Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Magnificent! Don’t Miss!

ISBN: 978-0765379283

Truthwitch is a new-adult high fantasy, set in a world of magic that will at first seem familiar: air witch, water witch, fire witch, earth witch… But the deeper you delve, the more unique and mesmerizing the world becomes.

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Introducing… The Intuitives!

Introducing… The Intuitives!

Coming in July!

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We have a book coming out in July! That’s right, our first published book! We’re so excited! Our debut full-length novel–a contemporary YA fantasy–will be released on July 25, 2017! It’s called The Intuitives, and you can read more about it here on Goodreads. (ARC requests are open at trashdogs.com!)

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The City in the Mountains by Valerie Noble

The City in the Mountains by Valerie Noble

Sci-Fi Action with a Kick-Ass Heroine

ISBN: 978-1621354789

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”

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison

Funny with a Mean Streak

ISBN: 978-0060288143

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”

The Blazing Star – by Imani Josey

The Blazing Star – by Imani Josey

Interesting Premise with a Gorgeous Setting

ISBN: 978-1945769160

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”

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley

Brilliant, Funny, Quirky, Engaging

ISBN: 978-0525428183

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”

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Ghost Hand by Ripley Patton

Fun Thriller with a Cool Premise

ISBN: 978-0988491007

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”

Street Magicks by Paula Guran, Editor

Street Magicks by Paula Guran, Editor

A Lovely Collection of Slightly-Vintage Fantasy Stories

ISBN: 978-1607014690

We bought this anthology at full price for our permanent collection. If nothing else, Scott Lynch is a genius, and his “A Year and a Day in Old Theradane” was worth the price of admission all by itself.

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The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke

A Gentle, Utopian Tale of Science and Magic

ISBN: 978-0996042505

This is a gentle story, appropriate for young readers. The lessons about friendship are magnificent. The science is well within the understanding of a young mind and at the same time flies above and beyond anything ordinarily found in a child’s fictional tale. A+ for the author on both counts. Continue reading “The Dragon Dreamer by J.S. Burke”

Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed

Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed

Funny and Brilliant!

ISBN: 978-1477638804

(A note from Erin: I stole this one out of our in-box and never gave it back. Hey, you snooze, you lose. Middle-grade books go by middle-grade rules.)

This book wasn’t next up in my review list. I know. It wasn’t. So here’s what happened…

I got a review copy by email. Yay! Love those! I opened it–you know, just to make sure it would open. Then I read a paragraph or two because I’m a compulsive reader, and after all, it was right there in front of me. I can’t be blamed for that. It was clearly not my fault.

An hour later, I finished it. I couldn’t put it down, which was also not my fault. I blame A.B. Syed. And, obviously, I blame Simon Cup. (It’s okay. He’s used to it.) The book made me grin like a little kid. In several places it made me laugh out loud. People looked at me oddly, yes, but I laughed out loud anyway. It’s that kind of book. Continue reading “Simon Cup’s Box by A.B. Syed”