Book Friday: City of Savages by Lee Kelly

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Today I’m happy to talk about a book by one of The Writer Diaries Pre-Pub Adventurers Lee Kelly!

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Let’s take a look at City of Savages!


   After the Red Allies turn New York City into a POW camp, two sisters must decipher the past in order to protect the future in this action-packed thriller with a dual narrative.

It’s been nearly two decades since the Red Allies first attacked New York, and Manhattan is now a prisoner-of-war camp, ruled by Rolladin and her brutal, impulsive warlords. For Skyler Miller, Manhattan is a cage that keeps her from the world beyond the city’s borders. But for Sky’s younger sister, Phee, the POW camp is a dangerous playground of possibility, and the only home she’d ever want.

When Sky and Phee discover their mom’s hidden journal from the war’s outbreak, they both realize there’s more to Manhattan—and their mother—than either of them had ever imagined. And after a group of strangers arrives at the annual POW census, the girls begin to uncover the island’s long-kept secrets. The strangers hail from England, a country supposedly destroyed by the Red Allies, and Rolladin’s lies about Manhattan’s captivity begin to unravel.

Hungry for the truth, the sisters set a series of events in motion that end in the death of one of Rolladin’s guards. Now they’re outlaws, forced to join the strange Englishmen on an escape mission through Manhattan. Their flight takes them into subways haunted by cannibals, into the arms of a sadistic cult in the city’s Meatpacking District and, through the pages of their mom’s old journal, into the island’s dark and shocking past.

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My Review: It’s been 20 years since the Red Allies attacked the US and left New York in devastated ruins. Sky and her sister Phee live in abandon apartments with their mother Sarah. But it’s check in time with Rolladin, the leader of the POW camp in Central Park. Rolladin is a strong leader with her warlords at her side, so it’s best not to break the rules. They mustn’t be late but Sarah sidetracks them to her old apartment to show her daughters what life was before the war. On the way to camp Sarah falls and hurts herself, causing them to be 5 minutes late. As punishment, Phee must fight to keep them in the sanctuary instead of being thrown out into winter. The book draws on new characters emerging from beyond the city, showing that there’s life outside the walls of Manhattan. A boy also puts the sisters emotions against each other and you don’t want that in this dilapidated world. A diary from Sarah is discovered by the girls that reveals a compelling story before the war began. Shocking truths are revealed about the city and the world beyond once the sisters and their mother are on the run.

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The characters Kelly created are vivid and compelling. We drift from two perspectives of Sky and Phee. It was wonderful being in their heads to see two different outlooks on this apocalyptic world. Sky is soft spoken, always thinking ahead, and prefers books. She prefers to leave the confines of the city and to see the world. Phee is expressive, always saying what’s on her mind, and very adventurous. She acts on instinct. The two love each other dearly and that’s evident with their interactions together. The other characters are just as compelling. Sarah is a mother who wants to protect her children. Through her diary we find that she wanted to be a writer and not a burden on her new family. She’s strong and will do anything for her family. Rolladin rules with an iron fist but she cares for her people. Everything she does is for a reason. She harbors a strange affection for the girls and I came to find her intriguing throughout the book.

Kelly does a wonderful job at creating a dystopian world full of intriguing mysteries. The writing is fast paced and vivid. The characters are compelling and you yearn for their freedom with every turn of the page. I was enthralled by the plot and the vivid world she created. The bond of the sister’s is prevalent and heartwarming. Being a sister myself I felt connected to Sky and Phee. Kelly created a realistic but terrifying world of war and the aftermaths.  I just couldn’t put City of Savages down until I finished it and knew what happened with the characters.

Should you read this? YES! A phenomenal debut by Kelly. It’s a haunting tale of two sisters and the bond of family. It’s a book you don’t want to miss.

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About the Author:

 

Why hello, and thanks for dropping by!  My name is Lee Kelly, and I’m a writer of young adult and genre fiction, a lawyer by trade and a new mom (my almost two year-old, Penn Joseph, keeps me very busy).   And my debut, CITY OF SAVAGES, is coming in February 3, 2015 from Simon & Schuster (though I still can’t fully believe it — and saying and writing it never gets old :).

I was born and raised in Philadelphia, went to Georgetown University and, with the exception of a couple years spent in glorious Santa Monica on the west coast, I’ve been buzzing around New York ever since.

My debut, CITY OF SAVAGES, naturally takes place in New York City, in a not-too-distant future, where Manhattan has become a prisoner-of-war camp.  While I know there are quite a few end-of-the-worlds on bookshelves these days, I like to think my story offers something new, by exploring this potential future NYC intimately, even tenderly, through the eyes of two very different sisters who have never stepped outside of Manhattan.  The sisters’ relationship is also front and center, and told via a dual-narrative — and being one of three sisters myself, this was EXTREMELY fun to write.  The book also has a very robust subplot which focuses on the secrets of the previous generation, as well as the city’s dark, twisty past.  CITY OF SAVAGES was sold by my agent, the lovely and amazing Adriann Ranta of Wolf Literary Services, to Navah Wolfe at S&S.  Navah is witty, articulate, passionate… pretty much a dream editor.  I am beyond thrilled to be part of such a great team.

What I’m currently working on?  Well, I’ve recently teamed up with a fabulous group of 2015 debut authors called the Freshman Fifteens, and am blogging regularly about writing and revision over at Movellas.  I’m also in the process of revising AMERICAN SHINE, my next novel with S&S, a magical realism crossover novel which follows two up-and-coming bootlegging sorcerers through an alternate Prohibition-era America.

In any event, always looking for good NYC-driven fiction (or any good fiction!), so please drop me a line or a tweet if you have any recommendations!  And for Moms-to-be, check out my Baby Book reviews tab!  I WISH someone had done this prior to me spending hours and hours reading some of the deadbeats :).

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Until the next review!

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Look Out Wednesday: All the Rage by Courtney Summers

It’s Wednesday!

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Look Out Wednesday is our weekly post that spotlights upcoming books we can’t wait to read! Today’s book is a dark story that takes readers into the world of rape. A concept that needs to be taken more seriously in the reading world, so we’re glad that Courtney has tackled this. I loved Laurie Halse Anderson Speak and this book sounds like it will just be as good.

Let’s take a look at All the Rage by Courtney Summers!

 


 

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (April 14, 2015)
  • Language: English

The sheriff’s son, Kellan Turner, is not the golden boy everyone thinks he is, and Romy Grey knows that for a fact. Because no one wants to believe a girl from the wrong side of town, the truth about him has cost her everything–friends, family, and her community. Branded a liar and bullied relentlessly by a group of kids she used to hang out with, Romy’s only refuge is the diner where she works outside of town. No one knows her name or her past there; she can finally be anonymous. But when a girl with ties to both Romy and Kellan goes missing after a party, and news of him assaulting another girl in a town close by gets out, Romy must decide whether she wants to fight or carry the burden of knowing more girls could get hurt if she doesn’t speak up. Nobody believed her the first time–and they certainly won’t now–but the cost of her silence might be more than she can bear.?

With a shocking conclusion and writing that will absolutely knock you out, Courtney Summers’ new novel All the Rage examines the shame and silence inflicted upon young women in a culture that refuses to protect them.


About the Author:   

COURTNEY SUMMERS was born in Belleville, Ontario in 1986 and currently resides in a small town not far from there. At age 14, she dropped out of high school to pursue her education independently and spent those years figuring out what she wanted to do with her life. At 18, she knew she was meant to write.To date, she has authored five novels. Her first novel, Cracked Up to Be, was published when she was 22 and went on to win the 2009 CYBIL award in YA fiction. Since then, she’s published three more books–2011 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick and White Pine Honour book, Some Girls Are, 2012 YALSA Quick Pick, Fall for Anything, and 2013 YALSA Top 10 Quick Pick, 2013 YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults selection and White Pine Honour book and the Silver Inky shortlisted This is Not a Test. Her next projects are an e-novella, Please Remain Calm (a sequel to This is Not a Test) and a new novel, All the Rage, both out in 2015.

When she is not writing, Courtney loves playing video games, watching horror movies and obsessing over the zombie apocalypse. Her favourite colour is green and she’s a total feminist.

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Doesn’t this book sound brutally fabulous? We’re definitely picking it up when it releases.

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Release Day Blitz: 3-3-15

Tuesday is a day for spotlighting some of the books releasing this week that we think should grab your attention. It’s our weekly post on new releases hitting the shelves.

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Today we’re excited to present one released in particular! Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy. Cori has been part of our Pre-Pub Adventure on The Writer Diaries.

Let’s take a look at the releases today!


Breaking Sky by Cori McCarthy

In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled thriller, America’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. “BREAKING SKY is an action-packed thrill ride that smashes through all kinds of barriers at a Mach 5 pace.” —Carrie Jones, New York Times bestselling author of the Need series and co-editor of Dear Bully

Fly to the last drop of fuel. Fight to the last drop of blood.
Showoff. Reckless. Maverick. Chase Harcourt, call sign “Nyx”, isn’t one to play it safe. In the year 2048, America is locked in a cold war – and the country’s best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy. Chase is one of only two daredevil pilots chosen to fly an experimental “Streaker” jet. But few know the pain and loneliness of her past. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.

But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There’s a third Streaker, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. And Chase doesn’t play well with others. But to save her country, she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.

Cori McCarthy’s taut, romantic, action adventure will shoot your pulse straight into overdrive with her brilliantly imagined and frighteningly possible future.

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We’re so excited for this book and we hope you are too!

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The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless?world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret.?

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

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The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner

 Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him—his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up.In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living.

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The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace

Drama and danger abound in this fantasy realm where dukes play a game for the throne, magical warriors race to find the missing heir, and romance blossoms where it is least expected.

In a world where dukes plot their way to the throne, a Performer’s life can get tricky. And in Johanna Von Arlo’s case, it can be fatal. Expelled from her troupe after her father’s death, Johanna is forced to work for the handsome Lord Rafael DeSilva. Too bad they don’t get along. But while Johanna’s father’s death was deemed an accident, the Keepers aren’t so sure.

The Keepers, a race of people with magical abilities, are on a quest to find the princess—the same princess who is supposed to be dead and whose throne the dukes are fighting over. But they aren’t the only ones looking for her. And in the wake of their search, murdered girls keep turning up—girls who look exactly like the princess, and exactly like Johanna.

With dukes, Keepers, and a killer all after the princess, Johanna finds herself caught up in political machinations for the throne, threats on her life, and an unexpected romance that could change everything.

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Mosquitoland by David Arnold

I am a collection of oddities, a circus of neurons and electrons: my heart is the ringmaster, my soul is the trapeze artist, and the world is my audience. It sounds strange because it is, and it is, because I am strange.

After the sudden collapse of her family, Mim Malone is dragged from her home in northern Ohio to the “wastelands” of Mississippi, where she lives in a medicated milieu with her dad and new stepmom. Before the dust has a chance to settle, she learns her mother is sick back in Cleveland.

So she ditches her new life and hops aboard a northbound Greyhound bus to her real home and her real mother, meeting a quirky cast of fellow travelers along the way. But when her thousand-mile journey takes a few turns she could never see coming, Mim must confront her own demons, redefining her notions of love, loyalty, and what it means to be sane.

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 So many great releases today! Until next time!
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Book Friday: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

I was very excited to read The Glass Arrow when I saw it swimming through twitter in ARCS.

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Such a different concept in a dystopian world! Females sold for breeding? I’m already hooked!

Let’s take a look at The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Teen; First Edition edition (February 10, 2015)
  • Language: English

Once there was a time when men and women lived as equals, when girl babies were valued, and women could belong only to themselves. But that was ten generations ago. Now women are property, to be sold and owned and bred, while a strict census keeps their numbers manageable and under control. The best any girl can hope for is to end up as some man’s forever wife, but most are simply sold and resold until they’re all used up.

Only in the wilderness, away from the city, can true freedom be found. Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her.

Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family, but her only allies are a loyal wolf she’s raised from a pup and a strange mute boy who may be her best hope for freedom . . . if she can truly trust him.


My Review:  There have been a lot of dystopian books lately, which I love, and The Glass Arrow shined like a tiny bright star in the dark blanket of dystopian book space. In this world men sell to the highest bidder females for breeding. Females are scarce and hunted like cattle. Our main character Aya lives with a band of woman on the run from such atrocious rules. They live a simple life in the mountains. Aya has learned from her mother, cousin and others how to hide from Trackers, and she’s quite good at it. But her skills aren’t enough to save her from capture when a hunting party finds the camp. Now in the Garden, a prison like compound with fertile girls waiting to be auctioned to hungry men who want sons, Aya’s survival instincts kick in. She does everything she can to stay away from auction. She meets a mute Driver, Kiran, who will help Aya escape her buyer, because she does get sold. Intense, action packed and brutal are all the emotions that played together in this book.

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Aya was strong and independent girl. A wonderful heroine in a brutal world ruled by men. She isn’t here to save the world, just herself and those she loves. And the romance? YES, no love triangle here! Kiran is a Driver, who is more than he appears. The chemistry between the two is smoldering.

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Kiran is clever and strong. He is quiet, stubborn, and brave just like Aya, which makes them perfect for each other!  There interactions are slight at the beginning and build throughout the book. I found myself yearning for Kiran just like Aya!

Kristen did a fantastic job at world building. A unique plot and vivid description kept the book distinctive from any other dystopian book. And the fact that the characters wanted to save each other rather than the world was refreshing. Kristen’s detail into her characters and the setting was beautiful and intriguing. Every description brought me further and further into the book. The world is horribly intriguing and the characters were a light in that darkness. Kristen’s writing kept my attention from the first chapter until I closed the book. I was so happy to hear this was a stand alone because I LOVED the ending!

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Should you read this? YES! A perfect dystopian book that has a unique plot with a refreshing ending. A stand alone book that leaves you fulfilled with the characters and the plot and setting. I can’t wait to see what Kristen brings next.

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NOTE: I received a ARC from Tor Teen for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and aren’t influenced in any way!


About the Author:

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Kristen Simmons writes young adult fiction – the kind that’s dark and scary but generally involves some kissing. She’s the author of ARTICLE 5 (2012), BREAKING POINT (2013), and THREE (2014), as well as THE GLASS ARROW (2015), and METALTOWN (2016). Words cannot describe how happy all this makes her.

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I’ve helped so many teens find this book at the library! It makes me happy to see a book in the hands of patrons, a book I loved! On a side note, I sometimes fantasize myself doing this at the library….and singing.

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King by Ellen Oh

When a series comes to an end it’s like saying goodbye to a good friend.

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That’s just how I felt with Ellen Oh’s Prophecy series. King is the final installment in her series. It sat on my table for a few weeks because I didn’t want to say goodbye to Kira and her world. But I finally picked it up and read right through it.

Let’s take a look at King by Ellen Oh.


 

  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (March 31, 2015)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers

Girl warrior, demon slayer, Tiger spirit of the Yellow Eyes—Kira is ready for her final quest. In this thrilling finale to the Prophecy trilogy, fans will get even more of the fierce Kira and her quest to save her kingdom!

All eyes are on her. Kira, once an outcast in her home village of Hansong, is now the only one with the power to save her kingdom. She must save her cousin, the boy fated to be the future king, uncover the third lost treasure, and face innumerable enemies in order to fulfill the famed prophecy.

Kira braves a sea of tigers and battles armies of demons as she musters her inner strength and learns to trust herself, the romantic feelings for Jaewon that are growing within her, and the destiny that must be hers.


My Review: 

King was a fast read that I thoroughly enjoyed. It was a great conclusion to the Prophecy Series. It didn’t take much time to finish the book. There were some surprises I didn’t expect coming, which I love! It had been fun reading about Kira and seeing her adventures through all three books. I’m a big fan of Legend of Korra and Last Airbender so this series had been right up my alley because it had a similarity of those shows. Add dragons to the mix and I’m a happy girl, which there were dragons! That’s just what the last book of this series made me feel, happy.

King begins just as Warrior left off, with Kira reeling over Taejo’s capture. She will do anything to get him back. A female warrior in a man’s army isn’t easy but Kira is tough and one hell of a fighter. This’s what I loved about the book. A strong female lead that can stand out on her own is such a pleasure to read. She did have doubts about herself during the journey. During the course of the books Kira relied on herself but soon found life long friends to help her save and cousin.

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Romance plays a part in this book compared the other two. It’s a love triangle, and of course you know I hate love triangles. But when done right it doesn’t distract from the plot. We have Jaewon and Shin as the doting suitors. There is always a choice to pick and Kira does that. It may not be the choice I thought it would be but it was acceptable. It added to the ending of the book and didn’t distract me from the reading.

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Ellen’s writing was vivid and the world building fantastic. Even in the third book she creates new characters and wonderful places to visit. King was a wonderful wrap up to a series that explores Korean myths. Dragons, tigers, epic battles and a heroine demon slayer that kicks ass begins this story to life. Ellen’s books were epic and I can’t wait to see what else she brings to the reading world.

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Should you read it? Yes! An epic adventure that concludes a wonderful series. You won’t be disappointed.

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NOTE: I received a ARC from Harper Teen for reviewing purposes! All opinions expressed are my own and aren’t influenced in any way!


 

About the author: ellen

Writer, lawyer, college instructor, donut-slayer, chocolate lover. Addicted to diet coke. Likes to quote extensively from the Princess Bride, Monty Python and Godfather movies. Never leaves home without her iphone, chapstick, a book and her American Express card. For a more detailed bio, please check out her website.

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Look out Wednesday: Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler

Hello lovelies! Today we spotlight an interesting book that comes at the perfect time for fans of Jane the Virgin.
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Look Out Wednesday is our weekly post that spotlights upcoming books we can’t wait to read! The book we bring you today regards one girl and a miracle. We love unique plots and this one drew our attention because everyone should have a miracle..however, sometimes that miracle turns out not to be the one you wanted.

Let’s take a look at Immaculate by Katelyn Detweiler!

 


Mina is seventeen. A virgin. And pregnant.

Mina is top of her class, girlfriend to the most ambitious guy in school, able to reason and study her way through anything. But when she suddenly finds herself pregnant—despite having never had sex—her orderly world collapses. Almost nobody believes Mina’s claims of virginity. Her father assumes that her boyfriend is responsible; her boyfriend believes she must have cheated on him. As news of Mina’s story spreads, there are those who brand her a liar. There are those who brand her a heretic. And there are those who believe that miracles are possible—and that Mina’s unborn child could be the greatest miracle of all.

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About the Author:

katelynLiterary agent @JillGrinbergLit & author, debut IMMACULATE coming may 2015 from @VikingChildrens. compulsive reader. aspiring yogi. lover of peanut butter.

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 Wow. We’re definitely intrigued! Doesn’t it sound amazing?

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Let us know what books you can’t wait to read!
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Release Day Blitz

 Tuesday is a day for spotlighting some of the books releasing this week that we think should grab your attention. It’s our weekly post on new releases hitting the shelves.
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We’re excited about some of the books coming out this week! Let’s take a look at the new releases today!


The Third Twin by CJ Omololu third chin

Identical twins. Identical DNA. Identical suspects. It’s Pretty Little Liars meets Revenge in this edge-of-your-seat thriller with a shocking twist.When they were little, Lexi and her identical twin, Ava, made up a third sister, Alicia. If something broke? Alicia did it. Cookies got eaten? Alicia’s guilty. Alicia was always to blame for everything.The game is all grown up now that the girls are seniors. They use Alicia as their cover to go out with boys who are hot but not exactly dating material. Boys they’d never, ever be with in real life.Now one of the guys Alicia went out with has turned up dead, and Lexi wants to stop the game for good. As coincidences start piling up, Ava insists that if they follow the rules for being Alicia, everything will be fine. But when another boy is killed, the DNA evidence and surveillance photos point to only one suspect—Alicia. The girl who doesn’t exist.As she runs from the cops, Lexi has to find the truth before another boy is murdered. Because either Ava is a killer . . . or Alicia is real.


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing

empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure

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Kalahari by Jessica Khoury
Deep in the Kalahari Desert, a Corpus lab protects a dangerous secret…
But what happens when that secret takes on a life of its own?When an educational safari goes wrong, five teens find themselves stranded in the Kalahari Desert without a guide. It’s up to Sarah, the daughter of zoologists, to keep them alive and lead them to safety, calling on survival know-how from years of growing up in remote and exotic locales. Battling dehydration, starvation and the pangs of first love, she does her best to hold it together, even as their circumstances grow increasingly desperate.But soon a terrifying encounter makes Sarah question everything she’s ever known about the natural world. A silver lion, as though made of mercury, makes a vicious, unprovoked attack on the group. After a narrow escape, they uncover the chilling truth behind the lion’s silver sheen: a highly contagious and deadly virus that threatens to ravage the entire area—and eliminate life as they know it.In this breathtaking new novel by the acclaimed author of Origin and Vitro, Sarah and the others must not only outrun the virus, but its creators, who will stop at nothing to wipe every trace of it.

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Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.She’s the executioner.As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the  queen.However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love.
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The Cipher by John C Ford

Robert “Smiles” Smylie is not a genius. He feels like he’s surrounded by them, though, from his software mogul dad to his brainy girlfriend to his oddball neighbor Ben, a math prodigy.  When Ben cracks an ancient, real-life riddle central to modern data encryption systems, he suddenly holds the power to unlock every electronic secret in the world—and Smiles finally has a chance to prove his own worth.

Smiles hatches a plan to protect Ben from the government agents who will stop at nothing to get their hands on his discovery.  But as he races from a Connecticut casino to the streets of Boston, enlisting the help of an alluring girl, Smiles comes to realize the most explosive secrets don’t lie between the covers of Ben’s notebook—they’re buried in his own past.

Eerily close to reality and full of shocking twists, this techno-thriller reveals how easily the private can become public, and just how dangerous it can be to encrypt our personal histories.

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A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas

Rhiannon Thomas’s dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of what happens after happily ever after. Vividly imagined scenes of action, romance, and political intrigue are seamlessly woven together to reveal a richly created world… and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

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A lot of fantastic books releasing this week! Which one do you want to read?

Until next time!

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Tawney Twin