HYDROGEN BOOK CORNER: OUR GREAT READS

HYDROGEN brings you great reads for the season! Prepare to be whisked away to someplace new!

EDITOR’S PICK: FIFTY SHADES OF GREY – E.L. JAMES (5 stars)

Fifty Shades Of Grey is the latest obsession of many, myself included, thankfully living up to all the hype (film rights already sold, surprise, surprise) surrounding the latest offering of E.L. James. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews entrepreneur Christian Grey, she is enthralled by him, part intimidated by him, and wholly attracted to him. It was not a good meeting she is convinced and tries to get him out of her head. As fate would have it, Grey surfaces at a store where Anastasia works and asks her out. The innocent and unworldly Anastasia finds herself drawn to Christian. He warns her to stay a way, which only serves to draw her closer. But Grey is a tormented man with demons to exorcise, and a need for total control.  A torrid love
affair ensues, opening Ana up to desires she never knew she had as she finds
out more about the secrets Grey holds. Fifty Shades Of Grey is a provocative page turner that deserves to be read. It is a triumph for James who has created two full bodied characters that could not be more opposite in every way but are pulled together in the most extraordinary way.

TRY THIS: FIFTY SHADES DARKER , FIFTY SHADES FREED

GONE GIRL – GILLIAN FLYNN (4.5 stars)

Amy disappears on the day of her fifth wedding anniversary. There has been a struggle in the house she shared with her husband Nick, and he becomes the prime suspect. While Nick maintains that he is innocent, the damning evidence against him mounts. Told alternately from the points of view of Amy and Nick, we find out that nothing has been as it seems in this marriage. And as the revelations layer one on top of each other, Gillian Flynn devastates us in this psychological thriller that more than lives up to its name. A nail biter from beginning to end, Gone Girl is well plotted out with surprising twists and turns that will have you calling up your friends and demanding they have a read. The
genius here is in the untangling of the mystery which is to be savored. Flynn’s
third novel bests Sharp Objects and Dark Places though there is a marked
brilliance and a unique voice that ripples though all Flynn’s work.

TRY THIS: SHARP OBJECTS

KISS THE DEAD – LAURELL K. HAMILTON (4.5 stars)

A fifteen-year-old girl is abducted by vampires – not something that happens everyday, and U.S. Marshal Anita Blake is tasked to find her. And find her she does, but the story doesn’t end there. Blake also finds a group of seemingly normal people – kids, moms and dads, grandparents. But they are not normal and they are willing to die before they will serve a master. Vampires are also afraid of monsters. Laurell K.Hamilton brings back Anita Blake in another addictive saga that will keep you turning the page.

TRY THIS: FLIRT

ON THE ISLAND – TRACEY GARVIS-GRAVES (4 stars)

Anna Emerson is at a dead end. She is thirty, and an English teacher in cold Chicago and in a relationship that is stale. She needs to get away. The opportunity to tutor sixteen year-old TJ for a summer in the Maldives is just what the doctor ordered. T.J. Callahan’s cancer is in remission and while he longs to get back to the normalcy of life, his parents want him to spend the summer on the island catching up on the school he has missed. Anna and T.J. get on a private plane headed for the Callahan’s summer home when their plane crashed in shark-filled
waters. They end up stranded on an uninhabited island. Survival is all that matters with the duo encountering many obstacles in the harsh environment they are faced with everyday. Then there is the matter of TJ’s cancer which could return any day.  And as another birthday rolls around for TJ, Anna realizes that the boy she has been teaching is becoming a man. Garvis-Graves delivers in a tale that dances with subjects like mortality and the forbidden with a mix of sweetness and daring. The reader is left to make up their own minds and you are left thinking; what would I do to survive? Where are the lines you will not cross…should not?

THE MARRIAGE BARGAIN – JENNIFER PROBST (3.5 stars)

What would you do to save your family home? If you are bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie, you will do just about anything. And that ‘anything’ is in the form of her best friend’s older brother, a man who broke her heart once. Billionaire Nicholas Ryan faces the ultimate dilemma. He stands to inherit his uncle’s corporation, except for one small catch – he needs to find a wife…fast. For a man who doesn’t believe in marriage this is easier said than done. But his sister’s childhood friend who needs some money just as fast might be just the woman he is looking for. Nicholas offers Alexa quite the proposal. One year of marriage…with rules. No emotional entanglements, no falling in love. How hard can that be? Very hard, if fate gets its way. Probst whips up a fun read as you get drawn into the dance between Nicholas and Alexa.

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