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Library Loot August 19

August 19th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Eva and Marg that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.

I’ve been good up until recently about reading my books for review or in my own TBR pile and then things just got out of hand at the library again.  Here is what I have out now:

Fate by Jennifer Barnes


Description: For the past two years, Bailey Morgan has lived a double life: high school student by day, ancient mystical being by night. As the third Fate, Bailey literally controls the fate of the world, but as Plain Old Bailey, her life is falling apart. She’s got a tattoo that was supposed to be temporary (but isn’t), friendships that were supposed to last forever (but might not), and no idea what her future holds after high school graduation.

Then Bailey meets the rest of the Sidhe, an ancient race defined by their power, beauty, and a sinister habit of getting what they want at any cost. Before Bailey knows it, she’s being drawn into an otherworldly web more complicated than anything she weaves as a mortal Fate.

Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita


Description: What if… Your picture was taped inside teenage boys’ lockers across America, your closets were bursting with never-worn designer clothing, and the tabloids constantly asked whether you were losing your “good girl” status?

It’s a glamorous life, but sixteen-year-old Kaitlin Burke, costar of one of the hottest shows on TV, is exhausted from the pressures of fame. Then she hits on an outrageously daring solution, one that has to remain top secret or it will jeopardize everything she’s ever worked for.

Secret Life of Prince Charming by Deb Caletti


Description: Quinn is surrounded by women with broken hearts. Between her mother, her aunt, and her grandmother, Quinn hears nothing but cautionary tales. Then she gets dumped and starts to wonder if there really are no good men. It doesn’t help when Quinn discovers that her selfish, womanizing father has stolen more from the women in his life than their hearts.

Quinn joins forces with the stepsisters she’s never met and sets out to right her father’s wrongs. Somewhere along the way, she ends up mending her own heart as well.

Storm Glass by Maria V Snyder


Description: Untrained. Untested. Unleashed. With her unique magical abilities, Opal has always felt unsure of her place at Sitia’s magic academy. But when the Stormdancer clan needs help, Opal’s knowledge makes her the perfect choice – until the mission goes awry. Pulling her powers in unfamiliar directions, Opal finds herself tapping into a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening. Now Opal must deal with plotters out to destroy the Stormdancer clan, as well as a traitor in their midst. With danger and deception rising around her, will Opal’s untested abilities destroy her – or save them all?

Holly’s Inbox by Holly Denham


Description: Ever wanted a peek at someone else’s e-mail? Discover the secrets of HOLLY’S INBOX. Meet Holly Denham. It’s her first day as a receptionist at a City investment bank and, with no corporate front of house experience, Holly is struggling to keep up. Add to this her mad friends, dysfunctional family and gossipy colleagues, and Holly’s inbox is a daily source of drama, laughter, scandal and even romance. But Holly’s been keeping a secret from everyone – and the past is about to catch up with her…Launched in February 2007, became a website phenomenon, with thousands of visitors from all over the world logging on daily to read Holly’s e-mails. This novel tells Holly’s story in full, and also includes exclusive extra material not available on the site.

Hello, Goodbye by Emily Chenoweth


Description: In a single week, a family leaves behind its past and a daughter awakens to the future in Emily Chenoweth’s intimate and beautifully crafted debut novel.

In the winter of 1990, Helen Hansen-counselor, wife, and mother in the prime of her life-is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. The following August, Helen, her husband, Elliott, and their daughter, Abby, a freshman in college, take a trip to northern New Hampshire, where Helen will be able to say goodbye to a lifetime of friends. Ensconced in a historic resort in the White Mountains-a place where afternoon cocktails are served on the veranda and men are expected to wear jackets after six-the Hansens and their guests must improvise their own rituals of remembrance and reconnection.

For Elliott, the trip is a parting gift to his beloved wife, as well as some needed respite from the caretaking duties that have become his main work. For Helen and the procession of old friends who come to pay their respects, the days offer a poignant celebration of a dear, too-brief life. And for Abby, still unaware that her mother’s cancer is terminal, the week brings a surprising conflict between loyalty and desire as, drawn by the youthful, spirited hotel staff, she finds herself caught between the affections of two very different young men.

Heartbreaking and luminous, Hello Goodbye deftly explores a family’s struggle with love and loss, as a summer vacation becomes an occasion for awakening rather than farewell, and life inevitably blossoms in the face of death.

The City Not Long After by Pat Murphy


Library Journal
After a deadly plague sweeps the world, toppling governments in its wake, a few surviving artists who have claimed San Francisco as their home wage an unorthodox war against an invading army intent on bringing the blessings of law and order to a community that has discovered a better way of life. The author of The Falling Woman , a Nebula Award winner, evokes a haunting vision of life after society’s collapse, as art becomes magic and combines with the power of love to defeat the engines of war. Highly recommended.– JC

The Strange Files of Fremont Jones by Dianne Day


Description: Day reinvents history with a unique twist–while brilliantly recreating turn-of-the-century San Francisco, she also creates Fremont Jones as a feminist decades ahead of her time, an independent woman with appeal to readers of modern mysteries featuring Kinsey Millhone, Kat Colorado, and V.I. Warshawski.

The Ghost Huntress: The Awakening by Marley Gibson


Description: The first in a trilogy. Get out your tape recorders, crystals, and extra batteries – you’re about to go where our world meets the spirit world.

Psychic Kids, Paranormal State, Haunting Evidence – these and countless other television shows are making believers out of millions of people: Ghosts exist, and they’re living right beside us. For centuries, individuals have been trying to prove the existence of ghosts. But without hard evidence, it’s been difficult to make the case. But now as science and technology have progressed, ghost hunters have been able to use scientific means, along with more traditional psychic tools, to make their case. Photographs, video recordings, and sound recordings are all producing some amazing results.

In this new series, Ghost Huntress, meet Kendall Moorehead, a seemingly typical teen. When her family moves from Chicago to the small historical town of Radisson, Georgia, her psychic abilities awaken. She’s hearing, feeling, and seeing things that seem unbelievable at first, but with the help of the town psychic, Kendall is able to come to terms with her newly emerging gift. So, together with her new BFF, Celia, Kendall forms a ghost hunting team. They’ve got all the latest technology. They’ve got Kendall for their psychic. Now they’re going to clean up Radisson of its less savory spirits.

The story is fiction. The science is real. Welcome to a new reality.

Busy Woman Seeks Wife by Annie Sanders


Description: To a casual observer, Londoner Alex Hill is every inch the calm and collected executive of a global sportswear company. In reality, she’s constantly frantic, with barely enough time to take out the trash. When her demanding mother, a 1960s style icon, has a bad fall and has to move in with her indefinitely, Alex realizes she needs someone more committed than a maid-what she needs is a wife. An ad in the local paper soon produces a young woman who seems both enthusiastic and capable. But something odd is definitely happening behind the scenes of Alex’s new, perfectly ordered existence. Someone distinctly male is charming her mother as well as doing all the ironing. He’s no one Alex would ordinarily ever notice, never mind date. But now she can’t help wondering if her new “wife” could perhaps have husband potential…

Kids’ Adventures Around San Francisco Bay: Educational Places to Go, Things to Do, and Classes to Take in the North Bay, Peninsula, Silicon Valley, East Bay, and Santa Cruz by Elina Wong


Description: More than a vacation guide, this fun and educational book is loaded with hundreds of ideas for year-round learning in the San Francisco Bay Area. Rather than focusing on a single visit, this book helps parents introduce their children to new things and support their growing interests through seasonal and special exhibits, events, performances, and classes. Activities and outings are organized by interest area, and a directory of classes is provided to help get children involved in everything from star gazing, ballet, and whale watching to chasing butterflies, picking fruit, and riding trains.

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17 Responses

  1. Alyssa Kirk @ Teens Read and Write

    I happened to go to the library today and usually I have to order everything. We live in a rural area and our library usually has very little from the current list of great books. So I did request many but was pleasantly surprised to find, actually on the shelves, Savvy by Ingrid Law and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, a couple of great new reads that I’m dying to get into. I also found Thirsty by M.T. Anderson which is an older vampire story that looked good. So in our little po-dunk town…who knew?

  2. Marg

    I love that cover for Fate! Your post reminded me that I really, really need to read more Maria Snyder. I still have the third Yelena book here to read.

  3. Miss Remmers

    What a great list! I have never heard of a few of those titles and actually “Starred” this post in Reader so I can come back to write them down. Haha so congrats on the first ever Library Loot post that has been starred by me! :) Haha Happy Reading.

  4. Kailana

    Yay for Maria Snyder. The second book in that trilogy will be out very soon. :)

  5. dsuzuki

    Marg-this will be my first Maria Snyder book but I keep seeing her popping up so wanted to check it out.

    Miss Remmers-woo hoo! Glad to have added to an I’m sure already long TBR list :)

    Kailana-the cover for this book looked really good. It’s was first caught my eye.

  6. dsuzuki

    Alyssa-our library is pretty small too so I have to request a lot of books in. It’s always nice though when you get that surprise of a great book just sitting there on the shelf waiting for you.

  7. Belle

    “things just got out of hand at the library again” – isn’t it funny (and fun!) how this always happens? You’ve got a great list of books here, and a huge thanks for reminding me about the Fremont Jones mysteries. I remember reading one of them and enjoying it very much. I’ll have to check the library for more.

  8. dsuzuki

    Yup, always happens. Good to hear the Fremont Jones mysteries are good. I picked them up since the author is from around here.

  9. Page

    I’ll be looking for your reviews on Fate and Storm Glass. Both are on my to read list.
    I have a small town library as well. I was thrilled to find The Luxe on the shelves last week. Good news is they’ve teamed up with 2 other libraries recently! More selection and less hassle!

  10. dsuzuki

    Page-that’s great. Our library can request books from other libraries in the county which is nice!

  11. Lori

    Very much OT, Debbie, but I have nominated you for an award:


  12. Rachel

    You’ve got a lot of good books here. I’ve heard Storm Glass is really good. You have an award waiting on my blog:

  13. Wrighty

    Great haul! You’re going to be very busy but I wouldn’t have been able to resist all of those either. I was at the library today but I left empty-handed and that never happens. I had a few things to do there and deliberately stayed away from the new books. I already have a stack that will be due before I know it!

  14. unfinishedperson

    Wow. I thought I took out a lot books and movies from the library. You’re up there with me. ;)

    Out of your loot this week, the one that intrigues me the most is the Pat Murphy book. Who can resist an apocalyptic novel? I know it’s hard for me anyway.

  15. dsuzuki

    Thanks Lori and Rachel!

    Wrighty-you are so good! I keep saying I should avoid the shelves but I can’t help myself.
    Unfinished person-apocalyptic books are interesting. At Borders I saw one I think called Life As We Know It that looked good

  16. Jessica

    Holly’s Inbox looks so good! Just added it to my list.

  17. Linda

    Great loot!

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