Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Meg's Picks: August 2014, part 1

They say summer reading is for kids, but I don't believe that for a second.  Reading in the summer should be for everyone, and it shouldn't be a chore.  Here are some of my picks for August that will make bearing the dog days of summer a breeze.  (Bonus?  Summer reading rewards aren't just for kids either--adults should stop by our circulation desk for a ballot--every book you read entitles you to one entry for some great prizes!)

The Magician’s Land, by Lev Grossman.  You know when I like to pick up a series?  When the final book has been published!  Then there's no more waiting around for a year or more (George R.R. Martin, I am totally looking at you) for the next installment and you can enjoy them as quickly or slowly as you'd like.  Which mean's that the publication of The Magician's Land,the final installment of Grossman's epic Magician's trilogy (the first two being The Magicians and The Magician King), is my cue to get started at the beginning.  Here, former High King Quentin has not only been ejected from the magical kingdom of Fillory, but he's also been given the boot from his teaching job.  At loose ends, he joins a ragtag group of magicians on the hunt for a mysterious, invaluable case.  I'd recommend this to fans of Terry Goodkind and Deborah Harkness, as well as fantasy fans of all stripes.

Season of the Dragonflies, by Sarah Creech.  For generations, the Lenore women have manufactured a perfume unlike any other, and guarded the unique and mysterious ingredients. Their perfumery, hidden in the quiet rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, creates one special elixir that secretly sells for millions of dollars to the world’s most powerful—movie stars, politicians, artists, and CEOs. The Lenore’s signature perfume is actually the key to their success.  Now blackmail and shifting family alliances are threatening the family's livelihood, as well as the family itself.  As beguiling as the novels of Alice Hoffman and Adriana Trigiani, Season of the Dragonflies is a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, and new love, set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  I am more than a little intrigued.

One Kick, by Chelsea Cain.  Cain has been developing quite a following with her New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan/Gretchen Lowell thrillers.  Now, she's launching a new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a rather unique skillset.  At age six, Kick was kidnapped and her case was headline news.  Five years later, she was rescued and captured America's heart.  Kick's abductor trained her in making bombs, picking locks, and target shooting, rendering her unable to adapt to a normal teenage lifestyle after her rescue.  Instead, she continued her training.  Now, at twenty-one, Kick finds herself entangled with a missing child case that will put her to the test.  This is being touted as an absolute nail-biter, and thriller readers will want to add this to their lists!

I'm back with the rest of my picks on Thursday.  In the meantime, stay cool and happy reading!

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