Synopsis: In kidnapping cases, the first few hours are crucial. After that, the chances of being found alive go from slim to nearly none. Alex Prevost, beautiful, resourceful, tough, may be no ordinary victim, but her time is running out. Commandant Camille Verhoeven and his detectives have nothing to go on: no suspect, no lead, rapidly diminishing hope. All they know is that a girl was snatched off the streets of Paris and bundled into a white van. The enigma that is the fate of Alex will keep Veroeven guessing until the bitter, bitter end. And before long, saving her life will be the least of his worries.
Donna Says: This is good choice if you enjoy violent, fast paced thrillers with a few good twists.
Call Number: THR F LEM
For all the Tea in China
Synopsis: In 1848, the British East India Company, having lost its monopoly on the tea trade, engaged Robert Fortune to make a clandestine trip into the interior of China to steal the closely guarded secrets of tea horticulture and manufacturing. Disguised in Mandarin robes, Fortune ventured deep into the country, confronting pirates, hostile climate, and his own untrustworthy men as he made his way to the epicenter of tea production. Fortune's pursuit of China's ancient secret makes for a classic nineteenth-century adventure tale.
Elizabeth Says: In short this is the story of a Scottish botanist that turned spy and committed one of the greatest acts of corporate espionage in history. Robert Fortune undertook a three year mission to learn the secrets of making England’s favorite drink. This seemingly small act would change the world economy and the course of western civilization. A must read for history buffs and anglophiles.
Call Number: 382.413 ROS
Synopsis: Georgina Ferrars awakens in a small room in Tregannon House, a private asylum in a remote corner of England. She has no memory of the past few weeks. The doctor, Maynard Straker, tells her that she admitted herself under the name Lucy Ashton the day before, then suffered a seizure. When she insists he has mistaken her for someone else, Dr. Straker sends a telegram to her uncle, who replies that Georgina Ferrars is at home with him in London. Suddenly her voluntary confinement becomes involuntary. Georgina’s perilous quest to free herself takes us from a cliffside cottage on the Isle of Wight to the secret passages of Tregannon House and into a web of hidden family ties on which her survival depends.
Emily Says: I didn't think I would like this one because it felt like they gave away too much in the first chapter- wow, was I wrong. Every time I thought I had it figured out Harwood would throw another plot twist in. The "final boss fight" left me wanting, but it gets 4 stars for the way the story unfolded.
Call Number: F HAR
The Book of Lost Things
Synopsis: High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with only the books on his shelf for company. But those books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness, and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While his family falls apart around him, David is violently propelled into a land that is a strange reflection of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters, and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets in a mysterious book.
Magen Says: I absolutely adore the crazy spins John Connolly creates for some of my favorite childhood fairy tales. Many are very dark and some are simply hilarious. This book captured my imagination from the very start. In the story, the Crooked Man is a fascinating character. Not only is he visually creepy, but he represents all that is depraved. For the main character, David, the key to survival is to resist the Crooked Man’s temptations and see through his crafty lies. Does he succeed? You must set out on this fascinating fairy tale journey to find out.
Call Number: THR F CON
Synopsis: In a world where everyone’s a foodie, gourmet hunter Toriko and his partner, Chef Komatsu, travel the world seeking exotic ingredients and battling those who don’t respect the world’s bounty.
Nina Says: The latest in a long line adapted from Shonen Jump (a weekly and monthly comic anthology),Toriko is best summed up as Dragon Ball Z or One Piece meets Iron Chef. In between the fights and cooking, though, is a tale of friendship and ecological balance. Though the show began running in Japan in 2010, its art style is lovingly old-school, reminiscent of the aforementioned Dragon Ball Z or another mid-90’s favorite, YuYu Hakusho. It’s technicolored, far-out fun.
Call Number: ADVD TOR