Lizz M’s picks: “The Raven King” by Maggie Stiefvater. An epic conclusion to the exciting Raven Cycle series - with an ending you don’t see coming.
“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany. I would read Harry Potter and the Very Boring Shopping List, but this is the continuation that Potterheads were waiting for.
Kirsten’s pick: “The Library at Mount Char” by Scott Hawkins. Alternate universes, wizards, omnipotent characters, evil dogs and tigers, Oh my! This is the author’s first book and I think it must have taken him his whole lifetime to write. It is a tightly wound original in concept and plot. Caution-If you’re expecting a cozy little library mystery, then don’t read this book, it is not for the faint of heart. This is one of most intriguing books I have ever read.
Carla’s picks: Some of my favorite eBooks and audiobooks from our Aspencat and OneClick Digital catalog. And they’re all free!
“Haunted Destiny” by Heather Graham: A haunting mystery.
“The Nest” by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney: A family drama.
“The Darkest Corners” by Kara Thomas: A psychological thriller.
Tina’s pick: “The Girl Who Raced Fairyland All the Way Home” by Catherynne M. Valente. September has been crowned queen of Fairyland but not everyone is happy about that. Old powers are plotting and a great race is planned to determine the rightful heir. Can September hold out and win the greatest race of her life?
Sara’s pick: “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. The host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central, has written a warm, candid and surprisingly funny book about growing up in South Africa under Apartheid. Noah, whose mother is Black and whose father is White, was essentially “Born a Crime,” being the product of a union that was illegal – interracial marriage – in South Africa at the time. His voice is authentic, his stories are vivid and his perspective, especially when we consider his personal history when listening to his commentary on current American Politics, is fresh and poignant.
Debbie’s pick: “As Death Draws Near” by Anna Lee Huber. The latest of the “Lady Darby” series finds Lady Kiera Darby and her new husband, private inquiry agent Sebastian Gage in July 1831. Their honeymoon in the English countryside is rudely interrupted by a summons from her father-in-law Lord Gage, insisting that they travel to an abbey south of Dublin to investigate the murder of a nun. After their arrival, a second nun is slain in broad daylight on the abbey grounds. Amid political intrigue and growing Irish civil unrest, they hurry to unmask the killer before he strikes again.
Tania’s pick: In “Pounce” photographer Seth Casteel brings kittens front and center as he did with the bestselling “Underwater Dogs.” Kittens with names like PopTart and Fuzzbucket leap towards the camera, and we get a close up look at those crazy eyes, tiny fangs, and pink pads. Kittens! Adorable! Frivolous, yes, but guaranteed to make you smile.
Valerie’s pick: “The Woman in Cabin 10” by Ruth Ware. Journalist Lo Blacklock, who writes for a travel magazine, has a week-long assignment on a luxury cruise liner. Late one night after she had been drinking heavily, she wakes and believes she hears a woman in the cabin next door being thrown overboard. Lo raises the alarm only to find that everyone on board is accounted for. And nobody believes her because she was drunk the night of the incident. However, Lo is determined to find out what really happened and seeks justice for the murdered woman. Everyone is a suspect in this fast-paced murder mystery. Lots of plot twists and turns will keep you guessing. Was a woman really thrown overboard?