2016 Book Club

Theme: “Across the Universe”
Book: These Broken Stars
Author: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner 

In light of NASA’s recent discoveries the theme for our Science fiction month is “across the universe”. The book I have chosen is an epic debut and the first in the Starbound Trilogy which has been described as “Titanic in space” but is much, much more.
“Luxury spaceliner Icarus suddenly plummets from hyperspace into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive – alone. Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a cynical war hero. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help. Everything changes when they uncover the truth.
The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.”


Theme:”Other Worlds”
Book: A Court of Mist and Fury
Author: Sarah J. Maas

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear “fantasy”? I guess that answer varies but on the most part secret worlds, wonderlands, other dimensions and parallel universes come to my mind. So, the theme for our Fantasy month is “other realms”. The book I have chosen is the epic sequel to the highly acclaimed A Court of Thorns and Roses and the second in high fantasy trilogy. This trilogy has been inspired by tales such as ‘beauty and the beast’ and ‘East of the Sun and West of the Moon’ with undertones of other legends from mythologies. This series takes us into Prythian, and it’s seven mystical Courts where fae stalk the undergrowth and terrible beast hunt so what book better fitting for this months theme?
“Feyre is immortal. After rescuing her lover Tamlin from a wicked Faerie Queen, she returns to the Spring Court possessing the powers of the High Fae. But Feyre cannot forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people – nor the bargain she made with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre is drawn ever deeper into Rhysand’s dark web of politics and passion, war is looming and an evil far greater than any queen threatens to destroy everything Feyre has fought for. She must confront her past, embrace her gifts and decide her fate.”


Theme: “Supernatural Creatures”
Book: Obsidian
Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

So, when choosing a theme for our Paranormal month I asked myself what is the first thing that comes to my mind when I hear the world “paranormal”? I think of unusual experiences such as those which cannot be explained by science or logic and the supernatural.We picture dark, lean men transforming into beast and stalking the woodlands. We dream of brooding, ravenous vampires, stalking their prey – us. And, sometimes, we think of little green men – Aliens or extraterrestrial life that originated far, far away. So, the theme for our Paranormal month is “supernatural creatures”. The book I have chosen for this month is none other than the epic and by far one of my favorite series, The Lux series by Jennifer L. Armentrout and specifically the first book ‘Obsidian’.  This series takes us into a one stoplight town in West Virginia, a town were creatures known as the Luxen roam, hiding from their galaxy of enemies full of wity, snarky writing.
“Starting over sucks.When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring…. until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up. And then he opened his mouth. Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something…unexpected happens. The hot alien living next door marks me. You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades. If I don’t kill him first, that is…”


Theme:”Voyages Through Time”
Book: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken

For our Historical Fiction month the theme I have chosen is “voyaged through time”.  The book I have chosen is an epic time travel novel and the first in a new duology which  is an epic, filled with Adventure, drama, romance, history, inner conflict and non-stop thrills. The novel, perfectly titled, transports it’s reader across various time periods and countries, each landscape more enticing and exciting than the next – very fitting for our theme and chosen by you!
“In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.”