Tag Archives: mystery

Waiting on Wednesday-Conversion 7/1/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. 
This week I am eagerly waiting for:
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Conversion by Katherine Howe

July 1, 2014

From Goodreads:

“From the New York Times bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane comes a chilling mystery—Prep meets The Crucible. It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.

First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.

Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .

Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?”

I feel like there are a few upcoming books that deal with or are inspired by the Salem Witch Trials. I am totally down with that.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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Mondays With Megan-Summer Throwdown #3 6/30/14

It’s a new week and we have awarded a new summer reading prize! One lucky winner will take home a basket full of goodies. And guess what? This week’s teen winner had only one entry in the box. The moral of the story is you can’t win if you don’t play! This week’s basket appears to be zombie themed…I see a zombie dice game, a universal battery bank, candy, the movie The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and of course, books! Come see us at the Reference Desk to sign up.

Starting tomorrow I will be participating in the Third Annual Summer Throwdown Readathon, hosted by The Brain Lair. What started as a friendly reading competition between teachers and librarians has morphed into one big reading challenge with everyone competing to reach a common goal. How nice, right? So far it looks like 90 readers are going to try to read over 3,000 books in the month of July! I signed up to read 12 books. Wish me luck. Or better yet, join me!

I took a few days off last week and I don’t know about you, but I often read less when I am on vacation (and I didn’t even go anywhere!). Of course, the books I chose to read were enormous! Here’s a quick Monday check-in.

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Here is my It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? report. Be sure to stop by Books Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for more great reading suggestions.

 

Finished:

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  • Francona: The Red Sox Years by Terry Francona was an interesting look at the Red Sox franchise. I like Francona’s style.
  • Sunrise by Mike Mullin is the spectacular ending to the Ashfall trilogy! I devoured this monster book in a matter of days.

Current Audio:

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I am on the second to last disc of The Boys in the Boat. I will be finishing this week. I am about half way through The Girl With a Clock For a Heart.

Currently Reading:

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  • I have no idea what possessed me to request an arc of Amity by Micol Ostow! I am too scared to read it at home…
  • The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker was recommended to me by a friend. It is such a fun read. It certainly does not feel like a 600 page book! I started this one on Friday and I guarantee I will be finishing it tonight.
  • I am still plugging away at In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim di Bartolo. I am not in any hurry with this one.

On Deck:

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Happy Reading!

∼Megan

 

 

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman Review 6/5/14

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Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
April 22, 2014
Balzer + Bray
Hardcover, 401 pages.

What it’s about:

It has been eight years since Adolf Hitler’s failed Munich Putsch. It has been eight years since Gretchen Muller’s father was killed while protecting Hitler during his failed coup. Since than Gretchen has grown up under the protective wing of Uncle Dolf, as a valued young member of the National Socialist Party. Gretchen’s world is turned upside down when she catches wind of a rumor saying that her father was actually murdered by own of his own comrades. She desperately wants to dismiss this rumor, especially since the source is a young Jewish reporter. Everything she has been taught about the Jews demands that she be suspicious, but Daniel is persuasive and she reluctantly agrees to assist him in an investigation of the very people who are supposed to be her friends. As she and Daniel dig into Hitler’s past, the secret truths that they uncover not only horrify them, but them both in mortal danger.

Why you might like it:

Do you ever wonder how Hitler managed to convince so many people to blindly follow him? This well-researched book offers readers a glimpse into the mindset of members of the Nazi Party, and it is fascinating. Are you looking for a strong heroine who makes bold decisions? Gretchen, though seemingly naive, evolves into a brave and strong-willed heroine. Are you a sucker for forbidden love? Though not the center-stage of the story, the romance in the book is sweet and perfect. Are you fan of mystery, secrets, and heart-pounding danger? You’ll find all of that here. This beautifully written debut, which is the first in a planned trilogy, will satisfy history and mystery lovers alike!

Want more like this?

For more stunning historical fiction try In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. For books set in the early/mid 1930s try The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-The Secret Place-5/28/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

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The Secret Place (Dublin Murder Squad #5) by Tana French
September 2, 2014

From Goodreads:

“The photo on the card shows a boy who was found murdered, a year ago, on the grounds of a girls’ boarding school in the leafy suburbs of Dublin. The caption says, I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM.

Detective Stephen Moran has been waiting for his chance to get a foot in the door of Dublin’s Murder Squad—and one morning, sixteen-year-old Holly Mackey brings him this photo. The Secret Place, a board where the girls at St. Kilda’s School can pin up their secrets anonymously, is normally a mishmash of gossip and covert cruelty, but today someone has used it to reignite the stalled investigation into the murder of handsome, popular Chris Harper. Stephen joins forces with the abrasive Detective Antoinette Conway to find out who and why.

But everything they discover leads them back to Holly’s close-knit group of friends and their fierce enemies, a rival clique—and to the tangled web of relationships that bound all the girls to Chris Harper. Every step in their direction turns up the pressure. Antoinette Conway is already suspicious of Stephen’s links to the Mackey family. St. Kilda’s will go a long way to keep murder outside their walls. Holly’s father, Detective Frank Mackey, is circling, ready to pounce if any of the new evidence points toward his daughter. And the private underworld of teenage girls can be more mysterious and more dangerous than either of the detectives imagined.

The Secret Place is a powerful, haunting exploration of friendship and loyalty, and a gripping addition to the Dublin Murder Squad series.

The majority of my reading is YA, but there are a handful of non-YA authors who I love. Tana French is one of them. Her Dublin Murder Squad series is one of my favorite mystery series. I can’t wait for this next installment!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

The Agency Series by Y.S. Lee Review

My Random Reads selection for April was The Traitor in the Tunnel, the third book in The Agency series by Y.S. Lee. This seems like perfect opportunity to do a quick series review!

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Book 1-The Spy in the House, 2009
Book 2-The Body at the Tower, 2010
Book 3-The Traitor in the Tunnel, 2012
Book 4-Rivals in the City, 2014?

What it’s about:

Mary Quinn is a seventeen-year old orphan and thief living in Victorian London. She is rescued from the gallows by a mysterious stranger who offers her the opportunity for an education. When she arrives at Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls she learns that the school is a front for an all-female private investigating firm known as The Agency. Mary’s first assignment places her in the house of a wealthy merchant where she serves as a lady’s maid. This role places her in the perfect position to eavesdrop and spy. It is in this role that she first meets the young James Easton, a potential love interest for Mary. In her second assignment a murder occurs at the work site of Big Ben. Mary once again goes undercover, this time disguised as a boy, in search of a killer. In the third installment Mary finds herself in Buckingham Palace serving as a maid to the Queen herself. She is sent there to solve the mystery of some thefts but soon discovers something more dangerous is afoot. Her investigations into royal matters also brings answers to her own personal mystery.

Why you might like it:

Do you enjoy quiet mysteries, spirited heroines, and the seedy underbelly of Victorian England? If so, this series is for you! Do you cheer for the underdog who uses wits and wile to right wrongs and fight injustice? You’ll be rooting for Mary all the way! If you are a fan of history, mystery, and a romance full of clever banter you might enjoy this series.

Want more like this?

You might enjoy Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman, Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, the Gemma Doyle Trilogy by Libba Bray, The Gallagher Girls series by Ally Carter, and the Bloody Jack series by L.A. Meyer.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Far From You by Tess Sharpe Review 4/10/14

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Far From You by Tess Sharpe
April 8, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 352 pages

What it’s about:

Seventeen-year old Sophie watches her best friend get shot and killed. The cops rule the murder a drug deal gone wrong. Everyone blames Sophie, assuming that she relapsed in her recovery from her addiction to painkiller. Everyone is wrong. Sophie is clean and after being forced into rehab, she is ready to find out the truth behind Mina’s death. She can’t solve this mystery alone, but she is reluctance to reach out to her few friends because that will mean revealing the big secret has been protecting. In the end, the desire for justice for Mina prevails and Sophie risks everything to find the person who robbed her of the girl who more than just a best friend.

Why you might like it:

If you like a gripping murder mystery, you might give this one a try. Are you interested in stories about drug addiction and recovery? Far From You is a powerful recovery story you might like. Are you looking for books with bisexual/lesbian characters? Under the thrill of the mystery and drama of recovery, you will find a touching story of first love. Do you love a good redemption story? Far From You has that! Are you a fan of a non-linear story? The story of Sophie and Mina slowly unfolds as Sophie jumps between the past and present. If you like an intense, emotional read, you might enjoy this impressive and poignant debut. I really liked this one and will be watching for more from Tess Sharpe!

Want more like this?

For more LGBT themed books try Ask the Passengers by A.S. King, Shine by Lauren Myracle, and Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz. For another murder mystery try All Unquiet Things by Anna Jarzab. For more on drug abuse try Ellen Hopkin’s Crank series.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-Famous Last Words 4/9/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

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Famous Last Words by Katie Alender, September 30, 2014.

From Goodreads:

“Hollywood history, mystery, murder, mayhem, and delicious romance collide in this unputdownable thriller from master storyteller Katie Alender.

Willa is freaking out. It seems like she’s seeing things. Like a dead body in her swimming pool. Frantic messages on her walls. A reflection that is not her own. It’s almost as if someone — or something — is trying to send her a message.

Meanwhile, a killer is stalking Los Angeles — a killer who reenacts famous movie murder scenes. Could Willa’s strange visions have to do with these unsolved murders? Or is she going crazy? And who can she confide in? There’s Marnie, her new friend who may not be totally trustworthy. And there’s Reed, who’s ridiculously handsome and seems to get Willa. There’s also Wyatt, who’s super smart but unhealthily obsessed with the Hollywood Killer.

All Willa knows is, she has to confront the possible-ghost in her house, or she just might lose her mind . . . or her life.

Acclaimed author Katie Alender puts an unforgettable twist on this spine-chilling tale of murder, mystery, mayhem — and the movies.”

I really enjoyed Katie Alender’s Bad Girls Don’t Die series. Due out at the end of September, this will be a perfect addition to the library’s collection just in time for Halloween!

Happy Reading!

∼Megan