Kristen Alvarez

Kristen is a librarian who has loved reading since checking her first Nancy Drew book out of the library in the fifth grade. She is passionate about libraries and their role in protecting intellectual freedom. Despite a serious weakness for young adult books and fluffy chick-lit novels, she reads mysteries, thrillers, and science fiction/fantasy.

New Book Releases: Week of September 20, 2011

| Sep 19 | 0 Comments

It’s a great week for Castle fans—the show’s fourth season premiere airs tonight on ABC and Richard Castle’s third Nikki Heat novel, Heat Rises, will be in bookstores tomorrow. Also releasing tomorrow is a new posthumous collection of never before published poems and illustrations from Shel Silverstein. Check out the rest of this week’s new book releases: Heat Rises by Richard Castle Available September 20, […]


New Book Releases: Week of September 13, 2011

| Sep 12 | 0 Comments

There are quite a few books getting buzz this week, but The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern seems to be getting more hype than any other book (it’s being compared to Harry Potter, the movie rights were sold to the studio behind the Twilight movies, etc.). The book I’m most excited about is New York to Dallas by JD Robb, the 33rd book in the […]


New Book Releases: Week of September 6, 2011

| Sep 6 | 0 Comments

Plugged by Eoin Colfer Available now (Order on Amazon) From the publisher: The long-awaited crime caper so outlandish, so maniacal, so wickedly funny, it could have only come from the mind that brought you Artemis Fowl. Lincoln McEvoy has a problem. Well, really, he has several, but for this Irish ex-pat bouncer at a seedy, small-time casino the fact that his girlfriend was just murdered […]


New Book Releases: Week of August 30, 2011

| Aug 30 | 0 Comments

Charlaine Harris’ long awaited Sookie Stackhouse Companion, including a new Sookie Stackhouse novella, finally arrives in bookstores today. Also, the popular 39 Clues series will launch the Cahills vs. Vespers series this week with The Medusa Plot. Check out this week’s new book releases: The Sookie Stackhouse Companion by Charlaine Harris Available August 30, 2011 (Order on Amazon) From the publisher: Charlaine Harris has topped […]


New Book Releases: Week of August 23, 2011

| Aug 23 | 0 Comments

Flash and Bones: A Novel by Kathy Reichs Available August 23, 2011 (Order on Amazon) From the publisher: Kathy Reichs—#1 New York Times bestselling author and producer of the FOX television hit Bones—returns with a riveting new novel set in Charlotte, North Carolina, featuring America’s favorite forensic anthropologist, Dr. Temperance Brennan. Just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for Race Week, a body is […]


New Book Releases: Week of August 16, 2011

| Aug 15 | 0 Comments

This seems like a slow week for new books, but I did find a few that look interesting. In particular, Ready Player One, a futuristic, dystopian novel that is supposedly packed with 80s nostalgia, has been getting great reviews. It’s one of Amazon’s picks for best of the month and Warner Bros won a bidding war for the movie rights. Check out the rest of […]


THE SON OF NEPTUNE by Rick Riordan Book Trailer

| Aug 11 | 1 Comment

Rick Riordan recently released a new book trailer for The Son of Neptune, the highly anticipated second book in his Heroes of Olympus series, which releases October 4th. In the video, he talks about what happened in The Lost Hero and what we can expect in the upcoming book. The trailer also includes character art of four new demigods, two boys and two girls. Check […]


New Book Releases: Week of August 9, 2011

| Aug 9 | 0 Comments

The Magician King: A Novel by Lev Grossman Available August 9, 2011 (Order on Amazon) From the publisher: Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon of 2009–The Magicians. The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates […]


New Book Releases: Week of August 1, 2011

| Aug 2 | 0 Comments

Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child have a new Agent Pendergast novel out this week, and it’s a thrilling follow up to Fever Dream. Also out this week is a new collection of short stories, edited by Charlaine Harris, that includes a never before published Sookie Stackhouse story. In YA, there’s the latest from Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard. Check out this week’s new book […]


FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater [Review]

| Jul 22 | 0 Comments

 SPOILER WARNING: This review is for the third book in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, and contains spoilers for the first two books. If you are new to the series, start with my review of Shiver. Maggie Stiefvater wraps up her Wolves of Mercy Fall trilogy—and Sam and Grace’s paranormal love story—in Forever. It’s almost spring and Sam is waiting for Grace to come […]