Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 3 Titles | Faust + Stalking Jack the Ripper (May 12 – May 20)

May 14, 2020 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments

A new week of free audiobooks! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Read by Samuel West, Toby Jones, Anna Maxwell Martin, Stephen Critchlow, Derek Jacobi, Daniel Mair | Published by Naxos AudioBooks | Download available here!

Faust is one of the pillars of Western literature. This classic drama presents the story of the scholar Faust, tempted into a contract with the Devil in return for a life of sensuality and power. Enjoyment rules until Faust’s emotions are stirred by a meeting with Gretchen, and the tragic outcome brings Part 1 to an end. Part 2, written much later in Goethe’s life, places his eponymous hero in a variety of unexpected circumstances, causing him to reflect on humanity and its attitudes to life and death.

Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco | Read by Nicola Barber
Published by Hachette Audio
 | Download available here!

An instant #1 New York Times Bestseller in its very first week! Presented by James Patterson’s children’s imprint, this deliciously creepy horror novel has a storyline inspired by the Ripper murders and an unexpected, blood-chilling conclusion…

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

The story’s shocking twists and turns will make this #1 New York Times bestselling debut from author Kerri Maniscalco impossible to forget.

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Waiting on Wednesday | The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories

May 13, 2020 Bonnie Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | The Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime StoriesThe Case of the Vanishing Blonde: And Other True Crime Stories by Mark Bowden
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press on July 7, 2020
Pages: 400
Genres: True Crime
Format: Hardcover
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From Mark Bowden, a "master of narrative journalism" (New York Times), comes a true-crime collection both deeply chilling and impossible to put down.
Six captivating true-crime stories, spanning Mark Bowden's long and illustrious career, cover a variety of crimes complicated by extraordinary circumstances. Winner of a lifetime achievement award from International Thriller Writers, Bowden revisits in The Case of the Vanishing Blonde some of his most riveting stories and examines the effects of modern technology on the journalistic process.
From a story of a campus rape at the University of Pennsylvania in 1983 that unleashed a moral debate over the nature of consent when drinking and drugs are involved to three cold cases featuring the inimitable Long Island private detective Ken Brennan and a startling investigation that reveals a murderer within the LAPD's ranks, shielded for twenty six years by officers keen to protect one of their own, these stories are the work of a masterful narrative journalist at work. Gripping true crime from a writer the Washington Post calls "an old pro."

About Mark Bowden

Mark Robert Bowden (born July 17, 1951) is an American writer who is currently a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, and a 1973 graduate of Loyola College in Maryland, Bowden was a staff writer for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1979-2003, and has won numerous awards. He has written for Men's Journal, The Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, and Rolling Stone over the years, and as a result of his book, Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War, Bowden's received international recognition. The book has been made into a 2001 movie, and was directed by Ridley Scott. He currently lives in Oxford, Pennsylvania.

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Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 2 Titles | Secret Soldiers + Picture Us in the Light (May 7 – May 13)

May 7, 2020 Bonnie Sync 0 Comments


A new week of free audiobooks! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

Secret Soldiers: How the U.S. Twenty-Third Special Troops Fooled the Nazis by Paul B. Janeczko | Read by Ron Butler
Published by Brilliance Audio
 | Download available here!

What do set design, sound effects, and showmanship have to do with winning World War II? Meet the Ghost Army that played a surprising role in helping to deceive — and defeat — the Nazis.

In his third book about deception during war, Paul B. Janeczko focuses his lens on World War II and the operations carried out by the Twenty-Third Headquarters Special Troops, aka the Ghost Army. This remarkable unit included actors, camouflage experts, sound engineers, painters, and set designers who used their skills to secretly and systematically replace fighting units — fooling the Nazi army into believing what their eyes and ears told them, even though the sights and sounds of tanks and war machines and troops were entirely fabricated. Follow the Twenty-Third into Europe as they play a dangerous game of enticing the German army into making battlefield mistakes by using sonic deceptions, inflatable tanks, pyrotechnics, and camouflage in more than twenty operations. From the Normandy invasion to the crossing of the Rhine River, the men of the Ghost Army — several of whom went on to become famous artists and designers after the war — played an improbable role in the Allied victory.

Picture Us in the Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert | Read by James Chen
Published by Dreamscape
 | Download available here!

When Danny discovers a taped-up box in his father’s closet filled with old letters and a file on a powerful Silicon Valley family, he realizes there’s much more to his family’s past than he ever imagined.

Danny has been an artist for as long as he can remember, and it seems his path is set, with a scholarship to RISD and his family’s blessing to pursue the career he’s always dreamed of. Still, contemplating a future without his best friend, Harry Wong, by his side makes Danny feel a panic he can barely put into words. Harry and Danny’s lives are deeply intertwined, and as they approach the one-year anniversary of a tragedy that shook their friend group to its core, Danny can’t stop asking himself if Harry is truly in love with his girlfriend, Regina Chan.

When Danny digs deeper into his parents’ past, he uncovers a secret that disturbs the foundations of his family history, and the carefully constructed façade his parents have maintained begins to crumble. With everything he loves in danger of being stripped away, he must face the ghosts of the past in order to build a future that belongs to him.

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Waiting on Wednesday | A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain Neuvel

May 6, 2020 Bonnie Uncategorized, Waiting on Wednesday 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | A History of What Comes Next by Sylvain NeuvelA History of What Comes Next (Take Them to the Stars, #1) by Sylvain Neuvel
Published by Tor.com on February 2, 2021
Pages: 304
Genres: Sci-fi
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Sleeping Giants, Waking Gods

Even before our kind started using tools, the Kibsu have been with us, guiding humanity, teaching us, molding us.

As long as we follow the rules.

The Kibsu had five rules to guide the gradual elevation of our species:

1. Preserve the knowledge.
2. Survive at all cost.
3. Don’t draw attention to yourself.
4. Don’t leave a trace.
5. There can never be three for too long.

But when their enemy got too close, the Kibsu add one more:

6. Fear the Tracker: always run, never fight.

But now, during the terrors of the Great War, the Trackers are closing in, and for Mia and Sarah, running might no longer be an option.

About Sylvain Neuvel

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and peddled furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He likes to tinker, dabbles in robotics and is somewhat obsessed with Halloween. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course).

February 2021?!

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of May 4th, 2020

May 4, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of May 4th, 2020

The Down Days: A Novel by Ilze Hugo
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Skybound Books

Lake of Darkness: A Novel by Scott Kenemore
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Talos

House of Shadows (House of Shadows #1) by Darcy Coates
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Poisoned Pen Press

Age of Empyre (The Legends of the First Empire #6) by Michael J. Sullivan
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Grim Oak Press

The 20th Victim (Women’s Murder Club #20) by James Patterson & Maxine Paetro
Published May 4th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Hard Cash Valley by Brian Panowich
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Minotaur Books

The Last Blue by Isla Morley
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Pegasus Books

Old Lovegood Girls by Gail Godwin
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Bloomsbury Publishing

A Registry of My Passage upon the Earth: Stories by Daniel Mason
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Exile Music by Jennifer Steil
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Viking

The Paris Hours by Alex George
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Flatiron Books

Close Up (Burning Cove #4) by Amanda Quick
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Berkley

Tiny Imperfections by Alli Frank & Asha Youmans
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

All Adults Here by Emma Straub
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Riverhead Books

Summer Longing by Jamie Brenner
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

The Resolutions by Brady Hammes
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Ballantine Books

Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by The Overlook Press

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Audiobook Sync 2020: Week 1 Titles | Monday’s Not Coming + The 57 Bus (April 30 – May 6)

April 30, 2020 Bonnie Sync 1 Comment


Sync is back!! In case you’re new to the Audiobook Sync program, here are the details:

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+. Returning April 30th and continuing 13 weeks until July 29, SYNC gives participants two thematically paired audiobooks a week. Sign-up to get notifications each week when the FREE audiobooks are available. You can receive alerts by text message, email newsletter, or by visiting www.audiobooksync.com. Titles change every Thursday at 12am Eastern Time when the program is running. Each SYNC audiobook will be available to borrow into your SYNC library for a period of 7 days (only). Titles, once loaded into the app, are yours indefinitely.

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater | Read by Robin Miles
Published by Recorded Books | Download available here!

This riveting nonfiction book for teens about race, class, gender, crime, and punishment tells the true story of an agender teen who was set on fire by another teen while riding a bus in Oakland, California. One teenager in a skirt. One teenager with a lighter. One moment that changes both of their lives forever. If it weren’t for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, California, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment. The case garnered international attention, thrusting both teenagers into the spotlight.

Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson | Read by Imani Parks
Published by HarperAudio | Download available here!

From the critically acclaimed author of Allegedly, Tiffany D. Jackson, comes a gripping new novel perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Gillian Flynn about the mystery of one teenage girl’s disappearance and the traumatic effects of the truth.

Monday Charles is missing, and only Claudia seems to notice. Claudia and Monday have always been inseparable—more sisters than friends. So when Monday doesn’t turn up for the first day of school, Claudia’s worried.

When she doesn’t show for the second day, or second week, Claudia knows that something is wrong. Monday wouldn’t just leave her to endure tests and bullies alone. Not after last year’s rumors and not with her grades on the line. Now Claudia needs her best—and only—friend more than ever. But Monday’s mother refuses to give Claudia a straight answer, and Monday’s sister April is even less help.

As Claudia digs deeper into her friend’s disappearance, she discovers that no one seems to remember the last time they saw Monday. How can a teenage girl just vanish without anyone noticing that she’s gone?”

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 27th, 2020

April 27, 2020 Bonnie Something To Look Forward To 0 Comments

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Week of April 27th, 2020

Starbreaker (Endeavor #2) by Amanda Bouchet
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca

Ghost Money (Eric Carter #5) by Stephen Blackmoore
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Daw Books

The Split by Sharon J. Bolton
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Minotaur Books

Take Me Apart by Sara Sligar
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by MCD

The End of October by Lawrence Wright
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

The Boatman and Other Stories by Billy O’Callaghan
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Harper Perennial

Swimming in the Dark by Tomasz Jedrowski
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by William Morrow

The Sweeney Sisters: A Novel by Lian Dolan
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by William Morrow

Where the Lost Wander by Amy Harmon
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing

The Knockout Queen by Rufi Thorpe
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Knopf

Sea Wife by Amity Gaige
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Knopf Publishing Group

Island Affair (Keys to Love #1) by Priscilla Oliveras
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Kensington Publishing Corp.

A Perfect Cornish Summer (Porthmellow Harbour #1) by Phillipa Ashley
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Avon

The Rakess (Society of Sirens #1) by Scarlett Peckham
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Avon

Heiress for Hire (Duke’s Heiress #1) by Madeline Hunter
Expected publication: April 28th 2020 by Zebra

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Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Tree by Christina Henry

April 22, 2020 Bonnie Waiting on Wednesday 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday | The Ghost Tree by Christina HenryThe Ghost Tree by Christina Henry
Published by Berkley Books on October 6, 2020
Pages: 432
Genres: Horror, Fairy-Tales/Retellings
Format: Paperback
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Also by this author: Alice, Red Queen, Lost Boy: The True Story of Captain Hook

When people go missing in the sleepy town of Smith's Hollow, the only clue to their fate comes when a teenager starts having terrifying visions, in a chilling horror novel from national bestselling author Christina Henry.

When the bodies of two girls are found torn apart in the town of Smiths Hollow, Lauren is surprised, but she also expects that the police won't find the killer. After all, the year before her father's body was found with his heart missing, and since then everyone has moved on. Even her best friend, Miranda, has become more interested in boys than in spending time at the old ghost tree, the way they used to when they were kids.

So when Lauren has a vision of a monster dragging the remains of the girls through the woods, she knows she can't just do nothing. Not like the rest of her town. But as she draws closer to answers, she realizes that the foundation of her seemingly normal town might be rotten at the center. And that if nobody else stands for the missing, she will.

About Christina Henry

CHRISTINA HENRY is the author of the CHRONICLES OF ALICE duology, ALICE and RED QUEEN, a dark and twisted take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, as well as LOST BOY: THE TRUE STORY OF CAPTAIN HOOK, an origin story of Captain Hook from Peter Pan.

She is also the author of the national bestselling BLACK WINGS series (BLACK WINGS, BLACK NIGHT, BLACK HOWL, BLACK LAMENT, BLACK CITY, BLACK HEART and BLACK SPRING) featuring Agent of Death Madeline Black and her popcorn-loving gargoyle Beezle.

ALICE was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in Science Fiction and Fantasy for 2015. It was also a Goodreads Choice Award nominee in Horror and one of Barnes & Noble’s Bestselling Science Fiction and Fantasy novels of 2015.

She enjoys running long distances, reading anything she can get her hands on and watching movies with samurai, zombies and/or subtitles in her spare time. She lives in Chicago with her husband and son.

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Top Ten Tuesday | Literary Metal Band Names

April 21, 2020 Bonnie Top Ten Tuesday 4 Comments

The day has finally come where I’ve found a way to combine my love of books and metal. 😂

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I found a surprising amount of book titles that would fully suffice as a proper hardcore band name, but these are the ten I settled on:

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Something To Look Forward To – Week of April 20th, 2020

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Week of April 20th, 2020

Shorefall (Founders #2) by Robert Jackson Bennett
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Del Rey Books

Master Class by Christina Dalcher
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Berkley

Repo Virtual by Corey J. White
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor.com

Race the Sands: A Novel by Sarah Beth Durst
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Harper Voyager

The Cerulean Queen (The Nine Realms #4) by Sarah Kozloff
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor Books

Sea Change by Nancy Kress
Expected publication: April 24th 2020 by Tachyon Publications

Creatures of Charm and Hunger (The Diabolist’s Library #1) by Molly Tanzer
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by John Joseph Adams/Mariner Books

The Ranger of Marzanna (The Goddess War #1) by Jon Skovron
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Orbit

The Girl and the Stars (Book of the Ice #1) by Mark Lawrence
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Ace

You Let Me In by Camilla Bruce
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Tor Books

Little Secrets by Jennifer Hillier
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Minotaur Books

Death in Her Hands by Ottessa Moshfegh
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Penguin Press

Masked Prey (Lucas Davenport #30) by John Sandford
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

Pretty Things by Janelle Brown
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Random House

Walk the Wire (Amos Decker #6) by David Baldacci
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The Florios of Sicily by Stefania Auci
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by HarperVia

The Book of Longings by Sue Monk Kidd
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Viking

A Thousand Moons (Days Without End #2) by Sebastian Barry
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Viking

The Moment of Tenderness by Madeleine L’Engle
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Grand Central Publishing

The House of Deep Water by Jeni McFarland
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons

How to Pronounce Knife: Stories by Souvankham Thammavongsa
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Little, Brown and Company

Misconduct of the Heart by Cordelia Strube
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by ECW Press

Kept Animals by Kate Milliken
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Scribner

Girl Gone Viral (Modern Love #2) by Alisha Rai
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon

First Comes Scandal (Rokesbys #4) by Julia Quinn
Expected publication: April 21st 2020 by Avon

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