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January 1&15, 2017 BOOKLIST
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Established in 2007 by the CODES section of RUSA, the Reading List Council, consisting of librarians who are experts in readers’ advisory and collection development, selects an annual list of outstanding genre fiction. This list is made up of one title in each of eight different categories: adrenaline (encompassing thrillers, suspense, and action/adventure); fantasy; historical fiction; horror; mystery; romance; science fiction; and women’s fiction. All titles were published in 2015.
Pretty Girls. By Karin Slaughter. Morrow, $27.99 (9780062429056).
Three sisters are driven apart in the aftermath of one’s disappearance. When a violent crime occurs, new fears arise, and relationships shift again. Long-term effects of family grief are exploited by the compulsions of a psychopath. Brutal and disturbing, this is ultimately a story of love and empowerment.
Uprooted. By Naomi Novik. Del Rey, $25 (9780804179034).
In this enchanted Old World fable, villagers threatened by a blighted magical wood allow the resident wizard to take one daughter into servitude for 10 years. When he chooses klutzy Agnieszka, she faces an unexpected future and confronts the dangers of a wider political world and the roots of magical corruption.
Crooked Heart. By Lissa Evans. Harper, $24.99 (9780062364838).
Raised by his eccentric ex-suffragette godmother to be a free-thinker, young Noel is thrown into chaos when the London Blitz forces him into the home of a scam artist loyal only to her layabout son. Thrust together, the two oddballs are forced to find a way through the wartime landscape.
The Fifth House of the Heart. By Ben Tripp. Gallery, $16 (9781476782638).
Flamboyant antiques-dealer Asmodeus “Sax” Saxon-Tang made his fortune by accidentally killing a vampire with a horde of treasure. To protect the only person he loves, his niece, he’s forced to return to old Europe to assemble an eccentric team of vampire hunters in this gory, witty caper.
The Long and Faraway Gone. By Lou Berney. Morrow, $14.99 (9780062292438).
Cold cases cast a shadow of grief and guilt on the lives of two survivors of traumatic teenage crimes. New leads and new cases bring them back to Oklahoma City as past and present intersect in this poignant and compelling story of lives forever changed by random violence.
Taking the Heat. By Victoria Dahl. Harlequin, $7.99 (97803737797039).
Sassy relationship-advice-columnist Veronica overcomes her commitment anxiety and gains confidence with the help of mountain-climbing-librarian Gabe. Steamy romance evolves into a strong relationship as they scale a mountain of family conflicts and share secrets against a majestic Jackson Hole backdrop.
Golden Son. By Pierce Brown. Del Rey, $25 (9780345539816).
Insurgent Darrow inveigled his way into high Gold society in 2014’s Red Rising. In this dramatic, high-octane follow-up, conflicting loyalties and his own ambitions lure Darrow into an untenable web of deceptions. Bolstered by new alliances, Darrow battles to overthrow corrupt lunar leadership and bring freedom to Mars.
Re Jane. By Patricia Park. Viking/Pamela Dorman, $27.95 (9780525427407).
Anxious to escape the strict upbringing of her uncle’s Flushing grocery, Korean American Jane accepts an au pair position in the household of two pretentious Brooklyn academics and their adopted Chinese daughter. Park has created a bright comic story of falling in love, finding strength, and living on one’s own terms.
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