Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Today's Top Book & DVD Releases

Everyone loves staying on top of the latest in books and DVDs and we receive them on a regular basis at your library.  Join us as we hit the highlights of some of the popular titles being released today.

Trolls
Starring: Justin Timberlake
Summary: After a forest tribe of cotton-candy-colored, shock-headed trolls discover that they're the new favorite gourmet treat for King Gristle, the unlikely duo of bubbly Poppy and worrywart Branch must rescue their friends from the royals' chef.

Almost Christmas
Starring: Kimberly Elise
Summary: An African-American widower asks his family - which includes his sassy sister-in-law and four adult children, as well as the latter's spouses and kids - to join him for their first Christmas since his wife passed away.  However, having all of them under one roof leads to a number of personal confrontations as secrets are revealed and marriages are tested.

Loving
Starring: Ruth Negga
Summary: Jeff Nichols wrote and directed this biopic about Virginian interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving, who were sentenced to prison in 1958 for violating the state's laws against miscegenation.  The Lovings decided to fight back, and their case led to a landmark Supreme Court decision that struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage.

Echoes in Death (In Death Series #44)
Author: J.D. Robb
Summary: As NY Lt. Eve Dallas and her billionaire husband Roarke are driving home, a young woman - dazed, naked, and bloody - suddenly stumbles out in front of their care.  Roarke slams on the brakes and Eve springs into action.  Daphne Strazza is rushed to the ER, but it's too late for her husband Dr. Anthony Strazza.  A brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he now lies dead amid the wreckage.  Daphne would be a valuable witness, but in her terror and shock the only description of the perp she can offer is repeatedly calling him "the devil."  While is emerges that Dr. Strazza was cold, controlling, and widely disliked, this is one case where the evidence doesn't point to the spouse.  So Eve and her team must get started on the legwork, interviewing everyone from dinner party guests to professional colleagues to caterers, in a desperate race to answer some crucial questions: What does the devil look like?  And where will he show up next?

King's Cage (Red Queen Series #3)
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Summary: Mare Barrow is a prisoner, powerless without her lightning, tormented by her lethal mistakes.  She lives at the mercy of a boy she once loved, a boy made of lies and betrayal.  Now a king, Maven Calore continues weaving his dead mother's web in an attempt to maintain control over his country - and his prisoner.  As Mare bears the weight of Silent Stone in the palace, her once ragtag band of newbloods and Reds continues organizing, training, and expanding.  They prepare for war, no longer able to linger in the shadows.  And Cal, the exiled prince with his own claim on Mare's heart, will stop at nothing to bring her back.  When blood turns on blood, and ability on ability, there may be no one left to put out the fire - leaving Norta as Mare knows it to burn all the way down.

Born of Vengeance
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Summary: Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him.  Made Ravin by the League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill.  The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks.  But defying the odds is what the Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won't rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.  Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman - the very sister of the woman who testified against him.

The Turn: The Hollows Begin with Death
Author: Kim Harrison
Summary: Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.  But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport.  Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.  Under accusations of misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn U.S. to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding: that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

Norse Mythology
Author: Neil Gaiman
Summary: Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction.  Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.  In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin's son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki - son of a giant - blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.  Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with th

Look for these titles at your Abilene Public Library and get yourselves on the reserve lists so you're certain to keep up with some of the popular releases of the week.

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