Katie is a long time reader, book blogger, book clubber and was once even on the Reading Team in high school (don't know what a Reading Team is? Go ahead and ask her, because she loves to talk about it!). She currently runs the Fountain Bookstore Tonic Book Club, the Fountain of Youth Book Club- a book club for adults who love to read Young Adult, the F-Files Book Club- for sci-fi and horror lovers, and she and Andi co-host Fountain of Evidence- for true crime fans. You'll also see her helping out with our customer run diverse romance book club, Fountain Flirt. She reads a mix of Young Adult and Adult, and especially loves thrillers, horror and magical realism. Most of her time off is spent listening to audiobooks at 2x speed.
Raw, emotional, elegant and powerful!
Amal Shahid tells his story in verse, a story of how the color of his skin led him to be imprisoned, branded a man at the age of sixteen, branded a thug by the media, branded guilty by society. His voice- candid, aching, angry, scared... real. Author Ibi Zoboi worked with prison reform activist Yusef Salaam, who was wrongfully convicted and ultimately proven innocent and released from prison, to create this stunning and heartbreaking story of injustice and racism. Narrator Ethan Herrise gives voice to Amal, perfectly capturing his creative mind, his emotional turmoil and his struggle to fight against a system that wants to beat him down.
Jim Doyle has a secret. Eve Black is determined to bring that secret to the light.
Once known as the Nothing Man, the terrifying serial killer of Cork, Ireland, now Jim Doyle works as a security guard in a grocery store. Eve Black was the sole survivor of his last attack, one that left her mother, father, and younger sister dead. And now Jim is surrounded by Eve's best selling book about the Nothing Man, the one vowing to catch him.
Reminiscent of the Golden State killer, Howard delves into the mind of a man who was once an active serial killer, dispelling the myth that these men are too smart to get caught, too evil to be banished. She also leaves the reader stunned with some unexpected twists.
The audiobook is fantastic! Dual narrators, Alana Kerr Collins and John Keating, are excellent! Keating is a favorite narrator of mine, and he nails Jim Doyle. I was so engrossed with the audiobook, that it was a struggle to turn it off and go to work.
With shades of the R. Kelly case, Grown is a Me Too book for all girls, but especially empowering for the black and brown girls- their voices silenced even more when they try to speak up about abuse and rape.
Enchanted Jones is a seventeen year old girl with a love for swimming and a passion for singing. Her parents work hard to send her and her siblings to private schools where they are well educated, but definitely the minority among their mostly all white classmates. When a chance meeting with music star, and 28 year old, Korey Fields, gives her the chance to achieve her dreams, Enchanted is all bright eyed with hope and the spark of attraction.
Korey offers to mentor her, but soon their relationship turns dark. Korey has a thing for young girls, and a way of keeping them silent. One morning, Enchanted awakens covered in blood, next to the body of Korey Fields, confused, scared, and the pounding on the door signals the arrival of police.
Grown explores how society often blames young women over the powerful, older men they become entangled with. Tiffany D. Jackson brings the mystery and thriller elements to the story as well, as even the reader is unsure what went down that night until the very end.
This is my first audiobook narration by Joniece Abbott-Pratt, but it won't be my last! She perfectly captures the ups and downs of Enchanted's story, from shy school girl, to hopeful star, from first love to scared love, from terror to strength.
Also, that cover! I loved the audiobook, but I'm totally buying a physical copy for my shelves too.
An amazing thriller that's perfect for lovers of podcasts and true crime! Goldin's previous book, The Escape Room, set my expectations high, and she does not disappoint with The Night Swim. Rachel hosts a popular true crime podcast, which brings her to small town Neapolis to cover a rape case. High school golden boy and Olympic swimmer hopeful stands accused of raping the granddaughter of the former town sheriff. While Rachel is busy covering a town divided by opposing views, she comes across an older case. Hannah is reaching out to the podcaster to get justice for her murdered sister, Jenny, whose death was swept under the town's proverbial rug twenty five years ago. As much as I love audiobooks, I don't always feel strongly that a book is better in one format versus another, but this is pretty much the perfect book for listening to! Narrators Bailey Carr, January LaVoy, and Samantha Desz draw you in, keep you trapped and tense and riveted until the thrilling end. Another Goldin book worthy of the top ten of 2020!
There are a few book series that I just have to listen to- and the Will Trent series is a must listen for me! The duo of writer Karin Slaughter and narrator Kathleen Early equals perfection! Early perfectly captures Will's integrity, Sarah's sincerity, Faith's frustration, Amanda's "let's cut the b.s., even as I spread it" tone, and all the snark and danger and drama that Slaughter serves up.
In the Silent Wife, Will and Sarah end up working the same case, one that delves back into the past. Now both are being haunted by the ghost of Jeffery Tolliver- former police chief and the husband Sarah lost. Did Jeffery set up a pedophile in order to blame a rash of attacks on him, letting a serial killer go free? The GBI is in a race to solve the case in order to catch a killer and protect the legacy of a fallen cop. Another brilliant and brutal thriller from the Queen of Crime!
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All the love for this cute rom com!
Emma loves her job as assistant to screenwriter Jo. And then a moment between them on the red carpet at the SAG awards sparks rumors of a romance. Jo is older, richer, and far more powerful then Emma, and the change in their relationship as Jo moves to protect them leaves Emma feeling bereft. Maybe there's something to what the media, and what all their friends and family, already sees. The road to love is a rocky one, but Emma and Jo are both women to root for, as they both take on career and relationship challenges. There's also a fantastic Harvey Weinsteinesque take down that will have you cheering!
Who says horror has to be a bad thing for a relationship? When a vampire and a werewolf meet in a bar, opposites attract. Sure, one is into murder and blood and the other is into meditation and full moons, but they make for the perfect pair when it comes to snuggling. Sarah Anderson's illustrations and humor make this a graphic novel you'll reach for over and over again.
Super witty, super charged, and super villainous! Anna is a normal temp hench, working for ho-hum villains to make rent. But when she finally steps out from behind her desk, she's severely injured by a superhero. The pain and unpaid time off leads her to start running the numbers on the damage to humans and material objects caused by the so-called good guys. Burning with revenge and hatred, Anna soon captures the attention of the online world and a true villain- Leviathan. Soon Anna is using her gifts with numbers and her burning passion to ruin superheroes to use, but when the chance to get more than even against the hero who hurt her appears, it might just be her own fall she's engineering. Absolutely recommending this book, especially on audio. It's narrated by Alex McKenna, who brings the large cast to life. McKenna captures Anna's snark, Leviathan's otherness, and Supercollider's pompous entitlement perfectly! And for the readers who prefer short chapters... this is not that book, so audio will definitively work better.
There is nobody who writes better novellas than Stephen King, and If It Bleeds contains four spectacular stories! From calls to the grave in Mr. Harrigan's Phone, to giant billboard ads in The Life of Chuck, to a visit to Finders Keepers with Holly and crew, and finally to the desperation of a struggling author to just finish one book, just once, King doles out the thrills and chills, but also captures the human condition in all its many forms. And like a pyschic in a traveling renfaire, King seems to prepare readers to make sure they wash their hands and cover those sneezes!
This book had me at the summary. A young woman fakes madness in order to rescue her older sister from an insane asylum (she's inspired by Nellie Bly) and things go terribly wrong! I'm a huge fan of Greer Macllister, and this is definitely a book to devour. Plus, we have signed copies at the moment!
Don't read the comments, but you should totally read Don't Read the Comments by Fountain favorite, Eric Smith! Eric takes on internet trolls, youtube fame, and the very real threat of when the violence and bullying online spill over into real life. Plus it's the very sweet, wonderful, and adorable story of two people meeting online, and making a real connection that strengthens them both. Also, tons of fun movie, game and television references. And we have some signed copies from Eric's last visit to RVA!
Every reader has been asked that impossible question "What's your favorite book?". I used to dread that question, knowing I would have to pull out charts listing my favorite authors, and narrowing it down to their best books. Pie charts and math were involved. Until I read The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and it finally answered the question of what was my favorite book of all time. Full of magic and beauty, it makes my heart ache with longing, because it's a world I would love to visit. If you get the chance, I'd also recommend this one on audio because it's narrated by the talented Jim Dale.
A post-apocalyptic Young Adult western? Yes, please!
Ride On is one of my favorite books this year, and I am in love with both Seph and Avery (and Cade, who might be the coolest literary horse since Misty of Chincoteague). Set in a future where the sun doesn't shine and outlaws and lawmen both obey their own rules, this is part West World, part Tombstone, and all Amazing! Westerns aren't even my usual genre, but this one had me questioning why I don't read them more (the answer is I will if Gwen writes more).
With poems like I Thought I Had Personal Issues With Taking Up Space But Then I Realized It Was Socially Ingrained Sexism and Horoscopes For Letting Go, it's impossible not to see yourself reflected in the author's words. But it's the smaller, nameless poems that I gravitated to the most, the ones that begged to be read aloud, as if the thoughts and ideas had been plucked from my own soul and given life. A wonderful and lovely poetry book, sometimes sad and melancholy, sometimes biting and scathing, sometimes uplifting, but always honest.