Once, a hero rose to save the world. He failed.
For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.
Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and defeating the Lord Ruler. A new kind of uprising is being planned—one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine: a teenage street urchin named Vin.
Once, a hero rose to save the world and failed. This time, can a young heroine succeed?
Rating: 4 stars
If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks.
She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.
But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.
Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.
This week, The Broke and the Bookish is asking us the top ten books we really want to read but don’t own yet. I’m going in a bit of a different direction and doing the Top Ten Books I Need to Be Able To See on My Shelves. These might be books I bought on kindle or got e-ARCs of or borrowed from the library and now want to own for real (because crying onto a kindle just isn’t the same).
- The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Raven Cycle Series (when it’s finished probably) by Maggie Stiefvater
- The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series by Maggie Stiefvater – do we see a pattern here?
- Graceling by Kristin Cashore
- The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
- Far From You by Tess Sharpe – with the original cover, I don’t like the new pink one
- After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- Chaos Walking Trilogy by Patrick Ness
- Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick
- Something Like Normal by Trish Doller
Rating: 4 stars
Sam McKenna’s never turned down a dare. And she’s not going to start with the last one her brother gave her before he died.
So Sam joins the first-ever class of girls at the prestigious Denmark Military Academy. She’s expecting push-ups and long runs, rope climbing and mud-crawling. As a military brat, she can handle an obstacle course just as well as the boys. She’s even expecting the hostility she gets from some of the cadets who don’t think girls belong there. What she’s not expecting is her fiery attraction to her drill sergeant. But dating is strictly forbidden and Sam won’t risk her future, or the dare, on something so petty…no matter how much she wants him.
As Sam struggles to prove herself, she discovers that some of the boys don’t just want her gone—they will stop at nothing to drive her out. When their petty threats turn to brutal hazing, bleeding into every corner of her life, she realizes they are not acting alone. A decades-old secret society is alive and active… and determined to force her out.
At any cost.
Now time’s running short. Sam must decide who she can trust…and choosing the wrong person could have deadly consequences.
On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road.
Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect?
Have you ever heard of supernovas? They shine brighter than anything else in the sky and then fade out really quickly, a short burst of extraordinary energy. I like to think you and Ben were like that . . . in that short time, you had more passion than some people have in a lifetime.”
Elsie Porter is an average twenty-something and yet what happens to her is anything but ordinary. On a rainy New Year’s Day, she heads out to pick up a pizza for one. She isn’t expecting to see anyone else in the shop, much less the adorable and charming Ben Ross. Their chemistry is instant and electric. Ben cannot even wait twenty-four hours before asking to see her again. Within weeks, the two are head over heels in love. By May, they’ve eloped.
Only nine days later, Ben is out riding his bike when he is hit by a truck and killed on impact. Elsie hears the sirens outside her apartment, but by the time she gets downstairs, he has already been whisked off to the emergency room. At the hospital, she must face Susan, the mother-in-law she has never met—and who doesn’t even know Elsie exists.
Interweaving Elsie and Ben’s charmed romance with Elsie and Susan’s healing process, Forever, Interrupted will remind you that there’s more than one way to find a happy ending.
Sinner follows Cole St. Clair, a pivotal character from the #1 New York Times bestselling Shiver Trilogy. Everybody thinks they know Cole’s story. Stardom. Addiction. Downfall. Disappearance. But only a few people know Cole’s darkest secret — his ability to shift into a wolf. One of these people is Isabel. At one point, they may have even loved each other. But that feels like a lifetime ago. Now Cole is back. Back in the spotlight. Back in the danger zone. Back in Isabel’s life. Can this sinner be saved
This week, The Broke and the Bookish is asking us the top ten books people have told us we HAVE to read, but I feel like I don’t get that many books pushed on me (Lies of Locke Lamora and Mistborn/All B-Sands aside…). So these are the books that I demand others must read. I expect all of these books to make you cry, with the exception of one or two.
- After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: such an amazing portrayal of relationships – a MUST read for everyone, but a MUSTMUST read for anyone who is married or in a long term relationship.
- Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: tough to get into, but the payoff completely changes everything (like your whole entire life).
- Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas: Not optional
- Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett: the apocalypse, according to Gaiman? Marvelous and hysterical.
- Open Road Summer by Emery Lord: perfect remedy for your end of summer blues.
- Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer: have snacks and tissues handy
- Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor: the most terrific, gorgeous series.
- MAGGIE STIEFVATER: all of it. Read it all. The Scorpio Races is a dreamy masterpiece, The Raven Cycle is the other most terrific gorgeous series, The Wolves of Mercy Falls is, yes, werewolves, but werewolves you actually want to read about.
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: a MUST for fans of the genre, and a MUSTMUST for video game fans.
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: Absolutely stunning tale and beautiful, beautiful writing.
This is only the tip of the iceberg on book I’m prepared to push, so hit me with the books I need to read (like I don’t already have enough haha!).
Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.
Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together… which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.
It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.
Maggie Duprès, recently “involuntarily separated from payroll” at a Silicon Valley start-up, is whiling away her days in The Dragonfly’s Used Books, a Mountain View institution, waiting for the Next Big Thing to come along.
When the opportunity arises for her to network at a Bay Area book club, she jumps at the chance — even if it means having to read Lady Chatterley’s Lover, a book she hasn’t encountered since college, in an evening. But the edition she finds at the bookstore is no Penguin Classics Chatterley — it’s an ancient hardcover with notes in the margins between two besotted lovers of long ago. What Maggie finds in her search for the lovers and their fate, and what she learns about herself in the process, will surprise and move readers.