Rather than lament having to go back to school, we celebrate the guilty pleasures we didn’t get to read in school. But you can check out from the library! September is library card sign up month too, so what better excuse to get a library card and check this stuff out. Of course you don’t need a library card to attend Salon@615 author talks, Courtyard Concerts, or Movies at Main but it is kind of tasteless to show up without one. We end with what is tickling our fancy in pop culture including a very tasteful So You Think You Can Dance appreciation.
If you like books about alternate history, with a good twist of fantasy, this is a series for you. Naamah’s Blessing is the conclusion of the Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy by Jacqueline Carey. If you haven’t read the other trilogies in the same setting, you won’t be too confused, as it takes place hundreds of years after the first two trilogies. This book follows the continuing story of Moirin of the Maghuin Dhonn, where she faces the consequences of the choices she made in the first two novels of the trilogy: Naamah’s Kiss and Naamah’s Curse.
Although her novels might be a bit risque, Carey does an excellent job of exploring the idea of acceptance of who one chooses to be with, despite their calling in life. Through the ever present dangers and tests that face Moirin and Bao, her new husband, they always manage to find strength within each other and the friends they make along the way.
Carey also explores the acceptance of fate, as following the will of the “gods” in this trilogy make for a large part of the adventures that Moirin finds herself having. She manages to avert disaster at every turn, even if the cost is very high to her, physically and emotionally.
This is one of the best conclusions to a trilogy I have ever read. Carey has a knack for resolving the issues that arise in her other novels without making it seem too obvious. Parts of the plot that almost seem insignificant and humorous in the first two novels come back in this book with a vengeance.
If you like alternative history and fantasy, with a little bit of romance and adventure, than this is definitely a book for you!
Katie has lofty career aspirations that seem to change almost hourly: writer, film director, teacher, educational psychiatrist. In the meantime, she’s waiting tables and waiting for “Mr. Right” to arrive out of the blue — which seems unlikely, considering her romantic track record is as pitiful as her job history.
The Main Course
Still, a girl can dream, even when she’s rushing a hot plate of linguini over to the nasty customer at table six. So when gorgeous, sensitive, perfect Dan Crichton asks her out, Katie’s over the moon. But once again, commitment phobia rears its ugly head and dinner turns into the Great First Date Disaster — and Katie’s ideal romance is over before the goodnight kiss.
The Just Desserts
Things are tough when a woman wants it all and will not settle — and has a little trouble making up her mind. But it’s about to get really complicated for the Queen of Complications.
Not only is Dan coming back — as her new boss and engaged to someone else — but persistent Ex-Boyfriend #3 Hugh’s back too, with a vengeance. And suddenly there’s a lot more on her tray than even the most able food service professional could safely handle …
Who was she, the mystery woman in the painting? He was consumed by her. Casimir de Chateauneuf was a man with everything, but he was bored with his life. His thoughts turned to nothing but her. He had to find her and so Casimir left his home, his family and everything he knew to travel to a distant land to find his love. In a far off place, she dreamed of a man who dreamed of her, and so she waited for her love to find her. “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They are in each other all along” begins the magical journey that is Alev Lytle Croutier’s book, The Palace of Tears. This slim volume is an enchanting tale of two people destined to find one another.
Eliza moves to New York to write for a music mag. She rooms with budding “Rock God” Paul Hudson, the singer and songwriter for Bananafish. Eliza’s brother happens to play bass for Paul’s band, and knows Paul’s history with women. He warns Paul to stay away from his sister. But the roommates are instantly attracted – and a romance ensues.
Filled with sexy, dramatic, edgy situations, Tiffanie Debartolo’s sophomore effort does not disappoint if you’re looking for a quirky romance. Add the realistic look at a young band’s struggle to rise above the evils of the music industry and you feel like you’re inside an episode of VH1’s Behind the Music.
If you like HTKARS, try DeBartolo’s 1st book God-Shaped Hole, which she dedicated to the late, great Jeff Buckley.
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