A Masterpiece of Story and Literature
Lazlo Strange is a war orphan, born without a name and raised without any sympathy for his plight—or for his vast imagination. But as he is playing in the orchard one day, pretending to be a famous Tizerkane warrior of… of… of where? The very name of the mystical city that lies across the desert is suddenly erased from his mind.
Erased from everyone’s mind, as it turns out. But what sort of magic could steal a name? Most people don’t even seem interested in the question, but Lazlo is determined to find out. And his quest leads him on one of the greatest adventures it has ever been our pleasure to read.
Surprising, Entertaining, Screen-worthy
If you love monsters and fantasy creatures, you’ll love Christi Stallard’s The Crimson Throne. Vampires, dragons, sirens, pixies, werewolves, ghouls… they all live side by side in a world that no longer belongs to humankind, which is a real problem for Sadie Carlisle, the teen heroine who has spent her entire life surrounded by the walls of Section 18. When the city gets raided, Sadie is forced to fight for her very survival.
If that sounds at all cliché, trust me, it isn’t. The world Christi Stallard has created is masterful, from its invented history to the setup of day-to-day life. Movie companies and TV networks, take note: the reimagining of so many mythical creatures into one seamless, dystopian nightmare makes this universe ripe for acquisition.
This Book Is Wearing Dignity. So Much More Beautiful Than Pearls.
The Inexplicable Logic of My Life is a brilliant story of youth at an end, adulthood on the horizon, the meaning of family, the many faces of love, and the difficulty of knowing how to hold on while at the same time letting go.
It’s a fitting theme for readers who loved Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Some of us are having a hard time letting go of that one, and for good reason. But if we hold on to it too hard, looking only to the past, we’ll miss the captivating beauty of this next one. And that would be a tragedy. Continue reading “The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Sáenz”
This Debut Author Is One To Watch
Here’s the thing about real people. They’re complicated. Okay, fine. We’re complicated. We can stand up to a pack of wolves with nothing but a knife at dusk and then shiver in a warm bed until dawn, terrified by a nightmare we don’t even remember. It doesn’t make any sense. Real people don’t always make sense. Emily Sowden gets that. She gets how real life works.
Take Ava. She might not be great at fighting, but she’s a survivor. She knows how to depend on herself. When her mother dies and her father starts disappearing, she holds the family farm together. So what if women aren’t allowed to conduct business in her misogynist, backwater town? She’ll dress herself as a young man and get the job done. That’s practical strength. That’s real strength. Continue reading “Trapped in Silver by Emily Sowden”
Sci-Fi Action with a Kick-Ass Heroine
This is the second book in the Energy Crusades series.
Ever since Kaia was born, she has been taught that the alien Descenders rescued a dying Earth from the brink of ecological disaster. Now she lives in a sustainable utopia, in which all human beings and Descenders alike must “earn” the energy they use. Athletes are the rock stars of this future world, producing enough energy to bring wealth and prosperity to their home grids, and Kaia is already one of the best.
But there is a Resistance brewing—rebel Descenders are plotting against their own government and its strange genetic experimentation. Are Kaia’s purple eyes and extra-sensory abilities the signs they have been waiting for? Is she the first evolutionary leap of humanity, the one that could save the Descenders from their own looming extinction? Continue reading “The City in the Mountains by Valerie Noble”
Funny with a Mean Streak
I (Erin) bought this one as a “blind date” from Malaprops. They wrap books in brown paper and write things like “hilarious” or “pee-your-pants funny” or whatever, and you buy it like that and then open it to see what you bought! It’s so fun! (If you already have it you can exchange it right away, so it’s a much better deal than your usual blind date ha ha!)
So Georgia is 14. She lives in Great Britain and has all kinds of misadventures like dressing up as an olive for a party and wrestling her own rather terrifying house cat. She’s very funny most of the time, but sometimes she’s kind of mean so I didn’t always sympathize with her. Continue reading “Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison”
Interesting Premise with a Gorgeous Setting
I (Erin) was scrolling through the young adult section looking for a new read, and the shelf was like this: HOT GUY on the cover, HOT GUY on the cover, HOT GUY on the cover…
Although I enjoy a hot-guy romance as much as the next hot-guy enthusiast… every single cover? Really? So I was THRILLED to run across The Blazing Star. The heroine of the story, actually dominating the cover. Imagine that.
I requested it immediately.
The initial chapters (set in the real world) did not disappoint. There are universal tensions that any heart can relate to, and I cared about both sisters right from the start. And then… Egypt! The glimpses into the daily life of this fantastical version of ancient Egypt are one of the book’s greatest strengths. Continue reading “The Blazing Star – by Imani Josey”
Brilliant, Funny, Quirky, Engaging
Solomon is a teenager who has not stepped one foot outside his house in three years. Lisa is a high school junior who decides to “fix” him so she can write the best college application essay in the history of ever. Needless to say, all does not go as planned. Continue reading “Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley”
Fun Thriller with a Cool Premise
Ghost Hand is a fun read with an intriguing premise. Sometime in the very near future, a rare condition develops in which people are occasionally born with “ghost” parts. The main character, Liv, has a ghost hand. She can use it in the same way anyone else uses their hand, but recently it has begun to evidence a mind of its own…
It might sound like horror, but it’s more of an action thriller. Without any spoilers, Liv has to figure out what’s going on with her hand while evading a bunch of ghost-hating bad guys, dealing with the requisite hot-guy-she-can’t-figure-out, and dodging a mother who has never been able to accept the way she was born. Continue reading “Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton”