Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom) is terrified. She’s about to be reunited with her boyfriend Percy Jackson after months of...moreAnnabeth Chase, daughter of Athena (Greek goddess of wisdom) is terrified. She’s about to be reunited with her boyfriend Percy Jackson after months of separation, and she knows that showing up at Camp Jupiter, the training camp for Roman demigods in a fully armed, flying Greek warship could be extremely dangerous.
The uneasy truce between the Greeks and Romans doesn’t last long, however, and Annabeth and Percy along with five other demigods: Jason Grace, Piper McLean, Leo Valdez, Frank Zhang, and Hazel Levesque are all forced to flee the angry Romans. On the run, they are still determined to complete their quest to Rome to stop the ancient earth goddess Gaea from rising and destroying the world.
With a prophecy looming that seems to spell certain disaster for their mission, the seven young demigods travel across the United States, occasionally stopping for a meeting with the god of wine, an aquarium full of sea monsters, and a tea party with Aphrodite.
As their journey takes them across the Atlantic and to the ancient city, they know that they are racing against the clock to stop the destruction of Rome, rescue a captured friend, and locate a long lost relic from the time of ancient Greece, all while trying to repair a feud lasting for millennia between the Greeks and Romans.
Working together, with each demigod using their own special skills, the seven teenagers achieve remarkable accomplishments and form a bond that will hold them together through the trials they must face in the future if they hope to save the world from its impending doom.
The first Percy Jackson series, “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” introduced young readers all over the world to Greek mythology in a fun and engaging story. With a cliffhanger ending that will leaver readers anxious for the next installment next fall, “The Mark of Athena” is an exciting third entry in “The Heroes of Olympus” series. Filled with the same light hearted humor and themes of friendship and courage that made Riordan’s previous books bestsellers, “The Mark of Athena” continues to bring ancient mythology to young and young at heart readers in an accessible and compelling narrative.(less)
Country singer Kayleigh Towne is used to enthusiastic fans, but her latest admirer is far more disturbing than any who have come before. Edwin Sharp s...moreCountry singer Kayleigh Towne is used to enthusiastic fans, but her latest admirer is far more disturbing than any who have come before. Edwin Sharp seems to know everything about her, from Kayleigh’s favorite restaurant to her frequently changed private e-mail addresses. But despite the onslaught of e-mails, letters and gifts and the fact that he regularly parks across from her house, there’s nothing Kayleigh can do, because since he’s never threatened her, legally, he’s done nothing wrong.
As a good friend of Kayleigh’s, California Bureau of Investigation Agent and Behavior Analysis Expert Kathryn Dance is concerned for her safety and is more than willing to help out the young singer in whatever way she can. So, when one of Kayleigh’s crew members and longtime friends is murdered in a manner reminiscent of one of her songs, Kathryn volunteers her services to the local law enforcement agency to help catch Kayleigh’s stalker. With a hostile reception from the local police and a fiendishly clever suspect to deal with, Kathryn has her hands full in this investigation.
But as more bodies and evidence comes to light, not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Kayleigh might have a stalker, but whether or not he’s the killer is another question that Kathryn is determined to answer. And as her part in the investigation brings her some unwanted attention, she must not only be concerned with Kayleigh’s safety, but her own as well.
Like all of Deaver’s work, “XO” is a lightning quick tale, full of his signature twists and turns. A master of misdirection, Deaver pulls the reader from point A to point B to point Z, never revealing quite how you got there until you reach the end of the path. Sure to thrill, “XO” is an entertaining mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end. (less)
For Charlotte Kinder, a two week escape into the world of Jane Austen is just what she needs to refresh herself after her recent divorce. Tired of the...moreFor Charlotte Kinder, a two week escape into the world of Jane Austen is just what she needs to refresh herself after her recent divorce. Tired of the bad blind dates set up by well-meaning friends and her workaholic existence, Charlotte longs to lose herself even if just for a little while.
With her two children safely stowed at her cheating ex-husband’s and new wife’s home, Charlotte jets off to England for a fortnight’s stay at Pembroke Park, an immersive Regency Era re-enactment resort – an Austenland, if you will. Dressed in the period clothing of empire waist gowns, corsets, and chemises; and surrounded by appropriately handsome actors worthy of the Mr. Darcy comparisons, Charlotte prepares herself to live out a “Pride and Prejudice” experience of balls, proposals and a haughty, brooding gentleman.
But it seems she has been destined for a “Northanger Abbey” adventure full of mysterious happenings, unexplained deaths and ghostly specters. With an old mystery to solve, Charlotte and her fellow guests get caught up in the excitement of searching for clues, but when she discovers what seems to be an actual dead body in a secret room, Charlotte has a hard time separating what’s supposed to be part of the Austenland mystery from what’s actually happening. Charlotte knows that everyone at Pembroke Park is playing a role of some kind, but she’s certain that someone’s Regency persona might just be hiding a murderous disposition.
And just as Catherine Moreland, the heroine of “Northanger Abbey,” Charlotte is determined to uncover the truth behind the mystery, whether it’s real or just a part of the game; and maybe along the way, she can find a Mr. Tilney and her own happy ending.
“Midnight in Austenland” has the same setting and a few of the secondary characters from Hale’s 2007 book and soon to be a major motion picture “Austenland,” but it stands entirely on its own. Hale has filled her book with humor, dramatic intrigue, romance, and mysterious happenings. It’s an entertaining tale with a hefty dose of Jane Austen and a bit of Agatha Christie with an ending sure to satisfy fans of both. (less)
In 2008, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. was approached by a man who wanted to have his copy of the First Folio authenticated. Raymo...moreIn 2008, the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington D.C. was approached by a man who wanted to have his copy of the First Folio authenticated. Raymond Rickett Scott, a British citizen, who claimed to have procured this copy in Cuba from one of Fidel Castro’s bodyguards, caused a bit of a sensation with this request. Even at the Folger, it’s not every day that someone just shows up out of the blue with a previously unknown copy of the First Folio.
The printing of Shakespeare’s First Folio in 1623 gave birth to somewhere between 750 and 1,000 copies of one of the most coveted rare books in the world. Now, almost 400 years later, only 232 copies are known to remain; and Shakespearean scholars, bibliophiles and collectors around the globe yearn to possess, examine, or simply be in the presence of a copy of this seminal work.
Eric Rasmussen, a noted Shakespearean scholar and a team of First Folio hunters have spent more than a decade traveling the world tracking down as many of these 232 copies as possible. Their goal was to create a definitive record of every existing First Folio, detailing page measurements, binding elements, and every single identifying watermark, tear, stain and bit of marginalia on each and every page.
The scholarly result of all that work is “The Shakespeare First Folios: a Descriptive Catalog,” an incredibly detailed and thoroughly exhaustive creation that is of invaluable assistance to scholars, book dealers, and researchers. The more entertaining result of all that work is “The Shakespeare Thefts,” a collection of accounts regarding the long history of deception, greed, obsession, and thievery that have surrounded the First Folio for centuries.
Rasmussen covers a fascinating history filled with compelling tales, from the eccentricities of First Folio owners to the numerous thefts to the copy unintentionally stolen by the Pope, “The Shakespeare Thefts” is sure to interest not just serious Shakespeare scholars but anyone with a taste for history and literature.
And that previously undiscovered copy presented at the Folger? Stolen. From Durham University in England in 1998, and identified by its unique measurements and a missing triangular piece of paper as distinctive as a fingerprint (less)