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What Goes Up

whatgoesup.jpgWhat Goes Up (Bloomsbury, 2017) by Katie Kennedy is a scifi novel written in two viewpoints. I loved it!

Both Eddie and Rosa are applying to NASA's Interworlds Agency tryouts. Only two out of 200 just done with their junior year students will make the cut. Two days of testing. And confirmation that there are aliens. The math and physics exams aren't too unusual, but the idiosyncratic exams are something else. Rosa should make the cut--look at her background. But Eddie--he's trouble.

The book has humor, danger, romance, friendship, sorrow, and more. Don't miss it.

You can read Katie's bio here. She also has another book out--Learning to Swear in America--another scifi. I need to get it.


Daughter of the Burning City

DaughterBurningCity.jpgIf you've read Caravel, I think you'll like Daughter of the Burning City (Harlequin Teen, 2017) by Amanda Foody, as they have a similar flavor.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina is the only illusion worker in the Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival, and she runs the Freak Show. All the freaks, except for Sorina herself, are her illusions come to life. They're one happy family until one of her illusions in murdered. Her adopted father, Villiam, the proprietor of the festival, is investigating the death, but he has too much else on his mind. So with the help of a new friend, Luca, Sorina starts her own investigation. Will she be able to protect her family?

This compelling book was Amanda Foody's debut novel. Ace of Shades comes out next April and is the first in The Shadow Games series. Read more about Amanda here.


Before She Ignites

BeforeSheIgnites.jpgBefore She Ignites (Katherine Tegan Books, 2017) by Jodi Meadows was such a compelling read written in two time periods BEFORE and AFTER. (And isn't that a lovely cover?)

The story begins with a BEFORE: "The last day of my real life began with disaster."

The speaker is Mira Minkoba and she is the Hopebearer. A treaty was written between six island nations and named after Mira the day she was born. She is the speaker to the people for the Luminary Council. Her father rarely pays attention to her and her mother is often disappointed.

AFTER, she's imprisoned in the Pit. Surely, she'll be rescued soon, Mira thinks. But meanwhile in the dark, she's trying not to panic. Without her calming pills. And without her friends. And with much worse to come than the dark.

This book is the first in a trilogy--yea! The author has also written the Incarnate trilogy and the Orphan Queen duology. Good. More for me to read while I await the sequels to this book. She's also a co-author with some other books.

You can read about Jodi and her books on her website here.

The Lost Girl of Astor Street

Lost-Girl-of-Astor-Street.jpgThe Lost Girl of Astor Street (Blink, 2017) by Stephanie Morrill was a hard to put down historical mystery with a very likable tough female main character. I enjoyed the book a lot.

Eighteen-year-old Piper Sail's best friend disappears two weeks before graduation and Piper is determined to find out what happens to Lydia. Along the way she finds out some uncomfortable truths about her own family, is disturbed out of her complacency about young men, and puts her own life at risk. The book is set during prohibition in Chicago.

The first sentence is a good description of Piper, "If he doesn't know it already, Jeremiah Crane is about to learn that I'm not the type of girl to be pushed around."

Author Stephanie Morrill is the creator of GoTeenWriters.com. You can read about her here and read about her other books here.


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.

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