Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Fiction

Boundless by Cynthia Hand
Unearthly; Book Three
As the battle against the Black Wings and their minions looms on the horizon, part-angel Clara Gardner is finally ready to fulfill her destiny, even though she knows she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice. –Summary.

Collateral by Ellen Hopkins
The story of a woman torn between love for her boyfriend, a dedicated Marine deployed to Afghanistan, and the resentment she has for the war that is tearing their lives apart. –Summary.

Death Comes to Pemberley by P. D. James
“The year is 1803. Darcy and Elizabeth have been married for six years, there are now two sons in the Pemberley nursery, and Elizabeth's beloved sister Jane and her husband, Bingley, live within seventeen miles. The ordered, secure life of the great house seems unassailable, and Elizabeth's happiness is complete. But on the eve of the much-anticipated annual autumn ball their peace is threatened, and old sins and misunderstandings are rekindled when a chaise appears, rocking down the path in the darkness. As it pulls up, the youngest Bennet sister, Lydia, an uninvited guest, tumbles out, screaming that her husband, George Wickham, has been murdered.” –Cover.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
"Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try." –Jacket.

Prodigy by Marie Lu
Legend; Book Two
June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector in hopes of saving the Republic. –Summary.

Splintered by A. G. Howard
A descendant of the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, sixteen-year-old Alyssa Gardner fears she is mentally ill like her mother until she finds that Wonderland is real and, if she passes a series of tests to fix Alice's mistakes, she may save her family from their curse. –Summary.

The Age of Hope by David Bergen
"Born in 1930 in a small town outside Winnipeg, beautiful Hope Koop appears destined to have a conventional life. Church, marriage to a steady young man, children – her fortunes are already laid out for her, as are the shiny modern appliances in her new home. All she has to do is stay with Roy, who loves her deeply. But as the decades unfold, what seems to be a safe, predictable existence overwhelms Hope. An indelible portrait of a seemingly ordinary woman who struggles to accept herself as she is, and in so doing becomes unique." –Publisher.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
“Sage Singer is a baker. She works through the night, preparing the day's breads and pastries, trying to escape a reality of loneliness, bad memories, and the shadow of her mother's death. When Josef Weber, an elderly man in Sage's grief support group, begins stopping by the bakery, they strike up an unlikely friendship. Despite their differences, they see in each other the hidden scars that others can't, and they become companions. Everything changes on the day that Josef confesses a long-buried and shameful secret--one that nobody else in town would ever suspect--and asks Sage for an extraordinary favor. If she says yes, she faces not only moral repercussions, but potentially legal ones as well.” –Jacket.

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
“Barcelona, 1945: A city slowly heals from its war wounds, and Daniel, an antiquarian book dealer’s son who mourns the loss of his mother, finds solace in a mysterious book entitled The Shadow of the Wind, by one Julián Carax. But when he sets out to find the author’s other works, he makes a shocking discovery: someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book Carax has written. In fact, Daniel may have the last of Carax’s books in existence. Soon Daniel’s seemingly innocent quest opens a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets –an epic story of murder, madness, and doomed love.” –Cover.

Why Men Lie by Linden MacIntyre
“Why do men lie? Effie MacAskill Gillis, a self-sufficient woman of her time, is confident she knows the answer. She learned the hard way – from a war-damaged father and a troubled brother who became a priest, from failed marriages and doomed relationships with weak and needy men. Men lie to satisfy the needs they never can articulate: for sex, for love, for reassurance. Now at middle age, Effie is confident that she’s been immunized against the damage men can do. She has the poise and means to face the world alone. Then suddenly, a chance encounter with an old friend on a subway platform changes everything, and love once again rears its thorny head.” –Cover.