BLACK MOON |THE BROKEN TRILOGY #3

32944085Black Moon by L.A Weatherly
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Genres: YA, Sci-Fi, Dystopian
For fans of: Mockingjay, war novels, Legend
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Welcome to New Manhattan, home of dictator, Kay Pierce, and her enemies in the resistance…

Leading them is Amity. Working undercover for them is the man who betrayed her.

Because even when her world is broken, Amity will risk her life to fix it.

Set in a daring and distorted echo of 1940s America, Black Moon brings this epic series of corruption, romance and intrigue to an explosive finale.


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YOU’RE WELCOME UNIVERSE – WHITNEY GARDNER

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You’re Welcome Universe by Whitney Gardner
Published by Knopf’s Books for Young Readers
Genre: Contemporary, YA
For Fans of:  Art, graffiti, wonderfully diverse books, friendcentric stories
My Rating: 4 stars out of 5

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

Told with wit and grit by debut author Whitney Gardner, who also provides gorgeous interior illustrations of Julia’s graffiti tags, You’re Welcome, Universe introduces audiences to a one-of-a-kind protagonist who is unabashedly herself no matter what life throws in her way.


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MISSING – KELLEY ARMSTRONG

25487124Missing by Kelley Armstrong
Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
Genres: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Contemporary
For Fans of: Kelley Armstrong, the Taken movies, predictable quick-read mystery novels
My rating: 2 stars out of 5

The only thing Winter Crane likes about Reeve’s End is that soon she’ll leave it. Like her best friend did. Like her sister did. Like most of the teens born in town have done. There’s nothing for them there but abandoned mines and empty futures. They’re better off taking a chance elsewhere.

The only thing Winter will miss is the woods. Her only refuge. At least it was. Until the day she found Lennon left for dead, bleeding in a tree.

But now Lennon is gone too. And he has Winter questioning what she once thought was true. What if nobody left at all? What if they’re all missing?


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IDA – ALISON EVANS

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Published by: Bonnier Publishing Australia
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi
For fans of: wonderfully diverse books, time travel, alternate universes!
My rating: 2 stars out of 5

Ida struggles more than other young people to work this out. She can shift between parallel universes, allowing her to follow alternative paths.

One day Ida sees a shadowy, see-through doppelganger of herself on the train. She starts to wonder if she’s actually in control of her ability, and whether there are effects far beyond what she’s considered.

How can she know, anyway, whether one universe is ultimately better than another? And what if the continual shifting causes her to lose what is most important to her, just as she’s discovering what that is, and she can never find her way back?


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INSTRUCTIONS FOR A SECOND-HAND HEART – TAMSYN MURRAY

31760965Instructions For A Second-Hand Heart by Tamsyn Murray
Published by Usborne Publishing Ltd.
Genres: Contemporary, YA, Romance
For fans of: The Fault in Our Stars, If I Was Your Girl, stories that deal with illness, disability and depression
My rating: 3 stars out of 5

Jonny isn’t like “normal” teenagers. Every day he wakes up in hospital, kept alive by a machine. Every day he wonders if this is the day they’ll find a donor match for his heart. Every day he wonders if this is the day he’ll die.

Every day, Niamh fights with her “perfect” brother Leo. Every single day, Leo wins. Every day, Niamh dreams of a life without Leo. But all that changes on the day of the accident: the day EVERYTHING falls apart.

This is a story about facing the future no matter how frightening. This is a story about healing your heart, no matter how much it hurts.


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THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE | THE BEAR AND THE NIGHTINGALE #1

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The Bear and The Nightingale by Katherine Arden
Published by Del Rey
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA
For Fans of:  Uprooted, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Cruel Beauty
My Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn’t mind—she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse’s fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon, who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

After Vasilisa’s mother dies, her father goes to Moscow and brings home a new wife. Fiercely devout, city-bred, Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids her family from honoring the household spirits. The family acquiesces, but Vasilisa is frightened, sensing that more hinges upon their rituals than anyone knows.

And indeed, crops begin to fail, evil creatures of the forest creep nearer, and misfortune stalks the village. All the while, Vasilisa’s stepmother grows ever harsher in her determination to groom her rebellious stepdaughter for either marriage or confinement in a convent.

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.


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THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN – DOT HUTCHINSON

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
Published by Thomas & Mercer
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Adult, Crime fiction
For fans of: Law & Order SVU, Exit Pursued By a Bear
My rating: 5 stars out of 5

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding…


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FIRE TOUCHED | MERCY THOMPSON #9

Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs
Published by Ace
Genres: Urban Fantasy, Adult, Paranormal
For Fans of: Alpha and Omega, Dreg City, Kelly Armstrong, Werwolves, Vampires, Shapeshifters, and all of that other supernatural jazz
My rating: 4.5 stars out of 5

Mercy Thompson has been hailed as “a heroine who continues to grow and yet always remains true to herself.”* Now she’s back, and she’ll soon discover that when the fae stalk the human world, it’s the children who suffer…

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?


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WAYWARD, VOL. 1: STRING THEORY – JIM ZUB

Wayward, Vol. 1: String Theory by Jim Zub, Steven Cummings and John Rauch
Published by Image Comics
Genres: Fantasy, Mythology, Paranormal
For Fans of: Strong Female Protagonist. (The comic, I mean)
My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear. Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late? Jim Zub (Samurai Jack, Skullkickers), Steve Cummings (Legends of the Dark Knight, Deadshot), and John Rauch (Invincible) team-up to create an all-new Image supernatural spectacle that combines the camaraderie and emotion of Buffy with the action and mystery of Hellboy. This volume collects the first five issues of the acclaimed comic series, Wayward.


 

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EREN – SIMON P. CLARK

Eren by Simon P. Clark
Genres: Middle grade, Childrens, Fantasy
For Fans of: Stories about stories
My rating: 3.5-4 stars out of 5

People are keeping secrets from Oli – about where his father is, and why he hasn’t come to join them at his uncle’s house in the country.
But Oli has secrets too.

He knows what lives in the attic. Eren – part monster, part dream, part myth. Eren who always seems so interested, who always wants to hear more about Oli’s life. Eren, who needs to hear stories to live, and will take them from Oli, no matter the cost.


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