Today @KirkusReviews...

...I listed a bunch of books pubbing in April that I'm all excited about.

Did I miss anything?

Kindle Daily Deal: Val McDermid.

Were you a fan of Wire in the Blood? Despite, years later, STILL being haunted by some of the brutal imagery from the show, I adored it...

...that—along with the practically-giving-them-away-$1.99 pricetag—was my excuse for buying the first four books in the series.

So, now I can be scarred by the novels as well as the television adaptation! Yay?

Currently reading: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place, by Julie Berry


From The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place:

The students at Saint Etheldreda's School for Young Ladies breakfasted on bread and butter and milk, and lunched on eggs gathered from the henhouse. At teatime they had toast and tea. To an outside observer these might have seemed to be the only events of this quiet day at Saint Etheldreda's school. But as so often the case with groups of young ladies, the real intrigue took place underneath the surface, in small domestic matters, in conversations, in whisperings, and in private thoughts.

I especially love that passage because it comes AFTER the girls have buried their headmistress and her brother—who were poisoned during dinner the night before by a person or persons unknown—in the backyard. I SWOON.

New YA: March 15-28.

New hardbacks:

The Wrong Side of Right, by Jenn Marie Thorne

Everything That Makes You, by Moriah McStay

Hostage Run (The MindWar Trilogy), by Andrew Klavan

Duplicity, by N. K. Traver

Honey Girl, by Lisa Freeman

Pretty Wanted (Pretty Crooked Trilogy), by Elisa Ludwig

Things I'll Never Say: Stories About Our Secret Selves, by Ann Angel

Guardians: A Wasteland Novel, by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Boarding School Girls: A Novel (The Temperley High Series), by Helen Eve

A Work Of Art, by Melody Maysonet

Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story, by David Levithan

Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey Lee

We All Looked Up, by Tommy Wallach

Written in the Stars, by Aisha Saeed

Catalyst, by Lydia Kang

Liars, Inc., by Paula Stokes

The Door in the Moon (Obsidian Mirror), by Catherine Fisher

The Tightrope Walkers, by David Almond

Boys Don't Knit, by T. S. Easton

In the Time of Dragon Moon, by Janet Lee Carey

The Lost Tribes, by C. Taylor-Butler

Half Wild (The Half Bad Trilogy), by Sally Green

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One, by Paige McKenzie and Alyssa Sheinmel

The Walls Around Us, by Nova Ren Suma

New paperbacks (that I've read):

Don't Look Back, by Jennifer Armentrout:

Bonus points! There’s a sex scandal involving some photos, and while Sam is embarrassed about their circulation and certainly feels violated about their existence in the first place, she doesn’t A) feel shame about the (consensual) sexual activity, and B) it isn’t ever suggested that she should. Teen sexuality is treated frankly and without condescension, and that terrible experience is paralleled by a very healthy, loving one.

Premeditated, by Josin L. McQuein:

A major way in which Premeditated is far, FAR superior to this season of the TV show Revenge: Dinah has a modicum of subtlety and discretion. In other words, she doesn’t do her plotting and planning whilst out in public, or in the same room as her enemies.


March 1-15.

February 22-28.

February 15-21.

February 1-14.

Today @KirkusReviews...

...I wrote about Elana K. Arnold's Infandous:

It’s about mothers and daughters, about how girls become women. It’s about how intensely we can love; about the complexity of those love bonds; about loving a parent with your whole heart while also being ready to become your own person; about wanting to be comforted by a person while also wanting to protect her. It deals with economic class and gender roles—so, yes, along with the fairy tales, it’s safe to say that Infandous hit ALL of my buttons—and Arnold’s choices in choosing the fairy tales and myths to highlight are bull’s-eyes, all, but in a way that feels organic, not forced.