Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Two for Tuesday: Together Alone by Barbara Delinsky and Prodigy by Marie Lu

Together Alone by Barbara Delinsky

This is a book that was originally published in 1995...which surprisingly makes is feel really dated (even though 1995 was like yesterday in my mind).  When one character is trying her hand at dating, she uses the "personals"...as in, a print ad...I actually laughed out loud.  Imagine, there was actually a time before eHarmony, Match and the like.  That aside, I found myself really enjoying the story.  There were layers of mystery, relationships, love and lust, all interwoven throughout the book.    A good choice for fans of both mysteries and "chick lit". 

From Publishers Weekly

The author of For My Daughters sallies into Judith Krantz and Iris Rainer Dart territory with this somewhat familiar tale of angst among girlfriends. With their daughters off to college, Emily, Kay and Celeste find themselves emotionally adrift in their small Massachusetts town. Emily retreats to baking and redecorating to hide the pain of husband Doug's infrequent (and sexually chilly) visits home, while eighth-grade teacher Kay uses her work as a shield against her police chief husband's attempts to recapture their former intimacy. And divorcee Celeste celebrates her daughter's departure with a nose job and a personal ad she hopes will bring her "wine and roses and music and poetry. And sex." When recently widowed NYPD detective Brian Stasek arrives to join the local police force, Emily becomes drawn to him-and increasingly suspicious about Doug's absences. Celeste, meanwhile, finds an architect who may be too good to be true and Kay, certain that her body has lost its allure, continues to rebuff her baffled husband. Only when Brian reopens the long-closed case of one couple's kidnapped son does Delinsky's story manage a spark that keeps it from being just another suburban melodrama.
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Prodigy by Marie Lu

This is the second in the Legend Trilogy.  I love, love, loved the first and the second did not disappoint.  Any fans of dystopian fiction will enjoy this series.

From Booklist

Taking up where Legend (2011) ended, the second book in the series finds June, patrician military star, and Day, street fighter and hero of the people, on a freight train to Las Vegas, where they hope to meet up with the Patriots—those opposed to the government of the Republic and its dictator, the Elector. It’s hard to describe the plot without giving up spoilers, but suffice it to say June and Day’s newfound attraction intensifies, even as their issues with trust—and outside sources (including Day’s old friend Tess)—threaten the relationship. Meanwhile, more backstory about the history of the Republic and the Colonies fleshes out the narrative. As in the previous book, the story is told in the alternating voices of June and Day, which are presented in two different typefaces and colors. This is a well-molded mixture of intrigue, romance, and action, where things can change with almost any turn of the page, and frequently do. A soap-operatic turn of events at the book’s conclusion doesn’t hurt at all and will only heighten the clamor for the next title. Grades 8-12. --Ilene Cooper

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