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The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas is this week’s staff pick of the week.   Below is the synopsis for the first book, and the series just gets better with every installment.   Our staffer says that the first book is pretty decent, the second is very good, and the third is great. Celaena is a strong, complicated heroine who develops a lot over the course of the series.  The secondary characters are also well done, and our staffer highly recommends the series for all lovers of fantasy/adventure/epic fiction.  Strongly recommended for fans of Garth Nix, Tamora Pierce, Mercedes Lackey, Robin McKinley…

The series in order so far:  Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and Heir of Fire.  We also have the set of prequel stories, The Assassin’s Blade.

 

“After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin. Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilarating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another.

Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.” –Taken from Goodreads.com


Throne of Glass

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Jul 31, 2012 by Bloomsbury Press
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Crown of Midnight

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Aug 27, 2013 by Bloomsbury Press
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Heir of Fire

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Sep 02, 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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The Assassin's Blade: The Throne Of Glass Novellas

Sarah J. Maas

Published: Mar 04, 2014 by Bloomsbury Press
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This week’s staff pick is A Good Indian Wife by Anne Cherian.  This is a charged novel about arranged marriage and Indian culture in the 1980s, in India and America.

Handsome anesthesiologist Neel prides himself on his decisiveness, both in and out of the operating room. So when he agrees to return to India to visit his ailing grandfather, he is sure he’ll be able to resist his family’s pleas that he marry a “good” Indian girl. With a girlfriend and a promising career back in San Francisco, the last thing Neel needs is an arranged marriage.

Leila is a thirty-year-old teacher in Neel’s family’s village who has watched too many prospective husbands come and go to think her newest suitor will be any different. She is well past prime marrying age; her family has no money for a dowry; and then there’s the matter of an old friendship with a Muslim boy named Janni.

Neel and Leila struggle to reconcile their own desires with the expectations of others in this riveting story of two people, two countries, and two ways of life that may be more compatible than they seem.”–Taken from Goodreads.com


Good Indian Wife: A Novel

Anne Cherian

Published: Apr 29, 2008 by WW Norton
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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen is this week’s staff pick.  A fantastic story about love, friendship, and some of the darker things in life, all behind the glittering lights of the circus.  As it’s set in the 1930’s, there is unfortunately some animal abuse in the novel so please be prepared.

“Orphaned, penniless, Jacob Jankowski jumps a freight train in the dark, and in that instant, transforms his future.

By morning, he’s landed a job with the Flying Squadron of the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. By nightfall, he’s in love.

In an America made colourless by prohibition and the Depression, the circus is a refuge of sequins and sensuality. But behind the glamour lies a darker world, where both animals and men are dispensable. Where falling in love is the most dangerous act of all…” –Taken from Goodreads.com

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Did you know that we have a great selection of Young Adult books?  Did you also know that lots of adults read YA too? This ever-changing collection has tons of great reads!  If you’re looking for somewhere to start, we recommend checking out our YA Staff Pick Bookmarks (there are 2 so far), our Book Recommendation Pinterest board which incluces YA reading choices, and/or checking out YA award winning books which you can check out for free to see if it was worthy of winning an award.

And some other staff picks, all shelved in YA fiction:

Alanna* – Tamora Pierce (girl poses as boy to become a knight, talking cat)

Lonely Werewolf Girl – Martin Millar (what happens when a werewolf gets depressed)

Man Made Boy – Jon Skovron (Frankenstein’s son takes a roadtrip and invents the female version of Ultron)

Neverwhere – Neil Gaiman (the magical seedy underbelly of London and a poor guy who gets caught up in an assassination attempt)

Sabriel* – Garth Nix (girl has to rescue father and the kingdom from an army of the dead)

The Fault in Our Stars – John Green (heartbreaking, romantic, two teens with cancer setting out to accomplish a dream)

A Curse Dark as Gold – Elizabeth Bunce (an excellent retelling of Rumpelstiltskin)

Cinder* – Marissa Meyer (Cinderella is a cyborg, and it gets complicated)

Dealing with Dragons* – Patricia C. Wrede (a princess who wants no Prince Charming, and is her own hero)

The Goddess Test* – Aimee Carter (want to be the bride of Hades? There’s a series of tests for that)

Un Lun Dun – China Mieville (Alice in Wonderland meets Neverwhere… full of weird fun adventure and saving the world)

Evil Librarian – Michelle Knudson (school librarian is a demon and a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to save her bestie and the school)

Pushing the Limits* – Katie McGarry (trauma, romance, the typical life of a bad-thing-happened teen)

The Here and Now – Ann Brashares (she’s s time traveler who can’t break the rules for fear of disaster, but…)

Leviathan – Scott Westerfeld (sci-fi, girl posing as boy, princes, crazy adventure ensues)

Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell (friendship can change your life, especially in high school)

Throne of Glass* – Sarah J. Maas (female assassin, crazy competition, magic, craziness – the 2nd book is even better)

The Maze Runner* – James Dashner (boy has amnesia, dropped into the middle of a maze with crazy monsters, lots of running, think Lord of the Flies but better)

Divergent* – Veronica Roth (dystopian novel with 5 factions, crazy choices and training, adventure. May want to stop after the first or second novel to avoid the emotional drama of Allegiant)

City of Bones* – Cassandra Clare (girl meets demon, boy kills demon, girl’s mom is kidnapped, girl gets sucked into angel/demon war and has cool powers. Way better than the movie)

Mairelon the Magician – Patricia C. Wrede (not a romance, historical fiction, girl posing as boy, spies) – has a sequel

 

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This week’s staff pick is Northanger Abbey by Val McDermid – this updated take on Jane Austen’s classic is sure to please mystery/suspense lovers and Downton Abbey fans.  If you’d rather read the original, we have that too.  You can see what’s available in the catalog.

“Internationally best-selling crime writer Val McDermid has riveted millions of readers worldwide with her acutely suspenseful, psychologically complex, seamlessly plotted thrillers. In Northanger Abbey, she delivers her own, witty, updated take on Austen’s classic novel about a young woman whose visit to the stately home of a well-to-do acquaintance stirs her most macabre imaginings, with an extra frisson of suspense that only McDermid could provide.

Cat Morland is ready to grow up. A homeschooled minister’s daughter in the quaint, sheltered Piddle Valley in Dorset, she loses herself in novels and is sure there is a glamorous adventure awaiting her beyond the valley’s narrow horizon. So imagine her delight when the Allens, neighbors and friends of her parents, invite her to attend the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh as their guest. With a sunny personality, tickets every night and a few key wardrobe additions courtesy of Susie Allen, Cat quickly begins to take Edinburgh by storm and is taken into the bosom of the Thorpe family, particularly by eldest daughter Bella. And then there’s the handsome Henry Tilney, an up-and-coming lawyer whose family home is the beautiful and forbidding Northanger Abbey. Cat is entranced by Henry and his charming sister Eleanor, but she can’t help wondering if everything about them is as perfect as it seems. Or has she just been reading too many novels? A delectable, note-perfect modern update of the Jane Austen classic, Northanger Abbey tells a timeless story of innocence amid cynicism, the exquisite angst of young love, and the value of friendship.”–Taken from Goodreads.com

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