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Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Finds 5-29-2009

Here are my finds this week!

The Rapture by Liz Jensen

I found this book this week over at Sharon Loves Books and Cats.

An electrifying story of science, faith, love, and self-destruction in a world on the brink.

It is a June unlike any other before, with temperatures soaring to asphyxiating heights. All across the world, freak weather patterns—and the life-shattering catastrophes they entail—have become the norm. The twenty-first century has entered a new phase.

But Gabrielle Fox’s main concern is a personal one: to rebuild her life after a devastating car accident that has left her disconnected from the world, a prisoner of her own guilt and grief. Determined to make a fresh start, and shake off memories of her wrecked past, she leaves London for a temporary posting as an art therapist at Oxsmith Adolescent Secure Psychiatric Hospital, home to one hundred of the most dangerous children in the country. Among them: the teenage killer Bethany Krall.

Despite two years of therapy, Bethany is in no way rehabilitated and remains militantly nonchalant about the bloody, brutal death she inflicted on her mother. Raised in evangelistic hellfire, the teenager is violent, caustic, unruly, and cruelly intuitive. She is also insistent that her electroshock treatments enable her to foresee natural disasters—a claim which Gabrielle interprets as a symptom of doomsday delusion.

But as Gabrielle delves further into Bethany’s psyche, she begins to note alarming parallels between her patient’s paranoid disaster fantasies and actual incidents of geological and meteorological upheaval—coincidences her professionalism tells her to ignore but that her heart cannot. When a brilliant physicist enters the equation, the disruptive tension mounts—and the stakes multiply. Is the self-proclaimed Nostradamus of the psych ward the ultimate manipulator or a harbinger of global disaster on a scale never seen before? Where does science end and faith begin? And what can love mean in “interesting times”?

With gothic intensity, Liz Jensen conjures the increasingly unnerving relationship between the traumatized therapist and her fascinating, deeply calculating patient. As Bethany’s warnings continue to prove accurate beyond fluke and she begins to offer scientifically precise hints of a final, world-altering cataclysm, Gabrielle is confronted with a series of devastating choices in a world in which belief has become as precious - and as murderous—as life itself. (from Barnes and Noble)

Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress Series #1) by Jeaniene Frost

I found this one over at Mom - Musings.

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unholy partnership.

In exchange for finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner—are there actually good vampires? Pretty soon Bones will have her convinced that being half-dead doesn't have to be all bad. But before she can enjoy her newfound status as kick-ass demon hunter, Cat and Bones are pursued by a group of killers. Now Cat will have to choose a side . . . and Bones is turning out to be as tempting as any man with a heartbeat. (from Barnes and Noble)

What great books did you find this week?? Stop over at Should Be Reading and share yours!

The Rapture
Publisher/Publication Date: Knopf Doubleday, August 11, 2009
ISBN-13: 9780385528214
304 pages

Halfway to the Grave
Publisher/Publication Date: HarperCollins, October 2007
ISBN-13: 9780061245084
384 pages


Jess said...

I loved Halfway to the Grave, actually the whole Night Huntress Series is fantastic. Enjoy!

-.- said...

Rapture sounds really interesting and Halfway to the Grave is a fun read, I hope you enjoy them. :)

~ Popin

Missy B. said...

I am definitely going to check out Rapture!

Mari - Escape In A Book said...

Great finds this week, Kristi!

Here's my post.Enjoy your weekend!

jlshall said...

The Rapture sounds disturbing but interesting. Now you've got me wondering how it all ends!

Desert Rose said...

Sound like interesting book you got there.. I've been planning on starting Frost's series for a while.. hopefully I'll do it soon :) ENJOY!!


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