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"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies," said Jojen. "The man who never reads lives only one." - George R.R. Martin, A Dance With Dragons

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Books with Buzz...

Books with Buzz............

Plenty of Books with Buzz this week in the publishing world! Check these books out!

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie ... by Alan Bradley
It's 1950... Meet Flavia de Luce, she's "an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison." She's a precocious 11 year old who lives in the sleepy English village of Bishop's Lacey with her aloof father and 2 older sisters. When a series of a strange events start happening in Bishop's Lacey and a dead man is found in the cucumber patch underneath Flavia's bedroom window, Flavia is "appalled and delighted" at the same time. She decides she is going to solve the murder! And the adventure begins! Flavia is Harriet the Spy and Sherlock Holmes all wrapped up together. She's "a new breed of detective heroine". A charming detective novel, with a touch of dark humor this book has adults raving and expecting more - which we'll get! Because this is the first book in the Buckshaw Chronicles! If you'd like to learn more about Flavia check out her fan club : The Flavia Fan Club . This book is on my shelf right now and I'm chomping at the bit to get to it! And as soon as I do, I'll do a "proper review'!

The Sugar Queen Sarah Addison Allen
"27 year old Josey Cirrini is sure of 3 things: winter in her North Carolina hometown is her favorite season, she's a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her hidden closet...her one consolation of her uneventful life is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night... until she finds in her closet Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis and two parts fairy godmother." Her life will never be the same... A woman who hoards sweets in her closet and reads romance novels? What more could you ask for? Throw in a bit of magic with a sprinkling of friendship and you have one sweet read - literally! A chick lit book that should leave you entertained & very satisfied.... PLUS author Sarah Addison Allen is giving away boxes of "Your Favorite Decade" candy to five lucky winners! Enter by August 1st! Here the link for details: Sugar Queen Giveaway and when you enter the giveaway be sure to mention you found her thru Chick with Books Blog!

Follow Me Joanna Scott
It's 1946 and Sally Werner is a 16 year old precocious daughter of Pennsylvania farmers. The need for adventure prompts her to take a motorcycle ride with her cousin Daniel. That small decision creates a series of dramatic consequence including the birth of a baby and decades of wandering & escape from her shame. Sally eventually entrusts her version of her life story to her granddaughter, who believes everything until someone comes along with a different version. A version that makes her granddaughter search for the answers she thought she knew. Follow Joanna Scott as she leads you to places you'll want to stop & explore!

Hope this whets your appetite for now... And coming this weekend my review of The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson! The book is definitely a winner! Thanks for stopping by and leave me a comment and let me know what you're reading!!


Darlene said...

The Sugar Queen was a good read and I'd really like to read Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie someday.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Dar! I thought The Sugar Queen sounded good! Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed it! And the candy giveaway by the author is fun too!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) said...

I have Sweetness at the Bottom of The Pie to read. I read and enjoyed Follow Me. It was a little slow in the beginning but I definitely enjoyed the characterizations and they pay-off of the story coming together at the end.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Nicole! I look forward to reading Follow Me too. I liked the premise that Sally made all these 'questionable' choices, but finally settled down and yet told her story to her granddaughter a little different then it might be. So I'm hoping that there will be some interesting revelations. I think we all should plan on reading The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie together and have a discussion right here! Thanks for joining in on the conversation!

Anonymous said...

Sweetness at the bottom of the pie sounds great, something I think Bell and I would both like, look forward to your review.

Suzanne Yester said...

Hi Book Pusher! Yes, 'Sweetness' I think is going to get a lot of press and since it's suppose to be a series I think it's going to take off. It does look like a cute read and I'm looking forward to reading it!

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