Books recently received.
Dreamfire, by Kit Alloway
About a girl who battles nightmares in the dream world in order to prevent said nightmares from entering the real world. She's a prodigy with a tragic past... and now she's got a hottie apprentice AND a never-seen-before Big Bad to contend with.
Lying Out Loud, by Kody Keplinger
Companion novel to The Duff. We've been seeing more and more of these lately, no?
Beastly Bones, by William Ritter
The sequel to Jackaby, YESSSSSSSSSSSSS.
The Heart of Betrayal, by Mary E. Pearson
The sequel to my beloved Kiss of Deception. I CAN'T WAIT I CAN'T WAIT I CAN'T WAIT I NEED TO TAKE A WEEK OR TWO OFF SO I CAN READ ALL OF THE BOOKS I WANT TO READ. I shrieked so long and so loud when this one showed up that Josh came running because he thought I'd injured myself... and then he just backed away slowly.
I Remember You, by Cathleen Davitt Bell
Girl meets boy; boy remembers their relationship before it exists; his future memories start getting ominous. The plotting sounds somewhat Happy Accidents-y (which would be super)... but the cover art and tone of the publisher description make me suspect that it might be far more run-of-the-mill.
In a World Just Right, by Jen Brooks
Post-coma, Jonathan Aubrey has the ability to create alternate versions of the world. But when he mistakes the real world for one of his fictional ones, everything starts to unravel. I AM INTRIGUED.
Seeker, by Arwen Elys Dayton:
The villains are one-note moustache twirlers, driven purely by hatefulness and greed (and bonus misogyny). Briac’s method of bringing new Seekers into the fold—lie to them for years, then force them at knifepoint to swear fealty to him and the Order—makes no sense. For one, how in the world would that result in allies/employees he could depend on, and for another, if he’s already broken every Seeker rule ever, why not just hire on some goons who’d likely be more comfortable with evil-doing?
Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters, by Shannon Hale
TIME TO RE-READ THE FIRST TWO. I love these books.
Because You'll Never Meet Me, by Leah Thomas
Best friends able to interact only through letters, because one is allergic to electricity and the other has a pacemaker. I love epistolary novels, and I feel that we've had less of them lately. This one sounds vaguely bonkers—apparently a "mysterious German laboratory" figures in?—which has me that much more interested in reading it.
Kissing in America, by Margo Rabb
Eva turns to romance novels to help work through the pain stemming from her father's death, and then she meets a boy who brings those romantic fantasies to life. Without warning, he moves across the country, so Eva and her best friend head West to find him. Love Margo Rabb's writing—she brings the empathy and the feels and the emotional truth—and so I'm very much looking forward to this one. (Full disclosure: We sat together at one of the group dinners at Kidlitcon 2013.)
Under a Painted Sky, by Stacey Lee
Samantha and Annamae—a Chinese-American girl and a runaway slave—team up and travel the 1849 Oregon Trail in search of their pasts and their futures. I haven't seen a whole lot of successful westerns recently, so my fingers are double-crossed about this one.