Recently received: April 23.

Still catching up on posting these!

Solomon's Arrow, by J. Dalton Jennings

We mess up this planet so irrevocably that Solomon Chavez, the "mysterious son of the world’s first trillionaire", plans to build a starship in order to colonize another planet... but he has secretsssss. This sounds so amazingly soap opera-y I can't even.

The Dangerous Type, by Loren Rhoads

Assassin is released after being entombed for twenty years—I'm assuming that would be a carbonite situation rather than just LOCKING HER IN A TOMB for twenty years, yes?—and she heads out looking for revenge. Also, there's romance? I'm kind of curious about this one, despite the annoyingly sexualized pose of the cover model.

Silver in the Blood, by Jessica Day George

1890 New York society girls go to Romania to meet their expended family, find husbands, and learn about "The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke". Romance, horror, fantasy, Dracula, a secret society, I want to be reading it RIGHT NOW.

The Maze Runner & The Scorch Trials, by James Dashner:

Like The Maze Runner, The Scorch Trials is an action-packed page-turner with a high body count*. The prose is sometimes awkward:

"With thoughts of revenge actually comforting him in a sick and twisted way, he finally fell asleep." (p69)

"He cast his special look that meant he was only kidding, but Thomas wondered if a little truth might be hiding in there somewhere." (p103)

but the story moved along so quickly that I didn't stop to complain. (Much.)

One Thing Stolen, by Beth Kephart:

Nadia’s about as unreliable as narrators come, but she differs from most other unreliable narrators in a couple of crucial ways: first, she knows she’s unreliable, and second, she’s not actively trying to manipulate or mislead the reader. She’s desperate to understand, and to regain her own personal normalcy

Ask the Dark, by Henry Turner

Murder mystery about a teenage vandal and thief who turns detective, as well as dealing with class and family issues. Bonus: Apparently it's quite sweary!

Stories I Only Tell My Friends, by Rob Lowe

I don't usually include the books I buy in this round-up, but it was in the pile, so. Now you know my secret shame: celebrity memoirs.

Icefall, by Gillian Philip

This is the last installment in the Rebel Angels series. It sounds very FRAUGHT, what with the "horror in the sea caves" and a guy with a ROTTING SOUL and the BOUND LOVER (<--cueing up my moue of distaste). Have you read them? Should I not miss them? 

A School for Brides, by Patrice Kindl:

Number 1: It’s by Patrice Kindl.

Number 2: It’s the sequel to Keeping the Castle.

Number 3: Did I mention that it’s by Patrice Kindl?


Orbiting Jupiter, by Gary D. Schmidt

Joseph, who became a father at thirteen, has never met his daughter, Jupiter. Now, after time in juvie, he's been placed in foster care in Maine, where he gets to know our narrator, twelve-year-old Jack. SOMETHING TELLS ME I MIGHT NEED KLEENEX FOR THIS ONE.

The Trap, by Steven Arntson

1963, Iowa. The local bully disappears right around the same time that a group of seventh-graders find a book about how to "subtle travel", which involves out-of-body experiences. The pub copy compares the book to Madeleine L'Engle AND Gary Schmidt, which are seriously big shoes to fill. Definitely sounds like it has potential, though, huh?

Deep Winter, by Samuel W. Gailey

Murder and lies and prejudice and assumptions and bullying and an incoming blizzard in a small town. This one very well might be an EXCELLENT FIT for me.

The Start of Me and You, by Emery Lord



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