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Review: The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan

9520360 The Son of Neptune (#2 of 5) by Rick Riordan

Published Year: 2011
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 5 stars

Book 1: The Lost Hero

Seven half-bloods shall answer the call,
To storm or fire the world must fall.
An oath to keep with a final breath,
And foes bear arms to the Doors of Death.

Percy is confused. When he awoke from his long sleep, he didn’t know much more than his name. His brain fuzz is lingering, even after the wolf Lupa told him he is a demigod and trained him to fight with the pen/sword in his pocket. Somehow Percy manages to make it to a camp for half-bloods, despite the fact that he has to keep killing monsters along the way. But the camp doesn’t ring any bells with him. The only thing he can recall from his past is another name: Annabeth

Hazel is supposed to be dead. When she lived before, she didn’t do a very good job of it. Sure, she was an obedient daughter, even when her mother was possessed by greed. But that was the problem — when the Voice took over her mother and commanded Hazel to use her “gift” for an evil purpose, Hazel couldn’t say no. Now because of her mistake, the future of the world is at risk. Hazel wished she could ride away from it all on the stallion that appears in her dreams.

Frank is a klutz. His grandmother says he is descended from heroes and can be anything he wants to be, but he doesn’t see it. He doesn’t even know who his father is. He keeps hoping Apollo will claim him, because the only thing he is good at is archery — although not good enough to win camp war games. His bulky physique makes him feel like an ox, especially infront of Hazel, his closest friend at camp. He trusts her completely — enough to share the secret he holds close to his heart.

Beginning at the “other” camp for half-bloods and extending as far as the land beyond the gods, this breathtaking second installment of the Heroes of Olympus series introduces new demigods, revives fearsome monsters, and features other remarkable creatures, all destined to play a part in the Prophesy of Seven.”

We’re back with Percy. I kind of had to give it a 5 star. Not that I didn’t like Jason and Piper and Leo — and now that I’m further in the series which, confession time, I already am further along — I totally love these three. But you just can’t beat Percy. He’s the original. It’s like spinning off Harry Potter, and trying to convince me someone is better than HP. You literally just wouldn’t win that argument.

Anyway, on to The Son of Neptune… Totally did not expect a six month time warp. Almost cussed out loud at RR for that one. Can’t call it a cliffy since it was like page one when that June first announcement slapped me in the face, but I was extremely unhappy with that tidbit of information! But he was back. And he was back with his same sense of humor, although lack of memory, and quirky asides, and it was (mostly) wonderful with a side dish of monster.

Percy pops up six months later with his memory wiped with only one name: Annabeth. (Won’t lie to you, totally swooned over that. I’m a total Percabeth shipper). And he ends up fighting his way to the “other” camp — Jason’s camp, where he teams up with Frank and Hazel. Hazel has a pretty interesting/cool backstory that I wasn’t expecting, and Frank actually ends up being a wild card too.

We definitely start getting more insight into the two camps and what that will mean for the future of the demigods. I really, really liked this book, even though Percy was not with his usual team (I mean why break a good thing RR? Percy and Annabeth and Grover are like the dream team!), Frank and Hazel were pretty sweet, I’ll admit.

5 out of 5 stars.

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No Romance?? No Problem.

Are you buying the marked down candy at CVS today, like me? Can’t even step up and buy yourself the full priced gift of love this Valentine’s Day. Sick of seeing the couples floating around on Cloud 9, as if their very existence isn’t rubbing you the wrong way. Well, have no fear. I have a list of books that have little-to-no romance that you can feel free to enjoy without worrying that a sneaky little love story is going to pop up in the middle there and just ruin your day! I mean, even that How to Be Single movie looks like there’s going to be a freaking love story in the middle of it. You can’t have a movie about being single and then have ROMANCE in it. That’s not how it works. So please, my books will not be having any pesky romances. Not today, my friends, not today!

(Disclaimer: if my books are part of a series, there might be romance later in the series. I can’t be held responsible for what the characters do when they grow up, after all. And, I might be in a more of a mood for romance when everything isn’t plastered in hearts. Hey, I said might).

Hobbit_cover.JPGThe Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Published Year: 1937
Genre: Fantasy
My Rating: 5 stars

“Bilbo Baggins is a reasonably typical hobbit: fond of sleeping, eating, drinking, parties and presents. However, it is his destiny to travel to the dwarflands in the east, to help slay the dragon Smaug. His quest takes him through enchanted forests, spiders’ lairs, and under the Misty Mountains, where he comes across the vile Gollum, and tricks him out of his ‘Precious’ – a ring that makes its bearer invisible, and wields a terrible power of its own.”

It really doesn’t get much better than this one. And NO ROMANCE. Just straight up adventure in Middle Earth. Join Bilbo as he really discovers what it’s like to go on an adventure for the first time. If you’ve never read this book (or the other Lord of the Rings), I really and truly recommend that you read them!

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (#1 of 7) by JK Rowling

Published Year: 1997
Genre: Children’s
My Rating: 10 stars

“Harry Potter thinks he is an ordinary boy. He lives with his Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia and cousin Dudley, who are mean to him and make him sleep in a cupboard under the stairs. (Dudley, however, has two bedrooms, one to sleep in and one for all his toys and games.) Then Harry starts receiving mysterious letters and his life is changed forever. He is whisked away by a beetle-eyed giant of a man and enrolled at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.”

I might have mentioned this before (cough, cough), but these books are my favorite of all time. And Harry is 11 in the first book so NO ROMANCE YAY! If you’ve never read these, HAVE YOU BEEN LIVING UNDER A ROCK (or in a cupboard under the stairs)?!

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Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (#1 of 5) by Rick Riordan

Published Year: 2005
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4.5 stars

“Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.”

Such a great series, and I just started the second series, Heroes of Olympus! But they are much younger in the first series which means… NO ROMANCE, of course. Percy introduced us to the world of Greek myths and the Olympians and I just have such a place for him in my heart that can never be replaced.

19063The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Published Year: 2005
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 5 stars

“It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery.

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.”

Most people have heard of this one because of the recent movie, but the book itself is really powerful. And if it made the list, then NO ROMANCE. Set during World War II, it’s obviously going to be really deep, so don’t go into it without knowing what you’re signing up for, but I would recommend it. Very well written and just in general, excellent.

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Published Year: 2012
Genre: Historical Fiction
My Rating: 4 stars

“Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it’s barely begun.

When “Verity” is arrested by the Gestapo, she’s sure she doesn’t stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she’s living a spy’s worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.”

Another wartime novel. Easy for NO ROMANCE in the midst of war. Although, it’s also easy for the opposite to be true, so nevermind. But this is a good read as well, if you’re in the mood for a thriller that’s not as intense as Gone Girl with a little more historical fiction thrown in.

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Holes by Louis Sachar

Published Year: 1998
Genre: Children’s
My Rating: 4 stars

“Stanley Yelnats’ family has a history of bad luck, so he isn’t too surprised when a miscarriage of justice sends him to a boys’ juvenile detention centre. At Camp Green Lake the boys must dig a hole a day, five feet deep, five feet across, in the dried up lake bed. The Warden claims the labour is character building, but it is a lie. Stanley must dig up the truth.”

I might actually like the movie more than I like the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love the book. It was my go to when I had to check out a book at the school library (they also had like a dozen copies, so I always knew they would have one).

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Review: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

7736182The Lost Hero (#1 of 5) by Rick Riordan

Published Year: 2010
Genre: YA Fantasy
My Rating: 4 stars

Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?”

Well guys, GUESS WHAT YEAR IT WAS PUBLISHED IN?! 2010!! YEP THAT’S RIGHT!

I’ve been putting it off (since 2010 obvi) due to RR’s evil tendency to hideous cliffhangers. This is your warning. He loves cliffhangers. Loves them. And this one is no exception. Excellent cliffy at the end. Straight to book two for me!

We have an entirely new set of characters! I honestly was skeptical because I am Percabeth through and through and I was not ready to switch to new characters. I didn’t want to, at all. But RR seemed to be prepared for those thoughts and loyalties. The feel of this book is just different.

Jason doesn’t feel like Percy and he doesn’t try to win you over like Percy does. He’s not funny and quirky. He’s straightforward and he wants what he wants. It’s entirely different and it was really quick to adjust to. I was actually surprised how quickly I was able to adjust. Piper was great too; I was 100% not ready to like a daughter of Aphrodite. Not that I had anything against them, but I had innate prejudices apparently. And she blew them all away. Team Piper. Also, Leo man! He was fantastic too. They were all fantastic basically. In typical RR fashion. He knows how to do multiple characters well, can’t fault him on that.

Actually this was just a book full of surprises. I think that’s my review in a sense. Just be prepared to be pleasantly surprised. Not in a like TWIST HERE, TWIST THERE kind of way, but a like, wasn’t really expecting that and I liked it way.

4 out of 5 stars.

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Review: Mansfield Park and Mummies

7089277Mansfield Park and Mummies by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian

Published Year: 2010
Genre: Historical Fantasy
My Rating: 3.5 stars

“MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights Spinsterhood or Mummification!

Ancient Egypt infiltrates Regency England in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic monster parody of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Our gentle yet indomitable heroine Fanny Price must hold steadfast not only against the seductive charms of Henry Crawford but also an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh!

Meanwhile, the indubitably handsome and kind hero Edmund attempts Exorcisms… Miss Crawford vamps out… Aunt Norris channels her inner werewolf… The Mummy-mesmerized Lady Bertram collects Egyptian artifacts…

There can be no doubt that Mansfield Park has become a battleground for the forces of Ancient Evil and Regency True Love!

“Gentle Reader — this Delightful Edition includes Scholarly Footnotes and Appendices.”

I’ll start with a confession: I’m one of the few Jane Austenites that actually likes the character of Fanny Price. I think I can actually feel the gasp from everyone through my computer. I know that’s rare, but I just don’t hate her. Sorry not sorry.

Anyway, even for the majority of the world who feels differently than me, this story might appeal to them because all of VN’s inserts subtly insert a more powerful and headstrong Fanny. A Fanny more along the lines of a Lizzy, you might say. She stands up for herself and she doesn’t let the mummies get away with it… but as VN’s commonly says, I’m getting ahead of myself.

This was obviously a parody read, and if you’re a purist, you won’t like it. It’s as simple as that. Of course, if you’re a purist, you won’t like most parodies, or retellings, or movies adaptations, and are doomed to reread the same book endless times. Which is fine, more power to you. VN new the original quite well and was able to weave the supernatural (mummies, werewolves and vampires, oh my) into it pretty seamlessly from what I’ve read of the other parodies, in comparison. It still obviously stuck out like a sore thumb, let’s be real, but in terms of flow with the plot, it wasn’t quite as disjointed as some of the others.

Most of the characters are true to the original Jane Austen story, so I won’t try to give them too colorful a critique here. VN does take a few of them and make them a bit supernatural (three guesses who and the first two don’t count!), and she only inserts one completely new character (cough, mummy, cough) into the narrative.

I didn’t particularly enjoy the footnote commentary; I thought they were kind of childish and ruined the Jane Austen parts of the story. However, it was a parody so I can’t really complain about humor, now can I?

Overall, I enjoyed it! It was definitely a really long read and I don’t know that I’ll be able to put myself through reading it again, because adding to Jane Austen is no joke. But if you like this Jane Austen + monster trend and feel like giving Fanny Price a chance, give this one a chance!

3.5 out of 5 stars.

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ARC Review: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

20983362Passenger (#1 of ?) by Alexandra Bracken

Published Year: 2016
Genre: YA Science Fiction
My Rating: 4 stars

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever”

This was such a good read! It took me a little bit to really get into it, and that font drove me up the wall! (It was all wavy, I guess to be like the ocean? But omg I could not make myself focus on it. Drove me nuts). Also, not a fan of the blurb — much, too much.

Once I got into it though, it was so good. I loved all the settings and the details. AB did such a phenomenal job describing all the different sites! Ah, loved that aspect. Usually, with time travel, I’m a little thrown off by it and I don’t enjoy being bogged down in the details of which era I’m in and how different it is blah blah. AB handled this beautifully.

Etta, the main character, knows nothing about time travel before the night of her violin concert, and she’s rather abruptly thrown into the middle of an all out conspiracy. Thanks, mom. Nicholas, partner in crime, knows a little more about time travel but is in general at a disadvantage across all centuries, but still manages to be pretty awesome despite it all and leaps head first after Etta into said conspiracy. Rose, Etta’s mom, does a spectacular job of being sneaky and stealthy and explaining zilch, but painting some fab clues to said conspiracy. Helpful, but not real high up on the character development.

REAL intriguing twist at the end though, sign me up for book 2. Because that cliffhanger was very hingey and I’m a little on the edge of my seat now.

4 out of 5 stars.

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I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Mythical Books of 2010

So, apparently I’ve read lots of books published in 2010. According to my year of 2015, you wouldn’t know it though. It’s just that I didn’t read any of them last year! I swear, like Mockingjay was published in 2010. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare, The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, and Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins all published in 2010! So it’s not that I have anything against that year, but I want to make sure I give it some attention this year. So here’s my TBR of books published in 2010…

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The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Jason has a problem.
He doesn’t remember anything before waking up in a bus full of kids on a field trip. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper, and a best friend named Leo. They’re all students at a boarding school for “bad kids.” What did Jason do to end up here? And where is here, exactly?

Piper has a secret.
Her father has been missing for three days, ever since she had that terrifying nightmare about his being in trouble. Piper doesn’t understand her dream, or why her boyfriend suddenly doesn’t recognize her. When a freak storm hits during the school trip, unleashing strange creatures and whisking her, Jason, and Leo away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood, she has a feeling she’s going to find out.

Leo has a way with tools.
When he sees his cabin at Camp Half-Blood, filled with power tools and machine parts, he feels right at home. But there’s weird stuff, too—like the curse everyone keeps talking about, and some camper who;s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist that each of them—including Leo—is related to a god. Does this have anything to do with Jason’s amnesia, or the fact that Leo keeps seeing ghosts?”

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Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

“In the zombie-infested, post-apocalyptic America where Benny Imura lives, every teenager must find a job by the time they turn fifteen or get their rations cut in half.

Benny doesn’t want to apprentice as a zombie hunter with his boring older brother Tom, but he has no choice.

He expects a tedious job whacking zoms for cash, but what he gets is a vocation that will teach him what it means to be human.”

 7089277Mansfield Park and Mummies by Vera Nazarian and Jane Austen

“MANSFIELD PARK AND MUMMIES: Monster Mayhem, Matrimony, Ancient Curses, True Love, and Other Dire Delights Spinsterhood or Mummification!

Ancient Egypt infiltrates Regency England in this elegant, hilarious, witty, insane, and unexpectedly romantic monster parody of Jane Austen’s classic novel.

Our gentle yet indomitable heroine Fanny Price must hold steadfast not only against the seductive charms of Henry Crawford but also an Ancient Egyptian Pharaoh!

Meanwhile, the indubitably handsome and kind hero Edmund attempts Exorcisms… Miss Crawford vamps out… Aunt Norris channels her inner werewolf… The Mummy-mesmerized Lady Bertram collects Egyptian artifacts…

There can be no doubt that Mansfield Park has become a battleground for the forces of Ancient Evil and Regency True Love!”

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“When Andrew Hope’s magician grandfather dies, he leaves his house and field-of-care to his grandson who spent much of his childhood at the house.

Into this mix comes young Aidan Cain, who turns up from the orphanage asking for safety.

Who he is and why he’s there is unclear, but a strong connection between the two becomes apparent.”

Review: Joyride by Anna Banks

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Published: 2015
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 2 stars

“A popular guy and a shy girl with a secret become unlikely accomplices for midnight pranking, and are soon in over their heads—with the law and with each other—in this sparkling standalone from NYT-bestselling author Anna Banks.

It’s been years since Carly Vega’s parents were deported. She lives with her brother, studies hard, and works at a convenience store to contribute to getting her parents back from Mexico.

Arden Moss used to be the star quarterback at school. He dated popular blondes and had fun with his older sister, Amber. But now Amber’s dead, and Arden blames his father, the town sheriff who wouldn’t acknowledge Amber’s mental illness. Arden refuses to fulfill whatever his conservative father expects.

All Carly wants is to stay under the radar and do what her family expects. All Arden wants is to NOT do what his family expects. When their paths cross, they each realize they’ve been living according to others. Carly and Arden’s journey toward their true hearts—and one another—is funny, romantic, and sometimes harsh.”

This book was mostly okay. It didn’t really hold my interest though. I had to force myself to keep coming back to it. I had some sort of block against finishing it.

Carly Vega is presented as a shy girl in the premise. Which I usually like shy heroines. Carly Vega is not a shy heroine. She’s sassy and forceful and not afraid to stand up for herself but she’s all about trying to fly under the radar for her own reasons. Vastly different than being shy. Two completely different things. The person who wrote that summary was really off, and not only about her description…

Arden Moss, on the other hand, goes around confronting his family members for not accepting his sister Amber’s death in a healthy way, but it takes him 80% of the book to acknowledge that his way wasn’t healthy either. The description of him in the book is just “rebellious teen” and yes he’s rebellious teen but it goes more affluenza than the root of the problem. Which leads us to Sheriff Moss.

I’m not even sure where to begin with this character (caricature if I’m being honest). He largely exists in this story to keep the protagonists apart and to make their lives as close to a living hell as physically possible. Literally he serves no other purpose. He has no other personality traits or character growth. Zip. Nada. He was just “bad”. As a villain, he sucked basically.

That ending? Don’t even get me started. No closure. All drama building and building just poofs into thin air. And boom happily ever after. You’ve gotta be kidding me.

There were things I did like about this book. AB tackled the portrayal of an immigrant family and the prejudices they have to face, and that’s not an easy thing. Carly and Arden did not have this insta-love/attraction you’re the one that I want moment (no offense, Danny), which I totally appreciated. They were basically BFFs first, which was really refreshing.

Overall, I stand by what I said at the beginning, this book was mostly okay. There were things I liked and things I didn’t. Unfortunately there were just more things I didn’t like about it.

2 out of 5 stars.

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Can’t Wait for Books of 2016

It’s that time of year again! There are so many good books coming out this year guys. A lot of them are sequels, so if you haven’t read book one, you’ve got some reading to do!

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Passenger (#1 of ?) by Alexandra Bracken

Release Date: January 5

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.”

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Starflight (#1 of ?) by Melissa Landers

Release Date: February 2

“Life in the outer realm is a lawless, dirty, hard existence, and Solara Brooks is hungry for it. Just out of the orphanage, she needs a fresh start in a place where nobody cares about the engine grease beneath her fingernails or the felony tattoos across her knuckles. She’s so desperate to reach the realm that she’s willing to indenture herself to Doran Spaulding, the rich and popular quarterback who made her life miserable all through high school, in exchange for passage aboard the spaceliner Zenith.

When a twist of fate lands them instead on the Banshee, a vessel of dubious repute, Doran learns he’s been framed on Earth for conspiracy. As he pursues a set of mysterious coordinates rumored to hold the key to clearing his name, he and Solara must get past their enmity to work together and evade those out for their arrest. Life on the Banshee may be tumultuous, but as Solara and Doran are forced to question everything they once believed about their world–and each other–the ship becomes home, and the eccentric crew family. But what Solara and Doran discover on the mysterious Planet X has the power to not only alter their lives, but the existence of everyone in the universe…”

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Rembrance (#7/#1 of ?)
by Meg Cabot

Release Date: February 2

“In REMEMBRANCE, the seventh installment of the Mediator series, all Susannah Simon wants is to make a good impression at her first job since graduating from college (and becoming engaged to Dr. Jesse de Silva).

But when she stumbles across an ancient murder, old ghosts—and ex-boyfriends—aren’t all that come back to haunt her.

REMEMBRANCE will be the first ever adult installment of the Mediator, published by William Morrow, the adult division of HarperCollins, the company that brought you the YA books in the series.”

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Glass Sword (#2 of 3) by Victoria Aveyard

Release Date: February 9

“Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors. But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?”

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The Raven King (#4 of 4) by Maggie Stiefvater

Release Date: April 26

“The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death.

She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.”

 

 

17927395.jpgA Court of Mist and Fury (#2 of 3) by Sarah J Maas

Release Date: May 3

“Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost.

Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.”

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The Last Star (#3 of 3) by Rick Yancey

Release Date: May 24

“We’re here, then we’re gone, and that was true before they came.

That’s always been true.

The Others didn’t invent death; they just perfected it.

Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us.

It won’t end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning, on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

25591568.jpgA Torch Against the Night (#2 of ?) by Sabaa Tahir

Release Date: August 30

A Torch Against the Night takes readers into the heart of the Empire as Laia and Elias fight their way north to liberate Laia’s brother from the horrors of Kauf Prison. Hunted by Empire soldiers, manipulated by the Commandant, and haunted by their pasts, Laia and Elias must outfox their enemies and confront the treacherousness of their own hearts.

In the city of Serra, Helene Aquilla finds herself bound to the will of the Empire’s twisted new leader, Marcus. When her loyalty is questioned, Helene finds herself taking on a mission to prove herself—a mission that might destroy her, instead.


18584855 (1).jpgHeartless by Marissa Meyer

Release Date: November 8

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

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