The Royal We, by Heather Cocks & Jessica Morgan (COC), is a light summer read. It’s the story of Bex, a tomboy from the Midwest who heads off for a semester at Oxford and falls in love with Nicolas of Wales, the future King of England. While inspired by the real life Will and Kate, this does not read like fan fiction. If you enjoy the Royal Family, then you can have fun seeing how the authors have imagined their inner lives. If you don’t follow them at all, enjoy a delightful read that stands totally on its own.
It’s not hard to feel Summerlong, by Den Bakopoulos (BAK), as there’s an undercurrent of suburban discontent and a restlessness that comes with sweltering summer days. The characters are quite eclectic, from the unhappily married housewife Claire to the desperate real estate agent Don, to the grieving lover ABA and the actor returning home. If you enjoy a book about the journey and not necessarily the results, then both the ending of this novel and the story will suit you.
If you like mystery titles by Jo Nesbo, Terry Hayes or Jason Matthews, consider The Swede by Robert Karjel (M KAR). This sophisticated, fast-paced thriller is a cross between Nesbo, Hayes and Matthews. It’s well written and offers a thriller, a murder mystery and a love story in one. The intricate plot provides both international intrigue and complex, flawed characters.
The Three, by Sarah Lotz, was thrilling and provider of promising entertainment. Four commuter planes crash within hours of each other on different continents. No cause is found when terrorism and environmental factors are ruled out. The only connection seems to be a child survivor in the wreckage. Following The Three is Day Four (M LOT), another intriguing novel. Four days into a five-day singles cruise, the ship Beautiful Dream stops. With no electricity and no cellular signals, murder on board adds a fear factor.
If you’re looking for a short read in under 200 pages and somewhat philosophical in nature and heavily magical, then pick up The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson (SAN). The magic of forging, involving the use of soul stamps and essence marks, is fascinating to explore. Shai is a character with whom most readers can sympathize and what adds oomph to the story is that she works out the means of her escape long before the end but cannot flee without satisfying her curiosity as to whether her planned forgery will work.
A book about a guy who has lost his wife, his home, his job and spent years of his life in a mental health facility would hardly seem like a candidate for an uplifting story. But Silver Livings Playbook by Matthew Quick (QUI) is just that. Quick is able to show how love can be found in unexpected people, and that, no matter how far you fall, there are people willing to help you pick up the pieces. While the reader will find that everything will not turn out as desired, it offers a foundation for believing that broken souls coming together can hope and believe in the silver lining.
The Book of Revelation: question by question, by Susan Fournier Mathews (On Order), uses the Socratic method of learning by question and answer instead of the typical line-by-line exposition. This guide presents the best of modern biblical scholarship and is a perfect complement to other titles in our collection exploring this subject of high interest.
Star War fans and readers will discover details about fifteen of the ships from the Star Wars saga in Star Wars Ships of the Galaxy by Benjamin Harper (J 529.44 HAR). There’s a fold-out that highlights many details from the Millennium Falcon.
If your child enjoyed Z is for Moose (JE BIN), then pick up Circle, Square, Triangles Moose Loves Shapes by Kelly Bingham, pictures by Paul Zelinsky (JE BIN). Moose gets into all of activities relating to shapes and his best friend Zebra enters the scene to help restore order. The book is hilarious and Zelinsky’s creative illustrations convey a fact or two about each shape while providing a three-dimensional playground for best friends Moose and Zebra. There’s a lot of commotion until the final pages where Moose and Zebra create a heartwarming ending. The book lends itself to being read-aloud.
Dr. Leroy Hommerding
Beach Library Director