What is Kris Stephens reading?
If the premise of the book is magical, has lurking characters, or maybe some time travel, Kris is in. Kris is the floor manager at Watermark Books; she's also a goddess of returns, and loves being a chaotic-neutral elfin addition to the staff. She's been at the store since 2012.
There are a lot of space operas out there. But there are few who manage to blend the social structure of a racially biased, classist society with the universal question of 'who am I?'
Aster's story is inspiring, tragic, and above all, relevant in this day and age. In a society governed by pious white men who believe that everyone else is beneath them, Aster is quietly resisting by simply existing: a smart, young black woman who knows how to exploit a system that has done the same to her and many like her for centuries. By the end of her story, the read is ready for revolution along side the citizens of the lower decks.
Simultaneously nostalgic and hilariously terrifying, this Scooby-Doo-meets-Lovecraft novel is absolutely fantastic. This is the story of the gang, years after their last case. Unfortunately, it's the last case that leaves their lives in shambles. Keri is bar-tending, instead of pursuing the doctorate she's always wanted. Andy, former runaway teen, has been discharged from the army and is now wanted by the police. And Sean is in a mental institute, where he sees their old group leader Peter constantly-- only Peter committed suicide years ago. This is their chance to finally solve that last case. Darkly humorous, this will keep you turning the pages, in order to find out who-- or what-- is under the mask.
Super fun! This was the perfect book to read on my honeymoon; it was lighthearted and entertaining, while still having a good plot and characters that I want to hear more about. Shaw does a great job in creating a rich world that exists hidden away from human view. And Greta is a blast-- although, I have a special fondness for Fass.
There are many things that I look for when reading. A good plot, sure. Dark, twisty characters--of course.
Books with diabolical, gruesome murders, kick-ass female protagonists, and just the right amount of secret pasts? I'm there with bells on.
There's Someone Inside Your House has all of these. An unknown killer who messes with each of his victims for days before killing each person in a gruesome, yet unique way.. Makani is a woman for the 21st century who knows what (and who) she wants and isn't afraid to act on it. And everyone seems to have a past that they don't really want to talk about.
This was one of the books that you read all night, not only because you want to know who it is, but also because the characters are so interesting. And, of course, because the moment you put it down you hear all the creaking boards in your own house and wonder if there is someone rearranging your kitchen.
"It is a truth universally unacknowledged that when the dead are trying to remember something, the living are trying harder to forget it."
The short, elevator speech for this novel is that Mahoney, a young orphan returns home to his birth town to find out what happened to his presumed dead mother all the while receiving clues from the town's deceased. But this doesn't really give credence to the dark wit of of the carefully crafted characters, to the beautiful scenery, or to the devastating tales of everyone there, dead or alive. It doesn't point out how, despite the beauty of the town and the morally upstanding image they all present, everyone has been lying to both Mahoney and each other for the past couple of decades. And while the living are doing their best to pretend that his mother never even existed, the dead are all trying to remember anything at all.
This book is fascinating on so many different levels. It focuses on two main characters, both of whom are struggling to figure out who they are. Eve is dealing with an empty house now that her son has left for college, and has decided to take a course on gender and sexuality at the local community college. As she delves deeper into the course, she learns a lot about her own sexuality, which is a painful lesson at any age.
Meanwhile, her son and second main character Brendan is trying to fit into college after 18 years of being the over-privileged jock. He finds himself lost in the past, even as his friends are all growing up around him.
This is a coming of age story, plain and simple, but it isn't the same one we've read so many times. Instead, we're seeing middle-aged women reinventing themselves, and young people actually struggling with who they are in a world that is moving too quickly. Perotta tempers these deeper ideas with humor, keeping the tone of the book from becoming melancholy. A fun read, even whit all of the current, hot- button topics that are prevalent throughout the pages.
In the future, people no longer age or die. All diseases have been eradicated, there is no war, no jail, no government. Everyone is immortal, everyone is the age they want to be. Unfortunately, there is always a catch.
This series shows the darker side of utopia. Since people no longer die naturally, a society of reapers called scythes keep the population under control. Every year, they are given a quota to fill, a certain amount of people that they must 'glean' in order to keep the world from overflowing with people.
Citra Terranova and Rowen Damisch are two young apprentices who are fighting against one another to be scythes, a position neither of them really wants. And in order to win, they must not only learn all the ways to kill a person, but also navigate the politics of an increasingly corrupt organization that's against them every step of the way.
Day approaches her unconventional childhood with self-deprecatory humor, her success with The Guild with a stunned disbelief that it was as well received as it was, and #Gamergate from the point of view of both a gamer as well as one of the women targeted. This book is a must have for anyone who wants to make something big but has doubts about whether or not it's a worthwhile endeavor (spoiler alert: it totally is) .
A creepy bachelorette party gone awry. Gripping.