June 2014 – Inkwood Books Staff Pick

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini — “In Hosseini’s newest book, now available in paperback, a father’s decision changes the course of his children’s lives forever. This is a gripping family drama spanning countries and generations and I LOVED it!”

Recommended by STEFANI

The Blood of Heaven by Kent Wascom — “The gritty, violent beginnings of Florida’s Gulf Coast are brought to steaming life with Wascom’s unsparing prose. Follow Angel Woolsack, son of an abrasive itinerant preacher, as he flees the hard life of saving souls and moves to the wild frontier of West Florida where war and revolution are brewing. Think A Land Remembered, if Cormac McCarthy had gotten his hands on it and bloodied it up…quite a bit. A brilliant debut, not for the faint of heart!”

Recommended by AMANDA

Dangerous Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — “A spin-off of the Beautiful Creatures series but this time the central characters are Ridley Duchannes and Wesley “Link” Lincoln, who were both supporting characters in the previous series. Dangerous Creatures is just as good as any Beautiful Creatures novel, if not better. This particular book, due to the central focus being on Ridley, was a bit darker but it was also refreshing so that you didn’t feel like you were reading the same stories all over again. So in the end, if you loved theBeautiful Creatures series, you will definitely love this book!”

Recommended by ERIN

Dead City by James Ponti –“A smart, sassy and sarcastic female main character who also fights zombies? What more can you ask for?Dead City is both enjoyable, fast-paced and a must ready for any Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans! Dead City is also a Sunshine State Reader (Battle Book) for Summer 2014 for Grades 6-8.”

Recommended by ERIN

Further Joy by John Brandon — “Brandon turns his eye back to the strange and strangely poignant in this new collection of stories set mostly in Florida. Brandon specializes in the misfits, those who live on the margins of life, and there’s a whole cast of them here. From the washed-up executive returning to his hometown in ruin to the woman who’s convinced that her young neighbor’s been abducted, each story, in its own way, will make you say ‘wow.'”

Recommended by AMANDA

The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy — “This is the third in the Hero’s Guide to… series. The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw deftly weaves together each character’s story and their combined actions in an explosive and satisfying climax, and, at the very end, offers just a little window of hope that this may not be the very last adventure for the team.” Recommended by ERIN

Let’s Explore Diabetes With Owls by David Sedaris — “If you don’t laugh out loud or read to your favorite person one of these essays on the absurdities of everyday life…then something is wrong with you!”

Recommended by STEFANI

The Pilot and the Little Prince: The Life of Antoine de Saint-Exupery by Peter Sis — “Sis and Saint-Exupery are really a match made in book heaven. Sis’s ethereal images tell the story of the incredible adventure-poet and creator of The Little Prince, and I’m not sure there’s another author/illustator around who could have created such a fitting and beautiful chronicle of his life. This here is a new classic that deserves a spot beside your copy of The Little Prince.

Recommended by AMANDA

The Raft by S.A. Bodeen — “15-year old Robie survives a plane crash with one other person in this page-turning survival story. Perfect for fans of Hatchet! The Raft is also part of the upper grades’Sunshine State list.”

Recommended by STEFANI

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion –“An offbeat, hilarious love story about a socially challenged professor’s quest for true love. Amusing, clever and funny, this is a great read for book clubs.”

Recommended by STEFANI

Ruby by Cynthia Bond — “Ruby and Ephram are childhood friends growing up in 1950s Liberty, Texas. Separated by time and tragedy, this is the story of their fight to be together. I LOVED THIS.”

Recommended by STEFANI

Troika by Adam Pelzman — “Gorgeous, mysterious, SCANDALOUS! Troika follows three lives intertwined between South Florida, New York and Russia, and chronicles an unusual love story you won’t be able to stop talking about or put down. This is a really enchanting, different kind of love story that pushes the boundaries of what we can and cannot accept, and is sure to inspire GREAT discussion for book clubs.”

Recommended by AMANDA

The Cabinet of Curiosities: 36 Tales Brief and Sinister by Stefan Bachmann — “A collection of spooky and mysterious short stories written by authors Stefan Bachmann, Katherine Catmull, Claire LeGrand, and Emma Trevayne. With 36 different tales to choose from there should be a little something for everyone. There are even special illustrations sprinkled throughout the book.”

Recommended by ERIN

 

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