Category Archives: Series

The Killing Forest

Finished The Killing Forest by Sara Blaedel.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Following an extended leave, Louise Rick returns to work at the Special Search Agency, an elite unit of the National Police Department. She’s assigned a case involving a fifteen-year-old who vanished a week earlier. When Louise realizes that the missing teenager is the son of a butcher from Hvalsoe, she seizes the opportunity to combine the search for the teen with her personal investigation of her boyfriend’s long-ago death . . . Louise’s investigation takes her on a journey back through time. She reconnects with figures from her past, including Kim, the principal investigator at the Holbaek Police Department, her former in-laws, fanatic ancient religion believers, and her longtime close friend, journalist Camilla Lind. As she moves through the small town’s cramped network of deadly connections, Louise unearths toxic truths left unspoken and dangerous secrets.”

If you’ve heard me talk about books, you’ve probably heard me mention Sara Blaedel.  Her books are so fun and so compelling and so…okay, yes, creepy.  (If you’re a fan of mysteries or suspense and you haven’t read her, you need to check her out.)

The Killing Forest is my new favorite of hers.  It’s got some of my favorite things: people in peril (a teenage boy, for the most part, but it spreads) and local mythology and weird religion.  Even one of those things is fantastic but all of them? Yes, please!

And best of all, we’ve got Louise Rick, one of my favorite fictional characters (and her best friend Camilla who, of course, is another of my favorites).

Most of her books have been translated now (except for the first two, which I am desperate to read—come on, Hachette, translate those too, please!) so I have to wait now as her books are written and released.  I hope the next one is out soon.  I already miss Louise.

Highly recommended.

Bookishly Ever After

Finished Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martins’ life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

This is a book for people who love books.  It’s probably especially a book for people who love YA and are book bloggers because you guys, the struggle is real.  There are a lot of sentences I could use as support for this thesis, but this one works the best.

“…there was Lexie again…staring at Dev like he was an [ARC] of the last book in a series.”

We can all totally picture that, right?

Meanwhile, I overidentified with Feebs and also fought the urge to cheer (literally, out loud) multiple times during the book.

Basically, this book is just a complete delight.  It works as a rom-com or as a love letter to books and the people who adore them. I loved every second I spent reading it and cannot wait for the sequel.

Highly recommended.

Sword & Verse

Finished Sword & Verse by Kathy MacMillan.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Raisa was just a child when she was sold to work as a slave in the kingdom of Qilara. Despite her young age, her father was teaching her to read and write, grooming her to take his place as a Learned One. In Qilara, the Arnathim, like Raisa, are the lowest class, and literacy is a capital offense. What’s more, only the king, prince, tutor, and tutor-in-training are allowed to learn the very highest order language, the language of the gods. So when the tutor-in-training is executed for teaching slaves this sacred language, and Raisa is selected to replace her, Raisa knows any slipup on her part could mean death.

Keeping her secret is hard enough, but the romance that’s been growing between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slave rebels—to help liberate Arnath slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries—one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.”

I’m going to apologize in advance because my review for this is basically OMG THIS BOOK IS AMAZING GO READ IT NOW NOW NOW NOW NOW.

First, as you know, books about books and words and the love of same tend to be my favorites.

As you can tell from the synopsis, this is a world where only a tiny handful of people are allowed to be literate.  (We won’t even talk about how terrifying that is for me.)

Know what we can talk about? How awesome Raisa is.  Her entire motivation is to help people, even when there’s a major risk to herself and her own safety.  (Well, that’s her primary motivation. Her secondary motivation is to decode a message given to her by her father—who is now dead—when she was a child.  And that is also incredibly dangerous because all writing must be burned.)

So I loved Raisa and I loved Mati (the prince) and oh God, the two of them together.  I ship it so hard, guys.  So hard.  I think I’m a complete sucker for love that cannot be, and is there anything more star-crossed than royalty and servants? Nope.

Plus, best news ever? It’s the first book in a series.  I cannot wait for the sequel; you don’t even know.

Highly recommended.

Front Lines

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Finished Front Lines by Michael Grant.  I received a copy from the publisher for review. Click here to enter one of three copies!

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Summary (from Goodreads):

Perfect for fans of The Book Thief and Code Name Verity, New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant unleashes an epic, genre-bending, and transformative new series that reimagines World War II with girl soldiers fighting on the front lines.

World War II, 1942. A court decision makes women subject to the draft and eligible for service. The unproven American army is going up against the greatest fighting force ever assembled, the armed forces of Nazi Germany.

Three girls sign up to fight. Rio Richlin, Frangie Marr, and Rainy Schulterman are average girls, girls with dreams and aspirations, at the start of their lives, at the start of their loves. Each has her own reasons for volunteering: Rio fights to honor her sister; Frangie needs money for her family; Rainy wants to kill Germans. For the first time they leave behind their homes and families—to go to war.

These three daring young women will play their parts in the war to defeat evil and save the human race. As the fate of the world hangs in the balance, they will discover the roles that define them on the front lines. They will fight the greatest war the world has ever known.”

LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N | iBooks | The Book Depository

I generally avoid military and war stories but had heard good things about this book so I took a chance. I’m so happy I did; this book is amazing.

This is set in an alternate past where women were allowed to fight in World War II.  Three different women signed up (well, teen girls; and yes, there are more than three but we focus on three) and they each believed that they would have safer jobs.  Nope—they’re sent to the front.  And it’s terrifying and dangerous, but they also manage to be pretty good at what they’re doing.  And it’s inspiring.

Best of all, it’s the first book in a series! I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Highly recommended.

Michael Grant

ABOUT MICHAEL GRANT:

Okay, trying this again. Goodreads lost the bio I just spent 30 minutes writing. So now it’s just going to be incoherent rambling. Yes, the earlier draft was also incoherent rambling, but way better.

I’m the co-author or author of about 160 books, including the ANIMORPHS series, the GONE series, the BZRK series, the MAGNIFICENT 12 series (Mommy, make him stop saying series!), the MESSENGER OF FEAR series, and soon (well, eventually) the SOLDIER GIRL series.

The best way to reach me is at Twitter @MichaelGrantBks. I’ll be honest: I keep forgetting there’s mail here. Here’s the thing: I don’t have an assistant or a staff. I would, but then I’d have to hire someone and train someone and give them stuff to do, and relate to them as a human being, possibly even care about them. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

But if my handle is in the Tweet, I read it. And once or twice a week I go on at random times to chat with fans. I love my fans, but it’s either be honest with you and be my actual self on Twitter, or fob you off on some assistant, and how would that be better? I already have my father-in-law handling email from my ancient website. I’d rather be harder to write to but really be me, and really talk to you, if that makes sense.

Honestly, if it was up to me and I had the time we could all just hang out at random Starbucks. Or if you’re over 21, a pleasant cocktail lounge perhaps. At some point there would be ice cream. There must always, at some point in the day, be ice cream.

I also have a personal Facebook page at AuthorMichaelGrant, but that’s limited to 5000 friends and apparently I actually have that many. Who knew? But I leave it public so if I have something to say I’ll do it there.

I hope you’ll give my books a try. If you don’t like one, that’s cool, I don’t like every book I read, either. But maybe give them a try. People seem to like them.

Now, my publishers want me to sell you on my stuff, so I’ll do two brags: 1) Everything I write is like nothing you’ve ever read before in young adult literature. I don’t copy, I don’t imitate, I don’t clone. 2) I know how to end a series.

And that’s my advertisement. Thank you. 

LINKS: Website | Twitter | Facebook

Shade Me

Finished Shade Me by Jennifer Brown.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

Nikki Kill does not see the world like everyone else. In her eyes, happiness is pink, sadness is a mixture of brown and green, and lies are gray. Thanks to a rare phenomenon called synesthesia, Nikki’s senses overlap, in a way that both comforts and overwhelms her.

Always an outsider, just one ‘D’ shy of flunking out, Nikki’s life is on the fast track to nowhere until the night a mysterious call lights her phone up bright orange—the color of emergencies. It’s the local hospital. They need Nikki to identify a Jane Doe who is barely hanging on to life after a horrible attack.

The victim is Peyton Hollis, a popular girl from Nikki’s school who Nikki hardly knows. One thing is clear: Someone wants Peyton dead. But why? And why was Nikki’s cell the only number in Peyton’s phone?

As she tries to decipher the strange kaleidoscope of clues, Nikki finds herself thrust into the dark, glittering world of the ultra-rich Hollis family, and drawn towards Peyton’s handsome, never-do-well older brother Dru. While Nikki’s colors seem to help her unravel the puzzle, what she can’t see is that she may be falling into a trap. The only truth she can be sure of is that death is a deep, pulsing crimson.

Shade Me is award-winning author Jennifer Brown’s first book in a thrilling suspense series about Nikki Kill.”

This is a major departure for Jennifer Brown, who typically writes contemp YA of the non-thriller variety.  I love her other books and so I was a little nervous about this one.

While I definitely prefer those, this is an incredibly fun series debut.  I like Nikki (sarcastic, brave and foolhardy) and I was so interested in the mystery.

I’m definitely excited to read the second book in the series, but I hope she goes back to contemp, issues-based YA soon.

Truthwitch

Finished Truthwitch by Susan Dennard.

Summary (from Goodreads):

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.”

This is one of those books that’s impossible to review without spoiling things.  That’s incredibly rewarding for a reader, but so frustrating for me as a blogger.  So we’re going to do this a little differently.

I love the mythology centered around the book, the idea that there are all these different skills that you can have and that determines who you are.  And more than that, I love the fact that you have the family that you’re born into and the family that you choose and that chooses you.  (That latter group is called your threadfamily and I’m not sure there’s a more perfect name for it.)

And I love the fact that the book centers around the friendship between Safi and Iseult.  There is some heat between Safi and Merik, but at the same time, there’s no doubt that the OTP here is the friendship.  I feel like it’s so rare to find that outside of an Emery Lord book and it makes me want to become best friends with Susan Dennard.

I cannot wait to see what happens next, and I am pretty sure that—while the wait will be long and frustrating—it will be worth it.

Passenger

Finished Passenger by Alexandra Bracken.  I received a copy from the publisher for review.

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.”

The thing with Passenger is that I loved the love story between Etta and Nicholas so much more than I did the actual main plot of the story.  (Although I enjoyed that aspect too, and definitely am desperate to get my hands on the sequel to Passenger, which I’m pretty sure doesn’t even have a release date yet beyond “fall.”)

I think this may just be a duology, too, which means there’s a lot that needs to happen in the sequel.

Okay, but you’re here to hear about Passenger, right?  Okay.  So there are aspects of this book that remind me of The Da Vinci Code, except really, really good.  (There are cryptic clues that lead throughout history.)  And obviously there’s time travel, but this is a different sort of time travel than we’re used to.  It’s deliberate (you have to enter passages) but the rules are a little different.  You can’t travel to the time and place you live in, because you can’t encounter yourself. (Obviously the “you can’t encounter yourself” is new, but generally time travelers are just really careful about where they go and what they do, right?)

This book absolutely won me over and I cannot wait to read the sequel, Wayfarer.

Recommended.

 

2015: The Books

January:

1)  All the Rage by Courtney Summers (1) (2015)

2) Changing Teams by Jennifer Allis Provost (2) (beta read)

3) The Tragic Age by Stephen Metcalfe (3) (2015)

4) Yes Please by Amy Poehler (4)

5) The Memory of Things by Gae Polisner (5) (beta read)

6) The Witch of Carpathia by Rhys A. Jones (6) (beta read)

7) The Book Thing by Laura Lippman (7)

8) Five Fires by Laura Lippman (8)

9) Her by Harriet Lane (9) (2015)

10) Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson (10)

11) Another Day as Emily by Eileen Spinelli (11)

12) Absolutely Almost by Lisa Graff (12)

13) Sophie Simon Solves Them All by Lisa Graff (13)

14) Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (14)

15) One of the Guys by Lisa Aldin (15) (2015)

16) American Murder Houses by Steve Lehto (16) (2015)

17) Peace Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson (17)

18) Witness by Karen Hesse (18)

19) Double Dog Dare by Lisa Graff (19)

20) The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff (20)

21) Touch Blue by Cynthia Lord (21)

22) The Blossoming Universe of Violet Diamond by Brenda Woods (22)

23) Rules by Cynthia Lord (23)

24) Extraordinary Guidance by Liza Weimer (24)

25) My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (25) (2015)

26) The Price of Blood by Patricia Bracewell (26) (2015)

27) The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (27) (2015)

28) May B. by Caroline Starr Rose (28)

29) The Lonely Hearts Club Band by Elizabeth Eulberg (29)

30) We Can Work It Out by Elizabeth Eulberg (30) (2015)

31) Oh Yeah, Audrey! by Tucker Shaw (31)

32) The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng (32)

33) The Third Twin by CJ Omololu (33) (2015)

February:

1) Split Second by Kasie West (34)

2) Canary by Duane Swierczynski (35) (2015)

3) Something Real by Heather Demetrios (36)

4) I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios (37) (2015)

5) When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds (38)

6) Vaquero Summer by Darby Karchut (39) (beta read)

7) Matriarch by Shauna Kelly (40) (beta read)

8) Shattered Angel by Carrie Beckort (41) (2015)

9) Gallowglass by Jennifer Allis-Provost (42) (beta read)

10) Riding Tandem by Liza Wiemer (43) (beta read)

11) The Other Side of Home by Renee Watson (44) (2015)

12) The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (45)

13) Rumble by Ellen Hopkins (46)

14) Ask the Dark by Henry Turner (47) (2015)

15) Undertow by Michael Buckley (48) (2015)

16) Camp Crush by J.K. Rock (49) (2015) (beta read)

17) Finding Jake by Bryan Reardon (50) (2015)

18) The Imaginary by A.F. Harrold (51)

19) A Work of Art by Melody Maysonet (52) (2015)

20) The Shining Avenger by Rhys A. Jones (53) (beta read)

21) The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma (54) (2015)

22) Dreamfire by Kit Alloway (55) (2015)

23) My Secret Guide to Paris by Lisa Schroeder (56) (2015)

24) How to Fall by Jane Casey (57)

25) Bet Your Life by Jane Casey (58) (2015)

26) Boarding School Girls by Helen Eve (59) (2015)

27) Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff (60) (2015)

28) The Stranger by Harlan Coben (61) (2015)

March:

1)  Follow Me Through Darkness by Danielle Ellison (62)

2) Duplicity by N.K. Traver (63) (2015)

3) Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver (64) (2015)

4) We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (65) (2015)

5) Dead Wake by Erik Larson (66) (2015)

6) The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord (67) (2015)

7) The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand (68) (2015)

8) The Color War by Jodi Picoult (69)

9) Guns by Stephen King (70)

10) The Apex Predator by Michael Koryta (71)

11) Leaving Amarillo by Caisey Quinn (72) (2015)

12) Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (73)

13) Girl in the Dark by Anna Lyndsey (74) (2015)

14) Mind of Winter by Laura Kasischke (75)

15) This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready (76)

16) Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian (77)

17) Don’t Stay Up Late by R.L. Stine (78) (2015)

18) Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor (79)

19) An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (80) (2015)

20) Seek Me in Shadows by Danielle Ellison (81) (2015)

21) The Truth About Us by Janet Gurtler (82) (2015)

22) On the Fence by Kasie West (83)

23) Where They Found Her by Kimberly McCreight (84) (2015)

24) The One Safe Place by Tania Unsworth (85)

25) The Chance You Won’t Return by Annie Cardi (86)

26) Bright Before Sunrise by Tiffany Schmidt (87)

27) Above by Isla Morley (88)

28) I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora (89)

29) Lacy Eye by Jessica Treadway (90) (2015)

30) Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (91) (2015)

31) The Drop by Dennis Lehane (92)

32) The Black Hour by Lori Rader-Day (93)

33) The Moment of Everything by Shelly King (94)

34) Inside the O’Briens by Lisa Genova (95) (2015)

April:

1) Lying Out Loud by Kody Keplinger (96) (2015)

2) Days Like This by Danielle Ellison (97) (2015)

3) Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen (98) (2015)

4) Eeny Meeny by AJ Arlidge (99) (2015)

5) The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdiah (100 (2015)

6) Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper by Hilary Liftin (101) (2015)

7) If You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy (102)

8) Life On Mars by Jennifer Brown (103)

9) Watch the Sky by Kirsten Hubbard (104) (2015)

10) Some Kind of Normal by Juliana Stone (105) (2015)

11) Shirley, I Jest by Cindy Williams (106) (2015)

12) All the Answers by Kate Messner (107) (2015)

13) The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle (108)

14) Blessed are Those Who Weep by Kristi Belcamino (109) (2015)

15) Scarlett Undercover by Jennifer Latham (110) (2015)

16) Funny Girl by Nick Hornby (111) (2015)

17) Hallie Hath No Fury by Katie Finn (112)

18) Revenge, Ice Cream and Other Things Best Served Cold by Katie Finn (113) (2015)

19) Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore (114)

20) Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor (115) (2015)

21) Dead to Me by Mary McCoy (116) (2015)

22) Gracefully Grayson by Ami Polonsky (117) (2015)

23) The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (118) (2015)

24) Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli (119) (2015)

25) Saving Lucas Biggs by Marisa de los Santos and David Teague (120)

26) Bird Box by Josh Malerman (121)

27) 17 First Kisses by Rachael Allen (122)

28) Don’t Touch by Rachel M. Wilson (123)

29) None of the Above by I.W. Gregorio (124) (2015)

30) Absolutely True Lies by Rachel Stuhler (125) (2015)

May:

1)  Sophomore Year is Greek to Me by Meredith Zeitlin (126) (2015)

2) The Boy Vanishes by Jennifer Haigh (127)

3)  Julian by RJ Palacio (128)

4)  The Devil You Know by Trish Doller (129) (2015)

5) Joyride by Anna Banks (130) (2015)

6) The Life and Crimes of Bernetta Wallflower by Lisa Graff (131) (2015)

7) The Heir by Kiera Cass (132) (2015)

8) The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West (133) (2015)

9) Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (134) (2015)

10) Guyliner by J. Leigh Bailey (135) (2015)

11) The Status of All Things by Liz Fenton (136) (2015)

12)  Devoted by Jennifer Mathieu (137) (2015)

13)  Shattered Glass by Gail Giles (138)

14) All Played Out by Cora Carmack (139) (2015)

15) Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby (140) (2015)

16) Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll (141) (2015)

17) Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella (142) (2015)

18) The Woman Who Stole My Life by Marian Keyes (143) (2015)

19) The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes (144) (2015)

20) Local Girls by Caroline Zancan (145) (2015)

21) Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan (146) (2015)

22) Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine (147) (2015)

23) Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay (148) (2015)

24) A Book of Spirits and Thieves by Morgan Rhodes (149) (2015)

25) It’s Just a Jump to the Left by Libba Bray (150)

26) Happy Again by Jennifer E. Smith (151)

27) Just One Night by Gayle Forman (152)

28) Disconnected by Jennifer Weiner (153)

29) Recalculating by Jennifer Weiner (154)

30) Monster by Bridget Clerkin (155)

31) Eight Hundred Grapes by Laura Dave (156) (2015)

32)  PS I Still Love You by Jenny Han (156) (2015)

33) More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera (157) (2015)

June:

1)  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (158)

2) Finders Keepers by Stephen King (159) (2015)

3)  A Memoir of Grief (Continued) by Jennifer Weiner (160)

4)  In the Unlikely Event by Judy Blume (161) (2015)

5)  Lost in the Sun by Lisa Graff (162) (2015)

6)  Truly Madly Famously by Rebecca Serle (163) (2015)

7)  Disclaimer by Renee Knight (164) (2015)

8)  Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin (165)

9)  Summer Secrets by Jane Green (166) (2015)

10)  Those Girls by Lauren Saft (167) (2015)

11)  Survive the Night by Danielle Vega (168) (2015)

12)  The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker (169) (2015)

13)  Hello I Love You by Katie M. Stout (170) (2015)

14)  The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell (171) (2015)

15)  A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay (172) (2015)

16)  Let Me Die In His Footsteps by Lori Roy (173) (2015)

17)  Charlie, Presumed Dead by Anne Heltzel (174)

18)  A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery (175) (2015)

19)  Exquisite Corpse by Penelope Bagieu (176)

20)  The Lives Between Us by Theresa Rizzo (177) (2015)

21)  365 Days of Wonder by RJ Palacio (178)

22)  Armada by Ernest Cline (179) (2015)

23)  Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine (180)

24)  My Basmati Bat Mitzvah by Paula L. Freedman (181)

25)  Jessica Darling #3 by Megan McCafferty (182) (2015)

26)  The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard (183)

27)  The Good Girls by Sara Shepard (184) (2015)

28)  Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (185) (2015)

29)  Weightless by Sarah Bannan (186) (2015)

30)  Everybody Knows Your Name by Andrea Seigel and Brent Bradshaw (187) (2015)

31)  All We Have is Now by Lisa Schroeder (188) (2015)

July:

1)  Brush Back by Sara Paretsky (189) (2015)

2)  Random by Tom Leveen (190)

3)  Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead (191) (2015)

4)  Loving Dallas by Caisey Quinn (192) (2015)

5)  If I Could Turn Back Time by Beth Harbison (193) (2015)

6)  Two Across by Jeff Bartsch (194) (2015)

7)  Every Day by David Levithan (195)

8)  Another Day by David Levithan (196) (2015)

9)  Love, Santa by Martha Brockenbrough (197)

10)  Who Do You Love? by Jennifer Weiner (198) (2015)

11)  Last Words by Michael Koryta (199) (2015)

12)  Map to the Stars by Jen Malone (200) (2015)

13) Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly (201) (2015)

14)  Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (202) (2015)

15) The Best of Enemies by Jen Lancaster (203) (2015)

16)  The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen (204)

17) The Snatchabook by Helen Doherty (205)

18)  X by Sue Grafton (206) (2015)

19) My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick (207)

20)  The Boy Most Likely To by Huntley Fitzpatrick (208) (2015)

21)  Becoming Maria by Sonia Manzano (209) (2015)

22)  Honor Girl by Maggie Thrash (210) (2015)

23)  A Little In Love by Susan Fletcher (211) (2015)

24)  George by Alex Gino (212) (2015)

25)  The Guest Room by Chris Bohjalian (213)

26)  Of Dreams and Rust by Sarah Fine (214) (2015)

27)  Trust No One by Paul Cleve (215) (2015)

28)  The Accident Season by Moira Fowley-Doyle (216) (2015)

29) The Yeti Files: Monsters on the Run by Kevin Sherry (217) (2015)

30)  The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis (218) (2015)

31) Never Never by Brianna Shrum (219) (2015)

32) Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler (220) (2015)

August:

1)  Until Beth by Lisa Amowitz (221) (2015)

2)  Clara’s Room by Kimberly McCreight (222)

3)  UR by Stephen King (223)

4)  Say Something by Jennifer Brown (224)

5)  Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson (225) (2015)

6)  Play On by Michelle Smith (226) (2015)

7) Max the Brave by Ed Vere (227) (2015)

8) What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (228)

9) Beautiful Music for Ugly Children by Kirstin Cronn-Mills (229)

10) Tonight the Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales (230) (2015)

11) Rome in Love by Anita Hughes (231) (2015)

12)  Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (232) (2015)

13)  The Killing Kind by Chris Holm (233) (2015)

14)  State of Grace by Hilary Badger (234)

15)  The End Or Something Like That by Ann Dee Ellis (235)

16)  The Summer of Good Intentions by Wendy Francis (236) (2015)

17)  Not After Everything by Michelle Levy (237) (2015)

18) The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon (238) (2015)

19)  Behind the Scenes by Dahlia Adler (239)

20) Stella & Charlie: Friends Forever by Bernadette Peters (240)  (2015)

21) Switchblade by Michael Connelly (241)

22)  Kissing in America by Margo Rabb (242) (2015)

23)  When Everything Feels Like the Movies by Raziel Reid (243)

24)  Things You Won’t Say by Sarah Pekkanen (244) (2015)

25)  Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt (245) (2015)

26)  Happiness for Beginners by Katherine Center (246) (2015)

27)  Infinite In Between by Carolyn Mackler (247) (2015)

28) Chadwick the Crab by Priscilla Cummings (248)

29) Chadwick and the Garplegrungen by Priscilla Cummings (249)

30) The Invisibles by Cecilia Galante (250) (2015)

31) The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow (251) (2015)

September:

1) Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin (252) (2015)

2) Days of Awe by Lauren Fox (253) (2015)

3) Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon (254) (2015)

4) All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (255) (2015)

5) Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz (256) (2015)

6) The Crossing by Michael Connelly (257) (2015)

7) Chadwick’s Wedding by Priscilla Cummings (258)

8) Chadwick Forever by Priscilla Cummings (259)

9) Jem and the Holograms: Showtime by Kelly Thompson (260) (2015)

10) After You by Jojo Moyes (261) (2015)

11) I Know What You Did Last Summer by Lois Duncan (262)

12) Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan (263)

13) Locked in Time by Lois Duncan (264)

14) Don’t Look Behind You by Lois Duncan (265)

15) They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan (266)

16)  Gallows Hill by Lois Duncan (267)

17) Mary Unleashed by Hillary Monahan (268) (2015)

18) Among the Dolls by William Sleator (269)

19) Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling (270) (2015)

20) Alive by Chandler Baker (271) (2015)

21) Diary of a Haunting by M. Verano (272) (2015)

22)  The Dead House by Dawn Kurtagich (273) (2015)

23)  Took by Mary Downing Hahn (274) (2015)

24)  Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett (275) (2015)

25)  Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski (276) (2015)

26)  Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray (277) (2015)

27)  The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy (278) (2015)

28)  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (279)

29)  Daughters unto Devils by Amy Lukavics (280) (2015)

30) The Dollhouse Murders by Betty Ren Wright (281) (2015)

31) The New Girl by RL Stine (282)

32)  Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (283)

33) Dangerous Lies by Becca Fitzpatrick (285) (2015)

October:

1)  Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin (285) (2015)

2)  What We Knew by Barbara Stewart (286) (2015)

3)  Need by Joelle Charbonneau (287) (2015)

4)  The Summer of Chasing Mermaids by Sarah Ockler (288) (2015)

5)  10% Happier by Dan Harris (289)

6)  What We Left Behind by Robin Talley (290) (2015)

7)  Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche (291) (2015)

8)  Breath to Breath by Craig Lew (292) (2015)

9)  Smoke by Catherine McKenzie (293) (2015)

10) Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler (294) (2015)

11)  The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe (295)

12) Traffick by Ellen Hopkins (296) (2015)

13)  Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Khizhnik (297) (2015)

14)  First and Then by Emma Mills (298) (2015)

15)  Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo (299) (2015)

16) Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume (300)

17)  Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great by Judy Blume (301)

18)  It’s Not the End of the World by Judy Blume (302)

19)  Blubber by Judy Blume (303)

20) Deenie by Judy Blume (304)

21) Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume (305)

22) Iggie’s House by Judy Blume (306)

23)  Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume (307)

24)  Forever… by Judy Blume (308)

25)  Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself by Judy Blume (309)

26)  This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp (310)

27)  Thicker Than Water by Kelly Fiore (311)

28)  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling (312)

29)  How to be Brave by E. Katherine Kottaras (313) (2015)

30)  Hillary Rodham Clinton: Do All the Good You Can by Cynthia Levinson (314)

31)  The Impostor Queen by Sarah Fine (315)

32)  Carry On by Rainbow Rowell (316)

33)  Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed (317) (2015)

November:

1)  Stars Over Sunset Boulevard by Susan Meissner (318)

2) Sinful Longing by Lauren Blakely (319) (2015)

3) This Song is (Not) For You by Laura Nowlin (320)

4)  The Grownup by Gillian Flynn (321) (2015)

5)  The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King (322) (2015)

6)  The Borden Murders by Sarah Miller (323)

7)  Teen Frankenstein by Chandler Baker (324)

8)  Shade Me by Jennifer Brown (325)

9)  Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (326)

10)  The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (327)

11)  Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo (328)

12)  Front Lines by Michael Grant (329)

13)  Dumplin’  by Julie Murphy (330) 2015)

14)  The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos (331)

15)  The Year We Fell Apart by Emily Martin (332)

16)  The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett (333)

17) Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savrit (334)

18) Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan (335)

19) The Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist by Sunil Yapa (336)

20) Wolverton Station by Joe Hill (337)

21) Twittering from the Circus of the Dead by Joe Hill (338)

22) Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn (339) (2015)

23) The Bassoon King by Rainn Wilson (340) (2015)

24) Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira (341)

25) The Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes (342) (2015)

26) Instructions for the End of the World by Jamie Kain (343) (2015)

27) My True Love Gave to Me by Stephanie Perkins (344)

28) His Country Bride by Debra Holt (345)

29) El Deafo by Cece Bell (346)

30) Dark Sparkler by Amber Tamblyn (347) (2015)

December:

1) My Name is Mahtob by Mahtob Mahmoody (348) (2015)

2) Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn (349)

3) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling (350)

4) Mercy’s Rescue by Debra Holt (351) (2015)

5) When We Collided by Emery Lord (352)

6) Holding Out For Forever by Brooke DelVecchio (353) (beta read)

7) The Darkest Secret by Alex Marwood (354)

8) Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe (355)

9) Shallow Graves by Kali Wallace (356)

10) The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston (357)

11) Missing Pieces by Heather Gudenkauf (358)

12) Pax by Sara Pennypacker (359)

13) Brambleheart by Henry Cole (360)

14) The Pages Between Us by Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom (361)

15) The Word For Yes by Claire Needell (362)

16) Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs (363)

17) Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern (364)

18)  Unholy Blue by Darby Kaye (365)

19)  The Love that Split the World by Emily Henry (366)

20) My Kind of Crazy by Robin Reul (367)

21)  The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (368)

22) The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight (369)

23)  Find Her by Lisa Gardner (370)

24)  Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (371)

 

Interviewing Kristy Acevedo

Kristy Acevedo was nice enough to stop by and talk about Consider!

If Consider were to have a signature drink, what would it be?
Since the 17-year-old main character takes anti-anxiety medication, I’m thinking the signature drink would have to be a cup of tea.
 
If you were faced with that choice (stay or go), which would you pick?
That is a personal decision readers will face as they experience the story.
Having said that, I’d probably go early. I hate being late for events; I’m notorious for arriving way too early and waiting in my car.
 
Can you share the first sentence/paragraph?

Excerpted from CONSIDER by Kristy Acevedo. Copyright ©2016 by Kristy Acevedo. Excerpted by permission of Jolly Fish Press, LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

CHAPTER 1

Day 1-August

When the Boston outbound T screeches to a stop, I lose my grip on the silver pole and slam into Dominick. His black rimmed glasses twist on his face, but he retrieves my purse from the floor before straightening them.

Want to read more (YES YOU DO)? Click here to visit Kristy’s site for the rest of chapter 1!

 
What was the inspiration for Consider?
 
During Christmas vacation 2013, I planned to work on a different manuscript, but I couldn’t find the motivation. After a few days of binge watching Doctor Who on Netflix, I took a shower to shake off the funk of not writing like I had promised myself.
Since I was angry and bitter, I turned my anger towards the writers of Doctor Who. (Don’t get me wrong here, I am a huge fan.) As I washed my hair, I decided that despite the awesome adventures, the series has a major flaw–why would any sane person go into the TARDIS? It’s absurd! Come on, if a TARDIS appeared outside and a strange man calling himself The Doctor asked you to come inside, would you go? Probably not. (Unless it was David Tennant, then perhaps.)

That got me thinking about what would make people go with a stranger…

And BAM. An entire two-book concept flooded my brain. I got out of the shower and asked my husband and teenage daughter to listen to the concept and tell me if it was stupid.

They listened, and then my husband said, “I’d see that movie.”

BINGO.
Six months later, I finished the first draft of CONSIDER.
If you could make one book mandatory, what would it be and why?

To Kill a Mockingbird 
for too many reasons.
What are your five favorite books?  You can do authors, if that’s easier.
Like choosing a favorite child!
Here are some of my favorites:
Anything by J.K. Rowling, Shakespeare, and Neil Gaiman
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jane Eyre
Brave New World
I am The Messenger
The Phantom Tollbooth

What 2016 releases are you most excited for?

 
I have two books releasing in 2016, CONSIDER and CONTRIBUTE of the HoloSeries, so that’s just crazy exciting! Here are some other great YA 2016 debuts:
Parker Peevyhouse’s WHERE FUTURES END, Janet Taylor’s INTO THE DIM, Emily Henry’s THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, Mia Siegert’s JERKBAIT and Robin Reul’s MY KIND OF CRAZY.

Thanks, Kristy!

Consider

Consider is by Kristy Acevedo and will come out April 18.  Click here to add it to your Goodreads.

Summary (from Goodreads):

As if Alexandra Lucas’ anxiety disorder isn’t enough, mysterious holograms suddenly appear from the sky, heralding the end of the world. They bring an ultimatum: heed the warning and step through a portal-like vertex to safety, or stay and be destroyed by a comet they say is on a collision course with earth. How’s that for senior year stress?

The holograms, claiming to be humans from the future, bring the promise of safety. But without the ability to verify their story, Alex is forced to consider what is best for her friends, her family, and herself.

To stay or to go. A decision must be made.

With the deadline of the holograms’ prophecy fast approaching, Alex feels as though she is living on a ticking time bomb, until she discovers it is much, much worse.”

Why I’m excited:

This sounds AMAZING.  I love stories where you don’t know who’s telling the truth, and I am so intrigued by these aliens.  Are they telling the truth? Are they evil aliens? Is it possible both of those things are true?  (Is Alex crazy? ARE THERE EVEN ALIENS?!)  I have so many questions!

This comes out a couple weeks after my birthday and I cannot wait.  It’s my birthday present to me.