Articles tagged "book trailer"

Gone Girl + We Need to Talk About Kevin = BABY TEETH

We Need to Talk About Kevin meets Gone Girl meets The Omen. Interested? That might be the best way to describe Zoje Stage’s highly anticipated debut novel, BABY TEETH…a twisty, delirious read that will constantly question your sympathies for the two characters as their bond continues to crumble.” Entertainment Weekly

Former screenwriter Stage’s “bad seed” debut novel about a mom desperate to find help for her mute young daughter whose disturbing behavior grows increasingly dangerous is one of Hello Giggles’s “Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2018,” was excerpted by EW, and has THREE starred reviews!

“Deliciously creepy… The author keeps the suspense taut by alternating chapters between Hanna and Suzette, offering a terrifying glimpse into the inner thoughts of a budding sociopath.” Library Journal, starred review

“Stage’s deviously fun debut takes child-rearing anxiety to demented new heights. Stage expertly crafts this creepy, can’t-put-it-down thriller into a fearless exploration of parenting and marriage that finds the cracks in unconditional love.” Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Stage fuses horror with domestic suspense to paint an unflinching portrait of childhood psychopathy and maternal regret.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

And it’s keeping librarians up past their bedtime:

Read Library Journal‘s Q&A with Zoje Stage, check out the creepy book trailer, and downloadable pop culture diagram: readmoreremove

Have you seen EMMA?

We are huge fans of Wendy Walker and we know you librarians are, too. Last year’s ALL IS NOT FORGOTTEN was a July 2016 LibraryReads pick and now she’s back with another wrenching thriller about two missing sisters, a twisted family, and what happens when only one girl comes back: EMMA IN THE NIGHT.

“Both twisted and twisty, this smart psychological thriller sets a new standard for unreliable narrators.” — Booklist, starred review

“Walker’s portrayal of the ways in which a narcissistic, self-involved mother can affect her children deepens the plot as it builds to a shocking finale.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

Watch the video series for EMMA below, and if you’re attending BookExpo, make sure to meet Wendy on Friday, June 2 at 11am to get a signed ARC of EMMA IN THE NIGHT!


Furry Friends Roundup

These books about furry friends are #CuteOverload:

DOUG THE PUG: The King of Pop Culture by Leslie Mosier
Doug the Pug is the King of Pop Culture with over 7 million adoring fans on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat! He’s bumped noses with the hottest stars out there: Justin Bieber, Steven Tyler, Ed Sheeran, John Legend, and Chrissy Teigen, just to name a few. Did you catch him in Fall Out Boy’s latest music video? Doug’s a rising star, but he doesn’t let fame go to his head. He’s a simple dog with a great big heart.

PUMPKIN: The Raccoon Who Thought She Was a Dog by Laura L. Young
As a baby, Pumpkin the Raccoon was abandoned by her parents after falling out of a tree and breaking her leg. Taken in by a family with two rescue dogs, Toffee and Oreo, Pumpkin gained a new set of “parents” and a life of luxury in the Bahamas. Check out Pumpkin’s feature on Good Morning America! “…this book is cuteness overload and will appeal to all age groups.” — Library Journal

AC the cat is back! And his owner Kate Funk has come up with some even more hilarious, increasingly ridiculous costumes for him to model, from Rosie the Riveter, to Max from Where the Wild Things Are, to Marty McFly.

THE SHEPHERD’S VIEW: Modern Photographs From an Ancient Landscape by James Rebanks
Two starred reviews! “Rebanks’ prose and the photographs make the landscape come alive, and woolly sheep pictured against beautiful craggy meadows will entice readers to dream of shepherding. A true gem.” — Booklist, starred review

SAD ANIMAL FACTS by Brooke Barker
Barker’s hand-illustrated collection of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths is beyond hilarious and has an amazing book trailer.

DOGS WHO SERVE: Incredible Stories of Our Canine Military Heroes by Lisa Rogak
Military Working Dogs have played a vital role in the United States armed forces throughout history. In this celebration of their contributions to our nation, Lisa Rogak profiles these heroic dogs and showcases them in vivid photographs that capture the devotion and respect these amazing canines, their devoted handlers, and fellow soldiers share for each other. readmoreremove


Brooke Barker’s SAD ANIMAL FACTS is a hilarious hand-illustrated collection of the Animal Kingdom’s more unfortunate truths and we’re laughing so hard we’re crying! Why? Little gems like this and an amazing book trailer:

Fact: Harp seal pups are abandoned on beaches at birth and only 3 out of 10 survive.
Seal Pup: “I’m not on this beach to make friends.”

Fact: Jellyfish have no hearts.
Jellyfish: “Sorry, I’m not sorry.”

Fact: If a female ferret goes into heat and doesn’t mate she will die.
Ferret: “Why isn’t Tinder loading?!!”

Fact: Kiwis can remember a bad memory for 5 years.
Kiwi: “This was our song.”



ROSALIE LIGHTNING is Eisner-nominated cartoonist Tom Hart’s beautiful and touching graphic memoir about the untimely death of his young daughter, Rosalie. Using the graphic form to articulate his and his wife’s on-going search for meaning in the aftermath of Rosalie’s death, Hart explores themes of grief, hopelessness, rebirth, and eventually finding hope again.

A January 2015 Indie Next pick
A Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers pick
THREE starred reviews:

“Using stories from popular culture, mythology, and folklore as metaphors for his own experiences, Hart takes an extremely personal experience of loss and grief and makes it universal. Incredibly moving, and stunningly executed.” — Booklist, starred review

“The death of a child is one of the heaviest subjects imaginable, and to capture that devastation in a very cartoony style, as Hart does here, is no small feat. Beautiful and gut-wrenching…a gift to every reader and to anyone who has grieved.”
Library Journal, starred review

“What catapults this graphic novel into greatness, however, is its honesty. Hart delves into details other creators might have excised—Rosalie’s favorite phrases, the odd thoughts one fixates on in the midst of catastrophe—and it is this candor that will likely leave many readers in tears. ROSALIE LIGHTNING is a masterpiece—and a luminous tribute to a brief, beautiful life.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review


Watch the amazing book trailer. readmoreremove

Happy #BookBday (4/28/15 Edition)

Today we celebrate #BookBdays for a pair of debuts novels and an essay collection about first jobs:

THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolen Womack
We’re obsessed with Womack’s riveting debut novel about time travel, adventure, and romance. We’ve already told you that it’s perfect for “Da Vinci Code and Outlander fans” (Booklist). It’s also a May 2015 Indie Next pick and has a killer book trailer.

HER NAME IS ROSE by Christine Breen
Breen’s “poignant”* debut novel about an Irish woman who goes to Boston in search of the birth mother of her beloved adopted daughter, Rose, recalls the wit and emotion of Maeve Binchy at her best. “Breen’s characters immediately invite the reader to go on a heartwrenching journey that’s enhanced by her skillful plotting and authentic, lyrical descriptions of the Emerald Isle. A moving first novel.”
— *Publishers Weekly, starred review

FIRST JOBS: True Tales of Bad Bosses, Quirky Coworkers, Big Breaks, and Small Paychecks, edited by Merritt Watts and Hanya Yanagihara
(Picador True Tales series)

Watts and Yanagihara offer 50 short first-person narratives about first jobs edited from interviews with both famous and ordinary people.

Head over heels for HAVISHAM

Everyone loves Ronald Frame's HAVISHAM, and for good reason. The story is creative (it's a prelude to Charles Dickens's classic GREAT EXPECTATIONS), the package is gorgeous, and the reviews are glowing:

“Before she took to pacing about her cobwebbed London manse in a tattered wedding gown, literature’s most famous jilted bride, Miss Havisham, ran the family brewery.  Expectations are great for this engaging ‘prequel’ to Dickens’ classic.” Good Housekeeping, New Book Picks

“In HAVISHAM, his prequel to Great Expectations, Ronald Frame colorfully imagines the traumas that doomed the tortured Miss Havisham.” Vanity Fair, Hot Type column

“If you love Great Expectations, you'll bask in the light of Frame's detailed and atmospheric prequel focusing on the dark and tragic Miss Havisham.” Shelf Awareness

“An excellent example of a present-day writer taking on a classic, HAVISHAM gives the reader food for thought while reviving one of the great characters of Victorian literature.” BookPage

"An intelligently imagined Dickens prequel." Kirkus Reviews, starred review and Best Book of the Year selection

More reviews are still to come from USA Today and the New York Times Book Review. Film and TV rights have been acquired for adaptation by BBC producer Christopher Aird (Call the Midwife), but until then, you can watch the lovely book trailer.

 Havisham trailer


Eleven Dark Tales of Murder, Mourning, and Revenge

An aspiring writer discovers that her landlady has murdered her husband. An accomplished surgeon meets a cabaret singer, whose beautiful appearance belies the grotesque condition of her heart. And while the surgeon’s jealous lover vows to kill him, a violent envy also stirs in the soul of a lonely craftsman. The fates of these and others converge in the dark web of Yoko Ogawa's REVENGE.

Alan Cheuse raved about REVENGE on NPR saying, "So, really, it's not just Murakami but also the shadow of Borges that hovers over this mesmerizing book. And in that telltale heart, one may detect a slight bow to the American macabre of E.A. Poe. Ogawa stands on the shoulders of giants, as another saying goes. But this collection may linger in your mind—it does in mine—as a delicious, perplexing, absorbing and somehow singular experience." Read the full review here.

Revenge ECard

"Ogawa’s writing is simple and effective, and her technique for merging the tales demonstrates her mastery of the written word. [...] the author paints each tale exquisitely." -Kirkus Reviews

"Weaving together the morbid tales of 11 unnamed narrators, prolific Japanese author Ogawa, a Shirley Jackson Award winner, [...] makes it count with her precision and dedication to bringing the vision full-circle." -Publishers Weekly

Watch the book trailer for REVENGE here. IF YOU DARE!


Jane Eyre… Laid Bare!

JANE EYRE LAID BARE is the classic gothic erotic mash-up that you won't be able to put down!

The already fiery love story between Jane and Mr. Rochester is lovingly infused with even more passion and heat. In fact, I feel like I should warn you against shelving the paperbacks next to other books... they may simply burst into flame. Author Eve Sinclair writes between the lines to chart the smoldering sexual chemistry between the long-suffering governess and her brooding employer.

Don't believe me? Get out your headphones (because this is so nsfw!) and listen up:

jane eyre excerpt trailer

Jane purists may protest (perhaps too much, methinks?), but Sinclair assures us that there's no cause for alarm, "I have changed very little of Brontë's original to retell the timeless story of a young girl falling for an unattainable older man and getting out of her depth in a sensual world she cannot control."


Watch the KILLER Book Trailer for Kill You Twice!

You must watch this amazing book trailer for Chelsea Cain's latest psychological thriller, KILL YOU TWICE!

I promise the message will hit you... hard.

ky2 trailer

KILL YOU TWICE Review Round-Up:

"Cain hits the narrative throttle with all cylinders firing. Like the best thriller writers, though, she knows how to ease off the throttle, too, making room for subtle and satisfying character interplay but at the same building tension as we wait for the narrative to burst into overdrive once again. Masterful on every level." -Booklist (starred review)

"That blood oozes off practically every page is never in doubt. But neither is Cain’s skill in creating riveting character drama between two damaged souls." -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Cain’s abiding determination to outdo the suspense, plot twists and gore of each previous outing is both perverse and awe-inspiring." -Kirkus Reviews

And Robin Beerbower (Salem Public Library, OR) added KILL YOU TWICE to her list of books for the Fourth Annual Librarian Shout n' Share at BEA!