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Dear Martin

DearMartin.JPGDear Martin (Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017) by Nic Stone is one of those oft recommended books that didn't disappoint. It's compelling, moving, sad, and hopeful.

Justyce McAllister is a senior at Braselton Prep and despite what his friend Manny thinks, he's not treated equally. He found that out the hard way when helping his former girlfriend who is too drunk to drive and he gets arrested. He's released, but the experience wakes him up to the reality of what he's been reading in the news. And that's just the beginning. Things are going to get worse. Much worse.

This book made me sad and mad on behalf of Justyce and young men like him. I wish everyone would read it.

Amazingly enough, this book is Nic Stone's debut. Her newest book is Odd One Out. Read more on her website. Follow her on Twitter here.

The Belles

The-Belles.jpgThe Belles (Freeform Books, 2018) by Dhonielle Clayton is a thought provoking and hard-to-put-down book.

Camille and five other Belles are sixteen. It's their turn to show what they can do in the Royal Square. One will be chosen as Favorite by the Queen of Orléans. That girl will be the one taking care of the beauty for the royal family and the court for the next three years. And, of course, Camille wants to be the Favorite. The test is for each girl to take a naturally gray Orléansian and turn him/her beautiful. Who will win? More importantly, can a dreadful cycle be broken?

This story has twists and turns, shocks and scares, and ugly and beautiful.

I'm excited about the sequel called The Everlasting Rose. Read about it and Dhonielle's other books here.

Read about the author here. Follow her on Twitter here.

The Wicked Deep

TheWickedDeep.jpgIf you loved Maggie Siefvater's Scorpio Races, I think you'll love The Wicked Deep (Simon Pulse, 2018) by Shea Ernshaw. Both books are eerie.

Two centuries ago, in the small town of Sparrow, three teen girls were drowned in the harbor for being witches. Each June since, they return and take possession of teen girls' bodies. The locals call it the Swan season after the dead girls. And each season at least three boys will be drowned for revenge. Sometimes it is local boys and sometimes tourists.

Our main character is seventeen-year-old Penny Talbot who lives on Lumiere Island with her grief-stricken mother. A boy comes to town looking for work and Penny gets involved with him. Can she save him from the three sisters?

This books has unexpected twists and turns, flashbacks to the past, and keeps one turning the pages. I highly recommend it.

This is author Shea Ernshaw's debut and it quickly became a NY Times Best Seller. Netflix won the screen rights to the book--I hope they make the movie! Though I might not be able to watch it alone...

Read Shea's bio here. I'm looking forward to her next book. Read this tweet about it.

The Fandom

fandom.jpgThe YA novel The Fandom (Chicken House/Scholastic, 2018) by Anna Day reminds me a bit of The Inn Between for middle grade readers--things are not always what you think. It was a compelling read, too.

Seventeen-year-old Violet, two girlfriends, and her fourteen-year-old brother are at Comic-Con to meet the actors from The Gallows Dance. A strange accident transports them into the universe where the real people from the story live. Was the book (and movie) based on this universe, or birthed out of the book? They don't know, but all their lives are in danger. Especially if they can't get back home.

This is the author's debut book and was first published in the UK. If you don't want to read the whole long version "About Anna," definitely read the last paragraph.


Don't Get Caught

don'tgetcaught.jpgDon't Get Caught (Sourcebooks Fire, 2016) by Kurt Dinan was a compelling read.

When Max gets a note from the prank pulling Chaos Club to show up at the school at 10 pm, he's suspicious why they chose him. But since he's tired of being "Just Max," he shows up. Along with four others who get busted by the campus "cop" and blamed for the graffiti they found. Max and his newfound friends decide to get payback.

I loved Max's voice, the humor, how characters changed, and the heist movie references.

You can get a bit of the author's sense of humor by reading his bio. I hope we see more books from Kurt.

Dear Martin

The Belles

The Wicked Deep

The Fandom

Don't Get Caught

Steelheart

Grace and Fury

The Lying Planet

Sanctuary

Warcross

One of Us Is Lying

A Death-Struck Year

The Traitor's Kiss

Tempests and Slaughter

Infinity

To Catch a Killer

The One Memory of Flora Banks

My Lady Jane

Strange the Dreamer

The Sun Is Also a Star

Who Killed Christopher Goodman?

Six of Crows

What Goes Up

Daughter of the Burning City

Before She Ignites

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

The Black Witch

The Seventh Bride

The PROBLEM with FOREVER

Red Queen

The Reader (Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold)

Heartless

Just a Normal Tuesday

Defy the Stars

Given to the Sea

Holding Up the Universe

The Passion of Dolssa

The Diabolic

The Secret of a Heart Note

The Girl of Fire and Thorns

Enchantress Sacrifice

Shadows

A Time to Dance

Scythe

The Scourge

Written in the Stars

Poppy

the impossible knife of memory

Bottled

In the time of the Dragon Moon

The Chance You Won't Return

Ship Breaker

Uprooted

Not in the Script

All the Bright Places

This Girl Is Different

An Ember in the Ashes

Tunnel Vision

How It Went Down

Thrills and Chills - The Third Twin

Eerie - Sorrow's Knot

Draw or Die - The Rithmatist

Not just a Mystery Weekend - Suspect

Dangerous Impersonation - The False Prince

Girl in Trouble - The Rules for Disappearing

Shaping Her Own Fate - Passion Blue

Fated to be Useless? - Firstborn

Secrets! - The Pledge

Ultimate Fractured Fairytale - Enchanted

A Cat Lover's Novel - Cat Girl's Day Off

Fantasy AND Humor - The Last Dragon Slayer

The amazing Laini Taylor - Daughter of Smoke & Bone

Eye-opening Historical - Jepp, Who Defied the Stars

Not Your Average Greek Myth - King of Ithaca

Amazing Historical - The Year We Were Famous

Fascinating Premise - Wake

Fascinating problem - Flip

Whose life? - How to save a life

Historical YA Giveaway - Second Fiddle

Another time and now - Blessing's Bead

Another place - Island's End

Powerful Story - After

Memorable Story - Tell Me A Secret

Twist after twist - White Cat

Distinct voices - Blink & Caution

Great first line - Split

Very Very Good! - Crunch

Very Interesting - The Everafter

Hard to put down! - Divergent

Murder in Space? - Across the Universe

Another great heroine - Girl, Stolen

Another Very Good Book - Absolutely Maybe

Unputdownable Fantasy - The Demon King

Humorous SciFi - The Dangerous Days of Daniel X

Historical Fantasy - Plain Kate

Facts just slip into your mind - The Red Umbrella

How could you not care?

Focus, shoot! - Flash Burnout & hold still

Book Felt SO Real - memoirs of a teenage amnesiac

Book Plus - Invisible i - The Amanda Project

Fantasy Sequel - yea! - The Timekeeper's Moon

Book 1 - glad more is coming - Shiver

Steampunk and Darwin - Leviathan

Emotional Book - Rubber Houses

Modern Fantasy - The Demon's Lexicon

Powerful Book - Hate List

Please let me slap the father! - Candor

Unforgettable - Unwind

Parental Discretion Advised - Jumping Off Swings

Companion Book - Eternal

Character Growth - Red Glass & Mexican WhiteBoy

Modern-day Retelling - Beastly

Powerful story - Right Behind You

Must read - The Hunger Games

Fantasy to Love - Graceling

"we become what we have to be" - Nation

Catching Up on Reading - Book of a Thousand Days

Murder Mystery, yet so much more - Perfect Shot

Couldn't Stop Reading - Elsewhere

Prepare for fun - Once Upon a Marigold

Science Fantasy - Enchantress from the Stars

Novels in Verse - Seeing Emily

Limits not reached - Downsiders

Hooked by Voice - Stuck in Neutral