ten words–one for every year she has been gone–completely turns Cat’s world upside down. Seeking to unravel the mystery of her mother’s death, Cat must confront her past to discover who ‘he’ might be: her tyrannical, abusive father, now in a coma after suffering a stroke? Her brother, Jared, named after her mother’s true love (who is also her father’s best friend)? The town coroner, Andrew Reilly, who seems to have known Cat’s mother long before she landed on a slab in his morgue? Or Addison Watkins, Cat’s first and only love? The closer Cat gets to the truth, the harder it is for her to repress the memory and the impact of the events that sent her away so many years ago” — from publisher’s web site.

The Local News by Miriam Gershow (2009)
Still haunted by the disappearance of her popular older brother when she was sixteen, Lydia Pasternak grows up dealing with her frantic parents and assisting the private investigator hired by her family to search for clues to his fate. –NoveList

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (2009)
Condemned by sixteenth-century demands for lucrative dowries in order to marry, young Serafina is ripped from an illicit love affair and confined in an Italian convent, a situation against which she passionately rebels and reminds the convent’s doctor of her own unhappy early years. –NoveList

The Lost City of Z by David Gunn (2009)
Interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished during a 1925 expedition into the Amazon, with the author’s own quest to uncover the mysteries surrounding Fawcett’s final journey and the secrets of what lies deep in the Amazon jungle. –NoveList

American Rust by Philipp Meyer (2009)
Follows the lives of two young men bound by family, inertia, and the ties of home to a dying Pennsylvania steel town, who dream of escaping to California together until one of them accidentally kills a transient and attempts to cover up the crime. –NoveList

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe (2009)
Forced to set aside her Ph.D. research in order to help the settling of her late grandmother’s abandoned home, Connie Goodwin discovers a hidden key among her grandmother’s possessions that is linked to a darker chapter in Salem witch trial history. –NoveList

The Rapture by Liz Jensen (2009)
While working with a sixteen-year-old who has been incarcerated for murder, Gabrielle, a therapist, is alarmed by parallels between her client’s paranoid fantasies and an escalating series of natural disasters. –NoveList

South of Broad by Pat Conroy (2009)
After his brother’s suicide, Leopold Bloom King struggles along with the rest of his family in Charleston, South Carolina, until he begins to gather an intimate circle of friends, whose ties endure for two decades until a final, unexpected test of friendship. –NoveList

Stone’s Fall by Iain Pears (2009)
In this dazzling historical mystery, John Stone, financier and arms dealer, dies falling out of a window at his London home. The quest to uncover the truth behind his death plays out against the backdrop of high-stakes international finance, Europe’s first great age of espionage, and the start of the twentieth century’s arms race. –NoveList

Blue Genes by Christopher Lukas (2008)
The author describes growing up with a family legacy of depression, bipolar disorder, and suicide as he details his own battle with bouts of depression and his struggle with grief over the suicide of his brother, Pulitzer Prize-winning author J. Anthony Lukas. –NoveList

City of Refuge by Tom Piazza (2008)
Uprooted from their New Orleans homes by Hurricane Katrina, the Donaldson and Williams families–one black, the other white–make their way to Houston and share disparate experiences trying to rebuild their lives. –NoveList

The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway (2008)
With a fire burning along the Jorgmund Pipe, a vital protection from the bandits and monsters left in the wake of the Go-Away War, Gonzo Lubitsch and his colleagues at the Haulage and HazMat Emergency Civil Freebooting Company are hired to put it out. –NoveList

So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz (2008)
Thirty years after a vengeful plot destroys a family, the implications of that act continue to reverberate as Jon must decide whether to end his affair or his marriage, and his wife becomes involved with an older man linked to their families’ past. –NoveList

When We Were Romans by Matthew Kneale (2008)
Nine-year-old Lawrence watches protectively over his mother and little sister, especially when, feeling endangered by their estranged father, his mother decides the three of them must leave their life in England to seek refuge in Rome. –NoveList

The White Mary by Kira Salak (2008)
War reporter Marika Vecera learns that her long-time hero, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Lewis, has committed suicide and sets out to write his biography, only to hear rumors that he may still be alive in Papua New Guinea. –NoveList

Teen & Middle Grade Fiction

Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers (April 2012)
In the fifteenth-century kingdom of Brittany, seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where she learns that the god of Death has blessed her with dangerous gifts–and a violent destiny. –NoveList

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (Feb. 2012)
Hadley and Oliver fall in love on the flight from New York to London, but after a cinematic kiss they lose track of each other at the airport until fate brings them back together on a very momentous day. –NoveList

Bitter End by Jennifer Brown (2011)
When seventeen-year-old Alex starts dating Cole, a new boy at her high school, her two closest friends increasingly mistrust him as the relationship grows more serious. –NoveList

Dark Parties by Sara Grant (2011)
Sixteen-year-old Neva, born and raised under the electrified Protectosphere that was built when civilization collapsed in violent warfare, puts her friends, family, and life at risk when she tries to find out if their world is built on a complex series of lies and deceptions. –NoveList

The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens (2011)
Containing elements of Harry Potter, Narnia, and Fablehaven, this is an engaging fantasy with the makings of a classic. It is fresh and original, with a voice and characters all its own. Kate was only four; Michael, two; and Emma a baby when they were whisked away from their parents on a snowy Christmas Eve night. Ten years later, after bouncing from one orphanage to the next, they find themselves at a mysterious orphanage run by Dr. Stanislaus Pym. There, they discover a hidden book that transports them to the past, where an evil witch holds the town captive. Prophecies, wizards, argumentative dwarves, and an ancient evil all make an appearance in this epic adventure, but at its heart it is the tale of three children, their search to discover the fate of their parents, and their bickering, loyal, entirely believable relationship. Ages 10 and up.  –Tracy, Book Picks Winter 2011/2012
Also selected as one of our Favorite MG books of 2011.

Hades by Alexandra Adornetto (2011)
Bethany, an angel in love with the mortal boy Xavier, is tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell, where a demon bargains for her life in exchange for something that may destroy her loved ones. –NoveList

The Eternal Ones by Kirsten Miller (2010)
Seventeen-year-old Haven Moore leaves East Tennessee to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where she meets playboy Iain Morrow, whose fate may be tied to hers through a series of past lives. –NoveList

Hush by Eishes Chayil (2010)
After remembering the cause of her best friend Devory’s suicide at age nine, Gittel is determined to raise awareness of sexual abuse in her Borough Park, New York, community, despite the rules of Chassidim that require her to be silent. –NoveList

Nightshade by Andrea Cremer (2010)
Calla and Ren have been raised knowing it is their destiny to mate with one another and rule over their shape-shifting wolf pack, but when a human boy arrives and vies for Calla’s heart, she is faced with a decision that could change her whole world. –NoveList

She’s So Dead to Me by Kieran Scott (2010)
Told in two voices, high school juniors Allie, who now lives on the poor side of town, and Jake, the “Crestie” whose family bought her house, develop feelings for one another that are complicated by her former friends, his current ones, who refuse to forgive her for her father’s bad investment that cost them all. –NoveList

Sweetly by Jackson Pearce (2011)
When the owner of a candy shop molds magical treats that instill confidence, bravery, and passion, eighteen-year-old Gretchen’s haunted childhood memories of her twin sister’s abduction by a witch-like monster begin to fade until girls start vanishing at the annual chocolate festival. –NoveList

The 10 p.m. Question by Kate De Goldi (2010)
Twelve-year-old Frankie Parsons has a quirky family, a wonderful best friend, and a head full of worrying questions that he shares with his mother each night, but when free-spirited Sydney arrives at school with questions of her own, Frankie is forced toface the ultimate ten p.m. question. –NoveList

We the Children by Andrew Clements (2010)
Sixth-grader Ben Pratt’s life is full of changes that he does not like–his parents’ separation and the plan to demolish his seaside school to build an amusement park–but when the school janitor gives him a tarnished coin with some old engravings and then dies, Ben is drawn into an effort to keep the school from being destroyed. –NoveList

Wither by Lauren DeStefano (2011)
After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, girls are kidnapped and married off in order to repopulate the world. –NoveList

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (2010)
Sixteen-year-old Mackie Doyle knows that he replaced a human child when he was just an infant, and when a friend’s sister disappears he goes against his family’s and town’s deliberate denial of the problem to confront the beings that dwell under the town, tampering with human lives. –NoveList

 

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Congratulations to the winners…

Congratulations to the winners of our Fall Giveaway Event! If you haven’t received a notification e-mail, please contact me at the Ridgway Reference Desk or e-mail me to arrange for pickup of your prize!

Angela: A Thousand Lives, Heresy, Prophecy, The Heretic’s Daughter 
Marissa L. Sanders: Radiance, Forgotten
Lena: American WidowKat, Incorrigible
Melinda: The Promised World, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, Glow, Falling for Hamlet, Love Ya Bunches 
Christina Shepherd: Original Sin, Triangles
Cindy: Maman’s Homesick Pie, Triangles
Bobbie Sharp:  All These Things I’ve Done, Chime, Thirteen Days to Midnight, The Katrina Club, Keeper, The Phantom Limb, and Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact
Sherry Hutchins:  One Day, The Soldier’s Wife, The Replacement, Sacred Hearts
Kasey: Nate the Great Strikes Back
Pamela: The House at Midnight, The Iron Queen, White Cat
Marie: A Spy in the House, The Body at the Tower, The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott, Museum of Thieves, Simple Skin Beauty
Elizabeth: Etta, Think of a Number, Promise the Night, The Body at the Tower
Kari: The Little Giant of Aberdeen County, Delerium, The Duff

Orphaned Books, looking for a good home

Our Sad, Unclaimed Orphans include:

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama, We the Children by Andrew Clements, In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabio Geda, South of Broad by Pat Conroy, A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres (copy #2), The White Mary by Kira Salak, The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry, and So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz

You may have noticed that a few titles went unclaimed. If you would like to receive any of these ARCs, please leave a comment below telling us which title(s) you would like to receive. You can choose as many as you like, and they will go to the first claimant. Ready, set, go…

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REVIEW: The DUFF by Kody Keplinger

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Audience: Young Adult/Teen
Genres: Realistic Fiction

Summary: The first time seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper hears the term “Duff,” she’s sitting by the bar at a teen night club. Wesley Rush, the “most disgusting womanizing playboy to ever darken the doorstep of Hamilton High,” saunters over to chat. Wesley wants to hook up with one of Bianca’s hot friends and talking to their Designated Ugly Fat Friend, he explains to Bianca, is his way in. Bianca, being no shrinking violet, quickly and dramatically crushes his plan. Still, being called the Duff continues to niggle away at her. She knows she isn’t really fat or ugly, but next to her gorgeous best friends she’s a nonentity. Add to that her parents’ crumbling marriage and the return of the boy who broke her heart, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction… So she kisses Wesley. It’s stupid and she hates herself, but they start hooking up secretly. The plan is to keep everything on a strictly physical level, but then the impossible happens: she actually starts to like Wesley and is horrified to discover that she could actually be falling for the guy she hated more than anyone.

Tracy’s Thoughts:
First off, I have to warn you. If (fictional) teen sex and swearing upset you, you might want to give The Duff a miss. This is an edgy book that is practically destined for the Banned Books list. Due to some harsh language and sexual content, I would only recommend this title for mature teens and adults. The relationship between Bianca and Wesley is smoldering, and most of the teenage characters drop the F-bomb more than once. (Though not all… Casey’s discomfort with swearing was a subtle contrast, and one of the endearing details that makes this book so special.) So, yes, the content is a bit graphic, certainly more than in your average YA novel. But Keplinger isn’t promoting sexual activity to teens—far from it, though this isn’t a book with a heavy-handed abstinence message either.

So okay, you have been duly warned. Now on to what I loved about this novel. I cannot tell you how much I adored Bianca’s snarky, smart, totally authentic voice. She’s abrasive and more than a little spiteful—in real life, I might hate her. But she’s also clever and loyal and eminently relatable. While her cynicism and aggression frequently shocked my inner sensibilities, I always understood where Bianca was coming from. She says what she thinks and makes bad decisions, but she accepts the consequences. In her first novel, Kody Kepplinger has created a memorable, fully realized character that I won’t soon forget.

The other characters of The Duff are also fabulously complex. There’s no question about it: Wesley is often a total jerk and is way too focused on physical gratification. But like Bianca, I somehow found myself liking him anyway, maybe even partly because of his unabashed behavior. Of course, he is also unexpectedly sweet and vulnerable with issues of his own. He’s a real, nuanced person—not just a stereotypical Misunderstood Bad Boy with a Heart of Gold. And I loved Bianca’s friends Casey and Jessica, and the relationship the three girls have with each other. Bianca’s parents are not as skillfully drawn, but they too are flawed and interesting.

The teen dialog is spot-on, not surprising considering that Keplinger was 18 when she wrote the book. It feels fresh and natural, not stilted at all. The banter between Bianca and Wesley, reminiscent of the great repartee in classic screwball comedies but with a modern edge, is particularly engaging. The entire novel is smoothly written, flowing seamlessly between Bianca’s inner thoughts and the exterior action.

All in all, this is a unique and fast-paced read that will be adored by the right audience. It is contemporary, sexy, and sharply funny. It examines teen self-esteem and the social labeling of others as well as being a modern love story and family drama. There is a lot to like about The Duff, and I look forward to reading Keplinger’s next book, Shut Out, as soon as I can get my hands on it.

The Duff is one of the titles up for grabs in our Fall Giveaway Event.

REVIEW: Keeper by Kathi Appelt

Rating: 4/5 Stars
Audience: Middle Grade/Tween
Genres: Magical Realism

Summary:  

Ten-year-old Keeper believes in wishes and magic, and truly thinks her long-lost mother is a mermaid. She’s safe and happy living in a small, close-knit Gulf Coast community with her guardian Signe and an extended family made up of eccentric neighbors and pets. But on the day of the blue moon, everything goes wrong. Keeper makes a series of mistakes that angers everyone she loves and the only solution she can think of is to find her magical mother to ask for help. Setting off alone to find a mermaid could be dangerous, but Keeper has a plan and her dog BD and Captain the seagull for company. Unfortunately, not everything goes as planned. 
Tracy’s Thoughts:
It has been months since I first read this book, and yet thinking of this charming tale still puts a smile on my face. The setting is beautifully and evocatively drawn, and a hint of magic runs throughout. It’s not a fairy tale, but there is a dreamy, nostalgic quality to Appelt’s writing that is similar. From the beginning, I doubted Keeper’s belief in magic and mermaids, but her faith had me constantly thinking “what if?” Between Keeper’s rich imagination and Appelt’s lyric writing style, even the most common things are lent a measure of magic. 
Keeper is a clever, loveable girl with a unique personality. In fact, all of Appelt’s characters in this wonderfully written book have a distinct personality and history—even BD and Captain! Keeper contains several flashbacks and is narrated from multiple perspectives, which may challenge some younger readers, but the payoff is definitely worth it. There are actually several storylines woven together here, though Keeper’s adventure remains central. One set of flashbacks involves Keeper and Signe’s neighbor and good friend Mr. Beauchamps, an older gentleman with regrets about a youthful romance and missed chances. His relationship with another young man is mostly implied and contains nothing objectionable for young readers, but some readers/parents might want to be aware of this small piece of the overall storyline.
This is a very quiet book. The action builds slowly, only gradually reaching a point where the tension is so high that I actually, literally, held my breath as I turned the pages. I was genuinely worried about the characters, as if they were real people that I knew. Going into too much detail would ruin this enchanting story of family, love, and secrets—but if you enjoy vivid settings, a touch of nerve-wracking adventure, and colorful characters, this book is a rewarding, unforgettable read. It is especially good for thoughtful tweens who consider most middle grade fiction too childish.
Keeper is one of the featured titles in our Fall Giveaway Event!

REVIEW: Forgotten by Cat Patrick

ARC Cover
Final Cover

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
Audience: Young Adult/Teen
Genres: Psychological Suspense, Romance

Summary: 
Every night when she goes to sleep, 16-year-old London Lane forgets. In the morning, all she has is a note telling her about a day she can’t remember—and about all the days before that. But while her past is a blank, London “remembers” the future, getting glimpses of times to come in the lives of herself and those around her. She knows that her classmate will be accepted into a good college, that her best friend Jamie’s love affair will end tragically—but has no idea what she wore, did, or said the day before. With the help of her mom, Jamie, and her detailed crib notes, London has managed to live a relatively normal life, keeping her condition a secret from everyone else, even her doctors. But when London starts experiencing disturbing visions she can’t make sense of, she realizes it’s time to dig into the past she keeps forgetting and perhaps even discover why her brain resets every morning at precisely 4:33 a.m. Especially now that she’s met Luke, the boy who she can’t see anywhere in her future but still turns up in her life, day after day.

Tracy’s Thoughts:
The premise of this novel grabbed me immediately, and Cat Patrick’s deft writing—somehow managing to juggle the complexities of London’s condition without becoming repetitive or confusing me hopelessly—kept me glued to the story. I raced through this one in one sitting, inhaling every bit of it despite the need to suppress a certain level of disbelief. Patrick skillfully hands you clues to the mystery of London’s condition, while offering several subplots, including a a spat between London and Jamie and family secrets—which later tie in to the main plot nicely.

I especially enjoyed the relationship between Luke and London (although their paired names make them sound like soap opera characters). Their romance is a bit rocky, but all the stronger for it. There is even an element of mystery to the relationship as readers wonder why Luke seems to single out London straight away. Is it simply normal attraction, or is there something else behind it? Plus, there are the unique challenges brought by London’s condition, lending the book a sort of 50 First Dates appeal. Luke is a sweetly adorable guy next door, vulnerable, sensitive, sometimes awkward, and a little weird. London is equally likeable though not without flaw: she can be stubborn and a little slow to forgive, but she’s also fiercely loyal, funny, and charmingly offbeat (but not in an overdone, clichéd way). Her entire personality doesn’t center around her condition, an accomplishment for which I give Cat Patrick props.

All in all, Patrick does an admirable job of piecing together London’s past and her future without tying everything up too tidily. Many readers will hope for a sequel, but Patrick claims she’s happy with the book’s ending and no sequel is planned. (There is, however, a movie in the early stages of development.) In my opinion, there’s just enough for readers to draw their own conclusions. However, I was left wondering a bit more about the practicalities of London’s condition, and also a bit bothered by the suddenness of some of the twists at the end (oh, my, were there twists). One thing, which I will not reveal due its spoilerish nature, bothered me in particular.

I would recommend this book to all YA readers who enjoy a combination of romance and mystery/suspense, especially if they like just a touch of the paranormal for flavoring. If this sounds like the book for you, we have a copy up for grabs in our Fall Giveaway Event! Library copies are on order.

Final note: Did you notice the two covers at the beginning? The prettier, more romantic ARC cover (left) was changed to the cover on the right—which I think does a better job of evoking the novel’s suspense element—for the final publication. Which do you prefer?

REVIEW REDUX: Previously Recommended Titles from our Fall Giveway

Do some of the titles from our Fall Giveaway sound familiar, but you’re not sure why? Several have been featured titles in our Recommended Reading Lists! Here’s a quick reminder of some of the titles I’ve recommended previously. All-new fresh reviews of some of the other titles up for grabs will be forthcoming over the next few weeks.
 

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Comedy

Set in the colorful world of modern India, this novel is a comedy of manners in the tradition of Jane Austen. Simpler in style than Austen’s work—many reviewers have compared it to Alexander McCall Smith’s No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series—The Marriage Bureau for Rich People is a light, engaging novel about relationships, family expectations, and Indian marriage traditions. The novel’s central characters are Mr. Ali, a Muslim retiree who decides to open a marriage bureau out of boredom and Aruna, the poor Hindi girl whom he hires as an assistant. There is nothing catastrophic in the plot, but the lack of angst, the vivid descriptions of everyday Indian life, and the amusing travails of marriage seekers combine to make a very pleasant, relaxing read perfect for an afternoon of lazing outside with a glass of lemonade.

American Widow by Alissa Torres, illus. by Sungyoon Choi
Genre: Memoir (Graphic Format)

American Widow is a beautiful graphic memoir that illustrates the author’s private grief in the wake of a national tragedy. On September 11, 2001, Eddie Torres left for his second day of work at Cantor Fitzgerald and never returned. His wife Alissa was 7 months pregnant. What follows is a raw and lyrical look at her resulting anger, confusion, and depression as well as the weary tenacity that allowed her to carry on—all perfectly highlighted by images that perhaps express more than words ever could. For me, one of the most poignant moments is when Alissa, surrounded in the maternity store by happy couples, shops for a black funeral dress. Thankfully, this novel avoids the pitfalls of over sentiment or self-pity by balancing its focus between Alissa’s life with Eddie, a young Colombian immigrant who “dreamed the American Dream,” and the aftermath of grief, helpless anger, media frenzy, and bureaucratic red tape.

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker
Genre: Magical Realism, Women’s Fiction, Southern Fiction

Little Giant is a tall tale with a bit of a dark side. Truly Plaice was born big—so big that half the men in Aberdeen were placing bets on how much the Plaice’s new son (everyone was sure she would be a boy) would weigh. Due to an unusual medical condition, Truly is continuously growing and becomes an object of curiosity and, often, disgust—especially in comparison to her delicately beautiful sister Serena Jane. In addition to a truly unique character, the novel also offers up bits of charming, rural folklore: an heirloom quilt, a rundown family farm, and a family’s healing tradition are all important threads throughout the book. Thanks to an intriguing plot that examines the questions of destiny, life, and death and a narrative style reminiscent of Alice Hoffman, first-time author Tiffany Baker stands out as an author to watch. I wouldn’t be surprised if her debut becomes the next darling of reading groups and book clubs.

I truly enjoyed each of these books. If you haven’t read them yet (or loved them and want a copy of your own), enter our Fall Giveaway Event and let us know which ARCs interest you!

Fall giveaway event!

You’ve heard of spring cleaning, right? Well, Lucinda and I took a look around our respective offices and overflowing home bookshelves and decided a fall cleaning was definitely in order. The good news for you? We’ve got dozens of ARCs, both old and new, that we have to give up (unless we want to be buried beneath our TBRs, which are beginning to resemble the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Or, at least mine is!). Anyway, here are the prepub books that we can’t wait to pass over to your hot little hands! We think there’s a little something for everyone. Rules of entry are at the end of the post. Contest ends on Friday, October 14, 2011.
Primary Audience: Adults
Triangles by Ellen Hopkins (October 2011)
*TWO COPIES AVAILABLE*

A Thousand Lives by Julia Scheeres (October 2011)
*TWO COPIES AVAILABLE*

Maman’s Homesick Pie by Donia Bijan (October 2011)

In the Sea There Are Crocodiles by Fabi Geda (August 2011)

Original Sin by Beth McMullen (July 2011)
Sally Sin #1

The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy (June 2011)

Prophecy by S.J. Parris (May 2011)
Giordano Bruno Mystery #2

Heresy by S.J. Parris (2010)
Giordano Bruno Mystery #1

One Day by David Nicholls (2010)

Simple Skin Beauty Dr. Ellen Marmur (2010)

Think of a Number by John Verdon (2010)

The Lost Summer of Louisa May Alcott by Kelly O’Connor McNees (2010)

The Promised World by Lisa Tucker (2010)

Etta by Gerald Kolpan (2009)

The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker (2009)

South of Broad by Pat Conroy (2009)

The Marriage Bureau for Rich People by Farahad Zama (2009)

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant (2009)

American Widow by Alissa Torres (2008)

The House at Midnight by Lucie Whitehouse (2008)

Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen by Susan Gregg Gilmore (2008)

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry (2008)

The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent (2008)

So Long at the Fair by Christina Schwarz (2008)

The White Mary by Kira Salak (2008)
Primary Audience: Teens

Promise the Night by Michaela McColl (November 2011)

The Phantom Limb by William Sleator (October 2011)

Darwen Arkwright and the Peregrine Pact by A.J. Hartley (October 2011)

Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan (September 2011)

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (September 2011)
Birthright #1

Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray (July 2011)

Forgotten by Cat Patrick (June 2011)

Chime by Franny Billingsley (March 2011)

The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa (February 2011)
Iron Fey #3

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (February 2011)

A Spy in the House by Y.S. Lee (2010)
The Agency #1

The Body at the Tower by Y.S. Lee (2010)
The Agency #2
* TWO COPIES AVAILABLE *

White Cat by Holly Black (2010)
The Curse Workers # 1

The Duff by Kody Keplinger (2010)

Thirteen Days to Midnight by Patrick Carman (2010)

The Karma Club by Jessica Brody (2010)

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff (2010)

Primary Audience: Middle Grade

Kat, Incorrigible by Stephanie Burgis (February 2011)
Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson #1

Radiance by Alyson Noël (2010)
Riley Bloom #1

Big Nate Strikes Again by Lincoln Peirce (2010)
Big Nate #2

Museum of Thieves by Lian Tanner (2010)
Keepers Trilogy #1

Keeper by Kathi Appelt (2010)

Luv Ya Bunches by Lauren Myracle (2010)
Flower Power #1
We the Children by Andrew Clements (2010)

Benjamin Pratt and the Keepers of the School #1

RULES OF ENTRY:

1. To enter, leave a comment on this post stating which ARCs you would like to win. Choose up to 10! We cannot guarantee the number of titles you will receive (results will vary according to number of entries) or that you will receive the titles you’ve selected, but we’ll do our best to make you happy! Priority will be determined by a random drawing on October 14th.

2. Please include your e-mail address with your comment so we can notify you if you win something! Hint: To prevent trawlers from picking up your address you may format your address as follows: reference[AT] bcplib [DOT] com.

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4. Here’s the catch. All ARCs must be picked up at a Bullitt County Public Library location. Winners will be notified via e-mail.

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