Sara F. Staff Picks


 

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The Half-Drowned King Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062563699
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Published: Harper - August 2017

"Are you looking for a good adventure story? A story about vikings perhaps? Norse gods? Feasts? Well look no further, The Half-Drowned King is the book for you. A debut novel that takes us into the world of viking Norway where kings are the men that conquer the most land and heroes are those that go raiding on the high seas and die honorably in battle. We meet Ragnvald, who is on his first raiding trip to prove his manhood. After being betrayed he swears revenge on those that have wronged and this begins an epic adventure, Full of warring kings, feasting, games and endless mind games, The Half-Drowned King is the perfect Nordic adventure tale. Read the full review over at the Book Culture blog, then stop into your local Book Culture to buy the book!"

-- Sara


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The Martian Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780553418026
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Published: Broadway Books - October 28th, 2014

Before reading this I had never been one for science fiction but I had always loved science and I had always loved fiction. I finally decided to try it out and this book was absolutely the perfect book to experiment with. It was so well written and so well researched that I had a very hard time remembering that this was a debut novel. Everything was so well done that I fell even more in love with Mars and found myself growing very attached to the character as well as the author. Andy Weir has such a talent that I am an instant fan and I can't wait to see where he takes me next.

-- Sara


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Throne of Glass Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9781619630345
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Published: Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books - May 7th, 2013

When I read this, the first in a series, I was in such a young adult fantasy type of mood and this novel delivered on all those counts and so many more. From the very first chapter I knew that this book was going to be something special, the main character was a strong, feisty woman that no matter how many times she had been beaten down, kept getting back up. Full of adventure, magic and superbly written Throne of Glass is an addicting and wonderful read. If you need a little fantasy in your life this is the book for you. A true masterpiece.

-- Sara


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The Night Circus Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
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Published: Anchor Books - July 3rd, 2012

It took me many years before I finally decided to read it. As soon as I started it I knew that I had made a huge mistake in waiting so long. This book is, in my opinion, perfection, from the writing, to the story, to the characters there is not a wrong sentence or phrase or moment in all 516 pages. There are very few books that I find perfection in but this is certainly one of them. I don't want to say too much because most of the magic comes from the initial reading, so all I have left to say is, read it.

-- Sara


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Misery Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781501156748
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Published: Pocket Books - February 28th, 2017

The master of horror has once again brought to life a terrifyingly perfect tale. Paul Sheldon is an author of unrivaled fame, known mainly for his Misery Chastain novels that has spanned his entire career, and he has finally had enough of Misery. Enter Annie Wilkes who will stop at literally nothing to get Paul to bring her favorite character back to life. Perfectly written, and with just the right amount of creepy Misery is in my mind a perfect book. Never have I finished a book with such a smile on my face.

-- Joe


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Wideacre Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780743249294
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Published: Touchstone Books - July 2nd, 2003

The first in a trilogy, Wideacre introduces us to Beatrice Lacey, beautiful, ambitious, strong willed and willing to do anything to keep possession of her beloved Wideacre. Beautifully written and as close to a sweeping English epic that one can get in the modern age of shorter is better, Philippa Gregory has given us one of the most intriguing books I have read in a very long while. This book is full of twists, turns, surprises, betrayals, love and secrets and it is just the beginning.

-- Sara


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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780143125389
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Published: Penguin Books - May 27th, 2014

A incredibly intricate tale of a widower who moves to the English countryside to try to move on and rediscover his love of collecting and restoring rare books. When he comes across an old painting that resembles his wife he begins a journey to discover its origins. What he finds is a centuries old mystery that tries to answer a question that has been plaguing scholars for years, did Shakespeare write the plays he became famous for? When the people he enlists for help begin to disappear Peter starts to worry that maybe what he stumbled upon may be something left unanswered. Written between three time periods and traveling all over England and all over time The Bookman's Tale is a mystery wrapped in an adventure story and tied up with delicious literary intrigue. Well written and beautifully put together this is a great book for those that love books, Shakespeare or a good mystery.

-- Sara


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Summer Tree, The: Book One of the Fionavar Tapestry Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780451458223
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Published: Ace Books - April 2001

This is the first in a truly brilliant fantasy trilogy. Starting in our world five university students meet a man named Lauren Silvercloak. He tells them that not only is magic real but that there are other worlds and he asks that they come to his world to celebrate the fifth decade of their king. Scared, skeptical and a little intrigued the five decide to take him up on his strange offer and away they go to Fionavar and an adventure that they never could have seen coming. This novel blew me away and after I finished it all I wanted was more. So perfectly written and incredibly timed I have to recommend this book to anyone and everyone that loves not only a good fantasy but a good story in general.

-- Sara


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Alice Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780425266793
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Published: Ace Books - August 4th, 2015

A dark and terrifying retelling of Alice in wonderland Christina Henry takes us into the darkest parts of our minds and just let us sit there. I loved this from the twisted opening to the dark and uncomfortable end. Every part of this story looked at the sweet Alice in Wonderland tale in a brand new and very grimy light. A great read if you enjoy a little hair raising terror. Read with the lights on. You will regret nothing!

-- Sara


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A Discovery of Witches Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143119685
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Published: Penguin Books - December 27th, 2011

If ever the old adage of 'don't judge a book by its cover' (or in this case its title) stands true it is for this fantastic sci-fi/fantasy novel. Diana Bishop is a perfectly ordinary professor. Or so she tries to be. She is on sabbatical at Oxford so that she can spend some time doing research into old Alchemical texts at the Bodleian library. When she sees a rare text with illustrations that she has never come across before she thinks she has just gotten lucky and discovered a rare find. How wrong she is. An incredibly well written adventure full of love, mystery, magic and characters that leap off the page. For anyone that likes even a touch of the mystical this book is the way to go. First in a trilogy so be prepared for a long and incredible journey.

-- Sara


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The Book Thief Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

A truly incredible story, told from Death's point of view about, a young girl that even in the darkest times discovers a way to find happiness. 'The Book Thief' shows us the true magic of books and how reading can take us into different worlds. This is a book for anyone that wants to fall in love with reading all over again. Well written, beautifully crafted and perfectly put together 'The Book Thief' is a must read.

-- Sara


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Mystic River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780688163167
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Published: William Morrow - February 1st, 2001

A group of young boys are playing in the streets one fateful afternoon when a couple of 'cops' come by. One of the boys is taken away and so begins a dark and harrowing journey that changes the lives of the entire town. Dark, mysterious and shocking in so many ways 'Mystic River' is a truly wonderful read. Dennis Lehane takes the mystery and suspense genre and turns it on it's head in this novel. Perfectly written and truly edge-of-your-seat-stay-up-all-night good this is a perfect pick for anyone who wants a ride on the dark side.

-- Sara