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text 2017-12-11 19:38
12 New December Books
Year One - Nora Roberts
The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries - Mimi Matthews
One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning (The Final War) - David Moody
Winds of the Forest (Forestborn Book 1) - Dele Daniel
If the Fates Allow - Killian B. Brewer,Lynn Charles,Erin Finnegan,Pene Henson,Lilah Suzanne,Annie Harper
Gun Kiss - Khaled Talib
Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace - Jennifer Chiaverini
The Girl in the Tower - Katherine Arden
No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters - Ursula K. Le Guin,Karen Joy Fowler
Taming the Alpha (Balls & Chains 2) - Amara Lebel

Winter is here. The days are getting shorter, the weather's getting chiller and we cannot find a better way out of this situation than hiding under a blanket with a book pile nearby. If you're looking for some new titles for your December reading, have a look at the following 12 new releases and let us know what are you reading this winter season.

 

 

Year One by Nora Roberts 

A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives. 

 

Preorder ->

The Pug Who Bit Napoleon: Animal Tales of the 18th and 19th Centuries by Mimi Matthews 

From elaborate Victorian cat funerals to a Regency era pony who took a ride in a hot air balloon, Mimi Matthews shares some of the quirkiest—and most poignant—animal tales of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Meet Fortune, the Pug who bit Napoleon on his wedding night, and Looty, the Pekingese sleeve dog who was presented to Queen Victoria after the 1860 sacking of the Summer Palace in Peking. The four-legged friends of Lord Byron, Emily Brontë, and Prince Albert also make an appearance, as do the treasured pets of Alexander Pope, Samuel Johnson, and Charles Dickens. Less famous, but no less fascinating, are the animals that were the subject of historical lawsuits, scandals, and public curiosity. Preorder->

 

 

 

One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning by David Moody 

In One of Us Will Be Dead by Morning, David Moody returns to the world of his Hater trilogy with a new fast-paced, and wonderfully dark story about humanity's fight for survival in the face of the impending apocalypse.

 

 

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Winds of the Forest by Dele Daniel 

In the only surviving part of the earth sits the post-apocalyptic West-African kingdom of Nayja. In the only place where humans still exist lives four tribes, the Kingfishers, the Ammirians, the Rowans and the Arnazuris but one tribe is dominant and must remain so.

 

 

If the Fates Allow by Annie Harper 

During the holidays, anything is possible—a second chance, a promised future, an unexpected romance, a rekindled love, or a healed heart. Authors Killian B. Brewer, Pene Henson, Erin Finnegan, Lilah Suzanne, and Lynn Charles share their stories about the magic of the season.

 

 

Gun Kiss by Khaled Talib 

A stolen piece of history, an abducted actress and international intrigue… When the Deringer pistol that shot Abraham Lincoln is stolen and ends up in the hands of a Russian military general, covert agent Blake Deco is tasked by the FBI to head to the Balkans to recover the historical weapon. Meanwhile, the United States media is abuzz with news of the mysterious disappearance of Hollywood movie star, Goldie St. Helen. 

  

 

Enchantress of Numbers by Jennifer Chiaverini 

The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker illuminates the fascinating life of the world’s first computer programmer Ada Byron King, Countess of Lovelace—a woman whose exceptional contributions to science and technology have gone unsung for too long.

 

Preorder->

The Last Governor: Chris Patten and the Handover of Hong Kong by Jonathan Dimbleby 

1 July 1997 marked the end of British rule of Hong Kong, whereby this territory was passed into the hands of the People’s Republic of China. In 1992, Chris Patten, former chairman of the Conservative Party, was appointed Hong Kong's last governor, and was the man to oversee the handover ceremony of this former British colony. Within the last five years of British rule, acclaimed journalist Jonathan Dimbleby was given unique access to the governor which enabled him to document the twists and turns of such an extraordinary diplomatic, political and personal drama. Preorder->

 

 

Taming the Alpha by Amara Lebel 

Welcome to Balls & Chains, a BDSM Club for gay men. Cross the threshold and see the worlds of humans and shifters collide as these alphas dominate, and betas submit.

 

 

The Girl in the Tower by Katherine Arden 

A remarkable young woman blazes her own trail, from the backwoods of Russia to the court of Moscow, in the exhilarating sequel to Katherine Arden’s bestselling debut novel, The Bear and the Nightingale.

 

 

Killman Creek by Rachel Caine 

Every time Gwen closed her eyes, she saw him in her nightmares. Now her eyes are open, and he’s not going away. Gwen Proctor won the battle to save her kids from her ex-husband, serial killer Melvin Royal, and his league of psychotic accomplices. But the war isn’t over. Not since Melvin broke out of prison. Not since she received a chilling text.

 

 

No Time to Spare by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin has taken readers to imaginary worlds for decades. Now she’s in the last great frontier of life, old age, and exploring new literary territory: the blog, a forum where her voice—sharp, witty, as compassionate as it is critical—shines. No Time to Spare collects the best of Ursula’s online writing, presenting perfectly crystallized dispatches on what matters to her now, her concerns with this world, and her unceasing wonder at it: “How rich we are in knowledge, and in all that lies around us yet to learn. Billionaires, all of us.”

 

Happy reading!

 

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review 2017-12-11 09:51
Echoes in Death by J.D. Robb
Echoes in Death - J.D. Robb

Eve and Roarke are returning home from a party, when a naked, shocky and covered-in-blood woman walks into the street. After taking her to a hospital, Eve goes to investigate, and finds the woman's husband dead in a blood-spattered bedroom, with various pieces of art missing throughout the house, and the three safes empty.

Digging deeper, Eve discovers a similar crime (only without the dead husband) has happened before. Twice. And she knows it'll happen again...



I felt like I read this story before. Formulaic, template-y, plodding, and rather dull. The crime didn't spark particular interest in me, and the investigative process was little better, since it focused mostly on the procedural and drone work, without a palpable sense of urgency or danger.

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text 2017-12-09 09:53
Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
Apprentice in Death - J.D. Robb

First, there were three at the skating rink in Central Park, then four with an additional one wounded in Times Square...New York City is obviously plagued by a LDSK, a long distance serial killer, a highly-skilled sniper, picking his targets at random.

Yet Lieutenant Eve Dallas doubts the killings are random, she feels there's a connection between one at each site, with others chosen as cover. She knows she doesn't have much time to figure out the sniper's agenda or their identity, because with the escalating numbers of dead, it looks like the LDSK has developed a taste for murder.


After all this time, Ms Robb still has what it takes to sweep me off my feet, so to speak, and leave me speechless and thrilled with this series.
This book is definitely one of my favorites with every single plot element, every single character and character trait, perfectly mixing and working together to create an amazing, intense, gripping story.

The pacing and tempo were spot-on, the narrative flowed seamlessly from one scene to the next...The murder plotline and the villain were sickening (there is no other word for it); some people truly are born psycho- and sociopaths. The reasoning, the final bragging brought a shiver down my spine, and made me wish Eve and Co would actually (once, just once) decide to teach someone a lesson with that imaginary rubber hose.
That final scene in Interrogation was truly chilling and creepy with the narration bringing vivid pictures of the scene. Kudos.

Then there were the characters, beloved, flawed, sometimes incomprehensible, yet so absolutely perfect together and suited to the series. Eve, Roarke, Peabody, Feeney, McNab, Dr. Mira, Summerset and others, have become a little like family members to me, and I always love to see what's going on with them, but I felt like they were really written to bring their A-game for this story. Not one single misstep (even the little fight between Eve and Roarke in the middle of chaos was good, because that's how they roll), just great characters living great relationships...With the icing on the cake of a little girl's birthday party to wash away the gruesome.

Yes, the story was ugly, but so's life. That's why there have to be moments of beauty in it. To balance the scales.

Loved it.

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review 2017-12-07 15:11
Brotherhood in Death by J.D. Robb
Brotherhood in Death: In Death - J. D. Robb

Dennis Mira walks into the brownstone he shares with his cousin intent on raising hell, since the cousin wants to sell the house no matter what. But Mr. Mira obviously interrupts something shady, since his cousin is sitting in a chair, bruised and bloody, and Dennis gets a whack on the head for his trouble. When he comes to, his cousin is gone, someone has taken the security feed...And Dennis calls his wife, asking her to bring Eve.

What looks like a missing person's case, soon turns into murder, when Edward Mira is found back in the brownstone, naked, tortured and hanged, and the murder investigation will force Eve to uncover a decades-long conspiracy that will awaken her own demons.


An intense, intriguing, and gripping tale of entitlement, privilege, nightmares and pain. I agreed wholeheartedly with Eve on this one—the right payment would've been a lifetime of suffering; the payment received was too mild, and didn't really help the victims, quite the opposite.

Yet, there were lighter elements thrown into the mix, to keep the book from going too dark and twisted. We got a longer and heftier glimpse into Dennis Mira's personality—his compassion and quiet nature were almost palpable as he comforted Eve. No wonder she has a crush on him, who wouldn't.
There was also a nice little scene between Eve and Peabody discussing partnership and friendship, and Eve and Roarke's relationship and bond continue to fascinate and inspire.

A solid, "meaty" story that will make you contemplate the difference between right and just, vendetta and justice.

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review 2017-12-05 17:18
Wonderment in Death by J.D. Robb
Wonderment in Death (In Death Series) - J.D. Robb,Susan Ericksen

A young woman walks into her brother's apartment, stabs him in the chest with a pair of shears, and jumps off the balcony. It looks like a regular murder/suicide, but people who knew the girl, keep repeating she wouldn't hurt her brother, so it's up to Lieutenant Eve Dallas to figure out what happened.


This is one of those short stories/novellas, you wish were turned into a full-length novel. There was just so much there to explore, from the Alice in Wonderland theme to the possibility of mind-control through drugs and suggestion.
Add to it a deliciously mad villain and you get quite a potent combination.

The way it played out, on the other hand, came across as slightly rushed and pretty lucky investigation-wise. Still, a pretty solid story with the always solid cast.

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