May Library Reads

April 13, 2015

Here is the link to the list with librarian reviews – always a uniquely valuable perspective. Check out also the Titles to Know and Recommend from last Friday’s EarlyWord, again featuring librarian and bookseller reviews. I’m especially intrigued by the Royal We, a humorous romance takeoff of William and Kate, which so far has 19 holds and could build momentum as an identified “beach read.”  It’s really interesting to see an epic fantasy chosen as LibraryReads favorite and a teen title (A Court of Thorns and Roses) make the list.

LibraryReads Favorite

Novik, Naomi.  Uprooted.

UprootedUprooted by Naomi Novik”Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known onlyas the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows–everyone knows–that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose”–

 

 

Titles to Watch Pick

The royal we

Cocks, Heather and Jessica Morgan. The Royal We. 

“I might be Cinderella today, but I dread who they’ll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next.” American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy tales. Her twin sister, Lacey, has always been the romantic who fantasized about glamour and royalty, fame and fortune. Yet it’s Bex who seeks adventure at Oxford and finds herself living down the hall from Prince Nicholas, Great Britain’s future king. And when Bex can’t resist falling for Nick, the person behind the prince, it propels her into a world she did not expect to inhabit, under a spotlight she is not prepared to face. Dating Nick immerses Bex in ritzy society, dazzling ski trips, and dinners at Kensington Palace with him and his charming, troublesome brother, Freddie. But the relationship also comes with unimaginable baggage: hysterical tabloids, Nick’s sparkling and far more suitable ex-girlfriends, and a royal family whose private life is much thornier and more tragic than anyone on the outside knows. The pressures are almost too much to bear, as Bex struggles to reconcile the man she loves with the monarch he’s fated to become. Which is how she gets into trouble. Now, on the eve of the wedding of the century, Bex is faced with whether everything she’s sacrificed for love-her career, her home, her family, maybe even herself-will have been for nothing.

Covers of Other Selections 

A court of thorns and roses  A God in Ruins  The Water Knife  Early warning : a novel  Seveneves : A Novel

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