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Welcome to the June edition of the Librarian’s Choice Newsletter. Here you will find our top choices from our new items. We sincerely hope you will enjoy our selections, and discover new writers, and genres you may not have tried before. Remember to share your recommendations with us on twitter @mbkshirelibrary or post a review on our library catalogue. Happy Reading!

Don't forget we have many free events scheduled throughout the month. Check out what's on for more information!

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What's on our reading list?

The Chosen / J.R. Ward
Genre: Romance/Thriller

This story is another great read by JR Ward in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series (Vampires) in Caldwell, America.  Xcor, the leader of the Band of Bastards has been captured by the Black Dagger Brotherhood but gravely injured and is in a coma recovering.  The Brotherhood are waiting impatiently for him to recover enough to interrogate him over his plot to kill the vampire blind King Wrath.

In this romance thriller, Xcor has been drawn to the Chosen Layla (a chosen who are cherished by the vampire population) which is forbidden as Xcor has committed very bad crimes against the vampire population in the old and now in the new country which is America. The major conflict between Xcor and his warriors and the King and Brotherhood is brought into the open and a resolution needs to be finalised so that the vampire community can continue more in peace.

 

 

New in Fiction

Into the water / Paula Hawkins
Genre: Thriller

In the latest novel by the bestselling author of ‘The girl on the train’, a single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl who now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from, a place to which she vowed she'd never return.


Congo Dawn / Katherine Scholes
Genre: Romance

Melbourne secretary Anna Emerson's life is turned upside down when a stranger hands her a plane ticket to the Congo. The newly independent country is in turmoil, but the invitation holds a precious clue to the whereabouts of her estranged father. Dan Miller signs up as a mercenary commando to fight the Communist uprising. In the Congo, Dan's belief in the war begins to crumble. Anna heads deeper into danger as she travels from a grand colonial mansion to an abandoned hotel on the shores of Lake Tanganyika and beyond. Their two paths collide through circumstances more extraordinary than fate.


Dunstan / Conn Iggulden
Genre: Historical

This is the original game for the English throne. In the year 937, King Aethelstan, grandson of Alfred the Great, readies himself to throw a great spear into the north. His dream of a kingdom of all England will stand or fall on one field and the passage of a single day. At his side is Dunstan of Glastonbury, full of ambition and wit, perhaps enough to damn his soul. His talents will take him from the villages of Wessex to the royal court, to the hills of Rome - from exile to exaltation. Through Dunstan's vision, by his guiding hand, England may come together as one great country - or fall back into anarchy and misrule.



If wishes were horses / Karly Lane
Genre: Australian

Already struggling to come to terms with the tragic death of her husband, Sophie Bryant nearly loses her own life while attending a domestic dispute as a paramedic. Diagnosed with a mild form of post-traumatic stress disorder, Sophie decides to accept a posting to the remote township of Hilsons Ridge. Soon after her arrival, Sophie decides on a whim to buy an old house on the outskirts of town. There, she discovers the diary of a light horse trooper from the First World War, which she finds fascinating. As she discovers more about her farm's history, she realises that the past and the present are irrevocably connected and, just like love, it waits for the right person to come along to unlock its secrets.

 

How about ebooks? We have some great new ebooks available this month for you to try. Available 24/7 from the comfort of your own home!

Offline / Anne Holt
Genre: Crime & Mystery Fiction

It has been eleven years since Hanne Wilhelmsen's life was forever changed by an assault that left her wheelchair bound. Now, Hanne's self-imposed exile is nearing its end. When Oslo comes under attack from Islamic extremists in a series of explosions, the city is left reeling. A militant group claim responsibility, but the Norwegian police force doubt on the authenticity of the declaration, and the group's very existence. The unfolding drama is brought to Hanne's door by her former partner Billy T., who is convinced that his son, Linus, is involved in the recent events. He begs Hanne for help. But Hanne soon learns that she cannot protect Linus, Billy T. or the people of Oslo. Those bent of destruction are one step ahead, and many lives will be lost before the truth is revealed...

 

Lord of shadows / Cassandra Clare
Genre: Supernatural Fiction

Emma Carstairs has finally avenged her parents. She thought she'd be at peace. But she is anything but calm. Torn between her desire for her parabatai Julian and her desire to protect him from the brutal consequences of parabatai relationships, she has begun dating his brother, Mark. But Mark has spent the past five years trapped in Faerie; can he ever truly be a Shadowhunter again? And the faerie courts are not silent. The Unseelie King is tired of the Cold Peace, and will no longer concede to the Shadowhunters' demands. Caught between the demands of faerie and the laws of the Clave, Emma, Julian, and Mark must find a way to come together to defend everything they hold dear-before it's too late.

 

The Lost Pages / Marija Pericic
Winner of The Australian/Vogel's Literary Award 2017

It is 1908, and Max Brod is the rising star of Prague's literary world. Everything he desires--fame, respect, love--is finally within his reach. But when a rival appears on the scene, Max discovers how quickly he can lose everything he has worked so hard to attain. He knows that the newcomer, Franz Kafka, has the power to eclipse him for good, and he must decide to what lengths he will go to hold onto his success. But there is more to Franz than meets the eye, and Max, too, has secrets that are darker than even he knows, secrets that may in the end destroy both of them. The Lost Pages is a richly reimagined story of Max Brod's life filtered through his relationship with Franz Kafka. In this inspired novel of friendship, fraud, madness and betrayal, Marija Pericic writes vividly and compellingly of an extraordinary literary rivalry.

 

New DVDs & CDs

Passengers (M)

Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt are two passengers onboard a spaceship transporting them to a new life on another planet. The trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As Jim and Aurora try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they begin to fall for each other, unable to deny their intense attraction... only to be threatened by the imminent collapse of the ship and the discovery of the truth behind why they woke up.

Jackie (MA15+)

A searing and intimate portrait of one of the most important and tragic moments in American history, seen through the eyes of the iconic First Lady, then Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. The film places us in her world during the days immediately following her husband's assassination. Known for her extraordinary dignity and poise, here we see a psychological portrait of the First Lady as she struggles to maintain her husband's legacy and the world of a "Camelot" that they created and loved so well.

Lion (PG)

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Fifty Shades Darker (MA15+)

Anastasia has broken off her relationship with the troubled Christian to pursue a new career in a Seattle publishing house. While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Revolting Rhymes (PG)

Based on the extraoridinary book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, Revolting Rhymes mixes the classic fairy tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, The Three Little Pigs, Jack & the Beanstalk and Cinderella, then serves them with a mischievous twist. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protext the Little Pig? How can Jack avoid the Giant and find his golden treasure? Who will Cinderella marry? The narrator Wolf has all the answers, as well as a story of his own to tell.

Ripe dreams, pipe dreams / Cameron Avery

 

New Audio Books

Here are some of our staff favourites from the new audio books this month. View the full list of new Audio Books here or see what is new in our downloadable audio book collection here.

Last Man Standing / David Baldacci ; read by Jason Culp
Genre: Mystery/Thriller 

It took ten seconds for Web London to lose everything: his friends, his team, his reputation. As the point man of the FBI's super-elite Hostage Rescue Team, Web roared into a blind alley toward a drug-dealer's lair, only to meet a high-tech, custom-designed ambush that killed everyone around him. Now coping with the blame-filled words of anguished widows and the suspicions of colleagues, Web tries to put his life back together with the help of his psychiatrist, Dr. Claire Daniels. But to do so, he must discover why he was the one man who lived through the ambush, and find the only other person who came out of that alley alive, a ten-year-old boy who has since disappeared. Web's search leads him from inner-city Washington, DC, to the rolling hills of Virginia horse country, while people connected to him are violently silenced. Acting on his instincts, Web believes he knows where the killer will strike next. Only this time, he may not survive the attack.

Leap of Faith / Fiona McCallum ; read by Miranda Nation
Genre: Australian Fiction

Jessica Harrington is a promising horserider who dreams of representing her country. But the recent death of her father, her coach and mentor, has left her doubting her ability to continue in the sport. When she fails at the Adelaide International Horse Trials her fears are confirmed, and her world begins to fall apart. Unable to bear seeing her well-bred, highly trained horses languishing in the paddock, she makes the snap decision to sell. She's broken her own heart, but can't see any other way, now she will just have to focus on a life without them. Her husband Steve and best friend Tiffany, however, can see through her bravado. Jessica is dismayed when Steve brings home a horse from a clearing sale, a horse so skinny and forlorn he just couldn't leave it behind. Unwilling to be drawn back into the world of horses, she's reluctant to get involved. But when a summer thunderstorm brings on a life-or-death emergency, she finds she underestimated the heart of one little horse. Can Jessica put her trust in Faith?

When we danced at the end of the pier / Sandy Taylor
Genre: Romance Fiction

Brighton 1930. Jack and Nelson have always been dear friends to Maureen. Despite their different backgrounds, they've seen each other through thick and thin. As Maureen blossoms from a little girl into a young woman, the candle she's always held for Jack burns bright. But just as she's found love, war wrenches them apart. The man she cherishes with all her heart is leaving. When the bombs start to fall, Maureen and her family find themselves living in the most dangerous of times. With Jack no longer by her side and Nelson at war, Maureen has never felt more alone. Can she look to a brighter future? And will she find the true happiness she's dreamt of?