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The Black Witch

blackwitch.jpgThe Black Witch (Harlequin Teen, 2017) by Laurie Forest is a new fantasy by a debut author and I can hardly wait for the sequel to come out. It's expected out in 2018. (Meanwhile I just bought the prequel Wandfasted on Kindle.)

Elloren is seventeen and lives with her uncle in an isolated small village. There no one takes notice that she looks exactly like her grandmother, The Black Witch who saved all of Gardenria during the Real War. Nor does anyone worry she doesn't have any magical power. But when Aunt Vyvian comes to visit, she's demanding why Elloren is not wandfasted (engaged). Aunt Vyvian wants to take Elloren under her guidance and introduce her to eligible young men. Instead, Uncle Edwin decides to send Elloren to University where she can learn the apothecary trade. But since Elloren won't commit to being wandfasted to the young man Aunt Vyvian has chosen for her, she won't pay for the girl's schooling and Elloren has to earn her way by working in the kitchen--with other races. To make matters worse, her new roommates at University are dreaded Icarals.

In this magical story of prejudice, lies, and secrets, Elloren has to decide who to believe and what is right and wrong.

On her website, author Laurie Forest shares what she is reading here.

The Seventh Bride

seventhbride.jpgThe Seventh Bride (47North, 2015) by T. Kingfisher is one of those scary books softened by humor so as not to be too scary.

Fifteen-year-old Rhea is the miller's daughter and she's angry. She's engaged--not that she minds the idea in general--in the distant future. And being engaged to a Lord is a good thing, isn't it? But something just seems a little, off. But she has to marry him, otherwise her whole family will suffer. Peasants don't reject nobles.

This book is written for adults, but with a teen main character, it's very relatable to teens, too.

T. Kingfisher's bio makes me laugh. I've read books from her alter ego Ursula Vernon, as well.


The PROBLEM with FOREVER

problemwithforever.jpgThe PROBLEM with FOREVER (Harlequin TEEN, 2016) by Jennifer L. Armentrout is a wow of a book! I couldn't stop reading. It's compelling, sad, sweet, scary, and good. It's also a 2017 RITA Award Winner.

Mallory Dodge is taking the scary step out of homeschooling with her adoptive family to be a senior year at a high school. Since her years in foster care conditioned her to be silent, it's going to be very difficult for her to talk to other kids, to speak up in class, to deal with all the noise, and to prove to herself that she's changed.

Mallory often doesn't say a lot out loud, but as readers we get an inside look at what's going on in her head.

Jennifer L. Armentrout is one prolific writer as well as being a NYT bestselling author. On her website I found 22 other YA novels--most are part of different series. She also writes New Adult and Adult. You might want to take a look at the bio of this amazing gal.



Red Queen

Red_Queen_book_cover.jpgRed Queen (HarperTeen, 2015) by Victoria Aveyard takes us into an interesting and unfair world of those born with silver blood, privilege, and powers, and those with red blood who mostly have hardship.

A Red, Mare Barrows, like her older brothers did, is headed to fight in the Silver's war when she turns eighteen. The only way she can help her family now is by pick pocketing, whereas her younger sister Gisa has a talent with sewing and even works for the Silvers. When Mare's best friend Kilgorn only has a week until conscription, she's determined to find a way to help him escape. Her search leads her on a path that changes her whole life.

There are surprises, death, betrayal, loyalty, romance, sorrow, and more. Mare is definitely a heroine to care for.

This book is the first in a series that includes some novellas. Read the details here. Meanwhile, I'm off to order the second book. Oh, and by the way, the series is currently being translated into 37 languages!

Victoria Aveyard is a NYT bestselling author. Read more about her here.


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

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The Reader
(Book One of Sea of Ink and Gold) (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2016) by Traci Chee is a compelling fantasy told in multiple viewpoints and with stories within the story.

And isn't that a lovely cover?

Here's a brief overview:

Sefia has a precious item that someone is trying to find. She and Auntie Nin have been on the run for six years after Sefia's father was murdered and now Nin has been taken. Sefia is determined to find her. On her own she risks looking at the rectangular object she carries and is disappointed to see that is only paper with scribbles. Through hard study she finally deciphers a line of the squiggles: "This is a book." After she realizes book is the name of the rectangle object, it hits her that everything she sees might have a sign too. Knowing the book has answers to the death of her father and where Nin is, Sefia teaches herself to read it. The cover of the book has a symbol which Sefia uses as a map on her dangerous journey.

We have glimpses into other viewpoints, Lon and Tanin, but it takes a while before we understand how they are connected to Sefia.

I feel inadequate describing the magic of this story. It's unusual, mysterious, heartbreaking, wonderful.

I'm really looking forward to The Speaker, book 2.TheSpeaker.jpg

The Reader is author Traci Chee's debut book and has become a NY Times bestseller. You can read all the starred reviews here and see the covers of the five translations.

Traci's bio is here with links to a number of interviews.



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