16 in ’16: Read a New Book Feedback

by Jocelyn

We’re halfway through our final Reading Resolution, and I’m checking in to see how it’s going. What 2016 title(s) are you reading? Do you have any recommendations for us?

I just finished reading When All the Girls Have Gone by Jayne Ann Krentz. She’s one of my favorite authors, and I eagerly anticipate her new releases. This one did not disappoint! In this novel, Charlotte Sawyer grows concerned when she’s unable to contact her step-sister Jocelyn to give her some sad news. She joins forces with Max Cutler, a private investigator, to try and find out what’s going on.

A few others I read this year and enjoyed are –

Allegiance of Honor – Nalini Singh
This is the gripping finale to the first story-arc of the Psy-Changeling urban fantasy series. Full of intrigue, drama, and reunions with favorite characters, it’s a truly satisfying read.

Night Struck – Jenna Black
I couldn’t put this one down. A teen paranormal horror novel, this book kept me on the edge of my seat and gave me chills. High school senior Beckett is out walking the dog one evening, when she hears what she thinks is a baby crying. But when she reaches the baby, she finds that it’s something else and inadvertently opens a door between worlds that lets dark magic into the city. Now strange creatures are roaming the nights and inanimate objects are coming to life seeking blood…

Alliance – SK Dunstall
With political intrigue, action, alien mysteries, and characters that I became invested in, this second installment of the Linesman series did a wonderful job at continuing the story. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.

Here’s what Marina has to say about her favorites of 2016 –

Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens – Steve Olson
Obviously, growing up in the surrounding area I heard the stories–about Harry Randall Truman mostly–but I didn’t know a lot of details. I enjoyed the history surrounding such a significant event. The history of Weyerhauser and of the National Parks/Forest/Monument status of the volcano and surrounding forest area were very interesting to me. And, I experienced the audio version of the book and the narrator was fantastic. High praise considering my number one criteria when listening to a book that is set somewhere in Washington is the pronunciation of place names. Kudos to Jonathan Yen for getting it right and doing a fine job altogether.

The Lion in the Living room: How House Cats Tamed Us and Took Over the World – Abigail Tucker
Ugh! Cats! I thought this book was fairly impartial on the subject of house cats and their invasiveness. Considering the fact that points were made that caused me to go back and forth on either admiring or condemning the house cat and the people that serve them (of which I am one).

Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon – Bronwen Dickey
There’s a fine line between loving and hating this book. Some of the stories are pretty horrendous but it’s a really good (mostly balanced) profile of a dog breed that has been alternatively reviled and loved. I definitely feel the admiration Dickey has for the “breed” but she remains fairly unbiased and mostly non-judgmental for the ways the proponents of the dogs go about educating the public and defending their choices related to that.

The Unexpected Everything – Morgan Matson
Gah, Morgan Matson. Why must you play fast and loose with my tears? But this was in the very best way. The relationship cultivated between Andie and her dad after many years of rarely seeing him due to his work as a congressman was great. And the group of friends surrounding Andie was just as good. Plus dogs!!!!!!

And here are a few of Lindsey’s 2016 favorites –

Rejected Princesses: Tales of History’s Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics by Jason Porath is based on one of my favorite blogs, Rejected Princesses, with a tagline boasting “Women too Awesome, Awful, or Offbeat for Kids’ Movies.” Porath covers women from around the world and throughout history (both real and fictional) that many people have never heard of, and he illustrates them in the style of Disney. Whether they were heroic or downright cruel (it’s a mixed bag), all of their stories are memorable.

I just finished Star Wars: Catalyst, A Rogue One Novel by James Luceno. If you’re a Star Wars fan like me and you’re anticipating the upcoming release of Rogue One, this is a must read prequel to that film. Set during the rise of the Galactic Empire and the construction of the infamous Death Star, it introduces the characters and circumstances that will likely be integral to Rogue One. Of course, it’s always fun to go into a movie not knowing what to expect, but I’m a hardcore Star Wars nerd and I need all the information I can get!

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley is a debut I can never recommend enough! When Ted’s aging dachshund companion Lily develops a brain tumor, he imagines it as a surly octopus on her head, one that he wrestles with daily as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his best friend. There’s a bit of what feels like magical realism going on in this book, though it’s really all in Ted’s head. I really recommend it to anyone who feels an all-consuming love for their pet and can’t imagine life without them.

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