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West Lakes Winter Must Reads!

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Our West Lakes team have a wide selection of books for you to add to your shelves.

Action Comics #1000 80 Years of Superman by Cristophe Galfard:

I am a massive comic collector, so when Action comics #1000 came out I had to have it. I also had to have this HC 80 years of Superman. It is a fantastic read, with classic Superman issues plus a story that was not published in the 1940s. The classic stories give us a great snapshot of the times and events going on in that era and how the comic book art changed with every year and with every new artist joining the DC team.
I enjoyed every moment of this fantastic collection of stories spanning across the 80 years of Action comics. Unfortunately issue #1000 is not actually in the book, as it was released a week later than the hard cover. After reading the Superman classics you should definitely read Action comics #1000 to see what's coming up for the next big story event.
A great read for comic fans young and old. - Sam


Top 5 books that Auntie Jess doesn't get sick of reading to her nieces:

1. Room on the Broom
2. The Very Cranky Bear
3. Where the Wild things Are
4. The Wonky Donkey
5. Feathers for Phoebe

 

 

One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus:

Into detention one afternoon walks an athlete, a brain, a criminal, an outsider, and a princess.

Only four walk out.

When outsider, Simon, mysteriously dies in detention, his four classmates immediately become prime suspects in his murder. Considering he was only hours away from publishing their deepest, darkest secrets to his gossip blog, they all have motive to kill. Follow Bronwyn, Cooper, Nate, and Addy as they try to navigate the horrible world of being a teenager, while trying to prove to each other and the police that they did not murder Simon.

One Of Us Is Lying is honestly one of the greatest, most perfect books that I have ever read. It is an absolute cannot-put-down read that will leave you hooked on the most amazing characters, beautiful friendships, hilarious teenage drama, and of course a gripping murder-mystery that will leave you guessing until the very end. If you’re a fan of Pretty Little Liars, The Breakfast Club, or really any YA fiction, this is most definitely the book for you! - Bec

The Outsider by Stephen King:

How can one person be in two different spots, coach Terry Maitland is arrested for the disturbing murder of a young boy, even though he is seen at a book signing at the same time the murder took place, with his blood and DNA also found at the murders scene, has Detective Ralph Anderson arrested the wrong man, or are there strange things happening in the small town. There is also a cross over with Holly who helps out, from his Bill Hodges trilogy.
A fantastic supernatural read.

If you haven’t read the Bill Hodges trilogy, it starts with Mr Mercedes, followed by Finders Keepers and End of Watch. My other favourites are by Daniel Cole- Ragdoll and The Hangman. - Bill


The Top 3 books Chantelle is (trying desperately to be patiently) waiting for...

 

1. Throne of Glass 7: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J Maas
Release date: October 2018

"I can't even with this, I'm so scared of what Sarah J Maas is going to do to my babies and OTP Rowaelin in this final instalment but so eager to see how it all turns out and yet don't want it to be over! ARGH!"

2. Dark Artifices 3: Queen of Air and Darkness by Cassandra Clare
Release date: December 2018

Webster should list the definition of the word "Torture" as

Tor-ture /ˈtôrCHər/
The act of waiting 2 years for this book after that major cliffhanger in Lord of Shadows!

"It has been such a long wait for this one and still 6 months to go but I'm sure it will be worth it. This one is also the final novel in the series, why is everything ending this year!? I was pleasantly surprised by the first two books and can't wait to see how she ends this trilogy and find out what on earth she has planned next for the world of the Shadowhunters."

3. Strange the Dreamer 2: Muse of Nightmares by Laini Taylor
Release date: October 2018

"EEEEK!!! that title is everything! And I'm pretty sure this is also the last book of this series :(
I'm still excited to return to this world of mystery, magic and blue skinned Gods!
Must heroes always slay monsters, or is it possible to save them instead?

Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation all clash in this gorgeous sequel to Strange the Dreamer."

It by Stephen King:

IT's storyline is one that is far from being lost to the depths of time; the homicidal clown seen only by a select group of children in the town of Derry, has found itself residing within the nightmares of many. However, the widespread knowledge of IT only accentuates the near impeccable quality of the story. Being made and remade into blockbuster films, causing countless so called 'strong-willed' people to scream in panic, IT is a classic that should be experienced by all. With prosperous creativity found within the ideals of children attempting to defeat an unimaginable evil, hints of romance, and an everlasting presence of the paranormal tied with pure, undiluted terror comes IT; the phenomenon with elements for everyone; to be missed by no one... - Saxon

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QBD West Lakes Must Reads!

 

Our West Lakes team always have a great reading suggestion!

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9781444798111Dead Pretty by David Mark:

DS McAvoy is back in his 5th outing. This is the first David Mark book that I have read and I must say it's a very harrowing read. The characters are very well written, the story moves along in lightning speed. Without spoiling it, the story is about Hannah Kelly who has been missing for nine months and another girl Ava Delaney who has been dead for five days , it's a race against time to find the missing girl and avenge Ava's death before he or they strike again by any means necessary even if it's outside the law. If you like authors like Peter James or Stuart Macbride then this is the next series to delve into. - Bill (Store 2IC)

9780730324218The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape:

Everyone needs to read this book! I have read a decent few different finance books but this one really is totally different and makes soooo much more sense! It's funny to read, easy to understand and Scott gives you real solid steps to get you on your way to financial freedom (that doesn't include making budget spread sheets!) Even if you think you are good with money, I still firmly believe you will enjoy this book and get a lot of wisdom from it. - Chantelle (Store Manager)

9781616957032The Devil and Winnie Flynn by Micol Ostow:

Winnie Flynn is a realist through and through, so when her estranged maternal Aunt Mona, a celebrity reality TV producer, asks her to intern on a new show tracking the hunt of the legendary New Jersey Devil, Winnie is skeptical. However, her mother committed suicide not long ago, and Winnie is curious to see a side of her life she's never been privy to before, and perhaps find some answers about her mother's sudden death along the way. The cast and crew of'Fantastic, Fearsome', fervent believers and unwilling deniers alike, are determined to convert her, and perhaps they won't have to try as hard as Winnie would like to believe; strange occurrences on set that can't be explained practically make Winnie realise that there are suspicious circumstances surrounding not only her mother's death, but the entire line of women in her family, and it all seems to be linked to the Devil that threatens to resurface.

If you're a fan of the occult, whether you truly believe or not, this book is an awesome read. Teen angst, family drama (of both the normal and supernatural sort), and a touch of horror are the main elements of this story and are developed in a slow-burning, suspenseful way. The novel is written mostly as an extended letter to Winnie's friend, providing the sense that she's actually addressing the reader, but is broken up by scenes written as sections of script, which creates a blend of confessional writing and third-person omniscience that makes the reader eager to learn more about the characters' relationships and, of course, what the heck is happening with the New Jersey Devil. - Payton

9780099554790The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern:

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it...
It is simply there, when yesterday it was not."

A great collection of characters fill these pages, our main protagonists, Celia and Marco, an eccentric circus owner, a mystical fortune teller. But the true star of this book is the circus. Rich with beautiful descriptions Morgenstern pulls you in, wraps you up and doesn't let you go until the spell is cast. The Night Circus enchanted me in a way few books have before, I didn't just read this book, I fell into it, the more I consumed of it the
more I was consumed by it. A tale of magic and mystery, love and deception, light and dark in equal measure, this was like a dream I didn't want to wake from. - Jess

9781925266955Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld & Margo Lanagan & Deborah Biancotti:

This is not a normal super hero tale, The Zeroes are not even close to a team when we first get to know them. In fact there is a lot of anger and hate between the young adults with odd powers, and yes, their powers are odd - almost like extremes of normal social behaviour or anti social in one case.
This book grips you right from the start and then leaves you wanting more! Lucky for us book two is out and called SWARM! This is a must read for fans of superhero, science fiction fun!- Sam

Spotlight on QBD West Lakes 2016

 

Need a great fiction recommendation? Our team at West Lakes is all over it!

 

9781408872895Empire of Storms by Sarah J Maas:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don't.
This book is everything! It's a whirlwind of emotions and action packed right from the start. It's possibly the best in the series so far... if I say anymore I won't be able to stop talking and I'll give it all away. All I can say is that if you haven't started reading Sarah J Maas' books yet then you're doing it wrong. - Chantelle (Store Manager)

The Killing Joke by Alan Moore:

When it comes to authors, Alan Moore always seems to pull you right in and keep you on the edge!
The Killing Joke is notably one of the greatest Batman and Joker stories ever told. The fantastic artist Brian Bolland brings the Joker and Batman to life with dramatic and stunning visuals for the comic art work. You simply can't compare this to any other book or comic. Killing Joke will leave you more scared of the Joker then ever before.
It's a must read for all. - Sam

9780008145460The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis:

After finding out the man who had raised her for the past 17 years has been butchering innocent people, Elka flees to find her real parents. On her adventures she befriends a wolf and another young girl who she finds trapped in a box.
The Wolf Road is enjoyable from start to finish, with dramatic twists and turns around every corner.
This has been a great read and is worth picking up if you like a good thriller. Anyone who loved The Road is sure to love this too. - Bill

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen:

Set centuries into the future, the Tearling was intended to be a place for humanity to start afresh, free of a despotic government. And yet, years after its founding, it is isolated and reminiscent of the Middle Ages, with slavery, prejudice and corruption infecting society. Weak rulers consistently succumb to the cruelty of the Church and the Tearling's rival, Mortmesne. Can Kelsea Glynn, the Heir to the Tearling, restore equity and pull her kingdom out from the Queen of Mortmesne's thumb? Can she, a mere young woman, tap into her dormant power and become the True Queen the Tearling desperately needs, without becoming cruel along the way?
With both of these novels (Queen of the Tearling and Invasion of the Tearling) the storyline encapsulated me and the characters are developed so incredibly well. Johansen is no joke; the series has quickly become one of my absolute favourites—now I'm eagerly awaiting the third novel to be released! (In November, in case you were wondering.) - Payton

9780552775311Two Brothers by Ben Elton:

An often surprising, potent and bittersweet investigation of the human condition during the most tumultuous years of Berlin during the Second World War. Beautifully illustrated relationships and engaging characters draw you into a fast-paced and constantly twisting plotline that shows us a side of Nazi Germany not often depicted in historical fiction. - Jess

Bill and Sam

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