We had our monthly staff meeting this morning, so it’s time once again for a “what we’re reading” post.
Sarah: In Anna dressed in blood by Kendare Blake, Theseus Cassio Lowood–the son of a white witch and a ghost killer–has inherited his father’s knife, and his talent for dispatching vengeful spirits. Now Theseus and his mother travel around helping restless spirits that need help moving on. This Teen novel blends horror and romance in an exciting and witty gothic ghost story.
Eileen: The outside boy, a novel by Jeanine Cummins, tells the story of young Christy Hurley, a Pavee gypsy traveling with his father and extended family from town to town, carrying all their worldly possessions in their wagons. But when Christy’s grandfather dies, his father decides to settle down temporarily in a town where Christy and his cousin can attend mass and receive proper schooling–but they are still treated as outsiders.
Nallely: Lucky: a memoir by Alice Sebold. Sebold was raped as a college freshman, but the police said she was “lucky.” At least she wasn’t murdered and dismembered like the girl before her. Here Sebold details the aftermath–posttraumatic stress syndrome, heroin addiction, and, finally, some measure of understanding. Sebold is also the author of the best-selling book The lovely bones.
Janice: In The language of flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, Victoria Jones has grown up in a string of bad foster homes, except for the one year she spent with Elizabeth, a vineyard owner who taught her the meaning of flowers. The novel alternates between Victoria’s brief time with Elizabeth and her unsteady attempt to face life as an adult, weaving the two narratives together using the Victorian language of flowers–a language that ultimately helps shape Victoria’s future as she grapples with her painful past.
MaryBeth: The information diet: a case for conscious consumption by Clay A. Johnson has plenty of thought provoking ideas and concepts to ruminate over, suggesting that we are being overrun by information options and increasingly need all the help we can get to get our time back under control.
Janet: In The cinnamon roll murder by Joanne Fluke, Lake Eden’s spring jazz festival is off to a rocky start when the headliner act’s tour bus overturns–killing a musician. Series sleuth Hannah Swenson thinks there’s something suspicious about the accident. This title is #15 in the series, and as always, there are tasty recipes included.
Maggie: The scorpio races by Maggie Stiefvater is inspired by Manx, Irish, and Scottish legends of beautiful but deadly fairy horses that emerge from the sea each autumn. In this year’s Scorpio Race, Kate and Sean are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff–with more than just their lives at stake should they lose. This book appeals to lovers of fantasy, horse stories, romance, and action-adventure alike.
Lisa: The death cure by James Dashner–the conclusion to The Maze Runner trilogy–finally addresses the truth behind WICKED–the organization that basically subjects teen “lab rats” to torture and slaughter in order to map their brains for a cure to a worldwide virus that is turning people into psychopathic lunatics. Described as “gruesome” and “heart pounding to the very last moment,” this series may be a good choice for fans of The Hunger Games trilogy.
Karen: In The tower, the zoo, and the tortoise by Julia Stuart, a Beefeater, his wife, and their tortoise live in the Tower of London–a fortress that is as full of intrigue as ever. Passion, desperation, and romantic shenanigans abound in this story of love, loss, and a one-hundred-eighty-one-year-old pet.
Rachel: Deadly daggers by Joyce and Jim Lavene is the third title in the Renaissance Faire Mystery series featuring Jessie Morton, a USC doctoral candidate who studies medieval crafts every summer at Columbia, South Carolina’s Renaissance Faire Village. Jessie’s latest apprenticeship is in service to Daisy, the master swordsmith. But when a professional dueler–and Daisy’s former flame–is murdered, it’s up to Jessie to keep a sharp eye out for the killer.
So that’s an account of what’s on our nightstand, beside our most comfortable chair, or ready to go out the door along with our lunchbag. Relpy and let us know what you’re reading.