Posted in 2013

Alejandro’s Book Corner!


Alejandro's Book Corner
This is a new feature here at NightlyReading where Alejandro will give suggestions of books that he has found. This will include different genres featured each week. I hope you enjoy, please let him know your thoughts by posting a comment or visiting his Goodreads page:

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As is already usual, ending the month I dedicated the Literature Post to comment on new books that have come out, trying to be as varied as possible to cover most of book tastes.

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Love, in English

Karina Halle, one of the hot new writers of our time returns with a new book, and although it is usual to include romance in her novels, unlike others where combined plot with paranormal elements or set in the past, here this is a contemporary romantic story. Published on April 20th.

Vera Miles is used to being asked about her name, identical to the actress made ​​famous by the film ” Psycho ” by Alfred Hitchcock, Vera is also used of being asked or being looked weird by her extensive tattoos and her piercings. But none of that had prepare her for the experience that she will live to travel to Spain. Vera is native to Canada and get into a program language to converse in English for 4 weeks with a group of Spaniards who want to expand their conversational English. There she will meet Mateo Casalles, but although everything in him sounds appealing: attractive, wealthy, owns a line of restaurants and ex-football star, but there are two problems: He is married and has a daughter.

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Love Letters to the Dead

This the debut novel of the writer Ava Dellaira, published on April 1st.

It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.

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Ghost Seer

Writer Robin D. Owens starts a new book series on April 1st.

There’s just something about Clare. Apart from the ghosts……

When her eccentric aunt passes away, the accountant Clare Cermac inherits more than just a small fortune. She receives the gift of communicating with ghosts. While Clare may not believe in spirits, it’s hard to overlook the shadowy talking dog appearing on her bed or spectral cowboys tipping their hats to her in the streets of Denver.

A former deputy sheriff, Zach is leaving a painful past behind in Montana for a new life in Denver as a private investigator, a job that has him crossing paths with beautiful Clare. After the restless ghost of a Wild West gunman demands her assistance, Clare finds herself needing to ask Zach for help.

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Star Trek: Enterprise: Rise of the Federation – Tower of Babel

The epic history of the creation of the United Federation of Planets continues. “Tower of Babel” is the second novel in the event of three books entitled “Rise of the Federation”, set in the era of “Star Trek: Enterprise” series.

The Federation had just passed its first test, but much remains to be done to become a strong and respected organization. Admiral Jonathan Archer along with a group of diplomats travels to the planetoid Babel to negotiate the inclusion of the planet Rigel within the Federation. But the negotiations will be threatened on two different fronts: First, the internal presidential elections in Rigel, depending on who wins may end the possibility of wanting to join the Federation. Second, the Orion Pirate Syndicate does not serve that Rigel joins the Federation and it mount a military operation to kidnap key politicians of Rigel and Starfleet officers, including a young officer who plays a vital indirect role in the future. Due that, Captain Malcolm Reed of the USS Pioneer and Captain T’Pol of the USS Endeavour should combine efforts to deal with the emergency.

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The Hotel on Place Vendome: Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris

Based on true events during the World War II

Set against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation of World War II, the captivating history of Paris’s world-famous Hôtel Ritz. A breathtaking tale of glamour, opulence, and celebrity; dangerous liaisons, espionage, and resistance. From the New York Times bestselling author, Tilar J. Mazzeo, of books such as “The Widow Clicquot” and “The Secret of Chanel No. 5”.

Established in 1898 in the heart of Paris on Place Vendôme, the Hôtel Ritz instantly became an icon of the city frequented by film stars and celebrity writers, American heiresses and risqué flappers, politicians, playboys, and princes. When France fell to the Nazis n June 1940, it was the only luxury hotel of its kind allowed to operate in the occupied city by the Third Reich.

Tilar J. Mazzeo traces the history of this cultural landmark from its opening. At its center, “The Hotel on Place Vendôme” is an extraordinary chronicle of life at the Ritz during wartime, when the Hôtel was simultaneously headquarters to the highest-ranking German officers, such as Reichsmarshal Hermann Göring, and home to exclusive patrons, including Coco Chanel. Mazzeo takes us into the grand palace’s suites, bars, dining rooms, and wine cellars, revealing a hotbed of illicit affairs and deadly intrigue, as well as stunning acts of defiance and treachery, where refugees were hidden in secret rooms, a Jewish bartender passed coded messages for the German resistance, and Wehrmacht officers plotted to assassinate the Führer. Yet, as she makes clear, not everyone at the Ritz in the spring of 1940 would survive to the war’s end.

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Dorothy Must Die

The emerging writer Danielle Paige published on April 1st, her second novel, titled “Dorothy Must Die”.

Amy Gumm read the books, she watched the movies, even she knows the song about the rainbow. But she never imagined that Oz was so like this. Trapped by a tornado, Amy Gumm ends up trapped in the land of Oz, where the Good Witches are not trusted, the Wicked Witches may be good, and the flying monkeys are executed for acts of rebellion. The yellow brick road is still there but is falling apart.

What happened?

Dorothy.

Dorothy happened.

It is said that Dorothy found a way to return to Oz, took over and became obsessed with power. Now, no one is safe.

Amy Gumm’s mission? Oh, just remove the heart of the Tin Woodman, to steal the Scarecrow’s brain, to take the courage of the Lion, and then and only then… Dorothy must die!!!

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The Looking Glass

The debut novel by Jessica Arnold published on April 15th.

Fifteen-year-old Alice Montgomery wakes up in the lobby of the B&B where she has been vacationing with her family to a startling discovery: no one can see or hear her. The cheap desk lights have been replaced with gas lamps and the linoleum floor with hardwood and rich Oriental carpeting. Someone has replaced the artwork with eerie paintings of Elizabeth Blackwell, the insane actress and rumored witch who killed herself at the hotel in the 1880s. Alice watches from behind the looking glass where she is haunted by Elizabeth Blackwell. Trapped in the 19th-century version of the hotel, Alice must figure out a way to break Elizabeth’s curse, with the help of Elizabeth’s old diary and Tony, the son of a ghost hunter who is investigating the haunted B&B, before she becomes the inn’s next victim.

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The Geography of You and Me

Popular writer Jennifer E. Smith returns on April 15th with a new novel titled “The Geography of You and Me”.

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.

Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.

A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

This the debut novel by Claire North

The extraordinary journey of one unforgettable character – a story of friendship and betrayal, loyalty and redemption, love and loneliness and the inevitable march of time.

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again.

No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes.

Until now.

As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. “I nearly missed you, Doctor August,” she says. “I need to send a message.”

This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.

See you next week!

Alejandro

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