Junchow, China, 1928. Lydia Ivanova has a fierce spirit. Nothing can dim it, not even the foul waters of the Peiho River. Into the river’s grime bodies are tossed – those of thieves and Communists alike. So every time Lydia steals from someone to feed herself and her mother, she takes her life into her own hands. Lydia’s mother, Valentina, numbered among the Russian elite until the Bolsheviks rounded them up. They took her husband but she managed to buy back her child and bring her to China. But survival is hard.
Even though mother and daughter live in the Whites-only settlement, no walls can keep Lydia in. She escapes to meet Chang An Lo, who saves her life once and is bound to her for ever . But Chang has enemies who are hunting him down – Chiang Kai Shek’s troops are headed towards Junchow to kill Reds like him. Their all-consuming love can only mean danger for them both, but they are powerless to end it…
Alexandra Potter - Me and Mr Darcy
He's every woman's fantasy! After a string of nightmare relationships, Emily Albright has decided she's had it with modern-day men. She'd rather pour herself a glass of wine, curl up with Pride and Prejudice and step into a time where men were dashing, devoted and honourable, strode across fields in breeches, their damp shirts clinging to their chests, and weren't into internet porn. So when her best friend invites her to Mexico for a week of margaritas and men, Emily decides to book a guided tour of Jane Austen country instead. She quickly realises she won't find her dream man here. The coach tour is full of pensioners, apart from one Mr Spike Hargreaves, a foul-tempered journalist sent to write a piece on why Mr Darcy's been voted the man most women would love to date! Until she walks into a room and finds herself face-to-face with Darcy himself. And every woman's fantasy suddenly becomes one woman's reality!
Chuck Palahniuk - Choke
Victor Mancini has devised a complicated scam to pay for his mother's hospital care: pretend to be choking on a piece of food in a restaurant and the person who 'saves you' will feel responsible for you for the rest of their lives. Multiply that a couple of hundred times and you generatea healthy flow of cheques, week in, week out. Victor also works at a theme park with a motley group of losers, cruises sex addiction groups for action, and visits his mother, whose Alzheimer's disease now hides what may be the startling truth about his parentage.
Kate Furnivall - Az orosz szerető
Valentina Ivanova arisztokratikus származású fehérorosz zongoraművésznő, aki eddig csak elit orosz körökben forgott, mígnem a bolsevik forradalom idején, családjával menekülni kényszerül a hazájából. Sok viszontagság után végül Kínában, Juncsow orosz negyedében talál menedéket magának és lányának, Lydiának. A túlélés azonban nehéz műfaj. Valentina titkok, depresszió és alkoholizmus veszélyes örvényébe süllyed. A gyönyörű fiatal nő, férfi csodálóitól kapott ajándékokból, és esélyeken való fellépéseiből próbálja fenntartani magát és leányát. A tizenhat éves, megfékezhetetlen Lídia, édesanyja tudta nélkül lopásokból egészíti ki jövedelmüket. Amikor a nyughatatlan lány magára vonja a maffia figyelmét, Csang an Lo személyében váratlan megmentőre talál. Az intelligens, vonzó kínai fiú kiváló kung u harcos. A két különleges fiatal ebben a veszélyekkel teli világban egymásba szeret, s szembe kerülnek Juncsow ádáz triádjával és a városban letelepedett fehér kolónia szigorú korlátaival. Lydia sorsa tükröződik Theo Willoughby, a brit iskolaigazgató életében is. Theo minden erejét megfeszítve próbálja megőrizni iskoláját és boldog életét gyönyörű kínai szeretőjével, Li Mejjel. A küzdelem során összejátszik Li Mej elhidegült apjával, a Fekete Kígyók Maffia fejével, és miatta belebonyolódik a juncsow-i ópium-csempészetbe is. A szerző életszerűen festi le Lydia egyéniségét és személyes küzdelmeit a Kínai korrupcióval, és gonoszsággal bemocskolt különleges világban, ahol a gyönyörű és bátor lány nap mint nap keményen küzd szeretteiért.
Lisa Genova - Still Alice
She didn’t want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna’s baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read. Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighbourhood she realises that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer’s disease. She is only 50 years old. While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world. Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice. Still Alice is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as powerful as Ordinary People. You will gain an understanding of those affected by early-onset Alzheimer’s and remain moved and inspired long after you have put it down.
Rosamund Lupton - Sister
Nothing can break the bond between sisters ...When Beatrice gets a frantic call in the middle of Sunday lunch to say that her younger sister, Tess, is missing, she boards the first flight home to London. But as she learns about the circumstances surrounding her sister's disappearance, she is stunned to discover how little she actually knows of her sister's life - and unprepared for the terrifying truths she must now face. The police, Beatrice's fiance and even their mother accept they have lost Tess but Beatrice refuses to give up on her. So she embarks on a dangerous journey to discover the truth, no matter the cost.
Veronica Roth - Allegiant
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories. But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
Vivien Holloway - Pokoli szolgálat
Mit adnál azért, hogy megmentsd a szeretteidet? A szabadságodat, az életedet? Mit tennél, ha ráébrednél, hogy mindez hiába volt? Beletörődnél, küzdenél? Lilian küzdött. Mindent megtett, mégis elbukott, most pedig már sohasem szabadulhat a Pokolból. Ő az Ördög egyik bérgyilkosa. Életre szóló szerződéssel. Egy lélektolvaj, aki levadássza azokat, akik keresztbetettek Lucifernek, a lelküket pedig magával viszi. Az új megbízás egyértelmű, a feladat világos, ám Lil dolga korántsem olyan egyszerű, mint gondolta volna. Mert a Pokolban semmi sem az, aminek látszik. Lilian azt hitte, hogy fogsága évei alatt már mindent látott, átélte már a legrosszabbat, ám kénytelen rájönni, hogy érhetik még meglepetések. Lucifer nem kegyelmez, nem felejt, és nem bocsát meg, most pedig a lehető legkegyetlenebb büntetést eszelte ki. Lil-nek újra meg kell harcolnia a puszta életben maradásért. Közben azonban a feladatát is el kell végeznie, ami nem csak azért nehéz, mert Greg Weiss kedves, jóképű, és minden tekintetben úriember. Lil-re az ilyesmi már sok-sok éve nincs hatással. De történik valami, ami még az ő jéghideg maszkját is darabokra töri, és felszítja lelkében a lázadás szikráját. Szabadulni akar, bármi áron, csakhogy ebben a háborúban már nem csak az ő élete a tét. Senkiben sem bízhat, senkire se számíthat. Élete legveszélyesebb küldetésére indul, mely egyben az utolsó esély a szabadulásra. Pokoli játszma ez, ahol a szabadság nagyobb kincs, mint maga az élet.
Cecelia Ahern - Thanks for the Memories
Cecelia Ahern: making the everyday magical. How can you know someone you've never met? When Joyce leaves hospital after a terrible accident, with her life and her marriage in pieces, she moves back in with her elderly father. All the while, a strong sense of déja vu is overwhelming her and she can't figure out why ...
Yann Martel - Life of Pi
After the tragic sinking of a cargo ship, one solitary lifeboat remains bobbing on the wild, blue Pacific.The crew of the surviving vessel consists of a hyena, a zebra (with a broken leg), a female orang-utan, a 450-pound Royal Bengal tiger and Pi - a 16-year-old Indian boy.The scene is set for one of the most extraordinary pieces of literary fiction of recent years. Yann Martel's Life of Pi is a transformative novel, a dazzling work of imagination that will delight and astound readers in equal measure. It is a triumph of storytelling and a tale that will, as one character puts it, make you believe in God.
Cormac McCarthy - The Road
Cormac McCarthy sets his new novel, The Road, in a post-apocalyptic blight of gray skies that drizzle ash, a world in which all matter of wildlife is extinct, starvation is not only prevalent but nearly all-encompassing, and marauding bands of cannibals roam the environment with pieces of human flesh stuck between their teeth. If this sounds oppressive and dispiriting, it is. McCarthy may have just set to paper the definitive vision of the world after nuclear war, and in this recent age of relentless saber-rattling by the global powers, it's not much of a leap to feel his vision could be not far off the mark nor, sadly, right around the corner. Stealing across this horrific (and that's the only word for it) landscape are an unnamed man and his emaciated son, a boy probably around the age of ten. It is the love the father feels for his son, a love as deep and acute as his grief, that could surprise readers of McCarthy's previous work. McCarthy's Gnostic impressions of mankind have left very little place for love. In fact that greatest love affair in any of his novels, I would argue, occurs between the Billy Parham and the wolf in The Crossing. But here the love of a desperate father for his sickly son transcends all else. McCarthy has always written about the battle between light and darkness; the darkness usually comprises 99.9% of the world, while any illumination is the weak shaft thrown by a penlight running low on batteries. In The Road, those batteries are almost out--the entire world is, quite literally, dying--so the final affirmation of hope in the novel's closing pages is all the more shocking and maybe all the more enduring as the boy takes all of his father's (and McCarthy's) rage at the hopeless folly of man and lays it down, lifting up, in its place, the oddest of all things: faith. --Dennis Lehane
John Green - The Fault in Our Stars
Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
J. K. Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter receives an ominous warning from a house-elf at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry: if he returns to the school at the end of the summer, terrible things will happen. But return Harry must. His second year begins with a new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher, Quidditch training and the intensification of old rivalries. Then the warning starts to ring true, as mysterious words are daubed on a wall, students are attacked and Ron's sister, Ginny, disappears. And so the search for Salazar Slytherin's heir begins, with the mystery pointing Harry to a clandestine chamber and a deadly creature at its heart...
Suzanne Collins - Mockingjay
The greatly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. Format: 9 CDs, Unabridged Narrator: Carolyn McCormick The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss Everdeen. The final book in The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins will have hearts racing, pages turning, and everyone talking about one of the biggest and most talked-about books and authors in recent publishing history!!!!
Colleen Hoover - Hopeless
"Hopeless blew me away. I was so wrapped up in this story, I felt as if I WAS Sky. And Holder...dear God, fan me please. This one will rock your world. Trust me." -Bestselling Author Abbi Glines. Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies… That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before. He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter, and something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried. Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally revealed, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
Jodi Picoult - Plain Truth
The discovery of a dead infant in an Amish barn shakes Lancaster County to its core. But the police investigation leads to a more shocking disclosure: circumstantial evidence suggests that eighteen-year-old Katie Fisher, an unmarried Amish woman believed to be the newborn's mother, took the child's life. When Ellie Hathaway, a disillusioned big city attorney, comes to Paradise, Pennsylvania, to defend Katie, two cultures collide and, for the first time in her high profile career, Ellie faces a system of justice very different from her own. Delving deep into the world of those who live 'plain', Ellie must find a way to reach Katie on her terms. As she unravels a tangled murder case, Ellie also looks deep within to confront her own fears and desires when a man from her past comes back into her life.
Jay Asher - Tizenhárom okom volt...
Hiába mondod a jövőnek, hogy STOP. Nincs REWIND gomb, nem tudod visszatekerni a múltat. Az egyetlen mód, hogy megtudd a titkot, ...ha megnyomod a PLAY-t. Clay Jensen semmit sem akar tudni Hannah Baker kazettáiról. Hannah meghalt - gondolta -, magával kellett volna vinnie a titkát. Aztán Hannah hangja közölte Clay-jel, hogy az ő neve is elhangzik a kazettán és az is, hogy Clay valamilyen módon felelős a haláláért. Aztán Clay egész éjszaka a kazettákat hallgatta. Hannah szavai nyomán bejárta a városkájukat... ...és amire fényt derített, az örökre megváltoztatta az életét. "Lenyűgöző első regény. Jay Asher olyan őszintén és keresetlenül meséli el a történetét, hogy a tragédiát megrázkódtatóan valódiként éljük át." - Gordon Korman "Okos, eredeti ötlet, erős hang, tökéletes adagolás. Olyan, amit nem tudsz letenni. Jay Asher kitűnő történetmesélő." - Chris Crutcher
Joanne Harris - Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
It isn't often you receive a letter from the dead. When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she has no choice but to follow the wind that blows her back to Lansquenet, the village in which eight years ago, she opened up a chocolate shop. But returning to her old home, Vianne is completely unprepared for what she is to find there. Women veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea - and there, on the bank of the river Tannes, facing the church, a minaret.
Suzanne Collins - Catching Fire
This is the second book in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ...and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruelest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more.
Mark Lawrence - Tövisek Hercege
Óvakodj a Tövisek Hercegétől... Kilencévesen végignézte, ahogy anyját és öccsét meggyilkolják. Tizenhárom évesen már egy vérszomjas rablóbanda vezére. Tizenöt évesen király akar lenni... Elérkezett az idő, hogy Honorous Jorg Ancrath herceg visszatérjen a várba, amelynek egykor hátat fordított, és elvegye, ami jog szerint őt illeti. Mióta egy tüskebokor tövisein vergődve végig kellett néznie, ahogy Renar gróf emberei lemészárolják anyját és kistestvérét, Jorgot pusztán a harag vezérli. Élet és halál számára csak játszma – és nincs vesztenivalója. Ám atyja várában ármány leselkedik rá. Ármány és fekete mágia. Bármennyire megingathatatlan is az akaratereje, legyőzheti-e egyetlen fiatalember az elképzelhetetlen hatalommal bíró ellenséget?
Gayle Forman - Where She Went
It's been three years since the devastating accident . . . three years since Mia walked out of Adam's life forever. Now living on opposite coasts, Mia is Juilliard's rising star and Adam is LA tabloid fodder, thanks to his new rock star status and celebrity girlfriend. When Adam gets stuck in New York by himself, chance brings the couple together again, for one last night. As they explore the city that has become Mia's home, Adam and Mia revisit the past and open their hearts to the future and each other. Told from Adam's point of view in the spare, lyrical prose that defined If I Stay, Where She Went explores the devastation of grief, the promise of new hope, and the flame of rekindled romance.