Young Adult Recommends: Lark Rising

August 25, 2014

Lark Rising
by Sandra Waugh


Lark Carew is gifted with the Sight. When it warns her that the troll-like Troths will attack her village, Lark leaves her home to get help from the legendary Riders of Tarnec but soon Lark learns that she has been summoned to Tarnec for another reason. The four amulets of balance have been stolen. Lark must awaken as the Guardian of Life and retrieve the Life amulet from the Breeders of Chaos. This debut novel was beautifully written, with a unique voice, an enchanting story and a strong female protagonist.




Random House, 2014, 384 pages, $17.99
This book will be available on September 23, 2014.

Young Adult Recommends: Frostborn

July 22, 2014
by Lou Anders
18301308Thianna and Karn are from two different worlds. Thianna is half human, half frost giantess, and feels like she doesn’t belong. Karn is a human boy who doesn’t want to learn how to run a farm, and would rather play the board game Thrones and Bones. The two of them quickly become friends after they are forced to flee into the harsh Norrongard wilderness. Frostborn is the first book in a Norse-inspired fantasy series that has everything from trolls to dragons to the walking dead.


Crown Books, 2014, 352 pages, $16.99
This book will be published on August 5, 2014

Young Adult Recommends: After The End

July 7, 2014

After The End
by Amy Plum

Image-1Decades after World War Three left society in ruins, Juneau and her clan live in a part of the Alaskan wilderness that hasn’t been touched by nuclear radiation. But when her clan is taken by brigands, she ventures out of her homeland to find them. To her shock, Juneau learns that what she grew up believing was nothing but a lie. There was no war. Civilization is still going strong. And Juneau must rescue her clan in this alien world.

Juneau is a strong protagonist. She doesn’t let her lack of knowledge about the strange world she was suddenly thrust into get in the way of her task. This book was really a page-turner, and the only downside was the cliffhanger ending.


HarperCollins, 2014, 352 pages,

Young Adult Recommends: Princess of Thorns

June 30, 2014

Princess of Thorns
by Stacey Jay

9780385743228A fresh new twist to the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. Princess Aurora disguises herself as a boy so she can raise an army and rescue her brother. Prince Niklaas searches for a bride in order to escape the curse that has taken the lives of his older brothers. Together, prince and princess must stop an ogre prophecy from being fulfilled or all human life will perish. I really enjoyed Princess of Thorns. There was never a dull moment while reading, and it has the perfect blend of magic, adventure, romance, and a fairy tale happily-ever-after.


Random House, 2014, 400 pages,

Young Adult Recommends: Dreamwood

June 25, 2014

by Heather Mackley


Lucy Darrington, the daughter of the famous ghostologist William Darrington, runs away from boarding school in order to find her missing father. She travels with her friend Pete to Devil’s Thumb, an island that is the home of the rare and magical Dreamwood. But finding William Darrington will be harder than Lucy or Pete imagine, because though it has healing properties, the Dreamwood also feeds on human flesh. With unexpected twists and turns, “Dreamwood” is a thrilling supernatural and paranormal adventure.


Penguin, 2014, 336 pages, $16.99

Young Adult Recommends: One Past Midnight

June 25, 2014

“One Past Midnight”

by Jessica Shirvington


Sabine has a secret. She lives two lives. Every night, at exactly midnight, she “shifts” and lives each day twice. All Sabine wants is to have one life, but to do so she must give up the other. This book has a powerful message about being happy with what you have. Sabine’s tale will have readers absorbed in it, and leave them wondering what will happen next.


Available July 22, 2014
Bloomsbury,2014, 352 pages, $17.99

My Evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson

April 8, 2014

by Rob Eckman


Excerpts from my Journal of Unusual Book signing Events:

Six unusual items that three amazing booksellers assisted author and inspiration-to-the-masses Neil deGrasse Tyson autograph at Kingsbury Hall:

1-      T-shirts.  While still on the owners.

2-      iPhones, hard drives and other e-devices and cases.

3-      Signage torn off the walls of Kingsbury Hall.

4-      20-year-old DK “Stars” book, tattered and taped together, that inspired owner to study astronomy.

5-      Random college text books.  Even texts that were not penned by Dr. Tyson.  The people wanted this autograph for inspiration.

6-      Journals, old copies of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS, blank pieces of notebook paper and dozens of event ticket stubs.

And almost anything else that Dr. Tyson’s fans could have autographed but the stones of the building itself.  And he autographed it all. 

I know that night, all of Salt Lake City’s coffee houses, pubs and places of conversation, real and virtual, were vibrating with inspiration for the thousands of people that watched this event live or from the three completely packed remote viewing locations. 

The most beautiful exchanges between the author and his public were the private meeting with a boy, having his dream come true, from Make-a-Wish Foundation and the gift of a dream catcher to Dr. Tyson from the Navajo Nation.

 Until next time…


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