Sunday, March 10, 2013

Books in for Review

Here's a sample of the books that have recently come in for review.  Check them out and then stop by in a few weeks to read the reviews.  Enjoy!

When Horses Fly: The Karankawa of Terlingua (Volume 1) by F.H. Grissino One of our nation's sermon writers has a surprise for you! A Native American girl accidently discovers her true origins and finds out that the facts and the truth don't necessrily harmonize...but that they collide in dimensions of incarnate mystery...her innocence forever transformed into pensive reflection...her past and future now commencing with fearful vision...all under God's watchful eye. Contains Adult subject matter-not suitable for children.

Star Trek The Next Generation: On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise: Be Transported to the Final Frontier with a Breathtaking 3D Tour by Michael and Denise Okuda Star Trek fans--or Trekkies--have been collecting Star Trek souvenirs, artifacts, and memorabilia for many years, and they'll be thrilled with this brand-new book and CD-ROM package. Scheduled for publication in time to coincide with release of the latest Star Trek movie, as well as the 25th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation's TV debut, this amazing book delights fans with-- A spectacular double-page spread detailing the history of the starship Enterprise in words and vivid illustrations Spreads and gatefolds with 3D features illustrating the Enterprise from all angles, including a side-on cutaway diagram showing the craft's interior Views of the ship's bridge, showing the captain's chair, main consoles, and the functions that the consoles control Living quarters, including Captain Picard's suite, junior officers' quarters, and other locations that fans will immediately recognize Artifacts, floor plans, photos from the TV show . . . and much more. Enclosed with the book is a fabulous CD-ROM that gives viewers a detailed tour of the Enterprise . This remarkable software program was developed in close cooperation with the creators of the Star Trek sets that were used in the films and on the television series. On Board the U.S.S. Enterprise offers Trekkies a once-in-a-lifetime ticket to one of the most popular and beloved sci-fi adventures of all time.

The Gilly Salt Sisters by Tiffany Baker In the isolated Cape Cod village of Prospect, the Gilly sisters are as different as can be. Jo, a fierce and quiet loner, is devoted to the mysteries of her family's salt farm, while Claire is popular, pretty, and yearns to flee the salt at any cost. But the Gilly land hides a dark legacy that proves impossible to escape. Although the community half-suspects the Gilly sisters might be witches, it doesn't stop Whit Turner, the town's wealthiest bachelor, from forcing his way into their lives. It's Jo who first steals Whit's heart, but it is Claire--heartbroken over her high school sweetheart--who marries him. Years later, estranged from her family, Claire finds herself thrust back onto the farm with the last person she would have chosen: her husband's pregnant mistress. Suddenly, alliances change, old loves return, and new battle lines are drawn. What the Gilly sisters learn about each other, the land around them, and the power of the salt, will not only change each of their lives forever, it will also alter Gilly history for good.

Children of the Underground: The Children of Paranoia Series by Trevor Shane The war had been raging for as long as anyone could remember. The secret, endless war between two opposing sides—one good, one evil. Neither side knows which is which; it is kill or be killed in an invisible conflict where assassination is the weapon of choice. When she was just seventeen, Maria was pulled into this secret war and they killed her lover and stole her child. Now they are telling her to go home. To ignore what she knows is going on in the shadows all around her. They told Maria to forget all she’d lost. The trouble is, some things simply can’t be forgotten. Now, with a loose-cannon killer at her side, Maria is going to do whatever it takes to get back what belongs to her. And that means starting a war of her own…

Angelopolis by Danielle Trussonis A decade has passed since Verlaine saw Evangeline alight from the Brooklyn Bridge, the sight of her new wings a betrayal that haunts him still. Now an elite angel hunter for the Society of Angelology, he pursues his mission with single-minded devotion: to capture, imprison, and eliminate her kind. But when Evangeline suddenly appears on a twilit Paris street, Verlaine finds her nature to be unlike any of the other creatures he so mercilessly pursues, casting him into a spiral of doubt and confusion that only grows when she is abducted before his eyes by a creature who has topped the society’s most-wanted list for more than a century. The ensuing chase drives Verlaine and his fellow angelologists from the shadows of the Eiffel Tower to the palaces of St. Petersburg and deep into the provinces of Siberia and the Black Sea coast, where the truth of Evangeline’s origins—as well as forces that could restore or annihilate them all—lie in wait. Conceived against an astonishing fresh tableau of history and science, Angelopolis plumbs Russia’s imperial past, modern genetics, and ancient depictions of that most potent angelic appearance—the Annunciation of Gabriel—in a high-octane tale of abduction, treasure seeking, and divine warfare as the fate of humanity once again hangs in the balance.

Outrageous October by Barbara Levenson What happens when Mary Magruder Katz, Miami criminal defense attorney, discovers her hot Latin boyfriend, Carlos, is sneaking away to a rendevous with his ex-spouse? Broken-hearted, she returns his humongous engagement ring, packs her dog and her disappointment in her SUV and runs away to Vermont where she holes up in her friend's summer house. The autumn winds bring the chill of an unsolved murder that occurred in Mary's vacation hideout. Being a hard-charging attorney, Mary can't stay idle for long. She meets a dashing young attorney whose nickname is actually Dash. He persuades her to do some legal work for him, and some extra nighttime work as well. Meanwhile, Mary reconnects with the daughter of a former client who is a coed at nearby Dartmouth College. Sherry Yarmouth confides in Mary that she is in the midst of a torrid affair with a local. When Sherry disappears, Mary's plans for some quiet time disappear too. Mary and Dash comb Vermont's Upper Valley in an all-out search. As if that isn't enough to keep Mary busy, she lands in the middle of a court fight over a neigborhood spat. Tree removal becomes the village's high publicity case. The plaintiff is dubbed the "tree Nazi, but Mary suspects he may be a real Nazi when he is found murdered. Mary's search for R. and R. leads to murders, kidnapping and a neo-Nazi cell. It's just another day at the office as Mary finds autumn in Vermont just as out of control as mayhem in Miami. Amid the falling leaves and blustery winds, Mary faces new challenges and new decisions abour her love life. Will Carlos win her back? Will Mary find Sherry before she's killed? And who actually killed the Nazi and the owner of the summer house? How and when will Mary return to Miami?

When She Was Gone by Gwendolen Gross What happened to Linsey Hart? When the Cornell-bound teenager disappears into the steamy blue of a late-summer morning, her quiet neighborhood is left to pick apart the threads of their own lives and assumptions. Linsey’s neighbors are just ordinary people—but even ordinary people can keep terrible secrets hidden close. There’s Linsey’s mother, Abigail, whose door-to-door searching makes her social-outcast status painfully obvious; Mr. Leonard, the quiet, retired piano teacher with insomnia, who saw Linsey leave; Reeva, the queen bee of a clique of mothers, now obsessed with a secret interest; Timmy, Linsey’s lovelorn ex-boyfriend; and George, an eleven-year-old loner who is determined to find out what happened to his missing neighbor. As the days of Linsey’s absence tick by, dread and hope threaten to tear a community apart. This luminous new novel by the acclaimed author of The Orphan Sister explores coming of age in the shadows of a suburban life, and what is revealed when the light suddenly shines in...

A Marvelous Mustang: Tales from the Life of a Spanish Horse To educate and entertain his herd mates, a marvelous mustang has created many tales about the first four years of his life. Humans call him Skan. His special human translates his tales in this entertaining autobiography. Whether he lives in the wild or with humans, a horse's world seethes with predators. When humans take Skan off the range to live with them, his instincts and nose tell him that they want to eat him for dinner, but they don't behave like predators. As he studies humans, he is torn between what other horses tell him about them and his own experiences with them. Do they intend to eat him or hurt him? Can he trust them to take good care of him? How do they feel towards him? Will they treat him well or ill? As he survives multiple ordeals, he discovers how to communicate with humans. To learn what a horse needs to know to live safely and comfortably with humans, he struggles with lesson after lesson. Can one person earn his respect, his trust, and his love?

Heart of a Falcon by Janice Ladendorf Lisbet McTavish embarks on a heroic quest in 1830. She is a lonely, imaginative, and impulsive child who can ride, swim, shoot, and hunt like a boy. Lisbet is just fourteen, but already has the valorous heart of a falcon. She travels with her father from the foothills of West Virginia to Pittsburgh. There they catch a keelboat that takes them to Fort Gibson, Oklahoma. Lisbet has a hidden heritage and links to the spirit world of our Native Americans. She wants to find friends who will accept her, but her real quest is to find the silver mustang she has ridden so many times in her medicine dreams. As she meets slave catchers, thieves, river pirates, gamblers, and an epidemic, will her unusual heritage and upbringing help her survive on the bloody frontier? Will she find any true friends? Will her dreams lead her to her silver mustang?

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