here are all the books I bought in the month of April:
“Black Ships Before Troy: The Story of The Iliad” by Rosemary Sutcliff: The gods and goddesses of Olympus scheme as the ancient world is thrown into turmoil. Helen, a legendary beauty and wife of the Greek King, has been abducted by her Trojan lover. The jealousy of the Greek King flames into lethal vengeance as the Greeks descend on the city of Troy aboard their black ships. In the siege that follows, history’s greatest heroes – among them Ajax, Achilles, and Odysseus – are forged in combat, and the dark costs of passion, pride, and revenge must be paid. In the end, the whims of the gods, the cunning of the warriors, and a great wooden horse will decide who emerges victorious.
“Maybe Someday” by Colleen Hoover: At twenty-two years old, Sydney is enjoying a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers that Hunter is cheating on her – and she’s forced to decide what her next move should be. Soon, Sydney finds herself captivated by her mysterious and attractive neighbor, Ridge. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the passionate way he plays his guitar every evening out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either. They soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one.
“November 9” by Colleen Hoover: Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day of her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist. Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon – and simultaneously his novel – be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
“Out of Sight, Out of Time” by Ally Carter: The last thing Cammie Morgan remembers is leaving the Gallagher Academy to protect her friends and family from the Circle of Cavan – an ancient terrorist organization that has been hunting her for over a year. But when Cammie wakes up in an Alpine convent and discovers months have passed, she must now face the fact that her memory is a black hole. The only traces left of Cammie’s summer vacation are the bruises on her body and dirt under her nails, and all she wants is to go home. Once she returns to school, however, Cammie realizes that the Gallagher Academy now holds more questions than answers. Cammie, her friends, and mysterious spy-guy Zach face their most difficult challenge yet as they travel to the other side of the world, hoping to piece together the clues that Cammie left behind. It’s a race against time. The Circle is hot on their trail and will stop at nothing to prevent Cammie from remembering what she did last summer.
“United We Spy” by Ally Carter: Cammie Morgan has lost her father and her memory, but she finds her greatest mission yet. Cammie and her friends finally know why the terrorist organization called the Circle of Cavan has been hunting her. Now the spy girls and Zach must track down the Circle’s leaders and stop them before they can implement a master plan that will change Cammie – and her country – forever.
“Gossip Girl: Only in Your Dreams” by Cecily von Ziegesar: Welcome to New York City’s, where my friends and I are the biggest stars…whether or not the cameras are rolling. Lights, camera, scandal! Hollywood is invading our city and S is set for her big-screen debut. I hear she’s already having an off-screen romance with her on-screen lover, T. What will that mean for Hamptons-bound N? And if N is free, what about B? Sure, she’s off to London to spend time with her royal boytoy, but N will always be Prince Charming in my book…or movie. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show! You know you love me, Gossip Girl.
“Gossip Girl: The Carlyles” by Cecily von Ziegesar: Get out your Montblac pens, Chloé satchels, and cashmere cardigans. It’s a brand-new season on the Upper East Side, and the irresistible Carlyle triplets are taking Manhattan by storm. You know it’s going to be another wild and wicked year, and I’ll be here to whisper all the juicy secrets…You know you love me, Gossip Girl.
“Gossip Girl: I Will Always Love You” by Cecily von Ziegesar: It finally happened: we went to college. We started over. No one knows who we’ve coveted, what we scored on our SATs, where our parents live, or when we became debaucherous. We’ve changed. Or at least, some of us have. But old habits are hard to break – especially when faced with your former besties and former flames. With everyone back in the city for the holidays, this break is guaranteed to be filled with makeups, breakups, and shakeups. Lucky for you, I’m here to report all the scandal as it happens. Let the games begin! You know you love me, xoxo Gossip Girl
“Missing You” by Harlan Coben: It’s a profile, like all the others on the online dating site. But as NYPD Detective Kat Donovan focuses on the accompanying picture, she feels her whole world explode, as emotions she’s ignored for years come crashing down on her. Staring back at her is her ex-fiancé Jeff, the man who shattered her heart – and who she hasn’t seen in 18 years. Kat feels a spark, wondering if this might be the moment when past tragedies recede and a new world opens up. But when she reaches out to the man in the profile, her reawakened hope quickly darkens into suspicion and then terror as an unspeakable conspiracy comes to light, in which monsters prey upon the most vulnerable.
“Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems” by Edgar Allan Poe: The Life of American writer Edgar Allan Poe was characterized by a dramatic series of successes and failures, breakdowns and recoveries, personal gains and hopes dashed through, despite which he created some of the finest literature the world has ever known. Over time his works have influenced such major creative forces as the French poets Charles Baudelaire and Andre Gide, filmmaker D.W. Griffith and modern literary legend Allen Ginsberg. Best known for his poems and short fiction, Poe perfected the psychological thriller, invented the detective story, and rarely missed transporting the reader to his own supernal realm. He has also been hailed posthumously as one of the finest literary critics of the nineteenth century. In Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems fans may indulge in all of Poe’s imaginative short stores, including The Fall of the House of Usher, The Murders in Rue Morgue, The Tell-Tale Heart, Ligeio, and Ms. In A Bottle. His complete early and miscellaneous poetic masterpieces are also here, including The Raven, Ulalume, Annabel Lee, Tamerlane, as well as select reviews and narratives.
“The Wonder of All Things” by Jason Mott: On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into the crowd of spectators, killing and injuring dozens. But when the dist clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds miraculously disappear. Ava has a unique gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. But now the whole world knows, and suddenly Ava is thrust into the spotlight. People from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to glimpse the wonder of a miracle. But Ava’s unusual ability comes at a great cost, her own health, and as she grows weaker with each healing, Ava begins searching for an escape. Wash agrees to help Ava, but little does she know he has his own secret he’s been harboring, and soon Ava finds herself having to decide just how much she’s willing to sacrifice in order to save the one she loves most.
“The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove” by Lauren Kate: Natalie Hargrove has been dreaming for years of being crowned senior class prom queen. She’s got everything it takes: beauty, popularity, and ambition. When a boy from her past threatens to ruin her flawless plan, Natalie sets into motion a chain of events meant to regain control. But she’s made one fatal mistake…Blackmail and buried desire, dark secrets and even darker deeds cause Natalie to unravel.
“King’s Folly” by Jill Williamson: The gods are angry. volcanic eruptions, sinkholes, ground shakers – everything points to their unhappiness. At least that is what the king of Armania believes. His son Prince Wilek thinks his father’s superstitions are nonsense, though he remains the ever dutiful First Arm of Armania. When a messenger arrives and claims that the town of Farway has been swallowed by the earth, the king sends Wilek to investigate. But what Wilek discovers is more cataclysmic than one lost city. Even as the ground shifts beneath his feet, Wilek sets out on a desperate journey to save his people and his world. But can he do it before the entire land crumbles?