Veronika is one of four girls who live on an island with two caretakers. Other than hair color the girls are identical. The girls are Isobel who has hair that is yellow like lemons, Caroline who has hair that is brown like coconuts, Eleanor who has hair as black as wet tar and Veronika, who's hair is the red, the color of rust. The book is written from Veronika's perspective which can seem a little stilted and hesitant. The style of writing brings out your curiositiy and makes you wonder why it is written in this way. The girls have lived on the island as long as they can remember and their caretakers have told them that they are there because of a plane crash that killed their parents. They do not swim or go near the water. Supplies are brought to them by boat and no one leaves. The girls spend their days studying the island and the things around them. They take naps and sing songs that help them learn about things. It is a very orderly life and each day is similar. Then one day, after a storm when they go out to study what has washed up by the tide, Veronika finds an injured girl and everything changes. Who is this girl and how did she get here? What will her coming change for the others on the island? This is an interesting and compelling story. A good read for teens and adults.
For years, Grace has watched the wolves in the woods behind her house. One yellow-eyed wolf—her wolf—is a chilling presence she can't seem to live without.
Meanwhile, Sam has lived two lives: In winter, the frozen woods, the protection of the pack, and the silent company of a fearless girl. In summer, a few precious months of being human… until the cold makes him shift back again.
Now, Grace meets a yellow-eyed boy whose familiarity takes her breath away. It's her wolf. It has to be. But as winter nears, Sam must fight to stay human—or risk losing himself, and Grace, forever.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn't the monster Conor's been expecting-- he's been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he's had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It's ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. The most terrible and dangerous thing of all.
It wants the truth.
From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd-- whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself-- Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
- I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J. M. Ken Niimura,
- Everybody Sees the Ants by A. S. King,
- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs,
- The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly,
- The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
This debut science fiction novel won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus and Arthur Clarke awards. Ancillary Justice is a military space adventure set in the distance future. The Radch Empire rules a large part of the universe through large starships with Artificial Intelligence. The ships also control a large number of ancillaries (human bodies controlled by fragments of the central AI). A colossal starship Justice of Toren mysteriously disappears and Breq is the sole surviving part of the AI. The story switches between the past and the present as Breq pursues a mission of and justice and vengeance. Annie Leckie creates rich and complex world. The story builds so by the end you will be eager for the next title (Ancillary Sword).
- Iain M. Banks,
- C. J. Cherryh,
- Marko Kloos
Kate, a former CIA operative, and her husband, Dexter, move from the States to Luxembourg, where he accepts a security job monitoring and preventing international bank fraud. They have two young sons as well, and this is the first time Kate has spent a lot of time with them, since she is no longer employed outside the home. Kate frequently flashes back to her past in the CIA and assassinations that she conducted. Dexter also has something to hide, and Kate spends much of the novel trying to discover if her husband is her enemy or still the love of her life. Dexter is up to something, but it takes a long time for her to learn something about it, as all is not what it seems. There are many twists and turns in the plot that keep changing the reader’s opinion of both of them of as to what might happen, and what has happened in the past. Two FBI agents, a couple, are tracking Dexter and Kate, and their intentions are a mystery as well. A definite page-turner, and the descriptions of daily life in Luxembourg from the perspective of Americans new to the country add much to the story. A surprise ending completes the plot. If you read or listen to this book, I believe you will want to read more by this author. This 10 disc set is pleasingly read by Mozhan Marno, and she does an excellent narration.
Sea of Glory will enlighten you as to the hardships of sailing in the early 1800s, and the at times vicious discipline that was doled out by the expedition’s leader, Lieutenant Charles Wilkes, who considered himself the Commodore. Over a four year period the group of 6 ships sailed around the world, surveying 280 Pacific islands and making many discoveries of new species of plants and animals unknown until then. Cannibals were the one group they encountered whom they hoped to avoid, but the aggressive handling of the situation by Wilkes after two sailors were murdered, made things even worse. Due to his arrogance and unsympathetic nature, the majority of officers eventually turned against him, and were bitter for years thereafter, as their careers were in his hands, both then and in terms of recommendations. Often referred to as the “Ex Ex”, the expedition was very important to the United States scientific community. The long delayed military repercussions for Wilkes and his other officers will surprise the reader/listener. 10 discs read by Scott Brick.
After a disastrous blind date, single parents Lauren (Drew Barrymore) and Jim (Adam Sandler) agree on only one thing: they never want to see each other again. But when they each sign up separately for a fabulous family vacation with their kids, they are all stuck sharing a suite at a luxurious African safari resort for a week.
Rated PG-13. I thoroughly enjoyed this comedy from Barrymore and Sandler. The comedic chemistry they had in 50 First Dates was back and I couldn’t help but enjoy the film. VCPL has this film available in DVD and Blu-Ray.
- 50 First Dates,
- The Wedding Singer,
- Just Go With It,
- Going the Distance,
- Music and Lyrics
London, 1817: Stuck in a Mayfair ballroom, thanks to his lovestruck brother, Highlander Arran MacLawry wants nothing but a bit of distraction from an arranged betrothal—and a clever auburn-haired lass in a vixen's mask promises just that . . . until he discovers that she's the granddaughter of the Campbell, chief of clan MacLawry's longtime rival. Despite their families' grudging truce, falling for fiery Mary Campbell is a notion too outlandish even for this Highlander…
Raised on tales of savage MacLawrys, Mary is stunned to realize the impressively strapping man in the fox's mask is one of them. Surely the enemy shouldn't have such a broad chest, and such a seductive brogue? Not that her curiosity matters—any dalliance between them is strictly forbidden, and she's promised to another. But with the crackling spark between them ready to catch flame, love is worth every risk…
This is book #2 in the Scandalous Highlanders series. Main characters Arran and Mary are told to stay away from each other which of course made it that much more exciting to be together. I enjoyed how the characters tried to ignore their feelings until they were forcibly separated. Suzanne Enoch writes wonderful romances with strong heroines and enjoyable heroes. I am excited to read more from this series! This book is available at VCPL!
- The Paid Companion by Amanda Quick,
- Romancing Mister Bridgerton by Julia Quinn,
- Seducing an Angel by Mary Balogh,
- The Truth about Love by Stepahnie Laurens,
- Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas
The world of Harmony has its wonders, one of them being Rainshadow Island. Just beneath its surface, a maze of catacombs hides a dangerous secret...…
Halloween—with its tricks and treats—is a dust bunny’s dream come true. Just ask Lyle, Sedona Snow’s faithful sidekick. But for Sedona, it’s a nightmare. Though her new job managing a small hotel and tavern on Rainshadow is helping her move on from her tragic past, a bizarre disaster down in the catacombs has brought a pack of rowdy ghost hunters to her inn.
And now, Sedona’s ex has arrived on the island, claiming he wants to get back together, just as a newcomer appears to have a strong interest in her. Cyrus Jones is the new Guild boss in town. He has his own agenda when it comes to Sedona, but even the best-laid plans are no match for the passion that springs up on Rainshadow….
Jayne Castle’s world of Harmony is a fascinating read. I love exploring the alien world with each new book. I would love to have a dust bunny as a pet! Sound weird, trust me! Read this series and understand why dust bunnies are awesome! Check out this third installment of Castle’s Rainshadow series.
- Copper Beach by Jayne Ann Krentz,
- Dark Witch by Nora Roberts,
- The Mystery Woman by Amanda Quick,
- Dark Demon by Christine Feehan,
- Doomsday Can Wait by Lori Handeland
Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.
Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?
Join fans of Jill Shalvis in her fictional town of Lucky Harbor for book #10! But the book can be read as a standalone if you haven’t read any of the others. Shalvis is one of my must-read contemporary romance authors. She creates a good mix of fun, sexy, heartfelt and hilarious. I highly recommend checking this book out!
- Chasing Perfect by Susan Mallery,
- The Best Man by Kristan Higgins,
- The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Cruise,
- Temptation Ridge by Robyn Carr,
- Foul Play by Janet Evanovich
This is a book of fiction, allegory, and inspiration. It's a recommended read for teens and adults of all ages as it has something for everyone. It is a book on perspective. How perspective can change everything. Andy Andrews has a special way of blending it all into a wonderful story of a man called, Jones, who mysteriously appears in peoples lives when they need perspective the most, including encounters with the author himself. It is a fast, engaging read, with a big impact on the reader. If you enjoy it then you will surely want to read his other books.
- Not My Daughter by Barbara Delinsky,
- Never Change by Elizabeth Berg,
- For One More Day by Mitch Albom,
- The Traveler's Gift... by Andy Andrews,
- The Noticer Returns... by Andy Andrews
The timeless tale continues... The most popular and beloved American historical novel ever written, Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind is unparalleled in its portrayal of men and women at once larger than life but as real as ourselves. Now bestselling writer Alexandra Ripley brings us back to Tara and reintroduces us to the characters we remember so well: Rhett, Ashley, Mammy, Suellen, Aunt Pittypat, and, of course, Scarlett. As the classic story, first told over half a century ago, moves forward, the greatest love affair in all fiction is reignited; amidst heartbreak and joy, the endless, consuming passion between Scarlett O'Hara and Rhett Butler reaches its startling culmination.
- Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Heather, a young professional approaching 40 who has never found Mr. Right, has an asthma attack and winds up in the hospital where she meets pulmonologist Dr. Jeff, who of course is Mr. Wrong because he is married with young children. Heather, of course, doesn't know he is a philanderer, and despite knowing better, begins an affair with him. As an aside, she is in the process of adopting a Chinese baby to make her life complete. Although steamy at times, the affair eventually winds up in the courtroom. Dr. Jeff probably has the most to lose, because ethically a doctor is never supposed to involve himself romantically with a patient, but Dr. Jeff is arrogant and thinks he is above the rules. An eye-opening look at what can happen in real life and how lives can be ruined by poor decisions.
Lee Child has many fans and has written numerous titles. Gone Tomorrow starts with chief character Jack Reacher riding on the subway late at night and becoming suspicious that a woman in the same car is a terrorist, ready to blow up the subway train. He takes us through the 10 point checklist of identifying suicide bombers. Through twists and turns the plot evolves into something much more dramatic, sinister and dark. Child is so graphic in his description of torture and killing by Afghan women that I could neither listen nor read parts of this book. Reacher himself becomes a killing machine for self-preservation. If you are not disturbed by such material, the book will hold your interest as the overall plot keeps you guessing.
It's 1985, but as you've never seen it before. Thanks to the introduction of American superheroes at the dawn of World War 2, the course of history has forever changed: the U.S. won the Vietnam War, Nixon is still President and the Cold War is in full effect. Now, as the Doomsday Clock ticks ever closer to Midnight, the world is rushing headlong towards the brink of another major catastrophe...but not the one they expect.
It all starts with a series of gruesome murders that forces the retired group of unlikely heroes known as the Watchmen to reunite once more. As they work to find the murderer and bring him to justice, though, the Watchmen quickly realize that there is far more to this mystery than one bloodthirsty killer. As everything comes to a head, the Watchmen must test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line between good and evil really lies.
One of the most influential graphic novels of all time and a perennial best-seller, Watchmen chronicles the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes plagued by all-too-human failings. Along the way, the concept of the super-hero is dissected as the heroes are stalked by an unknown assassin. This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel has been studied on college campuses across the nation and is considered a gateway title, leading readers to other graphic novels such as V for Vendetta, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns and The Sandman series.
- V for Vendetta by Alan Moore and David Lloyd,
- Batman: The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller,
- The Sandman by Neil Gaiman,
- Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan,
- Preacher by Garth Ennis
Twenty-two year old Su's freak accident with a ceiling fan erases her past and affects her future. How do you cope when you wake up to a husband and two children you don't remember, and your once extensive vocabulary is now limited to 100 words? Written to be an inspiration for others who may have suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), this is one woman's true story of learning to be herself again.
“Man is the cruelest animal.”
HBO premieres a new drama series, True Detective, this season focusing on Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) and "Rust" Cohle (Matthew McConaughey), two detectives and former partners who worked in Louisiana's Criminal Investigation Division in the mid-1990s.
In 2012, for reasons not immediately revealed, the two are interviewed separately by investigators about their most notorious case: the macabre 1995 murder of a prostitute by a possible serial killer with disturbing occult leanings. As they look back on the case, Hart and Cohle's personal backstories and often-strained relationship become a major focal point.
Hart, an outgoing native Louisianan and family man whose marriage is being frayed by work stress and infidelity, is (at least on the surface) the polar opposite of Cohle, a lone-wolf pessimist and former narcotics detective from Texas. While the plot is moved forward by their shared obsession to hunt down the ritual killer, the true drama centers around the mercurial nature of Hart and Cohle's relationship and personalities, and how they affect each other as detectives, friends, and men.
- Shameless on Showtime,
- The Walking Dead on AMC,
- Rectify on Sundance Channel,
- The Americans on FX,
- Justified on FX
Family secrets and a hidden past-a woman's search to uncover the truth ignites danger and passion in the latest novel from #1 New York Times-bestselling author Julie Garwood. Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl-her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.
Hotel magnate Aiden Madison is Cordelia's best friend's older brother. He's oblivious to the fact that she's had a crush on him for years. When he gets railroaded into taking her along to Sydney on his company jet, he's unwittingly drawn into a volatile family drama. Aiden wants to help Cordelia get answers about her mother, but threats from her wealthy, high-powered family are quickly becoming dangerous. Sparks are flying between Cordelia and Aiden, but after multiple attempts are made on Cordelia's life, Aiden realizes he must put a stop to the madness before he loses the thing he values most.
Fans of Garwood have been waiting for Cordelia’s & Aiden’s story for 10 years! Finally the bestselling author lets readers find out what would become of Cordelia’s crush. I loved this story. Cordelia was one of the most realistic female characters I have ever read. She experiences a roller coaster of emotions throughout the book but handles them as any woman would. Garwood made it very easy for me to feel connected to her story. VCPL has this title as a Bestseller, Large Print or Audiobook!
- Beautiful sacrifice by Elizabeth Lowell,
- Second Sight by Amanda Quick,
- Whispers by Lisa Jackson,
- Hot Pursuit by Suzanne Brockmann,
- White Lies by Jayne Ann Krentz
Memory of Water
The world’s geography and politics have radically been altered due to global warming/climate change. China (New Qian) rules Scandinavia and rest of Europe. Water is a very rare and precious commodity which the military strictly controls. Noria Kaitio is a woman training to be a tea master like her father. Her father shares with her the location of a hidden water source. However everything is changing her father dies, water is growing even more scarce and the army is determined to find the village’s secret water source. Noira and her best friend uncover evidence of a journey that discovered water in the forbidden lands. Noria must figure out how to survive and what in life is really important. This debut novel is poetically and compellingly written. This thought provoking novel is hard to put down.
- Fahrenheit 451,
- Never Let Me Go,
- The Road
In this dazzling and long-awaited conclusion to the acclaimed Mortal Instruments series, Clary and her friends fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Sebastian Morgenstern is on the move, systematically turning Shadowhunter against Shadowhunter. Bearing the Infernal Cup, he transforms Shadowhunters into creatures out of nightmare, tearing apart families and lovers as the ranks of his Endarkened army swell. The embattled Shadowhunters withdraw to Idris - but not even the famed demon towers of Alicante can keep Sebastian at bay. And with the Nephilim trapped in Idris, who will guard the world against demons?
When one of the greatest betrayals the Nephilim have ever known is revealed, Clary, Jace, Isabelle, Simon, and Alec must flee - even if their journey takes them deep into the demon realms, where no Shadowhunter has set foot before, and from which no human being has ever returned... Love will be sacrificed and lives lost in the terrible battle for the fate of the word in the thrilling final installment of the classic urban fantasy series The Mortal Instruments!
I loved this finale to a fantastic book series. I have to admit I was extremely annoyed that it was a long wait between Book 5 and Book 6. The characters are very compelling but I felt as though I needed to re-read the entire series to remember exactly what had happened prior. So I highly recommend this series and the final book. Stop by VCPL to check out a copy from Youth Services or visit Overdrive to check out our e-book.
- Daughter of smoke and bone by Laini Taylor,
- Embrace by Jessica Shirvington,
- The iron king by Julie Kagawa,
- Hemlock by Kathleen Peacock,
- Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Western writer Louis L'Amour never disappoints. Reader Edoardo Ballerini does an excellent job of reading this title which is a 4 disc audiobook set. The characters include a wrongly accused honest man, escaped prisoners, a beautiful woman, and Yacqui Indians pursuing the group as they cross treacherous terrain and fifty miles of desert to try to reach a boat waiting for them in the Gulf. Who will live and who will die? The suspense continues until the final chapter answers that question!
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.
What happens when you take the tried and true detective genre and mix in a little magic? The Dresden Files, that's what. Murder, mayhem, and magic rule the world in Jim Butcher's Storm Front. The first installment in the Dresden Files series, Storm Front is a fun, fast-paced read that will keep you on the edge of your seat!
- Monster Hunter International by Larry Correia,
- Something From the Nightside by Simon R. Green,
- Unshapely Things by Mark Del Franco,
- Nightlife by Rob Thurman,
- Hounded by Kevin Hearne
This read is about a character Kendra Michaels who spent most of her childhood and early adult year's blind, learning to use her other senses' as a secure foundation for everyday life as well as helping solve murder's, now that she has her sight again, she can not only see but she still has her amazing other sense's to help her on her path of stopping a killer. This book has everything, humor, suspense, little bit of romance, but best of all it has really good and likeable characters. Enjoy !!
This novel takes place in a not-so-distant future in which humans are taught to quit listening to their inner voice - "The Doubt" - and allow a smart phone app named Lux to make every decision for them. When Rory is accepted into the exclusive high school that her deceased mother also attended, she has hopes of learning more about her mom. What she uncovers is far more than her family history. She also finds that the creators of Lux may have sinister plans for the human race.
- The house of the scorpion by Nancy Farmer
This exciting tale of high adventure on the South China Sea as well as across parts of Asia begins with the listener meeting Derrick, an American teen raised in China, son of murdered missionaries. The time is the 1930s, between wars. He has been placed in the care of his uncle, Terence Sullivan, Captain of The Wanderer. Derrick soon experiences his first encounter with a typhoon and the narrator conveys the danger onboard The Wanderer in its desperate struggle to survive the storm. His uncle and an elderly cousin, Professor Ayrton, an archaeologist, have decided Derrick’s formal education must be attended to, so he must be sent off to school. However, he is to embark with them on one last journey before school to travel the Silk Road to the city of Samarcand. We meet other memorable characters including Li Han, the ship’s cook; Ross, the Scottish business partner of Capt. Sullivan; Olaf Svenssen; Chingis, and a massive dog named Chang. They travel through areas patrolled by hostile warlords, and Red Hat monks, brave snow and ice, close encounters with unseen Yeti, and trecherous mountain regions. Derrick receives an education in life experiences, just as important as scholarship. The narrator does an outstanding job of bringing the action-packed story alive for the listener. Patrick O’Brian is the author of many well-written seafaring tales, the best known being Master and Commander. The Road to Samarcand is also available in print format at the library.
Veterinary intern Emily can’t believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of the Los Angeles clinic she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship. Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night. She soon learns that Wyatt isn’t just a laid-back doctor, but a delicious alpha male tempting her away from her carefully laid-out plans...
Then Came You is book five is Jill Shalvis’ Animal Magnetism series. I loved this book because of how funny Wyatt was throughout the book. Emily is determined not to give in to their attraction. She just wants to finish her internship and get back to her life in L.A.. Wyatt uses his quick wit to keep her on her toes. I highly recommend this series. VCPL owns the first 4 books in this series in paperback so it is easy to read them in order and catch up to this new release!
- Montana Creeds: Logan by Linda Lael Miller,
- Sea swept by Nora Roberts,
- When we met by Susan Mallery,
- Men in kilts by Katie MacAlister,
- Charlie all night by Jennifer Crusie
Sometimes finding your destiny comes in a way that you do not expect. Brenda Spahn, a successful business woman found her destiny after losing her business and almost going to prison. After having this experience she made a committment to God to follow the destiny she knew as a child and founded a "wholeway house" for women who had been in prison. Brenda comes to love the women she wants to help and along the way realizes that she needs them as much as they need her. A heartwarming and inspiring story of courage, faith, and even a little craziness.
- The Blind Side
It was a dark and stormy night when Josef Tock suddenly sat up in his death bed and spoke his final words: five days, he predicted, five terrible, terrible days that his newly born grandson, Jimmy, would have to endure. The first would occur in Jimmy’s twentieth year, the last in his thirtieth. But what, exactly, Jimmy would have to endure, the Tock family could only guess.
Fast forward to the present and the first of the five terrible days is fast approaching. With the help of his family, Jimmy Tock has spent every day preparing himself for whatever horrors might come. Of course, when you don’t know what those horrors will be, there is only so much that can be done.
What terrifying events await Jimmy? What challenges must he survive? The path Jimmy follows will defy every expectation and will take all the love, humor, and courage he possesses. For who he is and what he must accomplish on the five days his grandfather predicted is a mystery more dangerous and wondrous than Jimmy could ever have imagined.
- It by Stephen King,
- Ghost Story by Peter Straub,
- Let the Right One In by John Lindqvist,
- Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury,
- From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz
This is Mallery’s 15th book set in her beloved Fool’s Gold, CA. I have to say I am hooked. Her characters and realistic which makes it easy to relate to their personalities. Larrisa’s character is always taking on some cause or rescuing an animal which I found awesome! I highly recommend this series!
VCPL has this title in paperback and audiobook format.
- Simply irresistible by Jill Shalvis,
- A date with the other side by Erin McCarthy,
- Dreamweaver Trail by Emily March,
- Temptation ridge by Robyn Carr,
- The rocky road to romance by Janet Evanovich
Set in a mythic New York City and spanning more than a century, “Winter’s Tale” is about miracles, crossed destinies, and the age-old battle between good and evil. The film marks the directorial debut of Academy Award®-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman (“A Beautiful Mind”), and stars Colin Farrell (“Saving Mr. Banks”), Jessica Brown Findlay (TV’s “Downton Abbey”), and Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe (“Gladiator”).
Peter Lake (Farrell) is a master thief, who never expected to have his own heart stolen by the beautiful Beverly Penn (Brown Findlay). But their love is star-crossed: she burns with a deadly form of consumption, and Peter has been marked for a much more violent death by his one-time mentor, the demonic Pearly Soames (Crowe). Peter desperately tries to save his one true love, across time, against the forces of darkness, even as Pearly does everything in his power to take him down—winner take all and loser be damned. What Peter needs is a miracle, but only time will tell if he can find one.
VCPL has the film available in DVD and BLU-RAY as well as the book by Mark Helprin.
Amity Doncaster is a world traveler who publishes guide books about her travels. Unwittingly, she enters a carriage thinking it is public transportation, and is confronted by a killer known as the “bridegroom” – telling why would be a spoiler! Amity does not become one of his victims, but the search for him is a key element in the plot. The love interest in the novel is Benedict Stanbridge, an engineer, who considers himself boring to women – but he is also a spy for the British throne. Amity and Benedict first cross paths when she is in the Caribbean and finds him wounded. She helps care for him aboard ship, but this gives rise to scandalous gossip about the pair back at home in London. For Amity’s protection, in society as well as for her personal safety, a sham engagement is arranged with Benedict, but of course the true outcome is pretty predictable – this is a romance novel, after all! Amanda Quick has written a number of novels with a paranormal/metaphysical/psychic theme. Fortunately, this is not one of them. A subplot involves the growing affection between Amity’s widowed sister Penny and a Scotland Yard investigator. Wait, there is more to this story, but everything can’t be revealed. You’ll have to read it or listen to it! Amanda Quick is another pen name of Jayne Ann Krentz and the library has books by both “authors”. Otherwise Engaged is available in regular print, large print, and on 9 audio compact discs. The audiobook version is entertainingly read by Louisa Jane Underwood.
"Kids will giggle as they count all the animals that have frightened the monkeys off the pages. Full of fun reader interactions and keeps readers guessing until the very last page! Matching Mac Barnett's brilliant wit are Kevin Cornell's luminous illustrations, which will have young readers begging to count the monkeys all over again."
Ira Levinson, a 91 year old man, was traveling on a snow covered road one night when suddenly he lost control of his car and went sliding off the road. With a gash on his head and broken collarbone, he is unable to reach the water and food he had stored in the trunk. Trapped in the car on a freezing cold night, Nicholas Sparks takes you through the story of Ira and his wife Ruth, who died nine years before. Ruth's image stays in the car with Ira as they travel back in time through all of their memories, which helps keep Ira conscious and alert. In the meantime, you also learn the story of Sophia and Luke. Sophia, an art enthusiast, goes to Wake Forest college. One night at a fraternity party, she meets Luke, a bull-rider and helping hand on his family's failing ranch. The attraction between them is instant, but Luke seems to be hiding much more than he lets on. What is he truly hiding, and will Sophia be able to handle the truth? Neither of these couples have much in common, but their lives connect in an odd way. Like nearly all of his books, Nicholas Sparks takes you on both couples' heart-wrenching journey, which at times, seems like it's the longest ride.
“I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.”
This is the story of Kvothe—Kvothe the Bloodless, Kvothe the Arcane, Kvothe the Kingkiller—the magically gifted young man who grows up to become the most notorious wizard his world has ever seen. In this riveting, coming-of-age fantasy, readers are given a first-hand glimpse into the life of this man who inspires awe and fear into the hearts of all who hear his name. From his childhood in a troupe of traveling players to his years spent as a near-feral orphan in a crime-ridden city to his daringly brazen yet successful bid to enter a legendary school of magic, readers are taken step by step down the path that leads Kvothe to becoming his world’s most infamous fugitive. A high-action story written with a poet's hand, The Name of the Wind is a masterpiece that will transport readers into the body and mind of a wizard.
- Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson,
- Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson,
- Theft of Swords by Michael J. Sullivan,
- The Warded Man by Peter V. Brett,
- The Blade Itself by Joe Abercrombie
I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by how this series concluded. I think I have begun to fear the worst from the final book in young adult series. This book was fast paced and a quick read. I enjoyed how America was able to slowly piece everything together and then loved the action packed conclusion to her story. I highly recommend this book if you have enjoyed other series such as Divergent by Veronica Roth, Matched by Ally Condie or Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
- Divergent by Veronica Roth,
- Matched by Ally Condie,
- Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins,
- Eve by Anna Carey,
- Wither by Lauren DeStefano
This is the 2nd book in the Bachelors of Blueberry Cover series. I really enjoyed the first book which involved restoring a lighthouse and I was excited to see more from the series. Brodie’s character was great to follow. A bad boy with a string of broken hearts suddenly is head over heels for his new neighbor. Grace has a troubling past she is trying to find answers to and hopes to start over in Blueberry Cove. I loved their banter and the added suspense from Cami. I think Kauffman has another hit of her hands. Must read!
- To the ends of the earth by Elizabeth Lowell,
- Tempting by Susan Mallery,
- Moonshell Beach by JoAnn Ross,
- Sea of Love by Susan Donovan,
- Wanting what you get by Kathy Love
Cadence was born into the renowned Sinclair family, so flush with money and influence that they own a private island near Martha’s Vineyard. Every single summer, Cady, her cousins Johnny and Mirren, and their friend Gat spend two idyllic months of leisure on the island, calling themselves The Liars. But when Cadence has an accident during her 15th summer and wakes unable to remember what happened, everything changes.
This unpredictable mystery will leave you stunned. And remember, if anyone asks you how it ends, LIE.
- The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold,
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green,
- The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
Based on the beloved best-selling book of the same title, this is the story of a girl who transforms the lives of those around her during World War II in Germany. The narrator is actually "Death". As the movie opens, Liesel is on a train with her mother and brother. For safety, her mother takes her to the countryside and leaves her with German foster parents. Although Liesel is illiterate when she is adopted by the German couple, her adoptive father (Hans Hubermann) encourages her to learn to read and is very kind. The family eventually hides, at great peril, a young Jewish man named Max in their home because his father had saved Hans' life. Liesel and Max become very close friends, although she has friends in the town as well whose lives intertwine with hers. Rosa Hubermann has a public persona of a mean woman, but we learn slowly what she is really like. Liesel snatches a book here and there before and after she learns to read. You will understand more about that as the movie unfolds. The ending is surprising and bittersweet, but also happy in a certain way - I don't want to incorporate a "spoiler" here. This film has sad moments, but it is not a depressing movie in the long run and is highly recommended. PG-13. I would not recommend viewing it with young children. The film is directed by Brian Percival (Downton Abbey).
If you like Playful Nostalgia, this book is for you. It's 1964 Las Vegas, and Elvis Presley is heading to Vegas for the opening of his latest film, Viva Las Vegas. Colonel Tom Parker wants someone to see that Elvis doesn’t get into trouble. Frank Sinatra nominates his friend Eddie Gianelli, a Sands casino exec and sometime sleuth, for the job. But Eddie also has to help PI buddy Danny Bardini with a girl problem that takes a serious turn when Danny is framed for a murder. Elvis, Frank, and Dean Martin all assist Eddie in trying to solve Danny’s problem. The plot thickens as Elvis also gets involved with the boys adding a comedic element. This is the eighth in the Rat Pack Series. Robert Randisi founded the Private Eye Writers of America, and is one of the great pulp fiction mystery writers.
- James Lee Burke Neon Rain,
- Michael Connelly The Narrows,
- James Rollins The Kill Switch,
- Randy Wayne White Gone
Do you think life in a women's minimum security prison is easy? Most of us have no idea of what living in prison is REALLY like. Some of the prisoners in the Federal Correctional Facility in Danbury, CT have committed crimes that do not seem to warrant the lengthy sentences they received. The author, Piper Kernan, committed her drug related offense 10 years before she was actually imprisoned. She is Smith college educated, unusual for the average prisoner - when she surrenders herself, they think she is a visitor. However, she forges bonds with many of the women who offer true friendship for the time they are together, rich and poor alike. Her description of the post-visitor inspection for contraband will make you cringe. Did Martha Stewart endure that too - probably. There are also passages about the great creativity the prisoners use from cooking to sewing with extremely limited available materials. The library has the first season series on DVD and viewers seem to love them (I have not seen them). Consider reading/listening to the book/audiobook before viewing the video. The book/audiobook is an eye opener! The audiobook is read by Cassandra Campbell, who does an excellent job of making the reader feel as if Piper herself is telling the story. The book ends with one wondering about the fates of a number of inmates who were Piper's friends. 365.43 K
Kevin J. Anderson treats the reader to a sweeping journey across the local spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy in Hidden Empire, sharing with us a fantastic slice of "future history" as seen through the eyes of several characters, both protagonist and antagonist alike. Through their eyes, we see the beginnings of a tumultuous and dangerous period of time for Humans and an alien race known as Ildirans as a vicious new threat to intelligent life in the spiral arm rises to prominence. This story is an interesting and intriguing ride all of the way through filled with discovery and mystery, with an unstoppable momentum that accelerates throughout, culminating in an Earth-shattering revelation that leaves the reader looking for more. A powerful start to what promises to be a great series.
- A Forest of Stars: The Saga of Seven Suns - Book 2,
- Time: Manifold Trilogy - Book 1,
- Dune: Dune Series - Book 1,
- Ender's Game: Ender Wiggin Series - Book 1
Diablo 3 continues the tale of Sanctuary, a land populated by the offspring of Angel and Demon, known as Humans. You take the role of one of the Nephalem, a Human of extrodinary power who has the power to defy the Fates fortold by the Heavens and re-write Humanity's history.
Set several decades after the events of Diablo 2, you can choose to play one of several classes. Wizards specialize in massive direct damage and controlling the battlefield. Witch Doctors summon undead minions and battle their foes with cold and dark magic. Demon Hunters are masters of bows and traps, nimbly dodging demons and setting traps. Monks have perfected many forms of martial arts and use holy magic to disable foes and heal allies. Barbaians are massive warriors from the north, specializing in brutal melee combat and carving swathes through their foes. And Crusaders, holy warriors from the east whose faith armors them better than any platemail and go toe-to-toe with massive shields and wicked morning stars.
Travel through four Acts, battling the Prime Evils from the swamps and forests of New Tristram to the depths of the Burning Hells and ascend to the highest points of the High Heavens, all while aquiring legendary gear and powerful artifacts.
- Diablo 2,
- Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls,
- Torchlight 2
"Twenty-six years have passed since the death of Jane Austen. Armed with a lock of Austen's hair as perhaps her best clue, Anne Sharp, former governess to the Austen family and Jane's close friend, has decided at last to tell her story—a story of family intrigues, shocking secrets, forbidden loves, and maybe even murder...
Upon its publication in the UK, Lindsay Ashford's fictional interpretation of the few facts surrounding Jane Austen's mysterious death sparked an international debate and uproar. None of the medical theories offer a satisfactory explanation of Jane Austen's early demise at the age of forty-one. Could it be that what everyone has assumed was a death by natural causes was actually more sinister? Lindsay Ashford's vivid novel delves deep into Austen's world and puts forth a shocking suggestion—was someone out to silence her?"
If you're interested in historical fiction, mysteries, or Jane Austen, this is an exciting read. Was Jane Austen murdered? Perhaps we will never know the answer, but it is fun to speculate. This book will keep you guessing to the last second. If you are a fan of Jane Austen's novels you will see the parallels between her stories and her family, showing how much inspiration she drew from the people in her life which may have been her undoing. This book is impossible to put down and a must read for any Jane Austen fan.
This is a fascinating story detailing the life of a little known heiress Huguette Clark. Her father W. A. Clark made a fortunate in copper mining and Huguette inherited a fortune of over $300 million. She owned numerous large estates, collected dolls and became a recluse spending the last 20 years of her life in a hospital suite (even though she was healthy). She was also a talented artist and generous gift giver. Be prepared to enter an intriguing, complex and puzzling world of a true eccentric.
Based on a true story, The Impossible is about one family's struggle to survive during the worst tsunami in history. Much of the movie is about the aftermath of the disaster and how each family member copes with the devastation as well as being separated from each other. What impressed me about the movie is the realistic portrayal of the chaos in the aftermath of the tsunami. Family members are separated, hospitals are overwhelmed, and there is almost no communication. The filming of the initial wave and the battle that the mother and eldest son go through to try and reach each other is heartbreaking.
Whether you are young or old navigating the modern workplace can be tricky. Cy Wakeman provides crystal clear advice for not only surviving but thriving in today’s work environment. The surprising key is an individual’s “ emotional expensiveness” to the company. Even if your performance is outstanding and your potential is great you could lose your job by causing emotional turmoil to your supervisors and co-workers. The author explains how to boost your value and become a prized employee. This is an eye opening look at how to succeed and even be happy at work.
Exiled from her home, the enclosed and highly advanced city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland—known as The Death Shop—are slim. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild—a savage—and her only hope of staying alive. A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile—everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption.
- Matched by Ally Condie,
- Delirium by Lauren Oliver,
- Legend by Marie Lu
A young grifter returns home to reunite with her daughter and foster brother, at the train station she sees a woman who looks just like her jump into an on coming train. Thus begins BBC America's hit clone drama a facinating and often strage journey through corporate conspiracies and cult fanatisism grounded by outstanding performances by actress Tatiana Maslany playing four regular characters with believability and complexity.
- In the Flesh,
- Game of Thrones
"The two greatest influences on the shaping of the English language are the works of William Shakespeare and the English translation of the Bible that appeared in 1611" (from the introduction).
Also known as the Authorized Version, the creation of the King James Bible was as much a political act as it was theological. Often smuggled from the continent, English translations of the Bible had been circulating in England for over one hundred years, most notably the Geneva Bible, which put King James I under immense pressure to sanction his own.
Whether you are interesed in the history of England, religion, books, or the English language, this book is a lively and engaging read. Alister McGrath traces the history of this most influential book through the wider cultural history of Europe and the Protestant Reformation.