Staff Picks: March 2014

Red Rising

Red Rising Book Cover

RED RISING is a government resistant novel not unlike The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins, with heightened violence. However, the new twist of this resistance takes place on colonized Mars. Darrow is born a Red, the slave class. He is charismatic, a hard worker, clever and strong, and not likely to cause problems with the establishment. That is until his young wife is executed by the hand of the Golds, the ruling class, for singing a forbidden song. Darrow has the opportunity to be reborn as a Gold to enter their ranks to begin the rebellion from within their class. The violence and pain he endures is for the sake of his martyred wife. Much of this book, which is written with the intention of being a series, features a year long trial for all the young, eligible Golds to prove their worthiness and value and to be chosen for their careers. Despite the violence, you will enjoy each page and eagerly await book 2!

Lost Lake

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Lost Lake the newest book of Sarah Addison Allen is another wonderful tale of second chances. "Worlds of regret and missed opportunities and lost loves found again" was one reviewer's thought of the book. This story has wonderful character development and it was a book that I did not want to end. If you are familiar with her other books, you know each one contains a bit of magic. This is a beautiful tale of a widowed mom, Kate, and her young daughter who escape their life in Atlanta for an adventure in a remote area of Southern Georgia called "Lost Lake".

Coyote Wind

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COYOTE WIND is the first in a series of mysteries based in rural Montana. Gabriel DuPre, a brand inspector who's heritage is French Indian, is reluctantly drawn into crime solving. In his spare time he plays fiddle in the local bar and juggles his lover, two teenage daughters and an assortment of eccentric friends and neighbors. Bowen's books are fast paced and full of humor and history.